Reasons to buy a motorcycle after quarantine?

When the quarantine is over, the activities allowed will be few, to progressively open the possibility of doing some activities, with more or less limitations. But riding a motorcycle will surely be one of the first practices allowed.

The motorcycle has been a very useful tool for man, both for the development of his countries and to feel freedom. Driving on a road with linked curves enjoying the landscape, feeling the air and the gentle slopes is a real pleasure. And you don’t have to go fast at all for that.

 

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At this moment we are at home and we must continue, and we are looking forward to the beginning of the lifting of the quarantine (which will logically be done progressively) to feel again what it is like to ride a motorcycle in the city, on the road or on lost paths.

The situation we are experiencing in this health and economic crisis that is causing the coronavirus, as expected, has affected the sales figures of motorcycles, as well as other sectors and the entire economy in general, suffering a fall of 99.6% in April (over the same period last year) according to ANDEMOS. But we believe that motorcycles will be the first and probably the best escape from this period of confinement.

 

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Why should I buy a Motorcycle?

Hard times are coming, well in fact they are already here, and the world is going to change and there will be new configurations and new ways of doing things in practically all areas. Some changes will be bad and others will be good but, without a doubt, when all this happens the world will be different.

The big events, leisure and tourism as we know it, as well as many sports, are going to take a long time to return to normal, since the controls on our habits will prevail until we have a vaccine that eradicates the virus or medicines capable of fighting it effectively.

This makes us suppose that, during the next months, only leisure, sport and, in short, any activity of individual enjoyment will be allowed. This is why people who have a motorcycle, regardless of the type, will be among the first to be able to enjoy freedom, as soon as mobility is allowed, which we suppose will be approved based on the behavior of the virus.

Whether it is on a street, road or practicing our favorite sport with our bike, we comply with the rules of social distancing without having to do anything different from what we have always done.

These are some of the actions that motorcyclists carry out on a daily basis and that are in accordance with the immediate future that awaits us:

  • They are not close to each other. Whether riding alone or in a group, we should never go less than 2 meters in a safe ride, regardless of whether it’s city or highway.
  • Wear your face completely covered. In the case of full-face helmets have protected mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Always use gloves. Gloves are indispensable for the motorcyclist’s safety both in everyday life and when riding on the road.
  • Ventilation is constant. When riding a motorcycle, air is constantly circulating around our bodies.

In other words, everything a motorcyclist normally does is within the rules and logic of taking precautions against COVID-19. The only thing to do is to adopt new hygiene and safety actions such as cleaning and disinfecting the helmet and gloves when using it and when arriving home.

What they cannot do is the social part of the bike. They should not meet or share in a group, but they will be able to enjoy the freedom, all the sensations of riding and that feeling of fullness that occupies all your mind when you ride a motorcycle. Those who have a motorcycle or have had one already know what we mean.

 

Other advantages of riding a motorcycle

In addition to all the above, the freedom, the sensations, the comfort in the city… the motorcycles have other advantages. They are much cheaper than a car, in terms of consumption and maintenance, and even purchase price.

Each type of motorcycle behaves in a different way. The comfort of scooters, the performance of sport bikes, the versatility of touring bikes, the lifestyle of Chooper bikes. But they all have the common denominators of riding sensations and freedom.

Everyone, at some point in their life, should try the world of motorcycles. Before doing so, however, you should take the relevant safety measures such as the use of certified protective elements and the development of skills and abilities through a professionalization course for motorcyclists. To this end, we have made available, free of charge and for a limited time, our virtual professionalization course for motorcyclists where you can learn how to increase the probability of coming out unharmed from a fall, skills and abilities from the hand of Xavi Vallejo (director of the Motorcycle School, Spain), how to choose a motorcycle and how to buy certified protective elements, and how to evaluate motorcycles for their technological capacity.

The course contains four modules: basic road safety concepts, certified personal protection elements, safe vehicles and driving techniques.

 

Register: www.airobag.com/curso

 

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Do you know the braking technologies?

