|30 September, 2011 - Video: Biker Revenge - Road Rage|
|Here's a video of a justified road rage from a motorcycle rider. He almost got run down by a speeding car while he was passing another motorcycle. Lane splitting for cars.... |
But the biker gave chase, and the end result will not be forgotten by the car driver.
|30 September, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 20 September 2011|
|On this incredibly warm day (hotter than during any day of summer), here are some motorcycle articles that you may have missed, and might want to read.|
- The Motorbike Suspension Bible (Car Bibles)
- This is how a delectably done up Royal Enfield Custom looks; Presenting the Dodo Motorcycle (IndianCarBikes)
- 7 Safety Tips Remember Overtaking Vehicles (Bike Advice)
- Suggestions: In A City Of Accidents And Traffic Jams Are Motorcycles Safer Than Buses (Tribune)
- 'MythBusters' asks: Are motorcycles greener than cars? (LA Times)
|30 September, 2011 - Paris Motorcycle Exhibition To Re-Open Its Doors|
|After 4 years, the Paris motorcycle exhibition "Le Salon de la Moto" re-opens its doors end November. |
Cancelled because of the financial and economical crisis, and held every 2 years (alternating with the German Intermot), the French expo finally is on again with 375 brands and covering 3 halls.
|29 September, 2011 - Movie Review: Born To Ride|
|Born To Ride is billed as a biker movie "a la" Easy Rider. Released in 2011, this 90 minutes long movie centers around two motorcycle riders heading for Sturgis but getting themselves in a lot of trouble. |
The flick isn't bad, but it's not great either. It's a movie you'll want to see on a rainy Sunday when there's no football on the TV.
|29 September, 2011 - World’s Biggest Motorcycle Beach Race Inscriptions Opens|
|The famous Le Touquet Enduropale beach motorcycle race opens for registration this Saturday for the 1,000 motorcycles participating in the 5th of February 2012 race. |
First come, first served. If you don't plan to race, you might want to come and have a look at these mad 1,000 bikers racing in deep sand, jumps and chicanes. 3 hours of total fun.
|29 September, 2011 - UK: The True Cost Of Commuting|
|Here's an interesting research and statistics on the real cost of commuting. |
The research was done by "Get On" in the UK (a group of motorcycle manufacturers and other interested motorcycle people), and it clearly shows that you would be out of your mind (and pocket) to commute by car or public transport. Especially in the UK...
Motorcycles are a far better alternative.
|28 September, 2011 - Guy Caught Doing 230 KPH On Motorcycle With Wife And Dog|
|27 year old French biker got caught racing a Renault Clio RS, doing 233 kph, with his wife and dog on the Kawasaki ZZR 1400 motorcycle. |
Both biker and car driver lost their vehicles, license and have a date with a judge.
|28 September, 2011 - BMW Dealers To Sell Scottoiler|
|BMW have signed an agreement with Scottoiler, the system we reviewed a few weeks ago that automatically lubricates/oils your motorcycle's chain, for an exclusive distribution of their system by BMW for BMW motorcycles. |
The motorcycles covered by this agreement are the BMW F800GS, F650GS and F800R models, each with their own set of installation instructions.
The product will have a BMW logo on it...
|27 September, 2011 - Ad: Harley-Davidson - Scratch and Lose|
|Interesting concept to advertize scratch-free motorcycle helmets by Harley-Davidson from Colombia. |
They used a scratch card (the kind where you scratch away zones) to unfold a story. The ad had enormous positive results in their sales.
|27 September, 2011 - Work On Your Motorcycle Engine In The Dark|
|Working on your motorcycle engine often is problematic when you need to access parts that are very dark. Apart from using a torch or projector, it's not an easy way of seeing what you're doing. |
Here's a solution for you.... illuminated wrenches. Each of the 7 wrenches provides 5 hours of light, enough to get most of your work done.
|27 September, 2011 - France: New Minister Appointed Who Loves Motorcycles|
|France has appointed a new Minister (of Sport, but who cares since he's in the main minister meetings) who loves motorcycles. |
David Douillet is not only Minister of Sports, but is also the most decorated Judo athlete in the world, and an enormous passionate motorcycle rider.
|26 September, 2011 - Ireland To Go Yellow|
|Ireland is going for the same thing the French have been fighting against; the mandatory wearing of yellow high-visibilty (hi-vis) vests. |
The Irish government wants all motorcycle riders to wear hi-vis vests starting 2014. So until then, we can expect a large number of protest rides.
