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A few months ago I stumbled onto an amazing jacket from Japan made by an outfit called The Flat Head. Beautiful, beautiful hand-made horsehide black leather jacket. I paid about 15% of retail and have been smiling ever since. It's literally the nicest jacket I can conjure up in my minds-eye and then there it is! I'm gonna put that on, ahhhhhh. The point of this thread isn't to brag about my find, no, it's to stress that I hadn't even KNOWN about it prior to finding it online and then doing some research. There's others out there I'm sure.

So, R18 owners...we have folks here from around the globe: France, Thailand, California, South Africa, Poland, Pennsylvania, etc. What are you wearing? What niché leather boutique can you shine a light on and maybe inspire someone else to make an investment? Or if jackets is too narrow a topic, what gloves or pants or boots are you wearing? Any specific do's or don'ts?

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it smells so good. holy freakin' shit.
Where did you get it for 15% of the price if you don't mind me asking? I am looking for a leather jacket for the upcoming season.

Also, if anyone can shed some words on the BMW Pure Boxer jacket then that would be great.
 
The BMW Schwabing jacket, with some extra patches sewn on. jacket.jpg
 

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I've been wearing a Belstaff Cheetham for the last year or so .... lovely leather and I've got the ghost armour in it .....

For winter over my heated jacket I've got the Belstaff Mcgee wax cotton

I tend to wait till gear is on sale being a previous year etc :)
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I've been wearing a Belstaff Cheetham for the last year or so .... lovely leather and I've got the ghost armour in it .....

For winter over my heated jacket I've got the Belstaff Mcgee wax cotton

I tend to wait till gear is on sale being a previous year etc :)
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A very nice choice.
I have the BMW Pure horsehide jacket in summer and the Merlin Waxed Cotton jacket in brown during the inclement months. Both over my Macna heated jacket. I also have a brown BMW summer jacket (name escapes me) for really hot days.
 
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Where did you get it for 15% of the price if you don't mind me asking? I am looking for a leather jacket for the upcoming season.

Also, if anyone can shed some words on the BMW Pure Boxer jacket then that would be great.
Your post is about 8 months old now, but I’m here to help!

Just got the Pureboxer yesterday. It is beautiful, heavy, thick, and smells great. It seems to run about a size smaller than tag. I’m a small in all my other leathers from a few different brands. Had to grab a medium in the Pureboxer.

It’s got a quilted vest that buttons in for insulation. No vents anywhere at all, so it’s not gonna be great once it’s warm/hot. But I’ve got perforated jackets for that.

Comes with two alternate roundels for the sleeve. Ships with a weathered bronze one attached, but includes a standard color one and then a black leather one. Also has a little leather piece that buttons over the top of the zipper. You can take it off if you don’t like it.

It’s horsehide, so the sticker price is big, but bmw accessories and gear are 25% off right now so I had to jump on it.
 
Your post is about 8 months old now, but I’m here to help!

Just got the Pureboxer yesterday. It is beautiful, heavy, thick, and smells great. It seems to run about a size smaller than tag. I’m a small in all my other leathers from a few different brands. Had to grab a medium in the Pureboxer.

It’s got a quilted vest that buttons in for insulation. No vents anywhere at all, so it’s not gonna be great once it’s warm/hot. But I’ve got perforated jackets for that.

Comes with two alternate roundels for the sleeve. Ships with a weathered bronze one attached, but includes a standard color one and then a black leather one. Also has a little leather piece that buttons over the top of the zipper. You can take it off if you don’t like it.

It’s horsehide, so the sticker price is big, but bmw accessories and gear are 25% off right now so I had to jump on it.
I have been wanting this jacket for a little while. I cannot find it in the UK apart from one which is a small size. The rest comes from mainland Europe but it would not be that economic after you add the postage and VAT added in the UK.
Will pay a visit to the dealer when I am better and see if I can order one there and then. To be honest I would like to try it before I buy it 😉
 
I have been wanting this jacket for a little while. I cannot find it in the UK apart from one which is a small size. The rest comes from mainland Europe but it would not be that economic after you add the postage and VAT added in the UK.
Will pay a visit to the dealer when I am better and see if I can order one there and then. To be honest I would like to try it before I buy it 😉
Yes, def try before you buy. I’d have ordered a small and it would have been way too small for me.

My dealer was able to order in a couple sizes and let me try on with no commitment. Maybe yours can do the same?
 
