5 Cheap Motorcycle Upgrades

Got big aspirations for your bike but a small wallet?

Making your bike look better doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. Some upgrades are obvious while others you may have never considered before.

Here are five good tweaks that aren’t wallet-busters…plus a free bonus freebie.*

1.  Custom dust caps – Custom metal dust caps they draw the eye. It’s a little upgrade but other bikers will always notice this personal touch. Kids have been known to steal them so think about getting some that can be tightened using a tool. Here are ones we give away…

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2. Leavers – The standard bike leavers you get on a bike can be big clunky things. Consider getting some custom ones like these they aren’t as expensive as you might think and are very simple to change. Check out our video of how we upgraded ours.

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3. Led Indicators – Indicators are one of the easiest upgrades to make your bike look superior without breaking the bank. The choices are endless chrome indicators for custom bikes through to low-profile flush-mounted indicators. Sportsbike is the place to go for these.bike-it_indicators_arrow

4. Tank pads – When you jacket and zip comes into contact with your fuel tank on a regular basis it increases the risk of damaging your bike’s exposed paint work. Motorcycle tank pads offer the very best protection as well of a custom touch. Demon-Tweeks is the place to go for these.

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5.Rim Tape – This is a personal choice but rim tape can add that extra crisp look to a wheel. Choose a complementary colour to your bike and you hit the nail on the head. We would recommend checking out bikermart for these  reflective-wheel-stripes-l

There you have it cheap and cheerful options to help your bike stand out from the rest.

Have a go even, its additive this upgrading malarkey…

Freebie promise fill out your details here for your change to win our 1st upgrade mentioned above the Dustcaps

@Mibandit

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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

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

 

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

 

Drift HD Ghost Replacement Parts?

There are a number of action camera providers out there to choose from. Thats why we think its imporatnt to offer great after sales support.

This is a bit of a review/rant with our experince with Drift. Im sure we all judge compaines on their after sales support. Its the most important time because thats when we really need thier help.

About a year ago our Drift camera fell and the screen broke. We cant bring ourselves to throw it away as bikers its an impulse we like to fix things rather then replace them. Every time we see it we think

“Why dont you offer replacement parts Drift?”

Before you ask yest we did contact Drift and they dont offer screen replacements. They were quick to sell me a new camera however. In keeping with not unnecessarily adding to landfill would it not make sense to offer repacement parts in this obselte world?

Lets hear what you think we should do with this camera ?

@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