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BMW announces new Rider Equipment line

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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New products at a glance

The whole of life is an adventure and on a motorcycle it feels that much more intense. This is why the 2018 BMW Motorrad rider equipment range contains special highlights that reflect the "Make Life a Ride" philosophy down to the last detail. The new collection is full of high-end, functional products to suit every climate zone and all rider needs. The BMW Motorrad premium promise applies to the entire 2018 rider equipment program: topquality material, a highly meticulous finish and safety based on cutting-edge technology.

One particular highlight of the 2018 BMW Motorrad rider equipment range is the homage to the legendary Paris-Dakar winner Gaston Rahier. No more than 1,000 of the exclusive VentureNeon jackets will be available, featuring sleeves and shoulders in luminous orange as well as elaborate embroidery elements. This is no doubt a precious collector's item – but far too attractive a garment to be kept shut away in the wardrobe: after all, this superb replica has all the practical features an enduro enthusiast could possibly want. With the System 7 Carbon helmet, BMW Motorrad presents a system helmet that can be converted into a jet helmet in no time – without requiring the use of tools. It sets a whole new benchmark in terms of safety, aerodynamics and versatility.

A vast range of potential use is offered by the high-performance touring suit StreetGuard, whose extensive features mean it can be worn in temperatures from freezing to sweltering midsummer heat. The light Venting suit is a cool candidate for summer riding – complete with a ventilation concept that makes for unbeatable ride comfort. Enduro beginners can look forward to the GS Dry suit, globetrotters will love the Rallye premium suit and individualists will opt for the Atlantis all-weather leather touring suit – all the new BMW Motorrad suits feature a new look for the 2018 season, and there are a number of upgrades, too.

As far as the jackets and vests of the 2018 collection are concerned, they offer top-level functionality and an excellent fit during travel under the suit, as well as providing maximum benefits and a great look when worn for any outdoor activity. With its compact folding size, the Ride windbreaker is always a must, the Ride fleece jacket is virtually unbeatable in terms of versatility and the PCM Ride jacket is a BMW Motorrad garment that features a high-tech textile: Phase Change Material ("PCM") enclosed in microcapsules adapts permanently and smartly to the current temperature. Once moistened, the Cool Down vest creates a continuous cooling effect by means of evaporation.

Gloves and boots are of course vital to any rider equipment collection. For touring riders, BMW Motorrad offers the waterproof Allround gloves as a versatile basic, while anyone looking for excellent off-road grip will be sure to opt for the Rallye gloves. Meanwhile the GORE-TEX technology X-TRAFIT makes the GS DRY enduro gloves unique: they are both waterproof and breathable. While the VentureGrip crossover leather boots combine excellent properties for everything from touring to enduro riding, the Ride sneakers are perfect for city tours – laid-back leisure shoes that are full of ingenious safety features.

The 2018 Style Collection offers everything that fans of the BMW Motorrad brand love – from high-end leisure wear and trendy accessories through to ultra-cool leather jackets. The collection features discreet BMW Motorrad branding and comes in two kits, available from January to June 2018 and from July to December 2018. The leather items are available throughout the whole year.

BMW Motorrad wishes all riders an exciting, eventful an above all safe season in 2018.

System 7 Carbon helmet – the high-end all-rounder

The developers and designers of the System 7 Carbon helmet have created a real masterpiece: this helmet sets a new benchmark in the areas of safety, aerodynamics and versatility in particular, as well as being an unmistakable milestone in terms of sporty looks.

One unique feature is its capacity for effortless transformation from a system helmet into a jet helmet: the chin guard can be removed in a few seconds without the use of tools – for example when heading into town or setting off on a relaxed country tour on a hot day. The System 7 Carbon helmet is of course homologated as a jet helmet, too. As in the predecessor model, the chin guard can also be simply flipped up by means of the four-joint mechanism – all it takes is the press of a button. The outer shell is available in two sizes and is made of solid carbon fibre with reinforcement inserts. As such, the System 7 Carbon helmet effortlessly surpasses all safety standards with its excellent levels of impact absorption and optimum rigidity; it is also light – weighing just 1580 g or 1680 g, depending on the size. Like the outer shell, the interior of the system helmet is absolutely high-end, being made of multiple-segmented EPS. The dual-section main shell is foam-padded in varying thicknesses for optimum wear comfort and excellent impact absorption levels. Refined Alcantara and DuPont Coolmax define the look and feel of the interior.

The head, cheek and neck padding can be removed and washed. Integrated neck straps ensure that the helmet remains in the optimum position on the head in the event of an accident. Only very few helmets boast this very special safety feature. A three-dimensionally curved, optical class 1 MaxView visor with a scratch-resistant coating on both sides guarantees an excellent view in all weathers in the System 7 Carbon helmet. The visor is double-glazed, allowing anti-fog vision even in adverse weather. The visor and sun shield can be adapted continuously variably to all visibility conditions.

