|23 December, 2009 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010|
|I've got a last minute assignment, and have decided to take it easy for the remainder of the year, so I'm out of here. |
Have a Merry Christmas, and a great end of year. Enjoy, be merry, but most importantly, be SAFE!
Back in the New Year, bright and shiny, ready for another year of fun!
|22 December, 2009 - KTM Motorcycles Turkey Wins Print Ad Award|
|KTM Turkey have won an award for a print advertisement for their 250SX motorcycle. |
The ad itself is really good, since it makes you think for a second or two...
|22 December, 2009 - Stretch Scooter|
|Here's a pretty and handy Vespa scooter. It's a stretch version of a Vespa, made for Vespa South Africa for promotional activities. |
But it might catch on when the cost of fuel goes North again.
|21 December, 2009 - KTM To Use Pirelli’s New Scorpion Tires In The Dakar, Again|
|Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms from the KTM motorcycle teams will be racing the 2010 Dakar on the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires. |
The Pirelli's have made their mark last year by placing first and second in the Dakar, so KTM are giving them another go.
|21 December, 2009 - The Influx Of Chinese Electric Motorcycles|
|Looks like the Chinese factories are really mass producing electric motorcycles and scooters now. |
That means things will get a lot cheaper, and more and more people will use electric bikes for run-arounds.
|18 December, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 18 December 2009|
|Here are the interesting motorcycle articles I've been reading over the last few days: |
- Old Guys Get Naked
- DC Moto TF - Motocross Training Facility
- REVIEW: Doran360M Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Motorcycling For Women: Beginner Bikes
- Wheel Tire Buyers Guide
|17 December, 2009 - Escaped: Movie Wild Hogs 2 Is Cancelled|
|Thank heaven for small mercies. Disney decided to cancel the sequel to Wild Hogs, called Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride. |
Whatever the reason, it was stupid to make a sequel to a good and funny movie. It could only bomb...
We escaped that one....
|17 December, 2009 - iPhone Motorcycle Games|
|Here are a bunch of motorcycle games that are currently available on the iPhone. |
In one year period, we sure got a lot of them... and some of them look quite cool.
|17 December, 2009 - Cold Case:Stolen Motorcycle Returned After 17 Years|
|Guy has his Harley motorcycle stolen 17 tears ago in L.A. |
Cops find it 17 years later, when the current owner brought it in for inspection. Guy is reunited with his beloved Harley.
Happy Christmas story. But..... big question remains! A Harley that's still running after 17 years.....::::?? ;-))
|16 December, 2009 - 18 Harley-Davidson Print Ads From Around The World|
|Harley-Davidson motorcycles not only places as on the TV as we've seen. They also have a lot of ads in magazines and billboards around the world. |
Here are 18 ads I've found from around the world that were quite good (others are pretty bad).
|16 December, 2009 - UK: Naked Is Good|
|The only motorcycle category that saw an increase in sales last November in the UK, were Naked motorcycles. The rest is down the toilet. |
The only brand that made a major jump in sales was .... BUELL. Dealers were trying to off-load their inventory after Harley closed down the brand, giving away major discounts.
|16 December, 2009 - Sons of Anarchy And The Golden Globes|
|Big award programs, like the upcoming Golden Globe, Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA, never award a TV series like Sons of Anarchy. |
But why? SoA is excellent drama, the way Hollywood should make for-adults entertainment. They deserve more than anyone else the recognition. But it'll not happen... ever!
|15 December, 2009 - Movie Review: Stone|
|Review of a very decent biker flick, Stone. It's Australian from 1974, with a lot of motorcycles, good characters, acting, and there's even a real plot. |
The main biker gang has as only motorcycles, the Kawasaki 900. Kind of strange....
