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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Heading Back Home, Swim or Sink

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Personal Intermot
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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After an evening travelling from Cologne to France, I should be heading back home if everything went well. Regular programming should pick up at 14:00, if the trip went well (if not, a preprogrammed article will appear).

So... was my trip a swim or a sink?

Sink or swim







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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Tired Of Waving To Other Motorcycle Riders? Here Is A Solution

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Waving to other motorcycle riders is part of our culture. You come across another rider on the road, you wave. It's fun, it's good for moral and it bonds bikers.

But sometimes you are in an area where there are so many motorcycles you would have your hand out the whole time. Like when riding to Sturgis, or during summertime in the Dolomite mountains in Europe. That is when waving becomes tedious. But not waving is not the thing to do.

It looks like this biker has the perfect solution:

Tired of waving







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Sports Motorcycle And Want To Bring A Lot Of Gear? SW-Motech Cargobag

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Cargo New Products Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Cologne, Germany
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SW-Motech logo
Granted, sportsbikes aren't made to haul a lot of stuff. They can barely bring the rider. Thin, big engine, sports fairing, often only a single seat, no top or side cases .... things that kind-of send a message: "this is not a motorcycle to haul stuff".

But often bikers do want to bring stuff with them. Going camping, or maybe the rider only has the sportsbike as their only mode of transportation. What to do? Putting a topcase on a sportsbike is crazy. Can you imagine a topcase on a Ducati Panigale? That's like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

SW Motech Cargobag

SW-Motech Open SW-Motech in a new window have an interesting solution called the Cargobag Open Cargobag link in a new window. The Cargobag is slung over either the pillion saddle, or on the tail part of your sports motorcycle. It is then strapped on to the rear.

SW Motech Cargobag

The Cargobag droops over the side, giving you side space as well. The whole bag's volume is 50 liters, more than most topcases. The bag is made out of 1680 ballistic nylon, and has as size 70 x 45 x 40 cm. There is an inner bag that is waterproof. On the product page on their web site is a downloadable manual showing you how to fix the bag to your motorcycle.

SW Motech Cargobag

It beats having a topcase, since topcases will catch more wind and "slow" you down. Here, the bag is sitting lower, so a better for your center of gravity, and away from the wind.

Price: €149.95 Not bad for sportsbikes.

Click here to go to the SW-Motech Cargobag product page Open Shop.Sw-Motech link in a new window (and you can order it right there).

Via: L'equipement




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Intermot 2014: iWashMyBike - Automatic Motorcycle Wash

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Intermot Exhibitions New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Cologne, Germany
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This is for me. Not that I like clean motorcycles, but because I am very lazy. Every time I ride past an automatic car wash, I get jealous. Not for the cars, but the fact that all they need to do is drive in their car, and get the car cleaned from A to Z. If I need to clean my ride, it takes 30-45 minutes, it's painstakingly physical and I never get the bike completely clean. And forget about waxing it afterwards...

A Swiss company, called iWashMyBike Open iWashMyBike link in a new window, has THE solution as shown at this year's Intermot Open link in a new window. It's not something you or I will buy, but a motorcycle dealer or a parking garage, or other places that sees a lot of motorcycles and scooters, could be very interested in this product.

Intermot 2014 IWashMyBike

The product is a fully automatic motorcycle and scooter cleaning booth. You can however not just remain on the bike while it's being cleaned, unlike what happens with cars. But you ride in the bike, get off, close the door and press the go button.

8 to 10 minutes later, you have a pristine as-good-as-new motorcycle. The machine goes through a detergent cycle, then a rising cycle, followed by a wax cycle, then osmosis rinsing and finally a drying cycle.

Intermot 2014 IWashMyBike

The interesting thing is that it recycles the water used (remember this is Swiss... they are ecological people). Once the water is too dirty it is thrown out, but it can be reused several times.

The washing booth has been installed already in places like Paris, Dubai, and the latest installation was at Harley-Davidson Geneva.

The machine itself is built in Italy.

Click here to access the iWashMyBike web site Open Iwashmybike link in a new window (more or less totally in French).

Below is a video of a motorcycle being washed:








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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Intermot 2014: What The Electric BMW Scooter Looks Like Inside

Posted 08:30:00 PM
Filed under  Intermot Exhibitions BMW Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Cologne, Germany
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BMW logo
At Intermot Open link in a new window, BMW Open link in a new window had an interesting static display of their electric scooter, the C-Evolution. We had already been told that the scooter had a lot of batteries, and that they were located in the central part of the scooter. But you don't really form an opinion what it looks like it real life, since you are not able to open up the scooter. Even on an impressive video that shows the assembly of the bike, you don't see how it really looks (link Open link in a new window).

Normally, this is what the C-Evolution looks like

Note: Both photos can be clicked on for a bigger version.

