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Thursday
Sep192019

SLINKY GLIDE CABLE RANGE EXPANDS AT WEMOTO








The Slinky Glide range of cables continues to expand, with new additions across the board and over 8000 models now listed by parts specialist Wemoto.

Slinky Glide cables for 1970s classics through to modern day machines are manufactured to OE standards, providing a precise fit, optimum performance and renowned reliability, with the majority of cables retailing at under £10.

The use of a specialised frost and dust resistant lubricant compound applied during assembly, and a friction-reducing polyimide layer between each inner and outer cable ensures the smooth and long-lasting operation of every Slinky Glide cable.

Slinky Glide fitments include brake, clutch, throttle, tacho, speedo and exhaust valve cables and repair kits.

The ever-expanding Slinky Glide cable range is held in high stock quantities at Wemoto's Sussex warehouse to ensure a fast delivery to the UK and beyond.

Check out the Slinky Glide cable range at www.wemoto.com

 

Thursday
Sep192019

Overheated this summer??

SOME OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT WE HAD JUST OVER A WEEK OF HEAT DURING THE SUMMER.  THIS ENABLED THE UK CONTINGENT OF TEAM SEB TO INVESTIGATE THE CONCEPT OF EVAPORATION VESTS AND HOW EFFECTIVE THEY COULD BE IN PROMOTING RIDER COMFORT.

 IN OUR INVESTIGATION WE CAME ACROSS http://www.techniche-intl.com/technologies/hyperkewl/

FOR A PRETTY REASONABLE THIRTY FIVE POUNDS WE PURCHASED THEIR MOTORCYCLE COOLING VEST FROM AMAZON.

THE VEST’S COOLING PROPERTIES COME FROM A PATENTED MATERIAL,

HYPERKEWL, WHICH IS A UNIQUE FABRIC THAT ABSORBS AND SLOWLY RELEASES WATER THROUGH EVAPORATION. THE IDEA BEING TO GREATLY INCREASE THE BODIES NATURAL COOLING PROCESS, AND PROTECTING THE WEARER AGAINST HEAT STRESS. 

TO USE, YOU SIMPLY SOAK IN WATER FOR 1-2 MINUTES, GENTLY SQUEEZE OUT EXCESS WATER AND ENJOY THE COOLING EFFECT FOR 5-10 HOURS. 

THIS REALLY WORKS TO KEEP YOU COOL AS WELL AS MINIMISING POTENTIAL REDUCTION IN YOUR CONCENTRATION LEVELS FROM BEING OVERHEATED AND UNCOMFORTABLE.

WE PLAN TO SEND THIS GARMENT OVER TO THE SPANISH CONTINGENT TO ENABLE MORE EXTENSIVE TESTING IN THEIR HOTTER CLIMES.

 THE INITIAL VERDICT IS THAT THIS GARMENT IS SIMPLE, FAST AND EASY TO USE.

 

Monday
Sep022019

Online v Bike Shop

John Allsopp gives us his thoughts on the Shark Skwal helmet after living with it for many miles.

It raises the issue of whether it's important to use our local motorcycle shops and outlets when buyng kit or is price the only consideration??

 

As many will remember we had the first generation of this helmet supplied to us by our friends at Bolt Bikes.  After around 50,000 miles what have we found?

Firstly, let's recall the specifications-

SHARP 4 star safety rated (out of 5)

1.47Kg (about average)

Rechargeable LED lighting strip

Injected thermoplastic shell (polycarb)

Pinlock anti-fog insert include Integral sun visor

Sizes XS – XL

On long term testing-

Ventilation on this helmet is reasonably good.  The chin vent giving more air flow than the single forehead one.  

This takes air into the helmet, through the air channels around the scalp and out of the exhaust vent below the spoiler to the rear). It’s adequate and, coupled with the Pinlock, has enough ventilation to keep the visor mist-free.

The liner is removable and had remained very comfortable without any appreciable compression to affect the fit.

The helmet is also relatively quiet and certainly the wind noise is unobtrusive with ear plugs.

We have noticed that the LED's are easy to turn on accidentally but a minor adjustment of the situation of the switch soon dealt with that issue.

Overall we have been very impressed with this helmet, however, it does have an Achilles heel.

The visor has been subject to fracture on the arms of the shield.  This has happened once on the road and three times in the process of changing the visor.  We understand the issue was addressed in the generation 2 with alteration to the ratchet system. 

