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Old 11-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #106
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Originally Posted by g®eg View Post

Vanson's offering....
$585 though
I don't see it on their website. What model? Does it have armor?
Too much is just barely enough.....
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:03 AM   #107
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Time to start pairing down the gear just before an extended trip.

Anyone looking for a FG Baron (size L) or Roadgear Oregon Trail size 44 (Paris Dakar knockoff, however it was made it the same factory as the PD jacket and is 90% identical).

While I'm here, Hein Gericke reintroduced the Paris Dakar jacket. It looks nothing like the old one, I'll try to find a picture of it.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:33 PM   #108
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An old thread but a goodie if, like me, you're a gearhead.

So, some 7 years after originally posting in this thread, I finally purchased the Hein Gericke jacket that I'd posted about.

This is a Hein Gericke TFL Cool, 3/4 leather jacket. Hein Gericke is no more here in the UK and these jackets have been hard to find for some time. I picked this one up on Gumtree (a bit like Craigslist) from Norwich in England for the princely sum of 50 Pounds or c. $85.00 US and had a friend whose home is there but is working up here in Scotland, bring it up for me. I then spent 70 pounds, c. $119.00 US, purchasing back, shoulder and elbow D3O armour for it and another 50 Pounds having the sleeves shortened by a local saddler. So, in total, it's cost me about $290 but it's as new and I don't think it's ever previously been worn. The pic I've attached here isn't, in fact, my jacket but a European size 54, that's currently on if anyone is looking for one. The jacket is grey in colour rather than the black that it appears to be in the pic.

Part of the reason that my jacket may never have been worn is that it's a very substantial garment, made from thick and fairly inflexible leather. I consulted with a friend who is a chemical engineer and who has done considerable research on the materials of motorcycle clothing to ask if using some kind of leather treatment to soften it would compromise the TFL cool coating on the leather. His view was that it would do so and I should break the jacket in by putting it in the tumble drier on a low heat with something heavy in the drum to beat the jacket into submission. He was quite correct.

Since doing that, having the sleeves shortened and then fitting the D3O armour, I've only worn the jacket on my R1200 GS WC once and found it now to be very comfortable and very well ventilated via its six front and three rear vents.

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Old 06-21-2014, 03:26 PM   #109
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I finally purchased the Hein Gericke jacket that I'd posted about.

I like the 3/4 leather jackets. When I find one that fits like my "Tour Master Transition", I'll probably buy one.
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