Sports-Touring Tires - Metzeler Roadtec 01 Technology


Sports Touring tires have an incredible tough job. They have to suit all types of motorcycles, from 200 horsepower superbikes to lightweight commuters and heavyweight tourers, give confidence in temperatures as low as 5º Celsius, cut through the heaviest rain, give excellent grip on dry roads, and provide a sporty steering characteristic while remaining stable. On top of all that, they’ve got to give thousands of kilometers of life, too.

Logic suggest that creating a product to achieve all this would be impossible, as the soft compounds needed to generate feel and confidence in cold, wet conditions are the very same compounds that can be easily overheated in warm, dry, high-kilometers situations.

But in recent years all the leading manufacturers have now created products to give riders around the world the ideal solution for all types of road riding, which is why sports touring tires represent the majority of all motorcycle tires sold around the world.

Lets look at the Metzeler Roadtec 01 and the technology that is used to achieve the impossible.

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Selecting Motorcycle Boots


Although all motorcycle gear is important, boots rank up there pretty high. More specifically, though, I’m talking about boots designed for riding motorcycles, as not all boots are created equal when it comes to offering proper protection.

Someone once said: ‘Keep your motorcycle in good repair, for motorcycle boots are not made for walking.’ Actually, boots have a huge job to do as they have to protect you from the elements, as well as that worst-case scenario, a crash. In addition, boots are pretty much the only piece of motorcycle gear that you can hang out in while you are out and about on your motorcycle. The other stuff – helmet, gloves, jacket – generally comes off once you arrive at your destination. Boots need to offer comfort wherever your ride takes you – and of course, looking good also counts.

If you’ve been riding a long time, I’m sure that you have gone through many motorcycle boots. And maybe for you, as with me, many of them failed pretty soon after purchase. Loose stitching, sles wearing out far too soon and leather cracking prematurely, even after proper care, are disappointing failures in my view.

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MotoGP - Yamaha Positively Wrap Up Phillip Island Testing


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi successfully signed off their testing program at the second official IRTA test today, securing first and twelfth place respectively in the combined standings.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ended the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test with positive findings today. With the importance still firmly set on bettering tyre life and improving their race pace, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the third and final day of testing taking first and eleventh place respectively in today's timesheets and first and twelfth in the combined standings.

This morning, Viñales was once again on the attack in the early stages of the eight-hour session. Making the most of his YZR-M1's nimble character at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit he dropped the best time of the test, a 1'28.549s on lap 13, within the first hour to slot into first place in the rankings with a margin of 0.294s.

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Become a Better Rider by Being a Healthy Rider


Health these days is becoming more of an aberration than a norm compared to what it was in our simpler and more physical past. And its definition is complicated; with outward physical appearance becoming its prime measure from amongst a million possible others. If you ‘look’ slim and fit – you must be fit. True. Actually no. Formally, truly good health is a two element state that you are able to eat anything that you want to or like to without ill effect and that you are able to indulge in any kind of physical activity that you want to or need to and be able to do it.

Eat sweats without you blood sugar levels rising, salty pickles without your blood pressure hitting the ceiling, fried foods without indigestion or fear of gaining weight etc and you’re healthy. And on the physical level, climb 10 floors to your flat, run a few kilometer with your teenage son, ascend a mountain just to sit in the shade of a tree on top etc and you’re healthy. Your physical shape is a consequence of health, not its precursor.

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The 2017 BMW G310GS a genuine BMW GS within the reach of everyone


Following the excellent reception of the BMW G310R worldwide in its role as BMW’s sub-500 dual purpose lightweight, the factory has officially announced the BMW G310GS, a full blown BMW GS in every sense of the word and easily recognized as a true GS when compared with any of the much larger BMW machines… and a neat looking motorcycle.

The BMW G310GS is a true GS with typical but updated styling and versatility unrivaled in this motorcycle market sector, compact, light and easy to handle at home around town in traffic or blasting across country in comfort benefiting from its obvious versatility, add to this straightforward and simple controls and other neat touches like an LCD instrument panel it provides a safe and enjoyable ride suiting both the novice or experienced ride alike.

