AGV Sportmodular carbon modular motorcycle helmet

AGV Sportmodular makes light work of touring

The AGV Sportmodular is the world’s first all-carbon-shell modular (flip-up) helmet and its light weight certainly makes it less tiring on a long trip. It costs $899 for the glossy carbon, $999 for white and grey, while the two “Multi” (Red and Hi Vis Yellow) are $1099. Australian AGV distributors Link International sent Mrs MBW and …

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Eyeco head-up display alert smart

EyeCo flashes alerts in helmet or goggles

The makers of the basic EyeCo head-up display unit that flashes coloured alert lights in a rider’s peripheral vision claim it is a “Fitbit for your eyesight”. EyeCo refer to it as a “personal co-pilot” that helps racers train and supplies basic navigation aids. It looks more like a distraction to us, but it could …

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MiClimate motorcycle air conditioning conditioner

MiClimate rider air-conditioning this summer

Arizona company MiClimate says their lightweight wearable air-conditioning unit for riders is expected to be available in the middle of this southern summer. MiClimate was unveiled in April 2016 and has been a long time in the development stage. Now MiCli 1 is expected to ship in December at $US399 (about $A540) plus shipping. For …

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Ashvault Backpack from Flying Solo Gear

Should motorcycle riders wear a backpack?

There are a lot of reasons why motorcyclists should not wear a backpack while riding, says Amanda Chan of Flying Solo Gear Co who has designed a special rider’s backpack.  “The average backpack isn’t designed to be worn by motorcycle riders,” Amanda says. “If a rider falls, the pack can catch and twist the spine, …

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SlimBuds motorcycle earphones in production

SlimBuds motorcycle earphones go into production

Production of SlimBuds Bluetooth motorcycle earphones has begun a year after the company launched its successful crowd-funding program and they will be ready for shipping in August. CEO Alperen Topay recently sent me a set of pre-production earphones and the associated app to test ahead of production models which will cost $US140 (about $A189) in grey or black …

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GPS Lions Rd Google Maps

Google Maps motorbike mode expands

Google Maps has expanded its two-wheeler mode for motorcycles and scooters into Asia after launching in India in December 2017. Motorbike mode differs from other modes by providing alternate routes and faster estimated arrival times. Google Maps currently provides travel routes, navigation and travel time estimates for public transport, bicycles, cars and walking, depending on …

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Macna winter and summer gloves tested

Macna winter and summer gloves tested

In a few short weeks I’ve been able to test new summer and winter gloves from European motorcycle clothing company Macna. Australian distributors Link International sent us several pair of gloves for Mrs MBW and me to test while on our recent trip through Italy. Mrs MBW and I were able to test waterproof summer gloves in …

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Jarvish X-AR augmented reality HUD smart helmet

Is Jarvish X-AR helmet the smartest yet?

There have been many smart helmets promised and some released with various levels of technology, but this Jarvish X-AR helmet promises to combine just about everything as well as voice control by Siri as well as Amazon Alexa and OK Google. We assume Alexa and Google will allow you to record your favourite TV show, …

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