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Come on people. I'm serious about this. I've seen long time H.O.G. chapter members wearing vests or jackets with all kinds of patches and pins on them. Tell me about them.

How does a new chapter member set up his patch/pin vest or jacket. Can anybody post some pictures of their vests/jackets? Would love to see how you place the different patches and pins. How do you attach them? Looks to me like if you tried sewing them onto leather it would ruin the leather. Am I wrong in thinking this? ...or maybe you use some kind of fabric glue to apply them? Another thing I'd like to ask is if it's alright to put other non H.O.G. related patches mixed in with the H.O.G. stuff. I mean things like "Save The Whale," or such. You get the idea. If a person put other patches on his chapter vest that had nothing to do with chapter stuff or motorcycles would the other members object. For example, say if you're a peacenik, would it be all right for you to have a patch on your chapter vest announcing "End The War Now"?

This post will probably languish in this seldom used forum for weeks before anybody answers but I hope not. Please everyone, tell me about your chapter vest (and include a pic if you can.)
 

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hey zartoff,

Well, I am a HOG member and go to meetings and rides occasionally but don't live and breathe it like some and don't have all the patches and pins, etc., but I can tell you what I have seen.

There are all sorts of variations. Some keep it pretty HOGish while others put whatever they want along with the HOG stuff. They do seem to have a pattern as to how they arrange their yearly patches, but I haven't looked close enough to be of any help. Mostly I didn't want you to lanquish here.

I thought the same thing about ruining the leather, but it doesn't... even thought about the glue. Usually the HOG chapter has someone who sews patches on the side. A real nice gal sewed an emblem on my jacket. It looks great. I was worried that the edges would curl up since it wasn't embroidered directly on the jacket originally, but I don't think you could tell the difference... nice and flat. Your dealer will know someone or a local tailor that does it.

Basically the vest is a vehicle to express yourself as far as I can tell, but I'll tell you one thing... I don't think I would be sporting anything that might be construed as anti-American, or anti-Troops to my chapter meetings and your "End The War Now" qualifies in that category IMHO. Do what you want and what makes you feel comfortable. I guarantee the members will let you know if you have made them feel uncomfortable.

Hope this helps.
 

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Basically the vest is a vehicle to express yourself as far as I can tell, but I'll tell you one thing... I don't think I would be sporting anything that might be construed as anti-American, or anti-Troops to my chapter meetings and your "End The War Now" qualifies in that category IMHO.
Hey thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I think you're right. The chapter "vest" should probably be limited to H.O.G. stuff and leave the possibly inflamatory stuff off.
 

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zartoff said:
Come on people. I'm serious about this. I've seen long time H.O.G. chapter members wearing vests or jackets with all kinds of patches and pins on them. Tell me about them.

How does a new chapter member set up his patch/pin vest or jacket. Can anybody post some pictures of their vests/jackets? Would love to see how you place the different patches and pins. How do you attach them? Looks to me like if you tried sewing them onto leather it would ruin the leather. Am I wrong in thinking this? ...or maybe you use some kind of fabric glue to apply them? Another thing I'd like to ask is if it's alright to put other non H.O.G. related patches mixed in with the H.O.G. stuff. I mean things like "Save The Whale," or such. You get the idea. If a person put other patches on his chapter vest that had nothing to do with chapter stuff or motorcycles would the other members object. For example, say if you're a peacenik, would it be all right for you to have a patch on your chapter vest announcing "End The War Now"?

This post will probably languish in this seldom used forum for weeks before anybody answers but I hope not. Please everyone, tell me about your chapter vest (and include a pic if you can.)
I don't know anything about HOG Chapters. But I have seen setups at swap meets, bikes shows, etc. Where they will sew a patch on your jacket for about five bucks. Takes a heavy duty sewing machine, they are experts and will put it on in a couple minutes.
 

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anti war symbols and something as american as harley just dont mix.
unless you are onew of the people her that like to lure us in for the kill!

pun intended
 

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I was thinking about a rainbow flanked by a p.e.t.a. patch both arranged above a "Impeach Bush" patch. with a embrordered picture of Cindy Sheehan as a shoulder patch. :cheers: That would really make a statement:wootdnc:
 

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I don't know anything about HOG Chapters. But I have seen setups at swap meets, bikes shows, etc. Where they will sew a patch on your jacket for about five bucks. Takes a heavy duty sewing machine, they are experts and will put it on in a couple minutes.

The guys that really know what they are doing ,, will use a glue then sew the patch on with a walking foot industrial machine .....It makes for a real nice job..... rat
 

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Zartoff, I am also wondering how to place the HOG patches. I'm glad you asked the question, it's been an interesting thread so far. I have ten years of patches and pins, and wasn't sure how to arrange them on my vest. I hope someone posts pics for us. I've been out of the riding scene for a few years, so I don't remember what the vests looked like.

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The only thing that seems at all standardized is the placement of the large HOG patch on the upper back, with the chapter rocker above that. The annual patches I've seen in all sorts of configurations. Since I have a jacket, rather than a vest, I ran mine down the sleeve (next year I'll have to start the other sleeve).

