MV Agusta has launched a special branded rider’s face mask that seems to cash in on the COVID pandemic panic.
It’s called the “MV COVID mask” and features the hashtag #staysafe on the front, yet they also advise it is not a surgical mask nor a medical device.
Many riders wear masks to keep their face warm and to filter air pollution.
MV say their washable “MV COVID mask” features a titanium nasal septum adjustment plate to “guarantee the (mask) from both breakage and oxidation by coming into contact with chemical agents and water”. We’re not sure what that means, but it does suggest it filters germs.
MV COVID mask
This €45 (about $A75) MV Agusta mask is made in Italy from neoprene which is used in diving wetsuits.
We have also seen the material used in other rider face masks and neck warmers as it protects against the cold and is strong enough to protect you from bugs and road detritus.
But there is no guarantee this will protect you from coronavirus nor stop the spread to others if you are infected.
The MV logo is made from Italian calfskin and is sewn by hand.
The MV COVID mask is equipped with a water-repellent and cleansed TNT filter and N02 valves that can be dismantled to be washed and disinfected.
The mask is sewn with a 5-needle machine specially calibrated only and exclusively for this process.
This comes as doctors have issued a warning to riders about wearing surgical masks under full-face helmets.
They say proper surgical masks use a material to filter out particles before they enter the lungs and could provide too little oxygen and potentially causing the rider to faint.
The warning says riding can cause adrenalin to pump around the body, raising the heart rate and need for oxygen.
The Italian company’s also just released their free MV Ride app for iPhone only.
It allows the rider to access saved maps and routes via the TFT dash and share with other MV riders.
To start, it is only available on models with the new 5.5-inch TFT screen: Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, a Brutale 1000 RR, a Superveloce 800 Serie Oro, or a Superveloce 800.