Leather motorcycle jackets are traditional protective outer garments used when riding a bike. The leather doesn't allow the air to penetrate through your clothes, keeping out the chill of 70 mph winds while you ride. Proper sizing of your leather jacket will provide you with plenty of room for cold weather underclothing and keep the shoulders and sleeves of the jacket from binding your arms while you ride.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Manufacturer's size guide and chart
Put on the amount of clothes you expect to wear while riding. This may be an undergarment and shirt or undergarment, shirt and sweater.
Ask a helper to measure your chest with the tape measure. Relax your arms, then have the helper measure under the armpits for men and around the fullest part of the bust for women. Don't pull the tape tight. Allow the tape to be snug enough to stay in place but not so snug that it distorts the surface of the clothes. Keep the tape measure parallel to the ground. Note the measurement.
Employ your helper to measure your waist with the tape measure. Stand relaxed, then have the helper measure around your waist. Don't pull the tape tight. Allow the tape to be snug enough to stay in place but not so snug that it distorts the surface of the clothes. Keep the tape measure parallel to the ground. Note the measurement.
Consult the size guide for the manufacturer of the jacket. Some manufacturers instruct you to add 5 cm (2 inches) to each measurement, some 7.5 cm (3 inches) and some 10 cm (4 inches).
Add the appropriate number of centimetres to your chest and waist measurements, then consult the manufacturer's size chart. Find the size for which your measurements fall. Pick the bigger size if your measurements are between sizes.
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