Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 16:00
One of the most important gear for a motorcyclist is helmet, as it protects what is most vital on a motorcyclist - the head. During the late summer I have tested an "Airoh Movement Shot" helmet, which this product test is about.
The helmet comes in a box, containing the following:
Anti fog instert
Well, a bit about me. I am motorcycle rider who has been riding motorcycle for approx 28 years, and tried a few helmets. I ride a Honda VFR 750F and likes touring and riding hard i corners. The previous helmets I have used earlier are flip-up helmets, so it is rather new to me to try the a closed full-face helmet.
The short conslusion.
I am impressed. The first time I had the helmet on, I had a feeling as the helmet was made exactly for my head. I felt the weight of the helmet was comfortable light and it was easy to operate the visor and the built-in sunglasses. It is a pleasure riding with the helmet.
Evaluation criteria and test result
I better elaborate why the helmet is a pleasure, but first a few words how I have evaluated and testet the helmet. My main focus is to test like any user will do, where the focus is not so much on the technical issues, but simply the user experience.
The most important issue with any helmet is the protection when crashing. Fortunately, I have not got any experience within this with the Airoh helmet, but I rest assured the helmet fulfills the most demanding standards, even the external shell of the helmet is made of termoplastic.
Below find the evaluation criteria and the result.
It is a nice designed helmet with built-in sunglasses. Especially the sun glasses is a very neat feature, as I very often ride with the sun glasses. This might be because I not so often ride in rain.... When the sun glasses are built in, there is no discussion wheter it is possible to get sunglasses on or not. After all the years with a flip-up helmet it is time to learn new tricks how to get the helmet on without having your ears ripped off. After only a few try's I managed this, and the helmet get's on with no problem. Just note, that I have for the last 25 years only used flip-up helmets.
When I got the helmet, it was of course still in the box and I thought something was wrong. Can a helmet and a box be that light? Yes, that is for sure possible. The weight is 1 420 gram which is in the low weight range. When using the helmet, it also feels light.
Noice in a helmet is a common and important issue to discuss, and to me it is one of the most important issues, as I am very sensitive to noice. That is why I always wear ear protectors, and can clearly hear the noice level is lower than compared to my old flip-up helmet. Still I use the ear protection when riding my motorcycle, but the noice level is lower. Full face helmets are also known for lower noice level, but still I am very satisfied with the Airoh.
Riding in some pouring rain simply is just a part of life as a motorcyclist. It is important the helmet does not get wet and water and fog on the inside of the visor. It is impossible to avoid, but the Airoh manages fairly well, as I just opened the helmet a bit to get some ventilation. This kept the visor fairly free of fog. I ride mostly in dry weather so to open for some ventilation and not to breathe directly on the visor is the best option for me. So for me it is not necessary to mount the extra fog shield protection.
In the box is also a wind breaker. I have been riding without is, and really not felt it was necessary. Just mounted the wind breaker to try it, and it looks OK and is no obstackle when taking the helmet on.
Price quality ratio
The price is very attractive, as when testing in summer 2014 the price is approx only DKK1800 // EUR240 when purchasing by www.duells.dk which leaves the helmet on an absolute price attractive level, and compared to the quality, the price/quality ratio is very attractive and competitive.
The motorcycle ride
As mentioned, the helmet appears to be made for my head. However, it is only after some hours riding your motorcycle that you really can feel if this is true. It is. The only thing I noticed was the cheek pads are just a bit too big for me. Well, that is a small issue, and I think I will manage it.
It is a pleasure the helmet have different steps in which the visor can be opened during the ride, and the visor stays in the same position even when riding highway speed and turning the head looking behing before pulling out for passing a car.
So the next task for me is to mount the Cardo communication in the new helmet. It has done well in the old helmet, and now my wife and I cannot ride the motorcycle without it. Here you can read a test of the Cardo communication system - click here to read Cardo Scale Rider Q3 test.
Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 07:14
To all users of Tourstart.
Effective from Monday 15th September 2014 Tourstart will change the terms and conditions, as we introduce a "Tourstart Pro" feature on the web page. Until 15th Septemer, all users have access to all the Tourstart Pro functions, where after the 15th September only users who paid the annual fee can enjoy the full functions.
We offer a discount on the yearly subscription fee in case you move fast. Until 15th Septebmer 2014 we offer as much as 25% discount.
