Keeping Up With Fashion In Travels With Harley

I wouldn’t call myself a fashionista, but I do like to look good when Jim and I head out on the Road King for, “Travels with Harley.”

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The motorcycle industry, especially Harley-Davidson, has had a huge impact on the entire world, and no one can deny that fashion has played a major part. Although I’ve never considered myself that cool, I change my tune when I put on my leathers and hit the road with Jim.

Men and women all over the planet have emulated the biker look. Big leather boots, leather jackets and of course leather pants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fashionable biker wear.

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The leather that we wear is not only fashionable, but also worn for protection. Boots, jackets, gloves, and pants are usually made out of Kevlar, nylon or leather. A good motorcycle jacket should have heavy padding on the shoulders, spine, and elbows. The gloves that Jim and I wear when we go for a ride or made of leather, with carbon fiber knuckle protection.

 

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Our boots are reinforced to keep our feet safe, especially when Jim takes those sharp corners. Made from heavy materials with extra strength on the seams, our boots are designed to resist cuts, abrasions, and tears. Our Harley boots are strong, tough, and surprisingly flexible. The stiff soles also provide us with protection. The composite soles are rubber-based and oil resistant. This gives us both the grip that we need on the pavement, and on the pegs. Our boots also have load spreaders and energy absorbers that help to protect our ankles.

Some Harley-Davidson riders wear leathers. These can be one-piece suits, or jackets and pants that are worn in case of an accident. The leather that our biker clothing is made out of is protective leather, which is flexible, strong, and tough.

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Kangaroo leather has become popular as it is lightweight, strong, and supple and can be likened to cowhide. The very first racing leather suit was worn by Geoff Duke, a world champion racer. His suit was made for streamlining as opposed to safety. Like most of the leathers that were made in the 1950’s, his suit was made out of horsehide.

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These days you can find great gear for riders, especially women. You can buy pink, red, blue, or turquoise leathers with a matching jacket, or go for something more subtle. Personally, I like pink, but I doubt that I will ever get Jim into a pink leather one-piece for our next, “Travels with Harley,” road trip!