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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Ads: Weird Advertising From Taiwan

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here's a weird but kind-of scary print advertisement from a news agency based in Taiwan. The agency is called Life News Agency and in the ads they show some really weird images, a bit like a video game. This image shows a road that has been broken up, but the top broken road does not match with the bottom road (check out the license plate - "paradise"). I just don't get it.

They have a second ad running, but this time it's with a car. Weird, or am I missing something?

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Spain: 2015 Penguins Motorcycle Rally Suspended - Thanks To Ecolos

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ecology Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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The ecologist movement strikes again (like preventing a few years ago to have the Le Touquet winter rally ride through the sand dunes). As usual these tree huggers don't like motorcycle riders (even electric ones), and they will try at every occasion to hinder our fun.

In Spain there is the annual Penguins assembly (in Spanish called Pingüinos), held during the winter (see related below). They have been having this enormous motorcycle gathering for the last 33 years, and it draws some 15,000 to 25,000 bikers.

It's a great gathering with food, music, celebrity bikers (like the Spanish MotoGP stars) and most important, lots of motorcycles. And that's what the eco movement has a problem with. Motorcycles means pollution; co2 and sound, and it's too much.

Pinguinos 2014
© Pedro Parellada

Several eco groups have been complaining, and leading a program of destruction, bad mouthing, lobbying - all to stop a lot of people from enjoying themselves. Plus, the local province is going to be out of money, since the winter gathering brings in many millions of Euros, into an area that badly needs cash, especially during the winter.

So next year's edition has been suspended, even cancelled while the organizers look for alternatives.

So thank you eco movement. Why not stop non-ecp people from breathing. That's co2 as well.

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012 - Spain: Penguins Motorcycle Rally 2012

Pinguinos 2012
Pinguinos 2012
Every year, some 25,000 weathered motorcycle riders come together for some fun in the snow in Spain. Called the Penguin International Winter Motorcycle Rally, or in Spanish, Pinguinos, this year, they came as well, but there was no snow, blame global warming.

But still, it's pretty cold in Puente Duero, and the bikers had fun. It's not the Elephant Rally, but still up there for cold weather motorcycle riding.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 - Spain: Penguins On Motorcycles

Spain 2010 Pinguinos
Spain saw its annual winter motorcycle gathering last weekend, drawing some 10,000 motorcycle riders from all over Europe to camp in freezing temperatures.

Fun?
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 - Spain: The Penguins Gathering For 2013

Pinguinos 2012
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For the truly brave bikers, the ones that don't mind a bit of cold weather, snow and ice, and those than can sleep in a tent covered with snow, this one is for you. Once a year in Spain (yes, it does get cold there), the annual Pinguinos gathering (Pinguinos is Spanish for Penguins) attracts over 27,000 motorcycle riders from all over Europe and beyond.

Braving the cold weather, they sleep in tents, and do several group ride-outs in the snow, parading in the main city of Valladolid. In the evenings there are concerts, strip shows (poor girls...) and many famous motorcycle riders are present at this unique event..







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Hong Kong: Police Is Not Very Nice Towards Motorcycles

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Protests
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It looks like the police in Hong Kong are not very nice and tender towards motorcycles. Just look at the way they are removing that motorcycle. Poor bike, it's going to get crushed. With an attitude towards defenseless motorcycles like that, imagine how they are towards protestors.

Hong Kong Motorcycle Removal
© REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A crane removes a motorbike from the main protest site in Admiralty in Hong Kong October 14, 2014. Hong Kong police reopened one of the city's main thoroughfares to traffic on Tuesday after clearing barricades erected by democracy protesters who have occupied streets in the heart of the Chinese-ruled city for two weeks. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


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Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Idea: Force Field On Your Motorcycle To Keep You Dry

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here's an idea from left field. It starts with an interesting project on crowd-funding site Kickstarter called Air Umbrella. Air Umbrella Open Air Umbrella link in a new window, a fully funded project, is a stick with a battery that blows air out, creating a sort of a "force field" above you.

