Hey, if you buy a slick looking bike like the FZ6, you MUST have some sense of style.segue00 said:And we all know that looking cool is the main thing!:lao
I think this deserves some clarification for all those aspiring Aerostich suit-wearers out there. We're both right, in a way -- they claim that nylon isn't as durable, but only because it's thinner and lighter than leather. However, it may reduce injuries due to rolling and tumbling. The trade-off for less protection is that the suit is better in the rain, more breathable, and so forth. The way I see it, the "less durable" suit that feels more comfortable is MUCH more valuable in a crash than those fancy leathers you left at home in the closet because they're too hot.Burnspot said:I don't know that they claim their material is better in crash conditions...I think they say something like given the typical non-racing road crash (statistical data), the Aerostich product holds up just about as well as leather.
Aerostich said:Crash and Abrasion Considerations?
Compared to leather of the same weight and thickness, Cordura nylon is a stronger material. But hides are thicker and heavier so they offer greater abrasion resistance. We repair about twenty or thirty Aerostich garments a month. About a third of these were in crashes that produced some abrasion damage. Several common themes have emerged. Though Aerostich suits are not as abrasion resistant as racing leathers, they offer significant and useful protection, especially at typical street speeds.
Aerostich wearers often think of their suit as sacrificial in the same way a car's airbag gets used up by its deployment. These garments are lighter, cooler and easier to use in bad weather (etc...), but less crash-durable than leathers. On average, street riders seem to crash only at infrequent intervals. How gear feels and works during the intervening years of use and the tens of thousands of miles of riding is very important. Most street crashes occur between 20 and 50 mph, not between 50 and 100. For each Roadcrafter suit that was in a 100 mph crash, we get dozens that need smaller repairs because the rider fell down at 35 mph . For these kinds of everyday spills, even the fanciest leathers do not offer protective advantages. We make gear to help you use a motorcycle more and be better protected. It has to be safe, easy to use, and comfortable for everyday riding.
Nylon and Friction?
Although we have not conducted tests comparing the friction coefficients of cordura suits and leathers on various pavement surfaces, we have collected a significant amount of relevant information. We repair many Aerostich suits every year, and most of these are damaged by sliding on all kinds of pavements. Many of the wearers (testers....?) had previous crash experiences with leathers. Post-crash wearers typically comment that their Aerostich was 'slipperier' than their old leathers. The consensus is that Cordura slides a little better and tends to roll and tumble the wearer somewhat less than leather. After studying hundreds of accidents, former Motorcyclist magazine editor and professional accident reconstructionist Gordon Jennings believed that more crash injuries (broken shoulders, etc..) were caused by tumbling than by the incrementally increased chances of hitting something due to sliding farther.
I hate to admit it, but I think that I have a motorcycle gear addiction. I have a set of two piece leathers (AGV), a set of one piece leathers (JR), a summer riding jacket (JR phoenix), a cold weather jacket (FirstGear) and now a two piece AeroStich Roadcrafter (actually the two piece is refered to as a Roadcraft (without the er) on the aerostich site http://www.aerostich.com/pconf.php?productid=17138 ).Hewhois said:Just to balance the posts out some...
A properly fitted high quality leather suit can be very comfortable to ride in. Mine certainly is Does not feel bulky in any way while I am riding.
The one downside compared to a 'stich would be water proofness. I carry rain gear to wear over the leathers if needed.
Either way you go, highly suggest you get a 2-piece. Much easier to deal with on a day to day basis than a one piece would be.
I'm fortunate in that my work place has a good place for me to change clothes in. So, I wear my leathers in to work and change into my work clothes once I am there.jrevans said:I've been riding to work a lot, wearing just jeans and one of my jackets. With the Aerostich, I will be more protected and can even ride when the weather isn't so nice. Would I wear my Aerostich on the track? Nope, that's what leathers are for.