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Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 29 May 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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What happened? Did summer just last one week? I'm looking at rain, rain and much more rain. Not exactly motorcycle riding weather this week, and possibly next week. Bummer. So back to reading. Here are a few articles found on the internet that you may have missed during the buy week.





Enjoy

Motorcycle connoisseurs find inspiration in Alabama Open link in a new window
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Date: 25MAY
Summary: A look at one of USA's prime motorcycle museums, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.


Rated – Touratech Campanero Boreal Suit Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 25MAY
Summary: Detailed and photographic review of Touratech's Campanero Boreal motorcycle riding suit. For adventure riders.


The Longest Race Open link in a new window
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Country: Austria flag  Austria
Date: 26MAY
Summary: Respect!! Incredible story.


Book Review: Forty-Two Reasons Why I Must Have a Motorcycle…Honey Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27MAY
Summary: A review of the book entitled (just read the headline). A book to buy and give to your SWMBO.


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Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - Beautiful Kawasaki Art - For Any Motorcycle Lover

Kawasaki Turning Up The Asphalt
Here is a beautiful piece of art. It's a photographic rendering and composite of a Kawasaki shredding the asphalt, and turning it Kawa green. Stunning.
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - 25 Special, Weird & Wacky Motorcycle Sidecars - Part 3

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It's been a while since we've shown you very special motorcycle sidecars. Sidecars on their own are special already, but sometimes the owners go a few steps further in customizing their rides. Of course many have changed their sidecar to be more "beautiful", but others out of necessity. In other words, sidecars that can be used professionally. Here are 25 such special sidecars, beautiful, useful and/or just plain wacky.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Comparative Review: - 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado
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A detailed translated review/comparison from a top French web site between the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycles.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - France: Paris To Turn Into One Major Nightmare - 30 KPH Speed Limit

Paris 30 kph zones
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Parisian Mayor Annie Hildago has gone one step further in destroying the French capital city of Paris. Not to bright, easily influenced by the wrong people (read green party), now she is closing most of Paris by reducing the speed limit to 30 kph on major roads and districts. How you get to your work is your problem, not hers.







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France: Electric Vehicles To Receive Discount On Motorways?

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Slowly but surely, France is moving ahead in its thinking, but often it's one step forward, and two steps back. But at least, here is one move that is half-good. The French Parliament is looking into forcing the motorway (=autoroute) companies to charge less for vehicles (cars and motorcycles) that do not pollute, or at least, pollute less.

Note: The French motorcycle lobby group (FFMC) has been trying to make motorways free to motorcycles, since it's the safest road a bike can travel on, but so far, it's a big NO.
France has a very extensive network of motorways, most of them operated by private, for-profit, companies. Top speed is 130 kph, so a good and fast way to travel through France if you are not sightseeing. But on the down side, these motorways are quite expensive to use. A trip from the North to the South can cost 1-200 Euros for the trip, plus of course the gasoline.

Electric Vehicle Toll Booth
e-Vehicle toll booth (illustation purpose only)

Now the government is looking at forcing the motorway companies to reduce the price for electric (and hybrid) vehicles. Which is a nice idea if it weren't that electric vehicles do very badly on motorways. Sustained riding on an electric motorcycle or car will dramatically reduce the range of the e-vehicle. So even if the motorways would be free, you would not see many e-vehicles on them, apart from maybe Tesla. And even then you'd need electricity charging stations every 20 kilometers along the roads.

So nice idea, but not practical. But I'm sure the Minister of Ecology got a few nice sound bites out of that one.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - France: Sudden Massive Sprint To Install EV Charging Stations

Autolib Charging Station
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Two companies have announced within a week of each other a massive roll-out of charging stations for electric cars and motorcycles through out France.


Via: Avem




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Now We Know The Real Use Of A Motorcycle Boxer Engine

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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And here I was thinking that a boxer engine on a motorcycle, like those found on many BMW ones, have a technical reason for being a boxer engine. Torque, easier maintenance, design, etc... but no, it's for another reason, as illustrated by the photo.

Boxer Engine Usefulness







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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Patent: Sound System Incorporated In Motorcycle Fuel Tank

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Some Chinese guy filed and got granted a patent for a fuel tank cover that incorporates a sound system. The idea is to allow the rider on a motorcycle to listen to music, either radio, smartphone/iPods, MP3 and to allow the biker to use the bike's electric system to charge electric devices using the USB interface.

I'm not to sure about how this fits with existing fuel tanks (the translation leaves a lot to be desired), whether it replaces a tank, or just sits on top of it. There are some hinges in the drawings, so I'm presuming it sits on top of an existing fuel tank.

