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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2006, 12:21 am Thread Starter
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Custom leathers or alterations?

I want to get some leathers VERY soon, but I'm have an 'issue'..

My legs are about 3" shorter than average, which makes most leather pants too long for me. Would it be better to get them somehow altered? Do tailors work on leather? I would think so...

Or since I'm already spending some big bank, how about custom 'fittting' jobs from Dianese or Alpinestar? Do they even offer this?
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Or since I'm already spending some big bank, how about custom 'fittting' jobs from Dianese or Alpinestar? Do they even offer this?
Vanson Leathers will custom fit you for a price.
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You don't put in your profile where you live, so its hard to give you recommendations on getting custom leathers.

But in addition to getting custom fitted ones, you can look at BMW's Pro-Race leathers which also offer half sizes. For example, a size Euro 52 jacket might fit you fine, but the 52 pants may be long - well they also make size "102 or 104" pants which tend to be 3 to 4 cm. shorter, but with a similar waist size to the 52 jacket.

Look on your local country's BMW web site and you should find a sizing chart.

Other manufacturers may offer similar half-sizes, although I dont think Alpinestar nor Dainese do, but you can check.
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You don't put in your profile where you live, so its hard to give you recommendations on getting custom leathers.

But in addition to getting custom fitted ones, you can look at BMW's Pro-Race leathers which also offer half sizes. For example, a size Euro 52 jacket might fit you fine, but the 52 pants may be long - well they also make size "102 or 104" pants which tend to be 3 to 4 cm. shorter, but with a similar waist size to the 52 jacket.

Look on your local country's BMW web site and you should find a sizing chart.

Other manufacturers may offer similar half-sizes, although I dont think Alpinestar nor Dainese do, but you can check.
Oh yes, I checked out the BMW Pro-Race outfit and it looks pretty good, though I wish they had different color combinations. I'm big on red. Grey is just too boring. I LOVE the Ducati/Dianese colors and style if that gives you any clue.

Thanks for reminding me about updating my profile! Thank you for the information and I am from Northern California. Any more information you can give me would be great!

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Give these guys a call, http://www.helimot.com/aboutus/index.shtml. They make great suits and they're in your area. Expect to pay close to $1,500.00 or more to do this from a place that does quality work.

Dainese will also custom make a set of leathers for you, but to do it right you'll need to go into one of their shops. They have one in Costa Mesa, Ca., SoCal, but I don't think there's one in NoCal.

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Give these guys a call, http://www.helimot.com/aboutus/index.shtml. They make great suits and they're in your area. Expect to pay close to $1,500.00 or more to do this from a place that does quality work.

Dainese will also custom make a set of leathers for you, but to do it right you'll need to go into one of their shops. They have one in Costa Mesa, Ca., SoCal, but I don't think there's one in NoCal.
Wow, this is great information! I took a look at helimot and that may be the way to go... Considering that the BMW suit is about $1200, paying an extra $300 for quality AND custom isn't so bad.

I'll check into the Dianese stuff too.. I'm a HUGE Dianese fan

Thanks again.
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i have used BATES Leathers for boots,and riding gear for the last 30 plus years,www.batesleathers.com
they make the for you.

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The Bates stuff looks REALLY nice and their pricing is comparable to Helimot. At this point, Bates looks to be in the lead. I'll let you know what happens. Thanks for al the great information!
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The Bates stuff looks REALLY nice and their pricing is comparable to Helimot. At this point, Bates looks to be in the lead. I'll let you know what happens. Thanks for al the great information!
You really need to check the type of leather each of these outfits use. IMO, Dainese uses the best of any of them. That's one of the reasons we you pay so much for them. The Italians really know how to make leather suits that work great and look way cool.
The Bates and Helimot suits are usually made with a little thicker leather which is nice for the track but can be a bit much for an all day ride on the road.
Unless you get a perforated type suit your going to cook in the summer whichever company you choose, when it's above ninety degrees.

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You really need to check the type of leather each of these outfits use. IMO, Dainese uses the best of any of them. That's one of the reasons we you pay so much for them. The Italians really know how to make leather suits that work great and look way cool.
The Bates and Helimot suits are usually made with a little thicker leather which is nice for the track but can be a bit much for an all day ride on the road.
Unless you get a perforated type suit your going to cook in the summer whichever company you choose, when it's above ninety degrees.
Thanks for the insight. Yes, I'll be checking into all of 'em.. One of them uses ONLY 1.4mm leather throughout and double-layers of leather in certain sections... Sturdy, but maybe a bit stiff? It's good you brought up the heat issue... I had another discussion about heat exhaustion in another thread...

Most of my riding is on the West Coast, so I'm not too worried about it getting too hot... Even San Diego and Los Angeles have temperatures that border 90 degress... So it's all good. ;-)
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