Here is our comprehensive 2020 guide to motorcycle electronics and technology, including the best motorcycle sat-navs, intercoms, trackers, phone mounts and more!
Motorcyclists today are more technologically advanced than ever. Every new bike released features new tech that makes it faster, easier and safer than the one before – and that goes the same for the rider. With the modern conveniences of smartphones, our riders need to be more tech-savvy, with newer technologies making our rides more convenient, faster and enjoyable as a result.
In this article, we won’t be talking about the factory fit stuff, but everything in this guide is something you can buy to make your ride better, and we’ll show you how to navigate the technology minefield, and give you the best motorcycle sat-nav, phone mounts, intercoms, trackers and more!
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Starting at the very top, Motorcycle Intercoms are one of the most prevalent technologies riders use to stay connected to each other. Whether it’s to talk to your fellow rider, listen to GPS directions or simply listen to your favourite tunes, helmet intercoms are packed with innovative features to make communication between your pillion, fellow rider or friends easier
Among the most popular brands are Cardo and Sena with headsets to fit an all manner of needs, designs to fit seamlessly into your lid, and a bunch of technical jargon that may appear confusing, even if their functions are quite simple.
You can read our full Motorcycle Intercom guide here.
WHAT INTERCOM SHOULD I BUY?
Have a look at what’s on offer, there is no right or wrong product except those that don’t have the features you want or have too many features to justify the price. Typically, the more features you want in a unit, the more expensive the unit will be, but it will also be more versatile to more uses.
Whichever Bluetooth headset you end up going for, make sure you get the basic necessities of the unit you’re after. So, if you’re not planning on speaking to other people while you ride, you may want to consider whether having a microphone is worth the money.
All motorbike intercoms will have the ability to connect to your phone/sat-nav or other motorcycle Bluetooth devices for playing music, listening for directions, or simply taking a call without taking off your helmet. Building onto the basics, some units have a built-in FM radio so even if you can’t reach your phone, you can still listen to Eagle radio without the hassle.
Oh, and one more thing to note as well – if you see the words ‘Solo’ or ‘Duo’ in the name of the product, this refers to the number of units inside the box (solo being one and duo being two units). This is perfect if you want to go halves with a mate for an intercom or if you have a regular pillion rider.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle intercoms to buy:
One of the best “does it all” intercoms on the market, the Cardo Packtalk is a top of the range, Rider-to-Rider unit packed with a plethora of features, modes and Dynamic Mesh Communication technology for the ultimate multi-party experience.
Both Cardo models have an IP67 waterproof rating that shrugs off rain, sleet, hail and snow without impacting performance, and features high-performance JBL 40mm stereo speakers for full-range, immersive audio with self-adjusting volume according to rider speed and ambient noise. Bluetooth 4.1 technology allows for Rider-to-Pillion communication, full compatibility with any Bluetooth headset, and connectivity to a GPS, motorcycle or smartphone, but the standout feature here is the Dynamic Mesh Communication. The DMC expands the unit’s Bluetooth connectivity across long distances whether you ride in a duo, small group or a pack up to fifteen riders, with auto-adaptive, uninterrupted connection up to 1600 metres (or 1 mile) between riders.
The Packtalk comes in two models: the standard Packtalk Bold and a lower profile, Packtalk Slim (and are available in duo kits - Bold, Slim). Both models are almost identical in features, with connectivity with Cardo’s Smartset smartphone app that enables remote use, as well as advanced voice control technology, for complete hands-free control over the unit’s functions, but a couple of differences set them apart.
As the name suggests, the Cardo Packtalk Slim has a slenderer profile than the Bold, measuring just 6.5mm in width as compared to the latter’s 25mm. The Packtalk Slim also features a large button interface that can be operated even with the thickest winter gloves and has a separate, low-profile battery pack that attaches to the rear of your helmet.
The Cardo Packtalk Bold, on the other hand, has a longer range of communication, covering a range of 1.6kms (1 mile) of distance, as compared to the Slim’s 1.2 km radius (0.75 miles). The Packtalk Bold also sports a unique, glove-friendly roller-wheel to control the intercoms functions. You can’t go wrong with either model but do take this into consideration if you’re choosing between the two!