Patent Fuel Tank Music System

The description and reasoning behind the patent is kind-of-funny: it says that putting a sound system on the back seat will endanger others since it can fall off, and the music is behind the rider: "play the sounds back Gone with the Wind" (Google must have tripped up there). Funny.

Anyway, there is some merit for those who want music, don't want earbuds, and have no place to put loudspeakers and the sound electronics and don't want to abandon storage space on their motorcycle.

But the idea is not new. For example BMW did it with their F650CS:

BMWf650CS Sound System
BMW F650CS Sound System


Click here to read the patent application Open Click here to read the patent application link in a new window (more or less translated)






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France: Paris To Turn Into One Major Nightmare - 30 KPH Speed Limit

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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The current Mayor of Paris, Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo, and her Green party cronies are doing everything in their power to get rid of any motorized vehicles (cars, motorcycles and trucks) from the streets of Paris. It has become their holy Grail, a mission ordered by God. So far they have managed to ban motorcycles older than the year 2000 and reduce the speed limit of the Parisian ring road (the notorious Perpherique). Add to that the removal of parking spots, and you have a major transportation drama on hand. Of course the fact that the public transportation system is totally inadequate, marred by frequent strikes and daily equipment failures, means that the inhabitants are at their wits end.

Now, this socialist-greenie woman is going one step further towards destroying the French capital (no surprise there since the President of France, the socialist Francois Holland is doing the same but on a bigger scale). She is moving towards reducing most of the city's speed limit to 30 kph.

Paris 30 kph zones
Paris 30 kph zones

According to the green party, the ones looking after transportation and infrastructure in Paris, an accident at 30 kph is often less deadly than at 50 kph. This, and sound pollution is the main reason to reduce speed limits. Well, I've got news for you treehuggers. An accident at 5 kph is in 99.9999% of cases not deadly at all, so why not go for a speed limit of 5 kph, and that includes that of bicycles and pedestrians!!!

Can you imagine having to cross a major big city on your motorcycle at 30 kph??? Just think what your engine will do at those speeds? Think of the pollution this will generate. The incredible loss of productivity in a country where companies are closing their doors at a record rate. The only ones with less of a mechanical problem are electric motorcycles.

I am continuously surprised how stupid these politicians really are. I always think that they know things, stuff we mere mortals can't grasp, but no.... they are just plain stupid. If not they would have found a real job and been real productive instead of destructive.

Revolution 2 is coming to the streets close to you. The sequel.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015 - France: The Year 2000 Motorcycle Ban Gets Worse, Much Worse

Marie Antoinette
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The ban on motorcycles built before the yer 2000 is bad, but it's worse, much worse. Already the Parisian police have vetoed the Monday 9th protest while the law is being voted, and this Mayor of Paris has already said she wants to ban in the year 2020 all motorcycles built before 2015. Yes, you read that right, 2015.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Paris: The Effects Of Diminished Speed Limit On Ring Road

Boulevard Peripherique
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The effects after one year of reduced speed limits on the Paris ring road (aka Le Peripherique).
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - France: Paris Parking - Forget About Election Promises - Tax'Em

Paris Motorcycle Towing
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Despite many election campaign promises, the new Major of Paris is increasing parking fees in the country's capital city, and also expanding the time zone in which you must pay parking. They need to fill a budget hole of €400 million, so they will be taxing more stuff in the months to come.


Via: Le Parisien




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Prevent Your Motorcycle From Being Stolen - The Strong Way

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Apart from sitting on your motorcycle with a shotgun, this has got to be the best way of preventing anyone from stealing your precious motorcycle.

Would you dare steal this bike?

Prevent Your Motorcycle From Theft







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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Comparative Review: - 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review Moto Guzzi
Author: David Morcrette
Location: 
Paris, France
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Since this is a translation directly from French, some of the colloquialism may seem a bit strange at times, for which I apologize. It's not easy to translate. Any mistakes below are mine, and mine alone.

Click here to read the original review/comparison and see bigger photos of the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycles Open Click here to read the original review of the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycles link in a new window
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The 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycles test report was originally published in French on the Le Repaire des Motards.com Open lerepairedesmotards link in a new window web site.

Click here to read the original review of the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycleS Open Click here to read the original review of the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado motorcycles link in a new window (in French)
Golden Motorcycles: Audace at the conquest of the Eldorado

After presenting the 1400 California in the Aquira Nera version followed by the Custom and finally the Touring, Moto Guzzi continued to expand its range around the same engine but with a different universe between the Audace and the Eldorado.

So simple cosmetic differences or real models for this historic model that has sold since the beginning of its history more than 20,000 copies?

