Great Start To The New Motorcycle Test

April 30, 2009

Motorcycle L-Plate The new ‘Super Test Centre’ at Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has come under fire this morning after the first candidate crashed his bike and broke his arm!

The DSA’s new centre opened for motorcycle tests on Monday for the new part one of the motorcycle test which must be taken off road due to that fact that some of the manoeuvres have to be done at 31mph.

Concerns are being voiced up and down the country by riding instructors after finding out that the test moves HAVE to be carried out at the same speed and over the same distances, whether it’s a nice sunny day or chucking it down with rain!  Instructors have been told that the surface is fitted with a super sticky compound which makes it safe in all weathers.

John Atkin, spokesman for the DSA, has said of the test centres:

“The areas used for the motorcycle manoeuvres have been tested thoroughly in both wet and dry conditions and provide a safe environment for the candidate. Tests have continued successfully at Rotherham since this happened.

I personally would like to know who is actually testing these centres.  Is it experienced riders who may very well be able to cope with doing these kinds of exercises, or is it novice riders who have recently learned to ride a bike? It would be interesting to find out.

The instructor who trained the man who was injured said the following

“Adam did his swerve manoeuvres and put his brakes on so he could stop in the required distance.
“But the back end of the bike swerved round and threw him off, leaving him with a very nasty break to his arm which needs surgery.
“All the instructors around here agree this is a joke. It’s common sense that you wouldn’t ride the same in the wet. They’ve just thrown common sense out of the window.

On the same day at the same centre, another young man fell from his bike, and was uninjured, and a girl failed the test, in the pouring rain, for being 1kph too slow.

I don’t know about the rest of you,  but if it’s raining I slow down on my bike and yet the DSA is expecting new riders to carry out manoeuvres at the same speed as you would in the dry!  It just doesn’t seem right.  Plus, if you think about this, new riders will be suffering from ‘test nerves’, I know I was when I took my test and this may well be a contributing factor.

I really feel for anyone looking at taking their test now, it can be done but it not an experience I would want to go through.  I’m just glad I passed my test before this was bought into effect!

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April 10, 2009


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I thought I would have a wander through Cycle Gears website today and see what sort of offers they have on at the moment.. I found quite a few 🙂

See all the motorcycle items on sale at www.cyclegear.com - up to 75% off!

So thought I would post a selection for you to peruse! Please take a look at their website as this is only a tiny selection of the deals on offer 🙂

It might be an idea for those who are not aware of the SHARP Helmet Safety Rating Scheme to read the post about it, so you know what I am referring to when looking at the helmets on offer.

As always, just click on the images to be taken to Cycle Gears website 🙂

Jackets & Suits

First here is the Frank Thomas XTi One Piece suit  🙂

frank-thomas-xti-one-piece-suit

This item is part of a package deal!
Buy the Frank Thomas XTi Leather One-Piece Motorcycle Suit with the XTi Leather Motorcycle Gloves and the Frank Thomas SP Sport Tech Boots – all for $599.99.

Available in Black/Black, Red/Black, Blue/Black, Green/Black and White/Black.
All Frank Thomas leather suits, jackets, and pants are meticulously designed and crafted using high-quality, full-leather construction. They strive to provide you with safe, practical, and stylish motorcycle gear.

The XTI race suit boasts improved armor, upgraded detailing, and a fresh look.

Features and Benefits

  • Premium-quality, 1.2-1.4mm full-grain matte leather
  • Flexible stretch panels for a precurved race fit
  • 100% antibacterial mesh lining
  • Multiple-stitching throughout with triple- and quad-stitching on all major seams for maximum tear and abrasion resistance
  • Thermo-set carbon-leather and titanium shoulder pieces
  • Perforated-leather panels for optimum rider comfort
  • CE-approved, form-fitting Arma-Flex armor at shoulders, elbows, and knees
  • Hip pockets for optional armor (sold separately)
  • Accommodates additional back protection (sold separately)
  • Woven carbon-composite materials
  • Aerodynamic race hump with airflow channels
  • Stylish, replaceable knee sliders
  • Heavy-duty, genuine YKK zippers

