• Win Free Insurance With Approved Used Triumphs in July

    Buying secondhand motorcycles is a lot of fun. But it can also be a bit stressful, which is why manufacturers have introduced approved, pre-owned schemes. It means you get a bit more peace of mind when you’re buying a bike previously ridden by someone else. And as a bonus, you can currently win free insurance with approved used Triumphs in July, 2018.

    Buy an approved pre-owned Triumph from the Adventure, Roadsters and Modern Classics before the end of the month and you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw. And three winners picked at random will be offered Triumph Insurance for 12 months, up to a value of £500. And if you’ve already got cover sorted, the offer will be valid for two years.

    Win Free Insurance With Approved Used Triumphs - Like the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black

    You can buy from the Approved Pre-Owned Triumph stock either online or through participating dealers. And there’s a list of checks which are carried about before a motorcycle is available.

    All the Triumph motorcycles available as an approved used example will be under five years old from their first registration. And they’ll also have done no more than 25,000 miles.

    To be included in the stock list, the bikes will also have received any service required within 1,000 miles or 3 months. And they’ll undergo a multi-point inspection and any rectification work required. So you get the benefit of a vehicle history and mileage check, a certified vehicle quality check, and full service history. The checks include the frame, suspension, steering, final drive, wheels and tyres. And a full engine diagnosis, exhaust system examination and electrical inspection.

    Other benefits to the Approved Pre-Owned scheme include a one year MOT. Plus a one year unlimited mileage warranty, and a full year of Roadside Assistance just in case.

    As a final incentive, Triumph TriStar Finance is also offering a 7.9% APR deal on the Pre-Owned range until the 31st July, 2018 as well.

    Paul Lilly, general manager of Triumph Motorcycles UK and Ireland, commented: “With a comprehensive multi-point inspection and a quality & safety check by a qualified technician, we’re confident that each Approved Pre-owned motorcycle will perform like a factory fresh bike for its new owner for complete peace of mind.

    So full checks, a finance offer, and the chance to win free insurance with approved used Triumphs in July. Not a bad way to celebrate summer, really?

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  • Kovix Motorcycle Security Products Come To The UK

    Would you trust a new name to keep your motorcycle or scooter safe from thieves? It’s worth asking, as Kovix motorcycle security products come to the UK for the first time. The company has actually been designing and manufacturing a range of anti-theft kit for more than a decade in southeast China. And a number of their stainless steel locks pass the Classe SRA standard required by insurers in France.

    Kovix Motorcycle Security Products Come To The UK

    So why consider Kovix motorcycle security products? Well, one feature is that many of the locks feature a built-in 120db alarm siren, which is louder than a chainsaw or a rock concert. So even if you’ve got Metallica playing in your back garden, you should still be able to hear if some lowlife is messing with your motorcycle.

    The other is that the range costs between £19.99 and £124.99. And while the entry-level mini disc lock won’t prevent a really determined thief, it’s better than having no security at all when money is tight. Motorcycle security isn’t about making your machine impossible to steal. It’s really about making it more hassle for a thief than other targets nearby.

    KOVIX 150MM CABLE WITH KD6 ADAPTER RRP £34.99

    The range includes disc locks, chain locks and U-locks, available from dealers across the UK. The models with a built-in alarm feature a fully weatherproof module with a long life lithium battery, which you can remove or replace. And the alarm can also be switched on or off, depending whether you want the noise alert or need to keep things quiet for some reason. You’ll need to recharge the battery roughly every 3 months to avoid any damage to it.

    You can also add more Kovix accessories, including a 1m5 metre cable with a disc lock adapter pictured above, lock holders for £12.99 to carry your disc lock on your bike, and disk lock reminders for £4.99 to avoid trying to pull away and falling over because you left the lock on.

    KOVIX KCL8-120 RRP £74.99

    The Kovix disc locks with alarms start with the KD6, with a steel body and 6mm locking pin for £59.99. If you want an alarmed chain lock, you’re looking at £74.99 for the KCL8-120, with the ultra-strong lock unit welded to the 1.2 metre chain. Or there’s the Classe SRA certified KBL16 alarmed padlock at £94.99. And there are also a couple of alarmed locks for trailers as well, which is useful for track or show bikes.

    KOVIX 88MM X 310MM U-LOCK SLIM RRP £114.99

    Now the Kovix motorcycle security products range is officially in the UK, you can also get spares and tech support from dealers. And all the locks come with numbered keys, which can be replaced by most key-cutters using a unique code rather than needing to copy the original. Whichever security devices you pick, the most important aspect is that it’s something you’ll actually use, rather than leaving it sat in the garage or at home because it’s too much hassle. Kovix products come with a one year warranty for damage to the module or mechanical parts if it’s destroyed by non man-made damage.

