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8 Random Questions: XiaoLi Lin

XiaoLi Lin

XiaoLi – A psychologist who rides a KTM

Who:  Xiao Li Lin  |  Rides : KTM Duke 125

Lin is one of the few female motorcyclists I know, but that aside, she is also one of the most interesting people I’ve met.

After all, she is a qualified coaching psychologist specialising in the field of relationships.  She also scuba dives, runs, belly dances, enjoys food and wine, loves touring countries on a motorcycle and cooks mean Cantonese cuisine.  Oh and she finds time from all that activity to spend lots of time with her family and loved ones as well.

You would think doing all the above requires 48 hours in a day or phenomenal organisational skills, but despite her busy schedule, she managed to take time out to answer KTM Mad’s 8 Random Questions on Motorcycling and Life.

We are privileged, so here we go.

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been on a bike?

I can’t choose really. My partner and I have ridden to really interesting places both far and near – as far as South New Zealand and the Izu Peninsular of Japan, as nearby as the hawker centre down the road.  We enjoy every ride because the same route is different every time: the weather, the time of the day, the people we meet and the topics we talk about.

We enjoy the camaraderie of the biking community, total strangers saying safe riding to us. But most of all, we enjoy the way him and I look out for each other on and off the road.

Riding in NZ

She’s toured NZ on a bike!

What bike are you currently riding? Tell us about it.

I am currently riding a KTM Duke 125.

I was initially thinking of a Yamaha TW 200 (love the big back tire) but my partner who was riding a Derbi Terra Adventure at the time, brought me to his dealer to check out some bikes.  We saw the new KTM Duke 125 there,  loved it and bought it.

It is a great bike –  very light, looks good (love the hidden exhaust), handles great and has a unique engine sound! My partner likes to say that I am spoilt to have had such a good bike as a beginner and that I should be toughened up riding a beat-up bike first but I think he’s just jealous. ;)

KTM Duke 125

Xiao Li rides a KTM Duke

Which of the 6 emotions do you think is most important for mankind and why? Surprise, fear, happiness, sadness, anger and disgust.

I can’t help but look at it from a academic point of view – it’s an occupation hazard.   All emotions are vital, they are, in essence, sending a message to us so we can react accordingly.

Surprise tells us to be alert as things are different;  we are out of our routine and should be careful. Fear tells us something bad might happen.

Happiness itself is not an emotion, it is a word overused and so muddy that everyone has their own definition, so let’s just temporarily call it the sum of positive emotions, which includes things that broaden our emotional bank account like interest, joy, gratitude and love.

Sadness tells us we have lost something precious while anger tells us something is unfair and finally disgust tells us something is potentially poisonous and we should steer away from it.

All emotions are neutral, it is what we choose to do with them that matters.

Just by looking at the six emotions in the question, only one is positive, that tells us a whole lot about our evolutionary makeup – by default we focus on the negative because it is a matter of fight or flight, negative emotions have a much bigger an impact on us than the positive ones.

I want to share a little about motorbiking and happiness from a female perspective (Stop me from rambling, now!!). Motorbiking is a lifestyle choice, when out on a bike,  we can’t choose the weather, control the traffic nor other road users’ behaviours, we can only control how we choose to feel about it.

Similarly, happiness is also a choice, we can decide how we feel about anything: no one can make me feel anything without our consent.  Visit my blog if you are interested in happiness, positive emotions and relationships!

If could have any bike in the word, what would you buy and why?

Not in any order, I really love all these bikes.  The Triumph Bonneville for its history and classy looks.  The Triumph Speed Triple because it’s sporty and aggressive – a natural continuation from my current KTM duke 125.

The  BMW GS 800 for my adventure dreams (and also easier to handle than the 1200).  The Ducati Monster 696: love the red, (Do I need any particular reason to love a Ducati?)

Finally, a Vespa because it’s great for city riding, has lots of storage, and I can be girly and wear skirt while riding it.

Ducati Monster 696

Who doesn’t like a Ducati Monster?

What is your hidden talent?

I’m a belly dancer. (Haven’t made it out of the living room, yet though:)

What is your piece of must-have motorcycle gear when you ride?

