|30 June, 2010 - Video: Test Ride Of The Brammo Electric Motorcycle|
|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.
|30 June, 2010 - Video: Allstate Insurance - Road Rash|
|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|
|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|
|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 - Video: Romaniacs 2010 Day 0 and 1|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|28 June, 2010 - The Netherlands: The Real Cost Of The TT of Assen MotoGP|
|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|
|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|
|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??
|24 June, 2010 - Movie Review: Chrome and Hot Leather|
|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 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|
|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'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.
|23 June, 2010 - France: New Location Type For Radars Cameras|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|21 June, 2010 - Paris: Motorcycles Are Problem #1|
|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|
|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|
|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 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|
|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?|
|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).
|18 June, 2010 - Donation Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles To....?|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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?|
|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|
|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 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|
|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|
|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|
|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 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|
|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|
|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 - A Replacement Found For Valentino 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|
|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 - France: Motorcycle Illegally Parked? To The Pound|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|8 June, 2010 - Nicky Hayden And Watches|
|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|
|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 - The Piaggio Scooter Museum|
|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"|
|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|
|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.....
|4 June, 2010 - KTM Propose Special Dakar Motorcycle For 2011 Race|
|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.
|3 June, 2010 - UK: London Mayor Threatens Motorcycle Protest|
|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|
|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|
|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 - How To Spook Car Drivers On Your Motorcycle - Icon Way|
|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|
|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, 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 - Shamrock Motorcycle Rally Put Forward 1 Week|
|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.