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TIPS | When to change your Crash Helmet

Hey guys. found this video courtesy of Get Geared UK.

An interesting and important explanation on the importance to know when to change your Helmet. What are the tell tale sign when time is up for your helmet and what shortens the life of your helmet! Please take note.

The EPS Foam is the vital component in saving our lives!

Have a safe ride!

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TIPS| HOW DOES AN ABS BRAKE SYSTEM WORK

By: Sharizan Borhan|

Hey gang. This has been a much talked about topic recently to have  motorcycles fitted with ABS as a standard fitting rather than an optional accessory. As we already know or if you are new to the automotive world, ABS actually saves lives. Imagine locking up that front wheel in an emergency situation especially on 2 wheels. What happens next can be a very painful or fatal experience. And trust me….IT CAN HAPPEN to even the most seasoned rider. All it takes is a slip in concentration and reflexes.

You may claim that you can simulate the brake pressure regulated by an ABS system with your squeeze grip…but when an emergency happens, it may not turn out that way. It had even happen to me despite having 25 years of riding experience. Ahem…I am not exactly that old as I started riding at 16 yrs of age and experienced my first major accident at 17.

So how can ABS minimize the risk of a lock up?

ABS or Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) works to prevent a wheel lock up everytime you apply the brakes in any situation to any moving vehicle installed with one. ABS uses speed sensors on both wheels to accurately determine wheel speed it is also able to determine when a wheel is about to lock up.
Its an interesting feeling on the brake caliper or foot pedal when the ABS kicks in …you will feel a juddering effect or brake pressure being regulated many times to prevent a wheel lock up and allowing the rider be in total control in any situation.
Many studies have also shown that ABS systems does reduce braking distance as compared to vehicles not fitted with ABS.
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Here are some visuals where the ABS units are placed.
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So all in all, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, ABS is the way to go. It is one of those burden lifter or must haves that gives you peace of mind when you are riding. It is worth forking out that extra penny to slow down safely.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Safety First. Your Life depends on it!

Video courtesy of Vicroads Australia.

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KNOW YOUR LIFESAVER | THE CRASH HELMET

 By: Sharizan Borhan|

full-faceCrash helmets have been around for some time now and it has been proven that it is somewhat of a lifesaver. Why you may ask? Simple, our head is like one big watermelon. Have you ever seen what happens when a watermelon is dropped from the height of an average person or even flung ahead simulating a head on collision? It just breaks open with a splat upon hitting the ground. Liquid oozing out of its shell and at times it just breaks apart into many tiny mushy pieces.

Now imagine your head. Imagine this precious part of the body being dropped or even flung ahead in a head on collision. Ever imagined what would happen? Has it happened to you? Well it has for me. I was just 17 years of age when i was involved in a side head on collision with a car that came out of a junction despite me having right of way. Everything was just slow motion during the hit coupled with the flying scene like Superman over the car. But the moment you hit the ground….everything changes…you are now back in real time…I still remember the landing after flying over the car….I landed on my head and rolled several times before coming to a halt. If not for the helmet…it would have been one very short life experience on earth. Not a very pleasant experience I must say.But one I will remember for the rest of my life..I was lucky to just get away with abrasions to the left knee which left me in bed for a week with  a swollen knee and elbow, a blood clot toe and of course a bruised ego. But hey I was alive to live another day.

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These are never to be used again.

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A life saver

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Imagine No Helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

That saying, why are some riders still not taking the helmet seriously? There has also been many trying to prove a theory that helmets break necks, block views, impair hearing and so forth. But they have been consistently disproved of.

So what is the actual reason for not wanthelmet-designing to take a helmet seriously?

Here are some of our guesses:

  1. I wanna ride in the wind
  2. I don’t look good in it
  3. Nothing’s gonna happen to me
  4. Its just down the road
  5. Real bikers don’t need helmets
  6. and the shenanigans and justifications go on and on

But when disaster strikes you’ll be regretting it for the rest of your life.That is…if you are still ALIVE..

So be a sensible person and be a safety-conscious rider. Be responsible to you and your loved ones. PUT THAT SHELL ON THAT SKULL. You only have one for life…Protect it.

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Overtime with advancement of technology, we are seeing a vast array of helmet selections ranging from the traditional open faced,modular right up to the full faced helmets.

But what do we actually know about shopping for the right helmet. We are all not born with the same head circumference or shape. So how to we shop for a helmet that will suit our individual needs?

Well before we even go there, let’s get some insights of a helmet first. Different helmets do different things. For example, there are hard hats for the construction industry, helmets for the athletic sports industry and even Kevlar® caps for the military.

Point to note, none of it are interchangeable with one another especially when comes to riding a motorcycle. Why? Because motorcycle helmets are sophisticatedly designed and specialized for the activity. They have also been carefully and scientifically advanced over the years.

What you need to know are the four basic components that work hand in hand in providing optimal protection to a riders head they are 1) the outer shell 2) an impact-absorbing liner 3)  the comfort padding 4) the retention system.

