2014 BMW Motorrad Rider Gear and Casual ApparelBMW Motorrad riders and fans can look forward to a wealth of new developments and upgrades of tried and tested products.
Rider equipment with first-rate safety features, along with high-quality leisure and fan items, make up a collection that will stoke up keen anticipation for the 2014 biking season.The core of every motorcycle equipment range protects the head: helmets from BMW Motorrad regularly undergo a battery of tests to prove their integrity in terms of active and passive safety. The Race helmet, for example, accompanies our riders on the starting grid of the International German Motorcycle Championship.But as a helmet is also an expression of the rider’s lifestyle, those sporting the BMW Motorrad brand name have to be in the “best of” category – in terms of material, technology, safety and design. The System 6 EVO helmet, the AirFlow 2 helmet and the new Legend helmet are textbook examples on that score.This season BMW Motorrad presents a range of state-of-the-art suits. The Streetguard suit is a compelling professional touring suit with smart extras and comfort features all along the line. The AirFlow 2-part summer touring suit, meanwhile, is ultra-light and boasts excellent ventilation. The Sport 2 suit also comes with numerous new features and is designed for riders who are looking for wear comfort alongside sporty attributes and safety.Boots and gloves are, of course, indispensable elements of the biker’s outfit. The rugged Gravel leather enduro boots cut a powerful dash on any terrain. And thanks to the water- and dirt-resistant AirFlow cover, sudden changes in weather won’t catch the rider off guard.The AirFlow summer gloves with their excellent ventilation and comfort are extremely light and provide a significant boost in safety. For the Two in One gloves, weather and temperature changes are no longer an issue thanks to a revolutionary dual-chamber system that allows these sporty touring gloves to simply adapt to the prevailing conditions.The jackets with which BMW Motorrad kits out its riders are distinguished by their high levels of practicality and design appeal. With their fluorescent colour, the AirShell and NeonShell jackets ensure extremely good visibility for the upcoming season. The modern Boulder short-waisted jacket is the perfect companion for all leisure activities, while the BlackLeather jacket comes in a casual used look and is made of indestructible water buffalo hide.The appeal of the FivePocket trousers lies in their laidback design, but without any compromise on the safety front. They may resemble a casual pair of jeans but are in fact fully-fledged motorcycle trousers. The functional Summer trousers in casual cargo look are ideal for short trips or for riding in hotter climates.The BMW Motorrad Rider’s Equipment range is rounded off by a comprehensive range of functional items of clothing. The PCM Ride jacket featuring high-tech Phase Change material acts as a kind of air conditioning system and cuts a fine dash whether worn on its own or under a motorcycle jacket. Offering practical assistance are the yellow HighViz vest that ensures optimal visibility and the HeatUp vest that keeps the rider reliably warm when temperatures drop. The balaclavas, helmet caps, neck warmers and tubes from BMW Motorrad, meanwhile, see to it that riding enjoyment remains unclouded – even on cloudy days.A new addition to the range of active safety features are the NPL protectors, developed for optimum ergonomics with a design that boosts wear comfort as well as offering outstanding impact absorption. These protectors are used, for example, in the latest AirShell and NeonShell jacket models as well as in the FivePocket trousers.Fans of the BMW Motorrad brand are followers of fashion. In this they are assisted by the leisure collections from BMW Motorrad Style, which offer high-quality clothing and cool accessories to delight the whole family.The focus is on three collections, which together leave nothing to be desired. The BMW Motorrad Style Logo collection is targeted at all those wishing to display their passion for BMW motorcycles through smart shirts, cool jackets and even items of luggage. BMW Motorrad Style Urban takes its cue from the latest city trends as a high-quality fashion and accessories collection featuring discreet labelling. BMW Motorrad Style Vintage, finally, presents a laidback feel and rugged garage look. From T-shirts to sunglasses all the way to tool rolls, sheer cool and style is the name of the game.For additional information, log onto BMW Motorrad’s website.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!