Buying a Motorcycle Suit, What to Look For?

If you're anything like me, you've never given a second thought to how your motorcycle suit are made or how safe your motorcycle suit actual is.

Motorcycle Suit Leather

The most important thing about your motorcycle suit is the quality of the leather, it could be the difference between a new suit and a new arm. Unfortunately it's quite difficult to check, without putting a hole through it and tearing it.

Brazil is the biggest exporter of leather in the world and the tanning processes they use pass all the worldwide regulations, so look out for this. Kangaroo leather is stronger still because the fibers are tightly packed and full of collagen.

Motorcycle Suit Stitching

Most people look for triple stitching, but be aware that anything on the outside of the suit is just for decoration, as soon as it hits the road it'll rip and the suit will come apart, even sometimes just the force of an impact can blow a seam. What you should be looking at it all the seams being internally double stitched, always look inside. Most suits have removable lining these days, so pull it out and have a look, you should really be looking at three rows of stitching on the inside to be sure. Look for thicker, strengthened, nylon bonded thread for impact areas and thinner where it doesn't matter. This way you know that somebody who knows what he was doing made it.

Motorcycle Suit Armour

Look for Keprotec, it's a stretchy fabric containing around 30 percent Kevlar and 70 percent Nylon. It should only really be used in non-impact areas on its own, it is advisable to back that with another layer of 100 percent Kevlar and then flexible armour. The armour I can recommend is Astrosorb, it's thin and flexible but can absorb the shock of an impact well; most protectors are designed to work at 50 joules only, make sure you suit's armour exceeds this.

Motorcycle Suit Fit

You've got to have good stitching, good leather suit and good armour, but if the motorcycle suit doesn't fit properly you might as well not be wearing it. Make sure your knees, elbows and so on sit in the right place when you're off the bike. You shouldn't be able to move your armour around at all, because as soon as you come off that's what's going to happen. Too much excess leather anywhere on the suit causes folds, these will abrade quicker than a flat surface. The cuffs at the wrists and ankles should be close fitting so the arms and legs can't ride up and expose the skin. Overall, make sure the suit you buy is snug. The best fit for a one-piece suit is like a wet suit, close to your skin so you need to bed it in.
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