The large spoiler characterises the helmet's striking, sporty design. But it is also highly effective – there are only very few helmets in the world that even approach the System 7 Carbon helmet in terms of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics. Finally, extremely good climate control rounds off the helmet’s qualities. A centrally positioned slider regulates ventilation of the head area, while a central rocker button does the same for the chin. The required airflow outlet is provided in the neck area. The System 7 Carbon helmet is available in the non-metallic colours Black and Light White, in the metallic colours Graphic Matt and Silver, and in the colour schemes Spectrum Fluor, Prime and Moto. It comes in the sizes 52/53-64/65.

StreetGuard suit – all-year-round touring specialist that meets the highest standards

The innovative StreetGuard suit is a BMW Motorrad product designed that is for all weathers and perfect for every tour. This high-performance touring suit for ladies and men comes in a fresh look for the 2018 season.

The new, striking colour scheme gives the StreetGuard suit a supremely impressive appearance. Blue dominates the jacket, providing a powerful contrast with the deep black trousers. Technical highlights include a ventilation system and a triple-layer laminate made of high-strength CORDURA. It ensures excellent abrasion resistance – an enormous bonus for additional safety.

The StreetGuard suit can be used in temperatures ranging from freezing to midsummer heat. This impressive versatility is achieved by a combination of numerous components that provide the rider with a cooling effect, warmth or protection from wind and rain, depending on the weather conditions. The many smart details of the StreetGuard suit include such elements as a removable, waterproof storm collar with integrated hood. Worn under the helmet in the rain, it ensures that the sensitive neck area is "sealed" by preventing water from getting into the suit through the collar. The touring suit also offers excellent protection from the airstream due to a thermal inner jacket and thermal trouser insert. Both components are windproof and breathable, as well as featuring additional Thinsulate padding for outstanding heat storage qualities. Incidentally, the thermal inner jacket can also be worn separately – with a trendy Softshell finish for a cool, sporty look.

The basis for the attribute "high-performance" is always the material. For this reason, BMW Motorrad applies nothing but the very highest standards to the StreetGuard suit as well as using exclusively developed features – including the BMW Climate Membrane integrated in a triple-layer laminate and produced according to the rigorous C.A.R.E. standards. This membrane combines a high water column with top-class breathability. Areas that are at particular risk in the event of a fall feature additional protection with a special trim: ProtectionGuard, a high-strength technical textile developed especially for the StreetGuard suit. This material combines the advantages of leather with the care properties of a technical textile, while its refined look underscores the high quality of this new suit.

The StreetGuard suit is fitted with NP2 protectors. These provide optimum protection for back, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees as well as being removable and height-adjustable to three levels at the knees. One remarkable feature is the back protector: it is regarded as the best in its class. Another protector can be optionally retrofitted at the coccyx. NP2 protectors made of viscoelastic polyurethane foam – developed exclusively for BMW Motorrad, incidentally – combine extremely good impact absorption with pleasant wear comfort.

The ventilation concept of the StreetGuard suit was developed in the BMW wind tunnel. Ventilation zips at the rear and front of the jacket as well as at the thighs ensure effective climate control as well as very simple handling. In warm temperatures, a comprehensive system of air throughflow prevents any accumulation of heat. By the same token, the windproof wristbands of the removable inner jacket keep out unwanted draught air on cold days. The StreetGuard suit ensures optimum safety not just for riders but also their valuables. The jacket has two highly water-repellent outer pockets plus a waterproof pocket under the jacket's labyrinth closure and three inner pockets, including one elaborately configured multimedia compartment. The trousers have two water-repellent pockets.

The StreetGuard suit is available in comfort fit with distinctive styling for ladies and men. The ladies' version has a zip on/off waistlet with fleece trim. The men's suit offers a zip on/off overalls bib with laterally integrated stretch zones and adjustable braces. For continuously variable width adjustment, both versions of the trousers have an elasticated velcro fastener at the waist, with a zip plus velcro fastener at the leg ends. The connecting zip between the jacket and trousers is available in the sizes "all-round" and 40 centimetres.

More than 150 cm² of reflective material on the jacket and trousers ensure good visibility. The StreetGuard suit is offered in the following sizes: men's suit: 46-66, 98-118, 25-32 (blue only 46-60); ladies' suit 34-48, 72-88, 18-22 (blue only 34-48). Colours available: jacket in anthracite and blue; trousers in black.

