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Old 02-16-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Alpinestars for ADV Riders discussion

I've noticed an abscence of Alpinestars talk here in the Vendor area on ADV Rider, so I am going to spark it up a bit with information, reviews, secrets and news and dial it in for ADV riders. Hope we can gain some business from it too. Motostrano offers ADV Riders free shipping, easy returns, price matching, deals where we can offer them, fast shipping on gear and accesss to new stuff, close-out promos and price reductions. If you find a better deal online, let us know. We ship out of California.

In terms of specific ADV stuff, With astars we have Boots, Gloves, Pants, Jackets and a textile suit to select from, not to mention a wide catalog of body armor and undergarments.

I've been selling Alpinestars motorcycle apparel for eight years now. At one time, we almost exclusively focused on Alpinestars, developing an "Alpinestars Store" here in Redwood City as a destination spot where you could find the entire catalog, in our shop, ready to buy. In 2007 I visited the Alpinestars headquarters in Italy for a behind the scenes look at the future of the company and the R&D facility. Impressive. I'll be going back again soon. (some photos from that trip )

I've also spent a lot of time at the Alpinestars US headquarters in Torrence. I've got some photos around of that too that I'll try to find. When you buy Alpinestars, one of the most important selling points, I feel, is that even though their products are distributed through Parts Unlimited, the largest aftermarket parts distributor in the world, you can still get one-on-one aftersale service by talking to Alpinestars direclty. Before Alpinetars distributorship was taken over by Parts Unlimited, all Alpinestars in the US came out of Los Angeles with a dedicated sales staff. So, it's in Torrence where you can get factory warranty service done and they also handle repairs and refresh services on all their products.

Over the years and over millions of dollars in Alpinestars sales, I've seen only a miniscule amount of warranty and defect issues. And when they have popped up, Alpinestars has always thrown down with either full replacement or a quick repair job. Little things like stitching on a glove, they'll replace the item. Bigger affairs, like fading velcroe or a bad cut on a suit or jacket, they'll take the item in for a quick repair. You can also send your moto boots to Torrence to get resoled. guys are always a little amazed when i mention this, perhaps because they think the company is too big to get involved this in this type of thing.

In talking to the folks at Alpinestars, there is a plan to keep adding adventure touring products to their product catalog and to improve on existing models over the years. Good news for ADV riders. Because they've been around for so long, you'll see Alpinestars having version 5, 6 or 7 of a given product. For instance, I've seen the Alpinestars 360 suit go through 3 redesigns over the years. It is due for another remake this year. Some products, like the Jet Road gloves will go through a catalog run and then dissappear for a few years, only to return, with an all new design, new materials and based on the past years'of research, testing and user feedback. I've been inside the Alpinestars
testing facility. Very cool.

I've put together a related page of Alpinestars adventure and touring focused gear on our web site as a guide. I'll keep this updated as the 2011 product gets introduced here in the next week or so. Of course, stuff not on this list isn't excluded from ADV duty, but the products on this page are intentionally designed for the adventure touring activity and so have some specific features for the task. I'll also keep poking Alpinestars to build more products for this market. Questions or comments, additions, subtractions, please chime in. thanks.

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Nice, since I'm gear shopping right now I'll be lurking around on your site.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #3
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Hey Joe,
You might be the one to help me.
I've just bought a new pair of Tech 7 MX boots.
Trying them on it the office over my suit pants, and I snugged up some of the ratchet operated bucke straps, some of which are now a bit tight.
What is the trick for releasing the ratchet to let them back out again?????

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Old 02-17-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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Hi Tim

Yea, it can be tricky at times and is easier to do with the boot off. You basically take your thumb and jamb it on the the buckle entry, pull the strap back, which releases the teeth inside the boot and you can then pull it out or push it in and it won't move freely. i've attached a photo of what i mean



hope this helps.

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Hey Joe,
You might be the one to help me.
I've just bought a new pair of Tech 7 MX boots.
Trying them on it the office over my suit pants, and I snugged up some of the ratchet operated bucke straps, some of which are now a bit tight.
What is the trick for releasing the ratchet to let them back out again?????

Cheers
Tim
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Hi Tim

Yea, it can be tricky at times and is easier to do with the boot off. You basically take your thumb and jamb it on the the buckle entry, pull the strap back, which releases the teeth inside the boot and you can then pull it out or push it in and it won't move freely. i've attached a photo of what i mean



hope this helps.

Cheers,

Joe
Thanks Joe, it works a treat. Your speedy and expert assistance just reminds me again what a powerful tool the interweb is.
Thanks again.

Cheers
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:05 AM   #6
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Thanks Tim. Any time

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Thanks Joe, it works a treat. Your speedy and expert assistance just reminds me again what a powerful tool the interweb is.
Thanks again.

Cheers
Tim
It's great having someone who KNOWS what he sells!

How does the sizing run on the Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket? I know that I typically need to go up a size from what I normally wear in the Astars leather.

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Nice, since I'm gear shopping right now I'll be lurking around on your site.
Cool. Let me know if I can help.

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