Future Gear: Glimpsing Into the Crystal Ball

Vemar Jiano EVO TC
The popular Vemar Jiano modular helmet is about to get a lot better. The new Evo TC version has been totally redesigned and is slated to arrive stateside later this spring. It will feature a lightweight, tri-composite carbon/Kevlar/fiberglass shell that is expected to lighten the lid by about 5 ounces. Everything on the helmet has been updated or upgraded in an effort to make the Evo TC the best all-around street helmet on the market. It will come in gloss white, silver or black with standard models expected to retail for around $450. A Bluetooth-equipped model will also be offered for about $650. www.motonation.com

HK1 Wonder Wrench
The hydraulically actuated HK1 wrench from Aerostich replaces 23 wrench sizes with one compact, lightweight, awesomely futuristic tool. Each end of the wrench features a hexagonal head with an adjustable piston slider to provide a firm grasp on any bolt. The HK's hydraulic slider is faster and easier to adjust than the classic adjustable wrench, plus it provides a better grasp on the bolt head. Cold-forged steel construction and nickel plating combined with superior versatility will make this an instant favorite.

Eject Helmet Removal System
Removing a helmet from an injured rider's head is a delicate task. The Eject helmet removal system from Shock Doctor is a small, inflatable bladder that can be used by EMTs to make the job both safer and easier. The matchbook-size unit is installed in the helmet before use and can be inflated using a bulb pump (as used for checking blood pressure) to gently lift the helmet off the rider's head without putting pressure or traction on the neck or spine. The $59.99 Eject system fits under the comfort liner of any helmet without altering fit or feel.

D-Air City Airbag
Dainese's revolutionary D-Air Race airbag-equipped suits have been proven by professionals on the track, and now the technology is making its way to the street. The Italian company is in final development of an automatic airbag system a decade in the making. Dubbed D-Air City, the system will offer unparalleled impact protection for the neck, spine, chest and abdomen. The airbag arrangement pictured here will be incorporated in a variety of textile and leather jackets, and is expected to add several hundred dollars to the garments' price.

Bazzaz Z-Fi TC
Traction control and other electronic intervention systems are undeniably the way of the future. Just take a look at the latest crop of bikes at your local dealership. For those riders who want the future now, there's the Z-Fi TC module from Bazzaz Performance. This electronic wonder combines programmable fuel control, a quick-shifter function and adjustable traction control in one compact unit. The $1000 Z-Fi TC offers up traction-control technology derived from and used in the highest levels of professional roadracing without requiring additional sensors to be installed on the bike.

RS Taichi Electro-Luminescent Jacket
The Intention EL mesh jacket from RS Taichi takes an active, Tron-like approach to nighttime conspicuity. Pulling juice from a pair of AA batteries stashed in the inner breast pocket, two paper-thin strips of electro-luminescent material sewn into the jacket's back glow green at night to help you stand out in a sea of red brake lights. The EL panels can be set to flash or remain solid, offering either 7 or 12 hours of illumination. The Intention will retail for $209.95 and comes with CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders.

SIDI Cobra Rain Boot
The future of footwear is looking bright thanks to Sidi's recent trend toward more moderately priced boots. The Cobra rain boot is the latest in a string of attractive, high-quality, full-featured kicks that ring in at under $300. The Cobra features a leather chassis, comprehensive impact protection, replaceable toe sliders and a 100 percent waterproof membrane, all for just $275. Standard and vented versions will also be available for $250. Expect to see the Cobras on dealers' shelves by the end of October.

DEL Resario Helmet
Del Resario Helmets' revolutionary approach does away with the Styrofoam impact-absorbing liner that has been a mainstay of helmet design for 50 years. In its place, the New York-based company uses its patent-pending "Altosframe," a framework of laminated foams and arched suspension supports that are attenuated to different energy ranges to effectively protect against both hard and soft impacts-something today's helmets struggle to do. The helmet will also incorporate silicone gel to help damp impact vibrations that have thus far been overlooked as a cause of brain injury. The helmet's unique shape is intended to offer better balance and wind protection, and the carbon-composite shell will feature simple graphics that will extend to cover the face shield. The helmets will be made entirely in the United States with an expected price of $1000-$1200 when they go on sale at the end of 2011.

Aerostich Cranial Memory Implant
Finally, a safe, programmable memory prosthetic that lets you remember everything about motorcycles! Available downloads include obscure race stats, old-bike trivia, modern-bike specs and street/track tire pressures for every tire produced since 1993. Dominate all roadside discussions and forum conversations while never forgetting where you put your keys! Double-density mnemonic lockers instantly tag and archive all motorcycle-related information using keywords culled from racing commentary, magazine articles and forum posts. The $3000 price does not include installation; please see your local healthcare provider for surgical rates. Not recommended for riders under 18 or over 75.

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