Busting The Myth: The Most Important Motorcycle Gear and Why It Matters
Riding motorcycles is an exhilarating experience and many will even tell you it’s the best dopamine (and adrenaline) fix out there. However, like every good thing, there’s a downside to it too: the risk of a crash.
Ask any professional (or experienced) rider and they’ll tell you crashing is an integral part of riding, also perhaps the most overlooked aspect, especially amongst newer riders. Skills, rider aids, and perhaps a bit of luck can help you avoid crashes, but crashing still remains inevitable.
So all you can REALLY do about it is…you guessed it, prepare for the worst by wearing protective gear.
These New Shoei Helmets Are PERFECT For Marc Marquez Loyalists!
The past couple of years has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, thanks to back-to-back career-threatening injuries. Despite his plight, Marquez took his first win at the 2021 German Grand Prix after the monumental Jerez crash in 2020.
To celebrate this high, Marquez’s helmet sponsor Shoei has taken the wraps off two new limited edition colorways for the NXR2 (called the RF1200 here) and Glamster helmets.
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The VATA7 X1 Is The World’s First Helmet With LEDs That Can Wirelessly Sync With Your Bikes Lighting System
The bike world is becoming more modern with each passing day and it’s high time that our helmets caught up as well. This is where the new-for-2022 VATA7 X1 helmet comes in which aims to revolutionize helmets as we know them. How? Well, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty for that.
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Shoei’s New Limited Editioncrown To Protect Your One-And-Only Head
Helmets are arguably the most important piece of protective riding gear you can get. And thanks to this, they are also the highest-selling and most popular riding gear amongst riders.
To cash in on this, many helmet companies roll out special colorways for their helmets, which vary from MotoGP editions to full-blown, loud Marvel and DC Comics liveries. And similarly, leading Japanese helmet-maker Shoei has introduced limited-edition liveries for its popular helmets, the RF-1400 and the GT-Air II.
Let’s take a closer look.
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Triumph launches a new SOS system for your Smartphone
Triumph announces a new essential component of motorcycle safety equipment. The Triumph SOS app, specifically tailored for motorcyclists, and monitors sensors in your smartphone to detect and validate an accident and then request emergency services, even if you can’t.
Alpinestars and Dainese taking motorcycle-jacket airbag systems to a new level: "Tech-Air 5" and "Smart Jacket"
Back in 2018, the MotoGP organizers Dorna and the FIM made a new call to make it compulsory for riders to wear a suit under the riding jacket that would expand with air upon impact. Just like the airbags in your car.
Much before that, the top tier safety gear manufacturers, Alpinestar and Dainese have been at it to develop safety equipment for riders across the world, including such airbag systems. For 2020, Alpinestar has released its brand new "Tech-Air 5", which is a “slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest” that can be worn under just about any riding jacket. Dainese, however, debuted its “Dainese Smart Jacket” system in 2019 itself.
TopSpeed guide to prevent your motorcycle from getting stolen
The dreadful feeling of getting my dear motorcycle stolen or damaged has given me quite a few sleepless nights, especially in demographics I’ve traveled new to wander off. I’m sure most of you feel the same, and a few have already lost their motorcycle to petty witches of our society.
Motorcycle theft is a growing criminal activity in certain parts of the world. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles are the top five motorcycles, listed by brand, that were most frequently stolen last year. The top five states for motorcycle thefts were California, Florida, Texas, New York, and South Carolina.
The black market in motorcycle salvage is huge, and hence, only 45% of the stolen vehicles will be recovered. Here is our guide to help you secure your vehicle when left unattended and deter thieves from taking your motorcycle:
Harley Davidson files patent for Autonomous Braking
Harley Davidson, in a surprising PR stunt, has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. Blowing the door wide open, HD gave us a peek at all their new products coming in the next five years including new internal combustion engines (500cc, 750cc, 975cc and 1,250cc) that will go onto 16 new models and its Project LiveWire models.
Fresh information just came in with regards to a new patent filing by the Milwaukee brand suggesting ‘Emergency Autonomous Braking System’ in the event of a collision. The system will make use of multiple sensors to study the surroundings as well as the alertness of the rider before it intervenes to activate the braking systems autonomously.
Piaggio to fit its scooters with free tracking devices
The UK has been facing a notorious crime of motorcycle thefts. Things in London, however, is in a different level altogether. There were over 14,000 motorcycle thefts reported in London the last year, and 23,430 crimes were committed using motorcycles that were stolen of course.
On an average, 77 bikes worth are stolen per day and to crack this atrocity, London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke about manufacturers incorporating better anti-theft measures into their products to make it difficult for people just to whisk away bike without authorization. And joining Honda UK in this effort, Piaggio has offered to equip all the new Vespa GTS 300s’ and Piaggio Beverly 300/350s’ with tracking equipment free-of-charge.
KTM Reveals Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection
Though still in development, KTM revealed its newest safety innovations in the form of Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection. The prototype systems installed on a 1290 Super Adventure S were demonstrated in Austria with the hopes of taking motorcycle safety to the next level.
Continue reading for more on KTM’s newest safety technologies.
Do You Know How To Buy A Used Motorcycle?
Now that tax season is over and you have that fat refund in your pocket, the warming weather of spring may well have you thinking about bugs in your teeth and your fists in the wind. All bike mechanics, and most experienced riders, will already be familiar with the following procedures, but first-time buyers looking to pick up a used bike should pay attention, The following checks may save you a lot of money and aggravation in the long run.
Continue reading for my presale inspection tips.
Theives in London face the wrath of ZERO Motorcycle’s new anti-theft device
Motorcycle theft is a growing criminal activity in certain parts of the world. Things in London, however, is in a different level altogether. There were over 14,000 motorcycle thefts reported in London the last year, and 23,430 crimes were committed using motorcycles that were stolen of course.
On an average, 65 bikes are stolen per day and the latest victims reported have been the folks at ZERO Motorcycles. And the irony is that the bikes were stolen from the back of a transporter van while they were on “theft tracking” tests.
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Keep yourself and other road users safe. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
In a project aptly called as “Wheelie King”, Japanese Masaru Abe pulled off the longest wheelie on a two-wheeler creating a record that now stands at an incredible distance of 311 miles. It was done on a closed course, rather a pre-created track just for this feat under marshals and all safety factors are taken into considerations.
Then there is this guy, just like all spoilt brats out there attempting the wheelie on public roads – across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge exactly. It is apparently the ’world first’ wheelie across the span of the mile-long bridge. But he is, however, facing the heat from the authorities for this act.
Top Five Things I See Riders Doing Wrong
I come into contact with lots of riders, partly because of my job, and partly because I enjoy talking to people about their bikes, riding experiences and the like. Most times, I get a pleasant conversation with “sea stories” added liberally thereunto. Sometimes, I come away genuinely concerned for the rider’s chances of surviving the trip home. Yesterday was just such a day, and it got me thinking about mistakes I see with alarming regularity. Before I get started on my little rant, I want to offer up this caveat: I’m not picking on any particular group, bike style or manufacturer. As far as I’m concerned, these mistakes are prevalent across the rider spectrum, with plenty of equal-opportunity fault to spread around. Some of the following is based on science, but for the most part, it simply reflects my own not-inconsiderable experience over the last 20-plus years of riding.
Continue reading for my list of things I see riders doing wrong.