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Cardo promise hi-fi helmet sound

Hi-fi quality sound is coming to motorcycle helmets after Cardo Systems, makers of the popular Scala Bluetooth helmet intercom, announced a partnership with hi-fi speaker company JBL. The American company announced at last week’s Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne that the new speakers would be included in their Packtalk units …

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World-first bifocal sunglasses for riders

Have you ever had to stop riding and swap your sunglasses for bifocal or prescription glasses to read a map or your instruments? Soon you may not have to stop and swap! A small family company based on the Gold Coast has developed the world’s first photochromic bifocal sunglasses for …

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EyeCo flashes alerts in helmet or goggles

The makers of the basic EyeCo head-up display unit that flashes coloured alert lights in a rider’s peripheral vision claim it is a “Fitbit for your eyesight”. EyeCo refer to it as a “personal co-pilot” that helps racers train and supplies basic navigation aids. It looks more like a distraction …

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Google Maps motorbike mode expands

Google Maps has expanded its two-wheeler mode for motorcycles and scooters into Asia after launching in India in December 2017. Motorbike mode differs from other modes by providing alternate routes and faster estimated arrival times. Google Maps currently provides travel routes, navigation and travel time estimates for public transport, bicycles, …

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More touring apps to plan your ride

Touring apps for motorcycle riders are flooding the market, each with their own quirks and features. Two new touring apps are Moto Trip Now from American rider Keith Kubarek and Tourstart’s BMW MOA, specifically for BMW riders. Moto Trip Now app Moto Trip Now founder Keith says his app allows the …

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Counterpoint: Maybe VR Will Help Motorcycles

Nearly a year ago Motorbike Writer posted a piece about the threat posed to motorcycles by virtual reality or VR. The logic isn’t actually all that difficult to understand. VR goes further than traditional games to simulate real world experiences, such that a motorcycle game, at least theoretically, can feel like …

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Vie Fit Bluetooth earplugs suit riders

There are a lot of Bluetooth earplugs hitting the market, but they are heavy and bulky and uncomfortable under a motorcycle helmet. These Japanese Vie Fit earplugs look like being a lot more suitable. The company launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that surpassed its target seven-fold, so they are set …

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