Exploring the Bolaven Plateau by Motorbike

Godspeed To A Mighty Balloon

So, some changes are afoot at mightyballoon. I’m scrapping the second person narative; it seemed to work before, but it just feels.. well.. weird now. I’m also gearing up for further adventures which should (accent on ‘should’ as the best laid plans of mice and men..) carry me through the next few years. Good thing too, since Brexit is happening and Trump is president. Can you believe it? I still can’t. The man who once tweeted: “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault” has access to the nuclear launch codes. Good luck, everyone. I will be watching closely as the end of the world unfolds- hopefully from a tea farm in Nepal, or a quiet suburb of Kuala Lumpur.

But on to the actual story. Back in early 2015, very…

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Motorcycle Leather Care – Renapur

Our followers have a lot of shared knowledge when it comes to all things relating to motorcycles. We asked them to recommend the best motorcycle leather care product. Here is that tweet, thanks for all your input specially  @tunneldave @Bikerpaul5paul @Devalegionhog


As you can see “Renapur Leather Balsam” was suggested multiple times.

We had to give it a try and see for ourselves how well it would take care of our precious biker leathers and any leather for that fact.

We got in touch with Renapur they sent the leather balsam out to us within a day. It was well packaged and included two sponge applicators.


We quickly got it to work on one of our Joe Rocket leather jackets. It was a good test jacket because it had a mix of Grey, Black and White leather. Renapur promises their balsam won’t discolour your leather it simply nourishes, conditions, restores, polishes and helps waterproof leather, restoring original softness and extending the life of your leather.

It was surprisingly easy to apply and we didn’t even have to worry about the mix of leather colours in our Joe Rocket Jacket. We felt the difference within minutes the jacket relaxed and felt more supple to the touch.

We have arranged to test the product extensively over the next few months. We will report on another article to bring you our results.

Will it be the Best Leather Care Balsam for motorcyclists? Watch out for Part 2 to find out
Renapur Leather Balsam



Photos: ZulfPhotography


Motorcyclist Health- Bench Press

Bench press will work your chest, shoulders, and your triceps. The more you can bench press, the more muscle you will gain in this area (to a certain degree). This is the same with all exercises, not just this one specifically. A strong upper body means having more control of the bars when you’re racing on the track or even riding a dirt bike. As a rider, I noticed a big difference when I began engaging my upper body to control the bike rather than just using my arms. My arms don’t feel heavy and my wrists don’t hurt. Your burn out time will decrease when you stop controlling the bike with your arms and begin using your entire upper body instead.


Important tips to keep in mind:

  • Lay on a bench with your legs bent backwards far enough that your feet still remain flat on the floor
  • Create a slight arch in your back however this will vary depending on your training style and preference.
  • Slight meaning you can fit a hand between your back and the bench.
  • This is created by tightening your lats and contracting the shoulder blades
  • Creating this arch will help to stabilize and drive the weight up.
  • Grip the back of the bar approximately shoulder width apart. Use the rings on the bar to space your grip evenly.
  • This position will help to lock your shoulders into place and give you more power. However, this will be different for everyone.
  • When you un-rack the bar, rotate your hands are now on the bottom of the bar. Doing so will make the bar in-line with the wrists.
  • When performing the rep, engage your lats, use your legs to stabilize and push your shoulders into the bench.
  • Slowly lower the bar to your chest keeping your elbows in (to prevent strain and injuries with heavier weight) and push up until your arms are straight.
  • Inhale when you un-rack the bar, lower the bar, breathe out when pushing the bar up.

Article By Cassandra Carillo
Instagram @LittleCarillo

Repurposing on the road

Estelea's Blog

Spend some times in the Philippines and you’ll very soon realise that the sky is the limit when it comes to make the best with what you have. Creativity doesn’t need money to express itself at best.

Your motorbike is too small to fit 6 passengers? Take a basket ball to make an additional seat!


Wish you could fit 4 more kids on your bike? Here you go:


The first time Mr Attila rode a tricykad with his sister, I freaked out when I realised there was no proper brake .. So he showed me how “kuyas do it. See, all I need is a flip flop“. And of course it works 🙂


One more for the road? Because it s not all about looking straight forward. Looking up is great too (when you don’t drive though):


I’ve seen beautiful repurposed pieces during Christmas in Bantayan. Click here to…

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Motorcycle trip from Poland to Croatia and more: Part 1

Stories from Europe

I am back from a fantastic motorcycle trip covering many countries to the East and South of Poland that I had wrote aboutbefore going here. I went with three people – my boyfriend, Stanislaw, and friends, Justyna and Mateusz. The four of us were on two motorcycles and we girls were on the passenger seats. The whole trip was about the motorcycle journey rather than the destinations alone. We did stop at our points of interest for a day or two (and four in Croatia 😛 ), but it was really about relishing the journey as we passed along varied, stunning landscapes and big cities and pretty villages and so much more that make Europe so interesting.

img_20160811_143309 A few hours into the journey, Justyna and Mateusz

The first day – we left Lodz at about 13:30. After half an hour or so of riding, I started to get comfortable with the…

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Motorcycle Instagrams You Need To Follow

Whether you love to ride or just love to look at great Bike pictures. Here are some of our fav Instagram accounts you should definitely be following.


Here is The Miniature Biker a Young Lady from the UK on a Kawasaki ER-6N.



Pro Star Wars Geek Biker 2014 GSXR 750 Napavine, WA



NPC bikini competitor Ninja 250 tristate area of NY



Bikergirl from Munich



Just some YouTube type guy



$3.50 changed (and risked) my life

Vagabond Urges

I was in trouble. Both immediate and longer-reaching. A major part of my life had just shifted, bringing a serious challenge to the way I’d been doing things. Travel, this deep love and part of my life, might never be the same. For about $3.50

feeding-the-buffalo Moments like this, a local woman hacking slivers of banana trunk off to feed water buffalo on her volleyball court. How…quotidian.

How many long bus rides, watching the undiscovered world out the window, seeing these unlabeled moments of interest blur past, nothing I can do, the driver’s in charge? But now, with the rubbery grip of a rented motorbike twisting its satisfying pull of kinetic energy beneath me, I was the decider. This day in Viet Nam might have changed everything. Would I be able to travel as I used to? Or would every trip have to be evaluated for its accessibility to motorbikes? And…

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