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Discovery

If the two models have the same basic engine, the Audace and the Eldorado are immediately distinguished visually. Big touring custom with chrome and cowhorn handlebars, the Eldorado refers to the history of the brand and the V7 GT 850 of 1971. In contrast, the Audace with its straight handlebar and the real carbon parts front fender and at the rear brings the biker in the world of muscle bikes.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

And yet, despite the traditional lines, the new models incorporate the latest technologies, from the LEDs headlight of the Eldorado to the rear LEDs light for the Audace. The huge counter under the traditional distant appearance hides behind the predominantly digital screen a huge range of technology with an onboard computer and even multimedia connectivity to receive on a mobile application all engine information, plus navigation information, including where the bike was parked last.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Long chrome exhaust for the Eldorado, short nearly racing exhaust for the Audace, every detail confirms a very specific identity to both models.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

And when it comes to detail, it also speaks of quality, because the two models fully justify their €18,499 with an impeccable finish, from the top engine painted in red for the Audace with her saddle with red stitching to the Brembo signed brakes or aircraft hoses with embossed parts with the Moto Guzzi brand or the eagle embossed on the reservoir.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

But what always impresses is the huge V-twin 90 ° of 1380 cc with its central block of which are extracted two massive cylinders, which are so the trademark. Who says same motor, says same characteristics normally, which is the case including the gears, identical. Only the Audace has a maximum torque of 121 Nm achieved earlier at 2750 rpm against 3000 rpm for the Eldorado. Both models subsequently display a power of 96 horsepower at 6500 rpm.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

In The Saddle

The feet are almost put down flat on the ground for a 1M70 driver with a low but relatively wide saddle with 740mm. This compensates it. And for those who really want to have flat feet on the ground, there is a 720 mm option, often the two centimeters missing to be comfortable. On a flat road, the well positioned kickstand allows without effort to straighten the bike. On slopes, the exercise is a little more sensitive.

Under the eyes, The Audace and the Eldorado have an identical round counter with a digital center framed by an analog rev counter and all the control indicators. The whole is particularly legible ... And above all complete, with gear position indicator, precise fuel gauge, odometer, average and instantaneous fuel consumption, clock, average speed, battery voltage and a menu not only to access service information and maintenance, but to adjust the backlight, language or type of consumption display (l/100km, km/l, or the same in Anglo-Saxon writing).

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

The small and esthetic mirrors are easily adjusted, but offer reduced rear vision with huge blind spots, needing to do the side visual checks.

Contact

The Audace and the Eldorado snort violently, swinging from left to right. Not vibrations, although alleviated with the mounting of the elastically engine independent of the frame but a real feeling of pendulum related to the large lateral cylinders. Those who love this character will enjoy 'the good vibes' (the good vibrations).

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

With the Eldorado, the position is that of the custom type, without excess, almost natural although it forces to have your back a little rounder than usual. The low-speed maneuvers are facilitated with a handlebar offering a good grip with excellent leverage. We almost forget the 314 kilos dry of the Eldorado (299 kilos for the Audace) thanks to an excellent overall balance. The turning radius is still limited, you should still provide some space and a little wide road to do it in one go, but without as much effort as you might imagine.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

The Audace immerses you in a more virile world. We must lean chest forward to grip the big, straight and wide handlebars. So, the arms are physically tense and the ease to take a curve made more difficult.

In The City

The 1400 is an example of good will ... even able to roll in the sixth and last gear at 50 kph at 1500 rpm without knocking! The first allows as much to stay on a light throttle or even idle at 12 kph without gasping and without playing with the clutch.

However, it is the second gear which remains the ideal gear in town, especially in the rain, not too violent as the first nor too soft. And as in the absolute it accepts the second to climb to 110 kph (on secondary roads), in fact we hardly touch the gears on any of the two models.

After an almost disconcerting ease of the engine, remains a limited turning radius, which makes it a difficult scramble between cars. The wide handlebar requires you to pay attention during tight lane splitting and slalom between multiple lanes inbetween stationary vehicles, bringing significant strain when you still have to maneuver the average 320 kilos (depending on the model and fuel state). The Eldorado and the Audace are then very close to the handling of a very large custom, whatever the brand.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

On The Motorways

A simple rotation of the right handle propels manfully the Audace and the Eldorado at 110 kph in second gear, the only gear required on the secondary roads. The third takes over to allow already to exceed the legal speed limits. No windshield, we hold on for dear life riding the Audace. With a position less typical, the Eldorado provides us a good twenty kilometers per hour more at a better comfort even if it is possible to tickle the 200 kph at its head. Steady, both models are a natural in a large curve, without drift or expanding. It was then time to operate the cruise control and the right to enjoy the scenery.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

