The following guide contains all the information you need
regarding leathers and the equipment that is required for you to
attend track day events.
Leathers are a mandatory requirement for track day events as stated
in the Track Day Regulations
- All leathers must be either a one piece or
two-piece suit with a joining zip all the way around the middle (a
minimum of 3/4 of the way around).
- There should be no skin or undergarments
visible when your arms are fully raised.
- Textile equipment is not permitted on trackday
One piece or two piece leathers?
If you do the odd track day but mostly ride out with friends
then two piece leathers would be more beneficial for comfort,
as you can remove the jacket easily to cool down/socialise. Two
piece suits are also suited to riders who have a small waist but
large chest. Please remember that your suit must zip together with
the zip running a minimum of 3/4 of the way around with no skin or
undergarments visible when your arms are fully raised.
If you are a more experienced rider or you are a track day
regular then a one piece suit might be more suitable and
comfortable as you will naturally be moving around more on the
For leather to do its job properly it needs to be tight! Do
not buy leathers that are too big as they will increase in size
from anywhere between 10-15 percent.
Riders using leathers that are too big are at risk of "leather
burn" and more seriously - the armour being able to swivel,
possibly causing more injuries than necessary in the event of
Points to remember:
- Don't expect leathers to be easy to get in to. If you don't
break into a sweat getting into them, they are quite possibly the
- When in a leather jean check out your rear: you should be
defined in that area! If you have no bum then look at your legs. It
should be as free from folds as possible but slight gathering at
the knee is ok. Clean lines are a must!
- Don't worry if the armour is not on your knee when standing.
Assume the position or better still - sit on a bike. Armour should
then be in the correct place.
- Jackets should fit close to you, though if you wear a back
protector make sure you try a new jacket with it in place. .
- It is normal for the ankle cuffs of a leather jean to be up to
two inches higher than your ankle bone as this area will be covered
by your boots.
You will also need:
helmets worn by riders must comply with current ACU/FIM standards.
This is denoted by a gold sticker being present on the helmet an
example of which is shown.
Bike boots and leather gloves are also
required for track day events. As with a zip for two piece leathers
- no skin must be visible at the joining areas of two pieces