| Getting up early for a long motorcycle ride is a
wonderful thing, unless it is October 31 in New England. The
early morning hours in Maine can be down right chilly. A person
has to be half crazy to drag them selves out of bed, gulp down a
quick cup of coffee and head out on their motorcycle. Brrrrrrrr!
It sounds worse then it really is. You will find you can be
sufficiently comfortable if you have the correct riding gear.
The right gear for me consists of a Classic Leather motorcycle
jacket, a braided buffalo leather vest worn over the jacket, and
a set of genuine leather chaps, all from Fox Creek Leather.
I used to think that riding gear was riding gear. It didnít
matter much to me what the brand name was or what kind of
material they used to make it, as long as it claimed to be
leather that was good enough for me. Then one autumn day, while
I was riding with a friend, it started to get later in the
afternoon and the temperature had dropped to around 40 degrees.
Now 40 degrees may not sound all that cold to some but when you
add wind chill factor into it can get down right cold.
||I wasnít sweating it, pardon the pun.
I had my warm riding gear, or so I thought. I had a sweat shirt,
a leather jacket, a pair of diamond plate chaps, leather gloves
and a helmet. Good to go you might think. Well it wasnít.
See on the way to our destination we had ridden strictly on the
back roads at
an average speed of 50 to 55 miles per
However, because it was getting late and cold we decided to take
the highway, the quickest route home. As our speed reached
around 70 miles per hour, at 40 degrees, with the wind chill,
the temperature dropped to right around 10 degrees ferinheight.
Your damn straight skippy, thatís cold.
I donít know if it was a good idea or not to take the highway
but there I was. My head was fine because I had on a helmet and
visor. My hands were fine as well, leather gloves. Even my upper
body wasnít all that bad thanks to the double layer of
sweatshirt, leather jacket and my vest.
My legs though, they were freezing. Even though I had ďchapsĒ
they were just about useless. The chaps I had were an off brand
name pair of diamond plate leather chaps that I bought for real
cheap. It didnít matter if they were lined of not, those chaps
were so flimsy and the cold air seeped straight through the
stitching of the plates.
|I made a decision that evening; as soon as I got
home and thawed out; I was going to find myself a good, no great
pair of leather chaps.
Shivering and shaking as I headed for home, I was a little
uneasy because I was shivering so hard it made it difficult to
ride my motorcycle. But, by the Grace of God, I managed to make
it. I was so cold by the time I got home I had a hard time
getting off my motorcycle and going into the house. Thank
goodness for hot coffee and a hot shower.
Once I drank my steaming hot coffee and took a very long hot
shower the feeling came back to the lower half of my body. So I
went on line to order a good high quality pair of
leather motorcycle chaps. I already knew where to start looking for good
quality motorcycle leather good because I already had the best
leather vest I had ever worn, and I bought that from Fox Creek
I know what you are thinking. If I already had a good quality
leather vest from Fox Creek Leather, why didnít I already have
the best quality leather chaps as well? Well itís like this, I
am thick headed. Like a lot of other riders that I know, I
didnít think it would matter that much. I mean chaps are chaps,
right? Wrong! I had to learn the hard way. I almost froze my
butt off in the process but I did learn.
I logged onto my computer and went straight away to Fox Creek
Leather, clicked on the Menís tab and selected the Motorcycle
chaps link. I already had the breaded Buffalo nickel vest so I
decided to stay with the same theme and I ordered the Braided
The price was reasonable, as a matter of a fact, it was less
then I had planned to pay for a set of chaps. The shipping was
also free and that was a bonus in my book. The ordering process
was also really quit easy. All in all it might have taken me
fifteen minutes to complete the order and it wouldnít have taken
that long but I had to refill my coffee cup.
After I placed my order it only took a couple
of days and my Fox Creek Leather, full leather, breaded
motorcycle chaps arrived. I was surprised and delighted to see
that they had been delivered so quickly. I was so excited that I
tore the box trying to open it just to see what they looked like
Wow! Now this was a pair of chaps. I have to admit, even though
I had already owned a great vest from Fox Creek Leather, I
didnít expect the thickness and quality of my new chaps. They
were fantastic! I just had to try them on. They fit like a glove
and looked really good on me I might add.
Once I put them on, I thought to my self, there is no need to
waste all the effort I had put into trying these chaps on, so I
had to go for a bike ride to see how they felt. Really though,
it was just an excuse for me to get out on my motorcycle and go
for a ride. It also gave me a chance to show off my new chaps.
I am very happy with my new
Fox Creek Leather braided motorcycle chaps. They are made from genuine leather and the quality
craftsmanship that has made America great. Also, I donít have to
worry about riding in the chill of autumn or winter for that
If you plan to buy chaps for the first time or upgrade from a
pair of not so good ones, take my advice. Get your chaps from a
reputable leather goods manufacture that specializes in
motorcycle leather. One that is home grown and makes their
motorcycle leathers right here in the good old USA. There is
only one place that I know of that fits that bill.
Fox Creek Leather
is the name. And tell em, papamike69 sent ya!
Michael Walrath Owner: AKA: papamike69