I usually wash my Olympia jacket when "she" tells me to. It is apparent "she" can see the dirt better then I. Wash about once per quarter. I just put the jacket in the washer with some Cheer on low wash. Pull her out and hang in garage and it's ready to go. No I don't take out the armour. This works for me and "her"!
Smiths Station, AL
My week has 6 Saturdays and 1 Sunday
Corbin Saddle: I like to feel that leather when I ride! '12 Wing, '11 Ultra Classic
I've just asked the supreme launderer who has washed my jacket before. Her advice (my experience is if she give you advice, you'd better follow it or you'll regret it for a long time!) is to remove any removable lining and pads. Then spray highly soiled areas and wear areas with SHOUT (or similar pre-wash). Wash the jacket in the machine with warm or cold water. Include a heavy towel in the machine to provide some balance. Hang the jacket to dry.
Once a year I pour Nikwax into the washer and wash 2 jackets with no other laundry. Nikwax preserves and reinforces any waterproof qualities, particularly if the jacket is older. Several types available at sports/camping stores.
My jacket does not recommend washing. I fill a wash tub with soapy water and slosh the jacket around a few times, then let is soak. Rinse it out, put it a bucket to transport out side and hose it off. Hang it up and let air dry.