|30 May, 2008 - Sorry For The Downtime, Again #8364|
|We seem not to be able to get one straight month were everything works okay on our site. |
Our so-called redundant data center crashed and was off the air for 12 hours. Sorry...
|29 May, 2008 - Oiling Your Motorcycle Chain - The Easy Way|
|If you're anything like me, forgetful in oiling your chain, and when you do, half the oil consumption of your country goes towards lubricating your motorcycle chain, then this is the product for you. |
The Cameleon Oiler is an automatic chain oiler that gets installed don your motorcycle. You don't have to do anything, the system oils your motorcycle chain regularly. How cool is that ?
|29 May, 2008 - NSU 2000 Bison: World’s Biggest Cylinder Motorcycle|
|Kick starting a 700 cc motorcycle engine is not for the faint-hearted, or the featherweights.... |
So imagine trying to kick start a 2,000 cc single cylinder engine. And in the NSU Bison 2000 that's exactly what you need to do, since there's no starter. But it's a record!!!
|29 May, 2008 - France: Middle Of The Road - Traffic Mortality-wise|
|France is no longer the bad boy of Europe with regards to fatal road accidents. |
They're middle of the road (no pun intended). Here's what was happening during 2006 in Europe.....
You make your own conclusions..
|28 May, 2008 - That Will Scare The Wits Out Of SUVers|
|No, it's not Uma riding around on her motorcycle, but someone who obviously likes the movie Kill Bill. |
That'll stop SUVs from messing around.... big sword!!
|28 May, 2008 - Milo’s Rat Bike Website|
|Milo's rat motorcycle is famous around the world. His extreme "customization" is something people can only aspire too. |
Milo now has a website. You can find out where his famous motorcycle will appear next, listen to radio interviews, and see many photos.
|28 May, 2008 - KTM’s Future Off-Road Competition Motorcycle|
|KTM filed a patent in January of this year for a rear fuel tank to be placed on off-road competition motorcycles. |
Nothing earth shattering since the 690 has a rear fender fuel tank, so what's so special that they filed a patent? Someone enlighten me...
|27 May, 2008 - Hold It, Diaper Or Piddle?|
|Taking a wee, a wiz, a pee, a leak, shaking your brother-in-law's hand, walking to dog, etc can be a pain when riding your motorcycle long distance. |
There aren't that many solutions. Stopping, doing it in your pants, diapers, and now the high-tech fighter pilot piddle pack.
Press a button, and a vacuum pump takes care of the rest....
|27 May, 2008 - Bread Toasters, Not KTM|
|KTM had a great idea with a KTM bread toaster. Then I found this Suzuki motorcycles toaster.... which turned out to be fake. |
But then I thought, why not have more motorcycle manufacturers build toasters according to their own design and engineering skills.
So here are my suggestions for several manufacturers. I'll take 10% royalties please....
|27 May, 2008 - Video: 2 x Bajaj Commercials|
|Indian motorcycle manufacture Bajaj always has great motorcycle ads. |
Here are two that are no exception!
|26 May, 2008 - Motorcycles Ranked 2 In Terms Of Recalls|
|Motorcycle recalls ranked 2nd only after toys. That shows you how many problems there are in the manufacturing of motorcycles. |
OK, most of the recalls are for mini-motorcycles or off-road bikes, but still....
The EU have a website with all recent motorcycle recalls. It's searchable.
|23 May, 2008 - Extra Protection For Your Motorcycle|
|Italian Moto Box offer an interesting alternative to motorcycle covers. |
It's not cheaper than a cover, but if your motorcycle sleeps outside, it's quite an effective solution that does not take up much space. It even looks good in a garage...
|23 May, 2008 - New Route Planning Software For Motorcycle GPSs|
|XTream Wearther, the folks that have brought us wearable GPSs, have released a stand-alone software package that will plan your motorcycle routes and itineraries on your PC. |
Using Google Maps, it allows you to export your itineraries to Garmin and TomTom GPSs.
Also, since Google Maps is always updating their maps, you thereby get free updates of your current maps (kind-of). Software is not free, but cheap (€29).
|22 May, 2008 - Spain: Front Row Seats For Motorcycles|
|Barcelona and Madrid, Spain have started placing specially reserved areas at traffic light for motorcycles. |
Now, when riding your motorcycle in the city, you go to the front of the lights, and have a specially reserved standing area, allowing you to leave when the light turns green without bumping into cars. Cool!!
|22 May, 2008 - Europe’s Fastest Roads|
|Europe only has one country really where you can legally live it up on the motorways, and that's Germany. |
Here are the top 10 autobahns were you can still open up the throttle of your motorcycle without being fined.
