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The Dainese Air Tourer S-ST Motorcycle Jacket

Motorcycle PartsLast week we got a Dainese Air Tourer S-ST 'summer' motorcycle jacket, and we used it since. The Dainese Air Tourer S-ST jacket is made from a stretchy material which Dainese calls Mugello, the Dainese S-ST jacket iscut short in length and design to fit snugly without the need of fit adjustments.

This Dainese jacket doesn't come with back protectors but this one has two pockets in different shapes to accommodate one. I simply took a back protector from another jacket. The CE-rated armor is specific to Dainese and sits just right on the body once you wear the jacket. In fact, between how much Dainese's mesh breathes and how well the armor sits, the Dainese Air Tourer S-ST jacket has to be one of the most comfortable jackets I've used.

That said, the Dainese Air Tourer S-ST jacket has a strange itchiness now and then, especially when I'm wearing just a base layer inside. It cleans up easily – hand wash only though.
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Budget 400cc Dual-Sport / Enduro Bike

Motorcycle NewsOne of the better quality Chinese manufacturers represented in the Thai motorcycle market is trying to get a 400cc enduro / dual-sport motorcycle road legal.

The motorcycle is a slender machine, about the size and weight of a Honda CRF250L or a Kawasaki KLX250 and could be the perfect antidote to all the overweight, overpriced and overspec adventure bikes. The motorcycle's performance is promised to be around 33 horsepower at the rear wheel.

The enduro/dual-sport machine comes with a 397cc air-cooled single engine with balance shaft, and the design is based on a licensed design of the Honda XR400 engine.
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MotoGP - Espargaro Ready to Race at Mugello

Motorcycle RacingTeam Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro has been given the green-light to race in this weekend’s Mugello MotoGP™ race in Italy after undergoing a positive ultrasound examination today in Barcelona to evaluate the recovery process of his injured right hand.

Further evaluations will be done day-by-day in terms of pain and riding capabilities. The Spaniard underwent surgery to reconstruct his right thumb ligament that was broken in the crash he had in Le Mans during FP3.

The GP of Italy will be the sixth round of the 2015 MotoGP™ season, and Team Suzuki Ecstar is excited to debut the two Factory GSX-RRs at the fascinating circuit of Mugello. Mugello’s blend of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners make it one of the most challenging circuits for the riders and engineers. Owned by Ferrari since 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest race circuits.
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Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin for Thailand

Motorcycle NewsHonda is reviving its rally-inspired adventure bike, along with the Africa Twin badge. This was hardly unexpected, given that Honda showed off its virtually production ready 'True Adventure' concept motorcycle at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last year. Honda has conformed that its CRF1000L Africa Twin will be on sale late this year, or early next year, as a 2016 model, competing with motorcycles like the BMW R1200GS.

In some countries there will be a dual clutch transmission (DCT) available, optimized for off-road riding, so it's a big guess which model we get for Thailand, the conventional six-geared manual transmission or the DCT hooked up to the 1000cc parallel twin engine. The Africa Twin recalls the glory days of Honda's NXR750V which won the Paris-Dakar race four times in a row in the late '80s. The company then released the XRV750 in late 1989 and it was virtually responsible for kick-starting the adventure bike movement.
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Install a 12V Cigarette Lighter Outlet on your Motorcycle

Motorcycle PartsA little bit of ingenuity and pinch of knowledge can go a long way; you don't have to be an engineer, or a dealer mechanic to make your scooter or motorcycle do what you need it to do. I'm not on about the awe-inspiring engine builds or crazy cut-downs that you see sometimes, I'm on about those little, less obvious modifications.

It's those little eureka moments people have. The modest moments of genius where you solve that problem that's been driving you nuts over the last few months. Or when you devise something that gives you that little bit of extra that just sets your machine apart from everyone else's.

Like I say, there's clearly some very talented people on the scene. There are the motorcycle and scooter magicians who work with mystery comparable to that of old alchemists, or painters with the finishing touch of a grand master. It doesn't matter if you can't do that, who'd expect you to? However, the fact our machines are so simple means that even the average person in the shed can get stuck in and have a go.
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Hero EBR Racing Pulling Out of WSB

Motorcycle RacingWith Erik Buell Racing going into receivership last month, it came as no surprise to learn that the firm's WSB outfit has pulled out of the series – despite initial bullish reports to the contrary.

It appears that Hero, the Indian company that invested heavily into EBR, is having some financial troubles, hence Hero EBR Racing feeling the ultimate pinch.
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Dani Pedrosa Back into the Race

Motorcycle RacingDani Pedrosa had a solid return to action at Le Mans after returning from surgery to cure arm pump. Pedrosa crashed in the early stages of the race but remounted to test his arm and make sure that he knew exactly where his recovery stands.

Understandably Dani Pedrosa is lacking in arm strength and endurance having been off a MotoGP bike for two months, but after completing the full race distance he was adamant that any issues have been put behind him. Pedrosa had no explanation for his crash, saying 'I lost the front and I don't know why.' The bike was damaged, the handlebar was bent and the throttle return wasn't working, so Pedrosa's pace was limited after his off, but with Le Mans effectively an outing to get back up to speed there was important information to be gained just by continuing to circulate the track.
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Don't Let a Flat Tire Get You Down

Motorcycle PartsIf you ride a motorcycle sooner or later you will encounter a tire puncture. For myself it was a typical scenario, stuck on a rural road between a few town north of Bangkok with a rear tire so flat the rim of the wheel was at ground level. Feeling like the day was written off and a lengthy delay inevitable, I organized a recovery back to Bangkok and called the person I was going to meet.

Luckily there is a solution that can help in this situation and get you back on the road – the roadside puncture repair kit. It must be stressed that although these kits are not officially endorsed by most tire manufacturers, many tire manufacturers admit they can work in an emergency.
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Potential Moto2 Engine Suppliers Reviewed

Motorcycle RacingFollowing the announcement that Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) would continue to be the official engine supplier for the Moto2™ World Championship for three more years (2016 to the end of 2018), the FIM and Dorna Sports will soon start talks with other potential candidates for the exclusive engine supplier for the class from 2019 onwards.

The goal of this first stage of consultation will be to take in feedback from manufacturers to further foster the key values of the Moto2™ class: keep it accessible and affordable, and offer a level playing field to teams and riders by providing reliable and consistently performing engine units.
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Latest Engine Designing - Fractured-Split Technology

Motorcycle PartsFor 2016 the motorcycle industry talk is all about fractured-split technology. While the technology itself isn't new, it's back in the headlines because Yamaha technicians have perfected a system to fracture-split titanium. This has allowed the motorcycle manufacturer to produce cost effective titanium connecting rods for its latest sportsbike.

The term fractured-split technology may look awesome when you read about it, but how many people actually know that it is, what's it's used for and the benefits it delivers?

Fractured-splitting is the process allowing a solid object to be fractured into two or more pieces in a controlled fashion, similar to the way a tile cutter scores the surface of a tile and then applies pressure to create a fracture along the scored line.
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