As we saw in the article “WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MOTORCYCLES AND THEIR USES” at the time of buying a motorcycle it is very important to be clear about the use we are going to give to the vehicle. It is key to choose the type of bike and then the brand and reference. The Innovation Center for Motorcyclists and AIROBAG developed this quick guide so that you can find out which are the braking technologies and technological trends in motorcycle safety and make a good choice when buying one.

A bad choice of the type of bike can generate a negative experience from day one.

Braking Technologies:

Both motorcycles and cars use the same types of brakes, disc and drum. Although both use the same principle of friction and pressure to stop the vehicle, the performance of disc brakes is far superior due to their greater braking power, consistency over long trips, and less maintenance. Motorcycle airbag vest

Below, we explain how each of these systems works:

disk brakers

Disc brakes: They are composed of a rotor or disc that is fixed to the rim and a caliper or caliper that is secured to the suspension, there are two types: hydraulic and cable, the first being the best because the pads exert greater pressure on the disc, the operation of this system is quite simple.

The hydraulic systems, when pressing the lever or the pedal, a hydraulic pump compresses the oil that in turn pushes one or more pistons located in the caliper, thus pressing the pads against the disc, decelerating the wheel.

For systems driven by cable, the work of the pump is replaced by a cable, which, with the help of the lever that makes the cable, pulls a support that in turn pushes the pads against the disc.

Thanks to the exposed discs we can quickly dissipate the heat and in the case of hydraulic systems no maintenance is required between pad changes.

drum brakers

Drum brakes: Just like the disc brakes there are hydraulic and cable systems, but instead of using a rotor (disc) we are going to use a drum that turns with the rim and some fixed shoes in a suspension support, in this case the oil compressed by the pump pushes a shoe from one of its ends pressing them against the drum and slowing down the wheels.

Although the principle is similar in the basic design of the system and its mechanical operation, in drum brakes there is less contact surface, less pressure and higher temperature than in disc brakes, which is why there is less braking force.

Drum brakes are considered an obsolete technology and must be adjusted at least every thousand kilometers.

Technological trends in motorcycle safety

Braking is one of the most technical maneuvers when handling a motorcycle, many factors must be taken into account to use the front and rear brake, both and what the force should be applied in various braking situations and different types of floor.

CBS Brakes

CBS Brakes (Combined Brake Systems): When the front brake of the motorcycle is applied in the rider’s right hand, the pressure exerted on the lever activates the system by pressing the pads against the disc or drum slowing down the motorcycle, this would be the regular operation of any motorcycle. The difference appears when the rear brake pedal located on the rider’s right foot is activated, besides activating the rear wheel brake it also activates the front brake automatically, distributing the braking energy to both wheels, increasing efficiency and decreasing the braking distance. The system helps keep the path straight by increasing the stability of the rider.

 

Anti-lock Braking System

The combined braking system, when activated in an emergency or with great force, can block the wheels and as a consequence the sliding and falling of the pilot.

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System): The ABS system works in conjunction with your bike’s traditional braking system. It consists of a pump that is incorporated into the brake fluid circuits and a sensor that monitors wheel rpm. If it senses hard braking, or if one or both wheels suddenly slow down, the ABS will go into action and interpret the wheels as about to lock up without the bike stopping. Therefore, this means that the motorcycle will start sliding on the pavement without control and without us being able to modify its trajectory causing the rider to fall. To avoid this situation, the sensor sends a signal to the ABS Control Module, which reduces the pressure on the brakes without driver intervention. All this in a totally autonomous way. With ABS brakes the rider maintains control throughout the braking and can brake the bike more quickly.

On slippery or wet pavement, a locked wheel can cause a fall quickly, with ABS the handling stability and maneuverability are not affected, if the wheels are at risk of being locked the ABS regulates the brake pressure directly and the risk of falling is significantly reduced.

motorcycle stability control

MSC (motorcycle stability control): The system ensures greater stability in all driving situations. The stability control of the bike reduces the risk of falls in the curve when the wheels lose grip and slide to the outside of the bike, this happens when the pilot applies too much force on the rear brake in a curve and the wheels are not able to transfer enough lateral force to the asphalt. When the MSC system is activated, it applies the proper pressure to obtain a better performance, when braking in a curve the system reduces the tendency of the bike to recover its vertical position, this is an involuntary handling of the bike which leads it to turn in a larger radius causing it to go out of its trajectory.

