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

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

 

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