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Wednesday
Oct302019

Triumph to showcase 2020 new models at MCL Show

 

  • Four brand new 2020 bikes to be included in stand line-up
  • Triumph will be taking part in the Experience Adventure Zone – a free introductory adventure riding course
  • Iconic British manufacturer also supporting Test Ride Zone, including A2 model

Visitors to this year’s Motorcycle Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, (16th to 24th November, 2019) will be able to get their first ‘up close and personal’ glance of four recently revealed 2020 Triumph Motorcycles.

The brand-new models for 2020 include the Street Triple RS, Rocket 3, Thruxton RS, Bonneville Bobber TFC (Triumph Factory Custom). These new bikes will be complemented with a wide range of Triumph’s award-winning modern classic, roadster and adventure bikes, as well as Isle of Man TT hero Peter Hickman’s race-winning Supersport bike.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the teams from Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience and Adventure Experience Centre.

Once again, Triumph will be taking part in the Motorcycle Live Experience Adventure Zone. A selection of bikes ranging from Tiger 800, Scrambler 1200 to Street Scrambler will be available to test in Hall 2.

The Experience Adventure Zone is a free course and is the perfect way to introduce bikers to adventure riding. The session includes tuition, with an expert insight into bike set-up, body positioning and balance riding over multi-terrain, all from the trained Triumph team from the brand’s Adventure Experience centre in South Wales

This year, the test ride zone also returns to Motorcycle Live and Hall 3A, where Triumph will be providing a range of motorcycles, including an A2 model for those who are just beginning their motorcycling journey. All motorcycle safety gear is provided but a valid motorcycle licence is required to take part in the free experience.

Advance bookings are available online until 5pm on 15th November and also on the day at the Experience Adventure feature in Hall 2. The Test Ride zone in Hall 3A is bookable on the day only and can be booked at the feature area.

 

To find out more about this year's show or to book tickets, head to: https://www.motorcyclelive.co.uk/ticket-information/

Tuesday
Oct152019

PRODUCT NEWS - Fodsports M1-S PRO Bluetooth stereo headset

 

Manny Fry gets connected….

The M1-S PRO is a great little communication unit that retails for around £76.99 on Amazon. The M1-S is equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 version.  If used in a large group, it has the ability to pair with 8 riders at a distance of 2000M altogether, but between riders it ranges to about 500m on a straight. If the distance between the riders is too far apart, the unit will reconnect automatically. If greater than 5 minutes apart you may need to push the button to reconnect, but I found that I didn’t have to do this as it automatically reconnected after about 30-40 seconds of being within the 500m distance.

First impressions were good, it pairs easily and effortlessly with my phone and also while trying to sync with other communication units of different makes.  It has full phone capabilities so when on a ride if any important calls come through, depending on the quality of your helmet, you can receive and make calls easily while riding even with a very loud engine. This means you can’t dodge the phone call due to ’poor sound quality’ when your ride to the store for milk has lasted for hours because calls sound really clear with this unit.

This is due to the microphone having a CSR chip that decreases the amount of ambient noise such as wind and engine noise while communicating. The chip helps increase the quality of the Bluetooth at a decreased cost so it is friendlier on your budget without compromising the sound quality. I have had trouble in the past with the amount of sound other comms units let in while trying to talk to activate voice commands.  While putting the M1-S through its paces I found that the only thing I could hear was the actual voices of the other riders and some engine noise in the background on occasion. I couldn’t hear the annoying sounds that can put other riders off of using the comms capability, like when it sounds like Darth Vader is breathing into your speakers.

My first impressions are that it has a fantastic sound quality compared to other headsets I have tried at the same retail price point. The bass and the high tones sound great and well blended in both ears thanks to the 30mm speakers. So when listening to music you can actually sing the proper lyrics instead of the made up ones because you can’t hear the song properly. The volume controls are easy to find with both thin spring and thick winter gloves on and respond best to pressing them slowly. However if you are overly excitable like myself, and are too quick on the volume ‘up’ button the device will pause the music. This is not a problem as you can simply hit the volume up twice but admittedly that took me by surprise the first time I was trying to increase the volume and it stopped playing.

I have trialled the M1-S through rain and wind and it acted like it did in dry conditions. All phone calls and comms were steady and strong and it has a long 900 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery life of about 20 hours working time and 3 hours charging time.

When I tested it riding pillion, it worked really well except when the rider and myself had our visors open in town and it was definitely letting in more engine noise as we were both together it sounded a bit more muffled. However this wasn’t off putting as the microphone was still able to filter the conversation easily enough and he could still hear me singing dope 80’s tunes to him while we rode.

Negatives, the rubber piece that covers the charging and wiring ports fell out fairly easily. Although the unit itself is waterproof, I would suggest the makers at FODSPORTS find a way to connect that protective piece to the device better as that would be really helpful and guarantee that water won’t get in the ports.

