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    Motorcycles Fun Facts | Do You Know Them?
    10 Fun Facts About Motorcycles That Will Blow Your Mind
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    When were motorcycles first made? What’s the longest journey ever taken on a motorbike? And which Hollywood star owns a motorcycle manufacturing company? Whether you’re a novice motorcycle rider or a pro that’s been riding for many years, we guarantee that some of these motorcycle facts will surprise you!
    From historical info to record-breaking trivia about motorcycles, we’ve listed 10 interesting motorcycle facts to share at your next riders club gathering. We bet there are a few that will stump even the best of motorcycle historians out there. So, let’s go through the list to find out what they are!
    1. Motorcycles have been around since the 1800s! 
    Yes, motorcycles have been around for over 100 years. The first internal combustion, petroleum-fueled motorcycle was the Daimler Reitwagen designed in 1885. It was built by two German inventors; Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach.
    2. The term “motorcycle” was first used in 1894
    Did you know that the motorcycle was first referred to as a ‘Petrol Bicycle’? It was only in 1894 when a German company called Hildebrand & Wolfmuller became the first to commercially manufacture the two-wheeler. The company referred to the vehicle as ‘motorrad’ (in German), which directly translates to motorcycle.
    Colonel Lawrence astride a Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle 3. Helmet use for motorcycle riders was mandated after Colonel T.E. Lawrence died in a motorcycle accident
    The story goes that Colonel Lawrence – immortalised as Lawrence of Arabia – was riding his motorcycle, a Brough Superior SS100, near his home, when he almost hit two boys on bicycles. He maneuvered to avoid them, but unfortunately got thrown off his bike. He succumbed to serious head injuries a few days later. 
    Realising that his death could have been avoided, one of Britain’s very first neurosurgeons, Hugh Cairns, started researching the importance of crash helmets. His work was published in Britain’s Medical Journal, titled: “Head Injuries in Motorcyclists – The Importance of the Crash Helmet”. It was through his research and findings that the use of motorcycle helmets have become a requirement by law globally.
    1904 Harley Davidson 4. The first-ever Harley Davidson motorcycle only went 40km/h
    Invented by William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, the first “real” Harley-Davidson motorcycle was completed in 1904. At that time, the duo immediately took part in a motorcycle race with their prototype model, finishing in fourth place. 
    Although not as fast as it can go now, another interesting fact is that the very first Harley Davidson had a single-cylinder engine that actually used a tomato can as its carburetor.
    ‘Smalltoe’ – world’s smallest motorcycle 5. The smallest functional motorcycle in the world is called ‘Smalltoe’
    Tom Wiberg, from Sweden, built ‘Smalltoe’ – the world’s smallest motorcycle – standing 2.55 inches tall and weighing a mere 2.4 pounds. The Guinness World Records certified Wiberg as a record holder in 2003 for making the smallest functional motorcycle in the world.
    Smalltoe has an engine that can produce an output of 0.3 horsepower with a speed of 1.24 mph. The record was set when Wiberg rode his motorcycle as far as  32.8 feet, proving that it is a rideable motorcycle.
    6. The longest journey ever made with the use of a motorcycle took over 10 years to complete
    Emilio Scotto is an Argentine adventurer, photojournalist, and writer. As of 2009, he holds the Guinness record for the world’s longest motorcycle ride, spanning 10 years, 232 countries and a total distance of 457,000 miles (735,000 km). He rode on the “Black Princess” a 1980 Honda GoldWing GL1100 motorcycle.
    This was considered a single journey because he didn’t return to his country of departure until the end, which was 10 years later.
    7. The record for the longest-ever backwards motorcycle ride was almost 5 hours
    Doing it a little differently in India, Havildar Pradeep set the world record for the longest ride backwards on a motorcycle. Yes, on 10 November 2020, Havildar actually rode 204.4 km in 4 hours 47 minutes, facing the other way as his motorcycle roared forwards.
    Of course, we have to mention that riding a motorcycle without holding the handlebars is very dangerous. It is an action that we’d never recommend as riding safety should always be your top priority.
    Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter 8. The world’s most expensive motorcycle costs $11 million! 
    Most of us would think of brands like Harley Davidson, Ducati or BMW when thinking of luxury motorcycles. But do you know the world’s most expensive bike was manufactured by a company that designs high-end fashion?
    Yes, the Neiman Marcus Limited edition Fighter, holds the title for most expensive motorcycle ever sold. Believe it or not, it was auctioned for a whopping $11 million in 2012!
    9. The most popular motorcycle companies also manufactures other kinds of products
    Did you know that most of the popular motorcycle manufacturers we know, produce so much more than just motorcycles? For example:
    Kawasaki also manufactures space rockets, ships, trains, personal water crafts, jet engines, electronics, helicopters, equipment tractors, and even missiles. Suzuki presently makes wheelchairs, cars, and marine engines. Yamaha started as a piano manufacturer. It still makes musical instruments today, besides other products like golf carts, car engines, industrial robots, boats, electronics, and wheelchairs. Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger with a motorcycles they designed together 10. Keanu Reeves has his own motorcycle manufacturing company
    Lastly, do you know which Hollywood celeb designs and makes his own motorcycles?
    The Matrix star, Keanu Reeves, was a motorcycle enthusiast before he rode them in movies. After surviving a motorcycle accident in the ‘80s, mixed with his deep passion for motorcycles, he founded his own motorcycle company; Arch Motorcycle Company in 2011.
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    Motorcycle Helmet Buyer's Guide 
    A comprehensive guide on buying your first (or next) motorcycle helmet.

