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Ventura rack-up the R nineT

Ventura RnineT edited 1 300x200 Ventura rack up the R nineTKiwi motorcycle luggage specialists, Ventura, have added BMW’s R nineT and new R1200R to their fitment list.

Although they look great, stripped-out street bikes like the nineT and 1200R offer little concession to carrying luggage; with compact seat units and no secure strapping points. Discreet, lightweight and with fuss-free fitting and removal, Ventura’s unique ‘slide on/ride off’ luggage mounting system is an ideal solution.

Unlike other soft luggage options, Ventura’s system uses a mounting rack which keeps the load stable and secure, eliminates the need for unreliable and potentially damaging straps/bungee cords and doesn’t use a fiddly lock and key system.

It attaches only using existing points on the sub-frame, so no drilling, cutting or extra tubing, brackets or fixings needed, and it doesn’t add weight or width, like hard luggage mounting systems can.

Both Pack and 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 or a Sport Rack, designed especially for transporting small loads. Alternatively, the Brackets can be removed completely.

Packs come in a variety of styles and sizes: from a 35-litre weekend bag, to a massive 102-litre tour Pack combination, and Ventura’s new ‘hard’ Astro Top-Box. The system can be used in conjunction with either hard or soft panniers for additional carrying capacity.

For further details and a full list of fitments and pack options click here.

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Brühl Power Dryers – full of hot air

BD1240 Full View edited 1 300x207 Brühl Power Dryers   full of hot airBlowing hot air at speeds of up to 80 metres-a-second, Brühl Power Dryers don’t just take the hard work out of drying bikes, they remove moisture from areas that can’t be reached with a chamois or microfibre cloth.

Drying a washed bike quickly and effectively reduces the risk of water spotting or corrosion. And without the need for chamois leathers or other water-absorbing cloths, there is less risk of inadvertently scratching or scuffing the bike.

There are currently three Brühl Power Dryers to choose from:

  1. Single Speed Power Dryer, which has an air speed of 60M/S and an output temperature of 70℃.
  2. The Variable Speed Power Dryer offers more control, with a choice of air speeds from 15M/S – 48M/S and temperatures ranging from 20C – 75℃.
  3. Topping the range, the Professional Power Dryer is capable of drying several bikes at a time, delivering air speeds between 20M/S – 80M/S at 25℃.
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SW Motech make Versys 1000 more Versatile

versys 0A m 300x200 SW Motech make Versys 1000 more VersatileA combination of sports-touring performance and handling with an adventure-bike seating position gives the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 high mileage potential and SW-MOTECH of Germany have introduced a range of touring, protection and ergonomic accessories to help owners capitalise on this.

  • Footrest Kit – Comfort is key for long days in the saddle and the SW Motech Footrest Kit has a large contact area with removable rubber insert, to help absorb vibration and shocks. They’re adjustable for two positions – standard and 15mm lower – with a special profile for a firm grip. RRP £80.07.
  • Mirror Extenders – A simple device to help give a better view of traffic behind by increasing the distance of the mirrors from fairing and handlebars. RRP £41.35
  • Gear Lever – lighter and stronger than OEM levers, and designed to adjust to all shoe/boot sizes, for a tailored fit. RRP: £102.07
  • Hand Guards – Made from impact-resistant ABS plastic, with a full-wrapped aluminium frame, keeping wind, weather and bushes/branches away from the fingers and controls. RRP: £102.07
  • Rear Axle Sliders – Abrasion-resistant synthetic sliders to protect the often-overlooked rear axle ends from damage. Easy to fit, with no special tools required, and designed to blend with the Versys’ styling. RRP: £36.95
  • Engine Guard – Constructed from 3-4mm thick aluminum, providing heavy-duty but lightweight protection for the sump. RRP: £151.35
  • Radiator guard – Lightweight alloy guard, designed to stop stones and other debris from damaging the radiator’s cooling fins and core. RRP: £64.23
  • TraX EVO Pannier System – tough aluminium panniers in silver or black, supplied with SW-Motech’s unique QUICK-LOCK Side Carriers, which can be removed from the bike in seconds. Prices from £533.27 (for 2 x 37L cases + side carriers).
  • DAKAR Pannier Set – tough waterproof luggage made from Ballistic-Nylon. with bike-spefic fitting kit; £256.96.

