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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-01-2005, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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RS Taichi or Alpinestars Race Replicas

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Dunno about the quality of the RS, but def like the looks better


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RS Taichi are supposed to be very good but if I remember correctly they're pretty pricey. You may want to consider some customs from Syed.

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it's either these two suits or I'm quitting and becoming a monk. So no custom for me

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+ 1 on the vote for Monk.

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I just asked SpyderLeatherworks the exact same question a day or so ago... Here was Alexa's response:

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Hi Brian,

Right now my top "off-the-rack" value suit is MotoGP, although Komodo, and RS Taichi are very good as well. Dianese and Alpinestars are starting to "over-engineer" their suits, resulting in higher repair costs.

I'm actually putting Syed at the bottom of my list for customs, as they have been using outdated armor. They've not upgraded the armor sets they use in over 10 years, and while the suit itself is built like iron, I find this to be a drawback. Barnacle Bill builds a rockin' suit, as does Vanson and NJK. You'd need to contact each manufacturer for pricing and lead time. Give yourself as much lead time as possible on customs, and have a tailor or seamstress measure you for the best results.

I hope this helps. Thank you for the compliments, they are always appreciated.

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So, there you have it. Direct from the queen of Leathers!

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+ 1 on the vote for Monk.

You'd be like the Asian David Carradine!
You know.. that role was originally cast for Bruce Lee but due to the fact that America wasn't ready for chinaman to play a leading role, it was given to David Carradine. Just like THE MAN to keep Charlie down.

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RS Taichi are supposed to be very good but if I remember correctly they're pretty pricey. You may want to consider some customs from Syed.
+1, my Syed suit (old armor and all) saved me big time when I high sided at BHF this year. And I'll agree with Alexa on the Syed suit being built like iron, that thing is TOUGH!

BTW, I vote for monk as well.

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You know.. that role was originally cast for Bruce Lee but due to the fact that America wasn't ready for chinaman to play a leading role, it was given to David Carradine. Just like THE MAN to keep Charlie down.
+1 on that! I was ticked when I found that out. Bruce actually wrote the screenplay with another guy and pitched the show to the networks.

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You know.. that role was originally cast for Bruce Lee but due to the fact that America wasn't ready for chinaman to play a leading role, it was given to David Carradine. Just like THE MAN to keep Charlie down.
I didn't know abou that until I watched that Bruce Lee Warrior Biography on tv... man, I'd have been pissed.

I know zip about leathers except the same stuff you've read with the RS Taichi's being mentioned as some of the better off the rack ones.

I Like the look of the RS Taichi's in the pic, although the MotoGP leathers made with Kangaroo hyde (sp?) are something I would look at, The guy next to me at Autobaun had a motogp set and liked them a lot, supposed to be less tear resistant and lighter.

A monk huh...a 2 stroke riding knee dragging monk ?

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Not sure on the Taichi pricing, but Alpinestars Race Replicas are being marked down big time. There are some on Ebay. Also, KWS has them for $1295.

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Not sure on the Taichi pricing, but Alpinestars Race Replicas are being marked down big time. There are some on Ebay. Also, KWS has them for $1295.

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The only problem is my size is on backorder at every single vendor including KWS and Kevin Lehman's shop in Holland, Mi. I got some taichis direct from RS Taichi USA for an unbelievable price just for knowing the right people. It should arrive this Friday.
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man, I just checked out the NJK leather website http://www.njkleathers.com/
Neat stuff, I have to see what other options they have. A suit wrapped in barbed wire wouldn't be bad, but I'm shooting for CF pattern.

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The only problem is my size is on backorder at every single vendor including KWS and Kevin Lehman's shop in Holland, Mi. I got some taichis direct from RS Taichi USA for an unbelievable price just for knowing the right people. It should arrive this Friday.
Which one did you get? My favorite:

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Brian.. I got the one pictured above. The vegas suit.
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RS Taichi is supposed to be the bee's knees. 1.5mm cowhide and is made with a few seams as possible. Their prints are slikscreened on. They arent different pieces of leather like every other suit out there. So they can have cool styling without sacrificing the integruty of the suit likeother brands.

I would love to get a set of Taichi leathers, but no dealers carry their stuff, so I cant see what size I am.

My next suit will either be a Rs Taichi, or a Moto GP suit. Both of which I have never tried on.

Damn dealers.
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RS Taichi is supposed to be the bee's knees. 1.5mm cowhide and is made with a few seams as possible. Their prints are slikscreened on. They arent different pieces of leather like every other suit out there. So they can have cool styling without sacrificing the integruty of the suit likeother brands.

I would love to get a set of Taichi leathers, but no dealers carry their stuff, so I cant see what size I am.

My next suit will either be a Rs Taichi, or a Moto GP suit. Both of which I have never tried on.

Damn dealers.
Hit up the motorcycle show in Feb. Most of the suits should be there.

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Hit up the motorcycle show in Feb. Most of the suits should be there.
+1...was just gonna say that...i'm waiting till the show to buy anything else...

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