Air Umbrella

This "force field" that prevents rain from falling on you. It's a bit like when riding a motorcycle with a windshield at reasonable speeds during the rain. The air blasting over the windshield creates a "force field" prevent rain from falling on you. The same principle applies to convertible cars.

Air Umbrella

But how about adapting this project by coupling it on a motorcycle's 12V system, giving it more electric power and longer running times. Then when riding at moderate speeds, like in the city, you can stay dry during the rain.

So instead of having to do this;
Snow Ride Motorcycle Umbrella India
© AP Photo/Dar Yasin


... you can ride dry ...

Force Field Motorcycle

So what do you think of this idea? Workable?

Click here to read more about Air Umbrella on Kickstarter Open Click here to read more about Air Umbrella on Kickstarter link in a new window






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WTF is The Matter With Yamaha, And Why Do They Hate The Press?

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Yamaha Opinion
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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This is something that is really starting to bother me. I have become used to some of the motorcycle manufacturer's attitude towards the press, particularly the internet/new media press, but in essence it works. All part from one manufacturer, Yamaha Open link in a new window.

I have over the years tried to build a working relationship with the Japanese company, but apart from many promises, nothing ever materialized. They just don't seem to be interested in a relationship with an old and established web site. I'm lucky to have access to their press web site, that's it. It's not like I run a small web site. This site is amongst the biggest and oldest with a very loyal fan base. But the problem is that I live and work in France but write in English, so Yamaha France is totally not interested in me. And Yamaha Europe Open Yamaha Europe link in a new window nor their head office in Yamaha can be bothered.

So initially I thought this was just Yamaha France Open Yamaha France link in a new window and their management. Let's face it, other manufacturers  struggle with the similar problems when dealing with me, but after a few phone calls, meeting at exhibitions and emails, I get somewhat included in local news. Not that I will ever be invited to a local event or God forbid, a new motorcycle test, but then I don't expect that (anymore). But I do expect to be invited at global events, like at large exhibitions (Intermot, Eicma), but there again, nothing!

But then when I see a colleague web site having issues with Yamaha management, the picture become clearer. The site I'm talking about is the Dutch site Oliepeil Open link in a new window and the more serious NieuwsMotor Open link in a new window. Both (and several other) sites belong to the same organization and are The Netherland's biggest and most influential sites. Just look at many international motorcycle news sites, many of them will be referring to articles they have written.

Oliepeil are known for a "pirate" attitude of trying to get as many scopes as they can. You can say that it's "naughty", or maybe not correct, but it is journalism. Journalists are NOT the mouthpiece of manufacturers, parroting whatever they are fed. Real journalists go and find stuff themselves and often do things that are forbidden. If journos followed the official rules, you would never know what is really happening in the world. There would never be any World Press Photo or Pulitzer awards.

Last year, the Dutch crowd did what they usually do... they entered the Eicma exhibition before the event started, during stand buildup, and secretly photographed many new bikes before they were presented during the press events a few days later. Almost all manufacturers laughed it off, blaming bad security at Eicma and knowing that the Oliepeil crew do exactly that. All but one manufacturer! And as you can guess, the manufacturer is Yamaha. And I know this for a fact since I was sharing a taxi with their managing-editor while visiting Milan when he got a phone call from the Managing Director of Yamaha Netherlands, uninviting him to the press event that evening (click here to read my report on that Open link in a new window)!

How childish can you get? Uninviting someone... sounds like "you are not invited to my sweet 16 party because I don't like you". Well, this is not a teenager party. This is a professional, business event. An event for journalists, and they had been invited as the top news site from The Netherlands (which BTW, I had not been invited too, but then as I explained that is normal for Yamaha France). Sounds a bit vindictive to me.

