Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under Ideas Author: Mike Werner
Here is a patent coming from China that actually makes some sense. The patent calls for the placing of a (or more than one) LCD panel on the motorcycle handlebar, right where the grips are located.
My initial reaction was that for horrid, but when you think about it, it does make some sense. If you want a uncluttered motorcycle, particularly the dash, you can place some vital information at the grip level. Like the engaged gear on an LCD panel on the left clutch lever grip. Or speed on the right one. Or just some indicators, like fuel level, brake or hydraulic levels, etc.
The idea has some merit, and would need some getting used to, but on its own, not a bad idea. What do you think? Workable?
Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under EventsTravel Author: Mike Werner
As if the Philippines doesn't have enough pollution, so the people there decided to create a bit more. Seriously, in an attempt to raise funds for the National Historic Commission of the Philippines, the local population went to set the world record of the most simultaneous motorcycle burnouts.
The Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to officialize that indeed the Philippines now holds the world record with 300 motorcycle smoking their tires at the same time.
Imagine the noise and pollution that generated. I'm sure the local ecologist movement were very happy with this development
The week before, the Philippines already went into the Guinness Book of Records by having the largest parade of sidecars. 681 sidecars participated in the parade, doubling the previous record held by China with "only" 317 sidecars.
Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under Entertainment Author: Mike Werner
Just think how easy we have it nowadays... powerful and comfortable motorcycles, and high technology. Most bikers bring along their smartphone equipped with a camera. So if you are going somewhere to make a photo, just whip out your phone out of your pocket and make the photo.
Not like in the old days... this was taken in 1912 in Toronto, Canada and the caption reads "Photographers Bill and Joseph James carry their equipment on a motorcycle in Toronto, 1912. "
Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under Web Author: Mike Werner
Hey, where did all the motorcycle articles go? One nice week and everyone is out riding and not writing. Oh well, I did find a few interesting articles that appeared over the last week to keep you amused.
Allan Karl is a famous world traveller having gone round the globe on his motorcycle, published a successful book about it (including many recipes from the countries he visited), and now he's hosting a travel TV show.
The Turkish 3D Designer, Mehmet Doruk Erdem, has some serious designer talents. One of his favorite objects is the motorcycle, so he has made some really beautiful designs. Two of them struck me... both are based on BMW motorcycles. Have a look at this designer's talent.
The Scottish police and government understand very well that motorcycle safety campaigns don't need to be boring or full of gore and shock effects. In fact, their campaign, called 'Live Fast Die Old' is perfect. And their video is even better. Check out the three old geezers. And what is that Llama doing in the hotel room? Funny, well done safety PSA.
Mash, the Chinese/French motorcycle manufacturer, have released after their successful presentation at Eicma, the Mash Von Dutch 400 motorcycle. A nice retro looking motorcycle, which even includes a kickstarter.
Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under France Author: Mike Werner
Parking tickets are a nuisance. Many cities start charging for parking, be it cars or motorcycles, to get money into their coffers and to try to reduce the number of vehicles entering their fair city.
In the old days, because yes, this is something that has been going on for decades, a parking meter maid would slip a piece of paper under your windshield wipers, or for motorcycles jam it in your saddle or somewhere else were the wind would not blow it away. Then when you came to your motorcycle, you know you had a ticket and could do something about it. Like protest that you were just getting your keys, or whatever excuse you had.
At least you had a fighting chance. But no more today. Now, parking meter maids (although nowadays there are as many guys as there are gals doing this thankless job) are equipped with state-of-the-art electronic equipment. In Paris, France they walk around and enter your license plate in an electronic-style PDA, plus they enter the location. Some units are even smarter. They just point their device to your license plate, it gets scanned, the onboard GPS records the location and time. There... you are in the system.
One or two weeks later you get a nice letter from the authorities asking you to part with your first born, or at least an arm and a leg. And there's nothing you can do about it.
In Paris, the parking meter maids can place a small piece of paper on your vehicle to say that you are being served fined for parking. But it's not mandatory, so it's rarely done. And why should they? They need the money, and the less chance or time you have to fight the fine, the better it's for them. In France, for you to fight any fine, you need to pay it first and then go through a wringer trying to get your money back.
So new technology may have helped the authorities, but it's creating a nightmare for us bikers.
Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under FunnyEntertainment Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Merry-go-rounds are boring for us adults (usually), but not if you've got a motorcycle or scooter, or two. Place your bike's rear wheel on the big wheel, and watch all the kids vomit up their school lunch.
Several articles have already been written about this marvelous new product from Volvo. It's not a car product but a general paint spray. The spray is called Life Paint, and its main attribute is that it's invisible. But it's only invisible during the daytime. At night, it become very visible.
Volvo Life Paint is meant for cyclists to protect them at night, enabling car (and motorcycle) drivers to see them much better. That is because Life Paint is a light reflective product, meaning when light is shined on it, it reflects the light.
Spray the paint on any object; the bicycle, clothes, backpack and/or helmet and during the day, you'll not see any difference with the original colors. But at night time, shine a light on it, and instantly it becomes very visible.
Volvo made a infommercial about the product, here it is:
Obviously, this will work quite well for motorcycle riders. It'll not change the colors of your motorcycle, leathers, topcase, backpack and helmet, but at night, you'll just be much more visible.
But there is one negative side to the paint..... the paint job only lasts about a week, then it's gone and you'll need to reapply the paint. So in real terms, if you normally ride only during the day, it's of no use. If you have planned times that you need to ride at night, this could be a wise investment.
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