Monday, June 28, 2010

Reviews: FMF PowerCore 4 Delivery + New Accessories


I just checked USPS website for an update on my FMF Power Core 4 exhaust order and it stated:

Label/Receipt Number: CJxx xxxx 8xxx S
Class: Priority Mail International Parcels
Service(s): International Parcels
Status: Into Foreign Customs
Your item is being processed by customs in MALAYSIA. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later. 
Detailed Results:

BulletInto Foreign Customs, June 28, 2010, 12:24 pm, MALAYSIA
BulletArrived Abroad, June 28, 2010, 8:29 am, MALAYSIA
BulletInternational Dispatch, June 22, 2010, 10:22 pm, ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)
BulletElectronic Shipping Info Received, June 22, 2010


Anyway, i have tested the Scott Voltage OTG goggles, Alpinestars Jet motocross gloves, tank bag and Scott-Oiler vSystem... Overall, they work really great for me..

Scott Voltage OTG goggles (300 km of mileage tested)
- Works great with my glasses on
- fits perfectly in Arai Tour Cross II
- fits nicely on my face without any empty gap and not pressing too hard on my cheeks
- No fog at all, even at traffic jam
- Useful in rain, no fog built-up and water does not stay on the lens
- Definitely works very well at night time!!

- It limits my 'side' vision.. hence, i need to turn my head more to ensure no vehicles beside me
- If i ride more than 140 km/h, wind starts to press my lips and eventually air starts to enter the tiny mesh sponges, which penetrates to my eyes
- Wind noise
- Uncomfortable ride in heavy rain as rain drops hit my nose & lips at 140 km/h... now that's fookin' painful!

Alpinestars Jet motocross gloves (300 km of mileage tested)
- super lightweight comparing with leather gloves
- thin fingertips surface makes it easy to feel objects, i.e. money, iPod, etc etc
- feels cool, even at traffic jam
- easy to dry-off when wet after heavy rain

- less protection than leather gloves
- feels thumper vibration more as the palm surface is thin

Scott-Oiler vSystem (1,500 km of mileage tested)
- Chain is always lubricated
- Save time and space for not using & carrying chain lubricant container
- Lasts 5,000 km per re-filled tube container

Tank bag (1,500 km of mileage tested)
- Waterproof 'with rain cover', tested in 350 km of heavy tropical thunderstorm
- Amazingly useful to keep road maps, mobile phones, wallet, passport, iPod, etc etc
- Huge magnets, hence tank bag stays tight and securely upright
- Medium-Small size
- will be my Olympus E-P1 camera bag
- Looks fookin' great on KLR 650 Redbull Dakar


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Accessories: Scott Voltage OTG Goggles + Alpinestars JET Gloves


Most of you who have been following me on Facebook surely know i've gone to Singapore for Great Singapore Sale during the recent weekend..

Anyway, i bought Scott Voltage OTG goggles and Alpinestars JET motocross gloves..

Initially, i have once ordered the Scott Voltage OTG goggles from the US but it costed too expensive due to shipping cost (USD 96.00).. therefore i bought a pair in Singapore and it costs RM 110.00, bloody cheap!! It was on sale and they had only Canary Yellow colour, which is the only colour that suits with my bike and i can fookin' show-off to people that i've got a pair of great goggles! Oooweee!! ;-)

Once i reached home, i tested the goggles on my Arai Tour Cross II helmet with glasses on... the goggle fits very well and after 1 hour wearing it with no air ventilation, it does NOT develop any fog on the Scott lens and also my glasses.. Also, i don't have to remove the Arai's tinted visor lid... 

The main reasons why i bought the Scott Voltage OTG (Over The Glass) are because I wear glasses and I always ride in the dark (as early as 3 o'clock in the morning) & thus I always have to use clear visor.. but when it is dawn, i have to change the clear visor to dark visor... the interchange takes ages and Goggles look very Cool with motocross helmet! With the Scott OTG goggles, i would wear them in the dark and take them off when i need to use the tinted dark visor... ;-P

Also, i bought a pair of Alpinestars JET gloves since my Dainese leather gloves are torn apart... The JET gloves are made of synthetic materials, which are light weight and easy to dry off when it gets wet/soaked in rain.. and it costs RM 100.00 for a pair... the finger tips are quite thin which may help me to 'feel' on my finger tips, i.e. money notes, road maps, camera, helmet chin strap, etc without taking them off...

