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Harrison saved by Spada Curve Suit

June 16, 2015 — 0

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Earlier this year we watched the esteemed road race, The Vauxhall International Northwest 200, based in Northern Ireland.

The event had been full of surprises but on Saturday 16th May the Superstock race was red flagged after a serious accident involving Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger. The crash occurred at 100mph+ on a stretch of track between the York corner and the Mill road roundabout, leaving Saiger and Thompson being taken away in an ambulance for treatment. Luckily  Dean walked away unhurt.

Dean’s remarkable escape was due to the durability of his racing leathers, at the time he was wearing the Spada Curve Suit. The Spada Curvesuit took the full brunt of Harrison’s slide off his bike at around 100mph. Thankfully for Dean, the suit did exactly what it was designed by us to do. We  painstakingly test our  leather suits and are continuously researching and developing better protective methods to ensure that these riders stay safe.

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Harrison states: “I couldn’t be more pleased with the Spada leathers, they held up really well and I have no doubt that they’re the reason I was able to get up and wasn’t in that ambulance, I’d put my trust in them every time.” 


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“Obviously, we are really happy that our Spada leathers kept Dean safe, it’s our number one priority when we sponsor a rider. We put the same effort in developing the protection in all our products so every customer is safe and comfortable on the roads.” Mark Ingleby, Head of Spada Design.

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“Remarkably, despite being hurled from his bike, he was unhurt.” – Belfast Telegraph.

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“The crash involved Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger, and while Harrison was able to escape uninjured, both Thompson and Saiger were taken by ambulance to hospital following treatment at the scene of the crash.” –  The Independent

See the Spada Curve Race Suit for yourself at www.spadaclothing.co.uk

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Spada X-Street Boot is number 1!

June 16, 2015 — 0

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Our Spada products are rigorously tested by MCN journalists and motorbike riders, each item of kit is tested for over a year to really see how the product does under pressure and to test the durability of boots too.

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Recently our Spada X-Street boot was voted number 1 in the best short boot under £200 category by MCN (Motorcycle News). The boot beat many leading brands and many that were significantly more substantial in price.

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The Spada X-Street come fully waterproof, are made from 100% bonded leather and have a cushioned insole for added comfort. Safety is paramount with these boots and they come equipped with Metal toe sliders, TPU ankle and heel protector as well as double density ankle protection which is moulded into the inner structure of the boot.

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The X-Street also has ankle and heel protectors as well as a reinforced TPU gear change overlay. It’s a well rounded boot that offers everything needed for racing as well as the added comfort of a short boot which allows more flexible ankle movement. The boots fit well under protective jeans, making it a boot that can be worn both on and off the bike.

Find out more: Spada Clothing UK

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MCN waxes lyrical about the Staffy wax jacket

June 12, 2015 — 0

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MCN recently reviewed the Spada Staffy Wax Jacket and they had a lot of good things to say! The urban style jacket scored highly on both quality and value.
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“Ride a bike like my Ducati Scrambler long-term test bike and you want a kit to veer towards the retro and that’s exactly what Spada have delivered here.”

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“They’re not the only brand to jump on the waxed-cotton bandwagon but they’ve done a fair job with brassy poppers, diamond quilted leather on the shoulders and that all important belt, plus a cool tartan lining. It’s not all about looks, a heavy late-night downpour found it to be properly waterproof, the thermal lining keeps me warm on Spring mornings and theres CE-aproved armour should I need it. Meanwhile there are sensibly sized pockets and the cuffs, which secure with a popper, allow you to get gloves inside.”

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“Jackets like these are as much about looks as performance but Spada ticks both boxes reasonably well. It comes in black or brown.”

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For more information on the Staffy Wax jacket and to find your local Spada Dealer, see the Spada Clothing site

There is also a ladies version of the wax jacket called The Hartbury Jacket

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Adam Jenkinson praises Spada racing gloves

June 3, 2015 — 0

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Spada have been creating and designing safety products and clothing for well over 20 years now and we pride ourselves on ensuring that our products are up to high standards and can perform when needed.

