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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-26-2007, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question 2pc Full Zip or Suit?

So I'm considering getting out on the track very soon. I have street leathers that I enjoy on 'spirited' weekends. The likelihood of me using these new leathers on the street will be slim, though possible.

I don't have a track specific bike, but I've been to the track and have been very temped to go out, but I don't have the leathers. So I'm planning now to go out a couple of times next summer. And the summer after, and the summer after... you get the idea.

I'm looking into track leathers and there seems to be a growing number of 2pc full zip and suits for women now. And I've found some of both that I like. But why would I want a 1 pc suit over a 2pc? Or for that matter what advantages does a full suit provide verses the 2 pc?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2007, 01:26 PM
 
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Perhaps minor chance, but the chance exists to have a 2 piece split at the zipper when you go down. I have heard of some tracks not letting 2 pieces on the track, but never seen it.

2 piece is easier to run around in. Unzip the top and you have pants only. 2 P is also easier to go to the bathroom in. A LOT easier.

Plenty of people have crashed in a 2P and had no probs. If it isn't a designated track only suit as you don't go every weekend and you are looking to get podium finishes, usually a 2P is plenty.

There is usually a bit of a proce difference as well.

They also do fit a bit different from each other, but you can get custom 2P as well as a custom 1P, so.....
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I'm drawn to pickup a one-piece mainly because the overlap of the pants and jacket jab me in the ribs and hip bones when I'm crouched under the screen. A proper set of one-piece leathers, I've heard, eliminates that issue.

The 2-piece splitting is a disadvantage I've heard elsewhere as well, but never seen anyone write about actually seeing/experiencing it. The up side to a 2-piece, as mentioned, is its versatility. If cost is a big consideration you're probably better off with the 2-piece initially. Ironically, after my first experience on the track with a 2-piece, I had planned to put up for a 1-piece but my financial forecasts suggest all my money will be spent going to the track, so I won't have any $ for the new leathers

Another advantage of the one-piece is that they often come with the speed hump, which can protect you from neck-snap in a crash and I've never seen those on two-piece units.

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I'm drawn to pickup a one-piece mainly because the overlap of the pants and jacket jab me in the ribs and hip bones when I'm crouched under the screen.
I was curious about that. I have street leather and the pants do jab a bit and can get uncomfortable after a lot of saddle time.

Since I'm not racing I'm leaning toward a 2pc for the benefit everyone else has mentioned. My concern now is comfort and fit. Since there aren't a lot of options in women's suits I'm probably going to try the couple that fit in my price range and go with what fits best regardless of 1pc or 2pc.
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Hey chick, whats up?

If you are not going to race, I would probably go with a 2 pc, so they can pull double duty, like the bike. Many people ride with 2 pc leathers from Novice all the way through advanced. Just make sure they have the 360 degree zipper on them. Personally, I use a 1 pc, but I don't do too much street riding anymore.

Check the redline board next spring as we have a pretty good size group of trackday junkies, and we would love to add to it. Most of us have 2 or 3 place trailers if your bike needs a tow as well.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Jon,

Thanks for the input. I am leaning toward a 2pc for my first track leathers. Should I find myself with more track time than street time I'll probably invest in a 1pc.

The hardest part is still finding a high quality leathers that fit well on me. Women are slowing becoming more and more seen in sportbiking but we're still not a large enough percent to really have the manufacturer's full support.

I'll keep an eye out for your track day events! Thanks for the heads up.
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Hey Jon,

Thanks for the input. I am leaning toward a 2pc for my first track leathers. Should I find myself with more track time than street time I'll probably invest in a 1pc.

The hardest part is still finding a high quality leathers that fit well on me. Women are slowing becoming more and more seen in sportbiking but we're still not a large enough percent to really have the manufacturer's full support.

I'll keep an eye out for your track day events! Thanks for the heads up.
Customer leathers? I know some women with the same difficulty of finding leathers, they spent a few bucks more and got the fit, colors, and design they wanted.


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Hey everyone's opinion is welcome, that's why I started this thread! I may end up with custom leathers, but I would rather start with decent leathers and have them altered as needed.
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I may end up with custom leathers, but I would rather start with decent leathers and have them altered as needed.
There is a place down here by Detroit that will make any pair of pants and jacket into a 2 piece suit. I'm sure they will also do full alterations. The place is M&M Cleaners located in Keego Harbor.
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