|30 June, 2007 - Triumph Daytona - Electric|
|American battery manufacturer GoWheel have adapted a Triumph Daytona into an electrical motorcycle! |
Called the evDaytona, you get a top speed of 103 mph, and 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. Not exactly a MotoGP, but not a slouch either. US$77,000 will get you this motorcycle.
|29 June, 2007 - Water Everywhere!|
|The rain has been going no-stop in many countries. Here in China, you see the effects on this motorcycle rider. |
In France, I'm going to trade in my KTM for a raft...
|29 June, 2007 - MV Agusta Watches|
|Upscale motorcycle manufacturer, MV Agusta, has teamed up with upscale Swiss watchmaker, JeanRichard, to produce a very limited wristwatch. |
Three types will be available, gold, titanium and steel. If you need to know the price, don't bother - you will not be able to afford it.
|29 June, 2007 - Leave Your Mark At Harley-Davidson|
|In 2008, Harley-Davidson motorcycles is opening their motorcycle museum. Harley are allowing you to put your name and a message on one of the many, many, stainless steel rivets. |
3" rivets for individuals, 6" rivets for clubs and dealers. This allows you to become part of the museum, and it allows Harley to build a great museum will all the money.
|28 June, 2007 - MotorsTV on YouTube|
|The French TV station, MotorsTV, has uploaded many of their programs, in English, to YouTube. MotorsTV run programs on motorcycle (and cars) and motorcycle sports. |
More videos are being added, but already you have a great choice of programs to watch, from races to product reviews.
|28 June, 2007 - UK: Unity Ride|
|Unity Ride came after the 2005 terrorists attack on London, UK. Started by TheLondonBikers.com, it was supposed to be a small event; some 30 motorcycle riding through London. It turned out to be 3,500! |
After the enormous success, they are planning another ride through London in August. This time, it's to raise awareness of the intolerance towards bikers.
|28 June, 2007 - Philippines: Politicos Gone Crazy|
|Yet another bunch of idiot political bosses decide on a new law. In this case it's in Manila, Philippines, where the top idiots have decided that all motorcycle and scooter riders must paint their license paint in the front and back of THEIR HELMETS!|
That must have been some serious dope they were smoking!
|27 June, 2007 - My Kind Of Boss|
|The CEO of a company in Texas, USA gave his top 10 employees a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as bonus. My kind of a boss. |
BTW, the company has nothing to do with motorcycles.
|27 June, 2007 - Bloody Parking Meter Maids|
|Toronto, Canada, like many other cities, have parking meters for vehicles parking in the street. And like most cities, they employ staff to enforce that proper usage of these meters. |
And like in most cities, the staff can only be qualified as sub-human. Here's an example.
|27 June, 2007 - Carrying Your Picnic Stuff On Your Motorcycle|
|Bring food with you on your motorcycle is not easy, since you also need to carry plates, cups and cutlery. Putting a picnic basked on your bike is not the done thing. |
Here's a potential solution. It's not yet available, but maybe hopefully shortly it will be.
|27 June, 2007 - The Ultimate Commuter Motorcycle|
|You ever been in traffic on your motorcycle, and wished you could do something against those idiots driving their cages. |
Despair not ! The solution is here. The ultimate commuter motorcycle.
|26 June, 2007 - Solar Powered Motorcycle|
|Putting solar panels on a motorcycle is not an easy thing. Not enough surface to even light up your 12V accessory plug. |
Spanish engineering outfit, SunRed, have come up with an innovative solution. Still very much in design mode, maybe in 1,000 years we'll be seeing these motorcycles on the road.
|26 June, 2007 - USB 2 Motorcycle Engine|
|Here's a gadget that will not be misplaced on the desk of any motorcycle riding geek. The USB 2 Hub in shape of a motorcycle engine. |
The engine works, has a kick starter and gear change, and makes a lot of noise !
