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Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

 Suspension or shockbreaker is one of the important components on a motorcycle. Its main function is to dampen or absorb various vibrations generated from the road surface. Of course this device is related to comfort while driving.

If the suspension is damaged there are several effects that will be felt by the driver. For example, the handling of the motor becomes uncomfortable, the acceleration is reduced, or the most fatal can endanger safety.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

According to After Sales Manager Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu), Muslian, generally motorcycle owners often ignore the condition of the suspension because it is considered a component that rarely breaks. Though the suspension must be carried out routine maintenance.

"The suspension has an important role so that the motorcycle does not receive too much load due to the shocks that occur," said Muslian in an official statement received by OTO.com.

Given the importance of the role of suspension on a motorcycle, Muslian tries to give some accurate tips about suspension maintenance so that these components are durable and can support your daily activities. Anything? Check it out below.

Keep Suspension Clean

According to him, the dirt stuck to the suspension work area, if not cleaned, will scratch the inner tube or suspension rod. This will cause the suspension to leak and reduce the quality of the suspension work. 

Muslian's advice is to wash the motorbike regularly and clean the suspension area thoroughly. If it rains, rinse or wash the motorbike with clean water, make sure the suspension area is also safe. The corrosion properties of rainwater can slowly damage the suspension.

Avoid the Broken Road

The second, according to him, avoid uneven or rocky roads can provide additional burden for the suspension. Too often pass the road like this has the opportunity to reduce the life of the suspension.

"So when forced to pass through an uneven road you have to drive with extra care and not speeding so that it can help ease the work of the suspension," he said.

He further explained, driving at high speed on rocky roads is very risky, it can cause the suspension to leak due to shock without pause.

Don't Carry a Heavy Load

Motorcycles have a maximum allowable load according to the owner's manual. If you are forced to carry an excessive load, then the performance of your motorbike will of course be significantly reduced.

One of the functions that are disrupted due to carrying too heavy a load is the suspension function. The suspension will work extra hard when the load carried exceeds the maximum capacity.

Haram to Use Accessories and Modify Suspension

If you want a long suspension life for your motorbike, according to Muslian, avoid installing accessories on the suspension or commonly referred to as earrings. Installation of accessories that actually makes the back of the bike look elevated.

"These earrings actually make the suspension can not work optimally. In fact, in some cases the addition of accessories and modifications to the suspension makes the suspension not work at all and even the suspension can be broken," he explained.

Change Suspension Oil Regularly

The last thing is to change the lubricant or oil in the motor suspension periodically. Muslian explained, front suspension oil changes are usually done every 15,000-20,000 kilometers or 1.5 to 2 years of motor use (whichever comes first).

However, if the load is always heavy or you have to travel on uneven roads too often, then change your suspension oil sooner than the manufacturer's specified period.

Must Know, These Are Easy Tips for Motorcycle Braking System Maintenance So It Doesn't Get Damaged

 The braking system is an important component related to the speed of the vehicle, as is the case on a motorcycle. Therefore, the owner of the motorbike must pay attention to its condition so that it remains in prime condition.

"The brake function is of course very important in smoothing motorcycle riding activities. If the brake performance is disturbed, it can endanger the driving safety of motorcycle users," explained After Sales Manager of Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu) in an official statement.

Must Know, These Are Easy Tips for Motorcycle Braking System Maintenance So It Doesn't Get Damaged

Now for maintenance of motorcycle braking, you don't need to make an effort to come to the workshop, it turns out that a series of motorcycle brakes can be inspected independently at home. However, it should be noted, if you require component replacement and do not have the expertise, it is better to use authorized dealers and mechanics.

This article will describe the sequence of maintenance and checking of the motorcycle disc braking system based on Muslian's explanation, in full as below,.

1. Periodic Brake Fluid Check and Replacement

Replacement of brake fluid, explained by Muslian, is generally done every 2 years or if it has reached a distance of 24 thousand km. Another indicator can be seen from the color of the brake fluid, if it has turned cloudy, don't compromise, immediately replace the brake fluid according to the manufacturer's standards.

"Regularly checking the brake pads or changing brake fluid is useful to maintain optimal disc brake performance," explained Muslian.

2. Caliper Component Cleaning

Motorcycle users should also pay attention to this, namely routinely cleaning the caliper components. Disc brakes are open so that when driving on the road, dust and dirt stick to the lining or piston.

"This condition affects the brake performance to be not optimal, therefore immediately do a cleaning on that part. Or if the brake handle feels heavy when pressed, you can check or replace the upper brake master seal," he said.

 3. Make sure the calipers are in good condition

According to Muslian, the effect that is quite felt when the calipers are problematic is the decrease in braking quality and the brake handle work becomes heavy or loose, this can lead to the risk of an accident.

"Make sure the calipers on your motorbike are in good condition, and do regular checks at the nearest authorized workshop," he explained.

4. Vehicle Chain Maintenance

In addition to caring for the brakes, we also provide tips on how to care for the vehicle chain.

The chain is an important component of a motorcycle. It plays a role in transmitting the power from the engine performance results to the rear wheels so that it is able to produce the required acceleration. Because it has an effect on performance, comfort and safety, it is necessary to carry out routine maintenance.

According to Rizky Reza Saputra, Sales Marketing for DID Indonesia under the NGK flag, there are several important things you need to know to take care of your favorite iron horse chain. According to him, this method is easy to do and can be done at home.

5. Clean the Chain

Sometimes this method is considered trivial. If mishandled, you can be sure the age of the chain will not last long. There are still many who clean the chain using soap, gasoline or even diesel. According to Rizky, this is a mistake that must be avoided. “Leave it like that because it can damage the seal on the chain. Simply clean the chain with water with a gentle brushing. After cleaning, proceed with using a chain cleaner and then spray chain lube," he explained.

 6. Treat regularly

Cleaning the chain should be done regularly, ie when usage has reached 500 kilometers and multiples thereof. This also applies to normal use when taking a normal road route. Meanwhile, if you go through a muddy road, after arriving at your destination, the chain should be cleaned immediately. This is necessary so that the chain does not wear out quickly considering that the chain contains important materials that can affect the performance of the motorcycle.

7. Check the condition of the chain and gear

Checking the condition of the chain is mandatory. One of them the users must always ensure the slack limit. For the free play distance of each motorbike, it is different but in general it is between 20-30 mm to 25-35 mm. It is recommended that the wheel chain check and adjustment be carried out periodically. If the slack exceeds the free play distance limit listed on the sticker, it is better to adjust the tightness or take it to the nearest authorized repair shop.

The worn chain can be seen from the sharp rear wheel gear. This sharp gear if left unchecked can erode the chain so that the chain wears out quickly and does not function normally.

8. wish to dry

To get optimal power, it is mandatory to provide lubricant. “This step is also still a lot wrong. Do not give the chain with used oil, grease (grease) because dust and gravel can stick. If that happens, it can erode the surface of the chain and the risk can be broken in the long term. So it's better to give a lubricant that is specifically for chains, namely chain lube, "explained Rizky.

Well, that's some ways to care for a motorcycle chain so that it lasts. Basically all objects and motor components have their own age and will certainly experience damage so replacement is needed. So it requires proper care.

7 Tips for Cleaning Cars to Avoid Viruses

 Even though we don't have a virus or clean, the name virus can come from anywhere. It can be from shoes or sandals worn when traveling, jackets, or so on.



Therefore, cleaning the vehicle has become a mandatory agenda for the owner before the virus sticks to the dashboard.

So that the results are optimally clean and make the car safer and more comfortable to use when traveling alone or with family, here are some vehicle cleaning tips that you can practice at home.

1. Start from the dashboard

The dashboard is one of the parts that is most often dusty due to the large number of items placed there. Call it tissue boxes, cellphones, to cigarette packs that may have been dusty before being inserted into the dashboard.

So that the dust does not build up, you should clean it using a duster or a slightly damp cloth. Avoid mixing water with alcohol because this can make dust stick to the dashboard.

2. Continue to the car carpet

Next is the car carpet, the part that is most often dirty from being trampled on. Since the carpet is made of rubber, cleaning it is much easier.

Simply remove the carpet from the car, then stand it vertically so that the dust does not stick. Can also use a vacuum cleaner or mix soap and water, so all the dust is removed perfectly.

3. Clean the car seats

Still in the interior of the car, next is cleaning the car seats. It's not like cleaning car carpets because the seats are easier to clean. Dust and dirt that sticks are also clearly visible.

