I Wish I Knew the Price of Kawasaki ER6N Tyre Before Owning One

Before I bought my Kawasaki ER6N (nick name “Mutu”), I never bothered about the total cost of ownership of the bike. I did ask around, mostly responded it would cost as much as maintaining a car, I told myself I can live with that, I was wrong.

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The tyre that came with the bike is worn out. I can feel it twitching when I try to give it a little torque. On dry days, riding to and from office is easy. It got worst when it rains. Pakcik going to mosque laps quicker than Mutu.

I deliberately delay the change because a MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2 set of wheel costs RM980. Yes, That’s enough to change all 4 tyres on Jenny (my Gen2). But that’s not all, through wear and tear, a car tyre can potentially last 2-3 years, motorcycle tyre last about a year. Mutu is about 15,000km (not really far).

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MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2 – ER6N size is front: 120/60/17 and rear tyre: 160/60/17

Why is it expensive? Well, a motorcycle tyre is made of 3 to 5 compound, soft-medium-hard. Soft gives you grip but wears out quickly. Hard gives you the endurance but lacks the grip. Mixing this compound is only natural. Normally, hard is place in the center and softer by the side. The shape of the thread also plays an important role for wet or dry.

I did search at Mudah.my just to familiarize with other options. Due to the nature of Mudah, some tyre are not longer displayed. So I Googled, it was very specific, thus making it harder to find. To be honest, I didn’t know what exactly to find, I just keyed in “Tayar ER6N”, a lot of links selling the bike instead of the tyre. I also didn’t know the size of my tyre nor the brand (I couldn’t see on Mutu’s tyre). So I went to Facebook and found a nearby shop.

(Note: for brick and mortar shops, it is really important to have Facebook page or Mudah Niaga.)

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I went there with my car for two reasons, 1. I didn’t want to be conned/pushed to purchase. 2. I wanted to see how they treated the bike and customer. The staff was really helpful, explaining stuff I didn’t even consider. I got the price for MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2 brand new for RM950 after bargaining but it proves to be to steep for me. Hey man, I can buy an iPad with that money (what an iFag!).

I walked around the shop (they were pretty happy to see me exploring the shop) and my eyes were fixed on used tyre. I was really surprised to see the condition of these tyre. The kid told me, sometimes bikers change tyre because they hated how it handles, some wants better grip. Well, one mans trash is another man’s treasure. It did feel like I found a unicorn. After negotiating, I got the  MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2  for RM 690.

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They carefully put on paddock stand and extract the old tyre.

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The front tyre was wobbly and the wear is uneven making it harder to control during raining season.

Personally, it didn’t really matter whether is new or used, I just need one soonest before I go crazy getting stuck in traffic jam commuting to work.

I Wish I Knew the Price of Kawasaki ER6N Tyre Before Owning One

How does MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2 handle? Well, as a noob biker, I say it does take a while to adjusting to the new one. Because the tyre is so round, it felt unbalanced when it is slightly tipped to the side. On straight line, better grip. Giving additional torque does make it feeling doing a little wheelie. Corners are fantastic, entrance is easy and exit is the best. I have rode the ER6N for 2 years, I have never done anything above 70kmh while cornering, on MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 2, I did 85kmh and it felt natural. With such a speed I should know most common Florida speeding ticket areas.

I would to reemphasize that I am a relatively new biker and comparison was made against the OEM tyre.

So to those who are still dreaming of owning big bikes, I seriously urge you to consider this, the tyre cost change annually RM 1k, Road tax and insurance about RM 1.5 k, maintenance RM 600 (every 4 months or mileage). Now, you need an additional RM 3,100 per year just to maintain the bike. For starters go for 250cc bikes.

Hence the reason of buying a big bike is critical. The parts aren’t exactly cheap, the oil change isn’t too, accessories costs your pinky finger, helmet maybe a bomb, safety and yara-yara. If there’s any advise I can give to fellow riders or aspiring rider and this has been passed on to me by other riders is, “Ride within your means”. Budget, speed, guts, safety and reason. I ride to escape the traffic, therefore I don’t have to ride like a maniac 🙂

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SalamMedia: The Birth of an Awesome Blog Advertising Company

It was dark into the night, I saw @tekong’s facebook post, that booth were up for grab and there were 14 days left. “It’s impossible to join now”, I told myself. I ran through a quick list that I have to do buntings, banners, website, candies, slides and all the preparation that’s involved in this. It’s impossible now as the deadline draws closer.

