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30 June, 2010 - Video: Test Ride Of The Brammo Electric Motorcycle
Video clip
Nice video (and article) on a test ride of the Brammo electric motorcycle by the Earth2Tech web site.

It's not a test ride by a professional motorcycle tester, but more one by a newbie to motorcycles, so she asks different questions.

Interesting!


 


30 June, 2010 - Run Out Of Paint For Your Motorcycle/Scooter? No Problem!
Vespa Stickered
No more money for paint for your motorcycle or scooter?

No problemo for this Vespa owner....


 


30 June, 2010 - Video: Allstate Insurance - Road Rash
Video clip
After last months very well done TV ad for Allstate Insurance, featuring a ghost motorcycle crashing, they have now released a second TV ad, this time featuring a ghost motorcycle and road rash.

Nice graphics and special effects.


 


29 June, 2010 - Video: North Carolina Lottery - Harley-Davidson
Video clip
Nice TV ad for the North Caroline lottery (scratch cards), reminding people about riding a motorcycle using everyday objects.

Love the two lawn mowers guys waving each other....


 


29 June, 2010 - Kawasaki’s New Forest Enduro Motorcycle
Kawasaki Super Forest Motorcycle
A spy photo of Kawasaki new special forest enduro motorcycle being readied for testing.

Ideal for racing in the Red Bull Romaniacs motorcycle enduro...


 


29 June, 2010 - Spy Photo Possible New Ducati Super Monster Motorcycle
Ducati Spy Super Monster
Ducati logo
Spy photos have surfaced of a new style Ducati motorcycle.

It looks like a V-Max style Super Monster motorcycle from Ducati. New tail, compact, LED lights.... woow.


 


29 June, 2010 - Video: Romaniacs 2010 Day 0 and 1
Video clip
Red Bull Romaniacs logo
The Red Bull Romaniacs is considered as one of the toughest motorcycle extreme enduro races. During 4 days, top racers of the world participate, and many do not make it to the finish.

Even the top racers have to admit defeat, like this year....

Here are two videos, one of the prologue, the other of Day 1. You'll see why they say the Romaniacs makes grown men cry!


 


28 June, 2010 - 45 Concept Motorcycles From Europe - Part 1
Ducati Concept Motorcycle
Aprilia Concept Motorcycle
After last weeks 44 concept & prototypes of the Big Four motorcycle manufacturers from Japan, here are the Part 1 of the European motorcycle manufacturers, and what they have been dreaming up for us for the future.

Part 2, next week, same time, same channel.


 


28 June, 2010 - Sukhoi Fighter Jet Motorcycle - Ultra Cool
Sukhoi Fighter Motorcycle
Here's the Russian version of a motorcycle dressed up like a fighter jet.

It's a very well done version of a, I think, Sukhoi SU-35BM fighter jet.

Incredible details.


 


28 June, 2010 - The Netherlands: The Real Cost Of The TT of Assen MotoGP
Speeding motorcycle sign.jpg
The cost of attending the Dutch MotoGP, the TT of Assen, just went up for a few thousand motorcycle riders....

Despite the strong sunshine, speed tickets were raining over the three days. One got clocked at 220+ kph!


 


25 June, 2010 - Top Internet Stories - 25 June 2010
Web Article
Here are some of the motorcycle stories I've been reading that may interest you.

- Harley Davidson At The National Law Enforcement Museum
- Carrying Spare Gas On Ural
- Biker Coffee Company
- Good Reasons Why Most People Use Motorcycles


 


25 June, 2010 - Proposal To Change All STOP and YIELD Signs. World Rejoices
stield road sign
A guy in the USA, after receiving a ticket for running a STOP sign, 27 years ago, decides that we need to change the STOP and YIELD signs, and comes up with a different design.

He hopes to save US$112,000 per sign, per year... not counting all the lives that are lost...

Will this new sign work??


