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Travels Into Philanthropy: Neale Bayly Rides Keeps On Riding!

Neale Bayly  and child

Adventure motorcycling mixed with the kind of feel-good stories the world needs more of is the domain of Neale Bayly, a longtime journalist and photographer who is using his skills as a storyteller in video form.

“As a motorcycle journalist, I liked the idea of showing motorcycling in a positive light,” explains Bayly. My idea was to bring people on amazing journeys through the developing world to really experience the true beauty of these countries from the saddle of a motorcycle, to really challenge them to step outside of their regular life,” says the effervescent ex-Brit who now lives in North Carolina.

“And then, when they felt comfortable with their new surroundings, bring them to an orphanage or place of need to see how they could benefit those who struggle with far less than what they have. I wanted them to see the beauty in the children, not the dirt,” Bayly underscores.

If you don’t recognize Bayly from the pages of countless print — including Motorcycle Classics — and online magazines, you might identify him from the TV show Trippin’ On Two Wheels, a program that illustrated the fun and adventure to be had when traveling aboard motorcycles. Following that experience, Bayly developed a program of his own, called Neale Bayly Rides, as a mechanism to promote adventure motorcycle travel and raise money and awareness for the abandoned children of the Wellspring International Outreach foundation.

TV executives were skeptical of Neale’s good-hearted ambitions with his concept and his desire to show motorcycling in a positive light. He wanted to show motorcyclists as giving, caring and adventurous. “It was a tough sell in America,” Bayly relates. “I had 13 network rejections in 18 months, complaining that it was, ‘too soft,’ ‘too fluffy.’”

But Bayly’s dedication to philanthropy could not be stopped, and the show aired on Speed a few years ago, then was later rebroadcast on MAVTV. The heart-warming adventure can now be seen on the Neale Bayly Rides YouTube channel.

Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, Episode 1

Neale hopes the motorcycle community will get behind the show, as he intends to continue his mission to show adventurous motorcyclists traveling to exotic locations to help those in need.

“I can’t say too much at the moment,” says Bayly somewhat cryptically. “We are back on tour in South Africa in November riding to raise money for the Wellspring foundation, and again in Peru next April and May.”

Bayly’s format remains the same: Riding motorcycles in beautiful places in the world to benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. Do motorcyclists and the world a favor and subscribe to Bayly’s YouTube channel to support an authentic philanthropist who wants nothing less than to help those in need.

For a glimpse into the cool bloke that Bayly is, check out this brief video on YouTube, Neale’s Deal.

For more information, contact Neale at nealebayly@yahoo.com.

Sierra Dry Saddlebags by Nelson-Rigg

waterproof saddlebags

California-based riding gear specialist Nelson-Rigg claim their Sierra Dry Saddlebags are 100 percent waterproof, a claim we can back up after a long ride in torrential rain. Our riding gear was soaked, but everything in our Sierra Dry Saddlebags was perfectly dry. Made to last with aircraft-grade mounting hardware, they feature removable stiffeners to hold the bags' shape when empty and zippered liners to make packing/unpacking a breeze. Each bag holds 27.5 liters. Lifetime warranty. Available in black or yellow/black. $199.95.

QuikTurn Steering Kit by Phil Little Racing

steering kit

Street trackers and dirt track racing are big at Minnesota-based Phil Little Racing, which recently announced the availability of its QuikTurn 27-degree Steering Kit. Designed for owners of 1988-2003 Evo Sporters racing in the fast and fast-growing Hooligan flat track class, the kit reduces fork angle from the stock 30-degree rake to 27 degrees for quicker steering and allowing more counter-steering as the stock rake wants to self-center in corners and push. Fits inside steering head and works with stock steering yokes. $545.

Fleece Pants by Aerostich

Aerostich pants

The touring specialists at Minnesota-based Aerostich know all about cold-weather riding, providing hard-core motorcycle tourers great winter gear like these fleece pants. Designed to be worn under a riding suit, they're perfect for when the temps fall or for cold fall and spring mornings. The left leg opens fully from the bottom to the waist while the right leg zipper opens up to about crotch level to make getting them on and off a breeze. Available in five sizes. $127.

