Exotogg – thermal armour

Exotogg take the principle of trapping layers of air for thermal insulation to a new level.

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Winter is drawing in and we’re all looking for ways to stay warm on our bikes. There’s a wide range of products out there to help from thermal layers to electrically heated clothing and they all have their pro’s and cons.
This month we tested a new product from Exotogg, a UK based manufacturer founded by Tony Hawkins.

Tony has been an all-season biker for the past 20+ years. He developed the Exotogg Inflatable Thermal Armour after leaving home on his bike, getting to cold and adapting an inflatable tent as a quick fix inside his jacket to try to keep warm. That was his eureka moment.

At first glance Exotogg Inflatable Thermal Armour does look lifejacket like and that’s no mistake. The product is manufactured in the UK by a lifejacket manufacturer. As Tony says, he could have gone out to Asia to make the thermal armour but wanted to maintain quality and control closer to home.

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Monimoto tracker

The ease of installation alone makes this a worthwhile investment for your bike security.

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The ease of installation alone makes this a worthwhile investment for your bike security.

The Monimoto smart tracker is a battery powered, easy to set up, auto arming GPS tracker alarm system that calls your phone if your motorcycle is being moved or stolen.

There’s no wiring, no special tools are needed, you can hide it anywhere on your bike with supplied ties and it connects to your phone via the Minimoto app. It’s a simple as that!

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Garmin’s zumo 396 LMT-S TESTED

Garmin describe the 396 LMT-S as being “for motorcyclists that want to turn their routes into thrilling adventures,” does it fit the bill?

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One thing certain about motorcycle navigation systems is that they attract attention and people want to know how well they work. When you ride with two of them on your handlebars they also generate a lot of odd looks and a few bad jokes. But we did it anyway.

We had been using Zumo’s for over 6 years across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and as far as South Africa so were well versed in its main features, the pro’s and cons and couldn’t wait to get the latest unit on test. We’ve also had TomTom’s Rider 450 for about 6 months and had grown quite attached to it is a we put more miles on it.

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Garmin Launches the Zumo 396

Garmin International has announced the release of its new zūmo 396 LMT-S and we’ll be testing it next month.

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The zūmo 396 LMT-S is a GPS designed specifically for motorcyclists that want to make the most of each adventure.

The sturdy sat-nav offers a glove-friendly, 4.3-inch display and packs a diverse feature-set ranging from clear, turn-by-turn directions, free real-time services1, built-in Wi-Fi, wireless GPX file sharing, and for the thrill seekers – twisty adventurous routing options to enhance every ride.

Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said: “Over the years, our customers have come to rely on the zūmo’s ability to provide easy motorcycle-dedicated navigation.

“Now, with the zūmo 396, riders can confidently venture out on the road, staying informed of the things that matter most, including updates for live traffic and weather conditions that could significantly impact their journey.”

In addition, the zūmo 396 makes staying connected simple. Using the Garmin Smartphone link app, owners can wirelessly pair their Bluetooth—enabled smartphones to the zūmo for access to a suite of free live services1, including traffic conditions and weather updates. Riders can safely store away their smartphones for convenient hands-free calling, in addition to receiving key Smartphone Link1 features such as smart notifications, and LiveTrack – a feature that gives riders the option to share their locations with friends who want to track their adventures.

Built-in Wi-Fi allows riders to easily keep maps, software, and points of interest up-to-date on the navigator without the need for a computer. The zūmo 396 also simplifies the planning, sharing, and tracking of routes by making it easy for riders to swiftly export GPX files – files containing preferred routes – from their mobile devices to the zūmo for solo or group rides.

The zūmo 396 helps to enhance an adventure with convenient on-screen controls for music and media sourced from a rider’s Bluetooth-enabled phone or media player. Riders can also choose their route preferences using the Garmin Adventurous Routing settings to limit major highways and discover more hidden, winding, hilly roads.

The zūmo includes detailed maps of Europe, millions of Foursquare POIs and new TripAdvisor ratings for restaurants, hotels, and attractions along a route or near a destination.

