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Coming 2018!

There’s no secret – an awful lot of this site is focused on motorcycling and road racing. Especially during the racing season.

For this reason @RoadRacingLive has been born. This will be the tbni.blog dedicated Twitter feed for all things Motorcycle Road Racing related.

It will be coming just in time for the 2018 season so Follow it now and be sure not to miss a thing!

The RoadRacingLive.co.uk address will simply continue to link to the main blog.

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Road Racing Calendar Now Available

iCal

TBNI.co.uk is now proud to announce that our Road Racing Calendar will continue for the 2018 Irish and Northern Irish Road Racing Season.  Our iCal Calendar is now available and open to subscription!

The 2018 Events are already getting added!

Simply Click here and you will be offered to Subscribe to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar :

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Sticky Post : New Site Section : Motorcycling…

If you take a quick look up to the top of the site you will see some separate sub sections such as ‘About’, ‘Events’ and so on…

Look a little closer and you will see the latest one – ‘Motorcycling’ 

As this is such a big section of the site and let’s be honest there are some epic biking posts contained in here I decided it needed its own dedicated section.  That means the site will stay dynamic with newest posts going to the main page which won’t therefore get filled with ‘Sticky’ Posts so the new stuff keeps appearing but the epic bike stuff remains ridiculously easy to find too… WIN WIN!

Now what are you waiting for, go on click it… ‘Motorcycling.’

 

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Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Case direct from Mous.co for £43.95 (GBP) Delivered, the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product. Like me you may have seen the Sponsored Adverts on Facebook or some other social media for a company called Mous. Mous make phone cases and have a few under their belt already (from iPhone 6 to iPhone X as well as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus). The Limitless case that this review refers to was funded via crowd funding. Their indigogo campaign almost raised $2.5 million : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/protective-iphone-x-and-8-cases-mous-limitless#/

The advert that caught my attention was one outside the Apple Store in London where they went in and purchased an iPhone X on release day, popped it in their case, walked outside and chucked it up in the air. This all being done right in front of a crowd of Apple fans looking to go in and buy the very phone that was now taking a live flying lesson with a combined drop test onto the concrete right in front of their own eyes.

That’s a ballsy move and on watching how the case coped with drop after drop and even being offered to the public to have a go my mind was made up. The order was placed with an expected shipping date of 21st November 2017.

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Scotland’s North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report :

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Scotland’s North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

In the Summer of 2016 I took on another European coastal route :  Scotland’s NC500 :

UPDATED DOWNLOAD LOCATION : Get the GPX File for the Scottish North Coast 500 Route right here :

https://tbni.blog/2016/09/27/scotlands-north-coast-500-gpx-route-file-nc500-gpx/

Scotland's NC500 Coastal Route

Scotland’s NC500 Coastal Route

Disclaimer : Having completed the Wild Atlantic Way in under a week I thought a reasonable time period to complete the North Coast 500 would be two days. However you will notice that this ride report actually covers four days – so what’s that about? Well it’s simply about travel. One day to get to the start and one day takes me home. So really it’s a four day trip to Scotland, during which I completed the NC500 in two.

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 1/4) :

http://tbni.blog/2017/11/29/scotlands-north-coast-500-in-2-days/

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 2/4) :

http://tbni.blog/2017/12/07/scotlands-north-coast-500-nc500-in-2-days-day-2-4/

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 3/4) :

http://tbni.blog/2017/12/08/scotlands-north-coast-500-nc500-in-2-days-day-3-4/

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 4/4) :

http://tbni.blog/2017/12/08/scotlands-north-coast-500-nc500-in-2-days-day-4-4/

For more information on this route have a look here :

https://www.northcoast500.com

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 4/4)

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Disclaimer : Having completed the Wild Atlantic Way in under a week I thought a reasonable time period to complete the North Coast 500 would be two days. However you will notice that this ride report actually covers four days – so what’s that about? Well it’s simply about travel. One day to get to the start and one day takes me home. So really it’s a four day trip to Scotland, during which I completed the NC500 in two.

Download the NC500 GPS File Here : http://www.tbni.blog/downloads/North-Coast-500.gpx

Day 4 : 01/08/2016 : Inverness – Cairnryan : Day 4 of the trip and yesterday saw the completion of the North Coast 500 (NC500). This final day is simply the dash home from Inverness to Cairnryan Port. It is almost 5 hours down the motorway towards Glasgow then to Cairnryan. No scenic route, no epic country roads like on Day 1 – with the timing of the ferry it really was just a dash to the port.

