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NEW Alpinestars 2016 Motocross/ Off-Road Collection
Motovan's 2016 Moto catalog available now
New AlpineStars Gear
A versatile warm weather touring jacket that incorporates extensive mesh panels for cooling airflow, the Santa Fe Air features an innovative main construction that comes with an interchangeable DRYSTAR® waterproof liner plus an additional thermal jacket. With CE certified protection offering class-leading safety and the ability to upgrade with Alpinestars innovative and exclusively engineered Nucleon protectors, the Santa Fe can be used in conjunction with a range of Alpinestars textile pants to give a formidable touring ensemble.
Innovative poly-fabric shell construction incorporating extensive mesh panels on chest, back and sleeves for internal cooling airflow.
Fixed full mesh lining improves garment’s all-round breathability and cooling performance.
Removable and interchangeable DRYSTAR® liner jacket for guaranteed waterproofing and breathability.
Removable and interchangeable full thermal liner jacket offers excellent scope for riding colder climates.
Class-leading impact protection provided by removable CE-certified Bio-Air elbow and shoulder protectors. Bio-Air protection inserts are perforated to improve garment’s ventilation properties.
Chest and back pad compartments with poly-foam padding (CE-certified Nucleon protection available as accessory upgrade).
Pre-contoured sleeves with stretch panels on elbows for improved riding performance.
Zippered rear compartment pocket for addition of water hydration pack and hose.
Safe and convenient storage options with highly water-resistant front cargo-style pockets and large, Velcro®-closing rear utility pocket.
Interior waterproof compartment keeps documents and belongings safe and dry.
D-ring waist adjustment belt offers personalized fit and helps keep jacket and protection close to the body for improved performance.
3D mesh and textile collar for excellent levels of breathability and comfort.
Excellent garment fit offered via D-ring sleeve volume-control system to keep jacket and protection close to the body.
Optimized for use with range of textile touring pants with internal waist connection zipper.
Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure offer durability and adaptable and secure convenience.
Integrated reflective graphic details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions.
Available in sizes: S-4XL. Recommended retail price: $339.95. USD
ROAM 2 AIR BOOT KEY FEATURES:
Technical synthetic material main upper construction, incorporating a durable perforated microfiber/mesh front accordion flex zone with an extended flex area on the rear for improved Achilles-calf coverage.
Lining around the ankle and toe box constructed from 3D mesh for additional breathability.
New boot shaping gives greater comfort and incorporates ergonomic toe box construction for improved compatibility with bike’s controls. Internal heel counter and toe box give boot enhanced structural integrity.
100 per cent waterproof membrane layered between upper and lining for proven performance in difficult weather conditions.
Three adjustable Velcro straps ensure secure closure and highly personalized fit. Straps feature TPR pull tabs for ease of closure and durability.
Internal toe box and heel counter protection is layered under the upper for durability, improved feel and performance.
Highly comfortable and durable technical textile collar lining.
Dual density ankle protectors are backed with foam inner padding for protection and padding on both sides.
Contoured, high modulus midsole follows shape of foot and incorporates a structured shank reinforcement.
Alpinestars’ exclusive vulcanized compound sole with unique side wrapping design.
Innovative weight-saving laminated technology utilized on shin plate for weight-saving and additional protection against impacts.
Comfort padding envelopes ankle area for fit and comfort
Removable anatomic foot-bed features EVA foam and textile for support and comfort.
Rear reflective insert for improved visibility.
The Roam 2 Air Boot is CE certified.
Developed and designed for a woman’s performance fit, ensuring comfort and specific fit for long or short tour riding.
Multi-panel, low-cut main chassis with full grain leather and suede inserts for excellent levels of comfort and durability.
Front and rear accordion zones constructed with microfiber for superior comfort and flexibility, control and support.
Convenient wide entry system with large Velcro® secured shin flap, backed by a weather proofing gusset offering easy entry and precise fit.
100 per cent waterproof membrane lining for proven performance in wet weather conditions.
Alpinestars’ new anatomical foam backed dual-density TPU ankle disk protection on medial and lateral side.
Instep buckle system with Velcro® provides quick, secure and personalized closure.
Newly developed lightweight rubber sole with textured grip for excellent anti-slip performance and stability on and off the bike.
PU midsole for comfort and integrated steel shank for enhanced sole rigidity.
High modulus midsole follows shape of foot and incorporates structured metal shank reinforcement.
Specially designed removable anatomic EVA footbed and Lycra® lining on top for comfort and moisture-wicking.
The Stella Valencia Waterproof is CE certified to Cat 2 CE Certified to 89/686/ECC EU Directive.
Available in sizes 36-43. Recommended retail price: $179.95. USD
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES SHOT FACTORY REPLICA GEAR
The is manufactured by leading French clothing manufacturer Shot and is a special edition line, as worn by Husqvarna’s factory enduro riders.
Tried and tested by the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing, this stylish jersey and pant combo in Husqvarna’s colours have been put through their paces by Pela Renet, Graham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez in the Enduro World Championship, SuperEnduro World Championship and allextreme enduro races.
The jersey is a lightweight, breathable offroad shirt utilising intelligent material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Together with breathable mesh panels it ensures you stay cool when the going gets tough.
Matching lightweight pants feature the latest in materials and construction. Built from abrasion-proof 330D nylon with double and triple reinforced seams they ensure maximum durability, comfort and fit.
Leather inner knee protection, elasticated panels for optimum fit and removable foam hip protectors ensure a pant that allows you to focus on conquering the terrain in comfort and style.
Husqvarna Motorcycles Shot Factory Replica Gear is now available at authorized dealers.
Indian Motorcycle announces new motorcycle apparel
Indian Motorcycle riders and all those with a passion for America’s First Motorcycle Company will appreciate the fit, comfort, protection, and of course the tremendous style of the new Spring & Summer 2015 Indian Motorcycle Apparel Collection. The new collection that is available now from Indian Motorcycle dealers and at www.indianmotorcycle.comincludes rider wear, casualwear, gifts, and personal accessories. All of these items feature premium materials, the highest quality construction, and iconic Indian Motorcycle branding.
New Rider Wear: Gear Up for the Ultimate Ride
A new jacket that delivers outstanding comfort, protection, and style is the Men’s Rocker Jacket (MSRP $499.99), a leather jacket that features a soft and supple distressed leather and contemporary styling that makes this a great jacket on the road and on the town. The Rocker Jacket has several convenient pockets, hidden back and arm ventilation, a removable quilted plaid liner, CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor, and subtle Indian Motorcycle branding.
The Men’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($269.99) is a lightweight all-‘rounder of a jacket with a water-repellent microfiber shell and removable lining. The Military Jacket ($299.99) has styling inspired by vintage army jackets and has a water-repellent canvas outer-shell and removable fleece lining. The Thunder Stroke Jacket ($299.99), which combines a durable fabric body with all-leather sleeves, is a riding jacket with contemporary styling.
Avid touring riders will find the Men’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($499.99/$249.99) deliver unmatched performance, comfort, and convenience in all riding conditions. The jacket’s zip-out waterproof liner will keep a rider dry in the nastiest weather, and it combines with the thermal lining to provide warmth and comfort on cold-weather rides. In warmer temperatures, a rider can simply remove the linings and open up the jacket’s adjustable vents –at the chest, shoulder, and back – for maximum airflow. The Tour Jacket also features a zip-off storm collar and 3M® reflective piping, panels, and branding for enhanced visibility.
The Tour Pants also deliver all-weather comfort and protection that a touring rider will rely on mile after mile.
For the ultimate in head-turning style off the bike, there’s the premium Shearling Jacket ($1499.99). Made from 100% sheepskin with a natural shearling lining, this jacket delivers a new high level of refined luxury and comfort.
The Spirit Jacket ($119.99) is a casual jacket that features lightweight construction, wear-it-anywhere comfort, and bold Indian Motorcycle branding.
New jackets in the Indian Motorcycle women’s collection deliver the same outstanding protection and convenience of the men’s jackets, along with flattering, comfortable cuts women will appreciate on or off the bike.
The Women’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($249.99) delivers classic style and versatile performance, while the Women’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($469.99/$229.99) provide the same versatile, all-weather comfort and convenience as the men’s versions.
Casualwear With Genuine IMC Style
The Spring & Summer 2015 casualwear collection features three new shirts that are Made In America – the Long Sleeve IMC Tee, the Pride Shield Tee, and the USA Pocket Tee. All three of these comfortable, premium-quality tees are made in California and feature powerful Indian Motorcycle branding.
The new collection also includes an expanded selection of Munro Casualwear, including four new tees and a sweatshirt with graphics and branding that pay homage to the legendary Indian Motorcycle land speed record holder.
Expanded Gift & Accessories Collection
Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts and their friends will love the new selection of branded gifts and personal accessories, including small leather goods such as premium leather wallets, card holders and a passport holder. There’s also a collection of luggage and bags, including a Backpack, Wash Bag, Gym Bag, and Messenger Bag.
Alpinestars Oscar Collection heading to Canada too
OSCAR MONTY BOOT
Harking back to the golden, dusty days of the Suzuki RM 370 and the Metisse Desert Racer, the Oscar Monty Boot fuses retro styling with modern materials and the latest in protective technologies. Hand-finished, these CE certified boots are steeped in Alpinestars’ Italian craftsmanship heritage and incorporate a range of the latest developments in comfort and performance features.
Main upper material made with supple full grain leather with vintage-effect styling and hand detailing.
Rear collar flexion insert offers support and comfortable for the Achilles tendon.
Gusseted tongue to keep out wind, water and grime, plus convenient heel pull-tab.
Moccasin toe incorporates internal padding and is patterned to give excellent grip on the bike’s controls.
Traditional, vintage style metal eyelet lacing system for convenience and secure closure.
3D mesh lining for high levels of breathability with anti-sliding suede in heel.
Alpinestars’ new anatomical backed dual-density TPU ankle disk protection.
Shift pad and collar soft padding for comfort and flexibility.
Toe box and heel counter provide internal reinforcement to give structured support and impact resistance.
Replaceable, anatomical EVA footbed with Lycra lining on top for comfort and convenience.
Alpinestars’ exclusive oil-resistant rubber compound sole with new grip pattern design.
