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Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Patent: Rejoice! No More Water On Motorcycle Visors When It Rains

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Boy, am I happy that I saw this patent application. A patent was filed to prevent rain from falling on your motorcycle helmet visor. Cool he? So when you ride in the rain, this patent is going to prevent rain from staying on your visor. No more wiping the visor with your gloves, no more spraying Rain-X Open Rain-X link in a new windowon it. Easy, just use this invention and you're done.

The patent calls for compressed air to be blown onto the visor (or windshield of a car). With high velocity, the air is rushed over the object, removing any rain water, making the visor clear.

<SARCASM ON>Great stuff, finally a patent that works for us motorcycle riders. <SARCASM OFF> Of course you are going to need to ride with a bottle of compressed air, or a compressor attached to your motorcycle....

Patent Compressed Air Visor Cleaning

..... Not to mention the noise that the compressed air will generate through the nozzles in your helmet. You attach the helmet to a bottle of compressed air (#1), and the air then sprouts out of the nozzles (#2).

Maybe, ... maybe, this would work on a car, but then the increased weight of compressed air, plus the noise would drive me insane. No, sorry ... back to the drawing board you go. You will need to invent something much more practical to make your fortune.

Click here to read the compressed air patent Open Google link in a new window.






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Idea: Smart Tire Pressure Monitor System for Motorcycles

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Bluetooth Gadgets Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Proper tire pressure on your motorcycle is paramount! The wrong tire pressure not only will cost you more fuel, but can cost you your life. There are quite a few Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) available on the market (we're tested a few, see related articles below), but here is one that is slightly different.

The system, called CycleAT Open CycleAT link in a new window, is currently in Kickstarter Open Kickstarter link in a new window, the crowd-funding site, looking for money to make the project a reality. Remember that with Kickstarter, you do not pay any money until the financial goals have been met, so if they don't make it, you don't loose anything.

CycleAT

CycleAT is a device that gets placed on top of the motorcycle's tire valve. The device is then paired via Bluetooth with your smartphone. Once paired (i.e. wirelessly introduced to each other), it streams live data to your phone. The data is:
  • Tire Pressure
  • Tire Temperature
  • Movement/motion (alignment)
  • Speed
The movement/motion data is interesting and a novel idea. Using dual accelerometer technology incorporated in the device coupled with a database of different tires and their performance, you can see if your tires are working 100% for you. You can map at what temperatures you can get the best performance.

CycleAT

The design of the CycleAT has two different models, depending on your motorcycle's wheels and spokes. One goes high, the other goes lower down.

CycleAT

All this data is streamed to your smartphone (Apple first, then Android and even Pebble watch). You can monitor your tires while riding, or look at the data later.

The device has a rechargeable battery that will last 100 hours. After that, you need 2.5 hours to recharge it. The tire pressure envelop is more than enough, 0 to 200 psi.

If you need to top up your tires (or let air out), you don't need to remove the device. Place the air nozzle right on top of the device and start filling up with air. take your smartphone out and you can even see the exact tire pressure.

The initial backers (the first to pledge money) will get 2 CycleAT devices for US$139 (estimated to be around march 2015). The second batch of early birds will get it at US$149 with delivery April 2015. If you don't back the project, expect to be paying US$199.

If they exceed their funding goal of US$80K (at time of writing they had just started and are already at US$15K), and if the reach US$250, they will make the model half the size and half the weight.

Click here to access the CycleAT Kickstarter project page Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to access the CycleAT web site Open Click here to access the CycleAT web site link in a new window.
Click here to access the CycleAT Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window.

Have a look at the introduction video below:



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Monday, June 24th, 2013 - Product Review: Tyredog TPMS For Motorcycles

TyreDog TPMS
TyreDog TPMS
Quite some time ago I reviewed a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from Tire Watch. Since then, I have always had the TPMS on my motorcycles, since I'm lazy but safety conscious. I will check tires visually, but can not be bothered to put a pressure gauge to the tires unless I think they need adjustment. A TPMS is heaven sent, since it shows on a display what your tire pressures are.

And believe me, it is important to have the right tire pressure, and also remember that pressures change depending on the load; alone, with pillion and/or with cargo.

My Honda GL-1800 Gold Wing is of a year that doesn't incorporate a built-in TPMS, so I put one on. This time I opted for one from the Taiwanese company Tyredog. Technology has changed over the years, even in TPMS systems.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Tire Watch - Technology Serving Bikers

Tire Watch
A comprehensive review of the "Tire Watch" product, a wireless monitoring device of your tires pressure and temperature (and outside temperature).

Want to save your life, and save money on your gasoline bill ??

You may want to invest in this product.


Via: Anwb Motor




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The Easy Way Of Finishing The Tour de France

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Funny France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Tour de France logo
There are many ways to finish the tough Tour de France bicycle race, almost all involve superhuman efforts.

But this cyclist found the easy way, and it involves a motorcycle. But somehow I do not think this is legal.... though it looks like all are having fun.




Tdf 2014 On Motorcycle Cop Behind
© AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

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France's Perrig Quemeneur rides on the back of the motorcycle of a French gendarme as France's Cyril Gautier, right carries his bicycle during the team parade of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Top Internet Stories - 25 July 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I have been working for a week without glasses since mine fell out of my pocket during a motorcycle ride, and got crushed by 100's of tractors. It has not been easy to write articles, so any spelling mistakes... ooops. I should have a new pair tomorrow, so back to normal. But it didn't prevent me from reading many interesting articles, which I will share with you.



