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29 April, 2011 - Top Internet Stores - 29 April 2011
Top Weekly Web Article
Here are some of the motorcycle related articles you may have missed over the last few days on the internet.

- 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and GTL Review: Meet The New Boss (About Motorcycles)
- Do Harley Davidson And Apple Computer Have Something In Common (The Kneeslider)
- Drinking And Riding Is A Good Thing To Do (US Rider News)
- How To Ride A Motorcycle Taxi In Thailand Safely (Tasty Thailand)


29 April, 2011 - Biggest Kawasaki Motorcycle Ever
Kawasaki Balloon
Kawasaki logo
A Kawasaki motorcycle 23 times bigger than a normal Ninja.....

Not very fast, in fact very slow, but economical, and can wheellie with no problems. It's a hot-air balloon used in the UK for special motorcycle events like the SuperBike series last year.


29 April, 2011 - Nigeria: Even Police Motorcycles Need To Queue Up For Fuel
Nigeria Police Fuel Queue
Even the local cops need to spend a long time waiting to fill up their motorcycles in Nigeria, a country where petrol is produced.


28 April, 2011 - Video: Honda CBR250R Introduction
Video clip
Honda logo
Nice, but very unimaginative launch video of the new Honda CBR250R motorcycle.

One nice moment (when the motorcycle blasts past the sportscar). Clip was used for their launch in India.


28 April, 2011 - TomTom GPS Data Used By Police
Looks like it's going back to good old maps. It looks apparent that the data TomTom GPSs collect anonymous from their motorcycle and car GPSs are not only used by traffic planners.

Apparently the police uses them to find out where people are speeding so that they can place speed radar cameras along those roads.


28 April, 2011 - Video: Yamaha Motorcycles Makes Grown Bikers Cry
Video clip
Yamaha logo
In an obvious dig at Harley-Davidson, here's a Yamaha Motorcycle TV advertisement that will make grown men cry..... or at least that is what the ad will make you think.


27 April, 2011 - Finally A Road Sign Acknowledging Motorcycles
Exciting Vehicles
It took a while, but finally they made a road sign, in our favor, that acknowledges motorcycles.

We all know that our motorcycles are far more exciting than cages, or is it "exiting"?


27 April, 2011 - Cyril Despres Moves Slowly To The Dark Side Of Racing
Cyril Despres Corvette
Multiple Dakar winner, Cyril Despres, looks like is getting ready to trade in his KTM motorcycle for a car. He's not the only one, since other Dakar legends did similar, and went on to win the Dakar in a car.

But in the mean time, Despres tried his luck racing a Corvette. So far, he's still planning to race a motorcycle in the 20122 Dakar, but what about 2013?


27 April, 2011 - Honda Looking At Airbags For Their Motorcycles
Honda Airbag Patent
Honda logo
According to a recent patent filing, Honda is looking at providing airbags for most of its motorcycles.

Looks like Honda wasn't as crazy as we thought when the opted for airbags for their Gold Wing.

But will it work? Will people flock top buy Honda motorcycle because of its airbags?


26 April, 2011 - Ads: Yamaha And The Jungle
Ad Yamaha Gorilla Jungle Costa Rica
Yamaha logo
At first glance these ads didn't do it for me. They looked lame until you read the text and look at the photo. Then I got fact, I recognized two of the characters...

The three advertisements are for Yamaha Costa Rica


26 April, 2011 - Honda Gold Wing To Go Hybrid?
Honda Gold Wing Hybrid
Honda logo
Honda has filed a patent for a hybrid motorcycle.

A closer look at the patent, and it's obvious that the motorcycle in question is the Gold Wing.


26 April, 2011 - Sebastian Vettel, Current F1 World Champ Goes Motorcycle
Sebastian Vettel Marcus Walz Motorcycle
The need for speed lives in any Formula One car racer, and probably double so for World Champions.

Schumaker loves racing motorcycles, Kimi Raikonnen has a bad-ass chopper, and now current World Champion F1 Sebastian Vettel has ordered a chopper from the same designer for Kimi's chopper, Marcus Walz.

What is it that attracts F1 racers to the world of motorcycles?


