Become a Better Rider by Being a Healthy Rider

Health these days is becoming more of an aberration than a norm compared to what it was in our simpler and more physical past. And its definition is complicated; with outward physical appearance becoming its prime measure from amongst a million possible others. If you ‘look’ slim and fit – you must be fit. True. Actually no. Formally, truly good health is a two element state that you are able to eat anything that you want to or like to without ill effect and that you are able to indulge in any kind of physical activity that you want to or need to and be able to do it.

Eat sweats without you blood sugar levels rising, salty pickles without your blood pressure hitting the ceiling, fried foods without indigestion or fear of gaining weight etc and you’re healthy. And on the physical level, climb 10 floors to your flat, run a few kilometer with your teenage son, ascend a mountain just to sit in the shade of a tree on top etc and you’re healthy. Your physical shape is a consequence of health, not its precursor.

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The 2017 BMW G310GS a genuine BMW GS within the reach of everyone

Following the excellent reception of the BMW G310R worldwide in its role as BMW’s sub-500 dual purpose lightweight, the factory has officially announced the BMW G310GS, a full blown BMW GS in every sense of the word and easily recognized as a true GS when compared with any of the much larger BMW machines… and a neat looking motorcycle.

The BMW G310GS is a true GS with typical but updated styling and versatility unrivaled in this motorcycle market sector, compact, light and easy to handle at home around town in traffic or blasting across country in comfort benefiting from its obvious versatility, add to this straightforward and simple controls and other neat touches like an LCD instrument panel it provides a safe and enjoyable ride suiting both the novice or experienced ride alike.

Engine is the 313cc (80 x 62.1) liquid-cooled single-cylinder with 4-valves DOHC and electronic fuel injection. Already well proven the single-cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees and tilted to the rear permitting a fresh air-fuel mixture to be drawn in at the front with the exhaust pipe at the rear of the cylinder head.

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Road Safety the Motorcycle Way

Our life is a total sum of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are today. While this is a broad topic, I’ll narrow it down to motorcycling. Most of you reading this must have ridden a motorcycle sometime in your life. Each and every one of us knows the risks associated with riding on two wheels.

Things can get real bad real fast and this doesn’t have to be on a big highway, a simple U-turn around the block can be a potential spot for a disaster.

There are few things in life as humbling as not being able to take care of yourself, I’ve seen this first hand in some fellow riders who are now unable to ride. Not being able to do things as simple as reaching out for the TV remote will highlight how lucky we are to get around and do all the little things that we take for granted.

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The 2017 Kawasaki Verys-X 300 - 300cc Adventure-Touring Motorcycle

The people at Kawasaki are holding their breath for the new Kawasaki Versys-X 300, due in Thailand very soon. The marketing manager of Kawasaki Thailand became very animated when the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 was mentioned in a recent conversation.

‘Essentially the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 will create a new motorcycle category,’ said the Thai Kawasaki marketing manager. ‘It’s just under 300cc, and it’s an adventure-touring style motorcycle. There’s not much in the market in that space at this time. All the feedback we received, especially when the motorcycle was unveiled, has been very positive. There’s a lot of excitement about the Kawasaki Versys-X 300.

‘There will be a huge range of genuine accessories available that will suit the adventure-touring sector, we’re confident the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 will be offered at a competitive price point, and we think the Versys-X 300 will take off in Thailand.

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The Chinese and Motorcycle Business

You do know that China produces more than 24 million motorcycles every year, and exports 34 percent of them, yes? There are more than 200 motorcycle manufacturers in China and their output accounts for a touch over 50 percent of all the motorcycles made in the world.

And they are coming here. It is inevitable, even though our domestic ‘import’ motorcycles market is relatively small in comparison to other countries. It’s still a market and some of them are already here. Brands like Lifan, Keeway and Zongshen are being sold to people after a dirt-cheap, almost disposable little dirt or road going motorcycle.

Yes, they appear to be made of recycled noodle cans, good wishes and bamboo, but people are buying them. Actually the motorcycles from Lifan, Keeway and Zongshen currently on the market in Thailand are of decent quality.

