Brake and Clutch Reservoir Covers: Purposes and Safety Benefits

All of those who are seriously into motorcycles know that they need top quality brake fluids for their safety. Unfortunately, these quality brake fluids are found to be highly sensitive to the UV light. To keep the fluid safe from the environment they usually put a sock on the reservoir cap to block the UV rays from causing any damage to the brake fluid.

Since there are many debates on the subject of brake fluid getting degraded by the sun’s UV rays maybe we can add that looking at MSDS (material safety data sheets) it states to store brake fluid away from sunlight, also this is the reason why they are not sold in clear bottles, but brake are clutch fluid reservoirs on most sportbikes are opaque which lets sun/UV rays to reach the brake fluid, aesthetically thinking these will also cover up the ugly plastic brake and clutch reservoirs.

The reservoir sock covers also help prevent spillage or leakage from either the brake or the clutch reservoirs. These are basically designed like wristbands wrapping the brake and clutch reservoirs to absorb any fluids that may spill or leak from the cap of the brake and clutch fluid reservoirs as in such cases of hard braking. And yes brake fluid does expand and anyone who is real hard on their brakes will know it. The danger is the highly corrosive fluid can damage paintwork, metalwork and get onto riding gear such as your visor which could cause real visibility problems. For those who are into motorcycle racing, the reservoir covers will also keep the reservoir caps firmly in place during a race and/or spirited riding. It can also help the brake fluid from getting contaminated with dust or dirt by keeping the brake/clutch fluid reservoirs clean and away from debris.

Many of the brake reservoir fluid sock covers are made from cotton and manufactured in such a way that each of the socks fit properly since you don’t want them to come flying off down the road or track. When it comes to the clutch fluids, it is basically the same principle. The brake and clutch fluid reservoir sock covers keeps the fluid from environmental degradation which can eventually lead to poor braking and shifting performance. And as most that use these covers are involved in motorcycle racing, poor braking and shifting performance and brake fluid spillage bike would not be any help on the track.

For those who are wondering if they could just go buy generic wristbands for their brake or clutch fluids, they can, at their own risk. But wristbands tend to fit very loosely and will eventually fly off going down the road or track. Obviously the bike aficionados would probably get horrified if they see their precious Honda, Yamaha or Ducati motorcycles getting dressed with poor fitting low quality products. They would want to get matching Yamaha reservoir sock covers for their Yamaha’s and Ducati’s, rather than having an ill fitting wristband with a sport shoe brand covering up their brake and clutch reservoirs.

Many of these motorcycle brake and clutch covers can be bought online or at reputable motorcycle shops. They are relatively affordable; the generic ones are particularly cheaper but are lower in quality and have heat pressed logos which tend to peel off after a few months. Higher quality reservoir sock covers will be made of high quality cotton, specifically made to fit your motorcycle application and have matching logos which are embroidered on.

Top Tips for Buying Beach Cruiser Bikes

If it’s been some time since you’ve been to a bike shop, prepare yourself to get floored. Picking a bike from the shop is a challenge these days. The sheer varieties, styles and combinations available can confuse you. Whether you want simple, uncomplicated or super speed, just about anything is available for the picking. Among the different kinds of bikes on sale, beach cruiser bikes are probably the most loved and one of the most widely bought bikes.

Beach cruiser bikes or ‘lifestyle bikes’ as they are now being called, are great for lengthy beach getaways or for short city rides. They are uncomplicated, easy to maintain and fabulous to ride. What with more and more people turning to biking for much needed exercise, bikes such as these are very much in demand. New features appear all the time and there are variations in prices. So, how can you decide on the right bike to buy?

The first buying decision is regarding – not the bike – but the rider. Is the bike for a man or woman? Commonly, women?s bikes have the common drop and men?s bikes have the rigid and sometimes ugly looking crossbars. However, these days, many manufacturers have designed unisex beach cruiser bikes that pass as bikes for men and women. Generic bikes may be of standard colors like red, orange, black and Chrome. Even so, people who have certain preferences or those with handicaps may prefer bikes with a dip in the crossbar so that they can get on and off the bike without them having to throw their leg over the bike.

Another important decision that needs to be taken is regarding the terrain. Will the beach cruiser ride on a hilly or level surface. Unless there is a specific purpose, there is no reason to buy a multi-speed cruiser bike. Since multi-speed bikes are difficult to maintain and assemble, these bikes may last for shorter periods too. Therefore, if you will be using the beach cruiser bike mainly for city riding, then, the better option is to stay with a single speed beach cruiser.

The third decision is regarding the look of the bike. Do you or don?t you want fenders on the bike? This is a matter of personal preference. But, it must be remembered that although fenders are generally considered stylish, there are maintenance issues associated with them. Fenders should be made of hardy, durable materials. Make sure that the bike has a kick stand if you opt for fenders. Many people have the habit of dropping the bike when it is not in use and fenders cannot stand this abuse for long. On the other hand, the usability of fenders is limited as they are required only during the monsoons so that water is not thrown outwards when the tire moves.

Finally, it is important to choose a bike that is of the right height for your use. One way to find out is to ride the bike before you buy. Otherwise, you will need to measure the inside of the seam of your pants and buy accordingly.

What is Road Rash?

Anyone who has ever fallen from a bicycle or while running is aware of the sometimes agony of a road rash accident. As awful as falling and skinning one’s knee is, the injury can be far worse than simply removing a couple of layers of skin.

Road rash is the colloquial term used by cyclists, bikers, and anyone else who has ever been hurt on the road to describe the skin (and sometimes bone) injury that is the result of abrading the skin with road surfaces. This type of injury is most frequently, when it is serious, the result of serious cycling accidents and motorcycle accidents in general. The term or injury name has often been used to describe injuries from surfing, skateboarding, and inline skating.

The chances of road rash can be reduced significantly by wearing the proper and appropriate safety gear for whatever activity is involved. For motorcycles, this means wearing a jacket designed for motorcycle safety, a full face helmet, gloves, boots, and any other protective gear available.

Abrasion injuries are not uncommon in a variety of fields, including athletics. This type of injury, which is what road rash is, is generally caused by a person falling onto a hard surface, like a road. As the individual slides along on the ground, the friction between the various layers of skin and the road causes the top layers of skin to be rubbed off. This may create an ugly scrape that is raw and looks like hamburger meat but the majority of road rash injuries are actually minor abrasions that will heal in no time.

Like many injuries, the higher the speed of impact, the worse the injury will be. This is due in part to physics and the effects of force. The more speed with which a person is moving before falling, the longer it takes to stop the person once he or she hits the ground. The more time it takes, the more friction that is allowed to interact with the body. This in turn contributes to the severity of the abrasion on the skin.

Because motorcycles are frequently moving at advanced speeds, they pose the greatest risks, in terms of severity, from road rash. The severity seen in motorcycle road rash accidents is much greater than that seen in a runner falling or from a cyclist, regardless of how fast the cyclist is going.

While speed plays a role in the severity of motorcycle abrasions, the addition of a motorcycle holding a person’s body in contact with the road does not help either. Because of this, it is not uncommon for an abrasion injury in a motorcycle accident to scrape down to the bone, literally.