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Skully HUD helmet coming to Australia – Motorbike Writer

This is kind of exciting I think. I love technology, I love motorbikes, bringing them both together sounds intriguing.


I’m not so sure I would like the rear camera view constantly being displayed while riding, I think it would be too distracting. The ability to show maps and being voice controlled is awesome.

It’s going to have a pretty price tag to go with.

The world’s first commercial available motorcycle helmet with an integrated head-up display (HUD), the Skully AR-1, is shipping to customers, just two years from concept.

via Skully HUD helmet coming to Australia – Motorbike Writer.


Christmas gift to myself – new motorbike!

For a few months I have been contemplating a new motorbike.

I’ve owned my Honda VTR 250 for about three years now. It’s a great bike, perfect to learn on and a fantastic city commuter. On the open road however, not the most comfortable of rides.

I had been looking at the Yamaha Bolt, Harley Davidson Street 500 and the Kawasaki Vulcan S.

I’m 5ft3 and the thought of a heavy bike worried me. I had leaned more towards the Vulcan for its weight, look, performance and value. The Street 500 I passed on as I thought it would be too close a riding style to my VTR and I did want something different. The Bolt was slightly heavier but not learner restricted if I remember rightly.

I was too infactuated with the Vulcan however. I had read one too many good reviews, from those more experienced than I who wouldn’t blink at having it as a second bike. The ergo fit assembly also appealed which I thought was a great intiative by Kawasaki to cater for those of different heights and legs. Most core things are adjustable.

I had visited a number of dealers to check out the Vulcan and it wasn’t until a more recent visit where I had requested just a qoute that I took the plunge – I was only there to look at a clothing sale! Within a couple of hours I had finance approved on a new 2015 purple Kawasaki Vulcan S. It had been some time since I was that excited! Before you ask, what about the 2016 model? I preferred the purple and wanted it.

On the 22nd of December, I went out with my sister to pick up the new family addition, grin from ear to ear. The ride home was delicate yet exciting. Sadly for me, I was then to make a 1000km trip interstate for Christmas for five days so didn’t get much time to get acquinted.

Now back from the holiday period, I am delighted to be spending more time with the bike and planning a weekend away already! It’s now become the favoured child, I need to ensure my VTR doesn’t get neglected!



Sun glare – tinted visor acquired

I was coming up over a crest on the Monash freeway late in the afternoon and was blinded by sunlight.

As a rider still gaining experience, it was just a little unnerving having reduced visibility.

A visit to Peter Stevens was a must. One of the guys checked the part number for my RJay helmet and quoted $30 for a tinted visor. Do it.

It was a bit fiddly to install, great helmet but I’m sure it’s not as functional as a more expensive Shoei.



New boots and motorbike jacket acquired!

It’s been a long time coming.

I’ve been getting sick of my current boots, the zip catches when trying to zip it up. My current jacket swims on me after some weight loss, which has to be a safety issue if I’m unlucky enough to ever come off.

My credit card is quietly sobbing with the new purchases.



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