Custom Leathers – Start to Finish
Originally Published: July 2013
I have started going back to the track on a fairly regular basis and have decided to bite the bullet and get custom leathers. Mine have never fit quite right and I can not get an off-the-rack set that fits me properly.
These leathers are a huge investment, but for safety and comfort I think it will be worth it, so I am going to chronicle the whole process here.
I am lucky that we have Syed Leathers in Orlando. They told me that after we settle on a design and options it takes about four weeks to construct. My first step is to give him an idea of what I want.
Here are Syed’s basic templates:
First thought was black and red to match my bike and they are my favorite colors anyway.
But, I like playing up the GR pink and black theme,and I really like the sweetheart neck design I came up with here. This is my hubby’s vote.
I have sent the pink and black to Syed for his input and thoughts on cost of the custom cut. What do you ladies think?
Price for design is agreed upon! Going to be unique and do the pink and black sweetheart, what the heck, right ? I have selected the following options:
Full Coverage Package + back protector (basically armor, padding, stretch panels, velcro for sliders)
Full Ventilation (perforated almost everywhere)
He said I can do the measurements myself and send to him to get started with 50% down payment.
So this weekend, we measure!
I got the call they were ready for pick up or delivery, I was very excited, so I took off work to drive to Orlando for pick up just in case there were any problems.
Well….I screwed up a measurement, The arms are too short and it makes the shoulders too tight so I am going to see if he can redo the top. Lesson learned, get a pro to measure you, preferably the people making the suit. If you look in the picture with the measurement guide, we missed #9 by 2 “, went to the point on the shoulder as shown instead of over the top of it. Three weeks until my track day, hopefully they can get it fixed.
In the mean time, here is a sneak peak with Mr. Syed himself. I am really happy with the design and the rest of the fit.
Dropped it off yesterday, its not going to be too painful money wise, they said 150 at the most. I got a lot of measurements wrong in my shoulders, so they measured me and are going to add a panel on each shoulder. I suggested they make a measuring video, I’m sure this happens to other people.
I’m also having them move the GR logo up into the pink area, it looks goofy in the middle of my back in person.
You may have seen the pic I posted, I got the suit back last week. I am happy for the most part, but I think I had my hopes to high or I just really screwed up by doing my own measurements, because its not the fit that everyone raves about. Actually I think the leathers fit well, but its the armor that is not working well for me. The shoulder armor is so big, I can’t raise my hands above my head, but he gave me the smallest pieces they have. He said they soften and loose some thickness as you break them in. As I did my first test ride, I did get more and more comfortable. The big test will be next weekend when I go to the track. I am bringing my old gear just in case, but I do think these just need time to break-in.
I must say though, the suit is top notch, the mesh lining, the leather thickness, the stitching, everything is beautiful. Also, since I am in Florida I ordered it fully perforated, and the air flow is even better than I expected. I may post up close-up pics of all the parts and pieces shortly.
Oh and I love the new placement of the logo.
Did my first track day last weekend, and to my surprise…I love them!!! Once I got moving on the track they were great, started breaking in more and more each session. The ventilation was better than my old set and the they just feel great out there. I still think the armor is too big, but I can’t tell as much on the track. One unexpected surprise was that I can actually slide on my seat now. I no longer need to lift my but up to hang off side to side in the chicane, I just glide right over!
So after all this, yes I would recommend custom leathers, as long as you have a professional (preferably the person making them) take your measurements.