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Clothing/Protection Hardware

Heads Up: Cheap Bike Cover and Base Layers at Lidl

Lidl-Motorcycle-CoverQuick heads up: Lidl are doing cheap motorcycle rain covers from the 3rd October this week. They look quite basic, but are dirt cheap at just £9. At a fifth of the price of an Oxford one and with a 3 year warranty, I’m sure you’ll get your moneys worth. I’ll certainly be grabbing a couple, so watch this space for a review.

Also this week, Lidl are doing base layers and cheap hi-vis waistcoats. Previous base layers from Lidl proved very effective last winter, so I can definitely recommend them. At just £2 for the hi-vis, I’m dubious as to how they will stand up to high speed riding. Still worth a quick look though.

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Maintenance

Repairs to Fazer, Back on the Road

FZS600-Fairing-BracketsAfter my incident last week when some idiot not paying any attention ran into me, I had to spend sometime fixing up the Fazer and getting it road worthy again. There was quite a bit of damage, but thankfully all cosmetic. The fairing was scratched and cracked, the fairing brackets were bent badly, screen snapped off, belly pan was crumpled, crash bobbins almost snapped off, broken mirror, broken indicator and bent Givi rack and snapped Givi mounting plate. Obviously I am working with my insurance to claim for as much of the damage as possible. However in the mean time my priority has been emergency repairs to make the bike usable again. I want to avoid taking a courtesy bike as liability is still yet to be assigned.

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Hardware

New Rubber For The ZZR

imageStuck a new tyre in Mary’s ZZR400 yesterday. Nice Michelin PilotRoad, to match the rear. Big thumbs up to the guys down at FWR Kenington for sorting it out double quick during my lunch break. Definitely recommended if you in the city and need new rubber in a hurry.

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Riding

“Filtering is illegal, don’t ya know?” – Twat

Silver-Astra-Twat-01Fuck.

Riding back home last night, quietly filtering down the A13 through it’s usual gridlock, when this twat suddenly decides to change lanes and takes me out.

He then starts getting a bit worked up, telling me I was wrong for filtering, I “shouldn’t be filtering, it’s illegal, don’t ya know?”

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Clothing/Protection Gear Reviews

Alpinestars S-MX4 Boots Review

Alpinestars-SMX4-Boots-1I recently purchased these boots second hand off ebay, after the straps on my old Hein Gericke Bullson boots started to wear and looked ready to snap at any moment. I opted for Alpinestars as I’ve always found their gear to be good quality. It’s easy to see why they’re still going strong after recently celebrating their 50th anniversary. Granted their brand carries a premium price, but popularity does mean a large number of their products can be found second hand and so with a little patience, some real bargains can be found. These S-MX 4 boots will normally set you back in the region of £150, but I picked up a pair in good nick for just £40. Sorted.

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Gear Reviews Hardware

Pragmasis Chain & Squire Lock Review

Pragmasis-Chain-Squire-LockAfter getting Mary her own motorbike, getting an extra security chain was top priority. Being so pleased with the Pragmasis Protector chain I’ve been using, they were the obvious choice. I had considered an Almax chain, which are generally regarded as being on par with the Pragmasis chains. Both brands cost the same and are supplied with the same Squire padlock, however Pragmasis offer free next day postage – can’t argue with that.

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Insurance Renewal

Eeek, that time of year when insurance is up for renewal. However, rather than hoping to see a nice drop in my premium due to gaining a years riding experience and a year no claims, I’ve got a dirty great hike. All thanks to the numskull who ran me off the road back in April, the claim of which is still unresolved and waiting to see the other party will respond to my insurers legal case. Grrrr.

Sod’s law will probably see the claim getting resolved shortly after I stump up the cash and renew.

FWIW We have some great tips which may bring down an  insurance premium