The Pirelli Angel ST Sport-Touring tire, an average sport-touring tire used to be a lot more touring than sport, a sort of rolling compromise that didn’t make anybody happy. Here’s the problem: Generate enough grip for the supersport set and your tires don’t last, but bump up the kilometer-wear and grip evaporates. Not anymore. Since the global tire giants started pumping in more research and development money over the last couple of years, high-end sport-touring radials such Pirelli’s Angel ST tires come closer to doing it all than anything else on your dealer’s rack.
Modern sport-touring covers just about any sort of riding you can do on public roads, which means sport-touring tires have to do the same.
The Pirelli Angel ST tires are designed to replace the familiar Diablo Stradas. They use an evolutionary version of the zero-degree steel-belted radial construction Pirelli developed in the mid-90s to soak up bumps in the road and distribute weight evenly across both contact patches. Everything else is new, starting with a tread pattern that puts more rubber on the ground at any lean angle, pumps water away from the contact patch more efficiently, delivers more stability on the gas as well as under braking – and even doubles as a logo.
The new profile is designed to optimize the amount of rubber on the ground from the entry of a corner to the apex, Pirelli’s latest mix of resin, carbon black and high-density silica allegedly lets the rubber itself adapt to conditions: fast, slow, wet, dry and the various permutations in between.
Popularity: 20% [?]
If you are restoring your motorbike, you may have seen or heard about anodised bolts but have been wondering what all the talk is about. Maybe you would like to know what colour you can get anodised nuts and bolts in, or what type of material they are available in. Hopefully this blog post will clear up some of your questions regarding anodised nuts and bolts.
The main decision to make is what metal the bolts should be manufactured from. If you are looking for anodised fasteners your choices are limited to aluminium and titanium. This is due to the fact that not all metals can be anodised.
If the fasteners is to be used in high stress applications such as brakes or suspension mounts, Titanium should be chosen as it has a better tensile strength. If you are fastening dials or the petrol cap for example, aluminium fasteners can be used.
The second important consideration when picking the type of anodised fasteners is the colours that are possible in the different materials. Normally aluminium bolts will have a wider range of colours than the Titanium alternatives. This should however not interfere with your safety considerations, if the required colour is not available in Titanium for a high high stress application, rather opt for a silver or alternative available colour in Titanium or stainless steel.
Some people may wish to avoid bolts that are anodised a colour and opt for the ordinary silver ones. This is especially true when doing exact replicas or similar bikes. Even in this case, the ordinary silver anodised fasteners will have an advantage over normal mild steel bolts, and that is they do not rust or tarnish.
Popularity: 15% [?]
Automotive brake specialist Brembo was awarded Best Overseas Stand at Autosport 2011. Designed and built by the custom stand design & build division of Melville Exhibition & Event Services – Melville Teamwork, the 81sqm stand was created to deliver a clean crisp brand image, differentiating the company and its products from other stands by highlighting individual products in the same way as a jewellery stand.
Popularity: 11% [?]
Wilson Electronics is a pioneer in the development of cell phone boosters—a line of gadgets that cater to customers suffering from low cell phone signals in their home or office. A cell phone signal booster improves cell phone signal quality by capturing weak signals and directing it to an internal amplifier, which rebroadcasts more robust signals throughout a building or even on-the-go in your car.
Their newest offering, the 4G AWS 60dB wilson cellular booster, is made specifically for the AWS band (most widely used by T-Mobile for its HSPA+ network). This will be the first in a line of boosters for 4G networks. The device offers up to a 60 dB gain, ensuring improved signal strength.
The struggle for better cell phone reception is not only limited to those in rural regions nowadays. The rise in popularity of smart phones that monopolize bandwidths has made dropped calls and poor voice quality a reality even in otherwise signal-friendly buildings. Cell phone boosters easily solve this problem by using an external antenna, usually attached to the roof of a building, which directs the weak signal to an amplifier located indoors. The amplifier then transmits amplified more robust signal throughout a designated space.
There is, however, some controversy behind cell phone signal boosters. Mobile carriers such as AT&T and Verizon have complained that boosters interfere with their own networks by knocking out entire towers or introducing noise caused by oscillation. Although these companies are trying to get the government to ban boosters altogether, Wilson is fighting back with patented anti-oscillation technology that impedes any interference with existing networks.
While the political battle ensues, Wilson is currently preparing 4G cell boosters that go beyond their AWS signal booster. These new cell repeaters, slated for release next year, will be compatible with AT&T and Verizon’s LTE network as well as Sprint’s WiMax network.
Popularity: 11% [?]
While you are cruising on the vast road to freedom and slamming the wind behind you, there are a vast number of motorcycle essentials such as apparel and even motorcycle accessories to complete your image.
Motorcycle Head Gear
Since you’re required by law to wear safety gear upon your head, you might as well express yourself through the creativity of your motorcycle helmet. Solid colors are available in every shade for both men and women. This also makes it easy to match the color of your ride. Flames, dragons, candy paints, spray designs when it comes to motorcycle helmets, the possibilities are endless.
Motorcycle Body Covering
Motorcycle leather jackets have a significant part in the collection of available motorcycle apparel. It does not seem to matter how hot and sweltering the sun is during the breezy summertime, there is virtually always some bike rider squeezing into a leather motorcycle vest or a leather motorcycle jacket. The supplies used to fashion these various motorcycle jackets exceed the traditional leather selections for normal leather jackets. In the present day, airy mesh, comfortable polyester mesh, convenient waterproof Temperfoam and even various nylons are but a few of the fine points that provide the fashion construction of motorcycle leather jackets available in the retail clothing market. Some features of these leather motorcycle jackets to take into consideration include the general color, how well it fits and insulation provided.
Motorcycle Additional Apparel
There are more than just motorcycle jackets to put on your body when you take to the streets. Motorcycle apparel extends to gloves, rain gear and two-piece riding suits that fit casual, dirt or street riding. Equipped to handle all sorts of terrain, two-piece riding suits offer colorful, reinforced body protection. Depending on the product line, characteristics, such as leather flex zones in the waist and knee area or plastic body-armor, may be offered. Many opt for a pair of motorcycle gloves that provide extra protection for the palm of the hand, as well as the fingers and thumb. For increased protection, choose a pair that offers wrist protection. Looking for a cool pair of shades? When shopping for motorcycle apparel, you may find sunglasses in this category, but often times, these cool motorcycle accessories are not considered apparel.
Motorcycle Riding Boots
Protecting your feet during your ride is important. There is vast selection of motorcycle boots to select from. The goal of wearing motorcycle foot gear will vary depending on the types of trips you will be using your ride for. You should be certain that the motorcycle boots give the type of protection that you will need for absorbing shock and resistance while you are bike riding. The best riding boots will provide handy ankle support, while providing toe, heel and shin protection for your body. Sturdy soles are helpful. Be certain to select a pair of motorcycle boots with a breathable lining. This will prevent excessive perspiration in your feet while you are on the road.
When it comes to motorcycle accessories, you will find items for yourself, as well as for your ride. Perhaps you are in need of a new face shield or bag to tuck away your sweetie’s helmet. Tail bags and saddlebags are convenient products to browse because they serve many different purposes. Easily carry your lunch to work or your camera on vacations in one of the convenient zipper compartments. Roomy selections are perfect for storing an extra motorcycle helmet.
Shield goggles and sunglass choices not only look cool but provide great eye protection. You’ll want to make certain that they provide you with comfy nosepieces, handy interchangeable lens, arm straps to keep them on you while riding, wrap-around capabilities along with a carrying case.
Popularity: 17% [?]