|29 January, 2010 - Motorcycle Exhaust - A Question Of A Real Pipe|
|That's one way of riding around on your motorcycle. A question of loud pipes save lives... drain pipes that is... |
Here the exhaust on the motorcycle has been replaced by a drain pipe...
|28 January, 2010 - Movie Review: Hell’s Angels ’69|
|A surprisingly good movie, with a nice, but thin, plot. |
Major plus point of this movie is that it stars the real Hells Angels from Oakland including Sonny Barger himself as the leader.
|28 January, 2010 - Snow Over? Time To Go On The Ducati|
|Time to dig out the Ducati motorcycle and bring it to the garage. |
The winter has been unkind to the Ducati, so I'll be gone most of the day... back later...
|27 January, 2010 - Pro-Neck-Tor: Enhanced Motorcycle Helmet Safety|
|The University of Columbia is working on a new type helmet that will severely reduce neck fractures in case of a violent crash. |
Using a smart double shell helmet, this can save many lives. Not only motorcycles helmets, but many other sport activities can use it... football, ice hockey, skiing, bicycles.. etc.
|27 January, 2010 - France: New Average Speed Camera To Go In Operation|
|The French government is not content with the money the current speed radars generate. Everybody slows down before one, and then speeds up on their motorcycle.
That will shortly change. The government is installing 2 cameras, distant by several 10's of kilometers, that will calculate your average speed, and then ticket you if it was too fast. |
Please go to the cash register and pay....
|26 January, 2010 - France: New Old Motorcycle - GIMA 125|
|There is a classic, but new, motorcycle manufacturer here in France, that is reproducing a motorcycle from 1946. Called the GIMA 125, the motorcycle is an exact copy of the old bike, apart from current legislation technical specification, such as a 4 stroke engine. |
The GIMA 125 will not win any speed race, but it will use only 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers. And it's very pretty....
|26 January, 2010 - 3D Motorcycle Puzzles|
|Italian Dolfi make wooden 3D puzzles of many different objects, including several motorcycles. |
They have Harley and Honda motorcycles, and even a motocrosser. Made out of beautifully sculpted 3 color wood, these should give enjoyment to any age...
|25 January, 2010 - Japan: Mini Motorcycle Police|
|Is it me, or are the police getting smaller and smaller? |
This is the case in Japan... or they are Mini-Me's....
|25 January, 2010 - 17 Ducati Motorcycle Ads from Around The World|
|Often compared as the Ferrari of motorcycles, Ducati's ads are pretty good at time. Here are 17 ads I've found around the world. |
Most ads are clickable to get a bigger version.
|22 January, 2010 - Motorcycle Air Conditioner To Be Released Shortly|
|Back in 2004 we wrote about a new motorcycle portable air conditioner unit coming to the market. |
Well, it has reached the point for sales. EntroSys have released the BikeAir-1 unit, a portable Airco unit made specially for motorcycles. The unit will also provide you with hot air, in case you want to ride in cold climates.
|22 January, 2010 - Top Internet Stories - 22 January 2010|
|Here's two weeks worth of interesting motorcycle articles as found on the internet. Enjoy. |
- 15 Motorcycle Exaggerations
- Can't Afford A New Bike in 2010? Then Accessorize!
- Field Test Alpinestars Drystar
- What Are The Odds Of Winning The Lottery V Crashing
- First Aid Kits For Motorcyclists
- Billy Joel On His New Deus
|22 January, 2010 - France: Honda - No Warrantee On Professional Goldwings|
|It would appear that Honda France is no longer honoring its warrantee on Goldwing motorcycles used by the French motorcycle taxis. |
The Goldwing was never designed to work in the city environment they are working in now, and seem to have a lot of problems, which, according to this French motorcycle taxi web site, Honda will not pay for anymore.
Dilemma for Honda....
|21 January, 2010 - Movie Review: Hell’s Bloody Devils|
|A review of the 1970 movie "Hell's Bloody Devils". |
Despite the title, cover and trailer, it's not a biker flick, but a real movie, featuring a 1%-er motorcycle gang working for neo-Nazis.
