- 1.2mm (body) to 1.3mm (impact areas) premium leather construction for optimum protection, durability and comfort
- 10mm thick memory foam back protector
- CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors
- Perforated leather in key areas for maximum ventilation
- Extra padding is also provided via padded panels throughout the jacket
- Pleated leather panels are used in multiple locations for the finest non-binding fit possible
- Multiple stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance
- Removable and washable quilted liner with a pocket zips in over a permanent mesh lining
- Moisture wicking neoprene in the collar for maximum rider comfort
- Zip open air vents are positioned on the chest and back of shoulders
- Pre-curved arms for a perfect look, fit and for maximum riding comfort
- Two front hand warmer pockets
- Two inner pockets; one with zipper closure
- Two waist connection zippers for any type of pant attachment
- Extra long zipper pulls are used on all zippers
- World famous YKK zippers
Episode 152 - Still prettier than Repsol July 23, 2013
Not just anyone can own and wear deer skin on their hands. No, wait... that’s not right. Anyone can. All you need to do is buy some Tour Master gloves. And that’s what Chris did. Again. Frustrated with affordable summer gloves that fit is oddly shaped mutant mitts, he went with what he knows and got another pair of Tour Masters. And he likes it that way!
Is Yamaha’s new parallel twin engine too big? Only James knows for sure. But he’s loving the new KTM390, so that should give you an idea. And speaking of right sized... Motus unveils the final production machines, and at almost 1700CCs of torquey monster power, surely that’s the right size to get it done, right?
The guys wrap up the show by giving props to a very, very cool Ryca conversion on a $500 Craigslist Savage. Check out the pictures, but don’t get too close. It’s a Lycan, after all.
John Ryder - Which bike for a tall guy?
Arno Jansen - What’s high mileage for a bike?
Stuart Watson - Chris, get a BMW!
Daniel Short - The Lycan, a Ryca conversion.
- James will pick the winner of the grip puppies - Scott Pfeiffer
- Product Review
- Garmin GPS comparison - https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare.do?cID=133&compareProduct=121762&compareProduct=120318
- iON Speed Pro Camera - http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/7/3845560/ion-extends-its-sports-camera-offerings-adventure-speed-pro-air-pro-2
- Ford’s App Link goes Open Source - http://gigaom.com/2013/01/10/forget-apps-fords-openxc-project-will-produce-open-source-car-hardware/
- Triumph Tiger Sport - http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/triumph-tiger-sport-1050/
- Blog Comments
- Daniel Dyer
- Daniel Short
- Jacob S
- Ron Leonard
- Michael Veal
- Kevin Kocher
- Chuck Brewer
Hey Guys,Do you read MCN? I ask because the back cover of a recent issue had a write-up on the Ricor Intiminators, a drop in compression valve/shim stack for damping rod forks which features an inertial valve which is intended to limit brake dive while also allowing effective high-speed bump absorption. In effect, the inertial valve allows the fork to have 2Â different compression damping curves depending on which direction the suspension travel is occurring. The matching IAS Shock also has an inertial valve which affects rebound response instead of compression.I did some homework on the KLR650.net, ADVRider and SV forums and found numerous positive reviews w/ no complaints, so I decided to give the Ricor parts a try.I purchased the Intiminator fork valves and matching shock for my KLR in December under a winter special. The shock was shipped with a 300lb/ft spring which is on the soft side, but it seems to be working fine for me @200lbs in gear and with the panniers installed.Install was straightforward. No modifications to the OEM damping orifices are needed, which means the forks can be returned to stock w/o replacement of OEM parts. Iâ€™d imagine you could install them w/ the forks in the clamps on the pre-08 KLRs but itâ€™s better to remove them to drain the forks completely. The rear shock was also fairly easyÂ - the KLRâ€™s upper shock mount nut is captive, which is a good thing since the airbox blocks direct access to it. Total install time with 2 guys working on the bike on a lift was about 2 hours. At home, Iâ€™d guess itâ€™d take a half-day working solo, assuming you have the correct tools including an oil level tool for the forks.Iâ€™ve had them in for a few weeks now and have logged around 500 miles since install.In my opinion, the benefits of the combo are significant. The dive control under braking is really effective, but the forks are still fairly compliant over square-edged bumps. On local dirt roads I find that the front is far less scary over rough washboard/bumpy surfaces. Overall, the valves work exactly as advertised.The shock is less cut and dry. The IAS system helps to slow forward pitch on the brakes relative to the OEM shock. Traction seems very good, even on wet and bumpy surfaces. The rear compression is stiffer than stock but itâ€™s also less prone to bottoming. The improvement is definitely valving-related, as the 300lb/ft spring is only slightly stiffer than the OEM spring and Iâ€™m not running any more preload than I did with the OEM shock.Where the IAS shock is strange, but effective, is over the wide speed bumps used in my local area. On the OEM shock, it would get launched out of the seat over those bumps at anything over 25mph (I can hit them much faster on the Aprilia BTW). The OEM shock simply had too little high-speed rebound to prevent kicking when most of the travel was used. The IAS shock exhibits far less of this behavior. The shock seems to extend quickly enough to track the back side of the speed bump as there is nearly no wheel spin after the crest of the bump, even at 45mph, but the kick is far less. Where itâ€™s interesting is when the bike settles and then rebounds, it does so slowly and without a second or third oscillation.Â To put it simply, the rear suspension seems to respond quickly when the rear suspension unloads over a bump, but rebounds slowly when dealing with chassis weight.Compared to OEM, the bike is less pitch sensitive, less prone to bottoming, is slightly less plush over minor pavement imperfections, and is far easier to ride on bumpy gravel roads.Post-sale, Iâ€™ve had a few questions or concerns. Brian @ Ricor has been responsive to my needs and has offered a spring rate change/revalve free of charge if needed (which Iâ€™ve decided itâ€™s not). There may be limitations on those policies, but Iâ€™m still impressed with my interactions with their company.Would I recommend the combo? Definitely, as long as the purchaser isnâ€™t expecting KTM Adventure suspension qualityâ€¦ the kit on high-end dual sports is still superior to the modded KLR, but the gap is far less now and even with mods, Iâ€™m at Â½ the cost of a used 950 Adventure and still less than the going rate for a used F650GS.
Thanks, Jamie. Really appreciate the pictures and the write up. Much appreciated!HI Chris and James - Here are the photos I took on the day of the Nuda 900. The bike looks more Hypermotard than tourer to me - seat style is more out of the Huski trail range and I'm sure your bottom would hurt after a while in the saddle! The 900R has a rear Ohlins shock which is a nice piece of add on as the normal 900 model has the Sacs (not too shabby either!). Both have Sacs forks.Â It's a parallel twin (tweaked)Â motor with nice high bars andÂ the rear footrests are in an okay position for two upness. It comes with (after market) accessories for 'touring' like a higher windshield and rear panniers. I could really do with a higher screen on the 900 Hornet!!Â The guy from the importer told me that it comes in at just over 100bhp and about 175kg (386 lbs) in 'dry' weight.Â The bike on show had no electrics and fluids in it so could not even be started or ridden! It was being sent onto the Sydney show and then back to Italy so we were fortunate? We have to wait until March for a test ride and it should retail in Australia for about $16000 (about par with the USD so same possibly for yourselves) I think it would make a great kick ass second bike and I love the design. Not a fan of thoseÂ plasticy type mirrors and I would've liked it to come with the hand protectors. It looks a very clean simple machineÂ - anyway, IÂ enjoy the show, loved the 'Barber' trip stuff and the general day to day bike banter you guys do! Cheers - Jamie McVey