22 April, 2011 - Getting Too Warm On Your Motorcycle? This Might Help
Coolware Personal Cooling
Staying cool on your motorcycle during hot summers is not as easy as it sounds. When you're moving, things are usually fine with the airflow cooling your down sufficiently. But when the movement stops, body heat rises.

Air-conditioning units for motorcycles are there, but if you live in a place that is hot only a few months of the year, are they worth it? Here's a personal cooling system that might just do the trick. Called Coolware, it sits on your neck, blowing cool air.

This might be THE item for every politician to counter their hot air...


22 April, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 22 April 2011
Top Weekly Web Article
During the last two weeks, here are some motorcycle stories I've been reading that you may find of interest.

- How To Ride A Motorcycle In The Dirt :10 Dirtbike Tips For Street Riders (About Motorcycles)
- A 10 Dont's of a Pillion Rider (Bike Advice)
- Lesson Pilots Can Teach Us About Riding (The Great Motorcycle Pizza Tour)


22 April, 2011 - Workin’ at the car wash yeah !
At The Car Wash
When I see this photo, I start automatically humming "(Workin' at the) car wash. Workin' at the car wash yeah ! Come on and sing it with me car wash. Get with the feelin' y'all car wash yeah."


21 April, 2011 - Video: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance - Helmet Hair
Video clip
A recent TV advertisement from Progressive Insurance for motorcycles, where they try to get a "lighter" view on motorcycle riding, that of helmet hair.

I'm not impressed, but presume it does work for some ... have a look.


21 April, 2011 - France: Government Withdraws From Motorcycle Rest Stops
Relais Calmos 27
FFMC logo
The French government, like all governments, speaks with two (at least) tongues.....

On one side they are reprimanding motorcycle riders for not being safe, and on the other, they have withdrawn their financial support for the motorcycle rests tops (Relais Motard Calmos) at the big motorcycle events. In other words, give us your money because you are not safe, but keep riding without stopping, and kill yourselves.

Is there any government out there that does a proper job?


21 April, 2011 - SafeTkick - Making Sure Your Motorcycle Does Not Fall When Parked
Dropping your motorcycle when parking is not fun, specially when your motorcycle is heavier then a car. But motorcycles do topple over when parked in grass, sand, mud or even hot asphalt. There are a couple of devices that prevent your motorcycle from falling over, and here is one of them:

The safeTkick is a simple "coaster" with a bright colored telescopic rod. Easy to place under your kickstand, and not easy to forget when riding away.


20 April, 2011 - Lost For Words! WTF?
Pink Strange motorcycle
It's not often that I'm lost for words, but this one got me very confused. What the hell is it?

Anyone know more about this......


20 April, 2011 - Advantage Of Ducati/AMG Tie-up For One Person
Nicky Hayden Mercedes
Looks like Nicky Hayden is making full use of the Ducati/Mercedes AMG tie-up.... He just took delivery of a brand new Mercedes AMG CLS 63... a very fast car.

But is it as fast as his Ducati motorcycle? And when will he receive his first speeding ticket?

Lucky Nicky...


20 April, 2011 - The Motorcycle Diaries - TV/Webisodes Reality Show
TDM Cast
TDM Logo
A new reality/documentary show starts airing today. Initially slated for the web, it might hit the TV airwaves shortly.

Called "The Motorcycle Diaries", the show is focused on 5 bikers (3 guys, 2 gals) who are riding through the USA, visiting 220 cities in 50 states, riding 25,000 miles.

You can follow their journeys on the web, and interact with Facebook and Twitter.


20 April, 2011 - You Think Your Wait To Fill Up Motorcycle For Gas Is Bad?
Nepal Motorcycle gas queue
Next time you're at the gas station and have to wait to fill up your motorcycle because there are one or two other motorcycles in front of you, just remember this picture....


19 April, 2011 - Ad: Belgium Harley-Davidson Dealer Move - Classy
Ad Harley Davidson Move Belgium
Harley-Davidson logo
Very elaborate (and probably expensive) address move advertisement for a Belgium Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer....


19 April, 2011 - EICMA 2011 Dates - World’s Biggest Motorcycle Expo
EICMA 2011 Poster
EICMA's dates are published. You can go to world's biggest motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy between 8 and 13 November.

