Warmee up

Warmee – a handy tool for bikers born for the cold adventure.

I had received a few pouches of Warmee from their team; I had read about it and was keen to try them out this winter. From a biker’s point of view, anything that helps protect you from the cold is a must have tool in your bag. Until now, the tools referred to — thick liners or thermal wear kind of clothing.

I had no answer to anyone asking if there was anything available in the market that can work as an instant warmer thing. In fact few years back the only fastest way to get that instant warm moment was to grab hold of the bike exhaust.
Well burning fuel just to warm your hands at the chance of burning your skin, sounds so illogical.

Luckily technology has come a long way and ‘Warmee’ the latest in cold killer can cater those urge for instant heating solution.

If you see the below images of the product, the pack has all the instructions and most common questions answered, so I won’t again ponder over that part. But I’ll share my experience on how it has come to use in by motorcycle endeavors.

 

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warmee

Winter is the season when I go on frequent rides early in the morning. Covering an average distance of 100kms is pretty obvious. Though how much I act fondly of cold weather, the single digit temperature ultimately gets you. And the primary issue lies while riding at high speeds; as all my riding gears are of mesh material, the wind really hits you hard on the torso.

Blame it on the age, very recently I have started feeling the chill on my skin. But here is a fact, I don’t intend to slow down. All I need is a solution to clear this hurdle.

So on my recent trip to Agra and Bharatpur, a total distance of 1300kms; I put two packets of Warmee in my jacket pocket. One on left and another in the right side.

Like the instructions say, it takes just few seconds to heat up. And while riding, within couple of minutes I felt a warm sensation inside my jacket. I could feel the chill disappearing on my skin. For 3 hours of riding in the morning, Warmee was at play.

Around noon when the weather was warm enough, I took the Warmee pouches out to dispose them off but wondered to see how long it stay warm before running its course! So for the time being I just kept it in my bag …and after couple of hours when we stopped for lunch somewhere on NH-8 — To my surprise, the pouch was still warm.

I can say I’m quite impressed with the new product and would recommend to fellow bikers.

I have also made a list of ideal scenarios where Warmee can come in great use –

– Camping (use inside sleeping bag)
– While riding motorcycle (like how I have mentioned)
– Bus/Cab journeys early morning or late nights, when its little over pleasant cold.
– For senior citizens who are sensitive to cold weather.
– Ladakh riders, to get some relieve from the ice cold weather at that altitude.

I’m sure there will be more number of ways Warmee can be used.

P.S. – Since it’s one time use; I strongly advice you to dispose off the pouch responsibly.

You can Buy Warmee on Amazon or Snapdeal; or you can find the store list on their website – Warmee

Warmee Pouch
Warmee Pouch

 

10 Things from Outdoor Travel Gear that I Always Carry on My Rides

When motorcycling became a habit, I started checking out for motorcycle products, accessories and other adventure items that can compliment my long rides.

Back then in 2003 there were not many stores as you see today. It was just a handful of lot.. and in this narrow options, one name was prominent — ‘Outdoor Travel Gear‘.

OTG is located in Mumbai and delivers products all over the country. There are many products I have bought from here that have aided my motorcycle rides and mountain expeditions. The store has a special place in my memory lane.

Here I’m listing 10 products that I have bought from Outdoor Travel Gear that you’ll always find in my bag.

1. Waterproof Dry Bags –

Even when its summer or winter season, I expect the rains to bestow upon you anytime and anywhere. No matter if you intend to stay dry, you’ll encounter water someway or the other. Light rains, dew, slush, water crossing, bikes on boat, … there are so many scenarios and unimaginable circumstances where you’ll come close to water.

To protect my gear, I always carry a 10 liter and a couple of 5 liter waterproof bags of BOLL in my luggage. They fold up so thin that hardly any exclusive place it required for it.

Everything that I want to keep dry and moist free, I put it in the dry bag first and then the whole thing goes in the backpack. These bags also have variation and types in size and functionality. You can checkout which suits you the best.

2. Premium Quality Bungee Cords and Net:

There was a ride where I was carrying premium quality bungee cords and a net which cost me around 1000 bucks; where the same number of items my fellow riders bought for just 50 bucks. Now that’s a mountain difference when it comes to pricing. But see the results, the local bungee gear of my fellow riders didn’t even last for 500kms. At the end of the ride the hooks were snapping or getting straight, losing its curve grip; where mine! well now its been over 6 years and it still rocks. More practical way to say it, the life of the gear lasted through 5 big rides.

