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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Halvarssons Macan single-layer rider jeans

Warning on single-layer rider jeans

Riders have been warned again about single-layer protective rider jeans after Swedish company Halvarssons released their version. It follows the release last year of single-layer rider jeans by Australian companies Saint and Suus. Draggin Jeans boss Grant Mackintosh says they have been working on the technology for a few years and have still not been …

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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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Ricondi recommends firm leathers Andrew Smart

Ricondi recommends firm fit leathers

Riders should buy leathers that are a firm fit so they won’t flap around, but with stretch panels for comfort and movement says Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel founder Andrew Smart. He says most riders buy leathers that are loose for comfort. However, when I visited his new shop at 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Brisbane, to borrow …

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Harley-Davidson Street Rod hotter products

Five new motorcyclist gear products

More great products from the some of the best producers of motorcyclist clothing have arrived for the summer ahead. We take a look at five of the latest rider products which you can now buy online or in stores near you. Tourmaster Pivot Touring Jacket. This new jacket is waterproof with a convenient hood that …

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Blackbird jeans feel cool

Women’s safety jeans look cool, feel cool

Women wanting to feel and look cool while they ride with safety can now get these skinny denim riding jeans from Sydney company Blackbird Motorcycle Wear. They are made with 8oz stretch denim so they feel comfortable and fit to the shape of a woman’s leg without a saggy bottom. Because they are such a …

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Nelson-Rigg waterproof Aston rain suit

Aston rain suit claims 100% waterproof

The best motorcycle rain suit is one that is not only waterproof, but also easy to put on and take off at the side of the road without having to remove your boots. One-piece rain suits can often be the most most waterproof, but they can be a nuisance to put on and take off. …

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Suus unveil single-layer Road Denim jeans

Suus unveil single-layer Road Denim jeans

The new holy grail of motorcycle jeans seems to be single-layer denim with the abrasion-resistant material woven into the fabric. The latest to release single-layer denim riding jeans is Suus, a Melbourne-based website and factory that started making urban custom bikes and selling vintage and new riding gear in 2013. Single-layer advantages The advantage of …

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