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Should I get a riding suit? - March 9, 2009, 11:39 AM

I don't track it. I ride to work on nice days and go for some small tours in the country every now and then. I've never even had a knee down. Is a suit over doing it? I've recently seen a what I think is a pretty good suit, custom fitted for around $850 delivered. It'd be imported from England so that's about what the exchange rate works out last time I checked. Anyway, would I be better off keeping with my jacket and getting some new pants to stop the binding in the groin from jeans or will the only benefit really be to impress chicks that don't know any better from the size of my chicken strips and make them think I'm a serious rider?
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March 9, 2009, 11:42 AM

Just go with a textile suit and don't worry about going full leathers. If you get the right one it will afford you good protection without the discomfort of leathers. I caught a lot of crap from people when wearing my suit all the time (dead of summer, winter, etc.) but I'd rather sweat then bleed.

I have seen too many nasty injuries from jeans in a wreck. They offer NO protection in an off.

Edit: Textile breaths better, costs less, and you can machine wash it at home instead of dropping coin to take your leather suit to get cleaned.

I was a big fan of my Joe Rocket 2 piece and I wore it everywhere. Wear shorts underneath and strip down when you get to your location (don't forget to bring shoes so you're not walking around in boots and shorts....you'll look very ghey.

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March 9, 2009, 11:45 AM

its obious you already know the answer, go with it.
when in doubt do it.
its cheaper then a hospital visit


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March 9, 2009, 11:45 AM

motoneko has suits on closeout www.motonekoparts.com, they are located in owens mills (i believe) and spartan suit, dont have the website off top, can get you a custome one done for about 550.
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http://www.spartanleathers.com/

when I'm ready to get my custom suit, this is where I'm going
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March 9, 2009, 12:01 PM

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(don't forget to bring shoes so you're not walking around in boots and shorts....you'll look very ghey.
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March 9, 2009, 12:05 PM

Get the suit Cutter, you don't wanna fall on any Bmore roads, espcially Pulaski or anything East of Little Italy, roads get rough!
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March 9, 2009, 12:06 PM

One of my friends and I are in the same position as you. He seems to want to buy everything just to look cool, but we are no where near any knee dragging level and no where near track riding. I guess it'd look pretty funny being all super decked out and then riding all the way at the back of the pack trailing 1/2 mile.

Just needed someone else to post this up for us.


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March 9, 2009, 12:07 PM

have you considered a two-piece suit? That way you can wear the pants when you want (i.e. long rides). You can find some good deals on a two piece, generally theyre less expensive than a 1 piece.


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it's just your skin right?


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March 9, 2009, 12:18 PM

All things being equal I'd rather go sliding down the asphalt in a one piece leather suit than anything else. However, all things ain't equal. I own a one piece leather suit. I own a leather jacket and leather pants. I also own a textile jacket and textile overpants.

For the street I almost always wear the textile stuff during moderate/warm weather, leather jacket with textile or leather pants comes in 2nd, and my one piece a distant 3rd.

If I'm wearing the one piece leathers I tend to ride like I might need it, LOL. That's bad for my license as well as my long term health.

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March 9, 2009, 12:18 PM

You don't have to be dragging knee or balling to need leathers.
Gravel, a car comes out in front of you, animal runs out in the road, riding in the dark with a tinted visor following buddies and take the wrong exit doing the speed for the intended exit but the one you took isn't so fast (don't ask!) I didn't go down but it could have been nasty, point is many reason to go down and many reasons to need protection.
I use a full suit for the track.
Joe Rocket 2 piece for the road.

I ride my harley on he road, gsxr track, and even on my harley I am sporten my Joe Rocket 2 piece.


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Sorry Chris
Been there, done that...thank God there is no picture evidence of my ghey-dom


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March 9, 2009, 12:26 PM

Get a suit, but you can find them for a lot cheaper than $850
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March 9, 2009, 01:21 PM

Motoneko doesn't carry the Spartan suits do they?
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