1988 - RISE OF THE RHINO
RST can trace its history back to 1988, with a simple idea - to produce a range of motorcycle clothing that offered exceptional value and quality combined with cutting edge design and style. Originally named 'Rhino', RST started with a range of gloves.
2001 - Jonny Towers, the driving force behind the evolution from Rhino to RST, started to develop the range in a new direction, the first RST collection of sports leathers and textiles was launched. The start of a whole new chapter.
2003 – First British Championship
Karl Harris won RST it’s first British championship, taking the British Supersport crown in dominant fashion aboard a Honda CBR600RR. Karl was one of the most entertaining and tough riders of his generation.
2008 – First World Championship
Andrew Pitt joined the RST team in 2006 debuting the brand on the World Stage riding for Yamaha in World Superbikes, after a stint in MotoGP in 2007 followed by some wildcards in the World Supersport championship for the legendary Ten Kate team Pitt joined the team full time in 2008 and secured RST first World Championship!
2014 - With the number of riders wearing RST race suits around the world increasing we decided to build our first manufacturing facility dedicated to race suits, this went from strength to strength and built into RST’s own full scale factory not only producing race suits but all of our leather garments and the majority of textiles too.
2015 – Became Official Safety Partner of the Isle of Man
RST became Official Safety Partner to the inaugural Classic TT in 2013 and then stepped up to become the Official Safety Partner to the Isle of Man TT in 2015, and also sponsored the RST Super Bike race, the traditional opening race of the TT. Surely one of the proudest moments in our history to be a partner of such a historic and iconic event.
2020 – First airbag product introduced
After a long and comprehensive development period RST launched its first range of Airbag products in the Autumn of 2020. Working with our technology partners In&motion we decided to truly democratise airbags and launched of range of garments covering all riding styles with the airbag built-in. Making the enhanced safety of airbag garments available to everyone.