Gear: Pure Motorcycle Style Inspiration

Pure Motorcycle Style Inspiration

By Petrolicious Productions
July 8, 2014

Motorcycle photography by David Marvier for Petrolicious / Product Photography Courtesy of Belstaff

There are literally no motorcycle jackets as iconic as a Belstaff. And it is with good reason: they are both functionally superior, combining road armor with weather protection, and classically stylish. Only tasteful details provide a bit of decoration and even those are executed in such a manner as to enhance your riding pleasure, comfort, and safety without resorting to cheap, shouty graphics and logos. These are jackets designed for real riders hitting the open road.

Their jackets were initially manufactured to withstand the miserable weather conditions during the Scottish Six Days Trial. To do so, Belstaff pioneered three revolutionary details: pivotal armholes allowing better forward rotation, pre-curved sleeves for improved fit and comfort during riding, and a waterproof lining. Designed to capture a uniquely British feeling, the Lavant Blouson (made of leather) and Brooklands Blouson (constructed of waxed 8 oz. cotton) recall days on the English countryside and in towns sprinting from café to café. Their rugged tailoring, durability, and lack of pretense made them the preferred jacket of icons like Mr. Steve McQueen and Mr. T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

To check out the Belstaff Lavant Blouson Jacket, click here – In cavallo leather

To check out the Belstaff Brooklands Blouson Jacket, click here – In signature 8 oz. waxed cotton

And if you’re a fan of going off-road make sure you check our video out.

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3 years ago

Cool image, but it seems to me that the choice of such a jacket is completely unsafe for a fast ride on a motorcycle. Rather more suitable for normal everyday life, my husband bought a similar one here however , it looks very stylish and can be easily combined with other clothes.

Chris Hunter
Chris Hunter
9 years ago

I love Petrolicious articles but this one really had me scratching my head. Belstaff has lost its way in the motorcycle market and is little more than a fashion brand these days, playing on its past motorcycle heritage.

There are many jackets out there that are just as (if not more) iconic — such as Barbour and Lewis Leathers in the UK, and Schott and Vanson in the US.

No serious motorcyclist would consider wearing Belstaff for anything more than a trip down to the shops on Kings Road—the armor and protection levels are a long, long way behind current mainstream practice.

Dan Sciannameo
Dan Sciannameo
9 years ago

Sorry, Belstaff is now merely Italian fashion and no longer serious motorcycle gear.

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