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Friday, November 28th, 2014

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So That Is What You Can Do With A Spare Motorcycle Helmet

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment Helmets
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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I never know what to do when you decommission a motorcycle helmet. Here is one great idea.

Baby Helmet







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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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France: Paris Parking - Forget About Election Promises - Tax’Em

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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We all know that election promises are as good as the air that comes out of the politician's mouth; stinking, bad breath, CO2 and not worth much. The same applies to the wonderful new Mayor of Paris, Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo. In her hard fought election campaign this year she made many promises about traffic and parking conditions. These conditions have been very bad in the French capital, and instead of increasing the spaces for cars and motorcycles parking, and keeping the fees you need to pay within reason, it's gone the other way: up and up.

According to a plan, still under debate, residential parking is going to go from €45 to €90 per year (that's just the permit), while the day rate for residential parking (in other words the fee you must pay so that you can park your motorcycle/car outside your house) is going from €0.65 to €1.50 (so a 130% jump).

The other thing she did to raise more money was increase the time zone that vehicles have to pay the extra parking fees; before you had to pay until 19:00 (7 PM), now it's you have to pay until 20:00 (8 PM). The same applies to Saturday parking. Before it was free, now you need to pay, as is the same for the month of August, which is typically the month that all of France is on holiday.

"Normal" parking, ie legal parking in any street in Paris will cost you €1.20, €2.40 or €3.60 per hour, depending on the location.

Paris Motorcycle Towing

Motorcycles are exempt for motorcycle parking spots. There are many motorcycle parking spots, and they are still free, but there are not enough. If you can't find a free parking spot, you end up taking a car spot (which must be paid) or you park on the sidewalk with a big chance that they'll tow you away, which you must pay through the nose for that privilege.

Anyway you look at it, your screwed. Politicians promise one thing, and then they just raise taxes so they can live in luxury. The city is looking at gapping a €400 million budget hole, so we'll be seeing more taxes arrive shortly. I would not be surprised to see them tax motorcycle parkings next.

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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ItalJet: Convergence Between e-Bikes and Electric Motorcycles

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Italjet logo
The Italian Italjet Open Italjet in a new window is an old and established company that has recently made a name for producing some out-of-this-world electric bicycles, e-bikes. The company has been making motorcycles and bicycles since 1959 (it went bust in 2002 to be revived in 2005), founded by motorcycle racer and adventure rider Leopoldo Tartarini. It is his son, Massimo Tartarini, who currently runs the company.

Although the company has been in the last few years gravitating towards e-bikes, they still make smaller displacement ICEInternal Combustion Engine. An engine in which the combustion of a fuel (normally a fossil fuel) occurs with an oxidizer (usually air) in a combustion chamber that is an integral part of the working fluid flow circuit. motorcycles and scooters.

The electric bicycles have gone from normal bicycles powered by an electric engine to some extremely beautiful e-bikes, like the below Diablo.

Italjet Diablo

The bicycles, and remember it is "just" a bicycle, looks sexy and something that I would not be ashamed in riding around in the countryside. Especially when you see the "sexy" video below...


But the stretch from a good looking e-bike to an electric motorcycle is not a big one for a company that makes bicycles and motorcycles. Their next e-bike looks like a motorcycle, the Italjet Mantra:

Click for bigger version of Italjet Mantra
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The vehicle is looking and behaving more and more like an electric motorcycle. Granted it's not fast. The prototype weighs 24 kilos and with a 250 watt electric engine can propel the vehicle for 50 kilometers at a speed of 24 kph. So not fast, not far, but in style. And remember, we're still talking bicycle here.

But now it appears that Italjet are going to take it a step further. They are working on a model that will reach a top speed of 125 kph. If it looks anything like the Mantra above, I'll be in line to buy one. Retro style, single saddle, low to the ground... amazing.

No information has been released so far, just a word or two here and there. But I would not be surprised at next year's Eicma to see the first prototype electric motorcycle on their stand.

