Leather suits

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Motorcycle suits are traditional leather clothing. This is because motorcycle suits made of leather are an excellent protection against weather and the cold. Leather is breathable and therefore the ideal compromise between safety, weather protection and comfort.

Leather motorcycle suits are clearly superior to those made from textiles in the event of traffic accidents due to their high resistance.

Motorcycle leather is usually cow leather. In rare cases kangaroo leather is processed.


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Motorcycle suit made of kangaroo leather.

 

Because of the weather protection requirements, almost always smooth leather is processed. BMW is successfully selling a suit made of nubuck leather. The model is called Atlantis.


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Embroidery on the Atlantis motorcycle suit by BMW. - A water drop on the freshly waterproofed nubuck leather of an Atlantis suit.

 

Up to two hides are processed for the production of a motorbike suit. Cattle skins usually have a surface area of 4.5 - 5.5 square meters. The larger the seamless surfaces are, the more leather is required. For combinations with many seams and small areas, the [[leather cutting waste] is less, but the risk of water penetration in the seams is higher.


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Well-worked suits are waterproofed at the seams. For this purpose, cotton-coated synthetic yarns are used. The plastic yarn is weather-resistant and tear-resistant, and the cotton swells in moisture and thereby seals the seam holes.

Dark colours are mostly processed. On dark colours, insects that burst on the suits during fast driving are not that visible. On bright colours, everything is more clearly visible and the cleaning effort is then significantly higher.

In order to reduce the intense heating of the dark leather in the sun, the so-called "cool leather" is offered. This kind of leather heats up less than other black leather.

Since motorcycle suits are generally driven only on a seasonal basis, be careful during storage over the winter season. Extremely damp storage areas (damp cellars), no air circulation (plastic bag etc.) can lead to mould infestation.


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Mouldy motorcycle suit caused by incorrect storage in a damp cellar.

 

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