Proper Review-Used Black Aero FQHH Cafe Racer Jacket

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  1. tnjyoung

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    Greetings fellow loungers,

    A few days ago I posted a few quick indoor fit pics (outdoor/natural light pictures posted below) of an (almost new) Black Aero FQHH Cafe Racer jacket that I picked up from Ribdoner on the classified section of this site.

    I had posted that I was in the market for a 48/50 Black HH Aero Cafe Racer. A few days went by and I didn't think it was ever going to happen. I had already started looking on the Aero site to begin planning my custom order. I have broad shoulders and long(ish) arms. I had previously owned a Brown FQHH Aero Sheene in a 44, but it was much too restrictive, so I sold it on here, too.

    Ribdoner (Thank you Ribdoner!) contacted me via email and said that he had 'just' the right jacket for me. After a few photos swapped and some questions answered I pulled the trigger on the purchase. He had described the jacket as a 48 (to my horror it was a 46!---> but it worked out great!) with 36.25" sleeves (my true size is a 44), so I was still a bit uncertain if it would exactly fit me, but I gave it a shot anyway.

    When I first pulled the jacket out of the box and tried it on, I could smell the leather. It was stiff (like new) and had much more room in it. It seemed, at first, to be a little big through the body, but I had just dropped a chunk of change on this jacket so I kept putting it back on.

    I finally wore it outside of the house and began to get compliments. One came, then another, then another. This is something that I rarely had received with my brown jacket (strangely).

    Now that I have been wearing the jacket I find it more and more comfortable and I cannot wait for the jacket to truly begin to take on my body shape and to begin to develop creasing and patina.

    The interior of the jacket is black cotton drill and it is noticeably less warm tan my previous jacket that had the wool tartan liner.

    My old jacket was too tight in the shoulders, on my forearms, and allowed for almost no flexibility when I was reaching for the steering wheel of my vehicle or handlebars on a motorcycle.

    I honestly feel like I have hit the jackpot with this new jacket. It is beginning to feel like a second skin for me, I'm getting compliments all the time, and it (to me) just looks bad-ass. I can only imagine this will get even better with age.

    So for all of you out there who have bought a "correctly sized" Aero, or even "sized down" for that tailored fit--->and have been unhappy with the comfort, my suggestion would be to "size up". I feel like it worked for me. What do you guys (and gals) think?

    Also, I have two more questions?
    1. What do you guys wear with your black CR jackets? Button down? T-Shirt? Sweater? Henley?
    2. How long has it take you (those of you who have) to get that coveted creasing, moulding, and distressing on your black FQHH Aeros?[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    A t-shirt, sweatshirt, or, best of all, a striped sailor shirt. Nice jacket.
     
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  3. ton312

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    Fantastic man. Really looks great and the fit looks to be right on. It'll crease up slower than a steer jacket but I wouldn't describe it as a long process. The sleeves don't look loose so it shouldn't take much time at all. Enjoy it!!
     
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  4. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Although I don't own a Cafe Racer, I do have two Sheenes based on the CR pattern and wear anything from dress shirt to sweat shirt to tee shirt underneath. BTW the fit, look, and drape of your newly acquired CR is fantastic. Ya done good!
     
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  5. ProteinNerd

    ProteinNerd My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    The classic black CR....Looks great!

    I have way too many CR style jackets, some slim enough for just a T shirt (or I prefer a 3 button Henley) and others that have a bit more room for a sweater etc.

    The one thing I personally cant do is wear a collared shirt under CR jacket. I see others do it and it looks fine but just cant bring myself to do it.

    As for sizing up or down, Aero sizing can be all over the place depending on when it was made imo. The impression I have is that the sizing became a lot more uniform when the Calders came back and rescued the company.

    My 40 CR has just enough room for a thick sweater, although I'm sure the full action back helps....that could also be a consideration.
     
  6. tnjyoung

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    Thank you ProteinNerd! Just as an FYI, my first Aero (Sheene) was new in 2015, and the second (CR-above) was purchased new in 2016. Both are during the Caulder's management I believe. It is funny you say that you don't wear a collared shirt with yours as this was actually the basis for my question. I wear a button shirt almost everyday to work, but I want to wear my new Aero daily. Hopefully I won't look too off-base. :)
     
  7. Monitor

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    To me this jacket looks like you shouldn't ever look for a replacement. This one's a bit modded, tho. BR collar and center zipper not reach all the way to the hem. It's a really, really cool jacket!

    As for the questions...
    1. Anything goes with a CR, that's why it's so cool.
    2. Few days? Week, tops. FQHH breaks in quickly.
     
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  8. Peacoat

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    Looks good. You did well. Now if you could put a collar on it, you would have a nice Sheene! Don't shoot me, Monitor.
     
  9. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Putting a collar on a CR is a murder! Over 4,000 cafe racers are killed this way every year! Stop killing cafe racers!
     
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  10. tnjyoung

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    Thank you Monitor! I had not looked that closely, but now I see what you mean about the zipper and collar. It is almost like a Board Racer/Cafe Racer combination. And it has the bright brass (not antiqued) pulls/zippers. Body/sleeves/pockets of a CR and collar/front zip from a BR. I will get to quick work on those days/weeks! :)
     
  11. JohnKrenz

    JohnKrenz Familiar Face

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    Glad to see you found a great replacement! I'm still wanting to wear the sheene to sleep everyday!
     
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  12. tnjyoung

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    Hahaha! That's great! I know the feeling! Enjoy! I hope that jacket serves you well. I remember the day I pulled it out of the box!
     
  13. tnjyoung

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    Finally got around to buying the bike that goes with the jacket. :) Please pardon the shoes, but I was in a hurry to get down to the dealership so I just threw on what I could find quickly. [​IMG]
     
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  14. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Nice...........
     
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  15. ton312

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    Awesome!
     
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  16. So33

    So33 One of the Regulars

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    Motorcycles and leather jackets go together like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
     
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  17. Fanch

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    Ah, my first cycle at 14 years of age was a single cylinder, four-stroke Indian Arrow that leaked oil everywhere, and second gear didn't work, so I had to shift from first to third gear but loved that bike anyhow.
     
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  18. tnjyoung

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    Fanch, I think they are a lot different now. The new bikes get rave reviews. Sales, year over year, are increasing at breakneck speed with double-digit increases. The fit, finish, and comfort are astounding. And at 100HP, she really goes-->with the throaty v-twin sound to boot. And last, but not least, she's made in the USA. :)....admittedly, she was ALMOST a Triumph Bonneville T120. ;-)
     
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  19. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Last year I came within a heartbeat of buying a Triumph Steve McQueen. @tnjyoung neat bike you now have!
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  20. tnjyoung

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    Thank you! That is one sweet bike, too!
     

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