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Monday, April 27th, 2015

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12 Photos of Totally Destroyed, Bombed or Burned Motorcycles - Part 10

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Lists
Author: Mike Werner
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Here we go again. Part 10 of our series "How cruel mankind can be towards poor harmless motorcycles". What has a motorcycle ever done to you to deserve to be mangled, blown up, set on fire or just totally destroyed.

12 photos of horribly mangled motorcycles, some of them you just can not recognize as being once upon a time a noble motorcycle.

Sniff...


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Blown Up Motorcycle Afghanistan
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A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.


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Blown up motorcycle Chad
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Chadian children walk past charred motorcycles in the Lake Chad shore village of N'Gouboua Thursday March 5, 2015. Boko Haram militants arrived in N’gouboua before dawn on Feb. 13, marking the first attack of its kind on Chad. By the time the scorched-earth attack ended, they had burned scores of mud-brick houses by torching them with gasoline and had killed at least eight civilians and two security officers. Some 3,400 Nigerian refugees had been living in the village at the time of the attack, and all have since been relocated further inland. (AP Photo / Jerome Delay)

Blown up motorcycle Chad
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Chadian children walk past charred motorcycles in the Lake Chad shore village of N'Gouboua Thursday March 5, 2015. Boko Haram militants arrived in N’gouboua before dawn on Feb. 13, marking the first attack of its kind on Chad. By the time the scorched-earth attack ended, they had burned scores of mud-brick houses by torching them with gasoline and had killed at least eight civilians and two security officers. Some 3,400 Nigerian refugees had been living in the village at the time of the attack, and all have since been relocated further inland. (AP Photo / Jerome Delay)


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Blown up motorcycle Japan
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In this Friday, March 6, 2015 photo, a damaged motorcycle is left on the side of a road in the Tsunami damaged area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)


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Blown up motorcycle Lebanon
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Syrian children sit on a damaged motorcycle at a former refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with jihadists in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, in August 2014 (AFP Photo/)


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Blown Up Motorcycle Nepal
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A burning motorcycle lies on a road after protesters set it on fire during a general strike in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. The general strike was called by various opposition parties, including the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (maoist), to demand the draft of the new constitution is done on time through consensus. The new assembly was elected to write a constitution after the abolition of the 240-year-old feudal monarchy that the Maoists fought against. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Blown Up Motorcycle Nepal
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Protesters set a motorcycle alight during a nationwide strike, organised by the opposition alliance led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to demand the new constitution be drafted with the consensus of all political parties, in Kathmandu April 7, 2015. Almost a decade has passed since the end of a civil war that pitted Maoist guerillas against the state and killed more than 17,000 people. Nepal's political parties have repeatedly missed deadlines to write the new republic's first constitution. At the heart of the dispute is disagreement over creating new provinces based on ethnicity, a move backed by the former rebels. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar


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Blown Up Motorcycle Pakistan
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People and security officials gather at the site of a bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 20, 2015. A bomb planted on a motorcycle outside a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's largest city on Friday killed a few people and wounded several, police said, in the latest attack on a religious site in the country. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)


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Blown up motorcycle Nigeria
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A burnt motorcycle is seen after Chadian forces took control from Boko Haram insurgents in Dikwa March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Madjiasra Nako

Blown up motorcycle Nigeria
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Destroyed motorcycle litter the city of Damasak, Nigeria, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Damasak was flushed of Boko Haram militants last week, and is now controlled by a joint Chadian and Nigerien force. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)


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Blown Up Motorcycle Thailand
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Police and forensic experts inspect the site of a motorcycle bomb attack in the troubled southern province of Narathiwat March 8, 2015. Six civilians and three rangers were injured as a motorcycle bomb exploded near a train station in Narathiwat, police said. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom


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Blown Up Motorcycle Ukraine
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A damaged motorbike is seen near a collapsed overpass in the Oktyabrsky district, close to Donetsk's international airport, on March 14, 2015 in Ukraine (AFP Photo/John MacDougall)







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Review: 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 - The High-speed Train According to MV Agusta

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review MV Agusta
Author: Jean-Francois Robert
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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The 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 test report was originally published in French on the Le Repaire des Motards.com Open lerepairedesmotards link in a new window web site.

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The High-speed Train According to MV Agusta

A motorcycle totally redesigned for tourism, with real panniers.


