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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Video: Vespa India - Do You ....?

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Vespa Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Vespa logo
Here is a TV commercial from Vespa Open link in a new window India, that is nicely put together, well filmed, nice music, but the message is pretty corny and it's only at the end that you realize that the advertisement is for Vespa.


Vespa India d Do You

It doesn't bring much to the table, apart from being nice; I do get the message that you can do all sorts of fun things, including riding a Vespa, but still ... it's not worth the air time. Sorry Vespa (although I do not think Vespa India made this).

Have a look at the video below and judge yourself.



Via: Ads of the World




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KTM Beach Beer Time

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  KTM Entertainment Gifts
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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We showed you some cool KTM Open link in a new window beachwear last month, something for girls and guys (link Open link in a new window). But going to the beach is not limited to wearing KTM swimwear. There is actual fun involved, and it doesn't involve motorcycles.

Beer Cooler Bag

 
KTM Cooler Bag

When you are at the beach, particularly when it's hot, you need to hydrate. And what better than hydrating with a brewski or two. For that purpose, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer is offering a cooler bag to keep your beers at the right temperature.

It's not electric, so your beers are not going to keep the right temperature during your day at the beach, but they will keep cool for a while. And let's face it, a warm beer is better than no beer.. right?

You can order the cooler bag from your local KTM dealer or just search on-line for part number: 3PW1474500 (hover your mouse of the part number for Amazon US price)

Power Bottle Opener

KTM Bottle Opener

And once you grab your beer bottle out of the KTM cooler bag, you will want to open it, unless you know how to open it with your teeth. So grab your KTM Power Bottle Opener, shaped like the throttle of a KTM motorcycle. Cool..

Part number: 3PW1473500  (hover your mouse of the part number for Amazon US price)

Racing Folding Chair

KTM Race Chair

And now that the cool beer is open you need to sit, relax and drink the nectar. But sitting in the sand is ... yuck. Sand gets everywhere. No, better sit in a comfortable chair, in this case a folding racing chair. There's even a holder for your beer bottle.

Now sit back and relax, you've earned it.

Part Number: 3PW1476900 (about €30)

Now you are ready for some serious beach time.






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USA: Staying Dry In Floods On Your Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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So this is how you stay dry during floods while riding your motorcycle.... Now I know... Big Grin Smiley

Staying Dry Illinois
© AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman

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A motorcyclist on a trail or off-road type of motorcycle was not troubled by the floodwaters covering Illinois Route 3, or West Main Street, in Grafton, Ill., Friday, July 11, 2014. The secret to staying dry was apparently to raise your legs and rest them on the front fender while going through the deep water. Grafton is hoping the floodwaters that cover Main Street in three places will soon start to recede. Visitors can get through town on detour flood roads but Illinois Route 100 north of Grafton has been closed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman)


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Monday, July 21st, 2014

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Patent: Chinese Guy Patents Motorcycle Starter Button - Shocking

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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In a shocking development, a Chinese inventor has patented a motorcycle starter button. Before that, it would appear, motorcycle only used kickstarters. Now we can have all the comfort of home with a button to press that will start our motorcycle engine.

Honest; if you don't believe this technological development, here is the summary of the patent:

The utility model discloses a start button for a motorcycle, comprising a housing, disposed within the housing of the stationary and moving contacts, there are buttons on the housing, the housing block and are equipped with active magnetic coil the electromagnetic coil is fixed inside the housing, is provided on the movable block adsorber movable contact disposed on the movable blocks abut against the bottom button on the active block, and between the movable block has a reset button spring reset One end of the spring is fixed to the movable block, the bottom of the reset button on the other end of the spring is fixed relative to, the moving contact and the electromagnetic coil is connected to the stationary contact is turned on, the adsorber is turned on when the solenoid of the electromagnetic coil positioned Adsorption . Has simple structure, its easy to use and fast, and the use of high stability, high reliability, to some extent, can effectively improve its service life, good applicability.


Patent Motorcycle Start Button

The patent was not introduced in 1901 but in 2013. Click here to read the patent Open Click here to read the patent link in a new window






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Tour de France 2014: The Motorcycle Police

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Racing France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Tour de France logo
We're almost getting towards the end of the famous Tour de France Open link in a new window bicycle race for 2014, and I know many motorcycle riders, myself included, like watching the TdF (Tour de France, or also known as the "Tour"), not only for the cyclist's inhuman efforts, but also the 100's of motorcycles that ride with the Tour.

Often it would seem that there are more motorcycles than cyclists, and in truth, it's about even.


Tour de France 2012 The Publicity Caravan
Cops everywhere

One such group of motorcycles play a very important role for the Tour; the motorcycle police. There are always a lot of cops on the TdF, this year about 11,000 (not all at the same time, but in each stage, 100's of cops are deployed alongside the roads, bridges, intersections, etc. After the tour passes, they go and do their normal duties and no longer are involved in the Tour).

Tour de France 2012 Pre Events
The first motorcycle cops arrive, racing forwards to signal intersections for the cyclists

There are this year 35 motorcycle cops, coming from the Republican Guard (the elite VIP protection service), providing security for the Tour, from the very start (the publicity caravan) to the very end. 12 motorcycle cops regulate the traffic for the caravan which spreads out for 12 kilometers, while 23 provide the escort service for the cyclists.

Tour de France 2012 The Race
The arrival of the break-away group of three cyclists

You will often see a motorcycle cops at roundabouts waving a flag, signalling to the cyclists that they can go left and right. When the last cyclist has passed, the cop takes his motorcycle and speeds alongside the cyclists, support cars and journalists to leapfrog to the next "danger" point. Five cops do the leapfrogging so that there is always a good coverage.

