Leatherup.com has recently visited Paris, France. There are so many things to do, see, and eat in Paris—it’s after all one of the most visited cities in the world. In this blog post we’ll share our impressions of Paris as a city of motorcycles and motorcyclists. In Part 2 we’ll post more photos of Parisian motorcyclists and streets.
The French Love Affair with Motorcycles
You don’t need statistics to discover that in France motorcycles (mostly large scooters and often tricycles) are a favorite form of transportation. We saw countless motorcyclists zipping on every street of Paris and on the freeway from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris. Among the striking features of Parisian streets were the endless rows of scooters of similar size carefully arranged on one or even both sides of a street. Most Parisians don’t have garages so cars and motorcycles must be neatly parked outside on the narrow streets.
One thing that you won’t see here in California is a motorcyclist wearing an apron. In France, many motorcycle riders wear an apron (tablier in French) made of leather or some weather resistant cloth. Motorcycle aprons protect riders from rain, wind, cold, dust, and mud, and are worn in the winter as well as in the summer. The aprons are normally attached to the steering and cover the body, legs, and feet. They are sold as one-size-fits-all and are available for scooters and large motorcycles. Motorcycle aprons are also popular in Italy and Spain.
Motorcyclists in Formal Suits
A motorcycle apron is a preferred accessory of an interesting type of Parisian motorcyclist who wears a formal suit, a tie, a motorcycle helmet and carries a briefcase in the basket attached to the front of their scooter. Most of these riders are office workers. In France, office workers are required to wear formal business attire—not a problem for Parisians because when not at work they like to dress in a smart casual clothing, which for men would include a blazer, a shirt, and straight jeans.
Some Parisian food establishments keep a fleet of delivery scooters like the once on the photo below that belong to a large sushi restaurant chain called Eat Sushi.