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Alpinestars' Tech-Air™ Street Airbag System

Alpinestars has presented its Tech-Air™ street airbag system for road riding and off road adventure touring in a special media event at a crash test research facility near Milan, Italy.

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.


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. 


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

The Tech-Air™ is a groundbreaking electronic airbag system that offers riders upper body protection and the freedom to ride both on and off road and in a wide range of weather conditions. At the core of the Tech-Air™ is the protection vest, which incorporates the airbag’s electronic control unit, componentry and airbag. When inflated, the airbag covers the back, kidney areas, chest and shoulders. The Tech-Air™ protection vest, sold separately and completely self-contained, offers the possibility for the airbag to be used in conjunction with an Alpinestars airbag-compatible textile outer jacket, initially either the Valparaiso Tech-Air™or the Viper Tech-Air™, for superb protection in all-weather and warm weather riding conditions.

The innovative and versatile Tech-Air™ street airbag system can be used with any type of motorcycle and/or scooter without the need to set-up, pair or reconfigure bike-to-rider or bike-to-passenger settings. The system is therefore immediately ready to be used at any time for any bike on any surface, and can be used equally for road riding and off road adventure touring.


-      The Tech-Air™ vest is designed to be used in conjunction with airbag-compatible outer jackets, which for the launch
      includes the Valparaiso Tech-Air™ Jacket and the Viper Tech-Air™ Jacket.

-      Comprehensive inflatable upper body protection for back, shoulders, kidney area, chest and upper abdomen.

-      Electronic sensors are securely and unobtrusively incorporated within the vest’s chassis (in the shoulder area), meaning the
      vest is completely self-contained and can be worn interchangeably between compatible jackets.

-      Constructed from a strong and durable mesh main shell with stretch poly-fabric on shoulders and torso for a compact and
      secure fit that is close to the rider’s body while allowing complete freedom of movement.

-      Incorporates removable inner mesh and elastic Velcro® waistband to position airbag system to customize fit and improve adjustability.

-      Full internal back lining constructed from 3D mesh for optimized levels of ventilation and breathability.

-      The Airbag control unit (ACU) of Tech-Air™ is incorporated within strong, lightweight polymer back protector, which features an ergonomic plate construction for structural strength and a fit to follow the natural contours of the back.

-      Tech-Air™ ACU is seal-protected within vest to ensure its all-weather performance. The vest and componentry are certified to function between -10C and +50C. (14F and 122F)

-      Tech-Air™ ACU includes two connector cables allowing the rider to quickly and easily connect up to the outer jacket. ACU has been homologated to ECE R10 04, which ensures the electromagnetic integrity and stability of the unit.


Breakdown Tips from CAA

Some tips fronm CAA regarding mororcycle breakdowns. Pretty common sense stuff but it's always nice to be reminded.

Link to the article HERE.


Mick Doohan Says The Road Is No Place To Race

Pretty neat video showing what 'might' happen if all those MotoGP guys were riding on the street like they do on the track.


Crash Sensor Now on Samsung and Other Android Devices

The folks at ICEdot are happy to announce that their Crash Sensor now works on Samsung and other Android devices.

For more details and to purchase your Crash Sensor please visit their website.

What is the ICEdot crash sensor you say? 

Here's a little info and a video from their website:

The Crash Sensor will mount onto any helmet. When paired with the ICEdot app on a smart phone, the system is able to detect motion, changes in forces and impacts.

In the event of critical forces, the device triggers the app over low-energy Bluetooth to sound an alarm and initiate an emergency countdown. Unless the countdown clock is stopped, the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken.


Helmet Manufacturer Schuberth Sets Course for Expansion

Helmet Manufacturer Schuberth Sets Course for Expansion - Announces Changes in Executive Management

Magdeburg, Germany - June 23, 2014
- Three million euro investment in new products, innovative technology and plans for global expansion
- Jan-Christian Becker positioned permanently as CEO
- André-Alexander Steffen positioned as new CFO

After financial investor Perusa took over as principal shareholder in September 2013, the reorganization of the German helmet manufacturer is now clearly taking shape: Jan-Christian Becker has been officially confirmed in his position as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of the well-established Magdeburg company. He had already been managing the Schuberth Group since September, initially as part of the management team and subsequently, from January 2014, as Interim CEO. During this first phase, Becker succeeded in completing comprehensive restructuring measures. He will henceforth be supported in managing the company by André-Alexander Steffen, who will be responsible for back office activities and purchasing in his capacity of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In collaboration with the shareholder Perusa, Schuberth is now setting out on a course for global expansion. In the current fiscal year 2014 alone, investment funds of three million euros have been made available for this purpose. The intention is to broaden the product portfolio and introduce modern and innovative development processes and manufacturing techniques to equip the Magdeburg headquarters for international competition.
Jan-Christian Becker, the new CEO of the Schuberth Group, looks forward to the coming challenges: “At Schuberth, I have found a highly motivated team, with whom I collaborate in a very goal-oriented manner and, above all, in a congenial spirit. All sections of the company possess outstanding expertise in the helmet market. With investments in new products and modern machines, we are now paving the way for developing Schuberth worldwide into the strong brand that it has been in Germany for decades.”

