Most Popular Vintage Motorcycle Jackets for Men

Vintage Motorcycle Jackets

When people think about motorcycles, they think about the bad boy persona complete with long hair, scraggly beard and the infamous biker jacket. When jackets were first made, they were made for warmth and safety. Nowadays, people will wear vintage motorcycle jackets for what they stand for, which is proud to be an American, proud to be free, and proud of the past generations of motorcyclists.

Schott NYC

In 1913, sons of Russian immigrants went to work in the basement of their home, making raincoats. In 1928, one of the sons, Irving Schott came up with the design of the first leather motorcycle jacket. Famous people like General Patton, James Dean also known as America’s Bad Boy, and Marlon Brando could be seen wearing the Schott brand of jackets. The movie Easy Rider shows Peter Fonda wearing a Café Racer style of motocross riding gear, and later becomes one of Schott’s most popular vintage motocross racing jackets. Later, in the 1980s when punk rock was at its highest, bands like Blondie, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and the Ramones wore Schott vintage motorcycle jackets. Schott is the only manufacturer that still has vintage style motorcycle jackets on the market today.

Harley Davidson

In 1947, Harley Davidson designed their first black leather motorcycle jacket. In 1956, Elvis Presley posed for the front cover of the Enthusiasts magazine, on a Harley Davidson motorcycle wearing a Harley Davidson motorcycle jacket. Harley Davidson no longer has vintage motorcycle jackets today that were so popular in the 1970s when Harley’s were so popular among the hippies. Harley Davidson caters to the newer generation of motorcycle riders. Harley Davidson makes some full faced helmets, but they do not make a motocross helmet.


In 1940, The Indian Motorcycle Company only had one style of biker jackets and they were called the Ranger and the Rangerette. The Ranger was made for the men while the Rangerette was the motorcycle jackets for women. The women’s style had the pockets and zippers on the opposite side from the men’s style. The company went bankrupt in 1957, but had continued making jackets until their bankruptcy.

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