Euro - subscription fee per year
Normal price EUR 14
Reduced rate for 12 month membership if purchased before 15th September 2014 is EUR 10.5
US Dollar - subscription fee per year
Normal price USD 18
Reduced rate for 12 month membership if purchased before 15th September 2014 is USD 13.5
Sounds good? - then continue to purchase by <<clicking on this link>> and pay in the currency you prefer.
What do I get as a Pro?
You simply get access to all the great features enabling you to plan a great ride. Here is a list of some of the differences between a "Tourstart Pro" and a "Free Rider".
Here some Q&A.
Why shall I pay for the Tourstart Pro
It is not free of charge to develop and run Tourstart. We have thousands of users who enjoy our functions, so it is only fair, that the users support us in continuation of the development and operation of the web page.
Are there no free version anymore?
Tourstart still have a free of charge version, so you can still use Tourstart without paying. Of course, only with limited functions and possibilities. Our motto is "We love motorcycling" and also for those who can do without the Pro functions, we will like to support getting the good experiences riding the motorcycle.
What can I do as a Free Rider?
You can make a few tours and download gps data each day. So if your requirements are not big, then a Free Rider account is good for you.
What is the normal yearly price?
The price is a yearly subscription fee, and it is only EUR 14 or USD 18, but we offer a great discount if you sign up before 15th September.
What to do now?
To be sure you can get the most optimum tools to enjoy a great motorcycle ride, then all you have to do is to purchase the "Tourstart Pro"
How do other see my status as Pro or Free Rider?
There will be an icon on your profile on "My Page" showing the status of your membership. The icons will only be shown after 15th September 2014.
Please note this e-mail is sent to all Tourstart members, as we change the terms and conditions. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Tourstart.
Jan A. Pedersen
+45 42 550 660
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 06:26
Test of Bridgestone Battlax T30
After having tested the Bridgestone Battlax S20 tire, it is with great exictment the brand new Battlax T30 are being road tested. The S20 was a great thrill to ride on, why the expectations were pretty high as the T30's are up against a though competitor. My riding stile is giving some throttle in the corners and not so much on the straint roads, why the focus in this road test is stability and cornering.
Battlax T30 tire is a sport-touring, which can be seen in the letter "T" in the name.
Short and Quick conclusion
The short and quick conclusion is the tires are more sport than touring and is increadible trustworthy riding on. Current status is the tires have now done 1 300 km and the wear is only a few 1/10 mm, so it seems like there are a lot of km in the tires.
Riding the Battlax'erne
Bridgestone Battlax T30 is mounted on a Honda VFR 750 F, and the driven kilometers are both slow riding focusing on enjoying the nature, two with full gear and riding alone with full focus doing the corners with maximum throttle. So, the tires are tested under various conditions in Denmark. Note - we have had a second-to-none weaher conditions in Denmark until now in 2014, as we have barely seen some rain.
The first thing I notice is the grip for cornering, which are very stable and neutral. The motorcycle is very eash to get into the corner, and the tires gives a stable road grip, no matter whether the speed is slow in the corner or it is with the foot pads scraping the tarmac. Independent of the angel I rode, the motorcycle is cutting through the corner sharp as a samurai sword.
In order being able to testing partly the motorcycle and partly the tires, I once in a while takes a corner with some small stones on the road - just to feel how the motorcycle is reacting. Do not misunderstand - I am not searching for the small stones.... The sand and stones are not the favorit of any motorcyclist, but they are reality. Suddenly the stones are there, and it is necessary to test under safe conditions so I am not surprices when it is "real". Riding through the sand and stones, the motorcycle becomes a bit unstable, but the tires stays stable and have my full confidence, and as soon as being out of the sand and stone - the entire motorcycle is stable again.
In one of my favorite corner I had a fast corner and giving some hard throttle with the result the entire motorcycle became a bit unstable, but the tires replied with a good and stable feedback to me, and kept the motorcycle under control all the way out of the corner.
Comparison between the T30 and S20
Battlax S20 is a sports tyre which are seen by the "S" in the name. The largest difference between the T30 and S20 are the Sport button has been turned a bit more on with the S20 during manufacturing. It feels liek the S20 is asking for more throttle and angle in the corners, where the T30 is more neutral, but still rock steady.
Both tires have a fantastic grip, but again the S20 is more race oriented, which I expect are reflected in fewer kilometers. Even though I did 12 000 km on the S20, but the tire was pretty thin when replaced. The safe maximum would have been no more than 10 000, which the S30 can do for sure, as it showed only little sign of wear and tear on the 1 300 km driven so far.
You can read the test of the Bridgestone Battlax S20'eren here.