As an improved version of the Sena SMH10 system, the Sena 10S is the brand’s flagship Bluetooth headset. Features a slim profile with One Touch Group intercom, the unit can connect up to four riding companions with crystal-clear HD audio, covering up to 1.6 km (1 mile) of distance.
The Bluetooth 4.1 unit is universally compatible with all Sena and other third-party Bluetooth headsets, connectivity to your smartphone or GPS device, and a built-in FM radio (also available as a Dual Kit).
All the basics are present and accounted for, this Rider-to-Rider unit is compatible with Sena's Smartphone App and has voice control for hands-free operation, while the device itself is water-resistant and dustproof, has a simple jog dial operation, ports for MP3 and earbuds, and includes Boom and full-face microphones that are condensed into a single clamp connector, minimising the number of cables for reliability. The device is also available to adapt with a Mesh adapter for a bigger range.
Motorcycle sat navs are the ultimate travel companion! Gone are the days of paper maps that are a nightmare to fold away – a motorcycle sat nav makes travelling fuss-free, allowing you to cope with possible disruptions or delays, and find the fastest and shortest route to your destination.
Satellite navigation devices and apps work by using the Global Positioning System, GPS for short: satellite receivers to calculate your position on Earth, which then pinpoints your position to a highly accurate area of ten metres. This information is then aligned with up-to-date digital maps to determine distances to other points and locations and can calculate routes, distance, speed and estimated time for arrival based on this data. Among the most popular brands are Garmin and TomTom.
H3. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A SAT-NAV DEVICE RATHER THAN USING MY PHONE?
The features you’ll find on a dedicated sat-nav are designed and tailored to the needs of a motorcyclist like you. A standalone sat-nav will be more sophisticated than a free smartphone app and will offer more useful software for travelling motorcyclists including intelligent maps, updates, and accurate traffic information.
Most sat-nav apps rely on mobile data to work, which can present a problem if you have a limited allowance or if you go out of your provider’s range. If you’re riding abroad, the fees to use mobile data could get much higher if you’re using Apple or Google Maps. Dedicated Sat-Nav devices only require the Global Position System, which is entirely free for anyone to use, so you won’t need to worry about costs or the connection disappearing.
Also, if you are caught using your mobile phone while driving, or even during stationary traffic, the legal ramifications could see you receive a £60 fine and three points on your licence. Using a sat-nav removes the temptation to text, call or access social media, and you won’t need to worry about your mobile battery running out.
CAN I USE A CAR SAT-NAV ON MY MOTORCYCLE?
Theoretically, you could use a car GPS on a motorcycle if you’re able to mount it, but these devices are not specialised to ordeal the shocks and high speeds you will encounter on your machine. Sat navs and mounts designed for motorcycles will be better built to withstand buffeting and the shocks from your handlebars, as well as rain, wind and dust (though this will differ depending on the product, so make sure you know if your device is water-resistant before trying out in rain!)
These devices will also be able to respond to your motorcycle gloves, as its no good owning a sat-nav you need to take your gloves off for!
WHAT SAT-NAV SHOULD I BUY?
When researching motorcycle sat-navs, Bluetooth connectivity should be the first thing you make sure your device has. Regardless of the other features or the price of the unit, if you cannot hear directions and alerts from the GPS through your headset, you may not be able to focus solely on the road or you may find yourself going in the wrong direction.
You also need to consider the availability of maps, as you can get devices that only provide you with European countries’ maps, while more expensive sat-navs can provide you routes from anywhere in the world. If you only plan on using the device for travelling to work or don’t see yourself riding in America or Asia, go for the model with European maps, otherwise it may be worth spending more on worldwide maps if you don’t want to omit the possibility.
But most importantly, you need to ensure the device's touchscreen display is large enough for you to look at without too much concentration. Motorcycle-specific units will have a non-reflective, matte display with adaptive brightness settings to ensure you can always see your maps and a glove-friendly touchscreen.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle sat navs to buy:
The latest motorcycle sat-nav from technology giant Garmin, the new Zumo XT is an all-terrain, rain-resistant navigator with incredibly intelligent software, a rugged yet sleek design, and an ultra-bright, glove-friendly 5.5” touchscreen. Complete with Motorcycle AND Car mount, as well as power cables and documents to get you set up, this device has everything!
