I much prefer the one piece suits as the construction helps to lift and seperate my bum, making me look and feel much younger. It also hides my moobs, (man boobs). I thought this was appropriate after cheap so easily got me to watch an entire David Hasslehoff video, waiting for something to happen. :-D :???:
I have a Teknic Violator one-piece that I've only worn 4 or 5 times that's been sitting in my closet. Perfect condition, never crashed, very clean, knee pucks and back hump. If you're the right size (46 US/56 Euro) I'd be happy to make you a good deal on it.
I've been wearing Vanson separates, but I'm about to pull the trigger on a set from AlpineStars (MX1) one piece. I want full connection between the top and bottom. The Vansons have three short zippers, but in the event of complete wipeout, I dont think that's good enough.
As long as you're protecting yourself, get something with hard plastic armor on the elbows, shoulders, knees and a good back protector. I understand the pro's wanting less rather than more. The want to be in skinsuits pratically for mobility and weight. But *****, we dont make our living doing that and it'd be a drag to get seriously hurt doing something like a track day.
As far as recommendation, you need to try a bunch of suits cause they differ dramatically between manufacturers in my experience. You might look at some of the Motard suits out there since they are cut for more upright riding position suitable to the Speed Triple's position.
HelmetHarbor writes a lot of stuff about track suits and why they like a particular suit over another.
Interesting question, since I'm in the market myself. I'm looking for track day gear, not full-on custom race skins and will probably go for a two-piece for some versatility. I'm real close to pulling the trigger on some Cortech Apex Air pants and Impulse jacket. Both are perforated leather with CE armor and will take hard plastic. I have one of their jackets and some gloves by them and the quality's decent.
I have a Fieldsheer jacket. I can't remember what it's called, but it has held up weld. I've never put it to the ultimate test though, praise the Lord. I also use Sidi boots. As far as I'm concerned Sidis are the best boots on the market. They always have been and always will be.
I've got the Joe Rocket Speedmaster top and Blaster pants... they work great. The only issue I have with it is that the jacket has the "aerodynamic" speed hump in the upper back which can get in the way with a helmet on when your trying to look into the turn on a really twisty road. You get used to it quick though, and they handled Streets of Willow without issue. They are connected with one big @$$ zipper that goes nearly the entire circumference of your body. When I low sided my Kawasaki I was wearing the J.R. Alter Ego pants which connect with a ~6 in zipper and they held together just fine, so I have the up most confidence that this zipper will do it's job.
If you plan to actually hit the ground someday, 1-piece is the only way to go. A good crash has the potential to separate a zip-together two piece. It's tough to get one to fit just right but once you do they feel great and look snazzy too. Basically, if you're buying leathers for track days or racing, a good quality one piece is tough to beat.
I've got an old set of Italian Corner leathers that have been down with my sorry ass in them on three separate occasions (not counting sub-20mph minibike wrecks). Once at 75mph (Talledega), once at 125mph (Road A) and once at 145mph (Kershaw) all with no more injury than some heat burns from friction and sore muscles. I had them repaired after the 145mph get off by Barnacle Bill (www.racingleathers.com) and they're as good as new. That guy performs magic on leathers. THey're definitely uglier, but still functional. It's freaking amazing how well a good set of leathers protects.
I was planning on buying a one piece suit this spring. However, I recently aquired a new Joe Rocket speedmaster jacet. I see no reason to buy a full suit now so i'll buy the pants and be done. I tried it out the jacket on sunday an dloved it. ( a little cold at 40 deg ) And I did bump the hump a couple of times (pun intended) But I like the jacet, it's comfy and in the summer will be some cool protection. Plus it makes look like a power ranger :-D
Hey R100, I have the exact Cortech leathers you're looking at, except in all black. Love 'em. The Impulse II vents as much as you want it to for the summer, but it's also more versatile than some with the liner.
3 weekends ago I did a 3 day tour of the Texas Hill Country- between 5 and 9 hours a day alternating between a 955 Daytona and Ducati 999R. Never stopped grinning. Felt very protected.
Try Tigerangel.com,they custom make one piece or two piece suits and are gauranteed to fit.Got myself a two piece a couple of months ago and did 7827 km's in them without a problem.Reason for buying a new set,my 5 year old other set shrank. :-D :hammer:
I was planning on buying a one piece suit this spring. However, I recently aquired a new Joe Rocket speedmaster jacet (oops pulled a benzo!). I see no reason to buy a full suit now so i'll buy the pants and be done. I tried it out the jacket on sunday an dloved it. ( a little cold at 40 deg ) And I did bump the hump a couple of times (pun intended) But I like the jacet, it's comfy and in the summer will be some cool protection. Plus it makes look like a power ranger :-D
[ This message was edited by: Triple_Rider on 2006-11-29 17:07 ]
Two piece suits are more comfortable, but a majority of manufacturers designed the suit to be worn as a set. Hence, the 2piece suit jacket will be shorter than your regular off-the shelf jacket.
Tigerangel makes theirs a bit longer so you can use it on it's own with kevlar jeans or normal jeans or shorts or bikinis or lingerie or undies.Depends on what you prefer to ride in i guess. :-D :hammer:
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