Honda Demo Day

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Join us on our first of 4 Demo Days this year!

First up is #Honda on Sunday 24th March. We are delighted to be welcoming Tom from Honda UK who will be happy to chat all things Honda.
Booking opens on Friday 1st March through our website (link below). Please make sure you bring along your driving license: No license, No ride!

Click here to Book your ride!

Loyalty Member deals Feb 2024

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Inmotion are offering an additional 10% off all hoodies in stock, so that’s 20% off till the end of March.

An additional 10% off the Oxford Co2 tyre repair kit, giving you a massive 20% saving while stocks last.

Inmotion now have their new stock of summer gloves in store.

Loyalty Members Draw Feb 2024

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Last month, Daniel Harrison was the lucky winner of an Oxford Oximiser 900 battery charger and conditioner. This month, Inmotion have kindly donated an Oxford Phone case and mount priced together at £49.97. Perfect for mapping for those trips away.

Only members who have collected their membership cards from Inmotion are entered in the ‘Loyalty Monthly Draw’. All you have to do to be in it, is to be a loyalty Member and have collected your Loyalty Card from the showroom. Each month a member will be drawn at random and will be the lucky winner of a surprise gift.

You also need your card to claim member deals, including the generous 10% off all parts, clothing and merchandise in stock.
This month’s lucky winner is Adam Vibert. All you need to do now Adam, is pop to Inmotion before the 10th March 2024 with your loyalty card and claim your prize.

Congratulations.

Honda NT 1100 review

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by Andy Bisson

This month was a real treat for me as Pete wanted me to take out and demo the Honda NT 1100 which I had been hoping to do for some time. Now I’ve had my FJR for several years now and if they still produced them, I would without doubt have traded her in for a new model but they don’t, so I’ve been on the look out for a while now wondering what her replacement might be. I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to ride a huge variation of bikes and really liked many of them but nothing has quite left me feeling the love like I do for my FJR but let’s see what the NT 1100 brings.

Whilst Pete put on a number plate, fueled her and checked the tyres, he reminded me that it hadn’t been out and had no mileage on the clock so to take it easy. Walking around the bike, I liked what I could see. It has a large 6.5-inch TFT touch screen display which is crystal clear and well positioned USB and ACC charging sockets which are a must when touring. Pete also pointed out that not only did it come with panniers, centre stand and heated grips but this package was also fitted with a comfort seat.

With the bike ready, it was time to head out. Moving it around the forecourt was effortless and it was easy to push around. For what appears to be a large bike, it’s so well balanced and has a kerb weight of 248 kg which is 21 kg lighter than my FJR and that makes a massive difference.

It’s a little taller than the FJR with a seat height of 820mm and the comfort seat is a little wider giving it a higher feel but nothing that caused an issue. As soon as I sat on it, I moulded into the comfort seat and it was probably the most comfortable seat I’ve sat on. So far, so good, I was impressed. The only thing I wasn’t really looking forward to was the fact that it was a DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) which is a semi-automatic gear box and having test ridden DTC bikes in the past, they hadn’t won we over.

As I headed out in D (Drive) it was time for a ride around town in the traffic to see what the DCT could offer. It changed up far too early and I was filtering through traffic at 20 mph in 4th gear and it hung onto the gears too long before changing down. Whilst it was great not being on the clutch so much, I found it a little sloppy. It was however great when you got to a junction as it automatically changes down to 1st without having to clutch and change gear or the need for finding neutral at the lights.

Pete had taken me through the 4 different auto modes as well as showing me the manual paddle gears. Not impressed with D, it was time to flick over to S (Sport) and select one of the 3 modes it offered. I could do this easily whilst riding as the controls are easy to reach and clearly marked. Having ridden around town a few times trying out all the modes, I had found where I wanted her to be and that was S2 where she held the gears longer, maintaining a lower gear. Once we had that in the bag, it was a joy. No clutch control needed in the stop – start traffic, just twist and go, it couldn’t be easier.

The riding position is natural and so light and easy to manoeuvre in slow traffic. As I headed out of town and through our test route, it soon demonstrated that it had the power and torque in just the right place. Out of town, I flipped her into S3 and that matched my riding style just right. It held the gears a little longer and she was changing up and down pretty much where I would have and the midrange power seemed to stretch forever.