The requirements and wishes the modern motorcyclists have to a motorcycle tyre are:
Good in handling any situation the motorcyclist can face, such as corners and the general road conditions
Good feed-back from the tires to the rider
Excellent road grip
This is exactly what you get with the Bridgestone Battlax T30 .
Bridgestone Battlax T30 - your road mate
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 @ 09:14
We wich you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that 2014 will become a great year for rides and adventures on your motorcycle. Christmas and New Year is a good time to summarize on the past year and give a bit info what to expect in 2014.
Merry Christmas to all motorcycle riders
It is now time to look forward to the Christmas present, but please remember not to touch the gift before unpacking as the surprice then will be gone.....
Tourstart in 2013 and 2014
2013 have been a busy year for Tourstart, and we have achieved quite some important milestones. We released our iPhone app with voice guided navigation. Further, we have released our new design and functions on the web page. Already now we have got many positive responces and improvement suggestions. We are happy for both types of feedback. Should you have a comment, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently we are working hard to develop off-line maps for the iPhone app. This means, that you will be able to download the maps on your iPhone, so you are not dependent on an internet connection, as with our current app. It is our expectations to release this during the summer 2014.
Tourstart motorcycle members
In 2013 Tourstart got member number 6 000. Tourstart members are from the entire world. Thanks for all of you who are using Tourstart. In this connection, I will kindly ask you a favor. I will be very happy if you will recommend Tourstart web or app to at least one of your friends.This will mean a lot to us, if each and everyone will get at least one friend to sign up.
As you know, Tourstart is free of charge. However, this do not mean that we do not have any expenses. We need a more stable financial situation in 2014, so we can continue to offer a good web page with free functions. One of the steps we take towards this in 2014 is the introduction of more adverts, and as our iPhone users have noticed, we charge for using the navigation.
Our last TourNews was about our new design - so not much more to say, except many thanks for our you being patient with us when fixing bugs, and also thanks a lot for all the positive comments and responces.
May 2014 be a fantastic year with many good rides.
Jan A. Pedersen
Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 15:56
We are pleased to announce that we now have launched our new web site design and some brand new functions. As Tourstart always listen to our users, and are in constantly contact with the users, we get a lot of information about new functions which will improve what it is all about - riding the motorcycle and get some good experiences.
What is Tourstart all about? Well, you know of course, but it might not be obvious for new users who visit Tourstart for the first time. Therefore we have made an introduction page, where users can read about Tourstart, and get an impression what we offer to our users.
On "My Page" - which is your profile page - you will find a lot of new functions, which are all focusing on making it easier to establish social relations with other bikers, and hereby exchange more infomation about the good motorcycle rider.
You now have a personal wall where you can post what is going on and see what your friends are up to. Here you will also get notifications from the bike clubs, friends BikerBeds you follow, so when either the bike club or your friend have made a new tour, then you get a notificaiton.
On the map you will get a quick overview of all your tours, bike clubs and events you have bookmarked.
Pictures and videos
Possibility to add more pictures of you and your motorcycle, and you can also add videos on your profile, so you can share even more with your motorcycle friends.
On your wall you can see pictures of your friends, and we have made it easier to find and connect with your motorcycle friends.
Now you can change your name of your profile, so you can write your full name. With this it is much easier to find each other and connect.
Note: Due to we have made some changes on the design and now offer more personal functions, please check your own page to assure that only information you want to submit to the public are visable.
Motorcycling is more than riding the motorcycle on a day ride. It is for sure also to get away on a multiple day journey and see new parts of the world - and to get some good food togehter with a nice place to stay. This is now possible, as the new function BikerBed is introduced.
Here are some key issues regards the BikerBed:
The BikerBeds can offer free tours which you can easily be downloaded direct to your gps. Now with improved overview of the routes, as all tours are shown directly on the Bikerbed page.
The services offered are easy to get overview of, such as washing possibilities and locked parking
Follow your Bikerbed
By a single click you can now get latest updates on your own wall when your favorite BikerBeds post a comment or a new route.
Not only have we introduced our own maps, but we have also extended the map view on the main pages. Hereby you get a better overview when searching for an event, tour or make a new RidePlan.
Please bear with us
It is a HUGE task to develop so many new functions, so there might be some bugs... Well, we are sure there are bugs. But, you can rest assured that we do our best to solve any problems as soon as we discove them.
Then you might ask, why did we not test? Oh - that we have done, but it is simply not possible to test all functions properly before it is launced to all users.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you find some bugs or have ideas for improvement. Also you are welcome to mail us if you tell us what you think about the design and functions.