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7

Feb

2017

Bristol Post have reported that motorcycle theft has been on the rise in the past few months, with an increase in crime in the south of Bristol especially. No-one wants to leave home in the morning to see their pride and joy has been stolen, so take this opportunity to secure your machine!

We offer a complete range of security devices at Fowlers, from small disc locks that can be carried in your bag or under a seat, to more heavy-duty chains and ground anchors.

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A disc lock is often the most cost-effective option, offering some protection from thieves by attaching to your front brake disc. A reminder cable is a good idea too, to make sure you don’t ride away with the lock still on! The Gear Gremlin Tempest disc lock is an ideal solution at only £29.99 – and don’t forget a reminder cable!

 

 

 

The most secure option is a ground anchor and thick, heavy chain. Buy the most expensive chain you can, with a sturdy padlock (with a contained bar if possible). A ground anchor can be fixed into concrete, and your chain firmly attached to it. Always pass your chain through the rear wheel, and if possible, the frame of your bike. The Gear Gremlin ground anchor, at £40.00, can be paired with a Nimrod chain and lock for £64.99.
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For information on security devices for your motorcycle, or for any other advice, please get in touch with our Clothing & Accessories team on 0117 977 0466.

21

Dec

2016

Christmas opening hours

By Charlotte Davis

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Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all at Fowlers!

5

Sep

2016

Jeffrey Herlings Team Podium

Jeffrey Herlings went on to take third in race two behind US national champion Cooper Webb, which gave the overall win to Webb. American Austin Forkner was overall third.

On his way to the title, Herlings won the first twelve rounds on his KTM 250 SX-F, dropping only three possible points with a second place in the opening moto in Italy. He then sat out three rounds (Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland) to heal a broken collarbone. He bounced back at the next round at home in Assen for another GP win, and on the start of race one at Charlotte he knew he only had to finish in front of closest rival Jeremy Seewer to take the title.

Herlings: “I am super, super happy, especially after everything we’ve been going through with a broken femur, a dislocated hip, two broken collarbones and almost losing my little finger. It’s number three and hopefully many more to come. The two strongest guys from America Webb and Forkner were here. Webb is the national champion and I beat him straight up in the first race and then he beat me in the second. I think the competition is stronger in the US, but we won the championship and that’s what it’s all about. I like the track at Glen Helen and it should be better than this track. Like always, we will do our best to make it happen.”

Herlings two MX2 factory teammates Pauls Jonass and Davy Pootjes are both recovering from injury were not with the team in the USA. It was a tough two races for the fourth member, 15 year old Jorge Prado of Spain, new to the MX2 factory lineup, and who took a podium third last week in Assen. He finished 19th overall with a 17-19 moto result.

The races at the man-made track in Charlotte were difficult for several reasons for the European riders. Qualification was washed out completely on Friday and they only had a free practice and a timed practice to learn the circuit. Added to this, the races were on Saturday night under lights. For riders and teams struggling to adjust to a six-hour time difference, this meant opening motos were run at 23.00 and midnight, and the second motos at 02.00 and 03.10 hours Central European Time.

Joël Smets (Motocross Sport Director): “You could feel the tension in the whole team in the last two GPs because what has happened in the past, so it’s quite normal that everyone is very emotional when the title in finally in the pocket. Regarding Jorge, we were all hopeful after Assen but we didn’t expect a podium. His own goal was to finish top ten. We do have to be realistic because he’s only 15 and we can’t expect miracles. Our boys are all talented and overall we have a good package, and for next weekend in Glen Helen we expect Jeffrey to do well and Jorge to improve.”

Results MX2 Charlotte Motor Speedway 2016
1. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha (2-1)
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-3)
3. Austin Forkner (USA), Kawasaki (3-2)
4. Thomas Covington (USA), Husqvarna (4-4)
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED), KTM (5-8)
Other KTM
10. Brian Bogers (NED), KTM (8-10)
19. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP), KTM (17-19)
DNS Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM
DNS Davy Pootjes (NED), KTM

Standings MX2 2016 after 17 of 18 rounds
1. Herlings, 689 points (MX2 World Champion 2016)
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki, 595
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA), Yamaha, 485
4. Max Anstie (GBR), Husqvarna, 473
5. Jonass, 403
Other KTM
7. Bogers, 372
21. Pootjes, 94

24

Aug

2016

Honda’s New Arrivals!

By Fowlers News

Honda is delighted to announce details of two significant new arrivals to the off-road racing world: a totally revised CRF450R moto-crosser, and a new enduro racer – the CRF450RX.

CRF450R & CRF450RX

2017 CRF450R & CRF450RX

A moto-cross benchmark since its introduction in 2002, the CRF450R has been redesigned ‘from the ground-up’ for 2017 under the development theme of ‘Absolute Holeshot’. Honda’s open class moto-crosser has earned a reputation for being the best-handling 450cc moto-crosser available, with strong, useable engine power and a chassis that allows riders of all experience levels to put every drop of that power to good use. For the 2017 year model, the full re-design brings a dose of heavy-hitting top end performance in an even sharper, more rider-friendly overall package.

