Amp Up Your Ride – Motorcycle Battery Maintenance Made Easy

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We’ve all been there before, it’s March and the days are not only becoming longer, but also warmer too. There’s no better time to bring your pride and joy out of hibernation, only for you to find that the battery has drained and your bike won’t start! Ensure this doesn’t happen to you, and keep your battery in tip top condition. Your bike should be receiving plenty of TLC from yourself, but we do often neglect our batteries to our own peril!

Charge It

This might seem almost too obvious to even talk about, however your motorcycle is just like you. After a long ride out your battery needs a recharge too. But fortunately for us this really easy to keep on top of. Invest in a quality motorcycle battery charger and ensure that they’re compatible with your motorcycles battery type. If you have a lithium battery, you’ll want to take extra care as the wrong battery charger can effectively ruin your battery and you’ll need a new one!

Regular charging during periods of inactivity can extend your battery life span, and keep the pain of a bike that doesn’t start to be a mere memory. We always recommend a trickle charger, as they allow you to plug your bike while you’re not riding, and can help combat the dreaded winter drain. Solar powered trickle motorbike battery chargers are an excellent choice if you want to avoid plugging into the mains.

Carry Out Regular Maintenance

We’re not all mechanics, and the good news is that you don’t have to be to carry out simple maintenance and help prolong your battery life. A little hygiene goes a long way! Keep those terminals spick and span. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean away any corrosion, and apply a thin layer of dielectric grease to protect against future buildup.

Tighten those connections. Regular riding can occasionally loosen your connections, which over time may slow you down to a complete stop. Ensure all terminals are securely fastened to prevent power loss and maintain a steady electrical flow. This also ties in as your motorbike battery doesn’t like excessive vibrations, and it can lead to internal damage. Check that your battery is sat correctly and securely fastened, and consider adding vibration-absorbing padding if needed.

Extreme temperatures can take a toll on your battery. If it’s possible, store your motorcycle in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Don’t wait until you’re stranded on the side of the road. Invest in a quality battery tester and monitor its health regularly. Early detection of potential issues can save you from a lot of headaches down the road.

Upgrade When Necessary

All good things come to an end, and this includes motorcycle batteries. If you notice a significant drop in performance or that your battery is nearing the end of it’s warranty period, consider investing in a new, high quality replacement. This is even more relevant for those of us fortunate enough to have extra accessories connected to our bike, such as heated grips, GPS units and phone chargers. These will put an extra strain on your battery.

Gel batteries are a great choice for all riders, while Lithium batteries bring an ultra-lightweight body alongside other benefits. We never recommend a conventional lead-acid battery, as there are superior alternatives available, and they provide a better riding experience. Who wouldn’t want that?

Ride Regularly

My favourite advice for anybody out there! While this specifically helps your battery, we all want to ride more and I often find a brief 20 minute ride in the middle of our hectic lives can really help relax my mind and put me back in my happy place! Back to batteries however, they love to be used. Regular use and ride outs help keep it charged and in great shape. If you’re storing your bike for an extended period of time, connecting your battery to a trickle charge is the best alternative.


Your motorcycle battery is the unsung hero of our ride, and it rightly deserves a little love and affection, but is most often neglected. By following these tips, you’ll not only help extend its life, but also ensure your rides are as smooth as they come. So gear up, hit the road and let your battery repay you and put that smile back on your face!

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Embrace The Chill – Ride Warm Through The Winter

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Who says winter is the time to hibernate and put away your pride and joy? We see plenty of riders take to the road and track during our cold and sometimes harsh winter months. Strap on your helmet and rev up your engine, because we at BDLA Motorbikes are about to show you how to turn the chilly season into your own personal playground. Get ready for a winter riding experience like never before. We’ve also hand selected a few items within our range that reflect the areas spoken about to tackle the winter comfortably, keep an eye out!

Layer Like A Pro

I always chuckle to myself, but a wise soul once told me that us riders are like onions. We should have many layers to ourselves, and before we get too deep, we are only talking about your riding gear! We always like to talk about a “3-layer system”. Base layer, mid layer and an outer layer. You want to make sure your base layer during the winter is thermal (think Merino Wool). We also advise that you stick to moisture wicking properties too, as we do tend to sweat even in the cold, and it’s not very pleasant to your skin (or in my case my nose too!).