And why?? Because of this photo (click on the photo for the original article):

Oliepeil Yamaha MT 07

That's right, this blurry photo showing a Yamaha employee looking below the new MT-07 was taken before the press event, and that was enough to have Yamaha blow its stack.

So you would think that after a year, Yamaha Netherlands will have kissed and made up with Oliepeil? Well, I spoke with their Managing Editor about this. And his answer shocked me. No, Yamaha Netherlands is not speaking with him. They are boycotting him. No invites, no bike reviews, nothing.

So that is why I am very disappointed in Yamaha as an organization. Not very mature, not very professional. From my experience with Yamaha, they'll probably revoke my access to their press site.

What do you think? Is this a professional attitude to take? It's like the President of the USA not inviting (or uninviting) the Wall Street Journal to a press conference because they lean towards the right.






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And You Thought Riding Motorcycle In Pollution Is Bad? Try This

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Riding your motorcycle in heavy pollution is for wimps. Real bikers ride though fumigation clouds....

Venezuela Fumigation Ride
© REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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People on a motorcycle ride through a cloud as a truck from the Sucre municipality is used to carry out fumigation to help control the spread of Chikungunya and dengue fever, viruses which are carried by mosquitoes, in the Petare slum district of Caracas September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuela Fumigation Ride
© REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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People on a motorcycle ride past as a truck from the Sucre municipality is used to carry out fumigation to help control the spread of Chikungunya and dengue fever, which are caused by viruses carried by mosquitoes, in the Petare slum district of Caracas September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


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Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 17 October

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Fall has hit my part of the world for sure. After a blistering Indian summer, it's time to build an arch and weather the biblical downpour. Very little motorcycle riding, but a lot of internet reading time. So here's a bunch of articles that have appeared last week that you may have missed. For your reading pleasure.




Enjoy

All About Windshield Care And Cleaning Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 11OCT
Summary: Everything you need to know about a mundane thing like cleaning your motorcycle's windshield.


Fastest woman on a motorcycle is an IT analyst from Scunthorpe: 264mph speed record set by amateur racer whose husband built her superbike in their garage Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 11OCT
Summary: 46 year old women sets world speed record on a home built motorcycle.


Electric bikes, the new attraction for motorcycle lovers Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Forbes India Open link in a new window
Country: India flag  India
Date: 13OCT
Summary: The new target for electric motorcycle manufacturers.


Photography Techniques: MotoGP on the Death Star Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Photo.Gp Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 13OCT
Summary: A secret technique exposed from one of the MotoGP racing professional photographers.


The Right Torque for Fasteners is not Only for Engines Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Motorcycle Thailand Open link in a new window
Country: Thailand flag  Thailand
Date: 15OCT
Summary: Why the right torque for fasterners is important, and not only for your motorcycle's engine.


Would You Want Your Daughter Riding Pillion On A Motorcycle Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 15OCT
Summary: Would you let your daughter ride pillion on a motorcycle? Would you? Really?


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Monday, October 13, 2014 - Product Review: Givi Shield+ - Keeping Wind Out Of Your Eyes

Review Givi Shield
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Here is a detailed review of the Givi Shield+ - an add-on to your current motorcycle or scooter windshield. Reduce turbulent air in your face and on your helmet. It works!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Evil Geniuses. I Wish I Thought Of That

Mobile Radar Van UK
UK flag
This is priceless. 4 youth from London, UK decided to have their revenge on a mobile speed radar. And they got it.... perfectly executed! bravo!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Dutch 1%er Biker Gang Joins ISIS Fight

Dutch Bikers Against ISIS
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The Dutch 1%-er motorcycle gang, No Surrender, has gone to Syria to fight AGAINST the ISIS terrorist organization, and the Dutch government is okay with this.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - New High-Tech Helmet: Shark Skwal

Shark Skwal motorcycle helmet with LEDs
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Shark is launching a new helmet next month at Eicma called the Skwal. It's an integral motorcycle helmet, very light and it has 4 onboard LEDs that give you a special "look" and makes you more visible at night.







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