2017 Black Friday Deals & Discount Codes

Of course it’s all a marketing ruse to get you to part with your hard earned cash. You know they, they know that. But if you are after some new gear or bike bits, then take advantage and blag yourself a decent deal and save yourself a few bob. Below is a round up of some of the best and most useful deals:

Get Geared

15% discount code (expires 26th) – BLACK17

GhostBikes

On top of this, Ghost Bikes will beat any other deal with 25 off – so get haggling!

SportsBikeShop

Have finally announced their black Friday sale section.

DemonTweeks

Great for bike (or other automotive) maintenance stuff:

More deals at DemonTweeks.

Amazon

Amazon will run various daily deals with random motoring bits going cheap. Look out for cheap TomTom’s, Abus security gear, oil, Yuasa batteries and so forth. I bagged a dirt cheap Abus Disc Lock the other year.

FC-Moto

A German based retailer with much discounted kit.

15% discount code (valid until 29th) – BLACK15FCM

MotoIn

This less well know German based outlook have lots of clothing, helmets and other gear.

10% discount code (order of £50 quid) – MOTOINTGIF

J&S

Currently have 20% off all online and in store.

Let me know if you spot other decent deals and have saved yourself a packet on new kit.

Dainese Clutch Evo D-Dry Unisex Gloves Review

Small hands? Check. Get pretty cold in the winter? Check. I would love to have heated gloves- but the pennies don’t stretch that far at the moment. So to keep the winter chill at the bay I use these Dianese Clutch Evo gloves in combination with heated grips.

I have had these gloves for about 18 months now- I purchased them in February 2016 at the Excel Bike show. They have been through all the weather the sky can chuck at them- snow, gales, sun, heavy rain, drizzle, hail. They are a good quality short glove and are well insulated against the cold. For those of us who have shorter arms and struggle to find longer gloves to fit, these gloves fit well with jacket sleeves that tend to be longer than they should be. In the frost and snow my fingers can feel a bit cold but putting some merino wool glove liners in can help and the heated grips keep off the chill. Continue reading “Dainese Clutch Evo D-Dry Unisex Gloves Review” »

Comparison of Anti-Fogging/Misting Solutions for Glasses

As a glasses wearer, I’ve always struggled with my glasses misting or fogging up on cold days. Whereas as my visor stays clear through the use of a Pinlock, there is no obvious solution for glasses, just a multitude of products to squirt on that claim to stop all misting up. But do they really work?  In the name of science I conducted a mini experiment to compare some popular products to ascertain which were most effective.

The Experiment

I used a number of old pairs of glasses, which I first cleaned then applied the various products as per their directions. As a control, one pair were left untreated. I then placed the glasses in the fridge to cool to 5℃, to mimic a ride on a cool winters day. First I took the glasses out into the kitchen with a humidity reading of 55%, to see how the lenses misted up (or not). Secondly I repeated by taking the glasses from fridge to hot shower room with a humidity reading of 60% to test a more extreme scenario.


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Richa Nomad Waterproof Unisex Boots Review

Being Wide of Calf, buying new boots that fit me is generally a pain in the arse. I am also very short so I usually have the added complication of longer boots impeding my knees. I had heard good things about the Richa Nomad boots and with winter approaching I needed some new waterproof boots to replace my Furygan boots. For £80, they are a good value boot and I decided to give them a go.

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EDZ Ladies Merino Wool Base Layers Review

EDZ Merino Wool Long Sleave TopWhen a girl asks her partner for some underwear for Christmas, most would have in mind a nice bra, some matching knickers, perhaps a negligee. Not for me however.  For Christmas I want some more EDZ merino base layers.

Last February at the Excel Bike Show I purchased a ladies merino long sleeved crew necked base layer made out of 100% merino wool with some 100% merino wool leggings. I have worn them pretty much constantly when out on my motorbike ever since.

At the Bike Show, the EDZ stand was offering a small discount. These items do retail at quite a lot when compared with other base layers, especially those made from artificial fibres.

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MotoGirl Full Kevlar Leggings Review

When you were a child, did you ever have a favourite pair of trousers or a top that you would wear to death and never take off? Well, my MotoGirl leggings are mine. I bought them in February and I have worn them pretty much constantly since.

These MotoGirl Leggings are stretchy and come with knee armour and optional hip armour. They have pockets, loops for a belt and more importantly are completely lined with kevlar. This is unlike some biker jeans which only have kevlar lining on the main impact areas of the groin, hip and knees. The leggings can be washed at 30C on a delicate cycle. Continue reading “MotoGirl Full Kevlar Leggings Review” »

Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 19 (Bad Obs)

I know my video output has been a bit sparse lately, but I do hope you’ll find this one interesting.

There’s clearly a number of lessons to be drawn from this video on planning ahead, avoiding distractions, maintaining safe distances, personal safety bubble and not carrying too much speed into situations. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Thankfully the rider only had an injured pride and some minor cosmetic bike damage.

Hiring a Harley Davidson Dyna 103 in California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

This month I was posted to San Jose for work, but unlike most work trips this one included a stay over the weekend. So, stuck on my tod in California I decided to hire a Harley to explore the area as it’s not often you get chance to cruise down the West Coast freeways on a big hog, definitely on many bikers bucket lists and too good a chance to miss. I hired my bike from EagleRider in San Francisco, who had a wide selection of Harley’s to choose from (but also have others). I initially booked a Sportster 1200, but due to unavailability was given a Dyna Low Rider 103 as an upgrade – nice one!

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Fixing Broken Mounting Lugs and Plastic Welding

Lug holding fairing and lights to bracket

In my recent crash I smashed up the headlight cluster of the Fazer. Unfortunately this item alone is £250 brand new,  however I did find a much cheaper used one from a breaker, albeit missing one mounting lug. But I had the foresight to gather up many pieces from the crash, including some of the bust off lugs from my smashed lights. So my plan was to the weld a bust lug to my newly acquired lights, to get back up and running for not too much money.

Plastic welding is nowhere near as difficult as you may think and doesn’t need any expensive materials. You just need a good soldering iron, some cable ties and staples. The technique I followed was the outlined below in this video by Delboy’s Garage, do watch his howto and subscribe to his channel, he’s got some sound advice.

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