The MSC adapts the braking force between the front and rear wheel delivering the safest possible deceleration.

Rollover Control

Rollover Control: When you brake hard on a bike, the weight is immediately transferred to the front tire, which can lead to the rear wheel lifting off the road and causing the rider to lose balance and fall. Rollover control reduces the brake pressure on the front wheel by keeping both tires on the ground, significantly reducing the risk of a fall.

Traction Control

Traction Control: this system helps control the wheels so that they do not slip on wet surfaces when accelerating strongly, it controls the maximum torque capacity to ensure the optimal transfer of acceleration to the track; particularly when we take a curve a tire out of control can cause an accident quickly, so the traction control regulates the maximum power of acceleration, preventing the wheels from losing friction ensuring the traction and stability of the pilot’s driving.

The technology gives the pilots a greater security, providing them with systems that are invisible until the moment they are needed. These help to make the experience of riding a motorcycle unique, safe and exciting, as it should be.

If you want to expand this information and your knowledge, we have put our Virtual Program of Professionalization for Motorcyclists free of charge in which you can learn how to increase the probability of leaving unharmed in the event of a fall, skills and abilities from the hand of Xavi Vallejo (Director of Motorcycle School, Spain), know how to choose and how to buy certified protective elements and evaluate the motorcycles for their technological capacity.

The course contains four modules: basic concepts of road safety, certified personal protection elements, safe vehicles and driving techniques.

 

Register: www.airobag.com/curso

 

Improve your technique and safety.

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How to properly disinfect your helmet in Covid times?

 

If during these days you need for some justified reason to move on your bike, it is important that you take into account these tips developed by the Center for Innovation for Motorcyclists and thus ensure a good disinfection and cleaning of your helmet in times of pandemic.

The helmet, like any other garment, also gets dirty over time. Being in direct contact with street pollution, sweat from the body or when you put it on any surface, it ends up getting dirty inside and out, and what used to be a cleaning we had to do from time to time, now for safety and hygiene reasons has become a necessary activity every time we use our helmet.

We also recommend that those who move around in two-wheeled vehicles take care to ensure good cleaning and disinfection of other essential items, such as gloves.

It is important that before cleaning your helmet you read the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions carefully or consult the place where you made your purchase. Each material has different needs and this modifies the products we will use for cleaning and disinfection.

Once you have consulted it, it is time to start cleaning:

To disinfect your helmet, it is important that you first clean and disinfect your own hands. If it is with gel or, use rubber gloves.

Then, you should check if the inside of your helmet is removable or not. If it is not, you can wash it directly in the sink, although this solution does not always give good results. On the contrary, if its parts are detachable, you should start with the fastening strap and the internal padding.

 

Exterior of the helmet

Exterior of the helmet: To clean the outer shell and obtain shiny results, it is advisable to clean it manually with a sponge and neutral soap, applying circular movements (do not soak) to prevent water from penetrating inside it. There are also specific products (sprays, waxes, polishers, etc.) for cleaning the helmet, which by their composition clean and enhance the brightness of the shell without damaging the exterior paint. In addition, they offer an insect repellent function. You can help yourself with a small brush to clean those corners that you cannot reach with the sponge.

Once cleaned, dry the helmet with a soft cloth and let it air dry.

 

pads

Pads: If they can be removed, remove them carefully and leave them in warm water with some mild soap or detergent and always following the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can also wash them with a soft sponge and without leaving them submerged. When they are clean, wring them out and let them dry in the air, but avoiding direct sunlight so as not to damage them.

Do not wash the pads in the washing machine or put them back in place before they are completely dry, as humidity is not good for preventing infections.

 

Visor

Visor: To maintain the helmet visor as good as new, it must be removed. It is very important that we use a suitable cleaning product specific to the type of visor we have. Since it is made of a special plastic and not glass, some chemicals present in household cleaning products can affect it, even darkening or scratching the visor.

