New Alpinestars Engineered Riding Apparel Debuts at Triumph Dealers
February 23, 2009 – Triumph and Alpinestars have collaborated to create the “Triumph engineered with Alpinestars” line of technical riding apparel.
The high performance apparel combines the distinctive Triumph look and premium Alpinestars design for a unique line of men’s and women’s jackets, pants, gloves and boots as well as a men’s suit.
Triumph says that the apparel line was developed in conjunction with some of the world’s fastest Alpinestars-wearing MotoGP riders and complements Triumph’s full line of Urban Sport motorcycles, which includes the class-leading Daytona 675 as well as the Speed Triple, Street Triple and new Street Triple R.
“Triumph is passionate about providing outstanding motorcycling experiences, and having the proper gear is extremely important to achieving that,” said Jim Callahan, North American Marketing Manager for Triumph Motorcycles. “‘Triumph engineered by Alpinestars’ apparel offers class-leading riding gear with a look that is pure Triumph.”
Triumph said that just as they do with their motorcycles, Alpinestars utilizes state-of-the-art design and technology in all of its products.
Each of the jackets, pants, gloves and boots have an “aggressively styled urban design with features that were developed on the track and transferred directly to the street for the highest level of riding performance”.
The riding apparel features a long list of technical benefits that range from the protective nature of full grain 1.2-1.4MM cowhide, thermoplastic polyurethane (PU) panels and Kevlar reinforcements.
Creature comforts that include stretch panels, removable linings and generous amounts of venting make long days on the street or at the track comfortable. The color combinations and Triumph logos are exclusive to the “Triumph engineered with Alpinestars” line.
We’re waiting on confirmation that the partnership with Alpinestars does not mean that the relatively successful current line of Triumph clothing will be discontinued.
UPDATE: Triumph has confirmed that the original Triumph line of motorcycle clothing will continue to be developed and offered to customers! (March 2009).
AS2 Jacket (Photo above)
The Triumph AS2 jacket is made from 1.2 – 1.4mm full grain leather with multiple-stitched main seam construction.
Triumph AS1 Gloves
Triumph says the AS1 gloves are “the ultimate in race riding, developed between Alpinestars and GP riders”.
Thermoplastic polyurethane (PU) knuckle and finger sliders give maximum impact and abrasion resistance. The PU construction is claimed to be 4 times more abrasion resistant than carbon fiber and allows for venting across the knuckle.
The outside finger seam is offset with a leather panel and sliders to the wrist to prevent unwanted seam bust and to ensure that the rider slides as opposed to tumbles.
The inner lining of the glove is reinforced with Kevlar, a further barrier against abrasion while the seams are external, theoretically increasing rider comfort and feel.
Grip is said to be improved with the suede panels that help the rider move and adjust the hand while racing, reducing wear and blistering on the palm and fingers. Double wrist closures allow for a comfortable and secure fit.
Triumph AS2 Boots
The hi-spec race boot is said to be ergonomically shaped for maximum riding comfort. It was designed and built for racers, but also is designed for everyday use.
The shin plate, ankle, calf and heel sections are made from thermoplastic PU, proving high levels of abrasion resistance. The calf and heel sections also form a brace to protect these areas from crushing and twisting.
Venting is built in to the various PU panels for airflow, with a highly breathable lining in the ankle and forefoot areas. A rubber compound sole gives good grip and durability which is reinforced with a steel bar for additional protection.
Triumph AS1 Leather One-Piece Suit
Triumph says the AS1 suit was designed and developed with GP riders for optimum track racing performance. The aggressive 90-degree cut sleeves were designed to give the rider ultimate comfort when riding hard.
Stretch panels (stretch Cordura) are positioned for maximum movement. The sport hump gives increased aerodynamic streamlining for those all-important seconds.
While most of the suit is full leather, sections are perforated leather for airflow cooling in the heat of riding. Knee sliders are standard. The lining is removable and can be washed to keep the suit fresh.
“Triumph engineered by Alpinestars” apparel is available through the nearly 200 authorized Triumph Motorcycles dealers throughout North America. To find your local Triumph dealer, visit the Triumph website.
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