    Unsure What to Look for
    When Shopping For A New Helmet?
    You're in the right place.
    Our motorcycle helmet guide will help you find the right lid for your head shape, riding style, and budget.
    Why We Created This Guide
    Helmets protect your head from the elements and, as will happen from time to time, asphalt too. They’re a seemingly simple thing, but like all things touched by the march of progress, there’s much more to a good helmet than what meets the eye.
    We have been reviewing motorcycle helmets for over 20 years and are the most reliable source of unbiased advice. When our team tests a helmet, we beat wear it, ride in it, and beat it up for up to six weeks to understand how it performs in the real world. Then we tell you what we think, the good and the bad, so you can make better buying decisions.
    To create this motorcycle helmet buyers guide, we sat down and asked ourselves: what makes a helmet "good", what makes one "great", and what are the most important things to look for when buying a new helmet? Answering those questions and providing a list of recommendations took plenty of research, referencing, and collaboration. We connected with major brands, motorcycle experts and, of course, our comprehensive library of motorcycle helmet reviews.
    What Does a Helmet
    Do, Anyway?
    Hype and fancy integrations aside, a helmet's primary job is protecting your head.
    The first thing to buy when you’re planning on riding a motorcycle for the first time is your helmet. At least, that’s what you do if you’re smart.
    A helmet will do more than protect your noggin (though a good helmet will do a good job of that). It will also protect you from wind, rain, snow, road debris, and noise pollution; prevent you from getting ear aches; heck, modern helmets stream music, GPS, and smartphone integration.
    At its most basic, a helmet is essentially three components: a hard outer layer (called the shell), a soft inner layer (usually made of expanded polystyrene or polypropylene), and some kind of mechanism to keep the whole thing strapped to your head.
    Most modern helmets made today provide superior protection compared to helmets from 10+ years ago. Many advancements have occurred in recent years that have made helmets lighter, safer, and more feature-rich. Advanced materials, such as carbon fiber, improved face shield optics, and new safety mechanisms (such as MIPS, multidirectional impact protection system) that take full advantage of computer-assisted design, provide wearers with more convenience, comfort, and protection than ever.
    What to Consider When Shopping Helmets
    Price
    While price shouldn’t be the primary factor that dictates your helmet purchase, it’s rare that we are afforded the luxury of shopping unrestricted by budget.
    The price of a helmet is influenced by several things, such as the materials used, technology integrated, certifications, and brand. There are some other intangibles as well; Arai helmets, for example, are all handmade and their premium over segment-comparable helmets reflects that.
    Entry-Level Helmets
    If you’re just getting into riding, budget $300 for your helmet. You don't have to spend $300 to get a good helmet, but you will find great helmets in and around that price point.
    Price points climb when you get into more highly-engineered/specc'd out helmets, helmets made with advanced materials (such as carbon fiber), or helmets that come with a lot of integrated technology. A racing helmet made of carbon fiber, while being much lighter than a traditional helmet, will have a price tag to match the "exotic" materials used.
     
    Mid Range & Premium Helmets
    $500 - $750 gets you into premium helmet territory, where helmets offer great sound management, airflow, comfort, and protection. You will find excellent helmets here with built-in functions, including photochromic visors, integrated intercoms, integrated sun visors, and more.
    Once you're into the four-figure territory, you're looking at the best of what you can buy right now. Handmade, made with carbon fiber, application-specific, limited colorways, etc.
    We recommend that you avoid purchasing a high-end helmet until you've gotten a better sense of how you like to ride and what style of helmet you like. If you're just getting into riding, investing in expensive gear and losing interest is frustrating. And really, the difference between a $500 helmet and a $1,000 one is not twice as good or twice the helmet.
    A good rule of thumb to follow is to spend enough to protect your head, but not so much that you need to pull back from other gear. We’re advocates for riding ATGATT.

