Brando Would Be Proud

By: Reggie Andersen

When it comes to riding a motorcycle, whether the person is a weekend hobbyist or a lifestyler, the leather jacket is one of the most profoundly important articles of clothing to enter his or her possession. You'll very very seldom see an experienced motorcycle rider without their jacket; the leather jacket is part and parcel of the life of a motorcyclist and it in many ways, it is quite indispensable.

Many motorcyclists refer to their leather jacket as their armor, and psychological and comfort benefits aside, it is easy to see why. Accidents will happen and many people on the road are aware of that. A good leather jacket can mean the difference between a few scrapes and bruises and the need for skin graft. Motorcycle riders have had their skins saved quite literally through wearing the appropriate gear and the black leather jacket is as much of a uniform as you are likely to see from the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts.

When it comes to leather, however, most people don't just stop with their jackets. Leather is a wonderfully flexible, extremely sensual material, and there are plenty of places on your motorcycle that can be fitted with leather. Leather saddlebags, which can be attached to the rear of your bike, are an excellent way to keep your gear organized and in one place. If you are interested in having even more space to store your gear, check out the leather sissybar bags that are available. This type of bag often has enough space for a detachable bedroll on top and many zippered side storage containers, making them a great camping option.

Leather gloves are another excellent accessory for the discerning motorcycle rider. Look for gloves that are made out of good-quality leather. During the summer months, many motorcyclists use ubiquitous fingerless leather gloves, while the winter season often sees riders sporting well-insulated leather gloves that both warm the hands and give them room to breathe. If you are purchasing motorcycle gloves, remember to try them on if at all possible; gloves that are too loose can be problematic, not to mention dangerous, when you wear them on the road.

Whether you're heading out for a summer of fun or motorcycles are simply a way of life for you, remember to take the time to make sure that you are prepared when you head out. Leather goods last a good while on the road, so try to make sure that you have the nicest gear that you can afford!

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