The fight is on!
|26 September, 2011 - Honda Develop 2 New Motorcycle Engines|
|Honda have announced the development of two new motorcycle/scooter engines that are far more fuel economical than previous editions.|
One is a 125 cc, the other a 700 cc engine.
More power/torque, less fuel...
|23 September, 2011 - Ad: Vespa Map|
|Interesting print advertisement for Vespa scooters from Romania. |
It's a bit too sophisticated for my taste, but it does convey the message.
|23 September, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 23 September 2011|
|Here are some interesting motorcycle articles found on the world wide web that you may have missed over the last week, and might enjoy. |
- Spot Satellite Messenger (Motorcyclist)
- I'm Biker Get Me Out Of Here (Box Hill or Bust)
- Why Ducati Isn't Winning Anymore (Autosport)
- 10 Essential Tips For Selling Your Motorcycle On Ebay (The Kneeslider)
|23 September, 2011 - Follow 24 Hours of Le Mans Motorcycle 2011 Race Live|
|The 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle endurance race, for the first time ever, can be watched on your PC or laptop. The organizers are streaming the whole 24 hours event LIVE and free on the internet. |
Just as well, since a new ordinance in Le Mans city and surroundings forbids to sales and transportation of quantities of alcohol and other booze.
|22 September, 2011 - Video: 2 x Kawasaki Motorcycles Ads From Brazil|
|Two nicely done TV commercials from Kawasaki Brazil. |
One is for the Versys motorcycle, the other for the Vulcan bike. But both have as main theme, riding and suddenly you find yourself at some distant location on earth. Nice...
|22 September, 2011 - The Ultimate Motorcycle Calendar 2012|
|Time to start thinking about your next year's calendar. There are quite a lot, but only very few are truly great. |
If you're into classic and/or custom motorcycles, there's really only one you can get; BikeEXIF's 2012 Calendar.
It's not expensive (remember it's art, so it'll look great on anyone's wall ... priceless). So get it now..
|22 September, 2011 - DIY Scooter/Motorcycle #7465|
|This is what a scooter/motorcycle will look like if I tried to make one from scratch. |
I'd probably forget to put in an engine...
|21 September, 2011 - India: Do The Big Motorcycle Makers Threaten Royal Enfield?|
|The new kids on the block in India, mainstream motorcycle manufacturers BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson and Piaggio, are a threat to local manufacturer Royal Enfield. |
The classic Royal Enfield is situated above the local and cheap motorcycles, and below the expensive imports, but for many affluent Indian bikers, they now have more choice.
How will Royal Enfield react?
|21 September, 2011 - USA: Motorcycle Thefts Down 24% For 2010|
|A lot less motorcycles were stolen during 2010 (24% less compared to 2007, and 11% compared to 2009). |
Good news, but is it because of better technology, better police work, or is there another reason for the decline... read on.
|20 September, 2011 - Safety: Do Not Drink and Drive - Great Ad!|
|Sometimes it's not easy to get a safety message across, specially when it concerns drinking & driving. But the Lowe GGK Agency in Austria did a pretty good job with this safety advertisement.... |
They liken drinking & driving to Russian roulette.... can't think of a better way to show the dangers of drinking. Especially on a motorcycle..
|20 September, 2011 - Smell Like A BMW - Men’s Fragrance|
|BMW have a perfume for men.... it's called the 15W-50 Eau de Cologne, and it's a fragrance with a hint of high-performance motor oil. |
It's used for promotional activities, but it's a real perfume.
|20 September, 2011 - Sebastopol Police Buy Electric Zero Motorcycle|
|The cops in Sebastopol, California, are the 2nd law enforcement agency in the state to buy an electric Zero Motorcycle. |
The electric motorcycle will be used to patrol the parks in their area. It's so quite, the officer/biker can hear people talking while riding in the parks.
Oh oh ... no more necking in the parks after dark...
|19 September, 2011 - Study: DRL Saves Lives! But Not Motorcyclist Ones|
|Using badly done research (so called scientific), the Dutch National Road Safety Research Institute is calling for all cars to use Daylight Running Lights (DRL). |
Though the research was not done by them, they say the study shows that in fact if cars use DRL, and motorcycles as well (which is mandatory already), motorcycles will be safer.