My jacket. I currently wear the Stella by Alpine Stars. It has CE 2 shoulder and elbow padding, fits me brilliantly and has a subtle dark blue color with a reflective strip at the back.  I like it because it doesn’t shout out the brand with huge logos written all over.

In a tropical Singapore though, it heats up under the sun pretty quickly because of the dark color and the non breathable material traps sweat.

Time and time again, my partner and I lament that motorcycle gear for tropical riders have been a second thought for manufacturers. We have a huge combined market, and we deserve to be protected while enjoying our ride, too. We hope one day we are proved wrong and we really do hope that day comes soon.

AlpineStars Stella Siren

AlpineStars Stella Siren – hot for Singapore

Describe the most significant thing that happened to you in the past 7 days.

My partner and I announced our engagement to our families and we spent a great Chinese New Year visiting relatives and friends in China. It feels great that everyone gets along so well, and we can’t wait to start the new chapter of our lives.

Complete the sentence: when I am riding, I enjoy the ride.

Lin & Partner

Congratulations guys! :)

Comments and feedback below as usual, thanks for reading!


How to: Install a DNA air filter for your KTM Duke 125/200


DNA air filter for KTM Duke 125/200

Recently, I yet again undertook another small DIY project.  This time, I tried to replace the stock paper filter on my KTM Duke 125 with a DNA air filter. (KTM Duke 200 owners, this works for your bike as well as the models are basically the same).

What are the advantages of a DNA air filter over the stock one?

Firstly, it increases the air flow to your engine and lets it breathe more easily.  DNA claims that this gives your engine more power.  Secondly, unlike the stock paper filter, it is also washable and re-usable.

For me, it wasn’t so much the performance benefit, but the fact that I wanted to learn how to install it and that it was re-usable.   If you’re interested in the performance aspect though, DNA gives a detailed explanation of their air filter benefits here.

DNA’s competitor, K&N, has a pretty good video showing the improved flow rate of their products (K&N, not DNA) compared to stock air filters.

Since, it’s a fairly simple operation, the installation went pretty smoothly (unlike the R&G tail tidy), but there were some details and additional steps that I took to improve the performance of the air filter and prevent dust from accidentally dropping into the air box (BIG NO NO).

Lets hope you’ll find this post useful.  Ready to install your DNA air filter? Read on.

Things you’ll need

  1. DNA air filter for KTM Duke 125/200
  2. Air filter oil (I use Maxima Fab 1 spray type)
  3. Clean rags
  4. Fastener remover

Prepare for installation

Remove the rear seat. Unscrew front seat fasteners and remove the front seat.

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Remove front seat fasteners then front seat

Take a look at your air filter cover. Is it dirty or dusty? If so, clean it before doing anything else. This prevents any dirt from accidentally dropping into the air box when you when you remove it. A damp cloth works fine.

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Clean your air filter box before proceeding

Unscrew the air filter cover fasteners and lift it up to expose the old air filter.  Take out the stock paper air filter.


Don’t let dirt fall into your air box when removing air filter!

Before you stick in your brand new DNA air filter, take at your air box.  If the edges of the air box are dirty, wipe away the dirt in an OUTWARD motion. I stuffed a clean rag in the air box before wiping the air box edges. It’s pays to be careful here.

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Clean the air box

Prepare DNA air filter

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Lay air filter on clean rag

Lay the new filter on a rag and apply air filter oil liberally on the inside and outside. The right amount to apply is when the whole filter is soaked with oil.  Leave it aside for 10 mins for the oil to dry then wipe away any excess oil.

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Apply oil generously on front and back

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Apply oil generously on front and back

Apply some grease around the edges of the air filter.  This lets it form a better seal with the air box when it’s installed.  Install the air filter, then screw back all fasteners.

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Put some grease on air filter edge where it meets the air filter box

You’re done! Now go for a ride and enjoy your better breathing engine!


  1. Your engine will run rich for a while as its full of oil.
  2. After 3000 km (less if you ride in dusty conditions), repeat to clean and maintain your air filter.

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