The new CRF450R features:

  • An HRC-inspired power-up engine with an 11% top-end power boost provided by revised cylinder head with greater valve lift, higher compression ratio and new intake giving a straighter pathway into the inlet ports.
  • Stronger torque, particularly low down, but right throughout the rpm range, for a 5% improvement in acceleration out of the gate.
  • New seventh generation aluminium frame with lower centre of gravity, shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between swingarm pivot and rear wheel, offering unprecedented levels of rear traction.
  • Race-kit specification 49mm Showa steel spring front fork.
  • Titanium fuel tank, smooth, aerodynamically-efficient plastics and the option of electric starter

“Our focus has been on producing a machine with exceptional engine performance, outstanding traction and a low centre of gravity – to create a 5% improvement in acceleration on the previous model. The phrase underpinning development was ‘Absolute Holeshot’. The CRF450R is already proving its worth in the Japanese MX championship, winning the first five races. We are proud to give this kind of performance to motocross lovers worldwide.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450R

Alongside the CRF450R, Honda can now also provide enduro riders with a race-ready machine – the new CRF450RX. Sharing the CRF450R’s new engine and frame package, the CRF450RX has crucial changes to create an uncompromising enduro focus.

  • Revised suspension settings for enhanced control.
  • Revised PGM-FI settings and an 8.5 litre fuel tank for range of approximately 65km.
  • Three revised engine maps, selectable at the handlebar using Honda’s Engine Mode Select Button.
  • 18” rear wheel.
  • Sidestand and electric start as standard.

“The CRF450RX is a pure, race-ready enduro tool like nothing else Honda has ever made. It uses the greatly improved performance of the brand new CRF450R and we made no sacrifices in producing this ‘RX’ enduro version, which offers something completely new to expert riders everywhere. It is built to win straight from the crate, at the highest level of competition.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450RX

24

Jun

2016

GWAAC Ride 4 Life

By Fowlers News

20

Jun

2016

 

Fowlers Ride To Work Week 2016 Photo Competition

 

Fowlers is holding an online photo competition to celebrate Ride To Work Week 2016! Simply send your best ‘Ride To Work Week’ picture for a chance to win amazing summer ‘must-have’ gear worth MORE THAN £400!

From 12:00am on Monday 20th June until 11:59pm on Sunday 26th June simply submit a photo of yourself with your bike (must be safe and stationary!) on your journey to work. Give your image a caption including why you ride to work, how far you have to travel and what you like about your ride in.

Entering couldn’t be easier! Either upload your photo by filling in the form found on RTWW2016 Photo Competition. You can also enter by uploading your photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FowlersPhotoComp. If you use this method, remember, your profile must be public in order for your submission to be entered.

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17

Jun

2016

Commuting-traffic-motorcycleRide to Work Week (20th to 26th June) highlights the benefits of commuting via motorcycle and scooter, which is being actively encouraged by Northamptonshire County Council.

 

The Ride to Work team has produced a video showing why this decision makes sense:

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John Spencer, Team Leader of Road Safety and Travel Choices, Northamptonshire Highways, says:

 

“As part of our modal shift strategy Northamptonshire County Council intends to embrace motorcycles and scooters as a sustainable transport mode within the future countywide transport programme. Greater use of motorcycles can bring environmental, congestion and accessibility benefits, particularly on journeys made for commuting to places of employment or education.”

 

He also added:

 

“The road safety team in Northamptonshire is committed to improving safety for all road users but is also looking at encouraging different ways to travel. In 2015 we carried out a motorcycle survey to reaffirm why people were using motorbikes, but also why they were not!  We collaborate with various partners like the Motorcycle Industry Association, Get on Team and the Ride to Work team, to encourage people to take up motorcycling as a safe, sustainable and better way of getting around.”

 

Background to Northamptonshire project

 

  • Motorcycle Northants was recently launched by Northamptonshire County Council, making it the first local authority in the UK to actively encourage a modal shift towards motorcycles, which is currently just 0.4% of all commuter traffic in the county.  This is part of a wider plan to encourage sustainable transport options, which also include cycling, walking and using public transport.

 

  • Motorcycle Northants will encourage the county’s leisure riders to use their bikes to commute, especially where distance by pedal bike is impractical, aiming for an initial modal shift of 3%.  Each day in Northamptonshire, an estimated 43% of commuter journeys are made by just one person in a car or van, so there is great capacity for some of these to be made on a powered two wheeler.

 

  • Northamptonshire recognises that journey times on motorcycles are shorter due to the ability to filter and reduced pressure on parking. This helps all road users, which is backed up by a European study showing when just 10% of car drivers swapped to a motorcycle, scooter or moped, then congestion for all road users is reduced by 40%.[1]

 

  • As a county which relies heavily on the distribution/logistics industry, it is important that the roads do not become congested.  For the first phase of the project, Motorcycle Northants has put a framework in place to make sure existing and new riders have access to high quality training providers.

 

  • A second phase of the project will include looking at increasing motorcycle friendly infrastructure on roads and working with employers to encourage the availability of workplace changing facilities and motorcycle parking.

 

  • Around two-thirds of motorcyclists do not have commuter cover on their policy, so major motorcycle insurers Ageas, ERS and Carole Nash are making commuter insurance cover available free to existing customers during Ride to Work Week. [2]

About Ride to Work Week

 

National Ride to Work Week spotlights the many benefits of commuting on a motorcycle, scooter or moped and will be particularly active in Northamptonshire this year.  The county’s residents will get the chance to try a motorcycle for free with Get On – the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme – during Ride to Work Week.

 

  • These are available after work each evening at the Obelisk Centre, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 8UE.  Monday 20th to Friday 24th June between 6pm and 9pm each evening.

 

  • Also available on Saturday 25th June at the Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northampton, NN12 8TN between 9.15 am and 4.30 pm.

 

  • Get On sessions are with professional instructors and last for half an hour. All protective clothing is provided.  Get On provides a safe and structured introduction to motorcycling.  There are also opportunities to try motorcycling in several parts of the UK during the Summer and Autumn.  Booking via the website geton.co.uk or by calling 02476 408040.

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