24 June 2005
24 June 2005
BMW have developed a futuristic composite helmet to coincide with the forthcoming release of their new BMW cross-country BMW HP2 motorcycle.
The off-road Enduro helmet combines fibreglass, aramid and carbon fibre with an improved aerodynamic design and predicted to come equipped with its Bluetooth and noise cancellation technologies which will enable it to work with a mobile phone and other Bluetooth devices such as MP3 players.
The new off-road helmet is reconfigurable, and can be used with or without both the visor or the screen and complements additional BMW helmets which include the lightweight SportIntegral carbon fibre helmet which weighs just 999 grams.
In addition to the futuristic Enduro helmet, BMW are also developing some highly-ventilated protective clothing including low profile body armour and back protector, constructed of DuPont Coolmax material that breathes and draw perspiration away from the body of the rider .
The helmet is not expected to be available on the European market until Spring 2006 and will cost some 390 euro with the off-road armour expected to cost 300 euro.
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