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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Colombia: You Think This Is Safe Motorcycle Riding?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Cargo
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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<SARCASM ON>Do you think this is safe? <SARCASM OFF> Really? Overcrowded, overloaded, no ATGATTAll The Gear, All The Time - meaning you always wear all your safety gear.. The only thing I am always amazed at are the motorcycles themselves. They seem to take any punishment, any weight, any stress and keep on riding.

I guess a family that rides together, sticks together..

Safe ATGATT Riding Mexico
© AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

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A family rides together on a motorbike in Aracataca, the hometown of the late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez along Colombia's Caribbean coast on Friday, April 18, 2014. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday in Mexico City. Although the author evoked his homeland's beauty in his novels and visited frequently, he never again resided there permanently, instead spending his time in Europe and Mexico City, where his cremated remains will be displayed at a memorial service Monday. AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan


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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Never Enough Pockets When Riding: Givi EA109

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Givi logo
I find that often I just don't have enough pockets or storage space on me when riding my motorcycle. So many things to carry, so little pockets. And on top of that, often you have difficulties reaching into those pockets to find whatever you need at that moment.

Arriving at a toll booth, trying to find that credit card or coins to feed the hungry toll booth.... I don't know about you, but it always causes me problems.

But maybe not if you use Givi's small little bag. It's not a backpack, or a fanny bag, but it's a leg bag. The Givi Open link in a new window EA109, what an interesting concept.

Givi EA109

You tie the bag using the special straps on your thigh. So when you are sitting on your motorcycle, you can easily reach into the pockets to remove whatever you are looking for.

The Givi EA109 has an outside and inside pocket. Its big enough to store your wallet, mobile phone, credit cards, coins, etc. The EA109 is made out of reflective material, so that you are more visible at night.

Givi EA109

It'll cost you around €20 or UK£17 in the UK.

Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 Open Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 link in a new window

Via: Motorcycle Thailand




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France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D’Or 2014

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Travel Racing
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Bol Dor 2014
Relais Motards Calmos logo
The usual Relais Motards Calmos, motorcycle rest places (for those of you who need to ride long distance, and need a place to calm down, tank up, re-energize or just meet up with fellow bikers), will be present before and after the Bol d'Or Open link in a new window motorcycle 24 hours endurance race held at the Magny-Cours Nevers Click for map circuit.. (see the related articles below to see what a Relais Calmos looks like). Remember, it is the last time the race is held here, from next year, it'll be at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South.

Some rest stops offer food, drinks, mechanics, massage or even sleeping arrangements. This service is offered, mostly for free, by the French Government and the FFMCFederation Francaise des Motards en Colere - Angry French Biker Association, an association of bikers fighting for the rights of motorcycle riders. The rest stops are usually very well indicated on the roads leading to the rest stop. Keep a look out for signs saying "Relais Calmos".

Here are the 10 (there are 9, but the last ones are in a different place, one for going, the other for the return trip) motorcycle rest stops (called Relais Calmos Motards) for the Bol D'Or race held on the weekend of 26-27 April 2014.

NOTE
: The number before the "/" in the title is the Department number (province number). Click on the blue globe for a zoomable map. Some of the locations are approximate!

NOTE2:
In the general map, clicking on a red marker will give you the same information about the Relais Calmos.

WARNING
: There will be a lot of Police speed radars installed along the major roads there. Sunday, the mobile Police force will be out in massive numbers, so watch your speed!

Continue Reading "France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D'Or 2014" »

Via: FFMC




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USA: Not A Single Motorcycle Cop In L.A. - All Gone To Funeral

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Uniformed
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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From this photo, it would seem that there is not a single motorcycle cop patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Woow, what a turn out. Of course it is never good to lose one of your own, especially not under the circumstances the police officer died.

