REVZINE A quest for perfection
The biggest bike show on earth
Urban jungle survival Riding in New York
An overview of hot weather gear and goodies
The Dutch TT
Randy speaks up Win a Meet & Greet with REVâ€™IT! rider Randy de Puniet
Ladies only! The ultimate challenge The new Cayenne Pro
ARE YOU READY TO GO? The new season is pounding at your door. You check your tyre pressure and glance at that old jacket or suit. Will it last another season? As important: will it look good? With constant innovations in motorcycle apparel, the choice is all yours. The REV’IT! brand stands out because we are motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, bringing our shared passion to you—with clothing and products that are unmatched in function and style, as you’ll see inside. For a full overview of our products, check out the online catalogue on our website. The new collection is available at REV’IT! dealers worldwide. Visit www.revit.eu for an up-to-date list of dealers near you.
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EICMA Milan The biggest show on earth Urban jungle survival riding in New York Fueled by passion Design matters.. Be cool! An overview of hot weather gear and goodies Fight the elements waterproofing and breathability explained Randy speaks up Win a Meet & Greet with REV’IT! rider Randy de Puniet Dutch delight... The Dutch TT REV’IT! racing From the board to the tracks to the streets Ladies only! The ultimate challenge The new Cayenne Pro Moab epic An adventurous ride Smart underwear Improves your performance Casual gear An overview Keep it clean! Wash and care instructions You’re in safe hands Take your pick!
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FACTS AND FIGURES:
The biggest bike show on earth
535.000 visitors from 39 countries 2812 journalists 1515 brands and manufacturers 6 - 11th November 2007 12 bottles of sambuca 6 bottles of grappa A couple pizzas
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ho understands the art of presentation better than the Italians? The city of Milan itself is an abundance of style and beauty, and the new Fiera Milano building, site of EICMA 2007, is no exception. Spread out over 12 huge halls, the EICMA offered a full overview of the latest bikes and motorcycle-related products to an international audience of end users, trade visitors, and press. REV’IT! presented itself at the world’s largest motorcycle exhibition with an impressive and stylish display that prominently displayed all our new products. The beautifully set-up booth allowed
v isitors to experience top products from the 2008 REV’IT! collection up
got all the attention they deserve from a perceptive audience. Audiovisual
The gorgeous MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR won this year’s award, followed closely by another Italian beauty, the Ducati Monster 696. close, including the Cayenne Pro textile combi and the REPLICA one-piece race suit. The refined detailing and design q uality
presentation-units provided further information about the technical aspects of the products on display. Every year, readers of Italy’s biggest otorcycle magazine, Motociclismo, m choose the best bike on display at the EICMA. The gorgeous MV Agusta Brutale 1078 RR won this year’s award, followed closely by another Italian beauty, the Ducati Monster 696. BMW’s HP2 Sport finished third. Missed it? Don’t worry: the next one takes place from 4 - 9 November 2008. We will be there, too!
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Urban jungle survival
Riding in New York
IGNITION leather jacket
efore moving to New York City from the West Coast over
five years ago, I certainly had reservations about riding a motor-
cycle in the city. Having never experienced the Big Apple on two
Driving a car in the city is a savage battle for inches, but a motorcyclist can usually park at the front door of his or her destination and waltz right in. A more daring motorcyclist can
wheels before, I thought: who would subject themselves to the dog-eat-dog street life of Manhattan?
Imagine my pleasant surprise in finding not only that motorcycling is an exciting and ideal way of getting around New York City, but that there’s a healthy and colorful motorcycling community here, to boot. While riding in NYC has its share of pitfalls—wheel-swallowing potholes and inattentive taxi drivers—the savvy motorcyclist has many advantages on the road.
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A motorcyclist can usually park at the front door of his or her destination and waltz right in. also avoid NYC traffic by riding in between the cars (“split lanes”). While this is technically illegal and frowned upon by the NYPD, most riders with a fatigued clutch hand or a lack of
patience will take the risk to escape gridlock. That’s not the only benefit of riding a motorcycle: though toll booths pepper the thruways in the greater New York area, motorcyclists enjoy a discount at all of them.
by a vintage motorcycle racer, and shows racing on Monday nights. And though it hardly needs mention, the Hell’s Angels NYC headquarters is located on the Lower East Side; the surrounding streets are said to be the safest in the city.
In terms of community, there are a number of motorcycle clubs and organizations that meet periodically during riding season. The Ear Inn, founded in 1817 and one of the oldest bars on Manhattan’s West Side, plays host every week to a mixed motorcycle crowd. Bar Matchless is owned and operated
New York City is known for being a tough and inhospitable town. But for a motorcyclist in the know, not only is the city conquerable—it’s a great place to carve out a niche in a thriving motorcycle community.
ADRENALINE leather jacket MAVERICK leather pants
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s motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, REV’IT!’s primary focus
is designing high-quality motorcycle garments that we would like
to wear, and bringing those to our customers. Of course, all motorcycle clothing should comply with quality and safety standards, be comfortable, and offer protection against the elements. But REV’IT! does much more than that, distinguishing ourselves from our competitors as a stand-alone brand.
