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


Helmet Sale At Hein Gericke

November 29, 2010

Another quick update.. And just in time for Christmas

Hein Gericke are currently slashing the prices on 1000’s of helmets

Click on this image to see the offer catalogue Smile

 

Helme sale


I Had An Accident Today :-(

December 2, 2009

I decided this morning that the worst sound in the world is hearing your baby grinding up the road.. 😦

I was on my way to work this morning, I pulled up at a roundabout and stopped to wait for a gap in the traffic. I inched forward a tad to bring me closer to the white lines and stopped again as there was still traffic coming round the roundabout…… and the next thing I know I’m shooting out on to the roundabout and and me and my bike are going down!

The car behind me thought I was going out on to the roundabout (inspite of the traffic coming round it!!!) and drove into my rear wheel and propelled me out into the traffic!!!! As I was going down I was thinking “Feck, I hope nothing hits me” and luckily nothing did.

A lady dived out of her car and told me not to move and called the police and the ambulance but a passing ambulance stopped too.. They checked me all over and I’m fine-ish.. I reckon my knee is gonna develop some lovely bruises and I think I’ve pulled a muscle in my back but other than that was more shaken up than anything..

Initial reaction was “IS MY BIKE OK?????????” “WHERE’S MY BIKE?????”

Damage to my baby seems to be a bent rear brake lever, and possibly the mounting for it (need to check her over properly).. The crash bung on that side looks a tad knackered but protected my fairings from everything but a few extra scrapes.. And part of the engine casing is worn away at the bottom…

Both me and my baby came away relatively unscathed thankfully.  The police are looking at charging the other driver with driving without due care and attention, and I’ll be putting in a claim for a new crash helmet for starters..


New HJC IS-16 Type O Graphic Helmet

October 15, 2009

I was recently in the market for a new helmet and after thinking about things and looking about had decided about getting the Caberg Trip… but… after trying it on decided it was way too uncomfortable and aside from that it didn’t fit properly..

So I had to play hunt the helmet again..

Here in Banbury the local bike shop shut down and while the closest ones aren’t too far away it’s still a pain if you just fancy popping in to have a nose round and possibly buy summat.  I really didn’t fancy buying a helmet online as it’s just a pain in the butt 😦 to keep returning things if they don’t fit properly!

So after work one vaguely sunny afternoon I decided to nip into Kings near Oxford and have a look to see what they had available.  I walked out with this one 🙂

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The HJC IS-16 Type 0 Graphic 🙂

I’ve never had an HJC helmet before but this one is so comfortable and fits my head like a glove 🙂 and at £149, from a retail shop, didn’t really break the bank either..

I love the internal sun visor, hopefully it will save me a small fortune considering the number of pairs of sunglasses I break every year when trying to wear them in my helmet.. My only complaint, and it’s not bothering me that much, is that it’s a bit of a noisy helmet.. Other than that it’s perfect 🙂

HJC IS16 Type O

Oh, I did have one slight accident at the shop though and managed to buy another pair of gloves while I was in there!!! oops!!!

Oh well, gloves will always come in handy 🙂

Helmet Specs

  • Drop-down sun visor
  • Quick Release visor system
  • Anti Fog Visor
  • Removable Lining
  • Removable Breath Guard
  • Removable Chin Curtain
  • 4 Point Ventilation
  • Safety Standard ECE22.05
  • ACU Gold Standard for use on the track

  • 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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    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