motogp airbag suits

MotoGP makes airbag suits compulsory

MotoGP riders have been wearing airbag suits since 2007 to protect them in a crash, but from this year they will become mandatory in all classes. If airbag suits are good enough for MotoGP riders, they are also good enough for you. Helite makes airbag vests and jackets for a fraction of the cost of …

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Prof Rutledge Plastic fibre tougher than Kevlar

Plastic fibre tougher than Kevlar

A new polyethylene nano fibre that is thinner, tougher, lighter and cheaper than Kevlar and Dyneema could be the next big thing in motorcycle clothing, especially riding jeans. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a process that can easily produce ultrafine polymer fibres that are exceptional strong, very thin and inexpensive to …

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Incharger Baseline oval grips

Are oval hand grips more comfortable?

Oval shaped handlebar grips are more ergonomic and comfortable for long trips, says European motorcycle accessories manufacturer Incharger. Their new Baseline collection for Harley-Davdson motorcycles only features grips that are oval shaped to reflect the shape of your palm. They claim it gives you more control with an especially relaxed hold during long trips. It …

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husqvarna pilen vitpilen helmet

Husqvarna Pilen helmet matches bikes

Husqvarna has realised a Darth Vader-style Pilen helmet to match their new Vitpilen 701 naked bike unveiled last month at the EICMA show in Milan. Pilen means arrow in Swedish and the helmet certainly has the clean lines of an arrow. The helmet features a quick-change, double-panel, scratch-resistant visor and a ventilation scoop on the top …

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Valentino Rossi AGV tribute helmet

AGV Valentino Rossi tribute helmet 

Italian helmet manufacturer AGV is celebrating 20 years of Valentino Rossi world-class race wins with a special tribute helmet. Rossi has only worn AGV helmets throughout his racing career. All have been designed by Aldo Drudi, who became friends with Vale’s father, Graziano, when he was racing from 1977 to ‘82. Aldo has been a …

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Distressed clothing has a high cost

Fashion shows true cost of crashing

A British road safety campaign highlights how fashionable “distressed” clothing may look good, but has a high cost in motorcycle crashes. The campaign by the Government-run Highways England, which manages UK main roads, features young shoppers admiring “distressed” clothing. Instead of the labels showing a monetary price, they show the true cost in terms of …

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Nelson-Rigg tank bag

Tank bag displays GPS and phone

You can now view your GPS and mobile phone while riding with the American Nelson-Rigg tank bag, which is convenient but could also be a distraction. The GPS holder section has a multi-angle bracket so you can perfectly angle the screen to your vision. It sits inside a clear plastic weatherproof pocket. Your phone is …

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Vie Fit Bluetooth earplugs

Vie Fit Bluetooth earplugs suit riders

There are a lot of Bluetooth earplugs hitting the market, but they are heavy and bulky and uncomfortable under a motorcycle helmet. These Japanese Vie Fit earplugs look like being a lot more suitable. The company launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that surpassed its target seven-fold, so they are set to go into production costing …

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