History of Motorcycles

Make sure you wear your helmet when you go for a ride on your motor-velocipede!”

“Veloci what?! “

Good thing that word did not catch on. A velocipede was an early name for a bicycle. It comes from the Latin veloc meaning “quick” plus the word ped meaning “foot.”

The Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede was built in 1867. A small Louis-Guillaume Perreaux commercial steam engine was attached to a Pierre Michaux manufactured iron-framed pedal bicycle or velocipede. This was considered by some to be the world’s first motorcycle. Only one was manufactured. In 1884, Louis-Guillaume Perreaux created a tricycle version that zoomed along at a high speed of 18 mph.

Sylvester H. Roper was also said to have invented the steam velocipede in that same year in Boston. In 1896, he got the speed up to an astonishing (for the time) 40 mph. Unfortunately, he suffered heart failure while riding it and died.

From Riding Carriage to Motor Cycle

German inventors, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach built the first petroleum-powered motorcycle in 1885. They called their invention the reitwagen meaning a two-wheeled “riding carriage.”

Can you imagine saying, “I was really rippin’ it up on my reitwagen last night?!”

E.J. Pennington demonstrated a motorcycle of his own design in Milwaukee in 1895. Pennington claimed his machine was capable of a speed of 58 mph and is credited with inventing the term “motor cycle” to describe his machine. (Now there’s a name that might stick!)

In 1902, English bicycle maker Triumph, produced its first motorcycle. It was a bicycle fitted with a single-cylinder 2.25 bhp Belgian Minerva engine attached to the down tube of a bicycle frame. In 1903, Triumph motorcycle sales topped 500.   Click here to see a picture of the Triumph Roadster.

Twenty-one year old William S. Harley teamed up with his friend 20-year old Arthur Davidson, in 1903, to make available to the public the first production Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The bike was built to be a racer, with a 3-1/8 inch bore and 3-1/2 inch stroke. The factory in which they worked was a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” crudely scrawled on the door. Arthur’s brother Walter later joined their efforts.  Click here to see a picture of this historic bike.

Evolution of Motorcycle Gear

 

Around the same time motorcycles were becoming popular, the brown leather flight jackets worn by aviators and members of the military, commonly called “bomber jackets,” were prized for their comfort and durability.

In 1913, two brothers, the sons of  Russian immigrants Irving and Jack Schott, started making raincoats in a basement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which were then sold by street peddlers. We guess you could say that these were the first motorcycle jacket door-to-door salesmen.

In 1928, the Schotts designed and produced their first men’s leather motorcycle jacket hyperlink: http://www.leatherboundonline.com/Leather_Motorcycle_Jackets_for_Men_s/295.htm]. Retailing for $5.50 at a Long Island Harley Davidson distributor, the “Perfecto,” as it was called, was a symbol of the excitement, adventure and danger that fueled the fascination with motorcycles.

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History of Motorcycle Clubs & Vest Patches

History of Motorcycle Clubs & Vest Patches

The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) began in 1924 to promote and support motorcycling enthusiasts. Over the last 100+ years, the origin of the organization and patches worn, most often on a biker’s motorcycle vest, became lost in Hollywood lore. While 99% of bikers are law-abiding, there was 1% of the riding population that was not. At least that’s what the AMA stated in a long ago written article.

How the Outlaw Rider was Born

That 1% stuck and, when the movie, The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, memorialized these “bad boys,” a popular myth of the outlaw rider began and a clubs’ “colors” emerged as a way to distinguish themselves from the founding organization and AMA-sanctioned activities.

“Colors” refers to a motorcycle club’s patch setup. A motorcycle club wears a three-piece patch as opposed to what a member of a motorcycle club might wear. Note the distinction: a motorcycle club is not a motorcycle organization. They are governed by different rules. A family or riding club, an AMA-approved biker rights organization, for example, might typically wear a one-piece patch, which requires little more than filling out an application and mailing a check.

A motorcycle club member wearing a three-piece patch identifies the club name (top rocker), place of origin (bottom rocker) and the club’s crest (patch) placed in the center. This traditional patch follows established protocols and a code of conduct. The club also follows a rigorous membership process where a prospective member needs to earn the right to wear the full patch.

“Every Picture Tells a Story Don’t It”

If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd and wanting to buy a custom biker patch, then check out motorcycle patches from Leather Bound Online. Motorcycle patches are quick and easy to apply.  They can either be sewn or ironed on.

Most people wear the black denim motorcycle vest with zipper when wearing club colors. Check it out.

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Bikers for Trump T-Shirts

Show your support for Trump with this funny biker t-shirt featuring Trump riding a motorcycle wearing a shirt that reads: if you can read this the bitch fell off and Hilary Clinton is falling off the back of the bike. Red white and blue patriotic themed “Make American Great Again.”

Available in t-shirt, muscle style tank top and a sticker.

*T-shirt available in sizes up to 6XL, tank top available in sizes up to 2XL

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New Brand Spotlight: LS2 Helmets

Just in time for the spring 2016 riding season we have added a new and widely popular brand of motorcycle helmets, LS2.

LS2 is a high quality brand that offers riders a superior helmet for a reasonable cost. In the few shorts weeks we have stocked the LS2 brand our customers have shown such a positive liking to the new styles that we have already ordered more styles that will be arriving soon.

Here are the styles we currently have available.

The “Anti-Hero” Full Face

DOT approved full face motorcycle helmet with drop down sun shield. This helmet has easily become one of our more popular full face styles because of its light-weight comfortable fit and high quality graphics. Prices at only $119.99 this helmet is a great buy.

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The “Omega Red” Stream Full Face

Bold colors make this red and white full face helmet stand out on the road, also with a drop down sun shield and a lightweight comfortable fit at $114.99 you cant go wrong with this bargain price.

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The Stream in gloss black

Stick to classic glossy black and still receive all of the desired features of a LS2 helmet when you pick the gloss black stream full face with drop down sun shield, vents and light weight comfortable fit. Only $104.99

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