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  1. Aberystwyth Promenade this weekend

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    An event that will take place on Aberystwyth Promenade this weekend which will affect the motorcycle parking zone on the Promenade which is normally available for visiting motorcyclists.

    CycleFest is a celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride and also includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on 25th May 2019.


  2. Help Kick-Start Amoreantos’ Latest Pendant Design Into Production

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    Sterling silver jewellery that shines like chrome looks great with leathers and makes a great conversation starter. Wearing a pendant like art tells people something not many people know about you. Or what are you most passionate about?

    Amoreantos is an upcoming jewellery design duo called Abbi and Tim from the Midlands, UK. They think that their 925 sterling silver pendants will bring character to your purchase.

    Amoreantos’ latest design called Exélixi meaning ‘evolution’ reminds us of how we learn that love is not always a place of safety and security. This pendant is currently available on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform for projects where a funding target needs to be raised to complete the project. Their campaign has already raised 100% funding in the first 8 days. Amoreantos is offering the pendant as a reward for backing the project at a fraction of the suggested retail price. Exélixi will then be available in their online shop which can be found on The Biker Guide.

    Link here to the campaign for Exélixi on Kickstarter.

    Abbi said, “Our sketches are perfected in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, 3D printed and reproduced through the lost wax cast process in small casting runs in the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter (UK). Weighing over 7.78g, this pendant will be hallmarked by the London Assay Office. It’s all or nothing funding, and we have already reached our goal which we would like to maintain, so don’t miss your opportunity to get this awesome pendant.”

    www.amoreantos.co.uk


    Help Kick-Start Amoreantos’ Latest Pendant Design Into Production

  3. Britain’s most dangerous roads for motorcyclists

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    Is riding a motorbike in the UK becoming safer or riskier? Find out where the most dangerous roads in your region are, according to the latest Government data*.

    Back in 2017, we created an interactive map that showed where the most dangerous roads in Britain for motorbike accidents were located. Now, we’re taking a look at the latest data, to see whether the most dangerous roads have improved or not, and if there are any new offenders.

    Nationwide top 10 motorbike accident hotspots 2017

    Since 2016, motorbike accidents have decreased by 5%. While this is a positive step in the right direction, the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road can’t be underestimated, with the data showing that one in three motorbike accidents are serious or fatal.

    The weekend is the most perilous time for motorcyclists, with Friday being the most dangerous day of the week, and Saturday becoming more dangerous year-on-year.

    Sunday is when the most serious or fatal accidents occur. The research shows that it’s mostly bigger bikes (500cc +) involved in these types of accidents, suggesting that they might be happening with motorbike enthusiasts, rather than commuters.

    In terms of who’s most at risk of a motorbike accident, young men were found to be more susceptible, with 92% of crash victims being male, and 37% aged 25 and under.

    And when it comes to weather, it seems that adverse road conditions don’t play a major role in the cause of motorbike accidents, given that 83% of accidents took place during fine weather.

    Most dangerous road for motorcyclists per region

    In 2017, the most dangerous roads in London, the South West and Scotland stayed the same as the previous year.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, due to higher speed limits and heavier traffic levels, the most dangerous road in each region is an A road.

    See more here

  4. What Are Must-Have Accessories For Motorcycle Riders?

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    Motorcycling is addictive. Once you try it, chances are almost 100% you will get on it sooner or later. However, that adrenaline injection a motorcycle ride gives you sometimes blurs the fact this is not the safest activity on the world.

    Luckily, you can choose between thousands of motorcycle gadgetries and apparel that promise a safer, but also easier and cooler ride. Some of them are only nice-to-have, while you can add significant value to each of your rides if you pick the useful ones.

    If you are searching for ways to elevate your motorcycling experience, then you are in the right place. Today we will split the bill – 50/50 and talk about rider and bike accessories for motorcycle riders. These must-have accessories for motorcycle riders will provide huge benefits to the overall experience and make every time you hit the road more than awesome.

    Crash Protectors
    No motorcycle rider likes to think about crashing or having an accident, but this is a highly likely scenario, especially among incautious younger riders. You want to protect yourself from injuries in the first place, but your motorcycle from damages as well. What is more, replacing hard and plastic parts break the bank, so that this may be an additional reason to get a crash protector. Even sliding along the tarmac at a low speed may cause thousands of dollar worth of damage.

    Frame sliders, swingarm spools, fork sliders, and bar ends fall into the category of crash protectors and can minimize the damage and the worry. This accessory is undoubtedly a good investment as it alleviates crashes. The crash protector takes some of the impacts on in case you drop your bike. One thing to bear in mind is that you want to get a compatible crash protector for your bike’s model, as this is not the type of one-size-fits-all motorcycle accessories. You can get a much greater benefit and protect your two-wheeled favorite for just a few bucks. 

    Phone mount

    We want to stress out phone mount as a motorcycle can come in very handy, but you should focus on the road while being in the saddle. That means this is a useful gadget, but not for texting while riding on a curvy road. However, if you are a bit of explorer and like to head off to the unfamiliar terrains, GPS would be what you exactly need.

    You certainly don’t want to roam around but follow the planned route, and the phone mount will be your handy assistant. On the other hand, you will be able to see if someone tries to contact you. In this case, you should get off the road and make the call. Combining this gadget with a

    Bluetooth headset is even greater, as it opens even more options for the rider. Yet, we will repeat that this is a great and very useful motorcycle accessory, but if the temptation of staying connected is too strong, we will give you an awesome idea in the following chapter. 