In the initial 24 to 36-month expansion phase, there are plans for a model upgrade of the existing product portfolio, particularly for motorcycle helmets, while entering new motorcycle segments with totally new products at the same time. In addition, the range of colours and graphics is to be broadened in line with varied customer demands in the different international marketplaces. Investments in innovative development processes and modern manufacturing techniques are intended to further optimise the premium quality as well as the overall volume of Schuberth’s premium products. Initially, the focus will be on developing the markets in Europe and in North America. New distribution channels are also being established in Asia.
Personal Bio: Jan Christian Becker, CEO

Jan-Christian Becker’s academic qualifications comprise a BA in Industrial Engineering (Stuttgart) and an M.Sc. from Aarhus University (Denmark). As a director at the business consultancy Alvarez & Marsal, he gained comprehensive experience in the areas of finance, restructuring and operations. He last worked for Dynasafe Area Clearance Group GmbH and Mine Tech Ltd. in the role of Interim CFO. Mr Becker, who is originally from Westphalia, and his wife intend to move their main place of residence to the Magdeburg area.

Personal Bio: André-Alexander Steffen, CFO

Professionally, André-Alexander Steffen, originally from the Münsterland, started out in tax consultancy/auditing, and he was last running his own business, providing consultancy to SMEs and international corporations. His competences include interim management, process optimisation as well as corporate recovery and restructuring. Previously, Mr. Steffen had gained comprehensive experience in various internationally active companies in leading commercial and operational positions, last working for Cornelius and then Buderus Feinguss as Interim CFO. Mr Steffen is a passionate motorcyclist and began amateur motorcycle racing at a young age. Even back then, he was a loyal user of Schuberth helmets, demonstrating his trust in the brand.

Schuberth GmbH: High-Tech “made in Germany”

The German helmet manufacturer Schuberth has been developing and producing high-end head protection systems for over 90 years. With a multitude of innovative products, the company ranks among the world's leading manufacturers of motorcycle, Formula 1 and motor sport helmets as well as head protection for innovative solutions in industrial safety, fire fighting, the police and the military. The experience gained in particular from Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sports, constantly provides fresh impetus for product developments that set the benchmark for head protection systems.


Knox Covert leather gloves with OutDry

Some gloves from Knox that won't make you look like a Starship Trooper!

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


Schuberth C3 Pro Now Available in “Racing Red”

Schuberth C3 Pro Now Available in “Racing Red”

· The C3 Pro is the world’s lightest, quietest flip-up helmet and features an internal sun visor.
· The new Racing Red color option allows riders to match their bikes and gear.

Aliso Viejo, Calif. – June 4, 2014 – Schuberth has added a new color option for the C3 Pro flip-up helmet: the sporty Racing Red. As red is one of the most popular motorcycle colors, riders can now match their bike and their gear with one of the world’s most technologically advanced helmets.

Underneath the flashy Racing Red finish, the C3 Pro flip-up helmet boasts a wealth of engineering and technology. The optimized aerodynamics and ventilation get a boost from a molded rear spoiler for minimized buffeting at high speeds. As the world’s quietest, lightest flip-up helmet, the C3 Pro weighs in at only 1,650 grams. The internal antenna is ready for use with the optional Bluetooth ® SRC-System for seamless pairing with intercom, phone, MP3 player and GPS.

The Schuberth C3Pro features include:

● Developed in Schuberth’s proprietary acoustic wind tunnel for optimized aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and ventilation.
● Removable, washable COOLMAX lining.
● Schuberth’s patented Anti-Roll-Off-System.
● Exceeds DOT and ECE standards.
● Pre-installed internal antenna enhances the optional Bluetooth(R) SRC-System which pairs wirelessly with intercom, phone, MP3 and GPS.
● Includes 5-year Warranty, 3-year Service Plan, and is eligible for the Mobility Program.

MSRP: $769 ($880 CAD)

The Schuberth C3Pro helmet in Racing Red is available throughout North America at authorized Schuberth dealers. For more information on the Schuberth helmet lineup including additional colors and graphics, and to find a Schuberth dealer near you, visit Join the Schuberth community online on Facebook, and follow @SchuberthNA on Twitter. You can also connect on Instagram and YouTube.