 


25 June, 2010 - Philippines: Drive-Thru Motorcycle Baptism
Manila Motorcycle Baptism
Now this is what I call a drive-thru motorcycle baptism....


 


24 June, 2010 - Movie Review: Chrome and Hot Leather
Chrome and hot leather scene
Chrome and Hot Leather cover
A review of the DVD movie "Chrome & Hot Leather" starring the hard core movie biker William Smith.

It's a motorcycle revenge story, with a bad gang of bikers, and four green berets on their Kawasaki 2-strokers.


 


24 June, 2010 - Wrench Your Motorcycle? No Lift? Aerostich To The Rescue
Aerostich Crate Workstand
Aerostich Crate Workstand
Aerostich are offering an interesting alternative to having a motorcycle hydraulic lift in your garage.

Basically, it's two "milk crates" and two pieces of metal with some tie-downs, but all done in a way that saves a lot of space in your garage, and you can set it up in seconds.

Ideal to work on your motorcycle without having to crawl on hands and knees.


 


24 June, 2010 - Fake Ducati In Movie Knight and Day. Aprilia Used
Knight Day Ducati Aprila
The new blockbuster movie, Knight and Day, with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz riding on a Ducati Hypermotard motorcycle is a .... FAKE!

Not the movie, nor Diaz or Cruise, but the Ducati is a fake. The Ducati is in fact an Aprilia SXV550 motorcycle, since the Ducati is too fragile for stunts, so the producers replaced it with a disguised Aprilia....


 


23 June, 2010 - Vespa Trophy 2010: Nice Initiative
Vespa Trophy 2010
Vespa logo
Vespa's annual gathering, this year in Fatima, Portugal, combines a pretty novel concept, called the Vespa Trophy.

Each European club, must on its way to the gathering, pass by as many Vespa dealers as it can, collect a stamp, get their photo taken, and the club with the most stamps wins.

Great idea.


 


23 June, 2010 - France: New Location Type For Radars Cameras
Toy Railway crossing
The French authorities, always on the look out for novel ways of parting you from your hard earned money, have found a new location for their radar cameras.

The first railroad crossing camera was installed this week, in Picardy (North France). They are hoping to catch 60 motorcycles and cars per day, at €135 per photo.

Obviously, placing barriers is not in our interest, since it doesn't generate money...


 


23 June, 2010 - Video: Bikini Clad Motorcycle Superstore
Video clip
Video clip
Four, reasonably funny TV ads for Motorcycle-Superstore.

All four involve people ordering motorcycle gear, and then using it in a way you're NOT supposed to... like a cute bikini clad girl rubbing motorcycle oil on her while sunbathing.


 


22 June, 2010 - Addition To Motorbiker.org Main Site
Motorbiker video games
I've added a new section to our main site at Motorbiker.org; after motorcycles in the movies, celebrities that ride motorcycles and motorcycle specific country information, we now have video games that have motorcycles in them.

We're listing many different video game platforms (not all - yet), and more titles will be put on-line shortly.


 


22 June, 2010 - The Way To Ride A Motorcycle On A Hot Day
Underwater motorcycle
This is where you should ride your motorcycle on that really hot sunny day.....

If only we could...


 


22 June, 2010 - Video: Harley-Davidson Christmas Blues
Video clip
Harley-Davidson logo
Nice TV ad for Harley-Davidson motorcycle for a change.

It's about the dreaded PMS we all face during those long winter months....


 


21 June, 2010 - Paris: Motorcycles Are Problem #1
Paris Hilton on motorcycle
The Paris police have released the 2009 mortality stats of the French capital city, and almost half of them are motorcycles.

But is that the whole story, or are the authorities hiding the real truth?


 


21 June, 2010 - 44 Concept Motorcycles From Japan
Honda Concept Motorcycle
Yamaha Concept Motorcycle
Concept motorcycles are a must for any motorcycle manufacturer, and the Big Four from Japan, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha do not spare money when designing new models.