Good movie, worth it to have a look.
|15 December, 2009 - Five Drunken Guys Do Stunts On One Motorcycle: Deadly Crash|
|Five drunken Russians on the same motorcycle (not those in the photo) crash into a building. Three of them fly into the window of an 81 year old woman who suffers a heart attack. One guy dies in the crash. |
Cops are baffled how 5 could ride this old Ural motorcycle without a sidecar.
|14 December, 2009 - Honda Opens Honda Europe Training Academy|
|Honda Europe have opened a Europe wide training center for all Honda Europe and their dealers' staff. All Honda products, including motorcycles, will be trained on. |
Training will not only focus on technical (maintenance), but also customer satisfaction. The site, based close to Frankfurt, Germany, will be able to handle 264 trainees per day.
|14 December, 2009 - Police Are Humans Too, But Should They Be?|
|An off-duty cop died after crashing his motorcycle in Los Angeles, USA. He was well over the legal limit, and had just been drinking with his colleagues at the Police Academy Bar. |
On its own, that's pretty bad example, but why did the bar staff allow him to ride away drunk? That's criminal, and in many countries, the bar owner would face stiff charges.
|12 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Yamaha Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Boring... Yamaha have thousands of individual websites, each with their own, bland, merchandising programs. Individual motorcycle models have their own sites and accessories. Too much work... |
So here's what I found on Amazon...
|12 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Triumph Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Triumph motorcycles has a small accessories program, but they are mostly based on their motorcycle models, and not as gifts. |
Anyway, here are some possible Christmas gifts for a Triumph lover.
|11 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Suzuki Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Not only does Suzuki have a comprehensive merchandising program, but you can also, at least in the USA, buy their gear on-line at their site. The UK has nicer stuff, but there you need to go to the dealer. |
Here's a bunch of Christmas gear ideas for the Suzuki owner or lover out there.
|11 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: MV Agusta Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|MV Agusta actually have a good merchandising program, and in Europe, you can even buy their stuff on-line on their own site. |
So for MV Agusta motorcycle lovers out there, here are some Christmas gift ideas.
|11 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Strange. Despite being an iconic motorcycle brand, Moto Guzzi's merchandising is almost nonexistent. So little that I had to find stuff on Amazon. |
I would have expected much more from Guzzi...
|11 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: KTM Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|KTM motorcycle have some of the most originals merchandising gifts from any motorcycle manufacturer. But... you can't but on-line, you'll need to some searching for a dealer who sells on-line. |
Here are a bunch of interesting gifts, with part numbers making Google searches easier.
|11 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Kawasaki Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Kawasaki have a reasonable merchandising program for Kawa motorcycle lovers, but you can't order them on-line. You'll need to go to a dealer. |
Here are some gift ideas I found that may interest a Kawasaki motorcycle owner.
|11 December, 2009 - End Of Motorcycle Mags? The New Format Found In The Netherlands|
|Dutch site MotorKlik have launched an impressive electronic motorcycle magazine. It's well done, laid out the traditional magazine way, but with multimedia content (photos, videos, sounds, etc). It's the way of the future for those that want an electronic magazine. |
But is this the end of printed magazines? They are already in trouble with the internet, and could this make it worse?
|10 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Husqvarna Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Even after BMW bought Husqvarna, their merchandising program remains almost nonexistent. |
You can't order any gifts on-line for a Husqvarna motorcycle lover, and I ended up only finding one gift idea on Amazon...
|10 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Husaberg Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Husaberg, unlike their master KTM, have no merchandising gifts to write home about. Not only can you not buy any of the 5 or so items on-line (you need to go to the dealer for that), but even Amazon has nothing.... |
Does Husaberg motorcycle exist?
|10 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Honda Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Despite being the biggest motorcycle manufacturer out there, Honda have no Christmas gifts, and nothing to buy on their own web sites.... |
But I have managed to find a few things with Honda on it... here it is.
|10 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Shopping for Christmas gifts for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lover sounds easy but it's not. That's because of the sheer volume of Harley branded gifts out there. |
Here are 10 gift ideas for a Harley motorcycle owner, or lover.
|10 December, 2009 - First Eco Motorcycle Enduro To Start Tomorrow|
|The first ever Eco Enduro for electric motorcycles will be held during the environment conference in Copenhagen, sponsored by a.o. FIM and the United Nations. During this weekend several enduro races will be held, with on Sunday a SuperMoto race in Copenhagen itself. |
Loads of participants (39), with many heavy hitters. Looks good and interesting.
