Since I head in to our friendly northern neighbour’s occasionally, I thought it’ll be good to install a bike alarm. While it won’t defend against a truly determined thief, it helps repel the lesser skilled ones. Being the cheapo that I am, got the most basic system for about the cost of 2 Big Mac meals. No immobilizer, no blinking lights, no two-way system, no GPS tracking, no frills, no nothing. Merely screams at 110dB when the bike is moved, or is turned on when the alarm is armed. Super easy to install too – just 3 wires. 12v, ground, and a wire to detect if the bike is turned on (optional – can cut away if not used). Comes with a remote controller too.
Had previously installed my bikecam and USB power port at a bike shop. What the mechanic did was to hard wire the bikecam and USB outlet to a “Ignition ON” wire on the bike. No fuse. When I asked him what if one of these cheapo made-in-China stuff short circuits? He told me that the main fuse will blow lor.
I never liked the idea of blowing the vehicle’s fuse with these “add-on” stuff. Because, the quality of these stuff are sometimes questionable, and blowing the fuse will leave you stranded.
I’d much rather have a separate circuit with its own fuse to support these aftermarket electronic add ons. So, I headed to the drawing board and came up with this…
Edit: Subsequently repalced the 30A fuse with a 10A, and the 20A fuse with a 5A one instead.
Was surfing through the facebook page of Singapore Reckless Drivers and watching the user-submitted videos of accidents happening around Singapore. I am alarmed, though not surprised, by the number of accidents involving motorcycles. Sometimes it appears to be the rider’s fault, other times, no fault of the rider at all. But nevertheless, riders are always vulnerable in an accident. I’m a relatively new rider myself and have been driving for many years (still am driving).
I noticed that while generally, most riders lane-split responsibly, there are some who seem to treat it as an exclusive lane. I don’t think there are any laws in Singapore which prohibit nor promote lane splitting. But please remember that we are lane-splitting at the courtesy of the other road users (namely drivers). It is not a right of travel passage for bikers. Yes, drivers should be courteous Continue reading “Lane Splitting in Singapore”
Reducing Vibration Issues on 200NS – single cylinder engines are notorious for the vibrations when riding. Bajaj quality panels don’t help much either. I bought my 200NS pre-owned and it must have gone through several mechanics’ hands. More often than not, these mechanics merely focus on getting their job done as quickly as possible, and tend to miss out the little details – such as a bolt here, a nut there, a grommet here, or a slightly cracked plastic panel. Let’s face it, there’s nobody who has as much interest in the bike than the owner him/herself.
So, in my quest to learn more of my newly acquired machine, I had taken it apart several times. It was not until recently that I got interested in trying to reduce the vibration Continue reading “Reducing Vibration Issues on 200NS”
Just changed my headlight bulb to the new Philips X-treme Vision 130% bulb and noticed an immediate improvement in light throw compared to stock bulb. It was a direct replacement of the stock bulb. No modifications required and LTA-friendly. Now night time swee swee bright bright! Inexpensive DIY project…
It was a surreal moment, like living a dream. Finally got my 2B, got myself the 200NS and went riding this morning – first actual ride. Did a silly rookie mistake. The Pulsar 200NS is a carbourated bike. Last night, when I got home, I turned the fuel petcock to the OFF position. This morning, I forgot all about that, started the bike, and went riding. Managed to get about a kilometer or so from home and stalled the bike at a traffic light junction!! Thank goodness the bike didn’t stall when i was in the middle of riding. Tried to start the bike and it wouldn’t start. Only after a couple of seconds, I remembered about the fuel petcock and turned it back ON. So malu. Hahaha…
But all that said, riding is FUN!
The advertisement for this bike on sale went up just earlier today. By the time I noticed it, it was already late evening. Called up the shop to check if they are still opened. Yes they were! And I headed there immediately.
Inspected the bike, asked a few questions, and the purchase decision was quickly made. I had been shopping around for a while now – even before I got my 2B license. So I’ve been monitoring the market prices and definitely know that this was a decently good deal. Of course, if there were any hidden gremlins within the bike, I wouldn’t get to know until after taking ownership. And so I gently reminded Continue reading “I got myself a bike! Bajaj Pulsar 200NS”
Yeah! After 3 months and 4 days, passed on my first attempt! Just got home after a gruelling day. Completed the mandatory Expressway Familiarisation Course and had to wait for quite a while for license application (long queue at TP office). But in any case, FINALLY!!…. hahah…
Actually, passing rate today was quite high – 39 passed in the class of about 50 people. That’s almost 80% of the class!
Can’t wait to go bike shopping now!