Next is the Alpinestars Rhoma Drystar Textile Jacket 🙂

This is currently on offer at $119.99

Distinct, stylish and packed with safety features, Alpinestars’ Rhoma Drystar offers high quality protection with simple yet distinctive style, making it the comfortable and smart choice for all occasions.

alpinestars-rhoma-drystar-jacketAvailable in Black/Black, Black/Blue and Black Red

Features and Benefits

  • Water-resistant 600-denier fabric.
  • CE certified protectors on elbows and shoulders.
  • 100% waterproof and breathable.
  • Drystar membrane.
  • Zip operated ventilation.
  • Removable thermal liner.
  • 3D embroidered logos.
  • Waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather

Helmets

First up the KBC VR-2R Reaper full face helmet – On offer at just $99.99

This has a UK SHARP safety rating of 2*

kbc-vr2-reaper-helmet

With a high-performance design ready for street and track alike, the flagship KBC VR-2R is a true racer’s helmet.

Engineered for aerodynamic airflow and stability at high speeds, the KBC VR-2R platform features reduced shell dimensions and overall size. The eye aperture, strap positions, and shell ergonomics have been fine tuned to increase peripheral vision, improve head maneuverability, reduce neck strain, and dampen wind noise.

Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight, sturdy TriComp shell is constructed with advanced Vacuum Lamination System
  • Dual-Intake Ventilation System (DIVS) provides efficient airflow draw, circulation, venting, and control for ultimate comfort
  • Tool-free, anti-fog Quick-Release Visor Plus (QRV+) is optically correct and scratch-resistant
  • Faceshield seals securely when closed to the helmets RIB system
  • Removable, washable Ultralux liner in genuine Savoire Suede with customizable padding system
  • Secure retention system with double D-ring chinstrap
  • Certifications: DOT; Snell

Unless otherwise noted, helmet comes standard with clear faceshield.

Next up is the the Arashi Turbo on offer at $49.99.

Now I know that some people look down on cheaper helmets like these, as they feel that there is no way they are going to be as good as something which costs $500.  But here in the UK we have the Sharp Helmet Safety Rating scheme which puts helmets through a series of tests and rates them according to their performance.  These tests rate how well the helmets perform over and above the minimum safety levels and these scored 3* out of a possible 5*, which for a cheaper helmet really isn’t bad at all, especially when you consider that a lot of the more expensive helmets are not scoring as high.

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Arashi combines superb design, outstanding features, and world-class quality in each and every helmet. Engineered and crafted to provide all-day comfort and protection.

Features and Benefits

  • High-Impact Polycarbonate (HIP) outer shell is strong and lightweight
  • Computer-Aided Design profile for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and minimal high-speed buffeting
  • Simple and easy shield-removal system Adjustable multi-venting system allows optimal airflow through internal EPS shell channels
  • Padded comfort liner is fully removable for easy washing
  • Textured microfiber liner covering is comfortable against skin, wicks moisture, and dries quickly
  • Classic, and proven, double D-ring retention system
  • Certifications: Meets or exceeds DOT, European ECE 22-05, and Gold ACU
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs. / 1478 grams

Unless otherwise noted, helmet comes standard with clear faceshield.

The next helmet is the Shark S650 Frame on offer at $99, saving you $120 on the list price of $229!

This helmet scored 4* in the Sharp Helmet Safety Rating tests

shark-s650-frame

The Shark S650, one of the helmets in the Shark Performance collection, is an indisputable success.

Thanks to numerous technical qualities – fluid lines, ease of use, comfort, safety – it has converted a lot of bikers.

Features and Benefits

  • Injected thermoplastic-resin shell
  • Multi-element internal polystyrene shock-absorber with differentiated densities
  • Air-circulation channels in inner shell for improved ventilation
  • Anti-scratch 2.2mm faceshield
  • Patented SlideLock quick-release shield system
  • Multi-point air intake with Venturi-deflector ventilation
  • Microfiber-fabric interior
  • Secure, double D-ring chinstrap
  • External anti-UV lacquer finish
  • Weight: 3.09 lbs. (+/- 0.11 lbs.) / 1400 g (+/- 50 g)
  • Certifications: DOT; ECE 2205

Unless otherwise noted, helmet comes standard with clear faceshield.

