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New kit: Arai launches ‘CBR’ RX-7V

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Arai has launched a new ‘CBR’ paint scheme on its range topping RX-7V.

There are three versions available – one Red, one Blue and one Silver – to match the colour schemes of Honda’s 2020 Fireblade, as well as previous generations of the Japanese manufacturer’s flagship sportsbike.

The lid features Arai’s distinctive smooth outer shell, a long diffuser, a large visor tab and the company’s signature side pods.

The outer shell is a result of Arai’s philosophy that a smoother shell offers the best protection through its enhanced ‘glancing off’ properties – the theory is that a smoother shape spreads the impact load across the whole helmet and thus helps reduce the amount of energy transferred to a rider’s brain in a spill.

This helmet also sports a prominent visor tab, which Arai has carried over from its F1 programme.

Available in sizes from XS to XXXL.

New kit: Arai launches RX-7V Rea – Gold Edition

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In 2019 WSBK rider Jonathan Rea clinched his fifth consecutive world championship title, and to celebrate his championship Arai is launching a special gold champions RX-7V designed by Aldo Drudi.

The replica of his 2019 champions helmet, Arai’s first ever replica of a champions helmet, features a large number 5 on top and a ‘5 in a row’ star on the rear. Adding to the uniqueness of this design is that it’s the first time replica of a champions helmet.

Rea said:  “I have been with Arai for so many years and I have had some major crashes in my racing career but my Arai helmet always kept me safe. I’m so happy how it turned out and it’s looks great on the bike. Thanks to Arai for making it happen and I hope my fans will love it.”

Rea will not be wearing this design during races, but he will be wearing it on several occasions like testing, practice and qualifying throughout the season.

The RX-7V Rea – Gold Edition, is available from May 2020 at selected Arai dealers.

New kit: Alpinestars CE-certified gloves

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Alpinestars new motorcycling collection blends class-leading protection, performance and innovation in its new range of racing, road, urban and adventure touring products which have been designed to meet the demands of male and female riders in any environment.

The new line-up is the result of thousands of hours of research and development testing and evaluation in the laboratory, on the road and on the racetrack in the most challenging of conditions in a never-ending quest to improve overall functionality, performance, safety and comfort.

Featuring an eclectic blend of new construction methods, groundbreaking original design and the very best natural and man-made materials, the highlights of the new collection are the new range of CE-certified gloves which includes the SP-8 v2 and SP-8 v2 Stella and the SMX-1 Air v2 and SMX-1 Air v2 Stella gloves.

The Alpinestars SP-8 v2 leather glove features highly abrasion-resistant, full-grain leather and rugged polymer knuckle protection to combine advanced protective features with high levels of flexibility, comfort and practicality. As well as a premium quality suede palm and landing zone reinforcements, there is also an innovative microfiber and PU grip insert strategically positioned on the palm and thumb that all help to improve grip, control and durability, as well as Alpinestars patented third and fourth finger bridge to prevent finger roll and separation during an impact. The glove has pre-curved fingers to reduce fatigue and external seams to improve comfort and feel, while the Velcro cuff closure with an elasticized wrist provides a secure and personalized fit. The index fingers are touchscreen compatible.

The SMX-1 Air V2 is a lightweight, street/urban sport-styled glove that combines high levels of comfort, freedom of movement, flexibility, ventilation and impressive levels of protection. Made from a combination of premium leather and 3D mesh construction to allow for excellent durability, comfort and abrasion resistance, it also has perforated panels and air mesh panels to allow for high levels of ventilation and breathability. When it comes to impact protection, it has a hard polymer knuckle protection system that is backed up underneath with neoprene to also provide a high level of comfort. This glove also has touchscreen compatible fingertips to allow the customer to operate their smartphone or GPS systems without having to remove the glove.

Both gloves are available in Stella styles, which are designed specifically for female hands to ensure a dedicated, comfortable fit.

New kit: spotlight on the all-new Alpinestars Tech-Air® 5 airbag system

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FULL COVERAGE: Tech-Air® 5 is a slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest that can be worn under any proper fitting textile jacket* or Tech-Air® compatible jacket. Tech-Air® 5 offers unrivaled upper body protection keeping motorcycle riders safe by uniquely covering the rider’s shoulders, chest, ribs and full back, effectively and efficiently minimizing the risk of the rider sustaining shoulder and collarbone injuries.  Alpinestars Tech- Air® 5 provides the most comprehensive coverage of any airbag currently available.

SMART: The state-of-the-art, wearable Tech-Air® 5 vest comes with an active electronic system that features six integrated sensors (3 gyroscopes and 3 accelerometers) and a crash algorithm that leverages AI to accurately monitor when to deploy the airbag in the event of a crash.

