Lazer Corsica Z-Line Quality Issues

After some initial research, I purchased the Lazer Corsica Z-Line convertible helmet sometime earlier this year. I got it at a decently good deal from Regina Specialities. I think it was something like S$120 or so. Hey! And it’s PSB-approved too! That means it’s fully road legal in Singapore.

I liked it for it’s convertible feature – the removable chin bar converts the helmet from a full-face to an open-face quickly. Perfect for greater protection when required and functions as an open-face during those hot mid-day sunny weather.

The PSB-approved Lazer Corsica Z-Line convertible helmet with chin bar attached.
The PSB-approved Lazer Corsica Z-Line convertible helmet with chin bar attached.

Anyway, I took it Continue reading “Lazer Corsica Z-Line Quality Issues”

Resurgence Jeans – The most technologically advanced pair of riding jeans?

I’ve always believed in riding a motorcycle in proper protective gear. I’ve got a very decent modular helmet, a pair of good riding gloves, a great mesh riding jacket with armour, and a very nice pair of waterproof Goretex riding boots. But when it came to the bottoms, I had a somewhat okay pair of riding pants I bought online before my 2-month SE Asia motorcycle trip.

According to the Chinese website I purchased the riding pants from (does Alibaba sound familiar?), it was built with 600D polyester. And after using it on my tour, it held up pretty well despite the 2 falls I experienced in northern Laos. While there were some not-so-obvious scratches around the right kneecap area, the material held up and protected me from the rough skin-tearing Laotian asphalt. So then, why was I looking for a new pair of riding bottom? The armour on the made-in-China pants were horrible. Although it says “CE” on the what-appeared-to-be foam pads, I highly doubt they were really CE-certified. Moreover, the placement of the knee armour was Continue reading “Resurgence Jeans – The most technologically advanced pair of riding jeans?”

Review of the Motul 7100 on my Pulsar 200NS

Ok, I’ve travelled for quite a bit with this oil now, and feel sufficiently confident to offer an opinion.

It’s been some 300km’s or so since I fed the Pulsar 200NS with this cherry-coloured liquid from Motul. In the meantime, I’ve ridden it like a city commuter in Singapore’s traffic, travelled some really short distances daily for a week (~5min trips), got stuck in a jam somewhere along the Causeway, taken it onto the Malaysian North-South Highway (NSHW) and doing speeds, well, near the limits of this humble 200cc machine. So I’ve pretty much put it through various tests.

So, what do I think about the Motul 7100 15W50 ester-based fully synthetic 4T motorcycle oil in my Pulsar 200NS? Continue reading “Review of the Motul 7100 on my Pulsar 200NS”

Lithium-Ion batteries in Motorcycles?

After I killed my motorcycle battery with a deep discharge just barely 3-months after installing it, many have asked me if I considered replacing it with a technologically newer lithium-ion, or specifically lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4) one. For awhile, I did explore to use the opportunity to “upgrade” to a lithium-based battery. But before that, let’s consider the merits and pitfalls of it… Continue reading “Lithium-Ion batteries in Motorcycles?”

Pirelli Angel CiTy tire review

My set of Michelin Pilot Streets have done some 17,000km’s, including the horrible roads during my SE Asia tour. The ultra uneven Asian road surfaces that I’ve travelled on has taken it’s toll on these excellent tires. In fact, when I was in Penang, a fellow biker pointed out to me the unusual wear on the rear wheel (I was in a Givi store then and showing him my Pulsar 200NS). While on the centre stand and as the rear wheel spins, the outer circumference of the tire actually “shimmies”. (I later learnt that it’s probably “scalloping” or “cupping” – perfectly normal tire wear pattern.)

My (ab)used Michelin Pilot Street tires that's taken me through the various roads of rural Asia.
My (ab)used Michelin Pilot Street tires that’s taken me through the various roads of rural Asia.

Anyway, it was time for  Continue reading “Pirelli Angel CiTy tire review”

sgBikerBoy 2016 SE Asia Tour post-trip maintenance

The last 11,000km brought me through various kinds of roads – good roads, bad roads, dirt roads, potholes, gravel, off road, bumpy roads, grass, and almost every other variety of bad Asian road. Also together with the fall in northern Laos, there are several stuff I had planned to replace when I’m back in Singapore.

Yesterday, being a national holiday, most shops weren’t opened. So I took the opportunity today to get some bike parts replaced: Continue reading “sgBikerBoy 2016 SE Asia Tour post-trip maintenance”

New rims – Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel

No Sunday ride today as I was feeling a little under the weather. Perhaps due to not sleeping well lately. So, I took the opportunity to do some bike maintenance instead.

After the usual washing and drying, I noticed some black parts of the bike were beginning to look faded. So I whipped out my bottle of Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel and started to apply it on the various matte black areas of the bike – especially the top box and panniers.

Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel. $17.55 from Autobacs on a sale.

Continue reading “New rims – Autoglym Bumper and Trim gel”

Tonyon Combination Chain Lock

Happen to be shopping at Mr DIY at Tesco Bukit Indah earlier today, and came across this lock. I don’t normally have the habit of chaining up my bike to an immovable object – well, because I don’t have a chain lock. But I figured that any additional security won’t harm. And at RM21.90 (SGD7.30) it was not a difficult purchase. Although I’m not sure how it’ll hold up to a crook’s brute force hack, but at the very least, it shall serve as a deterrent.


Update: It was only after I purchased the lock, that I found this online video. Yup, you can bet I’m gonna retire this lock before I even used it for the first time.

Note to self – don’t be cheap and get quality products. =(

Givi E22N Panniers on my 200NS

I finally bit the bullet and got myself a set of lockable hard side boxes. I have been thinking about this for awhile now. After Sunday’s attempted theft (on my top box), I figured that my soft panniers won’t cut it (security wise) if I were to travel up north.

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Looking very top heavy and rear wide. Something just seem missing with the huge top box mounted.

I have a 48L Shad top case and I just love the amount of storage space it provides. But for a multi-day trip, the top case alone isn’t enough. Continue reading “Givi E22N Panniers on my 200NS”

Review of Padded Shorts for Motorcycle Riding

I refuse to modify the OEM saddle on my Pulsar 200NS. At least not for the time being. I do take long’ish rides. And I do love travelling with my Pulsar 200NS. And one thing that some experienced riders have advised me is to modify the original seat for more comfort.

PaddedShorts MaterialHonestly, I cannot think of what I want – do I want a softer or a firmer seat? Do I want it to curve more, or flat it out? I’ll admit that I do not know enough about the motorcycle seat to be able to discern or decide how I’d like my seat to be modified. Continue reading “Review of Padded Shorts for Motorcycle Riding”