We at Biker Leather Ltd believe that an informed consumer will eventually become a happy customer. To that end, we would like to attempt to clarify some of the terms and nomenclature related to the motorcycle leather clothing industry that one might typically find strewn across the vast wilderness of the Internet.
While not manufacturers of leather motorcycle apparel ourselves, after more than eight years of selling top quality biker leather around the globe, we have done the research for you. Now we’re going to lay it all out in detail!
For a more succinct list of some of the terms we in particular use on our site, check out our Glossary of Terms page.
What We Mean by “Riding Grade” Leather
The history of using an animal’s skin for clothing dates back to the pre Neanderthal ages, and was more than likely the one material first used by our ancestors to cover up and protect. Ok, maybe Adam and Eve preferred plant leaves as a fashion statement, but even Tarzan understood the value in making his own leather. That loincloth wasn’t made of plastic!
Every animal has a skin, and is therefore a great candidate for leather. There’s snakeskin, coonskin, beaver pelts, sharkskin, lambskin, cowhide, horsehide, and kangaroo, just to name a few, all of them when properly tanned earning the right to be called “Genuine Leather”.
For the serious motorcycle enthusiast, leather is much more than a fashion statement. It’s a matter of protection. Whereas a good motorcycle helmet or lack thereof may be the difference between life or death, the quality of your leather motorcycle jacket, chaps or pants, can determine how long and painful your recovery will be should you survive.
So what constitutes “Riding Grade Leather”? Basically, it comes down to two factors: The type of animal skin used, and the tanning process used to turn it into leather. So let’s start with getting the skinny on the skins.
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