I think pretty much every motorcyclist now accepts that hearing protection is an essential piece of kit.
For years it was a very neglected part of motorcycle safety, however now we are well aware of the dangers of prolonged exposure to loud noises. In fact some reports state that a mere 30 minutes of exposure to motorcycle engine noise is dangerous enough to potentially cause long term damage to a person’s ears.
Being honest though I came a little late to the hearing protection idea.
However since starting using hearing protection I have been using or rather trying out a lot of different options, from disposables to a pretty expensive custom fitted set of ear plugs and struggled to find my ideal set. I found the disposables pretty good – however they tended to work their way out of my ear over a pretty short period of time. Comfort wise I found them spot on, but there isn’t much point in wearing something that doesn’t stay in your ear.
Then take the custom made ear plugs. I got these in work so didn’t personally fork out for them – thankfully. I have no doubt they offer top class protection however they are so uncomfortable that they actually verge on painful – and that pain comes quickly, maybe after an hour or two my ears and head are thumping.
Then I have tried numerous reusable options -which all have a similar look to this reviewed product :
I have been using a R&G Shocktube now for many years, firstly on my 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, and now on my 2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure. When I changed the bike late last year it was one of the first accessories I purchased, in fact having rode the bike home it didn’t go out onto road again until the front and rear shocks had received a coating of ACF-50 and were safely wrapped up in a ‘Shocktube.’
Whilst at the Isle of Man TT Races in 2016 I called into the Roadskin pop-up store in Douglas and picked myself up a couple of bits of kit, namely a pair of their jeans and one of these hoodies. The hoody at the time was on special offer at £99 including the armour – a saving of £30.
I had fancied such an item for quite some time. Something lighter than the usual motorcycle jacket, something a bit more casual for when you are off the bike and something that still offered some protection. The problem was the hoodies that I had seen seemed to offer two out of my three requirements, the one that seemed to be always missed was the protection – probably the only one that actually matters!
On January 27 & 28th 2017 the ArenaCross UK Tour graced Belfast’s Odyssey Arena for two rounds of the UK Competition. With everyone from 7 year old kids to Europe’s finest indoor Motorcross Racers and a ridiculously skilled Freestyle Team this really is a high octane, completely flat out show from start to finish – and it’s a format that works and this is its fifth year on the bounce in Belfast – and my second.
The Museum was founded and funded by father and son team Denis and Darren Cunningham to act as the public home for their collection of over 130 vehicles. The Museum also hosts over 150 other vehicles on loan from other enthusiasts and collectors.
The Isle of Man was chosen as the location for the Museum due to the unique place the Island occupies in motoring and motorsports history. The Island is the motorcycle road racing capital of the world and has hosted the famous TT races on the public roads annually since 1907. The Southern 100 and the Festival of Motorcycling are also fantastic opportunities to see road racing here.
For 2016, the Museum is proud to host the Joey Dunlop Collection featuring many of his trophies, leathers and race machines. Joey is the most successful TT competitor of all time with 26 victories to his name earning him the title “King of The Mountain”.
Rallying and enduro are also a huge part of motorsport on the Isle of Man and the Museum features a Ford Zephyr which competed in the London-Sydney Marathon rally and World Enduro Championship winning KTMs from local hero David “Knighter” Knight OBE.
With the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company releasing the final invoices for the 2017 TT the internet has been inundated with comments, discussions, crying sessions and temper tantrums. Some good, some bad, most of the bad being hilarious and some just plain stupid.
However one thing is for sure, the TT faithful are getting excited and so am I. I will be going back for the practice week, at a bargain £115 return on the ferry.
So just to wet some appetites even further I will be posting up my Day by Day Review of my 2016 Isle of Man Trip. I thought I had probably left any sort of posting a little late however seeing the frenzy that has been whipped up this week it seems like a good enough time to post up my take on things and let those looking forward to going wet their appetite a little bit more…
MontBlanc Writing Instruments need no introduction, and yes they are expensive, but no it is not just a pen. Everyone needs to write with a nice pen,everyone should have a premium pen and you know deep down you actually want one!
We all do it, walking past the shops in the airport or the jewellers on the High Street, you look in the window, and think, ‘yeah…yeah!’
This MontBlanc though breaks the mould a little in my opinion. It has a much more mordern design and look than that of the classic Meisterstück,for example.
The finish as you should expect is impecable, and again as you would expect the writing experience is refined and perfect.
Try it some day and try it in a store, it is an experience. The pen will be presented to you with a pad. The sales person will most likely be wearing gloves as they handle the pen, the pad will be branded, high quality and heavily weighted paper and you will be free to write, sign, doodle…whatever.
And you will enjoy it, the buying experience will add to the overall enjoyment of owning the pen, a premium pen that the most common comment you are likely to hear as you use it, is probably something like, ‘Wow, it that a real one?’
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.
Another article I found really useful in researching and subsequently choosing what winter protection to use can be found here :
As bikers we all have our favourite kit and brands. We use them over a long period of time and develop opinions on them. Generally speaking it is the kit that we use for a long time and that works well then become the brands that we favour.
I will soon start posting long term reviews of kit that I have and have been using for some time. I will be pointing out the good and the bad, the price and the mileage the gear has covered and all importantly when it is done, will I replace it?
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