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    Racing Suits

    Dear BMWMOAers,

    I know that professional racers wear one-piece leather suits to race. As I plan on attending my first track day event at Grattan Raceway this spring, I am wondering whether textile suits are recommended for use or even allowed.

    I understand that two-piece suits whose jacket zips fully with the pants are permitted but I'm not clear if leather suits are mandatory. If any of you have personal experience I would be interested in hearing from you.

    As an aside, I would be curious which of the two materials is more durable/tough in withstanding abrasion with asphalt (I have no plans to dump my bike but it's good to know that I'm well protected should it happen).

    Kent

    P.S. I have a BMW AirFlow and a BMW Rallye 3 two-piece suit neither of which I suppose is ideal. Thanks.

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    It really depends on who is running the track day. I have gone to VIR and Barber for track days. Some clubs require leather, others will allow textile if it is either one piece or has full zipper. I have an Alpinestars one piece leather track suit. I'd also recommend a chest and back protector. Back protectors are usually required, chest protectors optional.

    I know you don't 'plan' on dumping the bike, but no one plans to! It happens. It can happen and not even be your fault. Maybe you are leaned over in a corner and hit oil, or the guy in front slows down and you hit his rear tire, or a deer jumps out, or....

    Leather does protect better than Textile. A good leather suit can skid on the asphalt many times before it is shot. You can't get better protection.

    Cow leather protects as well as Kangaroo, but Kangaroo leather is MUCH lighter. If you become a serious track rider, go Kangaroo, but you'll pay 2 to 3x more for it.

    You can also rent suits at most tract days. Consider that, too.

    Most tracks I have attended require the helmet to be no more than 5 years old, and they check the date of manufacture at the tech inspection.

    If you buy a suit, go for perforated. You get very hot in a leather suit w/o perforation.

    Motorcycle superstore usually has great prices, and they have one suit on closeout for $400.

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ther-Suit.aspx

    A suit should fit snugly, too. Don't get one too large as it should be tight and stretch with use so that it fits snugly on your body.

    Finally, if you have time, old 'racers' sell their suits all the time on craigslist and ebay, and you can get a good deal. It won't be too long till you see mine for sale!

    Finally, you also need to check what they require of the bike, if you are not renting one. Minimally, I've never been to a track that didn't require the oil fill and drain to be wire tied. It is easy to do and you can buy the tool cheaply if you shop around.
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    If this is a track day sponsored by BMW SEMI then I'm betting textile will be fine. Their track days are very well run, splitting classes into groups of 5-7 riders, each with an experienced rider/coach in the lead. After a few sessions they'll give you a lot more latitude, but the coaches are out there to give advice and assistance if needed.
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    Motorcycle superstore usually has great prices, and they have one suit on closeout for $400.

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ther-Suit.aspx

    I'd pay a lot extra to NOT look like that.


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    Two piece textile is fine if it zips together. I am sure this is the track day Southeast BMW in Canton, MI is attending. Call Audrey over there and talk to her. That being said the main issue with textile is you ruin the suit if you go down. Leather protects you better and is the choice if you decide to do this for a hobby. A friend of mine attended several last year in his aerostitch suit. You can find used leathers on eBay. If you want a new set or even used you will need to get your size. There is a Dainese store in Chicago that carries them, Baird Cycles in Elkhart, IN carries Alpinestars suits and Sportbike Trackgear in MI carries suits as well. I am not sure where you are located but as you are attending Grattan I figure you are are close to one of these outlets. I have one warning for you.....it is addictive like crack so be prepared. Good luck.

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    God? What god? roborider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I'd pay a lot extra to NOT look like that.

    LOL. I didn't look at the picture but you're right. I'd take my chances in jeans and a T shirt before riding in that suit.
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    If I could fit in that suit, I'd think about it...
    BMW R bike rider, horizontally opposed to everything...

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    I'm sure you'd look hot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I'd pay a lot extra to NOT look like that.


    I kinda like it!

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    Racing suit

    I don't know whether you are still looking or whether this would fit you but it looks like an ideal buy if it does. I don't know the seller, just found it looking at local motorcycle ads on CL.

    http://tallahassee.craigslist.org/mcy/2264964119.html

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