|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: The Girls|
|Here is the final post direct from Paris, and as usual, it's a look at the pretty girls that populate exhibitions. |
Hope you enjoyed the show, though there weren't that many new motorcycles.
Next stop: EICMA Milan.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Odds and Ends|
|Here's a final view of motorcycles and helmets that did not merit their own post, but were interesting nevertheless. |
It's the odds & ends of the Paris Mondial 2007.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Beta|
|Beta have always been a very specialized motorcycle manufacturer, but have recently been trying to get into the general off-road market. |
Here are two of their new motorcycles.
|29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Suzuki|
|A quick return to the Paris Mondial for a look at the products I missed yesterday. |
Here's Suzuki's new products.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: The End|
|And this concludes our "live" reporting from the Paris Mondial motorcycle exhibition. |
I hope you enjoyed the quick overview. More over the next few days.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: CargoBike|
|Walking alongside the stands at the Paris Mondial Motorcycle Exhibition, I noticed this stuffed motorcycle. |
It's called the CargoBike, and it's exactly that... a motorcycle to carry lots of cargo.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: KTM|
|KTM managed to create a nice surprise at the Paris motorcycle exhibition. |
Apart from new (or revamped) LC4 models, they shown the CONCEPT690STUNT motorcycle.
This motorcycle will become the entry level bike for KTM.
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: BMW|
|BMW's conference was disappointing. They only showed (after long speeches) the new HP2 Sport.|
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Yamaha|
|Yamaha was next in Paris with a song & dance show, presenting the new motorcycles. |
Here are some of their 8 new models (some were scooters which I'll skip here, more later).
|28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Honda|
|First press conference was from Honda in Paris. Three motorcycles were presented. |
The Transalp, the CBF and new CBR Fireblade.
Here's a quick impression.
|27 September, 2007 - Mondial 2007: Day 0-Setup|
|Here's a quick overview of the Paris "Mondial du Deux Roues" Motorcycle Exhibition setup. |
Photos were taken at 15:00 on Thursday, the day before they open their doors.
I think there will be a few people who will not be sleeping tonight!
|27 September, 2007 - I’m Off To See Biker Chicks @ Paris Exhibition|
|I'm off to Paris to see the Biker Chicks that are usually to be found at the Paris Motorcycle Exhibition, the Mondial du Deux Roues. |
Press day is Friday, so expect a series of photo impressions of the show.
|26 September, 2007 - Book Review: The Motorcycle Diaries|
|A look at the book that was the basis of the successful movie 'The Motorcycle Diaries" of Ernesto Che Guevara. |
Verdict: Stick to the movie.
|26 September, 2007 - d3o (Liquid Armor) Mini Review|
|Charles, a motorcycle rider on a RTW trip from the UK to Australia is testing out the new d3o protection material. D3o is a gel like material that solidifies on impact (liquid armor). |
Charles took the times to send in a mini review of the d3o material.
|25 September, 2007 - Wanted: World Champion MotoGP 2015|
|Red Bull are still looking for those special young (and fast) kids who can become world champion MotoGP in 2015. |
The final selections will be held next month, and the deadline to apply for the selection is 5 October.
All you need is a helmet, leathers and a plane ticket to Italy.
Rossi and Stoner Jr., are you out there?
|25 September, 2007 - Video: Bridgestone and Casey Stoner|
|Bridgestone have lots of advertize about with Casey Stoner, Ducati and their victories in the MotoGP world. |
And that's exactly what they're doing...
|24 September, 2007 - Don’t Light A Match; Wooden Harley-Davidson|
|British motorcycle and model lover Collin Webb, produced this life size Harley-Davidson out of recycled plywood. |
900 hours using rejected wood, made an environmental motorcycle.
|21 September, 2007 - Wirelessly Listening To Music - Jabra A120s|
|Here's a nice solution if you have a Bluetooth headset for motorcycles, and want to listen to music while riding. |
The Jabra 120s plugs into any old music player, MP3, CD etc, and transmits the music via Bluetooth 1.2 A2DP.
Of course, it would be nice if your headset is stereo...
|21 September, 2007 - Smart and Simple: Super-Visor|
|Riding into a low sun is anything but fun on a motorcycle. |
Unless you have an off-road or enduro helmet, there's not much you can do about it.