New Range, New Website for Knox

With the launch of the new Knox 2014 collection comes a new website

Multi-view product galleries and in-depth technical sections are now part of the site to help you know exactly what you're buying.

Here's the LINK.

About Knox:

We've been making motorcycle gear for riders since 1981. Those were the pioneering days of motorcycle body armour and over 30 years later we are still leading the way on innovative performance products for riders. Whatever your age or gender, whether you ride on or off road, track riders or commute, we engineer performance clothing, gloves and technical mid and base layers that will enhance your riding and enjoyment on a bike. 


Schuberth Announces "International Women's Day" Pricing on the C3W

In recognition of International Women's Day, Schuberth is offering the award winning C3W flip-up helmet, the world's first modular helmet engineered specifically for women, at a reduced price of just CAD$550 beginning Saturday, March 8th.

"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


Atlantic Roadracing League Develops Innovative Green Rider Protection

Halifax, NS  July 3, 2013 - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced a new motorcycle rider safety product today that will soon be implemented at
Atlantic Motorsport Park for upcoming Regional and National road racing

The new design will incorporate waste plastics into soft barriers around the
2.5 km circuit at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

"We are eager to get the new barriers in place. They will be much easier to
work with, more cost-effective, and much safer. We look forward to working with global governing bodies in racing such as FIM and FIA to seek their recommendations," says Andrew Murray, ARL President. "This program falls in
line with world leading recycling programs that make Nova Scotia a leader in waste-resource management, while providing new uses for recyclable plastic that may have been destined for landfill sites."

The barriers will be designed to keep riders safe and divert waste plastic
materials from landfill.  While developing the product concept, ARL received
direction and guidance from the Municipality of East Hants, Halifax Regional Municipality and Miller Waste Systems. RRFB Nova Scotia provided funding support through the Research and Development program.

"ARL demonstrates the kind of thinking we like to support," says Brennan Gillis, Business Development Officer with RRFB Nova Scotia.  "Should the testing prove successful, it will be another made-in Nova Scotia solution to aid solid waste diversion."



The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and Medical Data Carrier IM Inc. are joining forces to drive awareness to the value and benefit of Canadians having ready access to their medical information while at work or at play.

The Medical Data Carrier (MDC) is a unique, bilingual, medical Information
system that provides critical lifesaving data about the wearer, as well as provides crucial family contact information, in the event of an emergency.

The highly visible, secure and aerodynamic carrier attaches to the individual’s helmet, gear, identification, name badge or mobility aid. For helmet wearers, bold text on the outside of the carrier warns Good Samaritan responders to leave helmet removal to those trained in the proper technique. Improper removal can result in collateral injury, paralysis or worse. Inside, a two sided water-proof paper contains information on the wearer’s identity and medical history including information such as allergies, medications, blood type and pre-existing
medical conditions that assist first responders with the crucial triage stage of the wearer’s care.

“The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are engaged with the critical task of determining and executing, with its partners, the future direction and needs of paramedicine in Canada, stated Steve Reed, President of Medical Data Carrier IM Inc. “It is important for good corporate citizens in Canada to become engaged and support the Chiefs through sponsorships and partnering activity. We are extremely proud to be supporting and working with the Chiefs this year and for many years to come”, he added.

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada is an organization of the leaders of EMS services nation-wide. Working with partners and stakeholders they have
released seminal reports such as the 2007 EMS blue print titled “The Future of EMS in Canada: Defining the Road Ahead” and most recently in 2013, as a collaborative effort with the Paramedic Association of Canada, their National Research Agenda.

“The Medical Data Carrier is a simple and very effective means for anyone to provide 911 and EMS with this very crucial information. In addition to the medical information, the emergency contact and medical plan information on the MDC enables first responders to notify and provide medical administration with relevant information at the most crucial
time,” stated Kelly Nash, Executive Director of The Paramedic Chiefs of
Canada. “Partnering with Medical Data Carrier made sense on many levels”,
she concluded.

Medical Data Carrier is distributed by:,,,,,, and available at Mark's Work Wearhouse, and


Schuberth North America Adds Two New Team Members

Schuberth announces two new additions to its North American Dealer Development team. Ariel Krawczyk has joined Schuberth North America as the Special Events Coordinator, and Glen West as an internal Dealer Development Representative.

"We are proud to add Ariel and Glen to our team of high caliber professionals representing the prestigious Schuberth brand," reports Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America's Vice President. "Ariel is extremely knowledgeable about our products and customers and will be a great support to our dealer network. Additionally, with the expansion of the Schuberth helmet line, we brought Glen on to help provide extra support to our dealers. Glen is an avid rider and has a great understanding of the market. I have worked with Glen in the past and am pleased to have him as part of the Schuberth team."

