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TRO writer Margaret Dean’s extensive research and gravitation toward the purchase of a brand-new, 2016 Triumph Street Triple R is a perfect example of just how difficult exploratory testing can be. Anyone with Craigslist, CycleTrader or eBay window shopping experience knows that eventually that folder in their bookmarks (the one that’s teeming with “my next bike” placeholders) is going to require a budget reminiscent of one Mr. Jay Leno to obtain. Compound these mid-work eye catchers with a 28″ inseam and all roads point to either “not” a sportbike or less than 500cc.
Short(er) people everywhere want their rides to access the same torque-centered performance outlets as the rest of their riding buddies but with respect for individual taste, the limited options are stifling at best. Every rider short, tall and in between wants that beautiful bike they saw from afar to end up being an excellent fit but more often than not it’s the “vertically challenged” who take the brunt of ergonomic inaccessibility’s punch. Fear not, however, for solutions are hiding in the aftermarket.
Ahhh, the aftermarket. This maze of geometric manipulation can alter the behavior of any motorcycle for better or worse. It’s darkest corners expose a jagged underbelly that’s ripe with negative third-party opinion, generally bad decision making and the questionable installation of prospectively dangerous products. On the upside, remember that it’s not what you do. It’s how you do it and with careful data mining and forum networking, worthwhile solutions are within reach.Read More ...
Every time Michelin comes out with a motorcycle tire further developing their widely acclaimed Pilot Road series, I order a pair hook, line and sinker. No, I’m not “that guy” who wears a Michelin jacket to a wedding (though I’d probably wear clothes for companies who made tires from recycled eraser heads if it paid). I’m more the type of person who weighs multiple opinions via friends while comparing whatever online performance data I can access.
That’s what led me to Michelin in the first place. Previously happy with my sticky and trusted Avon Roadriders, I found myself drawn to the outskirts of a conversation about dual compound motorcycle tires (apparently spelled “tyres” if you ride a BMW). Eavesdropping happily, a lot of logic and reason made it’s way into both my knowledge base and wallet.
My eureka moment with Michelin comes from their inventive use of multiple rubber compounds. Not that it’s a new idea but, when traveling in a straight line or even at a slight lean, there’s not as much need for handling grip as there is when cornering. A good sweeper, on the other hand, begs for that “fits like a glove” effect which only softer tire compounds can provide.Read More ...
The fairing on my 2003 Suzuki Bandit GSF1200S appears to have been a manufacturing afterthought. Typical to the “Suzukian” arts, this beautiful bike, easy to work on and even easier to smile about, has it’s fair share in plastic parts with nothing buffering their conjoining bits. As a result, the older these motorcycles become, the more they sound like a giant 1200cc kazoo.
Make/model dependent, this is highly typical of motorcycle plastics. The engine vibration causes their farthest extensions to rub one another until eventually they hum. If your hands don’t “glow” while you’re riding, meaning your motorcycle’s engine vibration at the bars isn’t overwhelming, then engine mounts aren’t likely the culprit you want to focus on.
Once the problem began to get worse with my own ride, I elected to disassemble the front end and cushion it’s contact points. Some form of window sealer from a reputable source is easily the way to go. It’s cheap, effective and reliable.Read More ...