BSB rider Adam Jenkinson put the gloves to the test at his latest stint at Donington Park when disaster struck. Jenkinson was heading along the start and finish straight towards the Redgate corner at close to 160mph when the front brake completely failed without warning. Adam crashed out and was obviously winded and bruised but was fortunate to escape with dislocated bones in his hand and a broken bone.

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Had the Spada racing gloves not been there, Jenkinson’s hand injuries could have been so much worse than they were. The gloves stayed strong and Adams skin remained completely in tact with the glove taking the full force of the slide.

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“I had to jump off my bike at 160mph and fell hard on my hand, the gloves did a fantastic job, they didn’t even break or tear at the seams, they remained completely in tact, I’m really thankful they held up.” Adam Jenkinson “The bar came right back to the lever and all I had to slow me down was a little bit of back brake. I had to bail off as soon as I hit the gravel and just flew into the air fencing so to only suffer injuries to my hand is a miracle.”

This incident is proof as to why motorcycle gloves are essential when doing any type of riding. Take a look at the whole range of Spada gloves.

Images courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography

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Good luck to Dean Harrison at this year’s TT.

May 27, 2015 — 0

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We’ve got our fingers crossed for another win for our top Spada man, and 2014 TT winner Dean Harrison at this year’s TT.

In the meantime here’s our Degsy speaking to Dean about last year’s TT and his thoughts on our Spada Curve race suit, which he was wearing in his off at this year’s NW200. We’re pleased to say that Dean walked away unhurt from the crash to compete in the next race – the curve suit on the other hand wasn’t so lucky!

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Dean’s Spada Curve suit stood up well to his high speed crash at this year’s NW200

 

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Why you should wear motorcycle gloves

May 27, 2015 — 1

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In the UK the law states that motorcyclists are required to wear a motorcycle helmet that adheres to the rules and safety regulations of the country, and why? To save lives, but what about other motorcycle clothing that could potentially save your life or save your limbs?

We take a look at why gloves are so often forgotten when it comes to riding a motorcycle and why you should be wearing them even if the law doesn’t enforce it.

Why you should wear them

People usually take their hands for granted, but if you get a papercut or have ever bruised your thumb you will know how limiting it can be in terms of being able to do your normal tasks properly.

Many riders, especially the younger generation neglect to wear gloves, not ever thinking about the consequences. Think about this though, when you fell off your pushbike as a child or even fell over running in the playground, you always grazed your hands, at such low speeds you could see the visible damage. Now think about the damage your hands would take if you were at speeds of 30-40 miles an hour and then if you were going at 70mph. The results would be disastrous.

It is the bodies natural reaction to protect ourselves when we fall and if a collision or fall occurs on your bike, your hands will naturally hit the floor first and the tarmac would grip the skin on the slide. Gruesome thought, we know, but you only have to be brave and google motorcycle hand injuries to make you wear gloves for the rest of your life. Gloves are one of the easiest safety items to put on, slipping on and off, it takes seconds so there’s no excuse not to use them.

The image below shows the results of a fall off a bike and slide at 30mph. Had the double thickness leather not been there, we can only image the state of this riders hand.

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It’s not just falls and palm sliding that gloves protect you from, there is also the wind chill factor when riding, which numbs your hands. I’m sure many of you know the feeling of even a small rock or a large fly hitting very cold hands and the pain it can cause!

In 2013 4,866 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain, hopefully you are never in this stat, but with motorcycle accidents being so prominent, being safe should be key.

Another safety feature is the grip a glove offers, whether you have numb hands from cold or sweaty palms from the heat, your grip will be reduced. Most gloves have silicon grips on the palms to encourage safer riding and many of the racing type gloves will have specially curves fingers which increase grip.

