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I need some leathers - March 2, 2007, 08:29 AM

Ok, so I want to try to make it to a trackday this year, and I'm pretty sure they require a one- or two-piece leather suit. Also, I've lost faith in my mesh gear (one of the seams on my pants came apart with normal use...I never went down in them, and my ass ain't THAT big...) In other words, I think I'd like to get a leather suit to wear on street rides as well as taking it to the track whenever I go.

I've been good about wearing the mesh gear all the time, so I don't think this will turn into me buying gear but not wearing it. But I know donning a one-piece is more involved, so that might be a factor, but I doubt it. I ride a naked GS500, some people might think I look like a tool wearing full leathers on this bike, but I couldn't care less, so that's not an issue.

Would anyone suggest one over the other (two-piece vs a one-piece)? If so, why? I guess I've been looking at the one-pieces because I heard that some tracks may not allow two-piece suits. I think a two-piece might be better for me, but if I can't take it to the track, it's not worth it for me. If anyone who rides street in a suit has any advice, I'd appreciate it.

Also, if anyone has some recommendations for a good suit for a guy on a budget, that would be great as well. Thanks!
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March 2, 2007, 08:33 AM

Vanson Leathers makes a nice 2 piece suit that zips 360 degs. They also make a 1 piece suit that has 2 zippers up top to help get it on and off. If you got about 1 grand to spend look them up. Also check http://www.newenough.com for vanson clearance pieces. They have great prices on there stuff. I use a Vanson 1 piece for 12 years now and love it.


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March 2, 2007, 08:35 AM

Talk to Sree (cujo) at motonekoparts.com, he can hook you up.


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March 2, 2007, 08:42 AM

Norm - Yeah, I was thinking about calling Sree up and seeing if I could make my way up to Bmore after work to try something on. I think I'll do that.

Mike - I remember your suit from that ride from Wegmans in Jan, with those colors I can believe it's from twelve years ago! Anyway, I'd love to get a suit from Vanson, but I don't think it would be a good idea to stop paying on my mortgage to afford one just yet On the other hand, if it'll last me over ten years...
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March 2, 2007, 09:06 AM

Two-piece will be much more practical for everyday riding. When you are in a one-piece, your in it for the duration. You can take a one-piece off part way and let the top part hang behind you, but that just seems like it would be annoying doing that all the time on the street, and I don't see them as being that much safer than a good two-piece to make it worthwhile for everyday use.

I never ran into a problem at the track with my old two-piece Joe Rocket Speedmaster suit (seen in my avatar) and it has held up through 3 low-speed crashes and I still use it as my rain suit. I actually had someone offer to buy it from me last time I brought it to the track after letting them borrow it, but I like having it as a backup.

The only one-piece that I've tried is my Spidi NRG suit, and I am very happy with that, but the only time that I have worn it on the street was when I first bought it and wanted to break it in before a track day.
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March 2, 2007, 09:39 AM

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Ok, so ... (snip)that might be a factor, but I doubt it. I ride a naked GS500, some people might think I look like a tool wearing full leathers on this bike, but I couldn't care less, so that's not an issue. (snip)
Thanks!
Wow! First thanks for being the first person I have ever seen type and or say that right. One of those stupid things that irritates me when people say they "could" care less. In other words, it doesn't bother you huh? Great job!


And as stated by dodge...Newenough.com is probably the best way to go IMO.
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My Thoughts Exactly - March 2, 2007, 09:45 AM

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Mike - I remember your suit from that ride from Wegmans in Jan, with those colors I can believe it's from twelve years ago!
I thought that was a pretty new suit! Can't beleive it's 12 years old!

I'm thinking of getting a full suit, too. I like riding in steel jeans and my jacket when I'm just tooling around.

But, I'd like something a bit more protective in case I wipe on one of the group rides. One guy nearly ended up in a creek (if memory serves) on that January ride. I want more protection to save me from myself. =)
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March 2, 2007, 10:06 AM

Go to local shops and try on suits before buying online.

Also, there is a video some where of how to fit in a suit. It should be hard to get on and off, if it isnt its not tight enough.

Once you know your size and have a prefered suit go shopping online to find the best price.


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March 2, 2007, 10:49 AM

Yeah, I can't bring myself to spend Vanson-type money at this point, but it's sooooo tempting. It looks like a two-piece will work for the track, and I think I'd rather spend more time riding than getting into my leathers, so that's the way I think I'm going.

Thanks for all the input so far fellas, much appreciated!

Madali - I think I've gotten to a point where I can keep myself from going into violent convulsions when I hear people say that the wrong way. I'm glad someone noticed, haha.
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I thought that was a pretty new suit! Can't beleive it's 12 years old!

I'm thinking of getting a full suit, too. I like riding in steel jeans and my jacket when I'm just tooling around.

But, I'd like something a bit more protective in case I wipe on one of the group rides. One guy nearly ended up in a creek (if memory serves) on that January ride. I want more protection to save me from myself. =)
I take care of my riding gear! It has also been sliding across the pavement a few times too. I am looking into getting a moto suit and it will be Vanson also.


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Well, I'm impatient, so I called Sree at Motoneko and ended up getting a good deal on an AGV SP4 that fits great. I'd definitely recommend going through him if you need anything - his deals are no joke.

Tomorrow should be fun...
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I picked up one of these. Great suit. Ordered on Tuesday delivered on Thursday.

http://sportbiketrackgear2.homestead...ke_celtic.html


BTW. it was funny squatting to get the suit off and on. Will take pictures soon.

I also got one of these too. Makes getting on and off easy.

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=21


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March 2, 2007, 10:21 PM

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Well, I'm impatient, so I called Sree at Motoneko and ended up getting a good deal on an AGV SP4 that fits great. I'd definitely recommend going through him if you need anything - his deals are no joke.

Tomorrow should be fun...

Very good choice. AGV can't be beat for quality and price.

Just don't expect them to come through in getting a custom suit. I'm not the only racer trying to redeem contingency that is getting screwed.


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