MV Agusta continues to expand its range and now offers motorcycles more suited for tourism and long distance riding. More successful than the Stradale, the Turismo Veloce sees further. We discovered it in the PACA region (ed: Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur - South of France region) and it was a pleasant surprise.




Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Presentation

Esthetically speaking, one identifies a MV Agusta at first glance, even if its proportions are somewhat different for other Italian sportsbikes. Windshield higher, long-travel suspension and a pair of panniers, large enough to accommodate a full face helmet, each have an unusual presence. But the DNA is there, with a front light housing (LED) with forms so characteristic of African masks, a superb rear swingarm, solid inverted fork with radial Brembo brakes and of course the three cylinders and low quadrangular outputs. It is an MV that is in front of us and every detail confirms it, precisely because at MV, the details are not ... Everything is neat, drawn, designed and built with care. Bad tastes are rare and laying your eyes on the bike is a joy, as everything was done to make it beautiful. Her signature lighting is superb, especially the hazard lights. The LEDs turn signals are also very successful. Even the license plate holder is beautiful!

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

For MV, the goal of this model is to open the brand to a wider market than sportsbikes, to reach a wider and different clientele. The stakes are high because it is in this diversification that rests the future of the manufacturer, which needs a greater distribution to cushion the heavy investment in recent years. Now supported by Mercedes AMG with a 25% stake, MV Agusta sees big and mostly further.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

In The Saddle

Perched at a height of 850 mm the saddle is rather high for the category, but as its front is narrow, a rider of less than 1.70 m can easily to put both tips of the feet on the ground.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

As soon as we straighten the bike, we perceive that the bike is light, despite the 22 liters of fuel on board. MV announces 191 kg dry, which would make about 210 kg with full fuel, if they do not cheat. It is the weight of a MT 09, of a single cylinder and a similar size. In the category, there has been much heavier and more difficult to straighten. Once in the saddle, we discover a 5 inches TFT dash, beautifully designed, capable of providing a wealth of information. It's a little problem because there is much info and and it is written small. Not necessarily easy to read everything when rolling. However the setting menus are pretty friendly and customizable while riding. We have already noted elsewhere the many possibilities of the MV electronics, so we will not detail these. Be aware that in addition to these functions, the dashboard has a gauge, announced as precise, two trips, plus another that indicates the distance from the start and the average speed. Outside temperature, engine temperature, time, are also indicated continously, but there are no indications concerning consumption.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

The mirrors are well placed and "mirror good." Let's go?

In The City

The flexibility of the reworked engine does wonders. We can move in slow motion on almost any gear! Knowing that he can take 11,700 rpm, it makes a tremendous range. In addition it has a really nice sound those three cylinders. But this idyllic picture is marred by the clutch, for lack of an adequate supplier. MV is also in the process of replacing it. Too much play in the bell, generates unpleasant vibrations and unorthodox noise, idling in neutral and engage up to 2500 rpm. Slipping is also difficult to control and the hydraulic control is a little hard. In short the clutch blurs the picture while all is well otherwise. Too bad, certainly, but temporary, since the new parts eliminate this little hassle. The first gear would have earned to be a bit shorter for easier starting, especially on hills and with pillion, but here we quibble.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Advantage of the low output, the panniers have a large volume (30 liters each), but not too broad, especially less wide than the handlebars. It facilitates lane-splitting behavior and it can prevent a dip into the harbor of the island of Re (Ed: small island on the West coast of France), for example ... The overall width of the bike is 900 mm, which is 80 less than a Multistrada. This matters in urban use. Last but not least, the bike shows an excellent balance that promotes operating at very low speed without setting foot on the ground. It's damn nice to sneak away or to advance slowly until a traffic light turns green. So positive balance for this first round.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

On Secondary Roads

Here, the Turismo Veloce reveals its agility. We already told you about the low weight and size. Added to this a short wheelbase and heartfelt geometry that makes it an easy and fun bike to ride. She sways naturally, following the path without asking his rider for any of effort. The very natural riding position is relaxed. The engine is itself enchanting, much more than the Stradale, which is in fact only a Rivale with a different mapping. The flexibility and availability of the Turismo Veloce is incomparable. It is rounder, fuller, more flavorful and always with a huge usage range. Successful and an enchanting sound, because it rarely drops below 2500 rpm, in the noise zone mentioned above. It also takes full advantage of the shifter that works both upward and downward. This prevents using the clutch, but regrettably a rather strong selection of the gear ratios. Our test lasted only 220 km, we tested different mapping modes, but without much conviction, we acknowledge it. The response of the throttle has greatly increased compared to the first 675 F3, we forego quite easily this accessory. Traction control set to 4/8 is hardly intrusive ... nor really effective at this stage, because the engine torque allowed us beautiful slides on the markings painted on the road. But as it is adjustable, we will not say anything, you probably can set it stronger. A second round, rather glowing again so ...

