Custom Ducati Leather Suit

Ducati Corse is a racing team by Ducati that competes in MotoGP and Superbike Championship. This team has raced including some of the greatest riders of all the time as Casey Stoner, Carl Fogarty, and Troy Bayliss. In 2007, their rider Casey Stoner achieved the World MotoGP champion title.

All the Ducati racers have great fandom and the people always shouting their name in their hearts who want to have their own Ducati leather suit. Many companies make these apparels and provide Ducati leather suits all around the world. However, if you want the best custom Ducati leather suit, you need to visit the highly reputed online store Leather Collection. They provide suits with competitive quality with most features and very affordable prices.

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What to wear under motorcycle leather suit?

For cold weather:

If you are wearing a motorcycle leather suit, you won’t need much of extra insulation as leather is an entirely windproof material and will keep the cold air out and you will stay warm. A simple insulation shirt will work just fine. Thermal socks for feet and thermal gloves for hands and you will ride smoothly through the heavy freezing air.

Summers:

Summer can be exceedingly annoying for a rider wearing the motorcycle leather suit. The sweat and the heat make it hard to keep yourself maintained and fresh. Your socks, the shirt you are going to wear under, underwear and the socks must be made of moisture-wicking material. Moisture-wicking clothes take the sweat and moisture away from your body and are necessary if you want to stay cool during your ride.

How to measure for leather race suit?

Motorcycle racing is a fast sport. Riders need to go to extreme limits to win the races. That races can be risky enough and even sometimes lethal if performed unprepared. A leather race suit with a complete racing gear is a must wear to reduce the risk of the injury to the lowest point.

To avail your suit with full utility, the suit needs to be a perfect fit. Too loose will be unable to keep the armor in place and compromise your safety. The too tight suit will make movement difficult and affect the performance in a not so good way.

You will need to take all the measurements correctly. Here’s how you’ll have to do it:

men-women-suit-size-guide

A: Height: Stand still next to a wall, put a ruler horizontally over you with the wall and mark that point. Then measure the length between the mark and the floor.

B: Neck: Take a skin-tight measurement around your neck just below Adam’s apple.

C: Sleeve: Keep your arm relaxed with elbow slightly bent, measure from the point of shoulder, and down outside of arm past elbow to wrist.

D: Chest: Take this measurement just below your breasts under arms firmly to the body.

E: Breasts (for women): Measure at the fullest part of your chest (across your nipples) under the arms, tightly around the body.

F: Waist: Take this measurement around your body at the natural waist level.

G: Hips: Measure around your hips and buttocks at their widest point, make sure the tape is not restrictive.

H: Inseam: Measure from the lowest part of the crotch, down to the ankle bone keeping the measuring tape tight.

 

Washing a Motorcycle Leather Suit

Time affects everything. So does the dust, and rain, and mud, and many other things. Sweat adds up, too. These are all the things you can face when you are on the field. Your Leather racing suit protects you from that. Doing so, it suffers all that itself.

 

Leather racing suits need proper care for the elegant look and prolonged life. Because after all, it is skin, and just like your skin, it will dry and crack if it is not cleaned and conditioned for an elegant look and prolonged life.

 

Warning: Never wash leather products. Washing can shrink them probably two sizes down, and you will not be able to stretch them back as they were.

There are some steps to clean your suit safely. Let’s have a brief look:

 

Cleaning the dust, is the first:

                Well, it’s not only the dust you might need to clean. There can be dead bees, rain-stains, mud and other kinds of dirt too. You need a handful of things which are:

a)      A soft towel.

b)      A bucket of warm water (not hot)

c)       Soap (preferably the one you use in the shower or some baby soap.)

Put a hanger in your leather suit and hang it someplace where you can quickly turn it around. Mix the soap mildly in water, soak the soft towel in it. Start wiping the suit until all the dust, mud or dirt has been removed.

 

Dry in open:

After cleaning, put your motorcycle leather suit in an open and airy (but safe) place and let it take its time to dry fully. Never dry it with any heat source tool, it will over dry the suit and make the leather crack.

 

Condition with care:

                Leather is an organic material and just like our head skin or merely the skin, needs proper conditioning for the long life, and elegant polished look. A lot of leather conditioners are available in the market. For example, Lexol and Leather Honey.

                Start applying the conditioner with a soft towel to all over the suit. Pay attention to seams and stitches as they are more likely to crack. Once all done, remove the excessive conditioner with a dry cloth or towel. Then hang it to dry, preferably overnight.