Lastly in the helmet selection is the Shoei RF1000 range.

These are currently on offer starting at $349.99 depending on the style you choose. This model has yet to be tested for a Sharp rating.

RF-1000 Solid starting at just $349.99

RF-1000 Diabolic 2 priced at $427.99

RF-1000 Artifact, Badge 2, Caster, Cutless, Diabolic 1, Diabolic 3, Diabolic Zero, Flutter, Gobert, Joust, Pincotte 3, Sever, Strike, Voyager are all priced at starting at $449.99

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One of the most technologically advanced helmets for street riders – and clearly one of the best-looking helmets on the market. Shoei’s innovation and cutting-edge design makes the RF-1000 a premium motorcycle helmet.

Aerodynamically superior, the RF-1000 full-face helmet delivers high-speed performance and ventilation that is wind-tunnel proven. A perfect fit is achieved through removable, adjustable cheekpads and a 3D comfort-liner system that won’t shift during high-speed riding.

The legendary Shoei fit is developed from 3 shell sizes and 4 sizes of EPS liners. The RF-1000’s shell is made from Shoei’s proprietary Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) multifiber technology, which embeds ultrastrong organic fibers into fiberglass. The result is a lightweight yet strong outer shell that is better able to absorb and disperse the force of an impact.

Features and Benefits

Aerodynamic Shell Design

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind-tunnel and rider testing
  • The Aero Stabilizer dramatically reduces drag and lift coefficients, thus diminishing rider fatigue and increasing performance

Two-Layer EPS Liner System

  • Two-layer liner offers unmatched ventilation with internal channels and exhaust ports throughout the helmet
  • Integrated Upper Air Intake minimizes air turbulence and maximizes air stream in all riding positions
  • Outlet holes in the Aero Stabilizer allow warm air to be exhausted
  • The lower air intake provides an additional source of air flow
  • The neck outlet vent allows for effective air exhaust

Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+)

  • High-performance-fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra-lightweight, rigid, and resilient

Anti-Fog System

  • The lower air intake provides air flow that helps to diminish shield fogging

3D Interior Liner

  • Removable interior cheekpads available in optional sizes for a custom fit
  • Chinstrap cover can easily be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement

Standard Chinstrap Clip

  • Neatly secures chinstrap

CX-1V Faceshield and Lock System

  • Quick-Release Base Plate (QRBP) System allows tool-free shield removal
  • A wide, 3-dimensionally-curved shield offers increased peripheral vision and optical clarity
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays

Specifications

  • Certifications: DOT 218; Snell M2005
  • Weight (approx.): 3.28 lbs. / 1490 grams

Unless otherwise noted, helmet comes standard with clear faceshield.

Gloves

First in my glove selection is the Alpinestars SPS set.  On offer at the moment for just $69.95

alpinestars-sps-gloves

The Alpinestars SPS unites the best features of a sport-riding glove with a short-cuff street style.

Features and Benefits

  • Full-grain leather construction for abrasion resistance
  • Double-layered leather palm with Kevlar for additional impact protection
  • Clarino and leather palm reinforcements for superior grip
  • Dual carbon-fiber knuckle protectors
  • Extra layer of full-grain leather on the fingers
  • Short-cuffed length with easy, secure Velcro closure

Next up are the Dainese Hellracer Leather Gloves.

These are currently reduced from £139.99, down to $109.99

dainese-hellracer-gloveAvailable in Men’s and Women’s sizes

The Dainese Hellracer moderates the technical and stylistic language found in the Duel glove, toning down some features to make it more accessible to the racing – but not ultra-racing – user.
In fact, although the Hellracer has less armoring compared with the Duel, it still maintains a high level of protection.
By adding streetriding comforts, the Hellracer’s undoubtedly aggressive origins are delicately balanced, making it suitable for road and racetrack alike.

