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.
Last edited by Bucky; 01-22-2009 at 02:41 PM.