The Monty shoe is CE certified to CE Standards (CE 89/686/EEC – CAT 2)
Available in international sizes 46-60.
Suggested retail price: $259.95.
OSCAR RAY CANVAS JACKET
Heavy waxed canvas cotton and nylon main shell is water-repellent and durable; all seams are triple stitched.
Removable, class-leading CE certified shoulder and elbow protectors for impact protection.
Interior back protector pocket allows for accessory upgrade of back protector insert to ramp jacket’s protective capabilities.
Interior and exterior compartment pockets incorporate zippers and button-snaps for safe closure.
Unique OSCAR-style detailing, trims, snaps and rivets complete vintage look.
Available in international sizes S-3XL. Suggested retail price: $259.95.
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Raises Record Funds Through Pink Label Motorclothes
Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is proud to be partnered with Rethink Breast Cancer. “Over the past five years, we have raised $121,467.58,” says Shannon Walker, Manager, MotorClothes & General Merchandise. “Our new updated Pink Label collection offers a refreshed new shade of hot pink that will be popular with our Customers and offer great gift ideas. Several new Sportswear, Accessory, and Gift styles now feature the hot pink shade, adding to the collection and complementing the existing line of Pink Label products”.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company supports all its riders, and with its philanthropic spirit, there is a greater sense of contribution within the community. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is committed to supporting research to find a cure and support women dealing with breast cancer.
“Over the past 5 years Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has been an incredible champion of Rethink. Their continued support through the Pink Label collection will help us develop new and creative resources for young women facing breast cancer and those concerned about breast health,” says MJ DeCoteau, Executive Director and Founder of Rethink Breast Cancer.
Rethink Breast Cancer is dedicated to providing innovative education, research, and support programs for women of all ages, making the partnership with Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada a seamless collaboration to aid and empower women.
For further information on the Pink Label MotorClothes® line and how to contribute to Rethink Breast Cancer, please visit: motorclothes.harley-davidson.
Alpinestars 2015 Motorcycle Spring Collection
Alpinestars Presents: The Limited Edition Trey Canard Tech 10
Heated riding gear from Harley Davidson
Alpinestars' Tech-Air™ Street Airbag System
The main feature of the event was a live, full-scale crash demonstration held in front of assembled journalists and VIP guests. The Tech-Air™ System was fitted on a crash dummy seated on a BMW GS 1200 which impacted a saloon car at 48 kilometers per hour. Tech-Air™ detected the impact and deployed the airbag within 59 milliseconds, the expected performance. Full inflation of the airbag took 25 milliseconds. The first rider contact with the car was recorded at 121 milliseconds.
Following the crash slow motion footage was shown to the audience demonstrating that full inflation had taken place before the rider made contact with the vehicle.
The Tech-Air™ airbag system and compatible outer jackets will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2015.
ALPINESTARS’ TECH-AIR™ STREET AIRBAG SYSTEM
Tech-Air™ is the world’s first self-contained airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the Tech-Air™ street airbag system used by the rider. This means that Tech-Air™ offers the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time.
Offering instantaneous, high-pressure inflatable protection the Tech-Air™ street airbag system gives the rider comprehensive protection in a crash by covering the full back, shoulders, kidney areas and chest.
The Tech-Air™ street airbag system is incorporated into a specially designed protection vest, which is then attached within and used in conjunction with a compatible outer jacket. For the initial airbag launch offering there are two jacket models available – an all-weather touring jacket and a summer street riding jacket – allowing the Tech-Air™ System to be used, interchangeably, in all weather conditions.
The benefits of the system are:
· Versatility: Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ street airbag system can be used with any type of motorcycle or scooter, allowing the rider to easily switch between bikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing the bike-to-rider set-up. The system is completely housed within the jacket and is self-contained, requiring no pre-configuration and is immediately ready for use. As a result, no sensors or equipment needs to be installed on the motorcycle and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle.
· Any Type of Riding: Extensive research and testing has shown that a rider’s body remains relatively stable, regardless of terrain, until the point when an accident develops. The Tech-Air™ software algorithm is formulated to predict the impact, ensuring the airbag is deployed before the rider hits an obstacle. Therefore, by situating the sensors close to the rider’s body instead of on the bike, Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ can be used both on road or for off road adventure touring, and is equally effective on all types of terrain. There is no need to deactivate the system if leaving the road for off-road trails or to stop in between to change settings. Changing surfaces while adventure riding therefore presents no problem.
· Critical Protection Coverage: The Tech-Air™ street airbag system offers comprehensive upper body protection including back, shoulders, kidney area and chest, all of the most exposed areas during a street crash.
· Independent: By incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s body Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ street airbag system activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike.
· All-Weather Riding: The electronic unit is protected by a durable and water-resistant casing which, when worn under a compatible outer jacket, means the airbag system is fully weatherproof.
· No Installation: Tech-Air™ has no installation-to-bike requirements and subsequent cost and time-delay issue, eliminating the need for the bike to be specially fitted with sensors. With no equipment to be installed on the bike, the Tech-Air™ System is compatible with ANY motorcycle or scooter, regardless of make, age or type.
UNSURPASSED R&D AND PERFORMANCE
Following a decade of intensive research, development, hundreds of thousands of miles of road testing, a multitude of computer simulations and multiple full scale crash tests, the Tech-Air™ street airbag system typically detects an impact between 30-60 milliseconds (depending on accident type). Once fired Tech-Air™ will fully inflate in 25 milliseconds.
The Tech-Air™ street airbag system uses a sophisticated algorithm specifically developed for street riding to detect imminent danger with the greatest precision. Using Alpinestars’ exclusive custom analysis software the algorithm of Tech-Air™ has been optimized to detect crash impacts not only while riding but also in situations of loss of control, including when riding off road. This has been possible because Tech-Air™ shares common DNA in the algorithm from the Tech-Air™ race airbag system that features accident prediction and detects low-side crashes as well as high-sides for top MotoGP riders such as Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Additionally, Tech-Air™ provides protection when the rider is stationary, for example, a rear impact while waiting at traffic lights.
The Tech-Air™ street airbag is securely integrated into a removable and interchangeable breathable mesh vest that is worn under a compatible outer jacket. This allows for greater protection to the airbag system and componentry, increasing its lifespan and allowing the system to be used interchangeably with the compatible jacket of choice for the motorcycle type and weather outlook. For Tech-Air™ two compatible jacket models are available initially, the Valparaiso For Tech-Air™ and the Viper For Tech-Air™ textile jackets. The compatible outer jacket, which is designed to work with the airbag system, incorporates CE certified shoulder and elbow protection to further ramp its overall protective qualities. This outer jacket can be used as a stand-alone, without the Tech-Air™ System fitted internally.
The Tech-Air™ System is powered by a battery pack which offers over 25 hours of continuous use with one hour’s charging ensuring four hours of riding time. The system is activated simply by zipping up the jacket and riders can ensure the system is activated by checking the LED display located on the left sleeve. This feature is highly convenient, meaning riders can easily arm the airbag system without the need to locate a switch and can do so wearing gloves.
The system is CE certified to the PPE directive (EN1621-4 for impact protection) as well as the pyrotechnic articles directive, to assure the safety and stability of the incorporated inflators. This also means that the airbag system can be safely and legally transported by car, ship, train and airplane, allowing riders the freedom to use their Tech-Air™ with rental bikes on their dream adventure touring holiday.
Tech-Air™ is the only airbag protection system conceived for the free spirit of motorcycling. No matter what bike you are riding and no matter the road surface and riding environment you experience – Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ is always there to protect.
Alpinestars launches ground-breaking Tech-Air Street Airbag
New Fall gear from AlpineStars
More details HERE.
Favorite Products: Tirox Chain Cleaner
Check out the video below:
And you can also check out our review HERE. You should be able to find it at your local motorcycle shop in Canada. If not -it's a Parts Canada distributed product. You should be able to have the dealership bring you in a can.
Held’s All-Weather Laminate Cadora Jacket, Manero Pants
We're not sure where you'd try these on in Canada but they're available online.
Held’s All-Weather Laminate Cadora Jacket, Manero Pants Now Available
Held Cadora jacket and Manero pants are now in stock and available online at HeldUSA.com. The Cadora and Manero feature GORE-TEX Pro Textile Laminate technology for lightweight waterproof capabilities.
Held’s premium Cadora jacket and Manero pants are now available through Held dealers in the United States. Designed for all-weather versatility, the Cadora and Manero feature GORE-TEX Pro Textile Laminate technology for the perfect combination of waterproofing and breathability.
In both pieces, the GORE-TEX membrane is laminated to the outer fabric, keeping every piece of material dry without compromising ventilation and airflow. Rain and wind stay out, but moisture vapor is still able to escape. The lightweight technology makes the Cadora and Manero ideal options for ultimate protection and comfort in all riding conditions.
Both the Cadora and Manero have zippers for easy connection to each other or to other Held gear. Women’s sizes are available, and the Manero pants also have Slim and Stocky sizing for a tailored fit.
Additional features of the Cadora jacket include:
- Detachable thermal vest
- COOLMESH inner lining
- 3D air mesh panels for better air circulation
- SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow protectors
- Waterproof external pockets
- Connecting zipper for pant attachment
- Sizing: S-XXXL, Women’s S-XXL
- MSRP: $860
Additional features of the Manero pants include:
- Detachable thermal liner
- Mesh lining
- Stretch panels at back and knees, stretch and fabric panels in flex areas
- SAS-TEC knee protectors and removable TEMPERFOAM hip padding
- Zippers and Velcro at ankles
- Connecting zipper for jacket attachment
- Sizing: S-3XL, Slim L-M – L-XXL, Stocky K-M – K-XXXL, Women’s S-XXL
- MSRP: $700
Both the Cadora jacket and Manero pants are now available in the Held USA online store. For more information visit www.HeldUSA.com.
About Held: Best known worldwide for their award-winning glove lines, Held also designs and manufactures premium motorcycle safety gear, utilizing the highest quality materials and armour. Held’s innovations include being the first equipment manufacturer to implement naturally abrasion-resistant kangaroo and sting ray leathers in its products, the first to use a special inside stepped seam to eliminate seam discomfort, and the first manufacturer to use a titanium knuckle cover on their gloves.