Enhance your computer and your co-workers lives!
|26 June, 2007 - Video: Ducati 1098|
|Nice little publicity for the Ducati 1098 - Of course it's a Ducati.|
|25 June, 2007 - Hog Riding A ...|
|A Hog Riding A Hog would have been a nice photo, but in this case it's a Suzuki. |
The things these animals have to go through...
|22 June, 2007 - Review: HelloBiker - Bluetooth Intercom|
|Bluetooth communication devices for motorcycles are becoming quite popular. Being able to talk to your pillion passenger, and even talk on the mobile phone, is a great technology advantage, specially when it's done without wires. |
Here a very detailed review of the Italian SpyBall Hello-Biker Bluetooth intercom.
|22 June, 2007 - BMW UK Off-road School Gets New Website|
|The very successful BMW off-road school in Wales, headed by ex-Dakar veteran Simon Pavey have got their own website. |
Highly recommended training course !
|22 June, 2007 - A Bit Of Water Never Hurt Anyone?|
|The start of summer is really bad in Western Europe. |
In Switzerland there are record rain falls. France isn't any better.
|22 June, 2007 - Red Bull Romaniacs 2007 - Last Day|
|The 2007 Red Bull Romaniacs are over; Frenchman Cyril Despres won, after leader Michel Gau broke his hand. |
Tough race as ever, world's toughest motorcycle enduro fulfilled all its promises.
|21 June, 2007 - Dainese Celebrating 35 Years|
|Dainese is getting old; 35 years to be exact. |
As with most birthdays, they're celebrating, and are inviting you to their home for a party.
|21 June, 2007 - Virtual Ducati Motorcycle Museum|
|Can't make it to the Ducati motorcycle museum ? No time ? Too far ?? |
Ducati brings you the solution; a virtual museum. Based on the real museum, now you too can see the exhibitions in 3D !!
Long live the internet !
|21 June, 2007 - Motorcycle Wristwatches|
|Motorcycles can be seen as a form of art, but these wristwatches transformed into motorcycle sculptures are art. |
Someone had a lot of time on their hands (pun intended), and transformed these wristwatches into motorcycles. Really nice!
|21 June, 2007 - Red Bull Romaniacs 2007 - Day 4|
|They must be really nuts to ride in these conditions, either that, or they're superhuman! |
Day 4 of the notorious hard (and I mean HARD) motorcycle enduro, the Red Bull Romaniacs.
|20 June, 2007 - GEICO Launches Motorcycles Rides Site|
|American insurance company, Geico, have created a community website for motorcycles. |
In it, you'll find great rides (the site is called MyGreatRides.com), bikes, member profiles and schedule of upcoming motorcycle events.
|20 June, 2007 - Video: Repsol|
|Repsol, as we probably all know, are a very big sponsor of motorcycle sports. Not only MotoGP, but almost all motorcycle sports. They usually sponsor the big names, usually the world champions. |
So here's an ad for Repsol, with all the big names in motorcycle sports.
|20 June, 2007 - Red Bull Romaniacs 2007 - Day 3|
|The Red Bull Romaniacs has reached the 3rd day, and things are tough, really tough. |
Here are five photos, you'll see what I mean with tough.
There's also a video of day 2. Would you want to race here ?
|19 June, 2007 - Video: World’s Biggest Motorcycle|
|Greg Dunham built world's biggest motorcycle, costing over US$300,000. He got into the Guiness Book of Records. |
Here's a video showing you the motorcycle (in motion believe it or not), and how it was built.
|19 June, 2007 - France: Motorcycle Technical Control Coming|
|The French are deciding to emulate the British with their MOT - annual motorcycle technical inspection. The aim is to have motorcycles over a certain age limit, to under go an annual technical inspection. |
A way to save lives, or to make certain people richer ?
|19 June, 2007 - Video: Motorcycles in Commercials - 4|
|A couple of TV ads for non-motorcycle related products, but that feature a motorcycle. |
Motorcycles are cool, and help sell products !
|18 June, 2007 - Red Bull Romaniacs 2007 - Day 2|
|Day 2 for the Red Bull Romaniacs, and things are getting serious already. |
The French brigade are leading the way.
|18 June, 2007 - Sleeping On Your Motorcycle|
|How do people manage to sleep on their motorcycles? |
It's has always been something that I have never managed to do, no matter how tired I was. Within minutes, I will have fallen of the motorcycle.
