I’m feeling mad… I’m feeling violated. I had my top box molested this morning as I was making payment for petrol in Shell Johor Bahru (JB) this morning. Yes, it was my fault for keeping it unlocked (I thought that it was locked). The crook came up behind me on a kup and pretended to wait in queue for the petrol pump. He struck when I walked over to the counter to make payment – opening up my topbox to search for any content worth stealing.
Yes, it was about time I replaced my battery. I bought the Pulsar 200NS pre-owned, and it is now about 3 years old. I am not sure when the battery was last replaced as there was nothing marked on the existing battery. But I do know that on the battery, there is a stamp “140114”, which seem to suggest that it’s manufactured on 14 Jan 2014? So it could have been about 2 years old or so.
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.
Honestly, 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”
Yeah! Yet another weekend ride trip! Tanjung Piai – the “southernmost tip of Mainland Asia”. I was expecting the ride to take about 2 hours (1:40mins when I last “researched” it on Waze), but it took merely just over an hour from the Checkpoint to Tanjung Piai National Park. This time, I was in a group of 3 bikes. None of us have ever been there, and so this is an adventure of all 3 of us. Continue reading “Ride to Tanjung Piai”
Taking my motorcycle license was a response to a mid-life crisis call for some adventure. And a bike purchase came naturally and rather quickly after I’ve got my license. So I’ve just started riding since early this year, and each ride has not only increased my technical competence and confidence, but also taught me valuable lessons in life. Continue reading “5 Life Lessons I Picked up from Riding a Motorcycle”
Decided to swap out the mineral oil in my engine previously used to flush the “teh-tarik treated” engine – coolant mixing with oil. Can’t wait to try this mix in my upcoming weekend trip…
Ironically, with the stock bike, the coolant appeared green and the engine oil looked red’ish. Now, my bike’s coolant is red’ish and the oil is green. Almost looks like I got the 2 liquids mixed up – putting them in the wrong refill orifice.
It was a relaxing Sunday morning ride. At the last Pulsarians makan session, I was chatting with Angad and told him that I would love riding up north but as I’m still considered a “new” rider, would prefer nothing too challenging. So he recommended a quick trip to Renggam via Layang-Layang. According to Waze, it’s only an approximately 1.5hr ride each way. So that’s it! It was planned for the Sunday morning – returning to Singapore just as about the time the Missus and little one get out of bed.
So I punched in the route on my iPhone Waze app and off I went! The morning ride was beautiful! Low traffic, nice cool air, and awesome views! Continue reading “Sunday morning ride to Renggam and back”
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”
Makan, minum, and talk cok. Such simple and enjoyable activities of a Singaporean.
It was my first meetup with this fine group last night. Thanks to Mohsen for organising it! The group met at Adam’s Corner @ 452 Serangoon Road. Great turn out and met many new friends. Chatted away with the group of biking fanatics. Many of them have also upgraded from the Pulsars to bigger and meaner machines. But the friendship and bond seem to remain. Angad also inspired me to do the Renggam via the Layang-Layang route. It’s but a mere 1.5hrs from Singapore. Perhaps Sunday breakfast?
Yes! The oil level inspection window is clearing up! This is after 2 oil changes. Also, I noticed that the inspection window tends to clear up after a ride – when the engine is warmed, but will return to fog up again when cooled down. So what I did was to open up the oil fill knob every time I park my bike after a ride. This lets the engine-warmed steam to evaporate out through the oil fill hole.