A range of tank bags, with fittings for the company’s QUICK-LOCK EVO holder system, and GPS mounts are also available for the Versys. For details of the complete SW Motech range, click here.

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Sdoc100 Dry Lube is Clearly Better

SDoc100 DryLube 400ml edited 11 111x300 Sdoc100 Dry Lube is Clearly Better New from Sdoc100, Dry Lube is a completely transparent and highly fling-resistant chain spray, specially created for fuss-free application during spring and summer months.

Developed in Sdoc100’s German laboratory, Dry Lube’s innovative hybrid formula combines the advantages of traditional oil-based lubrication with the latest dry lube technology.

The average middleweight motorcycle transfers a similar amount of power to a small car through the drive chain, so keeping it properly lubricated is essential to prevent premature wear and and to ensure the machine is performing at its best. Poorly lubricated chains require more frequent adjustment and replacement, as well as sapping power from the engine.

Conventional oil-based chain sprays are messy to apply, frequently fling off onto the rear wheel/swinging arm and can trap dirt and grit from the road, creating a ‘grinding paste’ effect that accelerates wear on chain and sprockets too.

Dry Lubes are popular for use during the warmer drier months, because they are less messy to apply and won’t pick up and hold damaging grit and dirt particles thrown up from the dry and dusty road surface.

However, the R&D department at Sdoc100 wanted to overcome some of the limitations of current dry lube technology. So they formulated Dry Lube to run deep inside the chain links, for longer-lasting lubrication and reduced fling. They included an anti-corrosion additive, to help keep the chain in top condition, and made it transparent, so it won’t leave an unsightly colour on the chain when applied.

The result is a spray that provides optimum wear and corrosion protection through a dry yet flexible protective layer.

Suitable for all O / X / Z ring chains, SDoc100′s Dry Chain Lube comes in a large 400ml spray can. Used regularly and in combination with SDoc100 Chain Cleaner, it can significantly increase chain life and reduce the frequency of adjustment too.

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SW Motech kit for Tiger 800XC/XCx/XCa

brands triumph tig800xcxa 300x147 SW Motech kit for Tiger 800XC/XCx/XCaGerman engineering specialists SW Motech have introduced a comprehensive range of accessories for the latest incarnation of Triumph’s 800XC/XCx/XCa adventure bike, helping owners to tailor the Tiger for any journey.

CARRYING CAPABILITY:

A tough, spacious and versatile luggage system is a must for any traveller, so SW Motech have developed a complete aluminium pannier and rack kit, tailored for the XC. Their Trax Adventure Panniers are made from tough, lightweight, powder-coated aluminum. Carefully designed to sit neatly around the Tiger’s tail and exhaust system, they add minimal width, but hold a whopping 82 litres of kit. Shaped for increased ground clearance when cornering, TraX panniers feature glass reinforced plastic corner caps to protect against knocks and scuffs, both on and off the bike. Removable lids and quick release fasteners make loading and unloading a breeze. Four large tie-down points feature on leach lid, for carrying extra loads. Trax cases are attached using SW Motech’s new Quick-Lock Evo Side Carriers, with a patented Quick-Lock system so that both cases and carriers can be removed in seconds, leaving the Tiger completely uncluttered.

For added carrying capability, the XC can also be fitted with SW Motech’s Alu-Rack luggage carrier. This high strength, machined alloy rack, is a slim neat alternative to tubular systems and is compatible with the Quick-Lock Adapter Plate and Quick-Lock luggage rack extension, which enables the attachment of the TraX® EVO and T-RaY Electric-Topcases.