What makes us special is our constant quest for perfection, our attention to detail, and our ability to apply the latest technology and innovative materials to our products. We strive to maximize functionality, comfort (fit), and safety. This requires working closely with renowned producers to design and develop our own—often personalised—submaterials, such as laser-etched, reflective, water-resistant zippers; TPU Honeycomb shoulder-
protection parts; and laminated Superfabric and Scotchlite reflection panels. Innovation without practicality is useless. REV’IT! believes that developing innovative materials should always lead directly to improvement in a product’s performance. A rider should always feel comfortable, because comfort is a primary factor in passive safety. But the REV’IT! focus on safety doesn’t mean a lack of style—quite the opposite. We’re inspired by fashion, and we truly believe that every rider has the right to look good both on and off the bike. Our inspiration comes from various fields, from interior design to high fashion; from architecture to modern arts. When designing new products, it’s not just the individual product that’s important; it’s also the REV’IT! brand. The look and feel of the collection as a whole is consistent, so our customers experience REV’IT! as a recognisable entity. This consistency also enables our customers to mix and match between various products, both vertically and horizontally within the product range. Probably our most unique and recognisable signature is our Engineered skin® design method. This is a 3-dimensional design approach whereby the product is developed around the body. By re-locating stitching seams to non-impact areas, we are able to make
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Fuelled by passion Design matters ‘Design matters’, says Gerbrandt Aarts, Creative Director and head of the design department of REV’IT! It’s a philosophy evident in every product we make.
our products not only safer but more comfortable as well, due to a better pre-shaping and construction of the p roduct. This design method automatically results in distinguished, recognisable designs that you will not find in any other brand. The E ngineered skin® design method is applied to every product we make. Whatever your intended function, intensity of use, or climate conditions, the wide range of REV’IT! motorcycle apparel fulfills the needs of every type of rider: from the start-up touring rider to the die-hard adventure rider; from the street-tackling urban
c ommuter to the professional road racer. The common denominator? You always get high quality and the best value for your money when purchasing a REV’IT! product. Everything that carries our brand name is developed in house, from packaging to shop-displays, from website to catalogue, to preserve the integrity of REV’IT! standards. We do it all for the discerning customer: you.
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An overview of hot weather gear and goodies In warmer conditions, it is often difficult to find the right balance between comfort and protection. Either you’re getting sweaty in a big, bulky jacket, or wearing a thin tshirt—neither of which will offer everything
strong mesh fabrics. The combination of abrasion-resistant fabrics with Airmesh panels and ventilation zippers allows a constant flow of cool air through the garments as you ride.
Now, REV’IT! is able to offer you a great deal of choice in hot-weather jackets and trousers, thanks to the development and availability of fully vented but
There are also quite a few jackets and pants that offer all-season versatility. By removing both membrane and thermolining, you end up with a fully vented summer jacket.
We recommend that you read our article on page 26 about smart underwear. You will never want to wear your traditional cotton undershirt again, once you’ve learned how a good base-layer product can keep you comfortable in both summer and winter.
The combination of abrasion-resistant fabrics with Airmesh panels and ventilation zippers allows a constant flow of cool air through the garments as you ride.
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1. Mistral textile pants 2. Sirocco textile jacket 3. Air textile jacket 4. Typhoon textile jacket 5. Airforce textile jacket 6. Torx summer glove 7. Monster summer glove 8. Stream summer glove 9. Air Blend shoes
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>> Angel Hydralining
>> Off Track
Detachable Hydratex Membrane
Detachable Hydralining Membrane
Detachable Hydratex Membrane
Hydralite Pro Membrane
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Fight the elements Waterproofing and breathability explained REV’IT! Hydralite
REV’IT! Hydralite Pro
2 layer construction using direct taping
G-Liner construction using direct taping
Z-Liner construction using direct taping
3 layer construction using direct taping
coating (hydralite) tape lining
coating (hydralining) tape lining
z-liner (hydratex) tape lining
membrane (hydralite pro) tape lining
ind, water and cold.
Three elements you would rather avoid while on a bike—if only to keep you in a good mood! Being protected, dry, and comfortable are basic requirements for every rider. If you’re wet and cold, you’re bound to lose your concentration.