About Schuberth North America: In 2010, Schuberth GmbH opened the North American sister office in Aliso Viejo, California and continues to grow its exclusive dealer network for motorcycle products in the U.S. and Canada. Additional business segments work directly with law enforcement departments on the motor officer and crowd control products and with IndyCar and NASCAR teams on the auto racing helmets. In 2014, Schuberth North America also assumed U.S. distribution for German apparel and glove manufacturer Held.
Knox Covert leather gloves with OutDry
Designed for summer riding the all-new Knox Covert glove features OutDry®, the latest in waterproofing technology which keeps the gloves thin and light, offering maximum feel and control.
Unlike standard waterproof inserts, the OutDry® membrane is bonded directly to the glove's shell. This prevents the build-up of water between the outer and inner layers as well as sealing stitching and joins, for a complete and durable waterproof finish.
OutDry® is also highly breathable, allowing perspiration to escape easily, and is windproof, reducing the effects of wind chill. Because the membrane is bonded directly to the shell, Covert are thinner than waterproof gloves with a separate membrane, giving the wearer greater feel and control. Stretch panels and box construction fingers aid dexterity too.
Made from tough yet supple Korean Cowhide, the palm and fingertips are reinforced with Pittards digital goat leather, with biofoam panels on the thumb, top of hand and outer wrist. Patented scaphoid protection is provided by low profile Knox SPS sliders.
Velcro(TM) and zip closure gives a secure fit; the latter is fully waterproof for extra protection against the elements.
Knox Covert Gloves are available in black, sizes S-XXL, at the suggested retail price of £99.99 including VAT.
For more information contact Knox on +44 19OO 825825 or visit
New CKX Gear Website
This site will quickly become a reference in the world of fashion for motorized sports. Following lengthy studies and analyses, this new window for CKX products offers you more interaction via sharing photo modules, videos and testimonials with an amazing visual. By sharing photos of yourself with CKX products, you could be part of the Featured Photo section.
Please note: The site is now accessible via mobile devices and tablets. With 100% total optimization, CKXgear.com is now easier to find in search engines and allows for easy sharing on all social networks.
The site was developed to follow web trends easily, and therefore, many new functions will be added in the days to come. View it often.
View the new CKX site today and share the good news!
2014 Cruiser catalog from Motovan available online
Canadian motorcycle parts and accessories distributor Motovan has made its 2014 Cruiser Catalog available online.
There's 424 pages of all kinds of windshields, Seats, carriers/backrests, crash bars, headlights, exhausts, filters, saddle bags & luggage, and CHROME - lots of chrome.
Canadian parts numbers are listed so if you see something you like you can go to your local dealership and ask them to order it in if you don't see it on the shelf.
Check it out HERE.
Schuberth North America to Distribute Held in USA
Schuberth North America to Distribute
Held in USA
- Schuberth North America has taken over distribution of Held Rider Equipment in the United States.
- Schuberth NA will distribute Held GORE-TEX lined textile riding suites, a variety of leather and textile gloves, and waterproof bag systems.
- Products available in June 2014.
“We are very excited to welcome Held Rider Equipment to the Schuberth North America family,” said Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. “Held uses the highest quality materials and draws on decades of engineering innovation to produce some of the best motorcycle gear available, which we believe will perfectly complement our offering of Schuberth helmets.”
Best known worldwide for their award-winning glove lines, Held also designs and manufactures premium motorcycle safety gear, utilizing the highest quality materials and armour. Held’s innovations include being the first equipment manufacturer to implement naturally abrasion-resistant kangaroo and sting ray leathers in its products, the first to use a special inside stepped seam to eliminate seam discomfort, and the first manufacturer to use a titanium knuckle cover on their gloves.
Held has built a reputation for quality and durability in the United States with its premium gloves. Drawing on over 68 years of experience engineering and testing cutting-edge glove designs, Held is continually developing new technology to create better, safer and more comfortable gloves for the future.
Held’s Quattrotempi adventure riding jackets and pants utilize genuine GORE-TEX membranes to keep riders warm, comfortable and dry. Each piece features Held’s unique cloverleaf protection system, with durable CE-approved armor in key zones like shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and back. Other safety features include an abrasion resistant Cordura outer layer, and 3M SCOTCHLITE™ reflective details for safer night riding.
Held’s drybag systems incorporate the same quality and durability that is found in their riding gear, and are guaranteed to keep your belongings dry while you are out on the road. Each bag features a tough tarpaulin liner, welded seams, and a dust and wind proof adjustable roll-top fastening system to keep contents securely enclosed.
For more information visit www.schuberthnorthamerica.com/
Schuberth Announces "International Women's Day" Pricing on the C3W
"We hear women riders and passengers complain that standard helmets feel too loose, don't fit right, or that their current helmet isn't even the right size," Schuberth's says Marketing and P.R. Manager, Sarah Schilke. "Schuberth hopes this program will enable more women to get into a properly fitted and comfortable helmet."
Based on extensive international research, the C3W has been specially contoured to fit a woman's facial structure, and is made with easy-to-clean, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic materials that are comfortable on sensitive skin. The C3W is also known for being light, quiet and compact thanks to its aeroacoustically superior shell shape, and incorporates an internal sun visor for maximum versatility.
The special Women's Day price is available at participating dealers on sizes and colors currently in stock on hand.
Customers can register their helmets to become eligible for Schuberth's free 3-year service plan and participation in the Mobility Program, which allows customers to replace any Schuberth helmet that is damaged during a crash at one third of the retail price. For more information on this unique program, visit Schuberth's website.
A dealer locator can be found at schuberthnorthamerica.com
Motovan's new website
HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY GEARS UP FOR SUMMER WITH NEW HYDRATION MOTORCLOTHES® APPAREL
NEW ADJUSTABLE HYDRATION VEST FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
Air Conditioning for Your Upper Body
Designed with evaporative hydration technology for maximum cooling, the new Adjustable Hydration Vest (P/N 97371-13VM) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line delivers air conditioning for your upper body. The 100 per cent nylon quilted vest is lined with polyacrylatecrystals that fully hydrate when soaked for up to ten minutes, then evaporate in high temperatures to keep riders cool. The crystals last for approximately one year or 50 uses. Mesh panels on the shoulders, chest, and back provide extra cooling, while adjustable side belts offer a custom fit over your riding gear. 3M™ Scotchlite™Reflective Material delivers enhanced rider visibility. Available in M, XL, and 3XL sizes.
NEW HYDRATION GEAR FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
Hydration Skull Cap and Neck Guard Offer Extra Cooling
The newest hydration gear from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line utilizes evaporative hydration technology to create a cooling effect against your skin for maximum comfort in hot weather.
The Hydration Skull Cap (P/N 97805-13VM) is constructed from 100 per cent polyester mesh, while the Hydration Neck Guard(P/N 97808-13VM) is made from embedded 100 per cent nylon. Both are fully hydrated when soaked in water for 1-2 minutes and deliver slow-release evaporation. The one-size-fits-most Skull Cap features a gathered elastic band on the back for a stretch fit. The Neck Guard utilizes a hook and loop closure and is available in S/M and L/XL sizes.
NEW MEN’S BAR & SHIELD LOGO MESH JACKET FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
Blow Away Summer’s Heat with AlloverMesh Cooling
Constructed from 100 per cent polyesterallover mesh for maximum airflow, the new men’s Bar & Shield Logo Mesh Jacket (P/N 98232-13VM) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line keeps riders cool and protected. The all-mesh front, back, and sleeves are matched with a polyester mesh lining to cool the entire torso. Four zippered pockets offer ample space for gear, while pre-curved sleeves and adjustable waist tabs optimize comfort. Pockets at the elbows and back accept accessory body armour for additional protection. It is available in white or black (P/N 98233-13VM) in S – 5XL, and Tall sizes.
NEW WOMEN’S 3-IN-1 MESH JACKET FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
Breeze Through Summer with Allover Mesh Cooling
The new women’s 3-in-1 Mesh Jacket (P/N 98229-12VW) from the Harley-Davidson®MotorClothes® line beats the summer heat with a full-cooling effect and three-option versatility. Its 100 per cent polyester allovermesh construction on the front, back, and sleeves is matched with polyester mesh lining for maximum airflow and comfort. Dedicated hydration pockets hold accessory hydration packs for additional evaporative cooling, while pockets at the elbows and shoulders accept accessory body armour for additional protection. The removable 100 per cent polyester windproof hoodie features extended cuffs with thumbholes and can be worn separately. 3M™Scotchlite™ Reflective Material delivers enhanced rider visibility in low light. Available in white or black in XS – 3W sizes.
The Adjustable Hydration Vest, Hydration Skull Cap, Hydration Neck Guard, Bar & Shield Logo Mesh Jacket, and 3-in-1 Mesh Jacket are available now at most Harley-Davidson® Retail Stores.
New stuff from Harley Davidson
Alpinestars waterproof/water resistant collection
More details HERE.
Motonation is taking on the Canadian market
This is a great step for the Motonation “brand” and we intend on treating the Canadian market with the same intensity that we have applied to the USA market since 1999.
“It’s a great opportunity for Motonation and a great compliment by Sidi, Vemar and AGV Sport that they believe in us so much to let us handle that market,” says Motonation’s President; Bill Berroth. “I am very proud to have the opportunity.Motonation is passionate and dedicated to the Canadian effort and intends to do a great job with Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar.”
Motonation’s limited distribution policy for the Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar brands will mean that Canadian Partner dealers will enjoy a protected sales territory with greater margins than non-Partner retailers, even with the reduced retail prices thatMotonation will introduce to the market for Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar products. Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar brand integrity will be assured via Motonation’s firm MAP policy.
Promotions will be expanded for Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar as well. More riders will be on track than ever before, the advertising page count in print media will increase and Sidi’s, Vemar’s and AGV Sport’s brand presence on Canadian websites and social media will be intense!
Arai Axcess II helmet
This model doesn't appear to be on Arai's website yet.
Check it out:
Motovan 2012 Fashion Catalog available online
There's 584 pages of all kinds of helmets, jackets, gloves, boots, saddle bags & luggage, and much more for you to check out while you're waiting for all that snow to go away outside.
