ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Gear > Equipment
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-21-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
Florida Bob OP
Left the building
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Oddometer: 74
Really stupid question about one piece racing leathers

I recently purchased alot of riding gear from a friend that is leaving our sport. One of the items is a Alpinestars one piece leather racing suit. At his last track day he unfortunately had a lowside. He was fine but the suit has some damage. Mainly scuffs on the left side. The only area where the leather wore through was on the top of the left shoulder, right over the armor. Now here is my stupid question. Do racers that buy used suits, tolerate battle scars? Or should I have a leather repair service do there thing? The damage on the shoulder is 2 small holes the size of a dime. As you can tell, I do not attend track days. I would appreciate your input. Ride safe.

Florida Bob screwed with this post 04-21-2009 at 05:05 PM
Florida Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 04:07 PM   #2
summerinmaine
Hells Atheists MC
 
summerinmaine's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Humboldt Bay & San Felipe BCN
Oddometer: 44,272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Florida Bob
I recently purchased alot of riding gear from a friend that is leaving our sport. One of the items is a Alpinestars one piece leather racing suit. At his last track day he unfortunately had a lowside. He was fine but the suit has some damage. Mainly scuffs on the left side. The only area where the leather wore through was on the top of the left shoulder, right over the armor. Now here is my stupid question. Do racers that buy used suits, understand battle scars? Or should I have a leather repair service do there thing? The damage on the shoulder is 2 small holes the size of a dime. As you can tell, I do not attend track days. I would appreciate your input. Ride safe.
Okay, I'll give it a whack!

If the damage is in an area that is prone to abuse, get it repaired. You want to be protected, right?

If the suit is just for poseur value, then leave it. Gives you some street cred.
__________________
.

"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests." George Santayana
summerinmaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
HD
Neighborhood Threat
 
HD's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: California Central Valley - Giant Sequoias
Oddometer: 14,631
Explain "understand".
HD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 04:09 PM   #4
DireWolf
Knees in the Breeze
 
DireWolf's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: In the Mustard Booyah. Whooop!!
Oddometer: 12,712
Quote:
Originally Posted by HD
Explain "understand".
That threw me also.
__________________
Please help Elias' (Toolfan's) young family - they lost a husband and a father: Donation Page: Toolfan Support Fund
DireWolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
RaY YreKa
I Am the Mayor
 
RaY YreKa's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: YreKa BaKery
Oddometer: 16,158
Since it's on the left shoulder, book some track days with right hand corners only.

That way you'll be fine.
__________________
IBA #40578

shine on, you crazy emo diamond
RaY YreKa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 04:46 PM   #6
DirtDabber
cultural illiterate
 
DirtDabber's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Way, Way North GA
Oddometer: 7,904
Quote:
Originally Posted by ray_rev
Since it's on the left shoulder, book some track days with right hand corners only.

That way you'll be fine.

And don't highside.
__________________
.

I wonder where that road goes?
DirtDabber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 05:37 PM   #7
Florida Bob OP
Left the building
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Oddometer: 74
replaced understand with tolerate

Makes better sense now.
Florida Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 06:06 PM   #8
NJ Moto
Running Free
 
NJ Moto's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Oddometer: 7,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Florida Bob
I recently purchased alot of riding gear from a friend that is leaving our sport. One of the items is a Alpinestars one piece leather racing suit. At his last track day he unfortunately had a lowside. He was fine but the suit has some damage. Mainly scuffs on the left side. The only area where the leather wore through was on the top of the left shoulder, right over the armor. Now here is my stupid question. Do racers that buy used suits, tolerate battle scars? Or should I have a leather repair service do there thing? The damage on the shoulder is 2 small holes the size of a dime. As you can tell, I do not attend track days. I would appreciate your input. Ride safe.
You know the answer, get it repaired.
__________________
Every ride is an adventure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuKeu...feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYqF_BtIwAU
"Can we get a party to finally represent us?" - Cenk Uygur
NJ Moto is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #9
VFR
Studly Adventurer
 
VFR's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Sunny (sometimes) SoCal
Oddometer: 700
Leaving it alone is OK if the suit is still safe. Not like some of the guys I see that buy scuffed knee pucks off eBay. Good for street cred only until you see them ride.
__________________
Larry

If it ain't fun, I don't do it!!!

Stuff - I need more Stuff....
VFR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 07:30 PM   #10
BobFV1
Beastly Adventurer
 
BobFV1's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Oddometer: 23,806
The leather and the armor serve two different functions - abrasion resistance and impact protection. Get it repaired - doesn't have to be anything fancy but best to have some "skin" up there that isn't your own in case you ever need it.
__________________

BobFV1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2009, 08:00 PM   #11
BCC
I know better
 
BCC's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Southern NJ
Oddometer: 8,035
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobFV1
The leather and the armor serve two different functions - abrasion resistance and impact protection. Get it repaired - doesn't have to be anything fancy but best to have some "skin" up there that isn't your own in case you ever need it.
Ya, I'd get it repaired. Actually, I did.
__________________
Living the fullest life means leaving a history of goodness behind you for others to remember.

Cherish the memories------Ken OBSC
BCC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2009, 01:48 PM   #12
flars
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2005
Oddometer: 341
boo boo

I vote for repair. If you go down again on that spot, the leathers will get ripped at the hole. A small repair is cheap, but a long ripped out section ain't.
flars is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014