Customer feedback from all over the globe tells us that many riders do not know how to dress correctly in order to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. There are many techniques to keep water and wind out of a garment, and wearing a good set of base or mid layer products is the key to keeping warm, dry, and comfortable. Read more about what a good set of base or mid layer products can do to increase your comfort level on page 26. To keep water out, it’s important that the outer fabric not absorb water too quickly. On every waterproof textileproduct, REV’IT! applies a
polyurethane coating that stops water from penetrating the fabric too quickly. The lifespan of this coating is limited, because it wears off depending on how many miles you cover and under what conditions. To keep the product in good shape, you need to maintain it. Read the article on page 28 about wash and care to learn more about available products for maintenance. If the outer layer of your jacket loses its ability to repel water and too much water penetrates, then it’s up to the second layer of protection to stop it. This second layer is called the membrane: an ultrathin layer with micro pores that allow moisture (like perspiration) to escape, but do not allow water molecules to penetrate. This is true only up to a certain level; every membrane has its limits. Membranes are available with different qualities (water-
blocking capacity, breathability, and strength), and can be applied in various ways. When the membrane is applied directly to the inside of the outer fabric, REV’IT! calls it a Hydralite construction. When the membrane is floating between the outer fabric and inner lining, we call it a Z-liner construction; and when applied directly to the outside of the inner lining, a G-liner construction. Depending on the intended use of the product, we decide which qualities
a very comfortable summer jacket. In this case the membrane is applied between two strong fabrics, to prevent damage when it is taken out, while the inner lining is made of a strong mesh, allowing wind to freely circulate. Every membrane functions as a windblocker, thanks to the microporous structure, which does not allow wind to penetrate. The latest development in waterproofing and breathability is what we call the Hydralite
By applying a Nanosphere coating to the outer fabric, it absorbs zero water. are required and apply one of these techniques. For example, if the jacket is designed for the active motorcyclist, we apply a membrane with higher breathability. Some membranes are removable, so that when they are removed (along with the thermoliner), you end up with
Pro membrane. This consists of three functional layers, laminated together to become one strong layer of all-weather protection that also reacts to changing temperatures. By applying a Nanosphere coating to the outer fabric, it absorbs zero water. You will find this technique being applied in the revolutionary Infinity suit.
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Randy speaks up REV’IT! enters MotoGP In its relatively short existence, REV’IT! already has many years of racing experience in supporting national champions, such as Arie Vos (Fabricom Ducati), Supersport and Superbike Champion in the Netherlands in 2006 and 2007; Karl Harris (Virgin Yamaha), competing in British Superbike; and Matt Lynn and Luca Scassa on the MV’s in the AMA Superbike series (USA).
Now, in order to learn from riders’ experiences at the highest level of competition, REV’IT! has made an agreement with LCR Honda and French race icon Randy de Puniet, competing in MotoGP. He says:
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‘I’m very much looking forward to the cooperation with REV’IT! that we’ve agreed to for a long period of time. REV’IT!’s products are of the highest quality and comply to the highest standards a professional racer could demand. Together with the design team, we’ll be working on the further development of race-inspired, top-quality products.’
Dutch delight... The Dutch TT
Win a meet and greet
at the next TT!
Check our website for more details.
he TT Circuit Assen is home to the famous DUTCH TT, one of
the most historical events on the world motorcycle racing calendar, which always has a massive crowd in attendance and a festive
The history of the Dutch TT dates back to 1925, when the race was held on open roads around Assen. In 1955 a special 7.7 km-long circuit was built, with today’s start and finish remaining at that original location. Up to the early seventies, the circuit was used only once a year, for the Dutch TT. Currently it hosts a series of World Championships, including MotoGP, World Superbikes, and other international and national race meetings. Ready for the 21st Century
After the 1998 season, the TT Circuit Assen started a full modernisation of its accommodation and facilities. A new Hospitality Complex and Suites, as well as a large rooftop terrace and large Main Grandstand with 6250 covered seats, were built. A new Race Control tower, 34 pit-boxes, and a new Media Centre with 21 commentary booths were finished before
the 75th anniversary of the TT Circuit Assen in June 2000. On top of the impressive upgrade of the accommodations, TT Circuit Assen invested over half a million Euro in new safety measures on the track for the riders. These days the TT Circuit Assen offers both competitors and spectators a track with the highest possible standards and safety precautions. Champions
The list of big ‘champions’ that won at Assen included names like Angel Nieto, local Dutch Sidecar rider Egbert Streuer, Barry Sheene, Wil Hartog, Randy Mamola, Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan, Wayne Rainey, and Valentino Rossi. In the World Superbike races there is only one name that counts in Assen: Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty, perhaps the most famous Superbike rider of all time, who has climbed the highest spot on the podium in Assen no fewer than 12 times! The Dutch round of the World Superbike races will be held on 27 April 2008. The Dutch TT is staged traditionally on the last Saturday of June, which in 2008 falls on 28 June.
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From the designboard to the tracks
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Motorcycle racing and leather suits go together like wheels go with a car. But in the world of motorcycle racing, the bike’s performance and the tires’ grip get the most notice; the suit only gets attention when damage is done: after a crash. However, the quality of a rider’s suit is critically important. If the tires lose their grip for a split second, a rider has only his suit to protect himself from the tarmac.
