Bike, helmet, fuel. You might think that’s all you need before hitting the road, and technically you’d be right. But you don’t have to settle for the bare physical and legal minimum when you go out for a ride.
Think about it, where are you going to store your phone, and if it’s raining, how are you going to secure your bike when you get where you’re going, and if something breaks? These are all pertinent questions a motorcyclist should ask themselves if they are riding through South America or visiting the shops.
I’m not a boy scout and “always be prepared” is a high bar for anyone who has to stay on all the time, but I’ve found that making sure I have these items on me when I get in the saddle has helped me helped on numerous occasions.
Basically, as a species, we depend on our smartphones. Whether it’s making calls, using satellite navigation or playing music, almost all of our life is contained in these little black rectangles.
As such, it’s wise to have them somewhere easy to access when you’re on the go, and one of the best solutions I’ve found is to use a bike-specific handlebar mount and case. The SP Connect Moto Bundle contains a slim protective case for your phone that can easily be attached to the corresponding holder.
This keeps your phone safe, secure, and easily accessible while you’re on the road. More importantly, it also has vibration reduction technology to prevent your phone’s sensitive camera stabilization system from failing. And all this for a reasonable price of £89.95.
Why does it Always rain on Me?
We’ve all been there, it’s a glorious early June morning. The sky is clear, we get on our bikes in a leather jacket and a pair of moto jeans for a weekend getaway. All is well until about 90 minutes into the journey when the heavens decide to open up, and we end up wondering if we should be in an ark rather than on a bike.
It’s times like this that I’ve been so glad to have something waterproof in my backpack or panniers. As I’m pretty forgetful, I like having only one thing to remember, so I recently opted for the Spada Eco 1-Piece Waterproof Oversuit. As a one-piece, its rain protection is much better than jackets and pants combined, as there is no space at the waist for water to seep through.
At £49.99 it doesn’t break the bank and is easy enough to fold into your backpack in case you get caught in a downpour.
At home, you can keep your pride and joy off the road, locked away in a garage away from the prying eyes of would-be thieves. It’s an uncomfortable fact that the bikes are eminently notched, with merry bands of miscreants stalking virtually every town on this scepter island. As such, it’s wise to make their life as difficult as possible.
Of course, carrying a big, bulky bike lock with you on every trip can be a pain. They are heavy and if you don’t have a top case or panniers for a quick outing, really weigh down any bag you are carrying.
However, disc locks are a practical solution for most riders on the go. Compact and lightweight, they clip onto your brake discs to make your bike harder to start.
The Abus Granit Detecto Xplus 8077 has 13.5mm locking bolts made of specially hardened steel and an integrated warning system that activates a 100dB alarm if someone tries to move your bike. It’s also small enough to slip into a bag.
Many cyclists have been grateful to have a roll of duct tape on them after something has gone wrong on the road. It’s handy for all sorts of things, from patching up a tire to temporarily fixing something that unfortunately falls out. Pair some duct tape with a bag of cable ties and you’ve got an inexpensive tool kit that can fix just about anything.
Just a rag
I can’t stress this enough, if you have a helmet with a visor, you’ll want to wipe down while you’re away. Whether it’s rain, flies, or your own breath fogging up from the inside, there will come a time when you wish you had a cloth with you. That time may be after your stop or while you’re fueling up on the highway, but it will come. Do yourself a favor and slip a little chamois in your bag or put it in your pocket. I promise you won’t regret it.
All of these items and more will be available on the Feridax stand at the ABR Festival later this month. So when you’re not riding the Adventure Trail, checking out the latest bikes at the manufacturers’ stands, or hitting the bars and strips, take advantage of some of the belt offers from some of the biggest brands. of the motorcycle industry at the Feridax Stand located at W9 on your festival map.
With 15% off the SP-Connect kit, buy one, get second half the price on Abus security devices and a free Gonzo bag with Spada gear, you can save big while spending a good time.