You often hear this question when you're hanging out with other riders anywhere:
"Which is better? 10-40 or 15-50?"
Which begs the question - what on earth are these numbers? So after endless research, reading, asking around and talking to people with diverse experience in motorsports, I finally understands what they mean, and how is it relevant for us in Malaysia (read: tropical climate).
At first, I am considering to make some modifications to the original turn signal housing, involving some light diffraction and reflection to make it more visible to oncoming traffic. The thing about the signal on the er-6f is that it is positioned in a way that can be hidden from the oncoming traffic.
At first, I considered the zx-10r side mirrors. Since they come with built-in turn signals (and foldable too!). But thanks to the hefty cost, I have put that idea in the bin.
Right now I am testing a projector light setup on the bike. Since the projectors come with its own set of angel eyes rings, I'm starting to think that the two corner lights are redundant.
Thus, the idea of converting these corner lights into turn signals comes to mind. I bought a pair of yellow T10 LED bulbs from car accessories shop for like, RM12 and fit it right in. Some quick wiring job later, and I have myself a high-mounted, front-visible turn signals!
I have laid down the bike four times in total, of which three of those times is when the bike isn't even moving. Silly mistake. To make things worse, all those three times are on the right side.
So, naturally, my stock handlebar is now disfigured.
Let me confess, I'm not a big fan of sportbikes. I gravitate more towards the super touring variant. However, recent skill-up practise around the curves of the hills of Hulu Yam has made me think that I might want a sportbike (a second bike) solely for that purpose.
And then, Kawasaki launched this in Malaysia last Sunday.
After planning for the Mega Ride 2.0 with the committees, we have put together the ride itinerary, done the booking for the food, and start assigning the tasks to the committees as marshalls. Initially, I did not plan to join this ride, mainly because I have a marathon that night. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, I joined to assist the marshall team to take care of the convoy as a sweeper (a.k.a the 'last man'). My task is mainly to assist on any stalled riders that left the convoy. The idea is that no one is left behind.
We go together, we come back together.
When we ('we' being the committees of pielangbikers.com) meet up to discuss on where should we go for the second mega ride for the members, there are a few factors that comes to play. First, it has to be something that they can gain beyond what the riders can gain daily. Second, it must not require accommodation, as we like to keep it simple. Third, it should not financially burden the members that wants to participate in the ride.
So after a thorough discussion and planning, we have decided Kuala Gula as the destination of choice.
Kawasaki Malaysia have launched the all-new Kawasaki Z800 yesterday. Today, me and a bunch of biking friends went to the new Welly Advance Bikers showroom in Batu Caves, both to check out the new showroom as well as the much-talked-about Kawasaki Z800 (also called the 'Z8' among us).
Last week, while I'm riding to work, I noticed that the bike emits warmer than usual hot air through the fairings. The thing about the er-6f (aka Ninja 650R) is that the hot air outlet is located at the fairing opening just in front of the rider's legs. So the excessively warm feeling is apparent.
The Kawasaki er-6 comes with two trip meters (Trip A & Trip B) built into the meter panel.
After reading the owner's manual, I found out that Trip A supports up to 1000km of memory, while Trip B can record to a maximum of 9999km.
So what I do is that, I use Trip A to monitor my fuel consumption, and Trip B for engine oil change interval.