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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone wear leather?

Or is that mainly a Harley thing? I wear leather gloves and boots, but I have a Tourmaster jacket. I was thinking of switching to a leather jacket and maybe even pick up some chaps, but I started thinking about it and I can't remember the last time I saw someone wearing a leather jacket and chaps and NOT riding a Harley. Do you guys wear leather jackets or chaps?

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Sometimes, if the misses if feeling up to it, I'll put on some leather.
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I have chaps but have rarely worn them.

I do wear leather, almost always. I have mostly leather for jackets (I have several jackets), and have leather jean pants made by Vanson, and I have a custom made two piece leather suit that I have occasionally worn on my cruiser, although it is more suitable for my sport bike.

I wear leather with armor in the shoulders and elbows and back. Ventilation is a must. One jacket I own has fabric inserts on the insides of the sleeves and perforation in the front and exhaust at the rear. Another jacket has a zip down vent that goes top to bottom on right and left on the front and ventilation out the back (expansion joints going top to bottom on each side). I own a Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh jacket to wear on real hot days, but if I am touring I only wear leather, usually the perforated jacket, and I take a rain coat to put over it if it gets cold or rainy.

For pants I usually wear jeans or work pants, but I do also wear leather pants on some trips. I consider leather the best protection, but there are good fabric options out there that have pretty decent abrasion resistance and armor, and they can provide better ventilation unless you buy a leather jacket that is perforated or that has a lot of built in ventilation zippers or fabric inserts (usually those are on inside panel of sleeves).
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HD does not own leather.

When you are riding, you have very little protection even if you are all geared up.

However, leather is riders choice for breaking cold wind and possibly preventing road rash. I highly suggest that everyone invest in as much leather protection as you can afford.

What matters above all is the joy of riding and confidence in knowing that if you were to go down, you have a good chance of survival.

Now of course if you saw me about two days ago, you'd call me a major hypocrite. Don't do what I do, do what I say to do. Lernt that from mom.
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Leather jacket, vest and chaps here. Wear depending on temps.

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I wear a joe rocket mesh jacket with armor, leather/mesh work boots with steel toes, just got a pair of leather chaps and my gloves are leather/textile sport bike gloves with some armour


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h yes, well, sometimes... OH !! you meant on a bike !


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Or is that mainly a Harley thing? I wear leather gloves and boots, but I have a Tourmaster jacket. I was thinking of switching to a leather jacket and maybe even pick up some chaps, but I started thinking about it and I can't remember the last time I saw someone wearing a leather jacket and chaps and NOT riding a Harley. Do you guys wear leather jackets or chaps?

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I wear my leathers most of the time. Don't care for chaps though.
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I have leather jackets & chaps, also have Cordura jacket and pants with armour that I wear 90% of the time, exept when I do local erands jeans, t shirt, running shoes is all I use

as for road rash, that's the last thing that I need to worry if I hit the ground at high speed

more concerned about fractures

just my opinion ride safe
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post #10 of 89 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 08:38 PM
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Heh you say that but road rash sucks bawls!!

I always wear leather gloves deer skinned lined. I have a leather jacket for cold weather, sliders jeans (Kevlar lined), textile jacket w armor.

Used to be A jeans/tshirt guy until I picked gravel n glass out of my body for a couple of weeks. Good times!
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