As we started to talk about kidney belts, or riding belts, as they were called also, let’s put a light onto that one I am wearing on this photos.
Those belts were customized and adorned to the owners pleasure mostly. In the mid 1930s motorcycle companies and aftermarkets took their chance to launch decorated belts.
Here you see the “Indian head” chain leather belt, offered by the Indian Motocycle Co. in 1948. This belt and the “Indian Ranger” leather jacket are the most iconic assessors that were offered by Indian now and then.
It´s very comfy to wear because of the chain leather design and still very soft.
It hides a secret,too........
Enjoy the photos.
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Great looking belt!
I wonder was the intent purely cosmetic, or are we looking at an early example of visibility as safety factor?
The chain belt is made of brown and black leather pieces. I have belts with 3 different patterns. Will show how it was tooled.
The fluorescent color was both, I think. This belt model is the only one known with this feature. Unfortunately it doesn´t shine at night anymore…paint is too old.
Buco had reflecting ornaments on both kidney belts and saddle bags.
Indian also launched a leather jacket with reflecting collar and bi-swings in 1959.
HelloSalut! Great to see your post. Please tell us some details on your riding gear, if you want.....