PROVEN: Developed from years of research with the world’s top MotoGP rider, and Alpinestars customers, data from millions of kilometers and thousands of crashes have been analyzed to constantly improve the intelligent crash detection algorithm.  Upon the detection of a crash situation, a protective airbag will be deployed, providing unrivaled protection to the rider with a maximum inflation time of 40ms.

EFFECTIVE:  The impact absorption while wearing the airbag results in a decrease of the impact force by up to 93% compared to a passive protector. The Tech-Air® 5 airbag system offers the same protection as that provided by 18 back protectors.

EASY TO USE: The system is extremely easy to use; just zip up the vest and close the magnetic flap and you’re ready to ride.  An LED display indicates the airbag’s operational status and the integrated, certified lithium ion battery has a battery life of 30 hours of riding time. The system comes equipped with a magnetic micro USB charger that allows quick, easy and convenient recharging.

RIDER FRIENDLY: The airbag itself is breathable and air channels and a perforated back zone provide a through-flow of air to improve comfort levels. The whole vest weighs approximately 1.8 kg in a size L.

ON OR OFF-ROAD: Tech-Air® 5 is designed for road use as well as light off-road, allowing more riders to enjoy the best possible choice of ‘active’ airbag protection in the market.

CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth connectivity to a Tech-Air® App allows means the system’s operational status, battery status and analysis of your ride that even includes plotting your route on a map can all be accessed. The App can also update the system’s firmware when improved crash-detection algorithms are released.

New Kit: Alpinestars launches Tech-Air® 5, the new generation of electronic airbag systems

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Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established in 1963, and the Italian firm continues to innovate with the launch of Tech-Air® 5, the all-new, autonomous motorcycling airbag system.

Tech-Air® 5 is the latest addition to the Alpinestars Tech-Air® family, which includes the Tech-Air® Race and Tech-Air® Street systems. Alpinestars continues to lead the way in active air-bag technology for riders and their passengers and Tech-Air® 5 is a powerful demonstration of Alpinestars commitment to making the technology more freely available as the best possible choice of ‘active’ airbag protection in the market.

Tech-Air® 5 is a slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest that can be worn under any proper fitting textile jacket* or Tech-Air® compatible jacket. Tech-Air® 5 offers unrivaled upper body protection keeping motorcycle riders safe by uniquely covering the rider’s shoulders, chest, ribs and full back, effectively and efficiently minimizing the risk of the rider sustaining shoulder and collarbone injuries.

The state-of-the-art, wearable Tech-Air® 5 vest comes with an active electronic system that features six integrated sensors (3 gyroscopes and 3 accelerometers) and a crash algorithm that leverages AI to accurately monitor when to deploy the airbag in the event of a crash.  Developed from years of research with the world’s top MotoGP rider, and Alpinestars customers, data from millions of kilometers and thousands of crashes have been analyzed to constantly improve the intelligent crash detection algorithm.  Upon the detection of a crash situation, a protective airbag will be deployed, providing unrivaled protection to the rider with a maximum inflation time of 40ms. The impact absorption while wearing the airbag results in a decrease of the impact force by up to 93% compared to a passive protector; the same protection as that provided by 18 back protectors.

The system is also extremely easy to use, just zip up the vest and close the magnetic flap and you’re ready to ride.  An LED display indicates the airbag’s operational status and the integrated, certified lithium-ion battery has a battery life of 30 hours of riding time. The system comes equipped with a magnetic micro USB charger that allows quick, easy and convenient recharging.

Tech-Air® 5 has Bluetooth connectivity and an accompanying Tech-Air® App, which uses the rider’s phone to display the system’s operational status, battery status and a detailed analysis of a ride; the system’s firmware can also be updated directly via the app.

A history of Alpinestars Tech-Air®:

2001: Tech-Air® Airbag system project begins.

2004: Alpinestars performs its first electronic airbag test; at this time with outer airbag balloons of 2 x 60 liters. Alpinestars decides to use electronic triggering for the airbag as the company analyzed and studied all solutions and discovered that with a mechanical system the activation is not fast enough to guarantee first impact protection.

2004: Alpinestars also starts collecting riding data from professional riders in e.g. MotoGP.

2009: Alpinestars introduces Tech-Air® Race in MotoGP.

2011: Tech-Air® Race is integrated into Alpinestars top leather suit and becomes become available to final customers.

