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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 23 January 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Freezing cold and still not recovered from a major flu attack. All I can do is dream of riding a motorcycle in warm weather, a dream that keeps me going through bouts of coughing, sneezing and other nasty things. Thankfully I've been able to read some interesting articles over the last week to keep me going. Here are a few you may have missed.




Enjoy

Happiness on a Motorcycle – How Long Can It Last? Open link in a new window
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Country: Canada flag  Canada
Date: 19JAN
Summary: You're in love with your motorcycle, but then you see another one in the dealer. Is love over?


Mobility And Danger In India Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Scooter Girl Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 20JAN
Summary: To make things safer for women in India, they are recommended to use a scooter. Beats being raped, but the irony...


Racism In The Paddock Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 21JAN
Summary: Is the motorcycle racing world racist? Will there ever be a black MotoGP champion? Thought provoking article.


Year Of The Goose Part 1 An Experiment In Motorcycling Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Car and Driver Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 21JAN
Summary: After 30 years of not motorcycling, spending his teenage years with bikes, the author gets back on one. Here is an interesting article (part 1) on his experience.


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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - Idea: Lockdown - Another Failed Way To Enable Crowd-Funding

Kickstarter Project Lockdown
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More and more dud projects are coming out on crowd-funding sites. Here is one that failed miserably, both in concept and in sales/presentation.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 - Video: Interesting Motorcycle Safety PSA From The USA

Washington DOL Motorcycle Awareness Video
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A nicely done motorcycle awareness PSA from Washington State, USA. The first minute is pretty boring, but then it gets interesting. Have a look.
Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - Idea: Another Bad One Bites The Dust - Improved Safety Jacket

Improved Safety Jacket
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Here's a beauty. Corey is looking at getting US$300,000 so he can develop a parachute for motorcycle jackets! Oh yeah, that'll work...
Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - Video: Pretty Good Commercial From Pegasus Motorcycles

Pegasus Motorbike Commercial
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Here is a pretty good TV commercial from a local motorcycle manufacturer in Bangladesh called Pegasus Motorbike. Never heard of them, can't find them, but their ad is pretty good.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - One Of The Best Harley-Davidson Advertisements - Peanuts

Harley Airplane Ad
Harley-Davidson logo
One Harley-Davidson ad springs out head over shoulders. One of their best, most brilliant ads I've seen, and it's from 2002. So going back in time, here is the peanut ad.







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France: Paris - Motorcycles and Cars Set On Fire

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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As if there aren't enough problems in the French capital Paris. Between terrorist attempts, politicians who don't know the front from their rear and relentless police actions towards motorcyclists, it's becoming more and more difficult to live in this big city. And now this....

Some gang of vandals have come up with a new "game": set fire to vehicles. They struck on January 18th, early in the morning by setting on fire 11 motorcycles and scooters that were parked on 2-wheel parking areas (they also lit up 30 cars). All this in one road in the 15th district of Paris.

It's not the first time this has happened, but it is the biggest. On the 11th of January, 4 cars were set on fire and on the 17th, 27 cars were burned.

The police has no clues to what is going on. Is it a gang? Just vandals or people sending a message? But whatever or whoever they are, they are visibly very sick puppies.

It's time Paris started being more like London, and place CCTVClosed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. cameras all over the place. Catch the feckers who make the city unsafe.

Just imagine how you will feel when you come down to the street to go to work on your motorcycles, and your bike is still smothering. Ready to kill! Shooting Smiley

Via: Le Parisien <- Moto Magazine (fr)




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One Of The Best Harley-Davidson Advertisements - Peanuts

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Ads Harley-Davidson
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Harley-Davidson logo
In recent years, Harley-Davidson has been coming out of bad or doubtful ads, both for print and TV commercials. In recent years, Harley's ads were designed to shock, not really inform and allow people to make intelligent choices.

But from all the ads Harley-Davidson floats into the motorcycle community, one stands out. It's not because of the visual image, the colors or anything like that. It's the one-liner that is written under the image. That one gets to me - down to the core.

Have a look. What do you think? Brilliant or not? The ad was released in January 2002, so a long time ago.

Click for bigger version of Harley Airplane Ad
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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USA: AAA - Blind Spot Monitoring Not Effective To Spot Motorcycles

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the advances in technology for cars is a good thing, but car drivers need to watch out. For example, the AAA say that the new development in recent cars with regards to blind spot monitoring is very good, since these high-tech systems allow the car drivers to be warned in case someone is in their blind spot, but they are not 100% perfect.

According to the AAA, the blind spot monitoring systems in cars take some 26% more time in identifying a motorcycle. What that means, is that the car drivers are going to be less aware on what is happening around them, since they now have a sophisticated computer system looking after them. This way, if they want to change lanes, they don't really need to look carefully, since the computer will warn them if there's a vehicle just besides them.

