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Is your handlebar mount damaging your phone?

I recently found photos taken on my iPhone 11 were blurry because the autofocus wouldn’t lock on.

The phone was under warranty so I rang to have the camera fixed and was immediately asked whether I rode a bicycle or motorcycle.

When I said yes, they asked if I had a handlebar mount.

So obviously they are aware of an issue where having your phone or camera mounted to your handelbar can cause vibration issues that can damage the delicate workings of your device.

I’d be careful what you admit to as it could void your warranty.

Several handlebar mounting devices for cameras, GPS, phones, etc now come with vibration isolation attachments.

One of the most popular is the Aussie invention, Quad Lock, which offers a vibration mount for just $A24.95.Quad lock

It’s a small price to pay for the insurance of protecting your expensive device.

I have been mounting my phone to the handlebars using a Quad Lock with a wireless charger for several years without any issues … until now.

Having your phone charged while you are out on a ride is not only a convenience, but also a safety device.

If you get lost, crash or fall ill, having a fully charged phone means you can ring emergency and they can track you.

The Quad Lock is available for motorcycles, scooters, cars, bicycles and runners.

You can buy the mount (RAM, handlebar or mirror), the case to suit your iOS or Android phone, a waterproof covering if required, plus accessories such as the charging units and isolation mounts separately or as a pack to save money.

To mount your phone, hold it at a 45-degree angle until it slots into place, then twist it clockwise to a vertical or horizontal position where it remains securely in place.

To remove the phone, simply push the blue tab (or ring on the wireless charger mount) and rotate anti-clockwise.

That makes it useful if you are riding along and see something worthy of a photo – no fumbling in your jacket for your phone, just grab it and take the shot, then re-attach it. (Obviously, stop first!)

Although it is very secure, it does vibrate which makes it impossible to use the camera or video function on the move.

And as we’ve now found, that vibration can cause damage, especially if you ride on rough roads or off-road.

Quad Lock even lists a variety of motorcycles – mainly twin cylinder models – that can cause vibration issues.

Be aware that it may be illegal in your jurisdiction to even touch the phone while riding, although the laws are a bit vague, says the Australian Motorcycle Council.

If you want to access any of the touchscreen facilities, you would need to have special gloves with touch-sensitive finger pads.

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SOS service for all riders

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Automatic emergency calls that activate in the event of a crash are being installed in cars and some motorcycles and motorcycle helmets, but Triumph has now released a similar phone app that all riders can use.

Triumph SOS will detect if you have suddenly stopped and send an automatic emergency call that can be manually cancelled if you just happened to have dropped you phone or your bike and are not in any danger.

The service has been launched in Australia,  New Zealand, Europe and North America.

BMW SOS button motorrad win mandated
BMW’s SOS or ecall button

Unlike the BMW SOS button on their K 1600 models which is yet to be introduced in Australia because of incompatibility with our telecommunications system, the Triumph system just needs to rider to install an app and ay a monthly $A6.99 subscription.

It is available to any rider, but Triumph owners get a three-month free trial.

Paramedics say the chances of survival of a rider in a crash are linked to the speed of contact with emergency services, making this service vital.

However, it will be limited by phone coverage which can be patchy at best in Australia’s vast outback.

The Triumph SOS app has been specifically tailored for motorcyclists, and monitors key sensors in your smartphone to detect and validate an accident.

The Google-Cloud hosted emergency alerting platform automatically sends the rider’s details directly to the emergency services within seconds of the accident being detected, following a unique validation process.

Details include GPS location, direction of travel, bike details, and medical information, but

Triumph confirms the app does not record or send any speed or telematics data to the emergency services.

Advanced features include sophisticated auto-pause technology to prevent accidental triggering so you can fully focus on your ride.

The app requires a rolling monthly subscription with no cancelation fees or long-term contract commitment.

Riders can download the Triumph SOS app now from iOS and AndroidApp stores.

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Impact pads would make garments safer

Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP motorcycle gear safety ratings service has added ratings on safety and comfort for eight jackets and eight pants to its growing list of tested products.

The new ratings brings the total number of items of clothing to 297, comprised of 125 jackets, 80 pairs of pants and 92 pairs of gloves.

