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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Cezeta Reborn, Beautiful, Powerful and Electric

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical Scooters
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Once upon a time, in the Czechoslovakia (now known as the Czech Republic), lived a scooter manufacturer called Cezeta (which was part of the more famous CZ Open CZ in a new window motorcycle manufacturer).

Cezeta Open Cezeta in a new window made between 1957 and 1964 some very advanced, both in style and performance, scooters. Their scooters have been featured in many "old" movies. They basically had two models, the Type 501Cezeta Type 501 and Type 502Cezeta Type 502 (put your mouse over the type to see an image of them).

In 1964 they closed their factory doors. But as is the case with many of these older brands, they don't stay away from the scene for very long. Many older brands, like Bultaco, Matchless, Ariel, and Norton (just to name a few) have come back to the international motorcycle scene. And this is the case for our Czech friends.

Cezeta Type 506

Last year Cezeta started hand-building a beautiful scooter that is based on the original Types 501 and 502. It has the same torpedo form, double seat, low center of gravity and the engine is ..... electric.

Cezeta Type 506

The Cezeta Type 506 Open Type 506 link in a new window uses an electric engine powered by 5 kWh Lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will last you a good 75 to 85 kilometers of city riding. With an optional regenerative braking, you can add 5-10% to the range.

The batteries are charged from a standard household electrical socket, and will take about 4.5 hours to go from 0% to 100% charge.

Cezeta Type 506

This hand built scooter is relatively cheap in purchase compared to its bigger scooter brothers (like BMW C Evolution), or electric motorcycles. The base price will set you back €9450 (remember that electricity is cheaper than gasoline, and there is practically no maintenance). There are a couple of optional extras, like special vintage lights, paint jobs etc.

The Type 506 electric scooter looks like a winner. It's beautiful, vintage combined with high-tech. What more do you want (to bad I just bought the BMW C Evolution).

Click here to read more about the Cezeta Type 506, or to order it Open Cezeta link in a new window.
Click here to access the Cezeta Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window

Via: Electric Motorcycle Forum




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Review: 2014 Indian Scout - Custom, Cruiser or Roadster

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review
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.
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Le Repaire des Motards logo
The 2014 Indian Scout 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 2014 Indian Scout l Open Click here to read the original review of the 2014 Indian Scout link in a new window (in French)
Custom, Cruiser or Roadster

Launched in 1920, the Indian Scout had since 1928 particularly made a name for defying the wall of death. Indian has redone the entries of their history, reviving the same model almost a century later, both in terms of its characteristics from those days (performance and power) as well as challenges, getting it to ride the wall of death again during its launch at Sturgis. The result is a motorcycle with 100 horsepower, almost as slim as its predecessor but with all the advantages of modern technology for a machine which now wants to be the backbone of the brand, especially for women. Mission accomplished? Here is the review ...


Review 2014 Indian Scout

Discovery

It is difficult to place a label on the Scout. Not really a roadster nor completely a custom, it could almost be a bobber or a signed preparation one sees more and more ... with a real contrasts between a big sausage at the front and a minimalist light, a single-seat leather saddle highlighting the rear fender ... all enclosing a huge V-Twin injection with its 69 cubic inch, or official 1133 cm3. What is certain is that it's a big heart, each cylinder being marked with the "I" of the Indian ... while the crankcase is signed with the entire brand name ...

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Review 2014 Indian Scout

A crankcase carved from the block and extended by two huge exhaust pipes.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Chrome is well present, but it actually enhances the motorcycle unlike some models where the custom's chrome gives the impression of being there by obligation, as if the definition of a custom is accomplished by the omnipresence of chrome. Nothing too much here: just enough to give personality to the model ... and so to its rider. The finish is at the rendezvous, from the ubiquitous Indian logo including in the metal right up to the leather saddle which is particularly elegant.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

and even Indian branded tires!

Review 2014 Indian Scout

In The Saddle

With a thin saddle just 635 mm high, there is no need to step over the bike, so low is the seat. Even a 1 meter 60 tall biker puts his feet flat on the ground and even then the legs are still bent. However, the taller bikers also find their position easily without looking like toads.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

The hands rest on the handlebars almost naturally, even if the arms are almost straight. Compared to a roadster, it's the legs that must stretch substantially forward to find the footrests, but without exaggeration. With arms extended, the eye falls quite easily on the counter, minimalist at first with its analog speedometer. But the digital screen displays the tachometer and the traditional partial trips, gear selected, odometer, clock ... the information changing through the trigger in front of the left grip. The stalks are American or Japanese standard. So we find mark quite quickly.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

With the low seat and feet flat and a kick stand barely making the motorcycle lean, it stands up without effort, including for a woman weighing 50, despite the 253 kilos fully fueled bike (a featherweight in the category). Thighs finally enclose the tank easier than many customs, where their natural position usually tends to separate them.

