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Dainese get Track-inspired, for a price




What price would you put on your safety? Well, Dainese emailed us on Friday with a run down of their top-of-the-range, track-inspired, road/race collection, and the price they put on it all ain’t cheap.

Kicking things off is the Mugello R D-air® suit, which Dainese say introduces over 25 new features and several pioneering innovations and five new patents. The D-air® platform has been extended to cover the neck, shoulders, collarbones and the lower side of the rib cage.

There’s a redesigned and seamless-integrated LED interface and a patented Intelligent Emergency Lighting System; adaptive knee construction; high-performance pre-curved engineered textiles and tri-axial elastics; plus redesigned elbow construction, with an optimised slider shape and quick release system. It’s certified to CE. Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive, with the elbow and knee composite protectors certified to EN 1624.1 Standard Lev. 2, as well as the Pro-Armor shoulder and hip protectors.
RRP: £3,399.95.

Underneath that Dainese say you should be wearing the D-Core Dry one-piece suit. It’s made from a mix of Dryarn®, Polyamide and Elastane, for triboelectic charging (whatever that is); has an Air Grid to increase perspiration; seamless construction and Armor Pad for added comfort on contact areas; a Press Structure to optimise muscle compression; and bacteriostatic, hypoallergenic and anti-odour fabric.
RRP: £89.95.

The Wave D1 Air is their top-of-the-line back protector, developed with the help of some of motorcycle racing’s greatest champions. It features a perimetral double density thermoformed support structure with an aluminum Honeycomb frame inner core and Crash Absorb; external polypropylene plates with perforated and waved structure; adjustable and removable straps as well as a Double Adjustable lumbar band with lumbar joint and for added comfort its liner is thermoformed polyethylene foam.

It’s Certified to CE – Cat. II – EN 1621/2014 lev.2.
RRP: £179.95.

Hands are taken care of by the Full Metal D1 gloves. They boast Kevlar® jersey, DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber stitching, cowhide leather and drum-dyed goatskin leather construction; CE – Cat. II – Pr-EN 13594 Standard level 1 certification, and have a DCP system on little finger, composite inserts in carbon and titanium on the knuckles and back, carbon fibre inserts at the joints of the fingers and Polyurethane inserts on the palm and cuff.
RRP: £299.95.

Finally, the R Axial Pro Boots – worn by the likes of Rossi, Iannone and Espargaró – are made from a combination of D-Stone™ fabric, cowhide leather and microfiber with replaceable stainless steel sliders, nylon toes and heel and a TPU rear inner insert, and are certified to CE Cat. II – EN 1364.
The R Axial Pro In are designed to fit seamlessly with Dainese suits thanks to suit-to-boot Velcro® fastening system, reducing the risk of getting caught on foreign objects in case of fall and to improve riding precision thanks to reduced dimensions, lower weight, and better aerodynamics. The internal D-Axial system in Carbon and DuPont™ Kevlar® reduces the risk of ankle twisting and provides impact protection.
Yours for £399.95.

That’s a grand total of: £4369.75. Crikey!

You’re going to need a helmet too though, so why not throw in an AGV Pista GP-R Rossi Winter Test 2017? It’s only another £1,100.00.

For more information, or to locate your local Dainese dealer you can of course visit:

To pay for it all, visit the stock market.


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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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Ex-Skully Helmet bosses theft claims ‘without merit’; case dropped



Lawsuit against founders of Skully, the failed connected helmet-maker reportedly dropped.

The dream of an augmented reality projecting, heads-up display motorcycle helmet has been offered by a few companies over recent years, but there have been none more famous and fabled than Californian technology Start-up Skully.

Launched via Indiegogo in 2014 the company managed to raise $2,446,824 in crowdsourced funds to help them deliver their AR-1 helmet. However despite securing another whopping $11 million in additional investor funding, after much delay and negative press, the company announced in August of 2016 that they were closing; and that few (if any) of the helmets promised would be delivered.

Of the many reports with regards to the company’s inability to ship a final product, the most voracious and damaging of all where the ones surrounding the alleged misappropriation of funds by the two founding brothers of the company, Mitchell and Marcus Weller.

In a lawsuit filed by ex-employee Isabelle Faithauer who claimed wrongful dismissal, Faithauer filed a complaint claiming that the ‘Wellers used Skully corporate accounts as their personal piggy banks’ and that they had demanded that Faithauer ‘conceal the true nature of the expenses by entering them in Skully’s books to make it appear that the expenses were incurred for legitimate business expenses, which in fact they were clearly not’.

Amongst the list of falsely claimed expenses, the lawsuit detailed such payments being made on a variety of items, from Grocery Bills through to a pair of Dodge Vipers and a $13,000 trip to Las Vegas.

Once news of the lawsuit broke – and the details within it emerged – forums, message-boards and Indiegogo themselves were inundated with hundreds of customers and product investors furious at the alleged misuse of their funds; not to mention the lack of actual helmet that they had paid for.

Whilst it may not have been the absolute reason for Skully’s failure, there is no doubt that the negative press and legal expenses surrounding the case did not come at the best time for the company and had played a significant role in the ultimate closure of the business.

However it’s been brought to Motofire’s attention – via an anonymous message online – that the plaintiff for the case, Isabelle Faithauer herself has now withdrawn her claims that and has in fact admitted that her accusations made in the lawsuit could be construed as being ‘without merit’.

According to the document that we have been sent, Faithauer states that after her dismissal from Skully, Inc in December 2015 she was ‘upset’ and that during the discovery phase of her case by her attorney she soon came to learn that ‘many facts, documents, and information th’ uncovered ‘could lead a reasonable jury to conclude that [her] claims were totally without merit’.

She states that it is for this reason that she dismissed her claims against the Wellers in an agreement to settle for mutual release of claims. The document is signed 28th of December 2017.

Motofire have attempted to contact both Faithauer and her Attorney to confirm the veracity of the statement we have received but at the time of publishing have not received reply.

It’s another intriguing twist in a company tale and story that seems to refuse to lay down and die and whatever the truth, there is no doubt that Skully tapped into the desire for motorcyclists to utilise greater technology within their day-to-day riding, and that the heads-up technology envisioned by the company will eventually be developed successfully.

In fact, since the initial closure of Skully helmets, a new consortium have taken ownership of the brand and have promised to release their version of the AR-1 helmet – now appropriately titled the Fenix – in the summer of 2018.

Neither of the Weller brothers have any involvement in the new setup.

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