Take a vacuum cleaner or rag that has been dipped in a special liquid. Remember, it's not a liquid that has alcohol in it, okay? Because alcohol is believed to damage the surface of your favorite car seat.

4. The part touched by the hand

In addition to the three points above, in fact there are still many parts in the car that often come into contact with hands. There is a car steering wheel, windshield, to the transmission lever. These parts must be cleaned to be free from viruses.

Best of all, you don't need a vacuum cleaner to clean it. Enough with a duster and duster, then the area that often comes into contact with the hands becomes cleaner. Viruses can stay away from the car.

5. Rearview mirror

If the interior of the car is in order, now proceed to the exterior. There is a rearview mirror which is often a place for dust and dirt to stick due to pollution scattered in the air.

Although it is often dusty, cleaning the rearview mirror is not a difficult and time-consuming job. Mix water and soap, then dip a washcloth and clean the rearview mirror thoroughly. Guaranteed viruses and bacteria that had been attached will be lifted.

6. Clean the legs of the car

One part that is often overlooked by vehicle owners, namely the legs of the car. Even though this part can be said to be the dirtiest because it is directly contaminated with dust and dirt.

Although basically can not spread the virus into the interior of the car itself, but it would be nice to be cleaned regularly. Thus, the performance of the vehicle is maintained properly.

7. Luggage

The last part that should not be forgotten is the trunk of the car. Where you often put heavy items when traveling long distances. This section cannot be said to be virus-free because the items included in it are not necessarily clean.

Therefore, clean the trunk regularly. Sweep the carpet, pick up the trash that is scattered in the trunk, and wipe it if needed

6 Tips To Keep Car Selling Prices High

 The desire to replace a private vehicle must be in everyone's mind. There are quite a variety of reasons, such as different levels of need, boredom, and improved economic conditions.

It's okay if you want to change the vehicle. But before looking at a new vehicle, make sure the old vehicle has been sold. Not bad for adding capital to buy a new vehicle, right?



Here are some tips to keep the selling price of the car high. You can immediately practice the following tips.

1. Maintain the condition of the car

The first tip that is absolute is to ensure that the condition of the car is well maintained. Not only the exterior of the car, but also the interior and spare parts. As is known, car spare parts greatly affect the performance of the car itself when taken for a drive.

Replace spare parts if needed. Make sure the spare parts installed are guaranteed authentic because this has quite an effect on the selling price of the car.

To prove that the car is well maintained, you can attach a receipt when doing service or repair.

2. Clean the car regularly

Who wants to buy a car that is dirty? Yes, but finding a buyer is quite difficult, especially if the selling price of the car is quite high. Everyone prefers a clean car, so it can be directly used for everyday driving.

The parts of the car that are prone to getting dirty are the dashboard and the floor. We recommend that you clean regularly using a fiber cloth or vacuum cleaner, so you can clean even the hard-to-reach areas. Avoid using alcohol when cleaning the car. Because, alcohol is believed to damage the contaminated part.

3. Take it to an official workshop

In fact, making sure the car is clean is not enough. You also need to make sure that all this time the repairs have been carried out at an official workshop, not in a place that resembles a workshop.

This is important, especially for insured cars. This is because repairs carried out at authorized workshops or partners are entitled to compensation costs. While the rest are not.

To find out about partner workshops inside and outside the city, you can re-open the policy booklet. Simply, you can directly ask the insurance agent or customer service, so it saves time and energy.

4. The age of the car is not too old

As is known, the car is one of the assets that experience depreciation from year to year. The older the car, the cheaper the selling price. This is because repairs made to keep the car's performance in prime condition will be carried out more often when they are old.

If the car has been used for more than 5 years, don't expect to be able to sell it at a high price. In this case, you can find out the market price of the car you want to sell so you don't seem overpriced.

It's different if the car is still 2-3 years old, then the selling price can be maintained. This does not mean that the selling price will be high. Still decreasing, but the decrease is not too significant so you don't lose too much when you sell it.

5. Avoid modification

Modified cars will certainly look cooler than the original. The addition of wings at the rear of the car, for example, makes the car look more classy and expensive. However, know that not everyone likes a modified car.

There is also an assumption that modifications are made to correct deficiencies or natural damage to the car. No wonder that some cars that have been modified tend to be cheaper than the price of a car without modification.

Reconsider if you want to modify a car, especially if there is a desire to sell it within the next 1-2 years. Don't let because you want to appear "cool for a moment", you will lose large amounts of money later on.

6. Reasonable mileage

In addition to age, in fact the distance traveled by the car also affects the selling price. Cars that have long mileage are usually priced less than those that have less mileage.

Even though the car has been used for more than 5 years, if the mileage is still small, then the car can be sold at a higher price. Assuming that the car is rarely used to travel, so the condition of the engine is much better maintained.

Next, make sure the car looks well-maintained from the outside so that the resale price remains high. If the car looks poorly maintained, the attractiveness of buyers will decrease, so there will be fewer offers.

Make no mistake, these are 4 ways to take care of a motorcycle chain

 The chain is an important component of a motorcycle. It plays a role in transmitting the power from the engine performance results to the rear wheels so that it is able to produce the required acceleration. Because it has an effect on performance, comfort and safety, it is necessary to carry out routine maintenance.

Make no mistake, these are 4 ways to take care of a motorcycle chain

According to Rizky Reza Saputra, Sales Marketing for DID Indonesia under the NGK flag, there are several important things you need to know to take care of your favorite iron horse chain. According to him, this method is easy to do and can be done at home.

Clean Chain

Sometimes this method is considered trivial. If mishandled, you can be sure the age of the chain will not last long. There are still many who clean the chain using soap, gasoline or even diesel. According to Rizky, this is a mistake that must be avoided. “Leave it like that because it can damage the seal on the chain. Simply clean the chain with water with a gentle brushing. After cleaning, proceed with using a chain cleaner and then spray chain lube," he explained. 

Treat Periodically

Cleaning the chain should be done regularly, ie when usage has reached 500 kilometers and multiples thereof. This also applies to normal use when taking a normal road route. Meanwhile, if you go through a muddy road, after arriving at your destination, the chain should be cleaned immediately. This is necessary so that the chain does not wear out quickly considering that the chain contains important materials that can affect the performance of the motorcycle.

Check Chain and Gear Condition

Checking the condition of the chain is mandatory. One of them the users must always ensure the slack limit. For the free play distance of each motorbike, it is different but in general it is between 20-30 mm to 25-35 mm. It is recommended that the wheel chain check and adjustment be carried out periodically. If the slack exceeds the free play distance limit listed on the sticker, it is better to adjust the tightness or take it to the nearest authorized repair shop.

don't dry

To get optimal power, it is mandatory to provide lubricant. “This step is also still a lot wrong. Do not give the chain with used oil, grease (grease) because dust and gravel can stick. When that happens, it can erode the surface of the chain and the risk can be broken in the long term. So it's better to give a lubricant that is specifically for chains, namely chain lube, "explained Rizky.

Well, that's some ways to care for a motorcycle chain so that it lasts. Basically all objects and motor components have their own age and will certainly experience damage so replacement is needed. Then it takes care in the right way

Pay attention to these steps to install the roof box on the vehicle

 The ability to carry goods in a vehicle is greatly influenced by the design and capacity of the trunk. This is necessary when the car owner is traveling long distances that require a lot of luggage during the time of the trip.

One solution that is the choice of car owners is to install a roof box on the roof of the car. Although some time ago the presence of this roof box was questioned, but the roof box is one solution to increase storage space. Then how about tips on installing a roof box that is safe and comfortable for travel. Take note of the following:

Pay attention to these steps to install the roof box on the vehicle

First, make sure the car has roof rails. Roof box can not be placed on the roof of the car because it can damage and does not have a strong grip. For this reason, a roof rail is needed in the form of a longitudinal rail where you can install a roof rack as a place to put the roof box. Several Toyota products already have a roof rail as a default design that has received mature technical calculations so that roof rails and roof boxes can be installed easily and safely.

The second step is to install a roof rack as a roof box holder. Roof rack is a pedestal structure for the roff box stand. This roof rack can actually be placed with luggage but is not recommended because items can be released and can be dangerous during the trip. Choose a roof rack that is sturdy and has a strong stand and is easy to assemble and disassemble. This includes the ability to support the roof box above it and its size does not exceed the width of the car body because it looks aesthetically and safely.

