Keep your Eyes Forward Bikers!

It’s great to see gadgets designed in the UK. It’s even better when it makes motorcycling safer.

UK-based startup Zona have designed a rear-view camera system designed to let you see what’s behind you via a mini in helmet Screen.

I know I know I can hear you thinking it – “Skully Helmets” the American based start-up tried something similar back in 2016.

The main difference was they opted to incorporate their system into their own helmet. Also the fact the company ceased operating before they could bring the product to market wasn’t great news.

The Zona is different its designed to fit into your existing motorcycle helmet. The flexible arm display can be positioned where it feels most comfortable inside the helmet,  to remain in your peripheral vision. The flexible arm can be used on the either side of the helmet as the unit detects and rotates the screen appropriately.

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See the official fitting guide here

The system also stores footage, should you want to view it after your ride if provided memory stick is attached. A small display on the end of a flexible arm fitted inside my helmet shows me what’s behind me.

Remember at school when the teacher said “I have eyes in the back of my head.” Well maybe they jumped in time and picked up a Zona ???

The camera is fitted with a standard camera mount which works with Zona’s mounting plate and any other action camera mounts , so you can place the camera wherever you like. The camera connects to the bike’s battery, while the receiver unit has a battery life of 10 hours and can be fully charge in two hours using a micro USB cable. If you ride multiple bikes Zona can supply additional fitting kits.


Zona have guaranteed the M100 will be delivered to anyone placing pre-orders on 30th June 2017, and are offering the unit at a discounted price of £195, compared to the normal price of £239.

We had a great time with the Zona we tried it both on a flip face HJC helmet and a Shoei full face. Its an additional view that makes you think “how did i cope with out this extra visual information.” we are working on the full review and will bring you more details after some longer use and see how it fits into our daily life.

@MiBandit

Top 10 Motorbike Road Trips in the USA.

The Wandering Broski

There’s something about motorbikes that give you an extra sense of freedom, flying almost. In busy cities while all the cars are gridlocked, you can nip through traffic leaving everyone else in your wake. Motorbiking its raw; you experience all the elements mother nature has to throw at you and you deal with it, not protected from the rain by a roof or a windshield. Motorbikes can often also get to places where cars cant – opening up a whole new world of possibilities – not to mention you look bloody cool 😉

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Some Fantastic News for Motorbike Owners?

West Midlands Police have shared some fantastic news for motorbike owners living in the West Midlands

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They have expanded the free DNA marking initiative to allow ALL sizes of bike to be fitted.

The kits, which normally retail at about £30, consist of a bottle of DNA fluid with which each part of the bike is painted. This fluid dries and is not detectable by the naked eye. It contains micro DNA dots that are unique on each bike that is marked.
To get your motorcycle protectively marked with invisible DNA liquid, simply book an appointment with any of the garages listed below. The kits are intend for machines that do not currently have any security markings or systems.

West Midlands Motorcycles

Silver End Business Park, 343 Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, DY5 3JL.

01384 78467

Shire Oak Motorcycles

Unit 1, Gatehouse Trading Estate, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, Walsall, WS8 6JZ.

01543 361955

Stourbridge Motorcycle Centre, Block L, Unit 6, Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1JN.

07803 609216

Highway Motorcycles, Wolverhampton

01902 773608

Black Country Motorcycles, Dudley Port

0121 522 2525

Streetbike, Halesowen

0121 506 6800

Sheldon Motorcycles, Birmingham

0121 743 3506

Kestrel Honda, Coventry

024 7670 3900

Birmingham Kawasaki

0121 374 2895

Almost 1,000 kits have already been used on smaller bikes, with these additional 300 being available to all.

All kits were purchased through POCA funding – using money seized from those involved in criminal activity to make the West Midlands a safer place.

Source: West Midlands facebook page

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How dangerous are Vietnam’s roads?

A midlife chrysalis

In 2008, Top Gear aired an episode featuring Vietnam. Wearing makeshift helmets and loud holiday shirts, the three presenters rode the Hai Van Pass on local motorbikes. Afterwards, Jeremy Clarkson peered at the camera, and in a voice that sounded like he was talking through a very long pipe, declared that the pass was, ‘One of the best coast roads…(pause for effect)…in the world’. In an effort to dissuade like-minded travelers from doing the same, the episode was banned in Vietnam. Most consulates state that the roads are too dangerous to be attempted by people used to travelling Western conditions, and strongly advise against attempts at riding them. Travel information sites such as Tripadvisor, refuse to post any information endorsing motorbike travel for foreigners.

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But how risky is it? The statistics, if they can be believed, they are frightening. In 2013, Vietnam had 22,419 road casualties at a rate per…

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Dunlop due to recall Q3 Tyres 

Certain Sportmax Q3+ tires could have air pockets in the rubber. 

The tyre defect could affect the handling and steering of the motorcycle. Continued use can result in tread chunking. Dunlop will notify the retailers and customers and will get replacement tyres. The recall is expected to begin during June 2017. Owners may contact Dunlop Motorcycle tyres

The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: May 24, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17T011000
Component(s): Tires
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7
Manufacturer: Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC

Top 6 – UK Biker YouTube Channels

RoyalJordanian

“Riding a bike is my relief, my medicine, in this crazy world…”
First video published: 8 Dec 2011

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Premises187

“The best of the worst! Check out my footage of London’s weird and dangerous roads.”First video published: 10 Oct 2009

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RyansLifeRiding

“I make videos involving bikes… that’s literally my life.”

First video published: 19 May 2014

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Two Wheel Review

A YouTube channel dedicated to showing the beauty of motorcycles new and old, as well as documenting adventures on Two Wheels.”

First video published: 25 Apr 2015 

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Pinky Doodly

“A Blonde British who loves her motorbike, baking, pink, flute, making videos, and stuff…”

First video published: 19 Apr 2013

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JustOutRiding

“People say money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a motorbike… and that’s close enough…”

First video published: 16 Aug 2015

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There you have it, a list of some UK YouTube Biker channels you should be checking out and subscribing to. I’m sure we have missed out some other great channels why not let us know in the comments..

It goes without saying make sure to also check us out on YouTube

MiBandit

“We love Motorbikes and feature bikes from across the UK Bringing you the Latest Motorcycle News and Reviews.”

First video published: 19 Jul 2008

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