Yes, def try before you buy. I’d have ordered a small and it would have been way too small for me.

My dealer was able to order in a couple sizes and let me try on with no commitment. Maybe yours can do the same?
Cheers for that. Will pop in to the dealership on Saturday.👍👍
 
Here‘s My cold weather combo - inner coat is EMS down, the type that can fit in your pocket when balled up. Outer coat is a heavy generic biker jacket from nowhere Pakistan. Purchased in a thrift shop a decade ago for twenty bucks. This combo got me from seacoast NH to Brattleboro Vermont a couple weekends ago, round trip same day, at 33-38 degrees Fahrenheit. Base layer was a poly cold weather running shirt, long sleeve. Yes, I’m in a hotel this week, not my house…IMG_0093.jpeg
 
Another favorite brand. I have a Super Phantom. Very well made.

I don't see the Lewis Leather jacket I have in their catalogue anymore but then that was 1974. I bought my one piece racing leathers there that day, too. The prices have changed a little.
 
Japanese are said to be the worlds best with regard to horse hide jackets. I bought the BMW Pure Boxer which is also made from Horse. Was disappointed to see it had been made in Indonesia and not Austria, US, Japan or some other area famous for the use of horse leather.
I liked the Pure Boxer design but, like you, I was disappointed in the country of origin AND in the general quality of tailoring. The two brand new jackets I've looked at in dealership have had frayed stitching and loose seams. At this price, I might have been more likely to consider had it been from Japan and had the tailoring been better. I might be willing to pay half of what BMW is asking but no more.
 
Just bought this:
https://www.ridejohndoe.com/us/jhk7003-hoodie-v2.html
https://uniongaragenyc.com/products/john-doe-xtm-hoodie-v2

Gotta say, in the brief two hours of wearing it on the bike, it's the most comfortable I've ever been behind the handlebars. Was close to 80 degrees when I started off, and admittedly was a bit warm but was fine at speed. Cooled to mid-70s on the way home and was great. AAA rated, so it's gonna save your skin if the worst happens. The armor is barely noticeable. Fits and feels just like a favorite hoodie. Really pleased with the purchase. And shout to Union Garage for helping me sort some questions and a mismatched back protector. Terrific customer service over there.
 
Just bought this:
https://www.ridejohndoe.com/us/jhk7003-hoodie-v2.html
https://uniongaragenyc.com/products/john-doe-xtm-hoodie-v2

Gotta say, in the brief two hours of wearing it on the bike, it's the most comfortable I've ever been behind the handlebars. Was close to 80 degrees when I started off, and admittedly was a bit warm but was fine at speed. Cooled to mid-70s on the way home and was great. AAA rated, so it's gonna save your skin if the worst happens. The armor is barely noticeable. Fits and feels just like a favorite hoodie. Really pleased with the purchase. And shout to Union Garage for helping me sort some questions and a mismatched back protector. Terrific customer service over there.

Looks like a nice option. I have a mix of my old leather jackets (perforated and heavy winter), heavy held pants and some Euro riding jeans as well as klim textile. They cover a great range of conditions and on long trips I default to the textile and riding jeans for a better range/flexibility of protection be it rain, snow or temps well over 100*(f), etc., often seen on the same cross country runs.
Anyway, Please share any additional thoughts after some more miles on this kit as it would be a great extra/alternative choice especially if fairly easy to pack for both on and off the bike.

Cheers
 
Looks like a nice option. I have a mix of my old leather jackets (perforated and heavy winter), heavy held pants and some Euro riding jeans as well as klim textile. They cover a great range of conditions and on long trips I default to the textile and riding jeans for a better range/flexibility of protection be it rain, snow or temps well over 100*(f), etc., often seen on the same cross country runs.
Anyway, Please share any additional thoughts after some more miles on this kit as it would be a great extra/alternative choice especially if fairly easy to pack for both on and off the bike.

Cheers
Have done some more miles and across a range of temps and really am so glad I have this hoodie. I’ve worn it layered with a t shirt and a long sleeve thermal kind of shirt for a day that started around 53°F. Was comfortable while my pals were cold (most of them on naked bikes though). Took the thermal off and rode when it was about 80°F and still felt good. It’d pack away easy enough if you didn’t use the back protector.

I’m not sure this would be my go-to over my mesh jacket if I’m starting a day in the mid 70°s, but for those 50-65° starts, up til about mid 70s in the day, this is great.
 
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