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Old 06-30-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Help me understadn the patches

I was at a 2-Wheel Tuesday event tonight in the Green Bay area. Lots of the usual bikes, mostly Harleys, some Victory, some Indians, various other bikes.

The HD crowd of course were wearing all manner of HD gear, including the vests and patches for the local Hog chapter. Some patches though I am curious about. I saw a guy with the usual vest covered with all sorts of patches, and a row of them on his back for "Hog Miles", one for 5,000 miles, next for 10,000 miles, then 15,000 miles and so on up to 40,000 miles.

In my mind I'm thinking, "patches for acheiving 5,000 miles of riding?" So I must be wrong, because in my mind that is barely a normal riding season. So does anybody have info on why there are partches for Hog Miles? If it was for 40,000 miles in one year, I'm impressed. 5,000 miles per year, not "patch worthy" to me.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:02 PM   #2
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The MoCo (that's Harley speak for HD Corporate) keeps track of miles, for those who have service done By The Dealer. When they see that you have clicked off 1, 5, 10, 20, etc thousand miles, (and you are a HOG member), they send you the patch to have sewn on your "look at me" vest.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:18 PM   #3
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They have patches, we have pannier stickers.


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Old 06-30-2015, 08:32 PM   #4
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They have patches, we have pannier stickers.
Where can I get a "5,000 mile" sticker?



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Old 06-30-2015, 08:41 PM   #5
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:54 PM   #6
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:06 PM   #7
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:11 PM   #8
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I see what you did there.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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BMW does the same thing, but the increments are a wee bit different... I think every 100,000 miles ridden gets you a cert. ;)
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:57 PM   #10
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Here is a thread on Patches that got punted to The Basement last year...

Let's See Your Cut...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=978326

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Old 07-01-2015, 03:39 AM   #11
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The MoCo (that's Harley speak for HD Corporate) keeps track of miles, for those who have service done By The Dealer. When they see that you have clicked off 1, 5, 10, 20, etc thousand miles, (and you are a HOG member), they send you the patch to have sewn on your "look at me" vest.
in other words....."Here person that gave us money. Here's proof we are better than Edsel"
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:50 AM   #12
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If it was for 40,000 miles in one year, I'm impressed. 5,000 miles per year, not "patch worthy" to me.
It's not for impressing you. It's a gimmick Harley does to let people enjoy themselves. Especially appealing to first-time buyers/riders. http://www.munciehog.com/docs/HOGMileageProgram.pdf

Not much different than people who go riding vs people who post about riding.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:55 AM   #13
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I see it now

While 5 thousand miles is not an accomplishment to you and I, it seems to be for a certain segment. For all the ritualistic costume and conformity, I have experienced very little actual negativity from them aimed at me or my ride.

I'm not a MoCo cheerleader, but give the Devil his due. Is Harley hating like the people who say "My favorite team is whoever is playing against the Dallas Cowboys" ?

5k is a rediculous milestone to celebrate, but so is many other decals and patches as proof of places visited or hardship suffered. I'm cool with a rider feeling good about 40k miles, but to be zen, the journey is not measured in miles traveled.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:04 AM   #14
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why there are patches for Hog Miles?
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:12 AM   #15
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Guess I'll have to get a BM/GS!
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