You will have access to pre-loaded maps perfect for commuting, touring or adventure riding, displaying European maps in a variety of styles including on-road maps, topographic maps and Satellite imagery in glorious 1280x720p HD resolution. The Zumo XT can communicate globally with inReach satellite technology for two-way messaging, location sharing and SOS capabilities, as well as receive incident notifications with accurate location information and you can update your maps easily through Wi-Fi connectivity.
Ride with complete confidence in an all manner of weather with a durable yet modern design that is IPX7 rated to resist water as well as shocks and dust. The device can be rotated between landscape and portrait orientation, has Bluetooth connectivity for GPS directions and can pair with your Garmin Drive app to stream music or make hands-free calls. You can also record, save and share your ride using the Zumo XT’s track recorder, and access apps such as TripAdvisor and iOverlander for points of interest and ratings for hotels and restaurants.
The Rider 550 series is the most sophisticated satellite navigation devices from one of the biggest names in the business, TomTom. Available in two-packs with varying accessories, the TomTom Rider 550 World and Premium come with Worldwide maps as well as a robust, universal RAM motorcycle mount to securely fix your device to the bike.
Featuring a fast quad-core processer, access to TomTom’s exclusively curated routes and smartphone integration; this device is everything a motorbike rider needs.
The device has an IPX7-rated water, dust and drop-resistant design, that holds up against miles and miles of riding while retaining the TomTom’s iconic design. The Rider 550 is powered by with a fast quad-core processor that allows the sat-nav to run faster than ever, with access to lifetime world maps, real-time traffic updates and alerts to approaching speed cameras.
You’ve also got smartphone integration: receive calls, listen to music and have messages & texts read aloud to your Bluetooth headset so you stay connected but focused on the road.
Using TomTom’s accompanying MyDrive app you can plan the most thrilling routes by customising your hill and wind level, then seamlessly sync them to the Rider 550. Ride on the world’s most breath-taking journeys, with TomTom Road Trips which features exclusively curated routes such as the Amalfi Coat and Route 66.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle sat-navs here.
A Motorcycle Phone Mount is a cheaper alternative to a motorcycle sat nav, with the added benefit of intercom connectivity and music streaming to your headset.
If you only use your bike for commuting or riding in your local area, you likely won’t take advantage of a sat-nav device’s European or Worldwide maps or be travelling many unknown roads. In this case, your smartphone’s map apps work plenty well to get you to your destination. The issue that does remain is how can you protect your iPhone or Android from the weather or from dismantling from your bike? The simple answer is to use a motorcycle phone holder.
There is a variety of products out there that will claim to mount your phone securely to your bike, but our advice would be to do your research and not be afraid to spend more than £20+ on a mount. The worst thing you could do is place your trust on a cheap, plastic product you found on the dark recesses of the web, only for your phone to fly off the first time you get to 70mph.
WHAT PHONE MOUNT SHOULD I BUY?
Different products utilise alternative methods of mounting your phone to your bike. The cheaper motorcycle phone mounts will have an attachment that clamps around your bike’s handlebars, with a screw to tighten and a bracket to attach your phone. This will require you to remove the entire mount to detach your handset. In more comprehensive units, a section of the mount is attached permanently to your bike, but a ball and socket joint allows you to secure to the back of your phone so you don’t need to take it apart to gain your headset.
If you are looking for a mount that fits your bike’s handlebars, ensure that the unit can be adjusted to fit your bars. Most models will allow you to do this, but if you don’t do your research, you may end up with a unit that cannot fit your thicker or thinner bars.
You need to also make sure it's compatible with the device you want to fit, whether it’s a newer iPhone, older smartphone or a tablet. You will find mounts designed for specific phone models, but units designed to be universal will often have a size limit, so smaller mounts won’t be able to hold your XL smartphone or a tablet.
In terms of materials, you will want a proven, durable mount that can absorb shocks and resist knocks. You’re trying to secure a £500-£1000 device to your handlebars, so look up reviews to make sure whichever unit you’re considering is trustworthy. Some mounts also provide waterproofing and protection from dust, so have a look.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle phone mounts to buy:
One of our best-selling mounting systems is the Ram Mount X-Grip: a patented fitting kit with a unique four-leg design. Made from high-strength composites and stainless steel, the X-Grip is a spring-loaded cradle that expands and contracts to provide a perfect fit to your smartphone, with rubber-coated grips and a safety tether to firmly secure your device with complete peace of mind.
