Listen in as TRO wives talk track, travel and riding gear while reflecting on how they became motorcyclists …Read More
I have a vested interest in this article’s headline topic not because I’m soft-selling worthwhile products (as usual) but because my beloved Suzuki Bandit 1200 is beginning to show its age. Some refer to each of ‘er scratches, dents and hardware store “solutions” as character … and they’re right. That bike and I have aged together for the better. Each physical or emotional scar comes from nature’s blunt response to riding/wrenching ignorance. Of course, earning such wisdom also expands the winter project laundry list via sometimes costly upgrades.
One aesthetic concern that’s remained constant in modern motorcycling is the eventual lack of OEM plastics for any given model. Where metallurgical solutions might be as simple as “knowing a guy”, plastic body repair is a more difficult matter. Not every rider sees that broken fairing, side panel or cowling as a candidate for fixing, instead opting to search Craigslist, eBay and model-specific forums for that unfortunate, “least damaged” replacement.
If you’re going to swap out a shattered plastic tail section, why not learn how to repair cracked plastic and attempt to remedy the situation yourself? Worst case scenario, you revert to your original plan, employing whatever used and aftermarket resources you have. Set your sights on the following plastic repair options before choosing one that best fits your situation …Read More ...
Before I even begin, let’s assume we both prefer avoiding crashes. You’ve probably taken motorcycle safety courses that fit your abilities as a rider, beginner or experienced. You know that continued learning and practice helps to maintain a responsible risk offset. You also understand that curiousity about the physics of your motorcycle(s) aids in suppressing the desire to push limits unless on the track. Well, with respect to the most able of riders, sometimes $h!t just happens.
… and what if it does? What if, one day, you do everything right, telling others where you’ll be before riding your favorite local route during low traffic hours. Then, a pea-size remainder of some burned out, mile-wide meteor finds its way from another side of the cosmos directly into your steering head bearings. All control is lost as you do whatever you can to soften the impending low/high side. Your bike disappears into a ditch while you lay there, unconscious.
Sure, that’s a big pill to swallow but finding horrible images of bad motorcycle accidents isn’t hard. We’re not looking to terrify anyone but we certainly want all riders to be at the ready. Let’s look at three products that, when combined, might just help should you find yourself in an accident. These installations are NOT an absolute solution. Their only role is to add to whatever preparations you can make to ride better and more safely, even if at a spirited pace through the twisties.Read More ...
There it is, pictured above post-installation on a Triumph Street Triple R. Honkin’ out a big chunk of “MOOOOOP!”, the Fiamm Freeway Blaster is a favorite aftermarket motorcycle horn on this site. For many modern motorcycles, this horn swaps out easily, making it the loudest plug-and-play option available. Assuming your motorcycle came with what most bikes whimpily toot by default, the difference in volume is noticeably more, well … noticeable. That’s important in states like Illinois, where the steps to change lanes are as follows:
- own entire planet
- ignore weak disciples
- change lanes
- discover someone is already occupying the space that you’re an almighty heir to
- spazz at their horn and eye them as if it’s their fault
Yes, most of the people I’ve met in Illinois are grade-A morons when it comes to driving. Some are even confident in their “bad logic” road manners, barking self-taught opinions that passengers (who often hold opposing yet equally stupid operational perspectives) must endure for the duration of travel. That’s precisely what Fiamm’s Freeway Blaster horn is intended to help thwart.Read More ...