Once you have your cleaner, apply a little on a damp cloth and rub gently on the visor. To make the cleaning easier, you can spray some of the product directly on the screen and leave it for a few seconds. After this time, you can remove the remains with a dry cloth. There are also a number of specific products that, in addition to cleaning and protecting the structure of the display, help to repel water on rainy days and fog in cold weather.

If you don’t have a specific cleaner on hand and right now you can’t find any specialized place that is open, you can clean it with the same neutral soap that you used for the dome but this time applying it with your fingertips so as not to scratch it.

Other useful tips for riding a motorcycle in Coronavirus times.

  • Clean the handlebars and controls of the bike with alcohol or specific products for the contact areas.
  • Clean the helmet cover with vapor, it will help not to spread the coronavirus.
  • Avoid letting your motorcycle equipment to other people as much as possible.
  • Store your equipment in a dry place that is not susceptible to being infected.
  • When you take off your gloves, do not keep them inside the helmet, they will deform and we can infect the inside of the helmet.

For more information on certified protective equipment for motorcyclists, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Learn about the types of motorcycles and their uses

Being clear about the use we are going to give the vehicle is key to choosing the type of bike and then the brand and reference, otherwise we could make a mistake similar to buying a VHS to play BlueRay movies.

 

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These are the most common types of motorcycles on the market and their uses:

Scooter and Maxiscooter

Scooter and Maxiscooter: available from 50 Cubic Centimeters to 650cc normally, they are perhaps the best option for people who are going to buy their first motorcycle, they are comfortable, easy to handle, without mechanical changes or clutch and have a higher level of protection to the legs against side impacts.

 

naked

Naked: available in all engines, they are called “naked” or naked because they do not have a fairing. They are the predominant motorcycles in the market and tend to be cheaper than their faired counterparts (superbikes). Their main advantage is in their riding position which tends to be predominantly upright and to have a fast access mechanics.

superbikeSuperbike: Even though there are all types of cylinders, they are motorcycles with fairings to improve their aerodynamics and that is why they tend to come from 300cc upwards, their riding position is focused on lowering the pilot’s center of gravity, not on comfort, so their use is predominantly for sports riding.

 

Touring and Sport touring

Touring and Sport touring: Touring bikes are the most comfortable of all, with engines from 300cc upwards for Sport touring and 1000cc for Touring. They are designed for long and comfortable trips, so they have soft and wide seats and a totally upright driving position, good visual height that allows the driver to be always one step ahead on the road.

 

chopper

Chopper: It is the classic Harley Davidson style, is a low height bike and very comfortable driving positions, are perfect bikes for use on weekends on short trips preferably with limited number of curves because its low height to the ground and wide design make it prone to a slide when tilted a little more than the expected.

 

Before buying a bike, we must know what for? and how? we want to use it, a bad selection of the type of bike can lead to a negative experience from the first day.

If you want to extend this information and your knowledge, we have put totally free (for the time of quarantine) our Virtual Program of Professionalization for Motorcyclists in which you will be able to learn how to increase the probability of coming out unharmed from a fall, skills and abilities from the hand of Xavi Vallejo (director of Motoescuela, Spain), to know how to choose and how to buy certified protective elements and to evaluate the motorcycles by their technological capacity.

The course contains four modules: basic concepts of road safety, certified personal protection elements, safe vehicles and driving techniques.

Register: www.airobag.com/curso

Improve your technique and safety.

Go from being a motorcycle user to a pilot!

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How to buy a motorcycle? Motorcycle safety ranking

 

Although it seems like a simple task, it should NOT be a decision that is taken lightly. Technical data such as brake assist technologies or driving assistance technologies should be more important than price when purchasing a vehicle. An unsafe or technologically obsolescent motorcycle can cost your life. Airbag for Motorcyclists

The Innovation Center for Motorcyclists conducted a comparative study to test the safety technologies offered by the motorcycles sold in Latin America to help them make a smart purchase.

Low displacement motorcycles (<200Cc) have the highest accident rate, often because they do not have any safety features. In our study we found that, for example:

97.9% of motorcycles sold in Colombia are prohibited from sale in European Union countries or even in India, due to their technological obsolescence.

