We have all seen motorcycle vests and jackets with elbow patches across their back. The amazing thing is that each one tells its own unique story, pledges loyalty, or is marketing to other groups / individuals that could gain potential members. In this brief article we will be taking a look at the components of custom motorcycle patches and will be looking at what each component means.
Top Rocker: This is commonly the very patch to be displayed which usually denotes the club or affiliation. In most cases this portion of the patch will be slightly curved in a downward motion to mirror the bottom rocker which is under the colors.
Colors: This is the center of the patch that displays the symbol or logo used by the motorcycle club or affiliation. This can be anything from an extremely elaborate mural type patch or a more simplistic symbol such as a skull and crossbones.
Bottom Rocker: This is the portion of the patch that mirrors the top rocker that falls in just above the colors which we discussed above. The purpose of the bottom rocker is most commonly used to showcase the home location of the member or club.
MC: This custom motorcycle patch is usaualy found just to one side of the colors and stands for Motorcycle Club.
Now that we have taken a look at the components of a custom motorcycle patch separately lets take a moment to think about all that goes into the creation of these extremely important elements to any motorcycle club's custom patch. The most important component with these custom patches is that each must be completely unique from other motorcycles clubs in order to create an identifier or brand for that club. Creating a patch that is too close to something that has already been claimed by another Motorcycle Club could certainly become a potential point of contention.
One other component many people do not think about is keeping each branded patch unified while still remaining completely customizable for members. Every size vest, jacket, or clothing item displaying the Top Rocker, Colors, Bottom Rocker, and MC has to be rated a little differently. The last thing anyone would want is to have a custom motorcycle patch mean for an XXL jacket to be put on a Small. This would create a less than desirable look not to mention lack of flexibility; which is crucial when you are riding a motorcycle that needs high levels of maneuverability.