You may not think that motorcycles and fashion are particularly obvious bedfellows, but over the years biker style has evolved considerably. Part of this is due to technical innovations and changes in safety regulations, but there is also a clear influence from wider fashion trends and Hollywood.
When Motorcycling first became a popular mode of transport in the late 19th century, it wasn't uncommon to see a rider hitting the road with no more protection than a flat cap and some strong leather boots. Proper crash helmets started to emerge in the late 1930’s, and became mandatory for dispatch riders during World War II. In the fifties there was the iconic image of James Dean’s leather jacket, while the one-piece suit became popular among the racing community.
These days, comfort, safety and versatility are all key elements in the motorcyclist’s apparel. High visibility fluorescent materials are a common sight to keep bikers out of harm’s way, while weather resistant riding suits are adaptable to all kinds of weather types. This infographic provides a fascinating insight into how the modern biker came to be.