To mark the occasion, EICMA have gotten themselves a really cool poster, where you can see a biker being knighted....


19 April, 2011 - Limited Edition Lambretta Helmet - Commemorate England
Heritage Labretta St George Helmet
Heritage Labretta Union Jack Helmet
Heritage Helmets have gotten themselves some limited edition Lambretta helmets with Britain's symbols on them.

Union Jack or St. George, your choice. You'll look great when you attend the Royal wedding...


18 April, 2011 - Video: A Lame Progressive Motorcycle Insurance Ad
Video clip
Quite a lame TV ad for Progressive Insurance. Don't know when this ran, but it's corny. Just trying to use as many popular sayings on riding a motorcycle as they can.

Some agencies don't understand their public...


18 April, 2011 - 50 Motorcycle (De)Motivational Posters - Part 3
(De)Motivational Motorcycle Poster
(De)Motivational Motorcycle Poster
Third instalment of motorcycle (de)motivational posters. Posters that are supposed to motivate you, or not, but that are often funny, or rude.

Here are 50 motorcycle motivational posters.


18 April, 2011 - Squids Are Not All Male
Female Squid On Suzuki Motorcycle
Most motorcycle squids and bikers who are trying to win the annual Darwin award are male. It's a given, but then, there are still more male then female motorcycle riders out there. Maybe over time, we'll see more and more female squids arriving on the scene.

Like this one.....


15 April, 2011 - Ads: Suzuki Motorcycles- For Those Who Can Not Fly
Ad Suzuki Penguin Chile
Suzuki logo
2 brilliant advertisements from Suzuki Motorcycle Chile, dedicated to those who can not fly.....


15 April, 2011 - France: 49% Increase In Motorcycle Mortality For March 2011
France Article
Statistics Article
The month of March 2011, compared to March 2010, saw an increase in road deaths of 2.7% for all vehicles types..... but motorcycles saw an increase of 49% during the same month.

That's very bad, and to make things worse, it's a great excuse for the French government to even further hammer our heads into submission.


15 April, 2011 - Video: A Shiny Harley-Davidson
Video clip
Here is a Harley-Davidson product for all. Well... it's a TV advertisement from the year 2000 for a Harley-Davidson. Not the motorcycle, but for a Rayovac flashlight.

Actually, the ad is not bad, not because of the great images, but the words they used to describe their product. The Harley/Rayovac flashlight is not made anymore, so it can't be bought.


14 April, 2011 - Meanwhile, Back In Germany
German Smaller License Plates
While France has just announced that they are looking into making license plates on motorcycles bigger, Germany is doing the reverse... motorcycle license plates are being made smaller, legally.


14 April, 2011 - BMW K1600GTL Motorcycle- Wood
BMW K1600GTL Wood
Ukrainian artist Vyacheslav Voronovich made this incredibly detailed 1-to-12 replica of the BMW K1600GTL motorcycles, out of wood.

Lots of moving parts, and built in 40 days, it's a masterpiece.



14 April, 2011 - USA: LAX and NYC - A Motorcycle Taxi Service Starts Up
Moto Limos Club Fleet
A new and well equipped motorcycle taxi service is starting in world's most grid locked cities, Los Angeles and New York. With a fleet of 15 Honda Gold Wings, and even Can-Am Spyders, with or without trailers, Moto Limos Club, the motorcycle taxi service, is starting next month.

Professional and experienced riders, full protective equipment for the passengers and even Bluetooth equipped helmets allowing you not only to talk to the rider, but also use your own mobile phone on the move.


13 April, 2011 - Ad: French Safety - Things To Remember
Ad Things to remember France
On one side the French government does everything in its power to stop us from riding our motorcycles, but on the other hand, they do come out with some very good safety advertisement campaigns. You'd almost think they care....

Here's a nice ad they published a year or so ago. On the helmet you see several Post-It notes of things to watch out for or to remember

The text reads "On two wheels, let's be twice as alert".


13 April, 2011 - Ad: Really Stupid Ducati Radio Ad
Ducati logo
This has got to be one of the worst Ducati advertisements I've heard or seen. It's a radio ad played in Denmark.