    Safety

    The first and foremost purpose of your helmet is to protect your head in the event of an accident. If there is one area that you should not compromise on, it’s safety. You want a quality helmet that will provide you with the protection you need.
    At a minimum, your helmet must pass local regulations. In North America, that’s the DOT – Department of Transportation. In the EU, it’s ECE – Economic Commission for Europe. Helmets that have DOT/ECE approval are safe and road legal. However, if you want to ensure your helmet provides maximum protection, you will also want to look for SNELL or SHARP certification.
    Note szmost DOT or ECE-approved helmets are not actually tested prior to certification. The helmets are built to specific standards outlined by DOT or ECE, but are not actually required to be tested to prove their compliance.
    If you want proof in the pudding, you need to look at third-party helmet safety standards.
    Third-Party Helmet Standards & Testing Programs
    SNELL is a non-profit, independent organization that is more thorough and rigorous in its testing compared to DOT standards. Helmets that receive SNELL certification have proven themselves to withstand impact and fit tests; however, SNELL certification often adds somewhat to the price of a helmet.
    SHARP is a British government helmet safety program that hands-on tests and evaluates helmet impact resistance and other aspects of rider protection.
    See also: the differences between DOT, ECE, and SNELL.
    Fit & Safety
    Fit is one of the most important aspects of how equipped your helmet is to protect you. A helmet that fits poorly may fall off in an impact or compromise its ability to transfer forces effectively.
    To be clear, a DOT/ECE approved helmet that fits well is a safe helmet to wear and ride in. A guide to helmet fit is a bit further down in this page!
    Fit & Comfort
    How a helmet fits is critical for its ability to protect you. A helmet that fits well not only provides maximum protection for its wearer, but also allows for a more enjoyable ride. You’ll be amazed and how long you can hit the back roads with a great-fitting helmet.
    What Influences How Well a Helmet Fits?
    Size – If you’re unsure of how to determine your size, go here.
    Materials – Foam comes in many different densities, as do most materials used a helmet/helmet-liner.
    Your head shape – Let’s face it: we don’t all have the same head shape. Some helmets work better with certain shapes. We discuss this further below.
    Customization – Many helmets come with pads/inserts/removable sections that can greatly alter how a helmet fits.
    Weight – Riders should place more emphasis on the weight of their helmet. The lighter the helmet, the less energy it transfers upon impact. Plus, a lightweight helmet is much more enjoyable and comfortable to wear for long periods.
    We consider helmets that weigh under 3.25 lbs / 1.47 kg "light", 3.25 - 4lbs / 1.47 - 1.8 kg "average", over 4 lbs / 1.8 kg to be "heavy".
    See also: helmet size chart.
    Type
    Helmets come in many shapes and sizes, categorized by their defining style or use. We break down the differences between the helmet types in way more detail below.
    Common Motorcycle Helmet Types
    Full face – This type of helmet provides the most protection. As its name implies, it covers most (if not all) of your face.
    Open face – This type of helmet does not have a chin guard, leaving the face exposed.
    Modular – A combination between an open and full face helmet, a modular helmet allows you to remove or flip up the lower section of the helmet.
    Off-road / motocross – These helmets typically feature sun visors, extra chin protection, and additional venting. However, many also come without a visor and can be worn with goggles.
    Half – Offering the least protection compared to other helmet types, a half helmet covers the top portion of the head and leaves the rest exposed.
    Dual-sport – Dual-sport helmets can be worn on or off-road. Many feature integrated sun visors, removable face shields, and other features that make switching them up between on and off-road riding easy.
    Full-Face Helmets
    The best all-around helmet type you can buy. A full-face is always an appropriate helmet to wear.
    Strengths
    Maximum protection from wind, bugs, and road debris
    Quieter than other helmet types
    Needed for on-track racing
    More bang for your buck compared to modular helmets
    Cons
    Not as open as other helmet types
    Not as easy to doff/don as a modular or open face helmet
     
    Modular (Flip-Up) Helmets
    Riders that want the convenience that comes with an open face helmet, but also want the protection and comfort offered by a full-face.
    Strengths
    Many of the same safety and hazard protections that come with a full-face helmet
    Flip-up the chinbar for that open road feeling
    Available at a variety of price points
    Cons
    Hinge mechanism introduces additional weight and complexity
    While safer than open face or half helmets, the chinbar isn't as securely attached as a full-face helmet and it isn't as safe as one either.
    Can be more expensive than full-face helmets for comparablef eatures
    Dual-Sport Helmets
    Riders that intend to spend equal amounts of time on and off-road. If you’re riding a dual-sport bike, a dual-sport helmet is likely a great match .
    Strengths
    Lighter than comparable full-face or modular helmets
    Visor is often removable, making the helmet suitable for wearing with goggles
    Many come with sun-peaks
    Excellent airflow/venting
    Cons
    Not quite a full-face, and not quite an open-face helmet either...
    Removing visors from some can be finnicky.
     
