The evolution of motorcycle gear infographic

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Created by the UK’s Bennett’s Insurance (they of the babes), this infographic walks through the evolution of protective clothing for motorcyclists, starting all the way back in the 19th century with work boots and into Cordura-fueled adventure craze of the 21st.

  • Sohl

    They sure were right about LWR. Can you imagine if KTM hadn’t pulled their sponsorship?

    • Hooligan

      Unfortunatly the roads are clogged up with middle aged men on Beemers with those great big cases on the back that stop them from filtering in traffic so you get stuck behind them. And said middle aged men far from going on a adventure never actually venture off the city tarmac.
      I go on rougher tracks and green lanes on my Street Triple R than they ever do on their adventure bikes.

      As far as my leathers go they are bespoke, made by one true artisan in a little shop and better than any of the big brands because all the money goes into manufacture. Not into the shops 50% mark up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.heimler Glenn Heimler

        Unfortunate for you that you get stuck behind them, but if you knew how to ride you would know that theres other lanes to choose from. And for middle aged beemer riders, you might learn a few things from and old guy.

        I do agree with you and the city dwellars, but for me, i make a couple turns out the garage and im on a country road…… catch me if you can, whether i’m on my Indian, or yes, my BMW.

        • Hooligan

          In London I try and stay away from the gutters either side as the potential for picking up screws/nails etc is higher there. So sometimes there is only one filter space. Elsewhere anything goes. Though you do have beware that tractor stuff while out in the sticks. Dangerous can have you off in a twinkle.

          I remember middle age – just, it was a good few years ago for me.

          Not much can get away from a Street Triple R on the twisties. Especially if the old age pensioner riding it has arthritis in his hands so bad he can only have the throttle fully open all the time.

  • Chris Davis

    I get that MX is just a subset of the motorcycle world, but the shift from leather to textile pants was a major breakthrough that would become a huge influence in apparel materials selection for all types of riders. I don’t recall the year, but I do remember Geoff Fox talking about traveling to Finland back in the day to find this great new fabric that was strong enough to replace leather for motocross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patkiley Patrick Kiley

    Fixed the 1910′s comment:
    1910′s — Motorcycle racing at American wooden board track motordromes lead to Harley-Davidson’s dominance on track and in motorcycle fashion. The company continues to use these same designs and technology 110 years later.

    • BillW

      You forgot to fix this: “led to”

      • http://www.facebook.com/patkiley Patrick Kiley

        Fixed!

  • luxlamf

    I have both a Schott and a Waxed Cotten Barbour jacket, I knew about the Schott history had no idea about the Barbour being a 1st also. (The Schott Perfecto I had when I was 17 and no bike, now I have a different Schott as Perfectos are for people under 25)

  • Jhon Alexander

    I could be wrong on this here,,but, I’m pretty sure the bell 500 was never introduced with cork…when Roy Richter bought Bell Auto Parts,,part of the stock were auto racing helmets that were indeed cork or rubber lined..THEN in 1954 he started building the 500 out of fiberglass and Polyurethane…THEN in 1966 they introduced the full faced star…but like I said at the beginning..I am never, ever, wrong!

  • Guest

    I could be wrong on this here,,but, I’m pretty sure the bell 500 was never introduced with cork…when Roy Richter bought Bell Auto Parts,,part of the stock were auto racing helmets that were indeed cork or rubber lined..THEN in 1954 he started building the 500 out of fiberglass and Polyurethane…THEN in 1966 they introduced the full faced star…but like I said at the beginning..I am never, ever, wrong!

  • yipY

    Aerostich started making Roadcrafter one piece road suits in Cordura in about 1981.Well before the 21st century.

  • Eric Shay

    What does A.B.A.T.E. think about this?

  • Guest

    Neat article.

    • LongTravel

      I liked it.

  • Jess Holmes

    The illustration of the first motorcycle looks like a hoverround with one big tricycle tire on the front. Motorcycle gear has definitely changed a lot over the years.