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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-05-2006, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I know this is a stupid question, but how should my leather jacket fit? Should it be snug, or have a little room. i know it shouldn't billow during a ride, but if I ride in cold weather should I buy a jacket that will accomodate layers beneath it? So many bloody decisions!
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Snug is good, for the track...but on the road, I prefer a bit of room for layers if needbe. Put on your favorite sweatshirt, try on the jacket and then sit on your bike for a few minutes (in riding position). If it passes that test, you should be in decent shape. Bring your gloves along as well. If you're still deciding on those...allow me to recommend Held gloves. I wear the Steve model and I can't think of any way to improve them....though if I still lived in florida the lack of ventilation might be bad.

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I agree with bill, I wear mine with a little bit of room. not much. I measured my chest for the proper size and then ordered the next inch size up from that. Seems to have worked fine. Check for gear. They sell older models so you can find some great deals.

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A little loose so you can wear a fleece during cold weather is fine. The main thing is, you don't want the jacket so loose that the armor slides.

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Most well made leather jackets take into account what motorcyclist do, that is as long as the jacket is made for riding. I havean AlpioneStars jacket to my size and it leaves ample space for modern thermal wear.
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Sitt on the bike to see how it fits. You want to make sure the arms are long enough at that it doesn't bunch up in front when you lean over to grab the grips. Bates Leather and Vanson Leathers make great motorcycle jackets - actually so does Harley.

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Yeah, but everything made by harley has the unfortunate liability of having HARLEY DAVIDSON plastered all over it. All must know that a harley rider is in their midst. As if my lawn mower isn't a better designed ride.

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I bought a Vanson Cobra in a size 42 online without trying one on (no local vendor). I wear a size 40 suit. When I tried on "other" leather sportbike jackets at local shops the 42's were very snug. The 42 Vanson billows out a bit in front and gives me the appearance of being a bit chubby. I am able to tighten up the belt but there is too much "space" that causes some uncomfortable folds in front due to excess material around the chest and belly area. I'm thinking I should have gone with a 40.

My point: Physically try on whatever you consider purchasing in order to save yourself some heartache (and money). Different jackets from different manufacturers fit, well... differently.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 09:42 PM
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I have an agv boost jacket... they are incredible... great for summers here in mass...due to plenty of venitlation and they have a removeable inner liner for warmer during the harsh fall chills. Plus they look great and have plently of protection... you can get them on that online auction website or almost as cheap from dennis kirk online (google it)

im 6 feet 200 pounds with an athletic build and i wear a 46.. my father is 5 9 160 with the same build and he wears a 44.. so it all depends on your measurements.... dennis kirk has a good measuring system... just compare yourself to their charts

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Leather should fit like it was talored for you, which is why it comes in inch or euro sizing. Textile mesh should fit like a glove; typically one size smaller than casual wear. For cold weather riding, get an insulated textile jacket/pants. Exen with electric underwear, leather will never be as warm as textile.

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