The Dainese Hellracer: Dedicated to those who want the best of both worlds.

Features and Benefits

  • Constructed of Kevlar jersey and cattle leather
  • Elasticated inserts on the fingers, wrist, and back of hand for articulation
  • Carbon-fiber inserts on knuckles and select finger joints
  • Soft inserts on fingers, index-finger knuckle, back of hand, and palm
  • Leather palm reinforcement
  • Tightening strap for a perfect fit
  • Adjustable cuff strap

Lastly in the gloves selection are the Frank Thomas Urban Warrior Gloves

These are currently on off for £39.99, saving you $10 on the list price

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Features and Benefits

  • Lightweight airflow mesh & leather combination
  • 3D injection rubber moldings
  • Thermo-set airflow ventilation knuckles
  • Ribbed palm for extra grip & comfort

The following Frank Thomas gloves are also on offer –

Stealth Aqua Roo – $69.99

Air Rage – $79.99

Urban Shadow – $39.99

XTi Leather – $109.99

SP Tech Leather Glove – $69.99


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Sharp Motorbike Helmet Safety Ratings

April 9, 2009

Introduced in November 2007, the SHARP Motorcycle Helmet Safety Rating Scheme aims to save lives of riders involved in motorbike accidents.  The first scheme of it’s kind worldwide, the SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme) aims to give a totally independent rating on the levels of protection crash helmets will provide in the event of an impact.

The helmets are rated on a scale of 1-5 depending on their performance in a series of laboratory tests.  While all crash helmets on sale in the UK must offer a minimum standard of protection, it has been found that there are real differences in how well the various helmets perform in the tests.  The rating shows how much over the minimum required standard the helmets perform.

The scheme is designed to give riders an easy to understand guide to which helmets will offer them the best protection.

One thing which has become apparent, looking at the tables below, is that the more expensive helmets are not necessarily the best performing ones.  There are quite a few helmets costing under £100 which score either a 4 or a 5 in the tests.

These are the Sharp safety ratings released to date.  As and when new ratings are released, I will update this information so it is kept up to date.

9th April 2009

Following an update email this morning I have amended the following list to include the ratings published on an additional 28 helmets.

