Custom Bikes At Motorcycle Live 2010

December 6, 2010

Here are a few rather nice custom bikes from the Custom Xtreme stand and the rest of the show 😀

While quite  afew of them aren’t quite ‘my cup of tea’, you can’t fail to appreciate the workmanship which has gone into them!  They are beautiful.

More Streetfighters At Motorcycle Live 2010

December 5, 2010

Here we go, more eye candy for fighter fans 😀

Streetfighters at Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 :-)

December 4, 2010

We’ve been in the lucky position where we had exibitor passes as my OH’s bike was in the Custom Xtreme display, and so today we made our second visit to the show.  We still have to go back tomorrow to pick his bike up once the show closes and we’re hoping the worst of the weather is now over and we won’t have any problems.

As we’ve spent 2 Saturdays at the show and have lots of photos I’m going to do a series of posts covering our time up there 🙂

Firstly, the Streetfighters on the Custom Extreme display.  I gotta do this first or my OH will never forgive me 😉

Here are a few closer shots of some of the fighters on display  🙂

First of all is Sideshow’s ‘Roadkill’.  This was originally a 1996 Honda Fireblade but a few months sawing, welding, painting, ebaying and swearing produced this..  If you want to have a look at the build process you can read ALL about it here.  I just love it but unfortunately I’ll never be able to ride it, not unless I take to carrying a set of steps round with me so I can get on it!

This not so little beaut belongs to Mark (Rouge on Custom Fighters).  The frame was custom made by Mark himself in his shed and the oomph is provided by a GSX1400 engine.  If you want to take a look at the build process you can follow it here and it was featured in Issue 202 of Streetfighter Magazine.  This photo doesn’t really do it justice so I’ll do a little write up on this another time with some nice close up photos 🙂

Lastly for today is this one.. A rather tasty Suzuki 7/11 which featured in issue 200 of Streetfighter

More to follow another day 🙂

Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 – Day 4

December 1, 2010

Day 4 a the show see’s MCN featuring bike customisation..  I’ll quite freely admit to being dissapointed with this particular segment (although I’m horribly biased 😉 ) as the hard work carried out in the sheds and garages around the country to build the bikes in the Custom Xtreme stand weren’t even shown.  Only a few shots of some of the bikes on the Carole Nash ‘Britains Got Biking Talent’ were seen (Nice one Steve! owner of the MT01 fighter), and even then, only for a few seconds at the beginning of the segment.

BOO HISS!!!!!!

To me customisation is all about getting out in your shed or garage and making things BY HAND and not buying factory made bits to change the look of your Harley!!!!  Sheesh!

Motorbike Modifications And Insurance Premiums

February 9, 2009

In previous posts I have talked about modifying your motorbike to make it a better fit for you, either by raising or lowering it.  If you have to do this, for whatever reason, there is one thing you must remember to do.. Inform your insurance company!

These days way too many riders are failing to advise their insurance companies of alterations, as they fear that it will greatly increase their insurance premiums.  But the reality is that some modifications make absolutely no difference to your insurance what-so-ever.

I told my insurance provider that my CBR400 was restricted after I bought it.  I had to restrict it as I passed my bike test on a 125cc motorbike and am limited to riding a motorbike with less than 33bhp for two years after passing my test.  It made no difference to my insurance at all, in all honesty I would have been surprised if it had, considering it was reducing the power output of the bike, not increasing it.

If you do find that you have to raise or lower your motorbike, it is definitely worth mentioning it to your insurance company as your motorbike will no longer be standard.  Chances are it won’t make any difference to your premiums either.  If you fail to tell your insurer and are then unfortunately involved in an accident in which your modification may have been a contributing factor, you may well find that your insurer will refuse to pay out on any subsequent claim. 

The worst case scenario is that the modification invalidates your insurance and you then find you have the police knocking on your door and charging you with having no insurance!

If you are in doubt, in any way, it is ALWAYS best to advise your insurers!

Many of the favourite modifications done to bikes make virtually difference to your insurance premiums, including adding aftermarket exhausts, crash bars and mushrooms, up-rated braking systems, huggers and a 5% increase in the engine capacity. 

Modifications which may result in a moderate increase in insurance premiums are changing the wheels, Dynojet and alterations to the suspension.

Expensive modifications, from an insurance premium point of view, include owning custom motorcycles, adding nitrous oxide injection and increasing the engine capacity by more than 5%.

At the end of the day is it really worth not telling your insurer? Yes, you may end up paying a bit more insurance, but at least you don’t risk not having an insurance claim paid out in the event of an accident.  Plus running the risk of possible convictions for your insurance being invalid.

Personally I would rather pay the extra money to be on the safe side.