The Tire Tread Explained


The simplest explanation for tire tread will be that they’re the ‘grooves’ in the tire that not just make it look good bit also perform the vital function of draining away water from under the contact patch. The larger tread of ‘knobby’ tires allows the knobs to dig into the soft ground and provide grip where the smoother tread pattern would not grip.

Talking of tread patterns, few know that tires have sea and land within. These are the technical names of tread features. The grooves are the ‘sea’ while the raised rubber surrounding them is the ‘land’. These land and sea patterns are usually unique to each tire model and most tire manufacturers favor a certain family of patterns compared to others.

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The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 - The Best 150cc Sportbike


Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales unveiled the new 3th generation of the Yamaha YZF-R15 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The new look of the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 is clearly inspired by the new Yamaha YZF-R6, the Deltabox frame has been retained with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, while Yamaha has introduced USD front forks.

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 also features new headlamps, in between the two headlamps is a section that looks like a pseudo air intake. The headlamps are sleeker, but they are still halogen lights.

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 also gets new multi-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels that match the body fairing color, similar as on the YZF-R3. The fuel tanks is redesigned and looks sharper, the rider and pillion seat have been reworked to be more comfortable. The pillion seat is also lower than on the outgoing model. The instrument panel gets a all new digital layout, which is more easier to read.

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The Suzuki VanVan 200 - The Beach Boy is Back and Stronger


The Suzuki VanVan 200 – a small, powered by a single-cylinder 200cc, air-cooled engine, lustrous, faintly ridiculous, massively entertaining and attractive package of fat-wheeled fun and joy.

There is not hint of artifice here, from the fuel tank shape and candy-colored paint, so the fat tires, single headlight and speedo, mini ape-hanger handlebars and wide over-upholstered banana seat, it fair bloody screams Seventies ’chopper bike’. It was desirable and well-found then, and so it is today.

Of course the Suzuki VanVan is not completely new for Thailand, we already had the VanVan 125, but with the Suzuki VanVan 200 and the extra performance the motorcycle finally has become the fun bike it always wanted to be.

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Soft Luggage for Motorcycles


Even if you don’t believe in magic, you have to admit soft luggage is sort of magical. It can help turn the least likely motorcycle into a touring bike, and do it for a fraction of what it cost to buy a purpose-built motorcycle. When you get home, you take it off and presto! You get your old motorcycle back in minutes. That’s way better than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. To keep the trick from going wrong, though, here are some tips to consider when choosing soft luggage.

Some general considerations first. Just as you do when you shop for riding gear, try any piece of soft luggage on your motorcycle before you buy. It doesn’t take long to find out that the term ‘universal’ sometimes means ‘doesn’t really fit anything well.’ Some luggage just isn’t compatible with some motorcycles, like those with high pipes that can melt saddlebags, or plastic tanks that rule out magnetic tank bags.

Especially with tank bags, mount the bag and then sit on the motorcycle to make sure the bag doesn’t crowd you, obscure the instruments or interfere with the handlebar when the front wheel is at full lock. Do the same with saddlebags that might interfere with your feet on the pegs.

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The 2003 BMW F650GS Dakar as Secondhand Adventure Bike


The BMW F650GS Dakar is the best choice, and the most comfortable when sticking to the road with just a dash of gravel.

Despite bearing the Dakar name the BMW F650GS Dakar offers a much softer approach to single-cylinder trail bikes. It’s the adventure version of the standard GS, and comes with a Dakar paintjob, taller screen and seat, spoked wheels and longer suspension.

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The New 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 - Made in Japan Inline-Four


The new 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is basically a restyled GSR750. Yes, it gains new suspension, wheels, swingarm and radial brakes. True, it now boasts three-stage traction control and ABS. And okay, the engine modifications have seen its power boosted by 8 horsepower and a bit of character has been injected thanks to internal tweaks and a new airbox.

But it is still all based around the engine of the GSX-750 K5. Clearly the big question is: why aren’t Suzuki moving on? The Suzuki GSX-S750 is not bad at all, in fact it’s very pleasant, but it just feels a bit like we’ve seen it before.

