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Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Top Internet Stories - 25 July 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I have been working for a week without glasses since mine fell out of my pocket during a motorcycle ride, and got crushed by 100's of tractors. It has not been easy to write articles, so any spelling mistakes... ooops. I should have a new pair tomorrow, so back to normal. But it didn't prevent me from reading many interesting articles, which I will share with you.



Enjoy

Ride Review: Energica Ego Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 19JUL
Summary: Jensen had the good fortune to be invited to test the electric Energica Ego sports motorcycle, here is his impression.


A Motorcycle Addiction Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: slightlycorkedandmore Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 20JUL
Summary: Are you addicted to motorcycles? Read on...


Hands On With The Worlds First HUD Motorcycle Helmet Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22JUL
Summary: A detailed review of the revolutionary Skully motorcycle helmet with integrated Heads Up Display (HUD).


Harley Davidson Street Shipments Delayed Because Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Milwaukee Business Journal Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22JUL
Summary: Harley-Davidson is having supply problems on their new motorcycles that is causing severe delays.


The 2014 Bike Exif Awards, Part I Open link in a new window
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Country: New Zealand flag  New Zealand
Date: 22JUL
Summary: Bike Exif is an authority on custom motorcycles, here are the 1H 2014 top bikes according to 100,000's of its readers.


Thailand Revolution Motorcycle Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: The New York Review of Books Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 23JUL
Summary: Interesting articles on the usage of motorcycles in Thailand.


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Monday, July 21, 2014 - Tour de France 2014: The Motorcycle Police

Tour de France 2012 The Race
Tour de France logo
We're almost getting towards the end of the famous Tour de France for 2014, and I know many motorcycle riders like watching the TdF, not only for the cyclist's inhuman efforts, but also the 100's of motorcycles that ride with the Tour.

One such group of motorcycles play a very important role for the Tour; the motorcycle police.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - Patent: Chinese Guy Patents Motorcycle Starter Button - Shocking

Patent Motorcycle Start Button
China flag
In a shocking development, some guy in China has patented a motorcycle starter button. YES - no more kickstarters. Why didn't I think of that?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Russia: Amazingly Detailed Wooden Motorcycle - Beauty

Wooden IZH 49
Russia flag
A carpenter in Russia to keep himself occupied during those long winter nights created this master piece: a 1:1 detailed copy of the Russian IZH-49 motorcycle. An amazing detailed copy made totally out of wood. Impressive.








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France: Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy Shows How To Ride Motorcycle, NOT!

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Celebrities France Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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For the former president of France, Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy, who was known to be very strict regarding the rules of the road, the man who started the speed radars craze, the gigantic vehicle repression, but also the man who reduced road fatalities, he should know better.

Sarkozy got caught by the Paris-Match Open Paris-Match link in a new window magazine riding a Vespa scooter with his lovely wife, none of them dressed appropriately for riding a PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds. No protected clothes, no gloves and more importantly, NO HELMET!


What kind of an example does this give, if the man repressed anything that moved on the the road in the interest of road safety, but he himself does not show the example. He has been known to be riding his scooters dressed at least with a helmet but no other gear (see related article below).

It must be a French presidential thing... current president Francois Holland got caught riding a scooter to see his mistress, wearing a helmet but not fastened (see related article below).

I guess it's a "do as I say, not as I do" thing.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 - France: The President of France Also Rides A Motorcycle

President Sarkozy on a Piaggio
The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been spotted riding a Piaggio scooter during his summer holidays.

Despite the fact that he should be fined €135 and docked 3 points from his license, for not properly wearing his helmet, I think it's great news. Maybe he'll understand the joy we get from riding motorcycles, and leave us alone...
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - France: President Hollande Sells Many Motorcycle Helmets

Juliet Gayet Francois Hollande Closer Helmet
France flag
French President Hollande got in the news recently when he visited his mistress on a scooter. Now the helmet manufacturer is thanking the President for the enormous sales of that model helmet.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - France: Do As I Say, Not As I Do #823743

Segolene Royal Electric Car
France flag
The president of France stated when elected that he and his cabinet would never speed, and always follow the rules of the road. He promised! 2 years later, what do you think happened to those promises?


Via: Paris-Match




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China: Talk About Obstacles On Your Daily Motorcycle Commute!

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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That is not what you want to see on your daily motorcycle commute.

China Typhoon Rammasun Trees Obstacles
© Reuters

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A resident falls off his motorcycle after riding into fallen tree branches along a street, after Typhoon Rammasun hit Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. REUTERS/Stringer


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Sidi Magnetic Motorcycle Boots - Mag-1

Posted 06:00:00 PM
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Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Italian Sidi Open Sidi in a new window make some fine motorcycle riding gear. They understand important things like proper closing boots, not boots that have straps that you set to a predefined width, but straps that close to the exact width you require. No feet are alike, so widths vary.

Sidi has an upmarket, therefore more expensive, motorcycle boot that closes with a magnetic strap. The advantage is that you can close it to the exact width you require. Like when your feet are a bit swollen after a night drinking, you make it bigger, or smaller if it's colder.

