The Lords of Loud is a group of custom motorcycle builders/riders throughout the MID-WEST! We are NOT A MC!! We represent the brotherhood of a MC, and respect all MC's alike! We believe Period Correct is not always Correct, we build bikes that suit us, and we RIDE THE MOTHERFUCKERS!

Friday, August 20, 2010


In the 1949, Bates Mfg. Co. was established by motorcyclist and saddleseat craftsman Bob Bates in Los Angeles. In the beginning, Bob thought of it not as a leather company, but as a motorcycle accessory company like Buco ansd Beck. He made and sold foot pegs, windshields, saddleseats, and leather ashirts. They remained a small company through the 1950s; Bob retired in 1967 and sold the company to the second owner, Robert Rudolph.

The signature start of the "Bates Kingdom"
Rudolph changed the name to Bates Industries, Inc. and moved to Long Beach, California. It was a good era for the company; Rudolph was building the "Bates kingdom" by the late 1960s.

A tradition of quality hand-sewn leathers

Mert Lawwill, motorcycle champion
Bates' great achievement in the 1960s was to turn the all-black raceway gear of the time to bright color. Motorcycle champions like Mert Lawwill, Gene Romero, and Kenny Roberts wore Bates' colorful racing suits in the 1960s through the 80s. Nothing other than Bates suited sunny days in California. Moreover, Bates developed a high-performance racing suit to match rapidly evolving motorcycle performance beyond the mid-1970s.

Giacomo Augustini posing with his signature Bates leathers at the 2005 Laguna Seca MotoGP
Bates Leathers has since changed hands several times and is now in the ownership of dynamic sister duo Dawn and Dana.

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