|9 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Ducati Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Ducati is very much in merchandising, so finding Christmas stuff branded with the Ducati logo is not difficult. Buying them from Ducati themselves will prove a bit more difficult, since they prefer that you buy it from a dealer. |
But here are several gift ideas for Ducati motorcycle owners.
|9 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: BMW Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Getting Christmas gifts for BMW motorcycle riders is going to prove difficult, since their web sites suck big time (apart from the USA one), and the number of interesting gift ideas is very limited. |
But nevertheless, I've found a few gifts that almost any BMW motorcycle rider/owner would like to have.
|9 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Bimota Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Bimota has slightly more merchandising gifts for Christmas than Benelli, but they need to be purchased in-store, and can't be bought off the net (apart from one I found). |
So here are the Bimota gifts for Bimota motorcycle owners and lovers.
|9 December, 2009 - Volkswagen Done It! Bought 1/5 Of Suzuki Motorcycles|
|In a surprise move, Volkswagen purchased 1/5 of Suzuki motorcycles for US$2.5 Billion. |
The surprise wasn't that fact that VW bought a motorcycle company, but the rumor was that it might be Ducati.
|9 December, 2009 - Movie Review: The Last Riders|
|A review of the 1991 DVD "The Last Riders", starring Erik Estrada (from CHiPS fame). |
Verdict: Cheesy movie, quickly written script (if there was one), lots of motorcycles and sexy girls.
|9 December, 2009 - France: Motorcycle Taxis Thank Their Cage Counterparts|
|After yesterday's cager taxi strike, a protest against motorcycle taxis, the motorcycle taxi in Paris say a big MERCI to their cage counterparts. |
Thank you for blocking Paris traffic, since the motorcycle taxi reached record high revenue that day.
So the next time there's a strike, here's the list of motorcycle taxis in Paris.
|8 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: Benelli Motorcycle Gift Ideas|
|Benelli despite having a very loyal following is not into merchandising at all, so almost no Christmas gifts to speak off.... |
Here are two things I found that may interest a Benelli motorcycle owner (or lover).
|8 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: 10 Motorcycle Gifts Ideas For Kids|
|Christmas gift shopping is not easy, specially when trying to look for a gift for children who either love motorcycles, or who's parents love motorcycles. |
Here are 10 gift ideas to buy for children this Christmas.
|8 December, 2009 - Movie Review: The Harbortown Bobber|
|A review of One World Studio's motorcycle documentary, The Harbortown Bobber. |
From the successful makes of Choppertown - The Sinners and Brittown, this documentary has a personal touch to it, since it involves a 2 year project by one of the studio's director, Scott. Transforming what is essentially a '69 Triumph frame into a full fledged bobber. Scoot goes to the guru and master of bike building, and gets his bobber built.
Very interesting documentary, specially for those that build, or want to build their own bike. It's a real step-by-step with loads of expert advise.
|8 December, 2009 - France: Paris Taxis On Strike Because Of Motorcycles|
|The Parisian taxis went on strike today, paralyzing the French capital with their protest. |
The reason? Car taxis want motorcycle taxi to be stopped, and not allowed to use the taxi ranks at airports.
|7 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: 5 Motorcycle Gifts Ideas For Her|
|Shopping Christmas gifts for female motorcycle riders is not as easy as it sounds. Obviously, you can buy any of our suggested gift ideas for men, but there are few things that are specific to female riders. |
Here are 5 gift ideas specific to female motorcycle riders.
|7 December, 2009 - Christmas 2009: 10 Motorcycle Gifts Ideas For Him|
|Buying a Christmas gift for a guy, who happens to ride motorcycles is not as easy as you think, specially if you yourself don't ride. |
So here are 10 motorcycle gift ideas that could suite anyone who rides a motorcycle, without requiring to know much about bikes.
