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29 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: The Girls
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
Paris Mondial 2007 Yamaha
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
Paris Mondial 2007 Beta
Beta logo
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
Paris Mondial 2007 Suzuki
Suzuki logo
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
Paris Mondial 2007
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
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
Paris Mondial 2007 KTM
KTM logo
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
Paris Mondial 2007 BMW
BMW logo
BMW's conference was disappointing. They only showed (after long speeches) the new HP2 Sport.


28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Matra MS1-Electric Motorcycle
Paris Mondial 2007 Matra MS1
French manufacturer surprised everyone with an electric motorcycle/bicycle.

Reasonable performance, good range, the bike looks really interesting.


28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Buell
Paris Mondial 2007 Buell
Buell logo
Here's a quick look at Buell new 1125, Rotax driven engine.


28 September, 2007 - Paris Mondial 2007: Yamaha
Paris Mondial 2007 Yamaha
Yamaha logo
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
Paris Mondial 2007
Honda logo
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
Paris Mondial 2007
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
Biker Chicks
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
Book Article
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
d3o logo
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.


26 September, 2007 - Video: Bajaj XCD 125 DTS-Si
Video clip
A very nicely done TV ad for the Indian motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj.


25 September, 2007 - Wanted: World Champion MotoGP 2015
Red Bull 125 Selection race motorcycle
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
Video clip
Bridgestone logo
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 - USA Favortes Take Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations
Jeremy van Horebeek
KTM logo
The 2007 Motocross of Nations in the USA is over, and the USA beats everyone.

Here's KTM's take on the event.


24 September, 2007 - Don’t Light A Match; Wooden Harley-Davidson
Fun Article
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.


23 September, 2007 - Casey Stoner 2007 World Champ, Capirossi Scores Great Motegi Win
Casey Stone on a Ducati in Motegi
Ducati logo
Unless you've been sleeping in a cave, you'll not have escaped that Australian Casey Stoner became a well deserved world champion MotoGP.

Congratulations to Stoner and to Ducati, for a job very well done.


21 September, 2007 - Wirelessly Listening To Music - Jabra A120s
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!


21 September, 2007 - Man Escapes Cops On Motorcycle; Crashes Into A Cactus
saguaro cactus
Ouch... guy tries to escape the police at 100 mph, doing wheelies in the traffic, and then slams into a cactus...

Double ouch...


20 September, 2007 - Coloring Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Harley-Davidson Coloring Book
Harley-Davidson logo
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
Mondial Du Deux Roues 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.


20 September, 2007 - Uniformed Bikers: Columbia Fire Fighters
Medellin Fire Department Suzuki 650 V-Strom
A look at the Fire Fighters from Medellin, Columbia.

Part of our Uniformed Bikers series.


19 September, 2007 - Sick! Killed His Parents To Buy A Motorcycle
One sick Australian puppy, a 28 year old guy, killed his adoptive parents, who despite spoiling him, wouldn't allow him to buy a motorcycle.


19 September, 2007 - Video: Elf-Everyone Needs A Bike
Video clip
Nice TV ad from Elf motorcycle oils in India.

Part of a raffle with as main prize a Kawasaki Ninja.


19 September, 2007 - ACEM Appoints KTM CEO As Their President
Stefan Pierer
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
Le Touquet 2008 logo
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 - Ducati 1098 Versus a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Video clip
An interesting race between the Ducati 1098 and a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera supercar.

Produced by the British TV program Fifth Gear.


18 September, 2007 - Adblockers Now Welcome, Not AdSense Blockers
This Site Article
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
Video clip
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
Ducati 999 Touring
Who said you couldn't ride long distance/touring on a Ducati 999 motorcycle? Not this person....


17 September, 2007 - E3 Enduro 2007: World Champion Ivan Cervantes Finishes Season Victorious
Ivan Cervantes
KTM logo
The freshly crowned E3 World Champion Ivan Cervantes won the final race of the Enduro World Championships on Sunday in France to finish the season in style, just one day after claiming the title.


17 September, 2007 - E2 Enduro 2007: Samuli Aro Holds Onto 2nd Place
Samuli Aro
KTM logo
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
KTM logo
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 - Learn To Speak BBC English: Crash Your Motorcycle
News Article
Fun Article
A non-English speaking Czech speedway racers crashed his motorcycle and got run over by another rider.

Now he speaks perfect English... like a BBC presenter!