Draggin Holsehot jeans top-scored on safety with four out of fives, followed by the Klim Artemis with twi stars.

Only one safety star was awarded to Merlin Route One Hardy, BME Waterproof Herren, Melbourne’s Saint Unbreakable Straight, Bull-It Easy Tactical Cargo, Triumph Urban Jeans and Macna Club.

While the Holeshot jeans performed well, MotoCAP says it could have done better if the knee and hip impact protectors were better quality.

Many of the others did not feature both sets of armour, marking them down on impact protection.

It was a similar situation in the jackets.

The new ratings for jackets can be viewed here. The new ratings for pants can be viewed here.

Deakin Uni Institute for Frontier Materials Senior Research Fellow and Honda GB400 rider Chris Hurren says there is a need for a holistic approach to safety.

MotoCAP senior researcher Dr Chris Hurren
Dr Chris Hurren

He says rider jackets and pants should include proper impact protection, as well as high abrasion resistance.

Chris says many garments don’t come with impact protectors or only a few protectors.

“Some of the garments could be five star if they just had a full set of certified protectors,” he says.

“Then it’s the rider’s choice if they want to throw them away if they don’t want to wear them.”

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

ATLAS 3 helmet upgrades

British motorcycle helmet manufacturer Ruroc has updated its Atlas helmet to make it quieter and safer.

The Atlas 3.0 helmet is launching on 26 March 2021 with a range of improvements over the Atlas 2.0 helmet which we reviewed here.

Company spokesman Ben Conie says the changes are the result of listening to rider feedback.

They include: three shells sizes, up from two; removing the visor cover; more EPS lining; and a wide range of colours and visors.

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet
Atlas 3.0 full range

Chief among the changes are the improvements to aerodynamics that have made the quiet helmet even quieter such as removing the visor cover which should also improve the field of vision.

The visor mechanism thickness has also been reduced by 25% freeing up more space for EPS which should not only make it safer, but quieter again.

Further decreasing wind noise is a new locking pin with a precision-engineered polycarbonate locker, so there’s no longer a hole in the visor.

The reduced wind noise in the helmet should make the aftermarket Bluetooth system easier to hear without having to crank up the volume.

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet
Bigger buttons

While I’m not a fan of the discrete Bluetooth system’s controls at the back of the helmet, at least the buttons are now three times bigger.

And it’s now easier to install, with integrated cable routing and magnetic fitment.

All Atlas 3.0 helmets are made from T-400 carbon fibre and weigh just 1.4kg. Prices have not yet been released, but as an indication, the Atlas 2.0 was priced from  $US430 ($A620) to $US490 ($A720) depending on colours and graphics.

Speaking of which, I particularly love the classy “Carbonised Gold” model, but you can surely find one you like as there are 16 varieties.Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet

There are also nine Pinlock-ready wraparound visors to choose from, including new Chrome and Pink iridescent options.

Swapping visors takes less than 30 seconds, making it easy to match your visor to the conditions.

Thankfully the handy Magnetic Fidlock chinstrap has been retained.

Atlas helmets are ECE 22:05 and DOT FMVSS218 approved.Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet



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Light, tough motorcycle lock launched

UK bike lock manufacturer Litelok have developed their lightest and most flexible motorcycle lock yet called the Litelok Core Moto. 

It has been accredited as Motorcycle Gold by the independent certification group Sold Secure and the makers claim it is one of the lightest security locks on the market. 

Litelok still weighs 2.5kg which is a lot to lug around in your bike’s panners or top box.LITELOK CORE lock

At the core is Boaflexicore Plus, a patented material invented by rider and Litelok founder, Professor Neil Barron, an award-winning industrial designer and ex-Rolls Royce aeronautical engineer. 

“I’ve owned a number of motorcycles and truly understand what it means to lose such treasured possessions but also how inconvenient lugging around heavy chains can be,” says Neil who has had three bikes stolen. LITELOK CORE lock

“We developed Litelok Core Moto to be our most secure lock whilst still being really practical and easy to use.”

It has multiple layers of protection from the inner core out.

The 125cm lock is also very flexible and features a simple integrated click-to-lock system with a key only required to unlock. 

Locks are pairable so you can join two together for added length. They offer them in twin packs so they can be used with the same unique key.

