Metzler Tourance Dual Purpose Tires

Metzeler Tourance Dual Purpose Tires

This is what the manufacturers says:Metzler Tourance Dual Purpose Tires

  • Improved carcass structures for enhanced straight line stability at high speed with smooth rolling characteristics for long distance journeys
  • Perfect combination of long mileage capability and great traction also on light off-road surfaces thanks to the specific compound
  • Great grip with light and precise handling make riding easier in all weather conditions
  • Dual Purpose tyre developed and tuned for the big, modern street-oriented Enduro bikes.
  • This is what I say:

    Ok so I got these new Metzler Tourance tires fitted yesterday on my Aprilia Caponord and this is my primary review of them.

    0 – 100 Miles

    The first thing I noticed between these and any other tire I used is that they are very slippy when new, as we all know you should always scrub in your tires for at least 150 miles when you first get your new tires fitted as they are coated in a slimy residue that helps get them out of the molds they make them in. The Metzler Tourance tires seem to have alot of this coating on them and found myself going extremely slow round the corners for the first 30 odd miles so be careful if you get these fitted.

    The tread on all the pictures I seen online seemed to show quite an off road type tire but actually they are not as off road looking once they are fitted which I was a bit disappointed about but these are mainly road tires with the ability to use off road. I haven’t been off road with them yet but will update this post when I do.

    On road they seem very sticky so far and are very confidence building once you scrub them in which didn’t take as long as normal. I have used them in bot wet and dry conditions and i’m very impressed with there ability to stick you too the road.

    I’ll add to this review as I start to put more miles on them.

    Aprilia Caponord – My New Bike

    Got my new bike last week and i’m loving it. It’s an 2003 plate Aprilia Caponord and so far so good.

    I want to add lots more toys/mods too it as time goes on, here the list:

    • Heated Grips
    • Hand Guards – Bought
    • Upgrade rectifier/regulator
    • Change brown plugs
    • Driving/fog lights
    • Uprated suspension
    • New off road/ on road tires
    • Stainless Steel panniers/top box

    It currently has full hard panniers and top box which are all Aprilia gear which is nice but they could do with a painting.

    Here are some pictures

    Biking weather is here… or is it?

    The sun has got his hat on

    The sun has got his hat on and he coming out to … wait what…No way!!! it’s bloody snowing…SNOWING IN MAY!!! Come on to FU*%!!!

    Yep that is how my day went today. It started off as a gorgeous warm summers day here in Bonny Scotland when all of a sudden it starts snowing, yes you read that right snowing in May. Ok so what happened to the global warming thing we hear all about??

    I guess biking weather isn’t here just yet, oh well i’ll just hang the leathers up for an other week or so and see how it turns out

    American Bike Cops Show Off Their Amazing Skills

    This is a police motorcycle competition held in Charleston, SC on July 21, 2007, I have had a look around for some more of these videos but didn’t find any.

    If you have any feel free to post the link in the comments and i’ll add it here.

    It’s amazing what you can do with these massive big bikes, they make it look so easy. I guess riding the same bike everyday makes you part of it and allows you to do stuff like this.

    Test Drive A New Benelli @ XLR8 Camelon,Falkirk

    Benelli Cafe Racer

    Why not come test drive one of the new Benelli’s at XLR8 in Camelon, Falkirk?

    Benelli

    XLR8 are having an open night between 18:30 and 21:00 tonight to show off the new Benelli range, so why not pop in and drink their booze and eat there food and get a test drive of one of these gorgeous bikes preferably not at once.

    XLR8 in Camelon in Falkirk, Scotland are now the Official Benelli Dealers for central Scotland.

    Check out their website here

    GoPro: Motorsports HERO Wide – Helmet Cam

    Go Pro Helmet Cam

    Ok so I havent tested one of these yet but after reading some great reviews online and after seeing how well they done in the dealersnew.com Top Products From the Top 100 I’ve decided i’m going to go ahead and order one.

    The helmet cams look like the dog’s, they are vibration proof and waterproof and the sound and image quality from the videos looks great and at only $200 for the motorsport version it’s definitely worth a try.

    They have a wide angle lens so you can cover all the action wither its on your dirt bike or with the handy head strap on your mountain bike these things work really well. They also come with sticky applicators so that you can stick them to the top of your street helmet or on to the back or front of your bike.