I shall test the Goggles and Gloves performances tomorrow for at least 200 km ride.. i'm hoping if there could be raining too.. ;-)

Therefore, back to the checklist which i made back in December 2009, i have got the Acerbis Handguards, Scott-Oiler and Scott Voltage OTG goggles... You may find the previous story (December 2009) here: Scott-Oiler, Scott Voltage OTG Goggles and Acerbis Handguards


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Accessories: FMF Power Core 4 Delivery Status


i checked the delivery status of the FMF Power Core 4 exhaust... it has left USPS International terminal and it shall arrived in less than 10 days (based on my experiences with USPS).. here's the details:

Label/Receipt Number: CJxx xxxx xxxU S
Class: Priority Mail International Parcels
Service(s): International ParcelsStatus: International Dispatch

Your item left the United States from ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS) at 10:22 PM on June 22, 2010. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.
Detailed Results:
BulletInternational Dispatch, June 22, 2010, 10:22 pm, ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)
BulletElectronic Shipping Info Received, June 22, 2010

Calling for Din, we do DIY on the FMF exhaust at my house once it is arrived..


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Endurance Traning: Nike LunarGlide+ (Running shoes)


I'm so excited today as i have bought Nike LunarGlide+ Running shoes for RM399.00 at Nike Store, KLCC... these shoes are very important for me as they will motivate me to run further, lose more weight and increase my stamina...
Running 5 km everyday surely gonna help me to reach the goals..

"The new Nike LunarGlide+ featuring the Dynamic Support system responds with cushioning and stability so runners will no longer have to compromise. Runners will experience a ride which is specific to them and how they run, even as their gait changes throughout a run.'

The Nike LunarGlide+ is the first shoe to offer custom performance; previously runners had to chose between a shoe which offered superior cushioning and a supportive shoe. When in fact most runners find that throughout the course of a run, due to tiredness or the running surface their needs can vary."

Literally, the reason why i need to start running from today is because i need to be very fit for July's Chiang Mai + Mae Hong Son + Chiang Rai solo ride (6,000 km of overall distance)...

It is raining now but i reckon the weather gets better by 6.00 pm..


Ride: Songkhla, Thailand

Kuala Lumpur - Songkhla, Thailand (20/6/2010)
It was Saturday late evening, i was thinking what to do on Sunday.. should i ride to Awana and Bukit Tinggi? or should i ride to Cherating, Pahang?

Nahhh... they are too 'near' for me and they are in Malaysia.. Also, ride in Malaysia?? Apa barangggg.. Hahaaa ;-P

Then i was asking myself, how fit i am now before Chiang Mai ride in July? I will ride solo to Chiang Mai and it will cover almost 6,000 km of distance...

Hence i decided to ride solo to Songkhla, via Hatyai town.. Songkhla is located almost 30 km from Hatyai and 595 km from Kuala Lumpur... 
A very Short ride for me.. ;-P

So i left my house at 7 o'clock in the morning.. for this trip, i travelled very light.. brought couple pair of T-shirts and sandals.. Also, i wanted to test 2 new items, which are Tank Bag and Scott-Oiler chain lubricant..

I reached Danok at 11.00 am after clearing both Malaysian and Thai Immigration and Customs.. this time, i skipped my lunch at my favourite Danok restaurant as i wanted to have BBQ Chicken Rice in my favourite Hatyai restaurant... so far, i've never missed the BBQ chicken rice there...

As i reached Hatyai, i checked-in at Lee Garden Plaza Hotel... it is a 4-star hotel and located in the centre of Hatyai town... i got the room for 1000 Baht including breakfast for two... then i headed for a lunch and went to Ko Yo, Songkhla...

Ko Yo is an island in Great Songkhla Lake and located 35 km from Hatyai town.. The first stop i made was at Southern Folklore Museum.. the museum is on a hill and it has an amazing view of Tinsunalonda Bridge.. i was told that the bridge is the longest concrete bridge in Thailand...

Along the bridge, there is a Sleeping Buddha Statue... the statue is famous as the mountains in front of the statue has a similar shape of the Sleeping Buddha...

