Want to experience the life of a professional World Superbike racer without the effort, risk and financial expenditure? You’ll be able to try it out virtually when the new SBK 22 game launches on September 15th, 2022.
It will be available to buy online as a digital download for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5. And it will feature all the bikes and riders of the current World Superbike class, along with the circuits on the current calendar. So you can be a Kawasaki ZX-10R mounted Jonathan Rea or Alex Lowes, Scott Redding on his BMW M1000RR, Alvaro Bautista on the Ducati V4R Panigale, Toprak Ragatioglu on the Yamaha YZF-R1, or Iker Lecuona on the Honda CBR1000 RR-R.
One of the slight downsides to motorcycling can be luggage space, especially on a sports bike. But the new SW-Motech Pro Cosmo backpack could make it easier with up to 17 litres of storage space split across four compartments, so everything isn’t getting jumbled up and thrown about.
Along with a main area, you also get a section which can fit a laptop or hydration pack, a zipped mesh area for smaller items to avoid losing them in the bottom of your bag, and a section in the lid for anything you might need to access quickly. And the Pro Cosmo also has a MOLLE system if you want to attach more accessories on the outside.
There are plenty of options on the market for backpacks, but a good example is one that you can wear for long rides without aches and pains. The SW-Motech Pro Cosmo backpack features a pre-curved back panel covered in air-permeable mesh. Along with a hip belt to spread the load, the shoulder straps are broad and padded, and are secured with a quick-lock system so you can remove the pack without taking your gloves off.
The SW-Motech Pro Cosmo Backpack costs £122 including VAT, which is a similar price to most of the better rucksacks on the market. And if you’re regularly commuting and need to carry your work gear, or going on longer trips, investing a reasonable amount in a good backpack is definitely a wise move if you want to be able to walk normally at the end of your journey.
Be warned, if you fancy buying yourself a new Bulgari Aluminium Ducati Special Edition watch, it’ll set you back the same as a secondhand motorcycle. The two Italian brands have collaborated on a limited edition chronograph which is definitely aimed at the luxury market.
Just 1000 of the watches will be made, using a 40mm diameter aluminium case with a bezel and bracelet in black rubber. The crown and chronograph pushers are made of titanium, and along with the Ducati red dial, there are three counters inspired by the dash of a sportsbike. All of this means the watch is water resistant to 100 metres, and the mechanical BVL 130 movement which beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, means tenth-of-a-second accuracy.
With the limited run of 1000 pieces, you might have to be quick if you want the special Bulgari Ducati watch. And you’ll also need deep pockets, as ordering one from the Bulgari website will set you back €5,000. At the time of writing, that’s £4,251.
Personally, I’d spend that on a motorcycle, and just check the time on my phone when I need to, but I’m definitely not the target market for a brand whose cheapest watches will cost you €3,000. Even if I can certainly appreciate the skill and craft that goes into precision chronographs.
But if you have the desire and means, you can find out where to buy a BVLGARI Aluminium Ducati Special Edition watch via their website. Alternatively, you can keep up with the latest news on all things Ducati, here. Or take a look at the secondhand Ducati motorcycles you could own for around the same price via eBay.
Originally launched in 2016, the affordable adventure motorcycle has been updated over the years. And there are now taller and tinted screens for the Royal Enfield Himalayan from Skidmarx to fit the current E5 generation of the bike in 2022.
You still get a 411cc single cylinder four stroke putting out a relaxed 24.3bhp. But the suspension and 220mm ground clearance means you should be able to keep going whatever the conditions. Which is where aftermarket screens can be helpful, as noise and buffeting can be seriously tiring. As well as irritating.
The Skidmarx screens are all designed and manufactured in the UK, and fit directly onto the existing mounting points, using the original fasteners. So they’re also an easy option if you’re replacing damaged original equipment, or want to cut down glare when you’re riding.
The Skidmarx Standard and Tall screens for the Royal Enfield Himalayan E5 models both cost £74.95 in clear, light grey or dark tints. The Super Tall screen will cost you £89.95.
There aren’t many more disappointing feelings than mechanical issues ending a motorcycle trip before it really begins. But carrying a whole load of tools can be a bit of a pain unless you have something like the Wunderlich Smart Tool Box for the BMW R1200 and R1250 GS models, which can now be mounted to models, without pannier frames.
It’s a pretty simple idea, with a strong injection moulded plastic box measuring just 325 x 150 x 230 mm. So it weights less than big metal panniers, but provides more security and protection than a fabric tool roll. And despite the compact overall size, it still gives you 4.5 litres of storage inside, which should take plenty of the essentials for any motorcycle ride.
And if you’re not sure what to carry with you, or fancy getting it all sorted in one go, a Wunderlich Cordura inner bag which fits the tool box is available for £139, and includes:
Motorbike first aid kit
Slime tyre repair kit incl. CO2 cartridges
Hazard vest EN ISO 20471
Head torch (batteries included)
360° LED warning light
BMW multitool with bits
Medium strength thread lock
Wunderlich black straps 200cm
10 x zip ties
Power fabric tape EXTRA
TESA Extreme repair tape
A pair of work gloves
Two cleaning cloths
Spending £300 on a tool box and contents might seem a bit on the pricey side. But if you’re riding regularly, or doing long distances, it could be a worthwhile investment. Especially if you’re intending to visit places which might be off the beaten track, and involve a long wait for a recovery service if you’re still able to get hold of one. Plus it means you can keep a dedicated set of tools and spares on your bike at all times, which means you don’t get caught out by forgetting to bring some zip ties or your multitool the one time you need it.