Since the 1950s, when we think of the leather motorcycle jackets when we think of bikers. Since Marlon Brando, the black biker jacket has been a mainstay of the riding wardrobe for a man and now there are just as many ladies wearing them as men! As sharp and stylish as a well cut jacket may be, there's more to it than a sexy look.
Riding and racing motorcycles can be fun as all Hell...but sadly, there is always the chance that even a casual ride on a scenic country highway can turn into a nightmare with a motorcycle wreck ruining an otherwise perfect day.
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So when looking for leather biker jackets, shop with safety and protection in mind first and looks second. To put appearance first would be a very bad call. And why would you neglect your personal safety when in today's selection of biker clothing you can have the best of both?
FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN A MOTORCYCLE JACKET
When shopping for the perfect biker jacket, look for a product that is thick enough and sturdy enough that it will protect your skin should the worst case scenario come into play.
As most experienced riders are well aware, there are times when all that's between you and a bad case of road rash is the leather of your heavy leather motorcycle boots, jacket and chaps.
The leather of the jacket is what will take the first impact and abrasion from the pavement in a crash so take a measure of how thick the material is and just so you know, thicker is better.
COMFORT AND FIT
Nobody wants to take a road trip in a corset so when you find a motorcycle jacket that is well constructed and looks like it would hold up in a slide across the asphalt, try it on and see how it feels.
Proper fit is crucial to comfort as well as to give you the flexibility to move around and operate the motorcycle properly.
VALUE AND DURABILITY
There's a reason that lots of bikers are tempted to buy cheap leather jackets, a good leather motorcycle jacket is expensive. To get the best value for your money, do some comparison shopping, inspect the best, weatherproof jacket that you can afford inside and out and consider buying one of the lightly used motorcycle jackets that are listed on this motorcycle classified ads site or on one of the online auction sites.
It's a fact that ugly motorcycle jackets are not going to be worn no matter how dangerous it is to ride without one. If it doesn't fit or look good keep looking until you find a jacket that you can actually enjoy wearing. Vanity may be a sin, but so long as the safety features are in place there's nothing wrong with wanting to look your best on your bike.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Don't wait until a near miss or an actual motorcycle wreck before thinking about buying protective clothing and gear. Shop around for the best deal for optimal safety, comfort and fit. Be a smart shopper and don't get in a hurry and maybe you won't have to compromise sacrificing safety features for appearance in order for the motorcycle jacket to properly do its job. The jacket you buy may end up keeping your hide from being skinned off you and you will be thankful that you spent the time it took to find a quality biker jacket.
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