|30 November, 2007 - What? That Time Of The Year Already?|
|You've just finished wrecking the last toy you got for Christmas, and already it's almost Christmas time again. |
The first motorcycle riding Santas have hit the net...
|30 November, 2007 - France: Motorcycle Stunt School|
|One of France's leading motorcycle stunt display teams, Mechanique Show, has a school that teaches you how to be a motorcycle stunman/women. |
Learn how to impress your friends (and cops).
|30 November, 2007 - Yamaha V-Max MP3?|
|You'd think that this is a new Yamaha V-Max version based on Piaggio's MP3 scooter. |
It's a prototype by Tilting Motor Works, designed to make motorcycles safer, but still fun.
|29 November, 2007 - Motorcycles Against Charity Thieves|
|What's the world coming to.... where we need to get a thief-catching motorcycle team to protect charity material... |
|29 November, 2007 - France: The Upside Of The Strikes|
|The biggest winners of the French transportation strikes last week was not the French government, but the motorcycle taxi operators. |
With 200% increase of their new customer, 100% increase of their trips, they hit a bonanza.
|29 November, 2007 - Looks A Bit Rickety|
|Those motorcycle stunt well-of-death in India, don't look that sturdy to me. |
Here's a video of one of those stunts. $5 a day for the riders... not much considering that they don't wear protection.
|28 November, 2007 - O’Neill H4 Campack|
|O'Neill have recently released a new back pack that, though meant for snowboarders, can be used by us motorcycle riders. |
The H4 campack incorporates a detachable video camera, buttons for the camera on the straps, and a LCD monitor.
Imagine using it on the Dakar rally...
|28 November, 2007 - The Most Fuel Efficient Motorcycles|
|French motorcycle web site, Moto-Station, has published an extensive list of fuel consumption for 100's of motorcycles. |
Surprise, the best in the above 125 cc category is better than the best of the < 125 cc category.
|28 November, 2007 - Strange Motorcycle Taxi|
|Notice the position of the passenger. |
Strange motorcycle taxi in the Philippines...
|27 November, 2007 - Video: The Ultimate Speed Bump|
|Funny spoof of the ultimate speed bump; one you'll never want to see in action, specially when riding your motorcycle.. |
Video is in German, but that will not bother the fun...
|26 November, 2007 - New Innovative Motorcycle Anti-Theft Device|
|We all know the U-lock, chain and disc lock anti-theft devices for our motorcycles. |
Now there's a fourth device type, the chain lock. From Lockfree, it's called the TO-Clamp and is installed in seconds, and is small enough to stow away on a sportsbike.
|26 November, 2007 - OSBE Tornado: Fighter Pilot Style Helmet|
|Italian motorcycle helmet OSBE has a really nice and cool helmet that will turn any grown adult into a little child... dreaming of being a fighter pilot. |
OSBE's Tornado helmet allows you to chose a macho nick name, like Iceman or CowHick.
|23 November, 2007 - Video: Several Good Yamaha Ads Part 1 of 4|
|Here are three excellent video ads for Yamaha. |
They are part of a series of 4, each containing 3 ads. They are Australian (I think), and are a pleasure to watch.
Enjoy part 1
|23 November, 2007 - Motorcycle Exhibition In Asia 2008|
|EICMA is branching out. They are putting together the Asian motorcycle exhibition BikeAsia. |
10-13 April 2008 in Singapore. Mark your calendars...
|23 November, 2007 - Jackpot For BMW Spain|
|BMW Spain delivered 300 new R1200RT-P motorcycles to the Police in Spain. |
There's one lucky BMW salesperson floating around in Spain today....
|22 November, 2007 - UK: New Motorcycle Helmet Testing Standard|
|The UK government is starting a new helmet testing and rating system. 1-5 stars will tell you how good a specific motorcycle helmet is. |
All UK approved helmets will be on a website, so easy to reference.
Website is already available, but the data will be populated Spring 2008.
|22 November, 2007 - Continued Growth In Worldwide Motorcycle Market|
|According to a study by Bharat organization, motorcycle sales will continue to rise 5.4%, reaching a whopping 55.7 MILLION motorcycles by 2011. |
To think a few of those will be mine....
|22 November, 2007 - Video: Honda Free Yourself|
|Nice video/TV ad for Honda motorcycles. |
Free yourself from driving cars in traffic jams...
|21 November, 2007 - Video: Bridgestone Battlax|
|Old publicity ad for Bridgestone Battlax dating back from the good old days... |
1987 racing... yeah...
|20 November, 2007 - DAM Motorcycles|
|Here's a look at DAM motorcycles. |
They are manufacturing thirteen motorcycles, one for each of the original states of the US of A.
|20 November, 2007 - Custom Ducati Chopper|
|Using a Ducati to build a chopper takes guts, money and you need to find someone who can do it for you. |
MotoCreations are those "someone". They build choppers out of Ducatis.
|20 November, 2007 - Motorcycles Cause Cancer?|
|There's a book out that states that riding a motorcycle MIGHT cause cancer due to low frequency radiation from the engine. |
What do you think? Possible? ...
|19 November, 2007 - Kerry McClean: The Unicycle Man|
|I've posted several images in the last few weeks of what I called "a really compact motorcycle". They were single wheel motorcycles, and I discovered who built them. |
Meet Kerry McClean, builder of monocycles...
|19 November, 2007 - Buy Valentino Rossi’s Helmet: Charity|
|Dainese and Valentino Rossi are auctioning off the AGV helmet Rossi had on at the Mugello MotoGP last June. |
Not only can you win his helmet, but it will be personally handed over by Rossi himself. The proceeds go to charity.
