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Friday, January 18, 2019

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

An unexpected purchase

About 2 years after the Demak me and my missus were discussing about getting proper riding pants so on Thaipusam (9 February 2017) we visited Guan How Superbike which was location in Juru Autocity (not the one at Ipoh). We tried out a few riding pants but it didn't fit well, next we tried on riding jackets since there were some on sale and there a few which we both liked but the H-D jackets are still in good condition so we gave it a pass.

Prior to this visit, we saw a 2nd hand Vulcan S in a shop at Ayer Itam but the mileage was too high and the asking price was not that tempting and we couldn't test ride the Vulcan. While looking at the all the bikes, the first bike that caught the missus's eye was the new Kawasaki H2R because it was all decked out in chrome. After more looking around we spotted a Vulcan S among the sea of 2nd hand bikes for sale. The boss spotted us looking the bike and came to talk to us more about the Vulcan.

Monday, January 14, 2019

DIY motorcycle ramp

Will it hold the weight?

A few months ago I somehow had a suspicion that there might be a puncture at the back tyre of the Vulcan S. I initially thought the loss of tyre pressure was due to the bike not moving for some time but after checking the tyre the next day after filling it up, the pressure would be less. I think this was because every time I have to park the bike, I need to ride the bike up to the tiled portion from the garden. The back wheel sometimes need fight for grip (the area is muddy after rain and it feels like I am taking the bikes off road) to go up the side garden and the edge of the tiled area might be putting some unwanted pressure on the tyre.

  
The distance between the ground and the tiled area and the height is about 7cm.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Givi CRS01.AX Rain Suit

Keeping dry in the wet weather

Recently due to the sky developing a habit of opening up just before it is time to get off work which ends up soaking me from head to toe and water accumulating in my shoes which is enough to fill an aquarium.

I have a 3 year old H-D riding jacket which is water resistant. During small showers, I am fine as only the pants will be soaked but still manageable. The heavy downpours are the ones where I am soaked like as though I took a shower with my clothes on.

From then, I was on a mission to look for a rain suit. Went to Mr. DIY to look for a rain suit but the biggest size available is 3XL. I can fit into the shirt no problem but the pants is a bit too small for as a overpants.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

HJC IS-Max II

First 'expensive' modular helmet 

Was contemplating for a long time in getting a new helmet since I got the Vulcan. It would be a modular mainly because I am wearing specs and it would get hot in the helmet while waiting in the traffic. The only helmet I have worn is the X-Dot 3/4 helmet.

For a long time I was leaning towards the LS2 which was within my (very limited and very little) budget. First I was thinking of getting the LS2 Metro Firefly, then the LS2 Valiant. Read and watched a lot of review about those 2 helmets until I came across the MT Helmets at the beginning of the year. I love the aggressive look especially their Atom SV line. 

Asked a few owners from the MT Helmet facebook page and they said the helmet is nice and comfortable. They have no complains about the fit and it is quiet. The additional plus side is that it is within the budget. The only downside is that there aren't a lot of English speaking reviews on the net. 

I also came across the Airoh brand and the only modular available in my little island is the Rides. Surprisingly it is also within the budget but as with the MT Helmets, there are little English version review of this helmet available in the net.