|18 June, 2007 - Video: Old Radio Motorcycle Ad|
|We've shown many TV ads for motorcycles or motorcycle related products, but here's a radio ad for Honda. |
Remember radio ???
|18 June, 2007 - Red Bull Romaniacs 2007: Day 1 Prologue|
|The famous hard motorcycle enduro, Red Bull Romaniacs, started again on Sunday. |
After the Chris Pfeiffer show, they started the prologue. Cyril Despres is leading. Here are a couple of photos.
|15 June, 2007 - Long Way Down Duo Uses Nokia 6110|
|Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman did not opt for a classical motorcycle GPS, like a TomTom or Garmin. |
Instead, they got the latest (and not yet available) Nokia 6110 mobile phone with integrated GPS.
Where there any maps for Africa on it... that's the big question.
|14 June, 2007 - China: Police Officer Keep Part Of Fines|
|In some parts of China, Police Officers get to keep 10% of issued traffic fines, while the Police station gets to keep 20%. The results are obvious; a massive hunt for traffic offenders. |
The "bonus" these Police Officers get at substantial.
|14 June, 2007 - Video: Dodge |
|A video of a TV publicity for Dodge cars, using a motorcycle in a not so positive light.|
|13 June, 2007 - Too Many Electrical Accessories On Your Motorcycle?|
|Many of us have several electronic gadgets for our motorcycles, but not enough 12V plugs to put them in. |
Here's an interesting solution; Brando's 3-in-1 12V plug, plus a USB charging port.
Now you can put in all your gadgets. US$20.
|13 June, 2007 - Want To Ride With Ewan McGregor And Charlie Boorman?|
|If you're admirers of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's Long Way Down motorcycle ride through Africa, here's you're chance to join them. |
The charity organization Riders for Health are auctioning off two tickets to join the duo on their last two days of the trip.
You'll be flown to South Africa, loaned a BMW motorcycle, and you get to join the two while they ride the last two days.
|13 June, 2007 - Hey! How’s He Doing That?|
|Imagine seeing that in the street! |
Someone riding a scooter, holding a painting with both hands, not seeing the road!
Or is it?
|12 June, 2007 - Ducati and Harley-Davidson To Merge ?|
|There are currently talks between Harley-Davidson and Ducati motorcycles for a merger! Talk about a culture clash ! |
Will this merger happen? Who knows, with todays business ethics and changes.
|12 June, 2007 - Airplane Sidecar|
|Henrik Tóth must have spent quite some time transforming his Yamaha into this sidecar. |
Notice the details (including bullet holes). He won a motorcycle show in Hungary with this design.
|12 June, 2007 - Learning To Swim|
|It looks like the guy is teaching his motorcycle how to swim. |
Of course, that is not the story.
As usual, the situation is not nice!
|11 June, 2007 - Home Of The Ducati Hypermotard Drawing|
|The Ducati/Frederico Minoli auctions for the "Riders for Health" charity are over. |
The totals are being added up to see how much was raised.
However, the design study drawing of the Ducati Hypermotard motorcycle now belongs to .... ME!!!
|11 June, 2007 - Red Bull Hare Scramble @ Erzberg|
|The 2007 Erzbergrodeo is now over, and there's a new sensation in the endurocross world. Polish rider, Tadeuz Bzazusiak, on a borrowed KTM, won the Red Bull Hare Scramble with a large margin. |
A record number of riders took part in the race (1300 riders).
|11 June, 2007 - Rossi Says Stoner Is THE MotoGP God|
|Casey Stoner has been declared a MotoGP God by Valentino Rossi himself. |
After an epic 8 laps in Spain last weekend, Rossi had to throw in the towel... one of the very few.
After the race, Rossi said Stoner rides like a God!
|8 June, 2007 - Motorcycles In Denver Are Allowed Only Stock Pipes|
|Denver, Colorado are introducing a new law, starting July 1st, that will force motorcycle riders to only ride with stock exhausts. |
No more racing exhausts, no more loud pipes, no more after-market exhausts.
