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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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Thunderbike’s Precision-R Custom Motorcycle

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Special-Bikes
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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There are as many custom builders as there are custom motorcycles out there. Many of these builders make custom motorcycles for the sake of making something different, so often not practical.

Germany based Thunderbike make a lot of different custom bikes, and not all based on Harley-Davidson (also Yamaha and Suzuki), and most of their designs are a work of art, but all are such that you can ride them everyday.

Thunderbike Precision R

This is one custom motorcycle that caught my attention. It's called Precision-R, and the styling and colors are a combination of steampunk, gothic and art deco.

Thunderbike Precision R

It's a lowrider, with the frame made by Thunderbike itself. You can click on the Via: link below for many, many more photos.

Thunderbike Precision R

The engine is a Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, developing 100 horses and 160 Nm of torque, so it's not going to be slow.

Thunderbike Precision R

The exhaust comes from Vance & Hines.

Quite a nice and interesting motorcycle, although for a tall guy like myself I'd probably end up riding it to my chiropractor for a back adjustment. What do you think? Like it?

Click here to see many more photos of the Precision-R custom motorcycle Open Yankodesign link in a new window
Click here to access the Thunderbike web site Open Thunderbike link in a new window
Click here to access the Thunderbike Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window

Via: Yanko Design




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Patent: Guy Invents Motorcycle Jacket Pouch To Hold License Plate

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Wow. You really see all sorts of "inventions" on the internet. That you Mr. Google for digging this one up. James Proctor has "invented" the pouch. He even filed a patent for his idea.

It's not any old pouch, but a pouch for a motorcycle jacket that is positioned in the lower back of the biker, and has only one function: it holds the motorcycle's license plate.

Patent License Plate Holder for Jacket

Gulp! Why anyone would want to wear the bike's license plate is beyond me, even when considering the visual aspect of the motorcycle (like with custom bikes). I'm also sure that in many, if not most, countries this is totally forbidden. But maybe the government of The Philippines thinks this is a good idea (link Open link link in a new window).

Click here to read more about the license plate pouch patent Open Google link in a new window






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I’m In Love

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I'm in love. Head over heels in love. Look at the beauty. Look at the sexiness, slimness, compactness, even the attitude. Just look at the photo:

Emilia Zoryan

It's she an incredible beauty?

Oh yeah, the girl is pretty good looking as well if you're into those kind of things..... If you interested, her name is Emilia Zoryan Open Emilia Zoryan link in a new window and she's an actress.






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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Govecs Coming With Retro Electric Scooter - Nice

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical New Products Scooters
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Govecs logo
The German manufacturer of electric scooters has become a powerhouse in the field of small electric scooters. Often used by delivery outfits, like Domino Pizzas, rental agencies and also quite a lot of private citizens, they have a large range of electric scooters (click here to see all their range in our electric motorcycles/scooter database Open News.Motorbiker link in a new window).

But all their scooters look alike; clean, efficient and let's face it, boring. Until now. Govecs have released some information about their retro-scooter. It's called the Schwalbe (which is German for Swallow, the bird), and it's based on the ... Schwalbe KR51. The KR51 was a Eastern Germany made model (made by the Simson factory), and sold mostly in the USSR during the 1964 to 1986 time frame.

This is what the original Schwalbe KR51 looks like:

Schwalbe KR51

... and this is what the Govecs retro replica looks like:

Govecs Schwalbe

The electric scooter will come in a 50 cc and a 125 cc equivalent version. The Lithium battery will be a 4 kWh one, and the scooter is expected to be sold in the 2nd semester of this year.

Govecs Schwalbe

Two colors will be available; beige and orange.

It's nice to see a high tech scooter, using electric drive and batteries, in an "old" jacket.

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

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Airbag Motorcycle Helmet - No Helmet, Just When Crashing

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Helmets Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Back in 2005, two Swedish ladies thought it was a good idea to replace standard helmets with no helmets, but with a scarf that would inflate itself when crashing, forming a bubble to protect the person's face and brains. In others words, an airbag helmet.

Airbag Helmet Drawing

The patent was granted, and although the concept is pretty interesting for those of you who don't mind riding around getting wet or hit by bugs, but head into the wind, this could be an ideal solution to escape those places in the world that make it mandatory to have a helmet.

