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I recently got back into the helmet market as my latest helmet causes pain to my left ear after riding an hour or more. During my search for better head space, I hope to share knowledge you’ll find useful when purchasing the most important piece of safety equipment for riding.
Let’s talk about fitment. Generally, people buy a helmet that is too large. Don’t do that. Helmets should be snug when they go on and you can expect them to loosen about 10% as they break in. It’s best to go by the manufacturer’s size chart. Get a soft tape measure or use some string and a normal ruler and measure your head. These YouTube videos might help.
A great trick I found is to remove the cheek pads when trying helmets on. Cheek pads are typically the tightest feeling part of a new helmet. They are also the part that will break in the most and are the least important as far as getting a good fit.Read More ...
Some time ago, Travis Burleson wrote instructions on how to replace the battery in a Sena SMH5. Since then, a lot of folks have succeeded in doing so, often with a “better than new” battery life. Some of our regular visitors have mentioned the same concerns for Sena’s SMH10 units, so we thought it appropriate to write a complimentary post, complete with video.
While these battery replacement instructions are similar, even the slightest difference makes it worth covering so as to avoid any pitfalls/complications. The Sena SMH10 battery dimensions, for example are significantly different and labeled as such. For this tutorial, we’ll be using this battery, an Ofeely 3.7V 560mAh “602248” lithium polymer “li-po” rechargeable lithium ion.
As with most things electrical, many steps should be taken with safety precautions in mind. Below is a list of everything you’ll need to get the job done. If you’re already soldering-savvy and aren’t in need of any rudimentary introduction, skip the shopping list and cue the video to the 1:50 mark.Read More ...
Minimal, efficient packing is a repeated must for motorcycle touring, something our regularly updated pre-travel checklist reflects at every turn. One of said resource’s most recent additions eliminates multiple items of the past, lightening our luggage while adding a greater sense of security. By way of YouTube motorbike fanatic Hien Tran (check out VotoCycling), meet the above headlined JumpBox Pro 600 by Stark Power.
This all-in-one solution has enough electrical punch to jump start a six cylinder engine! That’s what initially drew us to it but there are other similar products on the market. After shelling out the funds, a friend asked how we landed on our final decision. It’s quite simple, really. This make/model, an identical rebrand among others, includes more adapters than most as well as a soft case for easier storage.
Beyond it’s ability to quite easily jump start a motorcycle, it boasts a built-in flashlight, two USB ports, multiple DC power adaptors and an estimated ten-year lifespan. It’s addition to the above mentioned checklist replaces a previously preferred (single-port) USB battery charger, numerous USB cables and a windup, head-mounted LED flashlight. Space being a motorcycling commodity, it’s soft/organized storage case makes the JumpBox Pro 600 a well rounded purchase.Read More ...