MEN WHO RIDE MOTORCYCLES have excited my imagination since
I was a very small child. An uncle of mine was an army Despatch Rider, and in my eyes a super-hero. Dashing, daring and obviously a man-of-action,
I wanted to grow up to be just like him.
It never happened, but a pattern was set.
The connection between HOUDINI and motorcycling, is the restrictiveness of the gear; bulky and tough. My elder brother needed help to get out of his Belstaff ‘Stormguard’ coat when his fingers were frozen after a winter bike ride. The belt buckle, and smaller ones keeping the collar and face covers closed, were tricky - and the straps between his legs which kept the long coat from blowing open, were even more of a fiddle to release.
That thick and heavy, black and shiny coat used to hang in his bedroom because it was too bulky to fit into any coat cupboard.
At least, that was my brother's story.
When I was alone in the house I'd sneek into his room and wrap myself in it - and that was when I was only seven or eight years old. Even then, the straps and buckles and snap fasteners somehow fascinated.
Nothing has changed since.
Vivid descriptions of bike gear, and the men who wear it are splattered around this site - so - here first is a round-up of ....
BIKERS & BIKE GEAR STORIES
(then some non-fiction)
Leather all the way
MOTORCYCLE MESSENGER SERIES:
John Strickland's action-packed stories
The author paints detailed word pictures of bike messenger, Sam's adventures in his leathers and waterproof gear. Challenge and counter-challenge, endurance and imaginative game-playing with biker buddies are described in detail.
Hot - hot - hot. Check them out
with bikers as leading characters are:
Heavy duty PVC
Buried in several stories on this site, there are episodes which involve bikers and their gear.
Full texts of all titles below can be accessed from STORYLINES on the Home Page, but shortcuts to the motorcycle excerpts have been added below:
Scenario for a Leather Fantasy
The whole of this elaborate exploration of the attraction of leather might interest some bike gear enthusiasts. But, in particular, one sequence paints a vivid word picture of a non-biker climbing into leathers for the first time. MORE
Happy Birthday Boss
An army story about endurance and resistance to interrogation. In one
sequence, a biker captures the officer in charge of interrogation training
and gives him a taste of his own medicine. MORE
Locked in Leather REVISITED
John Strickland's hot story about two biker buddies is mainly about bikers and gear.
But, two sequences in it particularly fired up my boilers. Both involve motorcycle cops: so, for my own amusement I have expanded these episodes, adding a lot more detail. They're now part of a web page about vivid "Word Pictures" . MORE
Standard bike gear made lockable
A chapter in SO I LIKE TO GET TIED-UP ... SO WHAT!!? also expands on the subject. MORE
| Motorcycle Scrambles
Wind, rain and mud are part of the fun out on such events -
or is it masochism?
Only a special breed of men get accepted for this generally risky branch of the armed services.
| Bike jackets
Locked-on clothes is the general topic, but tips for making bike gear more restrictive, might appeal to a certain sort of biker.
is to one of several pages of police-related topics.
Lots of photos.