Info and Guides

Just my personal experiences. Not meant to be definitive.

Winter Base Layer Comparison

This winter instead of being in SE Asia I found myself in Japan but I have been getting out for small local rides on the coastal roads that remain free of ice. Whilst the temperatures can be cold the right gear makes all the difference and the item I found […]

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Cheap Garmin GPS motorcycle navigation

How much you need navigation depends where you ride. I never used any prior to my first ride outside Australia and I could navigate regional Philippines with offline maps, but things ramp up. Riding through Europe or large cities in Asia you appreciate navigation and in my experience phone apps […]

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Up-scaling and sharpening ride photos

Topaz Sharpen AI I mentioned on one of my rides I was testing Topaz Sharpen AI software and thought it worth a post about that and a related program Gigapixel which I am finding useful. Post from RICOH THETA. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA Sharpen AI software from Topaz […]

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Motorcycle punctures

One thing that is on my mind a lot recently is getting a flat tyre on tour. In the past riding with tubeless tyres this had never troubled me. I always carried a tubleless repair kit which I still do here in Japan with gas canister although I have breakdown […]

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Travelling light

I wrote an article about my packing for the multi country ride I made to South Africa and Oman awhile back and what to take is something people continue to ask me about. I just threw all my gear together for a short ride in Vietnam and took some photos […]

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A Better Luggage Strap For Riders.

Securing a bag to a bike is simple thing, but I have a couple of tips. I have tried numerous types of straps, flat, round, thin and thick. The most versatile I have come across is the design below. This is a 2 metre stretch cord with two additional sliding […]

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Yamaha FJR1300 engine and final drive oil change.

The Yamaha FJR1300 must be one of the easiest bikes to change lubricants. Starting with the engine oil you can access the drain plug very easy underneath, simply remove and drain the oil, I am using a designated container that has plastic liner which has to be taken to a […]

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Reasonable rider gear need not cost a fortune

A friend recently told me he cannot afford to buy gear for motorcycle touring which got me wondering how much does a basic kit set you back. My home region the licence plate logo says “Sunshine State”, like Florida. I rode for years without owning wet weather or winter riding […]

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How to create and navigate a GPS route for motorcycle touring

GPS navigation for motorcycle touring is a subject that seems to still be misunderstood. There are two primary choices of device, the smartphone or a GPS and two schools of thought. First lets clear up why standard navigation tools such as simple phone apps or simple GPS devices are of […]

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Motorcycle Fly-Ride travel tips

Once more into the fray I was thinking as I pack for another ride. Whilst not an expert I have travelled a bit. I jotted a few things down that I find helpful.Sicily 2016 Weather I try to match my rides to dry seasons. Climates to travel This is a […]

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Non chemical bug removal and visor cleaner.

Easy way to remove bugs from your bike without using chemicals is with a bit of magic sponge. A touch of plain water and it cleans away the most stubborn ones. Can be purchased at Daiso for 100 Yen a pack (probably $3 in Australia Daiso) and only need a […]

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