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September 24, 2016

Outlaw Biker Film

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Outlaw biker film
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The biggest event in Hollister’s calendar was and remains the Fourth of July celebration. In the 1930s, the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) began holding "Gypsy Tours" at Hollister, where enthusiasts could ride their motorcycles and party. The tours were welcomed by Hollister as a important contributor to its business. However after WWII, returning veterans filled up local motorcycle clubs throughout the United States with young enthusiasts uncomfortable with the transition back to civilian life. As the Gypsy Tours were suspended during WWII, the July 4 of 1947 would be the first since the conflict.

On July 3, 1947, festivities returned to Hollister. However the newfound popularity of motorcycle clubs quickly became apparent when 4000 motorcyclists arrived in Hollister, doubling the town’s population and overwhelming the seven-man police force. By nightfall, the situation had swung out of control. On July 4, the area was chaos with racing, barfights, and other acts of drunkenness, forcing the town bars to voluntarily shut down. By the time the celebrations ended on the 5th, there were 50 arrests and 60 injuries, and the townsfolk, unharmed, awoke to widespread (if minor) damage.

The incident became known as the "Hollister Riot", though there was no actual rioting, and outside of local coverage things got back to normal. Then on July 21, Life Magazine published "Cyclist’s Holiday: He and Friends Terrorize Town.", with a drunk atop a Harley-Davidson with bottles in his hand and scattered around. Though there are accusations that the photo was posed (it remains unclear), the photo brought the Riot to the greater public, launching a panic about motorcycle "hoodlums" rampaging in the streets. In response, the AMA was said to have released a statement "the trouble was caused by the one per cent deviant that tarnishes the public image of both motorcycles and motorcyclists" and that the other ninety-nine per cent of motorcyclists are good, decent, law-abiding citizens. This in turn led to the creation of the "outlaw biker" image, who also call themselves the "one-percenters". A short story, Cyclists’ Raid, by Frank Rooney, was published in 1951 and adapted into the film The Wild One, starring a young Marlon Brando. The actions depicted in the film is only minimally related to the actual Hollister Riot.

Despite the riot, Hollister remains generally friendly to the bikers, and (with a few controversies) continues to host Fourth of July biker rallies to this day.
Hollister, California

Biker jackets are perfect if you’re seeking to gain a dash of flair to your appearance, with a hint of toughness. Still popular for more than 50 years, they have become more adult and less “rock star”.

Motorcycle jackets also defend you from harsh weather, whether light rain, snow or excessive summer heat. You would be surprised at how much these environmental elements will affect a rider. They are not just accessories to make you look “with it”, although they do that. Your protection and safety is the ultimate reason to use a biker jacket. They are usually made from a combination of materials, the most basic of which is leather. Cordura or other high stress synthetic materials are used on particularly susceptible areas like the shoulders, elbows and forearms.

Ladies can now choose from traditional leather jackets and newer styles that incorporate color and design in bold new ways. Good news for the ladies is that black jackets are closet staples that go with just about everything. In fact, women can find biker jackets this season in flowing styles with soft leather and gently shaped sleeves to accent the figure. Still, it should be remembered that these jackets are for protection and not just as a fashion statement.

The most popular of choices is leather, but growing notice has been shown for the mesh/textile jackets. Which material type to go with is just one of the options a rider has when purchasing a jacket. Leather motorcycle jackets are noted for protection against damage. They can give great protection while riding a motorcycle. Leather clothing does not only look great, but can also serve as protection when in an accident. Be careful because not all leather gear is optimum. Known for being long lasting, and ability to resist wear and tear, leather is the choice for its ruggedness, toughness and durability.

Leather’s molding capability is probably one of its most unique attributes. This permits the clothing to form itself to your exact shape over a period of time unlike other materials. Leather motorcycle accessories usually include protective gear, clothes and luggage items that you use when you ride. It depends on the type of bike you own as to what type of leather biker accessories you’ll need.

Additional features to consider

If the temperature is a hazard during your summer rides, then consider looking into jackets that feature vents for air flow. The flow-through air vents in the front work with exhaust vents on the back for maximum comfort when it’s hot out.

It’s not hard to find a jacket that has protective padding at the elbows, back and shoulders. This padding can be of  foam or reinforced Kevlar. While softer pads can be more comfortable, have in mind that the harder the pads the more they can handle in abuse. Always check to see if the foam pads are certified to meet a certain standard level (at this time the industry standard is CE approved foam armor).

Just remember that a biker jacket should be built to last and durable. They should provide maximum protection for your body against any hazards when riding.

Co-owner and operator of Motorbike Jacket Pro, a online retailer of quality biker jackets.

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