It has a fairly upright riding position with plenty leg room and well positioned pegs. As I mentioned before, the seat was very comfortable and the screen offered the protection I needed without any buffering. The screen has 5 settings and even on the highest setting, I had clear unobstructed visibility. My only criticism is that it’s manual. I struggle to understand why they don’t make all sport-tourers with electric screens. I would rather pay more to have this but electric screens seem to be a thing of the past and very rare across all brands, something I will have to live with but will always find disappointing.

It sounds great, feels great and the performance is more than great. This is Honda’s sports-tourer and whilst designed around an adventure bike and if I’m honest, it gives you a little bit of everything but with the full comfort you want for those trips abroad. Having recently ridden the Suzuki GSX-S1000 GT and the Yamaha Tracer 9GT, both sports tourers that got my approval, I think the Honda NT1100 has pipped them to the post as my possible must have tourer.

I never thought I would say this but I am seriously considering the DCT. I’ve always said that popping through the gears when chewing up the tarmac on the twisty roads of France is what biking is all about but having had this for the day, I’m convinced I would have the same fun. Maybe it’s time to negotiate taking a bike away for a review on a tour abroad and the NT1100 is the perfect bike to do it on.

So, if you haven’t already read between the lines, this is an absolute must ride bike, so get in touch with Pete or Danny and book a demo ride. Take the time to try out the variations of the DCT before you dismiss it and I guarantee you will love it. I’ve read several reviews where they slate the DCT as sloppy and unresponsive but if you take the time to try her out in all of the Auto options, one of the Sport modes will match your style and if you still feel that she’s sloppy, I would put that down to you.

Other than an automatic screen, there is nothing I would change on this bike. Great build quality, great value. Let me know what you think after you’ve taken her out.

Demo’s Available: Suzuki GSX-8R

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The all-new Suzuki GSX-8R has arrived!

Superbike looks with real-world performance and usability. A punchy engine packed with torque, housed in an agile, responsive chassis!
3 year Suzuki warranty.
Demo’s now available – please call, or email to book one!

£8,495 OTR

Yamaha MT-07 review

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by Andy Bisson.
So, I was lucky for the January review as the rain that was forecast held off and whilst it was pretty overcast and dull, it was dry. Pete wanted me out on the new MT-07 as I hadn’t ridden one in a few years and he assured me that I would notice the difference in the subtle upgrades that Yamaha has placed on this popular model.

There had already been a few upgrades from my last MT-07 demo ride, such as LED lighting, an upgrade on the braking and some body work improvements but this model also has the new 5-inch full colour TFT display screen displaying digital speedometer and gear selection.
The new MT-07 also has the Yamaha Connect system allowing you to connect your phone by Bluetooth so you can monitor calls and texts from the display screen.

At first look, the MT-07 was pretty much as I remembered with some slight body changes for a sharper funkier style. As soon as I sat on it, I felt like it had a little more room. The riding position has altered slightly, giving a little more leg room so you’re not as far onto the tank than the older models making it a very comfortable and commanding riding position.

Heading off and around town was simplistic and smooth. It’s a very easy bike to ride and light and nimble in traffic. It has wider bars and this also assists in the handling for a smooth and controlled delivery. After a little urban riding and filtering the traffic, it was time to head to our normal circuit.

The ride hasn’t altered a lot from the previous models which is good as it already provided what you needed for a mid-weight naked street bike. It has an immediate response to the throttle but not snatchy, remaining smooth when it rolls on and off the acceleration.

It handled well in all road conditions, powering through bends providing a gentle roar as you powered out, taking her over the 5,000 revs. The engine doesn’t faulter and hangs onto the power through the higher revs. Due to its light weight and short wheelbase design, it was so easy to flick from side to side through waterworks valley and the tires handled the standing water that you often get, with no issues at all.

The MT-07 is a perfect bike for new riders as its very forgiving and so easy to ride and find yourself in the zone, yet it still provides the thrill and adrenaline rush for the more experienced rider. It’s a powerful bike without being intimidating and very forgiving if you end up in the wrong gear.

This is a practical and comfortable ride whilst still being exciting. It’s a great all-rounder, ideal for commuting but with the power and comfort for a trip away. Inmotion have a demo in store just waiting for you to take out and explore the island and see what this great bike has to offer.

Loyalty Members Draw Jan 2024

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Last month, Emma Brown was the lucky winner of an Oxford biker tool kit. This month, Inmotion have kindly donated an Oxford Oximiser 900 battery charger and conditioner priced at £52.99. Perfect for your battery maintenance all year round.