It's the first part of many gift ideas for Christmas.
|7 December, 2009 - India: In The Oops Motorcycle Ride Out Category|
|This is a bit embarrassing... the Managing Director of Harley-Davidson India goes on a ride out to celebrate Harley's entry into the Indian marker, when he falls of his motorcycle... |
|7 December, 2009 - The One Item EVERY Motorcycle Rider Needs|
|You've got to ask yourself, how could we have lasted so long riding our motorcycles without this incredible high tech piece of technology? It just puzzles me... |
This is the latest Aerostich gadget, the Banana Guard! No longer will we need to ride our motorcycle and whenever we feel like it, bite into a banana that's rotten. Now, with the incredible Banana Guard, our bananas will remain fresh. The Guard even has ventilation holes.
|7 December, 2009 - More HUD Technology Coming To Your Motorcycle|
|Recon Instruments are launching next year goggles that incorporate Heads Up Display (HUD) info. |
Initially meant for skiing, motorcycles are a target group. The goggle displays performance data, navigation data and even mobile phone data.
Between $350 and $450.
|4 December, 2009 - Call Of Nature While Riding Your Motorcycle|
|Peeing while riding on a motorcycle is not good when you've gotten yourself in the rhythm. If you stop, dismount, you loose it... but if you gotta go, you gotta go...|
Here's one way..
|4 December, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 4 December 2009|
|Here's what I've been reading during the last week on motorcycle stories found on the internet: |
- Bajaj Avenger 200 Dtsi Review
- Harley Davidson Road Success
- No Shortage Of Motorcycle Museums
- Buell: You Say Goodbye I Say Hello
- Keeping Your Beauty Fresh
- Stitches For Bitches - Are You A Motorcycle Betty
|4 December, 2009 - Husaberg Motorcycle: Pixel - A Hell Of A Paint Job|
|Really nicely done paint and design job on this Husaberg motorcycle by UK based design company Carefully Considered. |
It looks like pixels when zooming into too much in a photo. Cool.
Also a look at some work they did for Mac Cycles.
|3 December, 2009 - Riding A Motorcycle Taxi In Paris Is Profitable|
|Motorcycle taxis are popular in the French capital, despite the attempts by many to stop them. |
But do you know how much these motorcycle taxi rider earn per month?
|3 December, 2009 - Video: Kawasaki Get A Life|
|Motorcycle ads don't need to be long... here's a good and short one from Kawasaki (Sweden). |
11 seconds to say "Get a life" ... "Get a bike". Sweet!
|3 December, 2009 - Motorcycle Trailer As Sidecar|
|Who said that a motorcycle trailer, the one you pull, has to be behind you? |
Not Tow-Pac, who have a motorcycle "trailer" which is located besides you, just like a sidecar.
Interesting concept, is it not?
|2 December, 2009 - Movie Review: The Loveless|
|A review of the DVD movie "The Loveless" starring a very good William Dafoe. |
It's not your typical biker/motorcycle flick with a bad script, nonexistent acting and bad filming. It's a real movie, but filmed in a Film Noir style, in other words, SLOOOOW and dark.
The story is pretty simple, a bunch of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders are heading towards Daytona to see the races, stopping in a small hick town to repair one of the bikes. They get into all sorts of trouble.
|2 December, 2009 - BMW Sponsors UK Olympics In 2012|
|BMW will be supplying 4,000 BMW cars, motorcycles and even bicycles for the London Olympic games of 2012. |
It's not their first time, and don't think it'll be their last. That's a lot of cars and motorcycles!
|1 December, 2009 - Video: Old Indians Never, Ever Die 2|
|During July 2009, some 400 Indian classic motorcycles attended a gathering in Scotland. A video documentary has been made, and here's a trailer. |
It looks good, specially the characters that ride these precious motorcycles.
|1 December, 2009 - Europe: Motorcycles, Trailers And The Law|
|Laws in Europe differ whether you are allowed to pull a trailer on your motorcycle or not. |
Here's the scoop of many of the European countries....
|1 December, 2009 - New Red Light Coming - Computer Inspired?|
|The red stop light has remained unchanged for decades, and maybe that's about the change. |
Here's a really well thought out concept for a red light... it uses a progress bar, in this case a progress circle, like on your computer. When you're waiting on your motorcycle for the red light to turn green, the circle rotates, changing color, less and less red in the circle and then GREEN...
|1 December, 2009 - New FIM World Championship Female Enduro|
|FIM are organizing next year the first Female Enduro World Cup. |
Three races, each 2 rounds will be held in Italy, Poland and France.
My favorite to win... Ludevine Puy!