Outdoor Motorbike Cover – BMW GS Adventure

Outdoor Motorbike Cover

Outdoor Motorcycle Cover for a BMW GS Adventure Motorcycle: Review

Finding an indoor or outdoor motorbike cover which will fit a BMW GS Adventure motorcycle or just a BMW GS is very hard work in my opinion. Particularly when you are buying an XL motorcycle cover off the shelf in the hope that it will cover the extent of your large bike, its top box, any additional panniers and its mirrors. It just won’t work usually.

So recently I have found an excellent quality motorbike cover for my new BMW GS Adventure and it is by far the best I have ever found for an adventure motorcycle. It was via Prestige Motorcycle Covers which I found one Saturday when I was looking through the web. I went for a black and green design which you can see in the post image.

www.prestigemotorbikecovers.co.uk

They seem to provide the most stylish custom made semi-fitted  outdoor motorbike covers you can buy on the market today, plus they are available for a range of motorbikes: Scooters, Adventure, Enduro, Trial, Trail, Retro, Cruisers & Sports Bikes.

What happens with them is you provide them with 5 measurements for your bike, you then select the colour (10 to choose from) and material you want and then they tailor make a motorcycle cover specific for your bike (indoor or outdoor) and then they send it to you in the post free of charge.

The material they use is waterproof and breathable, the design of the motorcycle cover means you have additional straps within the design so you can stop any flapping, it is a snug fit, plus the quality of the end product means that it will last for a long time.

Unfortunately my bike sits on the pavement every night as we don’t have a garage and it has to survive the UK winter and lots of salty sea air. So the new outdoor motorcycle cover means it is well covered during the day and night, it is out of sight, it is protected from the elements and it doesn’t draw any attention to it.

In the past I have had covers which only just go over the top box at the back but the cover never seemed to stretch further past the seat. So you were squeezing a cover on, it wasn’t doing the job and if you buy a universal large motorcycle cover off the shelf I’m sorry but you aren’t getting something which fits well for your motorbike.

The cost was very reasonable too. You are paying about £20-£30 more for the cover compared to other suppliers of off the shelf products, but you are guaranteed a quality motorcycle cover from a professional team. In total I paid £80 for something which was custom made and I am very happy, knowing that this motorcycle cover will look after the BMW GS for years to come.

Here are the details for Prestige Motorbike Covers:
www.prestigemotorbikecovers.co.uk

They can be contacted on 0191 284 6498

Review: Starcom 1, Helmet Intercom- Get your Freak On

Review: Starcom 1, Helmet Intercom- Get your Freak On

Thanks to a very informative and patient man called Tim at Calgary Sport Touring Nick and I finally have an intercom system that works effortlessly.

Tim is exactly the kind of person I like to do business with: he asked lots of questions about what we have, what we thought wasn’t working and why; he let me rabbit on with all my theories and things we had tried and together we decided what would be the best set up for us.

We left the UK with a starcom1 advance system. Nick had a moulded earpiece and a mic for a full face helmet and I had the same mic but speakers in my helmet. None of this worked very well at all. Also relevant is that Nick’s helmet is an Arai Tour-X3 and mine is a Shoei X3-1100; both described as full face. Nick has a moulded ear piece, I don’t.

What were the problems?

  • Nick had occasional interference that obviously actually hurt.
  • Most of the time all I could hear was wind amplified and fed directly to my ears.
  • Music? Even turning off the vox (voice cut off) completely which stopped the wind cutting it out, in order to get the volume right so it wasn’t deafening Nick I could just hear the music vaguely in the background.

We stopped bothering with it.

Part of the problem is that Nick’s helmet is styled more like a motorcross one so there is a massive gap between the outer shell and his mouth (not sure how else to describe that) which means that the mic being stuck in the helmet is open to the wind; mine isn’t that much better.

I phoned Tim with the idea of ordering us some boom mic. He was concerned that they might not fit in the helmets very well and we started talking about the Starcom1 digital. Tim obviously rides a motorcycle. He also rides a motorcycle with his wife riding pillion. He and I were able to discuss all the ups and downs of the setup and after a bit of counting pennies I decided to go with his recommendation and replace the whole thing.

That was the right decision. The starcom1 digital gives you much more control so you can fiddle with setup for rider and passenger separately, and it is clever enough to deal with the external noise; the boom mics fit perfectly in both helmets.

Thank you Tim for all your help and advice!

Our new problems?

Well, I can’t yawn noisily any more because Nick tells me off, I am not allowed to sing and I have to try really hard to keep still when we are listening to music – not the worst set of problems to have!

Review: Brasher – My boots

Review: Brasher

As I write my Brasher boots have done 3 years:

  • Just Walk 2009
  • Mount Everest Basecamp
  • Just Walk 2010
  • Trailwalker 2010
  • All the related training
  • They are my ‘bike boots’
  • They have done two trips up the hill opposite my house in Hercegovina (more scramble than walk)

The only thing I have not tested them in is a total downpour but, for all else they have been very faithful friends. Snow, rain, sun and heat, altitude and cold and everything in between. I would estimate that they have done getting close to 1000km – I wonder if I need to start thinking about replacing them? They have started fraying ever so slightly on the right foot and in a place which would indicate that my right little toe is trying to make a bid for freedom.

They are very light, Gore-Tex and I bought them a size bigger than I would wear for a normal shoe. In retrospect I would probably go an extra half-size for those occasions when my feet decide they need to swell up.

I chose these boots mainly on the recommendation of my friendly neighborhood independent outdoor kit retailer Open Spaces, Brighton. I do my best to buy from them as often as possible; they have plenty of choice available and they know their stuff so you can always have a nice chat about blisters, swollen hands and kit in general. It is just a shame that they aren’t open on Sundays as, to be honest with you, that is the only day I ever seem to get into town!

Oh, and here is a picture of me sitting on that hill I mentioned; as you can see, it’s a bit rocky.