Budget MultiTool for Bikers – Rolson

You ride a motorcycle; you’re going to need some tools!

Ideally compact so you can fit it under your seat. A multi-tool can add huge versatility to your tool kit, packing many capabilities into a single, handy package.

Here is one we got sent to review.

Is it the best budget multi-tools on the market for motorcyclists?

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It comes packed as a cycle tool kit so we didn’t expect it to perform well.

We were reassured it is truly versatile and can cope with the demands of motorcycles.

Lets find out!

We gave the 10mm a test the handle gave way as we tired to loosen a bolt. It was a shame but it was a budget option and we returned this back to the manufacture it defiantly didn’t cope well. We are not even sure it would have much purpose for a push-bike.

One thing for sure we wouldn’t rely on this in a time of need.

Don’t worry we have some other brands in the pipeline and we endeavor to find that quality multi-tool that we can prove will stand the test the basic tasks.

@MiBandit

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So you think you have the best Leather Belt?

It can be difficult to get a good quality leather belt for your Motorcycle jeans. Specially with all the confusion about which leather is actually real. In a world were genuine leather is actually bonded leather its worth researching.

Leather is categorised into Genuine leather, top grain and full grain.

Full grain is the most expensive one – full grain is the closest to the outer skin of the animal. The deeper it goes, the less dense the texture is and the more synthetic materials needed to make the leather.

Top grain is in the middle between those two.

Genuine leather – the cheapest form of leather, which is split leather and coated to give either a smooth or textured finish

Keep this in mind when you out looking for a pair of gloves, belt or even bags.

@MiBandit

The Best British Motorcycle Jeans

Can’t find a pair of motorcycle jeans that you love as much as your Levi’s? No problem, because Hood Jeans have you covered.

A normal pair of denim jeans doesn’t offer much in the way of protection for motorcyclists. That’s why you will see nearly every motorcycle company making there own range of protective riding jeans.

Jeans can be really convenient for motorcyclists, you can just jump on your bike and blend in at the other end of your journey. The Kevlar range of jeans are designed to offer impact and abrasion resistance for those casual summer rides but be sure to make sure its a full lining.

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It can be a tough choice to pick a good pair of tested comfortable motorcycle Jeans. Here you see our choice of the world’s first ‘seamless’ motorcycle Jean. Hood_Jeans_kevlar

It comes lined with a softer, more breathable and cooler K-tech Para‑aramid. This new lining extends from the waistband down to the shins, meaning all Hood Jeans offer complete complete abrasion protection.

I’m sure in your research for a “Quality Motorcycle Jean” you would have heard or seen reviews of the American equivalent “Draggin Jeans” being reviewed or more possibly video clips of people being dragged on their bums across the track to prove the quality.

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We stay strong to our British quality and manufacturing. Check out Hood Jeans range  here.

More importantly here is a great article from MoreBikes a great comparison against the  cheaper options available.

@MiBandit

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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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