Published July 2, 2016
Tags: commuting, corsa, helmet, ktm, motorcycle, pista gp, racing, review, SDR, sdr 1290, super duke, valentino rossi, winter test
When AGV released the Pista GP, it was pretty spectacular as it’s the only motorcycle helmet that I know that was designed with Finite Element Analysis. This is a technique to optimize and approximate missing data from known quantities. It’s pretty cutting age and processor intensive, but it does give good results. The Pista GP was made of 100% carbon fiber, while the Corsa used a blend of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and aramid.
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Published September 12, 2015
Tags: blog, hsinchu, huehuanshan, ktm, motorcycle, nantou, SDR, sdr 1290, super duke, superduke, taichung, Yilan
The bad weather had been getting me down. On the few days that the weather was suitable for riding, I couldn’t go. The weather finally improved last week, and it thankfully carried through the entire weekend. I was really itchy to get back on the bike, and also to try out my new gear. I had my old riding boots repaired, the outsole had come unglued, gotten some Dainese Delta leather pants (perforated), and also added a Dainese Super Speed Pelle C2 jacket (also perforated) to my armamentarium. Honestly, I had planned on only getting the jacket, but I ended up getting some great deals, as Dainese had just announced the D1 Super Speed.
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Photo by Erick Lin
When the typhoon hit, I didn’t go out on my bike. It was the same this weekend. Although I could have gone out yesterday, when the weather was nice, I was a bit too tired from the work week. I did go wash my bike this week.
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Published July 28, 2015
Tags: asia, blogs, ktm, motorcycle, SDR, sdr 1290, super duke, taipei, taiwan, travel
After having covered about 1000 km in rain mode, I was comfortable enough to switch over to street mode. I had noticed a bit of lagging power a few times in some bends, and I knew that once I noticed this, I need to unlock the full 180 hp of the Beast. To be honest, I barely noticed the difference, especially at low speeds. At high speeds, and when you are accelerating away, it does pull away very quickly, but I haven’t noticed the wheel coming up at all, at least not for now.
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Published July 28, 2015
Tags: agv, blogs, carbon fiber, ktm, motorcycle, ownership, pista gp, SDR, sdr 1290, superduke
This week, I got to 1,000 km on Tuesday, so it was time for the first service. Actually, it was more around 950 km, but I wanted to get it ready for the weekend. The oil change was expensive, at about $30 each 1L bottle, and the Beast needs 4. I think I was overcharged for the oil filter, but I wanted to get the service done at the dealer. I also wanted to check the oil filter’s shape, to see if it had collapsed, something that was mentioned by some owners. It hadn’t, but the total was a bit surprising ($181 US).
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