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : The Route Back

Scotland’s North Coast 500 : NC500 : The Route Back

Only one thing needed sorted and that was my brakes. So I knew thanks to my internet buddies where I needed to go and who could help me, I was faced with one further dilemma, it was a bank holiday Monday so businesses were opening a little later than usual or simply not at all.

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 3/4)

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Disclaimer : Having completed the Wild Atlantic Way in under a week I thought a reasonable time period to complete the North Coast 500 would be two days. However you will notice that this ride report actually covers four days – so what’s that about? Well it’s simply about travel. One day to get to the start and one day takes me home. So really it’s a four day trip to Scotland, during which I completed the NC500 in two.

Download the NC500 GPS File Here : http://www.tbni.blog/downloads/North-Coast-500.gpx

Day 3 : 31/07/2016 : Scourie – Inverness : Day 3 of the trip and therefore Day 2 of the NC500 route. This section takes us from Scourie back to Inverness, finishing off the West Coast then taking in the North and East Coasts back to Inverness. The route for the day looks very roughly like :

Scotland’s North Coast 500 : Day 2 Route : NC500

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 2/4)

Scotland's North Coast 500 : NC500 : Ride Report

Disclaimer : Having completed the Wild Atlantic Way in under a week I thought a reasonable time period to complete the North Coast 500 would be two days. However you will notice that this ride report actually covers four days – so what’s that about? Well it’s simply about travel. One day to get to the start and one day takes me home. So really it’s a four day trip to Scotland, during which I completed the NC500 in two.

Download the NC500 GPS File Here : http://www.tbni.blog/downloads/North-Coast-500.gpx

Day 2 : 30/07/2016 : Inverness – Scourie : Day 2 of the trip is actually Day 1 of the NC500 route and after the glorious day we had travelling over to Scotland I was so very hopeful for more of the same for the start of the actual NC500. However it was not to be. As any resident, or visitor, with experience of the United Kingdom, Ireland, British Isles, outlying islands will be all to aware – the weather is changeable – and it had changed. What was blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine had been replaced by grey – and to make things that little bit worse all that grey was now wet – wet and grey.

We started off with the easy choice for breakfast – a nearby Morrison’s Supermarket for a fry. The grub was decent, but the tea was horrible. I blame the UHT milk, for goodness sake – surely a supermarket should be able to stretch to proper fresh milk for the tea? It took ages for the food as well which meant we weren’t getting on the road until just after 10:00 am. This late start would bite us later, so if you are planning on following a similar timescale get moving earlier. This is a pretty long day.

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500) – In 2 Days (Day 1/4)

North Coast 500 : Scotland : NC500

Disclaimer : Having completed the Wild Atlantic Way in under a week I thought a reasonable time period to complete the North Coast 500 would be two days. However you will notice that this ride report actually covers four days – so what’s that about? Well it’s simply about travel. One day to get to the start and one day takes me home. So really it’s a four day trip to Scotland, during which I completed the NC500 in two.

Download the NC500 GPS File Here : http://www.tbni.blog/downloads/North-Coast-500.gpx

Day 1 : 29/07/2016 : Two of us set off on this journey, myself on my 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, my mate on his Kawasaki ZX10R. Yep an adventure bike and a sports bike are heading to the Highlands.

The day starts of at Belfast heading to Cairnryan on the 07:30 am ferry. At 07:30 am the most important thing is breakfast and at £10.00 for a fry I am expecting a great breakfast. Nope – not great at all. It tasted alright but the portions were beyond miserable. The beans consisted of 3 lonely individuals drowning in a sea of watered down tomato sauce. One good point is that if you buy a cup of tea / coffee your refills are free. Maybe the £10 fries subsidise the hot drinks bill?

Here are a few tips for this ferry :

1. Get a McD’s breakfast on the way to the boat.

2. Sit in the bar – not the restaurant. FIFA on an xBox was in the bar.

3. Find someone a bit secluded on the boat – the bodies (by the time you move off) will be strewn about everywhere, the noises are like when zombies fall asleep with a sinsus infection. People really need to try sleeping the night before their journey!

On a plus note through the weather was glorious! My fingers were crossed it stays this way!

NC500 : Belfast - Cairnryan Ferry

NC500 : Belfast – Cairnryan Ferry

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2017 Motorcycle Live Review – MCL in a Day – from Northern Ireland

Motorcycle Live is probably the UK’s biggest Motorcycle Show and follows closely on the heels of the big European shows – as such it is normally the first opportunity that we in the UK get to look at all the goodies the manufacturers are planning on bring out in 2018.

That makes it a pretty exciting show for UK bike fans.

Coming from Northern Ireland though it is quite a trek to get to, and it means a really early start to get the most out of the day.