Tour de France 2012 Pre Events
A steady stream, some 80 police motorcycles, would pass by

The cyclists trust the Gendarmes implicitly, often following their path in the steep downhills, knowing that the cops will have take the right track and angle.

Tour de France 2012 Pre Events
Cops waving to the public

You can read more about the Tour de France, its caravan and everything around it in the related articles below.

Tour de France 2012 Pre Events
A continuous stream of police motorcycles

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Monday, July 9, 2012 - A Day At The Tour de France As A Spectator With A Camera

Tour de France 2012 The Race
Tour de France logo
World's most famous bicycle race, the Tour de France, was going to pass for the first time ever very close to my house in Normandy, and as luck was going to have it, I was going to be home, not traipsing somewhere making photos. So I decided to see what the "Tour" was all about. Having seen it on TV, I knew it was about fast bicycles, lots of motorcycles and lots of accidents.

I took many photos, and have been culling ever since. Here are 157 photos, way too much for this part of the site, so I had to move it to a section that would not bother regular readers.

I've divided the day into three sections, The Beginning - the pre-event, several hours of wait before it started, The Caravan - the famous very long publicity caravan and The Race - the actual bicycle race.

After each section is a link to another site with high resolution photos of the day.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Tour de France 2012 - The Motorcycles

Tour de France 2012 Motorcycles
Tour de France 2012 Motorcycles
As luck would have had it, the 2012 Tour de France passed along my house by some 500 meters, enough for me to have a look. Some 6 hours were spent there, 3,000 photos taken, and now many hours of sorting, editing and publishing. It'll take a long time to show you what it looks like being a "spectator" alongside the road of the Tour, so to keep you busy, here's just "some" of the motorcycles that can be found.

There are some 200 bicycles in the race, and at least the same number of motorcycles, maybe even more. I've divided up the motorcycles per category; police, official and press.
Monday, July 11, 2011 - Tour de France To Reduce Motorcycles In 2012

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Tour de France logo
After last week's motorcycle taking out a cyclist in the 2011 Tour de France, ASO (the organizers) announced not only suspending the motorcycle rider, but that they plan to reduce the number of motorcycles in next year's race.

But then Sunday, a TV car took out 2 cyclists who were riding up front (see the video), one of them a favorite. The diver got suspended too (despite the fact that it was the race steward's fault), but will they no also reduce the number of cars?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - France: Tour de France 2010 - Motorcycle and Some Figures

Tour de France Media Motorcycle
Tour de France 2010 Kawasaki
A closer look at the impressive Tour de France; the incredible, money-generating, publicity caravan, and some of the motorcycles.







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Philippines: Well Blow Me Down - That Is A Strong Wind

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I have never been one who likes to ride my motorcycle when there is a strong wind, but here motorcycles are shifting around without anyone on them. Holy crap!

Typhoon Rammasun Manila
© REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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People run towards a gas station to take cover past fallen motorcycles on a main road after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun, locally called Glenda, battered the capital, metro Manila July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Typhoon Rammasun Manila
© REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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A motorcyclist rides past a motorcycle which fell along a main road after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun, locally named name Glenda, battered the capital, metro Manila July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco 


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Top Internet Stories - 18 July 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It looks like the longer I'm gone on a trip, the more interesting articles I read on the road about motorcycles. Here is one week's worth of motorcycle related articles for your reading pleasure.






Enjoy

Mixing Engine Oils Open link in a new window
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Country: India flag  India
Date: 12JUL
Summary: A guide to mixing different types of motorcycle engine oils.


Should Young Riders Be Restricted To Small Bikes? Open link in a new window
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Country: India flag  India
Date: 14JUL
Summary: The difference between Europe, North America and India for young riders.


How to Relieve Motorcycle Throttle Hand Pain Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 17JUL
Summary: What to do when your hand starts hurting when riding motorcycle.


Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth headset – now with 2 km range and audio multitasking Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 17JUL
Summary: Detailed review of the King of biker intercoms.


The 5 Most Dangerous Motorcycles in America? Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 17JUL
Summary: Satirical piece on the most dangerous motorcycles in the USA.


Wd 40 Expands Into Motorcycle Lubrication Specialist Products Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 17JUL
Summary: Wonder lubrication, WD-40, turns to other products for our motorcycles.


Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell Me Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 17JUL
Summary: An ADV dirt ride should be challenging and fun—not a desperate wrestling match between man and a heavy machine.


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Monday, July 14, 2014 - Stay Cool and Protected With Spidi Airtech Armor Jacket

Spidi Airtech Armor
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Spidi have a nice jacket for summer riding:- meshed, armored and expensive.
Monday, July 14, 2014 - Beach Time? Use Vespa; Vespa Beach Kit

Vespa Beach Kit
Vespa logo
Here is a very nice and elegant Vespa beach kit, consisting of should bag, towels and even an iPad cover. Pretty.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Patent: Motorcycle Chain Lubricator Driven By Air

Motorcycle Chain Needing Oil
Oiling your motorcycle chain is very important, and tools like Scottoilers are great for doing it for you automatically. But ... this invention might just make such a tool much easier to install and operate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Michelin Enters Light & Power Products With Big Range - Wrenches Cheer

Michelin Lights
Michelin logo
Michelin, well known for their tires and guidebooks, have entered into a new product range: power and lights. Their aim is to provide power and light to people working on their motorcycles (or cars) in a garage, be it professionals or be it private individuals.








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