Kidney Belt2020-04-23T14:40:01+00:00

Kidney Belts

The first motorcycle kidney belts started being seen on the American marketplace in 1919 after the GREAT WAR. Motorcycle kidney belts are the canvas of America in the late 1920s to the 1950s as a form self expression folk art to the function of safety of the rider.

The first customer kidney belt were racers, who required waist and back protection, As motorcycles and tracks got faster the racer looked for a way to protect them self, from damage organs either from strain or shock. The kidney belts were also used for long-distance motorcycle riding over the bad roads of the 1920s by the average motorcycles. These kidney belts were nothing new, having been used by weightlifters and manual laborers.

By 1927, accessories catalogs from the big motorcycle companies start showing up everywhere. Some of these early belts are the best one ever made. By the time of the 1930s to the early 1950s every motorcyclist used one.

Yes, the kidney belt is great for some rider protection, but one of the big reasons these items became extremely popular was “fashion.” Kidney belts were super-cool accessories during the golden age of the motorcycle club boom years.

Kidney belts came in many styles from ones made with spot of every size to basket weave and spot belts, ones with little zip pocket too. Even 6” tall belt buckles. You could even go so far as to buy kidney belts to match your saddle bag, vinyl welting, and a patterns of overlay flowers. No motorcycle rider was complete without his belt, hat, shirt, pants, and boots all matching his motorcycle.

Kidney belts became more fashion than protective as roads got better and styles were changing. The kidney belts still have their place today. They just need to get back to the function of protecting our backs and made in heavy leather like the first ones and not some imitation elastic nightmare.

The Oley TEXAS STAR Civilian Model

Made to order in your choice of black or brown leather. This belt is seven inches wide with three buckles and a tooled edge. The leather we use is harness close to a quarter-inch thick or a 10 oz. thickness. There is nothing like this in our industry that can compare. The civilian model is handmade setting brass spots in the styles you see here. It can take from 10 to 18 work hours to make one. So please be patient when ordering.

This kidney belt is made as an exact copy of a kidney belt we found from the late 1920s right down to its brass spots. This belt is made big and bold with large Texas stars. Please keep in mind the pattern can shift with the size waist we are working with. Just give us you measurement with a cloth tape by holding the tape on your belly button around your stomach. It’s that simple.

Now you are ready for your long-distance motorcycle riding. 

The Card Man Civilian Model Kidney Belt

The CARD MAN Model Civilian Model

Made to order the same way we build Texas Star kidney belt in your choice of black or brown leather. This belt is seven inches wide with three buckles and a tooled edge. The leather we use is harness and is close to a quarter-inch thick or a 10 oz. thickness. We have left room on the back of this belt for your riding name in chrome lettering. On this belt you can have the spot border trim or leave it off. Just give us you measurement with a cloth tape by holding the tape on your belly button around your stomach. It’s that simple.

Now you are ready for your long-distance motorcycle riding. 

The Trooper model

Made to order the same way we build Texas Star kidney belt in your choice of black or brown leather. This belt is seven inches wide with three buckles and a tooled edge. The leather we use is harness and is close to a quarter-inch thick or a 10 oz. thickness. This is a basic plain belt with no brass spots. As the name implies, this is belt is made for those riders that spend more time with their bike then there wife. For that trooper who is on his motorcycle to the point that his seat is looking more like that of this Knuckehead seat. Do your back and internal organs a favor and ride with the gear that fits your motorcycle and what it was designed for. Just give us you measurement with a cloth tape by holding the tape on your belly button around your stomach. It’s that simple.

The Oley Made Custom 

We can make our Oley Kidney belt custom for you, but this takes a little more time to work up a price. Just remember we cannot do every style out there. The kidney is a template for some of us. That template can be small like a 28” waist and for others it’s for a 40” waist. We can do more on your big biker for a pattern of spots. Please mail a drawing or email a picture and let us see if it can be done. Just remember we do not do any licensed trademarks, but we can use the ones we own: I. E. Pope Motorcycle, Reading-Standard Motorcycle, and Cleveland Motorcycle Company logos.