    They say that they come with 3 hours of video recording with the lithium ion batteries or 2 hours with standard treble A’s. I think this will be great for going touring so you can just pop in a set of treble A’s when your charging the lithium ion batteries.

    It’s a inclosed unit too so no need to hook it up to an external video recorder either.

    Once I receive and test mine I will put up a full review with some video clips of it in action. In the mean time you can check out the videos from the cam on their site here

    Here is what the site says about them:

    Motorsports HERO Wide

    The world’s smallest, wireless on-board video camera.

    The Motorsports HERO Wide quick-release attaches to helmets, cars, motorcycles, boats, planes, etc.  Features the industry’s widest 170º wide angle lens and 5 megapixel sensor for the most immersive point of view video and photos possible from a wearable sports camera, period.

    Sets up in seconds and is easily moved between different mount locations.  Shoot 56 minutes of high-resolution video and 5 megapixel photos automatically in “Photo every 2 seconds” mode. Use as a hand held camera, too. Shockproof and waterproof to 100 feet/30 meters.

    Based on the best selling original Motorsports HERO camera, the Motorsports HERO Wide features improved video, photo, audio, and low light performance. Reliability in ultra-high vibration environments has been improved with an entirely new internal circuit design. Battery life is improved to 3 hours of video record time when using Lithium batteries and 2 hours when using NiMH rechargeable batteries.

    Five quick-release adhesive mounts and industrial strength suction cup are included. Suction cup is GoPro-approved for external high speed driving and riding, and is strong enough to pull dents out of a car door (unfortunately tested by GoPro). Adhesive mounts are removable but require purposeful removal by user. Safe on painted surface.

    Additional expansion mounts available separately, including roll bar, handlebar/seatpost, chest harness, and surfboard mounts.

    What’s Included:

    • 5 Megapixel Camera with 170º Wide Angle Lens
    • 1 Shockproof/Waterproof Quick-Release Housing–100 feet/30 meters
    • 3 Flat Adhesive Mounts
    • 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts
    • 2 Horizontal Surface Quick-release Buckle
    • 1 Vertical Surface “J-Hook” Buckle
    • 1 Suction Cup Mount
    • 1 Three-way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
    • 1 USB/RCA Combo Cable
    • Warranty: 1 Year

    SD card not included

    Specs


    Model Number: GMHW5170

    Resolution: 5 megapixel (2592×1944) photo, 512×384 video

    Sensor: CMOS

    Video Format: MJPEG, 30 fps, saved as .AVI file

    Optics: glass lens, f/2.8 aperture, with ultra-wide 170º angle of view

    Modes: video, standard photo, photo every 2 or 5 secs, 3x photo burst sequence, self timer, upside down photo/video flip

    Exposure Control: auto

    White Balance: auto

    Self Timer: 10 seconds

    Microphone: built-in with adjustable recording/input level

    Audio Format: 8kHz, mono

    Memory: 16 MB internal, expandable to 2GB with SD card (not included), expandable to 4GB with SDHC card (not included) via free software download from GoPro website—available soon

    Capacity: 56 minutes video (incl. audio) or 1,945 photos with optional 2GB SD card. 1hr 52min video (incl. audio) with optional 4GB SDHC card—available soon

    Power: 2x AAA batteries (not included), lithium batteries highly recommended. 3hrs. video recording with lithium, 2hrs. with NiMH

    TV Out (with RCA cable): NTSC or PAL

    PC Connection: USB + RCA combo cable

    PC Compatibility: Windows ME, 2000, XP, and Vista; Mac OS X 10.2 and later

    Dimensions: 1.75″ x 2.30″ x 1.25″/4.45cm x 5.84cm x 3.18cm (H x W x D)

    Weight: 4.9 oz/139 g


    Suzuki GSXR 750 Y Brake Problems

    Master Cylinder

    For the last 2 months my bike has been having continuing brake problems. It all started when when I started leaving my bike outside my old work during the day and it had been raining constantly and caused the callipers to seize up.

    I was going to take the bike to Suzuki and get them to have a look at it but was convinced to let the bike mechanics in work to sort the problem for me. They stripped the callipers down and came to the conclusion that the callipers were damaged by corrosion and needed new pistons and seals. In total it came to £250 GBP which was a big shock to me as the callipers were only sticking after the bike had been sitting over night and didnt effect the braking after it had been ridden for about five minutes.

