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Top tips for looking after your motorcycle helmet

Your motorcycle helmet should be one of your most cherished possessions. It is there to protect your head, to minimise injury to your brain in the event of an accident. Look after your motorcycle helmet and it will look after you. Here Bikesure, the freethinking motorcycle insurance broker, has put together some top tips for keeping your motorcycle helmet in peak condition.iStock_000005382971Small

Handle with care. Even dropping your motorcycle helmet as you are carrying it around could cause damage that isn’t visible to the naked eye but could weaken its protective properties. If you do drop your helmet get some advice from a specialist shop; it may be that you need to get a new one – but can you put a price on safety?

Keep it clean. Obviously you want your motorcycle helmet to look good but only use water and mild soap to clean it. Strong detergents can damage the finish. For streak-free results use a specialist motorcycle helmet cleaner, such as Muc-Off.

Dealing with bugs. After a long ride in the summer months you may find that there are lots of bugs stuck to your visor that are difficult to shift. The easiest way to get rid of them is to spread a clean, wet cloth over the affected area for about ten minutes or so and then gently wipe the bugs off. Don’t scrub at them or you will scratch the visor.

Stickers are a no-no. Don’t be tempted to personalise your helmet with stickers or D.I.Y. artwork. If you want to stand out from the crowd go to a professional to get the work done as they will use helmet-friendly paint and adhesive.

Don’t forget the inside. Think of your helmet as an item of clothing. You wouldn’t wear your underpants for weeks on end without washing them, would you? So why should the inside of your motorocycle helmet be any different? Many modern helmets have removable linings that can be washed with a mild washing liquid. Non-removable liners can be sprayed with Helmet Fresh that attacks bacteria to keep liners smelling just like new.

 It’s not a shopping basket. Using your motorcycle helmet to stash gloves or other items is not a good idea. Gloves can have traces of petrol on them that might damage the helmet’s lining and their Velcro fastenings are notorious for ruining fabric linings. Drinks bottles can leak resulting in a sticky mess, and other items might have sharp corners that can rip the fabric.

Be prepared. Always have a couple of visor wipes stashed away in your pocket so wherever you are you can make sure that you will always see the road clearly.

It won’t last forever. SHARP, the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme reckons that if a helmet is looked after properly it will generally have a life of about five years, or three if used all the time.

Stocking Fillers for Bikers

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Like it or loathe it Christmas is on the way and the annual question of what to get for your friends and relatives rears its head again. Although the advent of online shopping has made it possible to access hundreds of items, it can also lead to frustrating searches to try to find exactly the right thing.

We’ve done some looking around and found a few last-minute stocking fillers to suit a variety of budgets.

  • Amongst a huge selection of stocking fillers at Get Geared there are a couple of different-sized Biker Bears that are cute enough to melt the heart of the toughest of bikers. There’s also a ‘Biker’s Welcome’ doormat for the house-proud biker.
  • Ghostbikers has a comprehensive range of practical presents for the biker including a small toolkit and some earplugs that could come in handy if the noise on Christmas day gets too much.
  • A DVD of the 2010 Isle of Man TT races offers biking fanatics some alternative viewing from the usual run-of-the-mill Christmas entertainment. Packed full of slow motion and on-board footage it promises bikers the next best thing to actually being there.
  • On Old Bike Mart a TomTom sat nav developed specifically for use on motorcycles should make sure bikers don’t get lost on their way to visit friends and relations between Christmas and the New Year.
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Money saving tips for motorcyclists

Money saving motorcycle tips

 

Everyone seems to be looking for ways to cut expenditure, so the we have compiled some suggestions to help bikers save a few quid.

 

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  • Insurance. It’s a false economy to cut corners with insurance, be honest and be covered. Failing to disclose all information is fraud and can result in invalid insurance and even criminal convictions, not to mention a hefty pay-out if you can’t claim. Another saving is on mileage limits – be careful not to overestimate it, especially if you will not use your bike all-year-round. Third party insurance is not always the cheapest, so it is always advisable to get a quote for comprehensive insurance as well. Specialist insurance policies offer savings. There are policies especially for young riders, custom bikes and classic bikes etc.

 

  • Join an owners’ club. By joining an owners’ club not only will you get access to a wealth of knowledge and tips, but you can also get discounts. For example you can cut your insurance premium by up to 20% with Bikesure.

 

  • Petrol. There’s a lot of savings to be had where fuel is concerned. First of all, reduce the amount you use by making changes in the way you drive, accelerating and braking more gently to boost your MPG. There are a number of credit cards that offer cashback when you refuel, such as the Santander 123 card, which offers 3% cashback on spending at petrol stations. There are often supermarkets offering fuel discount vouchers. Another way to save is by looking around for cheaper fuel in your area, with sites such as petrolprices.com.

 

  • Check your bike.  Make sure your bike is regularly serviced to keep it working in tiptop condition and running efficiently. By regularly checking your bike you can spot and sort issues before they escalate into bigger and more expensive problems. Bike Trader has a list of daily checks to do, such as oil levels, suspension and drive chain.

 

  • Tyre pressure. Check tyres are inflated to the correct levels, as this saves fuel and increases safety.

 

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  • Carry out servicing and minor repairs yourself. By learning how to change your own oil and filter and carry out other maintenance tasks you can save yourself lots of cash. Trusty Haynes manuals help with basic servicing and repairs.

 

  • Security. By investing in the best security possible for your bike, such as a decent lock and chain, ground anchors, alarms, immobilisers, trackers, etc., and by storing the bike in a garage or shed, you can cut pounds from your premium for years to come (and, of course, make your bike harder to steal).

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