|30 April, 2009 - Five Interesting Roads To Ride Your Motorcycle On|
|Here are five interesting roads you may, or possible may not, want to ride your motorcycle on. |
Some of them you've got to wonder if there had been a human being behind it when it was designed.
|30 April, 2009 - Sugar As Fuel For Your Motorcycle|
|There's a novel idea. Running your motorcycle on a bag of sugar. |
Need to tank up? Head for the local supermarket and buy a bag of sugar...
|29 April, 2009 - Next Week 5000 Extra Ticket Writing Police In The Netherlands|
|Since centuries, the Dutch Military Police, called the Koninklijke Marechaussee, had many rights as a normal Police Officer, but one right/duty they did NOT have. And that was writing out tickets! |
Next week, that changes, and now some 5,000 Military cops can stop you, and write out a ticket. Did you get that number?? 5,000 extra ticket writing cops as off next week!!!!
|29 April, 2009 - Video: Belgium Safety Ad - Do Not Be Surprised By Bikers|
|That time of the year, loads of motorcycle safety TV ads. Here's a good one from Belgium. |
The ad is targeted towards car drivers, telling them not to be surprised by bikers. The ad is quite simple, but effective.
|29 April, 2009 - A Strike I Do Like Here In France|
|The French have a love affair with going on strike. They do it so often, that its no longer fun. |
But one utility company has recently started going for full strikes, and now we LOVE them. This is one strike we endorse.
Find out why.... click on the headline....
|28 April, 2009 - Several US Based Motorcycle Magazines Go Bankrupt|
|The holding company for several big US based motorcycle magazines has filed for Chapter 11. |
Large motorcycle mags like Dirt Rider, Motorcyclist and Sport Rider (and many more) are on the chopping block.
|28 April, 2009 - Video: Germany Motorcycle Safety Ad|
|Here's an interesting and well done German motorcycle safety TV ad. |
The concept is quite good, showing that when you increase your speed on your motorcycle, simple objects like trees and road signs become lethal for you.
|28 April, 2009 - Record Your Motorcycle Ride in High Def|
|VholdR have just released world's first full HD, and lightest camcorder that is totally wearable. |
It's a video camera that has been made for people like us, who ride motorcycles, and love to record the action.
The camera is 30 or 60 fps, 16:9 wide-screen and full HD. Plus it records 8 hours, rain proof, dust proof and will withstand shocks.
So it will likely still keep filming you while you are being carted into the ambulance...
|27 April, 2009 - Suzuki Gives Jay Leno A GSX-R1000 Motorcycle|
|Good old Suzuki North America "gives" a free GSX-R1000 motorcycle to Jay Leno. |
The gift is because he's done so much for motorcycles in the US. But here's a man richer than God, with more motorcycle in his garage than most big motorcycle dealers have in their showroom.....
Not fair... but good for him..
|27 April, 2009 - Australian Motorcycle Gangs Peace|
|It looks like the Australian government got its way with the Australian motorcycle gangs (called Bikies), but not they way they thought it would go. |
It looks like all the 1%er biker gangs are uniting to fight the government....
|27 April, 2009 - Finding Out The Real Fuel Consumption Of A Motorcycle|
|In today's world, you need to know what fuel your motorcycle uses. Maybe at this moment with a reasonably low oil barrel price, it's not critical, but remember last year? |
It's going to happen again, and it's not going to take very long before what we pay at the pump is going to cost us a rib out of our chest.
So here's a community web site that lists motorcycle by year and model, and their fuel consumption as noticed by the rider, not the manufacturer. You can all help by adding your figures.
|24 April, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 14 April 2009|
|Here are the top motorcycle stories on the internet I could find over the last week. |
- Friday Fives: 5 Must-Have Motorcycle Accessories
- So You're Taking An MSF Class. What To Wear
- OSi Cool Mesh Jacket Review
- How To Clean Your Helmet Thoroughly
- 12 Motorcycling Lessons I've Learned
|24 April, 2009 - Motorcycle Toilet: Us, Not The Bike|
|A new public toilet design concept is going to please us motorcycle riders! |
The toilet is used while taking a motorcycle riding stance, something that's going to make us feel comfortable.
