Men’s Top Holiday Gifts 2016

The holiday season has arrived and its time to start the stressful task of picking out holiday gifts for friends and family. To make it a bit easier for you I have complied a list of great gift ideas any biker guy is sure to love. So here is the top gifts for biker men 2016 edition.

  1. Black denim is all the rage in the motorcycle world right now, gift him with a quality made black denim vest from Milwaukee Leather. Check out this club style denim vest with hidden front zipper and internal concealment pockets.

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2. Gift the gift of warmth with the best pair of insulated leather motorcycle gauntlet gloves. These premium deerskin leather gloves have 150 grams of toasty warm thinsulate insulation.

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3. A quality leather wallet is something any guy will appreciate. Check out this American made genuine leather biker chain wallet with buffalo nickel snap.

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4. A funny biker t-shirt like this work sucks motorcycle shirt is a solid gift to purchase.

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5. Accessories can be a mans best friend, like this American Made genuine leather biker style watch band with triple buckle closure.

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Welcome To The Boundless Leather Blog

Few experiences in life compare to that feeling which is felt when an open road is stretched before you – vast, infinite and boundless.  The geniuses in our culture, from Brando to Hopper and Fonda, knew that the best way to experience this challenge was to zip up a leather jacket and attack it with two wheels.

 

For nearly twenty years, we at Leather Bound Online have shared this passion for the road, and have helped clothe thousands of men, women and children in the leather jackets and protective leather motorcycle vests that have made their motorcycle journeys unforgettable.

 

With the launch of the Boundless Leather Blog, we look forward to sharing just a few of the stories that came from these journeys, or will help prepare you for your own.

 

Visit each week for a new post, ranging from:

  • Real life stories from the road
  • Countdowns to top events like Sturgis
  • Motorcycle safety tips that could one day save your life

We look forward to posting for you each week.

 

Let us know what you think, or feel free to share your own stories, via the comments below.

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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