The zūmo 396 is equipped with new Automatic Incident Notifications1 — if an incident occurs, the zūmo can automatically send a text notification with GPS location information to a predetermined contact. The navigator also encourages rider awareness and safer driving by providing helpful rider alerts for upcoming sharp curves, rail crossings, red light/speed cameras, and more. Built to withstand the elements, the zūmo 396 is resistant to fuel vapors, UV rays and harsh weather.

The zūmo 396 LMT-S with Full Europe map has a suggested retail price of £349.99 and the zūmo 346 LMT-S with Western Europe mapping is priced at £299.99.

For more information, visit garmin.com/zumo.


Tucano Urbano launch Spring/Summer collection 2018

Urban Specialist: The new collection from Tucano Urbano is essential for those riders looking for both uncompromising style and safety.

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The whole range benefits from the Italian design and style, attention to detail and the level of safety that has come to be associated with the Tucano Urbano brand. And not forgetting, as is the Tucano Urbano tradition, for their good value for money. All the jackets are fitted with CE approved armour on the elbows and shoulders as standard – as well as a pocket for an optional back protector.

It is the café racer trend that has inspired the line Tucano Urbano has designed for urban riders. Introduced into the range for Spring/Summer, the BRED bomber, is a stylish sheepskin leather jacket with a high level of attention to detail. Alongside, but with a perforated leather outer, the TOM jacket has a gritty look, thanks to its metal zips. For 2018, the PEL jacket is now available in black, a further option to the brown jacket already a popular option in the range.

Safety and style have both been key in the design of items like the GIG PRO, which retains its classic leather outer but is now CE approved. The BOB and BOB LADY are constructed with a leather palm and elasticated cotton on the back of the hand. The full leather BOB SKIN LADY now comes in Black and Nut Brown.

Brand new for 2018, the MONSIEUR and ladies MADAME jackets feature a mesh liner. Made from real cow leather matched with Oxford fabric inserts, they balance safety, ventilation and style. Both jackets come with a 100% waterproof and breathable membrane to handle light showers but can be removed if not required. The NETWORK jacket – available in black and light grey – is also new for 2018.

The POL and POLETTE – two waxed effect cotton canvas jackets – have been introduced in Khaki for Spring/Summer 2018. Those riders looking or a classic biker style field jacket will be pleased to see the ROBERT jacket has joined the Tucano Urbano range. Sporting a washed effect cotton polyester mixture, it’s 100% windproof and breathable and available in Dark Blue and Khaki. These jackets go perfectly with the NEW CALAMARA or NEW CALAMARO gloves which feature leather palms and soft CPS protection on the knuckles and palms.

To handle surprise showers, not just the heat of summer, the men’s AREOS and ladies AREAS jackets feature the HYDROSCUD® system which guarantee 100% waterproofing and breathability, providing better ventilation for the body whilst also guarding against the elements.

The all-new TORPEDO glove, made with innovative OUTDRY® technology, creates a breathable but waterproof barrier to prevent the fabric staying wet after wet weather riding.

A new entry to the Tucano Urbano range of Gloves is the CE approved PENNA, with a neoprene cuff available in three colours: Black, White and Fluorescent Yellow. Similarly, but without rigid inserts on the knuckles is the MIKY: an entry level CE approved motorcycle glove also available in the versions LADY and KID.

The range of colours for the EL’JET helmet has been extended for Spring/Summer with the additions of Italian Red, British Green and German Silver. New colour options are also available for the EL’METTIN – still appreciated for its demi-jet design, comfort and attention to detail.

The Spring/Summer range also includes new, innovative accessories such as the COOL FRESH scooter and motorcycle seat cover and the NANO HELMET BAG, both of which are waterproof and foldable for easy storage. The KEY BAG, a small neoprene pouch, is designed to accommodate riders keys during journeys to avoid damage to bodywork.

