Listen in as we discuss Suzuki's electric GSXR, a sermon of ATGATT and the fight against vehicular hacking …Read More
I’m a big fan of LED automotive lighting. Low power draw and long lasting durability make these simple-to-install upgrades perfect candidates for modern motorcycling. What’s more, they can be found in countless shapes, sizes and metered lumens.
If you don’t know what “lumens” refers to, let’s just assume for our use that it’s a way to express how brightly a lightbulb shines. In astronomy, the definition reads “the intrinsic brightness of a celestial object (as distinct from its apparent brightness diminished by distance)”. Within the parameters of physics, that definition is shortened to “the rate of emission of radiation, visible or otherwise.”
All I know is that after a few years of serious long distance street riding, a friend informed me that my rear left LED turn signal bulb had burned out. I sought after another of the very same model on a well known but not-to-be-mentioned website only to find that they no longer offer it. It seems my go-to purchase (for all of my motorcycles) was discontinued some time ago and anything of equal brightness in their catalog is slightly too large for my signal casings.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 ...