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When a professional racer goes down, it usually happens at high speed. If the energy released at the moment of impact were absorbed by the rider all at once, it would cause terrible injury. The key purpose of a good racing suit is to lengthen the time of impact, and distribute more evenly the forces at play. Accordingly, the suit needs to have high friction-resistance and the ability to slide over the tarmac, in order to take the speed out of the crash and minimise damage to the rider. During the slide the suit has to deal with an enormous amount of pressure, with the stitching seams suffering the worst—and you can only imagine what would happen if a seam burst and the suit split open. In response, REV’IT! has developed the revolutionary Engineered skin® design method, which re-locates
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stitching seams away from impact zones to areas that are less vulnerable, because no matter how strong the leather, the seams are what hold the suit together. In addition to the Engineered skin® design method, the seams in all our race suits are strengthened by a special technique called ‘safety stitching,’ which protects crucial seams by covering them with an extra strip of leather stitched to the outer shell, so that they never make direct contact with the tarmac. Upon impact, the first parts of the suit to touch the ground are the protective hard parts on the shoulders, elbows, knees, and shins. The external protective parts on the shoulders and knees serve the main function of absorbing the first
impact and easing the sliding of the suit over the tarmac. These protective parts are placed in special pockets, which keep the protectors in place and prevent them from moving within the suit. In impact situations people have the natural tendency to land on their backside. Therefore, the seat of every racing suit is made of doubly reinforced leather, plus safety stitching.
top layer leather reinforcement strip invisible seams
visible stitching Underneath a racing suit every rider wears a loose back protector, to prevent damage to the spine and protect the internal organs. Internal damage can too often be the cause of serious injury. Of course, it is impossible to eliminate all the risks of a sport like motorcycle racing. However, a high-quality suit that fits >>
top layer leather reinforcement strip visible seams
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All the products in the racing range are constructed from highquality materials and feature the same protective parts on the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, and back as can be found on our professional racing suits.
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the body like a glove will reduce the risk of injury in the event of an impact, and it might even save your life. All racing suits and race-related products in the REV’IT! collection, including sports gloves, socks, and performance underwear, have been developed for use (and abuse) under the most extreme conditions.
From the tracks to the streets You cannot stray from the rules of the land while riding your bike on normal roads. Even though the speed is usually slower than on the track, you’re dealing with other road users who are not aware of your vulnerability. In fact, the risks of impact on the road are often much more serious than they are on the track—so you can’t do without protective garments. With the experience and knowledge gained in motorcycle racing, REV’IT! has developed our racing range of products for ‘normal’ use on the road, which offer the best possible protection and style. All the products in the racing range are constructed from high-quality materials and feature the same protective parts on the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, and back as can be found on our professional racing suits.
Silica combi / Replica one-piece suit
Most people prefer a two-piece suit to a one-piece suit. Indeed, a two-piece suit can be more comfortable, as it is easier to wear, but the biggest advantage of a two-piece over a one-piece is its versatility: the pants and jacket can be worn and detached separately. Choosing a s eparate jacket and pair of pants allows you to combine different sizes according to your preferences. You should always use a separate back protector underneath your leather garments to ensure a high level of protection. 1. Stinger rainsuit, 2. Silica one-piece, 3. GT Corse one-piece, 4. Replica combi, 5. Silica combi, 6. GT jacket & GT pants.
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ost women have a tough time finding motorcycle
clothing that fits well and looks good. Do you find yourself sacrificing style for safety every time you get on your bike? REV’IT! has developed a stylish line of ‘female fit’ motorcycle apparel
The all-weather Pearl jacket combines excellent protection with a snug, feminine fit. With CE-approved Prolife armour at the elbows and shoulders—shaped specifically to the contour of the female body—the Pearl is a stylish 4-season urban safety jacket.
specifically designed and developed for women, with a focus on both function and form. Special safety features, designed just for a woman’s body, provide protection, while the clothing maintains a sleek and feminine look, by using the unique Engineered skin® design method. Strategically placed seams accentuate the
The Jade boot is specifically designed for the female foot, to cradle and provide the support it needs. With a sole and instep developed just for a woman’s higher and more delicate arch, the boot is comfortable both on and off the bike.
silhouette, as supple but highly abrasion-resistant materials preserve freedom of movement. The total effect is a snug, stylish, and very comfortable fit.
The Silica leather jacket is made of high-quality protective materials, cut in modern lines with feminine style. The stitching follows the shape of a woman’s body, making it appropriate for riding or everyday wear. M atching trousers are the GT ladies, with the quality protection features found in the popular men’s version.
>> GT Ladies - leather pants
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Not only are the feet and body different: female hands have a different shape, too, and therefore deserve a specific fit. The REV’IT! range provides an excellent choice in touring, summer, and waterproof ‘female fit’ gloves. With everything from jackets and pants to boots, gloves, and thermal base-layers, the REV’IT! ‘female fit’ collection provides stylish and protective ladies’ apparel, from head to toe.
>> Silica Ladies leather jacket
>> Pilot Ladies leather glove
>> Jade leather boots
SILICA LADIES leather jacket >> Pearl textile jacket
GT LADIES leather pants
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The ultimate challenge Design it, build it, test it and improve it. When REV’IT! introduced the now-famous Cayenne jacket and Ultimate pants three years ago, the goal was to produce the most flexible adventure-touring suit on the market. To date, these products have circled the globe, under the harshest of conditions. They have been crashed, torn, soaked, faded, and repaired, all in the name of adventure; brutal treatment, leaving the best of products scarred and worn out. The Cayenne and Ultimate have become the choice products for the rider who demands performance.
