|30 April, 2007 - Paris - Get Wrenched While Parking Your Motorcycle|
|Vinci Park, the management company of some 1,400 parking garages are now offering a special service to motorcycle in their garages. |
Apart from special areas designated for motorcycle, they now offer in their first garage in Parsi, La Defense, the possibility to have your motorcycle maintained while you're on business (or shopping).
At the same time, you can also get your motorcycle cleaned.
|27 April, 2007 - Johnson Control Bans Employees From Motorcycles|
|How bad are things when a large company forbids its employees to use motorcycles during working hours. Johnson Controls did just that. |
Maybe they should ban Johnson Controls!
|26 April, 2007 - Rolls-Royce Sponsoring Motorcycle Safety Ride|
|Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce are hosting a local BikeSafe effort conducted by the local Sussex Police. |
30 Rolls-Royce employees will be given instruction and advice on how to ride safe.
The Chairman and CEO of Rolls-Royce is himself a keen motorcycle rider. So why can't other car manufacturers host these kind of events ?
|26 April, 2007 - Motorcycle Jumping Over A Boeing 747 Airplane|
|Gilles Dejong from Belgium jumps with his motorcycle over the wing of an abandoned jumbo jet during an event of Red Bull at the old Athens International airport on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) |
|25 April, 2007 - Video: Vespa Commercial|
|Here's a nice TV publicity for Vespa Scooters. nice, good music, good scenario. |
|25 April, 2007 - On The Road Again - Bring My Spare Tires|
|I'm on the road again, on assignment. Should be back on Tuesday. Am traveling with my spare tires, photo enclosed. |
Got no internet connection, so hot news will not be shown, but there will be stuff appearing, so don't leave....
|24 April, 2007 - Video: Motorcycle Safety - Helmets (Czech Republic)|
|Here's a really nice TV ad for motorcycle safety (apparently from the Czech Republic). It's why you should always wear a helmet. |
The interesting thing is that they don't even show a motorcycle!
|24 April, 2007 - ScootGP, Not MotoGP|
|Scooter racing! |
Quite spectacular, considering that these machines are not race motorcycle. They have rather large skirting boards, small wheels, and you're not exactly sitting in an aerodynamic position.
This photos "stolen" from Vespinoy, where you can find tons of other photos of the scooter race.
|24 April, 2007 - Video: Nicky Hayden Ads|
|Usually celebrities "sell" themselves for TV ads, suing their name and face to promote products. MotoGP stars are no exception, neither is Nicky Hayden. |
But his latest publicity for Michelin has got to be one of the worst I've seen. Here are a couple of his ads.
My advice: Fire his manager!
|23 April, 2007 - Make Your Bike Sound Like A Real "Bike"|
|Riding a bicycle can be very dangerous, specially since no one can hear you. |
That's about to change with the SoundOfMotion device. Now, your bicycle can sound like a Harley-Davidson, or a horse, or a steam train.
Now, imagine 100 Hells Angels or Mongols coming to the local bar on these... ;-)
|23 April, 2007 - Heart Attack - Blame the Turkish MotoGP|
|After the Turkish MotoGP I'll be needing one of these standing next to the TV. |
If any of the next races are like this one, I think there are going to be several people dead, not counting the riders.
How tame F1 looks compared to the full-contact MotoGP races....
Bring it on!
|23 April, 2007 - Fashion Victims - Motorcycle Helmets|
|You'll find fashion victims everywhere, even in the motorcycle world. |
Apart from haute-couture, you can now even get a demin motorcycle helmet, courtesy of NEXX Helmets.
Does it shrink when raining ? Is the pocket for your condoms?
|20 April, 2007 - More Motorcycles Than Cars in Indonesia|
|With 3.8 million motorcycles, and only 2.5 million cars in Jakarta, Indonesia, the State Minister is looking at banning the sales of new cars, hoping (in vein) to stop the rampant pollution. |
Don't think his plan will work...
|20 April, 2007 - What The French Bikers Want|
|The French presidential elections are this Sunday. No matter who wins, we, the bikers, are screwed. |
French motorcycle magazine, Moto Journal, asked what we motorcycle riders would like to see happen. here's the list of wishes.
