One of the joys of motorcycling is getting out for a ride with a bunch of mates. But when you’re out on the road there’s always been a challenge communicating with each other, whether that’s between a rider and a pillion or from rider to rider.
We’ve seen plenty of systems that allow rider to pillion communication, most of them relying on cables connected to a central intercom unit. But bike to bike communication has always been restrictive.
I’ve recently been testing the latest offering from Cardo Systems, the Scala Rider G4. The company has a reputation for producing quality products, so the chance to test the latest in wireless communications was one not to pass up.
I recently purchased an Arlen Ness kangaroo skin 1 piece suit, the same suit that Troy Bayliss uses.
The suit has very good quality CE approved armour in all the high impact areas.
What amazed me the most was how light the suit is - it is almost half the weight of cow leather and twice as strong. Placement of the stretch panels around the shoulder and ribs is brilliant allowing me more flexibility than any other suit I have used.
A removable liner that can be washed is a great touch and helps keep the suit smelling fresh.
This suit is very comfortable a can be worn all day without discomfort in the usual areas.
I would highly recomend this suit to anyone looking for a top of the range suit at a reasonable price.
One of the things I was taught early on in my riding days was something that a lot of people tend to overlook - what have you got on your feet?
Apart from the obvious things with wearing normal shoes when riding a motorcycle - like shoe laces getting caught around levers (yep, done it) - there’s what happens to your ankles if you do happen to come off the bike. A normal pair of shoes or even sturdy boots will fall very short of protecting your ankle from getting horribly twisted or even broken.
After 8 days in New Zealand in pouring rain and wind I would have to recommend the BMW Rallye 2 jacket and pants, at the end of each day I was dry and happy. (more…)