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New to the OptiMate range, the O-40S SAE Socket is a quick and easy way to add an accessible connection point for battery charges and other devices to your bike.

The OptiMate O-40S is a universal, weatherproof, panel-mount SAE power point that can be retro-fitted to almost any machine. Quick and easy to install, it hard-mounts to the bike’s bodywork and is plugs into an OptiMate battery lead, providing a handy point through which to connect an OptiMate charger when not riding - no need to remove body panels or seat for access, and no more fiddly crocodile clips.

The ability to power a sat nav or smartphone, as well as accessories like heating clothing, is important for many riders, but despite this most machines don’t come with the capability built-in. Fortunately OptiMate produces a wide variety of cables and adaptors, including USB and DIN types, that can be plugged into an SAE socket, so gadgets can be powered on the move.

Like OptiMate's entire range of connectors and cables, weatherproofing comes as standard: the O-40S has both an internal seal, to help keep moisture out when an SAE connector is plugged in, and a rubber cap to seal out the elements when not in use.

It’s also tested to -40°C/-40°F, so is safe to use year-round.

The OptiMate O-40S has a 6” (15cm) lead and fits an Ø18mm drilled hole. It retails at just £11.99 and is available from all authorised retailers and is covered by a 3-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

Visit for details, and see it in action here:

Shocking upgrade for Triumph Bonneville

YSS Black-Edition G-Series shocks are now available at Wemoto for Triumph Bonneville 865 and 1200 and Honda CB 1100 models.


YSS G-Series shocks offer optimum performance and are an upgrade to the original part. Like the OE shocks, they are preload adjustable, but the adjustment range is wider. To top this, the G Series also has rebound adjustment, compression adjustment and is length-adjustable by 10mm.


Each fully-adjustable shock features an external piggyback reservoir, a heat-treated hard-chrome shaft, and calibrated Teflon-coated bushes, providing the rider with a smooth linear movement and better cooling and precision.


TUV approved, every YSS purchase comes with a full two-year warranty.


Now available at Wemoto



Tel: 01273 597072


Mitas reveal TERRA FORCE-EF and TERRA FORCE-EH enduro tyres at Erzbergrodeo motorsport event

Mitas, part of the Trelleborg Group, will reveal a new generation of Enduro and Extreme Enduro tyres at Erzbergrodeo, the motorsport event held from 30th May to 2nd June 2019 in Eisenerz, Austria.


Compared to the previous generation, Mitas TERRA FORCE-EF and TERRA FORCE-EH feature improved performance on a wide range of off-road surfaces than its predecessors. A larger footprint allows better grip in various riding conditions, while spaced knobs are designed to provide great clean out ability in mud or sand.

 “Mitas TERRA FORCE-EF and TERRA FORCE-EH are successors to the popular and widely known Mitas Enduro and Extreme Enduro off-road tyre ranges. The new generation was developed and tested in cooperation with many professional riders. Knowing that many riders are happy with our current Enduro and Extreme Enduro tyres, these will remain part of the extended portfolio of Mitas off-road tyres,” explains Ksenija Bitenc, director of the Mitas Motorcycle Tyres division.


Stealthy streetwear from Weise

New from Weise, the Stealth looks like a classic black hoodie on the outside, but inside it is fitted with CE-armour and a tough aramid lining, so you can move from bike to street with style.

Ideal for urban rides, the Stealth is made from heavy-duty cotton, lined with aramid fibre throughout. A mesh overlay adds to comfort in hot weather and makes it easier to put on/take off.

CE-approved shoulder, elbow and back protection comes as standard and can be removed, so the jacket can be worn casually.

The hood has drawstring adjustment, to help seal out the cold on chilly days, and is also removable, creating a ‘sweatshirt’ style.

Elasticated and ribbed ribbed hem and cuffs seal out drafts and and there’s a short connection zip, which can be attached to Weise motorcycle trousers. Both external pockets have zipper closure, to keep contents safe on the move, and additional internal pockets provide space for valuables.

The Weise® Stealth Hoodie comes in sizes Small to 5XL in black, is covered by a two-year warranty, and retails at £119.99 including VAT.

For further information on the full range of Weise motorcycle clothing and accessories call 0117 9719200 or visit

MAG calls for suspension of ULEZ charges for motorcycles


The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has formally requested a suspension of 
charges on motorcycles in the new London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) 
citing the flawed evidence used to justify the charge.  MAG is calling 
for a suspension to allow Transport for London (TfL) time to conduct 
valid research into emissions from older motorcycles and scooters.

MAG wrote formally to Sadiq Khan in March, ahead of the 8th April launch 
of the Mayor’s flagship policy to tackle air pollution in the capital. 
National Chair of MAG, Selina Lavender, cited a number of reasonable 
justifications for a delay in the implementation of proposed charges for 
motorcycles.  In the letter Lavender listed the following justification 
for a delay:

•       The implementation date for ULEZ is currently just 6 weeks away.
•       This allows insufficient time to overcome all the technical issues 
around individual testing and verification of emission levels of 
pre-Euro3 PTWs.
•       There is insufficient time remaining for owners of pre-Euro3 machines 
to take the appropriate action to meet compliance by changing their 
vehicles where appropriate.
•       In many cases individual exemptions have been issued based on evidence 
from Certificates of Conformity.  There is now a very real issue of 
discrimination simply due to some owners of identical machines having 
been unable to secure personal exemption despite owning identical 
machines that, by extension, must meet the required emissions standard.
•       Given that many machines have already achieved individual exemption 
and, by TfL’s own estimations, the number of non-compliant bikes was 
already only in the region of 4000 machines, the emissions and revenue 
impact of a delayed implementation will be insignificant in comparison 
to the injustice of the above defined discrimination.
•       Delaying implementation for PTWs will enable a fair and just 
implementation at a later date should the evidence support charging.

Selina commented “Despite many meetings and discussions between MAG and 
TfL, the Mayor chose to ignore the clear logic of a delay, and indeed 
made no attempt to respond personally to the letter.  It is for this 
reason that MAG have decided to continue to keep campaigning for the 
exemption of all motorcycles from the charge.”

In the latest letter, Selina wrote “It would therefore seem clear that 
TfL’s cited evidence is, at best, highly questionable, and demonstrates 
that the ULEZ charge is knowingly being applied to vehicles that are 
below, and in many cases far below, the emissions standard that has been 

The Motorcycle Action Group is therefore formally requesting a 
suspension of charges for all motorcycles and scooters until an 
equitable and legal application of the charging system can be agreed 
based upon the evidence that TfL cite, and any further empirical 
evidence that can be found.”

MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, 
commented: “We have continued to put much time and effort into 
researching the claimed evidence cited by TfL to justify the charge for 
older motorcycles.  That work has reinforced our claim that there is no 
evidential basis to justify the charge for motorcycles.  We are 
therefore demanding a suspension of the charge whilst further research 
and evidence is gathered by TfL to demonstrate a justification, or a 
decision is taken to accept that there is no reason to continue the charge.”

MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik, warns: 
‘we predicted chaos if there was no delay to the implementation.  Now 
that the ULEZ has been implemented, that chaos is upon us and with it 
comes the growing inevitability of legal cases being brought to bear 
against TfL by riders who have been victimised by this draconian policy. 
  Of course the real irony is that the charge on motorcycles is 
counter-productive in terms of the results it aims to achieve.  We 
should not need to follow the example of recent environmental protests 
to get the Mayor to listen to reason but, if we must, then that is 
exactly what we may do.’

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or