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post #1 of 14 Old 08-16-2010, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Speed humps on suits, Necessary?

I really want to do a track day when I get to NC, it's not gonna happen in Hawaii. I've been looking at a lot of suits lately, and found some cheap here.
http://www.topgearleather.com/ I noticed that a lot of the suits have speed humps on the back, but a lot of the suits on there do not. I'm just curious if the humps are a necessity or not. Those suits are more manageable price wise for me, but I am definitely willing to dig a little deeper for better fit, function, and quality.

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I think the speed humps are mainly for aerodynamic aid. Im not sure if an every day guy would ever actually benefit from it.

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Another thing the hump does is protect your neck in the event you crash and slide along on your back...feet first. If you slide over a "bump", it makes for a "cleaner" slide, preventing the back of your head/helmet from snagging on something. Also, it helps to reduce any possible "whiplash". I'm surprised more suits and jackets don't come with it standard.

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Another thing the hump does is protect your neck in the event you crash and slide along on your back...feet first. If you slide over a "bump", it makes for a "cleaner" slide, preventing the back of your head/helmet from snagging on something. Also, it helps to reduce any possible "whiplash". I'm surprised more suits and jackets don't come with it standard.
Never thought/heard/realized that Hooligan. Thanks for the knowledge Bro'.

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^^^ I wouldn't own a suit without one! Helps on aerodynamics along with protection no doubt! My biggest thing that it helps with is head chatter! Prime example=when your helmet moves side to side at high speeds sometimes...

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Never thought/heard/realized that Hooligan. Thanks for the knowledge Bro'.
Several years ago at Bike Week in Daytona, a guy from Teknic explained that to me. I was looking at one of Curtis Roberts' "used" suits on display and was looking at the the large skid mark down the back of the suit. He explained how Curtis always tried to slide on his back, feet first, and he showed me how the hump works by holding a helmet up to it and explaining the "physics" involved. I thought it was only for aerodynamics too.

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What size are you? I have an Astars suit listed in the for sale section with a hump.

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the only minor flaw with the hump is that you cant carry a backpack! Has anyone found a workaround or alternative for this?? I ride to my country club on weekends, its a gorgeous highway 22 mile one way ride and I usually have to carry some minor stuff, golf shoes, extra sweater...
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the only minor flaw with the hump is that you cant carry a backpack! Has anyone found a workaround or alternative for this?? I ride to my country club on weekends, its a gorgeous highway 22 mile one way ride and I usually have to carry some minor stuff, golf shoes, extra sweater...
Use a tail bag. We ride the back roads of St Louis all the time (300+ miles round trip) and a lot of guys have a tail bag that they use to carry "just in case" stuff. Plus with using a tail bag instead of a tank bag is it doesn't get in the way when your riding.

To the OP, I'm not saying these are bad suits (cause I really don't know) but I have learned that if you are willing to spend the time you can find name brand suits that are used for the same price, or cheaper. For example I got a two piece Teknic suit for $225 shipped to my door via ebay. Also if you check the WERA boards there are TONS of guys selling suits. With deals out there I will probably never buy new gear again, with the exception of helmets.

I dont know what size you are but here are a couple examples

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=263705

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=263467

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=263455

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