Nice and entertaining movie.
|21 January, 2010 - iPhone: Greatest Roads for Motorcycles|
|Here's a (not free) application for your iPhone that will tell you where the great roads are that you can ride with your motorcycle. |
You can find roads on a map, rate them and share them with your friends. You can also show people the roads you like to ride by creating your own.
|21 January, 2010 - UK: Embrace This Safety Video|
|It's not everyday that you get to see a great safety campaign video, and if you do, it's probably from the UK. |
This one is no exception, but this time it does not have any blood, gore or shock effects. Actually, it doesn't even have a motorcycle in it (nor does it have any other vehicles).
But it's bloody well done.... Embrace This!
|20 January, 2010 - Italy: Luxury Leather Motorcycle Helmets-Tod’s|
|Tod's, the Italian luxury accessory & fashion brand, has come out with a luxury, leather, motorcycle/scooter helmet. |
US$1,000 will get your this fashionable helmet that will allow you to be seen on your Vespa scooter while riding the 2 blocks for your cappuccino at Starbucks.
|19 January, 2010 - India: Trailblazer, Special Motorcycle-Only GPS Launched|
|MapMyIndia have launched an interesting motorcycle-specific GPS (in India). |
Apart from the normal functions of a modern technology GPS, it communicates with the rider via FM radio, not Bluetooth. That allows one GPS to provide navigation instruction to many motorcycle via FM. Interesting...
|19 January, 2010 - Special Motorcycle Sidecars: Speedboat|
|Very nice. Here are two motorcycle sidecars with a speedboat as the sidecar part. |
Both look like you can actually put the speedboat part into the water... cool.
|19 January, 2010 - Win The Lottery? Buy A Motorcycle? Or Better?|
|Many of us dream of winning the lottery, and then going on a motorcycle shopping spree. |
But the 2007 winner of the Powerball lottery (winning some 314 Million dollars), did one better....
He bought a Harley-Davidson dealership.... now he has any H-D motorcycle he wants, and he gets to play with motorcycles all day long.... cool.
|19 January, 2010 - India: Rolling Art|
|Isn't this just like a moving sculpture? Pretty?? |
Or is it just a case of cramming as many soldiers as you can on a motorcycle?
|18 January, 2010 - 35 BMW Motorcycle Ads from Around The World|
|After the large amount of Harley-Davidson ads I showed a few weeks ago, here's an even larger number (35x) of BMW motorcycle ads from around the world.
So good, some are OK, and some are pretty bad. |
|18 January, 2010 - Park Your Motorcycle In A Safe, A Moto Safe|
|Parking your motorcycle or scooter in a city is always a hair raising affair, specially when you come back. Is the motorcycle still there, has it been damaged, are the mirrors still on it??? |
UK company Moto Safe have a motorcycle & scooter storage unit that's cool! It works like the left luggage lockers in airports and railroad stations. Insert coins, store your bike and gear, and off you go.
You can even buy one for home.... nice!
|18 January, 2010 - Dakar 2011 In Africa - EAST!|
|According to one of the main sponsors of the Dakar rally, France 2 (the French state owned television), the Dakar organizers are looking into moving the 2011 Dakar race back to Africa next year, but to the North East. |
They have received invitations from Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to race in their countries. Decision will be made in several weeks.
|15 January, 2010 - Ride With Charlie Boorman Through South Africa|
|Here's your chance to run shoulders with the famous. Charlie Boorman will be leading a group of 22 motorcycles from Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zambia on the 15th of August 2010. Luxury accommodation, sweeper cars, great food and the organizers are throwing in a 2 day training at BMW off road training school in Wales, UK. |
Sounds like fun...
|15 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 15 - KTM Report|
|Day 15 and almost last day. Here's the KTM Motorcycle report of the Dakar. |
Good finish for Norway (finally Pal wins, and gets 2nd overall place), and yet again the Aprilia ends in the top 3. Next year is going to be interesting with all bikes running 450cc.
Unless a miracle happens tomorrow, Despres will have won the Dakar (again).
|15 January, 2010 - France: New Motorcycles Sales 2009 Down|
|The new motorcycle & scooters sales for 2009 in France, at a first glance look pretty bad. Down 15.8%, but that's because they don't take the MP3 into account, since it has three wheels. |
Piaggio have been selling the MP3 like hot-cakes (or hot croissants) in France, and if you take them into account, sales "only" fell 10%.
|15 January, 2010 - France: President Sarkozy Not Happy With Motorcycle Riding Minister|
|Frederic Mitterrand, nephew of the former French President, is the Minister of Culture and Communication. Mitterrand loves riding his scooter in Paris, but this winter he crashed on the icy roads (yes, he continues to ride, even in freezing temperatures). |
This gave the French President Sarkozy a lot of grief, telling his Minister to stop riding "mopeds".