2014: The Tech-Air® Street airbag system is launched to the market at the EICMA show in Milan as a modular self-contained electronic airbag system that provides first impact protection for the full upper torso. Tech-Air® Street is the first system in the market to provide this level of protection. Additionally, the system allows the rider to easily switch between Tech-Air® compatible garments and to adapt these garments to his/her riding requirements and the weather conditions.

2016: Tech-Air® Race is introduced as a modular system that allows riders to not only choose between a wide variety of compatible suits and garments, but to choose between algorithms; riders can switch between race track use and public road use. Tech-Air® Race is the first system in the market to allow this option.

2020: The Tech-Air®5 system is launched, joining the Tech-Air® Race and Tech-Air® Street vests in the Alpinestars Tech-Air® line-up.

*Note: The Tech-Air® 5 wearable vest is designed to be worn under any proper fitting textile jacket, keeping in mind that the jacket must be large enough to accommodate the expansion of the airbag in the event of a crash.  For textile jackets, this requires an additional 6cm of space around the circumference of the body.  For those riders who want to wear a sports leather jacket, Tech-Air® 5 may also be worn with Tech-Air® 5 compatible leather jackets which have built-in leather expansion panels to accommodate the inflation of the airbag.

New kit: Alpinestars 24Ride jacket

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The Alpinestars 24Ride jacket is the perfect choice for road riders and commuters seeking a stylish and sleek casual hoodie-style jacket that offers a range of top-drawer protective features.

Packed with class-leading technology derived from the company’s involvement in premier class racing, the 24Ride comes equipped with the ability to use Alpinestars active airbag technology, Tech-Air®, the world’s first completely electronic, self-contained upper body motorcycle airbag system with no bike-to-rider set-up configurations required. Using a sophisticated algorithm to detect crashes with accuracy and speed, Tech-Air® functions without the need for external sensors, including GPS, and can be used with any make or model of motorbike.

Designed specifically for use on more upright naked bikes and scooters, the CE-certified 24Ride jacket features a heavy-duty knitted fabric main shell with a full interior body lining constructed with aramidic fibre reinforcements for high levels of abrasion resistance, and comes with Level 1 CE-certified Bio-Lite armour on the shoulders and elbows for top-level rider protection.

It’s also extremely practical on and off the bike too; the jacket has two handy front zippered hoodie-style hand pockets, a removable hood, a large waterproof internal pocket and reflective print detailing on the front, back and sleeves to make sure the rider stands out when the conditions deteriorate. There are also chest and back pad compartments which can accommodate the Nucleon chest and back inserts, which are available as an accessory upgrade for any riders looking to beef up the protection of their jacket, while the high collar with cord adjustments ensures high levels of comfort.

Tech-Air® airbag system:

This jacket is built to accept the Race Airbag System, which is purchased separately, installs easily and does not require any external sensors to operate. Should it detect the start of a crash, it will deploy a protective airbag, providing unrivaled protection to the rider’s full back, shoulders, kidney area and chest.

The garment is designed to accommodate the jacket’s inflated volume without compromising seam strength or material integrity. The jacket’s ergonomic design means that it can be worn without the airbag system for a versatile, personalised fit.

An LED display on the sleeve indicates the airbag’s operational status, while internal housing located in the built-in CE-certified back protector accommodates the system ECU allowing the Tech-Air® vest to be installed in any compatible Alpinestars jacket.

It’s smart too: extensive research and testing on the road and track have allowed us to refine the triggering algorithms, allowing the system to accurately assess when to deploy ahead of an impact.

For more information, visit http://www.alpinestars.com.

New Kit: Alpinestars Andes Pro Drystar® jacket

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The Alpinestars Andes Pro Drystar® jacket has been designed to be a versatile all-season touring jacket offering the highest levels of protection no matter what the weather.

Packed with state-of-the-art materials to ensure 100 percent waterproofing and great levels of breathability, the Andes Pro Drystar® is also equipped with the ability to use Alpinestars active airbag technology, Tech-Air®, the world’s first completely electronic, self-contained upper body motorcycle airbag system with no bike-to-rider set-up configurations required. Using a sophisticated algorithm to detect crashes with accuracy and speed, Tech-Air® functions without the need for external sensors, including GPS, and can be used with any make or model of motorbike.

Developed using input from the Alpinestars R&D department and its Dakar Rally athletes specifically for the challenges of protecting riders against the most difficult riding conditions, the Andes Pro Drystar® jacket uses advanced reinforced poly-fabric textiles and Alpinestars exclusive Drystar® waterproof and breathable fixed membrane for excellent all-weather performance.