(The fact is that these expensive cords have sturdy hooks and strong locks attached to the bungee. No doubt that the cord itself is of good quality but the hooks play a vital role, hence they are expensive)

3. Hydra Pack:

Buying a simple mineral water at places sounds more convenient, but honestly you land up with lot of plastic along. You really don’t want to throw those empty plastic bottles just anywhere. And if you are at a location like the Himalayas, you really don’t want to leave a mess behind, specially plastic. Surely you can be responsible about it but otherwise I have found carrying a hydra pack is more convenient. When the bottle gets empty, the first thought that comes in mind is to get rid of it. At halts whenever there is some water left in the mineral bottle, I just pour it in the pack. Water also remains cool during hot days and can sip some even while riding the bike.

Hydra pack can be easily stored in your gear. I use a backpack which has a compartment exclusively for it. This gear has come to my rescue at many places; especially during solo treks. I tend to use it as that ‘extra supply’ or ‘reserve’.

4. iPhone Rainproof Cover:

Never ever I can do a ride without my iPhone. Be it going to even a local market place I need this gadget with me. Like I said above, in India you can expect rains to fall upon you anytime anywhere. In any season, the rain Gods may have a jump on you.

I always have been cautious in securing my gadgets against weather; definitely I won’t leave the phone out of it. An iPhone rainproof case comes to my rescue. This cover is always in my bag and it does the job fine.

5. Inner Glove:

I love to shoot photos throughout the ride. But when I wear my biking gloves it becomes difficult to handle the camera swiftly. The only solution I figured to this dilemma was combing two gloves. What I basically did was bought a simple thin mesh gloves which has the protective guard on knuckles; ideal for summer. During the winter I just wear the cold killer inner glove and put on the mesh one over it. So at least for two seasons — summer and winter, I have a solution where I can ride with gloves on, and use the camera conveniently.

(I’m yet to figure out a thing for the wet season.)

6. Quechua Winter Jacket:

I have said it before I will say it again. The is one thing I never underestimate is the weather of our country. How unexpectedly it can change no one can tell. And most of the time I have landed myself in a pickle because of underestimating the climatic condition. I just leave thinking I’ll manage but I land up with teeth chattering situation inside my helmet.

Now on I have started keeping a winter jacket to protect myself from the cold climate if extreme situation arises. And my favorite one is of Quencha, for simply because, its not thick as a fleece jacket, takes very less space in the bag and can take on little water splash too. Plus its a great alternate walk around jacket.

7. Set of Keychain Carabiners:

Long or short ride, I carry them as many as possible. Till date they have come in use in so many unthinkable ways.

Very recently we were coming back from Goa, and a fellow rider wanted to mount his backpack on the rear seat, as it was getting uncomfortable to ride with. The last bungee rope had snapped and was of no use. What we did now is use the straps of the bag to tie it on the rear seat. Followed by locking and fastening it to the bike using these carabiners. It held the luggage on to the seat firmly. And the ride was also comfortable all the way to the destination.

You’ll always see a few carabiners hanging from by belt loop of the jeans.

8. Buff:

This was never in my wishlist; I bought it in the first place on advise of OTG team. They had mentioned, it has multipurpose use and it will be very handy on my kind of rides.

Right from first day of a ride after buying this, it has been my most favored gear for bike rides — right from using it as a face mark to wearing it on my hand to protect the tattoo from the sun. Be be short or long ride, I never leave without my buff. For the record, it can be worn in 12 different ways.

9. Dry Inside Base Layer:

Once I had got this idea of wearing two layers for a ride to Himalayas. The intention was to avoid wearing anything thick. The fleece jacket takes too much important space in the bag. Since my threshold of winter is quite high, I decided to get myself a base layer which I can wear inside and put the bike jacket over it while riding or a t-shirt when walking. (Two layer clothing worn this way, is ideal for winter and cold mornings)

The Dry inside base layer of Knox is the best one I felt. It throws out the sweat and keeps you dry inside, just like how the name suggests. The product is also antibacterial and odour resistant, so it can be worn a few times before sent for washing.

10. Headlamp:

Carrying a source of light is a must for any ride. There are so many good torches and light devices available in the market. But I always thought of one scenario, where your bike tyre is punctured in the middle of night, on a solo ride.. How the hell you’re gonna hold the torch when you need both hands to fix the problem!

