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post #1 of 22 Old 10-19-2016, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Leather suit and glove repairs for racing?

I was wondering what the consensus is on dealing with crashed gear for racing. My suit and gloves passed tech with one lowside to their name, but my most recent lowside at The Ridge wore a hole through the forearm as well as added more abrasions elsewhere. Here is the damage that will not pass tech for sure.
Would you have someone patch it? The suit is a few years old with a couple of crashes. I don't mind springing for a new suit and keeping this one for track day use. But, there are a lot of other things I need to spring for before next season. Such as gloves...these have been repaired once already which held up, but now have the tip of each middle finger split open on top of being compromised elsewhere I'm sure.
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Oh yeah, I also need a new helmet since tech will require a snell 2015 model next season. My Arai will be 4 years old at the start of the season. I will use that one for track days. Thanks for any insight!

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I've had my suit repaired once. Much cheaper than a new suit. It's been through 2 crashes now and it's still in pretty good shape. While I was at it, I had the lady who repaired it throw my last name on the back in leather letters...cuz you know...all the cool racers have their name on the back!
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Haha nice! I'll at least bring it in to the lady that does gear repair around Portland to see what she can do. I may ask about my name too lol

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I wouldn't have a problem with a repaired suit..... it wasn't a complete cow when it was new, it won't be a complete cow when it is repaired. It's all sections of hide stitched together.

Were it me, I would prefer to replace the entire panel that had worn through, rather than doing a smaller patch. The additional punctures from more stitching would worry me; but it would be driven by cost. If the patch cost a reasonable amount, and the whole panel would drive that to where a used suit was comparable, I'd do the small patch.

Langlitz leather is in Portland..... you may be able to do something there without too much pain.

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Thanks RJ, I should've thought of Langlitz first since they are a sponsor of OMRRA haha. I'd much rather have the entire panel replaced rather than a patch too. I had Miriam from leather sewing pdx fix my gloves the first time, but it was $30 for some seams and glue. I didn't know what to expect to repair a suit or if I should even go that route since I'll be mostly racing now. I found some good deals on alpinestars and spidi suits but even an $1500 suit marked down to $900 is quite a hit for me. I'd be in tears if I went down in a new suit lol

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I'm embarrassed to say I never visited their facility when I lived up that way..... I have to say the same when I live in Washington state near where Gerbing was headquartered near Allyn, WA..... never stopped in.

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I've had my suit repaired once. Much cheaper than a new suit. It's been through 2 crashes now and it's still in pretty good shape. While I was at it, I had the lady who repaired it throw my last name on the back in leather letters...cuz you know...all the cool racers have their name on the back!
You mean the name isn't so other riders know who their passing? (just kidding)

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Thanks RJ, I should've thought of Langlitz first since they are a sponsor of OMRRA haha. I'd much rather have the entire panel replaced rather than a patch too. I had Miriam from leather sewing pdx fix my gloves the first time, but it was $30 for some seams and glue. I didn't know what to expect to repair a suit or if I should even go that route since I'll be mostly racing now. I found some good deals on alpinestars and spidi suits but even an $1500 suit marked down to $900 is quite a hit for me. I'd be in tears if I went down in a new suit lol

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And that tends to happen a lot unfortunately. New suit = asphalt magnet! ....I know a whole bunch of people who went on for long periods of time without crashing and then they got a new suit and crashed within a few weeks, after only using it a handful of times.

I crashed in my new suit on the 5th or 6th time using it. Since then I've done like 45 or so track days/race days until my 2nd crash.
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You mean the name isn't so other riders know who their passing? (just kidding)
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Definitely ok to repair, especially if it is a good product to start with. Sounds like you have at least one lead but if not check your local forums, they will have a much better idea of where to send it.

For helmets, first thing is you need to determine what fits. There are a lot of awesome brands out there right now with good features. If Bell fits and floats your boat feel free to look me up. I can get you a deal on one.
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My suit has been repaired multiple times. At the rate I'm going, I'll have a new suit in 2 years because everything will have been replaced
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Definitely ok to repair, especially if it is a good product to start with. Sounds like you have at least one lead but if not check your local forums, they will have a much better idea of where to send it.

For helmets, first thing is you need to determine what fits. There are a lot of awesome brands out there right now with good features. If Bell fits and floats your boat feel free to look me up. I can get you a deal on one.
Nice, It is definitely worth the repair then. It's an Alpinestars MX-1 suit and the armor is outstanding. I swear it's saved me a broken arm in each lowside due to the gp protection in the forearm and elbow area. That is the one feature I will always look for in a suit, some of the lesser suits I've seen have armor that wouldn't help much more than a maxi pad.
Thanks for the offer on a Bell helmet too! I will be trying some on this off season and will let you know for sure. I wear a signet - q now, but I really don't think my head is that oblong. It does fit pretty well though lol
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I wouldn't have a problem with a repaired suit..... it wasn't a complete cow when it was new, it won't be a complete cow when it is repaired. It's all sections of hide stitched together.

Were it me, I would prefer to replace the entire panel that had worn through, rather than doing a smaller patch. The additional punctures from more stitching would worry me; but it would be driven by cost. If the patch cost a reasonable amount, and the whole panel would drive that to where a used suit was comparable, I'd do the small patch.

Langlitz leather is in Portland..... you may be able to do something there without too much pain.
So I called Langlitz leathers last weekend and although they are a sponsor of OMRRA they only repair their own leathers. They do not even make race suits anymore. They are more for your cafe racer or Harley clientele it seems. But, the lady that does the repairs told me to come in anyway so she could look at it since I told her I race with OMRRA and I was trying to support our sponsors. Long story short, I go in and someone else tells me they only repair their own without looking at them and refers me to the lady I was going to in the first place. haha. They had a couple OMRRA trophies in their display case too lol. Oh well, it was a pretty cool little shop in SE though.

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Haha that's good to know. What kind of repairs were done? Did you have entire panels replaced, or was it patched and glued? The lady I brought them to recommended just patching them instead of a whole new section. That section also has the pockets and velcro that secure the armor so I figured it'd be more of a pain. I told her I need it to pass tech, and she spouted out the girl's name who does our gear tech and said she knows it'll pass. Miriam from leather sewing pdx is the go to leather repair for motorcyclists in the Portland area so I'll trust her. She did say she could replace the panel if I wanted, but it sounded like it would double the price. I don't want to cut corners though since this was a relatively low speed crash that wore a hole.
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Thanks Backmarker, I will keep them in mind. As for the gloves I am with you, my hands are important to me
I just scooped these up from a guy locally that bought them and they were too big on him. I couldn't pass them up.
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