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new leather jacket hits helmet, causes stickage - November 5, 2007, 08:05 AM

just bought my first leather jacket... (alpinestars stage)... i was afraid this issue was going to come up so I bought a jacket I specifically thought would be the best at staying off my helmet... the stage has a nice fabric neck on the back...

The problem is the back leather, below the fabric, seems to creep up my back and touches my helmet (into my helmet's personal space) causing the leather and the helmet to not slide together easily (sticking)... causing it sometimes difficult to turn my head, not a good thing, as we all know...

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1) is this typical, does it happen to others, or do i just have a really strange body type to be riding motorcycles (I suspect the latter).

2) any magical ideas out there on what to do about it...? I've sown in a belt loop for riding with jeans, but that didn't really help much. The back pad seems to be leading the push up, so I've thought about trimming the top of the back bad a bit as well.

3) it's also possible the jacket's just not broken in enough... i.e. perhaps my arms are putting upward pressure on the back of the jacket, which might fix itself over time... any advice on breaking in jackets fast?


Thanks in advance for the help, I'm dying here!!!!!!!!
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November 5, 2007, 08:30 AM

trim the back pad. I trimmed the top and the bottom of the pad to make it shorter overall. it helped.
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November 5, 2007, 09:08 AM

what kind of helmet do you wear? is it too big? this might be causing it to fit further down your neck and rub on the jacket..

Sometimes my back protector creeps up on me and starts to rub on the back of mine..


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November 5, 2007, 09:19 AM

helmet's a shoei rf-1000... it's definitely not too long for my head... too short if anything (i have a tall head)... though the rf-1000 does have this annoying little wind scoop off the lower back I've thought about trimming off... but I'm hesitant to make any aerodynamic changes to a helmet...
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November 5, 2007, 09:25 AM

Try a protectant on the leather such as 303 aerospace. It should make it slide a little better. you can also apply it to the bottom of the helmet (the plastic parts as well as the paint).


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November 5, 2007, 09:34 AM

sounds like u have a jacket bigger then it should be...


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November 5, 2007, 09:42 AM

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sounds like u have a jacket bigger then it should be...
it's actually on the tight side... especially in the sholders and body... which could be part of my problem... back to my theory the arms aren't broken in good enough, causing an upward pull on the body section... on that front, I'm trying to break it in faster...


btw, thanks all for the input... this is helpful...
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November 5, 2007, 09:44 AM

Sew (or iron) a patch on your jacket of regular fabric.


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