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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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Reflectors

Be safe! Be Seen!

Recently I came across this image which had me thinking about the safety of my passenger (mainly the missus) and me on the motorcycle (mainly the Vulcan S).


The image shows that drivers are able to see the reflective clothing from as far as 130 m away but on the Vulcan clothes are mainly blocked by the top box. So the next best step is to find reflectors and attach it to various parts of the Vulcan and hopefully it does the same job as the reflective clothing.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Iron Butt Ride Plan

Planning is the key to success

I have been curious about the Iron Butt Association (IBA) since I read about it in a forum a couple of years back. It completely slipped my mind until a few months back when I read about it in Rider Chis's Iron Butt Report post. He completed the challenge and was accepted as a member of the IBA. As with everything in life the planning stage is very crucial but at the same time it can be very frustrating and time consuming as well.

There are a few categories which can be found here. The lowest requirement is the SaddleSore challenge where one is required to ride 1600 miles (1610 km) within 24 hours and are required to ride safely.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Demak D7 Classic review...

... a.k.a. The Blue Bobber

Recently I got a new job nearer to home and was allowed to take the bike to work provided it was not raining in the morning. Wanted to take the Vulcan but with the panniers it was too big to fit into the narrow driveway. The only other option was the Demak. Do bare in mind this is not a review but from my personal experience.

Originally the Demak was called Pegasus (if not mistaken; named by the missus) but I have a new name for it after getting more familiar with it. To me it is known as the Blue Bobber (BB). Reason: My head bobs around a lot like a bobble head doll due to either from the vibrations on the bike or my helmet is loose and I need a new one. The bike's vibration is so great that you can feel it giving you feet 'massages' if the sole of your shoes are thin.

The Blue Bobber waiting for the morning ride to work

Thursday, September 20, 2018

DIY Touch Screen Gloves

Modification at it's cheapest

Are your gloves equipped with the touch screen feature? Able to use your phone with your gloves on? If your answers to both are no, I have a solution to that. There are two methods to do it:

Method 1: To get a conductive thread and sew it onto the fingers of the glove

Method 2: To use aluminium foil or the insides of a chips bag or any bags which has the aluminium on the inside.

Method 1 requires more money and is more time consuming. Another reason is I am lazy unable to find the conductive thread in my area and method 2 has some perks to it so I opted for method 2. 

Materials:

Left to right: Scissors (top), double sided tape (bottom), gloves, a bag of chips.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

First motorcycle: Demak D7 Classic

It's good to be back

This post is a throw back on the first day I bought my very first motorcycle:

On 12 May 2015 I got my first motorcycle; ~14 years after getting my license. This was how the first experience on a manual bike went.

In Malaysia there are a few classes of motorcycle license. The most common is B2: limited to 250cc, B1: limited to below 500cc and B or also known as B Full: above 500cc. There was an option when I first took my B2 license to add an additional MYR 100 to go for the B Full license. Saves time and money in the future but a shame that I was not allowed to do it at that time (was only 17 at the time and wasn't paying for the license).

I was introduced to the bike scene when I was very young. I got my bike license in 2001 (if memory serves me correctly) and I just started college at that time and needed a transport. Since I did not have a car license yet, my mum reluctantly agreed to let me ride to class.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Washing a non-removable helmet liner

Boy that's filthy

Recently took the bike out and noticed that the helmet has a very funky smell so during one of the recent public holiday, I decided to wash the helmet liner (more like the entire helmet). Asked my best friend Mr. Google on ways to wash a non-removable helmet liner and got a rough idea.

All I needed was water, a large enough bucket to completely soak the helmet, a mild washing detergent, a good airy place to dry the helmet and of course the helmet.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wishlist

So many things, so little money

It is inevitable to anyone who has a hobby that the more time spent on it the more things you will want to add or change to make it more personalized and enjoyable. A little background on me. I have a lot of interest and lots of hobbies. I have a curious mind to try things and to tinker with them (but mostly will end up breaking somehow). Things I was interested in previously I do not have the time for them now.

So this is the only hobby which I can maintain in my busy schedule. In this post I will list future upgrades which I plan to get or do with the bikes. It is a combination of mods  and accessories to the bike. If something is completed I will link it to the post and as time pass by there will be more items added to the list.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome

Why Hello There!!

Hello and welcome to my motorcycle adventure blog.

I am passionate in riding motorcycles for more than a decade and I am based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main aim of this site is to enhance motorcycle riders with tips and information, a different perspective that one will only get from a motorcycle rider’s personal experience and also unique insights of motorcycle scenes.

I am a motorcycle rider from the tiny island of Penang, Malaysia. Started riding again in 2015 when I got my first motorcycle after some persuasion from the missus and also we happen to come across the design of the bike which she likes.

The blog serves as a record of all my motorcycle adventures. There are a few routes and adventures I have in mind but it is all still under the planning stage. There will be a post on all the adventures I have in mind and if you are in the area or are interested in joining, I am more than happy to have the company.