Few Goodies picked up for the bike and me - Apr/May'18 Frame Sliders - My Thoughts
One of our mates Ninja 1000 somehow fell down while parked on the side stand on a steep incline. He cracked his fairings and dented his exhausts. The insurance claim was a princely sum of 1.5+ Lacs out of which more than 70k was for the dented exhaust and that too of just one side. That started me thinking about frame sliders. Though I have always debated the utility of the same in a crash, perhaps they can even turn more harmful than good. But eventually it is the quality and design of the frame sliders that most experts say is important. Rightly designed frame sliders can really save your bacon on a bad day, is what I finally inferred. So NO COMPROMISE
on the quality part of the frame sliders, please. IF you go for it, it should be a thoroughly well designed product and preferably from a reputed manufacturer.
This and some similar videos helped
Now there are 2 major companies, besides 10's of other smaller ones, making high quality frame sliders for our bike, namely SW Motech (Germany) and PUIG (Spain). SW Motech is also the OE supplier to Kawasaki which then rebrands and is selling it's product here in India for 20+K which is definitely not good value. On the other hand, and I say this after comparing both side by side, PUIG Pro sliders are of much better build quality, heavier build, have high finish quality and are much better value. My dealer, Aurum, had both but he offered the PUIG Pro's to me for just 13k with free fitting (that is another story) and I picked up the same without a blink of the eye. Here they are -
Well designed box
Compatible Model no. with 2017/18 bike is 9400N and it is Made in Spain!
The box is opened to reveal a great foam packaging to protect it in transit
Very high build quality
Left and Right Parts come fully assembled to avoid any confusion as to what part goes where. Though they need to be disassembled while fitting.
Will be fitting these soon.
I was not very satisfied with the Roots Smartone Horns that I had fitted, so I picked up two sets from my local shop (on returnable basis) of trumpet horns to see which I will be able to fit when I open up the fairings the next time to fit the frame sliders. I basically liked the sound of the Single Low Tone Horn from Minda but as the horn was too wide, I also picked up the higher priced but thinner Bosch Symphony Horns. Lets see which single horn I will be able to fix.
Also received this STP Heavy Duty Brake Cleaner from Amazon for 450/- bucks - https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I had already picked up the front and rear LED Indicator Bulbs from AliExpress, the link for buying I had already posted in my previous post here - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...ml#post4380511
, for anyone interested.
Now the Flasher Relay I had ordered previously (mentioned in that post), never arrived. So I had to order one from another seller here for around 600 bucks - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2Pin...430a4c4diGb2jI
, which arrived very promptly
Socket is exactly as needed for plug and play attachment in our bike
Will be going for the complete LED Indicator and License plate lights upgrade soon when I open up the fairings. As the headlights and tail lights are already LEDs, this will make the bike ALL LED!
----------------------------------- K&N High Flow Air Filter - KA-1111
Now upgrading to high flow Air Filters is a no brainer to increase the horsepower and acceleration of your bike and along with it if the convenience of re-usability and lifetime usage is thrown in, it becomes a great value proposition. This has a claimed cleaning interval of 50,000 miles (80,000 kms!!), though I would definitely like to clean it every 30-40k kms, it is supposed to work at full efficiency even as it gets dirty. Though some skeptics will tell you that these oiled air filters will mess up your MAF sensor over time, it is more to do with how you clean and re-oil your filter than the actual new filter itself. If you follow the instructions fully and do not over oil your filter, no such MAF fouling issue occurs. That cleaning process is anyways few years down the line. Here's a video explaining the same -
Also our original air filter, even though made of paper mesh is also red in colour and oiled slightly. It costs 2400/- per filter and needs to be changed every 12k kms or even sooner in our dusty conditions. This K&N filter we got directly from the sole authorised importer in India, M/s Methods Automotives, Bangalore, MRP is 4990/- and we got it at a group deal price of 4600/- including shipping. So this should recover our cost in maximum 2 air filter changes. So this is what we received -
They claim it to be the World's Best air filter
Made in the U.S.A.
The top view of the filter with the SS mesh. This is the outflow face you are seeing
The bottom view (inflow face), also steel meshed for longevity
A close up of the steel mesh and oiled cotton gauge element below
This again will be installed soon after I open up the fairings...lolz
------------------------------------- SHIMA STRADA MOTORCYCLE BOOTS purchased on 26-05-2018 and REVIEW
Shima Strada is a Made in Poland product (actually designed in Poland and Made in Pakistan from where the world's best leather products come) and a Polish company and I had met with the Shima India guys at IBW last year and was impressed with the product quality they had managed to rake up vis' a vis the price. It received some rave reviews in Bike India magazine also recently. At just 7500/- bucks, at which many India companies are selling their Made in China wares, this was truly a bang for it's buck product. Moto Ignite is the official importer and distributor in India located at Pune - http://www.motoignite.com/product/sh...rada-men-boot/
. No wonder their entire first batch (from which I received these boots) got lapped up and sold out in days. This is what I received -
Securely delivered through free shipping to Meerut. I usually wear a UK10 (44). Though this runs true to size, I went for half a size up for a UK 10.5 (45) and it fitted me perfectly.
Waterproof mumbo jumbo (NextDRY). The quality of leather and stitching is high.
Poron Xrd Double Compound Protection. Also has reinforced toe, ankle and heel protection. Made with multiple layers of materials including leather.
The sole is anti-slip
Single Zipper opening with a velcro flap for added protection and convenience. Notice even the zipper handle is velcro for quick attachment.
Waterproof inside flap
Very well finished. One of the other matt based materials used upfront.
Perfect height and comfort for touring orientation
I had compared and checked out various boots closely and personally like the TCX Airtech Evo and Sidi Aria, all in the 20k range, and this boots gives them a serious run for it's money at less than half the cost. I would highly recommend these for touring duties.
Coming up soon - installation of all these parts
Cheers for now...