In her new role, Ariel will be roving the country with the Schuberth Event Van, supporting and training dealers and displaying Schuberth products at consumer events. She is an avid motorcyclist and adventure tourer, previously on staff with MotoQuest where she worked closely with Schuberth as a strategic partner. This natural transition of skills and knowledge make her an asset to the Schuberth North America team from the start.

"I've had enthusiasm for the brand from the first moment I slipped on a C3," says Ariel. "The more I learn about the engineering and quality control that goes into the production of Schuberth helmets, the more excited I am to represent such a great company."

Glen will be based in-house at the Schuberth North America facility in Southern California. He will be responsible for dealer programs, sales, and event support in the eastern territory.

"I'm thrilled to represent a brand with such a rich heritage and products of unparalleled performance," says Glen. "I'm looking forward to bringing my relationship-focused approach to the dealer development operation of Schuberth North America and to help our dealers maximize their sales."

Schuberth North America operates a dealer direct business and Service Center for its premium motorcycle helmet business in the USA, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found on the Schuberth North America Website:

Schuberth North America is a branch of Schuberth GmbH in Magdeburg, Germany, providing innovative Head Protection Systems. Made in Germany.


ICEdot crash sensor

The ICEdot crash sensor pairs with your cell phone and mounts to your helmet. in case of an impact whereby you can't make a call out on your cell phone in a certain amount of time; maybe you're unconscious for example. In that event the ICEdot crash sensor senses an impact and sends out a text showing your whereabouts to your emergency contacts. Pretty slick. Pricing is said to be around $200 USD when available.

Here's what the company has to say about the product:

The Crash Sensor is a slim device that will mount as an aftermarket device onto any helmet. When paired with the ICEdot app on a smart phone, the system is able to detect motion, changes in forces and impacts.

In the event of an impact, the device sends critical data to the app which sounds an alarm and initiates an emergency countdown. Unless the countdown clock is stopped, the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken.

Cycling, skiing, backcountry travel, team sports, and motor sports all involve significant risks. Be Known when it counts with the new ICEdot Crash Sensor.

Watch a video and learn more HERE.


Schuberth C3 Pro and C3 Pro Women helmet editions

The First High Speed Flip-Up Helmet with Internal Antenna

Schuberth C3 PRO

Aerodynamics - Rear spoiler adds 8% additional downforce for greater stability at higher speeds

Aeroacoustics - Reduced noise measured at 82 dba - Schuberth's quietest flip-up helmet ever

Ventilation - New vent scoop increases airflow to over 8 liters per second

Comfort - New plush liner materials enhance comfort and fit

Communications - Internal dual band antenna improves SRCS wireless connectivity

Light, quiet, compact - these features have characterized the Schuberth C3 flip-up helmet for years. Now Schuberth is presenting a completely updated premium partner to the base model C3 - the C3 PRO. The C3 PRO features a molded rear spoiler developed in the Schuberth wind tunnel for minimizing buffeting at higher speed riding. The internal antenna and Bluetooth® receiver enhance the communication range up to 700 meters and FM radio reception for the Schuberth Rider Communication System. The refined inner lining offers a plush, comfortable fit. The new vent scoop boosts airflow through the helmet to over 8 liters of air per second at 100 km/h. With a wind tunnel tested sound rating of just 82 dB(A), the C3 PRO is the quietest Schuberth helmet ever. The C3 PRO (and female fit C3 PRO WOMEN) flip-up helmet features over 20 additional enhancements and will be available this spring.

Based on additional research, the C3 PRO WOMEN is specially fitted for a woman's facial structure, featuring a special contour and materials in the cheek pads to better fit a woman's higher cheek bones, narrower jaw and smaller facial features.

The easy-to-install, fully integrated Schuberth Rider Communication System (SRCS C3 PRO) plugs into the C3 PRO's internal antenna for improved FM radio reception and pairing distance of up to 700 meters.

(Note: The SRCS C3 will fit into the C3 PRO and will function normally, but since it does not plug into the helmet's antenna, it will not offer the improved reception that can be expected from the new SRCS C3 PRO. The SRCS C3 PRO does not offer backward compatibility to the C3. While it will physically fit, there is no internal antenna, so Bluetooth connectivity and radio reception are not possible.)


C3 PRO - Silver
Solid Colors: CAD $839
Hi-Viz: CAD $869

CAD $459

C3 and; C3W (New MSRP)
Solid Colors: CAD $699
Hi-Viz: CAD $729

C3 PRO Colors
Glossy Black
Matte Black
Glossy Silver

Pearl White
Glossy White
Hi-Viz Yellow

Matte Black
Pearl White
Pearl Pink

More information coming soon to:


BMW ConnectedRide - Motorcycle safety system

BMW is working on some safety technology for their cars and for riders on two wheels as well.

