Just some black and white helmets for those that can’t decide on a colour.
Carbon Touring helmet looks like it belongs in the future. Built using carbon shell, very light, it is good for all sorts of motorbiking, the sun visor on the top make it a great touring helmet. It has removable lining and chin curtain. It comes with the yellow visor which gives better vision in low light. Coming in at around £399, which is an average price for a carbon lid.
Diesel, yes, the clothing company, are getting into motorcycle gear, the have a choice of 3 styles of helmet. The Mowie, an open face 3/4 size helmet, The Hi-jack, open faced, designed to look like a helicopter pilots helmet and the Full-jack, which is a full face helmet. These helmets have been given the full Diesel going over so they are very stylish and come in a range of colours. Not putting style over substance, these lids are made by AGV.
Getting ever more popular, carbon lids are not only stronger and lighter, but are more affordable. Here are a small selection, with price and the all important weight.
(from top, clockwise)
AGV Pista GP around £800 weighing in at 1275g
Nexx XR1R Carbon around £300 weighing in at 1250g
HJC FS-10 Carbon around £250 weighing in at 1400g
Shark Speed-R MXV Carbon around £280 weighing in at 1370g
Above, are a selection of Gore-tex Gloves
The Shark Vantime is a full face helmet that has a very unique styling, it has a long visor that it shares with the Shark Nano, a smooth surface, (except the matt version) and a pop down sun visor. What makes it different from other lids on the market is the slightly extended chin guard that the visor goes behind. I noticed this lid at the motorcycle show and was instantly intrigued with it. The helmet looks like what helmets of the future will look like. It’s available in black, grey, white or matt black, but knowing “shark” That colour range will increase.
Honda Goldwing have an airbag built into there bike and companies that manufacture clothing are starting to sell the tech in their clothing, but it’s still too expensive, for now.
We all like our information, charts, graphs, anything you can look back on and dissect. So, I thought what can I use for runs out on the motorbike. I used to go a run, and when I got home I would map out the run on google maps and post it in the runs section. Now, there are apps for that, not perfect as they are designed for running and cycling, but they gather up good information, and map your route. I looked at the many free apps available for download, and rounded it down to two to try out, the Nike+ app and Endomondo. Both mapped my route and gave information such as top speed, average speed, altitude distance and duration. Other information available is calorie count which I don’t think is very accurate.
My personal preference was the Endomondo app, I felt was a bit better designed and more stable with the gps signal. The web site is also easier to navigate round. It displays all your activity in a calendar and shows all your info when clicked. Below is a screen shot form the Endomondo website.
So if you like your information breakdown, these apps are good fun, but be aware, the max speed might be a bit incriminating.
When on your on your travels, it’s nice to book into a b’n’b, and live the life of luxury, but this can be on the expensive side, especially in the height of the summer months. So camping is the other alternative, and choosing the right tent is important. A solo biker would be better with a two man tent, it will sleep you and still leave space for your motorbike gear, and it’s small enough to fasten onto the back of your bike. Here are a few 2 man tents in a range of prices.