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8 December 2019 No comments
Bike Stop's Best Gear of 2019

Bike Stop's Best Gear of 2019

It's getting towards the end of the year so it's time to look back at all the new gear from 2019 that's piqued our interest here at Bike Stop; chances are this will be some of the gear to beat next year and inspire a bit of rivalry so the gear you get only gets better!

Dainese Launches Smart Jacket which is claimed to predict the future! 

First up it's got to be the Dainese Smart Jacket which is a significant step forward for airbag-equipped gear. It used to be you had to install sensors on your bike or attach a rip-cord, then we moved to jackets with integrated sensors, but the smart jacket goes further. This is a vest with the full D-air tech that is slim enough to be worn under your own jacket (or over if you prefer). At £569.99 it's at the upper end of the airbag-vest range, but for the tech in play and the sheer subtlety of its size and fit it's very hard to beat. It's foldable (so you can wedge it in a top-box) and ventilated so you can take it wherever you want trouble-free. A long 26 hour battery life means it can last a week's commutes without trouble, or a couple of hefty touring days at a time. It's only just hit the shelves, but it's my favourite new bit of kit to come out this year; it shows the future is bright for airbags in motorcycle gear.

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Sticking with the theme of airbags, and Dainese in fact; next up it's the first airbag-equipped suit for women. It's a fact, more women are riding bikes than ever before but the range of suitable gear can be sorely lacking. Things are improving gradually and the introduction of the Misano 2 D-air is a major step forward for the serious lady rider. Admittedly, the aforementioned Smart Jacket might also be another new way to integrate airbags into your gear for the ultimate in protection, but this suit is the one to beat in this segment for women.

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Moving away from airbags, and onto helmets. The Shoei GT-Air 2 caught my attention at the start of the year as it's the successor to one of the best all-round helmets you can buy. Improved in almost every way, the GT-Air 2 is everything you'd expect from Shoei. Retaining all the useful features that made the original great, such as the great ventilation, low noise, bombproof visor seal and super smooth friction-based sun visor, it adds superior intercom integration for the Sena 20, the ability to reliably crack the visor a notch, and an even larger sun visor to reduce glare and improve the ability to open the main visor while riding at speed. Top marks from me; starting at £449.99 it's a premium helmet that's worth every penny.

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Gloves-wise, a long-standing favourite of mine has been the Knox Handroid range of gloves, and ever since they were released a decade ago they've been steadily improved upon. Now on Mk. IV, the latest set look just as eye-catching as always, while remaining one of the most protective gloves you can buy. New for this year is a major improvement to the Boa closure system. For those unfamiliar, this is steel cable ratchet system that closes the gauntlet about your wrist with a single twist - extremely secure and user-friendly. It did, however, rely on a secondary strap to assist it, but now they've managed to get the entire fastening of the glove done with the Boa closure - super convenient and easy to do with gloves on. Superb quality, excellent crash protection with British design and manufacture - for £220 you'd expect nothing less.

Wrapping it up we've got the Shark Skwal 2, a helmet that integrates a feature you'd expect to be commonplace by now with improving technology: LED lighting. Obviously the first question is how long they last for, and how long they take to charge. 5 hours in constant mode, 10 hours in intermittent with a 20 minute charge time will make it very usable for the winter commute. The most relevant use case for it is for when you're forced to pull over in the dark; not many riders use hi-viz or reflective gear, and having actual lights on your head is only a good thing in this scenario! Otherwise, extra lights that draw attention to you = top marks. Add improved soundproofing with this iteration of the Skwal, an included Pinlock, sun visor and space for glasses, all starting at £199.99.

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7 December 2019 No comments
Our guide to heated gear

Our guide to heated gear

It’s no good, we have to admit to ourselves that summer 2019 is gone and we are well and truly into the autumn. Heated kit it is then…

 

 

 

3 December 2019 No comments
Halvarssons - Gear for All Conditions

Halvarssons - Gear for All Conditions

You may not have heard of Halvarssons, but their a gear brand that’s been making waves of late beyond its original home market of Scandinavia.

30 November 2019 No comments
Shop Now, Pay Later with Klarna on our website

Shop Now, Pay Later with Klarna on our website

We pride ourselves on the service we provide to our customers, and part of keeping this service best in class is offering increased flexibility and convenience when shopping on our website. This is why we’re delighted to have partnered with Klarna and be able to offer our online customers new payment options.

30 November 2019 No comments
Discover the new Dainese Winter Range

Discover the new Dainese Winter Range

Are you a Dainese fan? Then you’re going to love their Winter 2019 collection. Recently added to our website, you can now buy some of the latest cutting-edge motorcyle gear from Dainese, just in time for the cold weather to settle in and make riding more difficult.

29 November 2019 No comments
Save up to 40% Off Motorcycle Gear with our Black Friday 2019 Deals

Save up to 40% Off Motorcycle Gear with our Black Friday 2019 Deals

By Martin Brown 27 November 2019 No comments
Monthly Rideout - Sunday 1st March 2020

Monthly Rideout - Sunday 1st March 2020

From at least March to October we host a Rideout from the Cafe and back on the first Sunday of the month (but please double check with us in case we have any updates or clashes like Easter or new events). 

By Martin Brown 23 November 2019 No comments
ACS Custom Ear Moulds - 18th January 2020

ACS Custom Ear Moulds - 18th January 2020

Our partners at ACS Custom will be back, once again, taking ear moulds for the best and most comfortable earplugs.

By Bike Stop 22 November 2019 No comments
Tailoring Day - Saturday 25th January 2020

Tailoring Day - Saturday 25th January 2020

6 October 2019 No comments
The Best Casual Spidi Gear

The Best Casual Spidi Gear

Most people will have heard of the motorcycle gear maker Spidi; a company that started out making gloves for motorcycle racing back in 1977 before moving into other gear in 1989. Cal Crutchlow even won the Supersport World Championship while wearing Spidi gear in 2009, and you'll see many other motorcycle racers wearing their gear.