    Open-Face Helmets
    If your riding is spent behind a large windscreen or on a machine with fairings, you'll love an open-face helmet. Lacking a chinbar, open-face lids don't offer as much protection as full-face or modular helmets do, but their airflow can't be topped!
    Strengths
    Lightweight compred to other helmet types
    Generally more affordable
    Excellent airflow/venting
    Cons
    Not as protective as helmets with a chinbar
    Not all open-face lids come with a visor
     
    Half Helmets
    If you want the wind against your face while you ride, a half helmet is perfect for you. They allow you to really enjoy that open-road feeling and the freedom associated of riding your machine.
    As good as a half helmet is at making you feel free and connected to the road, it is also the least protective type of helmet out there.
    Strengths
    Generally the lightest lids out there
    Comfortable and with excellent airflow
    Easier to way for long rides
    Cons
    The least protection of any helmet (your face and the side of your head is more or less unprotected
     
    A Properly Fitting Helmet Provides Superior Protection
    (& Feels Better to Wear)
    One of the most common questions new riders ask when buying a new helmet is “what makes a helmet comfortable to wear?”. This is a good question because the answer is very personalized; there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to helmets. There are two reasons for this: your head shape and the helmet liner.
    In order for a helmet to provide maximum protection, it is essential that it fits you properly. This means a snug, secure fit that provides maximum coverage in the event of a crash.
    The ideal helmet will be both secure and comfortable. In order to accomplish this, it’s important that you choose the appropriate helmet for your head shape.
    Why Your Head Shape Matters
    Your head shape, along with your jawline, plays a significant factor in helmet comfort. While everyone’s head is shaped a little differently, there are roughly three predominant shapes:
    Long Oval – Head shape is longer from forehead to back of skull vs. ear to ear.
    Intermediate Oval – The most common head shape. The front-to-back measurement is slightly longer than ear-to-ear.
    Round Oval – Both front-to-back/ear-to-ear measurements are nearly the same.
    This doesn’t mean that there will be a helmet for each head shape; in fact, motorcycle helmet manufacturers seem to have been converging towards a “neutral” intermediate oval over the last few years.
    Determining Your Head Shape & Helmet Size
    Helmet Interior & Helmet Liner
    This is a multifactorial element to consider: the material that makes up the motorcycle helmet’s liner should feel comfortable against the skin; the internal padding of the helmet should act as a comfortable cushion between the head and the helmet internals; the liner shape should perfectly match your head shape. The perfect helmet would be so comfortable that the rider would forget that it’s there.
    Most helmets allow for their liners to be removed and washed, which you should do periodically (when it smells, it's time for a wash).
     
    Recommended Motorcycle Helmets
    Our recommended helmets for each type.
    Best Dual Sport Helmets for 2022
     