Available in two different sizes to accommodate Small or Large smartphones, the X-Grip system is versatile for phones of all sizes and tablets from 7 to 12 inches in size. In combination with the Ram ball and socket technology allow for complete adjustability and angling, this system is incredibly simple to mount without the requirement of an additional phone case or sleeve. In fact, RAM Mount are so confident in their products, that they all come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.
One brand you can trust is Ultimate Addons; their range of Tough Cases, specifically built to your smartphone and made to protect it from rain, dirt and dust while you’re following GPS directions. Whether you have the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or another touchscreen phone, each fitting kit contains everything you need to mount your bike and protect it on the go.
In every box you will receive one of these highly-durable, IPX5 waterproof rated tough cases designed specifically for your smartphone model, a 21-40mm helix swivel strap attachment to securely fix your phone horizontally or vertically, and a 1-metre bespoke USB cable to connect your phone to the bike’s battery (the Universal Tough Case, generically designed for non-supported.
One of the best kits for mounting your smartphone is the SP Connect Moto Bundle. This bundle comes with everything you need to secure your phone while riding on your bike and protect it while off the bike.
Included in this SP Connect pack is a slim-profile, protective phone case with a 3-layer construction, a Weatherproof Cover (that can be purchased separately) protects against rain, dust and dirt while providing additional shock resistance, and a Moto Mount Pro arm made from aircraft-grade aluminium (also available as a stand alone accessory). This arm has a 360° rotation to orientate your phone in portrait or landscape and features a unique vibration dampening system that cuts G-forces up to 40% and absorbs impact energy that would otherwise rattle your smartphone.
The Moto Mount Pro securely attaches your smartphone to your motorcycle using a mechanism on the back of the case, allowing you to navigate maps, access your music library or read messages on your journey, and also protect your phone while mounted and disconnected from your bike.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle phone mounts here.
Motorcycle Helmet Cameras are becoming more and more popular with UK bikers. Recording your ride couldn’t be easier, with motorcycle cameras allowing you to capture the thrill and experience of your journey in glorious HD, editing your footage and then quickly sharing it on your social media.
Another reason to wear a motorbike camera or dashcam is to protect yourself from bad drivers. High-quality video footage could be a vital piece of evidence if you’re involved in an accident. It isn’t illegal to have a camera on your helmet, as it isn’t illegal to film the public.
However, if you feel it’s too inconvenient to fit a camera every time you go out, it may not be for you. It’s important to get a camera capable of high-quality recording, and one that is waterproof and rugged enough to survive 70mph roads.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle helmet cameras to buy:
The Sena 10C series is a hybrid camera and communication system, seamlessly combining Sena’s leading Bluetooth intercom tech with an integrated HD camera for video and audio recording on the move. As a newer, slender version of the original 10C, and weighing under 90 grams, this innovative unit is light on your head while being aerodynamic to handle the demands of off-road riding, long-distance touring and first responders.
Both units take advantage of Sena’s 4-way group intercom with universal compatibility with any Bluetooth headset up to 1.6km (1 mile) away. The units allow you to accept and make phone calls, listen to GPS directions, stream music or use the built-in FM tuner while on the go, and the speakers provide HD clear, rich audio with advanced noise control to reduce ambient noise during conversations. Where the differences in the units lie are the integrated cameras.
The Sena 10C Pro is ideal for vloggers, sports riders and adventure seekers, featuring an impressive 2K camera capable of shooting Quad High Definition video (1440p 30fps or 1080p 30/60fps). The unit uses a 3.7-megapixel camera (16:9) with a 135-degree field of view, and an aperture of f/2.0, to capture every moment of your ride. The unit can record up to 2 hours of video footage on a single charge and sports a time-lapse mode that take single shorts every 1 or 10 seconds, with up to 64GB of external memory via a MicroSD card (not included).
The Sena 10C Evo, as the more expensive of the two, is designed for more hardcore videographers and streamers. The EVO has a boosted 12 MP camera (4:3) with a 125-degree FOV, a f/2.4 aperture, and a rotatable lens up to 30 degrees, to give you more options for capturing footage. The camera is capable of capturing full 4K video at 30 frames per second, and take pictures in still shot, burst, and time-lapse mode, with a camera button that allows for one-touch recording. The slightly reduced recording time of 1.5 hours is made up by an increased external memory of up to 128 GB (MicroSD card, not included).