On Secondary Roads

Back on the county roads, the Eldorado regains its ease on small roads. It will find its limits only in the narrow mountain roads when it comes to link the hairpin turns, with a real job not to be led away by the 320 kilos and tighten a trajectory without extending beyond the wrong side of the road. The Audace reaches its limits much sooner and does not need hairpins to ask for work and effort to take it. It is then that we realize that this is not an instinctive motorcycle, forgiving everything and heading almost exclusively by sight. We must anticipate, prepare, work a path and stick to it ... While arriving fast enough to the boundaries of the average rider (me) not being able to pick up the pace.

The Eldorado fared much better and more easily despite a massive appearance and enabled a faster pace by accepting to be further mistreated to finally better register in the curve, including addressing the hairpins quicker.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Finally, you need to choose the driving mode, the electronics adapting to the mood of its rider or just the weather. For the Eldorado and the Audace share the same system of "Ride by Wire", with three settings from the traditional Rain Mode here called "pioggia" to the Turismo and Veloce modes, the latter being the sportiest.

We note that the Veloce mode is especially better in the Audace as the model already attained its maximum torque earlier than the Eldorado. In the end, the sensations are waiting for you with powerful and virile accelerations. The philosophy of the Eldorado will accommodate a better "tourism" profile, offering an excellent balance between power, drivability and daily use.

As for the rain mode, it removes about 25% power, which associated with traction control, allows you to stay in line without the need to dose continuously. Because otherwise, even in tourism mode and on hard acceleration, in wet conditions, we manage to substantially drive away the rear when the horses arrived and there really are a few under the throttle.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Brakes

Brembo brakes, dual ABS, traction control with the Moto Guzzi traction system, the braking offers feeling and power to the point that we must balance the braking including front brake even if the ABS is keeping watch. Because in wet conditions, with the power and torque available very early on, combined with a significant weight, easily leads to the start of sliding, always smooth, but requiring a minimum of control. However, the front fork and rear shock absorbers work great together well, resulting in no particular lift off, even under muscular braking.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Comfort

The suspensions associated with a comfortable saddle ensures excellent comfort, regardless of the quality of the road, erasing very well any irregularities. Only the pillion's jump seat will limit in the initial configuration the possibilities for two to go very far with long distances.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Fuel Consumption

During the test the average consumption displayed by the trip computer was 8.4 liters per hundred, with instantaneous consumption up to 16 liters in the first gear, coming down to around 5 liters per hundred in the last gear, particularly flexible. With a 20.5 liter tank, it offers an autonomy varying between 250 and 300 km, according to the riding pace .

Be careful when filling up: the fuel cap comes off, because it is not mounted on the hinge.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Practical

Do not expect any room under the saddle for any of the models. However, Moto Guzzi has released a huge catalog of accessories, with no less than 4 different backgrounds to meet all tastes and all budgets too. Customization parts for up to and including footrest, you'll also find panniers and all branded clothing collection from the brand up to a complete line of really well drawn fiber jet helmets.

Moto Guzzi assures, the accessories have been designed together with the development of the models and not once the model was finished. This makes them fully part in all possible customizations of 1400. And it is not the 230 pages of the catalog that contradict me!

Finally, the multimedia application for mobile phones, providing all engine information, plus GPS, plus the handbook, plus information such as the shift light setting or an Ecoride indicator or the most useful "search my bike" for automatically recording the last place where the bike was stopped. Allow anyway €160 for the system to which you will need to add €60 for the installation; not very expensive when compared to cars.

Comparative Review 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Conclusion

Quality finish, unique look, Moto Guzzi embarks with its two models in two worlds as rich and varied, inviting another way to travel. It is no longer a simple motorcycle, but a way of life and feelings, free choice and rider desires. Those who want a useful machine that is easy to ride and able to take her away with a pillion on a trip will choose the Eldorado that revives the tradition in a modern way. Those who want a as much muscle Bike as a show Bike where the important thing is to have fun at the weekend with a motorcycle that delivers true feelings and a way of life far away from the wad with friends in the mountains will choose the Audace. And both models are exactly the same price with €18,499, the choice really based on the emotion aroused by seeing and how to design the perfect ride. Or, when hesitating, the biker who want to travel further will come back to the California Touring fully equipped for just 900 euros more, another alternative for the winged eagle of Mandello for a trip to the Golden cities ...

Strong PointsWeak Points
  • Engine with three mappings
  • Look
  • Cycle part
  • Price / quality
  • Practical aspects
  • Consumption


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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