Hein Gericke, Oxford – Update

December 11, 2010

As promised in this post, here is a update on the new Hein Gericke store opening near Oxford on the A40 at the Eynsham roundabout.. It’s open 😀

Here are their contact details,

 

Hein Gericke Oxford, Eynsham Roundabout, Eynsham, Oxford. OX29 4EN

TEL. 01865 883307

E.mail oxford@hg-shop.com

 

Being located where it is, it has brilliant access and apparently has excellent parking facilities.  I shall have to pop down there sometime soon and have a nose round 😀

Here’s an online copy of their latest catalogue, just in case you fancy a nose.. (well, Christmas is just round the corner!!!)

Oh and talking of Christmas, they even do a Christmas Wish List you can print off and give to those closest to you 😀


Hein Gericke To Open New Store Near Oxford :-)

November 30, 2010

I got this info in my email update today Smile

Apparently they have just signed the lease on new premises on the Eynsham roundabout on the A40 here.  The postcode for the new shop is OX29 4EN.

Map

According to the email they are looking at opening in early December sometime and more details are to follow.

If you want to sign up for the email updates click here


Frozen Hands – How About Heated Gloves?

January 9, 2010

When it started getting a tad chilly outside my other half bought me some heated grips for my bike to keep my hands warmer over the winter.. I’m now officially in love with whoever invented them 😉

I totally love my heated grips 🙂

Apart from heated grips though you can also get heated gloves, as well as a full range of heated clothing.. I had a timely email from M&P Direct the other day telling me about it all 🙂

First off, heated gloves, here are a few details about them.  Just click on the photos to be taken to M&P Directs website for further information.

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

NEW! The new line of 12 V Hybrid Products utilize Gerbings Hybrid Heating System™. This system allows you the option of powering from your vehicles 12 V electrical system, or from Gerbings 12 volt lithium-ion battery pack with its built-in microprocessor temp controller.
  • Made with premium, supple, drum-dyed leather
  • Soft tricot fleece lining with 100g of Thinsulate® lining
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Internal Aquatex waterproof/breathable membrane
  • Includes vehicle battery harness and Y-harness
  • They retail at about the £150 mark, but when you consider you could pay that amount for a decent pair of bike gloves anyway, it’s not too bad and you get the added bonus of warm hands 🙂

    They also do these,

    Gerbing T5 Gloves

    Gerbing T5 Heated Gloves

    The T5 gloves from Gerbing’s were first introduced last year in Europe but now are available in the USA. Designed for the rider who rides out of necessity and not just for recreation. The T5 gloves were made for the type of rider who demands performance in a wide variety of riding conditions. Whether it is long distance riding where comfort and warmth are essential or intercity high traffic commuting where safety is a must, the T5 gloves from Gerbing’s deliver exceptional performance.
  • Gerbings heated gloves are made with high quality full-analine leather for an exceptionally light, strong and flexible glove
  • The glove heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand
  • Gauntlet style glove
  • Adjustable wrist fastener
  • Hypora® waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Thinsulate® insulation for great warmth and dexterity
  • Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Lifetime warranty on the Microwire™ heating elements
  • Other heated kit M&P Direct sells includes

    Heated Inner Soles for your boots – I do hate getting cold feet!!

    Heated Jacket Liners – For a toasty body

    Heated Trouser Liners – For warm legs

    What I need now is for someone to invent some kind of device which projects a bubble of warmth round me and my bike, which will also melt the ice and snow, so that I can go out and ride!!


    Specials At CycleGear.Com – Shoei Helmets,Suits, Jackets, Helmets & Gloves!

    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.

    arashi-turboarashi-turbo

    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

    shoei-rf-1000-diabolic-2

    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

    frank-thomas-urban-warrior-glove

    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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    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 🙂


    Have You Heard Of New Enough?

    February 11, 2009

    If you are looking to buy some new gear you can’t go far wrong than taking a look at the New Enough website.  These guys are offering deals which really cant be missed out on!

    Established in 1998, New Enough started out life as a motorcycle leather exchange business and has quickly grown into two 20,000 square feet of climate controlled warehouse space at Shallowater Texas. 

    The almost family run company now focuses on selling ‘current year’ closeout gear sourced from distributors.  By being able to buy these closeout, or end of range lines as we in the UK call them, in bulk at heavily discounted prices they are able to pass these savings on to their customers.

    They stock a full range of  motorcycle gear including jackets, trousers, gloves, boots and helmets for both men and women, plus a range of children’s clothes and helmets as well as parts and accessories.

    I know these guys are based in the USA but they do post worldwide, and given the prices they are selling this kit off at you may be able to pick up a bargain no matter what country you are in.  I know there are a few items in their range that I really like 🙂

    They actually try all the gear themselves and write a review of what they think about it, so you won’t find the normal ‘catalogue type reviews’ found on other sites.  It’s a personal opinion which I think is so much better.