In summary I am quite impressed with Fodsports for making this stellar comms unit.  You can get great sound quality for a lower cost and spend that money on more toys for your bike, like that loud exhaust you always wanted.  I have recommended it to fellow bikers who were looking for a solid unit but easier on budget. Although some riders may prefer a communication system that reaches longer than 500m between riders, I don’t need this as I stay fairly close to the other riders and even when I lost them around some bends it picks the communication back up easily so they can hear me singing in their ears all day! Lucky them!

We would like to thank the makers at Fodsports for letting me trial the M1-S.

Available here through Amazon

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BRWRL1D/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_1z2ODb1WT2MZF

Tuesday
Oct082019

Classic TT Manx Calendar released to help charity

Buy a £2 Manx calendar and help support motorcycling in the Isle of Man.

 

Wemoto has teamed with Bill Snelling to create a Classic TT Manx Racer calendar. It features some of the most iconic moments in TT racing history from the 1920s to 1990s, taken from Snelling’s photo archive. Famous faces include John Surtees, Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop, Sammy Miller and Mike Hailwood.

 

The profits from the sale of the calendar will go to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club (MGPSC), which provides medical assistance to riders on the track and supports them while they recover from injury.

 

Since 2015, Wemoto has been selling merchandise to visitors of the Isle of Man’s Festival of Jurby, with profits going to the MGPSC. The Manx Calendars are a new way to raise money, while this time celebrating TT racing as a whole.

 

Designed in-house and finished in classic black and white, the calendars will look stylish on any wall. In the run-up to Christmas, they also make an excellent gift idea for friends and family. A fantastic way of both commemorating historic motorcycling moments and helping current riders.

 

The calendars are available now at Wemoto, part number we-manx-calendar/AG5782

 

https://www.wemoto.com/parts/picture/we-manx-calendar

 Now available at Wemoto

Site: www.wemoto.com

Email: sales@wemoto.com

Tel: 01273 597072

Monday
Oct072019

Marvellous Marcellous update

A couple of points that need clarifying in the latest issue of SEB in the Marvellous Marcellous article.

 

 

The Harley-Davidson mentioned in the article on DFX Motorcycles was not built by Marcellous. It was in fact bought and modified by Marcellous to its current incarnation.
His website is also different to the published one, please use

 

 

Tuesday
Oct012019

TRIUMPH BOBBER BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE WINNER DECLARED

Triumph UK has revealed the winner of this year’s inaugural Bobber Build-Off Challenge as Laguna Ashford Triumph with their entry, The Drag Racer. The winning build was announced at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) in London on 29th September.

 

Triumph UK launched its first ever Build-Off at The Bike Shed show earlier this year. The competition attracted entries from 13 Triumph dealerships around the UK, who used a combination of off-the-shelf parts and hand-crafted engineering skills to design and personalise their beautiful Bonneville Bobbers.

 

A public vote saw the three finalists - Pure Triumph Wellingborough; Peterborough Triumph and Laguna Ashford - enter into a head-to-head showdown, judged by an experienced panel, comprising of football legend Ian WrightThe Bike Shed's Dutch van Someren and Triumph’s own Chief Product Officer; Steve Sargent.

 

The motorcycle-enthusiast judges combined opinions to agree, collectively, on this year’s overall winner; Laguna Ashford Triumph. The team were presented with a custom tank trophy to celebrate their creative, well executed win.

 

The Ashford team assembled a Thruxton track racer fairing to their untouched Bonneville Bobber. This accelerated them towards the origin of a Bobber drag bike-themed idea, steering them down the straight and towards a retro classic drag bike end goal, making perfect sense to name the build as The Drag Racer.

 

”The whole silhouette just looks right from the first moment you see it, the retro paint creates a bodywork line that looks fresh out of a factory design studio. When you dig a little deeper behind the concept, the Bobber's surprising start-line performance and torque is more drag-bike, so creating a build with pretensions for increased performance feels more appropriate than its competition,” shared Dutch.

 

Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer, Triumph Motorcycles added further “The Laguna Drag Racer is a stunning piece of design and is probably the least expected way to customise the original bike. The bike has a stance and design language that emphasises the performance angle of the motorcycle and I am sure that anyone who has ridden the Bobber can testify this is a bike that makes you smile when you open the throttle. What has really impressed me with this bike is how good it looks from every angle. The bodywork flows naturally from front to back and is incredibly well-executed. Dare I say it, I actually like it more than the original Hurricane that inspired it. Now I just need a chance to ride it.”

 

Details of the 13 finalist Bobber Build-Off entrants can be found on the Triumph website with access to images and the background of each build.

 

Triumph Accessories extensive range, available through Triumph dealerships, facilitate the freedom of customisation from styling to performance, adapting both bike and ride to suit.

 

Triumph was once again the lead motorcycle sponsor of the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, making this the brand’s sixth year of helping to raise awareness and funds for the DGR's two chosen causes, prostate cancer research and men's mental health.