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Leathers for shorter riders?

Discussion in 'Riding Gear and Bike Accessories/Parts' started by Justin Stacks, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. I have an issue with all the 1 piece leathers or leather pants I have tried on. (looking for leathers for track days)

    I'm only 5'6 and wear a size 34 pants (50 Euro). The problem is that the knee sliders aren't in the right place and the pants are just too long. Not comfortable and doesn't look good.

    If I go with a one-piece, I still have the same issue as I need to go with a size 40 (jacket size), but again legs are too long on the pants.

    Does anyone know of a brand that fits shorter riders, or do you guys just get the pants tailored by a motorbike leather specialist or do you go custom?
  2. Check out RST
    I'm 5' 7" and had the same problem with finding leather pants.
    RST actually make a style called 'Stout' which are designed for shorter legged riders.
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  3. Thx mate. I'll check those out (y)

  4. I like the concept of shorter legged riders rather than farking fat riders
  5. Off topic (but related)...

    Yesterday a group of us did a run out to Lithgow/Blue Mountains and came across a "shorter legged" squid on a very tired looking old Triumph. Shorter legged would be a compliment as this lard-arse was reeking havoc on the poor littl' Trumpy's suspension as he rode along in a plume of blue smoke.

    Back on topic:
    Justin, another option would be to get a set of custom leathers made assuming you can afford it, e.g. Tiger Angel or Gimoto via Oz Motorcycle Leathers.
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  6. All torso is a preferred term too !
  7. Hey Justin,
    1) test how the knee sliders fit your leg in the actual knee sliding position rather than standing position. They should be angled out a bit and slightly below the knee so they have good contact at full lean angle. The velcro area (if it has them) should provide some adjustability to play with.
    2) all leathers can be amended, some are more economically justifiable than others. I've amended each rack suit I've had, arm length, increase forearm circumference and loosen under the arms to prevent circulation issues, shorten the legs, etc. Cost about $150 I think.
    3) buy the back protector before you try on the leathers so you are playing with the right sized leathers before making any other decisions. They take up more space than you think, some more than others.
    4) Some brands of rack suits are based on a certain body shape to suit different markets (Euro, Asia Pacific or US), ask a leather retailer/alterer which is which and aim for one that suits your shape.
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