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Monday, September 7th, 2015

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This Site Is Stopped - End Of The Line - Gone Fishing For Good

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Personal System
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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I guess it was bound to happen. After 16 years of running this site, scrounging for information and news of the latest motorcycles, battling technical issues, getting soured by all the sites that rip my stuff without even bothering to credit me (that penalizes my site in Google searches and therefore my revenue) and finally all those readers that use adblockers to prevent me from earning an honest buck, I decided it was time to stop and ride off into the sunset.

Riding into the sunset

Many people think it's just a question of putting in a few words and photos online, pay your hosting company 10 dollars per month, and you're in business making big bucks. Well let me tell you, it's not like that ... hosting charges (in my case just for the site it's US$300 per month, plus the image hosting, sitemap creators, etc), travel, equipment purchase (cameras, computers) etc, it all adds up. And when my traffic suddenly, and unexplained, dropped 80-90% and what was left was a few readers who were blocking the ads, it has become a financial nightmare. When I was running 6 digits per month in readers a few years ago, it has dropped to a lowly 20,000 pages served per day, and in consequence my income from the site dropped to a few dollars a day. Luckily I have revenue coming from writing for other sites and newspapers/magazines, but my main site has become a black financial hole.

Added to that the fact that it has become more and more difficult technically to operate, with more and more constraints coming from the Googles of this world, and legal issues, it has become apparent I could not operate on my own, and no money for a technical staff. Then all those idiots sites that think they are cool by taking my articles, often after I have spent hours if not days researching, and posting it like it was their work, and not bother linking back to my site as source. Believe me if I tell you there are 100's of these sites. Just look at any site if they put "Via:" "Source:" or "Credit:" on their site. If they don't, forget about them.

So instead of pouring more money into a sinking ship, plus my heart is no longer in it, I decided to pull the plug. In those 16 years I have met many wonderful colleagues, even become good friends with them. I'll miss the camaraderie which you find at the big events, but I'll not miss the idiots who think they don't need to play the internet game, that the rules & ethics don't apply to them.

The news.motorbiker.org site will continue to run until it runs out of money and the hosting company throws me out. At least the archives for the time being will remain searchable via search engines.

What's next?


It's not like I'm going to retire. I'll continue to write for other sites and magazines and newspapers (I do write non-motorcycle stuff) - so if you're looking for a hard working journo, contact me. But I have also embarked on a different adventure.... I've started a new site called TravelFrance.Tips Open TravelFrance.Tips link in a new window (it's not ready yet, but will be shortly).

The site is going to be a site about France, all the things to see in this big country. France is not just Paris, it's much, much more than that. Already I have some 70,000 photos on my personal archives of things to see and do in France, so I'll be doing that over the next few years. In contrast with my motorcycle site, this is something that I will be running on Wordpress software, so no administration or technical involvement for me. Just content.

So if you're interested in France, bookmark the site and come back to it in a few weeks when it's up & running.

UPDATE: My new site is now up and running. Click here to access Travelfrance.Tips web site Open Click here to access Travelfrance.Tips web site link in a new window
Click here to access the Facebook page Open Click here to access the Facebook page link in a new window

So ... I hope you have enjoyed my 16 years of motorcycle news & entertainment as much as I have enjoyed making it. Do come and see me on my new site, and maybe one of these days you'll be seeing me somewhere on my motorcycle.

Sayanora, good luck, and keep the rubber side down. And let me know what you think about my new site.






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Review: Fobo - Smart and Ultimate TPMS For Motorcycles

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review Gadgets Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Last year I told you about a crowd-funding product on IndieGoGo that comes out of Malaysia (link Open link in a new window). Called Fobo Open Fobo link in a new window, it's a smart Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for motorcycles that uses a smartphone as display.

Fobo Bike

The issue with all the TPMSA tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the pneumatic tires on various types of vehicles. TPMS report real-time tire-pressure information to the driver of the vehicle, either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light. systems that I have reviewed is a common one (Tire Watch Open link in a new window, Tyredog Open link in a new window, TireMoni Open link in a new window): you need to be riding for a few minutes before you can see if your tires are well inflated. This is something that has always bothered me, since it your tires are badly inflated, it's back to the garage and inflate them. A hassle. I prefer to come up to my motorcycle and immediately know if the tires are fine or not. Well, that's one less problem with the Fobo. The Fobo tells you immediately if you tires are okay or not, and it even does it from a reasonable distance.

Needless to say, I got myself a unit, and here is the review.

