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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 — 0

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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.

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Spada launch all-weather kids’ kit

March 7, 2011 — 0

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Kids sizes launched on popular textile items from British motorcycle clothing firm

Spada, the British designed motorcycle apparel brand, has released a range of children’s sizes for two of its most popular textile garments; the Lunar jacket and Duo Tech trousers.

The all-season ‘Junior’ range offers peace of mind to parents who want their children to enjoy motorcycling with riding kit designed specifically to fit them – keeping them warm, dry and secure.  With a combined price of less than £100, both the Lunar Junior jacket and Duo Tech Junior trousers are only available in black with highly visible fluorescent detailing, in age sizes 4-6, 8-10 or 12-14.

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The Lunar jacket (£54.95) is a 100% waterproof, all season jacket with CE armour fitted at the elbows and shoulder. Constructed with a polyester Kordura outer shell, the full-length jacket features a storm flap over the main zip and high and soft collar to help keep the elements out.

For when the weather gets warmer, the thermal lining can be removed and cool air passed through by opening four zipped vents on the front and with two rear exhaust vents of the jacket. The Spada Lunar jacket also features adjustment to create a ‘tailored’ fit and ensure maximum warmth by way of two Velcro straps on each arm and across the waist.

The Duo Tech trousers (£42.95) are 100% waterproof and breathable with the option of easily removing the quilted thermal lining.

Made from heavy duty Maxtex Nylon, the trouser boasts CE approved armour in the knees and a doubly layered seat for greater protection and wear resistance. Two outer zipped pockets are easily accessible and, using its long or short zips, the Duo Tech trousers can attach to a jacket easily for a more secure fit and prevent drafts.

Spada Marketing Manager, Mark Ingleby, explains the move: ‘Obviously we want everybody to enjoy the benefits and fun of motorcycling at Spada and seeing kids on the back of bikes with ill-fitting and inappropriate clothing flapping in the wind can be concerning as a parent. With these competitively priced Junior items, we’re confident that more riders will want to take their children out for a ride safe in the knowledge they’re properly equipped.’

In autumn 2010, the combination of the Lunar jacket and Duo Tech trousers were thoroughly tested by the Red Arrows pilots who, in just four days, successfully rode the entire length of the UK in all manner of conditions to raise money for a host of charities.

Visit www.spadaclothing.co.uk or call 01384 413841 for more information

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Josh Caygill. BSB Racer, Part-time Van Salesman…

March 5, 2011 — 0

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Spada Predator Josh Caygill
Josh, in his new work suit...

We recently had a great day with Josh Caygill up at his family’s VW commercial Van Centre near leeds.

Josh, along with other BSB guys Jimmy Hill, AJ Venter and Stuart Easton will be wearing and no doubt fully testing our top line Predator Race suit for the 2011 season ahead.

Needless to say we’re excited about working with these guys to get the best feedback on the suits in order to continually improve the products that we make for bikers of all riding styles.

The day went well with Josh the perfect professional whilst being photographed – even with the abuse and all-round background tomfoolery from the guys in the garage – in some of our cracking new 2011 products, including the Tornado and Energy style jackets as well as the Target Parka. Good work fella!

We got some really good pics that we will be using in upcoming advertising and promotional stuff and thanks to Josh and his family for their hospitality, and of course the plentiful cups of strong tea and biscuits.

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SPADA ALL-SEASON KIT ON DISPLAY

September 7, 2010 — 0

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New textile items from British clothing firm used by Red Arrows

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Spada, the British designed motorcycle apparel brand, has released a new waterproof textile jacket and trousers for the Autumn season which will be thoroughly tested by the Red Arrows on an upcoming 1000 mile charity ride across the length of the UK.

With performance punching way above its price, the Lunar jacket is a 100% waterproof, all season jacket with CE armour fitted at the elbows and shoulder. Constructed with a polyester Kordura outer shell, the full-length jacket features a storm flap over the main zip and high and soft collar to help keep the elements out.

For when the weather hots up, the thermal lining can be removed and cool air passed through by opening four zipped vents on the front and with two rear exhaust vents of the jacket. The Spada Lunar jacket also features adjustment to create a ‘tailored’ fit and ensure maximum warmth by way of two Velcro straps on each arm and across the waist.

The Lunar jacket also features two large outer pockets and two internal ones and can be zipped securely to any Spada leather or textile trousers.

The Duo Tech trousers (£89.99) are 100% waterproof and breathable with the option of easily removing the quilted thermal lining.

Made from heavy duty Maxtex Nylon, the trouser boasts CE approved armour in the knees and a doubly layered seat for greater protection and wear resistance. Two outer zipped pockets are easily accessible and, using its long or short zips, the Duo Tech trousers can attach to a jacket easily for a more secure fit and prevent drafts.

Both the Lunar jacket and Duo Tech trousers are available in Blue or Red in sizes S-XXXL with the all Black option going up to size XXXXL.

On September 30, pilots from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and four of the Fighter Pilots from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will have just four days to cover the entire length of mainland UK as part of a money-raising scooter ride for charity.

All fourteen pilots will be dressed in Spada’s new black and red Lunar jacket and Duo Tech trousers along with the sports touring ST1 boots (£89.99) and popular Contrast gloves (£34.99).

Flight Lieutenant and Red 6, Mike Ling, commented on the Spada kit: “Riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats during autumn, we’ll inevitably come across adverse weather conditions. The pilots were looking to find riding kit that would not just protect us and be all-day comfortable, but also keep us warm and dry. The team has already spent a day in the Spada clothing riding in the rain and we’re already suitably impressed.”

For more information on the Red Arrows and to donate, visit www.raf.mod.uk/reds