Your mid layer should follow very much the same principles as your base layer, only this should be worn over your regular t-shirt and at most a thin jumper. Motorcycle mid-layers have been designed to keep heat in, and as a result keep you much warmer. They are surprisingly thing, but extremely effective at trapping heat and your natural body warmth. So much so that all of us not only wear them on our bike, but I have started wearing mine round the house to keep the heating bill down.

Finally, we recommend wearing an outer layer when the weather takes a real turn for the worse. Unfortunately, in our wonderful country that can be often. In this case we would recommend a windproof and waterproof outer layer, that is separate from your motorbike jacket and trousers (more on riding jacket and trousers later). This is because when you arrive at your destination, your motorbike clothing will not be wet through apart from your outer layer. This allows you to get back on the road after a small drink break and a breather without too much discomfort.

Gear Up For The Arctic

Fail to plan, plan to fail. That’s what my school teacher always used to tell me, and even I’ll admit they were right in this case. As our winters seem to one up themselves every year, a suitable riding jacket and pair of trousers is almost unavoidable during winter. Luckily for us however, clothing manufacturers are upping their game too. From drop liners to laminates, entry-level to top tier touring, there is going to be a set that will keep you warm, dry and comfortable while riding. Ensure that the clothing comes with a removable thermal liner, that it’s waterproof, and finally that they have a ventilation system too. You’ll be able to wear these through the peak winter, but they also make excellent companions through the spring and autumn seasons.

I’ve added a few favourites of ours below at different prices depending on your budget, which will no doubt keep you on the road in comfort. Matching trousers are also available.

Your Extremities Are Your Worst Enemy

Cold hands and feet are so last season. Insulated gloves and socks offer a toasty alternative to our summer wear. Adding an inner glove to your already thermal lined gloves are a sure-fire way to not feel the cold. You can also go on step further and add in a waterproof and windproof over mitt, which act in the same way that your waterproofs do for the rest of your clothing. Thermal socks are an actual god send, and when you wear a well fitted waterproof motorbike boot. When you tackle both your hands and feet, you will successfully allow your body to use less energy to keep your core warm, and as a result you’ll feel downright toasty compared to when you ride without mitts and thermal socks.

Is Heated Gear Worth It?

Imagine having a personal space heater while you ride. It is worth it. The only downside is to fully equip yourself out in heated gear it can prove to be quite an expensive ordeal. If you have the budget, it’s truly fantastic. We would recommend wearing heated gear which can be plugged into your bike’s battery though, as you could otherwise run into a potential downside of running out of juice on a longer journey.

Balaclavas & Neck Tubes: The Winter Warriors Secret Weapon

It is not just a cool catch phrase. Well, OK it is, but it’s true! A well-made and fit thermal balaclava can make a world of difference. Depending on your riding position, the gap between your helmet and your jacket collar will be exposed from time to time, and to keep Jack Frost from grinning ear to ear, wrap a balaclava around yourself.

Hand guards & Handlebar Muffs: Your Winter BFFs.

Handguard and muffs might not be to everybody’s taste, but they are excellent during winter riding. Riding muffs are a genuine game changer, as most come now equipped with a windproof and waterproof membrane, keeping both windchill and the rain away from your mitts. You will see plenty of delivery riders bring your favourite takeaway to you on a Friday night equipped with these, and now you certainly know why. You can elevate this still when you pair them with a pair of heated grips. We deal with a brand now who even design them to work in tandem and keep your hands dry and in most cases rather toasty.

Pit Stops Are Essential

We do hate spending time away from our bike, however if you are out in the wind, rain and cold, a quick coffee break can make or break your journey. We all need a recharge, no matter how hardened you are as a rider. Besides, who does not love a quick coffee and a bite to eat.

Strike A Pose.

This might sound a little odd when you say it out loud, and it can be bike dependent, but strike a pose! By that, we mean tuck in your elbows and knees. Most riders find comfort by taking a naturally wider riding position, however in the cold that just increases your surface area and invites cold air to your body. Cut through the wind like a pro and keep the warmth locked in.

Weather Wizardry.

I might have over done the wizardry on this one, but simply put keep an eye out for the weather. If you are on a touring trip with 100 miles to your hotel, but you have 7 hours to get there, check the forecast. Chances are the torrential rain or cold will alleviate at some point during the day. Why put yourself through unnecessary hardships? Steer clear of dicey conditions and opt for the clear and cozy route.

To conclude, I could waffle on all day on how to stay warm, and for good reason. We know however that as you start to take on some of the advice above, you will start to enjoy winter riding more and ride with a smile on your face. Is there any more you can realistically ask for? Of course there is, equip yourself in some of the gear below and you’ll tackle the winter months effortlessly.