Fobo Bike

The Fobo Bike comes in a small box and is well packaged. I about the size of a big cigarette box (remember what cigarettes are?). Once opened this is what you see:

Fobo Bike

Inside the box are

1 - The two sensors
2 - Two wrenches
3 - 4 lock nuts (anti theft)
4 - A key chain

The sensors are what you install on the valves of your tires. The wrenches and lock nuts are to be used to protect your sensors in case some idiot decides to steal them. But even if they manage to steal them, they are useless to them, since the sensors get electronically linked to your email address via the smartphone app. It can not be reused by anyone unless your smartphone "unlinks" the sensors.

So I took the lazy way, and did not install the anti-theft nuts.

The sensors are IP57 water proof and only weigh 10 grams each. Installation takes a few minutes and can be done by someone like me, who has two left hands and sucks at anything mechanical.

You can configure up to 9 motorcycles (19 wheels in total) equipped with Fobo sensors (which means Jay Leno has got a problem if he wants this). You can also authorize up to 100 smartphones to use the sensors.

The battery, CR2032 type, last about 2 years, and they even supplied an extra set.

Installation


Fobo Bike
- First you need to get the free app on either the Android store or the Apple store. The app will ask you for your email address. Once entered, you receive an email with an activation link. Click on the link, and your email address becomes the owner of the sensors you are about the install. Simple.

- In the app, you can specify measurement units (°C or °F for temperature, and the pressure units: PSI, Bar, kPa, kgf/cm2). You also specify the vehicle type; motorcycle/scooter, trike, quad, sidecar. The appropriate image appears.

- Now you specify the minimum, recommended and maximum pressure for each tire. The app uses sliders to get the right one, but if you slide just the recommended pressure slider, the minimum and maximum are adjusted automatically.

- The app will ask you to install the sensors.

- Remove the current valve cap from your tire (if it's still on).

- Put the sensor on the front tire.

- Tap the sensor with your smartphone.

- Press OK.

- Done.

- Repeat for the rear tire.

The sensor shows you within seconds the current tire pressure.

NOTE: After the first few meters I heard and felt a tapping noise at the front. I had installed the sensors on my BMW C-Evolution electric scooter, and the valve sensor came across the brakes hitting it. So you need to be sure there is sufficient clearance for the valve sensor to be able to turn. I have had to remove it, and had to go to a tire shop for a smaller T-valve.

Review


First of all, the sensors are very accurate. I have a high end compressor with pressure gauge and it showed my tires at the right pressure. However, the Fobo unit told me it was under-inflated. I then used 3 other gauges, one a professional unit from the motorcycle mechanic, and the Fobo unit was proven to be spot on.

The Fobo is easy to use. Load your Fobo app and within seconds you can see the tire pressure, even if your bike is in the garage and hasn't be riding for months. The sensors communicate using Bluetooth 4 which give you a good 10 meters range. So with my garage built against my house, I can monitor the tire pressure sitting in my sofa.

I also have an Apple Watch. And guess what?? Boy was I surprised when I got the low pressure warning on my watch. It started vibrating and sounding an alarm. A quick look and you could see that I had a pressure problem. ... handy.

Price: US$99 (black or gray color, and you can get optional "funny" covers). The product also exists for cars, trucks, bicycles, trailers and they even have a tracking button in case you frequently lose gear, and some have special monitoring units.

Click here to access the Fobo web site Open My-Fobo link in a new window (read or buy the sensors).






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The ONLY Way To Arrive At The Monza F1 Race - AND WIN

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Celebrities
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Most people go to a Formula One race by car. After all, it's a car race. But here is one guy who showed up at the Monza F1 race last weekend on a motorcycle. After that he got into a F1 car and won the race.... Lewis Hamilton Open Lewis Hamilton link in a new window is the man!

BTW, notice the last name of the photographer...

Lewis Hamilton at Monza
© REUTERS/Max Rossi

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Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives on a motorbike during the Italy F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Lewis Hamilton at Monza
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Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain wears a helmet as he arrives with a motorbike during the Italy F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 4 September 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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We're heading for the final stretch for winter; September is here, bringing rain and few rays of sunshine. But for sure, summer is just a distant memory. Tie to curl up and start reading more interesting motorcycle articles. Here are a few from last week that you may have missed.




Enjoy

BMW History: The First BMW Motorcycle Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 31AUG
Summary: A look at BMW first ever motorcycle.


Harley Davidson: Where Will Growth Come From Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Seeking Alpha Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 31AUG
Summary: Where is the growth market for Harley-Davidson? A financial analysis.


All New Honda CB190R - A New Design Direction For Honda Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: The Ride Advice Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 1SEP
Summary: Is Honda going a new way for their motorcycles?


Just Far Can A Motorcycle Lean In A Turn? Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 2SEP
Summary: Calculating the lean angle of a motorcycle. How far can you go?


