cretin: \ˈkrē-tən\ or \kret’in\ (UK) n.
Cretinism, deficiency disease caused by congenital absence of thyroxine, a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland, and characterized by defective mental and physical development. Their limbs are distorted, their features are coarse, and their hair is harsh and scanty. Mental development is retarded throughout life. An adult cretin may reach the intelligence of only a four-year-old child.
The Cretins MC (est. 1992) formed simultaneously in Seattle and San Francisco by six friends. While a pox of bike towings, accidents and high rent folded the Frisco chapter, the Seattle chapter flourished under the guidance of Cretin #1, Todd “T-Bird” Werny. Today there are dozens of riders, a chapter in LA, a chapter in Portland, and select solo scattered across the country.
The Cretin Philosophy:
We strive to interact with motorcyclists who focus on vintage, cafe, and “streetfighter” bikes. A club of misfits of the motorcycle world, the Cretins MC brings these elements together providing a unified entity for this overlooked/underappreciated segment of motorcycling. The Cretin aesthetic loosely resembles the bygone days of the British Rocker clubs. We are by no means an “Outlaw Club”…just a motorcycle lovin’ bunch with a pint of Pabst and a 10mm wrench if you need it.
The lineup of Cretin bikes is quite diverse. On any given Thursday we may have CB450 Black Bombers, an old Guzzi, various ’60′s & 70′s Honda Twins & Fours, BMW /5′s, tricked out Yamahas, and a few newer bikes (Ducatis, Buells, & Triumphs) to round out the herd. The Cretins are dedicated to keeping old bikes on the road and helping others do the same!
It can be difficult for a prospective Cretin to remember all of the others’ names, so we come up with “handles” – something colorful that sticks. Furthermore, as any motorcycle enthusiast knows, old bikes have a personality all their own, which warrants further name names for our rides, e.g. “Myrtle”, “Wasp’s Nest”, “Lurch”, “the Sand Flea”.
We meet every Thursday to have a pint or two, swap parts, plan rides, BBQ’s and such. Not surprisingly, many of the members are also active in the local music scene. We often combine our efforts/talents to put on “Cretin Bash” shows designed to bring the motorcycle community out in force. In the past we have planned benefit shows which raised money for Home Alive, and even our Cretins Racing Team which specializes in abusing old japanese bikes.
And by all means, come find us around town and heft a beer with us!