Introducing The HJC RPHA 1: Tackle The Track Today

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For all racers and track day enthusiasts out there, prepare yourselves for a thirlling announcement set to ignite your passion for racing! HJC have released their latest flagship motorcycle helmet, and have done so with a bang! If that wasn’t enough, the 2021 MotoGP world champion has teamed up with HJC to release the latest replica available to the public. The electrifying RPHA 1 has captivated the racing world, and HJC can certainly be proud with the latest safety innovations brought forward by the racing helmet. The Quartararo replica helmet is certain to make waves among his fans and riders alike.

Elevating Excellence in Helmet Design

The HJC RPHA series has long been celebrated for pushing the boundaries of helmet design and technology, and the RPHA 1 range is no exception. Crafted with precision and passion, these helmets are the result of HJC’s unwavering commitment to safety, performance, and aesthetics. The RPHA 1 range promises to deliver a seamless fusion of form and function, providing riders with an unparalleled experience on the road.

Replica Fabio Quartararo Helmet: Channel Your Inner Champion

Picture yourself on the track, navigating sharp turns with precision and speed, just like the racing legend Fabio Quartararo. Now with the Fabio Quartararo replica helmet, you can channel your inner champion and ride with the same confidence and flair. Designed in collaboration with the MotoGP sensation himself, this helmet is a true embodiment of style, performance, and inspiration. El Diablo certainly has a knack for design, and teamed up with HJC you know the technology behind the helmet is more than sound too.

Key Features

  1. Striking Design: The Fabio Quartararo replica helmet features a jaw-dropping design that encapsulates the essence of speed, power, and adrenaline. The bold colors, dynamic graphics, and personalized touches make it a standout piece of riding gear that demands attention.
  2. Advanced Safety: Just like Fabio’s unwavering dedication to safety on the track, this replica helmet is engineered with cutting-edge safety features. It meets the highest international safety standards (FIM Homologated, ACU Gold & ECE 22.06), ensuring that you ride with confidence, knowing you’re protected.
  3. Comfort and Performance: The Fabio Quartararo replica helmet isn’t just about looks, it’s also about comfort and performance. With advanced ventilation systems, optimized aerodynamics, and a snug fit, this helmet is designed to enhance your riding experience in every way.
  4. Embrace the Legend: Whether you’re a die-hard Fabio Quartararo fan or simply appreciate the thrill of MotoGP racing, this replica helmet allows you to embrace the spirit of a true legend every time you hit the road.

Get Ready to Embrace the Ride of a Lifetime

The new HJC RPHA 1 helmet range crowned by the stunning Fabio Quartararo replica helmet, is a game-changer in the world of motorcycle gear. It’s not just about helmets; it’s about elevating your riding experience, embracing your favorite MotoGP champion’s spirit, and unleashing your inner child on the open road. With unmatched design, safety, and performance, the HJC RPHA 1 range is poised to become the ultimate choice for riders who demand nothing less than excellence.

So gear up & get excited for the release of the HJC RPHA 1 helmet range and the Fabio Quartararo replica helmet. The ride of a lifetime awaits, and you’ll be hitting the road in style, safety, and the sheer exhilaration that only motorcycling can provide! Click on the banner below to shop for the Quartaro replica helmet and read the full specifications:

Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Motorcycle Helmet

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Choosing the perfect motorcycle helmet is one of the most important decisions a rider can make. Beyond being a legal requirement to ride in the UK, motorbike helmets are our first line of defense on the road. However with a plethora of options available, selecting the right helmet can be a daunting task. In this comprehensive guide to choose the right motorcycle helmet, we’ll walk you through the essential factors to consider when choosing a riding helmet, ensuring you find the perfect fit for safety, comfort & style.

Safety First: Helmet Certification

The foundation of any reliable motorcycle helmet is its safety certification. Look for helmets that meet or exceed international safety standards, such as ECE (Economic Commission for Europe). These certifications ensure that the helmet have undergone rigorous testing and meets essential safety requirements for impact protection. You can find certain helmets may carry even higher standards on them, such as ACU Gold approval (allowing you to take to the track) and in the best of the best, you may even find FIM homologation. If you don’t plan to race or venture out on track-days, these certifications are a bonus and may indicate an even higher standard of safety that’s gone into the design process.

