Fluid Inside head of product communication Mike Chiasson says the pods are filled with a low-viscous, organic, oil-based liquid that mimics the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) around the brain.
It apparently disperses the impact in a crash to isolate the brain from crashing into the skull.
Such impacts have been known to cause serious brain damage.
However, the pods may also protect riders from memory loss, vision impairment and even Parkinson’s Disease by protecting the brain from the small and frequent impacts riders may cop when riding over bumpy surfaces or off-road.
The pods could be integrated into a helmet at production or inserted as an aftermarket addition to the lining.
They could also be used in other helmets for other sports such as cycling.
(Contributed post on bike modifications for our North American readers)
Motorcycles are fun to own, and not just for the pure fun of going for a ride on a sunny day. There’s also the joy you get in personalizing it to make it really feel like its yours, and an expression of who you are. They may be machines, but they also help express your passion in steel and chrome customizations. But there’s more to modifying your motorcycle than just aesthetics, you do so in order to add value and to also protect your investment. But, just as some modifications can improve your motorbike, others affect the performance negatively or even make it unsafe to ride. It’s for this reason that you need to choose your modifications wisely. So, what modifications should you consider installing on your bike?
Frame sliders have the same function as bull bars in that they keep the frame of the bike away from the ground in the event of a crash. Frame sliders are inexpensive and they can save you a lot of money and heartache because they prevent, or at least minimize, damage to your motorcycle’s frame. As many motorcycle owners already know, frame repairs can be very costly.
Much like frame sliders, engine guards are protective additions to your motorcycle. Many motorcycle owners would tell you that the engine is the single most expensive component of your bike. An engine is composed of thousands of tiny parts, to the point that you can wind up better off buying a new bike instead of a new engine if it gets damaged severely enough. And while it’s true that you can indeed craft your own parts by making use of bronze castings, doing so to replace engine components is a task that is far too complicated.
Suspension systems aren’t just meant to ensure a smooth ride, they are also meant to provide as much control as possible to the rider. An upgraded suspension also helps increase the longevity of your motorbike by protecting vital the internal parts from being shaken up due to bumps on the road.
Much like an upgraded suspension system, tires are going to help you maintain control as you go through sharp curves and corners. The best part is that since your motorcycle already comes with stock tires, you can often sell them to help offset the cost of buying upgraded tires. Aside from the extra traction and control, your bike’s going to look much better with thicker tires. Thickers tires also last longer than stock tires, so you get good value from the extra cost.
Windshields on motorcycles are more important than most people give them credit for. They direct airflow around the bike, while a poorly aligned windshield can increase drag. Consider changing your stock windshield into one that’s better angled, and maybe looks sportier too.
So, now that you have the essential modifications, you’re free to add more mods that enhance the look and experience of owning and riding your motorcycle. Just make sure to do your research and choose your modifications carefully, so you don’t wind up ruining the look or feel instead of improving it.
They say there is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure.
While gloves can have extra layers of insulation for winter and perforations and even small vents in the knuckles for cooling in summer, they can’t be an all-weather glove.
They are simply too small to have zip-out thermal liners or zip-open vents for cooling.
It’s a shame as hand comfort is important.
I find that if your hands are cold your whole body is cold and vice versa.
And when you are uncomfortably hot or cold, it affects your concentration which can lead to mistakes with injurious repercussions.
All weather solutions
Many riders wear silk or felt gloves under their motorcycle gloves for extra warmth in winter.
However, we have found it either makes the gloves too tight with the liner in or we have to wear oversized gloves to accommodate the liners and they are too loose when we take them out. That adversely affects throttle and lever controls.
So the simple answer is there is no all-weather glove that we have found and we’ve tested quite a lot over the years.
Our best advice for handling all weather conditions is to take a spare pair of gloves with you.
After all, they are small enough to fit in your jacket pocket or small shoulder bag.
I have a small tail bag in which I keep a neck sock and two spare pairs of gloves.
This is especially handy in South East Queensland’s autumn/winter/spring where temperatures can more than double on your ride from the single digits in the morning to the high-20s in the early afternoon.
The 2018 Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey found that 9% of riders don’t wear gloves even though they know they should and 6% have suffered a hand or finger injury while riding.
The survey of more than 400 riders also found that Baby Boomers are more likely to choose comfortable motorcycle gloves.
Meanwhile, Millennial riders buy forstyle and are most likely to buy gloves online and in a deal with other protective gear.
The average rider spends $102 on gloves. Some 21% buy online, 42% try them on in a store first and 29% research gloves before buying.
Brayden Robinson, who founded the venture with this father, Scott, says the Federal Government is considering some funding for the safety service but needed to know if it would be well received by riders, racers and the motorcycle industry.
“Just over 72% (of survey respondents) said they would be prepared to pay for the scanning service once a year or after every accident and some even said twice a year,” he says.
“We’ve had both really positive and negative feedback from people which is all very helpful.
“AusIndustry commercialisation advisors told us that if we received 100 responses it would be good, 200 would be convincing and 300 would be conclusive.
“Well, we’ve now had more than 430 respondents and the survey is still open.”
The scanning service has stalled while the Federal Government is in caretaker mode, but Brayden and Scott are confident even a change in government will not affect funding.
Crash starts study
Scott and Brayden began researching a helmet scanning system after Brayden was hospitalised with a fractured skull from a motocross crash.
They developed their device with the help of a Belgian company and the Composites Research Group in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland.
