Summary: This week’s Tech Tuesday article is about the safety light system used by AMA Pro Racing. AMA Pro Racing uses the Clearwater Lights Safety Light System for all AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events.
Corner workers play a very important part in any event weekend by relaying incidents to riders and the control tower, as well as helping to clear obstructions in a prompt and expedited manner to keep racers safe. In previous seasons, there were occasions where riders were running red flags, citing their inability to see corner worker stations... Read more.
Summary: Whether it’s a GPS, heated grips, heated seat, heated clothing, a radar detector, auxiliary lights or any one of the numerous other aftermarket electronic devices you’ve added to your bike, they all increase the draw on your motorcycle’s charging system. Because my 2006 Kawasaki KLR has a less than robust charging system, I’ve relied on a voltmeter for many years. The problem is that many of these meters can provide inaccurate readings. Read more.
From the beginning most motorcycles had one headlamp which was just enough to pass DMV code. Riders put extra lights on their bikes but stator capacity, and bike styling put a damper on pure growth in this area. Recently choices have grown in three key areas: high performance halogen (thinner filament-hotter burning), HID (high intensity discharge), and LED (light emitting diode) technology. I picked my choice of the best in each category and put them to a performance test. Read more.
If you were a fan of the TV show “The X-Files,” you must have wondered, “Can’t the FBI afford real flashlights?” Every time agents Mulder and Scully entered a dark room where undoubtedly existential terror lurked in a corner, they held lights that cast a laser-like beam, illuminating about a 6-inch circle on the far wall. Hmm, that’s not much different than riding a motorcycle at night....Read more.
At last years International Rally in Redmond, Oregon, I encountered some new LED driving lights manufactured in the USA by Clearwater Lights. I met Glenn Stasky, the owner of the Rancho Cordova, CA based company who developed the lights out of his frustration with existing technology.... Read more.
Chasing the sunset through the golden light and purple shadows washing over Montana's Bitterroot Mountains, I'm struck by a moment of clarity: This transcendent experience would make a fine answer to all those people who wonder why anyone would want to enter a 10-day, 10,000-mile motorcycle endurance rally... Read more.