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Simple solutions are greatly important to motorcycling. In the case of wiring a USB power port for my wife’s 2016 Triumph Street Triple R, that sentiment includes dodging an elaborate, multi-fuse auxiliary relay bullet. Our custom configuration for said bike deems it less than ideal for two-up travel, so avoiding over-complicated wiring is that much easier.
In deciding on a USB outlet installation, I weighed a series of options. Not the least of which was a (perhaps brutish) cigarette lighter port. These have their benefits as they allow for a pretty lengthy catalog of compatible extensions. My only qualm about going this route is that while seemingly universal, there’s always something a little chintzy about their conductive points. For this bad girl, we want something sturdy and reliable.
In the past, I’ve confidently employed both single and dual-port weatherproof electrics from BurnsMoto. Their products are durable to say the least, though in the case of their USB outlets I’d much prefer an inline fuse to their internal circuitry. Sure, they’re tough enough for the job but should one fail … time to order another.Read More ...
Many moons ago, when my second-generation Bandit 1200’s title found it’s way into my hands, she was a few years beyond the Givi V35 specific hardware that would’ve completed her conversion over to sport touring status. Thankfully, Twisted Throttle offers a hard luggage mounting solution for Shad saddlebags as well as their SH45 top case complete with a color scheme that near-matches my bike. This adaption wasn’t void of customer support and product-specific obstacles, however, so I’m writing this post-purchase article to clarify a few useful truths.
It all started with the arrival of my Shad luggage and optional, separately-purchased red reflective lenses. The installation instructions for said lenses don’t explain precisely how we’re to go about removing the preinstalled clear version. My phone calls to Twisted Throttle were met with vague “try this, try that” responses which might as well have translated loosely to “break this, break that”.
Don’t get me wrong. Twisted Throttle is a great company, offering sturdy products for sale by a more than polite staff. Their internal organization, on the other hand leaves a bit to be desired.Read More ...
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 ...