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Old 10-13-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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One or Two-Piece?

So I am slowly building my check list for my first track day. So far I have done some researching on local tracks. I'm in Kingwood and it looks like Texas World Speedway in College Station and MSR Houston are the closest to me, however Texas World Speedway appears to have a pretty good layout for a beginner. Anyways, I've been researching gear for the most part and I think a 2-piece suit is going to be best suited() for me. I like the idea of being able to unzip the top half and wear it around on daily rides without going through the trouble of putting on leather pants. Are two-piece suits allowed on track days? How about if I eventually get into racing(I know, way ahead of myself) would they suffice? Thanks!

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Old 10-13-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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one piece FTW.
trackdays will let you get by with a 2 piece,
but know this,you will be wearing equipment with an extra failure point.
if that zipper comes undone while sliding,you will be in pain.
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one piece FTW.
trackdays will let you get by with a 2 piece,
but know this,you will be wearing equipment with an extra failure point.
if that zipper comes undone while sliding,you will be in pain.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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I'd say get the one piece, you'll get used to it quickly. And like these guys have said, better protection.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:56 PM   #5
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
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2 piece suits are allowed at most (if not all) local tracks. However, they must zip together.
+1 to what the others said though. 1 piece FTW! If you slide after the crash, there is a chance of seperation on a 2 piece.......
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I think it could depend on how many track days you actually think you will do. Sure a 1 piece is ideal for TD's. Try to be realistic when you crunch numbers. They suck for everything else. When it gets cooler and you know you are going on a spirited ride, you may wear your leathers. You want to make a lunch stop in a one piece? Keep the big picture in mind and decide for yourself. There are pros and cons to each depending on the riding that you actually do.
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Depends on the sanctioning organization. In the Southeast, most of the track days that I remember specified that a 2 piece needed a full-circumference zipper. Keep in mind that many 2 piece suits that have a full circumference zipper are shorter jackets that don't come down as far on the bottom when you're wearing them without the pants. Even if the organizers allow zip togethers that just zip across the back, I'd still opt for one that zips all the way around. Been in more than one crash that involved sliding feet first and I wouldn't trust 10 inches of plastic zipper over my to hold the jacket down.
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Mine zips 3/4 and is regular length
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:23 PM   #10
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hey, check out grand sport speedway GSS, they just opened more track days...I'm in Atascocita, we can cruise down there if u want!!
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:27 PM   #11
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IMHO if you do it, do it right and get a 1-piece suit. Like it has been said before, if you're sliding, you trust that zipper. Do it right in the beginning.
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Regarding 1 or 2 piece suits, you won't go wrong with the following characteristics no matter if it's 1 or 2.

1 piece suits are more geared toward racing and are generally accepted as the suit more racers use. The idea is that they are stronger with less failure potential that a zipper may cause.
This is actually a perception that comes from years ago; these days, the YKC zippers don't have a failure problem nor do the stitching of the suits these days with the double and triple stitching when compared to suits from years ago.

I have raced against and with team mates that exclusively use 2 piece suits and have crashed in them too.

If you plan on riding SMRs and do track days, I'd hedge toward the 2 piece suit. I would highly recommend a suit with a full circumferential YKC zipper that is double or triple stitched. This information is found in the suit's specifications and can be easily found on-line or with a vendor.

Like any suit, 1 or 2 piece, the better quality suits cost more money. It is money WELL SPENT, so spend it up front before you "waste" money on things like exhausts, clip-ons, rearsets, tire warmers, etc.
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If it'll be pulling street AND track duty I'd go with a 2 piece no question. Like tomLSTD said, newer ones are built strong enough that separation is all but gone nowadays. If you already have street stuff that you feel comfortable with, and the new suit will be strictly track, then go ahead and get a 1 piece.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:52 AM   #14
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:28 AM   #15
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One piece....

But why don't you try renting one first...especially it is you first trackday. And for that def rent a one piece and see that it's really not all that uncomfortable or uneconomical to sport around all day.

You don't need to be the guy that shows up with all the brand spankin new nicest stuff like a suit, boots, helmet, gloves, race plastics, tire warmers, extra wheels...and all that. Track gear will accumulate over the years if you stick with it. I'd say rent a suit for at least your first day, possibly you'll need to rent boots and gauntlet gloves too if you don't have those. Tape your lights and mirrors, and get the addiction to splurge into a track dedicated one piece suit after that.

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My back protector rides up and catches my waistband on my two piece, so I am saving for my 1 piece right now. You should buy a back protector if you're doing track.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:59 AM   #18
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:15 AM   #19
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Got a 2 Piece for sale - http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=109370

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