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Motorcycle Touring Jackets

Aug 31, 2008
While not a particular style in its own right, the motorcycle touring jacket rather encompasses all styles, and is designed for the long haul with the comfort and protection of the rider as the first and foremost priority.

As such, you will find traditional touring jackets, touring scooter jackets, cruiser styles, and even well armored racing style jackets all made from the finest of leathers and the best craftsmanship.

The touring jacket concept assumes that the rider will be spending long hours on the road, perhaps up to eight or more, and rightly deserves to be as comfortable as possible. Being exposed to the elements for such lengthy stretches of time also necessitates the use of the best of material for comfort and safety.

For these reasons, a good leather touring jacket will usually be offered in top or full grain naked buffalo or cowhide, and can reach thicknesses of up to 2mm.

The importance of a good, thick leather jacket cannot be overemphasized in the case of an unintended slide across an asphalt road, and for safety reasons, touring jackets will often be offered with a matching pair of chaps. Because of the quality of design and material used, a good touring jacket will obviously be on the high end of the price range, and will often be adorned with braiding, Conchos and other forms of decorative craftsmanship.

Of course, the individual tourer has all the options available with all styles of motorcycle jackets, and can choose according to the conditions the rider expects to be touring in. It is a given that any upper range touring jacket will start with a zip out lining, so choose a jacket with plenty of vents for warmer climate, side laces and neck warmers for colder ones.

For your comfort and protection, many modern day touring jackets offer removable protectors at the shoulders and elbows. Look for the CE approval. Some styles even offer a built in kidney belt, a welcomed addition by anyone spending long hours on a bike.

Ease of movement is also addressed by the addition of stretch panels under the arms and/or sides. Also look for stretch material in your touring chaps or pants. Sudden movements and quick reaction to events on the road should not be impeded by your touring apparel.

Just as any style of motorcycle jacket can be called a touring jacket, so can they be offered in lesser grades of leather such as top grain, or even the soft light weight leathers of lambskin, sheep or goat. For the non rider that just likes the look, this is fine. For the biker that makes shorter trips, or only rides sporadically but likes a particular touring jacket style, the less expensive grains of buffalo and cow are also perfectly suitable.

Bikers that spend long hours on the road, whether for business or pleasure, out of choice, or necessity, should seriously consider the higher grade naked leather touring motorcycle jackets and apparel. Consider them essential pieces of your motorcycle safety gear. Dont skimp on your leathers - they could some day save your hide.

Many factors come into consideration when pondering the purchase of a new motorcycle jacket. The purpose of a motorcycle jacket is utilitarian as well as style. The fashion industry has taken the demands of the biker community and come up with a set of styles suitable in general to all, and specifically designed for the kind of riding you do.

The choice is up to you. Find the style that fits your riding, determine the material best suited for you, then add or subtract the vents, laces, pockets and belts. After that, it's all about the look, so by all means, be as cool as you can be!
About the Author
Michael Talbert is the creator, owner, and operator of Biker Leather Ltd., an online retailer of fine leather and textile motorcycle jackets, leather chaps, vests and biker accessories. Visit the website at www.NakedLeatherBiker.com.
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