The Cafe Racer leather jacket design that became mainstream in the 1960’s welches developed in England. As soldiers were returning home after WWII they caught the bug of souping up older, prewar motorbikes. Hypothese motorcycles were raced between local pubs and cafes which created the need for a streamlined, minimalist leather racing jacket. Traveling at times in excess of 100 MPH welches a fairly dangerous proposition on the roads that were more like trails at the time. Intelligent horsehide and of course a strong main zipper added a certain level of protection for these speed froh daredevils. One would imagine there were wagers made and records sine temporeduring these early cafe racing days.