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Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Holiday 2015: Gone To Have Some Motorcycle Fun - Sayonara

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Personal Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Okay folks, I'm out of here. Spent too much time in front of my computers, so I decided on a relaxing holiday, riding my motorcycle and not going near my computer for a week or three. I was starting to get really tired, so a rest was needed. See you in a week or 3. Don't miss me too much. Hopefully I'm coming back refreshed, and my traffic and revenue will pick up then.

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E-Raw: Beautiful Electric Cruiser/Cafe Racer

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Many designers are at the forefront of the electric motorcycle industry, most of them able to have a "green field design" project, i.o.w. designing a motorcycle without any legacy constraints. So far we've seen some "different" looking electric motorcycles appearing, from small single bike prototype designs to more mass-market (like Brammo's Empulse). That's the advantage of being at the start of an industry; you can do more or less anything you want.

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Expemotion's electric cruiser/cafe racer is a case in point. Called the e-raw, the electric motorcycle looks totally rad. It's a combination of metal, plastics and very unusual for motorcycles; wood.

My understanding is that the designer is from France.

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That is because the saddle is made out of layered wood. Not ideal for long rides, but then just because it's laminated wood (80 layers) , it does not mean it's less comfortable that, let's say, a KTM saddle which feels like granite. But it is pretty, that's for sure, and it's unusual.

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Not much data is available about the bike (power, range etc), but this is a rolling prototype, not a static one (see the video below).

I don't know if this is something that will ever be mass produced, but it does look nice. No, you'll not be riding all the way to Sturgis on it (unless you live there), but a ride along the main strip in your town would be on the cards.

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What do you think? Do you like it? Is this something you would like to see?

Click here to see much more about the e-raw at Expemotion Open Click here to see much more about the e-raw at Expemotion link in a new window



Via: Electric Motorcycle Forum




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France: First WIP Radar A Jackpot Bonanza

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  France Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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The first WIP (Work In Progress, areas on the motorways where people are working on the road surface) radar was installed in Brittany, and guess what? It was a hit! Not for the motorcyclists and car drivers, but for the authorities.

In its first 24 hours of operation, it photographed 900 (that's nine hundred) vehicles speeding! Okay, I'll grant you this, speeding while there are people working on the road, making it better for us, is a no no! According to the statistics, 25% of deadly accidents of the workers are caused by speeding vehicles in the vicinity of a work area.

WIP Radar France

The new radar is totally mobile and autonomous; it's brought to the work area on a trailer, and the device is equipped with batteries, so it doesn't need to be connected to the power grid. The radar has an invisible flash, and can catch unsuspecting motorists on both sides of the road, do 2 lanes at the time, and has a processing capacity of 7500 vehicles per hour. The device's batteries can last several days.

Some 150 of these units will be in operation before the end of 2016, with 50 by the end of this year. So if you are coming up to a work area on the roads in France, better slow down.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 24 July 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Almost holiday for me. I just hope the weather improves, because the way it's going now, I'll be needing a submarine instead of a motorcycle. Strange weather: one moment a heat wave, followed by ice cold polar weather. Just stay inside and read a lot of articles. Here are a few you may have missed during last week.



Enjoy


Never Trust A Bike Review Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Geezer With A Grudge Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 18JUL
Summary: Do you trust motorcycle reviews?


Motorcycle review: F is for fun in Honda's CB500F Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 19JUL
Summary: USA Today review the Honda CB500F and have a blast.


Product Review: Motojug Hydration System Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Tilted Horizons Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22JUL
Summary: A review of the Motojug hydration system for motorcycle. Keep fluids in your body during the heat.


The rise of the silver bikers: 'I feel like a teenager again' Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 22JUL
Summary: The Baby Vrommers are there. Enjoying every moment.


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Saturday, July 18th, 2015 - France: Outrageous! Cops Get Bonus For Most Tickets

French Radar Police Hidden
France flag
I am outraged! Scandalized! The French car magazine Auto Plus found out that not only are cops being given points for every ticket issued, but the top police units (cars or motorcycles) get an annual bonus of €600 per person. Unacceptable!
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 - Two Years Old, Kymmee Johnson Already Racing A Motorcycle

Young Kymmee Johnson
2 years old, and this very young lady is already riding motorcycle like a pro. Knees down, hard into the curve ... no fear on this little one. Is she going to be the first women to win MotoGP in some 16 years time? Have a look...
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - Ohh, So That Is What Motorcycle Panniers Are For

Other use of panniers
I never knew that panniers on a motorcycle were meant for that...
Sunday, July 19th, 2015 - Idea: Yes, Another Free Everlasting Energy Source - We Are Saved

