5 motorcycle accessories you need and 5 you don’t

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Want to improve your driving? Here are five essential motorcycle accessories, and five that are just plain nice to have

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

So you have a motorcycle, and – if you do things, the law way – the best safety gear you can afford. The piggy bank plunder doesn’t stop there, however, as there are all sorts of bike-specific products that can dramatically improve life on two wheels.

Some are more necessary than others, so we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite bike accessories with a little help from eBay and split them into two camps. The first five we would consider essential, while the others are more “nice to have”.

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Indispensable: earplugs

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

No matter how loud or quiet your bike is – every rider should have a good set of earplugs. Wind noise often exceeds intake and exhaust noise, reaching up to 95 dB at cruising speeds. Permanent hearing damage can occur above 85 dB and you can sit on a highway for many hours and experience loudness above that level.

The price for keeping your hearing intact? Under £20. These Auritech sockets cost £18.89 and are specifically designed for motorcycle use. They filter sounds to ensure that volume levels are effectively lowered while noises like sirens and horns are heard clearly.

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Indispensable: anti-theft device & anchoring to the ground

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Unfortunately, motorbike theft remains a huge problem in the UK. Stealing a bike that could be worth five figures is all too easy, so it’s important to do everything you can to make it harder for criminals to get away with your pride and joy.

At the very least, buy a disc lock. If the bike is stored in a driveway or garage, consider getting a sturdy chain and installing a floor anchor to get it through. Chains with links of 12mm or more are usually too thick to cut with bolt cutters, which makes this brilliantly named Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit 150cm chain with its 14mm links a good bet.

Buying a Bike Lock on eBay

Buy Ground Anchor on eBay

Essential: neck tube

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Neck tubes are one of those bike accessories that offer great value for money. They’re cheap and extremely effective, protecting your neck from debris (yes, that includes flies) and keeping you warm in the process. This fleece tube from Alpinestars should prove comfortable while appeasing brand snobs.

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Essential: luggage

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Whether you need to pack some stuff for the ride or a great bike ride, luggage is essential. As far as we are concerned, in this area, the tail pack is king. The tail packs don’t get in the way, and if they’re not too big, one of them won’t change the bike’s center of gravity too much.

The not-so-catchy-named Givi EA107B is a good bet, with a handy 35-litre capacity and a shoulder strap for easy transport of your stuff once you get to your destination.

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Essential: phone holder or GPS

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Getting lost on a bike can be even more annoying than taking a wrong turn in a car, so it’s good to have some sort of navigation. Unless you’ve tried one of the few bikes with built-in navigation, you have two main options, the first being a phone holder to use in conjunction with an app like Google Maps.

Quad Lock makes great mounts that attach to the handlebars or bike stem. These attach to a special phone case with built-in clips, or a “universal clip” that sticks to the back of an existing case with a 3M adhesive pad. It’s also worth getting a vibration damper, as it’s believed that the “vibrations” of a motorcycle’s engine can damage the internal components of the smartphone.

Alternatively, the ‘luxury’ option is a dedicated motorcycle sat nav like the Garmin Zumo XT. It’s waterproof, has a 5.5-inch screen, and can be used with a gloved hand.

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Buying a Motorcycle GPS on eBay

Nice to have: standing

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Raising a bike’s rear wheel off the ground is convenient for maintenance and also good for storage. Paddock stands are tricky to use, however, and if you get them wrong, you risk crashing the bike. An Abba Superbike stand, on the other hand, attaches to the swingarm pivot and can be safely and easily soloed, no matter how strong your upper body is.

There is also an optional front wheel lift arm that works in conjunction with the main stand, and a wide range of fittings to fit many bikes.

Buying a Bike Rack on eBay

Buy a Front Lift Arm on eBay

Nice to have: heated grips

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Heated grips are one of the best options to check out when specifying a new bike. But if your bike does without it, don’t worry – there are alternative options. Oxford Hotgrips are reasonably affordable and relatively easy to install at home. With these, your hands will be toasty warm in no time.

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Nice to have: tank pad

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Not everyone likes the look of tank protectors, but if you’re worried about damaging your motorcycle’s nice tank, this is an affordable and easy way to do it. A “spine” protector along the top will keep things like zippers or buckles from causing nasty scratches, and the side pads further protect the paintwork from damage while providing a grippy surface for your legs when cornering. .

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Nice to have: maintenance charger

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

As mentioned earlier, many bicycles spend a large part of their life standing still. To ensure your bike is ready to ride in a snap (for those glorious unusually warm winter days we sometimes have), an Optimate trickle charger keeps the battery topped up and ready to bring the bike to life while keeping the cells in good condition. health. Granted, for some bikes (especially those with trackers) this might need to be in our essentials section.

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Nice to have: a loading ramp (and a van)

5 Motorcycle Accessories You Need and 5 You Don't - Bikes

Track days are a great way to take your riding to the next level. You’re going to have to think carefully about how to get there though. Riding to the circuit and back is heroic and all, but the return leg might not prove so fun after a hard day in the saddle. Plus, there’s always the possibility of overwriting what’s supposed to be your transportation back home.

The ideal way to do things is to put the bike in the back of a van, a much easier task with a loading ramp. You’re of course going to have to think about buying a van too, unless you have a very generous mate willing to lend you.

Buying a loading ramp on eBay

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