The C.A.R.E. Concept.
Riding pleasure starts long before you get onto your motorcycle. Because when you know your safety is taken care of, you’re free to enjoy the buzz of anticipation whenever you suit up for the next journey. That’s why BMW Motorrad created the C.A.R.E. stamp of approval. C.A.R.E. stands for Concept of Advanced Rider Equipment, and represents the unwavering commitment to safety, innovation, comfort and quality that goes into designing every item of BMW Motorrad rider equipment.
Each product is years in the making. Whether we’re talking about the hard-wearing new materials developed by a dedicated R&D team, the sophisticated design elements that increase both protection and comfort, or the testing methods devised and employed in-house, the highest standards are applied from start to finish. This relentless pursuit of perfection allows BMW Motorrad to ensure that its products meet standards far more stringent than CE and EU norms. Only then will they receive the C.A.R.E stamp of approval. We want you to enjoy riding your motorcycle – and that doesn’t just mean meeting standards. It means surpassing them, in everything we do.
Safety is the number one priority when out on the road. And this doesn’t just apply to the bike itself – it means having the right protective clothing, too. When riders take to the tarmac, they’re completely exposed, and there’s a lot going on around them. They need to be prepared for anything that comes their way. That’s why safety is one of four C.A.R.E. criteria, and central to the development of our rider equipment. Every last detail is subject to intense scrutiny to ensure comprehensive protection.
We take great care in ensuring that our products are compatible with one another. Whether you go for a BMW Motorrad jacket and pants, or combine several other products, each item must function as part of a single protective unit that leaves no part of the body vulnerable.
On all of our pants, jackets and suits, those areas most at risk in the event of an accident are reinforced, double stitched and fitted with state-of-the-art CE protectors. This ensures the garments can withstand all the usual stresses and strains of day-to-day riding, and even the hardest impacts on asphalt and gravel, without sacrificing freedom of movement.
The materials and treatments, the manufacturing techniques, and every test at every stage all reflect the pursuit of one goal: to provide riders with the highest level of active and passive safety and the most enjoyable ride possible. After all, at BMW Motorrad, safety is about providing total peace of mind.
Innovation has been at the heart of BMW Motorrad since it was established in 1923. We’ve also led the way in the development of rider equipment since the mid-seventies. We’ve invested years of research, development and testing to create solutions that meet a wide-ranging set of requirements for motorcycling clothing – with the aim of making the best even better.
Our groundbreaking BMW climate membrane technologies are prime examples of this: c_changeTM breathes in summer to keep riders cool, while locking in warmth on colder days, while the BMW climate membrane also offers a waterproof rating of 10,000 mm. Combining unprecedented damping properties with maximum comfort, our NP and NP2 protectors are great examples of why BMW Motorrad rider equipment is at the forefront of innovation.
C.A.R.E. is more than a seal of approval – it’s a promise to our customers that we’re constantly breaking new ground to deliver safer, higher-quality and more comfortable products.
Just like safety, comfort is a crucial factor in the development of rider equipment. Ultimately, it’s about providing maximum passive protection while ensuring riders are not distracted by any of the garments they are wearing.
Whatever the weather conditions, and however hot or cold it may be, anything less than total comfort might diminish their ability to react. That’s why BMW Motorrad clothing includes the latest ventilation and membrane technologies.
Not only do our products look and feel great, they’re also supremely functional. We strive to set new standards in everything we do. Whether it’s the collar, the sleeves or the cuffs – we’re meticulous about every part of every garment, no matter how big or small.
At BMW Motorrad, we know that raising the bar means going to great lengths. That’s why we put our products through mile after mile of testing to identify and eliminate any potential weaknesses. Every item in the BMW Motorrad rider equipment range is designed and built to endure the countless miles riders cover.
There are no legal requirements for quality and durability, so we decided to create our own standard with its own set of criteria. And this is something we’re taking very seriously. In our dedicated laboratory, every item of BMW Motorrad rider equipment is tested down to the last detail to ensure incomparable quality – and this includes the development processes and the materials used to make them.
We shake, scrape and smash practically everything within our reach in our test facilities. As a result, you’re unlikely to find the same level of quality anywhere else.
How They Measure Up
|Impact absorption||There is no legal requirement for specially fitted right and left-side protectors||BMW Motorrad offers right and left-side protectors that can be adapted to the rider’s specific shape. They offer excellent impact absorption performance and have won countless consumer awards.|
|Tear resistance||Materials must offer a minimum resistance of 100 N/cm2. (DIN EN ISO 13937-2:2000; tear resistance*)||We aim to use materials that can resist a force of 1000 N/cm2.|
|Impact/abrasion resistance||In standard industry testing, materials are exposed solely to an abrasive belt running at approx. 18 mph. (DIN EN ISO 13595-2:2002; impact abrasion resistance*)||The BMW testing institute simulates the impact, fall and slide of a 165-lb rider on motorway tarmac, at speeds of up to 75 mph.|
|Water resistance||According to DIN standards, fabric with a water head of 1,300 mm is considered waterproof. (DIN EN 20811:1992; water resistance*)||The BMW climate membrane offers a 10,000-mm head of water, while also being incredibly breathable.|
|Practicality||Legal requirements do not call for motorcycle clothing to betested in use at all.||BMW Motorrad test riders assess the practicality of every item we produce over numerous rides (including endurance testing) in a range of weather conditions.|
|Fit and ergonomics||In general, only standardized sizes are available. (DIN EN ISO 340*)||The sizes we offer are based entirely on the dimensions measured and supplied to us by our customers.|
|Height-adjustable protectors||There is no legislation that requires knee protectors to be height-adjustable.||Our protectors are height-adjustable as standard, ensuring the perfect fit for each rider.|
|Resistance to fading||No industry standard||Garment samples are spread out under xenon light to test their resistance to fading.(Taken from DIN EN ISO 105-B02:2002; resistance to fading*)|
|Rub fastness||No industry standard||Each material is placed alongside a wet or dry testing fabric, and the two are rubbed together. The material’s rub fastness is assessed based on the coloring of the test fabric. (Taken from DIN EN ISO 105-X12:2002; rub fastness*)|
|Color fastness to perspiration||No industry standard||Textiles are placed alongside a testing fabric soaked in sweat, and the two are rubbed together.(Taken from DIN EN ISO 105-E04:2013; fastness to perspiration*)|
|Oil repellency||No industry standard||Materials are tested for their resistance to oil in the same way as the color fastness analysis.(Taken from DIN EN ISO 105-X12:2002; rub fastness*)|
|Fastener abrasion resistance||No industry standard||Textiles are subjected to the Martindale abrasion test, at a force of 9 kPa over 4000 cycles, to assess their resistance to wearing. (VDA 230-210:2008, taken from DIN EN 530:2013; fastener abrasion resistance*)|
|Washing fastness||No industry standard||Textiles are sewn into a piece of test fabric, then placed in a beaker full of detergent solution and agitated. The test fabric is then dried, and the coloring assessed. (Taken from DIN EN ISO 105-C06:2010; textile washing fastness*)|