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”

Review of the RS Taichi RJ305 Mesh Crossover Jacket

For now, at least, I would ONLY consider donning mesh riding jackets. Leathers are too warm for perpetual-summer Singapore (and our near surroundings), and I have no intentions of tracking, racing, or intentionally doing anything stupid on my bike – again, for now, at least.

I’ve got the RS Taichi RJ305 Mesh Crossover riding jacket for some time now. You can read more on my purchase here [click here]. I’ve worn it for more times than not when riding. Yes, I’ll admit that I’m not a ATGATT kinda guy. I’m more of a MTGMTT person Continue reading “Review of the RS Taichi RJ305 Mesh Crossover Jacket”

Riding Boots Shopping

Let’s take stock of my riding gear… Riding jacket? Checked. Riding pants? Checked. Gloves? Checked. Rain jacket? Checked. Riding shoes? Errr…. Uh uh…

I rode up to KL and back twice earlier this month. And on both occasions, it rained. No. It poured. But thankfully, in both occasions, it was short bursts of heavenly blessings, and the sky quickly cleared. Possibly just a passing cloud. And when it cleared and as I rode on, the 120kmh wind had a cooling and calming evaporative effect that quickly dried me up. Well, except for my rain water saturated socks. I wore non-waterproofed sneakers Continue reading “Riding Boots Shopping”

MotoWorld Purchases

A visit to MotoWorld this evening proved more financially damaging than I was prepared for. Was initially there to look at some gloves. I didn’t have a decent pair. My present gloves were low quality MIC wannabe’s that I purchased for my 2B learning. Cheap, but not very comfortable. That’s why I went back to the durian seller gloves during my TP test in January this year. They offered little protection, but were quite honestly, the most comfortable pair of gloves I had – not to mention that they were the cheapest too.

So coming back to present day, Continue reading “MotoWorld Purchases”