Canadian suggested retail pricing and parts numbers are listed so if you see something you like you can go to your local dealership and ask them to order it in if you don't see it on the shelf.
Check it out HERE.
Star Wars riding suit
Reevu (rear view) helmets now available in Canada
Now Reevu is bringing the benefits of its revolutionary rear view technology to the world! Reevu's rear view technology has taken the two wheels industry by storm, creating a unique benchmark in preventative safety on roads, in all five continents around the world.
Years of development plus leading edge design skills have created the MSX1 helmet," The Italian Beauty" the world's only rear view helmet that allows riders to maintain awareness of traffic conditions behind them. The helmet looks fantastic and has amazing aerodynamics. It exceeds the most rigorous safety and construction standards.
A stunning package that looks great and dramatically increases safety for motorcyclists due to Reevu's rear view technology. All helmets will arrive with a clear visor up front and silver tint rear lense
For a dealers list visit the following list on Altimate's website.
Cardo Systems Announces Launch of Accessory Kit for Motorcycle Riders Wearing Half-Helmets
Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for helmet headsets, announced today the availability of its new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets.
Each kit also contains two sets of ultra-slim speakers, a single speaker and dual speakers, that plugs into a standard 3.5 mm audio headphone jack, along with ear curtains, and microphone sponges. Similar to other Cardo Systems audio kit products, this kit also includes a 3.5 mm audio input jack to quickly plug into various music devices.
Our Audio and Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is proof of our commitment to motorcycle riders” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “We offer motorcyclists who utilize half-helmets to experience the amazing audio quality and long-range capabilities of our scala rider headsets. Our kit makes available the unparalleled safety and convenience of headsets for an ever expanding audience of motorcycle enthusiasts. ”
The new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com
Cardo Systems Announces Upgrades to scala rider G4
Upgraded Features Includes New Voice Configuration Menu and Enhanced Compatibility with Bluetooth Devices Including Latest Phone and GPS Models
Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, announced today the availability of an upgrade Version 3.0 for its scala rider G4. The free upgrade is available to motorcycle scala rider G4 users and provides motorcycle riders with additional opportunities to communicate on the road.
The Click-to-Link feature allows spontaneous intercom connectivity with other G4 users. This unique feature enables you to instantly initiate one-to-one intercom calls with other G4 users in the near vicinity without going through the pairing process in advance. Initiating a Click-to-Link request will search for another Click-to-Link enabled unit in range and request a connection. If the connection is accepted and established, a temporary intercom channel is created. This connection will not change or modify your current Rider A and Rider B intercom pairings. Click-to-Link can be quickly deactivated if desired and users can choose to accept or reject any incoming Click-to-Link connection requests.
Several audio-related upgrades are found in Version 3.0, including a dedicated channel to accommodate A2DP-enabled devices such as the iPod Touch. The product now has parallel connectivity to a MP3 device and a mobile phone. Automatic Gain Control (AGC) can now be custom set by users to adjust the audio level according to ambient noise and motorcycle speed. VOX sensitively levels are also adjustable to suit the user’s needs, whether they are low, medium, or high. The user can adjust their AGC and VOX sensitivity via the scala rider G4’s PC software or directly through the product using the new Voice Configuration Menu.
The Voice Configuration Menu allows users customization control of their unit without needing to access software via the PC. Various settings can be configured via the menu, including; language, RDS, spoken status announcements, VOX, and AGC.
Motorcyclists who utilize the radio functionality of the scala rider G4 can now set up to six radio station presents by pressing one button. Especially useful for traveling riders, the Automatic Radio Tuning can be easily reset to the home region stations. Automatic Scan for FM radio stations is also in the upgrade, allowing easier hands free operation.
“Our latest G4 upgrade is a testament to Cardo’s continuing leadership in innovating motorcycle communications,” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “Our remarkable Click-to –Link feature enables riders to reach out to any G4 users within range, promoting the growth of a network of people that love the freedom and comradeship of motorcycle touring. We upgraded audio features such as Volume Per Mode, which memorizes volume levels between audio sources, so when the user switches from mobile phone to GPS, the system sets the volume based on past preferences. Our upgrades are always customer focused, as we strive to give our riders the most fun, functional and safe hands-free communication device.”
Users interested in downloading the free Version 3.0 software upgrade for the motorcycle scala rider G4 should visit www.cardosystems.com.
The scala rider G4 is available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at http://www.cardosystems.com/.
Motorcycle Warning System device
It's a very nicely worded and official sounding Press Release but a couple problems with this system as far as I can see. It relies greatly on the participation of 'other' motorists (non-motorcyclists) to purchase a device that has the most benefit for the motorcyclist. It's going to be a tough sell. Plus it warns you whenever a motorcycle is near you in a "threat range" I doubt that motorists will want their car beeping and blinking at them whenever a motorcycle is near them. That in itself might be a distration.
Read for yourself and feel free to comment:
With the goal of decreasing the number of traffic injuries and fatalities, Giuseppe Pino Mileto has invented the Motorcycle Warning System, a device to alert drivers of motorcycles in range of their vehicles, and most importantly, their blind spots. Once adopted, this new device could help eliminate thousands of accidents every year.
With the Motorcycle Warning System (MWS), a driver is made aware of one or more approaching motorcycles from any direction. A motorcycle equipped with a MWS unit will transmit its position, velocity, and a unique identification code to any automobile also equipped with a MWS unit. If a motorcycle is in a certain specified area called the "Threat Range," the MWS unit within the automobile will alert the driver via a light/sound indicator.
As soon as a motorcycle is in the Threat Range, the MWS light/sound indicator in the automobile will be triggered at a moderate rate. As the motorcycle approaches closer and is a number of meters away, the light/sound indicator will signal at a faster rate.
"Most motorcycle accidents can be avoided," notes Mileto. According to the Traffic Safety Center Hurt Study, 75% of motorcycle accidents result when other vehicles fail to detect motorcycles in time to avoid an accident.
Mileto adds, "Many countries have attempted to increase motorcycle safety and awareness. The U.K., Australia and the U.S. - just to mention a few - have focused their campaigns on motorists taking more time to look for motorcycles. Unfortunately the campaigns have yet to produce sufficient results."
"While significant progress has occurred in reducing fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants, motorcycle fatalities have been rising steadily since 1997, and currently represent our Nation's greatest highway traffic safety challenge." Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation Action Plan to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities, 2007.
Video by Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation: NHTSA Safety Video by Mary E. Peters, "Ride Safe, Be Smart"
According to the Hurt Study, less than 10% of motorcycle riders carry insurance to cover medical care or property damage. Since most motorcycle accidents involve driver error on the part of automobile drivers, the costs land heavily on those drivers.
For a video presentation and more information on the MWS go to www.MotorcycleWarningSystem.
Moto2 Rider Noyes Chooses MICS System for Safety, TechSpec Gripsters for Control
Noyes is campaigning the 2011 Moto2 GP World Championship with Barcelona-based BQR team, on the FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine provided by Canadian-based FOGI Racing owner, Angus Borland
American Geoff Maloney, of GP Tech, who worked with Borland in 2010, managed to bring Kenny and BQR together with FOGI Racing. FOGI Racing is a road racing development team that is quite successful in both Canada and the United States though their support of up-and-coming riders like 17-year old Canadian Ben Young, who is racing in the AMA Pro SuperSport Class this season.
Noyes, aboard his FTR M211 bike in Avintia-STX colors, will once again be the only US rider in the Moto2 GP class. This will be a homecoming for Noyes as he began his road racing career in Spain with BQR back in 2001.
In 2010, Noyes was one of ten "true rookies" among the full-time riders in the forty bike Moto2 GP field and his two seventh place finishes were the two best individual results achieved by a first-time GP rider in the new Moto2 class. Noyes’ highlight of the season was when he took the pole at Le Mans, one of fourteen new tracks that he had to learn over the 17-race Moto2 GP season.
Noyes is getting a grip on his new FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine with a set of TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads. The tank pads are engineered to improve control, enhance body positioning, reduce fatigue, and protect the rider’s tank and bodywork without damaging the rider’s leathers or man made fabrics. TechSpec Gripsters feature a proprietary “releasable and reusable” adhesive allowing a rider to fine tune the location of the grip surface or to temporarily remove them when tank repairs may be required.
The two by one inch MICS that Noyes is wearing this season, on his HJC helmet, provides paramedics and other trained emergency personnel with potentially life-saving information about the rider's identity and critical medical details. On the outside of the pouch, in bold text, is a warning to non-medical good Samaritans to not remove the downed rider’s helmet and to leave that critical task to trained medical responders. Improper helmet removal is a leading cause of collateral paralysis and death and should only be undertaken by trained EMS or medical staff.
"I'm proud to be the first global ambassador for the Medical Information Carrier System." said Noyes. "With the sheer number of people riding motorcycles around the world you know that there are many instances where unfortunate outcomes would be avoided if riders had only had a MICS on their helmets. I want to help get the word out so that street riders know about MICS and ask their local bike shop to stock them."
“I look forward to leveraging the full benefits of the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads” added Noyes. “Everyone is extremely competitive these days and the Gripsters will help me gain additional control on my bike.”
Lean Angle Canada and Tech Spec USA encourage motorcycle enthusiasts to follow Noyes’ season at www.kennynoyes.com, on Facebook, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennyNoyes and at www.leanangle.ca. You can also pick up a copy of Roadracing World magazine to read Kenny Noyes’ up coming column.
“It’s such a pleasure and an honour to have the support of such a talented rider like Kenny to help us launch and promote the MICS message throughout world.” said Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle Canada. “A rider of Kenny’s caliber understands more than most what the value of a few precious seconds can mean. I know he is going to be game on out there on the track and I look forward to seeing him tear it up on his Gripster equipped FTR.”
TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads and MICS are available at an ever expanding network of powersports dealers across North America. MICS will soon be available at dealers and retail locations throughout Europe. MICS are a mandatory safety device at the Canadian Superbike Series.
TechSpec Canada and Motocross Racer Liam O’Farrell Team Up for 2011 MX Season
O'Farrell will be competing as a Pro in the 2011 Ontario and Quebec Provincial Motocross series in the Pro MX1 class with the Orange Motorsports Team aboard a KTM 450 SX-F. The Port Rowan, ON based rider will also compete in select rounds of the 2011 CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals.