 

You can also email on our helpline for further help at leather@leathercollection.com.

Buying a leather suit, Ensure your safety and investment

No doubt motorcycle leather suits are must while riding either on track race or street biking. Motorcycle Leathers keep you safe in case of crash and drag. Here we will summarize the factors & features of the leather suits that will keep you safe and also make your investments safe.

Motorcycle Suit safety features

It is safe to say that most of the street motorcyclists wear less than minimum riding gear. Given that fact, riding with required protective leather gear is a step above the rest.

In our opinion, you should own and use the best quality riding leather gear that you can afford. Beyond that, your leather gear should fit your needs, your riding style and most of all it should fit you.

When talking about the leather suits the first question comes what is the difference between the low-end and high-end suit. Well, it comes directly from the features the suit has, the quality of the leather, quality of the interior, quality of the armor, type of armor and stitching of the suit. The features, materials and time needed to make the suit will make up the cost of the suit.

Safety Features to look in a riding suit must have;

  • Leather Type and Leather thickness
  • Impact Protectors
  • External Protection (if the suit features any)

Comfort Features a leather suit includes;

  • Size & Fitting
  • Accordion Leather Stretch
  • Stretch Materials
  • Internal Lining
  • Ventilation or Perforation
  • Suit Weight

Safety Features

Leather Type and Leather Thickness

The first and most important component in Motorcycle Protective Gear is Leather (Cowhide Leather or Kangaroo Leather), is always more protective than any fabric material currently available. The quality of the leather makes it a tough material to burn, tear and abrasion resistance in case of crash or drag, the main feature that textile garments lack.

Cowhide or Kangaroo Leather can fulfill the required safety for motorcycle protective garments.

Cowhide Leather is the most common type of leather that is tough and durable. Cowhide leather is what is used to make 95% of all leather garments for Motorcycles.

Kangaroo Leather is a strong, lightweight leather derived from the hide of kangaroo. Kangaroo leather is lighter and stronger than the cowhide. Kangaroo leather has ten (10) times the tensile strength of cowhide. Kangaroo leather is favored by some motorcyclists for use in motorcycle leathers specifically because of its light weight and abrasion resistance.”

Leather Gear will provide best protection only if top-grain leather is used to manufacture the garment.

Top-grain leather is the highest quality for Motorcycle Leathers. A layer split ways making it thinner and more pliable. Its surface sanded, and a finish coat added to the surface, which results in a colder, plastic. It has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather, so long as the finish remains unbroken.

Numerous types of leather and a wide range of leather thickness used across all manufacturers. The thickness, recommended for Cowhide leather is 1.2 – 1.5 mm and Kangaroo Leather 1.0 – 1.3 mm. The thicker leather tends to heavy garments and rider need to compromise on comfort. Tanning process plays a vital role in making the leather more protective and easily wearable. Higher-end leather tends to be thinner and soft, therefore, lighter and more comfortable for the rider than heavy weight leather.

Motorcycle Leather Suits typically offered in “one piece” and “two pieces” varieties. One-piece suits provide the best protection because there are fewer seams that can be subject to tearing during an impact situation. A two-pieces outfit is slightly more versatile than a one-piece suit, as it can unzipped at the waist and can ridden as a jacket alone. However, a riding jacket zipped to a riding pant does not zip all the way around the waist.

Do for Motorcycle Leathers

  • Cowhide Leather (1.2 – 1.5 mm) or Kangaroo Leather (1.0 – 1.3 mm)
  • Only Top Grain Leather processed for resistance abrasion

Don’t for Motorcycle Leathers

  • Goat Leather or Sheep Leather
  • Split Leather

Impact Protectors

Three major components Leather, Armors, and padding, are being used for impact protectors that keep the rider safe from crash impact and resistance abrasion.

Protective zones for impact protectors are:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Spine
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shins
  • Chest
  • Thighs

Leather: High-tech leather suit comes with the additional layer of protective leather on shoulder, Elbow, hips and knees. This extra layer of leather doubles the safety against abrasion resistance.

Armors: Increasingly, high tech suits combining leather protection with impact absorbing body armor. Impact protectors are the part of the suit designed to protect the rider’s body from the impact with the ground or other objects. “CE Approved” hard plastic and multi-layered memory foam inserts at these impact areas.

Padding: Utilizing multiple types of foam and padding, creates an impact absorbing zone protects the rider during head-on impact crashes.