O1 Helmet by SCHUBERTH

Schuberth motorcycle helmet

SCHUBERTH has announced the new open-faced O1 "jet" helmet. Using SCHUBERTH's proprietary Direct Fiber Processing manufacturing technique to ensure superior impact absorption for enhanced safety, the wind tunnel-shaped shell provides a quiet, aerodynamic profile, while the ergonomically shaped and breathable seamless lining provides superior ventilation. Available in nine colors (Era Bronze shown) and three sizes. $459 as shown.

Cable Luber V3 by Motion Pro

Motion Pro cable luber

Maintenance hounds know that properly lubed control cables are critical to safe and dependable riding. Up until now, the standard tool has been a fairly crude unit that seals the inner cable and housing so that aerosol lube can be pushed into the housing. It works, but it's messy, and it seems like you end up with as much lube on the outside of the cable as the inside.

Motion Pro's new Cable Luber V3 takes a completely new approach to the task. Instead of clamping onto the cable, the V3 houses the end in an enclosed chamber.

First, the cable end is fed through a large port in one half of the two-piece V3. Next, a labyrinth-type molded seal is fed around the inner cable and then slipped over the cable housing. Next, the second half of the V3 — it's large enough to accommodate end fittings — is joined to the first and screwed down tight. Once that's done, simply insert the straw from an aerosol can of lubricant into the end of the V3's adjustable plunger and start pushing lubricant through. Once done, push the plunger down to push any remaining lube captured in the V3 into the housing, unscrew, and you're done.

In our tests on a throttle and brake cable it worked perfectly, the lube flowing down the housing and with no loss at the tool. There's a very minor bit of cleanup after removing the V3, but its effectiveness and ease of use make the V3 a vast improvement over the old-style cable luber. $19.99.

Phoenix Ion Summit Textile Jacket by Joe Rocket

Joe Rocket jacket

After suffering through triple-digit heat in my armored textile jacket, I was eager to experience the cool flow of a mesh alternative. It took me a bit to get used to the fit and feel of mesh, but the Phoenix Ion Summit proved to be downright comfortable for my daily 50-mile round trip commute on hardtop and gravel byways, and for those occasional 100-plus milers into the Kansas Flint Hills.

Things I Like: The Phoenix has a number of adjustments, but once I figured them out I had a comfortable fit that placed the armor in the right places and minimized the flapping in the breeze you can get with loose-fitting gear. Couple the near custom fit with the hi-viz color scheme and I felt as secure as ever. The 3/4-length is perfect for me as I wear a lot of my 6-foot 4-inch height in my torso, and the waist adjustment accommodates my 60-plus-year-old belly. With the liners out the mesh chest, back and arms flow air beautifully to keep me comfortable in the heat — and still comfortable in temps down into the mid-70s.

Riding in a 30-minute, steady rain the zip-out liner kept my torso dry and the jacket overlapped my rain pants sufficiently to prevent water from seeping up and over my waistband. The armor is accessible from the outside of the jacket, a plus as I didn't have to struggle to figure out which way stuff went back in after removing it to hand wash the jacket — yeah, I like my clothes to be fairly clean. I also love the collar and its zipper arrangement: It's non-chafing, doesn't catch my beard and kept the rain from running down my neck. The pockets are well thought out, but I would prefer some in a different location, and while I was prepared to not like all of the snaps and zippers used in lieu of hook-and-loop, it was nice not to randomly hook stuff, including my beard and glove wrist straps. Sometimes it's the little things.

Things I Don't Like: As much as I liked the snaps, the arm-adjustment and chest pocket snaps were not the easiest to adjust or close with gloves on. The finish on the jacket was good, and while I found a few strings/threads that needed trimming the seams were all intact. I also thought the chest pockets were high. They are deep, but I'd prefer to have them more toward the bottom front of the jacket. The zipper pulls can rattle a little in the wind, and some are difficult to grab with gloves on, but those are all minor quibbles.

Last Thoughts: The Phoenix Ion Summit mesh jacket is an economically priced hot weather jacket with enough air flow to keep you cool, and sufficient and well-located armor to keep you confident. It performs in the rain and should perform in early fall and late spring with the thermal liner installed. The fit is great and the finish is good, and for the price this jacket will serve you well. If you are a warm-weather rider, probably the only reason you'll ever need to replace this jacket will be because your belly grew too much long before you wear it out. $249.99.







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