Only members who have collected their membership cards from Inmotion are entered in the ‘Loyalty Monthly Draw’. All you have to do to be in it, is to be a loyalty Member and have collected your Loyalty Card from the showroom. Each month a member will be drawn at random and will be the lucky winner of a surprise gift.

You also need your card to claim member deals, including the generous 10% off all parts, clothing and merchandise in stock.
This month’s lucky winner is Daniel Harrison. All you need to do now Daniel, is pop to Inmotion before the 9th February 2024 with your loyalty card and claim your prize.

Congratulations.

Loyalty Member deals Jan 2024

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Inmotion are offering an additional 10% off the Oxford 900 charger and conditioner, so that’s 20% off for the month of February.

An additional 10% off the Oxford Co2 tyre repair kit for the month of February, giving you a massive 20% saving.

Inmotion will have their new stock of summer gloves arriving very soon. They also have some great new entry level helmets at amazing prices.

AXOR X-Cross Adventure with Dual Visor for £83.99

AXOR Apex with Dual Visor £69.30

Christmas Opening Hours 2023

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Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all of our customers, suppliers and friends. We wish you all the very best for the festive season, and look forward to welcoming you back in 2024.

Please note that we will be closed from 3pm on Saturday 23rd December until the New Year – we will reopen on 2nd January at our normal time on 08:30.

Merry Christmas!

Winter Riding & Staying Safe

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by Andy Bisson
Many riders are used to riding in poor weather conditions and whilst what I’m about to say, I’ve said before, with our busy lives we sometimes don’t take the time to refresh a few important facts that can be the difference in staying safe.

As the temperature drops and the days get shorter with the wind and rain setting in, the question is ‘Do I ride or not?’ This is very much a personal choice with some riders having no alternative transport and others who enjoy riding all year round opposed to those that choose not to ride through the winter and put the bike into hibernation in the garage until the weather improves.

If you do choose to ride all year round and venture out in the winter, you will develop additional skills that will make you a better rider by the time the weather improves but there are some important things to remember.

As well as a change in your riding style which we will cover, it’s important to have the right clothing. Riding in low temperatures (below 10 C) will quickly affect a rider physically as well as mentally if you’re not suitably dressed to keep warm.

Visibility is more important now than ever with visors steaming up and the rain on scratched visors. Make sure you have a visor that isn’t scratched and where possible fit a pin lock.

Wear thin layers to keep your core body warm and this will help keep your hands and feet warmer as well but the best advice I can give, is buy the best winter gloves that you can afford as it will be money well spent. Heated grips are a must for me and heated clothing also helps.

Many riders don’t take into account that your head is a massive source of heat loss and a helmet alone won’t maintain the heat so wear a neck warmer or balaclava to keep the heat in.

Remember it’s not just the air temperature that you are having to combat but also the wind chill factor. When riding at 20 mph at temperatures of 3 degree, it can feel more like -3 degrees.

It’s also important to be seen and whilst many riders don’t like hi-vis, it’s about protecting yourself from other motorists that just don’t seem to see motorcyclists. Many bikes have small headlights and motorists seem to see past these when pulling out of junctions so anything you can do to increase your visibility has got to be a bonus.

It’s very important to check that your bike is winter ready. Check your tyres to ensure they have good tread and no damage. Check the pressures regularly as these can alter often in cold weather. Make sure your fluids are topped up, your lights are working and your chain is clean and well lubricated.

And now it’s down to how you ride. Wet, leafy or icy roads will not provide the same grip as when riding in the summer so you need to adjust how you ride. Reduce your speed and increase your distance from the vehicle in front providing a greater stopping distance. Give yourself time and space to adapt and react to changing situations so you can deal with emerging hazards without increasing risks to yourself.

And last but not least, if it’s snowing, find another way to travel. Riding in the snow is going to not only put yourself at greater risk, you increase the risk for other motorists. Vehicles with 4 wheels struggle in snowy conditions so don’t be the fool risking everything on 2 wheels. Stay safe and keep your bike safe so that you can enjoy the ride another day.

So, a little recap on staying safe this winter.

Wrap up warm. Whilst this sounds obvious, riding at 30 mph can reduce air temperature by about 10 degrees and your body cools down 5 times faster when wet, so stay dry.

Keep your battery charged. Batteries don’t work as well in the cold so if your charge is low, it may not start.

Chains. Make sure you lube them well in very cold conditions to prevent them freezing and clean them more often as they are going to pick up more muck in the winter.

Tyres. Check your tyre pressures more often in cold conditions as they are likely to lose pressure in the cold.

Most important – reduce your speed and give greater distance – stay safe.