Heavily tattooed members of the infamous Finks biker gang gather in a country town to start the 350km ‘national run’ to their Melbourne clubhouse, while police keep a watchful eye
- Members of Fink’s motorcycle gang began national flights
- Hundreds to drive from Wodonga to Cranbourne in Melbourne
Members of the Finks motorcycle club show up for their planned national run in Victoria, with the police keeping a close eye on them.
Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to travel from Wodonga, on the border between NSW and Victoria, to their clubhouse in Melbourne’s Cranbourne on Saturday.
A group of heavily tattooed employees wearing vests with the club’s crest were seen lining the road to join the rest of the group at the meeting spot.
Police have notified riders and motorcyclists are expected to come from all over the country to take part in the national run.
Members of the Finks motorcycle club show up for their planned national run in Victoria, with police keeping a close eye on them
Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to travel from Wodonga, on the border between NSW and Victoria, to their clubhouse in Melbourne’s Cranbourne
Chapter Chairman Kosh Radford, also known as Koshan Rashidi, will lead the group on the 350km journey.
Victoria Police sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said officers would keep a close eye on the motorcyclists.
“Echo and VIPER task forces, together with local police and specialized units, will closely monitor the run to ensure the safety of all road users,” she said.
“More police will be present in the relevant areas over the weekend.
Police will monitor riders both in Victoria and on the highway as they travel to Wodonga in the lead up to the run and will take immediate action if any criminal, road safety or public order offenses are identified.
“Victoria Police will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies as part of a national approach to OMCG enforcement.”
Biker gangs often hold runs to show the strength of the club and can be seen as a form of intimidation against rival factions.
Police have notified riders and motorcyclists are expected to come from all over the country to take part in the national run
The Finks motorcycle club has tried to expand its activities, but the department suffered a setback in November 2022.
The club wanted to establish itself in Bairnsdale, in eastern Gippsland, and set up a clubhouse in Lindenow.
Police called off the operation, suspecting the gang was looking to establish branches in other rural towns.
Fink’s boss Kosh Radford was convicted in 2021 after assaulting a man outside Centrefold Lounge, a King Street strip club.
He was fined $6,000 after pleading guilty to the crime.
Radford was subsequently denied entry to Bali when he traveled to the Indonesian island with his family in 2017.
Victoria is one of the few states in the country where bikers can openly show their colors and band together in public without risking jail time.
Victoria Police sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said officers would keep a close eye on the motorcyclists
Western Australia has some of the strictest laws where it is illegal for a member to even display their motorcycle club tattoos when out in public.
Queensland will send a cyclist to prison for wearing gang colours, with the same jail time for third offenders.
Victorian Police have worked to limit cyclists’ powers by issuing a Firearms Ban (FPO) to almost every member.
An FPO prohibits a person from possessing or using any firearm or ammunition and gives police the authority to conduct searches without a warrant.
A member who violates the order faces five years in prison.