Unfortunately for we Brits, all the best apparel deals are in the US. I want to buy a A65 era, period style custom made leather jacket. I known that this is not a strictly BSA subject, but it is so I can ride my A65, and I didn't see where else on this site I could put this question. Any recommendations please.
Then wear a normal leather jacket, fleece coat etc on top. It doesn't have the warmth of a textile biker jacket but I feel a lot safer in it, the armour is attached to me and not the coat, and there is a lot more armour in that than there is in a armoured coat. But the nice part is, you can wear what ever you want over the top!
There is so much difference between jackets, styles, and sizing, that I don't buy jackets through the mail any more.
I would think that the UK, the land of the "Well'ard Rocker", where leather jackets were practically invented, would have jackets you could look at and buy? Lewis leathers, maybe?
Whether Lewis, Langlitz, or any of the custom makers who will take all your measurements and tailor a jacket for you, the money will be about the same ... a LOT .... but it's a lifetime investment ....
We're approaching the tipping point ... where those who vote for a living will outnumber those who work for a living .....
Talked to Langlitz today. Their new coats are around $900 to start and up to $1400 depending on how fancy you want to get. They have nice used ones starting at $400. They also said they could alter my '74 jacket for around $175 so I can zip it up.
Vanson offer a repair service. Check it out, it includes adjustment to waist sizes.
I can still fit into the Vanson Paris-Dakar jacket Mike gave me in a bar some 30 odd years ago... It is a long story that included some alcohol and a tweed jacket I was wearing.
Disclaimer: I have been friends with Mike Vanderslessen, and his then partner Jamie Goodson (currently Brooks Leathers - Command Specialties), since the early 1960's when they started Vanson in South End of Boston. I worked for a BSA, Triumph, Norton, Indian, Velocette, Vincent, etc, etc. dealer around the corner. And yes, Jamie's son works with us.
I've had Langlitz leathers, both the pants and the jacket for over twenty years. In that time the leather of both the pants and the jacket began to shrink. Yes, twice I had to contact the Langlitz people on this rather constricting problem and each time they did a beautiful job of making them fit properly once again! Expensive but you get what you pay for. Dick
Unfortunately for we Brits, all the best apparel deals are in the US.
While I agree Americans can have good deals on clothing, I disagree that we cannot get a good deal on a leather jacket for motorcycling. Note the choice of the last few words is deliberate - there are plenty of cheap and expensive leather jackets around styled to look like 'motorcycle jackets' but, from experience, I wouldn't consider them for sliding down the road any more that I'd consider a modern pair of Levis (a holy grail when I was a yoof) to protect my nether regions.
"Lewis Leathers" - really? Possibly they're being faked but I've seen - and felt - some modern ones where the leather is definitely too thin, even if it's cow.
Originally Posted By: Peter Gascoigne
I want to buy a A65 era, period style custom made leather jacket. Any recommendations please.
I've been dealing with this lady's family since I could afford decent leathers in the early 1980's. My first jacket-'n'-jeans were made by her father, Peter, and when I last went to their Northampton shop about ten years ago, although Peter and his wife were still working, it was Rachel that measured me and made my new ones. I appreciate it's a bit of a slog for you, but I slogged up from Kent especially to see them.
For off-the-peg - including 'US Highway Patrol'-style jackets, if that's what you're looking for - ime, you could do worse than Silvermans. Again, I appreciate it's a bit of a slog for you, but you could consider a naughty weekend in The Smoke and combine a it with a visit to Lewis Leathers's place in the West End for a little comic relief (when you see the prices, you'll have to laugh or you'll cry ).