    Best Full Face Helmets for 2022
     
    Best Modular Helmets for 2022
     
    Best Open Face Helmets for 2022
     
    Article credits: webbikeworld

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    Group Riding Best Practices For Enjoyable and Safe Experience
    Riding in a group, especially in busy urban areas, can be either fun and empowering or stressful and even dangerous. Follow the guidelines in this story, and hopefully your next group ride will be an enjoyable and safe experience. For some, group riding is a quintessential part of the motorcycling experience, a rolling social gathering that happens as naturally as a family party. It’s a fun way to keep a group together when traveling, and modern communication technology has only made it easier. Yet even seasoned riders, if they spend most of their time solo or don’t know the others in the group well, can feel a bit unsure about the rules, expectations and etiquette of group riding. So to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of riding in a group and become the person everyone likes to ride with, we’ve put together this handy primer.
    The Basics
    Staggered formation. You’ve probably noticed how groups of riders space themselves out within their lane; we call this “staggered formation.” The purpose is pretty simple: it allows each rider a clear view ahead, along with space to the side for any quick or sudden maneuvering in the case of road hazards like potholes, rocks, critters, debris, etc. The leader is typically in the left portion of the lane, rider No. 2 is in the right portion, rider No. 3 in the left and so on. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends spacing yourself so that there is a two-second gap between you and the rider directly in front of you (see graphic below). As speeds increase, that means a longer distance, and at slow speeds (especially in heavy traffic areas) that means closing ranks and tightening up the formation.
    Who rides where? Put an experienced, responsible rider in the lead position. The leader should obviously know the route you’re taking. The least experienced rider in the group goes next, in the No. 2 position behind and to the right of the leader. The last position, also called the “sweep,” should be another highly experienced rider. The sweeper should carry a first aid kit and tools, and should also know the route in case the group gets separated.
    Staggered formation is fundamental to group riding. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends maintaining a two-second gap between you and the rider directly in front of you, and roughly a one-second gap between you and the next rider in the formation. At slower speeds, that means tightening the ranks. Graphic courtesy the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Group size. Try to keep your group manageable — between five and seven riders is a good size. If necessary, break up large groups into smaller ones. 
    Lane changes. Good leaders will be watching their mirrors, and will wait until there is a large enough space for the whole group to move over. Sometimes that’s just not possible, in which case the riders make individual lane changes, returning to their positions within the new lane. Maintain your speed when changing lanes! Remember that there are riders behind you who need to move over as well.
    Communication. This is especially important in a group. The leader will often activate his or her turn signals early; following riders should also use their signals, essentially passing the message back. Some groups also like to use hand signals for upcoming turns: left arm straight out to the side for a left turn, left arm raised at a 90-degree angle for a right turn. There are a few other “universal” hand signals in the moto world: extending a hand down and opening and closing your fist tells another rider their turn signal is still on, and sticking a foot or hand out indicates a hazard in the road on either the left or right side. Below is a chart from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation showing some other common hand signals. Each group has their own way of communicating, so don’t be afraid to ask before you leave!
    This chart from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation shows common hand signals used in group riding. Still, you should always check with your group to see if they use any special signals or ways of communicating. Curves. When the road gets twisty, throw the staggered formation out the window. Forming a single file line gives you the space you need to lean and adjust your line if necessary. Remember this might also mean giving the rider ahead of you some extra space. 
    Passing. Never blindly follow riders ahead of you when they pull out to pass a car. Move over to the left portion of the lane and wait until you have a clear view of the road ahead. That may mean waiting until the rider in front of you is safely back in the lane ahead of the vehicle you’re passing. Then check your mirror to make sure another speed demon isn’t trying to make the pass from behind you.
    Being passed. Being passed by a single vehicle is easy: just let them go. There may be times when the vehicle doesn’t have the room to get around the whole group in one go. Don’t take offense, even if they’re obviously just being impatient. Open up a space and let them back in. There’s no sense in riding too close and putting yourself and the rest of your group in danger. 
      But what if it’s another group of riders passing yours? Well, first off get in the habit of watching your mirrors (see Advanced Course below). That way you won’t be startled when riders start blasting past you. As the sweep rider, if you see another group approaching from behind, move to the right and wave them past. This lets them know that a) you see them, and b) you’re going to maintain your position to the right to safely allow them to pass. As a mid-pack or lead rider, keep an eye on your mirrors. If the headlight of the bike behind you moves to the right, look for passing riders and move right as well, waving them by. This can take time as the second group filters past, but just hold your right-side line and give your fellow riders a wave as they move on.
    Staying together and on-track. Each group has its own procedure for this, and it’s something that should be discussed before you leave. Some groups prefer to stay in a pack at all times, with the leader pulling over immediately if you get separated, for example at a red light. Others, especially on long trips or when riding off-road, use the buddy system or back-marker technique. When approaching a turn or confusing intersection, check your mirrors. If you don’t see the rider behind you, pull over and wait. Basically you’re making sure that each turn is marked, and the sweep rider can pick up any stragglers.
    Advanced Course
    Now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s talk about being a better group rider. Instead of blindly following the tail of the rider in front of you like a bored packhorse, being aware and proactive will make you a more proficient, safer rider with whom others want to ride!
    Awareness. This is something you should be practicing anytime you’re on the bike, not just in a group. You’re always scanning ahead, checking your mirrors and watching the patterns of other drivers, right? Don’t get lazy just because you’re surrounded by your “pack!” Watch your leader. If your group is stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle and the leader starts to peer around them, you can guess that a pass is imminent. Be ready to change lanes or pass quickly, safely and efficiently, keeping the whole group moving. If you’re on a multi-lane highway, the sweep rider could move over early and “set a pick” for the riders ahead, keeping the lane open for them to easily slide over.
    Look farther than 20 feet ahead of you. See that “stale” green traffic light that could be getting ready to turn yellow? Be prepared for the rider in front of you to hit the brakes if the light changes. See the guy in the SUV in the next lane over, slowing down and looking over his shoulder? He likely wants to change lanes — keep an eye on him, and consider slowing to let him in, especially if your group is a large one.
    Go with the flow. Group riding rules are not always black and white. For example, on long highway stretches it’s common for the group to spread out as everyone finds their own pace. Just be sure that you follow your group’s established procedure for back marking at turns. In areas of heavy traffic and slow speeds, try to keep your formation tight. Don’t be “that rider,” who dawdles and allows large gaps to form between you and the rider(s) ahead, then bolts through yellow lights at the last second, leaving those behind high and dry or forced to attempt to make the light. If your group hits some twisties and you find that you can’t keep up, don’t worry, just ride at your own pace. Wave the rider(s) behind you past if they want to go faster; at minimum, the sweep rider will stay with you and the rest of the group will wait for you to catch up ahead. This is part of the fun of group riding: you know your “pack” will take care of you.
    Try to be consistent. It’s a lot easier to ride with people who are predictable. Hold your line, be smooth and steady with your speed and pay attention to your surroundings. Your fellow riders will thank you!
    Final Exam
    No, there isn’t actually a final exam, but I do want to leave you with this parting advice, and it’s the most important: ride your own ride.
    Ultimately, we are all responsible for ourselves and only ourselves. Even though you’re in a group of other riders, you alone are in control of your bike and are therefore on a solo ride. If the group is doing stuff that makes you uncomfortable, don’t do it. Ride your own pace, don’t run the red light even though the two riders ahead of you did, and if you need to take a break, signal to your group and pull over. And don’t attempt an unsafe pass — your group won’t leave you behind.
    Article credits: ridermagazine

