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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Leathers in the rain?

I'm going to my first track day next week and there is a slight change of ran in the forecast. It'll probably change, but just incase...

I have a 2-piece Astars leather setup, the Dyno jacket and the Track pants. Only the pants have a little strip of perforated leather. Will that keep my dry or will I need something else in addtion? I never ride in the rain, but this event will go on even if it does, so I need to be prepared.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 07:49 AM
 
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Doesn;t matter. If they are cheap elaterhs, the dye in the leather will bleed out some. otherwise NBD. THe pros race in teh rain all the time. I did almost an entire NESBA day in the rain last year, very good experience. Nothing like hydroplaning in puddles at 120mph and you get o tnhe brakes entering a corner.

Just be sure to let them dry out afterwards before stuffing them in a closet.
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Even if they are $2000 leathers. If new there will be some dye problems. My Teknics dont have dye seepage anymore.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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The jacket is fairly new and the pants are showing up today via Fedex...I hope they fit. Otherwise I can rent a suit at the track....

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You can alway wear a cheap PVC plastic rain suit over the leathers and least the top half.
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I have a rain suit that fits over the leathers. When it is on, I can barely notice it.

It is best to keep them from getting saturated with water for a couple of reasons. First, leathers will last longer if they are not weakened by getting wet repeatedly. They will get hard and less pliable. You can add leather treatments to help this, but they don't quite restore it to the way it was before you got them wet.

Second, when it stops raining, it is much nicer to ride in dry leathers that in wet ones. I would not really want to ride cold in clammy leathers if I didn't have to. A $50 general outdoors rainsuit is a good deal to help protect those multi-hundred dollar leathers.

I notice that most (about %60 or %70 percent) riders won't even ride on the track in the rain anyway. I'm more of a die hard, and I generally go out anyway. There is always plenty to learn by riding in the rain, so long as you're careful and try to be smooth.
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If your rain suit is too thin and cheap, you might come back after a session with just the collar around your neck. I've seen some extra cheap rain suits just disintegrate at speed, with the rider leaving a trail of flapping debris behind.
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CRYING IN THE RAINNNNNNNNNNNNN


















































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CRYING IN THE RAINNNNNNNNNNNNN



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White Snake? HA. Try BJ Thomas.

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