Comfort and safety for two-wheel drivers – The Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT) with BMW ConnectedRide.

BMW could also be able to redefine the future of two-wheeled mobility in and around city environments together with the safety and comfort functions of BMW ConnectedRide** – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive**. After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area. BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety.

In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features like daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems. The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). “The research projects Left Turn Assistant, Traffic Light Assistant and the Lane Change Warning were implemented in the scooter, for example,” commented Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad. Researchers also integrated a head-up display as a two-wheeled innovation. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the Traffic Light Assistant, the Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.

The Left Turn Assistant which is prototypical developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a critical situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity. If the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.

BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts motorcycle riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice are all much greater hazards for motorcycle riders than car drivers. The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning is linked with information about how far away the obstacle is located. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or vehicles travelling in front to the vehicles following on behind using the Car-to-x communication.

The new BMW C evolution – The two-wheeler among BMW electric vehicles.

The requirements for individual mobility concepts are undergoing significant change for urban environments in particular. Rising volumes of traffic, spiralling energy costs and increasingly stringent regulations for CO2 emissions emitted by vehicles travelling in inner-city areas are the challenges of the future. The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing series solutions for current and upcoming mobility needs – also for two-wheeled vehicles. The maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT are the first products in this area to combine the driving characteristics of a BMW motorcycle with the specific agility and comfort of a scooter to create an innovative and dynamic ride experience. This year, BMW Motorrad presented the “C evolution” as a product-quality prototype of an E-Scooter in the form in which it could soon come onto the marketplace. It has been designed as a commuting vehicle for travelling to work between the suburbs and city centre, so that development focused specifically on two requirements: ride characteristics comparable with those of a Maxi Scooter powered by an internal combustion engine, and a long range under normal conditions of use.

**  BMW ConnectedDrive provides the occupants of the vehicle and the vehicle itself with an intelligent network to connect them with the outside world. This network offers customers more safety, comfort and infotainment whether it is through driver assistance systems, navigation options or personalized entertainment. The network permits innovations for urban mobility that make interaction with city traffic even safer, more efficient and more convenient. The BMW Group stand presents App and vehicle-based routing functions, safety systems and solutions for mobility on two wheels.


Plug and Play Screaming Banshee Horn

The guys at Screaming Banshee have been working on a new horn; one that's smaller and easier to install. They're trying to launch it via a crowd-sourcing project like they did for the first iteration. That first one was a success and they're on their way to making this new horn a success too. Check out the details below:

Many of you have emailed us with great stories and even videos of your Banshee’s in action - thank you for all the great feedback!

Commonly, however, many of you have asked us to create a system that’s smaller, simpler and easier to install while still being just as loud.

We’ve listened to this, and in response we have developed an exciting new product that we are calling the “Plug and Play Screamer”. 

We’ve recently completed the final design and the Plug & Play Screamer is now ready to go to market. 

In order to help us get this project off the ground, we’ve decided to launch the idea on a crowd sourcing platform called Indiegogo. With the funds received from this project we will be able to start a large scale production run of the Plug and Play Screamer.


Free motorcycle safety android app

With the popularity of Android phones it's only natural that people are starting to come up with motorcycle related applications. We received a note from the creators of Guardian Angel - a free Android app that is designed to "to increase the safety of the motorcycle riders."

You may want to check it out - Here's the description from the app which is created by Dead Kitty Software:

This application may help to save lifes. Basicaly it detects when the wire is disconnected from the earphones, and in case you don´t cancel the operation, it will send a text message with your position to the contacts which you prefer. It is very useful in case of solitary accident, in which you can pass several hours unconscius untill someone sees you, in that case it might be too late.

The use is simple: fix a earphones wire connector to your motocycle or bike, and connect the wire to you phone, which you should put in some pocket. If you unfortunately fall, the wire should be disconnected and after a few seconds it will send the text messages to the contacts that you have chosen. if you use your phone attached to the bike as a GPS for example you should fix the wire to you and the function will be the same. Since this is a app for the common safety, it is free and with no apps.

More details HERE.


Schuberth S2 Full Face Now Available in Hi-Viz Yellow and Graphics

Schuberth Announces Hi-Viz and Graphics for the S2 Full Face Helmet

UPDATE (Canadian Pricing:

S2 Solid Color: CAD $769
S2 Hi-Viz Yellow: CAD $799
S2 Lines Graphic: CAD $829

Schuberth announces the S2 full face helmet, the latest in their aerodynamic, aeroacoustic motorcycle helmet collection, will now be offered in Hi-Viz Yellow and the classic-look "Lines" graphic.

"Response to S2 has been outstanding and we've received requests for Hi-Viz and graphics," says Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America's General Manager. "We know this is important to our customers and are proud to offer the premium full-face helmet in color and graphics options to match their gear or bikes."

