Competence & Inventive Spirit
Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.
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Born to be wild – and safe:
In the 70s, BMW Motorrad created the first entire motorcycle suit.
Shoulder pad, new wave and innovation with brains:
In the mid-80s, BMW Motorrad invents the first iconic full face helmet.
Pop, boy groups and the return of the motorcycle jacket:
BMW Motorrad remained concentrated on and revolutionised quality assurance with C.A.R.E.
Heading off into the new century. Breaking the sound barrier:
with the Sport Integral Carbon helmet, BMW Motorrad developed a helmet that weighs less than 1,000 grams.
Internet of Things, smartphones, air as extra protection:
the automatically triggering airbag suit Double R Race Air revolutionised the motorcycle racing world.
THE BIGGEST MILESTONES FROM 40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT
1978 - 1997
Source: BMW Group archive
A motorcycle helmet also needs the right equipment. In 1978, BMW Motorrad was the first provider to supplement its own motorcycle helmet with suitable complete rider's equipment made of impregnated cow leather with protection zones and reflectors for maximised safety.
Source: BMW Group archive, photograph: BMW works photo
The BMW system helmet I was the first of its kind, complete and set new benchmarks in the motorcycling world with its folding chin section.
Pioneering in terms of comfort and safety: the complete suit made of breathable Gore-Tex revolutionised wear comfort, increased safety standards and offered an optimised air circulation unlike any conventional leather suit.
Full freedom of movement and wear comfort with maximised safety? This was inconceivable – until the Protec suit made it onto the market. Thanks to cushions reinforced with Kevlar and the new SECUFLEX System, the Protec suit was the first to combine both benefits.
Source: BMW Group archive, photograph: BMW press photo
Dry and casual in the familiar leather look: BMW Motorrad caused quite a stir in 1993 with a redeveloped special impregnation and a removable Gore-Tex inner suit that made the Monaco suit the first breathable motorcycling suit in the world. In addition, the 1.2 mm thick, specially impregnated cattle nubuck leather ensures increased safety.
The world premiere with high-tech fabric – the material that was woven into the denim material at the time was called InoTex. It caused quite a stir thanks to extraordinarily good abrasion values.
1999 - 2018
Ventilation revolutionised – the Airflow suit is impressive thanks to innovative technology and ensures the most pleasant dry feeling for any climate. One year later, the helmet with integrated AirFlow system followed and in so doing completed the set.
The innovative neck protection system that effectively reduces neck injuries with high wear comfort, is born from a fusion of BMW Motorrad, KTM and Leatt Brace.
The racing sport jumpsuit with grips: the API system (Active Protection Inflatable) detects accident situations using activation logarithms and automatically triggers the airbag. This provides support and protects especially the neck, shoulders, clavicle, chest and back and prevents injuries from being caused to the upper spinal column. One year later, the system for public roads followed.