Equipment for sports riding, city riding on sport bikes and near sport motorcycles. Track and track - urban equipment. Motorcyclist dimensions. Motorcyclist road equipment. Costumes. Road biker equipment after an accident.
Today we will touch on the topic of equipment for road bikes. By a strange coincidence, our knowledge does not extend to all areas of the use of road technology. That is, for example, we are not very competent in equipment for cruisers. In this case, it is more of image protection, so we will touch upon this section of motorcyclism only indirectly. But! As for sports riding, city riding on sports bikes and sports motorcycles, we will touch on in detail. Go…
The most interesting and complex section for us. Sportbikes. In a nutshell, all track gear serves solely to reduce the injury caused by sliding results. In other words, the protection of track suits only serves to reduce the effect of friction, but does not provide much protection against impacts. The inserts on the elbows, knees, hips and shoulders disperse the impact when falling, but in the event of a collision with any objects, such suits provide very little protection for the rider. (For example, the cross outfit protects against impacts and is made of hard plastic) In the case of a road vehicle, only the back, or rather the spine (known to all turtles) is protected from impacts. The rest of the protection is designed exclusively for sliding. In the future, we will divide the equipment into purely track and track-urban.
Track Equipment: These are one-piece jumpsuits made from cowhide or kangaroo leather. According to the technologies used, these are the most advanced suits with the highest degree of protection. The leather on the overalls is stitched together, that is, the threads that connect one part of the overalls to the other are closed with a protective seam.
All protectors on the shoulders, elbows and knees are large enough to provide maximum protection for the rider when falling onto hard surfaces. Also, the thickness of the leather used is large enough to withstand friction on the asphalt at high sliding speeds.
Rarely does this leather have an anti-abrasive coating. This is a very expensive technology, but it very much protects the leather part of the product when slipping.
Inserts on the thighs are quite conditional protection, in this case it is better to use compression shorts. They have a fairly large number of inserts that will protect the rider from falls and blows from the coccyx.
Also, additional protection against abrasion is provided by sliders and pads on the elbows and knees. Sometimes they are made of plastic, sometimes titanium, aluminum, etc.
The aerodynamic hump on the back of the suit serves not only to divert the air flow when moving at high speeds, but also to protect the thoracic spine in the event of a fall, the helmet also rests on it and does not give the spine a large negative angle to break. That is, with a sharp retraction of the head back, the helmet rests on the hump.
Track-city overalls or separate overalls differ from track ones in that they have a zipper, which makes it possible to separate the jacket from the pants. For city driving, this option is most suitable. In such equipment, you can go to the track and even participate in amateur competitions, but in a serious championship, you definitely do not want to go in such clothes. Firstly, due to the seam, the movements are constrained more strongly. Secondly, separate overalls rarely have an aerodynamic hump and, as a rule, less protection. That is, protective inserts of lesser thickness and of cheaper materials.
As an example, I showed a suit that was used on the track and was damaged as a result of 4 falls at speeds from 90 to 180 km / h. Pay attention to the damage and think about where the maximum protection should be.
Now let's focus on suits (jackets) for tourist use. The basis of these suits is the same leather (cow or kangaroo) and they are made according to the same rules as the racing brothers (that is, the seams in the lock), but in terms of protection they are much inferior. This is due to the fact that these jackets have a more relaxed fit for ease of movement in a leisurely mode. Speeds in tourism are an order of magnitude lower than in motor sports, so falls less often lead to such serious consequences. These jackets also use protective inserts made of soft materials, but in their properties they are inferior to the racing versions. To summarize, we can say that it is better to ride in tourist jackets only in tourist mode. For example, for the city, I would stop at equipment with a more serious degree of protection.
Below is a table by which you can correlate your usual clothing sizes with letter equivalents.
- S (46)
- M (48)
- L (50)
- XL (52)
- XXL (54)