When you ride the Suzuki GSX-S750 there is very little to criticize. Compared with the lacklustre GSR750 the modified engine feels and sounds livelier. It’s a solid performer with a good throttle connection and a wide spread of torque with a bit of pleasing top end zing. If you are into inline fours, it won’t disappoint. But by the same token it doesn’t really excite either, certainly not in the same way as the Yamaha MT-09 triple does.

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Twin-Shock Rear Suspension - Good or Bad?


Some people apparently see two-shock rear suspension as old fashion and less effective. There was a time when the rear suspension of every motorcycle had a pair of shock absorbers attached to either side of the rear swingarm.

Yes, even those that were raced on tracks or those that jumped the humps during motocross. There still are quite a few motorcycles with just such a set-up but now they belong mainly to the eco-commuter or cruiser class. Nothing wrong with it as the twin-shock set-up is pretty effective considering the costs involved and the performance of the machine vis-a-vis the amount of desired suspension travel and control.

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The 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber


When you have the Triumph Bonneville Bobber to ride around, not much else matters. In case you are wondering, yes, it adds to the Bonnie range, but no, it’s not just a skin job. The Triumph Bobber gets a new frame and suspension and the 1200cc engine is in a different state of tune, although shared with the Bonneville T120. It is a motorcycle to like at first glance, the stripped-down styling and loads of exquisite detailing makes the Triumph Bobber arguably the best-looking Triumph Bonneville at the moment. We’ve seen Triumph pretty much master these modern classics, but with the Bonneville Bobber, they’ve managed to take it a step further.

Among other things, the floating single seat catches your eye first. And apart from looking cool, with its brushed aluminum seat pain, it also manages functionality like allowing for 30mm of adjustment. You can choose to sit further back and lower or closer to the handlebar and slightly higher. Higher, of course, is only a relative description here as you can easily plant both your feet flat on the ground. The flat handlebar is within easy reach from the forward position for most and in case you like to reach out to the bars or are taller, you could slide the seat back. Even the instrument cluster has a little clip, which allows you to adjust the angle of the cluster facing you.

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Sports-Touring Tires - Metzeler Roadtec 01 Technology


Sports Touring tires have an incredible tough job. They have to suit all types of motorcycles, from 200 horsepower superbikes to lightweight commuters and heavyweight tourers, give confidence in temperatures as low as 5º Celsius, cut through the heaviest rain, give excellent grip on dry roads, and provide a sporty steering characteristic while remaining stable. On top of all that, they’ve got to give thousands of kilometers of life, too.

Logic suggest that creating a product to achieve all this would be impossible, as the soft compounds needed to generate feel and confidence in cold, wet conditions are the very same compounds that can be easily overheated in warm, dry, high-kilometers situations.

But in recent years all the leading manufacturers have now created products to give riders around the world the ideal solution for all types of road riding, which is why sports touring tires represent the majority of all motorcycle tires sold around the world.

Lets look at the Metzeler Roadtec 01 and the technology that is used to achieve the impossible.

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Selecting Motorcycle Boots


Although all motorcycle gear is important, boots rank up there pretty high. More specifically, though, I’m talking about boots designed for riding motorcycles, as not all boots are created equal when it comes to offering proper protection.

Someone once said: ‘Keep your motorcycle in good repair, for motorcycle boots are not made for walking.’ Actually, boots have a huge job to do as they have to protect you from the elements, as well as that worst-case scenario, a crash. In addition, boots are pretty much the only piece of motorcycle gear that you can hang out in while you are out and about on your motorcycle. The other stuff – helmet, gloves, jacket – generally comes off once you arrive at your destination. Boots need to offer comfort wherever your ride takes you – and of course, looking good also counts.

If you’ve been riding a long time, I’m sure that you have gone through many motorcycle boots. And maybe for you, as with me, many of them failed pretty soon after purchase. Loose stitching, sles wearing out far too soon and leather cracking prematurely, even after proper care, are disappointing failures in my view.

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