I have been going over for a good few years and I had pretty much perfected the routine of getting up early getting to Belfast for a 7.30 am flight – getting into Birmingham, getting fed and getting into the event for the doors opening at 10.00 am. The flights would have cost about £70 for the return fare – Motorcycle Live and a Programme is about £30 so all in it was about £100 for the day.

This year though I went a little different. I was able to pick up flights for £19.98 for the return with Ryanair – then the £30 for the show and programme meaning the full day was costing a mere £50 ish. The only trade off was the start time and travelling.

The flight was at 6.55 am so I had to get up at 3.00 am and head to Dublin Airport. That got me in at about 7.40 am. So 2 hours 20 minutes before the show starts. Then it was time for my best kept secret. Off the plane and up the stairs in the Airport for a Frankie and Benny’s breakfast. Every year everyone hurries off the plane and rushes to the adjoining NEC – I however go upstairs, sit down and enjoy a tasty breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs (the eggs by the way are outstanding). That was my plan this year as well although it now seems that this well kept secret has been rumbled – half the damn plane went! However the most important thing remains – the eggs were outstanding!

With breakfast eaten and thoroughly enjoyed it was still only 08.30 am. An hour and a half until the doors open, so bring a book, magazine, iPad or whatever to pass the time, or if like me you like a little flutter you could always check out the casino at the Genting Arena, about 5 minutes of a walk will take you to it from the NEC – so hop on the fun little monorail and zip over to the NEC and pass the time.

Before we even consider going any further here is the most important tip for the day :

Bring your Driving Licence.

I forgot mine!

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RIP – Dan Hegarty, 31, Macau GP, 18/11/2017

TBNI.blog and I would like to offer my condolences to the family , friends and team of Daniel Hegarty who sadly paid the ultimate price yesterday at the Macau GP. Another great rider gone too soon.

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Whatsapp Scam : Text Message States Subscription has Expired – Click Link and Pay 99p for Lifetime Subscription – Don’t Click – Don’t Pay

Whatsapp Scam Text Message

Whatsapp Scam Text Message

This scam has been about before and is actually quite clever as previously you could have paid 99p for a Lifetime of Whatsapp (or a year depending when you joined), but since 2016 Whatsapp has been free and still is!

So don’t click the link and don’t pay!  This is an attempt by scammers to harvest payment details and no doubt rip you off further.  Just press delete.  

Don’t give it another thought – this is a scam full stop.  Delete it, ignore and keep enjoying your Whatsapp.

Oh and on this instance the message was sent to my phone number as a regular Text Message not even as a Whatsapp Message – why would Whatspp do that.  Think about it then forget it, happy that you still have your 99p and more importantly that you haven’t given this scum your bank details!

The wording of the message is : 

Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link [LINK REMOVED]

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Griffin Survivor Extreme : iPhone X Case – Unboxing and Review

Griifin Survivor Extreme iPhone X

Griifin Survivor Extreme iPhone X

Another iPhone and another chance for Griffin to produce a new version of their hugely popular, successful and extremely protective Survivor Case.

In fact the traditional Survivor Case is now actually a range of cases. There is a Survivor Extreme, Survivor Strong, Survivor Clear, Survivor Prime, Survivor Fit and coming soon there is a Survivor All-Terrain. With the exception of the latter the above list goes from most rugged to least. Least by the way does not mean none, the survivor fit is tested for a 2.1 metre drop so is certainly no slouch.

This review though focuses on the Griffin Survivor Extreme.

I managed to pick this up off Amazon at a bargain £21, the RRP being £47 on the Griffin website and Amazon are now selling it for closer to the £40 mark.

It arrived next day (thank you Prime) and I was excited to get at it. I have used a Griffin Survivor before, although I think it was about the era of my iPhone 5. I remember it as a proper rugged case, I had no issues whatsoever with it, it really is remembered fondly.

Griffin Survivor Range iPhone 5

Griffin Survivor Range iPhone 5

Look at that range – it was a great case and I remember correctly – it was the case I got for my iPhone 5 on release day :

http://tbni.blog/2012/09/22/griffin-survivor-iphone-5-unboxing-and-initial-thoughts-and-reviews/

In fact after a little searching I was even rocking one of these on my iPhone 4 :

http://tbni.blog/2012/08/23/griffin-survivor-iphone-44s-case-thoughts-and-photos/

But times have changed – we are now at the iPhone X, my needs haven’t really changed though – I still need a good rugged case and when I seen this Griffin Survivor Survivor Extreme (especially at the price I paid) I thought my problems were solved.

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