For more information or to see the full range, visit: www.tucanourbano.co.uk 

2018 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing collection launched


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Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the release of the new ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING COLLECTION – a line-up of premium, team and lifestyle clothing designed to celebrate the success of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

Honouring the long-term partnership between the two global brands, the updated 2018 replica collection combines the logos of Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy Drink to create an exclusive range of garments for dedicated race fans. This new collection features a series of race replica and lifestyle items for both men and women.

The style of these industry pioneers is not only reserved exclusively for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders, but is also available for those who want to be part of the on-going success story.


Items featured in this new collection are the official clothing worn by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders in all racing disciplines around the world. Alongside its distinctive style, the collection is also designed according to Husqvarna Motorcycles’ highest standards for premium quality, functionality and comfort.

New ‘1901’ T-shirt designs from INDIAN

Indian’s range of T-shirts continue to be popular not only with bikers, but also with fashion aficionados around the world

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As in previous years, Indian continues to bring out fresh designs for 2018, with these new styles now available from dealers.

Here’s a look at the ‘Indian Motorcycle 1901’ collection in detail. The Indian Motorcycle 1901 Fashion Fit tees feature hand painted graphic designs that gives the range a distinctive style, as well as a fit that is closer to the body than other styles in the Indian range. Made in California, these t-shirts use a lighter weight cotton fabric for a more contemporary style.

1901 Motor Oil Tee
The graphic on the front of this tee is inspired by a vintage oil can and shows the Indian logo plus a mention of Spirit Lake where Indian motorcycles are currently built.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 World’s Fastest Tee
The graphic on this features the outline of a vintage Scout coloured like the USA flag and the fabric has been given a vintage wash.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 Grand National Tee
This tee celebrates Indian’s historic return to pro flat track racing and winning the championship in 2017. Indian expects this one to be a top-seller!

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 Factory Team Tee
Another tee to celebrate the Indian Factory Racing team and it’s historic return to racing. With a simple distressed looking headdress and typography, this is going to be a popular style in 2018.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt


Peace of mind with ½ price crash detection

Ride Scotland has teamed up with REALRIDER® to offer a year’s access to its 999-integrated crash detection service for half the standard price, and with the first month on us!

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Ride Scotland has teamed up with REALRIDER® to offer a year’s access to its 999-integrated crash detection service for half the standard price, and with the first month on us!

REALRIDER® is the motorcycle app keeping riders safe & connected, featuring the first and only Government approved crash detection system for bikers to be integrated into the Emergency Services. Please note: It does NOT record speed.

“A lifesaver in your phone.” The Telegraph.

REALRIDER® turns your smartphone into an essential piece of your biking kit. Not only will it keep you safe, their tracking technology records your rides with the highest accuracy so you can relive every twist and turn over and over again.

Trusted by over 31,000 bikers, its quick and easy to use. Simply choose from 3 ride options:

  1. Stand-alone crash detection
  2. Record your ride with crash detection
  3. Record your ride without crash detection

“I used the latest version last night while riding for my local Bloodbike charity. Using crash detection on its own used a lot less battery. I also ride at silly o’clock in the morning, through country roads, and have all sorts of wildlife jumping out on me. It’s reassuring to know I’d have help on the way if things ever went wrong. Looking forward to sharing some routes with my buddies too. Keep up the good work Realrider.” Martin Whitehead, Play Store 5 Star Review July 2017.

You can add location-based photos, comments & POIs to your route & share them with a community of bikers or with your friends on Facebook. Search the app before planning your next ride out to discover 1,000’s of inspirational routes, & places to rest & refuel.

Why do bikers rely on REALRIDER® to keep them safe?

Away from the app, visit https://routes.realrider.com to view, share or download (via GPX) a growing number of ride outs using this dedicated routes web tool. You can even view real-time weather details along each route.

Got a favourite route you’d like featured? Simply open the app; record your journey – remembering to choose a designated start and end point such as a petrol station or meeting point, then let the REALRIDER® team know and they’ll add it.

