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Category: Dainese

  1. Dainese offers protection against the winter months

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    With the winter season in full swing, Dainese’s range of Gore-Tex and D-Dry jackets, gloves and boots are the perfect option for warmth and protection against the elements. All items feature Dainese’s unrivalled protection, while retaining the Italian style and design the brand is known for.

    Carve Master GORE-TEX®

    The Carve Master GORE-TEX® is the ultimate in protection against the cold and wet weather. The jacket is made from Dainese’s ‘Mugello fabric’, which is designed to provide superb resistance to wear and tear is made in micro nylon and elastomer fabric. The protective properties of the fabric mean it is water repellent and allows for quick drying in-between showers or overnight. Comfort is ensured with a breathable waterproof GORE-TEX® membrane, front and rear air vents and a removable thermal liner. It also features wrist adjustment, waist adjustment and a jacket-trouser fastening system. The Carve Master GORE-TEX® is available in sizes 44-64, in a variety of colours and priced at £389.99.

    D-Stormer D-Dry

    The D-Stormer D-Dry jacket offers superb protection against wet weather. The external fabric has been treated to provide unrivalled water resistance and drying time is minimal due to its quickdry material. It has a removable liner with a breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane and if the temperature rises it has a removable thermal liner. There’s a pocket for a G1/G2 back protector, reflective inserts and multiple pockets to keep valuables secure when out on the road. The D-Stormer D-Dry jacket is available in sizes 44-66, in a variety of colours and priced at £349.99.

    Temporale D-Dry Lady

    Designed specifically to fit a female frame the Temporale D-Dry Lady offers comfort, functionality and all-round weather protection. It has a breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane, removal thermal liner and air inlets on the chest and sides. Offering excellent ergonomics, the Temporale is made from elasticated Cordura Comfort with adjusters on the collar, cuffs, sleeves, waist, as well as a jacket-trouser fastening system. The jacket is completed with removable composite protectors, back protector pocket and reflective inserts. The Temporale D-Dry Lady is available in sizes 40-52, in a variety of colours and priced at £289.99.

    Long Range C2 D-WP

    The Long Range boot has been developed for touring riders in search of substance and quality. Made from cowhide leather it features nylon inserts on the malleolus and a TPU insert across the shin, it has a waterproof D-WP interior and a zip/Velcro fastening for ease of use. Comfort is ensured with the use of elastic inserts to ensure good movement of the foot both on and off a motorcycle. The boot is also fully CE Certified to CE-Cat. II – EN 13634/2010 standard. The Long Range is available in sizes 30-50 and priced at £154.99.

    Travelguard GORE-TEX®

    The Travelguard GORE-TEX® gloves keep hands warm and dry with a host of temperature control features including a breathable waterproof GORE-TEX® membrane and Thermal Dexfil padding, without compromising on handlebar control. The gloves are made from elasticated fabric with the palm in Amica Suede and reinforced in goatskin. Other features include a tightening strap, adjustable cuff and pre-curved fingers. The Travelguard GORE-TEX® gloves are available in sizes XXS-XXL and priced at £89.99.

    For more information or to find a local dealer visit Dainese.com

  2. Dainese presents its 2014 collection

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    This evening Dainese presented its 2014 collection in front of selected UK media and supported racers including Pol Esparagaró, Nicky Hayden, James Hillier, Guy Martin and Luis Salom. The special event took place ahead of the 12th round of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 at Silverstone this weekend, where Esparagaró, Hayden and Salom will continue their respective season assaults.

    New products unveiled from the 2014 collection include the Laguna Seca Evo P one-piece suit, two leather jackets (Stripes Evo Pelle and Laguna Evo Lady) and two textile jackets (Carve Master GTX and Laguna Seca D-Dry).

    Three new gloves were introduced, namely the winter-warm Scout Evo GTX, the classically styled Essential and the Veloce sports glove, as well as three new boots – the Lince GTX for touring, a casual sneaker-inspired Street Biker D-WP and the racing-styled TR-Course Out. There were also two new jeans, the D1 1K and the D1 1K Pred, as well as some updates made to the Manis back protector.

    More new products will be released from the collection later in the year.

    Alongside the new products Dainese presented its D-air systems. Both launched on the market over the last two years the systems are designed to protect riders on track (D-air Racing) and on the road (D-air Street).

    D-air Racing is a wireless system built into a Dainese one-piece leather suit that detects a fall or slide immediately and sends a trigger signal to activate the airbag. Not just an airbag, the system also features data acquisition software developed by German company 2D (2d-datarecording), which supplies some of the top teams in MotoGP and F1. The software gives D-air wearers an effective tool to monitor riding performance and record telemetry data, which can be downloaded and displayed on a computer.

    The D-air Street is vastly different; the airbag and deployment facilities are fitted in the jacket and the mechanics of the whole system are fitted to the motorcycle. D-air Street features a fall sensor that is physically connected to a display unit on the bikes dash. This shows the rider system information, including when the device is connected, the battery life and information about the pillion’s system, if they are wearing one.

    Both D-air systems are available from supported D-air Dainese dealers, while the new collection will start to be available in UK dealers from mid-October.

    www.dainese.com

  3. MIT and Dainese together again protecting astronauts

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    The relationship between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Dainese continues with the aim of better protecting astronauts during both training and operations.

    Current space suits are designed to protect an astronaut whilst in space and are in effect miniature spacecrafts. The drawback to these suits however is that their construction involves a series of compromises, which affect overall comfort and the very rigid structure of the suits has on occasion caused minor injuries.

    The aim of this project is to create special protection that astronauts can wear inside space suits. This material will be an integral part of the undergarment currently in use for controlling body temperature.

