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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Never Enough Pockets When Riding: Givi EA109

Posted 06:00:00 PM
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Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I find that often I just don't have enough pockets or storage space on me when riding my motorcycle. So many things to carry, so little pockets. And on top of that, often you have difficulties reaching into those pockets to find whatever you need at that moment.

Arriving at a toll booth, trying to find that credit card or coins to feed the hungry toll booth.... I don't know about you, but it always causes me problems.

But maybe not if you use Givi's small little bag. It's not a backpack, or a fanny bag, but it's a leg bag. The Givi Open link in a new window EA109, what an interesting concept.

Givi EA109

You tie the bag using the special straps on your thigh. So when you are sitting on your motorcycle, you can easily reach into the pockets to remove whatever you are looking for.

The Givi EA109 has an outside and inside pocket. Its big enough to store your wallet, mobile phone, credit cards, coins, etc. The EA109 is made out of reflective material, so that you are more visible at night.

Givi EA109

It'll cost you around €20 or UK£17 in the UK.

Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 Open Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 link in a new window

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France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D’Or 2014

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Travel Racing
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Bol Dor 2014
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The usual Relais Motards Calmos, motorcycle rest places (for those of you who need to ride long distance, and need a place to calm down, tank up, re-energize or just meet up with fellow bikers), will be present before and after the Bol d'Or Open link in a new window motorcycle 24 hours endurance race held at the Magny-Cours Nevers Click for map circuit.. (see the related articles below to see what a Relais Calmos looks like). Remember, it is the last time the race is held here, from next year, it'll be at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South.

Some rest stops offer food, drinks, mechanics, massage or even sleeping arrangements. This service is offered, mostly for free, by the French Government and the FFMCFederation Francaise des Motards en Colere - Angry French Biker Association, an association of bikers fighting for the rights of motorcycle riders. The rest stops are usually very well indicated on the roads leading to the rest stop. Keep a look out for signs saying "Relais Calmos".

Here are the 10 (there are 9, but the last ones are in a different place, one for going, the other for the return trip) motorcycle rest stops (called Relais Calmos Motards) for the Bol D'Or race held on the weekend of 26-27 April 2014.

NOTE
: The number before the "/" in the title is the Department number (province number). Click on the blue globe for a zoomable map. Some of the locations are approximate!

NOTE2:
In the general map, clicking on a red marker will give you the same information about the Relais Calmos.

WARNING
: There will be a lot of Police speed radars installed along the major roads there. Sunday, the mobile Police force will be out in massive numbers, so watch your speed!

Continue Reading "France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D'Or 2014" »

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USA: Not A Single Motorcycle Cop In L.A. - All Gone To Funeral

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Uniformed
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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From this photo, it would seem that there is not a single motorcycle cop patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Woow, what a turn out. Of course it is never good to lose one of your own, especially not under the circumstances the police officer died.

LA Police Officer Funeral
© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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A procession of motorcycle officers leads the hearse carry the coffin of Los Angeles Police Dept. motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo after a funeral service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. Hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers turned out to mourn 51-year-old officer, who who died after he struck by a motorist allegedly under the influence of cocaine on April 5. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes


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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Ad: Bangalore Safety Campaign - INCREDIBLY GOOD

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Safety Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Okay folks, here is a safety campaign you could look at, just for the incredible great idea, and also the amazing statistics. The safety campaign is from the Bangalore, India police.

The video below introduces their idea with some amazing statistics. Like did you know that there are 139 MILLION motorcycles in India. 3.2 MILLION in the city of Bangalore alone. Those are staggering numbers. The negative number is staggering as well: 90 deadly motorcycle accidents PER DAY!.

And the problem is that many bikers in India don't use a helmet, and as we all know, helmets do save lives. So they have come up with a novel idea, explained in the video.

Bangalore Safety Campaign Helmets

The even have a dedicate web site called The Good Road Open The Good Road link in a new window. The idea in brief is simple. Put some electronics inside the helmet and the motorcycle. If you don't have the helmet on (trigger switch inside the helmet), the bike will not start. Simple. Efficient. But it requires the participation of the riders, but if it's common place, everyone could do it. But will it work?

Here's the video:



Click here to access The Good Road Open Thegoodroad link in a new window.

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Planning or Dreaming Of Adventure? - HUBB 2014 Is For You

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned adventure motorcycle rider, and RTWRound The World rider, or someone who is planning an epic ride into the unknown (and I don't mean to a Starbucks in the next city) or if you are just someone who is dreaming of one day riding your motorcycle (or 4x4 car or bicycle) into the unknown, the yearly HUBB event from Horizons Unlimited is for you.

Hubbuk logo 2014

Horizons Unlimited Open Horizons Unlimited link in a new window is the site/organization that is there to help world travellers exchange information and hook up members with each other. All great world travellers/adventure riders are member of this organization, as inescapable as fuel in your motorcycle. This is the palce where you will find the information you need for the ride you are planning.

HUBBUK Open HUBBUK link in a new window (HUBB stands for Horizons Unlimited Bulleting Board -it's a discussion forum) has become an annual gathering of adventure veterans, rookies, newbies and dreamers. People come from all over the world, not just the UK or Europe. It is a truly international event. They gather at this massive 4 day event in the UK, listen to lectures by people who have actually done the trips, eat, drink and dance to the live music.

Hubbuk2013 meeting

With the workshops, you'll learn a lot if you haven't gone riding into adventure land - things like how to change a tire on your motorcycle with a minimum of equipment, passing through customs in "difficult" countries, eating wild animals, etc...

The grounds offer not only free camping, but there is also a hotel for those that don't really want to rough it.

