A Bit of a Shopping Splurge Before Donington

Alpinestars Supertech R

K&N Oil FilterI have been a little bad and done a little shopping for some odds and bods before Donington. I am running out of time to do an oil change before the race weekend so got  a couple of oil filters, K&N from eBay (£19.99 for the 2). A little more than the HighFlow ones, but the K&N do come with a nifty 17mm nut on them, if the bugger refuses to move, but more importantly a lockwire hole. No more jubilee clip around the oil filter for me to get through scrutineering. Along with that comes a bit more oil, Silkolene Comp 4 10w-40 XP Synthetic being the particular flavour I chose, and  courteously supplied by Questmead (Check out their website here  and Steve Brown Rally Team for log dodging on 4 wheels 😉 )

Wheel CarriersNext up on the splurge was totally unnecessary, but nice to have category. It is a couple of wheel bags. These are a nice to have and means I don’t have to be as paranoid about damaging the discs on the front wet wheel when not on the bike. Though I naturally am paranoid about anything damaging any part of my bike, but especially the brakes. There was a group buy on www.trackdayriders.co.uk and at the price I though that would be a good idea.

While browsing at work I saw that Halfords were finally doing a worthwhile bundle on their tool chests. I have been thinking about these for a while as my plastic stacker boxes don’t really survive the “Oh crap I need this bit in 20 secs or I miss the race” or even more destructive “last orders at the bar in 2 mins” panics unpacking and packing. Lack of room, that is easily accessible, and knowing they do deals has stopped me buying them before. This time round a “sod it, it’s only money” mood hit me when I saw a 7 draw top box and 5 draw wheelier box for £199. So a bit of a hit there. I have still yet to pick these up as being Halfrauds after selecting to collect them from the website, they haven’t got them in stock at where I can pick them up from. After 5 calls they were promised for Friday…. then Sunday…. now next Sunday. So when I get these is anyone’s guess.

And finally. The biggest purchase. Yep Boots. I made my mind up. I decided that new ankles where probably more expensive than good top of the line boots. Unfortuantly I could quiet stretch to the Daytonas, so I opted for some Alpinestar Supertech R‘s to avoid the annoyance of the outer armour hooking up with the heel guard on the Gixxer. A bit of internet searching got me them for £279.99, which isn’t to be sniffed at, £80 under RRP, from Biker Wear (an eBay shop based in Birmingham). Nice, comfy and hopefully I won’t test their protective prowess.

That’s it… I’m broke now. Nothing can now go wrong with the bike, nothing else is allowed to drop off (least of all me).

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