But remember, everyone is going fast, and many cars can, and will, go faster than you!
|22 May, 2008 - France: Massive Increase In "On-The-Fly" Police Tickets|
|Police in Paris have begun a massive increase (1266%) of ticketing without any evidence, except the word of the Police officer. |
No photo, and no stopping you... you just get a fine a few days later. Particularly targeted are motorcycle riders.
|21 May, 2008 - Biker Doggie Fashion|
|I really don't think that dogs are dolls.... dressing them up like they're bikers is not good! |
If you want people to know you're a biker, ride a motorcycle, don't dress up our pet..
|21 May, 2008 - Live Video From Erzberg Rodeo 2008|
|The famous (and notorious) Erzberg Rodeo, world's toughest motorcycle enduro, starts tomorrow. 1500 riders will start, only a few finish. |
You don't need to be there, since the organizers have placed 7 webcams, allowing you to view the massacre remotely. Have fun watching.
|21 May, 2008 - Got Enough Mirrors There?|
|Here's a man who really wants to see what's behind him on his motorcycle. |
He probably can't see the road in front, but he can see what's behind...
|20 May, 2008 - First 100% Motorcycle Friendly Road Opened|
|After intense lobbying by FEMA (the Federation of Motorcycle Associations), the first motorcycle friendly road has been opened. |
Located in Norway, the road has been adapted to be safe for motorcycles. Way to go! More please !!!!
|19 May, 2008 - The Real Problem With The Price Of Fuel|
|With rising fuel prices, many people are flocking to the local motorcycle dealer to buy cheap motorcycles and scooters. |
This is bad! Really bad for us! Here's why...
|19 May, 2008 - Niki Lauda On A Motorcycle|
|After Michael Schumaker, it's Niki Lauda (former multiple world champion Formula One) who's taken to motorcycles. |
Do you think these F1 drivers wouldn't have preferred to ride motorcycles instead of boring cars?
|16 May, 2008 - Triumph Motorcycle That Runs On Apples|
|Some students in the UK, together with Bike Magazine and Triumph, adapted a Daytona 675 motorcycle to run on a biofuel made out of apples. |
Instead of drinking the 6,000 apples as a cider, the Triumph motorcycle ran at a speed of 158.7 mph!!
|16 May, 2008 - Lamborghini Gallardo With Motorcycle Chopper|
|Bad taste 101. Imagine having enough dosh to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo, and then putting a trailer behind it, like a common pick-up. |
And then to make matters worse, he's put a motorcycle on the trailer..... bad taste!
|15 May, 2008 - Dakar 2009 Open For Registration|
|The Dakar 2009 contestant registration is open! If you're planning to take part in this (probably) once off South American race, better hurry. Places are limited, and contestants of the ill-fated 2008 edition have priority.|
The race is over 6000 kilometers, flat lands, very high mountains and long deserts... fun, fun, fun.
|15 May, 2008 - New And Improved viaMichelin Website|
|Michelin's travel itinerary and mapping website viaMichelin, just got a lot better. |
They're now in public beta testing, and it's a really nice and easy to use website for planning your motorcycle rides. It'll show on your road book, where the restaurants, hotels or tourist points are. Lots of nice functions.... have a look.
|14 May, 2008 - Video: Upillar Ad|
|Quite a funny TV ad from Upillar.cim, using the Harley motorcycle culture of the US... |
Kind of funny...
|14 May, 2008 - Real Military Motorcycle Helmet|
|We've seen several replica military helmets for motorcycles, but here's the real deal. A real Military Motorcycle Helmet. |
Bullet proof, you can even install oxygen mask and night goggles. Plus there's space to install communication cords and adapters.
How cool is that?
|14 May, 2008 - Michelin Anakee 2|
|French tire company, Michelin, are releasing a new version of their all-purpose road tire, the Anakee. |
With a lot of originality, it's called Anakee 2. The new compounds used will last 29% longer than the previous version.
Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman rejoice!
|13 May, 2008 - Would You Ride On?|
|Hmmmm... would you continue riding your motorcycle if you see this sign??? |
Even if there's a chance a cow will land on your head??
|13 May, 2008 - France: Electronic Alcohol Tests Mandatory?|
France likes its booze and its public holidays. But both do not mix. Last weekend was a 5 day weekend, and it resulted in a record number of road fatalities; 19 so far.