With the introduction of the newly redesigned Cayenne Pro jacket and pants, the bar has been raised again. All the lessons learned from torture testing, in real world situations, have been applied to provide a new standard in durability, safety, and all-weather performance. Functional features and product improvements that can be found in the new Cayenne Pro suit have also been applied in many other high-end adventure and touring jackets and pants.
Attention to detail… The new Cayenne Pro explained
All performance products start with a mix of raw materials. Off-the-shelf pieces and parts will almost never do. Every raw material used in these products has been sourced and tested to assure that it meets our high standards for longevity, abrasion resistance, tearing strength, waterproofing, and breathability. The outer fabrics used in the new Cayenne Pro simply must outperform expectations. Use of DuPont Cordura assures that your confidence is well-placed. A combination of 500D and 1000D Cordura for
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both comfort and durability gets the job done. All outer fabrics are then internally coated with a microscopic layer of polyurethane, to increase fabric integrity, and to act as a first layer of protection against water. Every button, zipper, label(01) and moving part has been tested, and improved where possible. Fiocchi and Prym Snaps, always made in Italy, assure perfect closure(02). YKK Zippers guarantee longevity. Ergonomic Engineered skin® shaping, stretch panels, and numerous adjusters assure the perfect fit.
The balance between keeping you dry and maintaining breathability is not as simple as it sounds. Think about the forces involved when you ride at 70 miles an hour for 3 hours in the rain. The standard applied to traditional waterproof streetwear would never withstand these conditions. The Cayenne Pro features a fully removable, totally seam-sealed, 3-Layer Hydratex Membrane, which offers exceptional waterproofing(03), while remaining highly breathable. Inserting >>
CAYENNE PRO textile jacket CAYENNE PRO textile pants DESERT summer gloves
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and removing the liner has never been easier, as every zipper and snap has been refined, strengthened, and simplified. In addition, the jacket’s design has been refined to provide perfect coverage, cinching and closures, to keep the wind and water where it belongs: outside(04). A fully waterproof tail provides double the weather protection, while a new additional connection zipper, bonded directly into the liner, allows for the jacket and pants to be connected without interrupting the waterproof seal(05). This is another industry first. The Cayenne Pro jacket also includes two 100% waterproof exterior pockets, for those items that just can’t get wet(06). All-season use
Hot-weather flexibility has been improved with the addition of more and better venting. No fewer than 10 vents ensure that the Cayenne Pro jacket and pants breathe and vent better than any other four-season suit. Two large, mesh ventilation panels adorn the chest(07), while zippered vents assist airflow to the arms, lower chest, back, and legs(08). Winter protection is also outstanding, with the addition of a new removable inner lining that features Exkin insulation. Exkin provides significantly improved warmth, while allowing for more comfort REVZINE // PAGE22
with less bulk. In addition, Exkin has unique moisture-management properties, assisting with the evaporation of sweat, and reducing the chance of hypothermia under the most extreme conditions. The waterproof and insulating layers can be used together, or separately, for maximum flexibility. When combined, both layers can be removed from the outer shell together, for faster and easier removal and insertion. Protection
In addition to the use of industryleading Cordura, the Cayenne Pro uses a combination of protective elements. Shoulder, forearm, and knee/shin armour is provided by the German firm SASTEC. This revolutionary armour provides unsurpassed shock absorption and comfort, through the use of specially designed intelligent materials, which remain pliable under normal use, but which harden upon impact. This product exceeds the European CE standard. Temperfoam protectors provide additional back and hip protection, and the back protector pocket has been designed to accept our optional SAS-TEC CE level 2 back protector, for additional safety(09). Armoured shields applied to impact areas greatly increase the protective ability of the Cayenne Pro(10). The panels
have been laser-cut and direct-bonded to provide unparalleled protection to the forearm and knee/shin(11). Superfabric
The longstanding argument about the abrasion-resistant virtues of leather versus textile has been quashed once and for all. With the application of Superfabric, impact areas can be protected like never before, without sacrificing flexibility. This ceramicimpregnated fabric is highly flexible, with four times the abrasion-resistance of leather and fifteen times the abrasionresistance of Kevlar/Aramid fabrics. Visibility
Direct-bonded 3M reflective panels on the chest, arms, back, and legs assure visibility in low light conditions(12), while vibrant colour options, including orange, are available for those who believe you can never have enough visibility. If you’re looking for the most protective, comfortable, and useful jacket and pants, the Cayenne Pro will exceed your every expectation. There’s only one problem: if you’re planning on torture testing this suit, Paris to Dakar might not be tough enough.
An adventurous ride Text and photo’s by Gregor Halenda
“Wow, you look like you’ve had quite the adventure,” said the hotel clerk, as he looked at the big KTM sitting in a stain of red mud that dripped off the bike as the rain fell. “Yeah, it’s been quite the epic.” I said. “Those are the best kind—if you live through them…” he smiled.