The next step is to choose the size of the roof box that suits your needs. Its function as a place to store goods does not mean you have to always choose the largest size. Take into account the need with adequate capacity and the size is not too large because it will affect the aerodynamics and balance point of the car. Choose a roof box with quality materials but not too heavy to maintain the total weight of the car, especially if the car is full of passengers.

Learn how to install the roof box on the roof rack and the correct mechanism for locking the lid to keep it safe on the road. Learn also the position of placing it right on the roof of the car to maintain the balance of the vehicle and not cross the dimensions of the car to maintain safety and aesthetics. To be safe, choose a branded roof box that has a safety certificate and is sold by an authorized dealer.

The next step, calculate the maximum carrying capacity of the vehicle. This is to keep the car's performance optimal on the road. Roof racks and roof boxes must be categorized as carry-on baggage. Reduce the maximum carrying capacity with the weight of the roof rack and roof box to get a new maximum carrying capacity as a reference in carrying passengers and goods including goods that will be put in the roof box.

After bringing the roof box, pay attention to the driving style on the road. The existence of a roof box will change the aerodynamics and center of gravity and also increase the overall weight of the car. It is possible that the car will be heavier, unsteady and difficult to control due to changes in several aspects of the vehicle. Make adaptations when starting to walk, make sure to always drive smoothly and calmly and not aggressively. Pay attention to the longer braking distance and remember that on the roof there is an additional roof box that requires the driver to change driving style.

This concern includes the height of the vehicle. Measure the maximum height of the car after installing the roof box to safely pass through the portal at the automatic toll gate specifically for passenger cars. If it's too high, remember to choose the portalless payment line that truck and bus drivers are used to. Install a sticker as a reminder that you are using the roof box which is placed on the driver's side.

“The use of a roof box provides many advantages because it can be used as an additional place to put luggage. Even so, there are rules that must be understood by drivers so that they can benefit from the roof box and not violate traffic rules and cause harm due to accidents. Please consult with the Auto2000 service advisor to choose and install the right roof box and according to the needs of Toyota cars, "explained Nur Imansyah Tara, Aftersales Business Division Head Auto2000, in his statement.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

 Tires are the most important part of a vehicle. Its function is to provide grip on the asphalt surface so that the vehicle can be controlled and run. Given the importance of the function of tires, it is necessary to pay attention to starting from maintenance to replacement.

Maintaining tires rather always in the best condition is the responsibility of the vehicle owner. This is because the task of the tires together with the suspension system can make the vehicle go and stop and reduce the vibrations received by the vehicle. Even with a limited area, a trip to one place will not happen if the tire conditions are not good.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

Tire maintenance always rotates on the condition of the tread surface by looking at the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) on the tire tread. If you have passed this sign, the vehicle owner must replace the tires with better conditions. Usually the average tire replacement time is between two to four years depending on usage.

So the question is, is it permissible to replace tires with different brands? This is usually related to existing funds. And what effect does it have on the vehicle?

The reason for funding for choosing a tire brand is usually the strongest reason when updating tires. However, in order to maintain safety and comfort, it is better to avoid buying tires with different brands. This is because each tire brand has a different performance with different design and manufacturing processes.

This also includes the use of these tires, such as for wet and dry tires, SUV and sedan tires, or passenger tires and commercial tires. Not to mention seeing from the material side and the tire construction that is not the same even though the size is exactly the same because it is related to the need for the use of tires.

Size also does not only concern general dimensions such as tire width and height ratio. Sizes here also include rim size, max speed limit and load indexc. Also pay attention to the type of tire whether radial or bias, tubeless or with an inner tube.

In addition, differences in tire tread or tire pattern or development can also help the vehicle stability when used and will interfere if there is a difference. The difference in tire performance will be felt when the car's speed is high enough, such as on the highway. Especially when passing through a road with bad conditions, slippery when it rains and has a full load. The type of compound and grip of each tire brand is likely to be different. As a result, the grip of the tires used will be different. The car will be difficult to control because of the difference in the character of the left and right tires, which in turn is dangerous.

Tires with different brands will mostly not perform the same on the road because of different types and uses. For example, tire product A produces X and Y types of tires with the same size but different types due to their different designations. Of course, these two models have different performance and character. One of the indicators is that the tread pattern of the two tires is different according to their needs.

However, if forced to use a different brand, it is recommended that the vehicle owner replace the same tire in one wheel axle. This means replacing with two new wheels in one axle. For example, before using brand X type A, replace it with brand X type B which may be cheaper. So the brand remains the same but the model is different.

It can also be seen that the tires are the same size and in accordance with the recommendations from the manufacturer, this option is still allowed. So if you really want to change to a different brand, as long as the size and designation are appropriate and are on the same axle, i.e. front or rear, it's still allowed. But still ideally all axles use the same tires to get the best performance.

Tires are a very important vehicle component in maintaining the comfort and safety of driving on the road. Therefore, immediately replace tires whose treads are worn or there are indications of physical damage. Be sure to replace tires according to the manufacturer's recommendations to maintain tire performance on the road. Toyota's business is easier, consumers can buy tires through Auto2000 Digiroom comes with a profitable promo program," said Nur Imansyah Tara, Aftersales Business Division Head Auto2000, in a statement, Tuesday (15/2/2022).

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

 Helmet, the most important riding equipment. Its job is to protect the driver's head in the event of an accident. Or at least minimize the risk of serious injury during a collision. So, choose a quality helmet, don't just choose.

Along with the development of the automotive world, helmets can also be one of the fashion accessories when driving. Especially for premium helmets such as Arai, Shoei, AGV, X-Lite, HJC, Suomy and many others. Head protection which is relatively expensive, of course, must be balanced with good care.

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

Unfortunately, there are still many riders who seem to forget or even don't know how to properly care for a helmet. In fact, caring for your own helmet is very easy. So what should be paid attention to?

1. Clean the outside after use

This first point is very important. Clean the outside of the helmet after use so that dust does not stick too long. The tools and materials needed are also simple. What's more, everything can be done yourself at home. "There are no special tools, just prepare helmet cleaner fluid, cotton buds, and microfiber cloths," explained Herry Cahyadi, owner of THC Helmet.

Spray helmet cleaner liquid to the helmet area you want to clean. Then wash with a microfiber cloth. Then use a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach parts of the helmet, such as ventilation holes. The goal is that the air circulation in the helmet is not blocked by dirt. 

2. Clean the visor

The visor is an important component in the helmet that is susceptible to dirt, especially during the rainy season. This is not separated from the splash of the vehicle in front, causing dirt on the visor. "For the visor, it should be removed first, then cleaned with running water slowly so that the dirt that sticks out is released. Then give a special liquid visor cleaning made of organic materials. After that, use a cloth with a microfiber material so it doesn't scratch. It's good to wash in one direction," concluded Herry.

3. Keep away from direct sunlight

After use, it's best not to dry in direct sunlight. "There are still a lot of wrong riders here. Helmets after being used for a long time should not be directly dried in the sun, just open the visor and let it dry or put it near a fan," said the friendly man with glasses.

How to put it also should not be arbitrary. It's good to position it upside down by adding a special support device or helmet under it. This is to prevent scratches on the outer surface of the helmet. In addition, so that the heat in the helmet comes out.

4. Wash the helmet foam regularly


After the exterior, the next thing that must be considered is the cleanliness of the inside of the helmet. Wash the foam in the helmet regularly. It is recommended once a month or less. It all depends on the intensity of use.

How to wash it is also fairly easy. First, remove all the foam. Then soak the components in a container of warm water. The use of warm water aims to prevent the growth of bad bacteria, which can cause unpleasant odors and itching in the head.

“The more often it is used, the minimum washing is done at least once a week. Washing the interior is the most basic way of caring for a helmet. Keep in mind, the interior should not be washed using a cleaning detergent. However, currently there are many special soap products for washing the foam part of the helmet," said the man who is often called Koh Herry.

To dry it is the same as in point 3. "The most appropriate way to dry the inside of the helmet is to aerate it, open the visor and place the helmet directly under the fan," he added.

5. Spray helmet deodorizer


In order to be comfortable to use, it is good for riders who use premium helmets to regularly provide fragrance. “The interior is in direct contact with the hair and sweat of the head. Always try to give perfume so that when used there is no odor that can interfere with travel. And keep in mind, do not carelessly use helmet fragrance products. Try to find products that use anti-bacterial ingredients," he said.