Here are 44 photos of Japanese concept (or prototype) motorcycles.


 


21 June, 2010 - Design: New Traffic Lights
Traffic Light Color Blind
Nice design idea for traffic lights. Instead of three round lights, top one a triangle (but red), middle orange remains round, and bottom green one is a square.

This way color blind people can see the light at a glance. On top of that, it looks nice.


 


21 June, 2010 - Ducati Motorcycle For F1 Racer
ducati desmosedici rr motorcycle fernando alonso
Ducati gave a very nice, and very expensive gift to the 2 times world champion Formula 1 Ferrari driver; Fernando Alonso.

I doubt that the Spanish F1 racer is a motorcycle rider, so a Ducati keychain would probably have been a better gift.

Am I jealous? What do you think!


 


18 June, 2010 - Top Internet Stories - 18 June 2010
Web Article
Not much happening over the last 3 weeks, so I've bunched the motorcycle stories into this week.

- Removing Rust From Plastic
- Sonny Barger Book Review
- Your Personal Nitrogen Tire Inflator
- Isle Of Man TT Race And Electric Bikes


 


18 June, 2010 - Video: Are Harley Motorcycle Riders Gay?
Video clip
Harley-Davidson logo
Is this TV ad saying that Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders are gay?

Real TV ad, but done in a not-so-serious tone, ie gay (they other kind).

You judge...


 


18 June, 2010 - Donation Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles To....?
Philadelphia Harley Donations
This time a bunch of Harley-Davidson motorcycles aren't donated to some third world country in dire need of equipment, but instead have been donated to an American city's police force.

What a strange world we live in...


 


17 June, 2010 - Motorcycle Ran Into Deer Once Too Often
Deer Motorcycle.jpg
To me it looks like this motorcycle ran into deer once too often.

Can you imagine having an accident with this motorcycle? Even if you're not hurt by the accident, you will be when those antlers fall over you...


 


17 June, 2010 - Movie Review: Roadside Prophets
Roadside Prophets scene
Video clip
Cool and entertaining motorcycle movie from the 90's. It's a weird and surreal road movie, with lots of funny moments thanks to strange characters (played by a.o. David Carradine and John Cusack).

It's one of those movies that will entertain you and your family for 1 1/2 hour. Worth seeing it if you haven't seen it before.


 


17 June, 2010 - UK: Despite Threats To Withdraw, Motorcycles Are Allowed To Use Bus Lanes
London bus lanes
Despite threats of stopping the motorcycles on bus lanes experiment, London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has decided to continue allowing motorcycles to ride on the red lanes.

According to the Mayor, there have been no problems with motorcycles in the bus lanes.

Fantastic. Now if other cities would take note....


 


17 June, 2010 - Hells Angels Attacked! By A Puppy
Hells Angels Puppy
A "slightly" depressed German student, with suicidal thoughts, went to a German Hells Angels club house, mooned them, then threw a puppy at them, made an escape on a bulldozer, and later got arrested by the cops.

This is the kind of stuff that movies are made from....


 


16 June, 2010 - After Your Last Motorcycle Journey, What Now?
Motorcycle Urn
We've covered going to your last resting place on a motorcycle hearse last Monday, but what happens when you're there?

Here's a site that offers many different motorcycle themed urns for you final resting place.


 


16 June, 2010 - France: 18 June Another Day Of Motorcycle Protests
Protest ride
FFMC logo
The French Federation of Angry Bikers (FFMC) is calling a massive motorcycle protest gathering on the 18 and 19th of June to protest the French government's lack of positive actions towards the motorcycle world.

One of the main points is to legalize lane splitting, something until recently tolerated, but now deemed illegal.


 


16 June, 2010 - 10th Year Of BMW Motorcycle Parties Coming Next Month
BMW logo
BMW are celebrating their 10th annual biker bash, the BMW Motorrad Days next month, and using the 30th anniversary of the GS model as main topic for the 3 day event.

