Motorcycle race suits are the utmost form of riding protection. They’re constructed with abrasion resistant materials, have generous impact protection and are designed to keep you as safe as possible in the event of a crash. There are one and two-piece variations available, depending on preference, or the level of protection desired.
One-Piece Race Suits
For maximum safety, a one-piece race suit is what you want. One of the drawbacks of a two-piece suit is the vulnerability of the connection between the pants and jacket, an issue that isn’t present with a single-piece set. They’re comprised primarily of high-quality leather (both cow and kangaroo hides), with stretch panels strategically placed in areas to improve fit, flexibility and comfort. Internal armor is often complimented by external protection as well.
One-piece suits are getting more advanced in terms of protection technology. Take the Alpinestars GP Pro One-Piece Leather Suit. It’s a full-grain leather suit that’s built to accommodate Alpinestars’ Tech-Air Race airbag system, yet it maintains fit even without the system in place. It comes with Dynamic Friction Shield protection in the knees, elbows and shoulders, has CE padding in the chest and hip area along with snaps to fit a CE-level 2 back protector. The GP Pro comes with Kevlar inserts at key points on the upper body for even more abrasion resistance as well. This collection of elements comes at a premium price, however.
There’s more affordable options as well, such as the Joe Rocket Speedmaster 6.0 Race Suit. This one comes with thick leather, titanium reinforced shoulders, Kevlar reinforcements and a pocket for a back protector. Only the necessities.
Two-Piece Race Suits
Versatility is the name of game with a two-piece race suit. There’s many track day providers that will allow a two-piece to be worn, but they also come in handy on road as well, where one might desire more comfort than what a one-piece setup offers. The build quality is comparable to a one-piece, with heavy-duty leather, impact protection, safety stitching and stretch panels. Many offer connection between the pants and jacket with a 360-degree zipper attachment.
What’s nice about the two-piece is the fact that riders can choose to wear the jacket or pants separate if needed. The AGV Sport Delta Two-Piece Leather Suit is a good example of this segment.
Alpinestars GP Pro One-Piece Leather Suit for Tech-Air Race
Alpinestars GP Pro One-Piece Leather Suit for Tech-Air Race available at RidersDomain.com $1349.95.
Joe Rocket Speedmaster 6.0 Race Suit
Joe Rocket Speedmaster 6.0 Race Suit available at RidersDomain.com $699.99.
Fit is important to consider when purchasing a leather suit. At the very least, you’ll need chest, waist, inseam and sleeve measurements. Some brands go further, advising measurement of the thigh, outer arm and overall height as well.
For a one-piece, fit will be snug, bordering on tight if you’re aiming to get a race-appropriate fit. You don’t want material or protective elements shifting in the event of a crash. One-piece suits are also designed to be comfortable in the tucked riding position, so may not be all that comfortable when standing or sitting. There’s also the option of choosing a size above the race-fit if your plans are to wear the suit while carving canyons or looking for a more spacious fit. Follow the standard fitment instructions for jackets and pants when choosing a two-piece suit.
Race suits are typically reserved for the track but there’s no reason you can’t put one on if you know you’re going to be pushing it on the street as well. It’s an investment though, so take your time to make sure you find the right fit.