Now we can truly eat, drink, sleep and s#*t motorcycles.
|23 April, 2009 - Fisherman Tales|
|Would you believe if someone told you they caught such a big fish... |
|23 April, 2009 - Video: Bajaj Motorcycle Transformers|
|Here is one of Bajaj motorcycles latest TV spots. As usual, it's well done and entertaining. |
This one is based on the popular Transformers toys.
|23 April, 2009 - European Motorcycle Accidents Report (MAIDS) 2nd Edition Available|
|The European Motorcycle Manufacturer Association have released the 2nd edition of their excellent accident report; MAIDS (Motorcycle Accident In-Depth Study). |
The 179 page report is full of data, reasons, locations, and importantly why an accident occurs. You'll be surprised to see what you learn when reading this report.
One of the MOST interesting statistics in this report: WHICH COLOR MOTORCYCLE IS MORE LIKELY TO GO DOWN! Want to guess which one it is........
|22 April, 2009 - Motorcycle Limo - The Only Limo Way To Go|
|If you need to arrive somewhere in style, like an important business meeting, a prom or your wedding, this is the ONLY limousine you should consider. |
A real motorcycle limo!
Way to go!
|22 April, 2009 - Video: Braun And A BMW Motorcycle TV Ad|
|Interesting metaphor. A Spanish TV ad for Braun electric shavers, mixing images of a BMW motorcycle riding through rough grounds, and an electric shaver trimming your beard. |
|21 April, 2009 - Funny Motorcycle Scarves|
|Bring a bit of fun into daily motorcycle commuting. Wear a Tucano Urbano scarf with a funny design. |
At the very least, you get a few snickers...
|21 April, 2009 - Aftermath Of The Le Mans 24 Hours Motorcycle Race|
|After the 24 hours of Le Mans motorcycle race, 1100 Police officers were deployed to catch speeding bikers. |
76 bikers lost their license on the spot (meaning they got caught at at least twice the speed limit), and 41 DUI. No mention in the total number of speeding tickets, but for the 92,000 spectators, I would not be surprised if there were more than 1,000 tickets.
Looks like the real race was outside the circuit...
|21 April, 2009 - Cool Motorcycle Sidecar, And I Mean COOL!|
|This is a COOL, if not ICE COLD, motorcycle and sidecar. It's part of the Cool Cycles Ice Cream Co's offering for those of you looking for something to do, and make a buck or two. |
US$39,000 gets you a franchise, including the motorcycle, allowing you to go to events and sell ice cream out of the motorcycle sidecar.
What a cool idea...
|20 April, 2009 - Orange Ear Plugs - KTM Motorcycles Of Course|
|KTM are selling some nifty ear plugs. You can have any color you want, as long as it's orange! |
Great for long motorcycle rides, protecting your hearing. The canister that holds the ear plugs serves as key chain! Nice touch.
|20 April, 2009 - Listing of Motorcycle Friendly Accommodation In France|
|We've produced a comprehensive listing of motorcycle friendly camping, hotel and gites here in France. |
A Google Map, with different colored icons shows you where they are, and clicking on one of the icons will give you all the info you need.
Now you can really plan your holiday.
|20 April, 2009 - Le Mans 2009 - And The Winner Is..|
|Another 24 Hours of La Mans motorcycle endurance race is finished for the year. |
A Yamaha R1 motorcycle wins the crown..... after a hard fought battle with Honda in the dark, windy and wet race.
|17 April, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 17 April 2009|
|Here are the meager pickings of motorcycle articles found on the internet the last week: |
- Healthcare Punishment For Motorcyclists
- Biker Buff As CEO
|17 April, 2009 - Weekly Newsletter Having Problems|
|The weekly newsletter service provider is having problems thanks to the economic crisis, so newsletters may not appear. |
I've decided to stick with them unless they go belly up, so patience.
Hopefully normal service is return next month.
|17 April, 2009 - eRanger: Motorcycle Ambulance Manufacturer|
|As a follow-up of the article for 2 weeks ago about motorcycle ambulances in the Sudan, here's a look at the company that makes these versatile and cheap ambulances. |
eRanger produces not only motorcycle ambulances, but also mobile medical clinics, water treatment and even mobile education units.
