Letter from a Fan
I'd like to take this time to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe Memorial Day weekend by sharing a letter from one of our fans. Please remember to share the road and always keep an eye out for motorcycles!
Dear Schott NYC,
I am writing to express my extreme satisfaction with the quality of the Schott horse hide Perfecto jacket (618HH). I can honestly say that this jacket helped to “save my skin.”
Let me explain:
On Monday April 16, 2012, I was on my way home from visiting a sick friend in Glendale California. I was riding my Harley Davidson, dressed, as always, in my Schott Horse Hide Perfecto 618.
I was on the North 210 freeway and in the number four lane (the highway is six lanes wide) when a big flatbed truck lost his 500 gallon container (weighing in excess of 1,500 lbs) just moments earlier. The container was obscured from my view by a large truck from my vantage point. The truck driver, who was obviously not paying attention, lost control of his vehicle and struck the container and thrust it right in front of me. I only had a moment to react, just enough time to grab the brakes and try to hit it square.
The bike hit the container hard. Knowing I was going to go down, I tried to guide the bike so that I would not tangle with it. All of this happened in a split second. I guided my body, as best as I could, into a roll - like a rolling pin - trying to keep my head off the pavement and arms at my side, legs straight out. I kept thinking, “roll, roll, keep rolling.” I stopped rolling some 50-75 feet later, and thought, “now I am going to get run over.” Fortunately, another vehicle had an alert and responsive driver who swerved and just missed striking me. After I came to a stop from the rolling, being afraid I was going to be struck by a car, I painfully got myself up and got myself to the shoulder across three lanes of traffic.
A Los Angeles Fire Department fire captain, luckily, was in the pickup traveling right behind me. He pulled to the shoulder and cared for me until the ambulance showed up. A fire crew and ambulance put me on a flat board and neck brace, cut off all of my clothing – including my cherished Perfecto, and took me to the trauma center in the ER for about 12 hours. My damaged bike, which was perfect before the crash, was determined to be a total loss.
Now that over a month has passed and the swelling in my hands has decreased to the point that I am able to type, I wanted to let you and the rest of the Schott team know how much I appreciate the care and attention you give to the jackets you make. To me, each and every stitch, each inch of the carefully chosen hides, every quality zipper, and most importantly, every caring person who made these things come together into my Perfecto jacket are heroes in my book.
You are making more than jackets – you are actually saving life and limb. I know it may sound corny, but I KNOW that your jacket was a critical factor in reducing my injuries. No doubt in my mind. Though I am still in a lot of pain, and have a lot more healing ahead of me, I wanted to take the time to let you know that the Schott team were right there with me, helping to keep me safe. I will never forget that. And I will always be grateful.
Buying a Schott Perfecto was a huge investment for me, It is not an inexpensive jacket, and that is because it is made with the finest materials, by the finest workers in the world – AMERICANS!! And it is gone now, cut into shreds by heroic rescue workers doing their job. Losing my jacket, which sacrificed itself for my safety, makes me sad.
Schott has a customer for life, I WILL NOT ride without one. My safety is too important to me, and NOBODY makes a tough jacket like you good folks at Schott. I’ll put my life on it – I already did, and it came through for me.
With the deepest respect,