Official MO videographer Sean Matic’s Insta360 cameras have become part of every healthy MO video breakfast (Sean tested the Insta X2 here). When the Insta people reached out with some fantastic Insta360 footage of Jonathan Rea aboard his Kawasaki World Superbike, it was our duty to share. JR secured a victory just last Saturday in Portimao, and there’s also a lap of teammate Sam Lowes from Jerez.
Just look at the In Gear section of almost any recent test here on Motorcycle.com, and you’re likely to see the Cardo Packtalk Bold listed as the communicator the rider is using. Helmet communicators have become an essential part of our testing regimen. Not only can we discuss the bikes while we are actually riding them, but also we use them to allow the photographer and videographer to communicate with the riders in real time. No more wild gestures as the riders fly past. From being able to warn riders behind the leader of upcoming hazards or turns to keeping your eyes on the road while your smart phone whispers directions in your ears, helmet communications are important tools for the modern rider.
Royal Enfield revealed a new Himalayan variant called the Scram 411. Described as an “ADV crossover”, the Scram 411 is more of a street bike than the Himalayan. Royal Enfield swapped out the Himalayan’s 21-inch front wheel for a 18-inch wheel, reduced the suspension travel, and removed the beak-style fender. The windscreen, fairing and the bars around the headlight were also removed for a more stripped-down appearance.