He has accomplished much over his nineteen years of racing internationally including, winning both the 2007 South African MX1 and MX2 National Motocross Champions. In 2010 O'Farrell wrapped up his season 11th overall in the MX1 Pro CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals and he has been working extremely hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
TechSpec Gripster grip pads have been traditionally thought of as a product for sport bike riders. This past year many of our sponsored road racers had outstanding seasons including: Andrew Nelson - 2nd overall in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, Steven Nickerson – 3rd overall in the Canadian Amateur Sport Bike Championship and Mike Bevan – S.O.A.R. Expert Superbike Championship and 600 Championship. Gripsters are engineered to improve control and technique on a variety of powersports machines including motocross and enduro motorcycles as well as ATVs. The TechSpec Gripster grip pads have also been proven to enhance body positioning, reduce fatigue, and protects a rider’s tank or body work without harming their gear. The proprietary "Releasable/Reusable" adhesive ensures that riders can remove, adjust and reposition the grip pads to suit their particular riding style.
In conjunction with the introduction of TechSpec Gripster grip pads to the Canadian Motocross scene, through Liam’s sponsorship, Lean Angle Canada is extremely proud to announce that the retail price of the pad kits will be reduced effective February 14th, 2011. Customers will need to contact their local dealer to find out how much they are going to save.
“A combination of a stronger Canadian dollar and benefits realized from the HST has allowed us to pass on savings to the people who matter the most to us; the Canadian motorcycle rider. By reducing our pricing on Gripster grip pads Lean Angle and our valued dealers anticipate that now, more than ever, all riders will be able to experience the benefits of our pads.” stated Steve Reed, President, Lean Angle Canada. “Ultimately it will also benefit our dealers who are at the very heart and soul of the motorcycle community. They add value to the product, are the face of the industry to the customer and important to their local economies.”
Lean Angle Canada hopes that everyone will join them in and cheering on Liam this season and are extremely proud to have such a great racer as an ambassador of the TechSpec brand.
“The product feels amazing, it is strong and gives great grip on the bike, allowing me to have more control of my bike.” said O'Farrell “I'm really looking forward to riding for TechSpec and representing this great product for the 2011 season.”
Bluetooth Industry Pioneer Cardo Systems Announces Launch of scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO
Lean Angle Presents Lee Kuhn Jr with Cheque from MICS Campaign
Motovan - 2011 Fashion Catalog now available
If you're looking for a motorcycle part or accessory you'll want to check out this catalog before heading down to your local shop... because if they don't have it you can tell them the code of what you want and they'll hopefully order it in for you.
Check out the link HERE
Buy Corazzo Design jacket - get one free
free armored riding jacket will be given away to every buyer of a new jacket. Buyers have a choice between the Max or Hoody jacket, an armored Cordura jacket appropriate for moderate to cold-weather
The remaining inventory will be given away until the stock in the Portland warehouse is gone. Promotion Details are available on Corazzo's website HERE:
You may have noticed in one of our previous posts about Corazzo that when checking out some of their gear at a local Vespa shop we noticed that some of the Corazzo stuff was made in Canada.
Lean Angle looking for riders to sponsor
- Motorcycle Drag Racing
- Flat Track/Dirt Track
- Ice Racing
NEW scala rider TeamSet PRO features Pre-Paired IDENTICAL Headsets
Driver Headset Features includes
- speak on intercom to passenger (full duplex)
- initiate and receive own mobile calls by voice command
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (wirelessly or using wired connection with cable provided)
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled GPS device
- speak on intercom to driver (full duplex)
- initiate and receive own mobile calls by voice command
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (wirelessly or using wired connection with cable provided)
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled GPS device
Additional Driver and Passenger Headset Features include:
- VOX Technology- receive, initiate and reject calls by voice control
- Enhanced audio from dual ultra-slim speakers (less than ¼ inch thickness)
- Talk time up to 10 hours, Standby time up to 7 days
- Utilize intercom function without a mobile phone
- AGC Technology- headset automatically adjusts its own volume based on ambient noise
- Noise Canceling Microphone
- Fits virtually all helmets, easy 5 minute self-installation
*Stereo music requires compatible Bluetooth® enabled MP3 device
**GPS voice instructions requires compatible Bluetooth® enabled GPS device
Cardo SCALA RIDER® TeamSet PRO
MSRP $249.95 USD
Indianapolis MotoGP Racers receive Cardo scala rider G4 PowerSet Motorcycle Communication Systems
*results may vary according to terrain.
LED Wear for motorcyclists
It's a company called LED-Wear. They're website is LEDWear.ca and the person I spoke with was from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They're website indicates that they're the Canadian and US distributor for the products.
I don't know that the event that I went to was the best forum for the company as I heard a few folks kind of joking that they'd look like aliens on the road if they were wearing that sort of outfit. I think that if some well placed LED lighting helps makes you more noticeable on the road then that's a good idea.
I would be curious to know about any legal implications of wearing blinking LED vests and such on Canadian roads though. Might have to look into that! Or send off an email to the company.
Lean Angle Donates Portion of MICS Helmet System Sales
After reading an article in the current issue of Inside Motorcycles by motorcycle journalist John Hopkins, Lean Angle, the Canadian distributor for TechSpec Grip Pads, has learned how one of its sponsored riders, Lee Kuhn Jr. took the time to assist an injured motorcyclist on his way home after a race weekend at Circuit Icar, just north of Montreal.
Kuhn, a competitor in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Amateur 600 Sport Bike class and a student at Trillium College's (Hamilton ON) Paramedic program, was flagged down by a fellow racer shortly after leaving the racetrack. Upon arriving at the scene, Kuhn discovered that a race enthusiast leaving the same track had apparently high-sided his motorcycle over the guardrail.
The Hamilton-based racer's training kicked in - Kuhn immediately grabbed the first-aid kit and assessed the situation. When he saw that untrained bystanders were attempting to remove the downed rider's helmet, he immediately advised them to leave the helmet in place due to the high potential for the rider to be paralyzed by the good samaritans' actions.
Lean Angle recently announced they are now the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS). This system would have informed the non-medical bystanders to NOT remove the helmet and would have provided paramedics and other trained emergency personnel with life-saving information about the rider's identity and medical history.
"The MICS helmet safety system was developed to assist trained first responders in this exact situation," says Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle. "Lee's training, specifically the helmet removal course he took as part of his Paramedicine program, was instrumental in ensuring that this rider was not subject to further injuries by well-meaning bystanders."
Lean Angle was inspired by Kuhn's desire to assist those in need - not only on that day, but in the future - through his decision to become a Paramedic. Lean Angle is proud to announce that for the months of August, September and October, $1.00 of each $2.99 MICS helmet system sold through its website www.LeanAngle.ca will be donated to assist with Kuhn's tuition.
Additional opportunities to support Kuhn through the purchase of the MICS helmet system are available in Kuhn's paddock at the upcoming Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia on August 6-8, 2010.
"The motorcycling community and racers have a long history of reaching out to those in need and Lean Angle is proud to be a member of this caring group of people. Lee is not only a driven and dedicated competitor, he has also been a great ambassador for TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads, his other sponsors, and the sport as a whole.
We are proud to be associated with Lee and the entire Kuhn family and we wish to do our small part to recognize his efforts on and off the track and to ensure he can fulfill his dream of becoming a paramedic." states Reed.
The Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for helmets is currently available online at www.leanangle.ca and at an ever-growing network of dealers and online powersport accessory retailers across Canada.
Lean Angle Becomes Canadian Distributor of Helmet Medical Information Carrier System
Cardo Systems releases its highly-anticipated first software upgrade to the scala rider G4
Since its introduction earlier this year, the scala rider G4 has been widely recognized as the most feature-rich Bluetooth motorcycle intercom headset on the market today. One of its unique features includes the availability for users to periodically upgrade features and functions on their device by simply downloading the latest software from the company’s website to their Windows based PCs*. The latest version 2.2 includes among others:
- Pre-setting radio stations
- RDS and VOX control –disable / enable functions
- Status Announcement language settings
About the scala rider G4
The scala rider G4 is the first Bluetooth® motorcycle headset to offer 3-way conference-mode intercom among up to three riders on three separate bikes or 4-way mode among two riders and their two passengers on two bikes, at distances of up to one mile** - a new industry benchmark.
Encased in a streamlined waterproof and dustproof shell, the scala rider G4 also excels by way of its user-friendly interface. Additional features include:
- Multiple Connectivity Options
- A2DP Bluetooth Stereo Music
- Built-In FM Radio with RDS
- VOX Activation
- Software Upgrades
- Spoken Status Announcements
- AGC Technology for auto-volume adjustment
- PLC Technology for enhanced audio in challenging environments
The scala rider G4 can connect with up to two other scala rider G4 headsets and one Bluetooth-enabled device such as a mobile phone or GPS device at one time. It also includes a built-in FM radio and an optional jack to connect an MP3 player via cable. Like the entire line of scala rider models, the G4 offers voice control for key functions, safely enabling bikers to keep their hands on the handlebars. The G4’s noise canceling microphone and PLC software technology provide superb audio quality both at higher cruising speeds and in challenging urban environments. Talk time with the unit’s rechargeable Li-Po battery is up to 10 hours and standby time is up to 1 week. The G4 is also compatible with the intercom line of scala rider models.***
The scala rider G4 fits virtually all ¾ and full-face helmets and can be self-installed in five minutes. It is available through selected distributors, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems website at www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $279.95 for a single scala rider G4 unit or $489.95 USD for two factory-paired units in the scala rider G4 PowerSet retail box.
Hockey and motorcycles - together at last
BMW Motorrad Communication System also available for BMW Motorrad Helmet Sport.
The Sport helmet is already designed for immediate integration of the BMW Motorrad Communication System. With its excellent aerodynamics and exceptional aeroacoustics, it is perfectly suited to the new communications system and its outstanding sound quality. The system employs Bluetooth standard 2.0 to allow wireless voice communication between two helmets as well as other Bluetooth equipment, such as navigation systems, mobile telephones, or MP3 players.
