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

 

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

Dunlop due to recall Q3 Tyres 

Certain Sportmax Q3+ tires could have air pockets in the rubber. 

The tyre defect could affect the handling and steering of the motorcycle. Continued use can result in tread chunking. Dunlop will notify the retailers and customers and will get replacement tyres. The recall is expected to begin during June 2017. Owners may contact Dunlop Motorcycle tyres

The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: May 24, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17T011000
Component(s): Tires
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7
Manufacturer: Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC

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