• New Piaggio Summer Gloves For Cooler Scooter Riders

    Probably not what you want to wear for your next track day. But the new Piaggio Summer gloves for cooler scooter riders should work for quick trips into town. Or low-speed commuting. And they’re a much better choice than bare hands. Even speeds of 20-30 miles per hour can do serious damage to unprotected fingers and palms. You don’t even need to fall off, when stones and debris get flicked up at your from the wheels of other vehicles.

    PIaggio Summer Gloves

    The Piaggio Summer Gloves have a palm made mainly from leather-alternative Clarino. It’s broadly equivalent to cow skin, but has an advantage in being microporous. So it’ll allow heat and sweat out.

    The short length gloves also have mesh panels on the back to help with ventilation. And there’s stretch fabric to you stay comfortable whilst riding. To keep the Piaggio Summer Gloves secure are a Neoprene cuff and Velcro closure.

    And for protection there are thermoplastic rubber knuckle protectors.

    Piaggio Summer Gloves Back

    At £49, the Piaggio Summer Gloves won’t break the bank. But they do remove any excuse to ride with bare hands. Or to subject a pillion to the risk. Both things we’ve seen regularly every summer, including at motorway speeds. And that’s enough to give us nightmares about what could happen, to be honest.

    If you want to stay safer, the Piaggio Summer Gloves are available in sizes S-3XL in classic Black, with the subtle Piaggio logo on the wrist. You can order them via Fowlers.

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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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  • New Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts For Better Protection

    Evotech Performance has been around for a while, producing a range of aftermarket parts from their Lincolnshire base. And they’ve now turned their attention to the KTM 390 Duke. As a smaller 375cc A2 learner legal motorcycle it’s not only a great motorcycle. It’s also one that appeals to younger and newer riders. So it makes sense that the new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts will give the bike more crash protection, as well as looking good.

    The parts will all fit the 2017-2018 model year, and can all be bought separately as required. And Evotech kit is used by race teams from BSB to MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT, as well as on special projects by the likes of Guy Martin. So you can probably put a fair bit of confidence in it doing the job. There are actually 8 new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts and accessories to run through, so sit back and get your credit card out.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke 2017-2018 Tail Tidy:

    Starting at the rear is a tail tidy for the KTM 390 Duke which has a clean and uncluttered finish. You keep the original license plate light and indicators to make it easy to fit. But the Concealed Designed Wire Technology (CDWT) approach means that you hide everything away, but with additional plate mounts, reflector and LED lights included where international markets might require them.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Tail-Tidy

    The Evotech Tail Tidy is made from CNC-machined lightweight aircraft grade aluminium with a black powder coated finish. And the result is a weight of 760g. It costs £124.99 with all the required fixings included.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard:

    The radiator guard will give you protection from debris and damage. But the hexagonal matrix pattern means you still get the best possible airflow to keep things cool. Like the tail tidy, it’s constructed from aircraft quality aluminium and finished in black powder coat with the edges deburred.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard

    The Evotech Radiator Guard for the KTM 390 Duke fits to the existing mounting points, doesn’t need any modifications, and comes with all the fittings you’ll require. It weighs 120g, and will cost you £54.98.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard:

    Next up is the Rectifier Guard, which might look pretty similar to the radiator version. That’s because it has the same pattern to let air in while also stopping as much damage as possible. And you’re once again looking at high quality aluminium machined to fit with black powder coating, and no need for modification to the existing mounting points on your 390 Duke.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard

    It costs just £29.99, and weighs 80g. And the Rectifier Guard comes with replacement stainless steel fasteners included.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors:

    It’s a sad fact that newer riders tend to have more accidents. Hopefully most will be minor low-speed incidents which don’t injure more than pride, but can have a bit impact on your bike. So the Evotech Performance Crash Protectors have an anodised aluminium core, polyurethane washers and injection moulded nylon to protector your motorcycle and bodywork from getting damaged by contact.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors

    You don’t need to modify your KTM for them to fit, and they come with replacement fasteners with spacers for everything to come together without any problem. They do add 1.38kg of weight, but it’s worth it to save the time and cost of damage, for just £109.99. And if you need individual parts, they’re also available via Evotech Performance.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbins:

    Use the original front fork mounting points to add the high quality nylon spindle protection bobbins. They weight 80g and feature anodised internal aluminium spacer mounts.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbin

    Subtle and effective, the bobbins will cost you just £25, including the supplied fasteners.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger:

    Want to add even more style to your KTM? What about a race-style aluminium exhaust hanger which also ditches both of the original pillion footpegs if you don’t plan on letting passengers come for a ride? It’s CNC machined and black powder coated with chamfered leading edges for a factory style finish.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger

    To always have an excuse to ride solo, and to get the race look will cost you £44.99, and the hanger has a weight of 240g, which will mean a decent saving once the pillion pegs have gone into the garage or bin.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand Bobbins:

    There’s a reason why people use paddock stands, even if their motorcycle came with a sidestand. It can make maintenance a lot easier and safer, as well as keeping your bike stored securely. Balancing a bike on a sidestand to spin the rear wheel and lube the chain only takes one slip to turn into a bit of a disaster, for example.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand-Bobbin

    Paddock stands aren’t too expensive, but bikes rarely come with any method to use them as standard. So the Evotech Performance Paddock Stand Bobbins come with mounting bolts to secure the two-piece nylon outers and stainless steel inner sleeve with bespoke spacers. They weigh 120g and cost £25.