Why gloves are overlooked

Gloves get overlooked because unfortunately, it’s not the law to wear gloves or any other motorcycle clothing for that matter, apart from a helmet. (See Gov.uk website for more details – https://www.gov.uk/motorcycle-helmet-law)  Understandably the helmet is a requirement as it protects your most vital part, but severe injury and even loss of digits can occur when gloves aren’t worn.

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With summer coming you will no doubt see a lot of younger motorcyclists or scooter riders without their gloves or much else! This is mostly due to weather conditions being too warm or simply for fashion reasons, thinking that perhaps gloves aren’t the coolest of items to wear.

Many people will also believe the notion that all gloves are for warmth. Although this is a factor when riding, as wind chill levels can peak especially on the hands, not all gloves provide warmth, there are many available which allow airflow and cool the hands.

More than anything, we feel there is a lack of awareness on the matter and the dangers of not wearing gloves are simply unknown. This may be due to a lack of time spent learning to ride a bike before a learner is allowed to go on the roads alone, albeit on a less powerful bike. High amounts of damage can still be caused at low speeds and it means the education is not firmly in place before riders move to a more powerful motorcycle.

How to choose good motorcycle gloves

There are so many gloves on the market and most of them will protect you from various impacts whilst you are out on the road. The important thing to look out for is protection in the right areas.

  • Palm Protection – Your palms will most often be the first to touch the floor if you have a collision so always look out for palm padding, double leather on palms, armour or silicon grips to protect you. Make sure there is double or triple stitching on the palms to, to eliminate the risk of them coming undone under pressure. Some gloves offer Stingray leather on the palms which offers less abrasion resistance, so less likely to rip and expose the skin.

Look for gloves that have a double layer over the palm and pinkie and has high quality stitching (even stitching that stays an even distance from the edges), that is double or even triple stitched in impact areas. Quality of the leather itself is also important, but harder to distinguish at a glance.

  • Full Fingers – According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, it is recommended that you should always wear full-fingered gloves as the first points of impact are palms, thumb and little finger. If you have ever hurt your thumb you will know how little you can do without it! Full fingers will also protect your hands from debris that can hit you at high speeds when you have cold hands.
  • Knuckle Armour – Choose a glove with knuckle armour, most gloves will have shaped armour on the knuckles, this is to protect from damage, and the raised area will ensure the majority of the hand is away from the ground on collision.

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  • Grip – Choosing curved style motorcycle gloves or ones with flexible panelling between the fingers will allow for better grip and reduce the amount of you need to “break them in”.

Ensure that your gloves have adjustable straps so that the glove remains firms in place on impact. Having stretch panels in between fingers and thumb will allow increased manoeuvrability as well as airflow in the summer.

Most people will spend between £20-£50 on a pair of gloves which will prevent damage if you are riding on normal roads. If you are going at speeds of 70mph or more if you race etc, a good pair of protective gloves will cost you between £50-£100.

  • Weather Appropriate – Choose ones that are weather appropriate, no use having ones ones that do not provide enough air flow or warmth to suit the weather. Most gloves will be labelled with this information but if you are unsure, speak to your dealer.

Some gloves are made from Stingray leather. This leather is abrasion resistant, allowing the palm to slide across the surface rather than gripping the tarmac and ripping, adding more protection.

At the end of the day, if you drove in a car your whole body is protected and people pay thousands more to have that peace of mind and security, so why not have that same protection from the same dangers but on your bike?

Spada provide a wide range of gloves, all adhering to safety standards and trusted by some of the world’s best racers. To see the full Spada range see here:

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Spada man Glenn Irwin Gets Podium

May 19, 2015 — 0

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Glenn Irwin Podium at North West

Spada sponsored rider Glenn Irwin (pictured in his bespoke Spada Curve suit) made some waves at the North West 200 this weekend where he gave winner Alastair Seeley a run for his money.

