Single-layer protective denim safer

Single-layer motorcycle clothing that passes safety tests is getting closer with DSM Dyneema gaining European approval after the latest tests. Their single-layer denim with elastic material and a large amount of Dyneema has passed the four-second abrasion test. It now gains an EN13595-1 approval for level 1 which means abrasion resistance of four seconds or …

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BMW launches airbag jacket

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars have collaborated to produce a textile jacket with an airbag for use on the road and in off-road riding. The Street Air jacket follows a BMW and Alpinestars DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather race suit in 2014. If that is any indication, it could be quite expensive as the Alpinestars vest component, …

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Top bikes and gear brands rated

Yamaha has replaced Harley-Davidson as the top brand rated by Australian riders, while Shoei is the top helmet, Aplinestars best for gear and Pirelli the best tyre. The results come from the second annual survey of 1079 riders by customer satisfaction research and ratings business Canstar Blue. Top motorcycle brands Only the seven most popular road …

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Draggin boss debunks Kevlar myth

Australian motorcycle clothing company Draggin has been using genuine DuPont Kevlar since 1997 and CEO Grant Mackintosh has now debunked some unsubstantiated claims about the material as myths. Those claims include that it degrades in the sun or when washed and that they get hot and burn or melt on to the skin in a …

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AGV helmet hydrates riders on the go

Italian motorbike helmet manufacturer AGV has introduced a hydration cooling system which allows riders to sip liquid while riding. The AGV Pista GP R, presented in five graphics and two carbon variants, will be available from November 2016 starting from €1200 (about $A1800). There is no word on when it will be available in Australia, but …

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Segura Nomad jacket for hispters

Segura Nomad jacket for hipsters

Segura has released a very hipster jacket that takes its inspiration from the famous waxed-cotton Belstaff Trailmaster. The French-made Segura Nomad jacket looks like traditional waxed cotton, but it’s actually a textile/leather combination. It retails for $599.95, which is cheaper than you can buy most Belstaff jackets. Yet it lacks for none of the hipster …

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Pakistani leather jacket

Beware Pakistan leather gear

There is hardly a day goes by where Motorbike Writer’s email inbox isn’t bombarded by spam, mainly from Pakistan leather motorcycle gear manufacturers. They offer ridiculously cheap prices and say their gear is the equivalent of top-quality products. I usually ignore them and send them to the waste bin. However, when one of them offered …

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Protective rider gear more confusing

The protection standards of motorcycle clothing are becoming more confusing as changes to Europe’s CE Approval system begin to flow through to Australia. In May, Draggin CEO and founder Grant Mackintosh said that until Australia introduced a five-star rating system for motorcycle protective clothing in the next couple of years, labelling would remain confusing to riders who will have …

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Saint Unbreakable Denim motorcycle protective clothing

Saint Unbreakable Denim now certified

Australian motorcycle clothing company Saint has created the world’s strongest single-layer denim which has now achieved European certification for greater than four-second abrasion resistance. Saint’s “Unbreakable Denim” is made by weaving 66% Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) in the warp and weft while having a 34% cotton denim “face”. The result is a single-layer denim …

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