It offers high levels of rider protection too, boasting Level 1 CE-certified Bio-Armour on the shoulders and elbows, an extra polymer protective layer in the elbow and lower arm for superior abrasion resistance and chest pad and back compartments to accommodate the Nucleon chest and back inserts, which are available as an accessory upgrade for any riders looking to beef up the protection of their jacket even further.

As you’d expect, it’s full of thoughtful rider-friendly touches to ensure comfort on long days in the saddle; including comprehensive venting front and back, adjusters on the waist and arms to get the fit just so, large stretch panels to aid flexibility and movement, pre-curved sleeves to reduce fatigue when riding and rubberised fabric complete with comfort edging on the collar and cuffs.

It’s also extremely practical, on and off the bike; the jacket has two handy waterproof cargo pockets on the front, a large utility pocket on the lower back and waterproof internal pockets. Other neat design features include reflective graphic detailing and logos to allow the rider to be more visible to other road users, large easy-to-use zips for easy opening and closing with gloved hands, a removable long-sleeve thermal liner and an adjustable waist belt.

The Andes Pro Drystar® jacket can be worn with any Alpinestars textile pants.

Tech-Air® airbag system:

This jacket is built to accept the Race Airbag System, which is purchased separately, installs easily and does not require any external sensors to operate. Should it detect the start of a crash, it will deploy a protective airbag, providing unrivaled protection to the rider’s full back, shoulders, kidney area and chest.

The garment is designed to accommodate the jacket’s inflated volume without compromising seam strength or material integrity. The jacket’s ergonomic design means that it can be worn without the airbag system for a versatile, personalised fit.

An LED display on the sleeve indicates the airbag’s operational status, while internal housing located in the built-in CE-certified back protector accommodates the system ECU allowing the Tech-Air® vest to be installed in any compatible Alpinestars jacket.

It’s smart too: extensive research and testing on the road and track have allowed us to refine the triggering algorithms, allowing the system to accurately assess when to deploy ahead of an impact.

For more information, visit http://www.alpinestars.com.

 

New kit: Arai launches Nicky Hayden Laguna Seca RX-7V

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Arai has just released a Nicky Hayden Laguna Seca replica on its flagship  RX-7V.

The design says homage to the design the late former MotoGP champion wore at his home round in 2006 and features a star on the left-hand side, which is filled with the stars and stripes of the American flag, black and grey camouflage on the back and thick red stripes throughout.

The RX-7V is the brand’s premium lid, and it boasts all the range topping details you’d expect. The outer shell is a result of Arai’s philosophy that a smoother shell offers the best protection through its enhanced ‘glancing off’ properties – the theory is that a smoother shape spreads the impact load across the whole helmet and thus helps reduce the amount of energy transferred to a rider’s brain in a spill. The shell itself is 30g lighter than the outgoing model, thanks a mainly to the new resins used, and there is now 3mm extra space around the rider’s mouth and chin.

This focus on ‘glancing off’ means the RX-7’s has a low visor pivot to allow Arai to keep the shell of the RX-7V completely smooth above the test line of the Snell standard, further improving impact performance. The variable axis system also allows the visor to travel in an arc, allowing a lower and more compact visor mechanism and easier visor changes – which anyone familiar with the old RX-7’s sidepod creak will welcome.

This helmet also sports a prominent visor tab, which Arai has carried over from its F1 programme. The system makes it easier to use with gloved fingers  also makes it quicker to change visors and secures the visor better than ever. Handily, it also has an anti-fog position.

But it’s not just with its protective characteristics that the RX-7V impresses; it’s extremely comfortable too, thanks to the comfort lining which has adjustable padding thickness that allows riders to customise it to suit their head shape. As usual there’s a fully removable interior liner system, but it’s now softer and also boasts anti-bacterial and deodorising properties.

The RX-7V also boasts impressive ventilation properties for high levels of cooling airflow and both the top duct and the diffuser have been designed to work with the rear spoiler for enhanced stability at speed. There’s also a dual-pivot chin vent, which can be opened to help with visor demising or closed for greater rider comfort. And all vents now have three settings – closed, half open and fully open.

HISTORY OF THE ARAI  RX-7 HELMET

The Arai RX-7 has become an almost iconic helmet. The history of this model goes way back to the sixties:

1968 Arai introduces its very first full face helmet. An expensive helmet as a standard open face jet helmet sold for 3.200 Japanese yen, an open face racing helmet was 6.900 yen and the full face sold for 25.000 yen.

1978 RX-7 cLc was released. The ‘’cLc sandwich construction’’ for the outer shell increased strength and reduced helmet weight dramatically. First use of Super Fiber material. The result was a helmet weight of 1400 grammess where the competition weighted 1700 grammes.

