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How’s Your Hog Doing?

How’s Your Hog Doing?

 

I’m no biker, but bikes are badass. Or, I guess I should say, hogs are bad ass – since that’s what bikers, and specifically Harley Davidson riders, call their bikes. There’s an owner’s group out there now called the Harley Owner’s Group (get it? HOG?), but even before that, I wondered why Harleys were called hogs. So, I looked it up!

 

It turns out that down south back in the 1920s and for several decades, Harley Davidson teams of racers had mascots to cheer them along, and one (or maybe more?) of the successful teams had hog and pig mascots. They figured that the bikes and the hogs both had a workman-like, endearing quality to them, and they forever became linked. The racing teams called themselves the hogs as an homage to their hog mascot, and they considered themselves to be linked from it.

 

 

Sure enough, it caught on all over the country (because who doesn’t love a good hog, after all?!), and Harley Davidson motorcycles just became synonymous with hogs. Something you don’t learn every day, right?

 

 

Plus, Harleys are traditionally the biggest and “fattest” bikes on the road – not luxurious like BMW motorcycles, or speedy like what Honda and Kawasaki are making nowadays, just good old fashioned road hogs that putter along, sound loud, motor through everything, and are truly an American staple. The hogs moniker stuck, and it just seemed a natural fit over the years for what Harley Davidson was producing, and what they were all about.

 

 

Here’s something cooler, though: Harley Davidson International is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. As an homage to their history and all the amazing customers they’ve had over the years, they changed their NYSE ticker symbol in 2006 from HDI to HOG – hogs, baby!

 

There are countless other stories around, too, about why Harley Davidson motorcycles are called hogs, but everyone seems to come back to one thing: they may not be the sleekest or fastest bikes on the road, and they may not turn as well as some others, but they sure do hang out there and take up some space with their major cruising ability – just like a hog in a pen, I guess.

 

Whatever the reason, hogs and Harley Davidson are forever connected, and now you know why! Besides, bikes are kind of badass when you really think about it – so, go Hogs!

 

14 Comments
  • Shawn
    Posted at 14:21h, 24 February Reply

    Interesting! I had no idea they called their bikes “hogs”!

  • Nicki
    Posted at 17:02h, 25 February Reply

    WOW, I do like the bike and how beautiful you are!

    • Steven Sikes
      Posted at 01:12h, 26 February Reply

      I am so glad I found this website. Very interesting stuff.

  • moongirl
    Posted at 17:20h, 25 February Reply

    This is a really interesting article … and I love the Harley piggy toy !

  • Robert
    Posted at 17:37h, 25 February Reply

    Interesting, I always wondered how bikes got the nickname hogs.

  • Honeysucklerose
    Posted at 17:47h, 25 February Reply

    Very interesting article. You really do learn something new everyday. I never knew the connection between hogs and Harley Davidsons.

    • Gilmara
      Posted at 23:44h, 14 February Reply

      I have a huntin’ buddy who is a pgapaleric- C6 break many years ago, and he rides a chair to get around. We hunt hogs in E.Tx together from time to time on his place. Most of the time, he hunts from either the cab of his ‘farm truck’ or from an ATV. Sometimes, it does get rather exciting when he needs to outrun an angry sow as he usually insists on using a 629 or his Contender. If I still had lungs, I’d consider going back to a boar spear, but the FAL works just fine for me these days. Regards,Rabbit. wv-shedness- what we look for quickly when he misses.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 19:29h, 25 February Reply

    Very interesting article. You really do learn something new everyday. I never knew the connection between hogs and Harley Davidsons.

  • Daniel
    Posted at 04:51h, 26 February Reply

    Sweet post, like both pigs and bikes.

  • jack joseph
    Posted at 05:02h, 26 February Reply

    I never knew the relation between hogs and the motorbikes. I really want that cuddly pig for my daughter though

  • Cindy Freeman
    Posted at 10:23h, 26 February Reply

    I just love that pig on the motorcycle. It is just gorgeous.

  • Ghie
    Posted at 15:01h, 26 February Reply

    Unique but hey I won’t call my bike ‘hog’ 🙂 no offense to harleys. I’ll stick to ‘my baby’.
    And cute, pigs for mascot though if someone wants to insult they’ll relate the picture of the pig riding the bike as the person, well to say ‘fat’. People do generalize.
    Just saying, I’m a biker so I wouldn’t like people thinking of me in a pig-picture, again pipz no offense.

  • CindyLouWho
    Posted at 19:49h, 03 March Reply

    These biker pigs are so cute it’s not even funny!

  • Annalise loves piggies!
    Posted at 19:20h, 12 March Reply

    Yeah my dad is a biker and I’d agree with you @Ghie. Pig or hog terms are usually to describe people as “fat” and I’m sure most bikers wouldn’t want the name hog or pig associated with them, but maybe some do!

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