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    Chong Aik:  The all-new CARDO PACKTALK EDGE (Sound by JBL) Duo
     
    Experience greatness like never before with the all-new #CARDO PACKTALK EDGE (Sound by JBL) Duo - the most advanced communication system in the world! NOW AVAILABLE Powered by the 2nd generation of Cardo's Dynamic Mesh Communication, PACKTALK EDGE provides an unprecedented crystal clear sound and an easy, lightning-fast pairing for a group of up to 15 riders, at a range of up to 1.6km/1mi. Among its many improved features are upgraded Natural Voice engine, enhanced JBL Sound, and improved noise-cancelling microphone, for an exceptional on-the-road sound and communication experience. Fast Charging and over-the-air software updates complete the list of features and improve significantly the ease of use. Waterproof, PACKTALK EDGE comes in a slim modern design with no external antenna, a USB Type-C port, and a revolutionary and secure magnetic Air Mount. Universal fit, unrivaled performance, the leader of the Pack is better than ever!   Main Features: Waterproof: No matter what you throw at it, your waterproof PACKTALK EDGE will take the beating and keep you connected. Rain, shine, mud, dust, or snow. Air Mount: So simple. So secure. Just bring your PACKTALK EDGE near the magnetic mount and it will snap right on. Sound by JBL: New and powerful 40mm high-definition speakers engineered to perfection by JBL experts, with an improved music processor and three redesigned audio profiles. Natural Voice: Our improved Natural Voice Operation engine rids you from the need to ever press a button again. Just say "hey Cardo" and tell it what you want, your PACKTALK EDGE will do the rest. Dynamic Mesh Communication Gen 2: We took the world's best motorcycle intercom, and made it better. For up to 15 riders at a range of up to 1.6km/mi. Easy Grouping: Lightning fast, easy and simple. Effortless grouping like never before. Auto Healing: DMC intercom adapts to your ride, and not the other way around. Private Chat: For those moments you want to gossip with only one member of the group. Sound Quality: The best sounding intercom in the World. Motorcyclists chatter has never sounded so good.
    Specs: Compatibility: Universal / Universal connectivity / TFT connectivity Intercom: 2nd gen DMC intercom Auto-reconnect, HD Live Bluetooth Intercom Universal Bluetooth Intercom Group Size: up to 15 riders Rider to Rider Range: up to 1.6km / 1mi Operating Temperature: -20˚C to 55˚C / -4˚ F to 131 ˚ F FM Radio: Operating frequencies 76-108 MHz, RDS - Radio Data Systems 6 preset station memory Software Update: Over-the-air updates, USB cable updates Device Settings: Cardo Connect App Dimensions: Main Unit (Height: 46mm / Length: 84mm / Depth: 23mm / Weight: 47g Speakers: Diameter: 40mm / Depth: 10mm Connectivity: 2 channels for mobile phone and GPS / Bluetooth 5.2 User interface: Natural Voice Operation / Multilingual status announcements Audio: Sound by JBL / 40mm JBL speakers / JBL Audio profiles / Automatic Volume Control Talk time: 13 hours Charging Time: up to 2 hours Fast charging: 2 hours talk time after 20 min charge Standby Time: 10 days Certificates: CE IC/FCC SIG BT TELEC UKCA
      As Cardo’s SOLE AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR in Singapore, we provide: 3-Year Warranty (For Packtalk Edge) 2-Year Warranty 1-to-1 exchange (For parts deemed faulty not due to wear and tear) *With proof of purchase: Invoice Try the CARDO Packtalk Edge (Sound by JBL) with us, the SOLE AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR at: Helmets & Apparels Showroom 45 Desker Road, Singapore 209576 +65 6294 2532/1 9am-6pm | Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat Powerstar Motor P/L 151 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208869 +65 6392 5803 10:50am-7:30pm | Mon-Sun   Join SingaporeBikes on Telegram for more of the latest news, special offers, reviews of motorcycles, and more!