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the Sergeant at Arms of your local HOG chapter should be able to help you, although to the best of my knowledge there is no strict order as to the placement of the various patches.
 

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As for putting on the patches some shoe repair shops will sew your patches on. Around here its a set amount like 5 bucks for the first one and if several are put on, it comes out to less than that. And the guy seems to know where they belong, at least according to what the local chapter/ clubs want.
Harris what is the patch on your lower back, can't see it all.
 
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It's one of those outlines of the lower 48, then as you ride in a state you fill it in.

Ditto on the shoe repair shops, or the vendors at rallies. They usually have what they call a "shoepatch" sewing machine, which allows them to get into sleeves, and to sew any direction.

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I have my HOG pin on top and the rocker pins by year going down underneath
same with mu HOG mileage pins. On the other side I put all the Rally pins . Out back there is the Big chapter/HOG patch and the mileage patch going down the sides in order . To each there own
 

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A picture would be very informative.


nidan said:
I have my HOG pin on top and the rocker pins by year going down underneath
same with mu HOG mileage pins. On the other side I put all the Rally pins . Out back there is the Big chapter/HOG patch and the mileage patch going down the sides in order . To each there own
 

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Harris, thank you much for posting pics of your jacket. It looks great and it gives me an idea of how to set one up. Thanks again!

Harris said:
The only thing that seems at all standardized is the placement of the large HOG patch on the upper back, with the chapter rocker above that. The annual patches I've seen in all sorts of configurations. Since I have a jacket, rather than a vest, I ran mine down the sleeve (next year I'll have to start the ther sleeve).

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By the way, someone mentioned this, but it's a good idea to place the patches exactly where you want, with that spray on adhesive, then have them sewn.

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anti war symbols and something as american as harley just dont mix.
So to be a Harley motorcyclist you have to be a right-winger? To oppose the war is every American's right and anyone who speaks out against the Bush/Cheney fiasco that is the Iraq Occupation is just as American and just as patriotic as the warmongers. I hate the war. It's totally senseless and totally unecessary. Billions and billions of dollars wasted and thousands of lives lost. All so that religious right wing wacko George Bush can play the war president.

Sorry. This reply probably should have been posted in the political forum. It'll probably kill the chapter vest thread which was important to me. -2$en#e-

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unless you are onew of the people her that like to lure us in for the kill!
Not sure what you're getting at here. Kind of hard to read.
 

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I'm not a chapter member because I live right in the middle of three different chapters. I haven't had the time to go on open rides with all three yet. I want to do that a couple times each chapter and see how that goes. Right now, my wife and I ride by ourselves and prefer that. Groupes don't do it for us. Yet.

That said, IF I was part of that scene I would likely have a vest just for that. Then I would have a jean jacket and set it up how ever I wanted. I would likely have the things I chose on the torso of the jacket and I doubt I would have anything on the sleeves (haven't been a fan of that look). That way I could wear the vest over a tee shirt. If I got chilled I would take off the vest, wear the jacket and put the vest on. If I wasn't around the HOG group I most likely wouldn't ever wear the vest. Kind of like being a Boy Scout. Did you ever wear that get up when not doing Scout stuff? Same deal to me. If you're part of the herd dress like the herd.
 
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I only have riding relating stuff on my jacket. But I've seen all sorts of statements of vaious beliefs. I've never seen this be the source of any problems. I'd say any patch or pin is a potential start to a conversation. If your jacket invites conversation on controversial topics, you may find that to be the type of conversation you have a lot of.

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So to be a Harley motorcyclist you have to be a right-winger? To oppose the war is every American's right and anyone who speaks out against the Bush/Cheney fiasco that is the Iraq Occupation is just as American and just as patriotic as the warmongers. I hate the war. It's totally senseless and totally unecessary. Billions and billions of dollars wasted and thousands of lives lost. All so that religious right wing wacko George Bush can play the war president.

Sorry. This reply probably should have been posted in the political forum. It'll probably kill the chapter vest thread which was important to me. -2$en#e-



Not sure what you're getting at here. Kind of hard to read.


As for the anti war thing on your vest ,,,,, be reminded that the majority of people riding harleys today were of draft age during vietnam. That war took 58 american lives ....you will find that most people of that age group, have either served in the miitary or got drafted or drew out of vietnam though the lotto...... That was along time ago .... they are out riding for fun. The vets are proud of their service ,,as they should be ,Many display this pride on thier vests.....,i would guess the majority of riders are sick of re fighting vietnam and honor those who served.

We have a volunteer military now.....even the war protestors of the 60s ....support the young people who are in the military today ..... If you wanna ride with war protestors ,, get yourself a dilly cycle and start riding with the young kids ,,, they are the ones who are into this anti bush , anti war thing and are willing to go vocal on it .....The rest of us old guys are just trying to ride and have fun. If you didnt get to live the 60s in real time ,,,, a harley group isnt the place to pretend...pretty well all of us have been there done that. This post isnt a political thing ,, its just the reality of the situation.... rat
 
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