Get Your Promo Code For Half Price Crash Detection Now

The first 30 days is completely free and then its £1.99 per month for 11 months. Your subscription will revert to £3.99 per month thereafter. Offer valid until 1st December 2018 and cannot be redeemed for cash or used with any other offer.

WP Establish New Network Across UK

New shock tactics to distribute WP Suspension products and accessories

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The 1st of January 2018 will herald a change in the way WP Suspension products are distributed in the UK. The Austrian parent company, WP Performance Sports GmbH, is entrusting the establishment of a new network of Authorized Centres to KTM UK, thus transferring the responsibility of the brand’s products to the Silverstone-based company. Gareth Edmunds has been appointed as WP Brand Manager, who will manage the establishment of the network of Authorized Centres to sell and service both WP OEM equipment and Pro Components parts.

WP is at the forefront of suspension technology, delivering race winning performance in a wide range of competitive environments. From Motocross and Supercross to Enduro and Rally through to Superbike and every class of MotoGP, racers have scored an impressive array of victories with WP suspension at the heart of these wins. The expertise garnered in competition have filtered down into state-of-the-art products for the Aftermarket and OEM markets.

Discussions regarding the appointment of these new Authorized Centres are at an advanced stage, and WP will announce the full list in due course. Eight mainland Authorized Centres and one based in Northern Ireland are expected to be operating early in 2018.

The changes being made are customer driven. The ability to have a geographically spread and factory trained network of Authorized Centres will benefit WP customers who will receive high service levels, technician specialisation, the back-up of the considerable expertise WP can offer, and a more local service. Each Authorized Centre will be able to sell, setup and service WP’s range of competition-focused Pro Components, such as the company’s famed Cone Valve forks and Trax rear shock absorber.

Pro Component parts – from triple clamps and steering dampers to t-shirts and stickers – will also be available for those looking to tune their performance to perfection. Each Centre will be able to supply spare parts and servicing items, either direct to the customer or to other outlets, ensuring that customers get back riding without delay.

In terms of Off Road Pro Component products, WP can deliver Spring Cone Valve forks and Trax shocks to an extensive list of Japanese models, as well as to KTM and Husqvarna customers looking to replace their OEM units to get the most performance out of their bike. Additionally, AER Cone Valve forks, which combines WP’s two greatest technologies, the cone valve damping and the AER Spring System can also be supplied to KTM and Husqvarna machines.

Away from the adult market, KTM and Husqvarna customers are able to buy Pro Component WP suspension on models from 50 to 85cc, with AER Cone Valve forks and the Trax shock available for the KTM 85 SX and Husqvarna TC 85. All these products will now only be available through a WP Authorized Centre.

In addition to the Off Road Pro Component products available from WP there is also a range of On Road Competition Cartridge Kits, Competition Shocks and steering dampers, as well as forks, shocks and steering dampers for Road Racing Bikes. Both Off Road and On Road products will be available from all Authorized Centres.

Gareth Edmunds, WP Brand Manager, UK. 

“This is an opportunity to realise potential, both for riders and WP. For customers, the fitment of WP Pro Components or honing of their OEM suspension is a chance to enhance their riding and results – regardless of the badge on the tank. The move to establish a network of WP Authorized Centres enables us to concentrate pockets of expertise around the country and for them to develop close relationships with their riders so that they can deliver their services effectively. And for WP it better allows the distribution of knowledge gained in world level racing to reach the customer, either through products or through factory training.”

Jan Nobis, WP Sales Manager, Austria.

“We are really excited that the UK will develop this new network of Authorized Centres in 2018. This model is being replicated across all of our territories and it enables us to build upon WP’s considerable reputation. The result will be that we are able to deliver class leading products and services to riders and racers that will have a demonstrable impact on their riding and results.”

Further details can be found at www.wp-group.com, where customers are able to enter details of their machine into a configurator to understand what WP options are available, which can then be emailed to their local Authorized Centre.

Fast Christmas: KTM Powerwear Style

Stuck for a Christmas present idea for the KTM fan in your life?

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The 2018 KTM PowerWear Casual & Accessories collection has arrived at official KTM dealers now and the range is as equally diverse as the bikes from the Austrian manufacturer.