Very cool products!
|16 April, 2009 - Guatemala: Pillion Passenger Are Only Allowed To Be Girls|
|In Guatemala a new law prohibits male pillions on motorcycles. No more, just women are allowed to ride as a pillion. |
The politicians, in their knee-jerk reaction, hope to reduce the number of violent and often deadly attacks being committed by male pillions.
|16 April, 2009 - Controlling Your Gate/Garage Door Via Mobile Phone|
|Interesting gadget. GateSlave allows you to open/close your gate/garage door by using your mobile phone! |
Just call your gate (do not worry, it will not answer, so no charge), and it'll open and close if your phone number is registered. You can register phone numbers, even for a limited time period, via a web site.
|16 April, 2009 - Yamaha: Please Do Not Use E10 Fuel!|
|Yamaha France are not convinced that the new ecological fuel, E10, is compatible with their motorcycles. They are currently testing out the fuel on all their motorcycles. |
In the mean time, they advise their customers not to use the fuel.
|15 April, 2009 - Interview: Tiffany Coates - Pre Mongolia Motorcycle Trip|
|Here's 14 questions I asked Tiffany Coates before she heads out, on her own, from the UK to Outer Mongolia on her trusty BMW R80GS motorcycle. |
Find out what makes her tick... Would you dare go out into the unknown, often dangerous countries, on your motorcycle?
|15 April, 2009 - Mio C523 V2: New Motorcycle GPS|
|Mio from Mitac (the folks who bought Magellan) are releasing a "dedicated" motorcycle GPS. |
Based on their car GPS, the C523, they added "V2" to it, and made it a motorcycle GPS. It does have some motorcycle friendly features (like rider mode that allows you to see several turning instructions in a split screen), but it also has digital TV!
TV?? On a motorcycle?
|14 April, 2009 - France: Autoroute Companies Waking Up To Motorcycles|
|One of the main autoroutes in France, the A13 that goes from Paris to Normandy has finally installed motorcycle toll booths. This is great, since it means you no longer need to queue up for the manned toll booths. |
And for me, it's excellent, since I often take that toll-road.
|14 April, 2009 - Come Up With BMW Motorcycle Design Ideas, Win Money|
|You've been riding a motorcycle for a while, and you know what you want your motorcycle to do. So why not tell one manufacturer! |
Here's your chance to tell BMW what their new motorcycle should have, and possibly win US$2625 in the process.
It's not everyday that a motorcycle manufacturer asks for your opinion, so grasp the moment!
|13 April, 2009 - Video: Nicky Hayden and Amp’d Mobile|
|Here's a TV ad featuring Nicky Hayden after winning the MotoGP motorcycle race championship advertising Amp'd Mobile. |
But then Amp'd when belly up... No luck for Nicky...
|13 April, 2009 - Motorcycle School Bus|
|Now here's my kind of school bus! The S'Cool Bike |
A motorcycle turned into a school bus!
|10 April, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 10 April 2009|
|Missed anything last week on the net? Here's what I read during the last few days with motorcycle content: |
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Motorcyclists
- Testing iPhone's Based GPS Lap Timers
- How To Get Dedicated Motorcycle Parking In Your Town
|10 April, 2009 - Crisis: Mondial du Deux-Roue In Danger|
|One of Europe's largest motorcycle exhibitions, the French Mondial du Deux-Roues, is in danger of having some of the top motorcycle manufacturers not attending. |
According to the French motorcycle magazine, Moto Journal, Honda, BMW and Yamaha are in doubt. They have not yet cancelled, but their plans are currently unclear, and the required paperwork has not yet been submitted.
It would surely be a pity for a show that is held every 2 years to miss out of these biggies!
|10 April, 2009 - On The Road Again, Bearing Balls|
|I'm on the road again, hopefully back Tuesday afternoon. |
I'm in the Burgundy region, packed with balls.... Don't worry, I'll keep you amused with motorcycle articles.
|9 April, 2009 - Spectacular Motorcycle Race Photo|
|Site Asphalt & Rubber published a really spectacular motorcycle race photo. |
The kind that makes you want to see more of the sequence.
|9 April, 2009 - Pirelli’s New Motorcycle Sport-Touring Tire|
|Pirelli have a new advanced sports road tire for motorcycle. |
Called the Angel ST, it changes it's thread drawing after you've ridden it for a while. Nice touch.
|8 April, 2009 - 2007 Motorcycle Market Revenue Around The World|
|Here are some interesting statistics on motorcycle revenue in different countries and continents for 2007, their growth rate between 2003 and 2007 and how much new cars brought in during the same time. |
Some countries have a lot of money tied up in motorcycles....
