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

What’s the best motorcycle to buy for £3000

A lot of us don’t have big budgets or the disposable income to just drop on a brand new toy on a whim.

That means research, getting creative, and figuring out how to get the best bang for your buck.  There is no better feeling then getting a great deal on a used motorbike. What’s better is getting a great bike within your budget.

We did a lot of the hard work for you. We asked our biker community what’s the best bike for £3,000. We got some great suggestions from our riders based on experience.

Screenshot_20170605-071135let’s drill down into the top 3 bikes suggested for around the £3,000 budget. You’d be amazed at what you can get for the price of a new 125cc bike.

1. Triumph Speed Triple 1997-2004

The Speed Triple is essentially a naked upright ‘streetfighter’ style bike.  It manages to service the 955 triple engine into an stimulating and flexible package. The 955 Triple is a big, tough ‘mans’ machine. Don’t expect to keep up with the latest super sports bikes but you will definitely have a more comfortable ride. When buying a second hand bike look out for usual wear and tear… and look out for factory extras such as flyscreen, belly pan, hugger, noisy cans they all make the bike look and sound that little bit better. Use them as a bargaining tools to drop down the price a little.

SpeedTriple3k Image: Triumph 955i Speed Triple- https://www.flickr.com/photos/nours/

2. Honda Blackbird 1997- 2005

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The Blackbird is a practical, comfortable handling sports tourer. Don’t get me wrong in its time it has held the record as the fastest production motorcycle.

The Honda is no-nonsense and commanding in one nicely presented Honda package. It is one of the best all-round motorcycles out there if you like them big and powerful.

If you’re covering long distances the in-line four works well producing acceptable low down power, strong midrange and a top end rush that swallows up the miles. The Honda CBR1100XX was the top dog in its day, which means it’s reasonably well spec’d up. Comfort’s pretty good. It’s worth considering a double bubble screen too for increased wind protection.

3. Suzuki SV650 1999 – 2006

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Image: Michel Malignon, Suzuki SV650S https://www.flickr.com/photos/jano2106/

The SV is a up-front V-twin a great all-rounder which proves you don’t have to be dull to be practical. The Suzuki is adaptable, affordable, a doddle to ride. It’s a great first bike and yet is a blast to hoon about on. When on the bike it has a super-light feel, accurate steering and confident suspension. If you’re a tall rider you may find an SV650 a little cramped. A economical initial price coupled with low running costs and cheap insurance makes the Suzuki SV650 a strong option.

These option will give a good idea of strong and reliable bikes within a reasonable budget. If you think we missed out a bike make sure to comment below, it will help out the buyers reading this… Who knows we may even feature it on our next list.

@Mibandit

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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Want to Test Ride a New Suzuki?

Suzuki are visiting some of the most popular biker cafés across the UK with a Fresh fleet of demo machines. They give you a chance to test ride a Suzuki that’s right for you. Check below to book for the locations and book your place.

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Dates and Locations:

  • The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum – 3rd to 4th June
  • The Super Sausage Café, Towcester  24th to 25th June
  • Squires Café Bar, Newthorpe  1st to 2nd July
  • Hartside Top Café, Alston  15th to 16th July
  • Loomies, West Meon  29th to 30th July
  • The Café at Llandow Circuit, Llandow  5th to 6th August
  • The Super Sausage Café, Towcester – 30th September to 1st October*

Bikes available to test ride:

  • GSX-R1000/R
  • V-Strom 1000
  • V-Strom 650
  • GSX-S1000
  • GSX-S1000F
  • GSX-S750
  • SV650

Click here to Book your test ride

@MiBandit

New Rubber Metzeler Roadtec 01 Sport Touring Road Tyres

The tyre industry has moved on leaps and bounds. We all know rubber technology has been at the forefront of many bikers minds. That’s why tyre manufactures are getting innovative to meet increasing demand to supply the best pair of motorcycle tyres.

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With our increased research we found Metzeler is a name to give serious consideration to. Here’s a bit about them: They have manufactured motorcycle tires since 1892 with development of innovative tread designs. The guys at Metzeler have one main focus

“Our mission is to continuously develop products on the cutting edge of technology to meet the needs and expectations of motorcyclists’”.

