Adventure motorcycling photojournalist and product pioneer Helge Pederson has joined KLIM Technical Riding Gear as a member of its product development team.
Pederson will work with KLIM’s product research and development team and manager Paul Webber to perfect the company’s technical riding gear. Immediately upon his hire, he is taking a 53-day tour through Asia and the Middle East’s ancient Silk Road Trade routes on a 2009 BMW R1200GSA to test KLIM’s gear to be sold in dealerships in 2011 and in the future. The 8,000-mile ride will take Pederson through Turkey, Georgia, along the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China.
“KLIM is very happy to have partnered with Helge for the future,” Webber said in a press release. “His adventure riding legacy speaks for itself, and we will take full advantage of his deep experience on the bike in the toughest elements in the world to perfect future KLIM products. We hope to learn the things that can’t be detected in the lab or on a short trip. People expect the best when they buy KLIM, and our goal is to exceed their expectations. Our first sample would satisfy 80 percent of the market in terms of quality and fit, but with Helge’s input, we can have synergy prior to the first sample and test concepts that could potentially change the sport.”