One standout feature of the 10 series is the ability to add voices directly into your video while filming. Dubbed Smart Audio Mix by Sena, the feature allows you to narrate your footage WHILE it’s happening, capturing the authenticity of the moment and removing the need to follow-up with audio editing after your journey. Using Sena’s smartphone apps, you will be able to configure your device’s settings on the fly, as well as preview footage being shot on the camera and also instantly download files through a Wi-Fi connection.
Packaged in the box is everything you need to get started: main module, speaker, boom microphone length, and the wire between speakers.
The Drift Ghost series is an innovative, endurance camera with a slick form factor, and the ability to capture every moment of your ride in glorious HD. Coming in 3 different models with differing camera and abilities, these Drift units are designed to be accessible to everyone, featuring a streamlined bullet design with leading battery life, IPX4/7 rated weather-resistant shell and a plethora of accessories for extending battery life or submerging the camera up to 40 metres (131ft) deep underwater.
Starting at the bottom is the Ghost X, which is Drift’s entry-level IPX4 camera capable of filming full 1080p HD and 12-megapixel photos. The camera’s one-touch recording and Instant-On mode allowing you to automatically start recording at the start of your journey, and features a built-in, wind-resistant microphone, 300° rotating lens to perfectly align your shot before your ride, and an incredible 5 hours recording time that can be extended to 8 hours with an additional Battery Module (not included).
In terms of shots, the camera has a 140° Optical FOV, with an F/NO 2.4 aperture, and has settings for custom Time-lapse settings from 1 second up to every 5, 10, 30 minute or 1-hour intervals. The Car DVR loop recording mode allows you to capture video in a repeating loop, overwriting the oldest content as storage fills so you never miss a crucial moment, and you can save your favourite trips with Drift’s video tagging using the rear LCD smart viewfinder, and download your footage using the Drift Life app via a Wi-Fi connection.
The next model up is the Drift Ghost XL, a slightly larger version of the Ghost X but with a bit more versatility. The Ghost XL uses the same 1080p camera, but on top of that, sports a higher IPX7 waterproof rating, so the unit can be submerged up to 1 metre of water without a case, and the unit has an extended 9 hours of battery life. A multi-cam Clone mode can be used to cover all angles and dynamically change shots during editing, an ‘Event Detection’ feature automatically saves footage when an impact is detected.
The Ghost 4K is Drift’s highest-spec model and their most powerful 12-megapixel camera. As the name suggests, the Ghost 4K is able to capture stunning 4K Ultra-HD footage at 30 FPS and HDR shots for the most serious videophiles and vloggers and is IPX4 rated for adventure riding. Featuring time-lapse, Car DVR and cinematic modes, the camera also features embedded dual microphones provide dynamic sound and noise reduction to your videos, as well as an internal gyroscope that automatically stabilises the camera for the smoothest footage.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle helmet cameras here.
Motorcycles are a huge target for thieves, especially as modern bikes and spare parts can be resold for extraordinary amounts. According to the Metropolitan Police, over 9000 motorcycles, scooters and mopeds were stolen in London alone, in 2019, and it doesn’t take long for a thief to steal a machine if left unsecured or with inadequate security measures.
This has been the driving force behind the Motorcycle Tracker, which gives you the very best security for your machine and peace of mind as you walk away from your bike. These bike tracking devices can utilise GPS networks, radio frequencies or mobile data to track your bike without alerting the thief. The device can send an alert to either yourself or call service and can be set if the bike moves without the key in the ignition, if the battery is disconnected or if the machine is travelled outside the perimeter of a geographical location.
WHAT MOTORCYCLE TRACKER SHOULD I BUY?
The use of a motorcycle GPS tracker can be the deciding factor between recovering your bike or never seeing your machine again. But with so much variety, software and prices on the market – deciding on the best one for you can be difficult.
Budget is the obvious deciding factor when looking for a motorbike tracker, but because you’re paying now to prevent paying a premium later (i.e. replacing the bike), it’s worth forking out for something proven and robust. With the success of online monthly subscription’s services like Netflix and Spotify, it’s no wonder that this subscription model has been applied to motorcycle protection, providing consistent assurance against theft.
Thatcham approved products are tested, proven security products that can also offer you a neat discount on your motorcycle insurance premium. Some trackers also use GPS networks, radiofrequency location marking, or mobile data to track your bike.