6. Use a holster or helmet bag


The use of a helmet holster is also necessary so that your favorite helmet is physically maintained. Its function is to avoid scratches and dust. This method can be done anytime and anywhere. “But look for gloves or helmet bags with quality materials. Like Polar Fleece or materials commonly used for sweaters, they are soft so they are safe for helmets," said Herry.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

 Suspension or shockbreaker is one of the important components on a motorcycle. Its main function is to dampen or absorb various vibrations generated from the road surface. Of course this device is related to comfort while driving.

If the suspension is damaged there are several effects that will be felt by the driver. For example, the handling of the motor becomes uncomfortable, the acceleration is reduced, or the most fatal can endanger safety.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

According to After Sales Manager Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu), Muslian, generally motorcycle owners often ignore the condition of the suspension because it is considered a component that rarely breaks. Though the suspension must be carried out routine maintenance.

Given the importance of the role of suspension on a motorcycle, Muslian tries to give some accurate tips about suspension maintenance so that these components are durable and can support your daily activities. Anything? Check it out below.

Keep Suspension Clean

According to him, the dirt stuck to the suspension work area, if not cleaned, will scratch the inner tube or suspension rod. This will cause the suspension to leak and reduce the quality of the suspension work. 

Muslian's advice is to wash the motorbike regularly and clean the suspension area thoroughly. If it rains, rinse or wash the motorbike with clean water, make sure the suspension area is also safe. The corrosion properties of rainwater can slowly damage the suspension.

Avoid the Broken Road


The second, according to him, avoid uneven or rocky roads can provide additional burden for the suspension. Too often pass the road like this has the opportunity to reduce the life of the suspension.

"So when forced to pass through an uneven road you have to drive with extra care and not speeding so that it can help ease the work of the suspension," he said.

He further explained, driving at high speed on rocky roads is very risky, it can cause the suspension to leak due to shock without pause.

Don't Carry a Heavy Load

Motorcycles have a maximum permissible load limit according to the owner's manual. If you are forced to carry an excessive load, then the performance of your motorbike will of course be significantly reduced.

One of the functions that are disrupted due to carrying too heavy a load is the suspension function. The suspension will work extra hard when the load carried exceeds the maximum capacity.

Haram to Use Accessories and Modify Suspension

If you want the suspension life of your motorcycle to be long, according to Muslian, avoid installing accessories on the suspension or commonly referred to as earrings. Installation of accessories that actually makes the back of the bike look elevated.

"These earrings actually make the suspension can not work optimally. In fact, in some cases the addition of accessories and modifications to the suspension makes the suspension not work at all and even the suspension can be broken," he explained.

Change Suspension Oil Regularly


The last thing is to change the lubricant or oil in the motor suspension periodically. Muslian explained, front suspension oil changes are usually done every 15,000-20,000 kilometers or 1.5 to 2 years of motor use (whichever comes first).

However, if the load is always heavy or you have to travel on uneven roads too often, then change your suspension oil sooner than the manufacturer's specified period.

Getting to Know Custom Motorcycles, from Types to Costs to Build

 Buying a mass-produced motorbike is one way to get your dream motorbike. For those who want a more exclusive version, usually the manufacturer also provides special editions that are sold on a limited basis. But what is the solution for people who want a motorbike according to their specifications and desires? Motorcycle custom (custom) is the answer.

Getting to Know Custom Motorcycles, from Types to Costs to Build

In recent years, custom motorcycles are increasingly in demand by the people of Indonesia. This is undeniably the effect of the actions of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who often blusukan using his custom motorbike.

Although it has a price that is usually much more expensive than mass-produced motorcycles, the custom motorcycle scene always has a place in each generation. Custom motorbikes usually do not have a selling price that can be calculated with certainty. The price can start from tens of millions to billions of rupiah.

Understanding Custom Motorcycles

Before discussing further about the types and costs, it's a good idea to repeat a little bit about the definition of a custom motorcycle. 

Royal Enfield Himalayan Custom ekstrim

Custom motorcycles, as the name implies, are two-wheeled vehicles built to customized specifications (customization). Usually it is built from a certain motor base, whether it is only taken from the frame or the engine.

In terms of the engine, the engine used is a unit created by the motorcycle manufacturer. This component is often the basis because this mechanical device requires the quality of manufacturing in the style of the manufacturer to support the performance of the custom motorbike.

Even if there is a custom motorbike that is modified from a complete motorbike, usually the format is to change the body design to suit consumer tastes. From there, the builder will design a new design based on the agreed engine and frame.

Custom Motorcycle Type

There are various types of styles or styles of custom motorbikes, here are some types that are popular in Indonesia.

1. Cafe Racer

Cafe racer is one of the most popular types in Indonesia today. As the name implies, the wild racing style of the past is the visual approach. This one style is popular because it is not too difficult to be adopted into the existing types of factory motorcycles to be customized.

Mark Hawwa

The main characteristic of this motorbike is to use a clamp handlebar, a single seat with a wasp tail, to a round lamp. Because it is designed for those of you who like speed, usually the riding position will look down so it is less comfortable when driving for a long time.

2. Brat cafe

This one model is indeed the development of Cafe Racer. The difference is only slight, and is usually often mistaken for a cafe racer. The main differentiator in the stern and seats.

Suzuki Thunder 125 custom

Where in Cafe Racer there is a hornet, while Brat Cafe uses a flat seat so it looks like a skateboard.

3. Bobber

The bobber was a very popular custom motorcycle style in America in the 1920s. At first this type of modification was applied to the Harley Davidson motorcycle. However, now it has been widely applied to various types of motorbikes from various brands.

Bobber Monkey

The style of this motorbike can be said to be very minimalist. The hallmark of the Bobber is the wide rake angle, large front wheels without fenders, short rear and often without suspension, to using a low handlebar.

The seats used usually use a single seater. This aims to get a lower ground clearance.

4. Brat Style

From the sources we cite, Brat Style is a type of custom motorcycle designed for riding together. Actually the name Brat Style comes from a modification workshop located in Japan.

Brat Style Ride Apart

The modification workshop gives its own characteristics to the modified motorcycles. So that many people can easily find out that the motorbike is the result of a modification of the workshop.

His style applies the philosophy of simplicity. This is one style that is very suitable to be used as an option for those of you who like custom motorbikes for casual riding.

5. Chopper

Chopper is one of the most popular custom motorcycle styles in Indonesia. One of the characteristics of this motorbike is that it has a high handlebar and a low seat.

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The next characteristic is the diameter of the front wheels which are larger than the rear. Not only in the circumference, but also the width of the tires are often significantly different.

Modifications of this type are mostly done using Harley-Davidson motorcycles or the like.

Cost of Building a Custom Motorcycle

Cost, is a variable that is often asked by ordinary motorcycle enthusiasts. Of course, not a few people are curious about the costs that must be incurred when they want to build a custom motorcycle. Not so for those who are familiar with this scenario, cost is a factor that is often not the main calculation.

The cost of modifying a custom motorbike is actually influenced by only two things, the components used, and the cost of the builder. The money spent to buy components for custom motorbike modifications can be more expensive than the purchase price of the motorbike.

This is very likely to happen if there are a lot of components that are replaced. It can be concluded that the costs that must be incurred to make a custom motorbike are relative to the type of modification made.

There are people who spend up to tens to hundreds of millions just to make modifications. These costs do not include the money spent to buy a motorcycle from the manufacturer.

However, there are several things you can do to save money when modifying your motorbike. One way is to build from a motor that you already have before.

For example, you already have a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R and want to change its style into a cafe racer, you can also use the engine and several main frame components as the basis for modification.

The next way is to take a motorcycle base that is cheap and easy to customize. For example, with the Royal Enfield 350 or Kawasaki W175 units, which are sold in Indonesia at quite affordable prices.

What you need to pay attention to is the legality of the custom motorbike. Make sure your partner workshop can issue a certificate for changing data on the STNK and BPKB. Likewise, if there are changes to the machine, make sure to re-test at the Transportation Service and then be registered with Samsat.

Turning the AC on and off, don't be careless, these are the rules

 Air Conditioner aka AC aka air conditioning on the vehicle is in charge of helping comfort. Especially during the dry season, car air conditioning is one of the mainstays to make driving comfortable. The problem is, many are not aware of this air conditioning operation. Not all drivers turn on the car's air conditioner the right way. With the aim of cooling the car cabin, but because of the wrong way, it actually makes the temperature in the cabin even hotter.

