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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The Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver Gets Updated

Ever heard of a T-Driver? It’s a good substitute for a screwdriver or socket in fiddly areas, and can help apply more torque to get stuff undone. And if you want one, the Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver has just been updated to make it more even more useful. And it’s available to buy individually for £20.89, or as part of the VT45 Tool Set with screwdriver bits and sockets included.

Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver in the VT45 Tool Set

So what’s improved? Well the rotating handle can now slide up and down the shaft to click into position. Which means it’s more versatile for those fiddly jobs without much space. And being compact and lightweight, it’s also good for travelling and touring, especially if you might have to mess around with luggage racks and other equipment on the road.

Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver Vertical

And that’s about it really. It features a standard 3/8 inch drive, so it’ll work with most sockets and adaptors. And you can also order it with a selection of hex and Torx, slotted and Phillips screwdriver bits, plus the most commonly used sizes of metric sockets. Which means less time spent hunting around for that one screwdriver you last used about a year ago and now can’t find. And more time looking like a pro pit mechanic as you screw away with ease.

It’s probably more amazing that we’ve managed to avoid crude jokes about tools, shafts and screwing so far. But the Venhill VT46 Rotating T-Driver looks like a solid piece of kit that’ll save time and space, so worth knowing about…

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New Weise Stuttgart Textile Bike Jacket for 2018

The new Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket is new for 2018. And it aims to combine value for money with versatile performance. The German city of the same name isn’t just the base for the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. It’s also a similar climate to the UK, although with more extremes of hot and cold weather.  So that’s handy to know.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Blue

Back to the jacket itself, and the design looks alright. The outer has a waterproof, windproof and breathable liner. And inside is a removable 120-gram thermam quilted lining. The Weise Stuttgart textile jacket has adjustment at the waist, upper and lower arms, and cuffs, to enable you to get comfortable and avoid the jacekt flapping around or letting cold weather in. And there’s a Neoprene trimmed collar at the top, plus an 8-inch connection zip for Weise riding trousers at the bottom to enclose you as much as possible.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Back Stone Blue

The Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket also has zipped vents at the chest, back and lower arms to keep you chilled when the temperature rises. And there’s CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and in the back if you’re unfortunate enough to need it.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Gun

Other details include the reflective details to help you be seen in low light. And there are waterproof external pockets, a large rear map pocket and two hand-warmer pockets for storage. So you should have plenty of space for your wallet, phone and keys.

Weise Stuttgart textile Motorcycle Jacket Stone Neon

Another practical feature is that the Weise Stuttgart textile motorcycle jacket comes with a two-year warranty. It’s available in sizes S-5XL in either Stone/Gun or Stone/Neon colours, and in M-3XL in Stone/Blue. And it will cost you £179.99.

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Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit for KTM Owners

Own a KTM? Or want to buy something for a motorcyclist who does? The Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit could be a good choice. It’s been designed to include the kit you need during routine maintenance of on and off-road KTMs. So owners of the Austrian orange bikes can keep their motorcycles in top condition, including handling basic servicing.

Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit for KTM motorcycles

Cruztools is a Californian company which has been around for almost 20 years. They produce tools and kits for motorcylists, guitarists and pilots, and also have an irritating way of capitalising the company name as CruzTOOLS. Having started by offering kits for Harley-Davidson riders, the Roadtech KT1 carries the sizes you need for KTM maintenance. Plus the torx drivers and allen keys that fit the fasteners used, particularly on the KTM Adventure and KTM Duke models.

Which makes sense. How many of us have countless spanner and socket sets in which 2-3 sizes are actually used (and are always the first to be lost somewhere), while the others sit around in mint condition? And by cutting out all the unnecessary stuff, it means you’ll not only find what you need more quickly, but it cuts down on the space you need to carry everything.

Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit for KTM Motorcycles Rolled Up

So inside the roll-up Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit pouch are the following:

  • 8″ Adjustable Spanner
  • 8mm, 10mm & 13mm Combination Spanners
  • 8mm, 10mm & 13mm Ratcheting Socket Wrench
  • 27mm & 32mm Axle Wrench
  • Single-Hand Mole Grips
  • Tyre Gauge
  • Zipties, Loctite, 7mm x 3/4″ Electrical Tape & Fasteners
  • 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm & 6mm Allen Keys
  • PH1, PH2, 3mm Flat & 1/4″ Flat Magnetic Quick Change Screwdriver
  • T20, T25, T30, T40 & T45 Torx Drivers

You may well have some of the kit already, but actually having a handy way to keep zipties and allen keys with you on a ride can be pretty useful. Particularly if you’re heading off-road and away from anywhere you can direct a recovery vehicle if you break down. Or to have the necessities handy and packed for track days or touring.

The Cruztools Roadtech KT1 Tool Kit for KTMs costs £80.03.

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