    MIT Professor Dava Newman who teaches aeronautics and astronautics and Dainese’s Technology Centre have combined their expertise in order to study the problem and provide astronauts with the best possible solution. The project has already been approved by NASA and now involves a detailed investigation of the pressures exercised by the space suit against the body. To achieve this a special suit has been made with a series of sensors, which indicate areas that could cause impact or abrasion injuries. The suit will also allow scientific analysis of the potentially harmful effects of the space suit and provide essential data for re-designing the interaction between the space suit and the astronaut.

    A series of in-depth discussions with astronauts has already identified the most exposed areas of the body and allowed possible solutions to be identified. Such solutions will have to be assessed after the investigation on the sensor-fitted suit, and will need to fully comply with NASA’s specifications regarding the use of materials inside the suits, which will be worn under demanding conditions. Even the smallest issue, for example the release of a barely perceptible amount of a chemical substance or even CO2, might create problems in management of the suit micro-atmosphere and mean the astronaut having to return to the space craft.

    The project is currently being run in Italy at D-Tec by the engineer Allison Anderson from MIT who, along with Dainese engineers, has created the suit undergarment for detecting the pressure points presented to Prof. Newman during her recent visit to Dainese for meetings about progress on the project. A further collaborating partner is the Industrial Design Studio of Trotti and Associates whose president, the architect Guillermo Trotti, is highly specialised in working on projects with space agencies.

    The results of the project will also be made available to other space agencies with the Russian space agency possibly amongst the first to benefit.

    www.dainese.com

  4. Sensational victory for Michael Dunlop in Dainese Superbike Race

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    Michael Dunlop took his first ever Superbike TT victory on Sunday afternoon at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, taking the lead at Ballaugh on the opening lap and going on to build a commanding 40 second victory from fellow Honda riders Cameron Donald and John McGuinness, the latter overcoming a one-minute pit-lane penalty to set a new outright lap record on the final lap.

    After a 45-minute delay due to a road traffic accident, the 6-lap race finally got underway at 3.00pm and it was Gary Johnson who set the early pace, the Lincs Lifting Ltd Honda rider holding a 1.5s lead over Dunlop at Glen Helen on lap one with McGuinness a further second back. By Ballaugh Dunlop had taken over at the front, turning the deficit to Johnson into a one second advantage and with an opening lap of 130.842mph, the Honda TT Legends rider held a 3.2s lead over new second placed rider Guy Martin, Johnson now in third ahead of McGuinness, Donald and Bruce Anstey.

    By Glen Helen on lap two, Johnson was back up to second, two seconds up on Martin but now 4.4s adrift of the flying Dunlop whilst McGuinness, riding in complete Joey Dunlop livery to celebrate 30 years since the 26-times winner’s first victory for Honda, was still, surprisingly, back in fourth. By the end of the lap though, he was up to second but some 15 seconds down on Dunlop who was continuing to pull away after his first ever 131mph+ lap.

    McGuinness’ pit stop was six seconds quicker than third placed Martin but Johnson never got that far having retired at the Nook out of fuel so the leaderboard now read Dunlop, McGuinness, Martin, Donald, Conor Cummins and William Dunlop. However, the latter incurred a 30s penalty for speeding in the pitlane dropping him down the order.

    Coming into the second pit stop at the end of lap four, Dunlop was the only rider above 130mph and it stretched his advantage over McGuinness to 30.8s although that soon increased with his Honda TT Legends team-mate being hit with a one-minute pit lane penalty dropping him behind Martin and back to fourth.

    Dunlop had now caught McGuinness and Donald on the road with the trio circulating in close formation and all he had to do was continue that for the final laps to claim his fourth TT win. 19 times winner McGuinness was piling on the coals as he desperately tried to get back on the podium but lap five spelt disappointment for sixth placed Dan Stewart who retired at Sulby Village with a holed radiator.

    As McGuinness closed in on Martin, Dunlop was able to ease back in the final lap and bring the bike home for a famous win, his eventual winning margin over Donald in excess of 40 seconds. The Australian, like Dunlop, posted a new personal best lap of the Mountain Course but McGuinness was still able to grab some headlines as he set a new outright lap record on the final circuit, 131.671mph, to claim third from Martin and make it a Honda 1-2-3.

    Cummins took a good fifth on the Milwaukee Yamaha, the first time he’d completed a six-lap race since 2009 with the third of the Honda TT Legends riders Michael Rutter in sixth. James Hillier took seventh from Anstey, William Dunlop and the sensational Josh Brookes, the Australian finishing in tenth and becoming the fastest ever newcomer in the process, his final lap being a stunning 127.726mph.

    In the battle of the privateers, it was Steve Mercer who came out on top in 13th overall, just ahead of Dan Kneen, Ben Wylie and Jamie Hamilton.

    Tomorrow's race sees the the Monster Energy Supersport race get away at 10.45 with the Royal London 360 Superstock Race scheduled to take place at 14.00.

  5. Win a Triumph Speed Triple - In aid of The Royal National College for the Blind

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    The Royal National College for the Blind is a leading residential college of further education for people who are blind or partially sighted aged 16 to 65+, based in Hereford. It is a national charity supported by a small fundraising team raising funds to provide equipment and to improve facilities for around 200 people who attend the college each year.

     

    A brand new black Triumph Speed Triple motorcycle has been kindly donated, by Triumph Motorcycles Ltd in order to raffle to raise essential funds. Tickets are only £5 each and the lucky winner will have their incredible prize delivered to them directly by Triumph.

     

    Just log onto the following website to enter into this prize draw;
    www.justgiving.com/triumphbikeraffle

    The bike is on display at the college for those close by or who may ride through Herefordshire.