Several competitions, lots of drinking, motorcycle riding, dancing, food and celebrities will be there at the foot of the German Alps.


 


15 June, 2010 - Ads: Maxx Motorcycle Helmets
Maxx Fun Helmets Dentist Brazil
Three reasonably funny print ads made in Brazil for Maxx motorcycle helmets.

The motorcycle helmets are for kids, and they are using them to protect themselves from the "bad" world...


 


15 June, 2010 - The Sultan Of Motorcycles
Sultan Ibrahim Ismail on a Harley motorcycle
Ibrahim Ismail is a real motorcycle rider. He loves riding his motorcycle, gathers & ride outs in groups, and is known for his many barroom brawls, party crashing and run-ins with the police.

In other words, he's a real biker.

Of yeah, he's also the Sultan (King)......


 


15 June, 2010 - Strapping Your iPhone To Your Motorcycle
4Lock iPhone Motorcycle
Nice iPhone attachment for motorcycles.

Called the 4lock, it's a cool design, rain proof, motorcycle handlebar attachment bracket and it's reasonably cheap, €35.


 


14 June, 2010 - 49 Motorcycle Hearses
Motorcycle Hearse
Motorcycle Hearse
Motorcycle hearses are not new, they've existed for a long time, but it's only recently that they've become popular, and many funeral homes around the world are now offering your last ride on a motorcycle.

Here are 49 real motorcycle hearses, and one that's probably not a real one...


 


14 June, 2010 - France: Declining Road Mortality In May 2010
Statistics Article
France Article
The road deaths for the month of May 2010 has dropped significantly, as have the first 5 months of the year.

Is this the result of strict driving rules, or is it that people take out their car or motorcycle less since it has become very expensive?


 


14 June, 2010 - France: Cany-Barville’s Vintage Vehicles Market
Cany Barville Vintage Vehicles 2010
At the small provincial town of Cany-Barville in Normandy, France, a few miles from my house, they held last weekend a rather large vintage cars and motorcycle swap-meet, spare parts and exposition gathering.

It was quite an interesting event, with some pristine classic cars and motorcycles.

Who ever said it was boring living in the country?


 


11 June, 2010 - Record People On A Motorcycle. Fake?
Fake People Carrier
This would be a record for the number of people on a motorcycle....

... but is it a fake???

You decide..


 


11 June, 2010 - A Replacement Found For Valentino Rossi
Monkey Rossi
Have they found a replacement for the injured Valentino Rossi.

I can't think of a single rider that could replace Rossi, so this is a more viable option.


 


11 June, 2010 - France: 4 New Motorcycle Safety TV Ads. New Campaign
Video clip
Video clip
The French government has come out with four new TV ads promoting motorcycle safety.

3 of the ads are targeted towards motorcycle riders, 1 towards car drivers. The ads are well done, showing you the perspective of the biker. Nice stunt work.


 


10 June, 2010 - Ad: Angola Powered Milk With Training Harley Motorcycle
Angolissar Milk Harley Angola
Very nice and smart print ad from Angola, Africa.

It's for children's powdered milk, featuring a Harley-Davidson motorcycle .... with training wheels.


 


10 June, 2010 - France: Motorcycle Illegally Parked? To The Pound
Motorcycle pound towing
Looks like the gloves have come off in Paris, France. Already it was raining parking tickets for motorcycles who did not park in one of the rare motorcycle-only parking places, but now they're towing you to the pound, and charging you for the privilege.

In fact, you get charged the same fee as a car would have to pay, and it ain't cheap.


 


10 June, 2010 - Movie Review: Northville Cemetery Massacre
Northville Cemetery Massacre Cover
Video clip
A good motorcycle movie, a real biker flick from the 70's.

Don't let the title fool you, it's not a horror movie, but a movie in which the motorcycle gang are the good guys, and the cops the bad guys.

Good plot, fun and lots of action, and of course lots of motorcycles.