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During the Bet McLean Supersport Race there was a battle between Glenn Irwin and Lee Johnston for second place with Irwin just pipping him to the post at the last minute to take second place on the podium. It was an amazing result for the Carrickfergus rider as this was his debut at the North West 200. Irwin has his dad there to give him advice and moral support for the race.

Alastair Seeley “It was a close race and Glenn [Irwin] was putting me under a bit of pressure there – and fair play to him on being up there with us on his first time around here.”

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Irwin looked very comfortable on the track in Tuesday’s first practice, he was brimming with excitement and adrenaline and couldn’t wait to get back out. We look forward to seeing many many more successes for Glenn in the future. Keep your eyes peeled!

Glenn wears the Spada Curve suit, for more information about the suit or to find your local dealer, see the Spada Clothing site. http://bit.ly/1QZIyVO

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Spada ST1 motorcycle sport boots come up trumps

May 14, 2015 — 0

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We were recently contacted by Tom, who has been an avid supporter of the Spada brand ever since he passed his test a few years ago. Tom had purchased the ST1 WP boots and wrote to us, grateful of their build quality.

“Unfortunately I really got to test my kit out a few weeks ago when I got knocked off my bike whilst riding home. After the incident I looked at my feet and saw a large chunk of BMW fender sticking out my foot! After the initial shock I found it had only gone through the outer layer of my boot and the ST1s had saved me from what could have been a much much nastier injury. I just wanted to thank you guys for the kit, I only hope I never have to test the rest of it in quite the same way!”

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This ST1 is one of our most popular motorcycle sport boots – offering racing style and protection, but still comfortable enough for everyday use….

Whilst a collision or accident is the one thing no motorcyclist wants to experience, we are always pleased to hear when our design, research and manufacturing has helped to prevent avoidable injury.

Spada work tirelessly to provide high quality motorcycle apparel at affordable prices whilst maintaining those all important safety standards that you can put your trust in. This is true for every product that we make so that they stand up to any impact when required.

If you would like more information about the ST1 boot or to find your local dealer, visit the SpadaClothing website: http://bit.ly/1K5Qwf5

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Jake Dixon and Spada – setting the pace…

May 7, 2015 — 0

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Spada rider, Jake Dixon secured a win in the Motorsport British Supersport Championship. The 19 year old rider, rode to victory on his Smith Triumph at Donington at the weekend. Dixon improved three times on his own fastest lap making it a comfortable start for the British rider.

Luke Stapleford has made the early break with Dixon running in third place, though Dixon was fast on the attack and taking the Lincolnshire rider on the second lap.

Dixon claimed third place in qualifying for yesterday’s 10 lap ‘Sprint’ race and the Dover resident slotted into fourth place before the race was halted due to a spill. Re-started over just six laps, a slight mistake on the exit of the Old Hairpin dropped Jake back to seventh but despite it being such a short race distance, he set the fastest lap of the race to finish in a brilliant second place.

Jake is one of a growing number of young hopefuls choosing Spada on the track, alongside Glen Irwin and TT WInner Dean Harrison – to find out more about the latest Spada range visit http://bit.ly/18H8DIi

Dixon took the lead from Stapleford on the sixth lap with a faultless performance for the remainder of the race, it was fantastic to see him make his debut win in the class.

Jake Dixon: “I can’t believe how the weekend has gone and to come away with a first and second is something else. I struggled a bit in practice with the electronics and then I had a small crash so I was on the back foot a bit but we made some changes in qualifying and the bike was brilliant from then on. I didn’t make the best of starts in the first race so was delighted to take second but to win today is brilliant. The Smiths Racing Team have given me the opportunity to show what I can do and the Triumph is brilliant so I’m absolutely made up.”

We can’t wait for the next race!

Images courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography

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Never forget them.

April 14, 2011 — 0

This is for all the men and women who go to war, for whatever reasons, please spare just a minute’s thought for the sacrifices that they, and their families make.

A beautiful poem, beautifully read.