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What kind of gear for off track use?

What kind of gear do you guys ride with off the track? Would riding with a 1 or 2 piece suit be too much for street/twisties?

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Leather is the best against road rash... nothing can beat it...

I use the same 1pc leather suit for both road and track, still... If you are going to ride mostly street and maybe 1 or 2 trackdays a year, I would choose a 2pcs leather suit.

My former suit was a 2 pc, believe me, on the track there is a slight difference in confort and ease for movement for the 1 piece, but on the street it's a f+++ pain in the a++ everytime you stop for gas, cofee, tickets...

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I always use a 1 piece suit, boots, gloves, helmet as you only have one body and can't trust the other people out there so why put yourself at risk. Yes it can be a pain in the butt and hot as hell in traffic here in texas at 100F for three to four months out of the yea,r but it's worth it to me.

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The more protection you have, the better off you'll be so a 1 or 2 piece suit is not out if the question and quality leather is about the best you can get for your protection in a crash.

Having said that I live in the real world and commute to work and other activities so that's not always practical. Normally I wear: helmet always, a textile jacket of some sort (I have several, depending on weather or destination I pick the correct one), quality leather gloves, Kevlar riding jeans and over the ankle boots, either my Alpinestars or a pair of work style leather boots. You need impact protection and sliding protection and your hands and ankles get beat up a lot in most crashes. I have a one piece suit for track days and a couple leather jackets for when I feel the need to wear them but most of the time the textile stuff works great and is my daily setup.

Note a few things: buy "quality" stuff, not necessarily expensive, make sure it fits, there is a difference between snug, tight and too tight, replace or repair stuff after a wreck and be wary of deals too good to be true as there are a lot of knockoffs floating around. However just because something costs more doesn't make it better; lots of great quality, cost effective, good protection options out there.

Shop used and closeouts for your first few sets of gear, you'll discover what fits and what doesn't as well as what you are comfortable in in the first few buys so blowing your load on a Dainese leather jacket for your first one usually has a person selling it shortly after for the correct size, fit or material that works for you.

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for the track I have a one piece, gauntlet gloves, boots, etc. I don't have twisties in my area, but if I did, I'd go with a 2 piece. you'll want to take breaks and remove your jacket to cool off.

I commute a lot, and most of the year I wear a leather or perf'd leather jacket, jeans, boots, gloves. When the real heat comes, however, I sometimes opt to go without the jacket. I know it's unsafe, but riding is also an experience for me that I want to enjoy. I take it lighter when I have no jacket, and I opt to ride my 300 more to avoid bursts of power. I'm also very vigilant and for the most part; over the last 11 years I've learned to predict my area and take additional precautions to avoid accidents.

I'm not recommending my choices to anyone. I've made them with a lot of experience under my belt, and it's my personal choice so I can enjoy my riding experience.
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1 pc all the time.

even when 110F+.

you get used to it.......
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Thanks for the replies guys! I do mostly commuting and I know leathers is the way to go but just wanted to see what everyone's views are on riding with a full leather suit into work.

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I have a 1pc leather suit for track and long rides.

For commuting I have 2 sets: 2pc textile for the colder months. Can't beat thermal and waterproof liners. For summer I wear a perfed leather jacket and Kevlars. Just easy to go to work in.

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I can't wear full leather on the street. I'm borderline hyperhydrosis so I sweat from the slightest of activity, even in winter. Leather jacket, jeans and boots in cool weather and mesh jacket the rest of the time. I would like to upgrade to a leather/mesh combo pant though.
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What kind of gear for off track use?

2 piece perforated leather suit all year round. If I need it, I'll add a heavier fleece jacket over my leather one for colder months. It's hard riding in full leathers, but it's worth it.


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