£550 £435 BMW’S clas­sic ad­ven­ture suit is up­dated with a new, more com­fort­able ma­te­rial

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The Ral­lye has been around in var­i­ous guises since the year 2000. When Ewan Mcgre­gor and Charley Boor­man filmed Long Way Round in 2004, they did so wear­ing Ral­lye 2 suits. The lat­est ver­sion keeps most of the proven de­sign’s ex­ist­ing, well-de­vel­oped fea­tures, but is now con­structed from a new ma­te­rial called Protech­wool. Where the out­go­ing Ral­lye 3 was made en­tirely from Cor­dura, a purely syn­thetic fab­ric, the new ma­te­rial in­cor­po­rates 13% wool. BMW claim the use of nat­u­ral fi­bres im­proves breatha­bil­ity, makes it more com­fort­able, and helps it dry faster.

Both jacket and trousers use a zip-out wind­proof and wa­ter­proof lin­ing, called BMW Cli­mate Mem­brane. Some ar­eas of the lin­ing, in­clud­ing the neck, shoul­ders, knees and seat, fea­ture fleece to keep the rider warm, but there is no ded­i­cated ther­mal lin­ing. As a re­sult, this is in­tended for on- and off-road ad­ven­ture rid­ing in rea­son­ably pleas­ant cli­mates, rather than win­ter com­mut­ing.

The suit comes with shoul­der, el­bow, knee and hip armour, as well as a back pro­tec­tor. In blue/grey there are 17 jacket and 21 trouser sizes, but in black/red there’s a re­duced range. At £985, it’s £15 cheaper than be­fore.

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