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The outer shell is usually made of fiber-reinforced composites or thermoplastics like polycarbonate. It is tough yet designed to compress to disperse or lessen energy and force before it reaches your head upon impact of an accident. However it needs to work hand in hand with the other 3 components.

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The impact-absorbing liner is usually made of expanded polystyrene yes you heard right…polystyrene that we usually think nothing of it. This dense layer cushions and absorbs shock as the helmet stops when your head wants to keep on moving. Both the shell and the liner compresses when hit hard, spreading the forces of impact throughout the entire helmet. The more impact-energy deflected or absorbed, the less there is of it to reach your head and brain and do damage.

Some helmet shells are designed to deform, crack or break upon severe impact to absorb shock. Impact damage from a crash to the non-resilient liner may be invisible to the eye and it may look normal, but it may have little or no protective value left and should be replaced.

Comfort padding

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The comfort padding or lining is the soft foam-and-cloth layer that sits next to your head. It assists in proper fitting and keeps your head comfortable. In some helmets, this padding can even be taken out for cleaning or to be replaced with new ones or or for size change.

 

Retention system aka chin strapretention-system

The retention system aka chin strap is the vital component that completes the link. It is the one piece that keeps the helmet on your head during an impact. The chin strap is connected to each side of the shell. It only takes of couple of seconds fasten it and that would be the vital factor between life and death in an event of an impact. Fasten your chin strap securely otherwise best not to wear a helmet at all.

 

We hope this has helped you know understand the crash helmet and its importance a little better. It’s a LIFE SAVER

REMEMBER…NO GEAR….NO RIDE!! Ride responsibly.

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Modular Helmet

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Traditional Open Face Helmet

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Open Face with Visor

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TIPS | TO RETURN TO A MOTORCYCLE AGAIN.

By: Sharizan Borhan|

How many of you have actually longed to get back onto a motorcycle after a long hiatus?

You must be in the mid stages of your life if you are.

Most common reasons for taking a break

  1. Starting a family
  2. Injury
  3. Saving up for Education
  4. Business taking a toll on your time
  5. and the list goes on.

Once all these reasons are over and dealt with, you are feeling ready to get back on one because that itch becomes more and more apparent. And would you identify that? Well you begin your quest to research on bikes, you talk bikes, youtube bikes or even visit the showroom to get even more inspired.

You recall that feeling of the wind running through your face, the feeling of flying and feeling free, the sound and vibration of power running between your legs and with just a twist of your wrist…you take it up to a hundred kilometers an hour in a blink of an eye. ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS.

But something is stopping you. You suddenly come into realization….your confidence level  is not what it used to be, fear sets in and you begin to weigh your options, “ I still wanna ride but I’m not young anymore” Thoughts are now running through your head.

  1. What are my priorities
  2. I’m not young anymore
  3. Can I risk an injury
  4. and the list of things that run through your mind goes on and on…

In this kind of situation, what are the things that you should really consider before getting back on a motorcycle after along break?

Here are some tips

  • An attitude check

Most of us getting back on a motorcycle again would be in our midlife era now. So an attitude review is a must. Think “mature ” as you are no longer that young biker boy next door but distinguished gentlemen. Our reflexes are also not what is is used to before.

  • Get a refresher course

Ask a friends who have current riding experiences to give you one and perhaps hand you a loaner bike. If not make that purchase for that purpose.

You may also know a friend of a friend who is in a similar situation as you are. Do a tag team. For some who have been there, get them to shed some insights to you how they overcame them.

  • Start with a smaller CC motorcycle or a slower one

With more power comes greater responsibility to restrain you. We all know that when it comes to exceeding the legal speed limit, we are all guilty…but the question is are you riding responsibly? Are you in control or is the bike controlling you?

Honestly any bike is never wrong as long as its ridden sensibly.

  • Review your ride options

This is a very important factor because as priorities in life changes so does our taste in riding styles. You may be stiffer physically, or have much to think about in terms of commitment, safety, appearance, speed, handling and more importantly COMFORT. A sore bottom and back can be a huge turnoff .

  • Review your safety gear

Can’t stress this enough. If you can afford it…Out with the old and in with the new. We all know that Helmets have a lifespan of about bout 5 years minus any crashes or chips. Check it out to see if there is anything falling out…if so…it is a good excuse or a compulsory excuse for a new  one.

  • Riding Jacket and Pants with body armor

Inspect them thoroughly. If there are any signs of wear and tear especially fabric tears, best to keep it as a spare and start shopping for a new one. Another good excuse to keep up with new safety aspects.

And of course if they still fit your Mid-age body. Anything forced is never a good thing.

  • Riding Boots/Shoes

They too tend to deteriorate in storage especially in humid weather. Run a check on its pliability and look of for cracks and breaks in the leather and plastics. The Sole condition is also important to check for hardening.

If all the above show signs, shop for new ones.

Once you have checked all the boxes…its now time to get that bike and “ride like the wind”

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