PROTECTION:

Protecting both rider and machine are Kobra Handguards, which are specifically designed to help keep wind, weather and bushes / branches etc. away from the fingers and controls. Sturdy Crash bars, which mount to existing points on the frame, no drilling or welding needed, and an Alloy Engine Guard will also help protect from potentially costly and frustrating damage from low speed falls or when venturing off road.

Other accessories, designed specifically for the new XC range, include Auxiliary Spot Lights, rear view Mirror Extenders, GPS Mounts and a complete range of soft luggage.

For details of the complete range of SW Motech accessories for the Tiger 800XC/XCx/XCa, contact Motohaus Powersports on 01256 704909 or visit www.motohaus.com

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SDoc100 Classic Cleaning Kit

SDoc100 Classic Cleaning Kit LR 300x196 SDoc100 Classic Cleaning Kit

SDoc100 – German specialists in premium bike care products – have put together a cleaning kit that contains products specially created to treat the wide range of materials found on both modern and classic machines.

Tough on dirt and grime yet completely PH neutral, gentle on delicate painted and metal surfaces, yet formulated to be used without the need for brushes, Sdoc100 Motorcyle Total Gel Cleaner removes road grime, dirt, and grease without scrubbing or harsh chemicals, so there’s no risk of damage to paint and metalwork.

Gloss Wax Spray gives a mirror finish and colour depth, with long lasting weather and environmental protection. Simply spray on after cleaning (or between major washes) and buff up with the soft microfibre cloth provided.

Corrosion Protectant shields metal parts against the effects of road salt, as well as lubricating, displacing moisture, and stopping any existing corrosion in its tracks. It even turns rusty iron and steel back to black!

Packed in a handy tub, the SDoc100 Classic Cleaning Kit sells for £37.99 (including VAT).

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Pack-up and Back-Up with SW-Motech

New from Germany’s SW-Motech, the Racer and Trooper backpacks are tailored to the motorcycle rider, featuring high quality materials, low weight and comfort both on and off the bike.

BackpackRacer LR 200x300 Pack up and Back Up with SW MotechHolding a handy 16 litres, the Racer is ideal for commuters and day trippers. The shoulder and waist straps are fully adjustable for a snug fit and to help prevent the pack shifting whilst riding. All three straps, and the back of the pack, are padded for comfort when carrying heavy loads. A quick-release buckle makes getting the pack on and off easy and there’s a carry handle too. Inside there are separate compartments to keep contents organised, including an integrated laptop holder, which will hold devices with a screen size of up to 14 inches and a cable port that enables the wearer to use a music device while on the move. A tough and durable 600D textile shell and integrated rain cover help keep contents safe, while reflective detailing keeps the wearer visible in low light conditions.

BackpackTrooper 02LR 225x300 Pack up and Back Up with SW MotechFor longer trips, and those who need to carry bigger loads, the Trooper has a 25-litre capacity, divided between two main compartments. These in turn have separate sections, plus a compartment for laptops with up to 15 inch screen size.and there’s also a zipped lid pocket. Luggage compression straps can be used to lash on extra items (e.g. waterproofs) and the Trooper has an external helmet net as well. Like the Racer, the outer shell is made from 600D fabric with high visibility detailing, and there’s an integrated rain cover to keep contents dry. The back and all three straps are padded and have adjustment throughout, plus a carry handle.

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Sat Nav in the Bag

navi case pro s med LR 300x200 Sat Nav in the BagNew from German motorcycle accessory specialists, SW Motech, the Navi Case Pro GPS is designed to allow riders to mount almost any sat-nav device on their machine – not just bike-specific ones.