My plan, when I rolled into Moab, was to take a day and ride one of the many scenic and challenging off-road trails that abound in this red sandstone paradise. I love Moab and try to ride there every chance I get, so it was natural for me to plan a 500-mile detour on my crosscountry journey for the chance to ride my bike on some slickrock. Since I’d been scorching tires on the relentless hot pavement, my first stop was Arrowhead Motorsports, where Fred pried some new Pirellis onto my wheels. As Fred put rubber on the front wheel, I asked him what sort of trials he’d recommend for me on my big bike. He mentioned White Rim, and since it was a trial I’d been hearing about for such a long time, I didn’t pay attention to any of the other suggestions. It was late in the day for White Rim, but it was supposed to be a pretty easy ride. It was July, and the desert is nothing if not hot in July, with temperatures in the high 90s. It’s wise to start rides early in the summer, but I had only one day and this was it. I wasn’t going to do it on worn knobs, and by the time Arrowhead opened and I got my tires mounted, it was 11 a.m. The trail was 103 miles. Fred had done it in four hours on a dirt bike, and while my bike was fast, it was no little dirt bike. I’d have to use caution—more since I was going by myself—so I estimated 6 hours. At the hotel I filled my Camelbak with ice and slid it into the back of my Cayenne jacket, then ran the tube up to my
shoulder. 72 oz. was a lot of water, but I stuffed another large Gatorade into the back pocket along with some energy bars, just in case. I packed tools, a spare tube, and extra air into the various pockets and lashed a small 1.5 gallon of gas to the rear rack. I filled my tanks to overflowing, knowing that on a good day I’d get 150-170 miles, but that my range would drop off-road, so the small tank was my insurance. I plotted the route on my GPS, and it read 155 miles from my hotel and back. I made one last call to my brother to let him know where I was going and when I’d be back and, just to be safe, I told the motel clerk on my way out as well. The trail isn’t marked and the GPS led me astray after I got off the highway, but after a little bit of bushwacking and backtracking, I picked up a worn twotrack that I was pretty confident was the White Rim. The red rock of Moab is perhaps one of the most amazing landscapes you could imagine, in some ways more spectacular than the Grand Canyon, and riding your bike down a tiny dirt track and then onto the sandstone itself is a pretty liberating feeling.
and the last time I could account for it with any certainty was about 20 miles back—a 40-mile round trip, equal to the gas in the can, not to mention the time it would take—so the can became trail booty. I ran the calculations in my head and decided to cut my use of the throttle as much as possible. Then, if I ran out of gas, hopefully it would be on the highway back into town where I could hitch a ride in. The red dirt road had some small pockets of water dotting the two depressed lanes, but it seemed mostly dry, and I short-shifted to third to save gas. As my wheels reached the wet spots, it became obvious that wet silt was like grease, as the bars went loose in my hands. I screwed the throttle on a little to keep the front light and suddenly the bars dropped almost out of my hands as I was thrown over the windscreen. The bike hit deep mud and instinctively I floored it and slithered slowly forward to dry ground. >>
After about 40 miles I stopped to take some photos and realized something was different about the bike, but couldn’t put my finger on it. It felt the same as I rolled to a stop, and it wasn’t making any strange noises, but something was wrong with the picture. Then I discovered that the gas can I’d carefully strapped to the back was gone,
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Looking back over my shoulder, I saw the 12” deep trench I’d created, in some of the slickest mud I’d ever felt. The road turned sharply and wound up the side of the narrow canyon, and as I
the section beneath my tires completely. Suddenly my ride was very serious and every action had great consequence. I was terrified that around each bend I’d see no road at all, just a gaping maw of missing earth that would mark the end of my ride. I kept gingerly picking my way through
At the hotel I filled my Camelbak with ice and slid it into the back of my REV’IT! Cayenne.