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Dual Carriage Ways

Gradually, as the speed increases, we find a perfectible protection. Certainly the windshield is heightened manually over 60 mm height, and with one hand, provided you do not have a GPS. If present, it is possible, but more difficult. Despite this, the upper body, head and shoulders, did not seem better protected to us. Because we lacked of a long ride on the motorway we will say no more, but there are more effective in the category. The shapes and the smoothness of the beautiful Turismo Veloce affects it limits. A higher and wider windshield option for big guys is under study, which confirms our assertion. The engine is still as enchanting. At 130 he gently rotates at 6100 rpm and only asks to climb towards the red zone. We have only done a small bit at nearly 190 kph, but the stability seemed imperial and the engine still showed some nice resources to go further. 110 horsepower is plenty, especially when they are available as these. A third round penalized by a perfectible protection, but the Turismo Veloce is doing pretty well for a beginner. Nothing to do with her cousin the Stradale who wants to sing but does not know the song when it comes to travel. The confession of an engineer of the brand, the Stradale is only a "short commuter" that is to say, designed for short distances. The Turismo Veloce really sees further!

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Brakes

Here we says "hot stuff", the beautiful, the good, the clean, that bites well and strong, with teeth, power and a discrete ABS, but that is not configured to act in the curves. Pity. The rear is effective and measurable. It borders on a without fail!

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Comfort

Ouch, here is a little disappointment because at the end of the day, the saddle felt a bit hard. It was time to go back after 220 km, the pain began to settle in. Small sized bikers can move, the bigger ones lack the space to relieve their buttocks. A comfort saddle should come to the options catalog. We bet it leans less forward, because in the long run it's annoying. But the behavior of the suspensions was more problematic. Poorly damped with springs probably too hard and therefore not prestressed to limit the damage, they had an operation at the very least improvable. Unfortunately neither we nor the staff have been allowed to touch it. Too bad, because the fork is adjustable in compression and rebound damping and rebound ... There was without doubt a way to do much better in a few clicks. I bet that the manufacturer will hear our unanimous critics and adopt a basic setting more appropriate. Otherwise, you will have to look yourself, with a little doubt about the quality of the Sachs shock, or opt for the Lusso version and its configurable semi adaptive suspensions at will, which will arrive in late June for a fee of €1,800.

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800


Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Practical Aspects

Again, the Turismo Veloce scores points. In addition to its optional large panniers which are opened with one hand with the same key as the contact, there are two tiny pockets in the front. Hardly enough to put a highway ticket and some coins. Therefore anecdotal. However, we has 2 USB ports, a Garmin Zumo 390 GPS and two optional 12V 2 amp cigarette lighter on the side. Enough to connect heated clothing for example? Heated grips are optional and hands protectors are standard, as is cruise control.

But it is mostly on maintenance the Turismo Veloce surged forward. Oil change every 15,000 km instead of 6 000. Valves check and replacing the spark plugs every 30,000 km (12,000 previously). Finally, the new engine, revised at the level of the combustion chambers shows an appetite down 20% compared to the Stradale. With 22 liters in the tank, it should have a beautiful range! Finally be aware that in addition to the basic version, sold €15,990, MV offers an "Edition 1" at the launch. For €940 more. It is equipped with panniers, a center stand, heated grips and GPS! There will, however, be only 35 available throughout France, one for each dealer. At the same time, you know that there is currently 35 dealers and MV intends to develop its network faster, but mostly good!

