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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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What Motorcyclists Had To Do Before The Mobile Phone

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Remember the days before we had mobile phones? Nowadays if you want to make a phone call while riding your motorcycle, you stop, grab your mobile phone and make the call now matter where you are. Even better, if you have one of those Bluetooth communicatorsBluetooth communicator you can call while riding (although not recommended).

But this was the way we had to make calls before they invented the mobile phone.... things have changed.

Before Mobile Phone Era







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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Ad: Harley-Davidson, Trade In, Trade Up

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Harley-Davidson
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Harley-Davidson logo
I haven't been a great fan of Harley-Davidson Open link in a new window advertisements. They have been too much in my face, too weird and from a different culture. But this advertisement is one of the exceptions on the rule.

The Harley ad is simple but meaningful, the image is nicely done and the text simple. Clean and efficient. BTW, the ad is from the UK.

You trade in, to trade up, and the flow goes on. Nice.

What do you think? Like it?

Click for bigger version of Ad Harley Trade In Trade Up
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Via: Ads of the World




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Study: Electric Motorcycles To Grow To 55 Million By 2023

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Statistics Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Electric motorcycles and scooters are here to stay if you read the reports. Despite very high acquisition costs, a more limited-but-growing appeal, ePTW (electric Powered Two Wheelers) will start reaching sales numbers that will interest more and more manufacturers and bikers.

According to Navigant Research Open Navigant Research link in a new window, by the year 2023, a total of 55 million ePTW will have been sold (18.7 million will have been reached in 2018 - source Open source link in a new window). The number sounds astounding, but that is the cumulative number since 2014. According to the research company, annual electric motorcycle sales will go from 1.2 million in 2014 to 1.4 million in 2023, and annual electric scooter sales will jump from the 4.1 million in 2014 to 4.6 million in 2023.

In other words, the progression is not exactly spectacular. The company expects that this year, a total of 5.7 million ePTW will have been sold. But if you look around you, you will not notice that many electric bikes (apart from in my garage...). That is because 98% of the electric PTWs are to be found in China! Compare that with the North American market, where in 2012 only 4,000 units were sold, while 2018 will see this multiplied by a factor of 10: 36,000 units (source Open source link in a new window). It's still a very small drop in a very vast ocean. China is leading the market by far.

The reason China is dominating the market is that 1) the country is log jammed with heavy traffic, making it impossible to drive anywhere in a car 2) pollution is rampant 3) incentives to buy electric motorcycles and scooters are sufficient to warrant buying one.

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The two main factors reducing the chance that a biker will buy an electric motorcycle or scooter are 1) range and 2) price. But battery technology is increasing at a dramatic rate now that several mainstream manufacturers have decided to have at least one EV in their product range. With the likes of Harley-Davidson and BMW now offering, or looking at offering ePTW, prices will start lowering and the use of batteries will improve.

5 years ago, electric motorcycles offered an effective range in the two digits. Today, with the likes of Brammo and Zero, we are now capable of riding into triple digits, and charging the batteries has been reduced as well. In 5 years time, batteries will last much longer, and charge must faster.

Via: Navigant Research <-- Via: BusinessWire




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Is This The Ultimate Squid?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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What do you think? Is this the ultimate squid? Wheelie on a public street. No gear whatsoever? Phoning while riding?

Ultimate squid rider







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Monday, August 25th, 2014

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21 Photos Of Motorcycles Carrying Everything But The Sink - Part 6

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Lists Cargo
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Back to being amazed. This is part 6 of a series of photos of motorcycle and scooters carrying anything you can imagine (Click here for Part 5 Open link in a new window). These bikes are truly versatile, and can carry the craziest things you can image. Some of them are pretty cruel considering they are transporting live animals (just look at the first one), but that's life.

Here are 21 photos of motorcycle and scooters carry everything but the kitchen sink.

Motorcycle Carrying Cargo
Cow

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Continue Reading "21 Photos Of Motorcycles Carrying Everything But The Sink - Part 6" »






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Idea: A See-Through Motorcycle Helmet

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Helmets Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is a nice idea and design, though not something that I can see approved by the likes of DOT and EC homologation & certifications organizations; But if you have a "designer" biker, what better than a designer motorcycle helmet? It looks good, and it's supposed to be safer.

C Through helmet

The design is called C-Through, and consists of an enlarged visor that is fitted to rubber bands on the helmet, preventing rain from entering. It's a bit simplified as descriptions go, but bare with me.

C Through helmet

The rear gives an improved airflow, so not only will your head be cool, but you visor shouldn't fog up. The rear "visor" opens, allowing for a proper air flow.

The visor is far bigger than normal helmets, thereby giving a bigger field of vision.

C Through helmet

If I read it right, you can change colors but removing parts of modules of the helmet:

C Through helmet

The helmet was a design project of the Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. The designers were Yolegmma Marquez, Patricio Corvalan, Kunzhao Wu, and Ratchanon Keawmanee.

It looks like an interesting idea, especially when you look at the video below. The video gives a better explanation of the concept.

Click here to read more about the C-Through motorcycle helmet Open Click here to read more about the C-Through motorcycle helmet link in a new window



Via: Coroflot <-- Yanko Design




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Video: First Ever Gyrocam On A Stunt Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Video Feeds Gadgets
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Onboard video cameras have been with us since they've invented videos and motorcycle racing .. a long time. But in recent year, when you watch MotoGP, some of the riders would have a Gyrocam onboard. Gyrocams stay straight, so when the motorcycle leans into a curve you can really see the lean angle. Gyrocams bring much better views of the motorcycle in a race, and of its rider.

That's what Hungarian stunt ride Palatinus Attila Open Palatinus Attila link in a new window thought. He mounted one of these funky cameras on his stunt bike, and video taped himself doing all sorts of crazy stunts.

Palatinus Attila GyroCam Video

He changed angles a few times so in his video, you can see how tough stunt motorcycling really is. So have a look at the video below, and enjoy the show.



Click here to access Palatinus Attila's facebook page Open Click here to access Palatinus Attila's facebook page link in a new window

Via: Oliepeil




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