Motorcycle jacket sleeves

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dave11, May 14, 2014.

  1. dave11

    dave11 Member

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    So I just received my new Schott jacket. I've owned other leather jackets, but not a motorcycle jacket. Schott says the sleeves are meant to extend 2 or more inches past the wrist, to compensate for the riding stance, but making the jacket look poorly-fitted if you wear it for any other purpose.

    I don't ride. I knew it was a motorcycle jacket, but it had a sleek look that is fine for street wear, and lots of guys who had reviewed it said they didn't ride, either. None had mentioned an issue with the long sleeves. The jacket fits fine otherwise, and looks good.

    My options are to either return the jacket for a different style, or roll the sleeves up. They are zippered, and fold back easily when unzipped. The last option would be to wear it with the sleeves at their intended location, namely down nearly to my knuckles.

    Anyone else wearing a motorcycle jacket this way?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    I ride.

    I say send it back. There are plenty of motorcycle style jackets that are fashion pieces, and not actual motorcycle safety gear, that mimic the motorcycle jacket aesthetic, yet not faithfully enough to look silly when not on a bike.

    Because honestly, motorcycle jackets that fit properly look ridiculous, while fashion jackets that merely appear to be motorcycle jackets look alright off a bike.

    However, it's up to you. If you really love the jacket, just wear it anyway, I say.
     
  3. dave11

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    Thanks for the input. If you have a bike jacket, do you ever wear it when you're not riding? If so, do you roll up the cuffs? I'm trying to decide if that look is "odd."
     
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    If it is horsehide, it may form creases at the elbow that can reduce the length by as much as an inch.
     
  5. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

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    Post some pics?
     
  6. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    Quote:
    I don't. I have a "fashion" type leather jacket that I wear when I want to wear a leather jacket, but am not on my bike.

    In addition to the sleeve length, my "safety" motorcycle jacket is also very short in the torso, and tight. This is so it doesn't ride up when in the riding position, and so that I don't slide around inside it if I am unfortunate enough to crash and end up sliding down the street. It also is armored, but I know yours is not. Frankly, I look ridiculous in it when not riding and it is uncomfortable when not riding.

    However, you might look good in it! Without seeing a fit picture, it's hard to say.
     
  7. dave11

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    OK, here are pics. The first one is with the sleeves rolled down:

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    I like the jacket because it is understated, doesn't look as flashy as the typical cycle jacket. Now, you can see how far down the sleeves go, and the assymetry, because my right arm is 3/4 inch shorter than my left, due to a birth injury. It's not as noticeable when I'm not standing still with my arms down.

    Now here's with the sleeves rolled up:

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    Yes, to get the sleeves equally near my thumbs, the amount of cuff has to be different, but that's part of the fun of being me. But it seems to draw the wrong sort of attention.

    Now here's with the sleeves folded under, and into the cuff.

    [​IMG]

    Any constructive comments are appreciated. Thanks.
     
  8. Neognosis

    Neognosis Senior member

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    That is a typical cafe racer leather jacket. When you say it is not as "flashy as the typical cycle jacket," I think you are thinking of the schott perfecto model.

    I think the sleeves look good on you rolled down. It looks authentic, even though you might not ride.

    Here's springsteen wearing a schott (at least it appears to be).

    It does not get much cooler. Note the sleeve length.



    at 2:59 you see the sleeve length pretty well.

    Now, he's doing a parody of himself circa 1975, but you get the point.
     
  9. Jeigernaut

    Jeigernaut Active Member

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    I too think it looks good as is. If it is a hinderence for you, than i can where you are coming from. Visually it looks good to me.
     
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  10. dave11

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    Thanks Neognosis. You encourage me. I'll wear the jacket with the sleeves down, though maybe in less casual settings I'll roll them under, and try to look a little neater.

    Though someone who rides, like you, would know that the sleeves are supposed to be long, the majority of people are just going to think I'm wearing someone else's jacket, if I leave them rolled down. I'm not Springsteen....

    I'm in the market for a brown leather jacket now, and though Schott has a lot of others, apparently all but the bomber jackets have the same motorcycle cut, so maybe I'll look at Aero.
     
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  11. andy b.

    andy b. Senior member

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    I have rode bikes in the past, but don't do much riding at present. I think the sleeves look good as is. When I see sleeves that are too short, they look like they were cut to the standards of something like a suit jacket or sportcoat where your shirt sleeve is supposed to stick out. On leather jackets and regular outerwear, I think the sleeves of your jacket should cover the sleeves on your shirts.
     

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