Get Trials Style With The New Watsonian International Sidecar

We all know how popular adventure sport and off-road style motorcycles have become. But what if you want to take more passengers or luggage than a motorbike can manage? Whether it’s for a round-the-world expedition or picking up the weekly shop? Well, now you can go trials style, with the new Watsonian International Sidecar.

The New Watsonian International Sidecar

The prototype version pictured will be close to the final release. It’s shown fitted to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and Watsonian have also been hard at work creating a universal fitting kit for their current sidecars for the Enfield.

Although it’s got off-road trials style, the new Watsonian International sidecar has been created primarily to use on the roads. As a result, it’s got a glass fibre body to be durable and easy to maintain. But it does have aluminium panels to echo the style of the original International, which was around in the 1940s and 1950s. And there’s an aluminium mudguard holding the indicator and brake light.

There’s the off-road bench seat, under which you get your spacious luggage locker. And the the black metal rim for passengers to grab to keep them stable. Underneath the new Watsonian International sidecar is the tubular steel platform chassis Watsonian have been using for a long time, with elded joints and epoxy power coating.

To keep things comfortable there’s  hydraulic suspension with a rising rate spring. And the sidecar is mounted on a 16″ stainless spoked wheel with a black powder coated steel rim and a Bridgestone Trail Wing dual sport tyre.

The new Watsonian International Sidecar will be available in Spring 2019 and will cost £3,995 including VAT. The Royal Enfield Himalayan Watsonian fitting kit costs £450.

The Original Watsonian International Sidecar:

Inspiration for the trials and off-road style of the new Watsonian International sidecar actually comes from the firm’s original creation launched in 1938.

The first International featured a lightweight all-aluminium body. But production was interrupted due to the outbreak of the Second World War. So it didn’t actually become available to buy until 1950.

The original 1950s Watsonian International Sidecar

But when the original aluminium Watsonian International did reappear in 1950, it competed in the International Six Days Trail at Llandrindod Wells. And was regularly used by the company management team of Ron Watson and Cliff Bennett in a variety of trials events during the early 1950s.

You can certainly see echoes of the original outfit in the new Watsonian International sidecar. And while it might not be suitable for off-road competition, it should be rugged enough to cope with whatever adventure you might fancy on the roads.

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Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich

German BMW parts specialists Wunderlich must like the BMW R nineT. They’ve already built 10 custom versions of the bike using the products they make. And now the Wunderbob custom BMW R nineT Bobber from Wunderlich is the eleventh, and probably most radical, creation.

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich

The bobber style means plenty of changes to the stock BMW motorcycle. And it will all be something you can potentially achieve for your own bike in the future. Wunderlich is developing the individual parts that were custom made to be on sale from around Spring 2019. And there’s possibly also a complete Bobber kit in the works, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich Bars and Risers

The Wunderbob custom BMW R nineT Bobber from Wunderlich starts with raised, wide handlebars. And lowering the Wunderlich suspension by 25mm. The challenge was to then convert the style of the bike without losing the defining elements of the BMW.

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich BST Wheels

Head of Product Management and Development, Felix Wunderlich: “We wanted our bobber to be more powerful and lighter while at the same time emanating an air of nonchalance. The challenge was a demanding one, as traditional bobbers are usually based on transversely installed two-cylinder V or in-line engines, which present far fewer structural and design restrictions than the BMW Boxer due to the arrangement of the footrests alone”

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich Dash Close-Up

The Wunderbob custom BMW R nineT Bobber from Wunderlich gets a minimalist dash display, which streamlines the front of the bike. And fits nicely with the new handlebars. And the dark blue metallic paint, which along with the black finish and saddle, gives a fairly subtle and classy look.

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich Footpegs Close Up

The fully adjustable footpeg system will help to make sure you’re comfortable in the new saddle position. Which has now been relocated with a tubular loop frame. That means the rear light and indicators are incorporated, and also cleans up the rear of the bike above the new rear mudguard. The mudguard itself was custom-made to accommodate the BMW swingarm, and wider Bobber rear tyre.

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich Seat Close-Up

Frank Hoffmann, Wunderlich Managing Director: “Our portfolio of concept bikes ranges from the Wunderlich G 310 GS, which we are giving away here during the Intermot, to our Pikes Peak hill climbing motorcycles. With the WunderBob we are presenting the first Wunderlich Bobber, which also represents our eleventh R nineT conversion. Anyone who knows us, knows we thrive on difficult challenges – indeed we go looking for them! Half-hearted solutions are frowned upon for us. Especially half-hearted retro! We have transformed the R nineT into a bobber that is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Bob Jobs of the 40s and 50s, while losing nothing of the R nineT‘s iconic appearance.“

Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich Tail Unit Close-Up

So the Wunderbob Custom BMW R nineT Bobber From Wunderlich gives you a mix of retro and modern style. Plus you get German reliability underneath it all. And the BMW badge has become a pretty familiar part of the modern custom motorcycle world.

As mentioned above, if you want to create something very similar, you should be able to buy the parts individually from early 2019. And Wunderlich might also offer a complete conversion kit if there’s enough demand.

So what do you think of the modern BMW Bobber? Good, bad or indifferent? Drop a comment below to share your opinions…

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New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket

The new Buffalo Atom textile motorcycle jacket aims to be durable and long-lasting. And at a relatively low price. To do that, Buffalo have combined 600 denier Ripstop Nylon with full-grain leather panels. So it should be pretty hard to split the Atom in normal riding conditions.

New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket

Along with the nylon and leather outer is a waterproof, windproof and breathable drop lining. And you get a removable 120-gram thermal quilted lining for when things get cold. For warmer weather, there is ventilation at the shoulders, upper arms and the rear of the Buffalo Atom.

New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket Left Side

The new Buffalo Atom textile motorcycle jacket comes equipped with CE-approved shoulder and elbow protection. And there’s space to add an optional back protector. Along with inner cup reinforcement on the shoulders, you also get some external sliders.

New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket Right Side

What else is there to note about the new Buffalo Atom textile motorcycle jacket? Well, there’s an adjustable twin belt system to sort out the fit around your waist. And Velcro adjusters at the collars and cuffs. You also get further adjustment on the arms to prevent air going up your sleeves. Plus, there’s an 8-inch connecting zip for matching trousers to keep your lower back covered.

New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket Back

When it comes to storage, there are two external hand-warmer pockets. And three internal pockets for all your treasured valuables.

New Buffalo Atom Textile Motorcycle Jacket Front

The new Buffalo Atom textile motorcycle jacket is available in sizes S-3XL in Black, and costs £139.99. The optional CE-approved back protector is an extra £14.99, and matching Buffalo Endurance trousers are £99.99.

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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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