Bidding starts this Thursday.
|19 November, 2007 - Colin Edwards: Extreme Racer|
|Here's a photo of M1 Yamaha MotoGP racer Colin "Texas Tornado" Edwards racing his motorcycle .. extreme.... |
I wonder if he had it..
|16 November, 2007 - VW Bus Scooter Sidecar|
|Wooow... a VW Bus sidecar for a scooter... |
What will they think of next? Some job!! Nice....
|16 November, 2007 - Video: Look Twice Save A Life|
|Yet another very lame and tame motorcycle awareness TV ad from the USA. |
Nobody will pay attention to this ad, except bikers, and they're not the ones targeted.
|15 November, 2007 - Motorcycle Specific GPS: XRoad RM-A4000|
|There's a new motorcycle specific GPS on the market! After Garmin and TomTom, we now have the Xroad RM-A4000. |
Korean, light, it's equipped with Bluetooth, and can play music and movies.
Cost: around US$ 600.
|15 November, 2007 - BMW F800GS|
|BMW's long awaited F800GS finally was launched at EICMA 2007. |
Here's a closer look at BMW's new dual-purpose motorcycle.
Verdict: A beauty
|15 November, 2007 - Video: Kawasaki "The Ultimate Trip"|
|Another oldie, a Kawasaki ad. Apparently this one was banned in the USA. |
I wonder why? Would it have something to do with acid?? 1977.
|14 November, 2007 - Want ABS But Can’t Afford It? Try Lifesaver!|
|Lifesaver TCB may not be ABS, but it's doesn't have the ABS price tag either. |
Lifesaver prevents you from blocking your wheels in the case of a panic stop. And it does it for US$99.
You can't really go wrong with that, can you?
|14 November, 2007 - New Sport: Motorcycle Throwing|
|There's a new motorcycle sport out there! |
It's how far can you throw your motorcycle! Here's one contestant with a Hayabusa....
|14 November, 2007 - Moto Guzzi Stelvio|
|Moto Guzzi launched their new Stelvio at the EICMA 2007 last week. |
Here's a closer look at the motorcycle.
Verdict: Nice bike..
|13 November, 2007 - Now That’s A Scary Helmet|
|Imagine riding your motorcycle with this helmet! |
You'll be scaring the beejeezus out of everyone...
|13 November, 2007 - Bruce Springsteen Auctions Off His Motorcycle|
|The latest celebrity fad seems to be that they are auctioning off their motorcycles for charity. |
After Bob and McConaughey, it's the turn of Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen. US$ 85,000 for his Harley... not bad..
|13 November, 2007 - Aprilia FV2 1200 Concept|
|A second look at Aprilia's concept sportbike, the FV2 1200. |
Unveiled at EICMA 2007, it looks incredible, and it's very light.
Will this ever see the light of day???
|13 November, 2007 - Video: More French Safety Ads|
|The French road safety campaigns continue. Now they're targeting car drivers that forget to put out their indicators, speed, or use their mobile phones. |
All this to protect the motorcycle riders.
Don't you love the French ??
|13 November, 2007 - Husaberg FE450e Prototype|
|Husaberg have brought out a nice prototype of their new FE450e Enduro motorcycle. |
Redesigned from the bottom up, the new engine should make all the difference when riding off road.
Here's a closer look.
|12 November, 2007 - KTM 1190 RC8|
|A look at KTM's long awaited 1190 RC8 sports motorcycle. |
They're offering it in different versions. I have debs on the Read-to-Race black one....
|12 November, 2007 - Ducati 848|
|Ducati impressed many of the assembled journalists at their 848 motorcycle unveiling at EICMA 2007. |
For a medium sized sportsbike, the Ducati does it well. A "little" brother for the 1098, this motorcycle will not look bad in anyone's garage.
|12 November, 2007 - Ducati Monster 696|
|A second look at Ducati's new Monster as presented at the EICMA 2007 show. |
Presenting the Ducati Monster 696! What a sweet motorcycle...
A real Monster!
|12 November, 2007 - Derbi Terra Adventure 125|
|A second look at Derbi's nifty Terra Adventure 125 dual purpose motorcycle. |
For a 125 cc motorcycle, this is not a bad one. With its 117 kilos, it could be quite nimble in the sand.