In Time Of Hard Motorcycle Boys Wild Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: American Left History Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 3SEP
Summary: A different kind of a review of the iconic biker movie The Wild One.


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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - Tucano Urbano Apron/Leg Protector For Honda Forza 125 Scooter

Tucano Urbano Honda Forza 125 Termoscud Apron
Tucano Urbano logo
Aprons on scooters and motorcycles are a mater of fact in Europe, especially during the winter, but even in the summer. So it's no surprise to see Tucano Urbano released a special apron for the recent and very popular Honda Forza 125 scooter.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - 14 Photos of Totally Destroyed, Bombed or Burned Motorcycles - Part 11

Blown Up Motorcycle Nepal
Blown up motorcycle Lebanon
More violence done towards innocent motorcycles and scooters. More oil and brake fluid spilled. Mangled frames, burned engines.... what a terrible people there are in this world. This is our 11th look at the violence people do against poor innocent motorcycles.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 - France: Honda Forza 125 Runaway Hit

Honda Forza 125
Honda logo
The recently released Honda Forza 125 scooter is a runaway success, breaking all sales records and pushing Honda into the number 1 spot of sales in France. Looks like a very popular scooter.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 - Idea: Slick - GoPro Stabilizer For Helmets

Slick Stabilizer
Slick Stabilizer
Using a GoPro video camera on your motorcycle is great, giving you some memorable video footage, but often the images are shaking. Buying a gimbal is expensive and bulky. So here is a great and affordable solution to stop camera shaking: the SLICK.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - Poland: How Not To Do A Burn, And How Not To Extinguish Your Burning Motorcycle

Burn gone wrong
Here is a prime example, in the form of a video, why some people shouldn't be allowed to have children.... doing a burn at an event, doing it for way too long, so long the motorcycle catches fire, and then try to extinguish the bike by BLOWING ON IT!
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 - Idea: Protective Motorcycle Gear Without The Drawbacks

Idea High Performance Gear
Idea High Performance Gear
A new revolutionary motorcycle gear is coming. On Kickstarter there is a leather jacket that is thinner and much stronger than Kevlar. A project initiated by Thesis Labs, the jacket looks cool, strong and ..... very very expensive.







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France: Speed Radars To Check Your Insurance?

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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You can't stop progress. The French authorities are now studying a new way of making more money out of road users. They want the automated speed and red light radars to cross-check a new insurance database.

Checking this new database will allow the cops to see if your motorcycle (or car) has been properly insured. If not, they can fine you. Which is what this is all about of course. The fine for riding without a valid insurance is ... gasp ... €3750 and the forfeit of your vehicle and driving license (this is the maximum fine).

France Radar Greed

The authorities are now asking all the insurance companies to look at feeding a common database that will contain all the vehicle insurance data allowing the cops to find out your insurance situation automatically.

Next step: find out what race and religion you have and which political party you are a member of?

Via: Nextinpact




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A Street Name To My Liking - One To Go On With My Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Now that's a street I will ride on with my motorcycle. I do it all the time except the streets aren't named like this.

The Long Way Road







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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Idea: Protective Motorcycle Gear Without The Drawbacks

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Motorcycle gear, particularly leather jackets are great at protecting your fragile body from road rash and impacts. The leather will hold you together while you plummet over the road, preventing the asphalt from tearing your hide away from your bones. And on top of that, it just looks cool.

But motorcycle leathers have a drawback. They are thick and rigid, not like the "motorcycle jackets" you see in fashion shows. Thesis Labs is hoping to change that. They have designed a revolutionary new motorcycle jacket that protects you as good, even better, than normal gear, but on top of it, they are lighter and much more suppler.

Idea High Performance Gear

How? They are using different material, like kangaroo leather with an average thickness of 1.3 mm and a total weight of 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs). The jacket is well ventilated, so cool when riding in the summer. But inside the jacket, behind the leather is a bullet resistant material called Vectran Open Vectran link in a new window. The same material is used by NASA for their spacesuits. This material is 3 to 5 times stronger than Kevlar.

Idea High Performance Gear

So there you go. The future in motorcycle clothing. The project is currently at the crowd-funding site Kickstarter looking for funding. A few days are left, but they are quite far from the desired goal.

Idea High Performance Gear

And why would that we? Because of the price. The Kickstarter price is CAD$1995 for a jacket. A bit expensive for a jacket, even if it's the latest technology. Pity.

Click here to read more about the Thesis revolutionary motorcycle gear Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to access the These web site Open Thesislabs link in a new window.
Click here to access the Thesis Labs Facebook page Open Click here to access the Thesis Labs Facebook page link in a new window.






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