Turning the AC on and off, don't be careless, these are the rules

The hot temperature in the car cabin is definitely uncomfortable and can slow down the driver's reaction while driving. If the cabin in the car heats up to 35 degrees Celsius, the driver's reaction will be reduced by 20 percent compared to driving in a cabin with a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.

AC operation should not be done haphazardly. If you do not follow the rules, it is possible that these components can be damaged quickly. For example, when turning off the engine, the AC should also be disabled. Because, in the long term there will be components that quickly break down prematurely.

Common mistakes

The mistake most drivers make when turning on the air conditioner is to set the air conditioner to the coldest temperature immediately after entering the car cabin. Even though this one will actually make hot air circulated in the car cabin. The right and effective way to make the car cabin cool quickly is to open the door and glass first for about 1 minute, to wait for all the car systems to connect. After 1 minute, close all doors and windows, then turn on the air conditioner to the coldest setting.

Turning the AC on and off, don't be careless, these are the rules

Then, the AC grille should not be directed at the driver in order to cool down quickly. This method can actually make the temperature inside the car cabin become hotter. We recommend that you point the AC grille to the roof so that cold air is more evenly distributed throughout the cabin. If the car is equipped with automatic AC settings, we can take advantage of this feature. By using the Auto system, the cabin will still feel cool and the air circulation from outside is still ongoing so that the glass will not appear fogged.  

There are other bad habits that are often done by vehicle owners. That is turning on and off the car air conditioner when the engine speed is still high. Even though when the engine speed is high, the compressor rotation automatically also goes high. If the car's air conditioner is suddenly turned off or on in these conditions, the car's compressor will bear a large enough burden. As a result, there will be considerable friction in the AC pulley components and the compressor center piece.

Things not to do

There are some things not to do. Do not drive with the windows open when the air conditioner is on. Make sure you close the windows on the car, this is intended so that no dust and dirt from the outside enters the car and is sucked in by the car air conditioner and sticks to the cabin. That way the air conditioner will stay awake and not emit a bad smell.

The thing that is often seen is smoking in the car. Never smoke when the AC is on. Cigarette smoke can cause excess dirt in the cabin, so the car air conditioner will be damaged quickly and not cold. Avoid smoking in the car if you want the car air conditioner to stay cool and well maintained.

Well, when you are driving and will arrive at your destination, make sure to turn off the AC first before turning off the car engine, as well as when you will turn on the car engine after turning on the AC optimally. Incorrect use causes the voltage of the electrical system in the car to be high and unstable, it can have a slow impact on the damage to the electrical system components in the car.

Do routine maintenance

Finally, don't forget to check regularly the condition of the car's air conditioner so that it can work optimally. Routine maintenance to avoid long-term effects. The reason is that there are many important components in the air conditioner, such as compressors, condensers, to evaporators. If there is a problem with the component, then the performance of the AC will not be optimal.

There are a few things to note:

- Every 6 months / 10 thousand km replace the cabin filter.

- Every 1 year light periodic service such as blower and condenser service.

- Every 2 years a major service includes the evaporator, blower, condenser, changing the dryer and cabin filter and recharging the freon.

Practical Tips for Caring for Motorcycle Tires, Can Be Done at Home

 Motorcycle tires do not just move, but have an important role. This component has various functions, such as supporting the load of the vehicle, supporting stability when driving, and helping grip the asphalt when braking.

“Tires are an important component of motorcycles, maintenance is quite simple and easy to do independently, but is often overlooked by riders. Whereas routine maintenance of motorcycle tires can maintain the comfort and performance of the motorcycle itself. So, we will share some practical tire care tips for motorcycle riders in Indonesia," said Antonius Widiantoro, Public Relations Manager of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing.

Practical Tips for Caring for Motorcycle Tires, Can Be Done at Home

Judging from the task which is quite vital, the driver must pay more attention to this one component. By treating it properly, at least it can reduce the risk that can be caused. Realizing the importance of understanding in caring for tires, Yamaha shares some practical tips.

1. Checking the Outer Appearance of the Tires


If there are cracks, tears, damage due to foreign objects, or bumps, immediately change the tires to an authorized or trusted repair shop. For Yamaha motorcycle owners, you can visit the nearest authorized dealer or contact the SKY (Yamaha Visiting Service) facility through the My Yamaha App. Official Yamaha workshops have used tire changers to maintain tire durability and keep the color and condition of the wheels smooth. 

2. Checking Tire Life


In general, the age of the tires can reach 5 years, but the driver still has to pay attention to the condition of the tires, especially if the rider is active and regularly uses a motorbike, and often passes on uneven roads. In addition to ensuring that the outer appearance of the tire is free from cracks, the rider can see the age of the tire from the production code found on the side of the motorcycle tire. Consists of a 4-digit code, listed the year and week of manufacture. For example, the Yamaha Gear has the code 0422, meaning that the tire was made in week 4 or January 2022.

3. Checking Tire Groove Thickness


The tire has an indicator to show tire tread wear (TWI = Tread Wear Indicator) with a 'triangle' marker on the sidewall of the tire. If any of the wear indicators are visible on the surface, then the tire grooves can barely serve as drainage in rainy weather. In this case, be sure to replace the tires.

4. Make sure the tire pressure is up to standard


Checking tire pressure can be done in cold conditions by using a tire pressure gauge. Make sure the tire pressure matches the size and type of motorcycle listed in the owner's manual. An example is the Yamaha Gear 125 scooter, with a standard pressure size of 29 Psi front tires and 33 Psi rear tires. The ideal tire air pressure can maintain stability and comfort, especially at high speeds and turns, and reduce tire life.

5. Using Standard Tires


Always use tires that are in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to avoid a decrease in motorcycle performance that can pose a risk of riding.

6. Make sure to carry the load according to the capacity of the tire.


Check the load capacity of motorcycle tires before riding. This can prevent overloading which poses a risk of danger when driving. Riders can see the load capacity of the motorcycle tires through the 3-digit number after the tire size data. For example on Yamaha Gear 80/80-14M/C 43P, where the last 3 digits 43P means:

43 = Maximum load 155kg

P = Maximum speed limit 150 km/h

To minimize the risk of motorcyclists while driving, Yamaha products have used tubeless tires. In addition to practical maintenance, the use of tubeless tires can support the quality of motorcycles and increase comfort while riding, especially for female riders.

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

 Helmet, the most important riding equipment. Its job is to protect the driver's head in the event of an accident. Or at least minimize the risk of serious injury during a collision. So, choose a quality helmet, don't just choose.

Along with the development of the automotive world, helmets can also be one of the fashion accessories when driving. Especially for premium helmets such as Arai, Shoei, AGV, X-Lite, HJC, Suomy and many others. Head protection which is relatively expensive, of course, must be balanced with good care as well.

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

Unfortunately, there are still many riders who seem to forget or even don't know how to properly care for a helmet. In fact, caring for your own helmet is very easy. So what should be paid attention to?

1. Clean the outside after use


This first point is very important. Clean the outside of the helmet after use so that dust does not stick too long. The tools and materials needed are also simple. What's more, everything can be done yourself at home. "There are no special tools, just prepare helmet cleaner fluid, cotton buds, and microfiber cloths," explained Herry Cahyadi, owner of THC Helmet.

Spray helmet cleaner liquid to the helmet area you want to clean. Then wash with a microfiber cloth. Then use a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach parts of the helmet, such as ventilation holes. The goal is that the air circulation in the helmet is not blocked by dirt. 

2. Clean the visor


The visor is an important component in the helmet that is susceptible to dirt, especially during the rainy season. This is not separated from the splash of the vehicle in front, causing dirt on the visor. "For the visor, it should be removed first, then cleaned with running water slowly so that the dirt that sticks out is released. Then give a special liquid visor cleaning made of organic materials. After that, use a cloth with a microfiber material so it doesn't scratch. It's good to wash in one direction," concluded Herry.

3. Keep away from direct sunlight


After use, it's best not to dry in direct sunlight. "There are still a lot of wrong riders here. Helmets after being used for a long time should not be directly dried in the sun, just open the visor and let it dry or put it near a fan," said the friendly man with glasses.

How to put it also should not be arbitrary. It's good to position it upside down by adding a special support device or helmet under it. This is to prevent scratches on the outer surface of the helmet. In addition, so that the heat in the helmet comes out.

4. Wash the helmet foam regularly


After the exterior, the next thing that must be considered is the cleanliness of the inside of the helmet. Wash the foam in the helmet regularly. It is recommended once a month or less. It all depends on the intensity of use.

