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Retro touring on Z900RS with Ventura

Z900RS SIDE edited 1 300x265 Retro touring on Z900RS with VenturaKawasaki Z900RS owners can now explore the retro sport’s touring potential with the latest Ventura luggage system.

The New Zealand luggage manufacturer has added L-Brackets for the new Z900RS to its fitment list, which covers 2,500+ models of brand-new and older generation motorcycles.

Combining the best features of soft and hard luggage, Ventura’s Bike Pack system is based around three components;

  • L-brackets, tailor-made for the make & model, attach to existing mounting points on the rear sub-frame.
  • A sturdy pack rack slots into the L-brackets
  • A Ventura pack slides onto the rack and is clipped securely into place.

When luggage is not required, the rack can be replaced in seconds with a grab handle . For further details and a full list of pack options, visit www.ventura-bike.co.uk

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Blaze panniers for Z650

Z650 Kawa extended edited 1 300x281 Blaze panniers for Z650March 2018 – German motorcycle engineers SW-Motech now produce their innovative Blaze panniers to fit Kawasaki’s latest Z650 super naked bike AND, by working closely with UK importer Motohaus, they cost 15% less than before.

Blaze Panniers differ from traditional throw-over saddlebags thanks to the addition of a clever ‘Quick-Lock’ mounting rail, which clamps to the footrest hanger on either side of the bike. The bags slide onto the rails, keeping them stable, secure and away from moving parts, without the need for additional straps or bungees.

The rails are light and can be removed in seconds, when not in use, leaving only the discreet clamps behind.

The panniers are made from tough 1680 Ballistic-Nylon, with a stiff construction that helps maintain their shape, and a user-friendly top opening. Each bag has a 14-litre capacity, which can be increased to 21-litres by opening the compression zip, to provide a total carrying capacity of 42-litres (per pair).

Waterproof inner bags are supplied with the panniers, for easy packing and complete confidence, whatever the weather.

Blaze pannier kits are available to fit a wide selection of motorcycles and retail prices have recently been reduced to £250- including VAT (previously £293.75).

For extra carrying capacity, Blaze panniers can be used in conjunction with SW-Motech tail bags, like the Jet Pack (RRP £182.52), pictured.

To find out more click here

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Ventura giveaway

TRIUMPH 765 AERO edited 2 300x265 Ventura giveawayRiders now have a chance to broaden their horizons – and take along what they need for the ride too – with the latest giveaway from Ventura luggage.

Anyone purchasing a Ventura Pack, L-Brackets and/or a Pack Rack before 20th July 2018 will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of 12 P&O Ferry vouchers -each worth £50 – which can be used towards a P&O ferry crossing from the UK to France, Belgium, Holland or Ireland.

There will be  monthly draws until July and two lucky Ventura purchasers will win a £50 P&O voucher in each one.

Entry is simple – anyone purchasing a Ventura Bag, L-Bracket kit and/or Pack Rack via the official UK website – www.ventura-bike.co.uk – will be automatically entered into the draw.
Stable, versatile and adding up to 102 litres of carrying capacity with minimal weight, Ventura’s Bike Pack System is the ideal solution for bikes that aren’t suited to traditional hard or soft luggage.

The latest fittings include Kawasaki’s Z650, the Ducati Monster 797 and Triumph Street Triple 765.

Combining the best features of soft and hard luggage, Ventura’s Bike Pack system uses a sturdy rack-mount to hold the load safely and securely, and a range of sturdy packs that simply slide onto the rack in seconds. The rack attaches to L-brackets, mounted using existing points on the sub-frame.

For further details and a full list of pack options, visit www.ventura-bike.co.uk

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Bike care is all hot air

MD2800Pro profile viewLR 300x200 Bike care is all hot airNew to the Brühl range of Motorcycle Dryers the MD2800 Pro Twin Turbine takes the hard work out of drying motorcycles.

Its twin turbines blow warm air at a speed of up to 80 metres-a-second, drying a freshly washed or rain-soaked bike quickly and effectively, reducing the risk of water-spotting and corrosion on paint and chrome, and helping to get moisture out of areas unreachable with a chamois or other drying cloth.

Since there’s no need to touch the bike using chamois or other water-absorbing cloths, it also reduces the risk of scratching and scuffing.

The MD2800 Pro features a flexible hose, extendible from 1.5M to 3M, allowing the air to be blown in any direction required without having to move the unit.
Three interchangeable nozzle attachments are also included, so the user can tailor the air delivery too – either fast and concentrated or a more general flow. Users can choose single or twin turbine operation at the flick of a switch.

A handy addition to any professional or enthusiast’s workshop, the Brühl MD2800 Pro Twin Turbine Motorcycle Dryer can be powered from a standard, three-pin AC 220-240V outlet.