I honestly don't think any will see the light of day...
|20 April, 2007 - Official - BMW’s New 450 Motorcycle|
|The first official photo has been released by BMW of their new (but still under development) 450 motorcycle. |
In their press statement, they outline that they have two World Champions riding their prototype in several Enduro races this year.
Is BMW making an attempt at stopping KTM's world domination?
|19 April, 2007 - Fleeing On Your Motorcycle|
|Imagine having to escape all the violence on your motorcycle, with 4 other adults and all your worldly possessions. |
What a life!
Makes you realize how good things really are for you.
|19 April, 2007 - BBC To Help You Buy Your Motorbike|
|Live in the UK? Want to buy a new motorcycle? |
The UK TV producers; BBC, are planning a TV program that advises people how to get the best possible deal when buying a new motorcycle.
|18 April, 2007 - Not Nice To Ride Like This|
|Not a nice way of riding your motorcycle: |
Sandstorms must be a major downer to ride in. I can't think of anything worse except maybe a snow blizzard...
Imagine coming home from a ride in a sandstorm, taking off your gear... sand everywhere, face burnt, eyes watering... yuk!
|17 April, 2007 - Special Motorcycle Backpacks - Axio|
|Thanks to Liam at the MotoGP blog, MotoLiam, I now know of a real, purpose built for motorcycles, backpack. |
The company is called Axio (they are now sponsoring the Ducati Antin MotoGP team), and they make really nice, hard shell, backpacks for motorcycles. There... aren't you glad you tuned in today...
|17 April, 2007 - Ouch - How Embarrassing|
|Talk about an embarrassing moment! |
In front of millions of TV viewers, dropping the motorcycle.... not good! Imagine the ribbing the poor rider is going to get!
|16 April, 2007 - Easy Motorcycle Trailers - UndertakerMTS|
|Sometimes you do not need to buy an expensive and cumbersome motorcycle trailer. |
The UndertakerMTS motorcycle trailer is simple, and doesn't take up much space. Ideal for motorcycles.
|13 April, 2007 - Video: Motorcycle Products - 02|
|Motorcycle products need to be sold as much as motorcycles themselves, so they advertise their stuff on TV. Here are a couple from around the world.|
|12 April, 2007 - History of Choppers Book|
|For those of you who admire those rolling motorcycle sculptures we call Choppers, there a new book out there. |
Called "History of Choppers", this 120 page book, is the first one in a series. With 200 color photos, the author takes you to the beginning of choppers up to present day sculptures.
|12 April, 2007 - TomTom’s New Motorcycle Specific GPS|
|TomTom have released their latest version of the motorcycle specific GPS, Rider 2. |
There's extra hardware in the package (a Cardo Scala Rider Bluetooth headset), a RAM mount, and an optional car kit.
What's more interesting, is their new "buddy" system, that allows you to see where your buddies are on your GPS map.
|11 April, 2007 - Female Motorcycle Helmets|
|What do you do when you want a pony tail, or pig tails on your helmet? |
You can drill holes in your precious helmet, or you want wait until some motorcycle helmet manufacturer produces a helmet for women.
Or, you can go to Helmet Hair....
|11 April, 2007 - Good Use Of a Garbage Bin|
|Here's an innovative use of a garbage bin. Use it to disable speeding radars. Got any other great ideas ? |
|10 April, 2007 - Motorcyclist Hit By Bathtub|
|This is the stuff of nightmares. Sounds like truth can be stranger than fiction. |
A 72 year old biker was riding along when a bathtub fell of a truck and hit him of his Honda motorcycle.