How to wash it is also fairly easy. First, remove all the foam. Then soak the components in a container of warm water. The use of warm water aims to prevent the growth of bad bacteria, which can cause unpleasant odors and itching in the head.

“The more often it is used, the minimum washing is done at least once a week. Washing the interior is the most basic way of caring for a helmet. Keep in mind, the interior should not be washed using a cleaning detergent. However, currently there are many special soap products to wash the foam part of the helmet," said the man who is often called Koh Herry.

To dry it is the same as in point 3. "The most appropriate way to dry the inside of the helmet is, it must be aerated, open the visor and place the helmet directly under the fan," he added.

5. Spray helmet deodorizer


In order to be comfortable to use, it is good for riders who use premium helmets to regularly provide fragrance. “The interior is in direct contact with the hair and sweat of the head. Always try to give perfume so that when used there is no odor that can interfere with travel. And keep in mind, do not carelessly use helmet fragrance products. Try to find products that use anti-bacterial ingredients," he said.

6. Use a holster or helmet bag


The use of a helmet holster is also necessary so that your favorite helmet is physically maintained. Its function is to avoid scratches and dust. This method can be done anytime and anywhere. “But look for gloves or helmet bags with quality materials. Like Polar Fleece or materials commonly used for sweaters, they are soft so they are safe for helmets," said Herry.

This is the Danger of Filling the Wrong Type of Fuel! How to handle it?

 Refueling a vehicle can be a serious problem, especially if you refuel the wrong way. This condition often occurs in users who have just used a car with a different engine type such as gasoline or diesel. It can also happen when vehicle users do not pay close attention to the specifications of the vehicle they are using.

So what is the impact if you fill the wrong type of fuel in a certain engine? If the gasoline engine is filled with the type of fuel for a diesel engine, aka diesel, the engine will be difficult to start. This is because diesel requires high compression to trigger an explosion in the combustion chamber. The pressure of the gas pump is also lower than that of a diesel engine and the temperature of the spark plug that does not match the flash point of diesel is not enough to trigger an explosion.

This is the Danger of Filling the Wrong Type of Fuel! How to handle it?

The effect is that a gasoline engine that is exposed to diesel will be difficult to start. At first it might be possible, that's because there is still gasoline left in the fuel tank. When diesel starts to enter the engine, the engine flame will stagnate and feel a problem coming to the engine. In other cases, the machine immediately shuts down and cannot be restarted.

If the vehicle can still move, immediately pull over and turn off the engine. Do not force the vehicle to continue running because it can risk damaging engine components that die suddenly. The worst condition, the engine can break if driving at high speed.

How about a diesel engine filled with gasoline? Diesel engines require fuel that can burn itself because it relies on a high compression engine. Unlike the gasoline engine that requires spark plugs to burn it. As a result, diesel engines are difficult to start because of different fuel characteristics and engine requirements.

Do not force the wrong engine to use fuel. When forced, the diesel engine can indeed start because the engine compression and high temperature in the combustion chamber can burn gasoline. However, because the combustion cannot be adjusted according to the engine's needs, it loses power, knocks, and damages engine components.

In addition, diesel engines require fuel that functions as a lubricant for components such as the fuel pump. Gasoline that does not have a lubricating element can cause spare parts that require lubrication to be damaged when working in high temperatures and pressures.

How to Overcome Wrong Filling of Fuel


If you realize that you have filled the wrong gas, immediately move the car from the filling location by pushing it. Do not start the engine because it has a great risk of damage. Immediately call emergency services for assistance. For Toyota vehicles, contact the Emergency Road Assistance call center to send a tow or tow vehicle and then take it to the nearest Auto2000 repair shop.

If the engine is already running, immediately turn it off and pull over to a safe place. If you are already running, you will definitely feel the difference in engine performance from usual, especially if you have already filled in large quantities. The engine stutters, loses power and the engine temperature rises above the normal indicator.

Allowing the car to run at high speed will result in engine damage. Make sure the engine speed is as low as possible and find a safe location to stop and turn off the engine. If the vehicle has been handled by the workshop staff, it will certainly be immediately handled by draining the fuel tank or other repairs depending on the condition of the engine.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

 Tires are the most important part of a vehicle. Its function is to provide grip on the asphalt surface so that the vehicle can be controlled and run. Given the importance of the function of tires, it is necessary to pay attention to starting from maintenance to replacement.

Maintaining tires rather always in the best condition is the responsibility of the vehicle owner. This is because the task of the tires together with the suspension system can make the vehicle go and stop and dampen the vibrations received by the vehicle. Even with a limited area, a trip to one place will not happen if the tire conditions are not good.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

Tire maintenance always rotates on the condition of the tread surface by looking at the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) on the tire tread. If you have passed this sign, the vehicle owner must replace the tires with better conditions. Usually the average tire replacement time is between two to four years depending on usage.

So the question is, is it permissible to replace tires with different brands? This is usually related to existing funds. And what effect does it have on the vehicle?

The reason for funding for choosing a tire brand is usually the strongest reason when updating tires. However, in order to maintain safety and comfort, it is better to avoid buying tires with different brands. This is because each tire brand has a different performance with different design and manufacturing processes.

This also includes the use of these tires, such as for wet and dry tires, SUV and sedan tires, or passenger tires and commercial tires. Not to mention seeing from the material side and the tire construction that is not the same even though the size is exactly the same because it is related to the need for the use of tires.

Size also does not only concern general dimensions such as tire width and height ratio. Sizes here also include rim size, max speed limit and load indexc. Also pay attention to the type of tire whether radial or bias, tubeless or with an inner tube.

In addition, differences in tire tread or tire pattern or development can also help the vehicle stability when used and will interfere if there is a difference. The difference in tire performance will be felt when the car's speed is high enough, such as on the highway. Especially when passing through a road with bad conditions, slippery when it rains and has a full load. The type of compound and grip of each tire brand is likely to be different. As a result, the grip of the tires used will be different. The car will be difficult to control because of the difference in the character of the left and right tires which are ultimately dangerous.

Tires with different brands will mostly not perform the same on the road because of different types and uses. For example, tire product A produces X and Y types of tires with the same size but different types due to their different designations. Of course, these two models have different performance and character. One of the indicators is that the tread pattern of the two tires is different according to their needs.

However, if forced to use a different brand, it is recommended that the vehicle owner replace the same tire in one wheel axle. This means replacing with two new wheels in one axle. For example, before using brand X type A, replace it with brand X type B which may be cheaper. So the brand remains the same but the model is different.

It can also be seen that the tires are the same size and in accordance with the recommendations from the manufacturer, this option is still allowed. So if you really want to change to a different brand, as long as the size and designation are appropriate and are on the same axle, i.e. front or rear, it's still allowed. But still ideally all axles use the same tires to get the best performance.

Tires are a very important vehicle component in maintaining the comfort and safety of driving on the road. Therefore, immediately replace tires whose treads are worn or there are indications of physical damage. Be sure to replace tires according to the manufacturer's recommendations to maintain tire performance on the road. Toyota's business is easier, consumers can buy tires through Auto2000 Digiroom comes with a profitable promo program," said Nur Imansyah Tara, Aftersales Business Division Head Auto2000, in a statement, Tuesday (15/2/2022)

Practical Tips for Caring for Motorcycle Tires, Can Be Done at Home

 Motorcycle tires do not just move, but have an important role. This component has various functions, such as supporting the load of the vehicle, supporting stability when driving, and helping grip the asphalt when braking.

Practical Tips for Caring for Motorcycle Tires, Can Be Done at Home

“Tires are an important component of motorcycles, maintenance is quite simple and easy to do independently, but is often overlooked by riders. Whereas routine maintenance of motorcycle tires can maintain the comfort and performance of the motorcycle itself. So, we will share some practical tire care tips for motorcycle riders in Indonesia," said Antonius Widiantoro, Public Relations Manager of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing.

Judging from the task which is quite vital, the driver must pay more attention to this one component. By treating it properly, at least it can reduce the risk that can be caused. Realizing the importance of understanding in caring for tires, Yamaha shares some practical tips.

1. Checking the Outer Appearance of the Tires

If there are cracks, tears, damage due to foreign objects, or bumps, immediately do a tire change to an authorized or trusted repair shop. For Yamaha motorcycle owners, you can visit the nearest authorized dealer or contact the SKY (Yamaha Visiting Service) facility through the My Yamaha App. Official Yamaha workshops have used tire changers to maintain tire durability and keep the color and condition of the wheels smooth. 