“We found this laser scanning technique can categorically guarantee that, if there is any damage to the helmet’s outer shell, our technique will identify it. It’s ground-breaking, proven science,” Scott says.
The Helmet Doctors have a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application that allows them to enter their patent application into any of 152 jurisdictions by 23 June 2020.
At present the application has been examined by the international PCT body and all but one claim has been found to be novel over identified existing technology.
Manufacturing safety standards say a composite helmet has a lifespan of five years and, if used frequently, about three years.
But what if you drop it or have a crash?
“We have all heard how if you drop your helmet once you should replace it. But very few do this,” Scott says.
“No one knows how much impact a composite helmet can tolerate before the shell is critically weakened.
“Composite materials have many layers and tiny fibres that can be damaged in a fall.
“The impact energy is dispersed among the fibres and away from the brain which it is designed to do.
“This is why a dropped helmet may still look ok.
“However, the impact could have led to a small crack or splintering which you can’t see with the naked eye.
“Our device can view, read and record the helmet 100,000 times better than the naked eye and find if there are any cracks, splintering or deformations which would make the helmet defective and unable to withstand another impact.”
Helmet scanning scheme
The Helmet Doctors plan to test their service first in South East Queensland.
Riders would take their helmet to a participating motorcycle dealer where they would leave it and pick it up a few days later.
The helmet would be sent to the nearest scanner depot where it would be scanned, assessed and returned.
Scott says the Federal Government is considering some funding for the safety service but needs to know if it would be well received by riders, racers and the motorcycle industry.
“As you could imagine this experimental laser camera is very expensive, but our goal is to make this service accessible and cheap enough for everyone to use it,” Scott says.
If the project is successful, they hope to extend the service to other states and overseas.
Motorcycles are fun, thrilling, expensive and a preferred target for thieves, but GPS trackers will follow your bike’s location if it is stolen and help you get it back.
What is GPS tracking system and how does it work?
A GPS motorcycle trackeris basically a location tracking system that uses ground stations and a satellite network to find the exact location of the signal. Just place this small tracker device on your motorbike or any other vehicle whose location you want to track.
This device precisely tracks the location of the object to which it is attached in real time with high accuracy. This makes it easy for the owner to quickly find their stolen bike without any legal intervention.
The best feature of these GPS tracker systems is that if you do not have access to a computer, you can use a tablet or smartphone to pinpoint the accurate location of the bike.
Real-time tracking of location
Installation of a GPS tracker unit gives you clear information on the location of the motorbike along with its movement at any given period of time. You can also view the previous route history up to three months in the past.
Geo-fence zones are virtual geographic fences that you can draw on the map so you receive a notification if your motorbike enters or leaves the area without your consent.
GPS tracking devices come with a movement alert feature that sends a message to the owner about any motion of their parked bike. In this way, the owner knows about an attempted theft even before the bike is taken.
The GPS tracking system also monitors your motorcycle, providing details about fuel consumption, range covered, etc.
Keeps your bike safe
Installing such an effective motorcycle tracking device is safer than traditional locks that can be broken, no matter how sturdy they are.
GPS tracking is one of the most valuable ways of ensuring the safety of your most prized possession.
Watches will always remain tied to the automotive sports world. Often, we remain attracted to watches or other timekeeping devices and the roles that they play on track too.
If you are interested in any racing watch like a chronograph watch, then read this post.
Characteristics of a racing watch
The following are a few features which separate certain racing watches from any other sports watches:
Basic three or two register chronograph function
The high-contrast dial which is easily read at a much higher speed
For speed calculations, the tachymeter bezel scale
The orientation of the angled case which allows one to read the time without taking your hand off the steering wheel
Rubber straps or rally-style leather straps, both of which are comfortable and breathable to wear
Many racing watches may integrate characteristics, e.g. racing stripes, bright colors, or even recycled components of motorbikes and cars, which most people might find a little overwhelming.
Therefore, consider your wearing preference, style and professional track needs before selecting one.
For the purist
If you are looking for something pure and understated, then consider:
A basic 2-register chronograph setup
No extra timing scales and any no-nonsense dial layout
A classically-sized case which is bold enough for your modern standards
Any “high-speed” visuals which may work in both formal and casual settings
With various kinds of straps available, the case design must work for you
A low-maintenance movement which can handle anything
For the weekend track warrior
In case you are searching for something more functional while you are out on your track, then legibility is the key. Your watch should not only offer a true and in-the-field purpose but must also serve as a stylish piece that you can easily wear for most of the occasions.
Try to look for the following:
Black and white, high-contrast color scheme
Full tachymeter scale
More ease of use when you drive select chrono pusher positioning or an alternate case
A contoured or slim case design for all-day comfort
Alternate material integration for light weight as well as increased durability
For 24-hours Daytona winner
It is crucial that you use the kind of watch that can tell you and the world where you have been and how quickly you are moving. If racing is in your blood, then you might even prefer Ted Gushue, who has made it right from the hospital to the crib. You should consider the following:
Precious metal or two-tone case construction
Truly in-house movement architecture
Metal bracelets instead of rubber or leather
Oyster-style case meant for its increased water resistance
3-register chronograph configuration
Your racing or any racing-inspired watch may serve as a great everyday watch. No doubt, you might not easily find your speed through your victory laps or time your work and commute with tachymeter. However, you may appreciate all these watches nonetheless. They will serve as a great addition to any collection and you can never go wrong with all the options listed above.