Improved safety AND comfort for the upcoming riding season. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/BMW_StreetGuard3_Riding_Suit.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 27, 2009 New riding suit is safer, more comfortable and looks great too Munich, Germany -- Arriving just in time for the start of the new riding season, the Streetguard 3 suit offers new safety features and improved comfort for the wearer. The new Streetguard 3 suit is equipped with the latest features from Swiss textile manufacturer schoeller®, guaranteeing perfectly coordinated functions. The external material is made from a new protective fabric developed exclusively with and for BMW Motorrad - schoeller®-keproshield™. The high-strength composite fabric with Kevlar, cotton and polyamide elements resulted in an increase in durability and toughness, resistance to tearing and frictional heat of about 20 percent in comparison with its predecessor. The outer material is bonded directly to an inner water- and wind-proof membrane. Nature provided the inspiration when the designers came to develop this new membrane called “c_change™”. Mimicking the principle of a pine cone, whose scales open and close in response to heat and cold, c_change™ “breathes” in the summer and insulates in cold weather. This guarantees the perfect body temperature whatever the weather. In addition, the membrane offers elasticity that enables a fully elastic outer shell to be constructed, ensuring even more comfort. For the first time, the suit also has the so-called coldblack® feature on the outside. This causes 80 percent of sunlight to be reflected off black surfaces. This suit effectively protects from heat and UV radiation allowing the rider to remain cool for longer periods even in bright sunshine. The jacket has a single storm zipper to the front (riri® storm) that keeps out wind, water and UV radiation effectively without resorting to the labyrinth construction used in other gear. Similar water-resistant special zippers (riri®AQUAzip) can also be found on the outside pockets. The jacket includes a detachable storm collar and practical sleeve cuffs for a water-proof transition to the gloves. If conditions are particularly cold, the removable, high-quality 3M Thinsulate lining provides a warm insulation on those days when riding in anything else would be unbearable. In addition, a high waistband with fleece lining on the inside prevents drafts. The protection provided is another advance. The suit now comes with NP protectors developed by BMW Motorrad with optimum shock-absorbing properties. These are located on the back, shoulders and elbows and at the hips and knees with the knee protectors adjustable to three different heights. An optional coccyx protector can be added. To ensure that the rider is highly visible at all times, reflective fabric has been incorporated on the front, back and on the sides of the pant legs. The versions for men and women differ not only in their design, but also in their cut. The Streetguard 3 suit is available in black in ladies’ sizes 6–16, 6L–14L, or 6P–14P and in men’s sizes 36–56, 40L–50L, or 40S–52S. For additional combination options, the jacket is also available in a black/gray/orange color combination in men’s sizes 36–50 and ladies’ sizes 6–16.