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Monday, October 20th, 2014

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And You Thought Riding Motorcycle In Pollution Is Bad? Try This

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Riding your motorcycle in heavy pollution is for wimps. Real bikers ride though fumigation clouds....

Venezuela Fumigation Ride
© REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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People on a motorcycle ride through a cloud as a truck from the Sucre municipality is used to carry out fumigation to help control the spread of Chikungunya and dengue fever, viruses which are carried by mosquitoes, in the Petare slum district of Caracas September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuela Fumigation Ride
© REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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People on a motorcycle ride past as a truck from the Sucre municipality is used to carry out fumigation to help control the spread of Chikungunya and dengue fever, which are caused by viruses carried by mosquitoes, in the Petare slum district of Caracas September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


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Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 17 October

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Fall has hit my part of the world for sure. After a blistering Indian summer, it's time to build an arch and weather the biblical downpour. Very little motorcycle riding, but a lot of internet reading time. So here's a bunch of articles that have appeared last week that you may have missed. For your reading pleasure.




Enjoy

All About Windshield Care And Cleaning Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 11OCT
Summary: Everything you need to know about a mundane thing like cleaning your motorcycle's windshield.


Fastest woman on a motorcycle is an IT analyst from Scunthorpe: 264mph speed record set by amateur racer whose husband built her superbike in their garage Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 11OCT
Summary: 46 year old women sets world speed record on a home built motorcycle.


Electric bikes, the new attraction for motorcycle lovers Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Forbes India Open link in a new window
Country: India flag  India
Date: 13OCT
Summary: The new target for electric motorcycle manufacturers.


Photography Techniques: MotoGP on the Death Star Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Photo.Gp Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 13OCT
Summary: A secret technique exposed from one of the MotoGP racing professional photographers.


The Right Torque for Fasteners is not Only for Engines Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Motorcycle Thailand Open link in a new window
Country: Thailand flag  Thailand
Date: 15OCT
Summary: Why the right torque for fasterners is important, and not only for your motorcycle's engine.


Would You Want Your Daughter Riding Pillion On A Motorcycle Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 15OCT
Summary: Would you let your daughter ride pillion on a motorcycle? Would you? Really?


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Monday, October 13, 2014 - Product Review: Givi Shield+ - Keeping Wind Out Of Your Eyes

Review Givi Shield
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Here is a detailed review of the Givi Shield+ - an add-on to your current motorcycle or scooter windshield. Reduce turbulent air in your face and on your helmet. It works!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Evil Geniuses. I Wish I Thought Of That

Mobile Radar Van UK
UK flag
This is priceless. 4 youth from London, UK decided to have their revenge on a mobile speed radar. And they got it.... perfectly executed! bravo!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Dutch 1%er Biker Gang Joins ISIS Fight

Dutch Bikers Against ISIS
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The Dutch 1%-er motorcycle gang, No Surrender, has gone to Syria to fight AGAINST the ISIS terrorist organization, and the Dutch government is okay with this.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - New High-Tech Helmet: Shark Skwal

Shark Skwal motorcycle helmet with LEDs
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Shark is launching a new helmet next month at Eicma called the Skwal. It's an integral motorcycle helmet, very light and it has 4 onboard LEDs that give you a special "look" and makes you more visible at night.







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Givi: USB Kit Tank Bag - Charge Your Gadgets On The Go

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Gadgets Intermot Exhibitions
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Italian motorcycle accessory maker
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Givi Open link in a new window have been quite busy recently, with a large range of new products. Two weeks ago Givi introduced at the German Intermot Open link in a new window motorcycle exhibition their new tank bag equipped with a mini-USB hub.

The tank bag is relatively small compared to some tank bags, but this one is hooked up to your motorcycle's 12V electrical circuit, and when you open it, you have a small 3 port USB & 12V hub.

The USB & power hub is not fixed to the bag, it's separate, so it can be purchased separately.

Click for bigger version of Givi USB Kit S110 S111
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This means that you can place your phone, mini-tablet, camera and whatever else inside and charge them while you are riding.

Click for bigger version of Givi USB Kit S110 S111
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The top part, on the inside can accommodate a mini-tablet. The hub, part number S111 Open S111 link in a new window needs to be combined with Givi's S110 Open S110 link in a new window which is their 12V wiring.

Givi USB Kit S110 S111

The wiring combination is rain proof, so no worries that you'll electrocute yourself when it's raining.

