Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gimoto Previews the WAS+ Riding Suit

Gimoto WAS+ suit
The importance of wearing the proper safety gear is no longer a secret to riders, with all manufacturers Click to enlarge [Gimoto WAS+ suit]
seeking to develop new technologies that enhance the riders’ protection. From the same centre that designed an homologated airbag gilet ten years ago, Gimoto, comes a new riding suit, dubbed WAS+.

The new product reportedly encompasses the highest levels of resistance to abrasion, impact cuts and tears and seam bursting, with no compromises in rider comfort and quality of fit.

After a development lasting more than 1 year and after more than 400 tests have been carried out, the WAS+ suit was confirmed as exceeding CE EN 13595 level 2 – in all sizes and colours including made-to-measure.

Arm and leg zones are high risk zones, that require CE homologated impact protectors ('body armour'). Two levels of performance are specified for clothing providing protection against road impacts: clothing designed to give some protection whilst having the lowest possible weight and ergonomic penalties associated with its use (Level 1) and clothing providing a moderate level of protection, higher than that provided by Level 1 (Level 2).

There are however weight and restriction penalties in providing this level of protection.

According to Gimoto, all the materials and construction that are used in the WAS+ suit design exceeded all of the following tests:
  • Tears resistance following
  • Abrasion resistance of materials
  • Maximum knife penetration
  • Burst strength of seams and fastenings
  • Chemical and ergonomic test

To satisfy the requirements of all these tests, Gimoto has perfected the development and introduction of a new elasticated fabric - called G-nforced - developed and patented directly by Gimoto and used exclusively in the WAS+ suit.

WAS+ also introduces the new 3D inner liner that reportedly gives greater breathability and comfort to the rider. Gimoto, however, did not reveal any pricing details for the moment.

Gimoto - Custom Italian Motorcycle Clothing

Motostrano has re-introduced GIMOTO motorcycle riding gear to the US market with the complete line of off-the-rack and custom motorcycle clothing products for racers and street riders.

Gimoto, based in Northern Italy, makes custom motorcycle racing suits, jackets, pants and gloves for track and street use. For the past ten years, Gimoto has quietly been making a name for itself in Europe and abroad as maker of fine motorcycle clothing, using latest manufacturing techniques and styles.

Motostrano began importing GIMOTO wear in 2003, delivering custom motorcycle racing suits, jackets and pants to the US market with rave reviews. The recession caused custom suit sales to decline, so the company took a pause from offering GIMOTO in the USA. With the recession now over and people getting back on bikes, customers are again asking for well-fitting leather suits for street riding, track days and racing. Gimoto is being reintroduced to the American market and is now imported exclusively by Motostrano.

Gimoto differs from other custom motorcycle clothing makers. Only Gimoto offers worldclass design techniques rivaling those of the major brands in protection and style. Not only can Gimoto customers own a suit that is as protective as an Alpinestars or Dainese, but it also looks as good too. Combine that with infinite customization options, from size, to color, to logos, name and number and you have an interesting package for the professional racer, the amateur racer, the track day patron and unique street rider.

Ride a BMW S1000RR white/blue/red and want a custom suit to match it exactly? Not problem. Gimoto's on the job. Your and your buddies and forming a pro am race team and going to give the big guys a run for their money in the AMA and need 3 sets of matching race suites for the season? No problem. Gimoto's on the job. Always wanted to have a kangaroo leather custom fit classic riding jacket in purple leather? No problem. Gimoto's on the job.

Gimoto offers road race suits, supermoto suits, minimoto suits, touring suits, suits for men, women and youth. Suits can be made in just about any color and are offered both in Cow and Kangaroo skin.

Ordering up a suit is easy. Call us or visit the Motostrano web site. Download the custom measurements form. Get a friend to help take your measurements. You can send us your measurements and you can also go to www.gimoto.com to visualize your custom color options.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

If The Boots Fit

If The Boots Fit

Motostrano has been selling motorcycle boots for nearly 9 long years. I didn't think of myself as becoming a high tech shoe salesmen when I started this company, but in fact that's what happened, in part And I've come to like that aspect of what I do. I like shoes. I like boots. They let us do what we want to do in comfort and safety and there's something "bionic" about motorcycle boots when you start to analyze them.

Motorcycle boots are highly technical pieces of body armor localized at your feet. Without them, think of your feet, unprotected, dangling in the air
Motorcycle Boots
If The Boot Fits
with the whir of four or five buzz saws not 5 inches away, moving around, up and down. That's how I think about it.

Kind of like ski boots, but you can't walk in ski boots. Ski boots are kind of lame that way. Motorcycle boots are sort of like what you get when you want a running shoe designed for a cross country race on a volcano on a planet with no gravity- highly specialized technology for protection, safety, cooling and comfort.

One of the secrets that many riders don't know is that the leading boot companies don't only compete with each other on price, or similar boot categories or style, but also on he actual foot shapes and molds that each company relies on for all of their boots. Aside from all the technology and feature patents, it's those foot molds that each company has developed over the years that define what part of the market they serve and what boots fit who.

Motostrano's main boot brands have always been SIDI and Alpinestars, followed by Gaerne and Puma and over the years we have become very familiar with the ins and outs of their quality, performance and features. Whether you are in the market for a pair of boots now or later, please feel free to contact us by phone or by email with your boot questions.

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