Helmet Type: Finding the Perfect Fit

Motorcycle helmets come in various types, each designed for different riding styles and preferences. Common types include full-face, open-face, modular (flip-up), and off-road or motocross helmets. Consider your riding style and needs to determine which helmet type offers the right balance of protection, visibility, and ventilation. They all have their own benefits, and we always advise you match your helmet to your planned riding adventures. We wouldn’t recommend a top of the line race helmet to a rider looking to go off-road, or a motocross helmet for a rider looking to travel on the road.

Size and Fit: Get the Perfect Match

An ill-fitting helmet can compromise on both safety and comfort. Measure your head circumference and refer to the helmet manufacturer’s size chart to find your ideal size. The helmet should fit snugly around your head without causing pressure points. Ensure that the helmet doesn’t move when you shake your head, as a secure fit is essential to prevent it from coming off during an impact. After a small bedding in period, a new helmet will genuinely feel amazing to wear, and in our experience can even encourage us to get out on the road, track or off-road that much more!

Comfort and Ventilation: Stay Cool on the Road

Long rides demand comfort and genuine ventilation. Look for helmets with well-placed vents that allow airflow and prevent heat buildup. Premium riding helmets will come with a full ventilation system which will include multiple intake vents and exhaust ports which can be opened and closed to allow all-weather riding. Consider helmets with removable and washable liners to maintain freshness and hygiene during extended use.

Visor and Shield: A Clear View Ahead

The helmet’s visor or shield plays a crucial role in providing a clear and unobstructed view of the road. Opt for helmets with anti-scratch, anti-fog, and UV protection properties to ensure optimum visibility in varying weather conditions. Pinlock technology can now be found in most helmets from reputable brands, and we always recommend you spend the extra if they’re not included. No longer tip your visor slightly ajar to keep your visor mist free.

Weight: Reducing Fatigue

Lightweight helmets can significantly reduce rider fatigue during long rides. Look for helmets constructed with advanced materials like carbon fiber or composite materials for a balance between weight and protection. Not only do they offer a lighter shell, the more expensive materials tend to be lighter and can perform better when tested in impacts and abrasion tests.

Additional Features: Amplifying Safety

Consider additional safety features, such as built-in Bluetooth communication systems, emergency release systems, or reflective elements for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions. These features can add convenience and safety to your riding experience. Bluetooth kits are superb for keeping in touch either with a pillion rider, or potentially with the latest intercoms you can keep in touch when riding in a large convoy with ease. Reflective stickers come as standard with some brands, and if you plan on riding in Europe some countries have this as a legal requirement.

Choosing the right motorcycle helmet is not just about picking a stylish accessory; it’s about safeguarding your life on the road. Prioritize safety certifications, find the perfect size and fit, and consider additional features that suit your riding style. Remember, investing in a quality helmet is an investment in your safety and well-being. So gear up with confidence, knowing that you’ve chosen a helmet that offers the ideal combination of protection, comfort, and style to accompany you on countless thrilling journeys ahead.

Mastering All-Weather Riding Like A Pro

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As motorcycle enthusiasts, we cherish the thrill of the open road and the sense of freedom that comes with it. But, the elements can be unpredictable, and Mother Nature often throws curve balls our way. Especially our lovely British Weather! Rain, wind, heat, and cold can present unique challenges to riders throughout the summer and winter. In this post, we’ll delve into the art of mastering all-weather riding in all weather conditions. By learning the techniques and adopting the right mindset, you can confidently tackle any weather, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride on your pride and joy.

Rain or Shine: The Importance of Proper Gear

No matter the weather, your first line of defense is your riding gear. Invest in high-quality motorcycle gear that is designed for all weather conditions. A waterproof and breathable jacket and trousers, along with waterproof gloves and boots will keep you dry during rain showers. For scorching hot days, opt for gear with excellent ventilation and moisture-wicking properties to stay cool and comfortable. In some instances, you can go for top-level laminated gear which will keep you fully equipped to tackle your journey all-year round. Remember, being comfortable is key to staying focused on the road.

A Grip on Wet Roads: Riding in the Rain

When riding in the rain, it’s essential to adjust your riding style to accommodate for the slippery conditions. Reduce your speed and increase your following distance to give yourself more time to react. Brake gently and avoid sudden acceleration to maintain traction. Steer smoothly and avoid sharp turns. Be cautious of painted road markings and metal surfaces, as they can become extremely slippery when wet. Additionally, we recommend a Pinlock Prepared anti-fog visor on your helmet to maintain visibility in rainy weather.

