The Italian Eicma exhibition is well over now, but there are some new things that have been shown that merit our attention.
Our roving reporter discovered some interesting new items, some that may or may not appear in our stores.
This is part 1 of the series of interesting new things appearing at Eicma.
Italian Acerbis showed an interesting motorcycle jacket that promotes our safety at night. As you can see from the animated gif photo below, the jacket has several LED strips built in to the jacket (sides, rear and front).
The LEDs have a low battery usage, and at night you can see the LED, but they are not strong. The animated gif was taken in full light, so you can not see how strong the lights are, but you get the message.
The jacket is called “High-LED” and is made out of Nylon Polyamide with Oxford 1680D reinforcements. It has a removable interior and EVA back protector
Airoh helmets showed a different technology for motorcycle helmets to keep our cool during hot weather. They have a new visor system that reflects heat.
In the photo below, the first one you see the visor when it is hit by hot sunlight:
And in the next photo you see it during normal weather, when even with direct sunlight but not hot, the visor is clear. Obviously the sunlight strength is filtered out of your eyes, but more important, there is less heat coming into your helmet.
The visor has been approved in Europe for use on motorcycles.
We’ve already talked about the wonder material from D3O (click here to read it). It is light, extremely shock absorbant and it’s even high-tech. D3O have adapted their materials to the new protection requirement, EN1621-2.
The Cobra series are available for protection level 1 or 2. As you can see it is quite thin (22.5 mm) and will withstand crashes in all kinds of weather and temperatures.
The ultimate protection is called King Cobra, a level 2 protection for your back. The Cobra Pro featured here is level 2 as well.
French helmet maker GPA showed a Lacoste helmet. This is probably the ultimate helmet for fashion conscious bikers.
You can not imagine riding your Vespa scooter, dressed in your Dior or Armani clothes without this Lacoste helmet. It just wouldn’t look right.
More on Eicma shortly.