The BMW Motorrad Communication System comprises a main circuit board, a boom microphone, and two loudspeakers which are installed in the helmet, plus two NiMH rechargeable batteries, which enable constant operation for periods of ten to twelve hours. The system is controlled by a three-button module, which fits snugly into any Sport helmet, irrespective of the shell's dimensions.
The BMW Motorrad Communication System has been conceived to facilitate voice communication between the rider and co-rider, but communication with other Bluetooth equipment is also possible. For instance, the rider can not only talk to his co-rider, but is also able to receive messages emitted by the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, make telephone calls, or listen to music, provided the equipment used is Bluetooth-compatible. The BMW Motorrad Communication System also allows communication from motorcycle to motorcycle. Depending on the local conditions, the system will allow voice communication over a distance of up to 100 metres with only a slight drop in quality, provided there is an uninterrupted line of sight between the Bluetooth devices. If the distance cannot be bridged or the conditions are otherwise unfavourable, and the connection is lost, it is automatically restored as soon as the distance between the Bluetooth transmitters is sufficiently small.
The BMW Motorrad Communication System in the Sport Helmet is compatible with the communication system in the BMW Motorrad System 6 Helmet.
Motorcycle Cover that fits in your pocket
Enter the "Bike Condom" - yes, that's the name of the company - and they produce a one size fits all bike cover they've dubbed the bike condom.
They cost $5.99 USD and can apparently can be reused several times. Best part - they fit in your pocket so you can easily find space for one on your bike somewhere. Shipping is supposedly free but there's no indication whether they ship to Canada on their website. They're looking for distributors and retailers too.
If you're interested in learning more about "Bike Condoms" check out their website HERE.
David Hatch kitted with Joe Rocket for Motorcycle Experience
Full Press Release:
Bruce Parker, President of Joe Rocket Canada, is pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement with the Motorcycle Experience television show. Dave Hatch, the show host and test rider will wear Joe Rocket apparel exclusively. "Motorcycle Experience, with it’s huge following, has a long history of bringing Canadian riders well founded product evaluations, comparative road tests, and relevant industry news in an entertaining format," said Parker. "With Dave Hatch and the Motorcycle Experience show, we will demonstrate to riders how and why Joe Rocket Canada brings the best riding gear to all motorcycle enthusiasts in the Great White North."
"Since the show’s inception in 1989, I have worn, sampled and tested all kinds of riding gear and when I got to see, the new 2010 product line-up from Joe Rocket Canada, I loved it!" said Dave Hatch. "They are a great Canadian company building the best brand of riding gear and I am thrilled that Joe Rocket Canada is the official clothing sponsor of the Motorcycle Experience television show."
Look for the new season of the Motorcycle Experience, Saturday, March 6th, 11:30am EST on TSN and TSN2 in High Definition.
VRideTV gets a webstore
His website offers up a unique perspective of Canada - one from a motorcycle. He has recorded high definition video all over Canada from his Harley Davidson VRod, professionally edited it, and posted it on vridetv.
The site is free of charge so purchases made here help maintain this free service and supplement server, equipment, and travel expenses.
There's some men's & women's T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, zip hoodies, sweatshirts, tracksuits, kid's clothing, bags, mugs, wall clocks and many other items.
If you're interested in getting some viride branded merchandise you can SAVE $15.00 on any purchase over $50.00 (before shipping). This offer begins February 24th, 2010 and is valid until April 2nd, 2010. This coupon is easy to use, simply enter this code in the coupon code box when you checkout.
Coupon code: wacfeb374
Cardo Systems Announces new high tech - G4
From compatibility with any number of Bluetooth-enabled devices to its embedded FM radio, mobile phone support and voice activation, the scala rider G4 is also the first Bluetooth headset to offer group intercom between up to three riders as well as communication among two riders and their two passengers on two bikes at distances up to one mile*—a new industry benchmark for motorcycle headsets.
Encased in a rugged and fully redesigned form factor, the scala rider G4 leads the pack in Bluetooth enjoyment and safety by allowing the user access to all of their compatible communications and entertainment through one lightweight unit. Specific features include:
• Two/Three/Four-Way Intercom — The G4 allows four riders (two drivers and two passengers), three riders (three separate bikers) or two riders (rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger), to conduct intercom conversations at distances of up to one mile*. The headset offers full duplex (simultaneous talking/listening) capability as well as mobile phone call conferencing between riders, between rider and passenger, or with outside callers.
• Multi-Device Compatibility — The G4 can connect with virtually any portable Bluetooth device including mobile phones, MP3 players and compatible GPS units (for in-helmet voice instructions). It can also connect with non-Bluetooth MP3 players, GPS units via its embedded jack, and the entire line of scala rider headsets.** Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and two other scala rider headsets at one time.
• A2DP Stereo Music —Taking advantage of A2DP, the latest Bluetooth stereo music transfer technology, the G4 can receive CD-quality music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability.
• Built-In FM Radio− The G4 has a built-in FM Radio with RDS and scan and seek features with six station channel memory.
• VOX Activation –The G4 allows users to make voice-controlled hands-free intercom calls and phone calls with answer, voice dial and call reject functions.
• AGC Technology –The G4 automatically adjusts the headset volume based on ambient noise and driving speed.
• PLC Technology – The G4 provides improved audio quality in dense urban surroundings.
• Downloadable Cardo Software For Future Upgrades (requires Windows XP or Vista based PCs) –This software keeps the G4 always up-to-date with the latest applications.
• Spoken Status Announcements – The G4 provides multi-lingual in-the-ear announcements tell users to whom or to which device they are connected to.
“Cardo’s new scala rider G4 takes all the power of wireless communications and entertainment today and puts it in one amazing package. There’s no Bluetooth headset on the market that revolutionizes a biker’s riding experience like the G4,” says Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “This is our most exciting motorcycle headset yet — a breakthrough that can greatly improve enjoyment and safety for single riders or groups, passengers and drivers alike.”
As with all scala rider headsets, the G4 features a noise canceling microphone and weather-resistant design. Talk time with the unit’s rechargeable Li-Po battery is up to 10 hours and standby time is up to 10 days.
The scala rider G4 fits virtually all ¾ and full-face helmets and can be self-installed in five minutes. The headset is now available through select distributors, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $279.95 USD.
*Range may vary according to terrain
**Reduced operational range when connected to earlier scala rider models
Stay cool as a cucumber - with your own air conditioner!
Icon's New "Urban Assault" Helmet
Joe Rocket launches a .ca website
"As the best selling motorcycle apparel brand for over 10 years, Joe Rocket has a very special place with Canadian riders," said Parker. "Now that Joe Rocket Canada is a separate company with 70 new proprietary designs to meet the unique demands of Canadian riders, the Rocket brand will speak to all aspects of Canadian motorcycle culture."
Look for the launch of the new Joe Rocket Canada collection at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, December 11-13, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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Cardo Systems, Inc. Announces Partnership with Polaris and Victory
The Global Leader Bluetooth® Headset for Off-Road ATV, Motorcycle and Snowmobile Helmets
2009 Pittsburgh, PA (November 19th, 2009) Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth® communications for motorcycle and all-terrain helmet headsets, today announced its new distribution partnership with Polaris & Victory Motorcycles.
Polaris is well known within the industry as an expert in design and manufacturing of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. Victory Motorcycles specializes in the manufacturing of American-made motorcycles for the touring and cruiser motorcycle enthusiasts. Polaris & Victory Motorcycles will become the newest valued addition to Cardo’s targeted distribution channel to carry the Cardo Scala Rider® Q2™ Bluetooth® headset featuring rider to rider intercom communication up to 500m/1,640ft*
“We are very pleased to be forming this relationship with Polaris & Victory Motorcycles,” said Abraham Glezerman, Chairman and CEO of Cardo Systems. “Both companies are leaders and experts in their fields; Cardo, at providing the most innovative and technically advanced Bluetooth® helmet headsets with features that are ground-breaking to the industry and Polaris and Victory Motorcycles, as a leader in the development of an array of advanced, fun-to-ride off and on-road vehicles for a multitude of riding enthusiasts across markets, including ATV, side-by-side, motorcycle and snowmobile markets. Both companies strive to continue to redefine a rider’s experience.”
“Adding the Cardo Scala Rider system to our catalog is a natural fit’” says Jason Toso of Victory Motorcycles. “We strive to engineer the best American luxury cruisers and touring motorcycles on the market, and an industry leader such as Cardo is a perfect accessory for our products and our owners, particularly as our touring line has developed.”
The Cardo SCALA RIDER® Q2™ headset features all-terrain rider to rider intercom communications up to 500m/1,640ft, depending on traffic, terrain and line of site. It also allows riders to connect wirelessly by Bluetooth® to one of the following audio sources including: in-helmet voice instructions from a GPS unit, mobile phone conversations with third parties and intercom conversations with passengers and with other riders.
The headsets also feature high-quality FM radio transmissions from the embedded FM radio. It sports a noise-canceling microphone and speaker booster and is fully rain, snow and mud resistant. A MP3 player can be connected to the headset’s embedded auxiliary jack to receive wired STEREO music. Whether you are riding your motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side, or snowmobile, the SCALA RIDER® Q2™ is a great way to communicate with another rider.
The Cardo SCALA RIDER® Q2™ headset (Polaris part number 2859994) is now available from your local authorized Polaris or Victory Dealer or online at www.purepolaris.com.
*results may vary according to terrain
About Cardo Systems, Inc.
Cardo Systems, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a world leader in motorsports wireless Bluetooth® communication systems. Cardo products include the SCALA-RIDER® line of innovative helmet-mounted Bluetooth® headsets, audio kits and accessories for motorcycle helmets.
With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER(tm), snowmobiles and Victory Motorcycles for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry, and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory Motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace.
Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII," and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories, is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
Some new motorcycle gear from the Canadian company - Nexo Sports
Corazzo has some fun and does some abrasion tests
Cardo will design a communication system for Schuberth flip-up helmets
Besides connectivity with mobile phones, bike-to-bike intercom between up to 3 rider and wireless receipt of stereo music from compatible MP3 players, no further technical information about the system was provided. At this point also the name of the new system is still being kept confidential. Schuberth’s executives described their new system not only technologically as cutting edge, but also as a radically new approach in retrofitting communication systems to motorcycle helmets, blurring the line between built-in headsets and after-market solutions.
