Biker Patches are typically worn by serious motorcycle riders and biking enthusiasts. These patches are usually sewn on the biker’s vest. These patches are creative and affordable. But, these biker patches are symbolic, too and have many uses.
Here are the common uses of biker patches:
1. Ornamental – This is the common use of biker patches. Motorcycle patches are usually used to decorate and add uniqueness to the biker’s vest. Patches typically reflect the rider’s sense of style. Since most riders have a “rock and roll style”, most rider patches reflect that lifestyle. Most rider patch designs contain images of skulls, eagles, snakes, and flags. There are decorative patches that contain rhinestones and other semi-precious stones. Rock stars decorate their patches with diamonds and Swarovski crystals.
2. Self expression – Motorcycle patches are also used by many bikers to express themselves. Many motorcycle patches contain quotes and jokes. Motorcycle patches are often used to express the biker’s wit and sense of humor.
3. Expression of Brand Loyalty –Most motorcycle enthusiasts are loyal to one brand. Harley Davidson riders often use only Harley Davidson rides merchandise. Ducati, Yamaha, and Suzuki riders often do the same. Motorcycle riders use patches to express this loyalty. Ducati riders often wear Ducati patches. Suzuki riders also wear different Suzuki patches. These patches can be sold by the motorcycle producers themselves. However, some brand patches are customized by the bikers themselves.
4. Support for a cause, a charitable institution, or a politician – Some motorcycle patches are used to express the biker’s support for a great cause or a charitable institution. Bikers who participate in charity rides are usually awarded a biker patch as a symbol of their support and generosity. Bikers who support a specific cause also wear ribbon patches. Bikers who support anti- AIDS movement often wears a red ribbon patch. Bikers who support anti- breast cancer institutions wear pink ribbons. Motorcycle patches are also worn as a sign of support for a political party or a politician during elections.
5. Association with a Club or An Organization – It is no secret that there are many motorcycle gangs. Rider patches are often worn to signify their association with these gangs. There are also many motorcycle clubs that promote camaraderie and friendship amongst motorcycle enthusiasts. Here are some of the popular motorcycle clubs around the world:
• 59 Club (London, England)
• Bikers for Christ (California, United States)
• BMW Motorcycle Owners of America
• Holy Riders (Australia, Germany, Norway)
• Motor Maids (US and Canada)
• Women’s International Motorcycle Association (Australia)
• Moped Army (United States)
• Night Wolves (Russia)
• San Francisco Motorcycle Club (California)
• Rainbow Motorcycle Club (San Francisco, California)
• Ulysses Club (Australia)
• Cycle Queens of America
• Satyrs Motorcycle Club (Los Angeles, California)
Here are some of the popular biker gangs and outlaw motorcycle clubs:
• Warlocks (Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
• Solo Angeles
• Grim Reapers (Alberta, Canada)
• Hell’s Angels (Fontana, California)
• Highwaymen (Detroit)
• The Finks (Adelaide, Australia)
• Bandidos (San Leon, Texas)
• Brother Speed (Idaho)
• Chosen Few (Los Angeles, California)
• Comanchero (Sydney, Australia)
6. Religion – Motorcycle patches are often used by bikers for religious purposes. These patches are used to express their faith. Here are some words printed in religious patches:
• Prayer Warrior
• Bikers for Christ
• Jesus Saves Bikers
• I Ride with Jesus
7. Military Service – War veterans who are also motorcycle enthusiasts often wear biker patches as a badge of honor. These patches showcase the military men’s pride of having served their country. There are different kinds of military motorcycle patches. Most military patches showcase the biker’s military rank and the military missions he participated in.