With its 30,000 square meters of expos and over 1,500 companies displaying products, the International Motorcycle Show in Milan is undoubtedly the biggest motocross exposition in the world. I visited this immense show and tried to capture the most interesting aspects of it all. Check out some of the first photos and info on new bikes and gear about to hit the 2006 moto-market. GearMany clothing companies introduced whole new sections in their catalogs just for women, detailed with elegant, colorful but yet wild patterns.Alpinestars, "always on the fore" for new ideas and technology, has launched an all-new line of women's gear featuring pants, boots and chest protectors specifically designed to fulfill the needs of female riders.Airoh (ISDE, World Enduro, Last Man Standing and Endurocross Champion David Knight's helmet of choice) used softer nuances for its helmet to appeal to new customers, while maitaining more aggressive colors for the male market.Thanks to his nine Motocross World Championship titles Stefen Everts is one of the most recognizable European riders, so brands like Acerbis wear and Lazer helmet showcased what the great Belgian will be wearing while competingin '06.Acerbis also unveiled their new 2006 line, starting from the helmet to the new chest protector, pants, jersey, gloves and boots.
The NOX helmet is actually very interesting: support applied to the helmet better aerates the cap and has an aggressive and appealing line.For Ricky Only: We've come to recognize the Berik boots Ricky Carmichael wears. The two latest models—the stars and stripes worn by Carmichael at the MXdN in France and the gold/black one—are for Ricky only. We mortals will be able to buy the white, blue, red, black, black/crome model.The new Oxtar boot—the TCX—is made up from three components which prevent the abnormal torsion of the foot, thus providing the whole ankle area with superior protection. The new the inner bootie also has silicone inlays. The clasping levers are aluminum instead of plastic for more durability.Sinisalo is an old European brand: remarkable jersey and pants; outstanding helmet.New 2006 Bikes****TM 450F