The summer of 1965 was
a period confusion and social upheaval, especially if you happened to be a
young man preparing to face the world fraught with uncertainty, as an 18-year-old
high school graduate who was now eligible to be drafted into a war that was
being waged on the other side of the world in a country called Vietnam. As a
son of immigrant parents, I had been raised to be grateful and appreciative for
all that the United States had given to us. I chose to face what lay ahead,
resolved to honor my obligation as a willing member of our Armed Forces, but
not before having had a little time to enjoy being free to enjoy life, with the
obligation that high school had been for me up until recently. I purchased a
motorcycle, intent on seeing the world before facing a four-year stint as a
soldier. Less than a year later, my military obligation weighed heavy on me,
and I decided to not wait for the "draft," so I willingly joined the U.S. Navy, knowing that my "motorcycle days" would soon be over.
Flash forward to 2021;
it has now been 56 years since I was a young man, and the sudden realization
that I am now facing an illness that, like the event of high school graduation,
there is no uncertainty about my future, or how much of one, I might have left.
Once again, I remembered the "freedom" that I once felt, so long ago,
so I decided to "recapture" those feelings, and bought myself another
motorcycle! Being a lot older, and perhaps a little wiser, I began to explore
how motorcycling had changed in the last half-century, and looked into what I
had to do in order to enjoy myself, yet not get hurt in the process. I
discovered the necessity of wearing a helmet that would
minimize the possibility of head injuries; wearing clothing that made you
more visible to motorists; and boots that, by
virtue of their specially-thickened soles, would help reduce the expense of
more frequent shoe repairs. While viewing a media search engine, I ran across a
talk about motorcyclists who wear denim pants for protection (as I had planned
to do), only to hear that should you unexpectedly come off your bike, denim
pants will literally "shred" off of you. It was strongly suggested
that people who ride motorcycles should wear high-quality leather
motorcycle pants. The objective realization of this fact began my search
for leather pants that would "fit the bill." I might point out that
because of my "odd" build, I am not an easy fit: I have an incredibly
short rise, thick muscular thighs, and thick waist area (due to a 20-pound
weight gain from medication side-effects. After much exploration I came across
a "Build Your-Own" motorcycle chaps company. Their name
is FOX CREEK LEATHER. I called them, and explained about my problem.
They responded, "Not a problem, all we need is that you take some
measurements from our fitting form, and we can make you what you
need." I decided to take a chance, and ordered the motorcycle chaps.
Within eight calendar days, my chaps came in, and all I can say is, "WOW''!!
The chaps were made from a very soft, yet thick leather, and they fit my lower
body perfectly. Having a background in leather work, I was really impressed by
the craftsmanship in the stitching. I could see that these chaps were made to
I don't generally spend this much time praising products, but time it has been very different because (God forbid!) should my leather chaps, "meet the pavement" I can rest assured that I can count on my chaps to help save me. I really thank FOX CREEK LEATHER, from the bottom of my heart, for the wonderful product they produce. I hope I'll have many years in which to enjoy the security they have provided.