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Frequently Asked Questions

The “best” is certainly not the cheapest. A high quality garment from Langlitz may cost substantially more than many of the imported garments commonly available…..and, they are worth it. Not only will it give you years of service, but it will have substantial value when it comes time to part with it down the road. What surprises many people is that for a custom garment, our leathers are relatively inexpensive, sometimes being not much more than other popular brands.
Give us a call, email, or request a catalog for specific prices.

With wild rumors running rampant suggesting nothing short of a lifetime required for ordering custom leathers from Langlitz, the truth is much more satisfying. From less than a month during our slow seasons, to several months during our busy seasons, one can always order a stock size if something is needed much sooner. We have hundreds of stock garments on the rack for those who want the same quality but do not require a custom fit and don’t want to wait.

Because that’s the way to get the best leathers! You can choose from a many different styles and options to best suit your needs; also, sometimes a custom fit is necessary for a good fit. By ordering a custom set of leathers from Langlitz, you will be benefiting from over a half century of experience that goes into building “The World’s Finest Motorcycle Leathers”.

First, relax… If you have any worries, concerns, or questions, give us a call and we can walk you through the measuring process. Some people think that a professional tailor will be safer, but that is not necessarily the case. Many professionals eschew reading our instructions (which simplify the measuring process) and make their own allowances. That is where problems can arise. Please follow our simple directions and do not make any allowances. After measuring the best you can, don’t worry if you (or we) make a mistake… we’ll make it right. Sometimes perceived mistakes are not mistakes at all. For instance, your leathers will fit better when you sit astride your bike. Furthermore, they will change significantly as they break in. Occasionally there may be fit problems that can be corrected with simple alterations, or we can always build you another garment if necessary. So, give us a call if you have any concerns about the fit of your leathers and we’ll do our best to make you happy. And I might add that if all else fails and you simply are not happy with our leathers…..we will promptly (and graciously) refund your money!
We have a PDF available for download if you prefer some extra help… it even has pictures!

If you are taking public transportation, please visit TriMet online to plan your trip. Otherwise see our driving direction page.

Except for the Japanese market, which is served by Authorized Dealers, Langlitz Leathers sells directly to the customer.

While our leathers are tough, sometimes the rigors of motorcycling takes its toll. Occasionally repairs and alterations are necessary. Rather than risk having somebody without the proper machinery or experience work on your Langlitz Leathers, please return them to us for all your repair/alteration needs. Please call in advance so we can advise you what to do (this is especially important for alterations) before returning them. And of course, when shipping them to us, please include a phone number in case we have questions and a street address to where they may be shipped via UPS.

Our goal is to complete simple repairs/alterations on the same day we receive them. Frequently we do simple repairs (such as replacing zippers) while customers wait, if they bring the garment to us. On more difficult jobs, we endeavor to ship them within a week.

To allow us to provide quick service to those who own Langlitz garments, we avoid working on other brands.

Common sense, and occasional attention is the best way to treat your “Langlitz”! Leather is similar to your skin, in that you should care for your leathers as you care for your body. Harsh chemicals and heat are detrimental to leather. Our leathers don’t mind water, but they do take some time to dry out. Just don’t put them in a hot dryer, or you will regret it! Also, they don’t like to be left wet in a dark garage or basement…..unless you want them to look white, fuzzy, and smell of mildew! After riding in the rain, let them dry out at normal room temperatures before hanging them up. Wax the zippers occasionally to keep them working smoothly. Simply carry a chunk of candle or paraffin about the size of your thumb in one of your pockets and run it up and down the teeth occasionally. And use a good quality (such as Langlitz Leather Dressing) leather treatment several times per year to keep the leather supple and water resistant.

When the bugs get too thick, wipe them with a damp cloth (mild soap is OK) and let them soak for a few minutes. Then just wipe them off. If you keep your leathers well “dressed”, the bugs won’t stick very well, nor will paint! If your leathers eventually do get grubby, they can be commercially cleaned. If you don’t know of a competent cleaner in your area, send them back to us and we’ll get them back to you in about 3 weeks.

We typically are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, closed weekends except by appointment. We often close on the major holidays, and if they fall in the middle of the week (as the 4th of July may do) we have been known to take an additional day or two off at that time… call if you want to visit us near a holiday.

Yes… You bet we do! We can either purchase them outright, give you a bit more on trade in value if you are ordering a new set, or sell them on consignment if you want to get a bit more and are willing to wait until they sell. Please keep in mind that if your leathers are damaged to the point of being unsaleable we will respectfully decline.

Goatskin is simply a great leather for bikers. It is relatively thin and supple compared to cowhide, but yet tough and water resistant. Ross (Langlitz) learned of its qualities while working in a glove factory in the 1940s, and offered it to those who wanted to avoid the heavier and less flexible hides typically used for biker leathers. Now, slightly over half of our production is in goatskin!

Chaps were originally designed for purposes other than motorcycling. Cowboys don’t fall off their horses and slide on asphalt for hundreds of feet on their butts! Our Westerns (leather pants) with long leg zippers are easier to put on than chaps, are more versatile (can be worn with or without jeans beneath), have pockets and give you much better protection from both the elements (rain) and pavement.
In fact, we no longer build custom chaps.

Our medium weight cowhide garments can take a few months of use as they soften up. Heavy weight cowhide can take considerably longer. However, goatskin feels like they are broken in the first time you put them on.

We use the “ounce” method of measuring, where the weight of the leather is figured in ounces per square foot. Our lightweight leather ranges from 2.5 to 2.75 oz. Medium weight starts at 2.75 and extends to about 3.5 oz. Heavy weight tends to be about 4 oz, give or take a half ounce. (For those more familiar with the metric system, our 3 oz medium weight cowhide is approximately 1.1 mm.)

If the jacket you have does not have a Langlitz Leathers label in it, it probably is not a genuine “Langlitz”. (There have been many manufacturers over the years who’ve copied the Langlitz look.) It is always possible the lining has been removed, or it is one of the very early Langlitz jackets that was built under the SPEEDWAY TOGS label. In general……Most Langlitz jackets are double stitched everywhere except in some places like the under-sleeve and leg inseams. The jackets also feature an underarm (in the armpit area) gusset that looks like a flattened ellipse, which also has 3 eyelets for ventilation. Our thread is heavier than normal and the stitch holes are spaced far apart. The band of our Columbia has an “S” pattern stitched with square corners, rather than single stitch lines going from side to side. And in general, the construction looks robust and has a quality feel to it. After you see a real “Langlitz”, you’ll know what I mean!

It is our intention to remain a small family based business, that is responsive to our customers needs. By continuing in the tradition established by Ross Langlitz, we intend to maintain the quality and reputation he earned through many years of hard work.

Our business philosophy is different than many other companies. We appreciate the modern conveniences of computers, copiers, fax machines and the internet, but we don’t want them to change the nature of our business. Ross Langlitz maintained a personal relationship with many of his customers. We endeavor to continue in the same tradition, and find that ordering online takes away that personal contact that we find so vital to our business. When we build your custom jacket, we want to be able to build it right, for the person that we know from a conversation… not just an ambiguous order from a computer screen.

Occasionally I am asked about discounts, either for multiple orders or because the rider belongs to a motorcycle club. In short, no… we do not offer discounts to some customers and not others, as we try to treat everybody the same. Since we are such a small outfit and limited in what we can build, our prices are firm.

If it is inconvenient for you to visit our shop in Portland, just request a copy of our catalog (which includes the order/measurement form), call us, or email us.