At the following link https://www.seguridadviallaboral.co/ranking you can find the Motorcycle Safety Ranking, or if your motorcycle is not listed you can make the analysis of your safety level by following this simple 3-step procedure:

  1. If the motorcycle is equipped with disc brakes on both wheels you get 4 points; if you have disc brakes on only one wheel you get 2 points; and if you have drum brakes on both wheels 0 points.
  2. If the bike is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS) you get 5 points; if it is equipped with combination braking systems (CBS) you get 3 points; if it has no brake assist system you get 0 points
  3. If the bike has automatic lighting, it gets 1 point; if not, it gets 0 points.

When adding up the total score, the maximum each bike can get in this simple ranking is 10 points, however, if your bike got less than 7 points, we recommend you to change your bike before it is too late.

motorcycle safest ranking

If you wish to expand this information and your knowledge, we have made our Virtual Professionalization Program for Motorcyclists totally free (for the time of quarantine) in which you will be able to learn how to increase the probability of coming out unharmed from a fall, skills and abilities from the hand of Xavi Vallejo (director of Motoescuela, Spain), to learn how to choose and how to buy certified protective elements and to evaluate the motorcycles for their technological capacity.

 

The course contains four modules: basic concepts of road safety, certified personal protection elements, safe vehicles and driving techniques.

 

Register: www.airobag.com/curso

 

Improve your technique and safety.

Go from being a motorcycle user to a pilot!

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What is it? What is not? Personal protective gear

How would you feel about buying a counterfeit drug? Millions of motorcyclists are lured daily with fake protective gear, international standards are clear in differentiating motorcyclists’ personal protective gear from ordinary clothing. An antifriction suit is NOT a protective element, it is a macabre invention of the market to scam motorcyclists by selling them false promises of safety, antifriction capacity is only one of the many properties that a motorcyclist suit must fulfill.

Motorcyclist protection gear, is regulated by international standards that evaluate the performance of these devices by measuring the force transmitted to the person in the event of a collision.

In the following chart we can observe how the impact tests of the certification processes work:

The European standard EN 1621, establishes the procedures to qualify the level of energy absorption of the protective clothing for motorcycle riders, in this standard a mass with an area of 15 cm2, is dropped from a height of approximately one meter, which impacts the protector simulating the blows received in case of accident, the sensors measure how much force is transmitted through the protector determining the residual force of each impact which indicates the amount of energy transmitted through the protector and received by the user.

The standard also includes other factors such as temperature stability and coverage area, among others.

It is important to differentiate fake motorcycle clothing from certified personal protective equipment by making the product traceable. We cannot simply rely on what the seller tells us, nor can we rely on the information provided by a tag, these are easily falsified, it is necessary to go to the manufacturer’s website where we can verify that the protective element really has the certifications that the product states. It is important to point out that in the market we find non-certified protection elements, such as “Bodyarmours” which have been designed for sports like motocross and enduro, where falls are at low speeds and low energy levels, contrary to what happens in street motorcycling.

These are some brands of responsible manufacturers who have their own research and development laboratories and whose protection elements are properly certified with international standards:

  • AIROBAG
  • ALPINESTARS
  • BERING
  • BMW-MOTORRAD
  • CLOVER
  • D3O
  • DAINESE
  • HELITE
  • HIT-AIR
  • IXON
  • KLIM
  • MOTOAIRBAG
  • REVIT
  • SPIDI

DON’T BE FOOLED BY COUNTERFEIT PROTECTION ELEMENTS, USE ONLY CERTIFIED PROTECTION ELEMENTS… IT’S YOUR LIFE AT STAKE!

If you want to broaden this information and your knowledge, we have made our Virtual Program of Professionalization for Motorcyclists totally free (for the time of quarantine) in which you will be able to learn how to increase the probability of coming out unharmed from a fall, skills and abilities from the hand of Xavi Vallejo (director of Motoescuela, Spain), to understand how to choose and how to buy certified protective elements and to evaluate the motorcycles by their technological capacity

The course consists of four modules: basic road safety concepts, certified, personal protective equipment, safe vehicles and driving techniques.

Register: www.airobag.com/curso

Improve your technique and safety.

Go from being a motorcycle user to a pilot!

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