VentureNeon jacket – limited edition for rally fans and connoisseurs

The VentureNeon jacket causes a stir even from a distance with its sleeves and shoulders in luminous orange. This replica jacket is a limited-edition homage to Gaston Rahier, with no more than 1,000 available worldwide.

An elaborate leather embroidery shows the logo with the start number "101": this was Rahier's number when he won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1985. The front, back and sleeves of the VentureNeon jacket bear the inscription "Lac Rose" – a reference to the final stage in Senegal along the famous lake of this name. The padding on the shoulders features the BMW Motorsport colours.

The VentureNeon jacket is not just a replica and homage, however: it is also a fully-fledged enduro motorcycle jacket complete with all the features riders expect of BMW Motorrad. The material mix is technologically first class, consisting of cowhide nappa lather, Dynatec by Schoeller Textil and CORDURA stretch. The jacket is lined with special robust poplin and fitted with YKK zips made of blackened metal.

Light NPL protectors at the shoulders and elbows are the safety features of the VentureNeon jacket and it has additional reinforcements in those areas at risk in the event of a fall. A back protector can be retrofitted optionally. The carefully conceived climate concept consists of ventilation zips in the chest area as well as at the sleeves and back. The back lining made of 3D spacer fabric ensures improved air circulation. The jacket has a 40 cm connecting zip that allows it to be combined with all BMW Motorrad trousers.

The hip-length, slim-fit VentureNeon jacket comes in regular fit and is available in the sizes XS-4XL. Production is limited to 1,000, and each jacket is numbered.

VentureGrip boots – crossover suitable for everyday use

Comfortable, indestructible and suitable for touring – the VentureGrip boots are new leather enduro boots presented by BMW Motorrad for the 2018 season that combine excellent qualities for touring and enduro riding.

High-quality clasps, colour accentuations on the soles and a higher shaft give the VentureGrip boots the typical down-to-earth enduro look – and they become increasingly attractive the more they are worn thanks to upper material made of 100% oiled, full-grain cowhide leather.

BMW Climate Membrane produced according to C.A.R.E. standards makes the VentureGrip boots windproof, waterproof and highly breathable. Numerous features ensure first-class wear comfort. For example, three adjustable quick fasteners allow simple, fast and secure fixing of the boot to the foot, the velcro surface at the calf enables continuously variable width adjustment and the leather stretch zone at the instep improves mobility when shifting gear and walking. The removable inner sole has an antibacterial finish.

Challenging off-road riding requires absolute control, and here the VentureGrip boots leave nothing to be desired. The rugged sole is extremely torsionally stiff, and it has a tread that offers excellent grip for stability on all surfaces. The ankle is securely enclosed and protected from twisting, as well as offering outstanding lateral support. Rough leather on the inside of the shaft supports contact with the motorcycle when riding in a standing position, and the boots also have a functionally shaped leather gear lever protector on both sides. The shaft end with elasticated seam helps keep out water and dirt.

The thick full-grain leather itself ensures a high level of passive safety. For optimum rider protection there is also a thermally shaped and stiffened shinbone impact protector and a plastic, foam-padded ankle protector. These components mean that the VentureGrip boots meet all the safety criteria according to DIN EN 13634:2010 ("Protective shoes for motorcyclists") and they are certified accordingly. The VentureGrip boots are available in brown and come in the sizes 36-48. (Ed: that's up to US size 15!)

Messenger Bag – a practical commuter assistant

With its removable additional hip belt, the Messenger Bag by BMW Motorrad remains securely in place even when travelling fast. Motorcyclists can look forward to a fresh new look for the 2018 model.

Red accentuations and a diagonal top edge give the Messenger Bag a dynamic appearance even at first sight. Its upper material in canvas has already proved highly effective in the RnineT bag collection, making this high-quality shoulder bag not just hard-wearing and practical but fashionable, too.

For commuters who start their office day on two wheels, the Messenger Bag provides a wind-and-weather safe for important documents and valuable equipment. The completely waterproof main compartment is spacious enough to hold a wide an A4 ring binder and a 17" laptop. Any sudden onset of rain or spray have no chance against the combination of water-repellent upper material, PU-coated lining and roll closure.

The Messenger Bag also offers two zip-up outer pockets – A4 size at the rear and with an organiser at the front. There is also a bottle compartment on the inside.

For optimum attachment of the Messenger Bag during travel, it is fitted with a hip strap in addition to the obligatory shoulder strap. This ensures the bag doesn't become an awkward obstruction, let alone cause dangerous shifts in weight. Both straps offer continuously variable length adjustment.

The bag's visual styling is rounded off with a BMW embossment on the metal clasp along with the "BMW Motorrad" inscription on the back and on the two-colour shoulder strap. Dimensions (WxHxD): approx. 47x35x11 with a volume of approx. 18 litres. Colour: black.

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