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Monday, September 1st, 2014

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10 Flags and Motorcycles from Around the World - Part 3

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Lists Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Always colorful, always nice to see, even if some of the reasons are not that nice. Flying flags on motorcycles is something many bikers do around the world, so here is the 3rd part of our series "Flags and motorcycles", 10 colorful photos.

The other can be seen here:
- Part 1 Open link in a new window
- Part 2 Open link in a new window

Brazil flag
Brazil




Motorcycles Flags Brazil
© AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

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A soccer fan wears a motorcycle helmet with a Brazil national flag in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Motorcycles Flags Brazil
© REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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A fan on a motorcycle holds a flag as he waits outside of the venue as Brazil's national soccer team attends a training session at Estadio Presidente Vargas stadium in Fortaleza, July 3, 2014. Brazil will play Colombia in a quarter-final game in Fortaleza on July 4. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Egypt flag
Egypt




Motorcycles Flags Egypt
© AP Photo/Amr Nabil

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An Egyptian family ride their motorbike holding a national flag as they celebrate the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 8, 2014. El-Sissi was sworn in Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. AP Photo/Amr Nabil


Indonesia flag
Indonesia




Motorcycles Flags Indonesia
© AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

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A supporter of Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, popularly known as 'Jokowi', performs a stunt with his motorbike during a campaign rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Indonesia will hold its presidential poll on July 9. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)


Pakistan flag
Pakistan




Motorcycles Flags Pakistan
© AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

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A Pakistani father and his four children, ride a motorcycle along a road, and waving their national flag, as they celebrate the 68th Independence Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Motorcycles Flags Pakistan
© REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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Supporters of cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan are seen from a window of a car as they ride a motorcycle while carrying a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party flag, during a Freedom March in Gujrat August 15, 2014. Clashes broke out Friday as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two anti-government movements converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro


Syria flag
Syria




Motorcycles Flags Syria
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A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer


USA flag
USA




Motorcycles Flags USA
© AP Photo/Molly Riley

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Riders participate in the the annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' motorcycle rally in Washington, Sunday, May 25, 2014.  AP Photo/Molly Riley

Motorcycles Flags USA
© AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney

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Robin and Vinni Catalano ride a flag-bedecked Harley Street Glide motorcycle Friday, July 4, 2014, during the annual Independence Day Parade in Kenai, Alaska. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)


Vietnam flag
Vietnam




Motorcycles Flags Vietnam
© AP Photo/Jeff Nesmith

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A protesters holds a Vietnamese flag while getting onto a motorbike on the corner of a street in Quan Doan 4, Binh Duong province, near Song Than 2 Industrial Park in Vietnam, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters, officials said Wednesday. The unrest at industrial parks near Ho Chi Minh City is the most serious outbreak of public disorder in the tightly controlled country in years. AP Photo/Jeff Nesmith







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Book Review: The (r)Evolution of the Empulse

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Books Product Review Brammo Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is an eBook that's different from many others; IT'S FREE. Yes, this book is free, and on top of that it's a good book. The book is entitled "The (r)Evolution of the Empulse Open Itunes.Apple link in a new window" by Charles Lee, and the book centers around the making of the Brammo Empulse, the electric motorcycle.

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The narrative is well done, interesting to follow to see how the Empulse came to be, and what they have been doing to it since the beginning. There are many illustrations, photos, videos, diagrams which you will not find (yet) on the internet.

Obviously electric vehicles lovers will be interested in this book, but also motorcycle riders in general - just to know what goes into the designing and making of an electric motorcycle.

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Published over a year ago in print format, the book is in a coffee table format, 71 pages with many photos. It's in English and if I would have one criticism, it's that the eBook is formatted on the iPad as a printed book, i.e. you get two pages at the time, and if you want to see one page, you need to manually zoom in. Not a big issue, but a slight irritant.

But for the rest it's a nice book, and as I said in the beginning, it's free.

Click here to access the "The (r)Evolution of the Empulse" on Apple iTunes Open Itunes.Apple link in a new window
Click here if you want to buy a printed version of the book at Blurb Open Click here if you want to buy a printed version of the book at Blurb link in a new window.






