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Sunday, 22 November 2015

How to find the best motorcycle insurance deals and offers

Whether it's zipping through congested city centres, or blasting through twisty country roads, motorcycling is undoubtedly the most exciting and practical form of transport. So to give you more riding time and less admin time, we've spoken to the UK's leading motorcycle insurance provider Bennetts to give you the best offers and reasons to get covered with them.
Bennetts is the UK’s number one for bike insurance currently providing insurance cover for more than 200,000 bikers.  Rated No 1 by Bikers, key benefits of their service include: 
  • Voted No 1 for Customer Service*
  • 24 hour UK based specialist Claims Team
  • 90 days EU cover included as standard
  • 5 Star Product (as rated by Defaqto)
They're not like other brokers, comparison sites or insurance companies. Here's how they are different:
Cheaper bike insurance
They will search several top UK insurers to get you our best rate on your insurance cover. Why not get a quote and see what you could save?
Others recommend them
A survey of 500 bikers* showed that they are the most recommended bike insurance provider in the UK - they listen to what you've got to say!

You can talk to people
They have a UK-based call centre with real people you can talk to! They are even open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
They're good at claims
They have an excellent bike specialist claims team who can be contacted 24 a day, every day. They are here to help when you really need it the most.
Pay by monthly instalments
You don’t have to pay all your motorcycle or scooter insurance premium upfront. They can set you up monthly instalments for you, to make your life a little but easier (subject to status).

Theycan include European Union cover and riding other bikes (subject to conditions)
You can travel to any country within the European Union for up to 90 days in one single trip (as standard). Check with us to see if you meet the conditions to be covered to ride other motorbikes as part of your insurance policy.
3 Levels of RAC Breakdown cover
If you are stuck at the side of the road you need a fast and highly trained network like RAC. They now offer 3 levels of RAC Breakdown cover to ensure you get the cover you need a a price to suit your budget. So add RAC Breakdown cover to your policy for peace of mind.
And finally…
They offer a range of extra cover from Helmet and Leathers cover, to No Claims Discount Protection and Personal Accident cover. They can also arrange multi-bike policies, so you can put them all on one policy and save on your premium.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Car vs Motorcycle: a battle to save you money

With salaries frozen and energy prices spiralling out of control, we investigate how much money could be saved by switching from a Car to a Motorcycle.

Automobile versus motorcycle, it's the argument that has been raging on tarmac since the four and two-wheeled rivals first met in the 19th century. Be it performance, looks, practicality or economy the fiery altercation has taken many forms and featured in many places before now, but perhaps none have been quite so poignant as the topic we attempt to thrash out in this article.

Recent news that the UK's economy has grown for the third successive quarter is welcomed with open arms, but whilst we are undoubtedly on the road to recovery, with employment rates also improving, the truth is that many of us are still feeling the pinch of very hard times.

The recently announced price rises from the UK's 'big six' energy suppliers mean that households will face bills over 8% higher than last year. For the average household, this could mean annual bills hitting the £1,500 mark for the first time in history. This highly topical issue compelled us to take action, so we set off to see if consumers really could save money by changing from four-wheels to two.

The first problem we came across in our quest to save money and encourage motorcycling, was finding a starting point! A bit of research into running costs of cars and bikes seemed a logical place to begin, but what cars and what bikes? Should we target a particular user such as commuters? or perhaps first time bikers? Well to give this post the widest possible appeal we've hand picked a few different examples, all of which are based on 3-year ownership costs to build a balanced picture.

The following isn't meant as a definitive guide for how to save money and which bike you should choose to do so, nor is it reflective of all the different types of drivers and riders, it is merely a few examples and generalisations we've made to get some healthy debate going.

The Commuter
Suzuki's brand philosophy is to deliver value-packed products
To start with we picked a reliable and frugal commuter bike, something that will return good economy and won't leave you stranded at the roadside. The Suzuki Inazuma 250 does just that and if it doesn't put a grin on your face at the same time, then we're not quite sure what will!

Next up we needed to find an equivalent from the 4-wheel world, we're the first to admit that we're not car experts, which is why we decided to keep things simple and pick a vehicle from the same company. The Suzuki Alto is ingrained with same brand philosophy to deliver value-packed products, it sits at the no frills end of the firm's range and it's Japanese heritage ensures a reliable and efficient performance.

So, how do the Inazuma and the Alto stack up on paper:
The Inazuma will cost £748 less per year in running costs
The facts are undoubtedly in the bike's favour but some might argue that it comes at a compromise, and to a certain extent they'd have a point. With only 2 seats instead of 4 or 5 and no protection from the elements, it's not going to be practical to sell the family car and invest in a bike. That said, the bike could be a serious alternative to a second car, and with savings of around £750 per year (50% of the average households energy bills), it's worth some serious thought.