Make Model Style Sizes Cost (£) Rating
out of 5
AGV Airtech Full Face XS-XXL 150 ****
K Series Full Face S-XL 100 ***
S-4 Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
K3 Full Face XS-XXL 149 ****
Ti-Tech Full Face XXS-XXL 250 ****
S-4 Stealth Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
Longway System XS-XL 150 ****
Airoh Leox Full Face XS-XL 99 ***
Speed Fire Full Face XS-XL 50 ****
Mathisse RS System XS-XXL 120 **
Arai RX-7 Full Face XXS-XXL 450 ***
Condor Full Face XS-XXL 200 **
GP5x Full Face XS-XXL 300 *****
Viper GT Full Face XS-XXL 330 ***
Astro Full Face XS-XL 330 ***
Arashi Viper Full Face S-XL 65 ****
Galaxy Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Sonic Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Turbo Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Bell M1 Full Face XS-XXL 130 *****
M4R Full Face XXS-XXL 220 *****
M5X Full Face XS-XXL 299 *****
BMW System 5 System XXS-XXL 280 *****
Box BX4 Full Face XS-XXL 80 **
BX2 Full Face S-XL 60 ****
BX3 Dagger Full Face XS-XL 54 **
BX5 Hurricane Full Face XS-XL 49 ****
Buell Turbulent Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
Caberg V2R Full Face XXS-XXL 100 *****
Trip System XS-XL 100 *****
Justissimo GT System XS-XXL 150 ****
Duchinni D801 Full Face XXS-XXL 80 ****
D601 System XS-XXL 90 *
D701 Full Face XS-XXL 50 ****
G-Mac Concept System XS-XXL 80 ***
Givi HPS40.1 Full Face XS-XL 199 ***
Grex RF2 Full Face XS-XXL 120 ****
R1 Full Face XS-XL 100 ****
HJC HQ-1 Full Face XS-XL 249 *****
CS-12 Full Face XS-XXL 69 **
FG-14 Full Face XS-XXL 150 ***
CL-ST Full Face XS-XL 109 ***
FS-10 Full Face XS-XXL 169 ***
CS-12N Full Face XS-XXL 120 ***
CS-R1 Full Face XS-XL 99 *
FG-15 Full Face XS-XL 139 ****
IS-16 Full Face XS-XXL 119 **
FS10 Carbon Full Face XS-XXL 249 ***
KBC Force RR Full Face XXS-XXL 90 *
VR2R Full Face XXS-XXL 180 **
FFR System XXS-XXL 140 *
Magnum Full Face XXS-XXL 139 *
TK8 Full Face XXS-XXL 59 *
XP3 Full Face XXS-XXL 129 ***
Lazer Fibre Pro Full Face XS-XXL 140 ****
LZ6 Full Face XS-XL 60 *****
Tornado Full Face XS-XL 90 **
Vertigo Full Face XS-XXL 70 ****
Fibre D1 Full Face XS-XL 200 ****
Granville System XS-XL 100 ****
Revolution System XXS-XXL 140 ****
Marushin Tiger Full Face XXS-XXL 100 *****
RS1 Carbon Full Face XXS-XXL 200 *****
Ikusa Full Face XS-XXL 119 ****
Samura Full Face XS-XXL 99 *****
Shivan Full Face XS-XXL 119 ****
M401 Full Face XS-XXL TBA **
Nitro N810VX Full Face S-XL 100 ****
N820VX Full Face S-XL 120 ****
N330VX Full Face S-XL 50 **
N755VX Full Face S-XL 80 ****
N1430VX Full Face S-XL 100 ****
N1600VN Full Face S-XL 80 ****
N1700 VF Full Face XS-XXL 119 *****
F347VN System XS-XXL 99 ***
Nolan N62 Full Face XS-XXL 130 ****
N84 Full Face XS-XXL 150 ****
N103 System XXS-XXL 250 ****
N102 System XS-XXL 200 ****
Nuvo SP2 Full Face XS-XL 119 ****
Premier Monza Full Face XS-XXL 170 ****
Roof RO10 Diversion Full Face XS-XXL 245 ****
RO10 Daytona Full Face XS-XXL 245 ***
Boxer System XS-XL 215 ****
RST Racevent Full Face XS-XXL 125 ***
Cobra Vent Full Face S-XL 79 ****
PC1S Full Face XS-XL 60 *
Schuberth S1 Pro Full Face XS-XXXL 400 **
R1 Full Face XS-XXL 320 **
C2 System XS-XXL 350 ****
Scorpion EXO-700 Full Face S-XL 100 ****
Shark RSR2 Full Face XS-XL 319 *****
S500 Air Full Face XS-XXL 114 ****
RSF 2i Full Face XS-XL 159 ****
RSI Full Face XS-XL 199 ****
S800 Full Face XS-XL 149 ****
Openline System XS-XL 190 ***
Evoline System XS-XL 250 ****
S650 Full Face XS-XL 125 ****
RSX Full Face XS-XL 169 *****
Shoei Raid II Full Face XS-XL 250 ****
XR-1000 Full Face XS-XL 330 ***
X-Spirit Full Face XS-XL 480 ****
Multitech System XS-XXL 300 ***
Suomy Extreme Full Face S-XL 400 ***
Gunwind Full Face S-XL 220 ***
Spec 1R Full Face S-XL 300 ***
Takachi TK-30 Full Face S-XL 60 **
Urban N20 Full Face XS-XXL 100 ***
Vemar VSREV Full Face S-XL 190 **
TA12K Full Face S-XL 70 ***
VSSEV Full Face XS-XL 119 *
VTXE Full Face XXS-XXXL 149 **
VXP Full Face XXS-XXXL 79 ***
Viper RS 40 Full Face XXS-XXL 50 ***
RS 66 Full Face XXS-XXL 70 ***
RS V121 System XS-XL 150 ***
RS101 System XS-XL 60 ****
X-Lite X601 Full Face XS-XXL 120 ****
X602 Full Face S-XL 200 ****
X701 Full Face S-XL 260 ****
X801 Full Face S-XL 320 ****
X1002 System XS-XXL 249 ****