Review 2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Conclusion

Well done! Played well as our English friends say. If this first attempt is not yet fully a masterstroke, the Turismo Veloce undeniably shows excellent potential and opens new horizons for MV Agusta. It is definitely much more successful and traveler than the Stradale. His small defects will be corrected quickly and we can now travel far and fast behind his handlebars, taking advantage of his agility while enjoying his lines and his engine that evokes that of the MT 09 by his great qualities, despite 50 cm3 less . Certainly the selling price, €15,990, is high, but it is that of an exceptional motorcycle ... just a MV!

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  • Design
  • Finish
  • Character and engine noise
  • Braking
  • Light Agility
  • Perfectible clutch
  • Suspensions poorly adjusted or to be reviewed
  • Hardness of the saddle on the long trips


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Even Superheros Need To Get Around On A Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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You may be able to fly to other planets, jump over skyscrapers in one jump, climb tall building with your hands, but to get around town, you need a motorcycle. Even superheros....

Super Heroes On Motorcycle
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Participants wearing superhero costumes arrive on a motorbike for the World DC Comics Super Heroes event in San Martin de Valdeiglesias, near Madrid, April 18, 2015. To celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the very first Superman story, DC Comics are asking fans to help set a new world record for the largest global gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes. REUTERS/Andrea Comas


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Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 24 April 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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With a lot of travelling and when at home, lots of work being done on our new home, I barely have time to look at the motorcycle, let alone ride it. It looks so lonely out there in the garage, and that while the riding weather is near perfect. But sitting in trains, planes and automobiles gives me the chance to catch up on my reading. Here are a few interesting articles that you may have missed over the last week.




Enjoy

10 Must Have Motorcycle Accessories Open link in a new window
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Date: 20APR
Summary: What are the accessories you can not live without on your motorcycle?


2015 Argentina MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Rossi Vs Marquez, And Why You Shouldn't Believe The Pundits Open link in a new window
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Date: 20APR
Summary: A look at the last and incredible MotoGP race by the eminent race expert David Emmett.


Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip jacket review Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22APR
Summary: Overland Magazine review the Tucano Urbano Giacca Trip jacket.


Would Warren Buffett Consider Acquiring Harley Davidson Open link in a new window
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Date: 22APR
Summary: Why it would make sense (and dollars too) for Warren Buffett to buy Harley-Davidson.


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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - Patent: Not A Bad Idea - LCD Panel On Motorcycle Handlebar

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A Chinese patent that has some merit; the inventor is calling for one (or more) LCD panels placed on the handlebar of a motorcycle, at the grip level. This way you can show some vital information without cluttering the dash.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Review: 2015 Honda CB 125 - The Queen of the City

Review 2015 Honda CB 125
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A detailed translated review from a top French web site of the 2015 Honda CB 125 - The Queen of the City
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - The New Mash Cafe Racers - Old But New

Mash Cafe Racer 250
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Chinese/French motorcycle maker Mash make some interesting retro-looking motorcycles. Another one of their latest are two Cafe Racers; 125 and 250. Nice looking and very affordable.
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - French National Police - Results Of Airbag Vest For Motorcycle Cops

French National Police Airbag Vests
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The French motorcycle police undergoes a gruelling and very difficult training. The National Police training center has adopted airbag vests for the trainees, and since they have had them, they have not had any serious injuries. On average, one airbag vest gets deployed EVERY DAY!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Review: 2015 Yamaha R3 - Double Game

Review 2015 Yamaha R3
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A detailed and translated review from a top French web site of the 2015 Yamaha R3 - Double Game







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French National Police - Results Of Airbag Vest For Motorcycle Cops

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Uniformed Safety
Author: Mike Werner
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The French Law Enforcement is divided into different groups, with at the top of the pecking order the famous Gendarmerie, followed by the National Police, then the Municipal Police and finally the Rural Police. All use motorcycles to a certain degree, and all require their officers to be trained in the usage of the noble PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcycles, scooters, mopeds (see related articles below).

French National Police Airbag Vests
The National Police train their candidate officers for 15 weeks, and even cops who have been accepted for the National Police Motorcycle Squads need to undergo recurring training.

And it's at these training that the students often crash, since during the exercises they are taken to the limit. It's a bit like watching the Free Practices at the MotoGP. Each racer takes their bike to the very limit so they understand how fast they can really go into a certain corner. It's the same with the police training. The trainees need to know what the absolute limits of the bike are. And as in MotoGP, the police trainees are equipped with airbag vests.