|8 April, 2009 - One Million Miles On A Harley Motorcycle|
|Not only is David Ziel a former State senator, but the man is probably the ultimate long distance biker (and probably the most thrifty person in the world). |
He has gone ONE MILLION miles on the same Harley motorcycle! Talk about a good investment!
|7 April, 2009 - Cow Or Camouflage Motorcycle?|
|Friend of mine took this photo. I can't make up my mind whether this is a cow hide motorcycle, or a camouflaged motorcycle.... |
|7 April, 2009 - Really Scary Motorcycle Helmets|
|Talk about scary motorcycle helmets!!!! |
Imagine late at night, in your car, minding your own business, when a dark motorcycle pulls up alongside you, and the rider is wearing one of these motorcycle helmets!
|6 April, 2009 - Vintage Motorcycle Expo In Valmont, Normandy|
|It's not only the big cities that have motorcycle exhibitions. In the small shit-kicker town of Valmont, Normandy, France, last weekend they had a vintage motorcycle expo. |
Here are some of the classic motorcycles that were shown.
|6 April, 2009 - Sudan Combats Maternal Mortality With Motorcycles|
|UNICEF have deployed these special motorcycle sidecar ambulances in Southern Sudan. |
The female mortality rate at childbirth there is the highest in the world, with one out of 6 women dying at childbirth.
The motorcycle ambulance will bring the women to proper healthcare facilities.
|6 April, 2009 - French Motorcycle Mag Pulls A Fast One - April 1st|
|The French motorcycle mag, Moto Journal, played a well done 1st of April joke on their readers (on the 2nd of April...). |
The claimed, supported by good Photoshop photos, that the Paris City Hall was going to come out with a motorcycle rental service the same way they are renting out bicycles.
Photos of a self-service motorcycle rental station, publicity and a fake interview with the City Hall project manager were included.
|3 April, 2009 - Top Internet Stories - 3 April 2009|
|Here are the top motorcycle stories on the internet from the last few days: |
- It Arrived Yesterday
- Fiamm Freeway Blaster Horn Installation & Review
- Henderson Motorcycles, An American Machine
|3 April, 2009 - Hot Articles: Throat Microphones|
|A new article series, introducing a product type, and then referring you to another site that has many of those products listed. |
The product in question for this article is THROAT MICROPHONES.
|3 April, 2009 - BMW’s New C1 Replacement?|
|BMW, under the "Project I" think-tank, are designing a new ecological motorcycle/scooter for 2012. |
Based on the C1 scooter concept, the bike will have a roof, transport 2 people, not require a helmet, and will have some form of alternative fuel engine.
|2 April, 2009 - Biker Rest Stops For The 24 Hours Of Le Mans|
|For those of you going to the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race, and going by motorcycle, here are all the active motorcycle rest stops. |
At the "Relais Calmos Motards" you will be able to rest between bikers, eat, hot drinks, check your tire pressure, minor repairs, etc.
|2 April, 2009 - France: Most Stolen Motorcycles 2008|
|There has been a reduction in stolen motorcycles in France during 2008. |
In the top 10 of stolen motorcycles and scooters, better not have a Yamaha, since you stand a good chance of not finding your motorcycle...
|2 April, 2009 - Motorcycle Gangs To Be Outlawed In Australia?|
|Australia is getting tougher on motorcycle gangs. After a spate of violence in public areas, they have vote in a new law. |
If the biker gang is violent, they can be ruled as criminals, and all property and belongings confiscated. Gang members can face 5 years of prison just for belong to a gang.
The question is who decides that a biker group is criminal? This could be a law that is abused...
|1 April, 2009 - France: 17.15 Million Speed Radar Photos During 2008|
|Speed radars are jackpots for governments. In France, during 2008, 17,150,000 speed photos were made (for 65,000,000 inhabitants), generating €550,000,000 in revenues. |
Talk about a great ROI!
|1 April, 2009 - Aerostich: Remote Control Zipper|
|Aerostich are coming out with the very first, remote controlled, electric zippers. |
The electric zippers can be added to your motorcycle suite, and will allow you to open and close vents that are hard to reach while riding your motorcycle.
Isn't technology beautiful...