Motorcycle Leather Jacket
The motorcycle leather jacket is worn by bikers, but has also been worn by rock stars, military aviators, metalheads, goths, punks, and the police. It is both worn for protection, but can also be intimidating to onlookers.
They became very popular in the last century. Movies played a role in their popularity. Johnny Strabler, played by Marlon Brando's in The Wild One wore a motorcycle leather jacket. Even the 'Fonz' from the Television show "Happy Days" wore one of these and was 'cool'. They were also worn by the couple in the movie Grease.
Sometimes called "Bomber jackets", they were worn by stars including Gary Cooper in For Whom the Bell Tolls, Jimmy Stewart in Night Passage, Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones, and in Top Gun.
Some are thicker than others, making them safer for riding. They are also heavier, some having armor lined within. Whether they are cool and intimidating or not, they provide a real layer of protection in the event of a mishap. When you head out on the ride, don't forget your motorcycle leather jacket.