One of the coolest things about the motorcycle industry is the people you meet in it. For most of them, motorcycling isn’t a job, it’s a way of life, and something that they live out even when they clock out. Heath Cofran, who’s a communications pro for gearmaker Alpinestars, is one of the guys, and his Ducati…
When they wanted to sell gear to women, manufacturers used to just toss a pink butterfly on a small men’s jacket and call it a day, but companies are finally starting to realize women riders deserve gear that looks nice and protects them well too.
Only a few years ago. You’d be hard pressed to find fashionable motorcycle gear with actual armor. Sure, there Vanson and Schott, but many of their options had blocky cuts, a severe rockabilly vibe, or lacked actual armor.
Alpinestars has committed to bringing its TechAir system to something we’d actually want to wear later this year, and now it’s teaming up with BMW on a new line of branded jackets with the integrated airbag. But unlike similar kit from Dainese, it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride.
Alpinestars is out with its first pair of street-focused airbag-equipped jackets, and they have me seriously considering hanging up by beaten and battered leathers and taking the leap.
Up until now, if you wanted to wrap your body in airbag-equipped riding gear, you normally had to go with a full-on race suit like the pros in MotoGP and World Superbike. That's starting to change, and the latest entrant is the Alpinestars Tech-Air Street system.