Navigating Windy Days: Maintaining Stability

Strong crosswinds can be unsettling, especially on highways or open stretches of road. Stay centered in your lane, and keep a firm grip on the handlebars. Shift your body weight to the opposite side to counteract the wind’s force. Be mindful of large vehicles, as they can create wind turbulence. Stay relaxed and maintain a steady throttle to maintain stability.

Tackling Heatwaves: Stay Hydrated and Cool

Riding in extreme heat requires special attention to your body’s needs. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before and during the ride. Dress in light, breathable, and moisture-wicking gear to keep your body cool. Take breaks in shaded areas to rest and cool down. Consider wearing a cooling vest under your gear to regulate body temperature effectively in the extreme heat and if you’re lucky enough to travel abroad in a warmer climate.

Cold Weather Riding: Layer Up for Warmth

When the temperature drops, layering is your best friend. Wear thermal base layers to keep your body warm, and add insulating mid-layers for extra protection. Choose a windproof and waterproof outer layer to shield yourself from the chill and possible rain or snow. Heated grips and gloves can be invaluable in providing warmth to your hands. Cold weather can also affect tire traction, so reduce speed and avoid sudden maneuvers.

No matter what the weather throws at you, safe motorcycle riding requires preparation, adaptation, and a keen sense of awareness. Dress appropriately for the conditions, adjust your riding style accordingly, and stay focused on the road ahead. Mastering all-weather riding can be a rewarding and enriching experience when approached with caution and respect for the elements. Embrace the challenges, stay safe, and enjoy the exhilaration of conquering the open road, rain or shine!

Unleash The Road Warrior: A Guide To Motorcycle Boots For Every Rider

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As riders, we know that every journey begins with the right gear. While helmets and jackets often take center stage, let’s not forget the unsung heroes of our motorcycle gear – motorcycle boots! These rugged companions are more than just stylish footwear; they play a vital role in our safety, comfort, and riding performance. In this post, we’ll dive into the world of motorcycle boots, exploring the different styles and how they suit the unique needs and preferences of every rider. A true guide to motorcycle boots which will accommodate every rider.

Classic Cruiser Boots: For the Rebel on Two Wheels

If you’re drawn to the allure of the open road and the timeless beauty of cruisers, classic cruiser boots are the perfect match. These iconic boots exude rugged elegance, with their tall shafts and sturdy construction. Designed for comfort during long rides, cruiser boots offer excellent ankle support and protection. Slip into a pair, and you’ll instantly channel the spirit of the rebel biker ready to embrace the freedom of the highway.

Adventure Touring Boots: Conquer the Unknown

For the adventurous souls who crave uncharted territories and off-road escapades, adventure touring boots are the ultimate travel companions. With their robust build, reinforced ankle and shin protection, and all-terrain soles, these boots are built to conquer any landscape. Whether it’s a gravel path, rocky trail, or muddy track, adventure touring boots will keep your feet comfortable and secure, allowing you to focus on the thrill of the journey.

Sportbike Racing Boots: Born to Dominate the Track

For speed demons who thrive on the adrenaline rush of track days and spirited rides, sportbike racing boots are the go-to choice. These high-performance boots are crafted with advanced materials, featuring reinforced ankle support, toe sliders, and superior impact protection. With their aerodynamic designs and precise fit, sportbike racing boots ensure optimum control, grip, and stability as you lean into those thrilling corners.

Urban Commuter Boots: Style Meets Functionality

City dwellers and daily commuters need motorcycle boots that seamlessly transition from bike to office, and urban commuter boots are up to the task. These versatile boots strike the perfect balance between style and functionality, offering a sleek appearance while incorporating essential safety features like reinforced toes and anti-slip soles. From boardroom meetings to city streets, urban commuter boots have you covered in style.

Vintage Retro Boots: Timeless Elegance Revisited

For those with an affinity for vintage aesthetics and classic motorcycling, vintage retro boots offer a touch of nostalgia and timeless elegance. Inspired by iconic designs of yesteryear, these boots boast craftsmanship and style that are a throwback to the golden age of riding. While evoking a sense of nostalgia, vintage retro boots still prioritize modern safety standards, making them a perfect blend of old-world charm and contemporary protection.