    Bluetooth helmet

    It is really hard for some of us to keep our hands off the phones. Staying in touch with the world has become addictive, but still, essential. As we already mentioned, texting is definitely not a safe idea while riding. There is no reason why you would want to put yourself in a life-threatening situation and experiment around. Yet, a Bluetooth helmet will be your handy back up.

    Helmets nowadays have built-in Bluetooth and are convenient and safe to use. It will give you the option to communicate with your fellow riders while being on the road, as you stay in touch while still keeping your hands on the motorbike.

    Any other conventional helmet will, of course, protect you from harm, but a Bluetooth helmet has a couple more awesome features besides the protective one. This means it will provide you a map replacement, safe communication with other riders, and the joy of listening to clear music. Don’t worry, it does have an awkward appearance, but a very stylish one. If the idea of having this type of gadget seems fun, AutoWise has reviewed the best Bluetooth helmets for you

    Tool Kit

    Did you really think we would skip the tool kit on the list of must-have accessories for motorcycle riders? Even the bare essentials tool kit opens up great solutions for road situations. The great thing is that it won’t take much space and you can store it under the rear seat. Most of the tool kits come as small pouches or in handy roll-up cases, so you can pick whatever works best for you. Additionally, you can tailor it to your needs, and pre-pack the kit if needed.

    With time, you grow fonder with your motorcycle, and you will know what exactly makes it tick. Getting in touch with certain repairs will gradually make you of a mechanic, and that is why you need a tool kit while being on the road. This way, you will be able to perform the basic roadside repairs and maintenance. Not only you will get the job done, but this will also save some money, which is a win-win situation.

    Reflection

    Visibility of your bike drops significantly after the sun goes down. We suppose you already know how important it is to be visible on the road during the night rides. Obviously, you need something to help you perform this. Strategically placed reflection – reflective plate bolts and reflective tape will be your friend out there as it will increase nighttime visibility of your motorcycle. If you like it custom – that is not a problem as well, as you can cut out your own shapes. 

    Conclusion

    As you already know the basics of motorcycling, we wanted to present some new, cool ideas for bikers. These handy gadgets are mostly affordable, but what is more important – may save your life and improve your driving experience. You want your bike in good working order, but you want to equip yourself with a couple of accessories as well. Options are endless when it comes to must-have accessories for motorcycle riders, but it all depends how much money you are willing to spend. 

  5. How To Properly Wash Your Motorcycle Gear?

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    If you are a motorcycle traveler or rider, you must know the basics about how to wash your motorcycle gear. Motorcycle gear is not just the gear on the motor, but it also includes the safety gear, riding gear, specialized clothing and miscellaneous equipment. All of these serves a special purpose and make your motorcycle travelling a safe and amazing experience.

    Whenever you go to the workshops for maintenance of your motorcycle, they clean and maintain everything on the bike including its motor, gear, chain, and checking tires etc.

    But when it comes to wash your motorcycle safety gear such as motorcycle jackets, gloves, seat leather or helmet, you must use special care. Washing the motorcycle safety gear is very important as it saves you from a number of issues and make you germ-protected. This is because most of the germs grow inside the apparel e.g. jackets or gloves and attack on us.

    Furthermore, the excessive use of motorcycle gears makes them dull and dirty. Sometimes, due to our body’s sweating, the motorcycle gears may start giving a stinging smell. Therefore, it is very important to carefully go through all the steps to properly wash your motorcycle gear. These steps are as follows:

    • Before Washing

    Before washing your motorcycle gear, it is highly recommended to empty the pockets, unzip any linings, and turn the inner side out. The purpose of turning the inner side out is that the inner side is sometimes creating the stinging smell due to body’s perspiration and sweating.

    However, if inner side is not that messy than the outer side, then make sure you keep the outer side at the front. Turn the sides of the gloves so that they can be washed properly from the inside too. After that, proceed to the next step which is washing.

    • Hand Washing 

    In order to wash your motorcycle gears, always prefer the hand washing over machine washing. The major reason behind it is that the machine washing may affect the appearance of your gear. It may be hard on your motorcycle gear and could damage the soft leather material due to its fast spinning technology. Usually the motorcycle gear comes in the leather form, so special care is needed to wash them.

    However, if your motorcycle gears are not in the leather material, then you may consider washing them in the washing machine. Whenever you go for using washing machine, make sure that you set the hand-wash manual settings. In the hand-wash manual, the machines wash the clothes in a careful and relatively slow manner as if we are washing them with hands. This hand-wash technology is common in latest washing machines where you can select the option of hand-wash among a number of options.

     

    Another important thing to remember during the process of washing your motorcycle gear is the use of slightly warm water. This is because a slightly warm water has the tendency to soften all the dirt, oil and soil particles from the gear. If you would use the cold water, it would fail to meet the purpose of properly cleaning the motorcycle gear. The end results would not be satisfying if the cold water is used. However, a slightly warm water assists in deep cleaning and removing all the stains and dirt.

     

     

    • Detergents

     

    For washing your motorcycle gear, it is very important that you take special care in choosing the detergents. Always use a good brand detergent that can effectively clean your motorcycle gear. There are many types of detergents into the market, some of which affects the colors of the clothes.

    They have some sharp activators that are harsh on the delicate clothes. Such types of detergents should be avoided for washing the motorcycle gear. Always choose a detergent whose PH level is around 7 or close to 7. These are natural and not highly acidic or alkaline.

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