     

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    SingaporeBikes.com preferred bike rental company - Auto Exchange Bike Rental - is back with another unbeatable offer for June 2022!
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    We are excited to share that Auto Exchange has just gotten in a brand new fleet of motorcycles consisting of the latest and hottest 2021 models for you to try and experience for yourself! Read to the end of the post to see actual pictures of the motorcycles!
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    Stayin’ Safe: Proper Motorcycle Mirror Positioning
    Most riders position their mirrors to provide the same rearward view, resulting in a duplicated image and a much narrower overall view. By angling mirrors outward, the rider can expand and optimize the rearward view while still seeing everything behind. (Illustration by Kimberly Chapman)
    You wouldn’t ride with a blindfold on. Nor would you ride with blinders to obscure your peripheral vision (like horses wear). Yet, many riders keep their right and left mirrors adjusted in a way that provides the narrowest view (including an excellent view of their elbows). 
    Next time you hop aboard your bike, and before you pull away, take a careful look into each mirror. What do you see? Is the view in the left mirror virtually the same as the view in the right mirror? How much of the scene behind you can you see in both mirrors? If the scene is largely duplicated by each, try angling both mirrors outward to expand the width of your overall view. The ideal adjustment allows you to see a vehicle directly behind in either mirror but with minimal overlap of that image. You should have a distinctly different view to the outside of the mirror now as well. The left mirror should reveal more of the space adjacent to your bike on the left (where cars pass), and the right mirror should expand the view of the space to the right of your bike (where merging vehicles appear from), significantly expanding your total rearward view. 
    While we’re talking mirrors, it’s a good time to consider what other drivers see. Car drivers have a rearview mirror mounted on the windshield that provides exactly what the name suggests: a rear view. Cars also have two side-view mirrors mounted to the outside of the vehicle on the right and left side. Unfortunately, despite the name, those mirrors are typically adjusted inward to take in the same rearward view as the inside mirror. That means that vehicles—including our motorcycles—are easily obscured from the driver’s view. Be aware as you ride alongside other vehicles; if you can’t see their reflection in the mirror, they can’t see you! 
    Article credits: ridermagazine
     
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    TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO TO YOUR MOTORCYCLE

       
     
      1. Correct chain tension is a must
    IF YOU WANT to avoid knackering your bike's sprockets, prematurely wearing out the gearbox bearings and preventing the rear suspension from working properly then make sure your chain's correctly adjusted.
    Refer to the owners' manual for the recommended amount of slack, and check it with the bike on its side-stand, not a centre-stand or paddock stand, as you need some weight on the shock to replicate riding conditions. It's even worth getting a mate to sit on it if you can.
    Check it at several points by rolling the bike back and forth. The free-play should be consistent throughtout. If there are tight spots then it could signal the chain is getting towards the end of its life and needs replacing.
      Lube the chain while you're at it, too. Watch our video guide to chain maintenance below.
       
      2. Custom paint job
    Popular in Moscow but maybe not in Moss Side
      APART FROM COSTING anywhere for a decent full-on custom paint job, altering your bike's original colours can drastically reduce its resale value.
    All the dealers we spoke to said they always offer better trade-in prices for bikes with original paint, as custom-painted bikes could signal a machine's been crashed.
    What's more, not everyone wants to be seen on a bike with 'Grim Reaper' or 'RIZLA' splashed down the side of their vehicle.
      3. Overtighten bolts
    Torque wrench - a must for any home mechanic
    ASK ANY DECENT motorcycle mechanic for one of the most common mistakes they see while working on other people's machines and most will say overtightened bolts.
    Using too much force when tightening your bike's bolts can lead to stripped threads, damaged bolt heads and knackered sump plugs, to name just a few.
    The answer? Use a torque wrench - available from any good motoring shop - to give an accurate idea of the force needed to tighten your bike's bolts. Watch the MotoGP mechanics when they're working on the bikes - a torque wrench is never usually far from hand.
    For your bike's specific torque settings check with the owners' manual.
    4. Leave your bike covered in winter grime
    MOTORCYCLE AND winter grime do not mix. Leaving your bike unwashed and plastered in road salt is a surefire way of decimating its finish and resale value.
    Many dealers told us they'd seen lots of low mileage bikes suffering from salt corrosion because the owner thought it would be okay to wash it later in the week - only to find corrosion had taken hold of all the bare metal parts when they opened the garage door days later.
    We gather the problem is even more common on bikes being returned to dealers at the end of PCP finance terms, so watch out for corrosion on late second-hand machines too.
    The dealer's advice?
    "It takes less than 10 minutes to give a bike a quick wash with car shampoo and a thorough rinse - it's a must if you're going to ride your pride and joy in winter. A liberal dousing of anti-corrosion spray is a good idea, too."
      5. Use cheap tools
     
