Macna Zircon women's gloves - pink

Does pink make riding gear ‘feminine’?

Macna has added a women’s winter glove to their range, but the only thing we see that makes it suitable for women, apart from smaller sizing, is some pink striping. In our discussions over the years with female riders, pink and purple flashes of colour do not necessarily make riding gear suitable for women. One female …

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Reyedr retrofit HUD unit for motorcycle helmets

Retrofit head-up display for riders

A New Zealand company is joining the head-up display revolution with a small and light retrofit unit for riders so they can keep their eyes on the road, not on their speedo. Auckland company Reyedr (pronounced rider) says their device can retrofit to the chin bar of any full-face helmet. It shows speed, navigation, distance …

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Veldt helmet

Retro Veldt motorcycle helmet review

Thin-profile, retro-styled helmets like this from Isle of Man helmet manufacturer Veldt are the latest fashion accessory, but are they comfortable and safe? Veldt recently sent us a limited-edition helmet to review. It was made especially to celebrate the launch of the American Vanguard Roadster motorcycle. Prices on their website are €390 (about $A600) for …

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Slovenian Paramedics and police use Smart Turn System self-cancelling indicators

Cops, paramedics fit auto bike indicators

Police and paramedics in Slovenia are the first in the world to fit Smart Turn System self-cancelling indicators to their range of motorcycles. Ministry of Infrastructure State Secretary Jure Leben says the device will make their officers and paramedics “safer when performing their daily duties and saving lives”. “Being focused on all details around them …

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Zona Woman

Zona M100 rearview motorcycle system

Riders can now more easily see what’s behind them with the Zona M100 – a system that features a head-up display screen in their helmet and a rearview camera mounted on the back of their bike. The M100 system comes from UK start-up Zona and our British reviewers installed two units on several bike/helmet combinations to …

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Fruit and fish may protect riders BMW finds

Fruit and fish may protect future riders

Pomelo fruit and fish scales could hold the key to more protective, lighter and cheaper motorcycle riding gear, says BMW Motorrad. The German manufacturer has spent three years working with universities and companies such as adidas, drawing inspiration from nature to develop safety clothing and helmets for their factory workers. It will also have applications for …

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Earmold owner Aaron Dalle-Molle

New Earmold custom earplugs, earphones

Earmold Australia has added a new service of Lab-Flex custom earplugs to now offer even longer lasting motorcycle rider earplugs and handcraft specialised lab-mould electronic plugs for earphones. Earmold Australia owner Aaron Dalle-Molle (pictured above) of Brisbane says they still make the original Insta-Mold plugs for $75 with a two-year warranty, but now also offer …

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RevHeadz free fun motorcycle sounds app

Free fun app for motorbike sounds

Here’s a free fun app that provides interactive motorcycle exhaust and engine sounds for those who are disappointed with their quiet legal exhaust. RevHeadz Motorbike Sounds was developed in Australia and spokesman Chris Wise says it’s basically “a novelty app for people who love automotive sounds”. The free app includes two free bikes – a …

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Controversial Rainpal calls for patience

The inventor of the Rainpal electric motorcycle helmet visor wiper has called for customer and investor patience in the wake of extensive criticism for failing to deliver. British inventor Adam Aarons has released a statement this week saying it is a complex invention. This follows claims that the crowd-funded project was a scam and would …

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Black Arrow jacket - Bike shops pay lip service to women fashion

Bike shops ‘ignore women’s fashion’

Many motorcycle shops only pay lip service to women’s riding gear, says Black Arrow fashion designer and motorcyclist Hannah Smith of Sydney. “Female motorcyclists are a fast-growing sector worldwide; fact,” she says. “So it is surprising to me that many motorcycle stores still think that they only need to cater to men with a token …

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