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Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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For Gals and Guys: KTM Underwear

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  KTM
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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KTM logo
You can put a KTM logo on almost anything and sell it as merchandising. T-shirts, shorts, jackets, beanies, boots, helmets ... the list if very long for the Austrian company.

Now they have gone personal and intimate; underwear for girls and guys. You really need to love the orange brand I guess.

The female version, item number: 3PW1580201 to 3PW1580205 (01 is S size, 05 is XL size)

KTM Girls Underwear

The KTM logo is on the elastic band, and the strategically placed text reads "And in the end, you are nothing but dirt for me".

Price around: UK£16 / €20

For men, it's item number: 3PW1560101 to 3PW1560106 (sizes small to XXL)

KTM Guys Underwear

The boxer short is made out of 95% cotton and 5% elastane.

Price around: UK€16 / €22

As usual, these products are not available in the USA, but they do have an alternative (for guys):

UPW1460102 up to UPW14601066 for sizes Small to XXL, those item numbers will get you these rather bland KTM shorts:

KTM Guys Underwear USA

Price around: US$45 for a pack of three.

Sorry girls, you'll need to order your KTM undies online from Europe.






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Not Afraid Of Some Rain On My Motorcycle, Not At All

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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This is the reason I'm not afraid of a little bit of rain while riding my motorcycle. Clever hey???

Not Afraid Of Rain







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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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Netherlands: Spreading Salt On Roads, Not For Ice, But For Heat

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Usually you spread salt on the roads when they start icing up. The salt melts the snow, and prevents water from becoming ice. If you live in a country where it snows and freezes, you know what I'm talking about. Of course the salt is a living hell for our motorcycles, especially for any chrome, but not spreading salt makes the roads more dangerous for us.

And if you thought you were finally safe from salt, you'd be wrong. Very wrong if you live in The Netherlands. There, in the province of Gelderland, the authorities have started spreading salt on their secondary roads, just like they do in the winter.

Salt Spraying

The reason: the roads have just been resurfaced and the new asphalt surface was not capable of sustaining the heat wave that is hitting that part of Europe. So the roads have started to crack and to darken (sweat spots). So the experts deemed that placing salt on the road surface will prevent the new roads from deteriorating.

So back to cleaning your motorcycle after a ride. At least it makes it safer, since the sweat spots are very slippery.

But what a surprise to be stuck behind a salt distributing truck during a heat wave....

Via: Motor




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Uganda: The Motorcycle Equivalent Of Uber - Boda Boda

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Actually, before I tell you about this item, here's finally an explanation of the word Boda-Boda, the term used for motorcycle taxis in that part of the world (Africa). I know it, I've used it, but I never really knew what it stood for, until now.

The term comes from many years ago when traffic between Kenya and Uganda was very difficult, and people took to motorcycles to get to the border; quickly, efficiently but very dangerously. So the motorcycles were used for "border-to-border" traffic, which quickly became BodaBoda. hence the word for motorcycle taxis in that part of Africa. There... learned something....

Back to the item of interest. As I said above, motorcycle taxis are efficient and fast, but also very dangerous. In the main hospital in Kampala Click for map, 40% of trauma accidents are BodaBoda related, which is enormous. Not only the bikers are at risk, but also the passengers. Most bikers have not be trained on riding a motorcycle, and know very little about it. They take great risks, often with several passengers on board. Less than 1% of BodaBoda rides actually use or own a helmet.

Uganda SafeBoda

Here is a video that explains the situation quite well:

SafeBoda - Your Safe Moto-Taxi Ride in Uganda from SafeBoda on Vimeo.


So a company was created which is using a smartphone app like Uber to hail a BodaBoda. The app/company is called SafeBoda Open SafeBoda link in a new window, and obviously it's not the app that makes it safe, but the whole organization.

Uganda SafeBoda
© AFP/ISAAC KASAMANI

To become biker member of SafeBoda, you need to apply, and then undergo riding lessons, maintenance lessons, client service lessons and first aid lessons given by the local Red Cross. For about €3 per week (the average revenue for a BodaBoda rider is €6 per day) you get a smartphone, a fluorescent orange vest and two helmets.

Uganda SafeBoda

It takes time to become a SafeBoda rider, since your history and records are checked, and then you need to be trained. So there's a long waiting list to become one of their drivers, but in the end, they are safer, and they get more clients.