14 September, 2007 - Video: TVS or Bollywood Style Advert
Video clip
TVS logo
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
Opinion Article
This Site Article
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 YY250 - Scarver clone
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 - And I Thought I Was Too Tall For A Motorcycle!
You think you're too tall for your motorcycle? I know I do think that.

But after seeing this photo, think again...


13 September, 2007 - This Motorcycle News Site To Disappear?
This Site Article
Opinion Article
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
Bol D'Or 2007 poster
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.


13 September, 2007 - Holly Crapola! An Eye For An Eye?
News Article
Lynching motorcycle thieves in India is no longer enough.

Now, they gouge out your eyes first!


12 September, 2007 - Deadly Motorcycle Accidents USA: And The Winner Is?
Statistics Article
Not surprising, the type of motorcycle that has the most motorcycle deaths in the USA (and probably in any other country).

You guessed it... it's the supersport motorcycle!


12 September, 2007 - Steal Some Air
Tire air stealer
Here's a trick that might work, and involves "borrowing" a car's tire air.

Remember, it's illegal to steal air... Doh Smiley


12 September, 2007 - Video: Suzuki GSR (Mirror City)
Video clip
Suzuki logo
Different kind of TV ad for the Suzuki GSR.


11 September, 2007 - Marc Coma Victorious In Las Pampas Rally ...
Marc Coma
Spanish KTM ride does it again. He wins the Law Pampas Rally, and is now leading the world championship ranking.


11 September, 2007 - Having Fun With My New Ducati
Ducati race Motorcycle
I've been playing hooky, have been riding my new Ducati 1100 Multistrada.

Fun, fun, fun!


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.


11 September, 2007 - Video: Indian Motorcycles
Video clip
Here's a nice TV ad for Indian Motorcycles.


10 September, 2007 - Gone To Pick Up My New Motorcycle! C.U.
Mike Werner on his new Ducati Multistrada
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 - Prime Minister Of France On A Motorcycle
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon tries out a French Gendarme's motorcycle
The French Prime Minister Francois Fillon tries out a French Gendarme's motorcycle.

Just sits on it, but it's a first step...


10 September, 2007 - President Of Brazil On A Motorcycle
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on a OCC chopper 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 - Dilemma: Carrying Good Wine On Your Motorcycle
WineCruzer 6 bottle carrier
Going on a wine tour on your motorcycle? How to bring some good bottles with you?

WineCruze has the answer.


7 September, 2007 - DVD Review: Choppahead Chopper Animals & Mayhem Machiines Vol.2
Choppahead Vol2 DVD cover
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 - Video: Honda FMX650 Ad
Video clip
Honda logo
A German ad for Honda, where they trash a Yamaha XT500.


7 September, 2007 - France: Motorcycles To Remain Less Than 100 HP
France Article
Law Article
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 LubeMatch site
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
OCC 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
Movie Article
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..


6 September, 2007 - Video: Harley-Davidson Dealer Ad in Japan
Video clip
Harley-Davidson logo
Not exactly a TV ad you'd see often; Harley-Davidson Japan.

Can't understand much...


5 September, 2007 - KTM Selling Toasters
KTM Toaster
KTM logo
Are KTM having trouble selling motorcycles, so they're switching to bread toasters?


5 September, 2007 - Nice Motorcycle Wall Ornament
Motorcycle wall orbament
Nice! Would look really good on my office wall.


5 September, 2007 - Harley-Davidson Looking At The Weather For Motorcycle Sales
Harley-Davidson logo
Harley-Davidson is looking at historical weather patterns to see when do people buy their motorcycles.

Rain, snow or sun ??


5 September, 2007 - What’s Faster: BMW M6, K1200S or a Golf Ball?
BMW M6 against K1200S against golf ball
BMW logo
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
Politics Article
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
Dakar logo
Yamaha logo
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
Helmet Airbag system
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 - BMW F800 Flat Tracker: A Bike BMW Will Never Make
BMW F800 Flat Track Race Motorcycle by Ron Wood
BMW logo
Have BMW produced another variation of the F800 motorcycle?

No, not in this case. It's a flat track racer from Ron Wood. Superb!


3 September, 2007 - Nice Safety Feature From Volvo: Would Work On Motorcycles
Volvo warning system
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
Dotson Design's Slingshot
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
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.


3 September, 2007 - Video: Casey Treat-Church and Motorcycles Mix
Video clip inside
Video ad for a church pastor who uses a motorcycle for his image.

How un-cool....



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