The National Police deemed that their students were hurting themselves too often and decided to protect them better. To do this, they equip each trainee with an airbag vest (from Helite). They opted not to use the electronic airbag vests, since the ones they use are mechanical. The reason for the mechanical is purely for logistical reasons (and probably also cost reasons). The training center has on average one airbag vest deployment PER DAY. And with wireless controlled airbag vests, once it has deployed, it needs to be sent back to the manufacturer.

Helite Airnest Turtle

Since they started using of the airbag vests, no injuries to thorax, trunk or abdomen have been recorded, nor have they had any broken collarbones, which used to be the most frequent and common injury.

So it looks like the airbags are paying off for the national cops. Hopefully these things will start dropping in price and become more common.

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Thursday, July 28th, 2005 - The French Motorcycle Gendarme - Their Training

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A look at the French Gendarme motorcycle training.
Monday, December 8th, 2008 - Video: French Motorcycle Police/Gendarme Gruelling Training

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I've written already about the grueling training the French motorcycle Police (Gendarme) have to undergo before they are let loose on the streets of France.

Between 5 and 8 months of training. Now you can see how intense their training is. Here's the video of the training, condensed into 4 minutes...
Friday, May 6th, 2011 - Dainese Equipping Italian Police With Air Bag Vest For Giro

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Dainese is equipping 15 police officers of the Italian police with a new airbag vest, the yet not available D-air Street.

The 15 cops will be using the new protective vests when escorting the famous bicycle race, the Giro.


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Not Much Use On A Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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That serves very little purpose on a motorcycle, does it? As decoration, or for electric motorcycles - maybe. But it is funny.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Review: 2015 Yamaha R3 - Double Game

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Product Review Yamaha
Author: Gwendal Salaun
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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The 2015 Yamaha R3 test report was originally published in French on the Le Repaire des Motards.com Open lerepairedesmotards link in a new window web site.

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Double Game

Long heralded, the Yamaha YZF-R3 finally comes out of the wood and complements the sportsbike range of the Japanese manufacturer, midway between the YZF-R125 and R6. A nice little bike, accessible with the A2 license, which literally seduced us with its simplicity and efficiency!

It was in Spain, on the road and circuit, we have become acquainted with this new mid-size sportsbike, the designated rival of the KTM RC390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300, but also the Honda CBR500R, currently just a bit more expensive (300 €) . This in the absence of a hypothetical CBR300R that could, as in other European countries, replace the late CBR250R. Made in Indonesia, the R3 is not sold cheaply, and may even appear expensive compared to other A2-licensed models from the same manufacturer, such as the Roadster 689 cc MT-07, sold €5,999 without ABS. In fact, it is the entire category of mid-size sportsbikes that can appear somewhat overvalued in the less wealthy customers eyes, let alone young riders.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Discovery

Descendant of a long line of Yamaha sportsbikes, the R3 had to take advantage of this relationship aesthetically, if only to be naturally part of the existing range. It therefore incorporates the aesthetic codes of the YZF-R family, with a beautiful sharp front dual optic headlight separated by an air intake and topped with a LED DRL, harmonious and prominent lines fairing, a long fuel tank and narrow, thin and raised rear, beautiful multi-line alloy wheels and lowered silencer.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

The level of equipment is very correct, but without excess. For the price, we would indeed like to benefit, as is the case for the YZF-R125, of a beautiful inverted fork (here a conventional telescopic 41 mm KYB fork) and a radial caliper brake (here a conventional one). Same observation at the level of the frame, tubular steel diamond-like rather than Deltabox, combined with a long swingarm, also steel and a monocross type suspension with adjustable shock preload. ABS is fortunately included as standard on this model, but it is not disconnectable.

On the engine side, Yamaha introduces a new in-line twin with 321 cm3 and a power of 42 hp at 10,750 rpm for 29.6 Nm of torque at 9000 rpm. An engine with double overhead camshaft (direct drive) and 4-valve cylinder heads, which also features hardened rods, forged aluminum pistons (lighter) and aluminum DiASil cylinder with a high silicone content (20%). These cylinders are slightly offset (7 mm) to reduce the friction and the oil consumption. The crankshaft, single balancer, for its part positioned at 180 ° to minimize pumping losses and increase performance.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

In The Saddle

Easy access, with its 780 mm seat height, the R3 engages very quickly. The general size is fairly compact, with a content weight of 169 kg in running order (20 kg less than R6) and a relatively low center of gravity. The controls fall naturally in hand, but the brake and clutch levers are not adjustable in spacing.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

The high placed half-handlebars show, if necessary, the mixed sport / touring positioning of this Yamaha R3, like the saddle, which is lightly padded and the footrests a little remote that induces a relatively tilted-to-the-front riding position. If the apparent quality of the first (surface treatment) may seem a bit tight, the footrests and footrest plates, however, are of good quality, significantly improving the perceived quality of the whole.

