Leather jacket recommendations anyone?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Fraser Johnston, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Been riding in my summer jacket and on the weekend froze my tits off. So this
    week I figure I should get myself a leather one for winter. Any suggestions on
    brands, prices and features to look for would be appreciated. I'm in Perth if
    that helps narrow the search down.
    Fraser Johnston, Apr 10, 2007
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  2. Especially by that dodgy prick that sells them on ebay. ; ) I'm currently
    looking at a Joe Rocket one but have no idea what I should be looking for.
    Complete newbie here. I even ride a 250 with a big Loser plate on the back.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 10, 2007
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  3. Leather while excellent in preventing abrasions has poor insulation

    If it's warmth your after a thermal type jacket with some amour may be
    well worth considering.

    However if you want the best protection against the dreaded gravel rash buy
    a slightly larger
    jacket so you can comfortably wear a woollen skivvy or light jumper
    A flannelette shirt, or at the very least a vest, over the top of the jacket
    also assists in keeping the chill
    off the leather and thus giving your body a better chance of retaining some

    Capt. A. L.
    Capt.about_lunchtime, Apr 10, 2007
  4. Fraser Johnston

    Boxer Guest

    My boys are happy with theirs.

    Boxer, Apr 10, 2007
  5. Thanks for the reply. Can't see myself riding in the freezing cold or in the
    rain. Mainly just take my bike for weekend blasts with friends. I have to
    cart a bit of shit around for work so commutining isn't an option for me. My
    friend has a fabric Dainese winter jacket that looks the business but I am
    thinking that leather might be better if I throw my bike down the road.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 10, 2007
  6. I had a Rivet jacket that had zippable vents to allow airflow in
    summer, and a winter liner for extra warmth that could be removed in
    summer. Was a damn nice jacket (which I sold before moving overseas,
    dammit, now that I am back here for going back to the UK in a year).

    Best jacket I have owned in 25 years of riding.
    Kevin Gleeson, Apr 10, 2007
  7. Fraser Johnston

    justAL Guest

    There are a few leather jackets with liners but if you want to insulate
    against the cold get a textile jacket. Leather isn't that good at

    justAL, Apr 10, 2007
  8. Fraser Johnston

    NagaThai Guest

    What size are you?
    Got somthing you might be interested in.

    NagaThai, Apr 10, 2007
  9. Fraser Johnston

    Nev.. Guest

    If you're planning to throw your bike down the road forget the jacket,
    buy a cheaper bike.

    '04 CBR1100XX
    Nev.., Apr 10, 2007
  10. Fraser Johnston

    Yeebok Guest

    Ha ! Nice one Nev.
    Yeebok, Apr 10, 2007
  11. In aus.motorcycles on Tue, 10 Apr 2007 14:47:52 +0800
    Leather won't protect against rain. I know this isn't a real problem
    in Perth, but you have been warned.

    See http://www.roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/11.html for a rundown on
    things to look for in bike gear, and
    http://www.stallionleathers.co.uk/advice.htm has some helpful things

    The biggie for me is fit, a jacket that binds in riding position is
    a bad thing. (Note that if you have a bike with a riding position of
    arms well forward a good jacket will be uncomfortable *off* the bike.
    So don't buy it for fit off the bike.)

    Check that when all the fastenings are done up that the sleeves can't
    ride up your arms. If the arms have zips at the wrist they also
    either need the bits that zip together to have a strap over the zip,
    or else a gusset so that if the zip blows there's a) some sort of
    protection over the skin and b) something to help stop the seams
    ripping. Check also that the fit around the waist and hips is tight
    enough that it won't ride up much at all if you tug. That's so as
    much of you is covered as possible if you are sliding.

    Check the jacket in riding position with your helmet on. Some shoulder
    armour can stop you turning your head properly. If the jacket is
    otherwise fine, then just remove the shoulder armour. Check the fit
    over your arm is good. I have been sliced open by armour because the
    fit over the elbow was too loose and the armour moved a large amount.
    (loose fit is a problem with jackets that have removable liners.)

    Speaking of armour, ask if it is CE approved. That's the Euro
    standard, which is the only standard currently in use.

    Check that the back drops low enough to cover your lower back in
    riding position. Your kidneys can get cold in the mornings. Check
    also that you can get to the pockets - I have met jackets where the
    pockets were too high for me to get to easily.

    If you want it for cool weather, then check wearing the thickest
    jumper you will be using. You are probably best off buying a thermal
    or light wool jumper to wear under it rather than sizing the jacket
    for a thick one you only wear sometimes.

    Zebee Johnstone, Apr 10, 2007
  12. Fraser Johnston

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    I think a jacket that is perfect for Hobart may not be perfect for Perth
    Kev. What to wear in summer is a real problem for me too. I have a dry-rider
    with a zip-out liner which works well for autumn-winter-spring, but is
    stifling in summer at 40º. Then I mostly wear the open-face Nolan and a
    denim jacket. The rozzers here wear short-sleeved blue shirts in summer.
    Right now were in a 10º in the morning and 30º in the afternoon cycle. I'm
    wearing summer gloves with the heaters on, cause winter gloves are too damn
    hot in the avo.

    Theo Bekkers, Apr 11, 2007
  13. Fraser Johnston

    justAL Guest

    Maybe they just don't complain.

    Beer? Sure!

    justAL, Apr 11, 2007
  14. 42" Chest. I'm about 5'10". My email works.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 13, 2007
  15. Not planning it but you never know.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 13, 2007
  16. Great advice. Thanks.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 13, 2007
  17. My RST summer jacket has been perfect for the last few months. It is basically
    2 layers of mesh. At night I stick the plastic liner on under it and keeps the
    wind out. But with days getting cooler I think I need something thicker with a
    zip out liner.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 13, 2007
  18. <snip>

    So, Fraser... How often do you tug? :p

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  19. Fraser Johnston

    atec77' Guest

    Kiddies area then
    atec77', Apr 13, 2007
  20. Too often. Hence the glasses I wear.

    Fraser Johnston, Apr 19, 2007
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