Talk about a bizarre accident!
|10 April, 2007 - Marc Coma Dominates Tunisian Rally|
|1st Enduro race of the 2007 season, and already Marc Coma shows the colors. The man who almost won the Dakar now wins the Optic 2000 rally for the 1st time.|
|10 April, 2007 - Sunday Biker|
|Found a funny video of a Sunday biker on the Uncaged Librarian website. Wonder if it's real, or staged ?|
|9 April, 2007 - Video: Kawasaki 100 - Old Style|
|Here's an old fashion TV commercial from Kawasaki. They don't make them like this anymore. Good thing or bad thing ? You judge.|
|9 April, 2007 - Motorcycle Music - Real Music!|
|UK based motorcycle insurance company, Bennetts, have come up with a very novel way of increasing motorcycle awareness. They have created a musical orchestra! |
Together with World SuperBike Champion James Toseland (a classical pianist by training), they auditioned bikers to play their favorite instrument - the motorcycle - together with real musicians. Called the Bennetts Bike Orchestra, they've played in front of the Royal Albert Hall in London, and at the British SuperBike race in Donington.
Click to see and hear them play.
|6 April, 2007 - Red Bull X-Fighters - Mexico 2007|
|Here's the report of the Red Bull X-Fighters event held in Mexico last month. |
I know that there are a lot of people who don't think much of these freestyle games on motorcycles, but even if you don't, the photos are amazing. I'm always dumbstruck by what they can do in the air on these motorcycles.
Don't try this at home.
|5 April, 2007 - Motorcycle Helmets with Bluetooth Roundup|
|The big roundup of motorcycle helmets that feature Bluetooth technology. This report, which used to be annual, is now an ongoing report, ie, there's a database that drives the report. Any changes will appear as they are made. |
The companion report, 3rd Party Bluetooth Helmet Add-ons, featuring 3rd party manufacturers' Bluetooth devices for helmets, will appear shortly.
It took quite some time to put the database/report together, but that was because many helmet manufacturers don't think it's worthy of their time to communicate with websites. They prefer the printed press....
|5 April, 2007 - We’re Back - Kind Of|
|Geographically, it was a move of 100 meters, so apart from shifting furniture, it wasn't difficult. But try to interconnect two LANs via wireless. Not easy. Well, we're back, just a few slight problems to fix, and we'll be in full swing. |
|4 April, 2007 - Not Going Good - Service Will Resume Eventually|
|If you're reading this message, then it means we've not been able to get the office up and running. Blame electricity, computers, LAN, WAN or cows. |
If everything keeps failing, there will be one more prerecorded message, and after that a (long) silence. Hope for the best.
WE'LL BE BACK SHORTLY...
|4 April, 2007 - Anyone Want A Joost Invite?|
|I have 4 invites left to the cool and stylish Joost program. If you want one, better let me know in the comment form. First come, first served.|
|3 April, 2007 - GPS Is Safer Than No GPS|
|Dutch technical research organization, TNO, have published a detailed research performed on drivers of cars with and without a GPS system. |
Their conclusions aren't earth shattering, but interesting nevertheless.
In essence, if you drive around with a GPS, you have 12% less chance of having an accident.If you have 2 GPSs, would you therefore have 24% less chance of an accident ?
|2 April, 2007 - Video: You Didn’t See Me|
|Here's an interesting motorcycle safety video ad. It's about cars not seeing motorcycles. |
I don't know if this ad was actually broadcast, but it's simple and very effective.
|2 April, 2007 - TomTom Getting Ready To Launch Rider 2|
|Looks like Dutch Motorcycle GPS manufacturer TomTom are getting ready to launch their new Rider 2 motorcycle GPS. They slipped up, and put a flash animation for a short time on their corporate website. |
|2 April, 2007 - French Presidential Elections - Motorcycle Issues|
|The French Angry Biker Association, FFMC, have sent the French Presidential candidates a series of questions on their attitude towards motorcycles. |
Surprisingly, the man who started the campaign against speeding by placing 1,000's of radars, Nicolas Sarkozy, is very much in favor of motorcycles. Yes to riding in the bus lane, yes to parking on side walks.
The leading contender, Socialist Segolene Royale, is totally opposed to anything that allows a motorcycle to function properly. So all she has going for her is that she's a woman, and reasonably pretty.
If only I was allowed to vote.