The new system will be offered first for Schuberth flip-up helmets and can be installed within minutes by any end-user. Schuberth plans to present the system this year, possibly at the EICMA motorcycle trade show in Milan, Italy.
Marcel Lejeune, CEO of Schuberth GmbH remarked: “Our collaboration with Cardo is meant to equip the world's finest motorcycle helmets with the best available communication and entertainment system. The new system represents the synthesis between our unrelenting pursuit of safety, intuitive ergonomics and cutting-edge technology. This product will meet an important customer demand for a smart and mature all-round solution to complement our premium helmets".
Dr. Abraham Glezerman, Chairman of Cardo Systems added: “Working with Schuberth gives us a welcome opportunity to provide a high-end solution to a sophisticated clientele that is used to very high standards. Everything we have learned in years of research, development and market requirements will be brought to bear in the Schuberth communication system."
BMW DoubleR collection uncompromisingly sporty
The time has finally come: once more BMW is playing an important role in motorcycle road racing. Fittingly, riders with professional racing ambitions will find that the new DoubleR collection is a complete, tailor-made range of rider`s equipment, produced with only the finest materials and to a high level of manufacturing excellence. The products' designs consciously reveal their close affinity to motorsport: just as much attention has been given to their look and comfort as to such factors as safety and a love of detail.
The DoubleR collection comprises a leather suit, helmet, boots and gloves. Together they make up a complete outfit, which is ideal not only for riders of the new supersports bike, the BMW S 1000 RR, but also for all other ambitious riders.
For the helmet and boots, existing successful products were taken and their design enhanced yet further, while the suit and gloves are completely new product developments. The DoubleR collection will be presented at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan this coming November.
DoubleR Suit – Superbike performance for the road.
The one-piece racing suit in BMW Motorrad motorsport design is made of highly wear-resistant kangaroo leather, only 1.0 millimetre thick, making it 20% lighter than regular suits made of calf leather. It is also notable for its skin-tight fit.
The DoubleR suit is extremely pleasant to wear while also providing a very high level of active safety. The integrated and non-removable NP protectors at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees offer a high degree of protection and are extremely effective in absorbing impacts.
The extended-length, removable back protector is anatomically formed in 3D to provide a wide area of protection and enhanced safety for the spine, shoulder blades and kidneys.
The collarbone is additionally protected by an integrated impact-absorbent material. The new, plastic-injected, INOX stainless steel shoulder and elbow sliders distribute the force peaks to the underlying protectors and facilitate sliding in the event of a fall. Replaceable standard-production sliders made of hard plastic are employed in the knee areas. A zip is also provided for integrating the BMW Neck Brace System.
The torso, sleeves and legs of the suit are strongly preformed in line with standard racing posture, while the hump, which is a typical feature for this segment, has the effect of improving aerodynamics. The perforated leather areas, together with the TFL® cool coating of the black leather, prevent the suit from becoming excessively hot in high temperatures. At low temperatures, the windblocker undervest, supplied with the suit, can be used to protect the rider from the cold. The pre-fitted knee sliders are supplied as standard, as is a high-quality suit bag.
The DoubleR suit will be available in the colour combinations blue/white/red and black/white/red.
DoubleR Helmet – consistent coordination work.
The DoubleR helmet has been developed from the Sport helmet model. The classic design employs the BMW Motorrad motorsports colours of blue/white/red, making it the perfect match for the DoubleR collection.
The extra spoiler, which is especially constructed to maximise the aerodynamic properties of the BMW S 1000 RR and its narrow windshield, offers increased stability at high speeds.
DoubleR Boots – design enhanced by professionals.
The DoubleR boots are an enhanced design of the existing, professionally featured Sport boots and which have been especially developed for riders intending to employ the BMW S 1000 RR for sports use. The new features include large hook-and-loop-fastender inside zip covers for simplifying foot insertion. The blue nylon soles have been reinforced and refashioned to match the metal footrests of the S 1000 RR. The new boots will be available in the colour combination white/black.
DoubleR Gloves – safety meets comfort.
The DoubleR gloves are of a completely new design and made of 100% kangaroo leather. To improve its protective properties, the palm material is partially doubled and fitted with a Kevlar® underlay. The more at-risk zones are fitted with impact-absorbing Suprotect® foam in varying thicknesses.
Also, stingray leather is incorporated in the hand edges. This is a natural material with a strong inherent structure and combines the great safety of leather with the comfort of modern textiles. The stingray leather's grainy structure has several benefits: it slides well without becoming hot, it is extremely wear-resistant, and although it has hard spots, it is in itself quite flexible.
A finger bridge reinforced with Kevlar® protects the little finger in the event of a fall, while the wrist is protected by an anatomically formed hard-plastic shell in BMW Motorrad design.
The strongly pre-curved cut guarantees a fold-free fit. The knuckle shell, made of GFK, is made in three different sizes, for an improved fit. Stretch material is incorporated underneath the hard shell and the leather stretch inserts at the bottom of the fingers increase their agility.
The DoubleR gloves will be available in black and in the classic BMW Motorrad motorsport colours of blue/white/red.
BMW Motorrad Navigator IV – More Speed, More Functions and More Power
Featuring a 16:9 touchscreen which, at 4.3 inches, is bigger than its predecessor, and an improved satellite receiver, in combination with a faster processor for working out routes even more quickly. More than ever before, the new model is much easier to operate while wearing motorcycle gloves. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV has a flatter housing, extra-large touchscreen buttons, and four additional operating buttons on the left-hand side of the exclusive Advanced Mount Cradle. In this way, the robust Navigator combines extremely simple operation with an excellent range of functions.
Looking at the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV in more detail, the optimised user interface displays a number of new software functions, such as lane assist, junction view, and 3D buildings. There are two separate data fields which can be used to custom-configure the displayed map section, with information such as arrival time, remaining journey time, average speed, direction of travel, and current altitude.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV transmits its instructions via Bluetooth to a specially equipped helmet or via loudspeaker if used in a car. All road names are stated (text-to-speech) which increases road safety, as the operator does not need to take his eyes off the road. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV supports a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones, allowing motorcycle riders to accept or make calls directly via the display of the Navigator. The new motorcycle Navigator is also an effective music player, thanks to its highly developed, integrated MP3 system, the A2DP profile for transmitting the music signal in stereo to the Bluetooth helmet, and the memory capacity, which has now been doubled to four gigabytes.
The waterproof unit contains preinstalled map data for 40 west and East-European countries, including more than 1.5 million points of interest. The unit is supplied with the MapSource (TM) route planning software, to allow the riders to plan his journey at his convenience on his home computer. The routes can then be transferred to the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV and viewed after the trip in MapSource(TM) or Google Earth, as the system automatically records the route taken. A slot for microSD memory cards is included for loading additional map data. It is also possible to exchange routes and waypoints with other Navigator IV units. Data can be exchanged via memory card or Bluetooth.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is easy to install on all models of BMW Motorrad motorcycles with a standard accessories connector, using the model-specific mounting. This means that the new navigation system can be used with the majority of current F, R and K series motorcycles. A car kit is available as an optional extra. The powerful Navigator performs just as well in a car as it does on a motorcycle. In addition, when used in a car, the flexible navigator system can also be used a hands-free telephone adapter for Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones, thanks to its integrated loudspeaker and microphone.
Another new feature of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is that it can also be operated away from the vehicle. It is fitted with an integrated lithium-ion battery which allows up to five hours of operating time. It is therefore possible to programme the unit or work out routes during breaks or even use it as a completely self-contained path finder when out cycling or hiking.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV will be available from August 2009.
Zox helmets launches YouTube Channel and Facebook Fan page
Zox has recently launched the YouTube channel Zox TV (www.youtube.com/zoxhelmetstv).
Zox will be posting videos on this YouTube channel, on their website at www.zoxhelmets.com as well as their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zoxhelmets. These educational videos will present the features of Zox Helmets to enthusiasts as well as provide other information on helmet safety.
Currently they've got nine video's but more will be added on a regular basis:
Episode 1: History of Zox Helmets
Episode 2: DOT, Snell and ECE Safety Standards
Episode 3: How to choose the Right Helmet
Episode 4: Zox Marketing Issues
Episode 5: Zox Full Face Helmets Line-Up
Episode 6: Zox Motocross Helmets Line-Up
Episode 7: Zox Modular/Flip-up Helmets Line-Up
Episode 8: Zox Etna Open Face Helmet
Episode 9: Interview with Pro Racer Genevieve Lesieur .
Check back often to see new episodes of Zox TV!
Zox Helmets has also created a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zoxhelmets. You can visit our Facebook page and add Zox Helmets as your friend to receive up to date information and pictures of new helmets as well as the results of current Zox Racers. On this page you can also view the videos from Zox TV (posted in the video section of the Zox Helmets profile page). Zox Helmets also has a group page HERE whereby you can post pictures and participate in monthly contests to win a new Zox Helmet.
Details about Zox:
ZOX – Developed in 2005, Zox helmets offers the powersports industry a wide range of helmets designed with a focus on comfort, fit and style.Motorcycle, MX, Off Road, ATV, Snowmobile and Scooter enthusiasts will find the perfect helmet for their passion with Zox. DOT or SNELL 2005 approved, fiberglass and thermoplastic alloy shell constructions, various removable washable comfort fit liners as well as custom color, style and finishes provides powersports enthusiasts with a unique helmet solution. Zox – Power Ahead.
Demo Day for Charity at Studio Cycle Group – Sunday, July 26 (ON)
Licensed LSM, M, M1, or M2 riders will have the opportunity to try out a KYMCO scooter or motorcycle and participants will be asked to make a $5.00 donation which will go directly to Kids Help Phone. Studio Cycle Group will also be donating $1.00 from every purchase on Sunday July 26th to Kids Help Phone as well!
Not interested in test riding? Well, there are a lot of other reasons to visit Studio Cycle Group on Sunday July 26th, here are just a few:
- Custom helmet fittings for ARAI helmets on site – If you purchase an ARAI that
day you’ll receive a 10% discount PLUS a free Ogio helmet bag.
- In store sales offering 10% and 25% off select items including all Hart &
Huntington apparel, NEXO Sports Gear, Troy Lee Designs, Etnies shoes and more!