Whether you choose an off-the-shelf GPS or a tracker with a subscription cost, any tracker will significantly increase the chances of recovering your bike.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle trackers to buy:
The Monimoto is an intelligent tracker system designed specifically for motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. The silent, standalone GPS unit can detect unauthorised movement that sends exact GPS locations to your smartphone within moments of the action and without alerting the perpetrator, allowing you to report the theft and follow the exact location of your vehicle. Incredibly easy to set up and install with little maintenance required, IP65 water and dust resistance and self-powered to provide up to two years battery life on a full charge, the MoniMoto can be an essential lifeline for your vehicle.
The unit comes packed with a Key Fob that acts as a beacon to the tracker attached to your bike. When the device detects movement, the tracker searches for the paired key fob. If it isn’t found within a 10-meter radius of the bike, a silent alarm is triggered that prompts a call or text to your smartphone with the coordinates to your vehicle. Simply leave the fob in your motorcycle jacket or attach to your keys, and the device will be automatically deactivated on your approach, so you never set it off accidentally.
The Monimoto unit communicates to your smartphone using a SIM card included in the box and preinstalled with an activated GSM roaming services plan. Upon setting up, you receive 2 months of free GSM roaming in all European countries, after which you will need to pay monthly to continue the roaming subscription, though this is only £2.70 a month to keep the SIM active, and you can manage your subscription using the MoniMoto app.
With the assistance of the app, you can follow instructions to secure your device using cable ties to a hidden spot on your bike, set up the device and pair with the Key Fob. You can also control the settings of the tracker including sensitivity so you can be notified through the app if someone slightly knocks your bike. The unit is powered by two included batteries that can last up to two years on a full charge, the device will not be compromised if the bike’s battery is disconnected and transmits accurate GPS coordinates at regular intervals.
Alongside this, the tracker comes with a number of accessories including releasable zip ties to secure the device to your bike, batteries for your devices, and a SIM card to call your phone. At £149.99 with a £2.70 monthly plan to maintain the use of the SIM, the MoniMoto is a no-brainer and is a much cheaper option than replacing your stolen bike...
The Autocom GPS Bike Tracker has been designed to give you peace of mind, sending you live updates on your bike’s location with precise location detection, movement and shock sensing, and without an annual subscription!
This simple-to-install Autocom is compact enough to be concealed on your bike without alerting thieves and is water and dustproof to last wherever you travel. Powered by your bike’s battery, the tracker has a GPS-Fence facility that restricts movement within a designated area, allowing you to retrieve location data on-demand or automatically streamed overtime on your smartphone or PC.
The Autocom provides precise location data down to street address via SMS and can be restricted to selected phone numbers to protect your data. The device continuously monitors your machine’s location even when the GPS signal has been lost, and deep sleep mode preserves battery life while your bike is stored. The Autocom allows you to keep your prized possession in sight at all times, with other settings including a movement/shock sensor, over speed, a switched ignition operating alarm and a low battery warning.
Inside the box, you receive: the GPS Tracker Unit, a Power Cable, Screw Driver and Operation Manual to get you set up
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle trackers here.
It's not just intercoms you can stick to your head: Motorcycle Indicators are a new kind of technology that allows you to mount a detachable light to the back of your helmet, which can instantly increase rider visibility at night.
It is an all too common complaint that taillights on motorcycles are too low to be seen by vehicles behind the car immediately behind you. As motorcycle lighting is below wind-screen level, you’re vulnerable to vehicles attempting to overtake during the day and are especially vulnerable to drivers at night.
In order to emulate the high-level brake lights seen on cars, wireless bike indicators can be attached to the back of your helmet, and act as another constant indicator to assist drivers around you of your declining speed while you apply your brakes or change gears. These ultra-bright, smart LED brake lights are level to a driver’s eye, and dramatically increase motorcycle’s visibility.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle lighting and indicators to buy:
The Oxford Nightriders are the ultimate sequential indicators for your motorcycle. Cased within a premium double-bonded, matt black shell, these easy-to-install indicators are completely waterproof and E-marked to meet European safety requirements.
Sold as a pair with resistors included, these Oxford indicators are fitted with 12 super-bright LEDs that when activated, dynamically sweeps across from the inside to the outside of the indicator strip to tell road users of your change in direction. If you’re after a pair of quality, plug and play sequential indicators that work out the box, the Oxford Nightriders are for you!