1981 Introduction of the Omni model with the world premiere of the now familiar ‘’holder system’’ for the visor mechanism. This holder system makes changing and adjusting the visor so much easier.

1982 New RX-7 with the new holder system.

1988 World premiere of the ‘’AdSis’’ visor system. This allows toolless changing of the visor in a matter of seconds.

1991Introduction of the RX-7RR with the innovative then brand new Diffuser system.

The first RR was followed by several successors including the popular RX-7 Corsair.

2008 Introduction of the RX-7 GP – the first helmet with the advanced, adjustable ‘’Air Wing’’ concept.

2015 Introduction of the completely new RX-7V with the VAS (‘’Variable Axis System’’) visor mechanism offering an increased smooth outer shell area for better glancing off ability.

New kit: Alpinestars Missile Two-Piece Leather Suit for Tech-Air®; ready for the road and track

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Alpinestars Missile Jacket and Pants pack a range of features taken straight from the company’s involvement in premier class racing to create a two-piece suit which blends race DNA protection with everyday functionality and comfort.

Featuring class-leading protection inside and out, the Missile comes equipped with the ability to use Alpinestars active airbag technology, Tech-Air®, the world’s first completely electronic, self-contained upper body motorcycle airbag system with no bike-to-rider set-up configurations required. Using a sophisticated algorithm to detect crashes with accuracy and speed, Tech-Air® functions without the need for external sensors, including GPS, and can be used with any make or model of motorbike.

The CE-certified Missile Jacket and Pants have been optimised for sports riders, and while it is a two-piece suit, it has a unique construction which allows the jacket and pants to join together with a middle connection, giving the aesthetics and silhouette of a one-piece suit.

The jacket gives riders a host of benefits. As well as boasting durable 1.3mm bovine leather, the Missile Jacket incorporates many protective elements including heavy-duty DFS external dual density TPU sliders on the shoulder and GP-R protectors on the shoulder and elbow. There’s also an innovative new MotoGP-derived elbow slider, which features a removable and replaceable screw-mounted insert slider, to enhance abrasion resistance.

It’s comfortable too; the jacket’s extensive stretch panels enable the rider to get a close and secure fit. Localised perforations take care of ventilation and internal airflow, while a full mesh liner adds convenience and breathability. Other neat touches include a 3D textured fabric collar, integrated padding, hook  and loop cuff closure and an inner waterproof pocket.

The Missile Jacket is designed to be paired with Alpinestars Tech-Air® Race airbag system, and comes with strech gussets on the arm and sleeves to accommodate the jacket’s inflated volume. The Tech-Air Race® vest comes with two settings, ‘Race’ and ‘Street’, and these can be easily and quickly swapped to give the rider the best protection on the track and on the road.

The jacket can be paired with the CE-certified Missile Pants. The pants come with pre-curved legs and large accordion stretch fabric panels on the knee, and the knee section features a multi-layer construction complete with reassuringly proven CE-certified GP-R protectors.

Tech-Air® airbag system:

This suit is built to accept the Race Airbag System, which is purchased separately, installs easily and does not require any external sensors to operate. Should it detect the start of a crash, it will deploy a protective airbag, providing unrivaled protection to the rider’s full back, shoulders, kidney area and chest.

The garment is designed with stretch gussets on the arm and sleeves to accommodate the jacket’s inflated volume without compromising seam strength or material integrity. The jacket’s ergonomic design means that it can be worn without the airbag system for a versatile, personalised fit.

An LED display on the sleeve indicates the airbag’s operational status, while internal housing located in the built-in CE-certified back protector accommodates the system ECU allowing the Tech-Air® vest to be installed in any compatible Alpinestars jacket.

The system is smart too: extensive research and testing on the road and track have allowed us to refine the triggering algorithms, allowing the system to accurately assess when to deploy ahead of an impact.

New kit: Alpinestars launches Limited Edition ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Supertech R race replica boot

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The Japanese MotoGP race weekend at the iconic Motegi circuit sees Alpinestars launch the ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Supertech R race replica boot in celebration of Japanese culture and the country’s unrivalled passion for motorcycle racing. The ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Supertech R features an eye-catching white, black and red colorway, complete with a bold red and white ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ design in Japanese characters, allowing riders to stand out from the crowd every time they hit the road or track.

Alpinestars most iconic road riding boot worn by a roster of the fastest world champions past and present, the Supertech R features performance innovations, including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area – all of which enhance the podium winning performance of this premium race boot.

The distinctive ‘Motegi MotoGP’ Limited Edition Supertech R will be worn by Alpinestars athletes Takaaki Nakagami and Ayumu Sasaki during the race weekend.