went I noticed more and more evidence of heavy rain. I was almost 100 miles in and didn’t have the gas to turn back, while the road was getting progressively worse with large gashes as deep as 1-2 feet cutting down the center of the road, where it turned up the cliff face. The road got narrower and soon I could see sections were washed out, leaving only 2-3 feet of road clinging to the side of sheer drops—and where these gaps appeared, there were massive deltas of silt that would sometimes leave me only inches between cut and delta. Hitting the delta would wash my wheels down the hill, and hitting the gap might collapse
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the minefield, realizing this area had been severely flooded the night before and there was no knowing what was next. The fuel light flickered and then burned steady—less than a gallon. My supplies included nothing for spending the night in the desert, and barely enough water for the inevitable walk out that seemed to await me. All the while the sky grew darker and blacker ahead of me—I was racing Mother Nature out of here, and I’d severely underestimated her. The road wound along the edge of the canyon wall for maybe 10 miles and then descended to what looked like a massive flat that extended out of the
canyon. I breathed a sigh of relief, but suddenly my mind made sense of what I saw; it wasn’t a flat but a flood plain and there’d been a flood last night. The reason it seemed so flat was that bushes had been torn free or flattened. I realized that the road was barely visible because it was covered with mud. As all these things clarified in my mind, my hand was opening the throttle and my foot was finding another gear—it wasn’t a decision I was consciously making, but instinct taking over. The bike was doing maybe 60 or 70 when it first kissed the mud, which was 6-8 inches deep and slippery as hell. I chose the high centre, knowing it would be drier; it was, but still the bike spun wildly. I kept all my weight as far back as possible to keep the front from auguring in and held the bars as loosely as I could, to let the bike find its own balance while trying to keep it in the center, on higher ground. The back wheel went first since it was spinning so hard; it slid to the left and I corrected with the front, but it was no use and the bike was pulled down into the left track. I was still doing about 40 or so, when out of nowhere,
.25 the bike disappeared beneath me so fast my feet came off the pegs. Instantly I was in mud over the axles. I felt the earth rise up to kiss the bottoms of my boots, and it felt like drowning. At this point my world went into slow motion. I could picture it all: I was going to spend the night out here without a doubt, but worse, I was going to be going home in a plane, because when my bike fell into 18 inches of slick, wet slit, I would not be able to lift its 450 pounds up, much less get it out of the mess; I’d have to leave it there, in the middle of the flood plain, as another storm was roiling on the horizon. I would spend the night under a cliff and would be cold, but with luck not hypothermic, since my riding gear was such good protection. I would watch a wall of thick brown water cover my bike and see its form slowly dragged to the river 100 yards away, where it would disappear forever. The next day I’d have to walk out the last 50 miles, but if I was lucky I’d find someone within 20-30 miles who would give me some water and a ride to
if pulled by an invisible string. The string pulled harder and I felt the bars pull my hands and all of a sudden I was hurtling forward on dry ground and the road abruptly ended, replaced by a gaping chasm and a 6-foot drop. I pulled the bike up and off into the soft, deep sand at the road’s edge and caught my breath. I put the sidestand on a branch to keep the bike from falling over and walked to the edge, where the road disappeared into a wide drop-off. I was drenched in sweat and out of breath. I couldn’t see any trace of the road on the other side, so I kicked steps into the face and began looking for the road in the maze of gullies. It all looked the same, and my tracks crossed over and over, and soon I couldn’t find the bike. When I finally did, I pulled the GPS out and began walking up and down the many sandy washes, creating a web of tracks on the GPS’s screen. Eventually I found the two-track leading out of a small wash, a few hundred yards from where the
I spun around to see a thin blond girl in what looked like ranger’s khakis, and suddenly I wasn’t alone—suddenly the presence of this person was enough to know that somehow I was okay and that this was over. Do you have gas? A little… Is the road out? Yes, here is where it’s destroyed. Can you follow me out in case I run out? Sure, she’s heading back to town. We talk about the flood, how bad the road is gone, how long they’ll have to close the trail for, and I give her my camera to shoot me descending into the ditch. I clear the drop easily, knowing that the pressure is finally off, and at her truck we exchange numbers and email
I would spend the night under a cliff and would be cold, but with luck not hypothermic, since my riding gear was such good protection. town, where I’d make arrangements to fly home. It was all painfully visible to me. The bike churned under me, pinned to the redline, and I felt the mud being flung from the rear wheel landing on me like rain. I was like a trials rider now, as my speed dropped to a walking pace but my back wheel spun at 70 m.p.h. The feeling was like running the wrong way up an escalator. I could see the dry sand 50 feet ahead of me, but it felt like 50 miles, 50 years, an eternity. My vision had tunneled to the dry sand and I lost my peripheral sight. I couldn’t hear the engine but saw the tach was pinned. I balanced on the bike like a tightrope walker: deftly, subtly shifting my weight, thinking that I could get off and walk faster. The front wheel was barely turning, the back was a blur, but still the bike moved forward as
road had been washed away. I kicked a path back to the bike so I wouldn’t get lost, and then kicked a small cut into the face of the wash where the bike was— the 950 is too large to try to drop slowly into that kind of gully. I remember seeing as a kid a flash flood fill a 20-foot wash in 30 minutes, the road disappearing under our truck as my father tried to find higher ground. I saw a car tumble end over end, like a toy in the fierce brown water. Now my heart was racing, and I had no idea if there was more to this drama, but at this point I just had to get out of the flood plain before it was ripped apart again; the storm was just miles away now. I pulled my helmet on and left my jacket unzipped and then I heard a voice. What?
addresses and she promises to stop if she finds me out of gas. I hop on and short-shift my way to top gear, lugging the engine down the smooth-graded dirt road climbing serpentinely out of the valley, as the black clouds roll over the far lip of the canyon. Still on fumes, I coast down the hills with the engine off, starting it again when I run out of momentum, and then, finally, I hit the pavement and there are signs of life. As I pull into town, the bike sputters and dies, and I have just enough speed to coast into the motel parking lot as the skies open up and rain begins to fall. I look no different and there’s no way to explain how close I came to disaster, but I know I got lucky and I dodged the bullet. It was a very good epic after all.
