The Dainese Archive

The Dainese archive stores all the suits, secrets and technological advancements that have made motorcycling history over the past forty years. Archived the fourth episode of the Dainese Webseries and gives an account of the work of the brand has changed over the course of the year’s. Thanks must also be given to the reviews and feedback from the top professional riders who have always worked together with Dainese; Agostini, Sheene, Roberts, Spencer, Mang, Schwantz and ranging from the epic Dakar race to present times with Schwantz, Fogarty, Biaggi and Rossi.

With over 1000 suits, gloves, boots etc. the Archive is not only an exceptional collection but is a resource that helps Dainese to more effectively understand ways to improve safety and protection for both amateur and professional riders. Every item in the Archive chronicles an era, a successful world championship series – a new development. Ever since the introduction of the back protector to the D-air airbag system, every great champion has contribution to make motorcycling is an significantly safer activity both on the track and on the road. A couple of examples: Giacomo Agostini was the first to team up with Dainese in the attempt to find a solution not just to make the suit safer, but comfortable when riding.

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

Later came gloves with Kevlar-carbon fibre inserts, lighter, safer boots tucked inside suits and finally, Dainese started designing the D-Air system – an 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 had the ability to greatly improve the system to the extent that they manufactured a road-going version.

This gives the Archive a unique and special importance. Because the innovations that inspired this safety are now worn by motorcyclists the whole world over, it proves that competition is essential for safety on the road.
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