Sunday, February 20, 2011

Facebook pages

Just a reminder there is a HUGE amount of photos and videos now on my Motorcycle Paradise Facebook page and CB1100 page

So put aside your notion of not wanting to follow the crowd and join the online social revolution before you get left behind.

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Dainese Guanto X-ILE gloves

See my updates below - these are not recommended. 

One of the things I decided to do after my spill in the Japanese alps was to change out my summer gloves from O’Neil Moto-X items to items with greater protection.

I wanted a glove that offered genuine high protection in a summer glove. After reading some reviews I went with the Dainese Guanto gloves hoping to get a higher quality product with this famous brand.

These are a leather glove with some spandex portions and some perforated area and offer a compromise between venting and strength with reinforced areas on the palm, rear of fingers and knuckle.

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On the road I would agree with reviews, they do ventilate much better than you would expect by looking at them. Not super free flowing like mesh gloves but in a different class of protection to those. I do not find them as comfortable as other reviewers have. I hope this will improve with wear however that remains to be seen. The sizing at least seems correct.

All up then not bad however not super comfortable like my Held gloves. I got these in December '10 on close out from a USA web dealer very well priced.

Update September 2011. Now being used again after winter and I still find them not as comfortable as I would expect for such a top line product. Hard to recommend on my experience so far.

Update October 2011. Well these are going to be retired after little use as they are simply not comfortable. The problem is the way the fingers are constructed with the seams at the side of your fingers bunching up and annoying you by 1/2 way into a ride. Am ordering a new pair of gloves from Held.

Final update. In the end I never wore these for more than a few days as too uncomfortable. The way the seams are is very poor design. I threw them out in the end and have not much confidence to buy anything else from Dainese if they cannot make something as simple as gloves that don't bite into your skin.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chain gang

I am back to a motorcycle with a chain. I will miss the clean and quiet belt drive of my Buell however the CB1100 does have a centre stand and that makes a world of difference to chain maintenance.

It must be a very long time since I owned a motorcycle with a centre stand. Cleaning the rear wheel is a cinch and same for cleaning and lubing the chain.

I sourced one of these chain brushes in preparedness for returning to a chain drive. The experts claim it is the cleanliness of your chain, keeping it free of grit that will extend it’s life more than whatever brand of chain lube you choose to apply.

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This is a clone of the brand name brush sourced cheap from eBay. It does the job claimed.

To go with the brush and that advise to clean the chain often I am using Inox chain cleaner. Sourced it from Autobarn car accessory  stores. Slightly cheaper than the motorcycle brand chain cleaners and fully o-ring chain safe, the availability was the real selling point. Motorcycle shops here only trade outside office hours for a 1/2 day Saturday morning which is really inconvenient.

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The Honda owners manual says to use only gear oil to lube the chain. Sounds sensible suggestion given it is the meshing of the drive sprockets against rollers that you are wanting to run free but it would be messy.

There are all sorts of theories on motorcycle forums about how to lube a chain. It really is not rocket science like some try and make it out to be. Any lubricant will for a certain period work to stop the cog Vs roller contact area from drying out. Remember inside the rollers is sealed and does not benefit from whatever you use. It is only the contact area you need to lube so whatever you find that will stay on for the time you leave between reapplying more lube is going to work. Then it is just a case of managing the fling factor Vs too dry.

I am trying the Inox ‘No Chukka’ lube out. I purchased it just because the name is so appealing. But seriously I find their products to be honest and work without any bullshit secret formula or spin so I thought I’d give it a go. I have previously tried most lubes on the market and found chains dried out less with the more messy ones then any of the wax or grease type but your experience may vary. I was very tempted to try a dry Teflon chain lube out but the problem is how do you tell when it needs to be reapplied.

If you have any tips feel free to share as this is a real topical subject.