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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 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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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 ! :eek:


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 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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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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If I lived in northern Florida, or farther north, I'd own a set of perforated leather an a set of non-perforated... but I live in south Florida, and commute, so I wear textiles... except for my boots and gloves. I do have a set of leather chaps, but only wear them as a third layer when it gets really cold down here.
 

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Leather sportbike-style jacket (all black though) with armor/padding, leather gloves, leather boots, textile pants with armor/padding.

Both the jacket and pants have zip out panels with mesh behind for when it's warmer out.
 

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. . . 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?
Hang out at some places where bikers hang out, and you will. If it's cold or cool, I know I have my leather on.
 

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Leathers for us!



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


Actually, you can die from road rash. A guy here a few years back hit the pavement in jeans and a t-shirt going about 35mph. He peeled all the layers of skin off on one leg and one arm, and got a massive blood infection from all the nice stuff on the road- garbage trucks, rendering trucks, septic trucks, etc. His whole system got infected and it killed him.


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
You're far more likely to get in an accident running local errands in town than you are on the highway. I rarely ride in town without at least leather jacket, gloves and helmet.
 

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The only mc jacket I own is leather. I have chaps, but they're nylon with thinsulate liners. The only leather on them is the side trim (where the zipper and snaps are), and the waist band. Oh, my gauntlets are leather, too. I also own a pair of leather Harley Boots - the only HD thing I own.
 

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I wear Carbolex or Kevlar gear, leather is too hot in the summer. Leather gloves in the winter, leather and mesh gloves in the summer. I do have a leather vest I wear over my gear sometimes with my CMA colors on it! Probably looks really stupid but, eh, who cares.

Oh and, with all due respect, if you're criteria for what you wear on a motorcycle is "Will I look good in this" or "Is this the appropriate attire for my brand of motorcycle", then you're in the wrong hobby. LOL

Kidding, but in all honesty, who cares if it's not a 'harley' thing. Or if it IS a 'harley' thing. Do what you enjoy and try to be protected as best you can. keep the shiny side up.
 

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Sounds like your too worried about what people think. Just wear what is comfortable, protective, and what you like.
I wear a leather jacket or a leather/textile jacket, leather boots and gloves with jeans(blue)not black, I am pretty sure only HD riders are allowed to wear black jeans, at least tight ones.:D
 

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MtrCity said:
Sounds like your too worried about what people think.
Romans5.8 said:
Oh and, with all due respect, if you're criteria for what you wear on a motorcycle is "Will I look good in this" or "Is this the appropriate attire for my brand of motorcycle", then you're in the wrong hobby. LOL
Hey! Let me set something straight here, gentlemen. That's not my only concern, okay?!

LOL I see what you guys are saying. I wasn't sure if people were moving toward textile or something because it seems like a lot of the people I pass have textile jackets unless they're on Harleys...then it seems to be leather or no protection at all (other than a helmet). I think I'll pick up a leather jacket and hold off on the chaps, but get some type of pants that I know will slide across the concrete.

Also, I found out why Harley guys where the bandana on their face....it's not because they are criminals and want to go rob a bank or start a gang fight, it's because they have sensitive skin and don't want to get wind burned. Poor little fellas...just thought I'd share my knowledge.
 

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Jacket (when cool), vest, boots and gloves/gauntlets. Yes.
 

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Hey! Let me set something straight here, gentlemen. That's not my only concern, okay?!

LOL I see what you guys are saying. I wasn't sure if people were moving toward textile or something because it seems like a lot of the people I pass have textile jackets unless they're on Harleys...then it seems to be leather or no protection at all (other than a helmet). I think I'll pick up a leather jacket and hold off on the chaps, but get some type of pants that I know will slide across the concrete.

Also, I found out why Harley guys where the bandana on their face....it's not because they are criminals and want to go rob a bank or start a gang fight, it's because they have sensitive skin and don't want to get wind burned. Poor little fellas...just thought I'd share my knowledge.
If you ride alot of miles in one sitting, you'd understand the virtue of a windshield/bandana/full face helmet.

Modern textiles offer almost as much protection as leather but are much, much cooler thanks to being better breathing. Carbolex boasts 97% the strength of leather. I've heard people say that's not good enough, but when it's hot out they wear a T-Shirt... 97% the protection of leather is better than 0% the protection!

I wear a Carbolex jacket and overpants. Very cool, doesn't get hot except at a stop, comfortable, etc.

There are even 'hybrids', with leather in the high impact areas (knees, shoulders, elbows, a patch in the back and a patch over the chest, etc.) with simply air-mesh in between for breathing. There's all kinds of stuff out now. If you wanna wear gear when you ride then you're living in the right time because they've got everything these days...
 
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