Proper Wear of Motorcycle Patches

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Proper Wear of Motorcycle Patches
Motorcycles patches denote club affiliation. (custom bikes image by jedphoto from

While no hard and fast rules cover the proper wear of motorcycle patches, general guidelines do exist. Patches denote motorcycle club affiliation and delineate territorial boundaries or turf lines. They should be worn and displayed properly to prevent hostilities between clubs.

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Motorcycle club patches, sometimes called colours, are usually sewn onto a leather or denim jacket with the sleeves cut off, called a half-jacket, patch vest, or cut-off. Patches represent commitment to the club and must be worn at all official meetings and functions.


Patch members wear an assemblage of patches called the three-piece on the back of their cut-off. The top rocker has the club's name. The colours are in the centre and feature the club's symbol or logo. The bottom rocker contains the chapter's name and its geographic location. Off to the side is the MC patch, for motorcycle club.


The front of the patch vest is personalised with small patches called badges conveying esoteric meanings to other club members. Badges refer to rank, status, nicknames, years of membership and military service. Sometimes side rockers signifying the local area, Harley-Davidson insignia and MC patches are worn on the front.

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