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Old 06-03-2009, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just wanted to share my experience with my latest addition to my Bonneville- this jacket- the Barbour (formely the belstaff) is amazing- it definitely has the look for the bike- ive tried several textile and leather options- most look out of place or just dont feel right- we are in a nice, unique group of style on the bonnevilles- not harley and all that goes with that (thankfully)- not sportbike japanese ninja riders- and those unique styles and fashions- but a nice niche of heritage and type that allows this type of jacket- not made in China but England, and while I love my schott- this jacket (wore by Mcqueen) is awesome- feels it will be abrasion resistant, waterproof-windprooof- great fit, great coverage (runs one size big in my findings-ie usually a 44 but here a 42 is like tailored)- doesnt ride up anywhere when on the bike and is just plain cool on and off the bike! while I didnt end up getting it with him, Paul at britishmotorcycles has them and is great on customer service-
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Has it got any armour in it? When I contact barbour about the bike jackets in the UK got a bit of a dim one and asked if there was armour in thier bike jackets she said no. I suggested that they might want to point this out when saying it was a bike jacket.

Maybe yours is a different model to the one I looked at, do you think you could post a link.

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Old 06-04-2009, 03:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just like to state one little point, Barbour is not formally anything, Barbour and Belstaff are 2 competing indepenant companies.
Generally speaking, in their earlier days in the 60-70's Barbour were considered to be slightly superior, before the days of leather's most of the British Police force's issued Barbour to their Motorcycle officers.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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+1 on what Bath Bonne said. Belstaff is now an Italian owned fashion brand with products made "offshore", whilst Barbour is still a family owned company making its traditional products in the North East of England. They have always been separate companies, but Belstaff is a shadow of its former self in my opinion and the prices make your eyes water. As far as armour goes, if I was looking for protection I don't think I would be buying waxed cotton anyway...
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice looking coat, but it is certainly a fashion piece rather than protective gear.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think the OP is referring to the Barbour International Trials Jacket - which does NOT have padding or protection. It is a great jacket - I have one in brown - but only use it on the Vespa not the bike as it just lacks any real protection. http://www.britishmotorcyclegear.com/jackets.asp

The Belstaff Trialmaster has protection, as does the Belstaff Knockhill (in leather but over 500).
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There are some beautiful jackets on the Belstaff Website, just lovely.
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The Barbour International is a classic. I also have a Belstaff trophy with armour which is similar in design.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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yes- just the basic International- no armor- I wear Knox armor under everything I own- Id say its much like the Davida helmet- its not a full on protection jacket for armor and slide protection but neither is the davida- someone who would like the helmet would like the coat and vise versa- I have to say- I dont buy Asian jackets- check em out and youll be sad you didnt buy waxed cotton when the seams split in a high speed slide and the armor busts out- now Schott, fox creek- we are talking american and sweet- the rest- buy a Barbour and youll feel safer- really! but again not for everybody- just as a bonny isnt for everybody- if you feel right dressed up in teknic you might not look here- again im happy as heck but you may not be- and you also may look towards a ninja- but who am I to judge haaa
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youll be sad you didnt buy waxed cotton when the seams split in a high speed slide and the armor busts out-
Seriously? Is waxed cotton actually better than cordura? I'm not being a wise ass, I actually assumed that cotton would be relatively useless in a slide - like a pair of jeans.
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