Motorcycle boots are more than just a footwear choice; they are an extension of our riding experience, reflecting our personalities, preferences, and adventurous spirit. From classic cruiser boots for the free-spirited road warrior to sportbike racing boots for the track dominator, there’s a perfect pair for every rider. Embrace the road in style and safety, knowing that your motorcycle boots are crafted to suit your unique needs, allowing you to unleash the full potential of every ride. So, gear up, step into your dream boots, and embark on your next two-wheeled adventure with confidence and passion. The open road awaits!

The Undeniable Benefits of Motorcycle Head & Neck Wear

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As the engines roar and the wind beckons, we embark on the ultimate adventure that is motorcycle riding. But before we hit the open road, let’s talk about a crucial aspect of our gear that often goes unnoticed – head and neck wear. Balaclavas and neck tubes may seem like humble accessories, but their significance cannot be underestimated. There are undeniable benefits of motorcycle head and neck wear, and in this post, we’ll explore the undeniable importance and the myriad benefits donning these essential bits of kit can have while riding. Ensuring a safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable journey.

Shielding Against the Elements: The Power of Balaclavas

Picture yourself cruising on a cool morning or enduring the chill of winter. Balaclavas, also known as “balaclava masks” or “ski masks,” become your best ally in such conditions. These head-wrapping wonders provide a snug barrier against the cold, and can keep your head and face warm and cozy. The heat-retaining properties of balaclavas not only ward off discomfort but also minimize the risk of distraction caused by biting winds.

Keeping Cool in the Heat: Neck Tubes to the Rescue

On the flip side when the sun blazes overhead, neck tubes, also known as “buffs” or “neck gaiters” become your go-to saviors. Their lightweight and breathable fabric shields your neck from the scorching sun, preventing sunburn and keeping you cool as you embrace the summer heat. No more uncomfortable layers or restrictive clothing – neck tubes offer the perfect balance of comfort and protection.

Safeguarding Your Skin: A Shield Against Dust and Debris

Motorcycle riding takes us through diverse terrains, and with changing landscapes come dust, debris, and other airborne irritants. Balaclavas and neck tubes can act as protective shields, keeping unwanted particles away from your face and neck. This not only safeguards your skin from potential irritation but also contributes to a clearer view of the road, ensuring a safer and more focused ride.

Enhanced Safety: Head and Neck Protection During Accidents

Beyond the elements, balaclavas and neck tubes play a significant role in rider safety during accidents. Acting as a buffer between your skin and helmet, these accessories reduce the risk of skin abrasions and burns that may occur upon impact. The added layer of protection can make a crucial difference, especially during unexpected mishaps.

Easing Helmet Comfort: A Seamless Fit

A well-fitted helmet is essential for optimum safety and comfort. Balaclavas and neck tubes help achieve that perfect fit by providing a seamless layer between your skin and the helmet’s interior. This not only enhances overall comfort but also prevents helmet slippage or discomfort caused by direct contact with the helmet’s materials.

As motorcyclists, we thrive on freedom, adrenaline, and the joy of the open road. In the pursuit of this passion, let us not forget the undeniable benefits of motorcycle head and neck wear. Balaclavas and neck tubes offer a plethora of benefits that elevate our riding experience, from shielding us against the elements to enhancing safety during accidents. These humble accessories are the unsung heroes of our gear, ensuring we ride with comfort, confidence, and an unwavering focus on the journey ahead. So before you embark on your next adventure, embrace the ride and don these essential pieces – your head and neck will thank you for it!

Motorcycle Clothing: CE Certification Explained

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When it comes to motorcycle clothing, safety is the name of the game. As riders, we know that the right gear can be the difference between a carefree ride and an unfortunate accident. That’s where CE certification for motorbike clothing comes into play. CE A, CE AA, and CE AAA are the stars of the show, representing different levels of safety standards. In this post, we’ll embark on an exciting journey through the world of CE certification, exploring the benefits of higher safety ratings for our beloved motorcycle clothing.

Decoding CE Certification: What It Means for Riders

CE certification is the golden stamp of approval for protective motorcycle clothing. It ensures that the gear you wear meets specific safety standards, providing you with essential protection on the road. CE-rated clothing is tested rigorously for impact resistance, abrasion resistance, and other crucial safety features. Look for the CE label to make sure your gear has been through the quality checks that guarantee top-notch performance. All clothing on our site will have the relevant safety rating explained within their specifications.

CE A: The Entry-Level Protector

CE A certification is the starting point for motorcycle clothing safety. Gear with a CE A rating provides a baseline level of protection, ideal for riders seeking reliable safety on a budget. While CE A clothing offers solid impact and abrasion resistance, it might not be the best choice for high-performance or long-distance riding. Nevertheless, CE A gear is a worthy investment for beginner riders and casual commuters alike.

