Reviews

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Better onboard motorcycle photos

I’ve tried a few action cams, the Polaroid Cube, GoPro Hero 5 session, a GoPro Hero clone. They all produced reasonable video but poor stills. As far as I can see the actions cams do not actually take photos – what they produce is a screen grab from their video. […]

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Ricoh Theta 360 SC camera

On my ride in the Himalaya’s I wished I had a way to convey how amazing the landscapes were and got to wondering about the 360 spherical image cameras. I already take a lot of panoramas on my phone but this takes the idea a step further to create a […]

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Apeman A66 action cam

Yes you read that correct, I purchased an action cam called Apeman. It is one of the many clones of a GoPro that you can find online. I was looking to replace my Polaroid Cube that I lost but not with anything expensive or from GoPro as I was disappointed […]

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Daytona brake hold device

If you have ever parked your motorcycle facing downhill then you may have noticed it can creep forward and if left it can roll enough to have the side stand fold up and the the bike fall over. While it seems not able to move at first because you have […]

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Non chemical bug removal

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

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GoPro Hero 5 Session Vs Polaroid Cube

My goal with having an action cam was something I could quickly pickup, turn on and aim while riding – to capture things when not able to pull over or just randomly for fun. I enjoy the size and shape of the Polaroid Cube which is easy to hold and […]

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Nolan N44 Helmet

I have been very happy with my Nolan N43 helmet which I have had for 6 years. A replacement liner gave it a new lease of life however I recently discovered there is a legal issue with my third party vehicle insurance if I have an accident wearing a non […]

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Alpinestars Transition DS Gloves

I purchased the Alpinestars Transition gloves when I was riding in Spain a couple of months ago. I arrived in an unseasonal cool week and after one day of riding with summer mesh gloves I realised I needed better protection from the elements to continue. I already possessed what I […]

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Polaroid Cube Action Cam

I have been testing an action cam on my last few motorcycle tours and it is about time I posted a review. Polaroid is a name I associate with polarized sunglasses and instant cameras. In film days their cameras were very popular and remained so right up to the early […]

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Yamaha FZ8 review

Got to spend four days riding a low km Yamaha FZ8 in Spain so I want to talk a little about this motorbike. As usual with my motorcycle reviews I am not going to be talking about the specifications or history and the other press release type stocking filler that […]

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Yamaha MT-09 Tracer review

I had the pleasure of being able to ride a near new 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer around New Zealand for 9 days so it seems fitting I put a few words to paper. Ergonomics seemed to work well for me (I am 6’ tall) Seat to peg distance was excellent, […]

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Sport touring tyre comparison

A brief (and unscientific) comparison of popular sport touring tires fitted to a Yamaha FJR1300. I have tried four different sport touring type tyres on my Yamaha FJR1300. Metzeler Z8 which (somewhat oddly) came on the bike when new. Bridgestone BT023, the non GT variation of what is usually fitted […]

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