From the Perfecto to Prêt-à-Porter

Two-wheeled enthusiast Morgan Sansotta blogs on behalf of Jafrum.com. She owns half a dozen leather jackets. None of them are a Perfecto. It’s a legend. And it all started with a cigar. 1928 was the year, Irving Schott the man and the product — the world’s first leather motorcycle jacket. The Schott brothers dubbed this particular cut of rugged outerwear “The Perfecto” in homage to their favorite stogie. Previously relegated to outfitting New Yorkers with raincoats (made in their basement and peddled door-to-door) they gained notoriety for being the first to incorporate a zipper on a jacket. Pretty revolutionary stuff. Soon the U.S. Air Force would be knocking on their door. Tapped by the military at the outbreak of WWII, the world would soon be introduced to Schott’s “bomber jacket”. The leather staple wasn’t their only contribution to the men overseas. They also designed the classic wool pea coat favored
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Insuring Your Bike The Smart Way

Every biker has heard (and is probably sick of hearing) the high number of accidents involving motorcycles in the US. Whether you choose to take these figures as a sage warning to stay alert on the highway or dismiss them as scaremongering statistics, those numbers should still alert you to how important comprehensive insurance is when you own a bike. Yet the insurance market is so broad and the types of insurance available are so varied that finding and buying the right cover for you can quickly become a large scale investigation. To help make things easier this guide will break down the policies, processes and premiums attached to different motorbike coverage. Researching Your Coverage Let’s start at the beginning: where do you go to search for the policies themselves? Nowadays bike coverage, like everything else, is available to buy online. Online price comparison sites make getting a quotation easier
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4 Low Cost Tip For Enhancing Your Motorbike’s Performance

So you love your bike right? I’m even willing to guess it has a pet name. No problem with that, but how much care do you give it? Yes, it’s true that some upgrades and repairs will have you digging into your wallet a bit, however those regular checkups can really save you in the long run particularly when you’re looking to do that major overhaul at the shop. With the economy making us tighten our purse strings more and more, here are a few tips that can help keep your bike happy and healthy. The best part is, they’ll barely cost you a cent! Giving it a regular ride Your bike, just like your body, needs some good exercise. Just as you need you heart, lungs, liver and other organs to function well in your old age you want your bike to hit the ten or fifteen year mark
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Re-born in the USA!

Take one 40 something Scotswoman with a bucket list topped by the words ‘tour the United States on a motorbike someday.’ Add a lifelong fascination with all things American, a desire to eat grits, see a Grizzly, ride a Quarter Horse western style and, most importantly, ride a Harley. Complicate matters with an auto-immune joint disease meaning constant pain and an end to motor biking days. Pipe dream? I thought so – till I got the opportunity to stay with friends in Shapleigh, Maine for three weeks. A couple of days into my Maine visit, my host Calum Stonehouse, a fellow Scot, and I, took a run down to North Hampton, to the Triumph dealership to see a bike Calum was thinking about buying. Whilst prowling through all things bike, I noticed the most amazing T120 Bonneville, late fifties/early sixties complete with a Stieb open sidecar, sitting to one side
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50 Tips For Riding Across America!

Are you a petrol head who loves to ride bikes? Fancy a new challenge that you’ll remember forever? Then get yourself to the good old U.S of A, hire a bike and take the plunge into cross country motorcycle ride! Before you go, however, there are a few things you should remember and consider and, because we’re so kind, they’ve been sorted for you in a handy list below. 1. Fly to America; it’s pretty hard to ride across the country if you don’t get up and go. 2. Rent a bike – again, impossible to trek across America without one. 3. Choose carefully. Don’t go for sporty or hard-riding; you need comfort. 4. Cruiser or bruiser: make sure the bike is a gran-tourer type to protect your bum, particularly if you plan on any Iron Butts. 5. Make sure you give yourself at least two weeks to complete the
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