The on-board instrumentation is compact and well designed with a large analog tachometer and a digital dial displaying lots of useful information (fuel gauge and water temperature, clock, gear indicator, tachometer, odometer and day trips, remaining range and average and instantaneous fuel consumption). An adjustable shift light is even provided, like on the the top sportsbikes.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

The rearview mirrors offers a convenient rearview and are easy to adjust, both in gap as in tilt. Carrying a pillion is of course possible, but the curved jump seat and the high position of the pillion footrest certainly does not fit all, especially as only a single saddle strap can be found to be maintain position. Note that a (very) small storage space is arranged under arrangement. The 14-liter tank for its part has a nice aircraft type cap hinge, which opens as usual with the ignition key. A headlight trigger is also available at the left index finger.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

In The City

Contact, starter, the Yamaha twin cylinder snorts with a discreet sound. Some light throttle openings are not enough to make him express his character, but turning the throttle more frankly open makes the melody much more gaudy and promising. Obviously, it's in the higher revs that it happens ... First gear, smooth takeoff behind our opener and off we went for a photo shoot in the city, followed by a ride of about 50 km in the direction of the hills and the Calafat circuit for a track session.

From the outset, the R3 is stable, neutral and homogeneous, very easy to navigate with a front well posed and providing good feedback to the handlebars. The riding position is more comfortable, with not too bent legs and very pronounced support on the wrists. The clutch is smooth and very gradual, gear changes stacked with rigor and precision, even without systematic use of the clutch.

The balanced weight distribution (50/50) and 25° angle column give the R3 good handling and excellent agility, but without sharpness. In town, you can enjoy a correct steering angle (34° each side) to get out without much effort of traffic and make a U-turn quickly if necessary.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

The Yamaha twin cylinder cruises readily, accepting a light throttle in sub-revs, from 1500 rpm in 4th, passed in 2000 rpm on all other gears, even in the 6th "overdrive" gear. It's good to move smoothly and quietly into the urban context, but not as well to get an acceleration or effective recovery. Like many "small" displacements bikes, the R3 requires a high engine speed to come out like a torpedo.

By staying longer in gear, the engine sound changes dramatically and we begin to see the sporting potential of the Yamaha twin. Linear but very deliberate in its ramp-up, he cheerfully climbs the revs to the ends of the tachometer's red zone and establishes himself between 12 500 and 13 500 rpm. Nice but not in town ... where we quickly adopt a wiser pace.

On The Motorways

Out of the urban context, we can finally push a little more forward our investigations and gear ratios. On the motorway, the R3 demonstrated a good stability at high speeds, his windshield and side panels provide the rider with an admittedly insufficient protection, not negligible. Suspensions assure their job properly, effectively absorbing the biggest shocks contributing to the driveability in this context. The R3 confirms here its versatility, demonstrating that it is able to swallow without too much discomfort average suburban trips on freeways and highways.

At a steady speed, here 120 kph maximum, the twin Yamaha distills however insidious vibrations at the handles and footrests. The needle of the rev counter moves between 7000 to 9000 rpm depending on the selected gear, 6th overdrive mostly, 5th when it comes to getting a more effective stimulus to handle overtaking. On the famous German highways, not limited in speed, colleagues would have reached 187 kph in 6th to over 12,000 rpm, which seems more than plausible.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

On Secondary Roads

By taking the tiny winding roads of the hinterland, the R3 seduces by its homogeneity and as intuitive as reassuring behavior. Easy and accurate in the sharp curves, it does not require significant effort to move quickly from one corner to the other and easily accept a rate of sporty riding.