13 April, 2011 - Libya: What? No ATGATT?
Libya Motorcycle Riders Escaping
There's a war going on, people shooting left, right and center, and these two go on a motorcycle without ATGATT?


12 April, 2011 - His and Her Fuel Pump?
His and Hers Pump
Is this the latest in gender segregation?

His and Hers fuel pumps?


12 April, 2011 - Video: Ray-Ban Sunglasses - Sunset
Video clip
Nice TV advertisement from Ray-Ban, showing an adventure motorcycle rider throwing caution into the wind just so he can see a sunset.


12 April, 2011 - France: Give And Take On Motorcycle Laws
100HP-Limit sign
Motorcycle Orange Yellow Vest
Looks like political horse trading in France.

We'll finally be able to buy and ride motorcycle with more than 100 HP, but on the other hand, it's going to be mandatory to have an orange or yellow fluorescent vest.

... and there are a few more mandatory protective clothing coming up...


11 April, 2011 - 45 Motorcycle Pick-ups (or Pick-up Motorcycles)
Motorcycle Pickup
Motorcycle Pickup
For those of you who have to haul lots of stuff around, you know that a pick-up truck not only is great vehicle, but it looks good. But if you're into motorcycles and not cages, then you might think you're out of options.

However, in Asia, motorcycle pick-ups (or are they called Pick-up Motorcycles) are as common as their cage counterparts in North America. No matter if you're transporting cargo or people, there's a motorcycle for it.

Here are 45 examples of motorcycle pick-ups.


11 April, 2011 - Negative Speed Limit?
Negative Speed Limit
So we've got speed limits for when you're riding your motorcycle, but this has got to be a first....

... a speed limit for driving backwards?


11 April, 2011 - International Female Ride Day Is Friday May 6 2011
International Female Ride Day 2011
The International Female Ride Day is upcoming May the 6th. Organized by Vicki Gray from the Motoress site, and now in its 5th year, the special women ride-out day has become very popular.

Supported by several large organizations, amongst others FIM, and now the Russian Motorcycle Association, the event has become a major mark on women's calendars.

Are you participating?


8 April, 2011 - Ad: Taming Your Ride - French Safety
Ad Things to remember France
Here in France if you've got a car license for more than 2 years, you are allowed to ride a 125cc motorcycle or scooter. But... you need to spend seven hours with a qualified instructor learning to master the two wheeler.

For that purpose, the French government had launched a campaign last year to tell newbie motorcycle riders that they needed to take some lessons.


8 April, 2011 - Survey: We Need Your Help - Men Only Please
Biker in straightjacket
This is a request for any male biker (18 years or older who can read/write English) to help out in an extensive survey being performed by the University of Akron (USA).... Psychology Department.

As bikers we see our motorcycle as our mental therapy. We all know that you'll never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist office. So the university is trying to figure us out.

So please help out and run the survey. It's lengthy, but for a good cause. You can also enter the raffle for a 64 Gb iPod.


8 April, 2011 - US Ambassador Rides Harley Motorcycle In China
Jon Huntsman On Harley In China
That's one good way to promote products from your country.... use'em!

The US Ambassador to China went out of a spin on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in China.


7 April, 2011 - A Scooter In Its Element
Scooter Transport Element
Thar ya go... how to bring your scooter along if you can't ride it, and don't have a trailer, but you do have a Honda Element.

Somehow I don't think it's easy to load and unload the scooter.


7 April, 2011 - Ads: 5 Pretty Lame BMW Motorcycle Ads
Ad BMW Get On Germany
BMW logo
Pretty lame print ad campaign from BMW Motorcycles for the start of the 2011 motorcycle season.

What do you think?


7 April, 2011 - France: More Troubles Looming For Motorcycles
Big License Plate Suzuki
It's a week where it seems that the French government has latched onto the motorcycle world trying to score political brownie points for the upcoming presidential elections.

This time their latest brainchild is to enlarge motorcycle license plates.


6 April, 2011 - France: Paris To Go 30 KPH?
Paris Taxi Protest
The Mayor of the French capital Paris is trying to get a citywide reduction of speed to 30 kph, and at night a speed limit of 50 kph on the ring road.

