The first number measures protection from foreign bodies such as dust with 6 being the highest, while the second from 0-9 measures resistance to water, so it’s pretty good. Click here for more details.
It also features the option to have the device charged anytime the phone is on the mount, or only when the ignition is on or an auto mode.
The latter “smart” mode keeps the device switched off until input voltage rises above 13.5V and turns off when input voltage drops below 12.5V to avoid draining your battery drain.
You can easily switch between modes using the toggle.
It also has in-line fuse and reverse polarity protection in the rare event of a fault. It can be hooked up to a USB outlet or your 12V bike battery.
The biggest improvement you can make to just about any motorcycle is to update the original suspension.
Most motorcycles are built with bargain suspension as standard.
Even “exotic” or “luxury” brands tend to come with compromised suspension components and only special models have high-grade forks and shocks.
While many riders tend to replace mufflers and engine management systems to get greater power, the biggest improvement they can make to a bike’s performance is via the suspension.
We all know that better suspension will improve the bikes handling, but what does that actually mean?
Good handling isn’t necessarily stiffer suspension.
It can result in “plusher” suspension that makes the bike corner better, steer more precisely and ride smoother over bumps.
It means the forks and shocks will respond faster to bumps keeping the wheels in contact with the ground which translates as better acceleration and braking.
This is no more important than on adventure bikes that travel on much more demanding terrain.
Even if you like the standard suspension on your adventure bike — and some of it is quite good — adventure riding on rough roads can take a heavy toll on suspension which could need updating in just a couple of years.
In 2014, German adventure accessories company Touratech started producing a range of high-end suspension tailored specifically for adventure riders.
Touratech Suspension already has the Travel range for adventure bikes and dual bikes and Black-T series for custom bikes, scramblers and new heritage bikes.
Now they have introduced a new E1 series of adventure suspension so their brand now covers more than 400 motorcycle models.
Touratech Suspension’s E1 adventure series includes mono shocks, twin shocks and replacement spring sets for the fork and the original shock absorber.
The step-less progressively wound springs are claimed to combine sensitive response with high puncture resistance.
And there are replacement spring sets for some models to lower the bike for shorter riders.
The base parts are milled from the solid and a “generously dimensioned” damper rod made of 16mm thick chrome-molybdenum steel.
The big damper tube ensures optimum heat dissipation so the temperature balance of the damper remains stable, even under heavy use.
Rebound damping of the shock absorbers can be adjusted over 50 clicks and the springs have a progressive rate that offers a plush ride on harsh bumps without bottoming out.
The preload of the spring can be adjusted manually.
The E1 series spring elements are manufactured in Europe and come with a two-year warranty.
But don’t expect them to come cheap. A rear shock alone can cost up to $A2000.
iPhone 13 will be available in four versions, all of which feature a new camera, a “powerhouse chip,” 5G connectivity and better battery life.
There are several features of the new iPhone 13 that riders should welcome.
Even the two base models come with exclusive-to-iPhone Ceramic Shield protective coating, so they should be better protected from damage when they fall off your handlebar mount or out of your jacket pocket.
And you won’t need the waterproof covering if you mount them on your handlebars with a Quad Lock, RAM or other mounting device as they are IP68 waterproof.
That means they can be submerged under 1.5 m of water for half an hour, so they should withstand a heavy downpour while riding.
They also have a much brighter Super Retina XDR display with high contrast and a 28% increase in maximum outdoor brightness so you can easily see your navigation directions while riding.
Australian-designed Quad Lock iPhone 13 cases will cost $A34.95 and begin shipping later this month.
You can also get a waterproof poncho for $A29.95, and a tempered glass screen protector, but as we have pointed out, you may not need either since the new phone is better protected.
The case mounts directly to their clever and secure Quadlock system which you can now get with an attachment to power the phone via a cable or with a wireless charger.
Of all the touchscreen gloves we have used, these are the best, although they are not armoured for rider protection, but they do plan to introduce motorcycle-specific gloves soon.
Mujjo say their craftsman-made leather cases come with added protection on the bottom and a raised bezel around the rear camera to protect the protruding lenses against scratches from abrasive surfaces.
CFMOTO Australia is gearing up for the launch of their first non-learner adventure motorcycle models, the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring, late this year.
Last month they announced pricing and now they have unveiled a wide range of accessories.
The 800MT Sport in Starlight Black will cost just $12,990 ride away and the up-spec Ocean Blue 800MT Touring is only $1000 more.
They will come with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.
Now the importers have announced a wide-ranging line-up of genuine accessories for the Aussie-bound duo.
In addition to a huge catalogue of standard-fitment features, 21 items will also be available across the full accessories’ gamut: luggage, protection and ergonomic alternatives such as a higher seat, handlebar riser mounts and oversized rally pegs.
The accessories range is as follows:
Aluminium top case (36 litres): $699
• High-strength reinforced corners for the shock and stress of off-road riding
• Perfect match with the original mounting bracket
The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring are powered by KTM’s 799cc parallel twin, which produces 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm and 88Nm at 6600rpm.
The 800MTs also have a slipper clutch, Bosch electronic fuel injection and a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes: rain, off-road and road.
The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring share the same 19-litre fuel capacity, expansive rider and pillion seats, tubular steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, 825mm seat height, adjustable screen and Spanish J.Juan brakes with ABS.
The major point of differentiation between the two is in the rolling stock: cast wheels on the Sport as opposed to spoked tubeless wheels on the Touring. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding.
I recently found photos taken on my iPhone 11 were blurry because the autofocus wouldn’t lock on.
The phone was under warranty so I rang to have the camera fixed and was immediately asked whether I rode a bicycle or motorcycle.
When I said yes, they asked if I had a handlebar mount.
So obviously they are aware of an issue where having your phone or camera mounted to your handelbar can cause vibration issues that can damage the delicate workings of your device.
I’d be careful what you admit to as it could void your warranty.
Several handlebar mounting devices for cameras, GPS, phones, etc now come with vibration isolation attachments.
One of the most popular is the Aussie invention, Quad Lock, which offers a vibration mount for just $A24.95.
It’s a small price to pay for the insurance of protecting your expensive device.
I have been mounting my phone to the handlebars using a Quad Lock with a wireless charger for several years without any issues … until now.
Having your phone charged while you are out on a ride is not only a convenience, but also a safety device.
If you get lost, crash or fall ill, having a fully charged phone means you can ring emergency and they can track you.
The Quad Lock is available for motorcycles, scooters, cars, bicycles and runners.
You can buy the mount (RAM, handlebar or mirror), the case to suit your iOS or Android phone, a waterproof covering if required, plus accessories such as the charging units and isolation mounts separately or as a pack to save money.
To mount your phone, hold it at a 45-degree angle until it slots into place, then twist it clockwise to a vertical or horizontal position where it remains securely in place.
To remove the phone, simply push the blue tab (or ring on the wireless charger mount) and rotate anti-clockwise.
That makes it useful if you are riding along and see something worthy of a photo – no fumbling in your jacket for your phone, just grab it and take the shot, then re-attach it. (Obviously, stop first!)
Although it is very secure, it does vibrate which makes it impossible to use the camera or video function on the move.
And as we’ve now found, that vibration can cause damage, especially if you ride on rough roads or off-road.
Quad Lock even lists a variety of motorcycles – mainly twin cylinder models – that can cause vibration issues.