For when off the bike, the PowerWear collection allows the committed rider to reflect their KTM passion with an eclectic and electric range of essential casual clothing and accessories. 

Christmas comes but once a year, but every day can be a KTM day. From bags to bottle openers, watches to Wellington boots and mugs to mini bikes, there are plenty of items from the new range for all budgets that would make excellent festive gifts for him and her in the typical READY TO RACE style. 

Divided into separate collections that consist of; Style, Emphasis, Replica, Orange, Mechanic and Kini, the 88-page 2018 KTM PowerWear Casual & Accessories catalogue is available now from KTM dealers. 


For full throttle bottle opening, look no further than the KTM Bottle Opener. Fitted with a genuine KTM bar grip, it’s available in both right and left hand versions £12.54.


The Stable Mug is for when you’re unstable without tea or coffee! Dispensing in KTM style, the thermal mug keeps a hot beverage warm for up to 1.5 hours. £25.08.


KTM wipes the floor with the competition in the dirt and now you can wipe your feet with KTM. 100% nylon with dimensions of 50 x 70 cm. £25.08.


Age isn’t a factor when it comes to being in the KTM team. Replicating the official KTM Racing Team style – complete with sponsor logos – the 100% cotton Replica Romper Suit is available in sizes 9 months, 18 months or 2 years. £33.42.


Styled like the full-colour TFT displays on many of the 2018 KTM Street range, the Wall Clock displays all the essential information your home, garage and office needs – the time and weather conditions! £29.22.


Dripping orange – like you! The Sprayer Tee is new for 2018 and is made from 100% cotton in sizes XS to XXL. £29.22.


Losers don’t park here! The KTM Parking Plate is 100% metal and 200% awesome. Size approx. 20 x 30 cm.  £10.86.


Ride KTM. Drink KTM. Available in black or orange, this mug can be enjoyed in either hand. £6.72.


Eat, breathe and now sleep KTM. Styled to look like the official KTM Racing Team clothing, the KTM Kids Replica Pyjama is a must for any young race fan. Children’s sizes XXS-L. £33.42.


Rain doesn’t’ stop play with the KTM Rubber Boots. Styled to look like an off-road boot, these wellies will keep your feet dry in the Ready to Race style. Available in UK sizes 6-11.5 (euro 39-46). £ 37.62.


Don’t let the name fool you – this is a real wallet. The Replica Wallet uses colours from the KTM Racing team clothing, keeping your money Factory fresh! Made from 100% nylon with dimensions of 13 x 10 cm. £21.72.


Get your future champions in training with this full factory balance bike. Features a height adjustable seat, handguards, handlebar pad and race number board. Sturdy metal frame and rubber tyres make it Ready to Race! £91.14.


No amount of fading can darken the brightest KTM fan! Fresh new design for the ladies made from 100% cotton and available in sizes XS-XL. £ 29.22.


Bum bags can be cool, especially when it comes to the Corporate Comp Bag – made exclusively for KTM by luggage legends, OGIO. Rugged, comfortable and with plenty of pockets; it’s perfect for off-road or street riding. Or when on holiday… £ 46.80.


Lap times. Tea time. Going home time. All time. With the Racing Watch, KTM offers a timepieces with a tough stainless steel housing, a rubber straps and waterproofing. £84.18.


Faded so you never have to be. Stylish tee available in either white or black. Made from 100% cotton, sizes XS to XXL. £29.22.


Two sides and one size. The KTM Classic Beanie is warm, stylish and reversible – black on one side, grey on the other. Made from 50% wool, 50% acrylic. £20.88.


Stylishly cut in every respect, the KTM Girls Sliced Hoodie is perfect over T-shirts or under jackets. Features side pockets and available in sizes XS-XL. £62.64.


Keep your feet on the ground with the Gravity Hoodie. Full length zip, 100% cotton. Get one before it floats away. Sizes XS-XXL. Also available in Kids sizes. £71.04.