Want to Test Ride a New Suzuki?

Suzuki are visiting some of the most popular biker cafés across the UK with a Fresh fleet of demo machines. They give you a chance to test ride a Suzuki that’s right for you. Check below to book for the locations and book your place.

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Dates and Locations:

  • The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum – 3rd to 4th June
  • The Super Sausage Café, Towcester  24th to 25th June
  • Squires Café Bar, Newthorpe  1st to 2nd July
  • Hartside Top Café, Alston  15th to 16th July
  • Loomies, West Meon  29th to 30th July
  • The Café at Llandow Circuit, Llandow  5th to 6th August
  • The Super Sausage Café, Towcester – 30th September to 1st October*

Bikes available to test ride:

  • GSX-R1000/R
  • V-Strom 1000
  • V-Strom 650
  • GSX-S1000
  • GSX-S1000F
  • GSX-S750
  • SV650

Click here to Book your test ride


Air Pollution Revisited

At ground level, a gas known as ozone is directly related to asthma and other respiratory diseases, making it even more difficult to breathe for those suffering from these diseases. Ozone will be higher in areas that are heavily populated and have more cars such as cities. Other particles found in things such as smoke can also pass into our bodies also making it difficult to breathe.


Air pollution can either be created by us or it can occur naturally however, it can be hazardous for us to breathe.
Another gas known as carbon monoxide (CO) can be deadly if inhaled in large amounts such as running a car in an enclosed area i.e., the garage or having a blockage in the tail pipe which can lead to suffocation or unconsciousness. This is not to be confused with carbon dioxide (CO2) which is what we expel from our bodies when exhaling. Carbon dioxide affects our respiratory system whereas carbon monoxide will not only affect our respiratory system but the central nervous system, lungs, and blood as well. When breathing in carbon monoxide, it affects oxygen in the blood which has a domino effect on the rest of our organs. A motorcyclist will breathe in carbon monoxide from exhaust fumes from the cars around them. Motorcyclists will also inhale other types of debris left behind from the cars passing by such as oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Not something we riders want to be exposed to and willingly allow into our bodies.
When sitting in traffic, fumes can become overwhelming and being exposed to air pollution in areas that are very high can irritate open passageways of the body such as our eyes, throat, and nose.

Breathing in pollution can weaken the immune system and over prolonged periods of time, some chronic diseases may develop. It is best to have some type of ventilation to protect yourself as riders so we are not being exposed to direct pollutants and can safely enjoy many rides in the future.

There are ways to protect yourself. Have you seen our article on Respro masks

Article By Cassandra Carillo
Instagram @LittleCarillo

Police get tough on London’s bike thieves.

Police chased after a motorcyclist for over an hour in a dramatic south London chase on Monday evening.


Police detained a male rider in Sherwood Avenue, Streatham Photo:@annaenderlein

Police helicopters were scrambled to Streatham Vale Police followed after the getaway rider after spotting him in Penge.


People living nearby heard the helicopters and watched as police used a stinger to stop the motorbike and detain the rider on the driveway of a house.

This is a welcome report as the rumor has been that police won’t chase motorcyclists because they may cause injury. However with this recent arrest this has put this rumor to bed.

A Police spokeswoman said officers first spotted the motorcycle being ridden dangerously in High Street, Penge, at around 5.40pm. Officers gave chase and used a stinger tyre deflation device to stop the bike in Sherwood Avenue over an hour later. The male rider was arrested on suspicion of robbery and dangerous driving.

The police have been getting some great feedback from biker.


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.


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.

Nick hands | Senior Road Tester

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.


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.


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

RenaPur Leather Balsam Tested

It was only fair to Test RenaPur Leather Balsam on the original worn out leather jacket we tweeted on our profile. To see the rejuvenating powers. You can see the jacket has been well worn by the years of use. It should be black but has a tinge of blue.


We then simply gave half of it the Renapur treatment, by applying it directly with the sponge. straight away we saw the jacket come to life a nice supple shine the leather felt more smooth.


You can clearly see in the lower image the treated section vs the not treated. It is a good comparison of how well the Renapur treatment works on bringing the leather back to life.


We went a step further to try it on our motorbike boots and check its waterproofing claims.

RenuPurSidi Test

We have to say it was impressive how Renapur handled all our leather gear. Our Sidi boot can be seen to have its life brought back from the slight gloss shine above.

Below we also checked out the waterproofing claims made by Renapur. The water simply beads off our shoe as if its water off a ducks back. We are fully satisfied this product has to be at the top of any bikers shopping list for taking care of our extensive leather gear.

We will be looking to test the entire Renapur range designed for Bikers, have seen they also offer a leather cleaner. Watch this space for the next series on motorcycle care.

Make sure to see our first post here


They are on twitter @UKRenapu and online here


Vietnam motorbike diaries – Day 8 (Nha Trang to Da Lat)

The Hiker in Wet Shoes

I was in Hoi An and took a sleeper bus with my bike on the bus, till Nha Trang. That’s about 500 kms and saves about 3 days of riding on the bike. There’s nothing much to see in between so the 45$ ride seemed worth it.

After reaching Nha Trang in the morning at 5, I rode straight to Dalat which is 140kms away. The ride was excellent and again had a lot of scenic views. I didn’t know about this.

Riding with the sunrise felt great! And the pic where you see clouds on the ground seemed pretty mystical.

In other shitty news, after reaching my hostel (Nice Bee), I realized that I dropped my iPod in the bus. Oh the horror of it. Frankly, I didn’t use it much and it was a gift but it was still handy.

Later in the evening after having lunch and…

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Parenting at it’s finest!

Imaginary motorcycle causes tears.


My son came in the room yesterday on his imaginary motorcycle, which would have been find, but he was screaming and hollering.  He got off his motorcycle and got on the bed and started jumping.  I told him to stop and he didn’t want to.  So I did the UNTHINKABLE!

Yes, I took his imaginary motorcycle away.  I told him he couldn’t ride it anymore until he learned to behave.  He started crying as if I beat him senseless.  After he was done crying he started asking for his sister because I was to mean to hang out with.

So I went ahead and let him go hang out with his big sister and on his way out I told him to get his motorcycle out of my room.  He jumped on it and started the engines and drove it away happily!

It does my heart good to see his…

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