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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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NJK leathers in!

I finally got my new custom leathers. Since 2002, I've been using the same Joe Rocket Blaster jacket (3 sizes too big) and pants (currently 1 size too small). This is also my first 1 piece, so this is a serious change for me. I'm also reviewing the process involved since it does play a factor.

History: I did some research and decided to go custom (just for fun, I can probably find an off the shelf to fit my generic size). Based on comments from Alexa, I chose NJK. I contacted them (pretty much just one guy, Kelcey, who has been doing this for 20 years). Straight up, California dude.

Measuring: He has a unique method, you need a speaker phone and he talks you through it. Best to have somebody who has an inkling of ability in this department. He requires you to be wearing whatever you will be while riding, back protectors can anywhere from 1 to 7 inches to the back measurements.

Suit options: Pretty much limitless. A third of his customers just ask him to make a suit using specified colors. I opted to let him come up with ideas and let me pick. I chose the one in the pictures and sent him the flag and Army patches to sew on.

Wait time: This was the one downer. When I first contacted him, it was 3 weeks. This was also in mid February, not a busy time. By the time I was ready, it was the Fontana AMA race and he was swamped. Two week wait just to design the suit. Once we got the suit designed I had to wait again because one of his racers decided at the last minute to get a suit for Road America (which didn't bring him luck, had a DNF and DNS). They arrived on the 9th (I was travelling, didn't get to try them out until this week).

Fit: Very snug in the chest, pretty comfortable in the lower half. My measurement assistant wasn't the best at it, couldn't get the same measurement twice in a row. Also, this back protector is probably too big for me, it doesn't stay put for shit since the waist strap is too big. I noticed this at Putnam. Getting the suit over that thing while hoping it stays in place is more luck than skill right now.

Armor: Main reason I got this. Huge improvement over the JR Blaster stuff. Knee pads are freakin' huge, elbow pads are big, shoulder pads are about as big as they can be and not impede movement. I'd like to compare this to other custom suits when I get the change, I'm pretty sure this is the main reason for the next part. Knee pucks included are softer than the RS Taichi ones I had on the other pants.

Price: I didn't get a breakdown for what everything cost, but it was several hundred dollars more than some of the Syed prices I've seen floating around. I bought the back protector through him (which didn't yield much of a price break, $120 for that). I also have a couple extra patches, big name on back and small name in front, which usually adds a lot.

In short:
Customer service: 8 (he's a good guy who knows his stuff)
Wait: 4 (this is a serious your mileage may vary thing)
Quality: 9
Value: 8
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 10:17 PM
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The guy who funded NJK was on 2 Wheel tuesday a couple of weeks ago.

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The guy who funded NJK was on 2 Wheel tuesday a couple of weeks ago.
I've seen the leathers in the background of the set lately, but didn't see that.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 11:34 PM
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Nice suit! Good review.
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