    You can find their latest BEST DEALS here.

    And their own CLOSEOUT SECTION where there is many a brilliant bargain to be had.

    Here are a few of the great money saving deals they have as of 11th Feb 2009.  Obviously the range will change regularly as new stock comes in and older stock is sold out.  

    If you are looking at buying something then make sure to check your size is available, especially in their own closeout section and don’t forget to check the shipping costs too.  Click on the links to be taken direct to their website.. 

    Joe Rocket Honda CBR Textile Jacket

    Joe Rocket Honda CBR Textile Jacket

    New Enough Price $129.00

    Teknic Lightening Leather Motorcycle Jacket

    Teknic Lightening Leather Jacket

    New Enough Price $99.99

    Sidi Vertigo Corsa Air Boots

    Sidi Vertigo Corsa Air Motorcycle Boots

    New Enough Price $329.00

    Fieldsheer Razor Leather Motorbike Jacket 

    Fieldsheer Razor Leather Motorcycle Jacket

    New Enough Price $314,95

    The last item in my mini selection is the Power Trip Vamp Women’s Textile Jacket. I fell in love with this the second I saw it! I just love it for it’s individuality!

    Power Trip Vamp Woman's Textile Jacket

    Ladies Power Trip Vamp Textile Jacket

    New Enough Price $85!!!!!!

    That kind of price just made me fall in love with this jacket even more!!

    Go on, have a nose round their site, they have some terrific not-to-be-missed deals on there!

     

     


    Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots – Help For The Vertically Challenged Motorcyclist!

    January 21, 2009

    Are you riding round on a motorbike wishing you could get just a tiny bit more of your foot than your tip toes on the ground when you come to a halt? Aside from buying a short bike in the first place what other options do you have out there to help?

    There are several things you can do.

    Shave some of the foam out of the seat.

    Soften the suspension a bit so that the bike sinks down a little more when your bum is on it.

    Physically lowering the bike with a height adjustment kit (see the posts in the Ride Height Adjustment Category).

    Unfortunately both of the last two options will affect the handling in one way or another, even if only by a little bit, and you will have to do it to every ‘tall’ motorcycle that you may buy in the future!

    What if I was to tell you that there is another option, which does not involve any kind of adjustment to your bike? If anything it adjusts you!! And that is to treat yourself to a pair of Daytona Ladystar Boots.
    daytona-ladystar-boots

    Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots

    Now, for those not in the know, these are absolutely brilliant for the vertically challenged amongst us, and yes at 5 foot 3 inches that does include me too! The boot’s sole incorporates a built in 2.5cm lift as well as a 1cm thick sole! So put these babies on and you are immediately 3.5 cm taller! How cool is that? 🙂

    Wearing a pair of these may just make all the difference between a costly tip-over and a good save if your bike starts to unexpectedly go over with you on it.  And the best part of it is that they look just like a regular pair of boots and so no one will know you need help to be able to touch the floor more on your bike.

    Now I know that there are short guys out there that may struggle with riding some motorbikes due to the seat height, but please don’t feel left out. The larger sizes of the Daytona Ladystar boots are know by the masculine sounding M-Star, so even the vertically challenged guy can wear them without affecting their masculinity 😉

    The boots start at a European size 35 and go through to a size 43. They are only available in black, no bright colours (or pink in the case of the guys sizes) on these babies. A comfortable fit is achieved with both zip and Velcro closures on the legs and with Gore-Tex ™ waterproofing your feet will stay dry as well as warm.

    The heels and ankles are armored and will provide protections from abrasion and impact. They also have a reflective patch on the heels, which may help the inattentive drivers around you see that you are there. And for when it rains they have a built in shower proof edging at the top of the boot.

    Now the only complaint I can honestly see with these boots is the price. At about the £250 mark they aren’t the cheapest pair of motorcycle boots out there on the market BUT if buying a pair means you can ride the bike of your dreams then surely they are worth it.

    Plus.. You may well find that the cost of the boots is less than it would be to have your bike adjusted to fit you!

    Plus.. As and when you change bikes they go with you!

    Ok.. I know I am really extolling their virtues but they are quite simply a brilliant boot and if you are tired of having to replace bent levers as your bike tips over too easily on you, then maybe, just maybe these are the answer you are looking for.

    Check your local dealer, or favourite online store, for details about pricing and availability.

    You may also want to take a look at these posts which have more information about choosing a bike and the kinds of bike girls are riding.

    Bikes Girls Can Ride

    Girls And Modern Sports Bikes

    Choosing your First ‘Big’ Bike