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Hi guys,

So I have had my Brutale for a couple of years now, and I am sorry to say that I still don't own a proper set of leathers. Currently my riding gear consists of the following:-

Icon Basehawk Jacket
Furygan Kevlar Jeans
Icon 1000 boots

So far this has served my needs as I don't ride a lot and the journeys I do are short and not what you would call spirited. However recently I have found myself going on longer faster runs and I feel a little exposed, and with a 6 day tour round S Ireland coming up this year I am looking to get a proper set of leather.

Currently I am looking at nearly new used gear as being on fixed term employment and a 2yr old daughter, funds are tight.

So the main reason for this post is to work out of a 1 or 2 piece suit is best. I am not a racer, and dont intend to go to the track in the near future. I have spotted a set of AGV Sport SP6 leathers on ebay for £119, both as 1 Piece suit and a 2Piece Suit. Just not sure wich would be the best bet.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AGVSPORT-SP6-1-PIECE-LEATHER-RACE-MOTORCYCLE-SUIT-BLACK-AND-SILVER-40-CHEST-NEW/312106757816?hash=item48ab032eb8:g:eHAAAOSwkChaorKP

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AGVSPORT-SP6-2-PIECE-LEATHER-RACE-MOTORCYCLE-SUIT-RED-SILVER-38-CHEST-NEW/202284175309?hash=item2f19138fcd:g:K8kAAOSw~l5aoqnJ

I also clocked a nice MV AGUSTA Jacket that I like, Not sure its Genuine MV but looks smart and has CE armour in it.
 

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For just recreational riding I prefer a 2 piece suit. Make sure the jacket zips to the pants all the way round, not just a short tab at the back. It's nice to be able to shed the jacket while stopping for a meal or just to walk around. Can't do that in a one piece.

I own both. Alpinstar and a Lookwell MV one piece are for track use. I have a Lookwell MV 2-piece suit for everything else.
 

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2piece for me too and ditto on the zipping . Its a whole lot easier to take a crap with two piece leathers and walking around sightseeing or whatever when it is warm is easier too cause you can ditch the jacket
 

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Ha, when I go to the north island it gets warm. Another advantage of two piece for the road is you generally get more pockets, good for storing all your speeding tickets:smile2:
 

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It seems that you guys are confirming what I was already thinking, thanks. Looks like the 2 piece is the way to go for what I do.
 

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A jacket with a removable liner makes it more versatile for when it’s a bit chilly given our climates are similar I get a lot more use out of mine cause of this.
 

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I went with a 1 piece I found on craigslist. Fits great, works great (I had a low side in it, slid over 25 feet, felt nothing).
In hindsight, a 2 piece would've been more ideal. For road riding, especially on hotter days, shedding the top part is an exercise I could do without. And I have one of those double zipper suits, which is easier than single.

The 1 piece suits look cooler, and indulged my fantasy of looking like a MotoGP racer, but don't really offer much more benefit.
 

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Road riding and a couple of twisties WITHOUT a trackday definitly go for a 2 piece suit. Make sure the jacket/pants zip together.
However if you're interested in doing some trackdays in the future definitly get a 1 piece suit. There are incidents that the zipper comes lose in a slide. Thats why alot of tracks demand 1 piece suit.

1 piece is always the best for safety.
I'd go for a 1 piece suit with a good undersuit so taking the leather suit off is no problem if you have to take a pits stop :)
 

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Something that I try and make sure on is that the inseam of the pants has leather and not fabric. It allows me to have better grip on the tank. Most people I ride with use tank grips with kevlar pants. I prefer leather on paint... don't care that much about the paint but do not like tank pads/grips for the look. I'm sure leather and tank grips are the best in terms of grip.

I have one and two pieces. I got the two piece for summer and being able to shed the top off. In reality I just keep the top on anyway. The other things to consider is perforated leather or not. I actually use the not perforated when it gets cold and hot. I also shut all my vents... otherwise when it gets over 98 degrees F(and it does especially near the pavement) its like a hair dryer so sealing yourself off works better.
 

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I recently had a low side on the track at around 80mph. Had a 1 piece AGV Podium suit, saved my bacon. Suit is trash but I walked away without any fractures, may be luck too. For touring I'd want to go 2 piece. Good undercut will allow for easier access of a 1 piece during the "pitstops" but the 2 piece will be much much easier to live with. One other thing, I was wearing an A* chest and back protector vest during that track slide. Now its my go to piece no matter what I wear or where I ride...
 

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I have a custom Syed 1-piece suit. I love it. Whatever you get try it on first - that is why I have a custom suit.
 

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I've always favoured a one piece suit but also have a leather jacket / Kevlar jeans combo and a goretex textile set.

A commonly raised objection to one piece suits is that you cant remove the top half but I find this to be a complete red herring. If I am going anywhere that will see me being off the bike for an extended period, I don't want to be clomping about in leather trousers and motorcycle boots. And don't think that you can use the jacket on it's own as most are cut in such a way that they don't work as a standalone jacket.

With a one piece suit I can wear a pair of shorts and a tshirt underneath and have some trainers / flip flops in a bag. I'm safe on the bike and comfortable walking about .... job done :)
 

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this is a good idea, sadly I don't get many days in where I live in Scotland that you would get away with short, T-shirt and flip flops! HAHA.

Turns out the AGV Sport suits I was looking at would have been to small for me anyway. I have managed to bag a pair of New -Old stock Milano Estoril trousers, complete with sliders. No tags though, not that that matters. They have both a Long and Short zip so just on the look out for a jacket.

Quite fancy this one. and these gloves to match!.
 

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I Live in Australia, and was tossing up between leathers and textiles.
and was trying to decide on leathers or textiles.
Summary : Leathers are more for racing – tack work. and looking kool .
Textiles have that flexibility for all seasons, are cheaper than leather but do not last as long.
you mentioned you’re a tourer. so suggest look at textiles , especially if money is a big consideration. maybe you could buy new textile for the cost of second hand leather.
found this on the web.

Adventure/Dual Sport
As the niche of adventure touring/dual sporting continues to grow, so does the gear that is specifically tailored for it. ADV jackets need to accommodate the variety of different riding situations that you may come across on an ADV ride. They are almost always made with highly durable textiles that are waterproof/breathable. Armor is almost always included or is at least an option. You will find plenty of venting and often an insulated liner so that you are prepared for all temperatures. ADV jackets generally have a plethora of pockets to be able to haul more gadgets and necessities for longer trips. The cut of the jacket comes below the waist for the best coverage for riding in an upright position or standing, both of which are common positions on ADV bikes. The collar is often tall for complete neck coverage.

I will be touring Australia next month - 15000 ks in 33 days on my Lusso and very happy that I ended up buying textiles

Have a fun trip John
 
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