CE AA: Stepping Up the Game

Ready for an upgrade? CE AA-certified clothing takes protection to the next level. With enhanced impact resistance and improved abrasion resistance, CE AA gear is the preferred choice for serious riders who seek more challenging road adventures. It’s the perfect blend of safety and performance, ensuring that you ride with confidence and comfort.

CE AAA: The Apex of Safety

For those who crave the ultimate in protection, CE AAA-certified clothing is the pinnacle of safety excellence. This top-tier rating offers unbeatable impact resistance, supreme abrasion resistance, and advanced protective features. CE AAA gear is designed for adrenaline-pumping rides, high-speed adventures, and those who prioritize their safety above all else.

Benefits of Higher Safety Ratings

The higher the CE rating, the better the protection, but what does that mean for us as riders? Investing in CE AA or CE AAA gear brings an array of benefits, including:

  • Confidence on the Road: Higher safety ratings give you the assurance that your gear is engineered to handle the most demanding riding conditions, allowing you to ride with confidence and focus on the thrill of the journey.
  • Enhanced Performance: CE AA and CE AAA clothing are tailored for performance, providing optimal comfort, flexibility, and breathability while ensuring top-tier protection.
  • Protection Beyond the Basics: CE AA and CE AAA gear go above and beyond CE A certification, offering an extra layer of safety for high-impact scenarios, sharp corners, and adventurous terrains.

When it comes to motorcycle clothing, CE certification sets the standard for safety. The ratings of CE A, CE AA, and CE AAA represent a hierarchy of protection, allowing riders to choose the gear that best matches their riding style and needs. As we hit the road, let’s remember that the gear we wear is not just a fashion statement; it’s our shield against the unexpected. So, ride safe, ride smart, and choose the CE rating that suits your passion for motorcycling and commitment to safety.

Unveiling the Upgrades: ECE 22.06 Motorcycle Helmet Certification Explained

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As riders, our safety is paramount, and our helmets are our first line of defense on the open road. We all know the importance of choosing a helmet that meets the highest safety standards. In the world of helmet certifications, the ECE 22.05 standard has been a trusted benchmark for years. However, there’s exciting news on the horizon – the latest update, ECE 22.06, promises to raise the bar even higher in terms of rider protection. In this blog post, we’ll dive deep into the changes from ECE 22.05 to ECE 22.06, shedding light on the advancements that will take our safety to new heights

Background: The Legacy of ECE 22.05 Certification

Before we embark on the journey of ECE 22.06, let’s briefly revisit the foundation laid by ECE 22.05. This standard has been widely adopted across Europe and many other countries, earning a reputation for its rigorous testing and comprehensive safety requirements. Over the years, it has ensured that helmets on the market meet minimum safety thresholds, providing riders with essential protection against impacts and shocks.

The Evolution: What’s New in ECE 22.06

The introduction of ECE 22.06 brings with it significant advancements, addressing critical areas of helmet safety. One of the key updates is the inclusion of a rotational impact test, which evaluates a helmet’s ability to mitigate rotational forces during an accident. Rotational impacts can cause serious brain injuries, and this addition to the standard demonstrates a crucial step forward in rider safety.

Enhanced Impact Protection: Extending the Test Zones

ECE 22.06 expands the impact test zones, now covering a larger portion of the helmet’s surface. This means helmets will be evaluated for their performance across a broader range of impact scenarios, providing a more comprehensive assessment of their protective capabilities. The update aims to ensure that helmets can handle various impacts effectively, enhancing rider safety in real-life crash situations.

Introducing Visor Compatibility: Shielding the Rider’s Eyes

Recognizing the importance of clear vision during a ride, ECE 22.06 addresses visor compatibility. Helmets now undergo testing with various visor types, ensuring they do not detach or shatter during impact. This focus on visor integrity offers riders the assurance of unobstructed vision, even in the face of adversity.

Stricter Retention System Tests: Securing the Fit

A well-fitted helmet is crucial for maximum protection. ECE 22.06 includes stricter tests for retention systems (chinstraps), ensuring they remain intact and secure during impacts. This emphasizes the importance of a snug and comfortable fit, reducing the risk of helmet dislodgment in an accident.