I have sat on the idea of starting a blog advertising company for so long. I was gonna give it another year. I didn’t have a name yet! I talked to my wife, colleague and meditated a lot. I couldn’t draw to a conclusion, a go or no. I tried some traditional advertising techniques, like car wraps from Denver fleet wraps, but nothing like blogging.

Here I am teaching Sara to be fearless, but I am fearful myself. This won’t work. Some things have to change.

10 days left to event, I decided to just do it. With Aisyah juggling Sara, I didn’t have any other help. If it’s something beneficial for others, I’m sure God will work His magic. And He did.

I drew up a quick to do list. Started doing everything as quickly as possible. From designing the logo, banner, name card, to building website, copy writing (by jolly this was the toughest) all of this was done myself with the help of sleepless night. Sometimes, when I worked till wee hours, I’d just walk to Sara, brush her hair to get some strength, it was all that I needed to burn the midnight oil.

As the deadline drew closer, things we getting intense. Then I realized, there’s no compelling reason for bloggers to sign up with me. I have to give something of awesome value. I have set aside a budget for the new iPad Mini 2 for quite sometime but decided to throw to my dream company as a lucky draw. This is between helping others or myself. Bit the bullet and willing to give it away. You can participate in the lucky draw on Salam Media Website.

The Blogrrr Event was held at Mines. To make it more challenging, it overlaps Big Bad Wolf, which made the whole place crazy busy.

We arrived at the location to install our gears the night before. The organizer did not provide any wall, so we had to creatively build our own to accomodate the backdrop. It worked fine. The sleepless nights were starting to take it’s toll. I was constantly being frustrated at everything, reckless drivers, bad traffic, no parking, location, mobile phone (which decided to corrupt and I had to flash the whole thing) and whole lot of thing starts falling on my nose.

This was a testament of my good deeds and it should be tough. My father has told me before, nothing good is easy.

Alhamdulillah, on that day itself, everything went according to plan. Acquainted to many new bloggers, met old blogging friends, our booth became a chatty booth. I met at least 20 prospect that day. It was amazing. Seriously, I’m not too focused on getting a customer but quality talks with prospects. I learned a lot from Mesiniaga’s MD, and applied what I learned that day.

Anyway, why did I create Salam Media? I have one goal that I have to achieve in life, to be someone who benefits other. I can do this by helping people earn extra income, at same the time help companies gain more exposure which leads to bigger revenue. Islam is my way of life and it should not be separated from what I do to earn my income. This is my form of dakwah, by promoting syariah compliant ads.

To date, I have qualified Salam Media a few prospects. Talked to big brands and my approach is sell nothing but value. It’s going to be slow start, I know, but if this is what it means to help others, so be it. I have His support when I started this venture, what makes you think He won’t continue supporting me? InsyaAllah when you plan to do something good, He’ll always be there.

SalamMedia: The Birth of an Awesome Blog Advertising Company

Our neighbors were a cookie/perfume and cloth booth, both did poorly. I guess people who came didn’t really look for such products.

SalamMedia: The Birth of an Awesome Blog Advertising Company

Sean Razak from Blogr.my, The grumpy dude who wakes up at 12 and works at Amanz.my wrote me a wonderful piece, Alif from Blogr.my, Kay from Raksasa Oren and Fathur, my Internet marketing teacher from JomPHP.

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Nisa Kay, Shy guy and Sean on stage. I’ve got to say, the talks was a big mess and the turn out for the talks were pretty close to pathetic.

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With Kak Ku Jie, who writes damn well and have been plagiarised by newspaper. How more awesome can a blogger be if not being copied by newspaper?

SalamMedia: The Birth of an Awesome Blog Advertising Company

With heavy weight BroFramestone (which part is stone, no idea), Mijie friends since Maxis10 and Marcus Reus, SalamMedia founder, eh.. that’s me.

Pray for my success. InsyaAllah will help as many people as I can.

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Pray for Kemaman

Last time when I was in Kemaman was in 2007. I was working for my father. I stayed over at Skis’s place. I remember sipping coffee everyday after work.

Today, the place looks horrible. It rained from Sunday to Tuesday, 1-3 December 2013. Skis was stranded in the office for 2 days. Luckily he had power supply, mobile coverage and bananas, our whatsapp group kept a good company.

Pray for Kemaman

Pray for Kemaman

Pray for Kemaman

Pray for Kemaman

Pray for Kemaman

Take care Skis. We’ll pray for you. InsyaAllah, everything will be ok.

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