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

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

@Mibandit

Test Ride a Yamaha – Tour 2017

The Revs Your Heart Tour is ready to roll out awide range of the latest Yamaha models, including Hyper Naked, Supersport, Sport Touring and Sport Heritage models.

Visiting seven UK cities during 2017, the Revs Your Heart Tour will be a unique opportunity for all types of rider to experience the latest Yamaha machines.

2017 Revs Your Heart Your Dates & Venues

  • 13th-14th May MCN Festival, Peterborough
  • 10th-11th June Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil
  • 17th-18th June Squires Cafe, Leeds
  • 24th-25th June Rykas Cafe, Box Hill
  • 1st-2nd July Green Welly Cafe, Scotland
  • 5th-6th August Llan Bike Fest, Wales
  • 18th-26th November Motorcycle Live, NEC

Models Available for Demo

  • MT-10 – MT-10 SP – MT-10 Tourer Edition – MT-09 – MT-07
  • YZF-R1 – YZF-R6
  • XSR900 – XSR700 – SCR950
  • FJR1300AE – Tracer 900 – Tracer 700
  • XT1200Z Super Tenere
  • Tricity

 

  • Refreshments available from on-site catering companies.
  • Open 10.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • No booking required. Motorcycle parking available on site.
  • Note the Revs Your Heart Tour at MCN Festival – Peterborough, Llan Bike Fest and at 2017 Motorcycle Live is located within the controlled event site and an event entrance ticket is required to reach the Revs Your Heart Tour and tour attractions.

 

Read more here

@MiBandit