Rockaway!

John Triggiani

I was fed up with the weather. Marv and I hadn’t been on a long motorcycle ride since late September, and I was tired of waiting. We’d had a miserable, cold, wet winter and, though the weather had warmed a little, the rain hasn’t lessened one bit. There had been almost no opportunities to get out for a day or two of motorcycle riding. Marv was recovering from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, and that had complicated things. He was feeling confident enough to ride now, so we were ready to go.

We had hoped to get away to Manzanita on the Oregon Coast, but the motels there were filling, and the prices were rising. I got online and secured an inexpensive room in Rockaway Beach, so we made plans to ride south Saturday, and return Sunday.

We left on Saturday morning with the plan to ride south…

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Motorcycle Touring… And Planning… And Such…

EXPERIMENTAL GHOST

G’day.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were free motorcycle specific touring guides complete with maps and places of interest dedicated to each region in Australia?

There are of course several websites around that identify great riding roads, but these don’t seem to mention other attractions that may be of interest to motorcyclists visiting the area.

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A Look At Bluetooth Bike Helmets

Tech Rogers

On the off chance that you watch out for what is going on in the realm of motorbikes, then you may well have seen the development of another type of caps for bikers. We investigate bluetooth bike protective caps.

In any case, how about we consider what bluetooth head protectors are utilized for and why there was such a requirement for them.

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Bluetooth innovation was initially presented as a methods for enabling two bits of equipment to speak with each other. Such correspondence would be completed over a generally little separation.

The greatest favorable position of this innovation was that it didn’t depend on wires or cabling. It empowered what has come to be known as remote correspondences.

How might the greater part of this help bike proprietors? The motivation behind why it would be viewed as being so imperative for bicycle proprietors was that they attempted to hold discussions…

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Who has the best motorcycle insurance?

Different insurers offer different benefits so it’s worth doing a bit of research before buying a policy.

Is there such a thing as the ‘best’ motorcycle insurance?

The key is that you find the best motorcycle insurance for your own personal circumstances.

So, whether you only need a short-term policy for the odd weekend ride over summer or a daily commute policy remember that the best motorcycle insurance for you may not be the same as for someone else.

We always suggest starting with a price comparison site so you get a feel for the range of prices being offered for your circumstances. You often get easy to read checkboxes of what a policy includes.  when you see the cheapest provider come to the top research on Google to see how customers have felt the company deals with changes or claims.

It’s important to make sure you fill in all quote details as accurately as possible because it’s the only way to make sure that you’re fully covered in the event of an accident.

Important comparison site note

Comparison sites don’t always filter accurate details to the final insurer. once you select a price and are linked to the final screen on the insurers site make sure to click “amend details” or “check details” and see everything feed through to the final insurer.

Personally when I used Confused.com the “Theft claim” i entered filtered though to MCE as a “Third Party Hit me” claim  which I had to update on the insurers page and my email address and telephone number did  not filtering through. This means the insurance documents would not have been emailed to me resulting in a call to the company once you have paid online.

 

Should you buy the cheapest insurance? In general, you get what you pay for in insurance so the cheapest you can find may not be the best for your needs.

Even if you only look at price,

What looks like the cheapest option at first can cost you more in the long run!

If you come to claim your insurer may not pay out in the event of an accident. Choosing a different level of cover can make a difference to the price you pay but if you’re only insured for Third Party Fire and Theft and you have a crash, you could end up having to pay for repairs out of your own pocket.

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Keep an eye out for optional extras with your policy. It may be tempting to take out the breakdown cover but sometimes it works out cheaper to take it out directly.

We personally have found Bennetts and Carol Nash to be good options for bikers MCE has been good however there is more of a focus on Race cover from them.

We hope this tips help you out

Mibandit Team

 

The end of an era (27 weeks)

From zero to zygote

Today I sold my Mid Life Crisis, as T likes to call it. What was it, you may ask? Well, in true splitting-up-and-suddenly-being-single-after-a-decade style, I bought a motorbike.

