• 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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  • BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

    Normally the advice in life is to focus on one thing. And yet it seems ‘motorcycle lifestyle destinations’ are popping up all over the place. For example, The House of the Machines started 4 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, providing a combination of ‘coffee, cafe, craft beer, cocktails, live music, menswear and custom bikes’. And now BMW is one of the partners for a new LA branch for The House of Machines. Proof that wherever you may go, you’ll meet friendly motorcyclists and a bearded bloke who has paid way too much for a bad 70’s-based cafe racer thing.

    BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

    Still modern motorcycle seems to involve Strategic Directors and corporate synergies for consumer activation points. Which is presumably why BMW Motorrad is partnering with The House of Machines (THOM). And it even involves a new men’s fashion label named Limits No Longer Appl (LNLA) initiated and inspired by BMW Motorrad. Because of course, it bloody does. Apparently you’ll only be able to buy via the store or online in the U.S and each item will only be available for 12 months.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    Don’t get us wrong. There are great venues all over the place, including in London, where you can get food, drinks, check out some bikes and gear, and have a lovely time. And that’s a good thing. As much as we enjoy a good fry-up at a rundown greasy spoon by a dual carriageway, it makes sense to go with the times. If that means I can drink a good craft IPA and eat some tacos while chatting about bikes, then I’m all in favour.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    But do we really need to describe what sounds like a decent place to hang out for a bit as ‘a place for people with a love of detail, a striving for perfection and a passion for the motorcycle lifestyle’. Or as THOM’s Strategic Director calls it ‘Where man and machine coexist’. Well, technically man and machine also coexist on the floor of any factory or online retail warehouse, but I’m not stopping there for a coffee.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    So to sum up, The House of Machines looks like it could be a good new place for bikers to visit in the Arts District of LA. And it’ll have coffee, drinks, food, clothes, custom bikes and more. So if you’re in the neighbourhood, you should check it out (and let us know what it’s like). And it’s also time to stop trying to cram every single buzzword into any description relating to custom motorcycles based on an older style. Before doing things a bit different ends up becoming a bit naff.

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  • Best Cars to Lease in 2017

    Leasing a car is one of the most flexible finance options, as it allows you to change your car every 3-4 years. If you enjoy driving a new car, now is a great time to lease, as from sweet city cars to cool cabriolets, 2017 brings us a variety of amazing deals.

    Mercedes E-Class Saloon

    Are you searching for a saloon? Look no further! Perhaps the most popular lease car in the saloon market is the classy and comfortable E-Class. This marvellous Mercedes saloon combines supreme interior comfort with a strong and assertive stance. Lovely lines sweep the sides of this vehicle and innovative technology, such as Mercedes Connect, takes pride of place inside the cabin.

    mercede e-class 2017

    mercede e-class 2017

    Toyota Aygo City Car

    Perhaps you’re after a savvy city car? The 2017 Toyota Aygo might be small and sweet, but don’t underestimate the power in the practicality of this fun and funky city slicker. If you love to stay informed and entertained on the go, you will love the infotainment system on offer in the Aygo. Fantastic features extend to the driving position of this vehicle, with adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, enabling you to create perfect comfort.

    Toyota aygo

    Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

    Summer is fast approaching, so why not drop the top and stay cool in a Cabriolet? If you love the look of this vehicle, you will be amazed by the AMG lines, sporting wider wheel arches and excellent exhaust pipes. Step inside the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet and you will find that keeps its sleek even with the inclusion of four seats, so we can enjoy practicality as well as style in this cabriolet. Top technology fills the interior of this vehicle and seats standard sport seats are so comfortable. Those of us who love a little style will be pleased to know that 2017 brings us some supreme C-Class Cabriolet lease deals.

    BMW i3

    If the futuristic feel of the electric car excites you, you will love the all-electric 2017 BMW i3. Power and practicality is not compromised for sustainability in this BMW i3. Proudly, BMW boasts a cool combination of zero emissions and a 0 to 62 mph time of just 7.3 seconds in the BMW i3. The BMW i3 can also travel up to a total of 206 miles on a single charge. The interior is lovely and light, carefully crafted from high strength carbon, an amazing material which is utilised to create passenger safety.

    bmw i3

    Bmw i3

    Range Rover Evoque

    Spacious SUV’s are sought after by many and we’re in luck, as 2017 offers excellent Range Rover Evoque lease deals. Drivers of this compact SUV love the generous and comfortable cabin, with height above your head and space at the sides. As well as ultimate upgrades to the interior, drivers of the 2017 Evoque also enjoy excellent engine efficiency with the introduction of the new family of diesel engines.

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  • Lexus Success Story

    The Reasons for Lexus’ Growing Success and Popularity

    In recent times, Lexus has become Japan’s largest-selling make of premium cars and established themselves as pioneers in the luxury car sector. The luxury vehicle division of Toyota was first developed in the early 1980’s as a secret project to build the world’s best car, but they are now one of the most recognisable and successful automobile manufacturers around.

    In fact, Lexus led the U.S luxury car market for an impressive 11 straight years before a Tsunami and an earthquake hit production in 2011. After falling behind Mercedes-Benz and BMW, they now are clawing their way back and recently posted a global sales record in 2016 and their fourth consecutive record year of sales.

    Reasons for Success

    So, what can be attributed to this success? One of the main reasons is that they have managed to find great success in the United States – a major consumer in the luxury car market. Lexus has always struggled to replicate this success in Europe, largely due to the fact that the European market as not as receptive to “new” brands as other areas of the world.

    Another key reason is the fact that their vehicles are known to be extremely reliable, solid and well-engineered – this makes them a great choice for long-term ownership, which is an important factor for consumers when purchasing high-end automobiles. This also makes them the logical and intelligent purchase to make for any motorists in the market for this kind of vehicle.

    Hybrid Technology

    Lexus has also manufactured a handful of hybrid vehicles in recent years. This has made them more popular throughout the world as there is a shift in attitude towards eco-friendly driving, but particularly in Europe where they have previously struggled to sell. This is not too much of a surprise, as their parent company Toyota are famed for being world leaders in hybrid technology. As a result, hybrid Lexus cars combine the strengths of petrol engines with all the benefits of electric power.

    This success for the Japanese manufacturer only looks set to continue, as they are growing in popularity around the world whilst also maintaining their image in the United States. Essentially, their success can be attributed to their core values being inline with that of a modern day consumer. They are a brand about innovation, reliability, technology and eco-friendly motoring whilst also maintaining a luxury performance and sleek design.

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