Rocket Hydra Power
USA flag
Yes, another crowd-funding project promising free and endless energy for our motorcycles (and cars and other vehicles); It's so simple, I wonder why no one has done this before. take water, split it into H and O2, burn it, which creates water (H20), which is then recycled, burned etc etc etc. Yeah, we're saved. Clean, free and endless energy. Now, if someone could please fork out US$500,00 to the inventor. This way he can prove his concept.
Monday, July 20th, 2015 - Adventure Riding As Glamour - Road To Beauty

Lequipee Road to Beauty
The five pretty adventure girls featured in 3 videos of their motorcycle trip over the Himalayas, have recently come back from a three week motorcycle trip from Rio, Brazil into the Amazon jungle. The trip got captured by a professional photographers, and he has published some of his work on his web site. Great photos.







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I Hope He Is Not Hungry - Motorcycle Made Out Of Spoons

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Entertainment Special-Bikes
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I sure hope he left some spoons to eat with. Jim Rice is an artist who works with some unusual objects; spoons. Well, spoons are not unusual day-to-day, but using them to create art, is.

Jim uses spoons in their unaltered form, in other words, he does not heat them and then bend them. He bends and twists them by hand, without heating, keeping them as natural as possible. With all the bending, twisting and shaping, he created a motorcycle made 100% out of spoons:

Spoon Motorcycle

Every bit of the motorcycle is made out of spoon. The whole bike is 27 inches long (68 cm) and weighs 8.2 lbs (3.7 kgs). So it's a spoonful.... (sorry, I couldn't resist that one).

Spoon Motorcycle

This unique piece of art can be bought; US$3499.99

Click here to read more about it, and to see more photos Open Etsy link in a new window
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Watching The Tour Yesterday, Made My Heart Cry

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Watching the first Alps stage of the famous Tour de France bicycle race on TV, just made me weep. Just look at those roads, and then imagine you are there, riding on your motorcycle. Heaven on earth. Motorcycle Bliss.

TdF 2015 Alps
© AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

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Riders, team cars and press motorcycles climb the harpins of Montvernier during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 186.5 kilometers (115.9 miles) with start in Gap and finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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Patents: Two Wheel Drive Motorcycle

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Special-Bikes
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Back in 2005, James Hollingsworth filed a patented, and got it granted, for a two wheel drive motorcycle. On paper, it looks much easier than the ill-fated Yamaha 2 wheel drive, which used hydraulics to power the front wheel.

Patent Two Wheel Drive
Coloring is done by me

In this patent, you can clearly see that the front wheel is driven by a chain, threaded through several pulleys.

Patent Two Wheel Drive
Coloring is done by me

Basically, it's an easy setup, something that would require little maintenance. It looks so close to a Rokon Open Rokon link in a new window, that you would wonder if the Rokon is using this patent, and if Hollingsworth works for Rokon?

Rokon 2 Wheel Drive

The only difference with the patent drawings and the Rokon is that the Rokon's rear wheel is driven by a belt not a chain. But for the rest it looks pretty identical.

What do you think? Is the patent a Rokon? And wouldn't you need to software control to ensure that when riding normally, that both wheels turn at the same rate?

Click here to read more about the 2 Wheel Drive patent, and see many more illustrations Open Click here to read more about the 2 Wheel Drive patent, and see many more illustrations link in a new window

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Sunday, March 6th, 2005 - A 2 of Everything Motorcycle

Drysdale 2x2x2 Motorcycle
Introducing the Drysdale 2 Wheel Drive and 2 Wheel Steering motorcycle !
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - Tarus - The Russian Incredible 2-Wheel Drive Motorcycle/ATV

Tarus
Tarus
The Russian Tarus is AMAZING as motorcycles go. 2 Wheel drive, weighs less than 50 kgs and packs an enormous surprise (you can see it in the attached video).

Amazing motorcycle/ATV.
Sunday, May 13th, 2012 - Patent: Electric Front Wheel Drive For Conventional Motorcycles

Electric Front Wheel Motorcycle Patent
Interesting patent that got filed October last year. The idea is nifty, but the application a bit iffy.

The patent is for an electric front wheel drive for a conventional, gas guzzling, motorcycle. We've seen several 2 wheel drive motorcycles, but all use hydraulics to power the front wheel. Making the front wheel electrically powered can be interesting, since it should save in cost and weight.

The electric front wheel drive would be coupled to a controller that works in sync with the rear drive and engine. The controller would regulate the speeds of both wheels, making sure one does not run faster, or slower, than the other.

Click on the headline to continue reading this story.......
Thursday, October 28th, 2004 - AWD Motorcycle Technology

Christini AWD Motorcycle
Christini All Wheel Drive technology for motorcycles, coming to a motorcycle close to you.







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