2. Checking Tire Life

In general, the age of the tires can reach 5 years, but the driver still has to pay attention to the condition of the tires, especially if the rider is active and regularly uses a motorbike, and often passes on uneven roads. In addition to ensuring that the outer appearance of the tire is free from cracks, the rider can see the age of the tire from the production code found on the side of the motorcycle tire. Consists of a 4-digit code, listed the year and week of manufacture. For example, the Yamaha Gear has the code 0422, meaning that the tire was made in week 4 or January 2022.



3. Checking Tire Groove Thickness

The tire has an indicator to show tire tread wear (TWI = Tread Wear Indicator) with a 'triangle' marker on the sidewall of the tire. If any of the wear indicators are visible on the surface, then the tire grooves can barely serve as drainage in rainy weather. In this case, be sure to replace the tires.

4. Make sure the tire pressure is up to standard

Checking tire pressure can be done in cold conditions by using a tire pressure gauge. Make sure the tire pressure matches the size and type of motorcycle listed in the owner's manual. An example is the Yamaha Gear 125 scooter, with a standard pressure size of 29 Psi front tires and 33 Psi rear tires. The ideal tire air pressure can maintain stability and comfort, especially at high speeds and turns, and reduce tire life.

5. Using Standard Tires

Always use tires that are in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to avoid a decrease in motorcycle performance that can pose a risk of riding.

6. Make sure to carry the load according to the capacity of the tire.

Check the load capacity of motorcycle tires before riding. This can prevent overloading which poses a risk of danger when driving. Riders can see the load capacity of the motorcycle tires through the 3-digit number after the tire size data. For example on Yamaha Gear 80/80-14M/C 43P, where the last 3 digits 43P means:

43 = Maximum load 155kg

P = Maximum speed limit 150 km/h

To minimize the risk of motorcyclists while driving, Yamaha products have used tubeless tires. In addition to practical maintenance, the use of tubeless tires can support the quality of motorcycles and increase comfort while riding, especially for female riders.

The First Steps to Overcome an Overheated Car Engine, Do These 6 Things

 Have you ever seen a car stop and smoke from the hood? The technical language is that the engine is overheating. Simply put, the car engine is overheating, the engine temperature is too high, far above the optimal engine temperature. Yep, this is one of the most common engine problems. Usually experienced by old year cars, although it does not rule out the possibility of new cars as well.

The First Steps to Overcome an Overheated Car Engine, Do These 6 Things

The main problem lies in the cooling system. Radiators, radiator caps, radiator fans, fan belts, water pumps, thermostats, hoses and the fluids in them are sometimes neglected. If one does not work optimally, overheating is prone to occur. The result can be fatal. In addition to the car definitely breaking down, most likely have to get off the engine. Therefore, it is necessary to be familiar with this problem. Starting from the symptoms, causes and how to deal with them.

No need to panic and be afraid if this happens to your car. For the first step to overcome the overheating car engine, you can do the following 6 initial steps:

1. Stop at the side of the road and turn off the car engine

When the car engine overheats, stop immediately and take it to the side of the road or a safe location. The next step is to turn off the engine. This is done so that your car does not suffer more serious damage. After that, keep an eye on the temperature needle. 

2. Open the hood so the heat dissipates immediately


Do not allow heat to be trapped in the engine compartment. Locate the small hood release lever, then lift it. Be careful because sometimes the lever is near the radiator so there is a risk of you being scalded by the radiator heat.

3. Do not open the radiator cap if the engine is still hot


Never do this. If you open the radiator cap while the engine is still hot, it may cause steam and high pressure water to escape, which can result in serious burns if it comes in contact with the skin.

4. Check the radiator water reserve tube


Every car must have a radiator water reserve that is connected to the top of the radiator. This will help you to see if the radiator water is low or not. In addition, there is also a water level indicator. If the water is less then it can be dangerous for the engine. The first step that can be done is to add coolant to the top line position. You can fill the water in the tube even though the engine is hot or you can also wait for the engine to cool down. If your car only has a radiator without a spare tube, you should wait for it to cool before opening it.

car coolant

5. Look for leaks in the cooling system


If the radiator or cylinder head is damaged, there may be a leak in the cooling system. If you are experienced enough with cars, check the radiator, engine block, or cylinder head near the gaskets for leaks. On the other hand, if you don't understand, you can take your car to the nearest repair shop and ask them to do a pressure test for the cooling system. This check is easy and may be done free of charge.

6. Decide whether to keep going or call for emergency help


If the radiator is just low on fluid and you can fill it up, this is fine. Fill it up and move on. If the water in the radiator looks out of place, don't start the car. If it can run again, it's better to turn off the air conditioner to reduce engine work. Turn on the heater to reduce engine heat. Run the car stably. If help is easy to get, you can ask for a tow truck instead of having to drive it.

What Are the Symptoms of Overheating?


Engine temperature is monitored through indicators on the instrument panel. Usually in the form of analog instructions with the letters C (Cold) and H (Hot). But the majority of new cars now, no longer use that model. The indicator is just a green and red light. Of course various signs must be monitored while driving to find out if there is a problem. For analog models, the engine is hot when the pointer has exceeded the center limit. For lamp models, the letter H glows red. When all that is seen, immediately pull over the car and turn off the engine.

When the indicator shows the engine is hot, there have been no suspicious signs while it is running. But if it continues to be forced, some symptoms can arise. Machines that used to work fine, getting rougher and less powerful. There are even those who knock (knocking) excessively and the engine power drops drastically. Air conditioning (AC) suddenly not cold. Some vehicles apply a safety system to disconnect a number of components that burden the engine.

The more forced, the engine can die and immediately crash. The temperature around the engine is certainly very hot and smoke comes out. Do not immediately open the radiator cap and add water until the temperature drops. The result can be fatal to you. Machines can be seriously damaged. Bent cylinder heads and cracked cylinder blocks are the most common. Dismounting a machine that costs a lot of money is a must.

What Causes Overheating?

There are many things that can cause an engine to overheat. Damage to the components mentioned above is a very big trigger. Most commonly, the radiator water runs out. This fluid rotates in circulation. The hot temperature of course makes it evaporate and needs to be checked periodically. If not enough, add water through the reservoir tank or directly to the radiator. Make sure to use coolant according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

If it runs out more often, check for leaks. It could be from the radiator itself, which is worn out by age, or the pipe that becomes the water flow path. If the clamp is loose or the hose is brittle, replace it immediately. The thermostat also plays an important role. Its function is to open the water circulation when the engine has reached the optimal temperature. If it is damaged and does not work, of course the water cannot rotate.

Likewise with the cooling fan which is located right behind the radiator. Duty to cool by making air flow on the sidelines of the radiator. The damage can be in the form of a dead motor or a broken fan. The fan belt also plays an important role because it connects the compressor, air conditioner, alternator and water pump to the engine speed. If it breaks, the water pump does not work and stops the water circulation process.

Well, before you travel, it's better to check all the components in question. Make sure the radiator water is not quickly reduced and circulates smoothly. Also check the radiator fan whether it is still functioning normally or not. If your car is old with high flying hours, it doesn't hurt to replace the various components first. Prevention is certainly better than cure.

Tips for Safe Riding for Motorcycle Passengers

 Safe driving is not only a concern for motorcyclists. Passengers who are part of the ride must also pay attention to safety aspects. The goal is of course to keep your trip safe and comfortable so you can reach your destination.

Astra Motor shares some useful tips through its official website. We have summarized the relevant tips and added a few points to help you ride a motorbike, as a passenger or as a passenger.

Tips for Safe Riding for Motorcycle Passengers

1. Use Driving Safety Equipment

As stated by Astra Motor, even though the passengers are not drivers, and are just being ridden, they still have to wear safety equipment. This includes jackets, gloves, helmets and shoes. The use of driving safety equipment will reduce the risk in the event of an unwanted accident.

2. Don't bring a lot of stuff on your body

This formula does apply in general to motorcyclists. On your body, don't use extra burdens such as backpacks, especially duffel bags and shopping bags. The addition of the load on the passenger side which may shift its position will change the point of balance that must be maintained by the rider. Fatally, this item may get caught in another vehicle while driving.

3. Sit in a comfortable and safe position

When riding, Astra Motor instructs you to sit as comfortably as possible. On a motorcycle is not the same as a car that has free movement. When riding a motorbike, passengers will sit in only one position.

