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post #1 of 18 Old 05-01-2016, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Good starter full body leathers?

Looking to pick up my first full leather suit but Im seeing pricing range from $500 to $2,000.

These will be my first so they don't need to be the best. I'd prefer a lower end for now. Any recommendations would be awesome!
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I have one for sale in the classifieds that still smells new
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Wear the Cycle Gear leather at your own peril.
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Awesome, thanks for all the suggestions!
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Wow, what a price range. If you are going to the track, one piece are more desirable. For street, two piece is more convenient and more versatile (and are allowed for most TDs, even though considered not as good). With that budget ($2000) you could get 2 suits, one 2 piece, one 1 piece, a CE level 2 back and chest protector, CE Rated gloves, and good quality race boots.

Some good deals are posted here. Don't forget the extra space required for the back/chest protector inside the suit.

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^^^^ Best answer. They also offer a lifetime warranty on the Sedici line.
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^^^^ Best answer. They also offer a lifetime warranty on the Sedici line.
Could not disagree with this more.

This brand is known to be crap. As the goal of a suit is to protect you in case of a fall, go with a brand that will not explode upon first contacting the pavement.

There are TONS of quality brand suits that you can find cheaply. Check out the closeouts section of Motorcycle Gear | Buy Motorcycle Helmets, Jackets, Parts, Tires & More or consider a used suit before you go with something like Bilt or Sedici.
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Get a used name brand name. You can get the Motegi 2 piece suit from alpinestars from motostorm for lke $600 and it's really good for your first suit.

Slo, why does it explode upon impact? I cringe at the stuff I see when I'm in cycle gear, but I'm not sure what the differences really are. For some reason the alpinestars jacket I felt in cycle gear wasn't as soft and supple as the one I got from motostorm, and it was the same exact jacket. Weird...

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Get a used name brand name. You can get the Motegi 2 piece suit from alpinestars from motostorm for lke $600 and it's really good for your first suit.

Slo, why does it explode upon impact? I cringe at the stuff I see when I'm in cycle gear, but I'm not sure what the differences really are. For some reason the alpinestars jacket I felt in cycle gear wasn't as soft and supple as the one I got from motostorm, and it was the same exact jacket. Weird...
Generally speaking, anything from cycle gear is crap unless it is a known national brand. Reviews have been terrible plus I know someone who runs several of their stores and I hear horror stories.

As for the differences between the two jackets. leather is skin, skin is different on all creatures =) It could have gotten wet, dried out, stored differently, pee'd on, you name it.

Use a quality leather conditioner and it should soften right up.
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The RST suit is a nice suit my friend has it and I like the suit overall. I currently use the RST gloves and boots and couldn't be happier. But like some have said be in te look out for a good used suit. You can get a great suit for a low price!

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Generally speaking, anything from cycle gear is crap unless it is a known national brand. Reviews have been terrible plus I know someone who runs several of their stores and I hear horror stories.

As for the differences between the two jackets. leather is skin, skin is different on all creatures =) It could have gotten wet, dried out, stored differently, pee'd on, you name it.

Use a quality leather conditioner and it should soften right up.
Well.... even with name brand items you have to be careful in Cycle Gear. I know Dainese does it and I'm fairly sure Alpinestars does it, they make styles specifically for sale in the Cycle Gear stores. If you dig around on their information it will say "cycle gear exclusive" or something similar. Those are generally not made to the same standard that some of their other gear is made. It's infinitely better than the Bilt of Sedici lines of products. I put a link below to a Dainese jacket that is a "Cycle Gear exclusive". There is zero chance I'd pay $500 for that. You can get other non-exclusive jackets from Dainese that are the same price.

Dainese has kept their Cycle Gear exclusive product quality reasonably high. It put Frank Thomas out of business building junk for Cycle Gear. They went from being a well respected leather company to being considered absolute garbage because of the quality of product they made for Cycle Gear. It was a good idea to have a huge network of stores selling your stuff in the US but, they started to make cheap price point junk to meet Cycle Gears requirements for price over quality and their reputation went down the drain. (Yes, I know there were other financial and managerial issues at Frank Thomas that contributed to their failure)

Now Cycle Gear commissions the Bilt and Sedici lines as their own since no one else is willing to put their name and reputation on that price point garbage.

In any case, buyer beware and you get what you pay for both are true with Cycle Gear.

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