Meanings Behind Motorcycle Vest Patches

Like most things in the motorcycle riding world, there are rules and regulations when it comes to motorcycle vest patches. Each patch has its own meaning, either for the individual or to the club or association he belongs to. Aside from these patches, which can be designed however the club or association sees fit and with whatever materials are handy, there are also a number of widely used vest patches that symbolized a biker’s ethnicity, home state, etc.

 Motorcycle Vest Patches

These patches are used not only for self-expression, but also, in the small community of outlaw bikers, to distinguish different groups. While law-abiding bikers and outlaw bikers might use the same patches, those who live outside the law will normally cut their patches into three pieces before affixing them to their vest, as an indication that they do not abide by the rules of society. In addition, most outlaw biker clubs will wear a patch with the 1% on it, to represent that they are part of the one-percent of bikers who consider themselves outlaws, rather than hobbyist riders.

 

A crescent, either above or below another patch indicates a lover of rock and roll music or a biker who is also a musician. In some situations, this patch can be taken out of context, to indicate an outlaw biker, but in its essence, it simply means that the wearer loves music.

 

The other 99% of riders wear patches simply to show their affiliation with the American Motorcycle Association, among a number of other distinctions. For example, a 9 or 934 patch shows that the biker is at least part American Indian. Flags are used to show either the state or country the club originates from, also an indication of nationality or ethnicity.

 

One of the most common symbols on a biker’s vest will be the ace of spades. This patch represents the biker’s willingness to fight for their club or their country. Because many legitimate biker clubs are involved in community issues, it could also stand for a willingness to fight to the death to protect those affected by domestic violence or abuse.

 

A wing patch is also common, and can have many different meanings. Among biker groups that abide by the law, a wing patch will usually denote some sort of special achievement, though what that achievement could be varies from person to person and club to club. In some of the more extreme associations, wings denote a criminal or sexual achievement, with different colors indicating different kinds of acts.

 

The skull and crossbones can also have varying meanings, depending on the club itself. In that 99% of legitimate clubs, it shows that the wearer has escaped a near-death situation.

Top Three Motorcycle Rides in the US

There’s some special about traversing the country by motorcycle. Unlike a car, plane, or train, riding a motorcycle across the United States evokes a feeling of being completely free. Whether you are looking for a great weekend ride or planning you cross-country adventure, there are some rides you just don’t want to miss.

There are plenty of great places to ride in the US, but if you are looking for the very best that North America has to offer to you and your motorcycle, look no further. These are the top three motorcycle rides in the US, ranked by the scenery and the road itself.

Best Motorcycle Roads in the USA

3.      Needles Highway in Black Hills, South Dakota – This highway has, by far, the best scenery in the United States. Names for the needle-like mountains that surround the road like an ancient stone wall, the highway has plenty of great vistas. The forests that are sprinkled among the needles is green and lush, and plays home to hundreds of animals, many of whom can be seen from the road. Right from your bike, you can see bison, deer, antelope, and even the occasional wolf. No need to worry—they know the dangers of the road and will give you your space. Besides the wildlife and the majestic granite needles, the road itself has two granite tunnels, created by dynamite, to take your right through the belly of the mountains.

 

2.      Tail of the Dragon in Deal’s Gap, North Carolina – This road is the self-proclaimed best motorcycle road, and for good reason. It touts eleven miles of curves, ridges, and valleys that make for one of the most exciting rides in the States. Plus, it’s got a cool name. The Tail of the Dragon takes you along a national park, and the deep, North Carolina woods creep up close to the road, making it a refreshing, as well as exhilarating ride. If you are looking for a little more intrigue, you can always check out the “Tree of Shame;” a collection of bike parts from those who were not equipped to handle the twists of the road, hung on a tree.


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The Twisted Sisters in Texas – It is difficult to pick just one ride in the US to hold the title of best motorcycle ride, but if you have ever ridden all 131 miles of this wicked highway, you know why it’s the best of the best. Though most of Texas is comprised straight roads across flat plains, the Twisted Sisters twist along rivers, through mountains, and give riders a great view of authentic cowboy-esque cattle ranches. The rivers are stocked with plenty of delicious fish if you want to skip the roadhouse. You might even spot an alligator while you’re picking up your dinner! The real draw of this road, however, is the meandering, twisty nature of the asphalt and the all-American views.

What to Choose for an Entry-Level Motorcycle

If you are interested in finding a bike that will suit your standards as a beginner rider it’s very important to look at a number of different factors when picking your first entry-level motorcycle. Most people are very excited to ride when they are picking up their very first motorcycle and they don’t consider some of the safety features and necessities that might be required for beginner riders to have a bike that’s easy to control and comfortable to ride.

entry level motorcycle

A motorcycle can give us access to a certain lifestyle and most beginner riders may be instantly thinking about the amount of power that they can get out of a bike, or buying a bike that they can hold onto for a long time. Usually when you’re buying your first motorcycle it’s a good idea to look at something a little more inexpensive and something that’s easily controlled with a bit less power.

There are many motorcycle riders who would scoff that someone purchasing a motorcycle with around 600 CC’s for an engine. Stating that it won’t be able to keep up with more experienced riders and their thousand cc bikes. However this type of thinking really won’t get you anywhere as a beginner rider. When you start to look at sport bikes it’s important to consider that these are designed for more experienced riders and generally although they may be able to accelerate a bit faster than you will, a 600 CC bike is more than capable of keeping legal speeds with some of these faster bikes. It may not be quite as big to handle long trips but without this extra girth it also makes it much easier to learn how to ride on and handle.

Looking into a bike with anywhere from 600CC- 750CC for a first motorcycle is usually good entry-level range. It is important to consider that it is your first bike and not one that you need to hold onto for a lifetime. Buying used is never a bad idea as there is always a good chance that you could potentially lay down your bike within the first few years of riding it. Inexperience can unfortunately lead to accidents and that’s why it’s so important to take safety training seriously and always wear all of your gear when you go for a ride.

Remember that feel is important so don’t be afraid to try a few different bikes until you find one that feels right for you. Look for power that’s manageable and a decent weight. As always be careful and practice often so that you can learn how to ride with confidence and safety.