For the budding Ewan McGregor/Charlie Boorman fans..
|12 November, 2007 - Video: KTM RC8 Promo|
|KTM always produce spectacular promo videos when they bring out a new motorcycle. |
It's not an exception for their new RC8 motorcycle.
|12 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: The Photos!|
|I've uploaded some 450 photos of EICMA to my photo site. |
So for those that are interested to see what goes on at EICMA, have a look.
|9 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly|
|With the EICMA 2007 exhibition now over (for me at least), here's what I saw good and bad with regards to the show itself (not the motorcycles, since any motorcycle is good for me). |
In other words, here's my chance to strike back... ;-)
|9 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: and Finally...The Girls Part 1|
|No motorcycle show would be complete without the pretty and sexy stand girls (demo dollies), and the Italian EICMA 2007 was no exception. |
Due to the very high number of pretty girls, I've split the photos in 2 parts, so here's the first part.
NOTE: I had to compress the photos a lot, so some of them don't look too good, but with 68 big size photos, it would take ages to load otherwise. Sorry...
|8 November, 2007 - On My Way Back, Heavy Loaded|
|I'm on the night train back from Milan to Paris, after that on the train to Normandy. |
Hope to be back in the afternoon with more photos...in the mean time, I'm very heavily loaded with all sorts of documentation from the manufacturers....
|8 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Pirelli Diablo Rosso|
|At EICMA 2007, Pirelli introduced a new super sports motorcycle tire; the Diablo Rosso. |
Sportsbikes are getting increasing power and torque, and motorcycle tires need to keep up. This is Pirelli's effort.
They've produced a really nice video...
|7 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Derbi|
|Spanish Derbi launched an interesting adventure motorcycle; the Terra 125 Adventure!|
Betcha that you will not see Ewan McGregor riding the wrong way on this...
|7 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Husaberg|
|Husaberg presented yesterday their new LE 450, but I could not make the press presentation. |
Here are however some photos, while I wait for the press kits.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Moto Guzzi|
|Moto Guzzi did their Italian opera stunt to start with, and then unveiled a pretty young girl... sorry, a pretty motorcycle, the Stelvio. |
The motorcycle is a real Guzzi, no doubt about that. Pretty in a classical sense.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Aprilia|
|Aprilia showed off their new concept motorcycle, the very sporty looking FV2. |
With its 1200 cc engine, the motorcycle only weighs 160 kgs!!!!
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Husqvarna|
|BMW presented, sorry I mean Husqvarna presented their latest SMR motorcycle. |
The confusion was because it was BMW who presented, not Husqvarna....
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: KTM|
|KTM were very badly organized for their press conference, but finally were able to show their 1190 RC8 sports motorcycle. |
They showed 3 versions...
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: BMW|
|BMW did their usual extreme boring financial presentation. One of their worst... |
Finally, in 2 minutes they showed the F800GS, G450X and "renewed" R1200GS.
The F800GS looks good !!!
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Honda|
|Honda had already shot their load in Paris, so they only reasonably new thing they showed at the EICMA 2007 show was the CB1000R. |
For the rest, it was a standard dog & pony show.
|6 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Vectrix|
|Vectrix, the electric scooter/motorcycle manufacturer showed off at EICMA 2007 some special version of their current electric scooter, different versions of their prototype 3 wheeler, and... |
...their electric sports motorcycle. 200 kph, 1/4 mile in 12 seconds, costing €50,000....
|5 November, 2007 - On My Way To EICMA 2007 To Look At The Demo Girls|
|I'm on the train to Milan to catch all the pretty demo dollies at the EICMA motorcycle show. |
There are a lot of things happening in Milan, so much that I don't know when I'll have the time to update.
Monday evening see the 1st press conference.... Ducati...
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati 1098R|
|After the initial financial results of Ducati, and how well it's doing... the first new update of an existing model was presented. |
The 1098R is the racing version of the 1098. Sexy, fast... what more do you want.
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati 848 Motorcycle|
|Ducati unveiled at the EICMA 2007 a new motorcycle, the 848!|
Very much in the tradition of Ducati, sexy, sleek and very fast.
|5 November, 2007 - EICMA 2007: Ducati Updated Monster 696|
|The first of the three motorcycles Ducati presented at EICMA 2007 was not this one... it was the last, so I'll show it to you first. |
Presenting the new Ducati Monster 696.
|2 November, 2007 - On My Way To Paris and Milan|
|I'm off to Paris for the weekend, and then early Monday morning off to Milan to catch the EICMA motorcycle exhibition. |
|1 November, 2007 - US Navy Blue Angels Scooter|
|Going from the photo on the left to the one on the right takes some imagination. |
Not a bad job...
|1 November, 2007 - XLOX Motorcycle Transportation and Lock Device|
|Here's a new system that you can use to transport your motorcycle on a trailer. Called X-LOX, it secures your motorcycle with rods and tubes (no tie-downs, so no suspension compression), and it secures it from thieves. |
Nice system to hold your bike in place without damaging it.
|1 November, 2007 - Scary Fill Up|
|Imagine late at night, all alone and needing to fill up your motorcycle, and the only gas station in the country side, miles away from any house has this employee. |
Thrasher movie time !!