Headlamp is the best way around this; just wear it on your head and find light in any direction you look. Petzl is the current brand I use. This items is always in my bag.

5 Useful Accessories for the New Ninja 300

After the entire patient wait for the new Ninja 300 from Kawasaki, it is finally available for bookings at a Pro biking dealer near you. It’s supposed to be the next gen upgrade to the best selling quarter litre bike of all time – The Ninja 250R. To takes things even further I went scouting for some cool accessories for the Ninja 300. Checkout my pick…

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review also present on Wanderlust Biker.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Kawasaki Ninja 300 now has dual independent head lamps

1. Adjustable levers

Apparently, Kawasaki has provided adjustable brake and clutch levers for the 650cc and upward segments. Adjustable levers add comfort and convenience for riding as well as enhance the handling of the motorcycle. Not the aftermarket levers, but OEM products are available on Amazon for the Kawasaki Ninja 300. If you don’t prefer the online option, wait a little for them to arrive at the motorcycle accessory stores of India.

2. Aftermarket exhaust

If you think the sound of the exhaust has been beefed up in the new Ninja 300, you are sorely mistaken. Sorry about that! Despite altering the low and mid level torque along with a few tweaks, the sound of the exhaust remains pretty close to that of the Ninja 250R. If you are looking for that roar in your Ninja 300, pick the aftermarket exhausts. Some good ones are from Yoshimura, M4 and Leo Vince GP Corsa Slip-On Exhaust.

3. Crash guard

Like it or not, a crash guard is the most important accessory to buy for a motorcycle. Be it Kawasaki or any other brand, to protect the bike in case of a fall, it is absolutely necessary. You could also save a few bucks on the bill thereafter. OEM as well as aftermarket parts are available for the Ninja 300.

Ninja 300

Ninja 300 at the press launch

4. Wheel rim tapes and Tank pad

Accessories, not just for protection, but also for styling are worth spending money on. The tank pad and rim tapes have little safety feature attached to them but they are great products to add some shine and spark to the motorcycle. My personal take? White rim tapes go nicely with the Ninja 300 Green while the red ones suit the White 300.  As for the tank pad, you have a couple of options with the Ninja theme. A simple carbon black still looks best.

5. Front mud guard fender extension

Very few people know about this accessory. Only Kawasaki Ninja riders know that there is not much protection given to the radiator of the bike. The dirt and debris which fly off the front tyre hit the radiator grill head on, eventually damaging the pattern of the grill on the radiator. As per Kawasaki, it is not a threat but taking into consideration the Indian road conditions, you may even see a rock flying off and racing towards your bike.

‘Pyramid Plastics Kawasaki Ninja 250R 08-11 Fender Extender’ is available for the Ninja 250R and the same fits on the new Ninja 300 as well. It is a must have for all Indian riders who intend to buy the new Ninja 300.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Accessories

Vital accessories for the new Kawasaki Ninja 300

Most products and accessories for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 are available on Amazon.com but now, with the launch of the bike in India, some of them will be available in biking accessory stores across India in less than a month.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R 08-11 Fender Extender

Here is my latest buy that most Kawasaki Ninja 250R riders will appreciate it. Kawasaki Ninja 250R Fender Extender.

The very day I bought the motorcycle I was instructed by the service in charge people that take good care of the grill in front of the radiator. The material is very sensitive and delicate. There have already been complains of a brand new got damaged because many spray water on the grill in full force without knowing that its gonna screw the condition of that component.

Despite by best attempts, during the bike’s first long ride I was shocked to see how exposed the radiator is to debris and destructive materials as well as the water from the front tyre.

I was surprised how come Kawasaki team did not see this coming.

By the time I reached Chandigarh Probiking from Mumbai, my bike’s 30% of the grill appeared damaged or you can say little bent.

After the trip when I returned to Mumbai I immediately Googled and landed on a page where someone was selling Pyramid Plastics Kawasaki Ninja 250R 08-11 Fender Extender.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Fender Extender

Just couple of days ago I have ordered one from eBay and very eager to resolve this issue permanently.

I recommend this product to all those who own the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Its a must have for the long live of the radiator. Surely it will keep the force of water coming up on the radiator during the monsoon, away. Will probably protect from small stones which also come flying off from the front tyre.

The online price on the eBay page mentioned is USD39 minus the shipping charges. With shipping you’ll probably get it around USD50 approximately — the total, final figure.