Also take a look at the following entry

Choosing The Correct Size Motorcycle Helmet


Save £££’s on HJC Helmets

April 8, 2009

There are currently some good deals around if you are looking at buying yourself a new crash helmet.  I’ve come across these for some of the HJC range.  If you are just starting out on a bike and are looking to buy your first set of gear then you can’t go far wrong with these.  They are also suitable as a second standby helmet and are all being sold at affordable prices.

The helmet size conversion chart is at the bottom of this entry and you may also want to take a look at this entry Choosing The Correct Size Motorcycle Helmet to make sure you choose the right size for your head 🙂

Firstly the HJC IS-16 Range available

These helmets got a 2* Sharp Helmet safety rating.. The helmets are priced at £132.99 and are available in the following designs.

HJC IS-16 Type O Available in Black or White

There is something to be said about a black crash helmet, I tend to buy plain black ones every time.  This has a very subtle design on it and I quite like this one 🙂

HJC IS-16 ScratchAvailable in Gunmetal/Black, Blue/Black and Red/Black

HJC IS-16 Arkanium Available in Pink

Helmet Specifications

  • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
  • One-touch Integrated SunShield: Smoke-tinted 3-stage adjustable SunShield deploys quickly and easily (patent pending).
  • AccuSight™ Anti-fog Faceshield: Optically superior 3D design provides 95% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating.
  • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
  • "ACS" Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out
  • SilverCool™ Interior: Moisture-wicking and odour-free interior with advanced silver anti-bacterial fabric. Comfortable, removable and washable.
  • DOT Approved
  • SIZES: XS-XXL
  • Next is the HJC FS-15 Prism helmet

    Priced at £170.99 these got a score of 4* in the Sharp Helmet safety rating tests.

    HJC FS-15 Prism

    Helmet Specifications

    • Advanced Fibreglass Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • Optically-superior Pinlock®-prepared Faceshield: New 3D design provides 95% UV protection, anti-scratch coating and is prepared for the ultimate anti-fog Pinlock insert.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out.
    • SilverCool™ Interior: Removable moisture-wicking and odour-free interior with advanced silver anti-bacterial fabric.
    • SNELL/DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XXL

    Next up is the HJC CS-12N Cyclone Helmet

    This is priced at just £75.99 and scored 3* in the Sharp helmet tests. The price is pretty damn good for a 3* helmet and the designs not too bad either 🙂

    This is available in the following colours – Red/Silver, Pink/Silver, Blue/Silver and Black Silver.

    HJC CS-12N

    Helmet Specifications

  • Standard: Meets or exceeds DOT standard .
  • Shell: Ultra lightweight thermoplastic alloy shell.
  • Ventilation: Maximum chin-bar ventilation ensures minimum fogging while maximum air intake is achieved with 2 large adjustable venturi side vents and a traditional centre chin vent, drawing excess humidity away from the shield.
  • Interior: Plush Nylex interior and cheek pads for maximum absorption.
  • Others: Breathbox and anti-fog coated shields available for cold and/or wet conditions.
  • Size: XS to XL.
  • The next offering is the HJC CL-SP Throttle.

    Available in blue/black, red/black and gunmetal/black it scored 3* in the Sharp helmet tests and is available for £113.99

    HJC CL-ST Throttle

    Helmet specifications

    • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • AccuSight™Anti-fog Faceshield: Optically superior 3D design provides 95% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • 2-stage Shield Closure Mechanism: Compresses shield into the eye port gasket providing an extremely secure seal.
    • “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System: Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out.
    • Bioceramic Nylex® Moisture-wicking Interior: Anti-bacterial, removable and washable.
    • SNELL/DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XL

    Lastly in this little selection are the HJC CS-R1 Samurai and Fang helmets.