Pushed to the max, the Yamaha twin comes out of this exercise with honors, present at the slightest touch of the accelerator, as the needle of the rev counter moves above 7000 rpm. The first gear of the short gearbox contributes favorably, with a second screaming in the curves and a third upset when a long straight stretch comes up. No time to be idle on these performances...

Still forcing the pace, the heading accuracy is good, but you start to feel the work of the frame when under a constraint or when you put too much stress on the handlebars during a sharp angle change. Fortunately the suspension works well and allows the R3 to keep a precise handling and good traction when opening the throttle again. The ground clearance is excellent, especially since the Yamaha technicians selected to remove the pins from our footrest.

Despite some suspicion in the first kilometers, we must recognize that the choice of the Michelin Pilot Street tires as original equipment is not incongruous. These tires, which would according to Michelin increase longevity by 30% compared to competitive models (Bridgestone Baltlax BT90, Pirelli Sport Demon ...), have indeed responded rather well to our repeated assaults and residual moisture on crossings at an angle. They of course had some small loss of grip here and there, but never suddenly nor without warning.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Comfort

Halfway between a road and sportsbike, the R3 hopes to offer the best possible compromise between these two worlds. The result is pretty good on the rider's side, with a driving position that is not too restrictive, the handlebars at the right height, comfortable suspensions of good quality and a relatively comfortable seat due to a well-padded saddle. The pillion will be less satisfied however with its narrow and curved seat, or its perched high footrests and the few proposed retention possibilities.

Circuit

Arrived at the Calafat circuit (3250m track), we put on our leather for two sessions of twenty minutes at the handlebars of our standard R3. We thought we could try the Cup version, with an Akrapovic racing line and various accessories, but it was not present on site. It will be sold to the participants of the European R3 Cup, the 7 events will take place very soon in France, from May to September, 2015.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

After two reconnaissance laps of the circuit at a moderate pace, the mutts are released, some more voracious and eager than others, more cautious by nature. The pace increases from turn to turn, the grip limit of the Michelin Pilot Street tires becomes easier to identify, obvious to some ... However, these road tires profile are nonetheless effective in this context and accept generous angle taking without lifting too suddenly when flirting with the limit. Frankly, it does it well and there is much to have fun without hurting yourself on the circuit.

Manfully balanced from one angle to another in the curve sequences, the R3 calmly undergoes our insults. Barely hardened in preload of the shock absorber, it retains a good discipline in the sequences and the angle. The bike's frame limits are discernible but you simply adopt a more easy-going riding style to stay in the rhythm and not cause a fault. The space devoted to the rider allows to quickly change the riding position in terms of the track, wiggling and on the front in the curve, and lying down hard on the fuel tank on long stretches in search for speed.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Brakes

Provided at the front with a 298 mm floating disc with 2-piston caliper and at the rear, a 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper, the R3 may seem to some slightly under equipped and missing some teeth. Yet we must recognize that this configuration has proven to be effective enough in this review, even on the circuit.

The front brake indeed presents a good feeling at the lever and delivers a convincing power when pulling the lever frankly without much accidental triggering of the ABS. The power actually happens gradually, proportional to the pressure exerted on the lever.

The rear brake pedal is as often is the case, difficult to dose, with an earlier intervention of the ABS if you press too hard, but you quickly get used to it, which helps to balance the braking when seeking optimum efficiency.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Fuel Consumption

As often in these short tests, we can only rely on the average consumption indicator to assess the consumption of the Yamaha YZF-R3. This indicates an average of 4.7 liters / 100 km at the end of our road test, we can estimate the autonomy of the R3 to nearly 298 km, reserve included. A fairly reasonable consumption, which is accompanied by a handy automatic chain tensioning system and a control valve clearance pushed to 42 000 km.

Review 2015 Yamaha R3

Conclusion

Well born, despite the absence of an inverted fork that would have given him a little more appeal, the Yamaha YZF-R3 richly deserves interest. Versatile, it is indeed able to ensure your daily commute as well as your Sunday rides, while providing very good quality road performance and on the circuit to please thrill seekers. Only its price, yet close to those of its direct rivals, will be able to make hesitate a young A2 license-holder, eager to have a more powerful bike and hardly more expensive, constrained to initially 35 Kw but releasable later without great cost.

Strong PointsWeak Points
  • Fierce engine
  • Versatility
  • Maneuverability
  • No inverted fork
  • Vibrations
  • Price


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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