So eventually, about 1000 SafeBoda riders will be making Uganda a safer place to hail a motorcycle taxi. Good on them! Here is their introduction video:

SafeBoda - Your Safe and Secure boda ride with Trusted Drivers from SafeBoda on Vimeo.


Click here to access the SafeBoda site Open Click here to access the SafeBoda site link in a new window
Click here to access the SafeBoda Facebook page Open Click here to access the SafeBoda Facebook page link in a new window

Via: Le Parisien




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USA: Bikers Against Flag Burning

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Protests
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It looks like some misguided individuals want to disarm the New York police (probably sponsored by the local Mafia), and to force them to do this, they planned to burn the flag. Thankfully, a motorcycle club decided to stop this.

Bikers Against Flag Burning
© AP Photo/Kevin Hagen

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Members of the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club arrive to discourage a planned flag-burning event at Fort Greene Park on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The event, organized by activist group Disarm NYPD, was meant to raise awareness of racist violence in the United States. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Bikers Against Flag Burning
© AP Photo/Kevin Hagen

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Members of the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club speak against a planned flag-burning event at Fort Greene Park on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The event, organized by activist group Disarm NYPD, was meant to raise awareness of racist violence in the United States. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Bikers Against Flag Burning
© AP Photo/Kevin Hagen

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A member of the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club calls to an activist, at left, who was involved in a planned flag-burning event at Fort Greene Park on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The event, organized by activist group Disarm NYPD, was meant to raise awareness of racist violence in the United States. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Have A Gyroscopic Video Camera On Your Motorcycle Like A Pro

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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You've probably seen them on TV, when watching a professional motorcycle race like a MotoGP race; cameras mounted on the motorcycle that keep the horizon flat. These images show you the real view, not like those of most cameras mounted on a motorcycle that move with the bike; your bike tilts to the left, so does your camera. With these GyroCams, you can see a better, and often more spectacular images.

French company IRISTAB Open IRISTAB link in a new window have three GyroCams for three different video cameras. Install the gyroscopic stabilized device on your motorcycle, head out on the track (or go for your epic twisties ride) and film the whole event like a pro.

IrisTab

Here is a video, unfortunately only in French, of the device and how it's used. Although it's in French, the images speak for themselves. have a look at the short video:



As I said, there are three platforms available, the most popular will probably be the:

IRISTAB Line-R


IrisTab Line R

The Line-R is meant for GoPro 3 and GoPro 4 high resolution cameras. It can also be used for any camera that will fit in 59 x 41 x 22 mm maximum. The product comes with a USB rechargeable battery and even a GPS antenna.

Price: €295 (although they have a special for €250 at this moment).

Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-R Open Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-R link in a new window (in French)

IRISTAB Line-D


IrisTab Line D

The Line-D is meant for Contour style cameras, the half-cylinder type. As with the Line-R, the package contains several ways of mounting the hardware onto your motorcycle, rechargeable battery and GPS antenna.

Price: €295 (although they have a special for €250 at this moment).

Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-D Open Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-D link in a new window (in French)

IRISTAB Line-C


IrisTab Line C

The full cylinder (round) style cameras can be mounted with the product. There is a descriptive (in French) about the sizes and diameters of the cameras that can be used on the Line-C.

Price: €295 (although they have a special for €250 at this moment).

Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-C Open Click here to read more about the IRISTAB Line-C link in a new window (in French)

.. so maybe your next video camera shots will look like this:








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Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger As Terminator and SAM - Safety PSA

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Ads Video Feeds Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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The French government have rolled out the heavy hitters to promote road safety in the form of the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger Open link in a new window. While the movie star governor movie star was visiting the capital city to promote his latest installment of the Terminator series of movies (Terminator Genisys Open Imdb link in a new window), he posed with SAM, a character used by the French Ministry of Transportation to highlight drinking and driving (SAM is the designated driver character).

Terminator and SAM

All this to introduce the latest drinking & driving PSAA public service announcement (PSA) or public service ad is a type of advertisement featured on television, radio, print or other media. Whereas the objective of a standard advertisement is to market a product, a PSA is intended to benefit the public interest, by raising awareness of an issue, affecting public attitudes, and potentially stimulating action. , which is in fact a part of the Terminator Genisys movie.

The translation is simple, in the beginning Arnold asks "the one who drives is?". Sarah answers him with "the one who has the car?". "No" answers Arnold, and then with the big grin says "the one who doesn't drink". Later you can see Sarah telling a bunch of drunk teens to get in the bus while saying "get in if you want to live".

Not bad but corny; Here's the video:



Via: Minister of Transport




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