I can't really say if the jacket fits tighter than others, because its my first motorcyle jacket that I have even put on. I had a girl measure my chest with a tape, and it was 39.5 totally relaxed and breath normal, and about 41.5 flexed. They told me to get a 42, which in alpinestars is a 52 because european sizes are US+10. I don't think mine is too tight, but I definatly wouldnt have gotten it any smaller. Id say its a perfect fit. By the way, I'm 5' 10, 173 pounds with 33" waist. The jacket isn't tight around my waist, but I can move the snaps on the waist band to their tighter position and it is snug
I bought mine from KNEEDRAGERS.com, but I will tell you its going to be tough to find one in stock anywhere. They are on national backorder, so if the places you check with don't have it in stock, but say they can order it, there will be a LONG wait. I was lucky and they had mine in stock, last one in my size.
As far as the colors. I liked the picture of it online and in the brochure they sent me. However, all my friends who saw the pics were ragging on me for getting "red leather" (ex. "micheal jackson"). But a couple of friends were here when it came, and they said right off the bat it wasnt bad at all. The red is definatly red as in the pics, but this leather isnt shiney glossy red, its flat red. When i put my arm next to my tank, you can tell it doesnt match perfectly, but when I am sitting on the bike, it looks like it matches fine. (speaking of wich, try wearing a matching leather jacket in a town of 13,000 people, all of who that sport bikes ride in shorts and t shirts)
I stand out to say the least. But thats a good thing.
When I was shopping for mine, I asked first for a black one, just because no one in the little town wears matching jackets for their bike color. However they didnt have any black ones in my size, so I asked about the red one, since it was what I had originally wanted. The reason I got a motorcycle jacket was safety. I figured the first priority was will it protect, second, was it comfortable enough that I would actually wear it. With me riding in the heat, the red picks up a lot less heat than the black one would have, and is a lot more visible at nite, since I ride home from work every nite after dark.
It is a hard choice about the colors, and its even harder to try to tell colors with words lol, but the red doesnt look tacky in my opinion, and everyone so far has liked it that has seen it.
Hope that helps,
Oh by the way, that test and tune $15 is for drag racing right? The thing I read about was on their road racing course and it said $100 for the day. I woud love to try the bike on the track, just to get a feel for at the limit cornering without fearing gravel or oncoming traffic.