What We're Wearing: 2024 Kramer GP2 890RR Introduction

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Staying safe while going fast

Riding sportbikes on a racetrack involves high speeds and precision. Get it right, and you can end up doing things like dragging your knees and elbows on the ground. Get it wrong and you can end up dragging knees, elbows... and every other part of your body on the ground. Clearly, track riding is dangerous. That's why when I attend track-focused events like the introduction of the 2024 Kramer GP2 890RR, I wear full-coverage safety gear designed specifically for track riding by the guys who crash motorcycles the most – professional racers.

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Here's what I picked:

Helmet: Arai Corsair-X Nicky Reset

Arai's flagship racing helmet, the Corsair-X is trusted all over the world by riders spanning the motorcycling spectrum; from riders that make a living on two wheels to casual commuters. The Corsair-X features huge ventilation channels and fits great on intermediate-oval head shapes. And if you happen to get this Nicky Reset graphic, be prepared to have conversations with total strangers about how cool your helmet is. Read our review here.

Suit: Alpinestars GP Tech V4

Alpinestars protects riders like Marc Marquez – and he crashes a lot. So, I feel safe in the Alpinestars GP Tech V4 suit. It's also compatible with either the Tech-Air 5 or Tech-Air 10 airbag system for extra peace of mind.

Airbag: Alpinestars Tech-Air 5

Ever since I got hit by a car while wearing an airbag – and came away with just a little soreness – I don't ride without one, street or track. In this case, I was wearing the Tech-Air 5 from Alpinestars. You can read all about my little incident, and how the Tech-Air 5 performed, here.

Gloves: Alpinestars GP Pro R3

Gloves are a weird thing, and one of the hardest pieces of safety equipment to get right. Everyone's hand shapes are slightly different, so making a glove that fits well is incredibly hard. The Alpinestars GP Pro R3 isn't the flagship glove in the Alpinestars lineup, but it's my favorite track glove. It's a little tight through the wrist opening, but once I'm in the fit is great.

Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R Vented

If I've said it once, then I've said it a million times: the Alpinestars Supertech R boot is my favorite track boot. Period. It's extremely comfortable, offers great range of motion, and does a good job of limiting movement in directions your foot and ankle shouldn't go. I've taken multiple pairs of Supertech boots straight out of the box and jumped right onto the bike, with no break-in required. They're that comfortable. I've written more words about the boots here, and E-i-C Brasfield wrote his own review about them here.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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