Blind Spot Monitoring System

But if the vehicle is a motorcycle, they will be warned too late, and we'll be facing a crash. So car drivers will need to continue being on alert, which could be a big issue. They have just paid a lot of money for these systems, and then they will be asked to continue being vigilant. And as we all know, human nature rules, it ain't going to happen. What we probably will see, is more and more accidents where the car driver is no longer paying attention.

Unless... car manufacturers upgrade their technology. Or maybe the law should step in, or some lawyers, and sue the daylights out of manufacturers for bringing out equipment that is not 100%

Via: Dealer News




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New Very Portable Breathalyzer - Key Chain - Breeze

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Gadgets Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Small, smart and very portable alcohol breathalyzers (BAC - Blood Alcohol Content) are becoming more and more popular. In today's very strict drinking & driving rules, and the police strong enforcement, no-one wants to be caught riding a motorcycle with a few beers under their belt. In some countries, it's the end of the ride for you, or the end of your riding license or motorcycle.

So more and more very small and intelligent breathalyzers are coming onto the market, and most of them work in conjunction with your smartphone (see related articles below). The latest comes from Breathometer and is called Breeze.

Breeze is a very small electronic Breathalyzer that you can hook up as key chain, it's that small and portable. Or you can just clip it to your belt with a supplied clip. Breeze weighs 0.97 oz.

Blow into Breeze for a few seconds, and via Bluetooth, Breeze sends the data to your smartphone (iPhone or Android) which than finishes the analyzes.

Breeze Key Chain

It will tell you within seconds with law enforcement grade accuracy whether you should start up your motorcycle or not. And if the answer is NO, then 1) Breeze will tell you at what time you will be able to be legal to drive, or 2) will call a taxi/Uber or even recommend a hotel close-by.

Breeze Key Chain

This way there is no hiding whether you didn't know whether you were drunk or not. In some countries, like here in France, it is mandatory to have a working Breathalyzer on you in a car. So this is a nice alternative.

Price: US$199

Click her to read more about Breeze or to buy it Open Store.Breathometer link in a new window.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014 - Drunk Or Not? Quick Way To Check

BACTrack Vio
BACTrack Vio
Getting caught DUI is not good, and not smart. But carrying breathalyzers is never easy. BACtrack have a very small device called Vio that works with your smartphone, and not only tells you if you are drunk, but also when you will be sober.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - Smartphone Based Alcohol Breathalyzer

Alcootel testing
USA flag
Here's something that might satisfy the safety nazis in France. With their new mandatory-breathalyzers-but-no-sanction-if-caught law in France, every vehicle, including foreign registered ones, will require to have a working breathalyzer onboard, but if you get caught, you'll not be fined (I know, it's stupid but that's politics for you).

The Alcohoot is a Bluetooth device that works are a breathalyzer. It pairs with your smartphone (iPhone in the beginning, Android later) and you blow into the device. The data is sent over to your phone where it is analyzed, but more smartly than the breathalyzers used by LEOs since it uses your gender, age, weight and height to correctly tell you if you should be riding your motorcycle or not.
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 - Know You Alcohol Riding Limits! There Is An App For That

Alcootel testing
Alcootel smartphone app
Knowing whether you are at the legal limit to ride your motorcycle is quite easy if you have this app.

Made by the French insurance company MAAF, it'll ask you a few questions, and then tell you if you can get on your motorcycle. Available for a large variety of smartphone, and on their web site.

Or you could just blow into your mobile phone, and it'll tell you you're drunk (or you need mints).


Via: Autoblog




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Covering Your Motorcycle For Rain - Good, But Too Late

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Covering your motorcycle when it sleeps outside is a good idea, especially when you get a bit of rain. You don't want your ride to get all wet, do you?

But it's a bit too late for this chap.

Covering for rain







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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Movie: Johnny Depp, Ural Motorcycles and Mortdecai

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Entertainment Sidecar
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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This year another great and funny movie will hit the silk screen in theaters around the world called Mortdecai. The movie is full of A-list stars, with as main actor none other than Johnny Depp, but also the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn, and Ewan McGregor, Jeff Goldblum et al.

The movie is a comedy. Here's the summary:

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.


But the most important "actor", at least for us bikers, is Ural. There is an epic chase sequence using a Ural sidecar, racing through London. One of the people responsible for the chase sequence contacted me, and told me the following;

Mortdecai movie Ural

It's one of the longest sidecar chase sequence ever filmed. They used three Ural motorcycles for the film, all looking exactly alike. Paul Bettany does the "riding" with Johnny Depp sitting in the sidecar (obviously not in real, using stunt doubles), but all the action scenes are real.

It took 7 nights shooting in locations around London, and they even had a dual carriage way closed for the filming.

So there you go. Here's one interesting, and what looks like a really funny movie (watch the trailer below) to go and see when it opens next week.

Click here to read more about the Mortdecai movie on IMDB Open Click here to read more about the Mortdecai movie on IMDB link in a new window

Thanks for the info MPC!








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