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Leather jackets. #521579
01/05/14 6:33 pm
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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.


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521587
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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521588
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As I don't really know what you're looking for, other than the "custom made".....

There is a "Motor Cycle Super Store" here in Columbus, Ohio, who claim to be the biggest such store open to the public.

LOTS of leather jackets/coats. Close-outs, sales items, mark downs, last item of a certain run of apparel....

You might have some luck.

They have one-piece leather, synthetic, and combo suits, maybe two-piece?
They deal in road, biker, off-road, and competition apparel, parts and services... Lots of tires on their racks.

http://www.ironpony.com/

They are inside an old K-Mart store, for those in the States, who can let others know how LARGE this "Super Store" really is... They aren't in some store front...

Other folks might have other suggestions?

I often see leather biker shops along various freeways/interstate roads also... They often have a come-on sign about $99 biker jackets...

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Goggle Langlitz Leathers. They are a ways from you, here in Portland Oregon, and they aren't cheap, but you will not find a better custom made jacket and/or pants anywhere.

I still have my custom jacket I had made for me in 1974. I can put it on, I just can't zip it up for some reason. blush blush blush


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521634
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Peter,

can you post a picture of the style of jacket?

AFAIK Lewis Leathers will custom make. At a cost

Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521638
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Have you considered this: aside of my proper bike jackets, I will often wear a armoured jacket like this http://www.thedogswheels.co.uk/images/categories/IXS-Assault-Jacket-Rear.jpg

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!


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521662
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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 ....

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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #521672
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yup Lewis Leathers, accept no substitute.


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #522149
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+1 to Lewis Leathers and Aero Leathers http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com/

Expensive, but they will be last leather jacket you will ever buy.


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #522175
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For what a Lewis leathers jacket costs you could fly to the US, get a Schott (every bit as good as a Lewis unless you have to have a quilted red satin liner) and still come out ahead.


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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. grin grin


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Too much linguine, eh?


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #522244
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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #522302
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I purchased from this company years ago while at a bike show. I was measured for a jacket that included a zip out liner for cold weather. The jacket is great. Vanson is in Massachsetts:

http://www.vansonleathers.com/

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Not to mention Schott in New York
http://www.schottnyc.com/


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Re: Leather jackets. [Re: Peter Gascoigne] #522317
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Best leather jacket I ever owned was a Vanson!

Good people designed, cut and sewn in New Bedford Massachusetts. Made in America by Motorcycle enthusiast (that is if you call BSA, a motorcycle) clap

It's a joke... a joke I tell you!


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Yes John it was a joke but it slipped out anyway. Always some truth to those kind of jokes.

Problem with those nice leather jackets is lasting a lifetime. Who among us has worn the same size over the past 40 to 50 years.

Mr Mike

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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.


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I've never wore out a leather jacket yet. Even the reasonably priced ones...well, compared to the prices of the various companies listed on this thread. There is no shortage of suppliers in the US.


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Originally Posted By: Mr Mike

Problem with those nice leather jackets is lasting a lifetime. Who among us has worn the same size over the past 40 to 50 years.
Mr Mike

Had the same Brooks jacket for over 20 years. Made in Detroit and every bit as classic as our bikes. bigt


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Yeah but does it still fit? I bet not. smirk


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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

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Hi Peter,

Originally Posted By: Peter Gascoigne
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. frown

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. grin

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 shocked ).

Hth.

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