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New Rider Gear Guide - Urban Riding

27 October 2014 13:00:58 GMT

Everyone was a new rider at some point, feeling both excited and nervous is normal!  We welcome new riders at our store, everyone has nearly the same questions regarding what kit to buy. 

We know there is a huge range out there and you will likely be spending a lump sum on protective gear with little experience to draw upon so allow us to de-mystify the process.

We will try and keep this short and sweet so for more in-depth knowledge browse our gear guides by product type!

Helmets

Required by law and a priority of your budget, make sure yours is ECE 22.05 approved for your own safety.  If in doubt there is a label on the neck strap accompanied by the type of test it passed - J is for open face, P is full face testing.  (Some flip helmets will have both J and P as they are certified for use in both the open and closed positions). 

Open face helmets have become more popular in recent years due to the wide field of vision provided.  Composite materials are now used in their production so they are safer than ever and very lightweight.  The one downside?  Your chin is exposed in the event of a crash. 

Flip front helmets (flip up) are useful as long as they have dual-certification (J and P testing).  This means they are safe to ride with in the open and closed face positions.  Handy if you ride on a mixture of fast and slow roads where safety and field of view vary as a priority.  Downside is they are heavier and often are too wide to fit in underseat storage.

Full face helmets give the most protection as they cover the whole face.  They are also a lot quieter and warmer than an open face.  Traditionally the shell shapes have narrow openings so a small field of vision, this is changing with more retro styles on the market.

Fit is paramount with helmets, the key measurement is the circumfrence of your head around the top of the ears at the widest point.  However this doesn't take into account head shape and not all makes of helmet fit the same.


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Posted in Gear Guides By Will Starrit

High Visibility Gear Guide for Scooter Riders

9 October 2014 21:54:45 BST

Being visible to other road users is of paramount importance but so many riders choose not to invest in gear designed to aid visibility. 

We are often told by customers in-store that traditional high-vis wear is 'un cool' so allow us to introduce products that will keep you safe when commuting without ruining your style!

  • Fluorescent Helmets - helmet manufacturers have embraced high visibility paint finishes which have fluorescent pigments.  As soon as darkness descends, car headlights will pick out your head bobbing along with ease!  Our bestsellers are the Tucano Urbano Elmet Fluo and  Momo Fighter Fluo available in various fluorescent colours.

High Visibility Open Face Helmets

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Posted in Gear Guides By Will Starrit

New Momo Fighter Evo Helmet

7 October 2014 11:16:46 BST

The new Momo Fighter Evo is the latest edition of the bests elling Momo Fighter helmet and is available from Urban Rider.  The helmet features a revised and improved fit as well as a much improved new internal sun visor as well as some other nifty features.  Watch our Momo Fighter EVO video review for a full run down of the features.  

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Posted in Product Review By Andrew Suenson-Taylor

Belstaff Crystal Palace Leather jacket

7 October 2014 11:12:42 BST

The Belstaff Ladies Crystal Palace leather jacket is new for the 2015 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Collection.  The jacket is a mid length 0.9mm bovine leather which gives it a lightweight feel combine dwith top of the range d3o body armour for a closer more tailored fit.  Watch our Belstaff Ladies Crystal Palace jacket video review for a full run down of the features.  

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Belstaff Ladies Fordwater leather jacket 2015

7 October 2014 11:08:52 BST

The Belstaff Fordwater Ladies leather jacket is new for the 2015 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Colelction.  With a waxed leather coating this is a short, sporty cut leather riding jacket with top of the range d3o body armour.  Watch our Belstaff Ladies Fordwater jacket video review for a full run down of the features.  

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Belstaff Ladies Tourist Trophy New 2015

7 October 2014 11:04:32 BST

The Belstaff Ladies Tourist Trophy is fully revised for the 2015 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Colleciton, featuring an improved fit, a waterproof, seam selaed membrane and ultra slim line D3o body armour.  Watch our Belstaff Ladies Tourist Trophy Video Review for a full run down of the features.

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Stylmartin Oxford Riding boots

7 October 2014 11:00:21 BST

Teh new Stylmartin Oxford riding boot is arguably the most stylish motorcycle riding boots on the market.  The leather has the traditional Oxford boot detailing ombined with all the top protective elements of any decent morocycle boot.  We love the preium look and feel of these boots and the ease of use in getting them on and off.  Watch our Stylmartin Oxford boot video review for a full run down of the features.  

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Rev'it Memphis H2o Waterproof jeans

29 September 2014 15:45:44 BST

The new Revit Memphis H2o waterproof motorcycle jeans are one of the most exciting product releases going into 2015.  Rev'its first collection of motorcycle jeans was a major success owing to the high levels of quality and looks of the jeans.  The added bonus of waterproofing makes the new Memphis H2o jeans the most complete on the market.  Watch our Revit Memphis H2o waterproof motorcycle jeans review for a full run down of the features.  

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Belstaff Highlander Jeans 2015

29 September 2014 15:33:06 BST

The Belstaff Highlander jeans are a new addition to the 2015 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Collection.  They are comprised of a 1 layer made from denim, cordura and kevlar for a combination of light weight and protection.  The jeans are designed for those who want a light fitting pair of jeans offering more protection than your standard denim jean.  Watch our Belstaff Highlander Jeans review for a full run down of the features.  

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Belstaff TT Classic Leather jacket - new 2015

29 September 2014 15:26:22 BST

The Belstaff Classic Leather Tourist Trophy jacket is a new leather version of their best selling Trialmaster inspired jacket range.  The leather is surprisingly lightweight and has a beautiful finish to the outer.  Watch our Belstaff Classic leather Tourist Trophy jacket review for a full run down of the features.  

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Belstaff XMAN Racing Jacket

29 September 2014 15:21:01 BST

The Belstaff XMAN jacket is new for 2015 and features a rubberised outer with retro quilted elbow and shoulder panneling. The jacket is a great choice for an urban jacket and ideal for use both on and off the bike.  Watch our Belstaff XMAN jacket video review for a full run down of the features. 

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Belstaff Crosby Resin Jacket

29 September 2014 15:14:54 BST

The Belstaff Crosby Resin Cotton jacket is new for the 2015 Pure Motorcycle Collection and offers a new finish to one of the most popular jackets from 2014.  The Resin offers a slightly different look and feel to the wax cotton.  There is also some subtle detailing differences from the standard Crosby jacket.  Watch our Belstaff Crosby Resin jacket review for a full run down of the features.  

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