Italian leather jackets focus on motorcycle racing heritage

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Dainese, the maker of premium safety wear for motorcyclists since 1972, has unveiled a new line of vintage-look Speed Leather jackets that embody the Italian style and heritage of the company’s original racing suits. 

Called Dainese Settantadue – the Italian word for 72 – the Speed Leather jackets incorporate the latest safety features while staying true to the period look that inspired them. 

Rapida 72 with racing-suit artwork on its lining

“Dainese Settantadue is our contemporary interpretation of the history of riding wear,” Cristiano Silei, chief executive of Dainese, said in a news release.

The jackets for men and women are available in three distinctive styles: Freccia 72 with the company’s twin horizontal-band design; Toga 72, which channels the details and cuts of the originals; and Rapide 72, referencing Dainese’s racing history with functionality and advanced technology. 

“The Speed Leather range focuses on the importance and love of the leather jacket, jackets that hark back to the racing suits that Dainese produced at the start of its journey,” the company says. “Staying true to Italian heritage, the jackets are the epitome of style, beauty and effortless elegance – while incorporating the latest safety technology.”

For information on the Dainese Settantadue range of Speed Leather jackets, visit the company website.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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