Mods were a social group in southern England during a period from the
late 50's to the later 60's. There were also "Mod" resurgences in
England and California in the Late 70's and Early 1980s. Mods were
known for their styles and exotic (for working class England) tastes.
Mod's loved Italian Clothes. hairstyles from French film stars and
American Jazz, R&B and Soul music. MOD was a rebellion against the
class system and traditions that were prevalent in the UK at that time.
Most Importantly they loved scooters!
made sense as parking was a nightmare in and around London and other
British cities that were developed long before the advent of the
automobile. The people of southern England have the ability to ride all
year long due to relatively mild winters, although it can be a bit
rainy. In addition to parking, scooters offer more protection from rain
and mud than bicycles or traditional stepover motorcycles due to their
legshield and floorboard. Scooters also had their engines and other
working parts covered with body panels which prevented grease or oil
from getting on the nice Italian suits. The Mod Scooters were noted to
have as many accessories and modifications as possible. The wilder
scooter meant the more "Mod" it was. When the UK Government mandated
that every Motorbike needed one rear view mirror, Mods added 4 or 6!
When they wanted a brighter headlamp, they added 2 or 3 more headlights
and so on. Mods would also often put their initials or the model of
their scooter in letters on the front legshield. Badges and chrome were
a must, and often Mods would have whole sections of scooters chromed
(such as the fender, headsets, horncasts or engine cowls). Mods were
certainly the Pinnacle of Scooter Culture.
riding Mods were also noted for wearing Military Surplus Jackets. They
preferred long "Flight Jackets" to further protect themselves from the
elements and rainy English weather. Most Jackets came from the British
Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. The "Roundel" Target
symbol used by the British "RAF" became synonymous with Mod Culture and
style. (the logo in the title at the top of this page)
MOD Military Style Coats
Customize your MOD coat with iron-on patches and pins!
Customize your ride with Decals! We have styles for all personalities.
Express yourself with stickers for your helmet or scooter.