Sidi Mag 1

Called the Mag-1 Open Mag-1 link in a new window, the boots allow for a complete adjustment, since the strap goes around the leg's calf.  Arch and Achilles areas are covered with Sidi’s exclusive elastic textile and injection molded polyurethane comfort panels. The arch area utilizes two TPU bands next to the TECNO-3 Magnetic closures, for a maximum support and wrap of the arches.

Sidi Mag 1

Asymmetric and shaped shock absorbing heel cup, smooth and flat inside, for more adherence with the bike, with shock absorbing system in the back and outside. The shell and the shock absorbing system are replaceable through a screw and an interlocking system.

Sidi Mag 1

The shin plate can be replaced. The boots are available in Whiter or in Black.

Cost: Around US$495 / €375 / UK£279

Click here to read more about the Sidi Mag-1 boots Open Click here to read more about the Sidi Mag-1 bootd link in a new window

Via: L'equipement






Switzerland: Number of Radars To Be REDUCED!

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is a first. They are going to reduce the number of speed radars in Switzerland. Finally some people have been using their brains and realize that radars are great moneymakers, but they also cost money. Radars need to be maintained, repainted and when vandalized, they need to be restored. Plus they use electricity and broadband.

According to the Swiss authorities, the number of speeding tickets issued has been dropping significantly, from 60,000 cars and motorcycles in 2009, to 43,000 in 2011 and 29,500 during 2013. Therefore the revenue coming from many radars does not justify maintaining them, so they are to be removed.

Radar Swiss

The exact number of radars to be axed is not known, but the bigger cities will continue with their money-making machines radars.

Now, if other European countries (particularly France) could take note. This is the way it's done.

Via: 20Min <- Le Repaire Des Motards




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Sudan: Beer Delivery Motorcycle - Question?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Cargo
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is a question for you... would you rather ride motorcycle and deliver beer in a Muslim country like Sudan Open Sudan link in a new window, or live where you are now, but not be involved in motorcycles and beer? What do you choose?

Sudan Beer Delivery Motorcycle
© Reuters

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A motorcycle taxi delivers beer to one of the thousands of local bars in the south Sudan capital Juba March 18, 2009. REUTERS/Skye Wheeler


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Russia: Amazingly Detailed Wooden Motorcycle - Beauty

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Entertainment Special-Bikes
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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In many parts of Russia during the winter there is not much to do. It's dark almost all day long, it's cold, and apart from drinking and some other more intimate form of physical exercise, there is not much to do. But Russian carpenter Yuri Hvtisishvili, came up with something to keep himself occupied in those long winter evenings .... he made a motorcycle.

He used a motorcycle he loved as model, the IZH-49 (a 1951 to 1958 bike which manufacturer is now part of the famous gun manufacturer concern, Kalashnikov Click here to read more about it Open Click here to read more about it link in a new window). This is what the original looks like:

IZH 49

And based on that, he made a true 1:1 replica, made totally out of wood:

Wooden IZH 49

Everything is made out of wood, including the engine and even the spokes. The detail is amazing.

Wooden IZH 49

So after the winter, he ended up with this incredibly detailed and amazingly build replica of the IZH-49 motorcycle. Too bad it can't ride for real, but for sure it will look great in his living room.

Wooden IZH 49

Bravo Yuri, great job, that is some serious talent you have got.

To see many, many, more detailed photos of wooden motorcycle, click hereo Open Soviet-Moto link in a new window. To see more wooden motorcycles, see the related articles below.

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - Perfectly Crafted Wooden Vespa Scooter - Master Piece

Vespa Wooden Daniela
Portugal flag
Some artists are just too good for words. Carlos Alberto from Portugal is one of them. Carlos is a carpenter with a magic touch when wood comes on his workbench. He has done many beautiful items ranging from stair cases, furniture and to windows. But what he has done to this Vespa is more than impressive...........
Monday, July 15th, 2013 - Russia: Beautifully Crafted Wooden Motorcycle - Art

Steampunk Wooden Motorcycle
Steampunk Wooden Motorcycle
Sometimes people can make really beautiful things, and sometimes they can do that little bit more making an already beautiful object into a form of art. Russian Dmitri Goubenko is one of those people. Look at what he made:

This is a motorcycle made out of mostly wood. It is a real motorcycle, so it works. The frame and engine are obviously not made out of wood, but the rest is, and it is hand carved.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 - Hungary: Wooden, But Real Motorcycle

Hungarian Wooden Motorcycle
Hungarian Wooden Motorcycle
Amazing. Istvan Puskas, a 52 year old tractor driver in a small town close to Budapest, Hungary made his own motorcycle from scratch. So far nothing special, many people have done it before him.

But what makes this motorcycle special, is that it is made out of wood. Totally from wood, apart from the engine and some other important parts. Even the wheel is made out of wood, apart from the tire
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 - Wooden Motorcycle - Real One

Wooden Motorcycle
A German designer has produced a real wooden motorcycles.

Mind you, not the engine, but the frame.


Via: Soviet-Moto




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