Here's a simple solution for you; the Super-Visor!
|20 September, 2007 - Coloring Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle|
|Bored? Want to see what your Harley-Davidson motorcycle will look like in another color? |
Harley has an on-line coloring book on their site. Knock yourself out!
|20 September, 2007 - What To Expect At The 2007 Paris Motorcycle Exhibition|
|What can we expect to see new, or updated, at the Paris motorcycle exhibition next week. |
We will be attending this Mondial du Deux Roues on Friday, and will keep you informed during the press day. So stay tuned.
|19 September, 2007 - ACEM Appoints KTM CEO As Their President|
|The CEO of KTM becomes the President of the European Motorcycle Manufacturer's Association, replacing the current President of BMW Motorrad who has served as President of the association for 2 years. |
ACEM is the primary group for motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, and look after the interest of motorcycles in Europe.
|18 September, 2007 - If You’re In Los Angeles on 22nd of September|
|Pro Italia, the USA's largest Ducati and MV Agusta dealer is throwing a mega 20th anniversary bash! |
So, if you're around L.A. on the 22nd of September, make sure you drop in and say hello from us.
|18 September, 2007 - Le Touquet Enduropale 2008: Registrations|
|Registrations for the famous Le Touquet Enduropale race (held 2nd February 2008) will open on the 1st of October 2007. |
Registrations have been limited to 1,000 motorcycles (previously 1,100), so if you want to race, better hurry.
|18 September, 2007 - Adblockers Now Welcome, Not AdSense Blockers|
|In the eternal struggle between ads and adblockers, I hope to have the right mix of blocking and ads. |
Now, even if you have an active Adblocker, if you block the Google Ads, you'll be blocked from the site. If on the other hand you allow Google ads, or have this site on a white list, or have the blocker disabled, you can access it.
I hope this solves the most issues of the past few days.
|18 September, 2007 - Video: Safety-Looking Isn’t Always Seeing|
|Here's a nice safety video, not the kind you normally see. |
I think it's British, but don't think it's an official one, ie, broadcast, but still it's good because it's simple.
|17 September, 2007 - Touring On A Ducati 999|
|Who said you couldn't ride long distance/touring on a Ducati 999 motorcycle?
Not this person.... |
|17 September, 2007 - E2 Enduro 2007: Samuli Aro Holds Onto 2nd Place|
|KTM Factory rider Samuli Aro wound up the E2 season at the French Grand Prix on Sunday with a sixth place securing enough championship points to finish second in the world championship behind arch rival Mika Ahola. |
|17 September, 2007 - E1 Enduro 2007: World Champ Salminen Wins Final Season Race|
|Juha Salminen, 2007 world champion in the Enduro E1 class on Sunday proved that the top podium spot was his natural habitat when he took the final race of the season in a style that has won him admiration and the season’s title. |
|17 September, 2007 - Yamaha Wins Bol d’Or 2007|
|The Yamaha from the GMT 94 team wins the French mythical 24 hours motorcycle race; the Bol d'Or 2007! |
First non-Japanese motorcycle was a BMW R1200S in 23rd position (in the General category, 1st in the Open).
|14 September, 2007 - Video: TVS or Bollywood Style Advert|
|A nice, Bollywood style, TV ad for the TVS Apache motorcycle. |
Has all the ingredients in it; pretty girls, nice motorcycles, fancy riding.
|14 September, 2007 - Adblockers Are Now Blocked From This Site|
|After yesterday's post on the use of Adblock, I've found a great script that will block users with Adblock. |
The only way to read the articles is to disable Adblock.
I'm sorry it had to come to this.
|14 September, 2007 - Chinese Clone BMW Scarver Motorcycle|
|Jonway, a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer has cloned the BMW 650 Scarver. |
Instead of the 650 engine, they provide 125, 250 or 300 cc engines, but still, it's an exact replica of the BMW.
