Look­ing at buy­ing a new suit? Here’s our top 10 tips to pick­ing the best one for you…

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Some rid­ers like their suit to match their bike, oth­ers pre­fer a more sub­tle style. If you do opt for a nice lurid Kawasaki green, just re­mem­ber it may look a bit silly on a yel­low Du­cati…


The best leather comes from a cow’s flank while cheaper suits use belly leather as it is less costly. In­spect the leather and check its grain is min­i­mal and that there isn’t much dam­age to the hide as this hints at a cheaper cut.


When try­ing on a leather suit, al­ways wear a thin base layer and a back pro­tec­tor. Some suits may have a back pro­tec­tor in­cluded, but if you want to wear a dif­fer­ent one then try the suit on with it in to en­sure there is room and it doesn’t re­strict your move­ment.


A leather suit should be snug, but not tight. Leather will bed in and get softer, but it won’t in­crease in size. Gen­er­ally, like a hel­met, you want the tight­est suit that is still com­fort­able. If you are strug­gling to do the zip up then it’s too tight, but a race suit is de­signed to be rid­den in and there­fore won’t be the com­fi­est when you’re walk­ing around.


Sit on a bike while wear­ing the suit and see if it is still comfy and check it doesn’t re­strict your move­ment. Some shops have a dummy bike, if not then ask to sit on a bike in the show­room.


There are sev­eral types of suit that vary from track to road tar­get­ing in their cut. Be hon­est with how you in­tend to use it and if you are look­ing at tour­ing, go for a more re­laxed cut that will be eas­ier to walk around in than an ag­gres­sively cut race-fo­cused suit.


Two-piece leathers are use­ful, but of­ten the jacket is cut quite short to al­low the jeans to zip to it. If you fancy the idea, it is of­ten worth look­ing at get­ting a stan­dard jacket and a match­ing pair of leather trousers from the same man­u­fac­turer that will zip to it rather than a ded­i­cated two-piece suit. Also, if you go tour­ing, you can buy a slightly larger jacket to fit jumpers etc. un­der­neath for when it gets cold.


There is noth­ing more ir­ri­tat­ing than a one-piece suit that lacks an in­ner pocket. Check the suit you are look­ing at has an in­ner pocket to take a phone or wal­let.


Re­move the in­ner suit and check the qual­ity of the stitch­ing. You want all dou­ble or triple-stitch­ing, so in­spect the in­side of the suit for the qual­ity of the stitch­ing. It’s your skin you are pro­tect­ing, so spend the ex­tra for a qual­ity suit that is prop­erly con­structed and avoid any sin­gle-stitched suits.


Fi­nally, test the suit while wear­ing all your rid­ing kit to see if the suit in­ter­feres with your lid, gloves or boots. Some suits are de­signed to work specif­i­cally with the man­u­fac­turer’s kit, in which case you may need to buy a new set of boots or gloves.

When it comes to buy­ing new leathers, knowl­edge is power.

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