 


9 June, 2010 - Indonesia: Jakarta Traffic Jams, Even For Motorcycles
Jakarta Motorcycle Traffic Jam
With more cars and motorcycles being bought in Asia, there are increasingly number of traffic jams created.

Even here in Jakarta, Indonesia, motorcycles are having problems getting to work on time...


 


9 June, 2010 - Video: Motorcycle Safety Alaska Style
Video clip
Even the Northern most state of the USA has a motorcycle safety ad.

From Alaska, here's a more unusual, or at least different, motorcycle safety ad.


 


9 June, 2010 - ErzbergRodeo To Become Extreme-Enduro World Championship
ErzbergRodeo 2010
Video clip
The extreme hard motorcycle enduro, Erzbergrodeo in Austria is to become the World Championship Extreme Enduro.

Check out the video of this extreme motorcycle event.


 


8 June, 2010 - Ads: 15 Great Motorcycle Safety Ads From The USA
Ad CDOT Floss USA
Ad UDoPS Crazy USA
Here are two series of motorcycle safety billboards from Colorado and Utah. Some clever slogans...

But will they save lives?


 


8 June, 2010 - Nicky Hayden And Watches
Tissot Nicky Hayden Limited Watch
Former world champ MotoGP, Nicky Hayden, has got a new Tissot watch named after him to celebrate the 2010 MotoGP season.

The limited edition Tissot watch is in his team's colors (therefore in red), and shows of Nicky's lucky number and star.


 


8 June, 2010 - Husqvarna’s Two New 125 4-Stroke Motorcycles
Husqvarna TE 125
Husqvarna logo
BMW's Husqvarna has announced two new 125cc 4-stroke motorcycles, ideal ones for folks who want to ride a motorcycle on a car license, like here in Europe.

The new motorcycle will be available end of this month.

Nice looking bikes...


 


7 June, 2010 - 55 Military Motorcycles + 1
Military Motorcycle
Military Motorcycle
Here are 55 military motorcycles, plus 1 not so (not so motorcycle that is).


 


7 June, 2010 - The Piaggio Scooter Museum
Scooter Airplane
Vespa Transport
Here's a photographic visit to the Piaggio Museum in Italy, a place not only full of Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera scooters, but also other "strange" and wonderful vehicles.

A worthwhile visit...


 


7 June, 2010 - Erzberg: 4th Red Bull Hare Scramble to KTMs "Taddy The Great"
Erzberg 2010 Taddy Blazusiak
KTM logo
KTM's report on the last day of the famous and notorious Erzbergrodeo motorcycle hard enduro race.

A living hell, high temperatures, steeps mountain cliffs, sharp rocks, high speeds .... just another day in the office of the Polish rider Taddy Blazusiak.


 


6 June, 2010 - Raikkonen Prevails In The Red Bull Clash on Erzberg
Erzberg 2010 Taddy Blazusiak
KTM logo
At the Erzbergrodeo hard motorcycle enduro, one vehicle was not a motorcycle.

A WRC - Rally -Citroen car took part, driven by none other than Kimi Raikkonen, who raced his car against a KTM motorcycle, ridden by none other than Taddy Blazusiak.

A flat out race around the mountain.. and the winner was.....


 


5 June, 2010 - Erzbergrodeo: Ossi Reisinger (Suzuki) Leads 1st Day
Erzbergrodeo 2010
Erzbergrodeo 2010 Poster
Looks like this year's Erzbergrodeo, one of world's toughest motorcycle enduro races, was more a speedboat race than a motorcycle race.

Even the favorites stumbled, and DNF'd.


 


4 June, 2010 - KTM Propose Special Dakar Motorcycle For 2011 Race
KTM logo
KTM are proposing a special 450cc motorcycle for the 2011 Dakar rally.

It's a special built, not a revamped 450EXC, and in the package are the Dakar fees, a max of 2 spare engines and the motorcycle itself. Cost... a small amount..... €56,000. Gasp... and that excludes maintenance, support, logistics, etc.