Contact

Heavy bass rumbling, the Scout snorts. First gear engaged, the gear box is easier than that of the Chieftain or Roadmaster and the gears clearly engage. The first meters are easy. At no time does the weight seems to lead the rider, even on the first few kilometers per hour. The handlebars even seems strangely light, amplified by the big forward sausage.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

For the record, the US model starts in first gear even with the kick stand down, a spigot on the stand taking care to fold the stand at the first pebble met on the road! Legislation in Europe is different, it will not be the case here with the inability to start in first if the stand is down.

In The City

The first gear is very long and goes cheerfully until 70 kph ... already too fast. In fact, you change gears naturally around the 2-3000 rpm instinctively to be rolling smoothly; a pace that Scout is particularly fond off, especially because of the absence of vibrations. At these revvs, it seems to be riding on velvet. And yet, just turning the right hand a little stronger and the departure is vigorous and to the limit of a natural burn. For the Scout has a lot of torque and it is not just on paper.

Beginners can take charge of the bike naturally and smoothly. The rider can take her by the hand and squeeze her like a pig, making her leave while burning rubber without even thinking about it.

The v-twin is however particularly docile. She is made to accept 1,000 rpm in top gear at 45 kph. Certainly, it shakes a bit, but it is only 1000 rpm! It feels better anyway around 1,400 rpm and really comfortable at 2,000 rpm. And one begins to feel the kick in the ass around the 2,500 rpm, while the maximum torque is achieved at 5,900 rpm! It should give you great pleasure ...

With handlebars relatively tight, lane splitting happens naturally. Above all, with your feet flat, making the starts and stops in town in traffic without any difficulty or sweat ... Except for the heat generated by the engine in hot weather.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

On The Motorways

With a second gear that pushes up to 110 kph and a third until 145 kph, the Scout slips on the motorway like an arrow. And at 145 kph, it is still at 3,000 rpm or at half throttle! Her looks and especially her total lack of protection does not preclude her from long motorway journeys but it is no worse and no better than a standard roadster. The 150 kph-behind-handlebars goes very well and you have to climb higher to really feel the air pressure.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

On Secondary/ Country Roads

Capable of riding 45 kph in top gear and at half of its engine regime at 145 kph, the Scout is capable of wide variations ... Better to adapt to the rider's antics. The beginner will appreciate the twin's availability, making it look like 4-cylinders with its smooth midrange and 2-3000 rpm. The experienced rider will appreciate the scream in the higer revvs beyond 6,000 rpm. The first will be on the last gears. The latter will be more on the interim gears ... for you almost rarely spend time in fourth gear! So, on a secondary road, choose the pace you want. The beginner will appreciate its softness and availability and forget about the gearbox. The rider will appreciate the small bomb he has then between the legs to push it to its limits. If the engine is limited only by the rider's limits, the motorcycle begins to have a life of its own when twisties are linked at a fast rate. It soundly squirms substantially and you just should not tense up at the handlebars to appreciate its handling. The Scout is alive at all levels and the sensations await you.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Comfort

There are two lateral 76mm shock absorbers, but their almost horizontal mounting limits their work despite their large clearance. It's good for a Sunday ride. It's not a touring bike or for riding on a long journey, instead turn to a Chieftain for that. The comfort is excellent as long as the road is in good condition. In town, it rides well but defects in the road will be felt more.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Brakes

Both the front and rear brakes offer excellent feeling. And the power is there too, despite the 298mm single disc with dual piston calipers present both in the front and rear. The distribution of the two is well respected with an efficiency of 2/3 for the front and 1/3 for the rear. You just use them jointly, not to stop but to not to block them. For blocking the front requires no special strength or even blocking the rear. In everyday use, the front can be used with two fingers and gently. If you pull rather hard, blocking the front is ensured. But what is good is that the motorcycle stays perfectly in line. We can therefore block without getting scared. The question does not arise in any way for Europe because only the ABS version will be imported in France.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Fuel Consumption

With a tank of 12.1 liters, the Scout should ensure a range of 200 kilometers ... depending naturally on the type of riding. In the beginner version, it can exceed 200 km, but the rider that rides the bike to its maximum rev counter, it will be in fuel reserve under 170 km.

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Review 2014 Indian Scout

Conclusion

Indian has succeeded in offering a motorcycle with two faces, capable of providing trust and simplicity to beginners while providing a more experienced rider a violent face. The bike has no equivalent in terms of looks or performance, with a real engine character and a real life to rediscover what motorcycling was in the beginning of history with real personalities. The attention to detail and the seal of history with the revival of a historic brand completes a picture of success. Only its price of €12,990 will not make it a motorcycle within the reach of every budget. The price of exception?

