There’s no word more meaningful for a racing motorcyclist than “Veloce”.
To be Veloce is the goal, the final purpose.
It’s the desire to get that rush of adrenaline in your body.
You want to be Veloce so you push yourself forward, you can’t wait for your next track day. You keep on thinking, again and again, how to improve your style, how to beat your lap-time; from when you start as an amateur and later, when you are shaving seconds or tenths of a second as you become an advanced rider.
Being Veloce is not only fun, it is more than this – a feeling of having found your place in the world.
We know this is a serious business for you, and that’s why, once again, we have designed something unique.
Veloce is a made-to-measure suit, produced in Italy with high-end specification; leather tanned in Italy; European protective materials; designed for pure performance on track and – most of all – to perform when things don’t go to plan
Vircos Veloce è progettata e realizzata interamente in Italia nel centro di ricerca e sviluppo Vircos.
The Vircos Veloce is made of genuine kangaroo leather BIO TANNED, 100% chrome free.
The Chromium metal potentially dangerous for contamination of people and the environment has been substituted by Vegetable and Synthetic tannins.
This high-end leather suit is equipped with Level 2 protectors on shoulders, elbows, knees and hips.
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Vircos Veloce is equipped with the classic and iconic shoulder, knees and elbow moulds of the first generation. These protectors are designed to be a perfect sliding surface in the case of a long slide on tarmac.
They perform in two ways, on one side they mitigate possible trauma for the rider due to abrasion on the tarmac; and on the other side important structural seams are protected.
We’ve used an eye-catching printed pattern on the sleeves of the Vircos Veloce. This pattern is customisable in colours and is the perfect final touch to give your suit a unique look.
A pro rider look for your track days!
Real Level 2 hip protectors are used in the Vircos Veloce.
We did this because, as we always say, our suits are used and tested by professional riders and we understand the pain of sliding and hitting a curb on such a vulnerable part of your body.
Vircos V372 is compatible with Tech-Air RACE from Alpinestars.
The suit was designed in cooperation with Alpinestars to ensure a proper inflation of the airbag system.
Vircos Veloce is compatible with two different airbag technologies from Alpinestars: Tech-Air RACE and Tech-Air 10.
The result of over a decade of development in MotoGP and following on from Alpinestars’ first-generation racing airbag system and the launch of the ground-breaking Tech-Air® Street, this latest version of Alpinestars Tech-Air® technology brings full upper body protection to serious track day and performance riders.
The Tech-Air® Race is completely self-contained, meaning there are no bike-to-rider set-up configurations required, which ensures the ultimate in convenience, freedom and versatility.
When fully inflated, the system’s airbag offers critical protection to the back, kidneys, chest and shoulders. Plus, with a simple upgrade the versatile system firmware, the Race system can be configured to run the Tech-Air® Street setting for non-race use in road and off-road situations. The Tech-Air®Race vest must be used in a Tech-Air®Compatible garment
Vircos Veloce is AAA Certified.
What does that mean?
Wearing a Vircos suit from the Bespoke Racing Gear line doesn’t just mean wearing the motorcycle suit you really want – it means wrapping yourself in a fully-fledged safety device.
You can rest assured though, that before it ever reaches you our MotoGP and Superbike riders have already tested it; in addition to it being fully certified in a series of demanding lab tests that mimic real world crashes.
Standards are made to be beaten. Motorsport is always a challenge, for each rider personally before you even think about your opponents.
In Vircos we approached the CE certification standards with the same attitude, challenging ourselves to reach the highest possible standard. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s break it down in order…
What does it mean for a suit to be certified?
To answer this question first we have to step back to definitions and classifications. Leather suits are certified as PPE – Personal Protective Equipment.
This makes it fall under a similar category to your helmet, or even a work uniform – if you have one. As such it is an object designed and engineered to protect the wearer from risk. In the same way a fireman’s uniform protects from the risk of fire a motorcycle suit protects from the risk that arises from riding a motorbike.
Since December 21st 1989 – in regard to the regulation 89/686/CEE – every leather suit or more general motorcycle garment was supposed to be CE certified; but, in reality, most of the motorcycle clothing industry ignored this obligation.
It was common for companies to put out garments that contained CE certified protectors but with the garment itself not certified and tested.
This happened because the old CE regulation (the EN 13595) was too restrictive – in the sense that it was mainly written for functional work garments, such as police leather trousers and jackets – and not ever really optimised or orientated to the leather suits produced for racing.
To make something that was practical, comfortable and useable for a racer, within the standard was almost not possible.
So, the standard EN 13595 existed – but was largely ignored.
Despite this, at Vircos we did a have a model of race suit (The Vircos AIR-GAP) that was certified to this standard. We made it as a challenge to ourselves, that we wanted to explore to show the level of our products, even against such a difficult standard.
With the introduction of the new regulation EN 17092 however, the motorcycle industry as a whole needed to change its view.
With a new harmonised standard, which works across multiple disciplines, all garments are supposed to be certified.
It’s a very different story when every single aspect of the garment is considered (and then tested) against its aim to protect the user. Every seam, every material, every mould – all aspects of the construction of the suit – are tested again and again in a lab, to ensure they meet the standards.
Back to the way we approach the CE certification…
The regulation divides motorcycle garments into different classes:
- Class AAA Garments: Highest level of protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class AA Garments: Protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class A Garments: Minimum necessary degree of protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class B Garments: Designed to provide equivalent abrasion protection of Class A but without impact protectors.
- Class C Garments: Impact protectors ensemble garment.
As we only make leather suits for racing of course we had our eye on the highest standard of EN 17092 – but this wasn’t enough; we wanted to beat these standards, performing way beyond the base requirements.
The traction resistance for the seams in one of our suits is up to 145% tighter than the required norm of the highest standard of EN 17092 AAA.
Only Scholler Kevlar is used on our suits, because the tear resistance of that specific material is up to 5 times higher than the required standard of EN17092 AAA.
How can I check if my garment is CE Certified?
In every CE Certified garment you will find a label stating that it is CE certified. In addition to the label there will be a booklet which explains the class and level of certification. Also in this booklet is the information of a special website where you can request the DoC – the Declaration of Conformity – of the product.
No DoC means it’s not certified!
If you’ve been reading this article for a while, congratulations! We know this sort of thing isn’t as sexy as a picture of a MotoGP rider mid-corner, but it’s a hugely important part of our job, so we thank you for reading it and getting properly informed.
If you have any questions regarding certification our CUSTOMER CARE department is available to answer any questions you have. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask if you want to.
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2 YEARS WARRANTY
Every Bespoke Vircos suit is guaranteed to last.
Every component and stitching is guaranteed for 2 years time.
As a made to measure product a Vircos suit has to fit you 100%.
That’s why our company provides you a full fitting warranty.