The Cosmo Moto is the industry’s first detachable brake light with a companion smartphone app. As the product of a very successful campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in 2016, the Cosmo is an extremely innovative piece of technology, with several settings designed to increase rider visibility in a number of situations.
The brake light lights up during any deceleration, giving drivers around you a better sense of your change in speed. The versatile light can be attached to most motorcycle helmets via a weather-proof magnetic mount, is simple to install and remove, and has a non-damaging adhesive to prevent impairment to your lid.
A companion smartphone app gives you complete control of the Moto light’s settings and functionality, including displaying the device’s remaining battery life and changing the way the LEDs behave, so it can turn on whenever you brake, activate the light all the time for constant visibility, or blink repeatedly for emergency signalling.
Another feature of the Moto light is its fall detection, which has three levels of responses depending upon the severity of an incident. The device can contact emergency services to come to the last known GPS location of your phone if no further movement is detected after an incident, or an emergency alert can be sent to a family member or friend with a transmission of your coordinates.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle lighting and indicators to buy.
We’ve all been there: icy cold mornings, the weather takes its toll on your hands. As your limbs tense up, your reactions become slower and tiredness sinks in as your body works to conserve energy. As the most forward part of your body, your hands are most susceptible to freezing, and if you’re not wearing proper insulation, winter riding can be dangerous.
Heated Motorcycle Gloves and Motorcycle Grips make winter riding possible, by transferring thermal energy to your hands to prevent them from freezing and making it easier to keep the rest of your body warm. These replacement handlebar grips are made of rubber and laced with wires and heated elements to warm your hands no matter how cold the weather gets. Designed to fit most bikes and styles of handlebar, heated grips are made to be durable, easy to install and be powered by your bike’s battery to ensure you don’t waste energy or run out.
You can’t beat toasty hands on a crisp spring morning, though they’ll become redundant when summer comes around. Heated grips are so popular, many manufacturers are offering new bikes with them installed as standard from the factory that integrates with the switchgear. If not though, retrofitting them is a fun Sunday afternoon job and couldn’t be easier.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle heated gloves and grips to buy:
The kings of the heated grip have to be Oxford Products. Their best-selling HotGrips range have been around for years and their latest Advanced models provide some of the best-heated solutions out there. The kits can be wired directly to your bike’s battery, with a smart battery saving setting that detects when your bike is off, and automatically switches off your grips.
A durable and weatherproof controller can be mounted to the bars or on a flat surface, allowing you to flick between 9 power settings that give you total control over your temperature. The grips also have an intelligent memory function that stores your previous heat setting and defaults to this the next time you power the grips.
The HotGrips are ergonomically engineered to optimise riding performance, with thicker rubber found on specific parts of the grip for maximum wear and feedback. The grips are extremely easy to fit, thanks to the product's unique design and wiring loom. Simply connect the two ring connectors to your bike's battery and you're away! For more details on the installation process, just watch this instructional video from Oxford.
Oxford has designed the grips to suit different modes of travel, and offer four models; Sports, Adventure, Touring, and Retro with a different texture and pattern to suit that style of bike and optimise riding performance. The grips are extremely easy to fit, thanks to the product's unique design and wiring loom, and can be simply installed by attaching the two ring connectors to your bike's battery and you're away!
During those winter rides, your hands will bear most of the cold weather's brunt. As they are positioned furthest away from your body, your hands are at the most risk of stiffing while you're steering and need to be optimally protected.
A trusted brand for providing heated motorcycle clothing, more and more motorcyclists are throwing away their cotton inner gloves and turning towards Keis for a solution. For years, the brand has provided heating solutions for gloves, as well as jackets and vests, and are constantly improving upon their products to better protect from the perils of Autumn/Winter riding.
Their latest iteration of heated motorcycling gloves are the G601s, a heavy-duty leather glove designed to provide the very best thermal insulation and protection in one package. Fitted with 3M Thinsulate and a Hipora waterproof membrane, the gloves are resistant to wind and water, while flexible knuckle armour and a new Scaphoid guard at the palm provide optimal protection for your hand.
