Motorcycle Winter Protection – ACF50, FS365 or WD40

Before going any further please read the following post :

The above covers the ACF50 product and its current number one condenter for the title of ultimate motorcycle protectant XCP Professional Rust Blocker.

So if that post holds the ‘considered’ top two products, why then the need for this post?  Simply some people havent heard of the products above or have been fed mis-information on the use (or usefulness) of these others.

A few points from my own experience:

  1.  WD40 is brilliant, but not as a winter protection product for a motorcycle, please don’t be using it as that!
  2. FS365 is a good product for frequent use, and by frequent I mean after ever ride, which can be quite costly.
  3. Personally, I use ACF-50 and between applications or after a particularly wet ride out I then cold rinse the bike and give it a good liberal dose of FS365.  I don’t know how necessary that is or isn’t but me me it has left my bikes spotless, winter after winter.

So the this test then is ACF50 v Scott Oiler FS365 and WD40, it was carried out by F2MCLTD who have kindly allowed me to link to their original experiment and findings :

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The Ultimate Motorcycle Protection? ACF50 v XCP Rust Blocker

As I have mentioned, demonstrated (and used) I am a huge fan of ACF50 as the main protectant for my motorcycles.  I have been using it for many years and the results still impress me, and make sure any time I am asked ‘what should I use’ I can give and honestly mean a hearty recommendation to ACF50.

However, like all things, products can be improved upon (or worsen with revisions), can be changed, even new products can take an undisputed crown, and for that reason it is important to stay on top of any new developments in the market and keep an eye open for anything new that is making waves.

One such product at the moment seems to be… XCP PRofessional Rust Blocker.

XCP Porfessional Rust Blocker
XCP Rust Blocker

So the big question is, ‘Is this the product to throw ACF50 of its throne?

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Winter is Coming : Time to Protect Your Motorcycle! ACF50 – The Answer to all your needs!

ACF-50 AntiCorrosion Formula
Winter is Coming - Time to Protect
Winter is Coming – Time to Protect

Winter is coming.  For some that may mean very little, maybe a touch colder, a touch wetter, but nothing to worry about.  However for us in the UK it means salt.  Cheap, nasty salt that gets thrown over every road whether it is +6 degrees or -6.  Although to be honest it is more likely on the +6s!

So the roads get salted, and that is a good thing.  It is for road safety, to stop ice and keep us on the black stuff and out of the nearest hedge, whether you are on two or four wheels.

However the salt may as well be concentrated sulphuric acid as far as your bike is concerned.  It will corrode it and destroy anything metal or shiny within a matter of hours, leaving your pride and joy looking like a neglected rust bucket, and you will pretty much be able to watch as the £££s fall off the bike’s value.

However all is not lost!  Enter ACF50.  This wonder juice treats your bike to a protective coating that prevents (and if necessary stops any further) corrosion from even happening.

The product itself is an oil based liquid that you spray everywhere (except brake components and tyres – as basically it will make them too slippery to stop you or keep you upright – honestly do not put ACF50 anywhere near the brakes or tyres).  Once on it works itself into every nook and cranny of the bike protecting everything it touches.

Here’s how…

Another article I found really useful in researching and subsequently choosing what winter protection to use can be found here :

I think this experiment speaks for the benefits of ACF50 far more than I could do here.

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OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing

From my previous post you can see that I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 920.  Anyone who follows my blog will also know that I am a huge fan of tough cases for phones, it means I can go to work and forget about my phone, go out on the bike, go for a run and never be overly worried about the phone, safe in the knowledge that it is well protected.  Of course there is the fact that these cases will add considerable bulk to a phone and I appreciate that therefore tough cases are not for everyone.  With that to the side it is hard to deny that OtterBox make a good case, and it is for that reason that I opted for an Otterbox Defender for my new Lumia.

Also I should say that there is very little variety when it comes to this phone, and even the OtterBox was difficult enough to source in the UK.  The other alternatives were eBay imports that looked like rather cheap Otterbox imitations.  Maybe the difficulty in sourcing this case explains the condition it arrived with me in, you may see in the photographs that the packaging certainly had better days and although it is hard to see the case itself was filthy, covered in a thick layer of dust as if it had been lying in an old store room since the beginning of time.  To be fair the phone has been released for a while and the case itself didn’t come direct from Otterbox, so there are external factors worth considering.

Anyway this case does exactly what it says on the tin, it is big and bulky for shock and drop protection, the ports and switches are covered up with should offer good dust protection and it has a build in screen guard.  It is at this point that I find my only fault with the case.  The screen guard, when the case is installed, is not tight against the screen, there is a small layer of air in there that you feel when using the phone, it is almost like a cushion effect and it detracts heavily from the touch screen.  I mean heavily.  It is not nice to use.  Also this gap seems to be a magnet for dust.  After just a short period of time I noticed an alarming amount of dust and debris had accumulated inside the case, between the screen shield and the phone itself.  This case should be removed frequently and the phone cleaned.

Having said that as far as extreme protection goes for the Lumia 920 this seems to be the best option, so if it is protection you require, and can deal with cleaning the phone and case regularly and the reduction in sensitivity and less than pleasing use of the touch screen this is a decent case, offering a standard of protection that no one else seems to for the Lumia 920.  If you don’t need the heavy duty protection but like keeping your phones in pristine condition a decent full body shield such as those supplied by Zagg or BestSkinsEver may be the way forward?

OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing :

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Ballistic Smooth Series Case for iPhone 5 / 5s UnBoxing

Just a quick unboxing gallery this evening of the Ballistic Smooth Series Case for the Apple iPhone 5 / 5s.

I have this installed on my iPhone 5s, which also has a full body Zagg Invisible Shield installed on it and as you can see the case still fits. If you are too using a screen guard you will need to be very careful as the case itself is rather tight fitting. It is a plastic case, so unlike a silicon based case it is not very flexible. Care is needed when popping in the last corner as it is easy to lift the screen guard, which happened to me, thankfully it didn’t damage it and the case went ok with a bit of gentle persuasion on my next attempt.

The case comes with a nice feature, namely its bumper corners, they are interchangeable and the case comes with four sets, green, red, white and black.

The case is called Smooth Series and it is for exactly that reason, it is smooth, it slips into your pocket easily. and won’t pull out every piece of dust and lint in your pocket unlike its silicon cousins. The case feels well put together, sturdy and strong, the bumper corner adding a little extra protection.

All ports are open and easily operated, the rocker switch functions easily and well, as do the volume buttons. The Home button is open, which is great for iPhone 5s users and their fingerprint centre. There is no screen protection although the case is desk safe, in that the case is edged and if set down screen first the edging means the screen will be kept clear of the desk.

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Griffin Survivor iPhone 4/4s Case Thoughts and Photos…

Griffin Survivor

Having been an admirer of the Griffin Survivor Case for quite some time I purchased one around a year ago. It took me so long as this is an expensive case, at the time I bought it it had just went sub £30GBP, I think now though you can pick one of these bad boys up for around half that! That my friends is a brilliant investment!

I purchased this one pretty much immediately after the Ballistic HC (previous post – ) and when it arrived I was immediately impressed! This case is not for the weak of heart, it is huge, it is heavy and if you like the look of your iPhone naked, you will probably hate this. However if you want to protect you phone this thing is just the ticket.

It claims the following rather impressive stats (and also has under its belt that it is approved to military standards) :

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‘Durable’ iPhone 4s Case – Thoughts / Reviews and Photos…

So to start this is an eBay case, and it ranges massively in price from seller to seller, expect to pay about £7.00 including post and packaging for this case, anything more and you are being ripped off.  The best sellers also have it in pretty much every colour you could ever want.  As you can see I have opted for the ‘dark blue’ option, thinking that it looked very like the Subaru WR Blue shade of blue, in actual fact as you can probably tell from the photos it is a good bit lighter than WR Blue.

I am a big fan of hard and tough cases, and this definitely ticks those boxes.  It is tough and hard, it is after all metal, and whats more you need an ‘Allan’ key to put the thing together.

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April 2012 – Best Skins Ever Install – iPod Nano 6th Generation

Best Skins Ever

As I have mentioned before I am a huge fan of Zagg and their InvisibleShield product, however from a little experience and some reading I decided to have another go with a Best Skins Ever for my new 6G iPod Nano.

Now I already have one of these installed on my MacBook Pro and I have to say it is perfect, from memory the install then took me almost 2 hours, but it is a big beast to be covering and I wanted perfection – with a little time and effort, that’s what I got.

So why my affiliation towards Zagg when I have covered my £1980 laptop in a Best Skins Ever? The answer probably doesn’t make much sense, the Zagg cover for the MacBook Pro was around $80, the Best Skins Ever was closer to $30. The reviews on the internet said they were pretty much the same, and as my laptops rarely leave the safety of my desk I decided to save a few $$$ and go with the BSE product. After all it was more to keep the MacBook clean and sparkly as it won’t be going to far into the big bad world.

The BSE has been on the Mac for around 10 months now, and it is still exactly as it was when I put it on, perfect. And it feels smoother than the Zagg, there is no orange peel effect, it too is crystal clear, as far as the protection goes against scratches and such I can’t comment. Thats why I sway towards Zagg, I have been using Zaggs on phones and cameras for years and have had some moments that would have destroyed an unprotected screen, and thanks to the Zagg everything has remained pristine. I have sold on old tech well above the market value because of the Zagg, when removed it looks like brand, spanking new! So there we have it I KNOW Zagg protects, I don’t know that for BSE. Time to try.

In my new regime to get fit, I decided to quit smoking and start running, I already had an iPod Touch (3G) and after lugging that around for a few miles I knew I needed something more convenient, spet up please iPoad Nano. This little device is great for running as you really do forget about it and thanks to Nike+ it keeps track for everything for you, and that nice lady keeps updating you as to how you are doing, great stuff. Howver it needed some protection. The BSE was ordered and delivered to the UK for $9.49, the equivalent Zagg was coming in at $23.99, huge difference I’m sure you’ll agree, both being the full body coverage.

The BSE was ordered on a Monday, and arrived the following Monday, the same sort of timescales that I am used to with Zagg, so no real differences there.

Now this is were the differences start. The Zagg arrive in a padded Jiffy bag, with a nice manufactured box containing the shield, an applicator, a micro fibre cloth, and an instruction leaflet. The BSE arrives in a white envelope, with an invoice and the shield…

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