Riders should buy leathers that are a firm fit so they won’t flap around, but with stretch panels for comfort and movement says Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel founder Andrew Smart.
He says most riders buy leathers that are loose for comfort.
However, when I visited his new shop at 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Brisbane, to borrow some leathers for a track day, he advised getting them as firm as possible.
“We see many riders wearing ill-fitting leathers,” he says.
“Get a firm fit and let the leather stretch panels do their work.”
My old leathers no longer fit – we all know how they shrink in the cupboard!
So I chose a set of two-piece leathers in a size larger.
However, Andrew was adamant about firm sizing.
I choose two-piece leathers rather than a one-piece racing suit because they are too difficult to get on thanks to my smashed shoulder blade (result of being run over by another rider, but that’s a story for another time!).
However, even the tight two-piece leathers were a squeeze and difficult to zip up.
But Andrew was adamant that the stretch panels would allow more flexibility and comfort with no baggy bits flapping in the breeze at high track speeds.
He was right.
The leathers have ample stretch panels in all the right places so I was able to sit, crouch, bend and stretch with ease.
I also complained to Andrew that the sleeves were too short.
He explained that the sleeves need to be short so they don’t get caught in the glove’s gauntlet and inhibit throttle action.