The S2 is not just another high-end full face helmet with integrated sun visor.

It is the world's first motorcycle helmet with an internal Dual Antenna which will enhance the reception of the Bluetooth® Schuberth Rider Communication System.

The extraordinarily light and quiet S2 also features a backspoiler which is molded into the shell to reduce drag, and a full-circumference "trim spoiler" around the base of the helmet which also reduces drag and keeps air from flowing under the helmet creating noise. The internal sun visor, luxurious Thermo Cool liner and the advanced Air Extraction System make the S2 an unrivaled all-around helmet.


Jordan Szoke Stays Safe with Medical Data Carrier

Medical Data Carrier is proud to be on the helmet of Szoke, as he campaigns to take back the CSBK # 1 plate.

Medical Data Carrier is a unique, bilingual, medical Information system that provides critical lifesaving data about the wearer as well as crucial family contact information in the event of an emergency. The highly visible, secure and aerodynamic Medical Data Carrier adheres to the left side of any helmet. A warning on the outside of the carrier warns good samaritan responders to leave helmet removal to those trained in the proper technique as improper removal can result in collateral injury, paralysis or worse. Inside is a two sided, waterproof medical data form that contains information about the wearer's identity and medical history including information such things as allergies, medications and blood type.
Jordan Szoke has dominated the Canadian Superbike Championship for years by his winning 7 Canadian Championships along the way. He has signed on with BMW Motorrad for the 2012 season where he will race on a BMW S1000.

"The Medical Data Carrier is not just for elite racers or athletes," stated Szoke. " The real value is for the everyday street and off road rider to put one on their helmets so that, if they should have an accident, Medical Data Carrier is there ready to be accessed by first responders. No searching for a wallet and it eliminates Q and A by EMS to get details that waste crucial triage minutes. I wear one on all of my helmets, from cycling to superbikes to trials."

"I am so excited to see Jordan rip it up in the CSBK series this year and we will be cheering for him and the BMW team. We also want to wish all of the riders a safe and thrilling season, said Steve Reed, President of Medical Data Carrier. " All riders racing in the CSBK series will be wearing a Medical Data Carrier so we feel like we have their back too."


Screaming Banshee Warning System (UPDATE)

We've shown you the video and introduced you to the Screaming Banshee Horn already but we've recently gotten a letter from Peter Olt - CEO at Screaming Banshee LLC with some updates on the company and the product. Here's the letter:

We originally contacted you way back in January about our new Motorcycle Warning System called Screaming Banshee. Thanks again for writing the article on us – we really do appreciate all the great press we have received.

I thought it would be cool to give you an update about how things have progressed; we have now sold about 700 systems and almost all have been fitted to motorcycles and cars in some cases, often across the world. KickStarter was the perfect way to launch this product and has been a fun adventure for all of us. After KickStarter ended we built our own website – if you haven’t seen it here is the link:

The video has been updated too:

We’ve had a lot of great feedback; we have had a few people say that they just didn’t have room to mount the horn, so we responded by developing the “Split Screamer" design, which separates the trumpet from the compressor and gives people the versatility of mounting the 2 parts in different locations to save space. You can see it at. Check it out HERE

We are also releasing a revised control unit that has our own super tuff nylon case complete with oversized mounting lugs and is lower profile than the first model. You may have read that we needed to supply a small adapter to about 7% of bike owners because of some bike’s horn wiring setups – the new control units solves this completely.

By the way – your readers may be interested to know that starting today (5/22/12), we are doing free worldwide shipping for all products as a Father Day special. It runs from today to June 17th, we have good stock of all products, so it’s full speed ahead!

Thanks again for getting behind us from the start! If you have any questions please let us know,

Warm Regards,

Screaming Banshee LLC


Banshee Horn warning system for motorcycles

US based inventor Peter Olt has been a motorcyclist for more than 30 years and he's come up with a pretty interesting invention that he refers to as the Banshee Horn.

Basically, the Banshee Horn gives you the option of giving people a blast of a 135 decibel alternating horn and high beam headlights. You can still use your normal horn but holding down the horn button for either 1/4 or 1/2 a second activates the Banshee Horn circuitry.

His invention is posted on KickStarter which is an online invention promotion and funding site. Based on the information there his product is a go! It can still be had at a discounted price for a few more days so watch the video below and if you think it's a good idea better get yourself one fast before the price goes up!

I know there's at least a few times when I wouldn't have minded having the extra conspicuity this horn and lighting combination would provide.