  • Durable all weather device bag with reinforced base

  • Comes in 3 sizes and with foam inlays for use with various devices

  • Lid membrane allows easy operation of touch screen

  • Integrated sun screen

  • Cable feed-through

  • Integrated zipper lock

  • Compatible with GPS mounts, RAM system and Richter plate

Available in three sizes and supplied with additional foam inlays to tailor the interior dimensions, the Navi Case Pro can hold pretty much any size or type of GPS unit. An all-weather cover and rubber-coated zipper keeps the device well protected from the elements, whilst the padded interior and broad Velcro retaining straps help keep it firmly in place and protected from vibration and knocks whilst riding.

In addition to the interior protection, the Navi Case Pro has semi-rigid construction, helping to shield the contents further and preventing the bag from flopping or sagging.The base plate comes prepared with hole patterns for SW-Motech GPS mounts, RAM systems and Richter plate for quick, easy and secure mounting and comes with a handy zipper lock for security.

A clear lid membrane, shielded by a sun screen, gives easy and clear access to buttons and touch screens, and a cable feed-through supports easy power supply and connectivity.

The Navi Case Pro is just one of a complete range of SW-Motech all-weather GPS and smartphone holders. Click here for details.

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SW Motech protect Honda CB650F

Praised for it’s value, practicality and user-friendly road manners, Honda’s new CB650F is set to be a favourite amongst year-round riders.
brands honda cb650f SW Motech protect Honda CB650F
Constructed from heavy-duty steel, SW-Motech Crash Bars form a protective barrier around the areas of the CBF which are liable to damage during low speed falls. Although tough, they’re lightweight and unobtrusive, and each set is tailor made to fit the relevant machine so they add minimal width. They’re also powder coated to help stave off corrosion. Click here for details

Effective lighting is crucial to ensure riders spot potential hazards in good time, and are clearly visible to other road users, especially during the winter months when visibility can be poor. SW Motech’s Hawk Fog Lights feature two H3 55W ellipsoid lights, designed to emit a powerful and broad dispersion of light and increase visibility in low light, and even foggy conditions. Compact and subtly styled, the lights don’t detract from the CBF’s look, and can be mounted on crash bars or the CBF’s frame tubes. Click for details.

Hands and fingers are often first to feel the winter chill, so a Kobra Handguard Kit has also been added to the CB650′s accessory list. Constructed from tough polypropylene plastic with a full-wrap aluminium frame, the guards help protect the hands from wind chill, freezing winter rain; as well as grit, stones and other road debris. An optional extension kit is available, offering extra protection. An LED indicator kit can also be fitted. Click for details

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New OptiMate3 Global Charger

Optimate3Global 300x280 New OptiMate3 Global ChargerOptiMate have produced 2 million intelligent battery chargers since 1995 and the OptiMate 3 Global is the latest iteration, with many new features:

    • Precise microprocessor controlled diagnostics and maintenance programme
    • Lighter and smaller than previous model
    • More powerful output
    • Global input for worldwide compatibility

    The new OptiMate3 Global diagnoses, recovers, charges, tests and optimally maintains all types of 12V lead-acid batteries rated from 3 to 50 Ah.

      Fully sealed in an IP54 rated weatherproof case, it is 50% lighter than the previous model (0.4kg compared to 0.8kg), 33% more powerful (output up from 0.6A to 0.8A ) and can recover severely neglected batteries from as low as 2 Volts, thanks to cutting-edge electronics.

      The Optimate3 Global’s microprocessor automatically performs hourly tests, maintaining the battery with an interactive float charge, (800mA maximum), providing advance warning of any problems. It also diagnoses sulphation (when crystals form around the lead plates inside the battery, reducing performance), and automatically applies pulses of electric current to break them down and recover the battery.

      Safety features include spark suppression, automatic shut-down if short-circuited/battery disconnected and zero risk of overcharging.

      The OptiMate3 Global has a wide range input (100-240V, 50-60Hz) that works with mains electricity around the world and also absorbs current irregularities better.

      Click here for more information.

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