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The Importance of Black Leather Jackets to Bikers

Jun 20, 2008
When asked to think about a biker in your mind, you probably picture a person sitting on a motorcycle in a black leather jacket. Bikers and black leather jackets always seem to go together. Black leather jackets provide the best of both worlds for bikers. They give the biker a stylish look while also shielding themselves from injury.

When you see groups of motorcyclists going down the highway, it is likely that many of them will be wearing black leather jackets. Also if you go to a biker event like Bike Week in Daytona, you will come across a sea of black leather. It isn't only leather jackets that bikers love. Bikers also love black leather pants, gloves and boots.

Well, there is no denying that the 'biker look' is very cool. So much so that some people duplicate the look even if they don't own or ride motorcycles! But wearing black leather jackets is not just about 'the look'. This is one article of clothing that is needed to help the biker avoid serious scrapes and injury.

When riding down the highway at 70 mph, exposed to the wind and outdoors, it is often that you will be pelted with bugs and other road debris. Think of how the front grill on your car looks sometimes. Have you ever stuck your arm out of the car window as you whizzed down the open road? If so, you probably felt pricks and nicks as bugs and little rocks hit your skin. When going that fast, even little bugs can hurt. A good leather jacket helps to protect bikers from that irritation.

In addition, if the unthinkable does happen and the biker spills his bike onto the pavement, the biker will have some protection. The protection of the black leather jacket against his skin just could save him from losing the skin on his arms or at least making the injury less severe than it might have otherwise been.

A black leather jacket is no suit of armor, but it does offer some degree of safeguard while motorcycling. Leather has been used for centuries as a form of protection during many of mankind's pursuits so it was only natural for it to become part of the biker culture. Now the black leather jacket and biker look has become synonymous with a bold and tough lifestyle.

Leather jackets give bikers a change to show brand loyalty such as with Harley Davidson. Just like most prominent companies that cater to the biking community, Harley makes a line of leather jackets. The only other thing that rivals black leather jackets in association with bikers is Harley Davidson motorcycles. So you can imagine, black leather jackets made by Harley Davidson are very popular among bikers and non bikers alike. As you can see, bikers can be both protected and stylish while wearing their black leather jacket.
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Leather craftsman and Author Ethan O. Tanner discusses the importance ofblack leather jackets to motorcycle riders and why motorcycle riders should buy a black leather jacket
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