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WEBISODE #4: ARCHIVED

25/03/2015

The Dainese archive houses all the suits, secrets and technological innovations that have made motorcycling history over the past forty years. Archived – the fourth episode of the Dainese Webseries – recounts how the work of the brand has changed over the course of the year’s thanks also to the feedback from the professional riders who have always collaborated with Dainese; Agostini, Sheene, Roberts, Spencer, Mang, Schwantz and ranging from the epic Dakar event to more recent times with Schwantz, Fogarty, Biaggi and Rossi.

 

With over 1000 suits, gloves, boots etc. the Archive is not just a unique collection but is a tool that helps Dainese better understand how to improve safety for both professional and amateur riders. Every item in the Archive marks an epoch, a victorious world championship series - an innovation. Since the introduction of the back protector to the D-air airbag system, every great champion has made his contribution to make motorcycling an increasingly safer sport both on the track and on the road. Several examples: Giacomo Agostini was the first to work with Dainese in the attempt to find a solution not just to make the suit safer, but also more comfortable when riding.

 

Between the 70s and 80s, it was the turn of Kenny Roberts Senior to ask Dainese for a system to protect the knees during contact with the tarmac. This was the period during which riders first started to touch their knees on the track when leaning over hard and they wanted a system to protect them from injury - this is how the first knee sliders were invented.

 

Later came gloves with Kevlar-carbon fibre inserts, lighter, safer boots tucked inside suits and lastly, Dainese started designing the D-Air system - the airbag for motorcyclists. Valentino Rossi, nine-times World Champion, wore the D-Air Racing system from the end of 2009 and, thanks to his feedback along with that from all the riders in the MotoGP and Superbike series who wear one in every race, Dainese has been able to improve the system to the point that they could produce a road-going version.

 

This gives the Archive a special importance. It proves that competition is vital for safety on the road because the innovations that inspired this safety are now worn by motorcyclists the whole world over.

 

Now you too can visit the Dainese Archive, watch the fourth episode “Archived” at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k445YdpCx6Q

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