Our friends at Bolt Bikes arranged for the helmet to be returned to the factory where the upgraded parts were fitted and the helmet returned in a week, free of charge, under the five year guarantee.  (We'd also like to mention that Bolt Bikes exchanged every failed visor free and without quibble).

Have you had any issues with visors on Shark helmets?

Also, do let us know if you didn't receive the excellent after sales service we did at Bolt Bikes.

www.boltbikes.co.uk

Friday
Aug092019

MOTOGP ACE BRADLEY SMITH TO RETURN TO TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS

MotoGP world championship racer Bradley Smith will be making a return to motocross racing at the Apico 2-Stroke Festival at Sellindge MX in Kent over the weekend of 31st August to the 1st of September. 

Former youth motocross racer Bradley, the only rider to take a podium in all four classes of Grand Prix motorcycle road racing, races for the Aprilia factory team in MotoGP but saw some of his biggest successes on two-strokes, winning three 125cc GPs with 20 podiums.

Oxford-based 28-year-old Bradley Smith said: “I stopped racing motocross in January 2005, but two-strokes were a huge part of my life from starting on a KX60 at six-years-old to winning my last 125 GP in Valencia in 2010. The 2-stroke festival gives me a chance to get my competitive nature out of the box, but also just enjoy a shared love for motocross and dirt bogies!” 

The 2-Stroke event is now in its third year and harks back to the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear with only two-strokes allowed in all classes. There are classes from youths on mini bikes to current pro racers on modern bikes, and even former GP stars on pre-1999 Super Evo and Evo bikes, bidding to win official ACU British championships. What’s more, spectator entry is free, where fans can get up close to the riders in the open paddock.

Event organiser Dave Willet said; “This is exactly what the Apico 2-Stroke Festival is all about. It’s designed to get that buzz going and 2-stroke juices flowing, encouraging old and new 2-stroke riders to join in and compete.

“We want riders to relate back to those glory days of listening to a 2-Stroke fire into life and create that feeling for the youth, too. The smell of premix and sound of 2-strokes lasts for a life time. And that’s why Bradley Smith has decided to compete at the festival.

“To be able to have one of Britain’s best motorcycle racers want to compete on the dirt again is a huge credit to him and the festival. He’s got a manic schedule yet he’s keen to reminisce and ride with fellow smoker addicts.” 

For more information visit www.2strokefestival.com 

Wednesday
Aug072019

Blind veteran from Worthing to join 200-mile motorcycle ride to raise funds for national military charity

 

 

18190_Carole Sharp with guide dog_01_05_2017A blind veteran from Worthing will join a cavalcade of bikers on Saturday 10 August for the annual Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss, with all funds raised going to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

 

Carole Sharpe, in her 70s, will ride pillion on one of the motorbikes as the group departs from Moreton-in-Marsh on the morning of Saturday 10 August. The ride will first stop at the Army Flying Museum in Stockbridge followed by a visit to the D-Day Landing Room at Portsmouth. Day trippers on Brighton seafront will be able to spot the bikers in the afternoon as they head towards their final destination, the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Ovingdean.

 

Carol says “I’m very much looking forward to the ride – I just love the exhilaration of being on a bike. A lot of [blind veterans] all enjoy an adrenaline rush, and there are lots of things we can’t do without the help of a sighted person. What is really wonderful is the description of the journey we get form the bikers on the intercom, even though I’m not able to see the countryside it makes me feel like I can appreciate the changing scenery.

 

“In my youth I would ride on the back of an old BSA my brother used for scrambling. I loved the fresh air and the feel of freedom – whether you’re sighted or not, you can still get that from a motorbike. Mind you, the bikes are much more comfortable than they used to be!”

 

Carol joined the Fleet Air Arm as A Wren in September 1955 and served at various UK air stations before leaving the service. She then completed a degree in electrical engineering at Aberdeen University. She has been receiving support from Blind Veterans UK since 2007 and regularly takes part in fundraising events and activities.

 

https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/media/4842/photo2.jpg?anchor=center&mode=crop&width=1150&height=575&rnd=131983333550000000All funds raised from the Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss go toward the charity’s work supporting blind veterans in the local community.

 

To join #TeamBlindVeterans and sign up for the event with your own motorcycle, visit blindveterans.org.uk/rideforlife