Americans returning from World War II were iconic motorcycle riders in the 1940s. They rode their chopped and bobbed 45-cu.-in. WLA Harley motorcycles wearing their government-issue jackets.
It’s an image that is still clear in your minds 65 years later. The new Military Archival Collection from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line pays homage to these legendary motorcycles and riders.The new A-2 Leather Bomber Jacket ($425) is an authentic replica of the government-issue WWII flight jacket. Made of midweight leather with a custom archival image printed on the polyester lining, it has practical features such as a snap-down collar with removable shearling. Period-inspired patches on each sleeve, embroidered graphics, and a removable metal badge on the chest complete the styling. For textile fans, Harley-Davidson MotorClothes is offering a new black-to-olive Reversible Nylon Flight Jacket ($175) that is 100% nylon on one side and 100% cotton canvas on the other, giving the rider the two wearing options. Each side features two-snap hand warmer pockets, a vintage-style patch on the right sleeve, zippered pocket on the left sleeve, and embroidered graphics on the chest and back. Sizes range from Small to 5XL and Tall for both jackets.If you are looking for something to wear under either jacket, the new 100% cotton L/S Knit Tee ($45) supplies comfortable crew-neck styling in classic olive drab. On the front, you’ll find styling inspired by WLA fuel tanks graphics.All three items will be available beginning in October of 2010.