The relative peace that exists among Ontario's biker gangs may not yet have been broken, but a notorious Quebec gang's establishment last month of a clubhouse in Kingston is troubling authorities.
It's the Rock Machine's first such powerbase in the province, an inroad that their enemies, the monopolistic and multinational Hells Angels, have yet to accomplish.
"It's like a dog peeing on a pole. It stakes out territory," said Yves Lavigne, the Toronto-based author of several books on motorcycle gangs including Hells Angels at War.
The two gangs have been in a protracted six-year turf battle over the drug trade in Quebec. Police say nearly 150 people have died in the war that has claimed more associates than members and also a handful of innocents.
The fear is that such violence could move to Ontario. And no one yet knows what the Rock Machine's setting up shop will lead to.
A bomb that had been planted in front of a Georgetown, Ont., motorcycle shop, and successfully defused after it had been inadvertently transported to Guelph, Ont., has caused alarm, but Halton Regional Police caution that they aren't yet certain who the bomb's maker and intended targets were.
What authorities are sure of is that Rock Machine's clubhouse changes the landscape somewhat in a province where about 10 gangs share the territory.
That could all change, said OPP Staff Sergeant Don Bell, a member of a provincial squad formed two years ago to head off the biker threat.
"Obviously they're going to step on somebody's toes," he said.