I opened a spirited discussion about a medium weight horsehide Highwayman, including possible consideration between medium HH in russet jerky and black, and also between cotton drill and tartan linings. Since I live in a warmer area (north central Texas) where it has been 106 degrees F. this week, I will likely go with cotton drill but am still undecided whether to go with med HH in russet jerky or black for my next jacket, which will likely be another highwayman since I know exactly how it will fit. The dark brown fairly heavy steerhide Highwayman that I received a week ago is a size 44 with 26" sleeves and 26.25" back length. An old acquaintance (HD) told me that I could probably get a more snug, perhaps better fit with a size 42 but depends on how I want the jacket to fit me. He and I concur that I am good to go with 27" sleeves and 26" back length.
While eating lunch with one of my friends at work this week, he was talking about his recent motorcycle collection, at which time, I told him that he needed to buy a Highwayman, a true gentleman's cycle jacket, to wear when he rides. Mark had been telling me for the past several days that he bought a limited addition, 200 I think, Triumph Bonneville but really wanted the Steve McQueen limited addition that has been sold out since it was announced. Well, due to the recent downturn in the economy, the Steve McQueen suddenly became available and is now in his possession along with the other that he is now trying to sell me.
This is the Steve McQueen edition of the Triumph that mark just acquired.
Steve McQueen on the bike during "the Great Escape" movie.
Mark's Triumph limited addition that he is trying to convince me that i can't live without.
Mark tells me that every time that he takes this cycle out that he is trying to sell me that he is surrounded by numerous admirers, and this will doubtless happen to me too if I buy his Triumph. He also points out that the cycle that he is trying to sell me holds two riders, whereas the Steve McQueen version only has room on the saddle for one rider.
I showed these pictures to my wife who said to me "you are not seriously thinking of buying another motorcycle, are you??!!"
Well, actually ... no. Anyhow, I thought that I would add a bit of levity to an otherwise serious forum, especially the WWII A-2 discussions.