Illegal or approved by BMW?
|13 September, 2007 - This Motorcycle News Site To Disappear?|
|This motorcycle news site is about to disappear! And many of you are the reason why it is going to go of the "net". |
If you like this site, read on to find out why!
|13 September, 2007 - Bol d’Or 2007 This Weekend|
|The famous 24 hours endurance race starts this weekend in France. |
The Bol d'Or starts on Saturday 15:00. If you're coming on your motorcycle, here are all the rest places dedicated to motorcycle riders.
|12 September, 2007 - Steal Some Air|
|Here's a trick that might work, and involves "borrowing" a car's tire air. |
Remember, it's illegal to steal air...
|11 September, 2007 - Armchair Travellers|
|Here's a special chair for the armchair travellers amongst us. |
At least you can still think you're riding a motorcycle.
|10 September, 2007 - Gone To Pick Up My New Motorcycle! C.U.|
|No further news today! While your reading this, I'm off to pick up my new motorcycle. |
Saturday's visit to the local Ducati shop with SWMBO, made me a proud owner of a spanking new Ducati 1100 Multistrada.
So', I'm off playing on the new motorcycle for the rest of the day.
|10 September, 2007 - President Of Brazil On A Motorcycle|
|Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decides to sit on a motorcycle. |
Earth shocking news! Next step... start the engine...
Bush, take note!
|7 September, 2007 - DVD Review: Choppahead Chopper Animals & Mayhem Machiines Vol.2|
|This DVD is a documentary about real chopper builders, not the fancy, OCC style, $60,000 choppers, but home built custom motorcycles, and then men that built them. |
It's not a DVD for everyone. You need to love choppers, and you need to be able to sit through the at times "relaxed" filming style.
|7 September, 2007 - France: Motorcycles To Remain Less Than 100 HP|
|The French, through their association (FFMC) have lost their day in court. |
The European Commission have decided that France is in its rights to impose a 100 HP limit on French registered motorcycles.
What's the use of a uniform Europe, if something elementary as the power of motorcycle engines can be whatever they want it to be?
|7 September, 2007 - Which Oil To Use? Shell To The Rescue!|
|Shell have produced a rather nice and interesting website, where you can see for a specific motorcycle which oils and lubricants to use, and when to use it. |
The site is multi-languages and useable in many countries (except the US).
You can even print it out. Nice work Mr. Shell!!
|6 September, 2007 - Pope Motorcycle|
|The folks at OCC have produced a motorcycle fit for a Pope, specially one that has passed away some time ago. |
The chopper is painted with images of John Paul II, and will be auctioned off for charity.
|6 September, 2007 - DVD Review: Ghost Rider|
|Review of the DVD movie: Ghost Rider. |
Nice enough movie, specially for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Lots of special effects, nice story line, and a role meant for Nicolas Cage.
But.... not a great movie. Expect to see sequels..
|5 September, 2007 - KTM Selling Toasters|
|Are KTM having trouble selling motorcycles, so they're switching to bread toasters? |
|5 September, 2007 - What’s Faster: BMW M6, K1200S or a Golf Ball?|
|Since BMW are the main sponsors in this PGA Golf tournament, they organized a race. |
A BMW M6 car, against a BMW K1200S motorcycle, against a golf ball.
Guess who won?
|4 September, 2007 - European Parliament Going For A Motorcycle Ride|
|The European Association of Motorcycle Associations (FEMA° is taking the politicians of the European Parliament for a motorcycle ride-out. |
57 kms on a motorcycle, followed by a dinner (and speeches, many speeches).
|4 September, 2007 - Yamaha France and Dakar 2008 Spare Parts Support|
|Yamaha France and HFP Off-road are offering a spare parts service for all Yamaha WR450F motorcycles riders that are participating in the Dakar 2008 race, including the new 07 model. |
The maintenance support service is full (as is the race, so if you haven't entered, you'll need to wait until 2009).
|4 September, 2007 - Airbag Motorcycle Helmet|
|Spanish company, APC Systems, has designed an airbag system for motorcycle helmets. |
Adaptable for most helmets, it'll open within 0.15 seconds, and save your neck and back.
|3 September, 2007 - Nice Safety Feature From Volvo: Would Work On Motorcycles|
|Volvo have come out with a safety feature in some of their cars, that would work on motorcycles as well. |
The system warns you when you need to take a break, and get a cup of coffee.
Direct me to the nearest Starbucks please...
|3 September, 2007 - World Championship Custom Motorcycle Bulding|
|The World Championship Customer Motorcycle Building was held last month in Sturgis, and this motorcycle "only" made the 10th place... |
Imagine how the rest looked. 4 categories and many entries.
|3 September, 2007 - Pity: End Of The Line For Valentino Rossi|
|It's over for Valentino Rossi. |
Pity, since it was going to be interesting to see if he could crawl back to regain his title, but it's not to be.