Best Retro Leather Jackets

by Justin Hayzelden |

Riders of retro, classic or vintage motorcycles have a duty to follow the visual impact of their machines, and donning an old school style leather jacket to complete the image is practically obligatory. Whether you're looking for traditional café racer cool, a 70's retro vibe or just something that looks like it's been there and back, there's a jacket to suit your ride.

Looks may be the primary reason for choosing a vintage style leather jacket, but that's no reason for skimping on safety, so weigh up options in the same way you would any new item of motorcycle kit. The CE certification is the first place to start, with AAA being the highest and B the lowest, then see what armour is included. Shoulder, elbow and back protectors are rated either CE Level 1 or 2, the latter offering greater resistance to impacts. A waist zip to connect to compatible jeans is also a good idea, as it stops the back of the jacket riding up.

Other features to consider are removable thermal or waterproof linings, adjustable ventilation ports to provide airflow in warm weather and pockets for storage, both inside and out. To ensure a precise fit, most jackets have adjustment points at the waist, collar and cuff.

We've gathered a selection of some of our favourite retro leather jackets here.

1. Richa Toulon 2


Boasting a premium cowhide construction, the AA rated Toulon 2 comes with a desirable 'lived in'

Richa Leather Jacket Toulon 2 Black

2. RST IOM TT Brandish 2


The AA rated Brandish is an official IOM TT tie-in, named after a section of the famous island

rst-iom-RST TT Brandish 2 Leather Jacket Oxblood

3. Oxford Bladon


Tested by Simon Weir for five weeks, 1,200 miles. Quality 4/5, Value 5/5. I’m blown away by

Oxford Bladon jacket in black

4. Alpinestars Crazy Eight


Tested by Phil West for 14 months, 1,200 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 4/5. This is a retro-style

Alpinestars Crazy Eight leather jacket

5. DXR Vinz


Get your best Brando on with this classic cut biker jacket worthy of any Wild One. Behind the

DXR Vinz black leather jacket

6. Weise Detroit


Gaining a Recommended award in RiDE's test, the Detroit from Weise is CE AA rated and comes with

Weise Detroit jacket

7. BMW PureBoxer


Tested by Mike Armitage for twelve months, 2,500 miles. Quality 5/5, Value 4/5. As someone who

BMW PureBoxer black leather jacket

8. Texpeed Distressed


We've seen a few Texpeed products from Amazon and they usually get pretty good reviews online and

Texpeed Distressed brown leather jacket

9. Oxford Hampton


This classic-styled jacket from Oxford is CE AA rated and comes with shoulder and elbow armour and

Oxford Hampton black jacket

10. Spada Wyatt


The Wyatt is another retro-style leather jacket, with subtle styling and a relatively straight

Spada Wyatt leather jacket

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