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Old 06-29-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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question about leathers

I am thinking about purchasing a 2pc leather suit. I just want more protection than my crappy jacket offers me. Should i wait until i get another bike because i feel ill look a little wierd in full leathers on my GS .

And does anyone have some other suggestions such as maybe a back protector?

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Old 06-29-2008, 09:50 PM   #2
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Fck that. Who cares how you'll look. Leathers are your best bet IMO.
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that is the problem we have in america today.... everyone is worried about how they'll look wearing gear. who cares.... be your own man and do what you need to do. most leathers come with back protectors built in.
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yeah i just would hate to go down and as im going think "man i wish i would have bought those leathers"
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I use the seven-piece Dainese back protector. I sticked my Joe Rocket to my Frank Thomas leathers for a two piece. They are red/white/black. Bike is red. There is white in my helmet that matches the leathers but other then that its all off.

Do I concern myself with that? Not at all. There is always leather dye. Id rather be seen as a self-considerate rider in leathers then the guy on the stretcher who didn't wear enough gear.
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Why would you look funny? The GS is still a sportsbike.
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yeah i just would hate to go down and as im going think "man i wish i would have bought those leathers"

i think most people who go down without leathers prolly think that at some point,lol.
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hehe even though i only have a leather jacket, i ride with it on my ebony 250...
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The jackets not what i was worried about just the pants. Then again i hear everyday about how i wear too much gear I work with my stepdad and he and my mom are always telling me that its too hot or that i should just not worry about wearing everything. Yet i wont ride without my lid, jacket, boots, and gloves everytime. i just get sick of hearing that i dont need it. but oh well in the end its my skin
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The jackets not what i was worried about just the pants. Then again i hear everyday about how i wear too much gear I work with my stepdad and he and my mom are always telling me that its too hot or that i should just not worry about wearing everything. Yet i wont ride without my lid, jacket, boots, and gloves everytime. i just get sick of hearing that i dont need it. but oh well in the end its my skin

wow... parents are usually over protective.... maybe they have a healthy life insurance policy on ya.... j/j
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haha maybe...i think its just that they ride cruisers
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haha maybe...i think its just that they ride cruisers
that explains it. that pesky biker culture again,lol. don't let them sway you dood. Do what you think is right for you. I get funny looks all the time when I go to the grocery store in leathers.
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There are some cool alternatives to leather pants that quite a few of the guys were. Typically it's kevlar jeans over knee pads. That's the best of both worlds... comfortable in jeans with good protection. ping tiatool or hooligan. I'll bet one or both of them can point you in the right direction.

If you ever plan on going to the track, you'll need leathers, however....
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I've worn full leathers on my Ninja 250. Better upgrade your gear first ... don't get stuck with buying a bike and not having enough change for better gear.
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The jackets not what i was worried about just the pants. Then again i hear everyday about how i wear too much gear I work with my stepdad and he and my mom are always telling me that its too hot or that i should just not worry about wearing everything. Yet i wont ride without my lid, jacket, boots, and gloves everytime. i just get sick of hearing that i dont need it. but oh well in the end its my skin
what kind of advice is this? telling you NOT to wear gear? do they hate you? they clearly are talking out of their element, that'd be like me giving advice on surgery.
get some good gear, and do what YOU know is right. f anyone that gives a disenting opinion.
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I actaully squided it around my neighborhood this weekend. Well helmet, gloves, shorts and a shirt. The only time I have ever done this and I felt naked and reserved. My one piece definetely brings about a sense of confidence and security.
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There are some cool alternatives to leather pants that quite a few of the guys were. Typically it's kevlar jeans over knee pads. That's the best of both worlds... comfortable in jeans with good protection. ping tiatool or hooligan. I'll bet one or both of them can point you in the right direction.

If you ever plan on going to the track, you'll need leathers, however....

Yep. There are some clear alternatives to just wearing a 1 or two piece suit. It really depends on exactly what uses you would want them for. If you plan on going to the track in it, the 2 piece will get the job done, but for the $$ of a suit you might as well go one piece. IMO. Zippers fail, and if you fall on your stomach in a two peice it could ride up and rashout you stomach anyway.

If you were just going to ride on the street. There would be nothing wrong with buying some Kevlar or "bulletproof" jeans and some leg armour. Just about all the major apparel brands make a pair or comfortable jeans that will hold up better than Levi denim. Obviously you can get the jeans and armour cheaper than set of leather track pants. When it comes to gear in most cases you get what you pay for, so the cheaper, quite possibly the less quality of the product.


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The jackets not what i was worried about just the pants. Then again i hear everyday about how i wear too much gear I work with my stepdad and he and my mom are always telling me that its too hot or that i should just not worry about wearing everything. Yet i wont ride without my lid, jacket, boots, and gloves everytime. i just get sick of hearing that i dont need it. but oh well in the end its my skin
Screw that! You want to ride a little, or the rest of your life? Do it the right way. Also I got ribbed for MONTHS when I rode daily at work. Espcially when I started with my icon reflective vest (on commutes mostly). I just let it go, made fun of myself as the power ranger, and as the "glow stick" (tall, lanky, and high visibility). After a 5-6 months, it started dieing down and people started really communicating their respect for me doing it the right way. They stopped ribbing so much and more about cool that I'm that dedicated and the money I'm saving on gas, etc.

Don't let it get you down. Same thing as if peers were laughing at you about "not smoking", drugs etc, would you give in just cause they didn't appreciate your dedication? Just move on, knowing you are more experinced, wiser, and much more dedicated than they.

Best wishes, and good job on gearing up! It seems so rare when I see other riders during this hot weather.
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Skin graffs look dumber than gear imo
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