- A Humber College Training instructor will be on site to answer any questions about licensing.
- Be sure to ask about our selection of Pirelli bike tires as well!
-Pick up a Studio Cycle Group magnet tag and sign up on our customer list to qualify for ongoing offers. You can even take one for a friend!
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – rain or shine!
AGV SPORT licensing Announcement
Press Release after the break...
AGV Sport and Motonation believe that this strategic alliance and partnership will benefit both companies and allow for rapid development of new products for the US market. AGV Sport believed strongly that Motonation was the right choice for the future of this historic brand and to extend its 25 year commitment to producing technically superior products.
Motonation has a unique business model of marketing its exclusive product lines through committed partnerships with a limited number of select retailers combined with an aggressive promotional investment that enable the lines to grow in this competitive market. Motonation is now hard at work on its 2010 AGV Sport product line which will start to show up at Motonation’s Partner retailers late in 2009.
As summer heats up Corazzo brings thoughts of cooler times
We told you a little bit about Corazzo before, they're a Portland Oregon based company but many of their products are made in Canada and available at finer Vespa dealerships.
They've got the "Rocker" which is made of custom dyed American made wool, features an extra wide waist band to keep it from riding up when you're on the road. Some other nice touches are the Napa leather letters spelling Corazzo across the chest, large leather elbow patches, a zip up collar that beats back the cold mornings, and thumb holes to ensure the sleeves stay tucked in."
Then there's the "Tricolore" which is designed in a raglan style, with sleeves knitted lengthwise for a comfortable fit. The zip collar and thumb holes keep out the cold. There's a small Corazzo chest patch and tri color stripes knit on the right sleeve.
For ordering details check out Corazzo's website. The Tricolore is listed at $249USD while the Rocker is $275USD.
Yamaha and KLIM® forge partnership
“We are very excited to offer the new KLIM products through our Yamaha dealer network. The Yamaha brand is known around the world for offering quality and performance. The premium line of KLIM gear is a perfect fit with Yamaha and will most assuredly meet the highest expectations of our dealers and customers.” said YMCA National Planning & Research Manager, Chris Reid.
Yamaha riders will now have Yamaha-branded enduro in-the-boot-pants, along with enduro over-the-boot-pant which will keep the enduro rider performing at the highest level. Yamaha dealers will also offer branded versions of KLIM’s F4, fully-vented enduro-style helmet, jerseys and gloves.
KLIM® President Justin Summers stated, “Two industry innovators and leaders in advancing technologies are coming together to give the enduro rider a line of clothing that meets their needs. With our KLIM® high-quality apparel and Yamaha’s high-quality machines, riders will have the ultimate outdoor experience.”
Stop by the Klim Technology section of Yamaha's website to see the whole line of Yamaha-branded KLIM® technical gear and other Genuine Yamaha Apparel and Accessories.
Arai continues to satisfy motorcyclists
In conducting the 2009 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study, which measures the overall satisfaction of motorcyclists with their new helmet in three key factors: ventilation, face shield, and design and styling, J.D. Power and Associates asked owners to rate the following 11 attributes of their motorcycle helmet:
- ventilation/air flow;
- face shield ability to keep wind out;
- face shield ability to resist scratching;
- ease of replacing face shield;
- scratch resistance of shell;
- color/graphic design;
- ease of fastening the strap;
- fit and comfort.
More than 4,600 survey responses were tabulated. With a score of 830, Arai ranks highest among the 10 helmet brands included in the study—its 11th consecutive year leading the rankings.
“Arai’s focus on fit and comfort—the most important consideration when purchasing a motorcycle helmet—and its ability to cater to different types of riders have given the manufacturer a consistent edge in satisfying customers,” said Tim Fox, research manager of the powersports group at J.D. Power and Associates.
Other highlights from the 2009 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study include:
- Arai, the highest-ranked helmet maker, improves its index score by 11 points compared to last year’s study, and performs particularly well in the ventilation and design and styling factors.
- Shoei ranks second with a score of 815 and performs well in the face shield factor. Icon ranks third overall with a score of 806.
- While the percentage of helmet owners who conducted research online before buying has remained relatively steady from 2008 at 36 percent, more and more consumers are buying their helmets online—17 percent in 2009, compared to 14 percent in 2008.
- Those who purchased more expensive helmets ($200 or more) are more likely to both research and purchase their helmet online. Additionally, more than one-half of these helmet owners researched online prior to their purchase, and 22 percent of them made their purchase online.
About the Study
The 2009 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 4,600 purchasers of new 2008 model-year motorcycles who provided information about their most recent helmet purchase experience and helmet use. The study was fielded in September and October 2008.
Portland, US company - Italian name - made in Canada!
Trusty Google Translator indicates that Corazzo is Italian for armour. Seems fitting for a company making riding apparel and accessories. If all the skulls and crossbones gear at your local shop have you wondering if there's anything a little more stylish that will keep you looking stylish AND be protected, well - Corazzo is a company you might want to check out.
According to the Corazzo company website:
"Corazzo is proud to design and manufacture our garments and accessories in North America (California and Oregon and Canada), sourcing our raw materials from companies that manufacture in the US, whenever and wherever possible.
Corazzo uses the only the highest quality materials, like real Cordura~ fabric from DuPont, the best Scotchlite reflective material from 3M, YKK Zippers and armor from Knox, the world's leader in impact protection for two-wheeled riders."
We've not had the opportunity to test any of the products, seeing as we've just discovered the company, but they do appear to be well made stuff that makes use of quality materials. The friendly shop owners brewed me a coffee while I had a look at all the treasures in the shop. I'm told the Corazzo Under-Hoody is particularly irresistible. Certainly looks like it'd be comfortable on a chilly morning ride!
Image courtesy Corazzo.
Looking for motorcycle parts and accessories?
They've got several different catalogs for you to look over in fact. If you're looking for just about anything, for any style of motorcycle standard, sportbike, cruiser, custom, off-road - chances are they probably have it. They've even got a fashion catalog.
Motovan was established in 1980 and imports, exports, distributes and manufactures after-market replacement parts and accessories for motorized recreational vehicles (Motorcycles/MX, ATVs, snowmobiles). Motovan is the Canadian leader in the distribution of parts and accessories, boasting the largest network of powersports dealers in Canada.
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New BMW clothing mimics pine cone principle
BMW has just come out with a new riding suit, the Streetguard 3 to replace their Streetguard 2. The Streetguard 3 features fabric that mimics the principle of a pine cone, whose scales open and close in response to heat and cold. The technology is dubbed "c_change™" and it is said to "breath" in the summer and insulate in cold weather.
Well, when put that way, it does appeal to my inner technology lover!
Not only that though, it suit also has what BMW calls the "coldblack®" feature on the outside. Coldblack® causes 80 percent of sunlight to be reflected off the black surfaces. Protecting you from heat and UV radiation - the suit also remains cool for longer even in bright sunshine, which will undoubtedly make riding with all your gear on when it's 35 degrees celsius in stop and go traffic a whole lot more bearable.
It sounds like some pretty amazing stuff. It doesn't come cheap, the Streetguard 3 will have an MSRP of $1,033.50 for the jacket and $807.50 for the pants, but it does sound like it could be "the" gear to have. Sizes and cuts specifically for men, or women, are available.
Press Release with full details follow:
Munich/Whitby. Arriving just in time for the start of the new season this spring, the Streetguard 3 suit is to replace its predecessor, the Streetguard 2, offering new safety features and improved comfort for the wearer.
The new Streetguard 3 suit is equipped with the latest safety and comfort features from Swiss textile manufacturer schoeller®, guaranteeing perfectly coordinated functions. The external material is made from a new protective fabric developed exclusively with and for BMW Motorrad - schoeller®-keproshield™. The high-strength composite fabric with Kevlar, cotton and polyamide elements resulted in an increase in durability and toughness, resistance to tearing and frictional heat of about 20 percent in comparison with its predecessor.
In order to achieve maximum comfort for the wearer, the outer material is directly bonded to an inner water- and wind-proof c_change™-membrane. Nature provided the inspiration when the designers came to develop c_change™. Mimicking the principle of a pine cone, whose scales open and close in response to heat and cold, c_change™ "breathes" in the summer and insulates in cold weather. This makes the membrane very breathable, while its air-permeability enables it to adapt to the external temperature and the body temperature of the wearer. This guarantees the perfect body temperature whatever the weather. In addition, the membrane also offers an elasticity that enables a fully elastic outer shell to be constructed, ensuring even more comfort for the wearer. Thus kitted out, the rider can withstand wind and weather, while still looking good thanks to the fashionable cut.
But that's not all: for the first time, the suit also has the so-called coldblack® feature on the outside. This causes 80 percent of sunlight to be reflected off the black surfaces. This means that the body is effectively protected from heat and UV radiation - the suit also remains cool for longer even in bright sunshine, thus palpably increasing the comfort of the wearer.
The jacket has a single special zipper to the front (riri® storm) that keeps out wind, water and UV radiation effectively without resorting to the labyrinth construction used to date. Similar water-resistant special zippers (riri®AQUAzip) can also be found on the outside pockets. The jacket also has a detachable storm collar and practical sleeve cuffs for a water-proof transition to the gloves. If conditions are particularly frosty, the removable, high-quality 3M Thinsulate lining provides optimum insulation. In addition, a high waistband with fleece lining on the inside prevents unpleasant cold drafts.
The protectors provide yet another safety element. That's why the suit now comes complete with the NP protectors developed by BMW Motorrad with optimum shock-absorbing properties. These are located on the back, shoulders and elbows and at the hips and knees (knee protectors adjustable to three different heights). An optional coccyx protector can be added. To ensure that the rider is highly visible at all times, reflective fabric has been incorporated on the front, back and on the sides of the trouser legs.
The versions for men and women differ not only in their design, but also in their cut. The Streetguard 3 suit is available in black in ladies' sizes 36-46, 72-88, or 18-22 and in men's' sizes 46-66, 98-118, or 25-32. For additional combination options, the jacket is also available in a black/gray/orange color combination in men's sizes 46-60 and ladies' sizes 36-46.
The Streetguard 3 will have an MSRP of $1,033.50 for the jacket and $807.50 for the pants.