KTM rally suit jacket textile

How to wash your textile riding gear

Have you ever noticed that your textile riding gear is not as waterproof or breathable as it used to be and doesn’t fit as well after you’ve washed it? That’s because some textile jackets, pants and gloves are made with material that needs to be washed in a certain method to prevent shrinking, stretching or …

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BMW Rallye suit new look

BMW has new boss and new look

BMW Motorrad will have a new boss when Markus Schramm takes over as director in May and the company has a new look in riding gear for 2018. Schramm, who will succeed Stephan Schaller, is 55 and a “passionate motorcyclist”. He has been with the BMW Group since 1991. There is no word on which …

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Ricondi Bruxner leather jacket - what to look for

What to look for in leather riding gear

Do you know what you should look for in a leather jacket, pants or suit?  We’re not talking about style, but protection. Is cow or roo leather best? Should the gear have triple stitching? What do the EN numbers mean? What armour should it have? Do perforations make it weak? We asked Brisbane leather exert Andrew …

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KTM Australia adds WP Suspension and gear

KTM Australia adds WP Suspension and gear

KTM Australia has a new range of PowerWear street, race and adventure gear available in Australia and is now distributing KTM-owned WP Suspension. The new range of gear is in collaboration with specialist companies such as Shoei and Alpinestars. Street gear includes the Street Evo Jacket ($399.99), while race gear adds the Speed Gloves ($99), …

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Astric Sports motorcycle jacket includes a bike cover

Astric jacket also covers your motorbike

This Astric Sports motorcycle jacket includes a “compression bag” in the back for protection that converts to a bike cover when parked. Astric Sports, Hong Kong, have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding appeal to raise $A25,425. So far they have $1768 of their $25,645 goal from six backers with a month to go. The bomber-style jacket …

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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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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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