Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under Web Author: Mike Werner
Hey, where did all the motorcycle articles go? One nice week and everyone is out riding and not writing. Oh well, I did find a few interesting articles that appeared over the last week to keep you amused.
Allan Karl is a famous world traveller having gone round the globe on his motorcycle, published a successful book about it (including many recipes from the countries he visited), and now he's hosting a travel TV show.
The Turkish 3D Designer, Mehmet Doruk Erdem, has some serious designer talents. One of his favorite objects is the motorcycle, so he has made some really beautiful designs. Two of them struck me... both are based on BMW motorcycles. Have a look at this designer's talent.
The Scottish police and government understand very well that motorcycle safety campaigns don't need to be boring or full of gore and shock effects. In fact, their campaign, called 'Live Fast Die Old' is perfect. And their video is even better. Check out the three old geezers. And what is that Llama doing in the hotel room? Funny, well done safety PSA.
Mash, the Chinese/French motorcycle manufacturer, have released after their successful presentation at Eicma, the Mash Von Dutch 400 motorcycle. A nice retro looking motorcycle, which even includes a kickstarter.
Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under France Author: Mike Werner
Parking tickets are a nuisance. Many cities start charging for parking, be it cars or motorcycles, to get money into their coffers and to try to reduce the number of vehicles entering their fair city.
In the old days, because yes, this is something that has been going on for decades, a parking meter maid would slip a piece of paper under your windshield wipers, or for motorcycles jam it in your saddle or somewhere else were the wind would not blow it away. Then when you came to your motorcycle, you know you had a ticket and could do something about it. Like protest that you were just getting your keys, or whatever excuse you had.
At least you had a fighting chance. But no more today. Now, parking meter maids (although nowadays there are as many guys as there are gals doing this thankless job) are equipped with state-of-the-art electronic equipment. In Paris, France they walk around and enter your license plate in an electronic-style PDA, plus they enter the location. Some units are even smarter. They just point their device to your license plate, it gets scanned, the onboard GPS records the location and time. There... you are in the system.
One or two weeks later you get a nice letter from the authorities asking you to part with your first born, or at least an arm and a leg. And there's nothing you can do about it.
In Paris, the parking meter maids can place a small piece of paper on your vehicle to say that you are being served fined for parking. But it's not mandatory, so it's rarely done. And why should they? They need the money, and the less chance or time you have to fight the fine, the better it's for them. In France, for you to fight any fine, you need to pay it first and then go through a wringer trying to get your money back.
So new technology may have helped the authorities, but it's creating a nightmare for us bikers.
Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under FunnyEntertainment Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Merry-go-rounds are boring for us adults (usually), but not if you've got a motorcycle or scooter, or two. Place your bike's rear wheel on the big wheel, and watch all the kids vomit up their school lunch.
Several articles have already been written about this marvelous new product from Volvo. It's not a car product but a general paint spray. The spray is called Life Paint, and its main attribute is that it's invisible. But it's only invisible during the daytime. At night, it become very visible.
Volvo Life Paint is meant for cyclists to protect them at night, enabling car (and motorcycle) drivers to see them much better. That is because Life Paint is a light reflective product, meaning when light is shined on it, it reflects the light.
Spray the paint on any object; the bicycle, clothes, backpack and/or helmet and during the day, you'll not see any difference with the original colors. But at night time, shine a light on it, and instantly it becomes very visible.
Volvo made a infommercial about the product, here it is:
Obviously, this will work quite well for motorcycle riders. It'll not change the colors of your motorcycle, leathers, topcase, backpack and helmet, but at night, you'll just be much more visible.
But there is one negative side to the paint..... the paint job only lasts about a week, then it's gone and you'll need to reapply the paint. So in real terms, if you normally ride only during the day, it's of no use. If you have planned times that you need to ride at night, this could be a wise investment.
Mash, the French/Chinese motorcycle brand (made in China, assembled in France) has some nice, and more important, cheap motorcycles (see related articles below).
Last year at the Italian motorcycle exhibition Eicma, Mash presented a "concept" of a retro motorcycle designed by Von Dutch. The new bike, called the Mash 400 Von Dutch looks, and probably feels like an old bike.
Only 200 units are made of this bike, and 100 of them will be sold in France.
The 13 liter fuel tank is numbered and signed by Von Dutch. The full leather saddle itself is 780 mm above the ground.
The tires used are Metzeler Karoo 2, off road tires.
It even has a kickstarter (and an electric one) and some nicely done leather belts. The 400cc engine develops 27 hp at 7000 rpm (19.5 kW).
The front mudguard/fender can be adjusted in height. The bike weigh 151 kg.
So a nice looking package, and one of the more "expensive" motorcycles from Mash. Price: €6490. So a nice little run-around...
Mash, a joint-venture between a French and a Chinese company, makes some very interesting retro motorcycles sold for modest sums. Mash have now extended their growing range with the 400 Adventure motorcycle. Sold cheap and looks interesting. But it'll not beat BMW, or KTM, or Kawasaki, or ... etc.
An Indian couple rides a motorcycle through a dusty road in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Air pollution kills millions of people every year, including more than 627,000 in India, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO puts 13 Indian cities in the world's 20 most polluted, with New Delhi deemed the filthiest, while pollution levels even in the countryside are often several times above what is deemed safe. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under IdeasEntertainment Author: Mike Werner
I don't know about you, but early on in school, I was taught that perpetual motion machines do not, and can not, exist. No matter how smart you think you are, it just can not be done. Like travelling faster than light. Or going back in time. Or me dating Michelle Pfeiffer.
Richard Chastain from Kentucky thinks you (and me) are wrong. And he's willing to put money into the project to prove you wrong. Not his money of course, but yours. So he put the idea into crowd-funding site IndieGoGo. And to be honest, he's calling the project Self-Propelled Motor, so he's not trying to fuddle the concept...
He's only asking for US$250,000, and to prove his point, he has made a video (see it below) that explains his "concept".
Now, I dare you to watch the video and not a) fall asleep in 30 seconds or b) go to the nearby drug dealer and get a big bag of weed. Because when this dude is explaining, I'm assuming he's got his own big bag of Mexican grass and he's using it all during the 12 minutes that the video lasts.
Let me demonstrate. Here's an excerpt of his monologue:
One means of performance selection is to initiate a calibration of the meshing gears teeth volume to equal 2-times the volume of the impeller volume circuit of revolutions and add one volume of the impeller circuit of revolutions to the meshing gears for three times the volume of the impeller, then add one volume for four times the volume of the impeller and so on, five times, six times etc and each time find out whether or not increasing the volume reduces the performance of the self-propelled motor.
Are you still with us??? Wake up!!
Needless to say, after 2 months in the system, he has collected the enormous, perpetual, sum of 0 $.
Here is the great crowd-funding project that will really launch electric motorcycles into the 21st century. A recharge your electric motorcycle at will without having to go to a charging station. Ride round the world on your electric motorcycle. All you need is this revolutionary magnet engine.
Sometimes it hurts me when I see a crowd-funding project which I know will fail miserably while the project owner firmly believes he has found the Egg of Columbus. In this case it is the Wind Cycle project on Kickstarter.
If you have a look at the introduction video, you can see that Brandon really believes it can work, but physics will prove him wrong. The idea is to use Ultra Capacitors instead of batteries, and have them charged while you ride your electric motorcycle using wind turbines.
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