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Smart underwear Improves your performance
Keeping your skin dry is vital for 足maintaining a comfortable and safe body temperature while riding. Perspiration causes excess heat loss in the winter, resulting in hypothermia, whereas in the summer, it can contribute to overheating. You need to draw moisture away from the skin quickly, to maintain comfort and safety in all conditions.
SCORPIO thermal suit
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.27 This is the function of a base layer with good temperature-control properties: it wicks all excess moisture to the outside of the base layer’s fabric, spreading it over a wider surface, where it can evaporate. Wearing a cotton shirt under your jacket will only block the breathing properties that come standard with a good quality base layer; this is true of any undergarment that simply absorbs perspiration instead of transporting and removing it. REV’IT! makes two different layers for wear under your suit: the base layer and mid layer. Both offer climate-control functionalities and breathability, to help your body regulate its temperature optimally. >> Shield top & Defence pants Thermal baselayer
>> Linx wb shirt & Sigma pants Thermal midlayer
The base layer is designed to keep your body dry, to avoid the overheating in summer and hypothermia in winter mentioned above. All our base layer products are made of very comfortable fabrics that offer excellent moisturemanagement functionalities. Mid Layer >> Metro top Thermal baselayer
The mid layer has a similar climatecontrol function as the base layer, but it adds insulation and windblocking properties to it. Mid layers create an insulation shield, by trapping a small amount of air around the body, within the layers of the garment itself. The excellent insulation and moisture-wicking properties are provided by a three-in-one laminated layer: a soft fleece inner lining; a breathable, windblocking membrane; and a strong and comfortable outer shell.
>> Digital soft shell jacket Thermal midlayer
>> Guard fleece jacket Thermal midlayer
The protective qualities provided by use of base and mid layer materials are not only found in REV’IT!’s functional underwear, but also in our socks, undergloves, balaclavas, and windcollars.
>> Scorpio suit
>> Psycho wb under gloves
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Casual gear Most of want to show that we’re motorcyclists even when we’re not on our bikes. Take your pick from a wide range of high-quality casual t-shirts, polo shirts, and cardigans. >> ES shirt men
>> Bar shirt men
>> Contour shirt ladies
>> Stamp shirt men
>> Circles shirt ladies
>> Vintage polo men
>> Curves shirt men
>> Corsa vest men
Keep it clean! Wash and care tips
All REV’IT! products are manufactured with the best materials available and are subject to thorough quality checks. In order to optimize the performance of your products and prolong their lifespan, you need to keep them in good shape. REV’IT! offers a range of professional wash and care products, for the purpose of cleaning and restoring functional properties of textile and leather motorcycle garments. Leather Motorcycle Clothing
A quality set of leathers will last a long time when properly maintained. The following simple tips will help keep your garments in the right condition. Never store leather garments in an airtight plastic bag. Leather needs to breathe. Do not expose leather to direct heat or sunlight. Never wash or dry clean your leather garments. REV’IT! advises you to treat your leather garments with REV’IT! Leather Cleaner & Conditioner at least twice a year. To preserve the leather’s natural water-resistance, treat leather garments with REV’IT! Waterproof Leather Spray. Textile Motorcycle Clothing
The maintenance of textile garments requires special attention, especially when they contain waterproof and breathable membranes. Never wash or dry clean a waterproof and breathable membrane: this will irreparably damage its functionality. Never use sharp objects to clean. Never expose waterproof and breathable products to direct heat sources. REV’IT! has developed a special Textile Wash that gently removes stains and dirt from textile materials. To
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preserve the waterproofing and breathability of textile arments, treat your textile garments regularly with REV’IT! g Waterproof Textile Spray. Every textile jacket and pair of pants has a wash and care instruction label inside the garment.
You’re in safe hands Take your pick! 06
From lightweight, waterproof scooter glove to Kevlar-lined, kangaroo leather sports gloves, REV’IT! has it all in store for you! Made of the finest materials and components available and with the perfect fit, for both men and – from the female fit series – women! 1. Torx, 2. Stream, 3. R59, 4. Monster, 5. Desert, 6. City, 7. ST-Pro, 8. Pilot, 9. GT-Corse, 10. Zenith H2O, 11. Stealth, 12. Nitro
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The new collection is available through REV’IT! dealers worldwide. Check out our website, www.revit.eu, for an up-to-date listing of dealers near you. This list is frequently updated. You can also view our complete range of products online, subscribe to our newsletter, and get the latest news on Randy’s results in MotoGP. Show Dates 2008
In case you missed us this year at the Bike Expo in Padova (Italy), the Motorbeurs in Utrecht (Netherlands), or the DMT in Dortmund (Germany), meet the team at one of the following exhibitions: INTERMOT EICMA NEC
8 - 12 October 2008 – Cologne (Germany) 4 - 9 November 2008 – Milan (Italy) 28 November - 7 December 2008 – Birmingham (United Kingdom)
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