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The 2018 Yamaha T7 Adventure Bike

At last year’s EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Yamaha showed us an adventure bike that generated a huge amount of hype. It was tipped to be the successor to the current outdated Yamaha ZT660Z Tenere.

Yamaha names it the T7 and although they were calling it a concept, it got a lot of Tenere Traqics oraying that it would go into production – and it will, but not until 2018. The company appears to have stopped production of the Yamaha XT660Z in Europe and is sitting on stock to meet demand until the Yamaha T7 arrives.

There has been no indication on price or when the Yamaha T7 will be available in Thailand. Assuming production goes ahead in 2018, after this year’s motorcycle show season, we would hope to see the motorcycle later next year. That will depend on the spec for Southeast Asia likely to want the MT-07 vertical-twin engine.

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The 2017 Honda CBR150R Repsol - Celebrate Marc Marquez's Birthday

On the 17th of this month, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez celebrates his 24th birthday just months after bagging the world champion title in the 2016 season of the premier motorcycle-racing series. Now under his belt are three championships won on Repsol Honda motorcycles, which have become dream machines for millions of motorcycle enthusiasts across the world.

There is no doubt that Marc Marquez’s momentous victory has driven the success of the new 2017 Honda CBR150R in many countries, especial in Southeast Asia. Built not only for circuit racing but also for street use, the MotoGP-inspired motorcycle has proven its versatility for riders wanting a dependable daily commuter.

During weekend, you can do your racing leathers and take to the track with your motorcycle in a bid to improve your personal best times.

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The Benelli 750cc Parallel-Twin almost Production Ready

Testing is underway one the Benelli 750cc parallel twin we first talked about May last year – suggesting it will be ready for an official reveal before the end of 2017.

Videos have emerged in China, where the Benelli 750cc is being developed by parent company Qianjiang., showing finished-looking motorcycles in action.

The as-yet-unnamed 750cc parallel-twin motorcycle is even proudly displayed at the firm’s headquarters, as seen in the picture.

The red prototype reveals there have been few changes made since our last article about the Benelli 750cc parallel-twin. The exhaust silencer has been mildly reshaped and there are new castings for both the main and pillion footpegs. The headlight is fractionally different and the rear brake caliper has been repositioned from above to below the swingarm.

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The Worst Road Users in Bangkok are the Motorcycles and Scooters

The last couple of weeks of 2016 and in the first week of 2017, I forced myself to ride a motorcycle only. So one week I had the Triumph Street Twin and the next a new Triumph Tiger. One I used for a slightly longer ride for a round trip to North-East Thailand and the Tiger I commuted to work on. Both are brilliant, despite me using them the other way round. The Tiger I should have ridden to North-East Thailand for the weekend and the Street Twin for daily commuting to work. Nonetheless, both kinds of motorcycles turned out to be tremendous fun. Clearly, they showed me what I was missing and what I was gaining.

Motorcycles have always held a dear place in my heart, and I will continue to yearn to own one. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but someday I will go down that road. This story, however, is not going to focus on that aspect of riding but what I learned from those two weeks of riding.

First off, the longer weekend ride which happened the night before Christmas. The ride was with some friends, and turned out quite nicely. All of us on the ride bonded pretty well, and it clearly showed me that I just have to get out and ride some more. And that is exactly what I tried to do the following week, hoping to start off by at least riding to work. Turns out the commute is hell, and here on I’m going to think a hundred times before I ride to work. So what happened to turn me off this bad?

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The 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel - Exclusive Special Edition

Ducati and Diesel unveil an important new initiative for their partnership: the exclusive Ducati Diavel Diesel, a motorcycle that seamlessly merges elements of the past and future.

The Ducati Diavel Diesel – of which only 666 numbered units will be produced – is the fruit of collaboration between Andrea Rosso, Creative Director of Diesel Licenses, and the Ducati Design Center.

To create the Ducati Diavel Diesel, the two style centers were inspired by a hyperkinetic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world.

The result of this new collaboration was unveiled during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week at an event whose emotion-charged setting and music (performed by the Bloody Beetroots) provided the ideal backdrop for the new motorcycle. It will go on sale to the public, worldwide, starting from April 2017.

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