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Old 12-28-2009, 02:08 PM   #1
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Question Fringe, Tassels, etc question

So a good question came up on another forum about the leather fringe/tassles on leather chaps, jackets and handlebar grips - why are they there? Other than for some, a fashion statement, I believe there is a purpose.

Can you cruiser-crowd provide some first-hand reasoning for this part of your equipment?
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Not a repost - but no cruiser-riders seemed to respond - just posting the question here for a response...
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parachute pants were cool in the 80's... what happened there?
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they've been replaced by abercrombie and fitch
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I am pretty sure there is about as much purpose for them as there is for a smoked windscreen...

The individual who put them on their bike thinks it looks cool...to each his own I guess...
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ouch! you don't like my windscreen. are you diametrically opposed to that statement?? LOL
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They are to let everyone know the rider swings the other way every now and then.
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You say this wasnt beat to death in the other thread and that not "Cruiser Riders" responded yet you ask the question on a predominately sport bike board.


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gee whiz tamucc.... what's up yer @ss? I answered a question with a factual representation by a known harley guy, and was looking for a sentient response from someone else who actually has a valid point or opinion about it and actually rides a cruizer with 'em for a reason... so... since mostly (only) sport-type riders weighed in on the other area, and since this section of the site is for CRUIZER RIDERS.... got that? and maybe they would be more likely to have an interesting perspective since they're likely to see the topic in this section... I guess I just thought "heck why not?" You really don't need to be a d!ck about it - geez...
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oh, by the way - would you really consider the topic "beat to death" on the other post? Really, beat to death...? like the folks that ask what type of oil/tire/gas is best???
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Guess you see the tassles & such still ,but not as much.
Back in the 70's & 80's , it was in style quite a bit then of jackets, saddle bags,boots , shoes, & no motorcycle gear.
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Guess you see the tassles & such still ,but not as much.
Back in the 70's & 80's , it was in style quite a bit then of jackets, saddle bags,boots , shoes, & no motorcycle gear.
I meant to say no motorcycle gear back then had tassels & such.
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I am pretty sure there is about as much purpose for them as there is for a smoked windscreen...

The individual who put them on their bike thinks it looks cool...to each his own I guess...
Best answer yet...


... in either of the TWO threads on this issue.
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all i got to say is go to any big store like walmart and look at the bicycles.

boys bikes...no tassels. some even have number plates.

girls bikes...tassels.

nuff said. maybe i should go to cruiser dealer and pitch a new product. little stars and moons you clip onto your spokes.

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this question cannot be answered. people that wear tassles on their bikes and jackets do not have the internet nor do they personally know anyone who does.
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Being a cowgirl imposter myself, I assumed the origins of fringe came from the great cowboys of the wild west. I was however wrong and found this to be interesting...

Many shirts and most coats were at one time made from buckskin and other leathers. The fringe acts as a wick and helps water drain off the coat. As rain falls, it runs down the fringes and helps keep the garment from becoming saturated.

With the coming of waterproof and water resistant materials we don't see many buckskin garments now.... but when you do, most of them are fringed -for decoration, tradition and functional purpose.

Fringe was also used as a fast source for a pigging tie when a calf was found and needed restrained. A fringe lace could make a fast tourniquet. It could also tie your hunted supper, like a grouse or a rabbit, up in a tree branch to keep it off the ground and away from hungry meal thieves like a coyote.


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Furthermore...."bikers" wear chaps and leather jackets for protection, and with the coming of the IRON HORSE or motorcycle, the "western-ers" decided to keep on with the tradition and continued to decorate their garments with such embellishments, many leather jackets today are still made of buckskin so as not to soak the garment when the "fringe flies" or is in motion and is wet it removes the water from the jacket or chaps.


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