The event is going to be held between Thursday 19th June and Sunday 22nd of June.
The venue: Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel Click for map (very close to the Donington race circuit)
Price: varies who long you want to stay and when you book (4 or 2 day passes, booked before June 12th cost UK£65 and UK£40 respectively)

Needless to say that this is a very popular event. You will see many of the people I have been writing about. And if you're still not convinced, have a look at the video below:

Click here to read more about this HUBB Event Open Horizonsunlimited link in a new window (or to reserve your place).
Click here to access the Horizons Unlimited web site Open Click here to access the Horizons Unlimited web site link in a new window








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Ireland: €1000 Fine For SMS/Texting While Driving

Posted 08:00:00 AM
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Author: Mike Werner
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At least in Ireland they aren't stuck on repression for speeding, like they are here in France. In France it's all about catching speeders, be it in a car or on a motorcycle. Thousands of radars have been deployed, and more are on the way.

But in Ireland they are now attacking one of the mortal dangers of a biker; texting while driving. Car drivers who text while driving are lethal for motorcycles (and obviously for other road users). 1 out of 5 accidents are caused because the driver was distracted, usually because of SMS messages. And the new technology has not made things safer, with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To battle this "evil", starting next month anyone caught texting while behind the wheel will be fined €1000.

Texting and Talking Texas

If the person gets caught a second time texting, the fine doubles - €2000. If in a one year period the person is caught a third time, they can spend up to 3 months in jail.

Now that is being tough on texting & driving.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

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15 Photos of Totally Destroyed, Bombed or Burned Motorcycles - Part 7

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Lists
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Part 7 of deadly things that have happened to poor motorcycles. Not accidents or crashes, but far more deadly; bombs, bullets and even violence against motorcycles.

What a world we live in. Even bikes aren't spared. 15 photos of very dead motorcycles.

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Central African Republic         © REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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A man strikes a burning motorbike with a machete after it was set ablaze in Avenue Bonganda in the Lakouanga district of the capital Bangui January 25, 2014. The landlocked former French colony descended into chaos last March when the Muslim rebel Seleka coalition marched into the capital, unleashing a wave of killing and looting. That triggered revenge attacks by Christian militia known as "anti-balaka", or "anti-machete". REUTERS/Siegfried Modola


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Iraq        © REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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A man rides a motorcycle past the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad's Habibiya district, April 17 2014. At least eight people were killed in the car bomb attack in a predominantly Shi'ite neighbourhood on the eastern edge of the capital Baghdad on Wednesday, hospital and police officials said. More than 26 others were wounded in the attack that took place in a busy commercial area in Habibiya district of the Shi'ite working-class district of Sadr City, just few metres away from the district's police centre. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani 


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Nigeria       © AP Photo/Jossy
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In this image taken with a mobile phone a Nigeria soldier walks past a burnout house and motorbikes following an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in Kawuri, Maiduguri, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. At least 85 residents of Kawuri village in Nigeria’s northeast were unable to escape from attackers who blew up the weekly market as villagers were packing up and then razed at least 300 homes, a local official said Tuesday. The suspected Boko Haram members even left behind explosives that went off the next morning. AP Photo/Jossy Ola

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Nigeria       © REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Pius Nna, the village head of Angwan Gata, reacts while standing by his burnt motorbike after he escaped gunmen who attacked his village in Kaura local government Kaduna State, March 19, 2014. Gunmen shot, hacked and burned to death at least 100 people and razed homes in central Nigeria, a region driven by disputes over land, religion and ethnicity, local officials and witnesses said on March 16, 2014. Picture taken March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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This picture taken on April 14, 2014 shows burnt vehicles and motorcycles after an attack in Abuja AFP Photo


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Palestinians walk past the wreckage of a motorbike whose driver was injured by an Israeli air strike in Deir al-Balah, on February 9, 2014 AFP Photo/Said Khatib

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Palestinians look at a motorcycle, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in the northern Gaza Strip January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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Palestinians walk near the debris of a damaged motorcycle after an Israeli airstrike in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The Israeli military says it has carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip targeting a Palestinian militant, Abdallah Kharti, who it says is affiliated with the Popular Resistance Committees militant group, and that Kharti planned and carried out numerous rocket attacks on Israel. A Gaza health official says the targeted man was critically wounded. AP Photo/Hatem Moussa


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A man stands near a burning motorbike at the site of a car bomb attack at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey, in Idlib January 20, 2014. Two car bombs hit a rebel-held border post in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib on Monday, opposition activists and fighters said, killing at least 10 people and closing the frontier. The Bab al-Hawa crossing is held by a rebel alliance called the Islamic Front, which have been fighting with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a small but powerful affiliate of al Qaeda with a core of foreign fighters. REUTERS/Amer Alfaj

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A damaged motorcycle is seen on the ground as people walk at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din


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Thailand        © REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

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Thai security personnel inspect the wreckage of a police motorcycle after a bomb attack on a roadside in Yala province, south of Bangkok January 14, 2014. Two policemen on patrol were killed in the explosion and three others injured as they were making their way to provide escort services to teachers travelling back from school, according to the local police. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom< /td>


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A protester throws stones at a motorcycle after the rider tried to past a barricade in Caracas February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Marco Bello

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A motorcycle taxi driver walks past burning motorcycles set ablaze by anti-government demonstrators at Altamira Square in Caracas February 26, 2014. Pope Francis called on Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest for a decade. Both political camps were demonstrating in cities around the country. In the capital Caracas, female opposition supporters rallied while agricultural workers marched to the presidential palace in support of the socialist government. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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A burnt motorcycle is seen during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, about 410 miles (660 km) southwest of Caracas, February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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An anti-government protester burns a motorcycle that belongs to the Bolivarian National Police in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 31, 2014. Anti-government protests began in mid-February against high crime, inflation and shortages of basic goods. AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra


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