    These got a 1* rating in the Sharp Helmet safety tests and are priced a priced at £104.99

      HJC CS-R1 Samuri The Samurai design above is one I personally quite like 🙂

      HJC CS-R1 Fang

    • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell: Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology.
    • RapidFire™ Shield Replacement System: Quick, secure, tool-less removal and installation.
    • Optically Superior Faceshield: 95% UV protection.
    • Advanced Ventilation System: Adjustable forehead and chin vents, and two rear exhaust vents.
    • Plush, Nylex® Interior: Removable and washable cheek pads.
    • DOT Approved
    • SIZES: XS-XL

    Here is HJC’s helmet size conversion chart, just to try and be as helpful as possible 🙂

      Helmet Size Centimetres Hat Size Inches
      XXS 51-52 6 3/8 – 6 1/2 20- 20 1/2
      XS 53-54 6 5/8 – 6 3/4 20 7/8 – 21 1/4
      S 55-56 6 7/8 – 7 21 5/8 – 22
      M 57-58 7 1/8 – 7 1/4 22 1/2 – 22 7/8
      L 59-60 7 3/8 – 7 1/2 23 1/4 – 23 5/8
      XL 61-62 7 5/8 – 7 3/4 24 – 24 3/8
      XXL 63-64 7 7/8 – 8 24 3/4 – 25 1/4
      XXXL 65-66 8 1/8 – 8 1/4 25 5/8 – 26

    Dynojet Power Commander V – 10% Off At Moto-Racing UK!

    April 6, 2009

    I just had to post this..

    Moto-Racing UK are currently offering the Dynojet Power Commander V with 10% off for the 2009 range of bikes until midnight on the 8th April 2009.

    The Power Commander V normally has a retail price of £313.38 but is on offer for £282.04!!! 😀

    Just click on the logo’s at either the top or bottom of this post to be taken to their website 🙂

    Dynojet Power Commander V

    Power Commander V Basic Features

    • Reduced size from PCIIIusb (less than half of the size of PCIII)
    • USB powered from computer (9 volt adapter is no longer needed for programming)
    • 2 position map switching function built in (map switch not included)
    • Gear/Speed input (allows for map adjustment based on gear and speed)
    • Analog input (allows user to install any 0-5 volt sensor and build an adjustment table based on its input such as boost or temperature)
    • With gear position input connected the PCV is capable of allowing each cylinder to be mapped individually and for each gear (for example: on a 4 cylinder bike with a six speed transmission there could be up to 24 separate fuel tables).
    • Unit has a -100/+250% fuel change range (up from -100/+100%). This allows more adjustment range for 8 injector sportbikes
    • 10 throttle position columns (up from 9 on PCIIIusb)
    • Enhanced “accel pump” utility (increased adjustment and sensitivity ranges)

    The models included in the offer are as follows.

    2009 Kawasaki ZX6R

    2009 Kawasaki ZX10R

    2009 Suzuki GSXR600

    2009 Suzuki GSXR750

    2009 Suzuki GSXR1000

    2009 Triumph Daytona 675

    2009 Yamaha YZF R6

    2009 Yamaha YZF R1

    2009 Honda CBR600RR

    2009 Honda CBR1000RR

    Click here to visit moto-racing.co.uk to purchase items.


    Leather Jacket, Trousers & Gloves Deal – Just £139.99

    April 6, 2009

    Well, there I was this morning wandering round the interweb looking for some good deals and I came across this..

    I found an amazing deal for just £139.99 for a complete set of leather bike gear! For that you get a leather jacket with CE approved armour, a pair of leather trousers and gloves as well!  Talk about a bargain 🙂

    The normal retail seeling price of the full set of gear is £379.99 but by buying via this link you will save an absolutely masive £240!!! 😀

    Jacket, Trousers & Glove Deal

    If you follow this link or click on any of the images you will be taken straight to the deal page.

    If you are just starting out on your biking life or are looking for either replacement leathers or a second spare set, then you seriously can’t go wrong with this deal!!