Designed for everyday commuting and long-distance touring, the Keis G601 gloves utilise the industry's latest innovations in heating technology and can be powered either by your bike's battery (12V minimum), an optional battery pack or one of Keis' own battery that can fit seamlessly into the cuff. This heating can be controlled via a button conveniently placed at the back of the wrist, allowing you to easily operate while riding. Should you not already own a Keis glove, or simply need an upgrade on a previous model, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better-heated option anywhere else.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle heated accessories to buy.
Every motorcyclist should have a Motorcycle Battery Charger in your workshop. Motorcycles have smaller batteries than most vehicles and are more susceptible to discharging, which can lead to permanent damage to the battery and having to spend more to replace it. These charging devices provide a cost-effective method for safely maintaining your vehicle’s battery and for avoiding a flat battery.
These small, convenient trickle chargers come with a connection lead to attach to your bike’s battery, and most devices can charge any bike with a 12V battery, but smarter units can charge smaller voltage sizes down to 6 volts. Modern bike chargers can be so sophisticated that you can simply attach the device to your bike and leave it in storage, so you can keep your batteries in top condition during the winter motorcycle hibernation period, until Spring when your bike can get roaring back to life.
H3. CAN A MOTORCYCLE BATTERY CHARGER ALSO CHARGE A CAR BATTERY?
It’s important to bear in mind that the voltage of the motorbike battery charger must be the same as the voltage of your battery. As car batteries typically have a higher voltage, a dedicated motorbike battery charger won’t have enough power to fully charge this battery and may take a while to even start the engine.
Does this mean that a dedicated car charger can charge a motorcycle battery? Not necessarily, again the voltage of the charger must match the battery’s voltage, so if the charger provides too much power it can cause damage or overload the battery. So, if you’re planning on charging an older 6V motorcycle battery, the device needs to be able to adjust the voltage to match the power output.
However, this will also increase the cost of the charger in order to accommodate the larger power output. If you only wanted a charger for your motorcycle, or you were planning on leaving the charger attached to your bike battery anyway, you can use a specialised bike battery charger like the ones below.
Here are a few recommendations for the best motorcycle battery chargers to buy:
The Oxford Oximiser 3X is a fast and efficient motorcycle battery management system designed to kickstart your bikes old battery. Completely redesigned and tested with new long-life components, the 3X Oximiser is Oxford's most versatile, multi-purpose battery maintenance product yet.
Featuring 8 stages of optimisation to achieve your bike battery's full potential, the Oximiser analyses, charges and maintains your battery, keeping it in top condition while it safely and efficiently charges. The device's intelligent charging will cycle-charge in an attempt to recover sulphated batteries.
A soft start charging mode will improve recovery of deeply discharged batteries as low as 8 volts, and new voltage sensors will quickly detect high current drain and automatically revert to the most appropriate charge rate. The device has 3.6 amps of charging power and is suitable for all 1V automotive batteries including Lithium LiFePO4 motorcycle batteries.
The 3X by Oxford has a soft-touch, rubberised case for improved grip and ruggedness in difficult conditions and comes packed with a range of accessories including crocodile clips, a weatherproof permanent connector and a wall bracket.
The OptiMate 4 Dual Program is a unique multi-stage battery optimiser, specifically designed to maintain, optimise, and prolong the life of modern lead-acid 12V batteries from 2.5 to 50-AMP-hours capacity, ideal for motorcycles. Featuring 6 advanced stages of charge and maintenance, this compact unit is incredibly easy to use but is highly effective and reliable to revive dead batteries and maintain healthy ones.
As the latest version of the popular OptiMate 4, this dual model allows you to charge your motorcycle battery direct or select the CAN-bus program to charge BMY motorcycles via the 12V port. The device is IP54 rated for protection against dust and minimal water and can be connected to your bike battery for months, cycling between testing/charging, even on vehicles used sparingly or seasonally at a time.
The device functions automatically, using a sophisticated charging algorithm that prevents the risk of over-charging and requires no input to run a charge – it doesn’t even have buttons! Suitable for all types of rechargeable 12V lead-acid batteries, filler cap types, absorbed glass mat (AGM or MF), valve regulated (VRLA) and GEL-electrolyte – simply connect the OptiMate 4 to your battery, and the rest is automatic with none of the fuss.
You can browse the rest of our range of motorcycle battery chargers to buy.
AND THAT'S IT!
That was our guide to motorcycle communications and technology!
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