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.
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.
We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.
But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?
(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)
The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.
Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).
With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.
There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.
But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.
We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.
If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.
BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.
Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.
Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.
You can even upload logos and words.
Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.
OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!