Litelok Core Moto is available for preorder in either a 125cm or 150cm length and comes with either an orange, black or red washable, outer neoprene skin to help protect your bike’s paintwork. LITELOK CORE lock

Limited early bird pricing begins at £110 ($A196, $US155, €130), with savings of up to 30% on recommended retail pricing.

Funding for the locks has launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter with the campaign reaching its goal in just a few hours. 

Litelok successfully funded their first lock using Kickstarter in 2015 and had another successful campaign for Litelok Silver in 2018. 

Based in South Wales, UK, and made up of motorcycle and bicycle riders, the company works with material scientists from Swansea University.LITELOK CORE lock



Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

UK helmet maker gets into gear

British motorcycle helmet manufacturer Ruroc will next month branch out into rider gear under a new brand called Enginehawk. 

Company spokesman Elijah Weir says that since launching their motorcycle helmets they have had “tons of requests from our community asking ‘what jacket is that’ every time we put a post out on social media”. 

“We’ve made some serious waves in the helmet industry and the aim is to do the same in the motorcycle gear market,” he says.

“The aim is to revolutionise the motorcycle industry and redefine safety-approved gear.

“Our mission is to help save lives and re-invent what motorcycle gear can be and we believe with the help of people like yourself we can most definitely make this happen.”

The company has launched their Enginehawk Instagram page with photos of the Predator jacket which is the first of their range of 10 leather and textile jackets and a thermal vest that will be unveiled over coming days:

Ruroc Enginehawk jackets

The brand will be officially launched on 27 April 2021 with full details and pricing.

The company make the following promises about their jackets:

We strive for perfect fit. Gear that doesn’t restrict you. Gear that looks great on all body shapes and sizes. Gear that makes you look like a f*king bad ass.

We only use the highest grade materials that will hold up in a slide. We will only use premium impact armours.

We make gear that looks great on and off the bike. The goal is to make garments riders to want to wear even when they aren’t riding, because that’s the only way to make sure they are when they do.

We keep our prices accessible despite using the most premium materials and manufacturing processes available. We will do this by selling direct to the rider through our website. Our customer is the rider, not the store.

If they are as good as their Atlas 2.0 helmet which we reviewed here, they should be a welcome newcomer to the market.

Atlas 2.0 helmet
Atlas 2.0 helmet

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More BMW cruiser models and parts

BMW’s return to the cruiser market with the R 18 looks like being a success story as the brand announces more models and Corbin adds an aftermarket fairing and seat.

It is usually a mark of the success of a new model when aftermarket companies of the calibre of Corbin of the US produce specific seats.

Not only have they produced a twin seat with backrests (pictured above), but they have also produced a bikini fairing for the cruiser model.

They say it will not only protect the rider with improved aerodynamics, but also help lower wind noise.

And to complement that quieter, calmer “bubble” they also have a Bluetooth audio kit for the fairing with 500 watts of power, a dash-mounted controller and JL Audio 5.25″ coaxial speakers.

BMW R 18 Corbin
Corbin audio for BMW R 18

Surely this means Corbin believe the model will be a huge sales success as do we after our road test last month.

It comes as BMW Australia has announced the arrival of the R 18 Classic.

A Touring model is expected later this year.

BMW R 18 full-dresser
Spy image of an R 18 tourer (S. Baldauf/SB-Medien)

So the bike is now available in the following three models:

R18 Classic: $28,550 ($30,863 rideaway based on Sydney delivery)

Features:

  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • ABS
  • 3 riding modes (Rock, Roll, Rain)
  • Keyless Ride
  • Spoke wheels
  • Twin front brakes
  • Preload adjustable rear
  • Telescopic forks with fork covers
  • LED headlight, tail-light, brake and indicators
  • LED auxiliary lights
  • 12-volt socket
  • MSR (Dynamic engine brake control)
  • Adjustable hand levers
  • Saddle bags
  • Cruise control

Optional equipment:

  • Lockable Fuel Cap: $75
  • Hill Start Control: $155
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light): $605
  • Floorboards: $235
  • Heated Grips: $340
  • First Edition (Inc. Pinstripes and Chrome Package): $3300
  • Reverse Gear: $1500
  • Anti-theft alarm system: $365
  • Low Seat (690mm): No cost option
    BMW R 18
    Road testing the new R 18

