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Motorcycle Leather Suits

There is a reason why motorcycle leather suits are preferred by riders all over. In fact there are 4,668 reasons for this. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 4,668 fatalities in 2013. Even though the numbers fell by 6.4% as compared to 2012, it's still a number that could've been avoided through road safety and quality motorcycle gear.

Why Leather?

Leather, apart from looking good, has quite a few properties that make it the ideal motorcycle armor. For instance, it is abrasion resistant, comfortable to wear and offers better protection than textile (fabric) suits. Whether kangaroo skin or cowhide, leather is difficult to burn or tear in the event of a crash. This is the reason why some textile motorcycle suits come with leather enforced protection to keep vulnerable parts safe. An important point to note here is that not all leathers protect. Cowhide, Kangaroo and Buffalo hide are durable, strong and offer great protection in a crash. However, pigskin   is soft and tears easily.

In addition to the material, thickness of the motorcycle suit matters a lot.

How Thick Should The Leather Be?

Leather alone can't protect riders. It needs to be reinforced and of a certain thickness to do its job. In case of 'Moto' grade leather, the thickness should be 1.5 to 2.0 mm. Anything less than 1.5 mm will not offer the required protection in the event of a crash. Kangaroo hide at 1.5 mm offers great protection due to its structure and strength.

Thickness, however, regardless of the material could affect flexibility. Motorcycle leather suits up to 3mm thick are flexible - anything over may create problems for the rider due to its weight and flexibility. Riders need to be careful of the weight limit penalty as well, especially if they are carrying extra weight on their bike. 

Full Grain or Top Grain?

Full grain leather is considered to be of the best quality. It is relatively expensive and is not color fast – meaning it may fade. When looking for 'moto' grade leather, top grain  and corrected grain are quite useful. Although the quality on these is lower than full grain, top and corrected are a more practical choice for riders.

A quick mention here about the fit. As leather does not stretch, it is important to make sure to get the right size. If the suit is a little tight, it will stay tight and wont stretch out. Keeping this mind, it is important for riders to know their size.
At Maximo Moto, there is a wide selection of quality leather motorcycle suits available.  From Spyke's cow hide leather, water repellent Kevar DIV lady suits to Top Sport Mix Kang Rac with Kagaroo inserts, Maximo Moto offers a unique range of motorcycle gear and accessories to all kinds of riders.