No class, no humor for the Prez.
|14 January, 2010 - Movie Review: Run, Angel, Run|
|A review of the biker movie "Run, Angel, Run!". A real B-Movie (B for Biker), featuring many motorcycles, topless women, tough men, and a paper thin script. |
It was more about the motorcycles than acting, but the movie has its moments, even some funny ones.
|14 January, 2010 - Italy: Motorcycle Sidecar Museum|
|In a small town in middle Italy, known for its motorcycle sidecar races, there is an interesting museum. |
Two exhibits are shown in the museum; sidecars and Motorcycles & Cinema.
A worthwhile visit.
|14 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 14 - KTM Report|
|Day 14 of the Dakar, here's the KTM report. Bummer than Verhoeven lost yesterday's victory, the Dakar management have some favorites.... |
The motorcycle field has been decimated, but Despres's position is solid. Tomorrow is the penultimate stage, and the most technical (last year, many bit the dust).
|14 January, 2010 - Electric Snow Motorcycle - Already|
|We've barely just started with electric motorcycles, or already the first electric snow motorcycles are being tested. |
Swiss made Quantya are testing extensively the behavior of a modified electric Quantya motocross motorcycle.
Looks like major fun!
|13 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 13 - KTM Report|
|Day 13 of the Dakar, almost there.... we're back in Argentina, and the motorcycle riders have had to go through the impressive Andes mountains. |
Another day, another tough stage. For a change, it was not Coma who won, but Dutchman Verhoeven, followed by USA Jonah Street. All that because of a screwup by a local cop who closed the wrong road. The top riders went wrong, the rest went right.
|13 January, 2010 - UK: BBC Journalist Fired For Being A Hells Angel|
|A journalist working for the BBC got fired because they found out he was a member of the Hells Angels. It was discovered after the Bulldog Biker Bash in which the reporter criticized the heavy-handed approach by the local cops. The reporter, without mentioning that he also worked for the BBC, was a spokesperson for the bash.|
|13 January, 2010 - UK: 2009 Motorcycles Sales Down The Crapper|
|The 2009 motorcycles sales statistics for the UK have been published. |
Guess what??? They're bad news, but then you already knew that. But they're not as bad as you thought.
|13 January, 2010 - Spain: Penguins On Motorcycles|
|Spain saw its annual winter motorcycle gathering last weekend, drawing some 10,000 motorcycle riders from all over Europe to camp in freezing temperatures. |
|12 January, 2010 - Rings For Motorcycle Enthusiasts|
|Here is one clothing accessory many may have missed. At least, for the fashionable motorcycle dresser.... |
Rings shaped as motorcycle tires! You could even use it as your wedding rings....
|12 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 12 - KTM Report|
|Day 12 of the Dakar rally, and Coma is on a winning streak, but Despres remains the leader of the motorcycle race.
This is the last day in Chile, back in Argentina tomorrow. |
|11 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 11 - KTM Report|
|Day 11 in the ongoing saga of the Dakar rally. Interesting start for the motorcycles, a first in the Dakar. A motocross style departure... |
Despres still leading, and Marc Coma still winning stages without having any chance of winning the Dakar.
|11 January, 2010 - Motorcycle Choppers In The Snow. Possible?|
|Riding in the snow is possible for most off-road motorcycle, as long as they're fitted with tracks and skis. |
But I've never seen this before;... a snow chopper.... cool!
|11 January, 2010 - iPhone: Record Your Track Motorcycle Performance|
|For those of you who regularly test your motorcycle on a track (any kind), and don't have a support crew that will write, record and file all your motorcycle adjustments, here's an interesting application for you. |
It's called Motorcycle Track Log and it runs on an Apple iPhone. It will record your motorcycle adjustments per track, per bike and per weather conditions.
|11 January, 2010 - Oh Shit! Nightmare Come True!|
|The stuff of deep and really bad nightmares, like Stephen King would write... |
Guy has accident on motorcycle, goes to hospital, doctors pronounce him dead, sent to the morgue, put in casket, and then they find out HE IS ALIVE!
