Where does Crescent Suzuki’s Jon Kirkham go when he needs custom racing leathers made for his British Superbike Championship bid? Why Alpinestars of course. Testing in Spain before the 2011 season began, Kirkham stopped by the Alpinestars HQ in Italy to get fitted for his new racing suit, and the Crescent Suzuki team brought along its cameras to share the experience with everyone else.

You don’t have to follow the BSB series to appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a custom leather suit, and getting an inside look at one of the top brand’s operation is certainly enlightening. The process is more involved than just taking a stock suit and putting logos on it. Instead each piece is custom cut to the rider’s measurements, and hand sewn to make a completely unique garment for Kirkham.

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that if he bins it during practice or a race, a new custom suit can be made from scratch in just eight hours. Check the video out after the jump.

Source: Moto.Caradisiac; Photo: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Victor Pritzker

    Absolutely fascinating. The combination of old time craftsmanship and modern tech is wonderful. Clearly, riding gear is one the most important pieces of gear, for both racing and street, that a rider can have. The testing of this gear is clearly as well conceived as it is with mechanical gear, A revelation to see, and for good reasons! rider safety is and should be of as great a development effort as the mechanics of the bikes.
    Great stuff Jenson. More on gear in future please. It is just as important as the bikes in terms of rider comfort and safety.
    I bet you could get lots of this kind of info from other innovative outfits like Aero Stich, and First Gear for road riders as well.