Dainese open a leathers mu­seum, and Kenny Roberts takes a com­fort break

Dainese open their archive to the pub­lic with For­est Of Leathers in Vi­cenza (Italy)

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ver won­dered what goes into pro­tect­ing the hides of the world’s best rac­ers and in turn yours? Or what hap­pens to the leathers that get scuffed and bat­tered as the world’s finest throw them­selves at the scenery for our en­ter­tain­ment?

Won­der no more. Dainese have opened their ex­ten­sive archive of rac­ers’ suits to the pub­lic. It’s called ‘The For­est Of Leathers’ and it’s at Vi­cenza, Italy.

The col­lec­tion of more than 500 made-tomea­sure race suits made for and worn by past and present leg­ends from Gi­a­como Agos­tini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts and Eddie Law­son to Carl Fog­a­rty, Max Bi­aggi and the GOAT him­self Valentino Rossi, is just part of a larger ex­hibit the Ital­ian firm has dubbed The DAR or Dainese Archivio. Two-times champ Bazza helped Dainese de­velop the very first back pro­tec­tor hav­ing en­dured more than his fair share of un­pleas­ant in­ter­faces with the black stuff, as the ex­hibit ex­plains in de­tail.

As well as leathers, boots, gloves and lids from the world of GP rac­ing, WSB and some of the world’s top do­mes­tic se­ries, DAR also ex­hibits Dainese’s in­no­va­tions in the worlds of horse rid­ing, ski­ing and even space travel.

At more than 900 square me­tres and with 20 themed sec­tions it takes more than a brisk stroll to take in, par­tic­u­larly be­cause it in­cludes a se­lec­tion of arous­ing race bikes too, in­clud­ing Ago’s MV and Rossi’s YZR-M1.

In its early years Dainese threw away dam­aged race suits and sim­ply made re­place­ments. But they soon re­alised they could use the knack­ered leathers to im­prove the prod­uct – and the for­est was born.

“DAR is not a mu­seum,” says Lino Dainese who started the com­pany when he made him­self a natty pair of mo­tocross pants back in 1972. “It is an evolv­ing archive of a com­pany look­ing to the fu­ture.”

Doors to DAR open 27 July, en­try is Fri­days and Satur­days only. Best of all though, it’s free and no for­ward book­ing is re­quired ex­cept for groups of 10 or more. Yet an­other ex­cuse, as if one were needed, to visit Italy. Con­tact: daine­searchivio.com

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