After 2 drinks, the risk exists
Alcohol is the biggest contributing factor, and the government has decided to do something about it. It's not drastic (yet), but we'll see how it pans out.
|12 May, 2008 - Video: Yamaha Acceleration|
|Interesting ad for Yamaha motorcycle. It's an advertisement about Yamaha acceleration, but they never show the motorcycle. |
It kind of works for me....
|9 May, 2008 - Green Knickers (And Boxers Too)|
|Riding your motorcycle long distance is not easy. Specially on your poor butt. The cheap and fast way is using bicycle shorts. But... they're not nice looking, and often reveal strange bulges. |
UK based GreenKnickers produce nice looking male and female underwear that can be change in seconds into padded knickers or boxers. Great for those long distance rides, while still looking cool. On top of that, it's ecological!
|9 May, 2008 - Need A New Holiday Destination? Try Enduro-India|
|Feel like something different for your next motorcycle holidays? here's an idea... |
Enduro India organize a 1000 km, 14 day enduro trip on Royal Enfield motorcycle through parts of India that you'll never see as a normal tourist.
|8 May, 2008 - UK: The Time To Get Your Motorcycle License Is Now!|
|A new tougher motorcycle test comes into effect October 2008 in the UK (aligned with European directives), and the UK Motorcycle Council (MCIA) are urging potential motorcycle riders to take their tests now. |
After the new laws takes place, it'll become tougher and longer to pass the test.
|7 May, 2008 - UK Police Using A Hayabusa Motorcycle!|
|Riding a motorcycle in the UK? Better watch out....!!! |
Johnny Law has got a new weapon; a Hayabusa!! Now they can catch up with you...
Watch the video..
|7 May, 2008 - Where To Keep Your Stuff On A Motorcycle?|
|Here's a solution to a problem I know many have faced while riding your motorcycle. Where to put all your personal stuff (keys, wallet, credit cards, etc) ?? |
Here's one solution; the Grabit Pack. Like a fanny pack, it sits on your hip/leg, ready for fast access (like a gunslinger). It costs only US$ 23, and it's water resistant.
|7 May, 2008 - The New Motorcycle Camouflage Gear?|
|Would this be the latest rage in motorcycle gear? |
Real camouflage gear, allowing you to ride those green lanes without being seen...
|6 May, 2008 - Video: Fonzie Motorcycle Ad|
|Here's an old TV ad for The Fonz's motorcycle! Remember Fonzie... the uber-cool dude from Happy Days... ?? |
Who didn't want to be him, riding his motorcycle, pulling all those chics??
At least you could buy the toy...
|6 May, 2008 - World’s Fastest Motorcycle - By Far!|
|Here is photo proof that the fastest motorcycle broke the speed of sound several times over! Faster than a jet! |
1159 mph on a Honda Goldwing!!! Read all about it !! Extra, Extra !!
|6 May, 2008 - Cheaper To Be A Female Motorcycle Rider In France|
|One of the bigger motorcycle insurance companies in France, AMV, has decided it's better to insure female riders. According to them, there are more and more joining the ranks of motorcycle riders, but have less accidents. |
So they're now rewarded with a 10% reduction in their insurance rates... not bad.
|5 May, 2008 - Special Motorcycle Sandal|
|Bata, one of world's leading shoe manufacturers, have released a special sandal for motorcycles in Bangladesh. |
Slated to offer protection on a motorcycle, you got to ask yourself what they were smoking...
|5 May, 2008 - Michelin’s New Motorcycle Website|
|Apart from a new TV ad campaign shown in the previous article, Michelin has also launched a new website dedicated to motorcycles. |
Based on the Baby MotoGP, they show all their motorcycle tires and the use of the tire. Plus they show which champions use those tires.
|5 May, 2008 - Video: Michelin Baby MotoGP|
|Here's a nice and cute TV ad from motorcycle tire manufacturer Michelin, that started airing last weekend for the China MotoGP. |
It shows the MotoGP nursery, where Michelin is getting the baby motorcycle racers ready for the MotoGP.
|5 May, 2008 - Motorcycle Rest Stops For The French MotoGP 2008|
|For the French MotoGP at Le Mans, 16 to 18 May 2008, there are again three rest stops for motorcycle riders. Get mechanical help, food, drinks, tyre inflation, visor cleaning, even sleep. |
But more importantly, meet 1,000's of other bikers.
|2 May, 2008 - You Think You’ve Got A Lot Of Motorcycles? Try Him!|
|Does this guy have more motorcycles than God (Jay Leno). Well, he's got more than Brad Pitt, that's for sure. |
It's photo model Fabio, and here's a video clip of his motorcycle garage, with 200 motorcycles!
|2 May, 2008 - Feel Like A Clown With Todays Gas Prices|
|Don't you feel like a clown (or a milk cow) when you're filling up your motorcycle at a gas station? |
I know I do, specially when you see the obscene profits some oil companies are making!
|1 May, 2008 - Bugatti Motorcycle|
|No.. sorry, Bugatti have not announced that they are going to build high speed, high performance motorcycles. In fact, no motorcycles. |
But they did use to build engines for motorized bicycles (so motorcycles) but in the 1940's. Very high tech (for those days).
|1 May, 2008 - Helmets Are In Fashion? WTF?|
|It looks like, according to one fashion designer, that motorcycle helmets are now a fashion accessory. |
How cool is that??? I'm now fashionable, for the 1st time of my life!