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Annual Ural European Meeting - Sense Of Humor

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Sidecar Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Ural logo
Ural Open link in a new window motorcycles, the Russian motorcycle manufacturer, is holding their annual gathering of Ural owners and fans. Apart from the traditional gathering from many parts of Europe to eat, drink and be merry, there are also the ride outs (no off-roads because of the geographical situation) with road books and visit to local touristy things, like cheese makers and villages.

There are different accommodations possible, including camping. The venue is Postalm, Austria Click for map and it is being held between 5 and 7 September. Already over 100 participants have applied.

But what's pretty funny is the event poster. Just look at the cow on the right. Which PR person thought that one up?

Click here for much more information about the Annual European Ural Gathering Open Ural link in a new window.

Ural European Meeting 2014







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Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 29 August 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Last few days of a very cold and wet August. Let's hope and pray for an Indian summer to save some of the riding season. But as usual there have been a few good and interesting motorcycle stories appearing on the internet over the last seven days, which you may have missed. So here they are.




Enjoy

Khardung La - Almost Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Tiffany Coates Travels The World Open link in a new window
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 25AUG
Summary: Part 2 of Tiffany Coats amazing trip leading a group of women on a long and tiring Royal Enfield motorcycle ride through India. Great photos, great story.
Here are the remainder of the stories:
- High Altitude Tyre Tales Open Tiffanystravels.Co link in a new window
- Heading South Open Heading South link in a new window
- Return to Sarchu Open Return to Sarchu link in a new window
- Sarchu Sojourn Open Sarchu Sojourn link in a new window
- Extreme Chills Open Extreme Chills link in a new window
- The Frozen Mountain Open The Frozen Mountain link in a new window
- A Final Bit of Drama Open A Final Bit of Drama link in a new window
- The Rest of the Ladies Join Me Open The Rest of the Ladies Join Me link in a new window
- On Your Marks, Get Set...Go Open On Your Marks, Get Set...Go link in a new window
- On the Road Open On the Road link in a new window


Motorcycle Pants I Actually We Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: BoingBoing Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26AUG
Summary: Someone discovered Dainese Yamato Evo motorcycle pants.


Brookfield Harley Lover Is 100 And Still Biking B99339123Z1 272813261 Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Brookfield NOW Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27AUG
Summary: I know who I want to be when I grow up. 100 years old and just bought his 16th motorcycle. Respect!


Filipino Motorcycle Tandem Assassins: A Rapidly Growing National Cancer Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Get Real Philippines Open link in a new window
Country: Philippines flag  Philippines
Date: 27AUG
Summary: Motorcycle riding hired killers apparently have become rampant in the Philippines; For as little as US$200 you can hire a killer.


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Monday, August 25, 2014 - Video: First Ever Gyrocam On A Stunt Motorcycle

Palatinus Attila GyroCam Video
Hungary flag
Gyrocams are great in MotoGP races, since you really get the feel of the bike's angles. But Hungarian stuntman Palatinus Attila decided to mount one on his stuntbike and make a really cool video. have a look how impressive this is.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Idea: A See-Through Motorcycle Helmet

C Through helmet
C Through helmet
A new and quite interesting design of a motorcycle helmet that should make riding in the rain easier and better, and more important, safer. It's a design project, but who knows, maybe it will become a reality.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 21 Photos Of Motorcycles Carrying Everything But The Sink - Part 6

Motorcycle Carrying Cargo
Motorcycle Carrying Cargo
Back to being amazed. This is part 6 of a series of photos of motorcycle and scooters carrying anything you can imagine. These bikes are truly versatile, and can carry the craziest things you can image. Some of them are pretty cruel considering they are transporting live animals (just look at the first one), but that's life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - An Ultralight Trailer For Behind Motorcycles

Go Easy motorcycle trailer
Go Easy motorcycle trailer
Towing a trailer behind your motorcycle is a possibility, but only for a few powerful motorcycles. But it doesn't need to be with this very, very, light trailer. Only weighing 125 kgs, almost any motorcycle or scooter can tow it. From SylvanSport, it's called the Go-Easy.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - Idea: Keyless Padlock For Your Motorcycle - Noke

Fuz Noke
Fuz Noke
Here is a very, very, nice crowd-funding project (that is more than fully funded) called Noke. Noke is a solid, well designed (even pretty), sleek padlock that has no key. Press the padlock's shackle, it sends a wireless message to your smartphone that then unlocks the padlock immediately. There's even a smart system in case your smartphone runs out of battery.