But the law is ONLY for motorcycles, not cars! That does not seem fair to me. Discrimination !
|7 June, 2007 - Bring Back The Old Days|
|Imagine cruising down the strip in this vehicle. |
It the Swiss made Cree SAM. It's electrical, it looks like the old fashion Messerschmitt, and the running costs are very low.
The company is looking for investors, so if you have deep pockets, or want to see this vehicle on the road, contact Cree.
|7 June, 2007 - Erzberg Rodeo Webcams|
|For those of you interested in the Erzberg Rodeo, the really tough motorcycle enduro which starts today in Austria, the organizers have installed 8 webcams. |
So you can follow the action more or less live....
|7 June, 2007 - UK Police Don’t Get Fined For Speeding|
|Apparently, if your a Police officer in the UK, chances are very high you'll not be fined for speeding or running a red light. |
Is that a job perk or what ?
|6 June, 2007 - Renting A MP3 Scooter At Paris|
|If you need to travel to Paris, France by airplane, you'll probably will want to go downtown with a two-wheeler, since traffic is terrible. |
But how about going on three wheels ??
There's a company in Orly that rents out Piaggio MP3 scooters!
€89 per day, unlimited mileage.... off you go!
|6 June, 2007 - Safety Ad Cop Caught Drink/Driving|
|One of the Police officers in the UK involved in a safety campaign against drinking & driving was caught.... drinking and driving !! |
It's supposed to be "show how it's done" not "show how it's NOT done!
|5 June, 2007 - Ready For The Red Bull Romaniacs 2007|
|In two weeks (17-21 June) we'll see another edition of that spectacular motorcycle hard enduro race, the Red Bull Romaniacs. |
Many of the world's top racers will be present, including last year's winner (Michel Gau), and Dakar winner Cyril Despres.
150 riders will be competing in this gruelling race over 700 kilometers of some of the toughest terrain you can imagine.
This year, you'll be able to track the professionals in real time!
|5 June, 2007 - France And Motorcycle Safety Campaigns|
|The French Ministry of Transportation (Road Safety) has launched another hard hitting campaign to promote road safety for motorcycles. |
As usual, their effective ads are not only aimed at motorcycle riders, but also at car drivers.
With a good slogan, they try to teach French car drivers to look before doing something in a car.
|5 June, 2007 - Video: Dainese Helmet, Comms and Protector|
|Dainese have some nice products and some nice advertisements. |
Here are three publicities/infomercials on a helmet, the Bluetooth intercom and the neck protector.
All use animation to illustrate the product.
|4 June, 2007 - Motorcycles Pollute/Do Not Pollute More Than Cars|
|Report on motorcycle pollution have always been written with a lot of bias, usually by people with obvious interests. |
In Paris, France, the environment agency, ADEME, have produced a real, unbiased, report. They looked at pollution in real life, not on a test bench.
Surprise! Motorcycle pollute less than cars!
But we all knew that...
|4 June, 2007 - Something Strange Going On Here! Who Is Truthful?|
|While we're all under the impression that actors Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman are on the way to South Africa riding their motorcycles through Africa, undergoing whatever hardships they encounter, the real truth is probably very far away. |
According to the BBC's page, the journey's blog states the pair (and their support crew) are in Libya in a major sandstorm (June 3rd).
But AP News have filed photos of the two actors with Richard Branson in Nairobi, Kenya (thousands of miles South) enjoying a moment with some small motorcycles. Dateline: June 3rd!!
How can they be at different places at the same time??? Who is kidding who here ??
|1 June, 2007 - Ducati Auction "Riders For Heath" - Going, going, gone|
|The Ducati "Riders For Health" charity auction of all the goodies collected by Ducati's former CEO is close to ending. |
Some of the stuff being auctioned on ebay Italy has reached very high sums, considering that they all started at €1.
How about €2500 for Troy Bayliss superman suit, or €2000 for Casey Stoner's tail unit of his motorcycle used at the Qatar GP?
|1 June, 2007 - Video: Motorcycle Lawyer Ad|
|Even motorcycle lawyers need to advertize their service on TV. Here's one that's done it more or less smartly.|