Strong PointsWeak Points
  • Lively engine
  • Brakes
  • Looks
  • Price
  • Engine heat


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Yamaha Spins Off Low Cost Motorcycle Brand

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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The way many airlines or car manufacturers are spinning off low cost companies, often using part of their parent name, motorcycle manufacturers are facing the same problem; many cheap imports coming from Asia or South America are eroding their market. But lowering their price of their own motorcycles is bad for the brand & image, so they start a low cost brand.

The latest in this fad is Yamaha, who have started their own low cost motorcycle company: Lamaha!

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Lumina Trailers - Bring More Stuff With You On Your Motorcycle

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Looks like there are more and more trailers for motorcycles out there. Maybe it is because we have so much stuff, that when we ride our motorcycle, we can't carry it all. So we attach a trailer to the motorcycle.

But if we attach a trailer to our ride, it has to be one that is made specially for motorcycles, since motorcycle trailers need to be light. Very light. Lumina trailers from The USA Trailer Store Open The USA Trailer Store link in a new window are very popular trailers. Already 4000 of them have been sold.

Lumina Motorcycle Trailer

The Lumina motorcycle trailer has been designed specially for motorcycles (and trikes). It weighs only 170 pounds (77 kilos) which is lighter than most pillion passengers. It's made out of brushed aluminum and the rainproof cargo box is 48 inches (122 cm) long, 28 inches (71 cm)  wide and 18 inches (46 cm) deep. It offers 14 cubic feet (almost 400 liters) of storage space.

Lumina Motorcycle Trailer

It can carry 500 pounds (227 kilos) of gear. So enough space for two people to go camping, fishing etc. Have a look at the video below to see more.

Price: US$1,395

Click here to read more about the Lumina motorcycle trailer Open Click here to read more about the Lumina motorcycle trailer link in a new window

Lumina Motorcycle Trailer

But if you say that's not big enough, then they also offer an XL version of the trailer, the Lumina XL Motorcycle trailer.

Weighing 190 pounds (86 kilos), the cargo box is 57 3/4 inches (145 cm) long, 28 inches wide (71 cm) and 18 inches (46 cm) deep with 18 cubic feet (almost 510 liters) storage space and 500 pounds (227 kilos) of weight it can carry.

Price: US$1,495

Click here to read more about the Lumina XL motorcycle trailer Open Click here to read more about the Lumina XL motorcycle trailer link in a new window

Several options exist for both models.

Here is the video:



Via: Motorcycle-Trailer




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Peugeot To Sell Its Scooter Activities To Mahindra & Mahindra

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Peugeot
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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The French car and scooter manufacturer Peugeot has been in financial difficulties for the last few years. After eating up several competitors over the years, like Citroen and Simca, they have been in dire need to stop their loss-making activities. The last few years, they have been making heavy losses, so much so that in France they have started terminating their factory employees. And anyone knowing something about labor laws in France, will know that this is a last resort since it is almost impossible to terminate employees.

A new CEO has arrived on the scene, Jean-Baptiste Thomas, and one of the first things he is going to do is kill off the loss-making scooter division. Peugeot has been making interesting scooters over the years, but despite reasonable sales figures, 79,000 scooters sold last year, they sell the scoots at a loss.

Girls-2009-Peugeot
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Mahindra logo
So now the company is talking to the Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra Two Wheelers Open Mahindra Two Wheelers in a new window (part of Mahindra & Mahindra) to buy the scooter division. Obviously part of the deal will be that Mahindra must keep the factory and 500 employees in France going for a while.

But what does Mahindra get out of the deal? Since 2009 Mahindra already make scooters. In fact, they make a lot of them, but they are mostly sold in India. Peugeot would give them an instant sales distribution network in Europe.

Via: Le Parisien




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Running Into Deer/Wild Boars With Your Motorcycle Is For Wimps

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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All those bikers telling fearful tales of running into deer or wild boars.... even these motorcycle riders who think they are brave by riding where there are elks and moose. Get a life! Nothing to it.

This is where men are separated from boys..... elephants! Imagine riding your motorcycle into one of them on the road!

Running into one of these is bad news







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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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Video: Hero MotoCorp Karizma ZMR 2014 - The Icebreaker

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Hero MotoCorp logo
This is way too cool. And when I say cool, I mean COLD. The imagination and creativity of some PR folks knows no boundaries. Here is a TV commercial from Hero MotoCorp Open link in a new window, one of the big motorcycle manufacturing giants based in India.

The advertisement is for their Karizma ZMREicma 2011 Hero MotoCorp motorcycle, and in this well filmed ad you get to see the bike helping out an icebreaker which is stuck in the ice. The motorcycle comes to its rescue.

Don't you love it the idea???

Video Hero MotoCorp Karizma ZMR 2014

But what I find even funnier is the little text below the ad - it's a "don't try this at home kids" warning.... like we're going to ride our motorcycle in ice at the North Pole??

Still, great ad. Have a look at the video below. Enjoy.



Via: Hero MotoCorp




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