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BMW Motorrad’s Enduro helmet has been superseded by the all-new GS helmet, said to be lighter, stronger and more comfortable, and offering riders the perfect adventure-ready helmet for on- and off-road riding.

The GS helmet has just been worn by BMW Off-Road Skills Chief Instructor Simon Pavey and his son Llewellyn during the 2015 Dakar race.

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2015 BMW GS helmet highlights

• Versatile on and off-road adventure helmet
• Light weight construction keeps weight at approx. 1,450g
• Shell is 100% carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic
• Visor can be replaced with GS goggles
• Removable peak and chin flap for extra air-flow
• Compatible with BMW Motorrad Communication System & Neck Brace
• Available in plain colours and dynamic designs
• Sizes 52/53 to 62/63
• Costs from £400 to £450.

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Simon Pavey, Dakar racer and BMW Off Road Skills Chief Instructor, said: “Both my son Llewellyn and I wore the new GS helmet for this year’s Dakar. It was a bit of a gamble trying an untested product, but comfort and fit was really good for both of us. The liner and padding material is quite different to other off road helmets but it really works. Ventilation throughout the helmet and breathability around the mouth piece are really good, while the vent closures are both aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. We had temperatures ranging rapidly from as low as -9 to over 50 degrees Celsius, truly demanding for any helmets, and they managed admirably.

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“All the GS helmet features are nicely thought out. The chinbar vent clip, the chin piece and the visor are all strong, easy to operate and well situated. The visor mechanism works really well, has good peak clearance when open and closes easily and positively. Much improved. The peak itself is great even at high speed, and didn’t cause any head wobbles even at 165kph flat out on the dirt.

“Overall we were really impressed and I am looking forward to spending as many hours as possible with one on my head this year, both racing and adventure riding at the BMW Off Road Skills school. I’ve truly never had a helmet that worked for both.”

The GS helmet shell is constructed from of 100% carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for excellent impact absorption while keeping weight down to approximately 1,450g. The shock-absorbing inner shell comprises of five sections of varying density for optimal safety. The characteristic BMW integrated neck bands complete the safety concept, keeping the helmet firmly in place and optimally positioned on the head if the worst should come to the worst – a feature offered by very few helmets anywhere in the world.

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The GS helmet is equipped as standard with 3D-curved double-glazed anti-fogging inner visor. The outer visor has a scratch-proof coating on both sides. The visor can be easily removed and replaced without the need for tools.

Alternatively, riders can remove the visor and opt for the matching goggles for the ultimate in off-road usability.

For maximum air flow when riding off-road, the chin-vent flap is removable. The integrated screen then provides protection against foreign objects and acts as a dust filter. The aerodynamically optimised, wind tunnel-honed peak is removable, too, while the head and chin pads are removable and washable.

The helmet is compatible with the BMW Motorrad Communication System to connect with phones, music players and sat-nav systems, and as a further safety feature is combinable with the BMW Motorrad Neck Brace System.

The GS helmet is available in the colours Light White and Black Matt, and in Xplore, Comp and One World patterns. The GS helmet is available in sizes 52/53 to 62/63 and can be ordered via BMW Motorrad Retailers. It will be available in late February 2015.

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Tony Carter

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