We extended our trip to Europe for the Motocross of Nations by a week and made the trip from Latvia to Cologne, Germany, for Intermot 2014. One of the largest motorcycle trade shows in the world, it serves as a showcase for the latest products and bikes by the industry in a market that is obsessed with two wheels. While there, we spotted the all-new Kawasaki H2 competition-only road racing machine, the KTM Freeride range, and a full line of electric bicycles and scooters. As interesting as these were, motocross was the sole reason we made the trip and we were able to chat with employees from 6D Helmets, Cycra, EVS Sports, Leatt-Brace, Bell Helmets, Supersprox, Talon, and more. Over the next few days, you’ll see our video segments with each and learn more about their product lines for 2015.
INTERMOT 2014 | Bell Helmets
The German trade show served as the official launch of the latest technology by Bell Helmets, dubbed “Flex.” Multiple layers of foam in different densities are inside the carbon fiber shell is the brand’s answer to the calls for improved safety measures, and the design allows for rotational movement in case of a crash. Rob Salcedo gave us a rundown of the lid, which will hit shelves early in 2015, along with the latest updates to the Moto 9 lineup and the all-new MX9.
INTERMOT 2014 | Leatt
Leatt’s catalog has grown tremendously since starting in 2006, and the company’s latest line of products will include their most innovative since the original brace. Headlining the release is an all-new helmet, the Six-Five V01, that is incredibly small and lightweight. At first glance, the helmet seems too small to work in our fast paced sport, but the dense foam and “turbines” beneath the shell are what is truly important. The turbines are made of Armourgel, a rubber compound crafted in Great Britain, and the material is carried over into their new line of gloves. Lenny Karsmakers, a member of protective brand’s European branch, described the safety aspects of the products and told us to expect an early 2015 release for both.