The Learner
Battle of the bargain second hand learner vehicles the CG125 and Fiesta
For this comparison we decided to use some real bargain second hand vehicles, for the bike we picked the original trusty learner bike, the Honda CG125. On the car front, perhaps an equally stereotypical learner-mobile or first car, the Ford Fiesta. Here's how they compared:
The CG125 would save you £1289 per year on running costs
So even though the buying costs are pretty similar, there is still a huge amount of cash to be saved in the annual running costs of the bike. We'll concede that you'll be hard pushed to get an adrenaline rush onboard a CG125, but the same can be said about driving the Fiesta.

If you're looking for a no-frills winter hack or summer commuter and you're not doing lots of motorway miles, then an economical 125cc commuter bike will bag you around £1300 in savings each year. What's more you can also ride a bike of this capacity without getting your full motorcycle license. Instead you can do a 1-day compulsory basic training (CBT) course for around £100 and get straight out on the road with L plates.

The Petrol Head
The BMWs deliver a pure, unadulterated riding or driving experience
The last car vs bike comparison we made has a slightly unexpected twist. You might think that an article written in an attempt to save money might only focus on the most frugal of machines, but we don't think that those looking for performance should be excluded.

Our last comparison is between the tarmac-melting BMW S1000RR superbike and the BMW 135i M Sport super-hot hatchback. Realistically there are much cheaper ways to buy big performance, but the BMWs, like the Suzukis we mentioned earlier, are ingrained with the same core values to deliver a pure, unadulterated riding/driving experience. So here's how they sit:
The S1000RR is a whopping £3142 cheaper to run annually
As you'd expect the super-car beating S1000RR simply outclasses the hatchback in all areas of performance and in the economy stakes it is leaps and bounds in front too. With the comparatively huge price tag of the car, you can also expect equally high depreciation. This has big implications when it comes  to the annual running costs, meaning you can have the awesome performance of the S1000RR and save over £3100 a year compared to the 135i M Sport!

So to conclude, the figures really do speak for themselves on the performance and economy front, with two wheels coming out on top. That said, modern cars have almost certainly closed the gap on their more economical two-wheeled equivalents and they are clear winners in the practicality stakes, with longer tank ranges, more torque, the ability to carry more passengers and keep them dry!

We've proved that there is certainly some money to be saved if your lifestyle will support a switch from four-wheels to two and even though we are somewhat biased, you'll also realise that nothing can beat the rush and the sense of freedom and independence you get from riding a motorcycle.

If you have any views or comments on this subject or if you've made the change from four-wheels to two-wheels we'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment below!

* Insurance quotes based on a 25yr old male with clean license, no accidents, 8yrs NCB.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Christmas present and gift ideas for bikers and motorcyclists

A great selection of xmas gift ideas for the biker in your life!

If you're stuck for xmas present ideas then look no further! We've put together a collection of some great items to give you a helping hand. There's an excellent range of biking gifts to suit that special someone, no matter what your budget, from tool kits and t-shirts to sat-navs. You won't go far wrong with a gift voucher too!

Heated motorcycle clothing & accessories

For all the hardcore all-weather bikers out there, now is the time to be checking out the latest heated clothing options to help keep you biking.

Sportsbikeshop have got an amazing range of heated grips covers every type of motorcycle, from every brand that's worth considering.

They've also recently added to their heated clothing collection to include vests, jackets, and heated gloves, to suit every rider, no matter what your budget. There really is no excuse to be using your car, even in the cold wintry days ahead!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

A cheap anti fog solution to prevent your motorcycle helmet visor from fogging or misting

The most annoying and potentially dangerous thing a motorcyclist an experience when riding in wintry conditions is their visor misting, steaming or fogging up. Even with a supposedly anti fog visor and helmet vents open this fogging can still happen, so how do you stop your motorcycle visor from fogging?

The easiest long term method is to get a PINLOCK ANTI FOG VISOR INSERT HERE

But if you're looking for a cheap and proven method developed through the long winters in Scandinavia, then watch the following video or read the quick steps below:

How to use washing up liquid to prevent anti visor fogging: 

Step 1: Remove your visor from your motorcycle helmet

Step 2: Thoroughly clean your visor in warm soapy water, inside and out, then wipe it dry with a lint-free cloth

Step 3: Add a tiny smidge of washing up liquid to a dry lint-free cloth and gently apply it evenly to the entire surface area on the inside of the visor

Step 4: After applying leave it for a couple of minutes then very lightly buff it with another clean dry cloth until no smear marks appear

Step 5: Refit the visor to your motorcycle helmet

And voila a cost-effective anti fog visor is ready to go. You can breathe heavily on the visor to test it's effectiveness, you might notice a temporary mark or pattern which will quickly disperse. It's best to use this system in conjunction with an anti fog mask if you have one, or if not just regulate your breathing sensibly. We've personally tested this method and it usually works for a good few days and then you can just quickly follow the above process again to give it a fresh coat.