R 18 Classic Custom: $30,090 ($32,448 rideaway)

Includes all specification from the R 18 Classic and adds the following as standard:

  • Lockable Fuel Cap
  • Hill Start Control
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light)
  • Heated Grips
  • Anti-theft Alarm System

R 18 Classic Deluxe: $35,090 ($37,598 rideaway)

Includes all specification from the R 18 Classic Custom and adds the following as standard:

  • Floorboards
  • First Edition (Inc. Pinstripes and Chrome Package)
  • Reverse Gear

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MotoCAP helps riders choose Christmas gear

Just in time for Christmas, Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP motorcycle gear safety ratings service has added 16 new items.

The addition of safety and comfort ratings for ten jackets and six pairs of pants brings the total number of items of clothing to 239, comprised of 115 jackets, 56 pairs of pants and 73 pairs of gloves.

Alpinestars GP Plus R V3 leather jacket
Alpinestars GP Plus R V3 leather jacket

In the latest round of testing, the Alpinestars GP Plus R V3 leather jacket performed well, receiving four stars for safety.

Importantly as we start summer, the RJays Samurai 3 leather jacket also performed well for both safety and breathability, scoring three out of five stars in both categories. That comfort rating is pretty good for a leather jacket.

Rays Samurai 3 jacket
Rays Samurai 3 summer jacket

The MotoCAP safety intitiative that rates motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves, launched in September 2018 and is the first of its type in the world.

The new ratings can be viewed here.

All gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

International award

Last year, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Black Friday Deals You Should Check Out

Finally, something riders can look forward to. Revzilla is running big Black Friday sales – awesome if you’re an American, less so if you live in the Commonwealth. But since we’re looking, here are some awesome deals that you should check out.

Helmets

Icon Airflite – $290
Arai Defiant-X
Arai Defiant-X – $688 (15% off)
HJC RPHA 11 Pro in slick Mike Wazowski graphics – $495 (20% off)

Jackets

Bilt Techno – $139 (22% off)
Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air – $204 (15% off)
REAX Folsom Leather – $249 (42% off)

Pants

REAAX 215 Jeans – $149 (25% off)
Discontinued Alpineestars Missile Airflow – $359 (20% off)
Klim Adventure Rally Air – $629 (30% off)

Boots

TCX Blaze – $70 (30% off)
Tour Master Solution WP Air – $104 (20% off)
Dainese Solarys Air – $208 (20% off)

Gloves

Dainese 4 Stroke EVO – $160 (27% off)
Icon Overlord – $45 (24% off)
REV’IT Palmer – $75 (38% off)

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BMW headlight lights up your home

A vintage BMW R series headlight is a simple yet elegant piece of styling and now motorcycle tragics can have one in their home as a floor lamp just in time for an illuminating Christmas.

In 2017, Spanish motorcycle accessories company Halley Accessories a stylish and practical motorcycle helmet hanger and has followed up with a helmet wall rack, key rings  and other expensive and esoteric motorcycle-oriented designs.

Halley BMW R floor lamp
Halley BMW R floor lamp and helmet hanger

Now they have added a limited edition Halley R-Lamp floor lamp made from reclaimed vintage BMW R series motorcycles.

The stylish floor lamp also features a stainless steel body and a Nero Marquina marble base.

But wait for it … the price is a whopping €1390 (about $A2250, $US1656).

Halley BMW R floor lamp
Halley BMW R floor lamp

Halley product designer Marc Graells, of Barcelona, is a passionate rider who says he likes to bring his passion into his home.

The backside of each headlight has been restored and painted, but the chrome rings are as found so they have a patina of age.

Barcelona is a European centre for design excellence. Have you heard of the Barcelona chair?

Well, Halley Accessories reflects that design excellence in their products.

“Our commitment to local production and a minimalistic, detail-driven approach to design are key to our project,” they say in their press release. 

“Halley speaks to the unwavering rider, who embodies tenacity and freedom on and off the road; to those with a taste for clean, utility-orientated design and appreciation for great craftsmanship.”

And to those with a fair bit of cash in their wallets!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com