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Quick-change communication with Sena MultiCom

SENA SMH5 300x150 Quick change communication with Sena MultiComQuick and easy to transfer between helmets, Sena’s new SMH5 MultiCom communication system is ideal for training schools, tour operators or riders who own more than one helmet.

Communicating at a noisy riding school or guided motorcycle tour can be a challenge, so the SMH5 MultiCom provides four-way intercom functionality, helping to keep a leader or tutor connected to the group. Should things need to be simplified, the static boom microphone can be quickly removed, so riders/pupils can only hear instructions from their coach or tour group leader.

Advanced Noise Control™ technology cuts down on background noise for both incoming and outgoing audio, for crystal clear directions/instructions and feedback.

The SMH5 MultiCom comes with Sena’s simplest attachment system yet, the Quick Clamp, which allows the unit to slide onto or off a helmet shell in seconds.

In addition to the simple installation, the jog dial and large intercom button make for an intuitive user interface that’s easy to control – ideal for those less experienced at using on-bike communications systems. Integrated voice prompts (available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) help users quickly learn their way around the SMH5.

Bluetooth 3.0 technology gives the ability to make hands-free calls and participate in a one-to-one intercom conversation with another rider, up to 700 meters (760 yards) away. The MultiCom can also be paired with GPS devices, smartphones and MP3 players, for turn-by-turn navigation and music on the move.

A single charge gives up to seven hours of talk time and seven days of standby, and free firmware upgrades ensure the SMH5 is always operating with the latest software.

The new Sena SMH5 MultiCom comes complete with a Mono Speaker, Quick Clamp and Removable Microphone, and everything else needed to get set up and started.

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SENA 30K WITH MESH COMMUNICATION

30K 04 web 1 300x228 SENA 30K WITH MESH COMMUNICATIONSena’s smartest unit yet, the range-topping 30k connects through Mesh Intercom™ technology, Bluetooth 4.1, and the new Sena RideConnected app.

With Sena’s new 30K Communication System riders can stay connected – even if their group doesn’t stay together on the road – whilst streaming smartphone music, answering phone calls, and listening to turn-by-turn GPS navigation, seamlessly and hands-free.

Three ways to connect:

Sena’s Mesh Intercom™ technology allows automatic connection to a virtually limitless number of 30K users: a ‘private mode’ allows users to invite and communicate with up to 16 riders at a range of up to 2km (1.2 miles); there’s also the option to allow an endless number of ‘guests’ to listen in.

It also means more stable connections – if a rider goes out of range, the rest of the group stays connected while the 30K automatically searches for and reconnects to the ‘lost’ rider once back in range. In addition, the 30K is Bluetooth 4.1 enabled, and can connect to up to three other Sena and non-Sena Bluetooth devices, at the same time as Mesh Intercom™ devices.

The Sena RideConnected App allows users to communicate with a virtually limitless amount of riders worldwide, over an infinite range, providing they’re connected to a mobile network.

Multitask:

Audio Multitasking™ technology allows users to hold a conversation, while simultaneously streaming smartphone music or listening to the built-in FM radio, taking phone calls, or hearing GPS navigation. The 30K also takes away the frustration and distraction of different functions ‘cutting in’, because the audio features won’t interrupt one another, but simply ‘overlay’ for a smoother listening experience.

Hands-free and stress-free:

The 30K can be operated completely hands-free using voice commands, so the rider can move through music, phone, and intercom features without taking his or her hands off the bars or their concentration away from the road. A quick charge feature means that, in just 20 minutes, users get 5 hours of Bluetooth intercom use, or 3 hours Mesh Intercom™ use.

The 30K is water resistant and compatible with Sena’s optional Handlebar Remote control, as well as all the 20S clamp accessories. The Utility App (for iPhone and Android) means owners can configure device settings and access a quick user guide with ease.

The Sena 30K comes in either single or twin unit packs, each containing everything needed to get up and running. Click here for prices

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Keep out cold with new Keis Jacket

Keis Jacket J501 Front 3 web 200x300 Keep out cold with new Keis JacketLightweight, breathable and using the latest in heating technology, the new Premium J501 Heated Jacket from Keis brings comfort and controllable warmth to winter rides.

Designed specifically for motorcyclists, the J501 features a lighter and thinner construction than any of its predecessors, so it sits comfortably, even under close-fitting riding kit. Heating is provided by Micro Carbon Fibre panels, which deliver an even spread of heat around the chest, kidneys, arms and collar, helping the wearer to stay comfortable and focused on the road ahead. Carbon panels are not only thinner and more flexible than traditional wired elements, they are also more reliable, so they are covered by a lifetime warranty, for complete peace of mind. The jacket itself is made from lightweight and breathable soft shell fabric, and has elasticated panels, giving a snug fit that allows the rider to move around unhindered.