Nearly all their staff are enthusiastic motorcyclists. This means they know the real needs, expectations and the necessities of riders.

We got our hands on a pair of ROADTEC™ 01 We decided to get our Senior Road Tester to put these wheels through their paces testing them on his Yamaha XJR1300.

Here is  Nick’s account of the tyres so far. Expect to hear more as he gets some more miles under these tyres.

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The time has arrived to try out Metzeler’s new 01 sport touring road tyres; on with the new

“Don’t you Just love looking and touching new rubber”


After only a few miles I can sense the tyres already feeling at home on the local roads, now to get a few more heat cycles into them before I can test them properly. The ROADTEC™ 01 feature an increased mileage, obtained thanks to the profile, compounds and structural elements used in the making of the tyres.

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Having the tires fitted to replace my Road Piliots there was a serious feel of grip through the corners, there was no wobble or tire squeal. This on a big muscle bike putting down serious torque is a welcome benefit.

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They didn’t take long to bed in, the Metzeler’s now feel planted no squirming no movement just go where you want them to go,

“dare I say it they feel better than the road pilots” (which I thought were very good)

Just need to try them in the rain ……………..

Here is a great offer Metzeler are currently offering customers a £30 reward when they purchase and fit a set of either our Roadtec 01’s, Tourance Next, Sportec M7RR or Racetec RR 

Nick Hands
Senior Road Tester
@MiBandit

RenaPur Leather Balsam Tested

It was only fair to Test RenaPur Leather Balsam on the original worn out leather jacket we tweeted on our profile. To see the rejuvenating powers. You can see the jacket has been well worn by the years of use. It should be black but has a tinge of blue.

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We then simply gave half of it the Renapur treatment, by applying it directly with the sponge. straight away we saw the jacket come to life a nice supple shine the leather felt more smooth.

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You can clearly see in the lower image the treated section vs the not treated. It is a good comparison of how well the Renapur treatment works on bringing the leather back to life.

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We went a step further to try it on our motorbike boots and check its waterproofing claims.

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We have to say it was impressive how Renapur handled all our leather gear. Our Sidi boot can be seen to have its life brought back from the slight gloss shine above.

Below we also checked out the waterproofing claims made by Renapur. The water simply beads off our shoe as if its water off a ducks back. We are fully satisfied this product has to be at the top of any bikers shopping list for taking care of our extensive leather gear.

We will be looking to test the entire Renapur range designed for Bikers, have seen they also offer a leather cleaner. Watch this space for the next series on motorcycle care.

Make sure to see our first post here

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They are on twitter @UKRenapu and online here

@MiBandit

Motorcycle Leather Care – Renapur

Our followers have a lot of shared knowledge when it comes to all things relating to motorcycles. We asked them to recommend the best motorcycle leather care product. Here is that tweet, thanks for all your input specially  @tunneldave @Bikerpaul5paul @Devalegionhog

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As you can see “Renapur Leather Balsam” was suggested multiple times.

We had to give it a try and see for ourselves how well it would take care of our precious biker leathers and any leather for that fact.

We got in touch with Renapur they sent the leather balsam out to us within a day. It was well packaged and included two sponge applicators.

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We quickly got it to work on one of our Joe Rocket leather jackets. It was a good test jacket because it had a mix of Grey, Black and White leather. Renapur promises their balsam won’t discolour your leather it simply nourishes, conditions, restores, polishes and helps waterproof leather, restoring original softness and extending the life of your leather.

It was surprisingly easy to apply and we didn’t even have to worry about the mix of leather colours in our Joe Rocket Jacket. We felt the difference within minutes the jacket relaxed and felt more supple to the touch.

We have arranged to test the product extensively over the next few months. We will report on another article to bring you our results.

Will it be the Best Leather Care Balsam for motorcyclists? Watch out for Part 2 to find out
Renapur Leather Balsam

http://www.renapur.com

@UKRenapu

Photos: ZulfPhotography

@MiBandits