One way to be able to sit comfortably is to make sure your body position is comfortable from the start of the ride so you don't get tired and tired easily. Find the most comfortable footstep position, also position your buttocks on the seat as close to the rider as possible.

Not only that, also pay attention to where you are going to hold on. On some motorcycles, the stirrup at the back of the seat is not the best position to hold on to. Better to hug the rider or hold the gas tank.

4. Don't Sleep, But Pay Attention to Driving

Again, riding on a motorbike is very different from a car. You are not allowed to sleep on it, because it can fall. What is fatal is not only you falling from the top of the motorbike, but the motorbike can be attracted to follow your falling motion.

It's a good idea to keep from drowsiness by paying attention to the condition of the driver and his driving situation. See if the driver is sleepy or not, then invite him to rest if it is too risky to continue the journey. Help the rider to monitor his speed through the speedometer. Don't forget, be a vigilant navigator or passenger to watch the road so that drivers can improve their response to traffic.

Don't Panic, Here's a Guide to Overcoming The Answer Back System Yamaha Does Not Make a Sound

 The latest motorcycles are equipped with advanced safety features. One of them is the keyless feature, a motor key system without a key. 

On two wheels, this device is also equipped with an Answer Back System whose function makes it easier for owners to find motorcycles when in the parking lot.

Especially in Yamaha products, Answer Back System there are 2 settings, namely 'beep' with sound and blink of sein lights, and 'silence' without sound (only sein lights). Then, what if the remote is pressed Answer Back System actually does not make a sound?

Don't Panic, Here's a Guide to Overcoming The Answer Back System Yamaha Does Not Make a Sound

Because of ignorance some owners immediately punish if the remote or motor is damaged. From now on do not panic let alone directly come to the workshop, you can arrange it independently at home.

According to Senior Technical Advisor of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM), Slamet Kasianom, there is no sound when the remote is pressed just because the Answer Back System setting changes.

"Actually, it is not broken, but the Answer Back System settings have changed. Simply squeezed on the remote or for keyless presses on the contact button near the deck," Slamet said, not long ago.

Yamaha's Answer Back System Set Guide

To make it easier, we try to help summarize from Slamet's explanation as below.

  • First approach your remote key with a motorcycle at least 60 centimeters away.
  • Then, if the motorcycle is in a handlebar locked position, move it to a free position (unlocked and the instrument panel is not on).
  • Then press the contact return button for about 2 seconds until it says 'click'.
  • If you have pressed the lock lock again for a while until the motorcycle reads 'beep' once.
  • Finally, check if the 'beep' sound is active. How to press the button on the remote, if the sound of 'beep' is heard followed by the blink of the lamp sein means the Answer Back System setting is already in a sounding position.

Tips for Caring for Keyless to Stay

Behind the sophistication and practicality of keyless keys on the motor there are several things that must be considered. The main thing is the condition of the battery in the remote and how to store components so that they are not damaged quickly let alone lost.

If lost, the process of making keyless requires time and cost is not small. Therefore, the most correct way is to know the mechanism of use and keyless maintenance in the motor.

Yamaha Indonesia tries to provide 8 tips on caring for keyless on the bike. Let's go ahead and do it from now on.

  • Avoid pressing the knob forcefully if the smart key is not near the motor. Make sure to operate the knob instead of the ignition normally preventing mechanical damage to the knob. In addition, considering the motor can only turn on if there is a remote, then make sure the remote is always near the motor when pressing the knob.
  • Make sure the remote doesn't fall off and is always dry. Remote as a signaler, even though it is equipped with an anti-water seal, make sure the remote is always dry from the water before it is turned on to prevent damage due to short circuits.
  • Avoid electromagnetic radiation. Avoid the habit of placing credits around objects with high electromagnetic radiation, such as mobile phones, televisions, signal transmitters, and the like. This has the potential to disrupt the signal on the remote SKS.
  • Always make sure you have pressed the off button on the remote after turning off the motorcycle. If the remote is not off or still on after the motor dies, the signal from the remote will continue to radiate thus draining the remote battery.
  • Always check the remote battery. If the radius of the remote with the motorcycle is too short when used then it is advisable to immediately replace the battery on the remote.
  • Make sure to always remember or save the pin number of the smart key. This makes it easier for consumers to inform the dealer in case of a key loss.
  • Avoid storing remotes in the trunk of the motor or racks on the motor. This is so as not to be left behind or lost. If you lose the key, the consumer will have to replace the smart unit, SGCU, and remote control.
  • Always check the cleanliness of sockets and cable lines on the smart unit as a signal receiver to avoid shorting. Motorcycle maintenance with the Smart Key System (SKS) feature is quite easy, because it starts from the discipline of the rider himself.

Rainy Season, Don't Underestimate Your Car Tire Care

 The rainy season has begun to greet most parts of Indonesia. The intensity ranges from low to dense which makes driving in these conditions require extra attention when driving. Driving a vehicle when it rains is different from hot conditions. It takes extra concentration.

One of the factors that play an important role in driving safety in the rain is the condition of the tires. As part of the vehicle that is in contact with the asphalt surface, vehicle owners are obliged to pay attention to the condition of the tires during the rainy season. The vital role of tires includes supporting the weight of the car, controlling the direction of the car on the road and dampening the vibrations received along with the suspension.

Rainy Season, Don't Underestimate Your Car Tire Care
Rainy Season, Don't Underestimate Your Car Tire Care



The type of vehicle that is widely used in Indonesia is the low MPV. Specifically, vehicles such as the Avanza, which has a large carrying capacity, make attention to the condition of the tires requiring extra attention. Moreover, most Avanza owners are first time buyers of four-wheeled vehicles, this requires separate education in tire care.

Well, here are the steps for tire maintenance that need to be done:

1. Check Tire Air Pressure

This is the easiest step. Check tire pressure at least once a week. Tire air pressure in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations ensures that the tread of the car's tires gets optimal grip or treads on the asphalt in the rainy season. Can't be less or more. The right grip makes car tires able to carry out their duties well on slippery roads or waterlogged due to rain. 

2. Check Tire Tread

Steps to check the tire tread can be done together with checking the tire air pressure. The depth of the tire tread is indicated by a bulge in the tire groove called the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI). The owner must replace the tire when the mark is parallel to the tread height. The location of the TWI at several points on the tire is an illustration of the level of tire wear. If it is uneven, there may be a problem in the suspension or steering sector.

3. Tire Wall Inspection

Check the tire walls for potential damage such as rips or lumps. There is no tolerance, car tires whose walls are damaged must be replaced with new ones immediately. Usually car tires bulge due to insufficient air pressure and then hit hard objects such as rocks, pavement, and holes so that the tire wall bends causing the thread on the side of the tire to break.

4. Beware of Car Rims

The task of the rim is quite heavy because it supports the performance of car tires. If a problem is detected such as a cracked rim lip, it is almost certain that the car tire has been under very heavy pressure and has the potential to be damaged. A damaged rim also changes the balance of the tire, even if it is too heavy to have to replace the car rim.

5. Car Tire Rotation

Rotation allows all tires to 'feel' the same task so that the tire wear rate is even. In particular, there is a tendency for the front tread to wear out faster because it holds the greatest task when the car is moving. In low MPVs such as the Avanza, the tire rotation process also involves the spare tire because it is the same size as the standard tire. The owner can easily rotate the tires during regular service every 6 months at the Auto2000 repair shop.

6. Spooring and Balancing


Spooring restores the geometry of the entire tire to match the manufacturer's requirements and ensures the car's legs, both suspension and steering, work properly. While balancing balances the four wheels so that they can rotate properly without vibrations that reduce driving comfort. This task should be left to an authorized workshop technician who has modern and complete spooring-balancing facilities.

"Although known to be reliable and tough, it doesn't mean you can ignore Avanza tire maintenance when entering the rainy season. Do a light inspection and make sure the tires are in top condition. For rotation and spooring-balancing, it can be submitted to the Auto2000 workshop staff so that the results are optimal and maintained. Book immediately regular service and take advantage of the Toyota Flexy Service Promo for your favorite Avanza through Auto2000 Digiroom," explained Nur Imansyah Tara, Aftersales Business Division Head Auto2000, in his statement.

One of the things that can be used for tire maintenance is regular service at an authorized repair shop. Auto2000 offers Brake Service Packages starting from IDR 226 thousand, Tune Up Packages starting from IDR 336 thousand, AC Service Packages starting from IDR 215 thousand, and Wiper Set + Wiper Fluid Packages starting from IDR 118 thousand.