There are two external pockets – ideal for phone or wallet – and dedicated zipped pockets for the included cables and heat controller, to keep things organised and easy to find. Keis have also lengthened the elasticated cuffs, so they fit better under riding jackets and gloves. Designed to be run direct from the motorcycle’s 12v battery, current draw is just 7A.

Produced in black, with stylish red side panels, the Keis J501 comes in chest sizes 36”-50” and retails for £199.99 including VAT. As an introductory offer, a Heavy Duty Heat Controller – normally £34.99 – is included free of charge. For information the Keis range of heated clothing and accessories, call 01256 704909 or visit www.keisapparel.co.uk.

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New Heated vest from Keis

Keis Vest V501 Front 3LR 243x300 New Heated vest from KeisThe new Premium V501 Vest from Keis features the latest heat generation technology and has been restyled, for lighter and thinner construction, with improved pockets and distinctive new look.

Heated vests provide a layer of warmth to core chest and kidney areas, helping riders to stay comfortable and safe in cold conditions.
Micro Carbon Fibre panels deliver an even spread of heat and are so reliable that Keis offers a lifetime warranty on them. Current draw is a modest 1.5A and typical power output is 18W.

Made from breathable lightweight soft shell fabric, the V501 has elasticated side panels, giving a snug fit for men and women. There are two external pockets – ideal for phone or wallet – and dedicated zipped pockets for cables and controller, to keep things tidy and easy to find.

Designed for Dual-Power supply, the V501 is supplied with a wiring harness so it can be run direct from the motorcycle battery. Alternatively the vest can be powered by a Keis lithium battery pack (sold as an optional extra) for use anywhere anytime.

Available in Black, with stylish red side panels, the Keis V510 is produced in chest sizes 36”-52” (XS-5XL).

For information the Keis range of heated clothing and accessories visit www.keisapparel.co.uk.

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Ventura put A2 bikes on the rack

BMW G310R 300x255 Ventura put A2 bikes on the rackVentura has added three of the latest A2-class bikes to its new generation EVO-Rack fitment list: BMW’s G 310R, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and KTM 390 Duke.

Ventura’s all new EVO-Rack System is ideal for more compact machines, because it’s light, adds no extra width – great for darting through traffic on the daily commute – and offers a choice of Pack sizes too.

The new EVO-Rack features a flat base and an adjustable mounting system, which allows the load to be carried closer to the machine’s centre of gravity when riding solo, or positioned to give a pillion ample room.

The range of adjustment also means the rack can be fitted to any other machine fitted with L-Brackets, by adjusting the fittings to suit, so no need to purchase an additional Rack.
Two new packs, the EVO-40 and EVO-10, fit onto the rack using an innovative pocket fastening system in the base, that holds the packs securely on the rack while riding. The ‘slide on, ride off’ fitment means it’s quick and easy to attach or remove the packs – no fiddling with straps and bungee cords or locks and keys.

The EVO-40 is the larger of the two, offering 40-litres of carrying capacity – great for weekends away. The smaller, 10-litre EVO-10 is ideal for commuting and day riding. Both packs are made from water-resistant and durable laminated ballistic fabric.
The L-Brackets attach using existing points on the rear sub-frame and the EVO-Rack can be removed in seconds, leaving only the discrete L-Brackets behind. The rider then has the option of fitting a pillion Grab Handle.

For further details, prices and a full list of pack options, call 01256 704909 or visit www.ventura-bike.co.uk

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Sena RC3 keeps hands-free

RC3 RED 21 300x199 Sena RC3 keeps hands freeThe new Sena RC3 Three-Button Remote Control keeps on-bike comms at the rider’s fingertips, for safe, quick and easy bike-to-bike, rider-to-pillion and mobile ‘phone communication on the move.
It’s also water-resistant and can operate between -10 and 55˚C. And, let’s face it, you’re unlikely to be riding if it’s colder or hotter than those extremes!

The RC3 can be clipped onto the sleeve of a riding jacket, or attached to the bike, so there’s no more fumbling for fiddly switches on helmet-mounted communicators. The three-button design makes answering calls, communication with pillion or bike-to-bike and controlling music quick and intuitive – even with gloved hands.

It’s fully Bluetooth® 4.1 enabled, so connection to Sena headsets is completely wireless – no complex cable routing or wiring into the bike required – and the connection range is a handy 10 meters, so giving and taking directions with other riders in lay-bys – or taking orders from your pillion at coffee stops – is also easy.

A replaceable lithium-ion battery gives the RC3 an operating time of five months, so there’s no worrying about finding recharging points, or carrying cables and bulky adapters.

The RC3 is compatible with all Sena’s Bluetooth® 4.1 Smart Ready-enabled, on-bike communicators.

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