Finks motorcycle club members have defiantly taken part in their national run in Victoria after they were warned by police they would be closely watched.
Hundreds of motorcyclists travelled from Wodonga, on the NSW and Victoria border, to their clubhouse at Cranbourne, in Melbourne on Saturday.
A group of heavily tattooed associates were spotted driving into town and joining up with the rest of the riders gathered outside of Pie Face in the lead-up.
Skull patterned face masks and leather vests with the club emblem were popular among the gathered members.
They conversed on their motorcycles before heading off in a neat formation to their clubhouse in Cranbourne.
Police have put the riders on notice with motorcyclists expected to come from all over the country to take part in the national run.
Finks motorcycle club members have defiantly taken part in their national run in Victoria after they were warned by police they would be closely watched
Finks motorcycle club members begin the 350km journey from Wodonga to Cranbourne on Saturday
Finks associates greet each other before the national run took off from Wodonga on Saturday
A Finks member wears a skull patterned face mask along with a club vest for his 350km ride to Cranbourne
Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to travel from Wodonga, on the NSW and Victoria border, to their clubhouse at Cranbourne, in Melbourne
Chapter president Kosh Radford, also known as Koshan Rashidi, will lead the group on the 350km journey.
Victoria Police sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said officers would be heavily monitoring the motorcyclists.
‘Echo and VIPER Taskforces along with local police and specialist units will be closely monitoring the run to ensure the safety of all road users,’ she said.
‘There will be an increased police presence in the relevant areas over the weekend.
‘Police will be monitoring riders both in Victoria and interstate as they travel to Wodonga in the lead up to the run and will take immediate action where any criminal, road safety or public order offences are identified.
‘Victoria Police will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies as part of a national approach to OMCG enforcement.’
Motorcycle gangs often hold runs to showboat the strength of the club and can be seen as a form of intimidation against rival factions.
The Fink emblem is seen emblazoned across a vest on a heavily tattooed motorcyclist
Bikie members wearing outfits with the Finks emblem emblazoned on them gather before they set off for the ride
Motorcycle club members chatted with each other before heading off to Cranbourne
Finks associates took off in a neat formation as they began their 350km journey to Cranbourne in Melbourne
Police have put the riders on notice with motorcyclists expected to come from all over the country to take part in the national run
The Finks motorcycle club has been attempting to expand its operations but the chapter was hit by a setback in November, 2022.
The club was looking to establish its presence in Bairnsdale, in east Gippsland, and set up a clubhouse in Lindenow.
Police shut down the operation with the gang understood to be looking to set up shop in other country towns.
Finks boss Kosh Radford was convicted in 2021 after he assaulted a man outside Centrefold Lounge, a strip club on King Street.
He was fined $6,000 after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
Radford was then denied entry to Bali while travelling with his family to the Indonesian island in 2017.
Victoria is one of the few states in the country where bikies can openly show their colours and associate in public without risking jail time.
A bald motorcyclist with head tattoos was spotted among the group that had gathered for the national run
The Finks associates cut an intimidating profile as they wore face masks and rode into town on their Harleys
Motorcyclists sported outfits with the Finks emblem emblazoned on them as they took part in the national run
Victoria is one of the few states in the country where bikies can openly show their colours and associate in public without risking jail time
Victoria Police sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said officers would be heavily monitoring the motorcyclists
Western Australia has some of the toughest laws where it is illegal for a member to even show tattoos of their motorcycle club when they’re out in public.
Queensland will send a bikie to jail for wearing gang colours, with the same prison sentence given to third time offenders.
Victorian Police have been working to limit the powers of bikies by issuing a firearm prohibition order (FPO) to almost every member.
An FPO restricts a person from possessing or using a firearm or ammunition and give police the power to conduct searches without a warrant.
A member who breaches the order risks five years imprisonment.
Members of the Finks motorcycle gang gathered outside Pie Face before heading on their national run on Saturday
Finks motorcycle club members have begun turning up for their planned national run in Victoria as police keep a close eye on them
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