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Barcelona-based Fuel Motorcycles creates Africa-ready scramblers for clients around the world.Fuel Motorcycles

The winds of motorcycle style and pizzazz continue to blow in from Europe, and the lastest protective garments from Spain and Italy have arrived in the Gaansari workshop for testing and review.

Fuel is a newer custom motorcycle builder from Barcelona, and Dainese from Molvena has been outfitting MotoGP's best since 1972. Fuel designs its gear to include look good, fit well, and protect as promised with CE-rated armor in the shoulders, elbows, back, hips, and knees, while Dainese channels Giacomo Agostini's golden years from the mid-'70s with its Settantadue (72) line.

Here’s a preview of three new products we’ve received and plan to test over the next few months, with complete reviews to follow in the spring.

Who is Fuel?

Fuel Downtown Denim Jacket
Fuel Downtown Denim JacketFuel Motorcycles

Fuel began developing riding garments after organizing its Scram Africa trips seven years ago; a trip of more than 2,000 kilometers for scramblers to the south of Morocco by roads, trails, and dunes. The Downtown denim jacket is made of 12.5-ounce indigo-dyed denim, lined with Kevlar. Includes CE-rated elbow, shoulder, and back protection, waxed for weather protection and durability.

Fuel Sergeant Sahara Pants
Fuel Sergeant Sahara PantsFuel Motorcycles

The Sergeant Sahara pants are made of 11.5-ounce heavy cotton twill lined with Kevlar. The stretch denim has suede detailing on the upper sides, and includes removable CE-rated knee and hip armor.

Dainese Stone 72 Boots
Dainese Stone 72 BootsDainese

Don't think these are flimsy fashion boots; Dainese uses its tear- and abrasion-resistant D-Stone fabric in the upper with full-grain cowhide leather lowers. Waaaay more protective than Ago himself wore to 15 world titles. Wear leather pants for added peace of mind.

Dainese Toga 72 Perforated Leather Jacket
Dainese Toga 72 Perforated Leather JacketDainese

The Toga 72 is a modern version of one of Dainese's first leather jackets, the Toga. This one is perforated for breathability on scorching summer rides, made of cowhide.

Dainese Ergo 72 Gloves
Dainese Ergo 72 GlovesDainese

Decades of race glove production helped Dainese develop road gloves like the Ergo 72s, with an Amica suede palm and goatskin leather uppers. Integrated metal knuckle protection and pre-curved fingers help them fit comfortably out of the box.