Unfortunately, the patent is meant for cyclists, not motorcycle riders, but if it works, and it can deploy really quickly and protect the person's head .. why not?

The idea is that first of all, the "airbag" is worn around the neck, like a scarf. When you fall of your motorcycle (in this case a bicycle), the electronics immediately go into action and send an electronic message to a CO2 canister that blows up the airbag, forming around your head and thereby protecting it. Like so:

Airbag Helmet Movement

The idea does have some merit, even for motorcycles, but specially for bicycle riders. But even on a motorcycle, for general cruising around, why not (going off-road would be a no no)? You can already imagine Dainese and others offering such an airbag helmet integrated into one of their motorcycle jackets. This way, when you do go down, the jacket forms a protective bubble, including your head.

Click here to read more about the Airbag Helmet patent Open Click here to read more about the Airbag Helmet patent link in a new window

Anyway, during those years after the patent was granted, the company actually produced the helmet. The company, called Hovding; is marketing the product, but as stated, to cyclist.

Below is a video of the crash tests the company had performed in 2010. It's an almost 5 minute video with 3 different crashes taken from many different angles, so you'll be seeing the same crash for a minute and half each.

In the last crash, you do notice the helmet structure folds into the face, so I wonder how much of the head was really protected. All accidents are on a bicycle, with speeds inferior to 20 kph, so not applicable to a motorcycle. But still.... would progress change this?



Below is an independent test video done by a Dutch cyclist magazine. It explains the device, shows it in detail. Interesting.



The device is on sale on their web site for €299

I know I wouldn't trust such a device with my already scrambled brains, but would you?

Click here to access the Hovding web site Open Click here to access the Hovding web site link in a new window (where you can buy it)
Click here to access the Hovding Facebook page Open Click here to access the Hovding Facebook page link in a new window






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France: Motorcycle Thefts Declining - Traqueur Data

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  France Statistics
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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France has seen over the last 3 to 4 years the number of motorcycles and scooters stolen diminish. In part, it is thanks to companies such as Traqueur who place GPS tracing equipment inside the motorcycles and scooters, allowing them to be localized by the police. This has led to some spectacular arrest of criminal groups operating in France.

By the end of 2014, the company had installed some 13,000 PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds in France with their GPS equipment. According to data from the company, during 2014, the theft of motorcycles and scooters were accomplished by the following means:

France Theft Types 2014

The label "confidence" means that the bike was stolen in a confidence scam, like taking a motorcycle-for-sale on a test ride and never coming back.

Looking at the data by region, it's obvious that the Greater Paris area (Paris and their burbs) had by far the most thefts (65%), but then again, they also have the most number of registered motorcycles. The 2nd largest area is the PACA area (22%), which is the South of France, notably the Marseilles area. The rest of France had "only" 13% of theft.

According to Traqueur, the top motorcycles brands stolen equipped with their system in France during 2014 were (in the list is the top scooter stolen, the rest are motorcycles brands):

Click for bigger version of France Theft brands 2014
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Notice that the single scooter, Yamaha TMax, is far more stolen than any of the other brand's motorcycles added together. I would not want to be riding a TMax scooter...

If your bike is 4 years or older, you stand less chance that it will get stolen, while brand new bikes, or bikes one year old have a pretty good chance that it'll be gone without you knowing it. Brand new bikes were stolen some 32%, one year old ones were gone 39%. At the age of two, a bike has 20% chance of disappearing, three year old bikes are at 5% and 4 year olds at about 2%.

Obviously all the figures below are provided by the Traqueur company, and do not represent official figures from the French Ministry of Interior, but it does give an interesting picture.

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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Ad: Ducati - No Time For Delays

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Ducati
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Ducati logo
Here's an interesting visual advertisement from the Italian motorcycle maker Ducati. The advertisement was made in Peru, but the image says it all; in any language.

No Time For Delay!

That's what it's all about on a motorcycle. No sense waiting in traffic when you can pass alongside.

It's not a brilliant ad, but it works for me.

Click on the ad for a bigger version.

Click for bigger version of Ad Ducati No time for delays
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Via: Ads of the World




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