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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Riding suits vs. jacket & pant combo

What do you prefer?

Full leather suit? or the jacket and pants combo?

I have been a jacket and pants rider but I'm thinking of getting a suit. One of the things that I'm concerned about is having to go through a huge ordeal of putting on / taking off an entire suit - especially if you are going in and out of a store / friend's house for 10 minutes at a time.

Would love to hear from people who have tried both.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-22-2009, 02:38 PM
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Leather suit for me

Always a leather suit. One or two-piece with full zip waist between.
My ICON TyMax two-piece textile suit feels flimsy and is not any cooler in summer.

A two-piece leather suit is not too difficult to get on and off. One-piece is difficult to get into and extremely difficult to get out of without help.

I wear a VelocityGear Juggernaut armored shirt beneath any of the suits, their built-in upper-body armor having been removed to allow room. The armored shirt includes back, chest, shoulder, and elbow/forearm armor.

Since it is easier to wear the suit than to take off part of it when shopping, I usually just leave it on and unzip it while inside. Sometimes that attracts the attention of other riders who ask what I ride, so it is a chance to meet new people.

For riding to work on weekdays, I wear a two-piece leather suit, but carry a dress or polo shirt in my tank bag. I have a couple of pair of pants and a pair of shoes at work, so I don't have to carry them as well. On a Saturday, I wear the suit or just the pants of the two-piece with a tee shirt while at work. A pair of suspenders helps if just wearing the pants.

Carrying the helmet and gloves when off the bike is still a nuisance, though the helmet can be secured to the bike, if it has a lock for that purpose. I always take off my tank bag when away from the bike, so my gloves and any small gear can be fairly easily carried in it, since it has both a carrying handle and backpack straps.

I have, on occasion, worn the gear to church, especially when the Christian motorcycle group meets. Again, I get questions, and sometimes an old timer stops to tell me about his riding years ago. All good fellowship opportunities.

I won't risk riding without full gear, no matter where I am going.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 05:40 PM
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For commuting and easy rides, I'll wear riding jeans with my leather jacket and short leather gloves, full face helmet, and leather work boots.

For sporty rides and track days, I wear two-piece leathers with my leather gauntlet gloves, full face helmet, race style boots, and back protector.

A one piece on the street is too much of a PITA.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 02:04 PM
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2 piece for me, street, commuting and track. The convience of the 2 piece can't be beat. It also has a 360 degree zipper for the track, so I feel very secure. Not to mention, it has pockets and such (1 piece generally don't have any pockets). Crashed once in it (street), and held up perfectly. I am thinking of getting a 1 piece for the track eventually, but if you're not racing, or doing a ton of track days, the 2 piece is the most practical.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 02:15 PM
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for easy rides I'll wear an MC jacket, gauntlet gloves and jeans with my alpinstars boots, trackdays/spirited riding full one piece leather for me same gloves and boots. always a full face helmet.

I prefer my full leather though.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-10-2009, 10:02 PM
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I think that most people (okay, me) prefer to go with a jacket and pants over the one piece suit. For myself, it really just comes down to a matter of comfort...what I'm used to. I'm used to putting on a jacket when I need it, and during warm weather taking it off. I have a nice mesh jacket for the really warm days that breathes quite well.
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