Try keeping your motorcycle upright at 30 kph while riding through a major city.... but we all know that the Mayor hates motorcycles...


6 April, 2011 - France: Older Motorcycles To Be Forbidden In Big Cities
Valmont Sidecar Rally
It's shortly election time here in France, and the politicians are coming out of the woodwork with hair raising schemes. The latest is from the minister of ecology, who wants to forbid all motorcycles built before 2004 from riding in the big cities in France.

Also concerned are cars (before 1997), utility trucks and big trucks.

Any more bright ideas???


6 April, 2011 - Cool Robbie Maddison Photos: Motorcycle Over Elephants
Robbie Maddison Elephant Jump
Spectacular photos, as usual from Red Bull, of Robbie Maddison jumping his motorcycle over a bunch of elephants.

Too bad the photos was taken in Africa, nor are the elephants live ones... but who cares...


6 April, 2011 - Idea: Display Warning Sign With Your Motorcycle Helmet
Helmet Warning Triangle
A great, practical and low cost idea. Use your motorcycle helmet carry bag as warning/emergency/break down triangle sign.

Place your helmet inside the carry bag, and place it on the road. Simple. Reflective, so it can be seen at night.


5 April, 2011 - Twisted Vespa Scooter: Art or Accident?
Twisted Vespa
Would this twisted Vespa scooter be the result of an artist making art, or just a freak accident?


5 April, 2011 - Smartphones: Greatest Roads Goes 2.0
Greatest Roads 2
Greatest Roads 2
The iPhone app Greatest Roads has gone version 2.0, giving your much more social content, ability to post to Facebook, and more...

It's currently free, and an Android version will be available shortly.

So what are you waiting for?


5 April, 2011 - Ads: The "Tool" The Most Used On A Motorcycle
Ad WD 40 Genius USA
4 print ads, and one web ad, for one of the most widely used "tools" for motorcycle (and scooter) riders in the world; WD-40 oil.


4 April, 2011 - 45 Special, Weird & Wacky Motorcycle Sidecars - Part 2
Last year we've shown you 52 rather special, wacky and/or weird sidecars, either motorcycle or scooter ones.

Time for another look. Here are 45 out of this world sidecars.


4 April, 2011 - France: Valmont 100 Years Of Motorcycles Expo
Romeo 50 FP M4 Monster 1974
Moto Guzzi 50cc Cross 1974
Once a year, in deep Normandy, the local motorcycle club holds an exhibition of old, vintage and classic motorcycles.

This year's theme were the Italian manufacturers. Some motorcycle were in good running state, and some were barn-finds, but all very interesting. Here's what we saw...


4 April, 2011 - Belgium: Government To Put Motorcycle Taxi In Place
ScooTaxi Brusells
A first? In Belgium, a country without a government, the temporary government is putting in place licenses for motorcycle taxis in Brussels.

Aimed at shaving off 50% of the journey time in the city, with enormous daily traffic jams, it's good to see a government that see motorcycle taxis are a solution, not a problem.

Already the first company has a web presence, and will be using Hybrid Piaggio MP3 scooter.


1 April, 2011 - Valentino Rossi Announces Participation In The 2012 Dakar
Rossi and his temporary KTM 450 Rally
In an interview with La Repubblica, Valentino Rossi let it be known that he has negotiated with Ducati a release during next year's off season to participate in the Dakar 2012. His love for rallies and motocross is no secret to anyone.

He has had several training session on a KTM with multiple winner Cyril Despres, with more to follow at the end of the MotoGP season.


1 April, 2011 - Saving Money The KTM Way
KTM Piggy Bank Helmet 3PW117050
KTM logo
KTM are, much like the mast Harley-Davidson, starting to sell a lot of things that have little to do with their motorcycles. But that can be a good thing...

Here's a nice gift idea, the KTM Arai Helmet piggy bank. Save money to buy a new motorcycle, or for some gas.


1 April, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 1 April 2011
Top Weekly Web Article
Here are some interesting motorcycle articles you may have missed over the last few days.

- How To Jump Start A Motorcycle
- Motorcycle Ride Inspiration
- Guilty Customs Takes On German Engineering



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