The funny thing is, nobody in my family knows I have one. My parents would kill me. Actually years ago when I was about 12 or 13, there was this bike in a mall we used to go to, and my mum used to say that I could get it when I was old enough. I used to fantasise about that bike – it was a red, white and blue Honda Cub. A quick google throws this up:


The object of my youthful desire

Needless to say, when I reached the age (I think it was 16 or 17 or something) my mother denied ever saying I could have a motorbike.

So years and years and years later, I found myself suddenly…

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Is Shell V-Power Fuel worth the extra money?

Owning a motorbike is more than getting from Point A to Point B, it’s an experience, a truth felt in the hearts of riders around the world.

When it comes to refueling, you are faced with a life changing decision.

Do you go for the normal unleaded fuel or do you splash out on Shell’s V-Power unleaded?

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It seems from the results of our recent twitter poll just over half of our voters have questioned if the advanced fuel it is worth the extra money.

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Based on the response we thought it only fair to find out to share our experience with our readers.We did a real life test to see if it’s worth the extra cash. We topped up a 250cc Yamaha X City scooter with 7.94 liter of Shell V-Power unleaded.

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At current prices a liter of Vpower is £1.25

We reset the odometer and monitored the ride closely to log any improvements in mileage, ride quality, noise and throttle response. Watch out for our full report to follow soon.

Here’s a bit of useful info

Shell has been harnessing science and technology to pioneer the world’s most innovative fuels. Shell claim the V-Power fuel

“Helps to reduce engine friction”
“is designed to help restore your engine’s performance”
“it helps to clean and protect, giving you our best cleaning power for your engine.”

What is DYNAFLEX Technology I hear you ask?

DYNAFLEX Technology is the name of Shells fuel formulations for V-Power unleaded, designed to help clean and protect your engine.DYNAFLEX Technology is a complex blend that Shell has specially designed and enriched with powerful cleaning agents to help maintain the cleanliness of key fuel system components and protect them from.

So from my understanding this basically means Shell have added cleaners and boosters into the fuel.

So this may justify the price difference…

Now we have a little background on the fuel lets see how well it performs compared to regular unleaded. Part 2 coming soon….

@MiBandit

 

Living with the Zona

You may have read our first review of the Zona here.

We were allowed to keep the Zona for a longer term usage review. Its been nearly a month we have been using the rear camera system from Zona.

It fits in well you hardly notice its there, until you want to see whats behind you then it comes into its own. With daily use we got about 4 days use from the system before we thought about charging it up. This is based on a two way journey of around 20 miles a day.

Here are the moments I thought

“bloody hell!! Glad I had the Zona”

On a cloudy day I was stationery in traffic waiting for a large truck to do a 3 point turn in front of us. Some kids on Bmx bikes decided to ride out behind me and…

“hand gesture the rev bomb signal”

I clearly saw them in my rear view system and gave them a loud confirmation rev which got smiles all round. I’m not sure I would have seen them in my mirrors, based on where they were standing. I would have seen them with my life saver before moving off but that would have been to late to grant them a loud Rev Bomb.BikersRev

It also seems the Zona can assist to prevent theft too. You may have heard about all the T-Max robberies recently. You can see that article here

I had a slight worry one afternoon when a large scooter pulled up a few car lengths behind me. I noticed two guys on it. This set of a few alarm bells I saw this in the Zona rear view system well in advance of my view mirrors. I was able to position my bike to be in a more dominant position which would allow me to dismount my bike with keys in hand. I think this potentially stopped me getting bike jacked.

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The guys on the T-Max made a 3 point turn and went in the opposite direction. They didn’t have a plate so it seems I was lucky this time. I could have been left stranded hitching for a ride home.

I think these two reason are enough to justify having the Zona fitted.

The extra view it gives you is priceless, its just a real shame Zona have asked me to send this back to them. The version I had was a pre release meaning i didn’t get all the bells and whistles but it seems the device is easily upgrade-able via plugging a USB device.

Check them out here and place your order

@Mibandit