External Protection (if the suit features any)

Most of the Leather suits, now offer exterior protection (Hard Shell Plastic or Metal reinforcement) in certain areas. External Protection protects the rider even more by putting the protection inserts as the first point of contact with the impact object.

Comfort Features

Next to protection, Manufacturers of motorcycle racing leathers spends most of its time doing is keeping you comfortable. Means the racing leather should fit you well so that you want to wear.

An overly heavy suit with no Ventilation on a hot day, would not be your first choice when you go for a day’s ride in the street or on track. An overly ill-fitting suit will also have the effect of being a distraction to your riding when you are on the bike. Your suit fits as good as possible.

Size & Fitting

Sizing is one of the first things on people’s mind, and correctly sized suits provide the best comfort and also plays the role in protection. Even the high-end suits with the wrong size fail to protect in case of crash or drag because the protection installed in the suit will be not in the right place to keep you safe. It is recommended to go for a custom suit if a standard size does not fit you well.

Motorcycle leather comes in three types of fitting Snug, Regular or loose. The selection of suitable fit depends on your riding style. If you are participating in the track race, then it is recommended to go with custom size motorcycle suit (made to measure) as it gives you best fitting that will lead to comfort with protection, and you can be able to focus on race.

Accordion Leather Stretch

A high stretch protective fabric is stitched with the leather in multi parallel row stitching to make leather accordion stretch panels. While in an aggressive, tucked riding position, accordion leather stretch inserts on knee and rear allow for superb flex fit.

Stretch Materials

Now a day’s technical textile materials are used in parts of the suit that rarely encounter impact or stress such as underarms and crotch. Protective Fabrics underarms and crotch enables stretch and adds comfort for the rider. The technical fabrics Schoeller®-Keprotec, Schoeller®-dynatec, DuPont™ Kevlar®, Kevlar are fire retardant that provide protection in case of fire due to crash.

Internal Lining

A comfortable interior lining is the other qualities of Leather Motorcycle Suit. Most of the Leather suit has micro-mesh internal lining. Some high-end suits come with the technical fabrics that evaporate Sweat. Removability of lining is an added feature that let you remove, wash it and rejoin with the suit.

Ventilation or Perforation

The riding conditions not same for throughout the year, instead of have multiple suits for hot and cold weather, you need a proper ventilation system. Ventilation zippers installed on front and back side makes the suit wearable throughout the year. The rider can adjust the gear according to the weather conditions.

Leather suits are not wearable in those areas where the weather is hot, some panels of leather are perforated that enhance airflow within the suit. Perforation let the air comes in and flows through the body and keeps the riders cool. The proper vented or perforated leather suits are wearable all day long.

Suit Weight

The primary factor that makes a suit heavy is the thickness of leather, and while racing on the track, the weight can matter for your win or loose. Thin leather takes less time to break-in than a professional motorcycle racing suit. Thin leather no longer is fully protective, or if it is, is only a ‘one-crash’ garment.

If you are racing on the track and need light weight suit, instead of going for thin Cowhide and compromise protection, Kangaroo leather must be used that is lightweight and ten times the tensile strength of cowhide.

Conclusion

When considering the features of a leather motorcycle suit, you’ll realize quickly that the high-cost Leather Suit offers the most advanced features. A low-cost suit will be able to protect your skin and bones in crash impact or can cause uncomfortable riding.

The range of Leather Collection and Moto Speeds Leather suits are designed to fit within most riders’ budgets and still offer distinctive features. Multiple customization options are available to configure the gear following your need and budget limit. Customization features are Top Grain Leather (Kangaroo or Cowhide), CE Approved armor, Regular or Custom Size, Stretch Fabrics, Ventilation, Perforation, interior lining and much more.

MV Agusta Racing Leather Suit

MV Agusta Racing Leather Suit

The top features specially processed leather of 1.2 to 1.3 mm thickness. Foam padding on elbow and knee to reduce crash impact. Safety seems with dual stitch and triple stitched. Soft neoprene cuff and collar construction.

Thomas Luthi Aprilia GP 2009 Leather Suit

via Thomas Luthi Aprilia GP 2009 Leather Suit

The specially designed leather suit was worn by Thomas Luthi in 2009 when he took part in the 250cc class of the Championship with Aprilia.

Valentino Rossi Aprilia GP 1998 Leather Suit

Source: Valentino Rossi Aprilia GP 1998 Leather Suit

Valentino Rossi wore the specially designed leather suit in 1998 when he made his debut in the 250cc class of the Championship with Aprilia. The knee sliders on the suit were perforated to reduce weight even further.