Click for bigger version of BMW C Evolution Review
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So BMW cut open one of their models, and this is what it looks like.

Click for bigger version of Intermot 2014 BMW C Evolution Cut
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Woow; It's quite impressive. You can see 6 batteries (which come from the BMW i3 car) and there's one in the front which you can't see which is the "normal" 12V battery.






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Intermot 2014: KTM Electric SuperMoto -Freeride E-SM

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Intermot Exhibitions KTM Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Cologne, Germany
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KTM logo
It looks like Austrian KTM Open link in a new window have really decided to go into the electric motorcycle business. 2 years ago they announced the electric motocrosser, and recently started promoting them. Today, at Intermot Open link in a new window, KTM announced their electric SuperMoto motorcycle, the Freeride E-SM.

KTM are still very much at the initial stages of getting a fully fledged electric motorcycle line-up, but now with 3 electric bikes (the just mentioned E-SM, the E-XC - enduro bike and the E-SX - the motocross bike), they already have more than their deadly German enemy (who only has an electric scooter). Compared with others in Europe, they even have more; Ducati, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia - none have any electric motorcycles. The only companies offering a real electric motorcycle line-up come from the USA; Brammo and Zero.

In fact, it's strange. Countries like Germany and Austria are very ecological-minded. People there quickly tend to buy stuff that is ecological. There are more and more stricter laws coming out that will make it impossible for ICEInternal Combustion Engine. An engine in which the combustion of a fuel (normally a fossil fuel) occurs with an oxidizer (usually air) in a combustion chamber that is an integral part of the working fluid flow circuit. machines to continue operating. So why aren't there any other manufacturers offering one or several electric motorcycles?

Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM

Back to KTM's presentation. It started in an usual way; Danny Macaskill Open Danny Macaskill link in a new window (a Scottish professional trials bicycle racer, and tester of the KTM electric off-road bikes) entered the stage on a mountain bicycle. He did that by jumping on the KTM information counter, jumping off, and jumping on the stage, all that while never touching the ground with his feet.

Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM

He got a brief interview by the Master of Ceremonies, the famous Toby Moody Open link in a new window, and then the electric supermoto was unveiled.

Click for bigger version of Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM
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(You can click on the photo for a bigger version) From the outside, it looks like any KTM (or other) Supermoto. Long flat saddle, slightly raised and inward tilted handlebars and high off the ground. Until you notice that there is no exhaust. That is when you realize it's electric.

Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM

The removable 300 Volt battery, with a brushless, permanent magnet synchronous engine delivering up to 16 kW (21.5 hp) peak power and 42 Nm of torque. The battery has a capacity of 2.6 kWh, enough for an hour of supermoto fun using the impressive e-power.

To charge the removable battery at 100% takes 80 minutes.

Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM

The bike weighs 110 kgs, and is certified for the European A1 driving license (ed: the first motorcycle riding license you can get in Europe).

Intermot 2014 KTM Freeride E SM

The Freeride E-SM has three operating modes, allowing you to select from more economical riding, to aggressive, dynamic riding.

Price: €11.595

Click here for much more info on the KTM Freeride electric motorcycles range Open Click here for much more info on the KTM Freeride electric motorcycles range link in a new window

Below is a short (and funny) movie on the Freeride.










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Dramatic Increase In Electric Vehicles In The UK

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical Ecology Statistics
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Cologne, Germany
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According to Ecotricity Open Ecotricity link in a new window, a UK based company that supplies green energy, the usage of electric vehicles (though they talk mostly about cars, motorcycles should start becoming of interest as well) is increasing dramatically.

Ecotricity is installing, together with Nissan, fast-chargers alongside the British motorways. To be found currently at 90% of British motorway service stations, EVs can use the fast-chargers for free.

Brammo Electric Charging
Brammo charging in the USA

Last year between October and December 4,080 EVs used the Electric Highway chargers. Q1 2014, this figure jumped to 8,891 EVs and last quarter this figure rose to 15,152; 3 times that over three quarters. In the first 6 months of 2014, the number of EVs on the British roads exceeded 10,000.

It is the fact that these fast chargers are available that is making electric vehicles of interest to the British. You can recharge your EV in 20-30 minutes and continue your journey. The electricity used is generated by sun or wind, so no carbon emissions, no oil and no foreign imports.

Over the next few months, 100% of all motorway service stations will have fast chargers. The problem is that these chargers are currently using the Nissan charging standard, and Ecotrcity is quickly adapting the current crop of chargers to also be able to charge BMW and Volkswagen (Note: in the interest of EV, why the hell don't manufacturers agree to one standard?).

With more and more fast chargers rolling out, British buyers are getting increasingly interested in purchasing electric vehicles.

Via: AVEM




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