So, I went to Harrogate today to pick up some Levis I had ordered from Debenhams – lovely 28mile round trip in mostly sunshine – and got to thinking about the best gear to have on myself and my bike. I like the look of my bike as it is:
It’s got nice clean lines and is uncluttered. I don’t want to put a windscreen on – I’m not a speed freak – I like my fairly leisurely rides. 65-70mph is my max. I think I will put some engine bars on for protection more than anything and a little more chrome won’t hurt! But luggage is a bit of a problem. Today I used a rucksack but I could do with a box or something that fits on the luggage rack that is lockable but can be detached by me if I want. I think the box would detract from the bikes good looks but would be useful. I will have to have a look around.
I’m very happy with the Knox body armour vest which frees me to wear any jacket over the top.
And love the versatility of a flip helmet.
Next we come to the problem of security. I have a heavy duty chain and lock and an Oxford Screamer brake lock. If I can, I try to chain the bike to something and if i don’t want to carry my helmet around, I link it to the bike with the chain, which is not really ideal if it rains, but then I’m a fair weather biker on my Virago.
Oh and by the way, a motorcycle can park anywhere a car can without paying! Just don’t park in a bicycle area, you will get a ticket!!!