Update your motorcycle with a lithium battery

While manufacturers are keen to show how they can shave a few grams off their new model’s weight, they could easily shave even more if they swapped to a more expensive lithium battery. Lithium motorcycle batteries are LifePO4 batteries, most using prismatic (square) cells. They are the same battery types as used in electric cars and now being …

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Mobed keeps riders and bike safe

This Mobed motorcycle tent promises to keep you safe from the wet, plus snakes, bugs and even crocodiles while also safeguarding your bike from theft? The German company has not yet listed a price yet for the Mobed, nor do they have it in production, but you can send them an email and declare your interest. So far …

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Weiser Ultrabrights indicators

LED indicators improve rider safety

Signalling your intention clearly is an important primary safety device, which is why many modern motorcycles come with LEDs to improve visibility. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are ultra-bright, draw less power and last up to 15,000 hours, which should last most riders the life of their bike. They also burn much cooler and their small size …

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Triumph Bonneville T100 headlight protector

Protect your motorcycle headlight

All new bikes should come with headlight protectors as modern Xenon and LED headlights can be very expensive to replace, some more than $2000! It only takes one errant rock to drain your hip pocket. And don’t be fooled into thinking it is only adventure bikes that are susceptible to copping a rock in the lamp. In fact, …

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Touratech first-aid kit

Touratech waterproof first-aid kit

Every motorcyclist should consider getting first-aid training and carrying a first-aid kit on their motorcycle. This kit from adventure accessories company Touratech is a great idea because it is waterproof and a bright colour so it makes it easily visible. In includes a roll of self-adhesive bandage tape, self-adhesive dressing, rolls of bandage, a first-aid …

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Keanu Reeves on KRGT-1

Carbon wheels improve brakes, handling

Most motorcycle wheels are made of aluminium, steel or magnesium, but if you want to extract some extra performance from your road bike, you could consider carbon fibre wheels. They are lighter, tougher, longer-lasting and don’t corrode. However, they are quite expensive, usually costing several thousand dollars, which is why they are often used on expensive limited-edition …

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BMW phone cradle

Will phones replace bike instruments?

Smart phones are adding functionality to riding, replacing GPS units and even motorcycle instruments with their own accurate accelerometers and other useful apps. Now BMW Motorrad has designed a handlebar cradle suitable for phones up to 15cm that swivels for horizontal or upright format. It will arrive in Australia this month (July 2016) at $300.  The …

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J.W. Speaker 8790 adaptive cornering headlights

Adaptive headlights illuminate corners

There is no longer any need to buy an expensive motorcycle to have adaptive headlights that illuminate the inside of a corner. American lighting company of Wisconsin, J.W. Speaker Corporation, has released the world’s first aftermarket adaptive motorcycle headlights that fill in the dark void of a corner. The adaptive headlights are now imported into Australia …

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Zercado mirrors

Smart mirrors adapt to rider position

Smart motorcycle mirrors that adjust to your riding position have received several innovation awards and are about to go to a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for production. The Zercado mirrors detect your smartphone or small sensors in your breast pocket, recognise your body position and adjust accordingly via two electric motors in each unit. The …

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