Motul 7100 4T – French or French Colony?

I’ve been using Motul’s 7100 fully synthetic 4-stroke motor oils since my Pulsar riding days and have so far been pretty pleased with it. It’s reasonably priced and very readily available here in Singapore – which probably explains why its rather popular in this region.

BMW calls for SAE 5W40 API SL / JASO MA2 spec’ed oil for the R1200GS wethead. And since we never experience winter in this part of the world, Motul’s 7100 10W40 API SN JASO MA2 4T oil would likely be suitable. In fact, even the BMW dealer here – PML – uses Shell’s Advance Ultra 10W40 motorcycle oil.

Motul 7100 – 15W50 vs 10W40 side by side.

Since I had an old bottle of 15W50 with the remnant of my last DIY oil change on the Pulsar, I took it out and placed it beside the 10W40 just out of Continue reading “Motul 7100 4T – French or French Colony?”

4D3N Vesak Day Cameron Highlands Ride

Vesak Day – a public holiday in Singapore, falls on a Tuesday. So what better way to celebrate it, than to take the Monday off and go for a 4D3N long weekend ride! Six bikes – divided into 2 teams head up to Cameron. The Honda ST1100, VFR800X and the R1200GS started the journey on Saturday morning, while the XJ6 Diversion, Super 4 and the F700GS made their way up towards KL in the evening.

The ST1100 and the VFR800X (further front) climbing the roads towards Cameron Highlands via Simpang Pulai.
Steamboat for dinner at one of the many steamboat restaurants in Brinchang.

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Of Cows and Horses – The BMW R1200GS/A

Ever since someone planted the visual of a R1200GSA association with a cow in my mind, that image kinda stuck there. And since I have the R1200GS and not the GSA, I figured that I have that small window of opportunity to alter that mental image before someone else injects another visual…. LOL!

R1200GSA = Cow
R1200GS = Horse!

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Alpine MotoSafe Tour Earplugs Review

I’m a huge proponent of hearing protection while motorcycle riding. Long exposures to elevated noise levels WILL permanently damage hearing. And it’s not so much of the engine or exhaust noise, but the wind noise generated when riding at speeds that is blasting at the rider’s ear drums.

Some of you may have known that I had a poor experience with Pinlock’s motorcycle riding-specific earplugs. While they DO filter out the wind noise while keeping conversations legible really effectively, they get very uncomfortable after a long ride. My ears would hurt. And I wasn’t the only one experiencing this – 2 of my other riding buddies had a similar discomfort experience with Pinlock.

While 3M disposable foam earplugs seal noise EXTREMELY well, I didn’t like it that it blocks voice conversations too well too. The 3M foam’ies also makes it difficult to hear through my Sena 20S bluetooth communicator. So there I was on a quest to search for the perfect motorcycle riding-specific earplugs that come with a tuned noise filter. And then I found these… Continue reading “Alpine MotoSafe Tour Earplugs Review”

DIY $3.50 Exhaust Header Rust Removal

After quite a bit of use, the once-shiny stainless steel exhaust headers on the BMW R1200GS is beginning to look a little dated. Thick brown-black crud and rust has collected on its surface and looks like it’s slowly eating into the metal. I’ve seen some YouTube videos on an inexpensive homemade solution to rust removal….

$2.50 for the bottle of Harpic, and $1 for the Scotch Brite sponge pad.

Yes – Harpic! That magical toilet cleaner also works great on the stainless steel exhaust headers! Continue reading “DIY $3.50 Exhaust Header Rust Removal”

Sunday Morning Ride to Linggui Reservoir

This week, we head to Linggui Reservoir! It’s a short 1hr ride to Linggui. But to access the reservoir’s entrance, we had to travel through a short off-road section. The entrance was locked and guarded, and although we didn’t get to see the reservoir itself, we had some fun exploring the area.

GS playground ahead!
Thankfully, the track was dry.

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How NOT to Disc Lock Your Motorcycle

Keeping your motorcycle safe while touring in a foreign land is important. The bike is, after all, not only your primary trip companion, but could be your only transport home too. A simple disc lock may be enough to deter the casual thief from stealing the bike – although it won’t stop the really determined ones from lifting it onto the back of a truck.

But, is there a “wrong” way of doing it?

In my recent 1000 Corner Malaysia ride, a fellow riding buddy had a brilliant idea he picked up from a YouTube video. To make it really difficult for the bad guys to brute force crack the disc lock by drilling it, lock it such that the keyhole opening is facing the INSIDE of the brake disc instead of the usual OUTSIDE.

Secured with disc lock and keyhole facing the INSIDE of the brake disc. Ooh… reminder cable too!

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