 


4 June, 2010 - Man Threatening To Kill Valentino Rossi Arrested
Valentino Rossi fiat yamaha
A man in Italy got arrested for threatening to kill Valentino Rossi.

Police raided the man's house, and found enough evidence to arrest him.


 


4 June, 2010 - In The "So Weird It’s Gotta Be True" Department
Fun Article
In the "so strange it's gotta be true" department, plays somewhere in India, and the story involves several cops, a car thief, a rope and several motorcycle riders.


 


3 June, 2010 - Video: Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle Transformer
Video clip
Kawasaki logo
Nice TV ad from Kawasaki for their ZX-14 Ninja motorcycle, using "transformer" images.


 


3 June, 2010 - UK: London Mayor Threatens Motorcycle Protest
Video clip
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, got caught up in the traffic jams caused by the London motorcycles against parking tax protest, and was not pleased.

He's now threatening to prevent motorcycle from using the bus lanes.

Pure blackmail, good old fashion political style.

Shame on you!


 


3 June, 2010 - Movie Review: The Wild One
The Wild One Cover
The Wild One Scene
A classic, if not THE classic, motorcycle movie from Hollywood. They don't make'em like this anymore.

Here's a review of the classic biker movie, starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. Acting, plots and stunts... no special effects.


 


3 June, 2010 - Voxan Brand Bought By Car Maker Venturi
Voxan Stark concept
Voxan logo
French motorcycle manufacturer, Voxan, that went bust and sold piece-by-piece, has been bought (the name) by Venturi, another French manufacturer (cars) that went bust and got resurrected in 2001.

Venturi plan to produce electric motorcycles using the Voxan name. They themselves make electric cars, so they should know how.


 


2 June, 2010 - Video: Smart Car - Like A Motorcycle
Video clip
Smart car logo
A nice TV ad from Smart Cars Brazil, favorably comparing a Smart car with motorcycles.

At least it's not anti-motorcycles.


 


2 June, 2010 - How To Spook Car Drivers On Your Motorcycle - Icon Way
Icon Airframe Eyeball Helmet Front
Imagine spooking little old ladies in their enormous SUVs, driving to church.... one look in the rear mirror, and they'll faint.

Riding your motorcycle with this Icon helmet will sure leave it's mark...


 


2 June, 2010 - France: Due To Bureaucracy 30% Of Radars Not Working
Motorcycle Police France Radar
Due to its own inertia, the French government shot itself in the foot. They themselves passed a law making it mandatory that a neutral company inspect all mobile radar guns annually, but were so slow getting the contracts organized, that 1/3 of all mobile radar devices are not-to-be-used.

And they still haven't signed a contract, so more and more radars are unserviceable.


 


1 June, 2010 - Sharp Motorcycle Helmet Rating Site Renewed
Sharp 2 Helmet Info
Sharp, the British government web site that tests and rates motorcycle helmets for safety, has been redesigned.

A site that provided already a large series of very useful information, just got a lot better and easier to use.

202 motorcycle helmets have been tested so far, and are on-line. You can even compare models now on-line.


 


1 June, 2010 - 10 Print Ads With Motorcycles From Around The World Part 2
Ad Oreal Professional Homme Czech Republic
Here's part 2 of print ads (magazines and billboards) from around the world, for products that have nothing to do with motorcycles, but feature something from the motorcycle world, like a motorcycles, or a biker.


 


1 June, 2010 - Shamrock Motorcycle Rally Put Forward 1 Week
Shamrock 2010 Logo
The Moroccan rally Shamrock, used by the Dakar participants to do a last trial run, has been put forward by one week, allowing more time for the participants to repair any damages.

NPO, the organizers, also offer an initiation category, allowing motorcycles to race on the same tracks, without time constraints.

Financially, it's very low compared to the Dakar.


 



    

 
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