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Switzerland: Motorway Wrong Direction Radar

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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This is something I can confirm firsthand: riding my motorcycle on a motorway when suddenly a car appears in the wrong direction, ie on your portion of the motorway instead of the other one. It's not like in the movies when the bad guys are chasing the good guys, and then they drive up the motorway into the upcoming cars, avoiding each one. No, it usually ends up in a drama. Often the drivers who took the wrong part of the motorway were distracted, drunk and/or too feeble-minded. In my case the car thought he was driving in the slow lane, which of course is the fast lane in the right direction, and luckily I was riding on the far right - the real slow lane. So it avoided me and kept going despite all upcoming cars flashing their lights. I don't know how it ended, but it's frightening.

Matrix Wrong Direction Motorway
Scene of movie The Matrix Reloaded

Anyway, this is something that happens all over the world, and in Switzerland they have decided to try something else. The organization that deals with the roads and infrastructure, OFROU Open OFROU link in a new window, has installed radars that will detect if a car is going to wrong way. It then sends messages to electronic message/billboards hoping to get the driver's attention, and warn upcoming cars of the danger. It also automatically notifies the police so they can try to stop the driver.

At this moment it's an experiment, and if it works out, more of these radars will find their way to the Swiss motorways.

When I read this, it also means that they need to install two-side electronic message panels on the motorway...

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Belgium: Old Motorcycle Safety Campaign - Still Very Good

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Ads Video Feeds Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Back in 2009 I showed you a video of a motorcycle safety campaign that was running in Belgium (link Open link in a new window). The main theme was for car drivers not to be surprised by bikers, and for motorcycle riders to make sure they were well seen on the road.

The video was actually funny and though the making was probably quite cheap, the message was loud and clear (just follow the link above to see the "old" video).

But it's only now that I actually saw that there were some print advertisements which went with the campaign. And since they are quite good, I'll show them now (better late than never).

The first one is centered around being seen:

Belgium Safety Ad

The text translates as "Bikers, make sure you are seen".

Belgium Safety Ad

The second one is aimed at car drivers and says "Do not be surprised by bikers, be more watchful".

Not bad PSA for biker safety.






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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Idea: Keyless Padlock For Your Motorcycle - Noke

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Bluetooth
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I just love the stuff coming out of the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Here is another gem from Fuz Designs Open Fuz Designs link in a new window and it's called Noke Open Noke link in a new window. Noke is a keyless padlock that you can use to lock up almost anything.

As padlocks go, this one is pretty, almost sleek in design.

Fuz Noke

It looks simple, there are no key holes, just the holes for the padlock itself and a blue LED indicator. The way it works is simple. You will need a smartphone from Apple or Android. Once you have paired the lock with your phone, you are in business.

Lock up your goodies, like your motorcycle (use a chain and the Noke lock), lock it and go about your business. When you arrive at your motorcycle to ride away, just press the shackle. That sends a Bluetooth wireless signal which your phone will pick up. You don't even need to remove the phone for your pocket or backpack. You don't need to have the app running, all that you need to do is ensure that the phone is on.

Fuz Noke

The phone receives the signal from the Noke and automatically replies. The reply will allow the Noke to unlock the padlock. It's really that simple. They even offer a cable and bike mount, but it has been designed for bicycles so this might not work for motorcycles. The Noke padlock's battery will last a year or so, and the device is rainproof.

But I hear you say that you don't always have your phone with you, or often your phone runs out of battery juice. Does this mean you're stuck since there is no key? Nope! The designers have thought of everything.

Simple keying in a code (which you have set yourself) using the padlock's shackle will unlock the lock. No phone required. Just look at the animation below (if you don't have much bandwidth, you'll need to wait until it loads .. it's pretty big).

Fuz Noke

You can also give other people access to the padlock (they need to have a smartphone of course). You send them a code, and they can access your lock.

No, you don't need to help fund this project (I have, but that's my business) since they are more than fully funded. You can however still get an early bird price for the lock, saving big bucks.

The Kickstarter price is US$59 for one lock (regular price will be US$89). They offer more discounts if you buy more locks.

Click here to access the Kickstarter Noke site Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to access the Fuz Designs Noke site Open Fuzdesigns link in a new window.
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