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  • 2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 £500 Personalisation Offer

    The modern 1200cc Bonnie is a decent and versatile motorcycle with classic looks. And if you’re thinking of purchasing one, there’s a 2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 £500 personalisation offer running until the end of March 2018. The deal means that you still pay the usual retail price, but you get a £500 contribution from Triumph to put towards accessories, clothing, finance or insurance from the manufacturer.

    2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 £500 Personalisation Offer

    So it’s not quite like £500 off the purchase price. But it works just as well if you were planning on buying from the range of official add-ons. And there’s more than 160 options to choose from. So that includes Vance & Hines chrome pea-shooter style slip-on silencers, leather stitched seats, chrome clutch, alternator and throttle body embellishers or a 4-bar Triumph tank badge.

    Alternatively you can use it to buy from the range of official Triumph clothing, put it towards your bill from Triumph Insurance, or reduce your finance.

    Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said: “This is a great opportunity to add a personal touch to the timeless, iconic character of the Bonneville T120. Whether it is accessories, something from our branded clothing range or a contribution to insurance or finance, there has never been a better time to get on a new T120.”

    2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 £500 Personalisation Offer 2

    The 2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 will cost you £10,300 on the road, and comes with the latest 1200cc engine offering an increase in power. Max power is 79bhp at 6,550rpm, and max torque is 105 Nm at 3,100rpm. Plus you get modern goodies to compliment the more traditional style, which include ABS, ride-by-wire, traction control, two riding modes, LED lights, heated grips and even a USB charging socket. They didn’t have that in the 1960s.

    It’s also a boost for the ‘standard’ T120 given the recent launch of a number of new models including the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster, and the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black. The 2018 Triumph Bonneville T120 £500 Personalisation Offer runs until the end of March 2018.

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  • How to Reduce Tyre Overloading

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    We love travelling in cars, vans and motorhomes for the freedom and comfort they give us. And we love the fact we can bring lots of things along. But when we pack our lives into our cars or load the caravan for a trip, we often forget to think about how much additional weight we are adding. Tyres can’t bear unlimited weight! Just because your van has enough space to fit that bike, boat, and a cooler packed with food doesn’t mean your tyres can cope with the task. The same applies to an SUV towing a trailer or a car with a roof box piled high for a road trip.

    For a safe trip, it is crucial not to overload your vehicle. It is very important to adjust your tyre pressure depending on the weight you have added. We’ll tell how to avoid overloading tyres when on a long trip.

    Why is overloading dangerous?

    The tyre is doing very hard work supporting the total weight of the vehicle and withstanding deformations, speed, heat and incredible forces. Heat causes exfoliation and separation of tread pieces as well as sidewall cords damage that can progress even after the extra load is removed. If your vehicle is overloaded then these forces are multiplied. Every tyre has a specific weight limit you shouldn’t exceed or it will simply fail – think about what will happen if you experience a blow at in your hugely overloaded car at high speed on a busy motorway.

    Consistently using tyres on the top of their weight limit degrades tyres the same as overloading them for a short time. If a tyre has already been underinflated or damaged, even a small extra load can lead to a blowout.

    How can overloading be avoided?

    1. Know your limits. At first, you need to find out how much weight your tyres need to support. This information can be found in your cars owner’s manual or on the sticker placed on the driver’s doorjamb. Then check the tyre’s maximum load capacity on its sidewall. It must be equal to or more than the total load you are going to bring along. In this case, your tyres must be inflated to their maximum pressure (this information can also be found in the owner’s manual), which MUSTN’T be exceeded. Let’s assume that information on the tyre’s sidewall says “Max 2,000 lb @ 35 psi”. It means that the tyre can carry the maximum of 2,000 pounds being inflated to no more than 35 pounds per square inch. It also means that, once your car has 4 tyres, the total weight of the car and baggage mustn’t exceed 8,000 pounds.

    If in doubt refer to Tyresafe’s car tyre or caravan tyre pressure calculators.

    2. Choose tyres accordingly. If you need to haul heavy loads, consider changing your tyres for another set with the same size but a higher load capacity or slightly larger tyres. Consult a tyre specialist before opting for larger tyres. Another solution is to increase pressure in tyres if their maximum pressure limit allows doing so. For your RV, use only caravan tyres that match your owner manual’s specifications.
    3. Choose motorhome wisely. If you are going to rent a recreational vehicle, do it with your prospective load in mind. Modern RVs vary in design, size, and loading capacity. Some of them have equipment for carrying a certain type of cargo like a motorcycle, bikes, or a boat.

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