|10 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 10 - KTM Report|
|The day after the rest day, Day 10 of the Dakar, sees a really long and tough stage. |
Coma is out thanks to 6 hours penalty, and Despres is playing it safe.
|9 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: 8 Photos Of Motorcycles On Day 8|
|The Dakar is not just about the top riders, it's really about the unsung heroes, the motorcycle riders you never get to see on TV or media. |
Here are 8 photos of the real Dakar riders.
|9 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 8 - KTM Report|
|Day 8, Stage 7 and we're on the halfway mark of the 2010 edition of the Dakar (Saturday is rest day). |
This was the longest stage, so the field is decimated.
|8 January, 2010 - Training Wheels For Scooters|
|TVS Motors in India offer a scooter, called very originally, Scooty, for girls, and it includes training wheels.... |
Kind of strange that they don't offer it for guys...Why is that? And don't say that guys can ride better than gals...
|8 January, 2010 - Top Internet Stories - 8 January 2010|
|Here's what I've been reading on the road for the last few weeks since I've been away. Several weeks worth of motorcycle articles on the web... |
- Twenty Safety Tips Passionate Tourers
- Iran's Female Motocross Champion Gets Uphill Ride
- 10 Most Controversial Bikes Of 2009
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About Electric Motorcycles
- Three Reported Missing After Animal Rights Activists Take "War On Leather" To Motorcycle Gang Rally
|8 January, 2010 - Dakar2010: Annie Seel - Leading Female Motorcycle Rider|
|A look at the leading female motorcycle rider in the 2010 Dakar rally, Swedish Rally Princess Annie Seel. |
She's leading the race in the female category, and is 40th overall in the motorcycle category, despite riding with an injury.
|7 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 7 - KTM Report|
|Day 7, Stage 6 of the Dakar, here's the KTM Report. |
Too bad Manca, after yesterday's great gesture giving his rear tire to Coma, despite being in the running for a podium, crashed and is in hospital.
|7 January, 2010 - DVD Review: Let’s Riiide|
|Here's the review of a DVD documentary called Let's Riiide. It's a great documentary about riding a motorcycle in California. |
3.5 hours full of motorcycles, entertainment, motorcycles, humor, motorcycles, places to visit, motorcycles, places to eat, motorcycles, tracks, motorcycles, and a few motorcycles thrown in for good measure.
It's a great DVD if you're planning to go to California to ride a bike (they even tell you where to rent them), or just as a real documentary on what it is like riding a bike in SoCal.
|7 January, 2010 - United Europe? No Way!|
|Talk about a united Europe.... |
France is reducing slowly all their motorways from 130 kph to 110 kph, while Italy is increasing them to 150 kph.....
Not to mention the unlimited speeds on German motorways....
|7 January, 2010 - UK: Government To Tax Taxes|
|The UK (like several other countries) have promised not to raise taxes despite record deficits. |
Instead they have decided to raise a "victim surcharge" on speeding and parking fines. Noooo... that's not taxes, that's to help the victims when you badly park your motorcycle!!!
How stupid are we....???
|7 January, 2010 - A Couple Of Site Announcements|
|I'm back, and here are the changes to the site you may be noticing. |
Hope you had a great start of the year!
|6 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 6 - KTM Report|
|Day 6, Stage 5, and here's KTM's report on their motorcycles in the Dakar. |
To bad Casteu is out, and Coma is really suffering in this race. And an Aprilia winning the stage???? Wow!
|5 January, 2010 - Normal Programming Will Resume Thursday|
|I'm still on assignment, and will be back to normal articles starting this Thursday. |
In the mean time, enjoy the KTM Dakar articles. I file them when I can.
|5 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 5 - KTM Report|
|Day Five (Stage 4) of the Dakar, and the KTMs are starting to run the race, again, though the Sherco is holding well. |
It has become so tough, they had to shorten today's race.
|5 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 4 - KTM Report|
|Day 4 of KTM's report. |
Cyril Despres wins the stage and leads, while Jordi crashes and is out of the race. Things are heating up..
|2 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: KTM’s Coma & Despres Off To Conquer World’s Most Challenging Rally|
|KTM's big hitters, Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, despite not in an official team configuration, are riding the KTM flag, and are ready to battle who is going to be the winner this year. |
Between the two, they have won the last few years worth of Dakar motorcycle races.
But will the new technical limitation slow them down? Or will ASO's new rule make the motorcycle rally less interesting?