Hunting for a motorcycle jacket has been infurating. Rage inducing.
At my size & shape, there’s little if anything that fits.
If I can find an XS jacket that fits across the chest, it’s always been too short in the arms or torso. The closest fit was a textile RevIt jacket, but I didn’t like the material, colour, design… well, anything about it. Lets not even get started on the embroidered flowers, swirly stuff and pink.
So I decided to go custom.
Discovered Velocity Sports Gear through GTAmotorcycles, and booked a fitting with Jimmy Singh. Their website’s limited gallery and pictures show almost exclusively race style gear for men, but on the phone I was assured they could make me the classic style jacket of my dreams.
Jimmy says that in the last six months, he’s had more female clients than the last four years combined. Going to show there’s a massive market of women disatisified with the limited quantity of off the rack jackets.
For my hour-ish long consult, I brought in some pictures, talked to Jimmy about the style of bike I have, colours I like, and the usability I’m looking for. He showed me a great fashion leather jacket he’d been working on recently that was almost a dead ringer for the style of the inspiration picture I brought in. He’ll be adding 4 air vents, a removable insulated vest, armor and building the whole thing out of kangaroo leather.
My leather will be custom drum dyed to meet my preference (I’m going for a distressed finished near-black-brown)
It should be done by the end of May, I have zero issues waiting. I’ll be gleefully patient for something custom, and talking with Jimmy showed me he’s obsessive about details.