    Here are a few more details..

    Leather Jacket

    Jacket

    MAX MPH RED LINE ULTIMATE BIKERS JACKET

    This superb MAX MPH RED LINE Biker jacket is made from Quality 1.3mm Milled Cowhide Leather. Fitted as standard, with removable CE Approved Body Armour for the back, elbows & shoulders. With additional rubber padding, to the front & back with foam padding around the kidney area.

    The highest quality original YKK Zippers along with double stitching to all seams complete the safety features of this ultimate bikers jacket.

    Two internal & two external zipped pockets give you plenty of room to store those biker essentials, zipped cuffs with press stud fasteners along with neck & waist Velcro adjustment guarantee your comfort in all conditions.

    The MAX MPH RED LINE jacket has an eight inch zip at the rear to allow you to connect to your leather trousers.

    Trousers

    Trousers

    MAX MPH RED LINE ULTIMATE BIKERS LEATHER JEANS

    These MAX MPH RED LINE JEANS are designed for the ultimate comfort & protection, made from Quality 1.3mm Milled Cowhide Leather with stretch panels for comfort & fit. Fitted as standard, with removable CE Approved Body Armour, to the knees & hips.

    The highest quality original YKK Zippers along with double stitching to all seams complete the safety features of these ultimate biker jeans.

    These MAX MPH RED LINE jeans have an eight inch zip at the rear to allow you to connect to your leather jacket.

    Gloves

    Gloves

    MAX MPH RED LINE ULTIMATE BIKER GLOVES

    These MAX MPH RED LINE GLOVES are designed for the ultimate comfort & protection, Made from Quality Analin Cowhide Leather, with stretch panels for comfort & fit. They give superb feedback & feel while providing maximum protection.

    Carbon Fibre knuckles.

    Available Sizes

    JACKETS CHEST SIZES = 40” 42” 44” 46” 48” 50”

    JEANS WAIST SIZES = 30” 32” 34” 36” 38”

    GLOVE SIZES = MED, LARGE, X-LARGE

    All you have to do is pick the sizes you want when completing the purchase and add them in the special instructions box during the checkout process.. Simple as that 🙂


    Motorcycle Groups Warning Of Test Chaos

    April 4, 2009

    Motorcycle L-Plate The new motorcycle test comes into effect at the end of this month, and motorcycle groups are warning that the system is not sufficiently geared up to avoid chaos.

    The DSA’s decision to make the test available at just 66 centres nationwide, instead of the previous 260+, will make it more difficult to get a test booked, and that’s before any of these new riders actually faces the ride to get to one of the new ‘test super centres’.

    As things stand at the moment most tests are booked as part of a package offered by training schools, courses such as the DAS (Direct Access) course and availability has always been pretty good.  But after the introduction of the new test a greater number of training establishments will be sharing the new test centres, which will result in many fewer bookings for each riding school.

    Many riding schools must now be doubting how secure their futures are when taking the the current status of the new test centres into account.  Some are reporting that the numbers of learners they may be able to book in for tests may be reduced by half.  How long are riding schools going to be able to continue with that kind of a drop in the revenue?

    Plus, if take into consideration the increases in fees imposed by the DSA in recent months you will begin to wonder how many people will actually look at taking their bike test now.  Additionally fees for taking riding courses will no doubt go up as schools have to cover the costs of getting learner riders to the test centres.  Some new riders, already nervous at the prospect of thaking their test ,may face a journey of 45 minutes or more just to get to their test centre.

    The implementation of the new test was delayed by 6 months last September as only 38 of the 66 new test centres was ready for business.  Since last September just 6 new ones have been added and the remaining 22 areas have only temporary or weekend only test centres.  All of my local riding schools now face sharing a test centre which is only open on Tuesdays!!! It’s a joke!

    Considering the new test was implemented to increase rider safety, there are fears that a growing number of riders will be put off going the new test route and will just take to the road without a licence.

    Well done DSA.. A gold medal is coming your way.. for making a right ba**s up of this!

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