Engine is the 313cc (80 x 62.1) liquid-cooled single-cylinder with 4-valves DOHC and electronic fuel injection. Already well proven the single-cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees and tilted to the rear permitting a fresh air-fuel mixture to be drawn in at the front with the exhaust pipe at the rear of the cylinder head.

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Head-Up Display for KTM and Husqvarna


Pierer Industrie AG, the parent company of KTM, Husqvarna and WP Suspension, has invested in American-based tech company NUVIZ, which in just three years has developed a head-up display (HUD) for motorcycle helmets.

The fruits of this new collaboration are expected to hit the market within months.

The investment, which reportedly amounts to about US$ 5 million, includes a seat on the NUVIZ board of directors.

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The 2017 Honda CRF250L - Dual Sport Motorcycle


Is it really fair to call the 2017 Honda CRF250L a dual-sport motorcycle? After all, once you get off the pavement and into some dirt with a modern 250cc, it becomes apparent that what can seem small on the street can deliver a pretty substantial punch of power of the trail.

Both Honda and Kawasaki make and sale a small-displacement 250cc, dual-sport motorcycle, although this segment of the motorcycle market seems to be the last to receive major upgrades. But the 2017 Honda CRF250L comes with the thirty generation of the 249.6cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine equipped with the latest PGM-FI and additional fueling and exhaust technology which for 2017 added 2 more horsepower compared with the 2016 CRF250L model.

Based on the same engine used in the previous CRF250L and introduced a good amount of upgrades in what makes it a 3th generation engine.

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Road Safety the Motorcycle Way


Our life is a total sum of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are today. While this is a broad topic, I’ll narrow it down to motorcycling. Most of you reading this must have ridden a motorcycle sometime in your life. Each and every one of us knows the risks associated with riding on two wheels.

Things can get real bad real fast and this doesn’t have to be on a big highway, a simple U-turn around the block can be a potential spot for a disaster.

There are few things in life as humbling as not being able to take care of yourself, I’ve seen this first hand in some fellow riders who are now unable to ride. Not being able to do things as simple as reaching out for the TV remote will highlight how lucky we are to get around and do all the little things that we take for granted.

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The 2017 Sym Maxsym 600i ABS - The Biggest and Cheapest Maxi-Scooter


Want to buy a new high capacity maxi-scooter? The Sym Maxsym 600i ABS, has been the quiet maxi-scooter of the Sym Thailand range, launched a few years ago but not selling in big numbers since. If the Sym Maxsym 600i ABS isn’t the first maxi-scooter that comes to mind, it’s certainly the cheapest. Coming in at 259,000 THB makes it about 125,000 THB less than the Honda Integra and Yamaha Tmax 530 are in the 469,000 THB class and the two BMW C650 models start at 525,000 THB. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, the Sym Maxsym 600i ABS looks great, but is it?

Truth is, the Sym Maxsym 600i ABS has a simpler spec than many of those pricier rivals. It’s got ABS of course but it doesn’t have traction control, which nearly all of the others do. Nor does it have the motorcycle genes of the Honda Integra or the Yamaha Tmax 530; and finally, it’s got a single-cylinder engine where all of the others are equipped with two-cylinder engines.

The Sym Maxsym 600i ABS looks, feels and sounds more like an up-sized 400cc scooter than a downsized big one. The technical spec confirms that.

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The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure - Amazing Adventure Bike


Enter the KTM 1290 Super Adventure. A bulging, aggressively poised adventure bike with more gadgets and gizmos then most other motorcycles. KTM have always had a distinct design; the single headlight on this motorcycle ringed by a halo of LED’s looks aggressive.

The side view of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure does not leave one wondering as to the primary purpose of the motorcycle, whether it’s touring, road riding or getting sand everywhere in the dirt, this motorcycle was built to handle it all.

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure is de-tuned to a claimed 160 horsepower from the ‘R’ version, coupled with semi-active damping, a tubular frame and long travel suspension this motorcycle was created to compete against the best selling BMW R1200GS Adventure.

It has the usual rain, off-road, sport and comfort riding modes and after some fiddling I found it most compliant in sport mode with comfort settings. A mechanic from KTM advised this setting and it was akin to finding that perfect apex with the sun at your back and gritty tar under your wheels.

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