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HJC’s Star Wars ‘Skywalker’ helmet is now official!

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To celebrate Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, HJC have finally released their ‘X-Wing’ pilot lid.

After catching our first glimpse of the prototype versions of HJC’s officially licensed Star Wars motorcycle helmets at EICMA in November 2016, we’ve been waiting for official release details of what was perhaps the most ‘accurate’ of all of the proposals – Luke Skywalkers rebel pilot’s helmet… Orange visor and all.

With the basic frame of HJC’s open-faced design forming the perfect canvas for such a design, the attention to detail with battle scars and distressed paintwork combine with the drop-down, orange visor to create an almost perfect replica of Luke’s famous ‘Red 5’ costume. And the helmet is fully DOP and ECE approved.

There’s no official work on price or release date yet, but as part of the current Star Wars celebrations, ten of these helmets have been signed by Mark Hamill and are available for auction (starting price $1000) on the Omaze.com website – in aid of UNICEF and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

 

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Six things a rider should always carry

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There’s no doubt that the reliability of modern bikes means seeing one stuck at the side of the road is a rare thing these days, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Even if you’re not on a brand-spanking new bike, most mechanical breakdowns can be avoided with regular servicing, maintenance and pre-ride checks, but no matter how diligent you’ve been don’t be fooled into thinking that your bike will look after itself; or that something like a puncture or a broken indicator from a static fall, will happen to you.

Knowing how to fix the basics – and having the equipment to be able to do so – can make the difference between a short delay to your journey and it ending altogether, and don’t think just because you have 24hr recovery added to your insurance that you don’t have to worry either; five minutes strapping back on that body panel that’s fallen off, or standing on the hard-shoulder waiting for a man for an hour and a half, which one would you choose?

Here’s six things you should always have under your seat, just in case:

Multi tool/compact tool kit: the obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t carry one. We’re not talking full kit here, just enough to re-tighten the things that have worked loose and carry out basic repairs.

A puncture repair kit and mini compressor – if you’re running tubes, you’ll need tyre levers too: Practice in the warmth and comfort of your garage/shed, so you know the kit works and you can do it quickly and confidently.

Gaffer tape: holds a multitude of things – cracked bodywork, screens and indicators – together until you get home.

Cable ties: also great for holding things together in an emergency, they can be used in place of broket luggage straps and can even hold where bolts and screws have let go.

WD40: keeps damp out of electricals, and things like levers and cables moving. Also helps free-up stubborn fasteners, making changing tyres etc. a lot easier.

A piece of paper with key contact numbers – recovery, home etc. – on, so you have everything to hand if your mobile has a flat battery, or no signal.

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Isle of Man TT video game is up for pre-order now!

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Reckon you’ve got what it takes to beat the King of the Mountain around the Isle of Man course?

It’s been years since a decent TT game has been available but now with ‘Ride on the Edge’ it looks like finally videogaming motorcyclist’s wait will be over.

Produced by Big Ben Interactive and with the option to race as one of 23 TT racers on 38 different motorcycles, the PS4, Xbox One and PC game is looking pretty incredible.

There’s only a month to go until it’s available in the shops and outlets are finally placing the game on pre-order.

The Isle of Man TT website has it available for £39.99 but say that they aren’t sure of the release date, whereas British videogame retailer Game are a little bit more confident on the release date of the 6th of March 2018.

The Isle of Man organisers have played a great part in allowing the designers full access to both the course and riders, saying that with a full laser scan of the Course has allowed the game designers to produce the most accurate ever simulation of every twist and turn of the 37.73 mile Course.

As you speed along the familiar roads, they say that you’ll face the same conditions as real life TT stars: your screen will be gradually accumulating flies, the shadows under the trees will make it hard to spot your line and just when you think you’ve got it you’ll flash out into bright sunshine and lose it all over again.

As your skills improve and you take on a full race on the Course don’t forget you’ll have to stop in the famous pitlane for fuel and tyres.

With a career more, online play and training modes, this promises to be a stunning looking game that could really give an authentic feel of what it must be like to make that plunge down Bray Hill…

And because it’s all a make believe simulation, you can even get McGuinness back onto a Honda if that’s what spins your wheels!

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