The most popular route in Europe, top 10 motorcycle fashion crimes, our vulnerability on the road, R Nine T Pure, tire pressure, DIY tools.
Sep 7, 2018
Dear motorcycle enthusiasts,
I am writing to you from the European Capital of Culture 2018, beautiful Leeuwarden Friesland, the Netherlands, where I was born and raised. Due to the bad weather I don’t see many bikes out here. It rains a little bit every day it seems, and therefore it is not ideal for riding.
In this week’s Moto Intel Report Guido will share a ride report about the famous B500 in Germany, discuss our vulnerability on the road, give us the top 10 motorcycle fashion crimes and present some important news regarding the Motomappers App Scenic 2. Tom will follow up on his search for new tires and will recommend some basic tools for maintenance, while I will talk about an awesome and affordable new BMW.
Now, without further ado, let’s get rolling…
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2018 BMW R Nite T Pure
This week, I’d like to find out how much you can get out of your tires, using the right kind of tire pressure. Tire pressure is essential to the handling, thread wear, comfort and stability of your motorcycle. While measuring tire pressure is a boring job, it’s quite essential to do this every couple of weeks. The only thing you need is a decent tire gauge – down here in Mexico, they only use pencil gauges at the gas stations and they’re rubbish. Something like this should do the trick.
Remember to always measure tire pressure when the tires are cold, and check your bike’s owner’s manual for optimal tire pressure – I like my tires high-pressure as I almost daily ride with a passenger.
Do you check your tire pressure often enough? How many PSI is the sweet spot?
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What’s the biggest cause of motorcycle accidents?
Many of us bring our motorcycles to the garage for basic service, but many of my friends are avid DIY’ers. There are thousands of different tools out there, but some of the most reliable and sturdy stuff I’ve been working with is from a Swedish brand called Teng Tools. A regular wrench and socket set will set you back at least one hundred dollars, but if you want to make a good one-time investment, I recommend a tool set like this one.
10 crimes against motorcycle fashion
I recently came across this rather old article and found it quite entertaining. All of these motorcycle fashion ‘crimes’ are still true today and my guess is that many of you will recognise them. With a small risk of provoking reactions and opening the response floodgate, I give you the 10 crimes against motorcycle fashion. If you recognize yourself, remember, this is all in good motorcycle fun :).
Scenic 2 – What about your Scenic 1 purchases?
PIC OF THE WEEK
Stelvio / Stilfser Joch
What’s your most beautiful / funny / crazy motorcycle shot? Share your pic with us and we might just put it in the next Moto Intel Report.
Please, please make an Android App for Scenic. I know a dozen riders just in my area that want it.
I’m afraid an Android version is going to be a while. I’m currently focusing on a big update for iOS. After that I will point my attention to Android again.
If you’d like to stay informed have a look here: http://www.motomappers.com/faqs/faqs.php#android
Hope this explains. If not, please let me know.
I hope the update is coming soon and it includes a fix taking pictures on the road b