LA Police Officer Funeral
© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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A procession of motorcycle officers leads the hearse carry the coffin of Los Angeles Police Dept. motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo after a funeral service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. Hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers turned out to mourn 51-year-old officer, who who died after he struck by a motorist allegedly under the influence of cocaine on April 5. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes


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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Ad: Bangalore Safety Campaign - INCREDIBLY GOOD

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Safety Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Okay folks, here is a safety campaign you could look at, just for the incredible great idea, and also the amazing statistics. The safety campaign is from the Bangalore, India police.

The video below introduces their idea with some amazing statistics. Like did you know that there are 139 MILLION motorcycles in India. 3.2 MILLION in the city of Bangalore alone. Those are staggering numbers. The negative number is staggering as well: 90 deadly motorcycle accidents PER DAY!.

And the problem is that many bikers in India don't use a helmet, and as we all know, helmets do save lives. So they have come up with a novel idea, explained in the video.

Bangalore Safety Campaign Helmets

The even have a dedicate web site called The Good Road Open The Good Road link in a new window. The idea in brief is simple. Put some electronics inside the helmet and the motorcycle. If you don't have the helmet on (trigger switch inside the helmet), the bike will not start. Simple. Efficient. But it requires the participation of the riders, but if it's common place, everyone could do it. But will it work?

Here's the video:



Click here to access The Good Road Open Thegoodroad link in a new window.

Via: Ads of the World




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Planning or Dreaming Of Adventure? - HUBB 2014 Is For You

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned adventure motorcycle rider, and RTWRound The World rider, or someone who is planning an epic ride into the unknown (and I don't mean to a Starbucks in the next city) or if you are just someone who is dreaming of one day riding your motorcycle (or 4x4 car or bicycle) into the unknown, the yearly HUBB event from Horizons Unlimited is for you.

Hubbuk logo 2014

Horizons Unlimited Open Horizons Unlimited link in a new window is the site/organization that is there to help world travellers exchange information and hook up members with each other. All great world travellers/adventure riders are member of this organization, as inescapable as fuel in your motorcycle. This is the palce where you will find the information you need for the ride you are planning.

HUBBUK Open HUBBUK link in a new window (HUBB stands for Horizons Unlimited Bulleting Board -it's a discussion forum) has become an annual gathering of adventure veterans, rookies, newbies and dreamers. People come from all over the world, not just the UK or Europe. It is a truly international event. They gather at this massive 4 day event in the UK, listen to lectures by people who have actually done the trips, eat, drink and dance to the live music.

Hubbuk2013 meeting

With the workshops, you'll learn a lot if you haven't gone riding into adventure land - things like how to change a tire on your motorcycle with a minimum of equipment, passing through customs in "difficult" countries, eating wild animals, etc...

The grounds offer not only free camping, but there is also a hotel for those that don't really want to rough it.

The event is going to be held between Thursday 19th June and Sunday 22nd of June.
The venue: Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel Click for map (very close to the Donington race circuit)
Price: varies who long you want to stay and when you book (4 or 2 day passes, booked before June 12th cost UK£65 and UK£40 respectively)

Needless to say that this is a very popular event. You will see many of the people I have been writing about. And if you're still not convinced, have a look at the video below:

Click here to read more about this HUBB Event Open Horizonsunlimited link in a new window (or to reserve your place).
Click here to access the Horizons Unlimited web site Open Click here to access the Horizons Unlimited web site link in a new window








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Ireland: €1000 Fine For SMS/Texting While Driving

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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At least in Ireland they aren't stuck on repression for speeding, like they are here in France. In France it's all about catching speeders, be it in a car or on a motorcycle. Thousands of radars have been deployed, and more are on the way.

But in Ireland they are now attacking one of the mortal dangers of a biker; texting while driving. Car drivers who text while driving are lethal for motorcycles (and obviously for other road users). 1 out of 5 accidents are caused because the driver was distracted, usually because of SMS messages. And the new technology has not made things safer, with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To battle this "evil", starting next month anyone caught texting while behind the wheel will be fined €1000.

Texting and Talking Texas

If the person gets caught a second time texting, the fine doubles - €2000. If in a one year period the person is caught a third time, they can spend up to 3 months in jail.

Now that is being tough on texting & driving.

Via: L'Equipement




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