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Old 12-23-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Reason for Tassels?

I have seen multiple cruiser bikes with tassels on them.

What is their purpose? Why do you put them on your bikes?

I have heard they can represent a club or group... but why tassels? And what groups?

Just curious...

As much as I would like to not disrespect, this is what I think of when I see them:
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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Style is all I can think about. Maybe it reduces MPG a tad as well.
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Just someone else's taste. Why should it even need a reason? No need to criticize, call them out or even less start a whole thread about it. Sheesh.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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Just someone else's taste. Why should it even need a reason? No need to criticize, call them out or even less start a whole thread about it. Sheesh.
Not a call out. Wanna know what they are about.

Was hoping someone could possibly change my perception on them.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:40 PM   #5
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heard from an old man they are for motorcycle clubs/gangs... not sure exactly what its all about but something with that. i'm going to ask about it next time i see him
Yeah, that's what I had heard. I figured bandannas or something would suffice for a gang. I kinda wanna know where it all started to put tassels on.

Lemme know what you learn.
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My bro is (was) a real Harley dude - the real story (I asked the same question) is this - the tassels conduct rainwater off the jacket/handlebar, etc so it drains away from you, and not up your coat sleeves, around your chaps.... apparently keeps you from getting completely soaked when riding in the rain. Some on the handlebars are longer so the water is conducted past your body.
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that makes sense Pyro... then I figure maybe it's to thicken em up a bit and prolly a bit less 'cold' in cold weather if your not wearing gloves. Check in some of the sports bike catalouges and you can find some foam slip on covers for sport bike controls too.
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My bro is (was) a real Harley dude - the real story (I asked the same question) is this - the tassels conduct rainwater off the jacket/handlebar, etc so it drains away from you, and not up your coat sleeves, around your chaps.... apparently keeps you from getting completely soaked when riding in the rain. Some on the handlebars are longer so the water is conducted past your body.
I cant imagine or understand
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Just someone else's taste. Why should it even need a reason? No need to criticize, call them out or even less start a whole thread about it. Sheesh.
prob. the same reason you feel the need to post up in here and criticize him for a question he has
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My bro is (was) a real Harley dude - the real story (I asked the same question) is this - the tassels conduct rainwater off the jacket/handlebar, etc so it drains away from you, and not up your coat sleeves, around your chaps.... apparently keeps you from getting completely soaked when riding in the rain. Some on the handlebars are longer so the water is conducted past your body.
This is actually a good sounding reason, but it also seems kinda out there

I always wondered this question as well...I never really understood the whole tassel deal on the bar ends and the jackets and what not, I always figured it was some kind of fashion deal with the Harley guys

So, can anyone confirm Pyro's story, or is there something else out there...
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Maybe it started with bikes an no speedometer? Judged your speed based on the angle of the tassels in the wind? :-)

or maybe so they can lay back and still try to steer w/o having to use their feet? GB is prolly old enough to give some better historical background on it... :-)
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I'm not buying into the rain thing.
Its just decoration,
possibly representing the mane of a horse.
I recall seeing new bikes at the Harley Dealer with them, Id think they would be more in the way than anything else.
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It is just to prove they are secure in their man hood.


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What is more badass than pink tassels on your Harley????
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you are suppose to have matching colors with your assless chaps.
can't have one w/o the other
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I am not so sure I buy into the rain explanation either. The water would not be drawn to the tassels. Sure, the tassels would get wet too, but not like water would re-direct midair for the tassels.

Never tried it though, maybe I am wrong.
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Pyro's got it right (as far as jackets are concerned). I'm sure it does the same for when on parts of the bike, but doubt it actually works effectively. It may be more to do with style to coordinate with jacket? Although, I can see it working for leather saddlebags, since it will direct the water away, and if the tassels are on the lower edge of the cover/lid, it will keep the water from creeping up behind the lid.

The concept is the same as those (forgot what they're called) springs they attached to the underside of rocker panels on cars in the '70's. They allowed the water to drain away so the rocker panels wouldn't rust... at least that was the theory behind it.
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GB is prolly old enough to give some better historical background on it... :-)
Well... I'm almost as old as GB, so does that count?

I thing I can tell you, it was definitely more in fashion in the '80's than it is now!! And I am a product of that era... although I never wore tassels
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Well then why does Bon Jovi wear them then? Anyone explain that one! Lol... You guys are so scientific over tassels. They've been on bikes, jackets, chaps, rockers, etc for years. They blow in the wind or look cool when jump around on stage. Pretty much end of story.
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