All throughout history there have been people who enjoyed adventure and the adrenalin rush associated with the times. At the start of the twentieth century bikes became a way to experience this. Since then the ones that love riding, the freedom it provides, the rush and the experience it supplies have joined the ranks of bike riders. Motorcycles have changed and evolved since those early years. It used to have a miracle to get them started and then the electric start was devised. Motorcycle safety and riding gear have evolved through the years also. There have been leather motorcycle jackets almost as long as there were cycles. In World War I wore leather jackets to stay warm while flying, seeing as their cockpits was not heated. This was the start of the type of jacket known as the bomber jacket. These coats have the higher group collars, with banded sleeve cuffs and banded waistband.
It was the 1920’s when the traditional motorcycle jacket came into being. It was Irving scot layouts which came up with the perfecto in 1928. It sold for $5.50 in the Harley Davidson shop in New York. It is said that it was named after Irving shot’s favorite cigar, the perfecto. In 1953 the film the wild one starred Marlon Brando sporting a traditional motorcycle jacket, which led to colleges around the nation banning their pupils from wearing motorcycle jackets to college. Just two decades after James dean was in a picture sporting the identical type of jacket. The traditional motorcycle jacket has a large collar that snaps down, zippered cuffs, and a belt. This coat has the rebel rider look. Other styles came along like the euro and pistol Pete. Euro coats have a sleek appearance to them. They have a high banded collar that normally snaps, and zippered pockets which lay flat adding to the sleek appearance. The pistol Pete includes a pocket that is the complete length of the coat that zips open and comprises multiple smaller pockets.
There have been women riders as long as there have been men cyclists. At first there were only a few women that rode. You will find women’s motorcycle jacket that come from the fashions and fit for ladies. Ladies love riding, having their own bicycles to ride rather than constantly riding behind someone. Women’s coats come in the classic black biking leather, but they also come in pink and brown, in addition to black with stripes in different colors. You will find women’s motorcycle jackets that include fringe, which some might think are that there just for looks. True it increases the design, but it also has a purpose that is to wick the water away from the coat when riding in the rain.