1000 Rebels bikies ride into Perth today on national cross-country run
- September 11, 2013
The run brings together chapters from across Australia, led by national and world president Alex 'The Maltese Falcon' Vella.
Some 800 Rebels rode into the West Australian capital just after 3pm, joining about 200 of their local fellow gang members - who represent the largest chapter in Australia.
They arrived in the state on Tuesday, spending time in Norseman before travelling to the historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie on Wednesday.
It's understood some quietly sunk drinks in their hotel and motel rooms, given they were banned from entering licensed venues.
They have brought plenty of business to roadhouses and been met with the state's biggest police presence since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011.
Members of the public lined the route with their cameras,
from Perth's Hills region into the city, posting dozens of photographs of
the spectacle on social media.
On their arrival at the clubhouse - more than an hour earlier than expected and with police helicopters buzzing overhead - the bikies were met by a lone journalist from Fairfax radio, whose tiny Mazda 2 was swamped by Harley Davidsons.
"It's party time,'' one bikie was heard saying.
The gang almost made it to Perth without an arrest, but at about 2.30pm one 34-year-old rider was arrested for hindering police and resisting arrest when he was stopped for a vehicle check at Northam.
On Monday, a 53-year-old member was seriously hurt after he hit a kangaroo about 30km east of Madura on Eyre Highway.
He was part of a small group travelling ahead of the main pack, which was still on the South Australian side of the border.