Looking back from my perspective, to me it just seemed to be the thing to wear in the day - I blame my brother for wearing one for the few years the he rode bikes for, as it was his cut off that I actually inherited.
The main reason it got incinerated was that to me I felt that it had become outdated - just regret now the amount of patches / badges that went up in smoke with it.
There was also the stigma attached to it that some folk associated you with "outlaw" bike clubs just because you wore one - something my Dad hated and so did I, as I was just a bloke on a bike going about my business.
Certainly dont see many people wearing them around here these days.
Sometimes it is perhaps unwise to look back at what we have done over the years, but one thing for sure, you cannot change the past !!