Enjoy a fog free winter of motorcycling!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Alpinestars GP Plus Motorcycle Gloves Review

The Alpinestars GP Plus motorcycle gloves were born on the racetrack in the hands of some of the world’s best riders such as Nicky Hayden and Carlos Checa, as such they offer class leading protective properties and one of the best fitting designs in the market.

Motorcycle news: The Alpinestars GP Plus are good enough for Hayden and Checa
With a full grain leather construction, the Alpinestars GP Plus are pretty tough gloves and stand up well to abrasion. Once the leather bed’s in they provide a great fit for any shape of hand, which in turns provide good comfort, whether it’s a long ride or a quick blast.

On the protection front the Alpinestars GP Plus also feature ad injection molded PU knuckle guard which is designed to the brunt of any impact if the worst should happen. The same material is also utilized on the cuff to provide additional strengthening to the wrist area. For additional peace of mind the interior lining is also constructed using high-strength Kevlar material, even right down to the stitching.

To show the kind of thought and attention to detail that went into the design and production for the Alpinestars GP Plus gloves, the fingers feature a unique pre-curved design, to ensure a more natural fit right from the word go. The GP Plus gloves also showcase Alpinestars’ patented third and fourth finger bridge which is put in place to reduce the likelihood of broken fingers in the event of a spill.

There is no doubt that the Alpinestars GP Plus are a premium quality product, what you may be surprised by the extremely competitive price they can be purchased for. So whether you are a track day nut or a sports bike road rider, with the wide range of sizes and colour options available, these gloves should definitely make it onto your shortlist.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

New range of outdoor motorcycle covers from R&G

Bike protection firm R&G announce new features and two additional fitments for their popular Outdoor Cover including new Cruiser and Scooter covers and updated Adventure and Superbike variants.

Motorcycle news: R&G launch new adventure outdoor motorcycle cover
Great news for riders who have to park their bikes outside all year as the award-winning R&G outdoor motorcycle cover is now available for Scooter/Urban and Cruiser machines while the existing Superbike and Adventure variants have been enhanced with no increased cost.

Despite the previous Outdoor Cover receiving top marks in an independent test for its waterproofing, ease of use, low weight, heat resistance and boasting other extra features; R&G is not a company to rest on its laurels. The improved cover from the world leader in motorcycle damage protection products builds on the success of its predecessor by adding more features, such as enlarged venting, a PVC numberplate window and - depending on the model of cover chosen - a foldaway pouch to expand for top cases or rear seat posts/sissy bars.

Motorcycle news: The new R&G urban outdoor motorcycle cover for scooters
Although R&G recommends a machine is allowed to cool down before fitting the cover due to the massive build-up of heat in catalytic converters, the Outdoor Covers are sufficiently durable to deal with regular bike heat and the addition of increased ventilation helps to drastically reduce condensation – essential in extreme conditions to avoid problems such as frozen ignition barrels.

The addition of a PVC rear window allows for the bike to be easily identified in places like busy bike bays where there can be rows of other bikes also shielded from the elements with a cover. For those not keen to show off their licence plate, an internal flap can be used to cover this window.

The Cruiser and Scooter variants of these rugged bike blankets come with the addition of foldaway pouches, allowing the covers to be easily expanded when used on bikes fitted with a grab rail or with a top box in position.

These four fabric shields boast a durable, waterproof outer layer and flaps at the front and rear wheel positions to run a security lock through without affecting the area of cover. Helping to secure the product in place are adjustable belly straps and a specific elastic hem that doesn’t cling and contract around the bike when removing the cover.

The new covers are priced between £39.99-£59.99, check out for your local dealer

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2014 MotoGP Entry List - including 5 Brits!

To help combat those January blues and look ahead to the warmth of the motorcycle racing season, we've picked apart the rider entry list for the 2014 MotoGP championship. The names alone reveal the high caliber of racing we can expect to witness, and best of all there are an amazing 5 Brits on the grid!

2014 MotoGP entry list confirmed - it look's set to be a great season!
Here's the full list of entries so far:

Factory spec machines

93 marc márquez - spain - repsol Honda team - Honda * - Won last year's Championship in his rookie season, will be looking to retain the title.

26 dani pedrosa - spain - repsol Honda team - Honda * - Still waiting for his first MotoGP championship, will 2014 be Dani's year?

99 jorge lorenzo - spain - Yamaha factory racing - Yamaha * - Desperately close runner up last season, Lorenzo has got to be the most determined guy on the grid!

46 valentino rossi - italy - Yamaha factory racing - Yamaha * - The veteran, can Vale prove he's still got what it takes and claim his 10th World Title?

