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I have looked at multiple photos from back in the 40's and I've seen many a rider wearing the "Brando" cap or what I refer to as a leather Captains hat. I'm very curious as to how they kept those hats on their heads while riding?

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The majority of those riders who you are talking about...didn't do road trips. They just did their best to look cool while they rode around town. You can wear damn near anything when you are cruising around town at relatively low speed. The national highway system really went into high gear after WW2 after seeing the autobahn.

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Rareley did you run at speed's over 45 miles per hr. because of the roads! 2nd; When you buy a good hat, it has to pass the finger flip test (if you can nock it off with the flip of your finger's it don't fit) And 3rd the hat band was also a chin strap
 

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Don't forget the outfit with the hat, shirt and tie and the female passeger dressed the same.
 

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Howdy Folks,
Although I almost always wear a vented modular helmet with a flip-up chin-bar these days, I have ridden many miles, both in town and cross country, wearing, well, I call them forage caps. They need to fit close, snug, and not catch the wind. Mine have always had a band that doubles as a chin strap for extreme conditions. They were originally worn by cavalrymen and sailors in windy conditions.
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If you look back you see most of the guys and gals who "went fast" wore leather avaitor type head covering. Some with goggles. It was sort of a hybrid between a avaitor from the waist up and a horseman from the waist down.. Riding Jhdhpurs pants with high boots were "de rigueur" for the day. Problem is I can't see my old man ('29 Indian) riding looking like that..


When I was a kid I wanted one of those "Captains hats" with the wheel and wings insignia on the front. The old man would have nothing of it. Never explained why…

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Thanks for the replies, makes perfect sense that they would stay on for low speed riding only.

Mitch, I've seen photos of riders wearing those leather aviator helmets & goggles from back then!
 

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Howdy Folks,
Although I almost always wear a vented modular helmet with a flip-up chin-bar these days, I have ridden many miles, both in town and cross country, wearing, well, I call them forage caps. They need to fit close, snug, and not catch the wind. Mine have always had a band that doubles as a chin strap for extreme conditions. They were originally worn by cavalrymen and sailors in windy conditions.
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Randall, can you post a picture of the "forage cap"?
 

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RC on bike.JPG The forage cap I wore for years. I made it myself from a blue wool Greek fisherman's cap with the leather bill and chinstrap from my old USAF dress blues hat. The one I wear now is a gray Confederate cavalry slouched forage cap with a flat top. The ones in the post above are a little gay for my taste...
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How cool is that!! I can see how the strap could be used under the chin to keep it on.
 

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No image showed up on that last pic you posted, Randall, but I agree about the previous post. I was gonna say that while Brando may be able to pull it off, most guys, including those in Shuje's post look like they should be singin' "YMCA". All that they're missing is the whip . . . (shudder)
 

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Yeah, no pic for me either.

LMAO at phoenix!!!
 

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I actually have one of those things. It was a gift from a lady friend some years back. I think I wore it once (for her benefit). Shorty commandeered it a while ago.

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Oh my gawd, flash backs to YMCA!
 

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I actually have one of those things. It was a gift from a lady friend some years back. I think I wore it once (for her benefit). Shorty commandeered it a while ago.

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I have one too Slim but can't keep it on my head while riding.

Shorty looks pretty suave and debonair upon the Scout with his leather jacket & riding hat.
 

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Randall...your Mom looks suave in that aviator's helmet. You're lucky to have her to share your motorcycle "addiction".
 
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