Enjoy

Ride Review: Energica Ego Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 19JUL
Summary: Jensen had the good fortune to be invited to test the electric Energica Ego sports motorcycle, here is his impression.


A Motorcycle Addiction Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: slightlycorkedandmore Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 20JUL
Summary: Are you addicted to motorcycles? Read on...


Hands On With The Worlds First HUD Motorcycle Helmet Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22JUL
Summary: A detailed review of the revolutionary Skully motorcycle helmet with integrated Heads Up Display (HUD).


Harley Davidson Street Shipments Delayed Because Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Milwaukee Business Journal Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22JUL
Summary: Harley-Davidson is having supply problems on their new motorcycles that is causing severe delays.


The 2014 Bike Exif Awards, Part I Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: New Zealand flag  New Zealand
Date: 22JUL
Summary: Bike Exif is an authority on custom motorcycles, here are the 1H 2014 top bikes according to 100,000's of its readers.


Thailand Revolution Motorcycle Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: The New York Review of Books Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 23JUL
Summary: Interesting articles on the usage of motorcycles in Thailand.


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Monday, July 21, 2014 - Tour de France 2014: The Motorcycle Police

Tour de France 2012 The Race
Tour de France logo
We're almost getting towards the end of the famous Tour de France for 2014, and I know many motorcycle riders like watching the TdF, not only for the cyclist's inhuman efforts, but also the 100's of motorcycles that ride with the Tour.

One such group of motorcycles play a very important role for the Tour; the motorcycle police.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - Patent: Chinese Guy Patents Motorcycle Starter Button - Shocking

Patent Motorcycle Start Button
China flag
In a shocking development, some guy in China has patented a motorcycle starter button. YES - no more kickstarters. Why didn't I think of that?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Russia: Amazingly Detailed Wooden Motorcycle - Beauty

Wooden IZH 49
Russia flag
A carpenter in Russia to keep himself occupied during those long winter nights created this master piece: a 1:1 detailed copy of the Russian IZH-49 motorcycle. An amazing detailed copy made totally out of wood. Impressive.








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France: Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy Shows How To Ride Motorcycle, NOT!

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Celebrities France Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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For the former president of France, Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy, who was known to be very strict regarding the rules of the road, the man who started the speed radars craze, the gigantic vehicle repression, but also the man who reduced road fatalities, he should know better.

Sarkozy got caught by the Paris-Match Open Paris-Match link in a new window magazine riding a Vespa scooter with his lovely wife, none of them dressed appropriately for riding a PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds. No protected clothes, no gloves and more importantly, NO HELMET!


What kind of an example does this give, if the man repressed anything that moved on the the road in the interest of road safety, but he himself does not show the example. He has been known to be riding his scooters dressed at least with a helmet but no other gear (see related article below).

It must be a French presidential thing... current president Francois Holland got caught riding a scooter to see his mistress, wearing a helmet but not fastened (see related article below).

I guess it's a "do as I say, not as I do" thing.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 - France: The President of France Also Rides A Motorcycle

President Sarkozy on a Piaggio
The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been spotted riding a Piaggio scooter during his summer holidays.

Despite the fact that he should be fined €135 and docked 3 points from his license, for not properly wearing his helmet, I think it's great news. Maybe he'll understand the joy we get from riding motorcycles, and leave us alone...
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - France: President Hollande Sells Many Motorcycle Helmets

Juliet Gayet Francois Hollande Closer Helmet
France flag
French President Hollande got in the news recently when he visited his mistress on a scooter. Now the helmet manufacturer is thanking the President for the enormous sales of that model helmet.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - France: Do As I Say, Not As I Do #823743

Segolene Royal Electric Car
France flag
The president of France stated when elected that he and his cabinet would never speed, and always follow the rules of the road. He promised! 2 years later, what do you think happened to those promises?


Via: Paris-Match




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China: Talk About Obstacles On Your Daily Motorcycle Commute!

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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That is not what you want to see on your daily motorcycle commute.

China Typhoon Rammasun Trees Obstacles
© Reuters

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A resident falls off his motorcycle after riding into fallen tree branches along a street, after Typhoon Rammasun hit Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. REUTERS/Stringer


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Sidi Magnetic Motorcycle Boots - Mag-1

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Sidi logo
Italian Sidi Open Sidi in a new window make some fine motorcycle riding gear. They understand important things like proper closing boots, not boots that have straps that you set to a predefined width, but straps that close to the exact width you require. No feet are alike, so widths vary.

Sidi has an upmarket, therefore more expensive, motorcycle boot that closes with a magnetic strap. The advantage is that you can close it to the exact width you require. Like when your feet are a bit swollen after a night drinking, you make it bigger, or smaller if it's colder.

Sidi Mag 1

Called the Mag-1 Open Mag-1 link in a new window, the boots allow for a complete adjustment, since the strap goes around the leg's calf.  Arch and Achilles areas are covered with Sidi’s exclusive elastic textile and injection molded polyurethane comfort panels. The arch area utilizes two TPU bands next to the TECNO-3 Magnetic closures, for a maximum support and wrap of the arches.

Sidi Mag 1

Asymmetric and shaped shock absorbing heel cup, smooth and flat inside, for more adherence with the bike, with shock absorbing system in the back and outside. The shell and the shock absorbing system are replaceable through a screw and an interlocking system.

Sidi Mag 1

The shin plate can be replaced. The boots are available in Whiter or in Black.

Cost: Around US$495 / €375 / UK£279

Click here to read more about the Sidi Mag-1 boots Open Click here to read more about the Sidi Mag-1 bootd link in a new window

Via: L'equipement






 
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