Givi USB Kit S110 S111

Click here for more info on the Givi S111 hub Open Givi.Co link in a new window






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Video: The Perfect Rush Hour

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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This has got to be the wet dream for any city planner. A rush hour situation where, despite the many different modes of transportation - cars, motorcycle, cyclists, pedestrians - everything runs extremely smoothly.

Smoothly is not the word... synchronized is a better word. And who knows, maybe in the future when Google gets its way and all vehicles are computer driven and driver-less, this might be a scene of a normal rush hour in your city.

Video Rush Hour

The video apparently was made in Argentina by Black Sheep Films Open Black Sheep Films link in a new window.Have a look and marvel at the driving talents...

RUSH HOUR from Black Sheep Films on Vimeo.



... and if you like that, have a look at this incredible video from the same company. The things you can nowadays do with special effects...

AR 1304 from Black Sheep Films on Vimeo.



Via: Motorbeam




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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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New High-Tech Helmet: Shark Skwal

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Helmets Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Shark logo
French motorcycle helmet manufacturer Shark Open Shark in a new window will be presenting at the upcoming EICMA Open link in a new window motorcycle exhibition in Milan next month their latest, and greatest helmet.

The new helmet is called Skwal, and will be replacing their popular S900 integral (full face) helmet. But the new helmet is totally new, redesigned from the ground up and offering new technology.

Shark Skwal motorcycle helmet with LEDs

The Skwal has a new visor system using their Autoseal mechanism. This spring based visor not only keeps the visor perfectly in place, keeping rain water out, but more importantly, keeping sound out. So the helmet is much more quite. It also uses the sunvisor based on the Pinlock MaxVision, giving a you retractable sunvisor with a great and clear vision.

Shark Skwal motorcycle helmet with LEDs

The high-tech part of the helmet is the integration of 4 colored LEDs. These are place at the air inlets at the chin and top as well as at the rear spoilers.

Once you turn them on, they emit a yellow/green color, which not only makes you stand out in the crowd, but also raises your visibility at night. The LED lights can be turn on permanently, or set to blink. If you have them turned on permanently the battery will last 5 hours. Blinking will last 8 hours. The onboard battery is charged via a USB port.

Shark Skwal motorcycle helmet with LEDs

The helmet is also prepared and ready for their wireless communication product, Sharktooth.

Despite the new technology and battery, the weight of the helmet is around 1470 grams. The helmet is fitted with the EASYFIT system from Shark, that allows you to use the helmet comfortably with glasses on.

Price: Around €209-€229

Via: L'equipement




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Yamaha Patents Height Adjustable Motorcycle

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Yamaha
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It is kind of interesting to read some of the patents being filed around the world. The problem when reading patents is that 1) they are often translated from another language using Google Translate with often hilarious results and 2) they are written by patent lawyers who have their own legal-speak language.

Here is such a case, which at the beginning made sense and you can understand it, but the more you read on, the more confused you get. But then maybe that's the point...

The patent was filed by Yamaha Open link in a new window and Kayaba Industry Open Kyb.Co link in a new window (makers of suspensions and shock absorbers) last year and claims for a built-in hydraulically operated jack that will raise or lower any motorcycle.

Patent Height Adjustment

Many riders I know are height-challenged, so they would rejoice at such an invention. Imagine buying any motorcycle and not have to worry about the seat height. Are you smaller than the average? Press a button and the motorcycle lowers itself. Are you a giant? Up goes to the bike.

Patent Height Adjustment

The very detailed patent builds on a previous patent which according to the authors was not feasible. Their new "invention" makes it possible for a motorcycle to hold the hydraulic pumps, integrated inside the frame of the motorcycle. Just don't ask me to explain that, since it's quite complicated. Maybe if you read Japanese and can read the original filing... It's the principle that is interesting.

Patent Height Adjustment

The patent refers to other patents for height adjustment. Funny enough, two of the three referred patents belong to Honda and Suzuki, who both were looking at height-adjustable motorcycles. So maybe this is a Japanese thing?

Would you want a motorcycle that can be raised or lowered at the press of a button?

Click here to read the whole Yamaha patent Open Click here to read the whole Yamaha patent link in a new window (in "English")






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Anyone Want To Make A Stab At What This Device Is?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Funny
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Wow. <SARCASM ON>That is a "weird" contraption sitting behind on the motorcycle. I wonder what that is for?<SARCASM OFF>

Could it be there used to be a "topcase" sitting on that? Or did someone forget their lollipop on the pillion seat?

What do you think this is?? Duno Smiley

Unknown motorcycle device







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