Duchinni D311 helmet – adventurous spec at commuter cost

Exploring the Earth needn’t cost it, thanks to the new D311 Dual Adventure helmet from Duchinni. Packed with all the features you’d expect from an adventure sport helmet, it sells for just £99.99.

  • ECE 22.05 approved
  • ABS shell with UV protection
  • Removable, washable comfort-fit lining
  • Anti-scratch visor + internal, drop-down sun visor
  • Fully vented
  • Adjustable and lockable peak

d311_white_2LRFully approved to the current ECE22.05 safety standard, the D311 can be used on roads and trails, with its tough ABS outer shell keeping the wearer well-protected.

The combination of an adjustable and lockable peak plus a full-length visor helps protect against flying dirt and debris, and the visor has an anti-scratch coating to help make sure the wearer’s vision stays clear.

A drop-down internal sun visor also features, which is easily operated with a gloved hand, using a small lever on the outside.

Vents on the crown and chin bar work with advanced channelling in the EPS lining to allow airflow around the head and face, and the D311’s comfort lining is fully removable and washable to keep it fresh and bacteria-free.

A traditional D-ring fastener on the chin strap keeps the helmet firmly in place and allows full adjustment.

The Duchinni D311 Dual Adventure comes in sizes XS-XL in White, Black and Matt Black at £99.99.

DRAGGIN Minx Women’s Jeans – review

Sarah from BigBikeMad has been trying a pair of DRAGGIN Minx jeans for summer riding;

minx jeans bumWomen are typically more interested in appearance than men, and it’s often their complaint that biker gear for girls is shapeless and lacking in style. Interestingly though, the women we spoke to also had an interest in the technical side of the equation.

These are a much better fit for the female shape than standard motorcycle trousers. “No one’s going to look like a bag of spuds in them”, said Sarah.

Sarah thought that the knitted Kevlar material was soft and non-scratchy and that the jeans had an overall feel of quality. No problem to wear all in all day in almost all summer conditions.

The Minx jeans have drawn just the right balance between protection and warm-weather comfort. Material, stitching and fittings are of excellent quality. At around £150 a pair these are a good value.

Find out more about Draggin Minx Jeans here and read the full review on BigBikeMad.com

Weise Psycho Trousers – Review

psycho_jeans01Weise’s Psycho Jeans, like the matching Jacket, are a leather / textile combo, aiming to utilise the benefits of both materials; the lightness of cordura for much of the body, but with the high abrasion resistance of leather for likely impact points (specifically knees and rear end).

Some folks like the idea of combining materials in this way, but others have doubts about the wisdom of wearing leather in the rain. We put these tough-guy jeans through an equally tough test; over 1000 miles over some of the bumpiest, dustiest, wettest roads in Europe – the Cork and Kerry Mountains of South West Ireland.

Build quality is excellent, well above what you’d expect at this price point, which does seem to be a Weise trick … During a 2 hour downpour the jeans remained 100% waterproof.

Read the full review on BigBikeMad.com.

Fowlers voted best for trade spares service

Fowlers has been voted the Wholesaler of the Year by British motorcycle dealers for the second time in three years.

AwardsBDN2013Trade magazine British Dealer News, which is distributed to 9,745 people employed in the motorcycle industry, invited readers to vote in the annual poll and presented awards based on the results.

Parts & Contact Centre Manager, Pete Aitkenhead, who has worked at Fowlers for 35 years, collected the award from TV presenter Steve Parrish and current MotoGP racer Scott Redding, in front of a packed audience of 350 motorcycle industry personnel at a ceremony held during Motorcycle Expo, the UK’s biggest trade event.

Following an agreement with BSA, Fowlers began distributing motorcycle parts in 1959 and the team of 25 parts advisors working with Pete shares approximately 300 years’ experience.

Today, Fowlers is the official UK parts distributor for Yamaha, Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera and Derbi. The company also supplies spares for Honda, Suzuki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Triumph and carries substantial stocks of Kawasaki parts, plus clothing and accessories for all Piaggio Group brands too.

Fowlers has recently invested in an Electronic Parts Catalogue system [EPC], which trade customers can use to look up parts, check whether they are in stock and place orders. The EPC also highlights low stock, out of stock and discontinued lines.

Trade customers can find out more by calling Fowlers Wholesale on 0117 977 8899 or visiting www.fowlerswholesale.co.uk.


The picture shows (left to right) Steve Parrish, Pete Aitkenhead and Scott Redding.

NEW PRODUCT: Weise Silk Inner Glove

silk_inner2LRMade from 100% pure silk, the new inner gloves from Weise® are a useful addition to any rider’s kit cupboard.

Naturally breathable and an effective insulator, silk liners help to keep the hands dry and comfortable on warmer days and add an extra insulating layer during cold snaps.

They’re thin enough to fit under close-fitting riding gloves, providing a soft barrier between stitching, rough seems and the hands. An added benefit is that they allow gloves to be put on and taken off quickly and easily, without built-in liners being pulled out in the process.  Silk liners also act as a barrier to dirt, grime and perspiration – and are washable – helping to keep riding gloves in good condition.

Weise Silk Liners liners come in black in unisex sizes M-XL. Click here for price information.