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Author Topic: Wearing my late father's leather jacket  (Read 2137 times)

Offline AndrewDoesHair

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Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« on: Dec 09, 2012, 22:24:31 »
My dad bought an old, used leather jacket in the late 70's when he began riding his Harley. He wore the jacket regularly until he died when I was 12 (1997). When I started riding a few months back, my mom asked me if I wanted my dad's leather jacket. I had forgotten all about it. But now it's mine. It's kind of neat, to wear it now. I don't remember much about my dad, but half the pictures I see of him are on his bike. It's a neat sentiment to wear the thing.
Here's dad's bike. I'm the baby in the blue jams.



There are no markings in the jacket; I don't know when it was made, or who made it. But it's VERY heavy. This is what it looks like. The zipper does say "Talon" but that's the only lettering anywhere on the jacket.



Mmm... Vintage....

Offline juan@crqcycles

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #1 on: Dec 09, 2012, 22:34:59 »
Nice! I like to rock my grandfather's jackets and hats too!

Offline DrJ

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #2 on: Dec 09, 2012, 22:39:49 »
Good looking jacket. Looks like it has a separate waist belt, sign of serious quality. It may even be horsehide.

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #3 on: Dec 10, 2012, 00:01:11 »
Heavy is good!
Too light and they don't do their main job, no matter how cool they might look.
'Talon' is the zipper brand; they were widely used so it isn't much of a clue.

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Offline swank76

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2012, 23:09:35 »
Very cool! Great looking jacket and a link to your past. Can't beat that!
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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 2013, 00:56:20 »
Vintage leather jackets are a close second to vintage bikes. With a strong personal connection, keep it for the rest of your life.  Perhaps someday you may have children and can pass it on.  When my mom died I learned more about her father, my grandfather, and apparently he was quite a character, a biker before WWII and rode Indian motorcycles. I would kill to have one of his leather jackets.

It is a classic style, as noted heavy is good and talon zips are another good sign of quality. Any other tags, markings etc?
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Offline vintagegearhead

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #6 on: Jan 04, 2013, 16:05:48 »
So many people these days hate their old man, so it's great to hear about someone keeping something out of sentimental value.

I'm sorry you lost your dad at such a young age, though. I can't even imagine.

My father has his jacket from when he rode an AJS in highschool. When I was little I used to take it out and put it on when my folks were out of the house.

Thanks for sharing.

Offline AndrewDoesHair

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Re: Wearing my late father's leather jacket
« Reply #7 on: Jan 23, 2013, 03:33:15 »
I get a billion compliments every time I wear the jacket when I ride to work.