Therefore i stopped along the concrete bridge and snapped a photo of the Buddha and the mountains...
It was almost 4.00 pm and i headed to Hatyai Municipal Park... At the hilltop of the park, there is a huge Buddha statue, facing Hatyai town... Also, from the whole of Hatyai town, Samila Beach and Ko Yo can be seen from the hilltop.. simply breathtaking.. but getting to the hilltop, i had to ride a very steep narrow road and had to workout on climbing staircase for almost 200 meters...

Later in the evening, i had a simple dinner with a new friend i met... the dishes were Fried Mantis Prawn and Duck Tongue in Herbal Gravy... 

Oh, by the way, Oreo cookies in Thailand always tastes nicer than in Malaysia.. Hahaaa!!  ;-P


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wish List


i guess everyone has a wish list of items for Christmas... well, here's mine:

1) sexy Olympus PEN E-P1.. looks very 60's retro and has 6 Art Filters!!! Oh yeah.. and for those who are trying to be smart-ass here, i know E-P1 came out almost 1 year ago.. 

2) Nike Lunar Glide Running shoes.. i'm getting fat now... need to start running again.. ;-(

i hope to get these in June instead of Christmas.. LoL

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Songkhla, Thailand (Few hours before departing)


i'm well prepared for tomorrow's solo ride to Songkhla, Thailand.. the journey will not take long as Songkhla is 30 km East of Hatyai.. hence it will take approximately 4 hours to reach Hatyai (550km)..

The ride to Songkhla is for my Endurance training before i ride to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in July... it will be another Solo Ride for me and i'll ride 6,000 km from Kuala Lumpur - Pai - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Kuala Lumpur..  hence, i need to be prepared with my fitness..

I have booked a room at Lee Garden Plaza Hatyai for a night as i will be coming back to KL on Monday (afternoon)..
I shall ride to Songkhla for lunch and will explore Tinsulanonda Bridge area.. there is a tiny island in the Songkhla Lake and there are 2 bridges connected to the island... on the way back to Hatyai, i shall re-visit Samila Beach..

Anyway, i've packed up all my stuff and shall test the new Scott-Oiler and tank bank as well during this ride...


Mod: FMF Power Core 4 Exhaust Slip-On


I have successfully paid for the FMF Power Core 4 exhaust slip-on..

"We'll get that out right away for you. Tracking will be emailed once your order ships out. 
Please let me know if you have any questions, we appreciate your business.

Thank You,
Phil Peña

16591 Noyes Avenue
Irvine, CA 92606
(800) 706-9476 x 228
(949) 419-0594 International"

Now i can't wait to get it in my hands... once installed, i'll be riding up to Chiang Mai and Chinag Rai (almost 2,400 km from Kuala Lumpur).. More stories and video-clips can be found here: FMF Power Core 4


Accessories: Scott Oiler and Tank Bag


I just got back from Sunny Cycle to install Scott Oiler and also bought a tank bag...

I got the Scott Oiler from Sunny Cycle for a special deal, at RM460.00 including installation/labour cost... It is a newer version of Scott Oiler, which is V-System.. it took JingSheng almost 30 minutes to install it...

"Scottoiler V-System Oiler
The Scottoiler vSystem utilises a gravity system that cleans and lubricates the chain as you ride meaning that more time can be spent riding instead of maintaining your bike. It absorbs no power, does not affect the engine, has no wearing parts and is easily fitted to almost any motorcycle.

As for the Tank Bag, i bought a Small size tank bag.. the reason i bought Small is because KLR 650 tank surface is very small... Therefore, a bigger tank bag would not have as much as magnetic grip as a small tank bag...

To me, as long as the tank bag has a see-through plastic cover, i'll be happy as i can put a road map underneath of it.. also, i'll be getting Olympus PEN E-P1 camera and i need a bag to keep it...

I used to keep my Point & Shoot camera in my riding pants pocket as it is a slim camera but i can't keep the PEN E-P1 Micro 4/3 SLR camera in my riding pants...

Hence, i need a tank bag and it'll be easier for me to shoot when i stop by the road side without taking it out of my Top Box at rear... Not forgetting, i can keep my wallet, passport, mobile phone, iPod and some documents in it.. The tank bag costs only RM120.00 and it comes with a sling and rain cover..

Also, the tank bag looks brilliant when it is off the bike... it can also be my Olympus PEN E-P1 camera bag... ;-)


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