UPDATE: We received an email from Peter (CEO at Banshee horn) to say that the successful KickStarter project has ended but you can now purchase the product via the Banshee Horn website. Keep an eye on the site for updates too:


Motoress Salutes the Decade of Action for Road Safety!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 15, 2011 – All around the world, governments have joined in to promote this as the Decade of Action for Road Safety- 2011-2020 whose aim is to encourage better safety behaviour among road users aiming to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world. “Every six seconds someone is killed or injured on the world’s roads. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable, so we must encourage a better understanding of the risks, promote safety programs, and advanced rider training for all riders. We also need to increase the respect for each other on our shared roads – no matter the vehicle. There are too many unnecessary accidents, which in most cases, could be avoided. Responsibility lies with the motorcyclist to improve their skills. It’s up to them to better understand how they can react to incident and equally how their bike reacts when operated in an emergency situation such as braking or swerving”, says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS who also teaches motorcycle skill operation enhancement and special tactics for women riders.

Launched in May by the UN, the first event of this decade occurred in Canada from May 25th to 27th at Toronto Motorsports Park, Cayuga Ontario. The ERTS (Experienced Riders Training Symposium), a FIM - Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme’s event, brought together more than sixty experienced instructors from Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Ecuador, The Netherlands, United States and Canada, to name a few, and ten observers. During the nearly three-day event, delegates had the chance to participate in seven riding modules that highlighted various aspects of rider training and motorcycle operation safety. Within the specific sessions, participants had the occasion of riding Harley-Davidson official police bikes, test a Zero electric bike or try the CAN-AM Spyder - trike’s, BMW motorcycles equipped with ABS (Anti Lock Braking System), cruisers, KYMCO scooters and Yamaha off-road bikes. Seminars also took place covering an array of trend setting subjects such as the ABS advances by Bosch.

Vicki was involved in teaching the Rider Enhancement Module with the use of BMW motorcycles whose objective demonstrated exercises for experienced licensed riders in order to improve their base skill set. “It was a tremendously rewarding experience and a further affirmation that each professional or certified instructor shared the common goal of improving safety by increasing skill set among their students – no matter the country of origin. This year Canada had the privilege to host this international event allowing us the opportunity to demonstrate country specific programs and experiences characteristic to the Canadian riding culture”. The ERTS 2011 was organized by the Canadian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) and the Canadian Safety Council (CSC) for the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The next ERTS event will take place in 2013, in Sweden.

For more information about the Decade of Action for Road Safety, visit the following link on


Motorcycle Warning System device

We got an email from Giuseppe Pino Mileto - Inventor of the Motorcycle Warning System. He sent us a Press Release on the MWS which he believes has the potential to save thousands of lives.

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:

Press Release:

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


Cell phones and driving don't mix - even hands free

Okay - this seems like common sense to most people, yet you still see lots of people driving distracted. A quote from the CBC news piece (linked to at the bottom of this post) indicates that...

"Nearly half of the study participants hit something after taking a call"

Full Press Release:

On January 24th, 2010 hosted a Distracted Driving Experiment at Formula Kartways in Brampton, ON. The objective was simple enough…take drivers with various levels of experience and get them to drive while distracted. Each driver was subjected to various exercises including a slalom course, swerve & avoid as well as reaction time tests. At first participants drove without any distractions but later had to perform the same tests while talking on a cell phone (including using hands-free kits) and while texting.

With our affiliation with Toronto Police Services Traffic Service Division, Constable Hugh Smith was on hand to speak to the media and participants about road awareness and distracted driving. We also had Scott Marshall and James Kilpatrick of Young Drivers of Canada observing and gauging the results of the participants.

The results were obvious to everyone. Any distraction, including talking with a hands-free kit, seriously affected the drivers situational awareness, skill level and reaction time. One driver actually had to stop on the track to read and reply to a text message. Other drivers were observed driving more slowly so that they could engage in a text conversation or phone call. Kathy Buckworth (author of The Blackberry Diaries) had to slow her driving by 50% so that she could still negotiate the course safely, although she still hit some of the cones on the course.

Many Provinces across the country have already enacted some form of law either limiting or out-right banning the use of hand-held devices but will such laws really help? Fining someone for using their phone while driving seems rather “re-active”. What about being “pro-active”? What about adding funding and resources to educate drivers that choosing to allow in-car distractions is actually dangerous? We all have a choice. We can choose to ignore our phone and Blackberry while driving. We can choose to not apply make-up or shave on our way to work. We can choose to be safer drivers.

Driver complacency and lack of “situational awareness” is one of the most serious issues on our roads and is certainly something that can be addressed. It’s only driver awareness and advanced skills training that will make our roads a safer place. I would rather teach people to avoid collisions than fine them after the fact.

The study received some coverage on the CBC - Watch the news piece HERE.