Transitioning to a New Era: ECE 22.06 Compliance

As with any update, it may take some time for manufacturers to transition their products to meet the new ECE 22.06 requirements fully. During this phase, you’ll find both ECE 22.05 and ECE 22.06 certified helmets on the market. While ECE 22.05 helmets are still considered safe and compliant, choosing an ECE 22.06 certified helmet offers the advantage of the latest safety advancements.

The shift from ECE 22.05 to ECE 22.06 represents a significant stride forward in helmet safety. As riders, we can rest assured that the latest standard raises the bar even higher, offering enhanced impact protection, improved visor integrity, and a greater focus on fit and retention. When it comes to our safety, embracing these advancements is a wise decision.

As the motorcycle community continues to evolve, it’s vital to stay informed about the latest safety standards and choose helmets that prioritize our well-being. With ECE 22.06, we can ride with confidence, knowing that our helmets are engineered to protect us during every exhilarating journey.

If you’re looking for a new lid, look no further than the link below to a full range of full face, open face, modular, dual sport and off-road motorbike helmets below. All helmets sold on our site are ECE approved, and the certification will be stated on their page.

Rev Up Your Style & Safety – Gear Up Correctly With Motorcycle Helmets, Jackets & Gloves

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Revving engines, wind in your hair, and the freedom of the open road — motorcycle riding is a thrilling adventure that captures the hearts of many. But amidst the excitement, it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of safety. That’s where the ultimate trio of motorcycle gear comes into play: helmets, jackets, and gloves. Strap on your reading goggles and join us on a ride to discover why proper protective gear is the key to both style and safety!

Shield Your Head with a Motorcycle Helmet

When it comes to riding, protecting your noggin is non-negotiable. Motorcycle helmets are more than just a fashion statement; they are your first line of defense against potential head injuries. Here’s why they are essential:

a) Defend against Impact: A sturdy motorcycle helmet absorbs the force of an impact, safeguarding your head from severe injuries during accidents or collisions.

b) Wind and Debris Protection: Riding at high speeds exposes you to wind gusts and flying debris. A helmet shields your face, eyes, and ears, keeping them safe and free from distractions.

c) Enhanced Visibility: Many helmets come with built-in visors or offer options for attachable face shields. These features improve visibility, prevent glare, and keep bugs from becoming unwanted passengers in your teeth!

Zip Up the Style and Safety with a Motorcycle Jacket

Once your head is protected, it’s time to suit up in a stylish and functional motorcycle jacket. Here’s why it’s an essential part of your riding gear:

a) Abrasion Resistance: Motorcycle jackets are constructed with durable materials such as leather or abrasion-resistant textiles. In the event of a slide or fall, they minimize friction between your body and the road, reducing the risk of painful road rash.

b) Impact Protection: Quality jackets often incorporate armor inserts in vital areas like shoulders, elbows, and back. These armor pieces absorb and disperse impact energy, providing crucial protection for your joints and spine.

c) Weather-Proofing: Riding in different weather conditions? A good motorcycle jacket keeps you dry in the rain, warm in cold weather, and provides ventilation for hot summer rides. It’s like having your own weather-resistant superhero cape!

Grip the Handlebars with Confidence: Motorcycle Gloves

Your hands are the connection between you and your bike, making gloves an indispensable part of your gear. Let’s explore why you should never underestimate the power of a good pair of motorcycle gloves:

a) Improved Grip and Control: Motorcycle gloves offer enhanced grip, allowing you to firmly hold the handlebars and operate the controls with precision. No more slipping or compromised control during critical maneuvers!

b) Hand Protection: Gloves safeguard your hands against abrasions, cuts, and bruises during accidents or falls. They act as a shield, reducing the risk of painful injuries and speeding up recovery time.

c) Comfort and Weather Protection: Long rides can take a toll on your hands. Gloves provide cushioning, reducing vibration and fatigue. Additionally, they protect against wind chill and maintain warmth during chilly rides.


Gear up, fellow riders! Embracing proper protective gear is the ultimate way to fuse style and safety on your motorcycle adventures. Don’t forget to sport a high-quality motorcycle helmet, a stylish and protective jacket, and a pair of dependable gloves. Prioritize your safety without compromising on the fun and thrill of the ride. Remember, safety is always in style, and by prioritizing it, you’ll ensure many more exciting and secure miles ahead!

So, let’s zip up, buckle up, and hit the road with confidence, knowing that we’ve got the perfect combination of gear that keeps us safe, stylish, and always ready for our next thrilling motorcycle escapade!