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Old 11-27-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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However u dont wear leather i'll never comprehend

So... for those whom wear mesh or vinyl jackets....

I put on a jacket I finally got back from a board member after borrowing it for the last 8 months or so. Its a corona splattered vinyl jacket blah blah...

I put it on a cruised up to Conroe for dinner w family and I could not stand how it felt, moved etc on the freeway. and it breathes a little cooler then leather, yes, but not by much.

Leather fits tighter, doesn't move around, is water proof or resistant, conforms to riding position, protects in a slide, and makes u feel like a power ranger.

So why do u not wear leather on the street? is it more then just price consideration?
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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just havent gotten around to getting one yet. for the price that comes with a leather jacket i want it to fit and look just right. yet to find the right one.

though i did recently purchase full leathers...not sure how rocking those on the street would be perceived. do other people do that?
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I've always been too fat to be comfortable in leather. My textile jacket held up well enough, as everyone at my wreck saw. Plus, the textile had tons of room to store stuff in the pockets. I did a lot of long distance riding out of Albuquerque and the extra storage space came in handy. It was nice to be able to switch gloves and take off my neckwarmer without getting off my bike to remove the seat.
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I've always been too fat to be comfortable in leather. My textile jacket held up well enough, as everyone at my wreck saw. Plus, the textile had tons of room to store stuff in the pockets. I did a lot of long distance riding out of Albuquerque and the extra storage space came in handy. It was nice to be able to switch gloves and take off my neckwarmer without getting off my bike to remove the seat.
you lived in albuquerque? did you ever ride up to durango?
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we wear one pieces on forest, fayatteville rides. mine was destroyed but I have a two piece I wear out all the time; even when dancing.

then again, I honestly don't givafck what anyone else thinks... which apparently according to friends may b a contributing factory to my singleness(dates have been turned down cuz they wanted me to take a car on the weekend. so once it was raining. don't judge me.) lol
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All my leather is for the bedroom. lol

Thats all I wear!
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I like both, depends on my mood... I feel extremely comfy in both.
but the mesh was made for a woman otherwise It would fit horribly and that would be uncomfy.
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So why do u not wear leather on the street? is it more then just price consideration?
Exactly. As soon as I get caught up on bills and pay off the truck. I'm getting a nice leather jacket. I'm sure once I switch from the mesh/textile jacket I'm sporting now, I will only wear them during the summer.

I know that leather is a of a lot better in protect but I want to be able to switch between the two during the summer months. I hate sweating my azz off in stop and go traffic.
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we wear one pieces on forest, fayatteville rides. mine was destroyed but I have a two piece I wear out all the time; even when dancing.

then again, I honestly don't givafck what anyone else thinks... which apparently according to friends may b a contributing factory to my singleness(dates have been turned down cuz they wanted me to take a car on the weekend. so once it was raining. don't judge me.) lol
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i have 2 mesh jackets, 2 leather (one is perforated) and one textile. the textile is by far the bulkiest, but it also has the best cold weather lining and is waterproof. I use that for rain/cold (below 55) weather.
I like the leather as far as feeling protected, but pocket space does suck, and the leather is not as nice when the temp is over 95...

regardless though when i hit the countryside i wear as much leather as i can.

oh yeah and the mesh is nice when i am at work and take it off an on all day when i am sweaty and nasty from working on nasty cruisers or atv's. i really don't like getting my leather on then!
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price?

i wear a leather jacket though
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My textile is more washable - and when you ride in all conditions it becomes very necessary to wash the suit now and then. There was also the cost of the suit, the heat of the summer, the adaptability (with liners) for 4-season riding, and overall fit and comfort.
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Like most things in my life, I have evolved.
At first, I wore NO gear.
Then I bought a helmet.
Then I bought gloves.
Then I bought a textile jacket. (cuz it was cheaper)
Then I bought boots.
Then I bought knee pads.
Then I went to the track and bought full leathers.
And I am awaiting the arrival of my first leather jacket for street riding.

So it was about ignorance to gear at all, firstly. Then it was about money. Now, I just want to be protected.
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I obviously own that jacket among others that aren't leather; so I have owned the perf/vinyl before leather.

But Man! Makes such a difference... weighs a little more, yes, but the protection from wind alone is SOOOOO nice....
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:44 AM   #17
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just havent gotten around to getting one yet. for the price that comes with a leather jacket i want it to fit and look just right. yet to find the right one.

though i did recently purchase full leathers...not sure how rocking those on the street would be perceived. do other people do that?
On the bigger rides or the spirited rides, several people will show up in full leathers.
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my last ride down 3090 and 149 i wore 2 piece leather and felt a lot more confident.
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I've worn leather since day 1. My jacket is perforated so I've never been ridiculously hot even during the summer. Even then, I'd rather be hot and protected than cool and rashed.

I've lost weight since then though... it's a little loose now. I'd like to downsize... Maybe I should post up seeing if anyone wants to trade (seems like more people add weight than lose weight these days, lol).
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so youve worn one mesh jacket, you didnt like it, and now you cant understand why anyone does? thats silly. not all leathers fit the same either. or pants. or shoes. you get the idea. you may have to try a few before you find something that fits you well and has features you like.

leather is great, but has downsides other than price. its less flexible, even when broken in, and come 100+ degree weather, its not so fun to wear. not leather, the protection is the best, its warm, and can look great.

there is gear for every occasion, just have to find what works for you.
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