Click here to access the ItalJet web site Open Click here to access the ItalJet web site link in a new window
Click here to access the ItalJet Facebook page for many photos Open Click here to access the ItalJet Facebook page for many photos link in a new window

Via: Technologic Vehicles




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The Days Before Onboard GoPro Video Cameras

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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This is what we had to do to make onboard videos while riding our motorcycles before the GoPro video cameras made it to the scene.

Before GoPro OnBoard Video Camera

Image being the cameraman.....






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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Extend Your Motorcycle’s Sidestand With Givi

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Givi logo
Italian Givi Open link in a new window is a company with a very rich product portfolio, so many that at times you need a navigator to find something. Here is one interesting product for those of you with heavy motorcycles that at times need to stand in soft ground, like grass, sand, dirt, pebbles or mud.

One idea is to use the "coaster" thingies that you place under your sidestand (example Open link in a new window or example Open link in a new window). They work, and they are cheap, but you need to place the coaster perfectly under your sidestand, if not, it will not work.

Another idea comes from Givi, it's an extension to your sidestand Open extension to your sidestand link in a new window:

Givi Sidestand Extension

The product is fixed to your sidestand, and gets tucked nicely under your motorcycle. This way you don't need to aim the coaster perfectly under your bike's sidestand, nor will you ride away without having to remember the bring it with you.

Givi Sidestand Extension

The Givi product doesn't work on all bikes, you find the list of motorcycles below with their respective part number.

Givi Sidestand Extension

Price: €30-€35 / US$40-$45

Click here to access the Givi sidestand extension product page Open Givi link in a new window.

The extension works for the following motorcycles:

ES7703 - KTM 1190 Adventure R (13)
ES5101 - BMW G650GS (11 > 13)
ES5110 - BMW F800GS Adventure (13)
ES684 - BMW R1200GS (04 > 12)
ES5102 - BMW R1200GS Adventure (06 > 13)
ES5108 - BMW R1200GS (13)
ES5112 - BMW R1200GS Adventure (14)
ES4103 - Kawasaki Versys 650 (10 > 13)
ES1121 - Honda CB500X (13) / NC 700 S/X / Integra 700 (12 > 13) / NC 750 S/X (14)
ES2105 - Yamaha XT 660 Z Tenerè (08 > 13)
ES4105 - Kawasaki Versys 1000 (12 > 13)
ES7401 - Ducati Multistrada 1200 (10 > 12) / Multistrada 1200 (13)
ES1110 - Honda Crosstourer 1200 (12 > 13)
ES3101 - Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (12 > 13)
ES3105 - Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom (14)
ES6706 - Aprilia Caponord (13)
ES6401 - Triumph Tiger 800 / 800 XC (11 > 13)
ES6403 - Triumph Tiger Explorer (12 > 13)

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Great Idea For Traffic Lights - Needs To Be Implemented Globally

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here are a bunch of designers who reinvented a better mousetrap, or in this case, the traffic light. Kyung Ok Jeon, Sim Hye Yoon, Park So Yeon & Lim Ju Hee designed a traffic light that can be seen from all angles.

Panorama Traffic Lights

Panorama Traffic Lights
Current traffic lights have been this way since .. well .. forever. Not only are they boring visually, they are often difficult to see, especially when riding your motorcycle towards an intersection, and you are not facing the lights in a straight angle or the sun is hitting you straight in the face.

With sunlight, wrong angles, you're life can, and will, depend on properly "reading" these lights. These Panorama Lights Open Panorama Lights link in a new window can be viewed from any angle. The designers are looking towards them for pedestrian crossings, but I say to hell with that ... put these on the road for the normal red light signals.

Don't you think this would be far better than the traditional traffic lights...??

Click on the Via: link below for more information about the Panorama Traffic Light

Via: Yanko Design




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That Is Not Why You Have A Cargo Platform On Your Scooter

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Cargo Scooters
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Scooters often have a cargo/loading platform at the front of the rider, ideal to store your shopping bag and other items. Handy ... but not for this:

Scooter Cargo Space Bad Usage

... and if you are having dirty thoughts... keep them to yourself.






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