Custom Vanson Chopper - It has Arrived!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by jpk_NJ, May 16, 2019.

  1. jpk_NJ

    jpk_NJ A-List Customer

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    Wanted to share a few pics of the final product and thank the forum for providing input/opinions in my previous thread while I was hashing out the details. Like many addicts here, I can be indecisive ocd about the custom jacket process and having others to hear you out greatly helps. Thanks to all who chimed in

    The crew at Vanson truly outdid themselves on this one and the customer service was beyond excellent. Wait time from order to delivery was also pretty accurate.

    On to the pics...

    Size 42 Comp Weight
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    The red quilted lining is the only slight hiccup not as specced (black rayon) and I was informed of this before it shipped. Vanson quickly said they will swap it out for the correct lining if I want. The quilt will definitely be a bit toasty for NJ riding weather but Im almost afraid to jinx myself and let this out of my hands. Thoughts??
     
  2. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I wouldn’t swap out the lining. It looks spectacular. Plus when it’s too cold to scoot you can still use the jacket. I love it.
     
  3. b1lf

    b1lf One of the Regulars

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    wow, what an oversight on a custom jacket! (red quilt lining)



    Jacket looks great man - what was the total lead time? Fit pics?
    I'm actually considering a Model E or Chopper or ? now...
     
  4. Bfd70

    Bfd70 One Too Many

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    The jacket looks super cool and will age to a really unique custom piece.

    Regarding the lining, ummmmm it looks cool but is about 180 degrees from what you’d asked for. I wouldn’t be ok woth that or a lining swap which inevitably means extra needle holes. Sorry, but this is on them and they owe you a new jacket. If you’re asking us then you’re not gaga over it and it will eat at you until you sell it here in 18 months.
     
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  5. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    Beautiful jacket man, I see that the time you took asking questions and figuring out all of the details really paid off because this one looks great!
    Regarding the lining, the quilted red is what comes standard on the Chopper and I think it’s Part of what makes this model stand out from the crowd. It looks amazing and if you hadn’t pointed out that it was a mistake no one ever would have thought to ask
    On the other hand my jacket brothers are correct that this was a rather large mistake by the folks at Vanson. Bfd70 is also right that if this is the kind of thing that bothers you from the start it is not going to get better with time. I love the red lining but if it’s not what you wanted then you should send it back and have them make it right.
     
  6. JMax

    JMax One Too Many

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    Jacket came out great! Really cool. The quilted red lining may be more practical in NJ but that is your call.
     
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  7. lucky23

    lucky23 One of the Regulars

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    The lining is gorgeous if you ask me...
     
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  8. jpk_NJ

    jpk_NJ A-List Customer

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    Lead time was around 2mths but Im sure this changes depending on time of year.

    I can totally see how the lining oversight happened, given that 99.9% of Choppers are standard with that red quilt and my order had a few revisions. Doesn't bug me visually at all, just more of the functional side with it being warmer / not as tough as the black rayon lining. Need to sleep on it for a couple days.
     
  9. Guppy

    Guppy Call Me a Cab

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    I would insist they remake it, not replace the liner. This sort of inattentiveness should have been corrected before it ever came to your attention, frankly. "No compromises!" is the Vanson motto.

    If they do remake, then it should be fast tracked, not another 2 month wait.
     
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  10. Psant25

    Psant25 A-List Customer

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    I like it the way it is. Less layering. I do agree as well though if you want it swapped it should be a total remake.
     
  11. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    The jacket looks spectacular, and that is partly due to the red lining. Unless you live in a place where it is very hot most months of the year, I wouldn't return it but in fact be secretly thankful it turned up with the red lining and not with the black one. My Vansons have the standard black rayon and there's nothing special about it it at all except it is so coarse it tears away my skin at the elbows when I wear a shortsleeve.
     
  12. Jejupe

    Jejupe Practically Family

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    Lovely jacket! I really like the white contrast stitching! If the lining bugs you now, it will most probably bug you even more in the future. If you decide to keep it as it is, at least try to agree with Vanson that you can send it for re-lining during next year or so, if it keeps bugging you.
     
  13. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    THat's a probably the best idea re the lining here. TBH, with all the bike jackets I'v e owned over the years, the only time I really notice all that much of a difference was when it became too hot to wear leather at all, really. (And if my pillion experience at least is anything to go by, once you're up over 30mph, unless you ride a bike with serious fairing, you'll appreciate the quilting, even in 24C heat.

    Warmth aside, the lining looks great; reminds me of the red quilt lining in the classic Lewises. I like the contrast stitching on the exterior, gives it almost a 'Tron' vibe. Be interesting to see how that wears in over time. Overall, the Chopper is a very modern-classic design, exactly the sort of jacket I used to see motorcyclists wearing in Ireland and the UK back in the late 70s, into the early eighties. Also a style which has regained popularity in a big way on the retro-custom bike scene in recent years. Looks great.
     
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  14. dubpynchon

    dubpynchon Practically Family

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    I like the lining, mine has it and I think it makes it a bit more unique. I find it doesn't add much heat as mine is a fairly short jacket, barely covering my belt. The contrast stitching on yours looks cool.
     
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  15. ksozay

    ksozay Practically Family

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    Jacket came out beautifully! Does this mean octo is ready to be sold to me?! :)


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  16. Mich486

    Mich486 Practically Family

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    I like the quilted lining and I think it makes a nice contrast!

    I can just imagine the pressure on the machinist while sewing this, a stitch out of line and you have to start again!!!


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  17. jpk_NJ

    jpk_NJ A-List Customer

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  18. ksozay

    ksozay Practically Family

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    Ha! My bad, some days I get you two mixed up.


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  19. JMax

    JMax One Too Many

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    I was going to say. And btw, get your own.
     
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  20. ksozay

    ksozay Practically Family

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    But yours is perfectly broken in and the patina is stunning. You can’t just buy that, it’s not the same.


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