4 andrea dovizioso - italy - Ducati team - Ducati * - Plagued with bad lack last season, will the addition of his Tech 3 team mate Cal spur him on?

35 cal crutchlow – great britain - Ducati team - Ducati * - After heavy criticism for taking the Ducati ride, can Crutchlow silence all the negative press?

44 pol espargaro - spain - monster Yamaha tech 3 - Yamaha * - Joins his brother in MotoGP and joining the well-regarded Tech 3 team will undoubtedly see Pol challenging near the front.

38 bradley smith – great britain - monster Yamaha tech 3 - Yamaha * - With his rookie season dispatched, Bradley will be looking to prove himself this year.

6 stefan bradl - germany - lcr Honda motogp - Honda * - A consistently strong finisher, but can he get some wins under his belt in 2014?

19 álvaro bautista – spain - go&fun Honda gresini - Honda * - Another solid season for Bautista in 2013 but can he step up and pose a serious threat for the title?

29 andrea iannone - italy - pramac racing - Ducati * - A factory spec bike shows faith in Iannone, can he repeat some of his 250cc glory days?

Privateer spec machines

5 colin edwards - usa - ngm mobile forward racing - ftr Yamaha - another veteran, can Colin break into the top 10 and kick if with the factory boys?    

41 aleix espargaro - spain - ngm mobile forward racing – ftr Yamaha - top-placing CRT rider in 2013, will the experience of team mate Edwards push him forward?

8 héctor barberá - spain - avintia blusens - ftr  - Barbera shows huge potential but can he turn it into results this season?

63 mike di meglio – france - avintia blusens - ftr - Di Meglio has also show heaps of promise, we can't wait to see him tearing it up in MotoGP.   

9 danilo petrucci - italy - iodaracing project – art - More young blood into the championship, can he match Marquez's rookie season?

12 leon camier – great britain – iodaracing project - art - a top-class Superbike rider looking to make it in the Grand Prix circuit, we'll be cheering him on!  
17 karel abraham – czech republic - cardion ab motoracing - Honda - Abraham shows promise and brings some serious funding, but can he secure some top 10 finishes in 2014?   
45 scott redding – great britain - go&fun Honda gresini - Honda - We've been waiting to cheer Scott on in MotoGP for quite some time now, this will undoubtedly be one to watch.

68 yonny hernandez - colombia - pramac racing - Ducati - Hernandez has got some skill but will need to deliver some results to maintain his ride going forward.
69 nicky hayden - usa - power electronics aspar - Honda - Finally off the Ducati and back to the good old Honda, we can't wait to see the former world champ fighting in 2013.   

7 hiroshi aoyama - japan - power electronics aspar - Honda - despite his solid history, Aoyama is yet to really impress in MotoGP.    
70 michael laverty – great britain - paul bird motorsport - pbm - The follow up to a season plagued with bad luck, let's hope Michael can deliver what we know he's capable of in 2014.       
23 broc parkes – australia – paul bird motorsport - pbm - another well respected superbike rider back from injury and looking to make in in the big league.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Oxford products to distribute Oakley sunglasses

Oakley are world-renowned for their advanced eyewear, that not only looks great but also has excellent technical properties to protect your eyes. These fashionable accessories are worn by top bike racers such as MotoGP world champ Marc Marquez.

Motorcycle News: The MotoGP collection from Oakley will be available in the UK
Oxford products, the UK motorcycle clothing and accessory manufacturer and distributor, has just taken on a distributorship for the popular range of sunglasses in an attempt to increase sales in the UK motorcycle market. A range of carefully selected models, such as the MotoGP and Rossi ranges, will be promoted by the firm through selected retailers and events, including this weekends Motorcycle Trade Expo at the Birmingham NEC.

Motorcycle News: ThisVR46 design from 'The Doctor' will also be available
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Thursday, 16 January 2014

New 2014 HJC motorcycle helmets at Motorcycle Trade Expo

Oxford Products have just announced that they will be launching the new and improved 2014 range of HJC motorcycle helmets at the 2014 Motorcycle Trade Expo taking place at the Birmingham NEC this weekend.
Motorcycle News: The new Lorezno replica helmet is due to be unveiled this weekend.
New models to be showcased include the RPHA10+ Carbon model currently worn by 2013 MotoGP runner-up and former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, luckily for HJC the design of this stunning lid is much catchier than the name. Expect this awesome bit of kit to have an RRP around the £400 mark.

Also 3 different models of the RPHAST helmet will be exhibited including the Rugal, Knuckle and Murano! These super-light composite lids have a great choice of colours and styles and are expected to be very competitively priced at around £200 RRP.

Finally, for those looking for a flip front helmet, the new RPHAMAX model will also be launched at the event. This model features new vents and wind seals and a bluetooth system will be introduced shortly after the launch. This model should be priced in the £150-£200 bracket.