     
    Get a good quality tool kit if you want to avoid this
    USING POOR QUALITY or incorrect tools usually results in some kind of damage that could have been avoided if the owner had used decent equipment instead.
    Mole grips, the chosen weapon of many workshop bodgers, are useful for many jobs but should never be used as a substitute for a decent spanner. What's more, the tool kit supplied with many motorcycles will be just about good enough to adjust your chain - at a push. So it's worth investing in a set of decent quality tools if you're planning on spannering your own bike at home.
      Use in conjunction with a good quality torque wrench.
    Halfords do decent-value mechanics' tool kits for around the £200 mark. 
    Halfords have a great value tool kit with most of the stuff you'll need for basic home servicing and more for £189.99.
    6. Ride with worn tyres/incorrect pressures
    Tyres: must be the correct pressure and in good condition
    INCORRECT tyre pressures or badly worn rubber can seriously effect a motorcycle's handling, so always make sure your tyres are in tip-top condition.
      Under-inflation can lead to instability while braking, cornering and general riding. It can also cause the tyre to overheat and wear unevenly.
    Over-inflated tyres give a smaller contact patch on the road, a harsher ride and reduced tyre life.
    Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner's manual.
    The law states tread-depth must be at least 1mm, forming a continuous band at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and all the way around the tyre. We'd suggest replacing them long before they reach 1mm. Your bike's handling - and safety - depends partly on correctly inflated tyres kept in tip-top condition.
    7. Park in a dodgy place
    Wouldn't fancy explaining this to the owners
    IT TAKES less than a second for your bike to topple over but can cost a fortune to repair, so spend a few minutes finding somewhere suitable to park it.
    Look for firm, even ground and use a sidestand puck for maximum stability.
    And if you're thinking of parking in a poorly lit area in a dodgy part of town infested by hoody-wearing yobs with a penchant for joy-riding, then don't. Find somewhere completely different to park, with none of those features.
    8. Rush your first strap on
     
     
    Attaching luggage? Never hurry
    IF YOU'RE planning a trip away on your bike you may be contemplating the idea of attaching soft luggage.
    Fitting and filling fabric panniers correctly is a job requiring some prior thought and a fair bit of common sense. Never be tempted to rush strapping on soft luggage 10 minutes before you're due to leave. Take an evening or two to work through different options for the best fit.
    It's essential the rider ensures none of the luggage or strapping fouls any of the bike's moving parts - a pannier in the back wheel at 100mph isn't funny. In fact it's deadly.
    It's also worth checking the bags don't touch the bike's exhaust system, or you may find half your kit's gone awol when you get to your planned destination.
    Watch our guide to fitting soft panniers below.



    How to fit soft panniers | Motorbike Maintenance by visordown
    9. Sell your bike's original bits
    Recoup a few quid selling the original parts? Don't do it
    IF YOU'RE planning on adding a few tasty modifications to your bike then think about keeping the original parts so you can replace them when the time comes to sell.
    Some owners spend a fortune on modifying, with stuff like an exhaust system, lightweight wheels, rear-sets, multi-adjustable levers and carbon bits. It can then be tempting to flog the original parts to recoup some of the outlay. But it's a false economy as one dealer told us: "We don't give any extra cash at trade-in for bikes with lots of extras. In truth, we probably give more for machines that are 100%. So my advice is to take off the expensive extras, flog them on eBay and return the bike to standard."
    And remember, when it comes to older or classic machines, standard is trick. 
    10. Lend your bike to just anyone
    "Can I have a go?"
    AND FINALLY, never, EVER lend your bike to anyone unless you're totally happy they're fully insured, competent on a bike and not liable to ride like a [email protected]
    We've seen a crash or two over the years at Visordown, some involving our own bikes that we've lent to someone only to regret it moments later. Friendships have perished.
    But the prize for the most embarrassing crash must go to the chap in the picture above. The journalist, who we'll refrain from naming, was given the chance to ride one of the greatest MotoGP bikes of all time: Honda's 990cc RC211V.
    So imagine how this guy felt when he dropped Nicky Hayden's multi-million dollar racer in the pit lane at Valencia.
     
    Article credits: Visordown

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    Chong Aik: Shopee Auto Sale
     
    Shopee Auto Sale - Valid only for 7 days | 20-26 May 2022    

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