    The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard:

    Another part which will make your KTM look a bit more trick, as well as potentially helping safety, the toe guard will reduce the chance of your lower leg coming into contact with the chain and drive line. And it means a carbon fibre ‘shark fin’ profiled guard like racers use, along with the included stainless steel mounting fasteners.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard

    The Evotech Performance Toe Guard will cost you £44.99 and weighs 140g.

    Even More Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

    So that little lot will definitely make a difference to how your KTM 390 Duke looks. And there are still more products available which weren’t described in detail, such as the Evotech KTM 390 Duke mirror extensions, if you’re struggling to see what’s behind you. They do make the mirrors look more like the antennae of an insect, but taller riders will find them invaluable to keep an eye on following traffic.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Straight

    And the end result of all the Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts is a bit more style, and a lot more crash protection. Which sounds like a decent plan if you want to keep your mini-Duke in good nick. Or take it on track and minimise the risks to bike and rider.

    Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

    Time to get the credit card out…

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  • New Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light To Avoid Mishaps

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    There’s nothing worse than pulling up on your motorcycle, putting the sidestand down, and then slowly toppling to the floor because you stopped next to a pothole. Or getting off and starting to walk away before hearing the sound of a bike landing on the ground because you found a nice soft patch of mud to park on. To help prevent embarrassment for those riding Germany’s most popular brand, there’s the new Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light.

    Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light

    Yep, it’s a light that shines down with your sidestand to help you avoid damaging your bike or yourself. Which means less hassle trying to find the right piece of ground to use in the dark. Even if it’s a fairly well-lit area, the shadows from you and your bike can make it difficult to spot exactly what you’re just about to rest thousands of pounds of motorcycle on.

    You can turn the light on and off via a switch mounted on the handlebar. So it’s probably also handy if you have a habit of dropping loose change and other items on the ground.

    Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Switch

    It’s quick and easy to mount, connecting to the wiring loom with a simple plug without any soldering required. And it also works in conjunction with the CAN bus on your BMW. So that means it automatically turns off when you switch off your ignition. So you won’t accidentally return to a flat battery.

    Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Mounted

    So the new Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light is quick to fit, might save you from an embarrassing disaster, and it’s hard to see any downsides. It’ll fit all liquid-cooled Boxer models, and the current six-cylinder bikes. And the German-made kit comes with a five year warrant, and all for £89. Which seems more than reasonable.

    Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Mounted and On

    Now we just need a coloured, strobing version to create the world’s first mobile disco for ants.

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  • New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards

    Some of the best ideas tend to be simple ones. And for versatility and avoiding the need to unbolt guards, these new adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards could well make the cut. With the frame fitted, you can choose to slip an insert in for additional warmth and protection, and also slide a shield up and down for more coverage. So you don’t have to take them on or off, and then discover the bolts went missing in the garage in the Summer. Or they’ve seized up on your bike.

    New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Open

    The Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards consist of a wide aluminium Safety Frame which allows the air to pass through it. But still means your hands, brake and clutch levers are protected from knocks, scrapes and falls. Which is useful. And it fits to the handlebars and bar ends with lightweight forced aluminium mounts shaped to avoid messing with any cables. And they look alright for everyday riding, too.

    But what happens if the weather gets cooler?

    New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Closed

    Then you just snap in the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Insert, obviously. So that will provide some extra wind and weather protection for your hands. And also more defense against stones and other debris hitting your paws. So if you’re riding off-road behind someone, it’ll mean less chance of getting a pebble propelled by a rear tyre into your digits. If you’ve had it happen, you know how much it hurts.

    But what if it gets even colder? Or the bike in front is sending up a rooster tail of gravel and debris?

    New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Extended

    For the coldest conditions, there’s the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Adjustable Shield. Like the insert, it’s made from a resilient plastic polymer, and it’s quick to attach or remove. And once fitted, you can raise it up to 142mm to stop anything hitting your hands, and keep more of the chill away.

    At the moment, the new adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards are available for:

    • BMW R 1200 GS/A LC
    • BMW F 800
    • BMW F 700
    • BMW F 650 GS
    • BMW R 1200 R LC
    • BMW R 1200 GS/A (2005-2012)
    • BMW R 1200 GSA (2013)
    • BMW R 1150 GS
    • BMW S 1000 XR
    • KTM 990 Adventure
    • KTM 1090 Adventure
    • KTM 1190 Adventure
    • KTM 1290 Adventure
    • Honda Africa Twin

    More bikes are being added to the list in 2018, and the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards cost £189, which included a model-specific fitting kit and instructions.

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