Quebec considering banning under 25yr olds from riding motorcycles

Quebec is considering some new rules for motorcycle riders that is sure to be unpopular amongst many motorcyclists - People under age 25 and anyone with less than five years of motorcycling experience might not be permitted to own motorcycles deemed 'high-risk' under a system being studied by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), the provincial auto insurance board.

The SAAQ has posted a list of characteristics of 'high-risk motorcycles' Click the image below for a larger version. Watch out for motorbikes with mufflers placed at the rear and angled upward!

SAAQ indicates that the system would be put in to place strict rules on motorcycle ownership in order to reduce road accident rates in the province. Rising insurance costs are due in large part to riders who experience more accidents. SAAQ claims that younger riders, and particularly those on high-risk motorcycles, represent a large percentage of those experiencing accidents.

So it would seem to make sense but some of those characteristics are pretty broad - like, a rear wheel driven by a chain. Hmmm, most motorcycles are chain driven. Some are shaft driven or belt drive but I don't see how having a chain is a risk characteristic.

The agency's data suggests the risks of accidents is directly linked to cylinder size and the type of motorcycle, so it's divided motorbikes into two categories: high-risk sports bikes designed for speed and performance, and regular motorbikes.

The SAAQ's president, John Harbour, says the tighter restriction will allow riders to work their way up to driving the faster, more powerful models.

"The status quo will remain for those who already ride those motorbikes but the new wave of riders will have gradual access," he said.

Gino Desrosiers, an SAAQ spokesperson, said Monday the agency is looking at France’s registration fee system for motorcyclists and might bring in a similar set-up in 2011.


Saskatchewan moving to graduated motorcycle licences

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on May 19th that they'll be introducing a Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program for new motorcycle drivers. The program will come into effect in 2011.

Under the new proposed licencing it will take 36 months to obtain your experienced "M" endorsed licence - more if you have infractions during the first 36 months.

Full details follow...

The Government of Saskatchewan is furthering its commitment to motorcycle safety by introducing a Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program for new motorcycle drivers. The program will come into effect in 2011.

"We're proud to expand the Graduated Driver's Licensing program to include motorcycle drivers," Crown Corporations Ken Cheveldayoff said. "We know concerns over motorcycle safety are top of mind in Saskatchewan. Last year alone, there were 283 collisions involving motorcycles in Saskatchewan, including five deaths and 221 injuries. We believe the GDL program will help build safe driving skills with our new motorcycle drivers."

Currently, there are no requirements for motorcycle drivers to demonstrate any riding skills to legally ride a motorcycle in Saskatchewan. Residents are able to drive a motorcycle with a learner's licence, with only slightly reduced driving privileges, simply by passing a written knowledge test.

The new program will be similar to the province's current GDL program for passenger vehicles in that it will gradually introduce new motorcycle drivers into the driving environment. Motorcycle drivers will move into higher risk driving situations after gaining experience in lower risk situations.

There will be three stages to the proposed GDL program for new motorcycle drivers - Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2. As riders pass through these stages, they will see fewer restrictions until they graduate to an experienced "M" endorsed motorcycle licence. If a new motorcycle driver displays good driving experience with no incidents or interruptions, they will graduate to an experienced "M" endorsed licence in 36 months. Any incidents or interruptions will delay this process.

"We are confident that this new program will go a long way towards reducing motorcycle-related deaths and injuries in Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan Safety Council Executive Director Harley Toupin said. "The Saskatchewan Safety Council has provided motorcycle safety courses for over 30 years. Riding experience is a key component to reducing crashes by allowing new motorcycle drivers to gain experience under a reduced level of risk."

"The Saskatoon Police Service is pleased to hear about the graduated licensing program for motorcycle drivers," Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said. "We believe this is a major step to improve motorcycle safety in the province."

"Graduated licence programs save lives and prevent injuries," Cheveldayoff said. "We know our current GDL program for passenger vehicles has been successful in reducing at-fault crashes by 18 per cent among new drivers. We're expecting the same positive results for new motorcycle drivers."


European "Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study" available to download

If you're looking for some reading material and interested in motorcycle safety then check out the MAIDS (Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study) website. They've published an in-depth and current study of powered two wheelers. The study is the most comprehensive in-depth data currently available for Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs) accidents in Europe. The investigation was conducted during 3 years on 921 accidents from 5 countries.

Yes, it's for Europe but we face many of the same issues here in Canada on two wheels so I'd have to say that the information is relevant and useful to us as well.

The report comes from the European Motorcycle Manufacturer's Association, the objective of which was "to do a European study on powered two wheelers (PTW) accidents. That is why 5 countries and five regions were selected, which altogether were felt to give a representative view of the PTW accident scene."

Haven't had a chance to read through the 179 pages of this report yet, but it looks to offer very detailed information.

Download the guide here - you will need to register first.

Registering, and downloading a copy are free! Free is good!