    I thought ah well at least it has new pistons and seals so this should make the braking alot better.

    This unfortunately isnt the end of my problems but the start.

    Since getting the work done the company I worked for has shut down and so have my brakes.

    For some reason I just cant seem to get any pressure on the brake lever, I can bleed it up so far but not heard enough. My mate suggested the master cylinder may be the issue so I bought a master cylinder repair kit but for some reason it is smaller than the one fitted to my bike. I guessing that my bike has different brakes on it than standard.

    So at the moment I have very spongy front brakes which isn’t so great but at least I can still use the bike.

    I’m swithering on what to do next. I thought about biting the bullet and putting the bike into an official Suzuki dealer or possible just buying a second hand master cylinder and trying that. The problem is that if I go to Suzuki then it’s probably going to be another £250 to get it fixed and if I buy a new master cylinder on eBay I can’t guarantee its going to solve the problem.

    This Suzuki really has been nothing but trouble since I got it. It really isn’t the ideal bike for what I need so I’m going to get this fixed and then sell it and buy a BMW R1150GS

    Shark Evoline

    Shark Evoline

    Patented Techmove system with full face to jet style conversion

    Integral retractable sun visor

    • Multi-component internal shock absorbing shell

    • Scratch resistant visor, removable without tools

    • Inset vents for a quiet ride, internal airflow channels

    • Meryl interior, fully removable

    • One-touch opening mechanism

    • ECE 22-05 safety certified

    New styling and the innovative techmove technology produces the SHARK EvoLine – a revolutionary motorcycle helmet that can be worn with the chin piece at the front or the back of the helmet changing it from a full face motorcycle helmet to a jet in one flick of the hand. A multi purpose motorbike helmet for all riders!

    It also boasts an integral retractable visor to shield from blinding sun shine. The interior of the helmet is totally removable for a good spring clean.

    Shark Evoline

    Now for the real stuff. How does it stand up to the rigours of daily instructor use?

    Well unfortunately for me mine hasn’t rally stood up very well. The day I got it I said to the sales guy that the visor seemed a little tight but he assured me that it would slacken off and that it was because it was new. Needless to say it didn’t and has just got worse.

    I contacted Shark via there site today as the shop I bought it from no longer exists. So time will tell how good this 5 year warranty is.

    The problem is that once the visor is closed it is almost impossible to get it open again with one hand. This is a major safety hazard not to mention extremely annoying. However one of our other instructors has this helmet too and gave me a shot and his works faultlessly so looks like I just was unlucky and got a dodgy one. Time will tell what Shark has to say about this and i’ll keep you posted to their response.

    In most other respects this is a great helmet and does exactly what it says on the tin. You get the best of both worlds a full face helmet when your speed is up or its wet and open face for summer slow use and great for teaching as I can get my point across very well with its very open features.

    It falls down with the integrated sun shield however as it sits strangely and you have to push the helmet all the way forward otherwise it sits right on your line of sight.

    I was concerned about the extra weight on the back too but this doesn’t seem to be an issue for me but my other instructor found it a little sore on the neck after a long day of CBT’s.

    All in all other than the problems I have had I would say this is a great helmet for everyday use, even if its a little funny shaped. As an instructor helmet it rocks.

    Hyosung GT650 Student Bike

    I picked up a Hyosung GT650 tonight from work to take to the test centre for a couple of our students to use.

    Seems like quite a good bike so far, I’ve been using it for two months now on a daily basis as a student bike and occasionally as an instructor bike too.

    This is the third GT650 I have ridden and seem to find them quite lumpy down low but I don’t know if this is a trait of being a V-Twin or not. Recently we have had to change clutches in two of our bikes and they were chewed to bits. I guess this is due to the amount of slow control that we have to do since they changed the motorcycle test to a two part test.

    We are going to try some heavy duty clutches this time and see how they fair with the rigours of being a student bike.

    I find the GT very easy to drive with lots of engine braking which came as a shock to me after driving my GSXR750 for so long. The turning circle is fair and has pretty good acceleration. For such a large bike it is quite light too and puts up with alot of abuse. The main down side I found from an instructors point of view is that the seat is extremely uncomfortable even after two hours i feel numb from the hips down.