Yeah right... on what planet?
|19 September, 2011 - India: That Is One Way Of Moving Your Motorcycle|
|For most people, moving your motorcycle forward involves turning the engine on, putting your motorcycle into 1st gear, and letting go of the clutch. |
These guys in India have discovered a new way....
|19 September, 2011 - 25 Music Album Cover featuring Motorcycles -Part 2|
|Last week we showed you the first 25 Music Album covers which had at least one motorcycle on it. This week is part 2, with another 25 Music Albums with a motorcycle or two on it. |
And who knows, maybe there'll even be a part 3...
|16 September, 2011 - Video: GasGas in Cigarette Commercial|
|A really well filmed cigarette commercial from Indonesia, with a GasGas Trial motorcycle riding over a mountain. Nice filming, great riding. |
... no cigarettes are shown...
|16 September, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 16 September 2011|
|Sometime there's very little, sometimes a lot of interesting motorcycle articles on the internet. Here's two weeks worth of motorcycle articles I've been reading. |
- Armoured Harley-Davidson Motorcycle (Silodrome)
- No More Heros, No More Real Adventures - Or: Why Do You Want To Travel The World? (MyAdvenTours)
- My Best Accidents (The Independent)
- Playing It Safely On Your Motorcycle (Motorcycle Blog From Jafrum)
- Antil Lock Brakes Improve Bike Safety (The Telegraph)
|16 September, 2011 - BMW Patent Motorcycle Seat|
|BMW have patented a motorcycle seat...... |
They plan to equip motorcycle seat with an electronically controlled damper system, using sensors on the front wheel and seat, to make your motorcycle ride a smooth ride.
|15 September, 2011 - Vespa Scooter - The Golden Edition|
|This was spotted on the streets of Paris, France - a golden edition of the Vespa scooter..|
Since it's a delivery scooter, we'll assume that it's not real gold..
|14 September, 2011 - India: Piaggio To Re-Launch Vespa And Others|
|Piaggio is planning to re-enter the Indian market (for a third time). Three times lucky? |
This time they're opening a factory, and plan to start selling Vespa scooters next year. Their other brands will hopefully follow, with Aprilia (already being sold a little), Guzzi and Gilera.
|14 September, 2011 - New Suzuki Motorcycle: Urban X-Over Unveiled|
|Suzuki unveiled at the Frankfurt car exhibition their latest motorcycle, the Urban X-Over. |
Based on the V-Strom 650, the motorcycle has a complete new look & feel.
|14 September, 2011 - Motorcycle Design Redone|
|Joey Ruiter set out to redesign the motorcycle. He stripped off all the things that make a motorcycle interesting, and made it a means of transportation.
He placed an electric engine in the motorcycle, giving it a 90 miles range. But you can rest ... it's just a design, not meant to be taken in to production. In fact, you can admire this "stealth" motorcycles in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. |
|13 September, 2011 - Ad: Vespa Scooters and Shavers|
|The things you got to do as an ad agency. Well, one thing that works for me, is a motorcycle (or in this case a Vespa scooter) and a pretty girl, even if they're drawings. |
That's what the JWT agency in New York used to draw your attention to Schick Quattro shavers for women. Okay, so maybe I'm the wrong audience...
|13 September, 2011 - Video: Lucky Biker - Saved From Under Burning Car|
|An incredibly lucky motorcycle rider, despite his unluck in having an accident. |
He ended up under a car in flames, but some people went up, and despite the danger to them, lifted the car, and pulled him from under the car.
Incredible brave! Here's the video.
|13 September, 2011 - Mystery Motorcycle 1: The Answer|
|The answer to yesterday's mystery motorcycle.... |
Many of you tried to guess what motorcycle it is, and only one got it right......
Have a look at what this motorcycle really is..
|12 September, 2011 - 25 Music Album Cover featuring Motorcycles -Part 1|
|Photos of motorcycles can be found on almost anything. Including, actually seen quite often, on music album covers. |
Here are 25 album covers featuring at least one motorcycle.
More to come next week..
|12 September, 2011 - Mystery Motorcycle 1: Want To Guess?|
|I saw this motorcycle on the streets last weekend, and snapped a photo, and removed the manufacturer's logo. |
Anyone want to make a guess which motorcycle this is? Manufacturer... engine...?? If it's not guessed, I'll post in the comments tomorrow the details.
|12 September, 2011 - Boobs On Bikes Cancelled Due To Rugby|
|The now famous motorcycle parade in Auckland, New Zealand, "Boobs on Bikes" - a parade of topless strippers on motorcycles - got cancelled due to pressure from the people. |
The parade was going to be held at the same time the World Rugby Cup match between their national team, the All Blacks, and France's national team was going to be played. People wanted a family environment, and topless strippers on motorcycles was not the way to go.
|9 September, 2011 - Motorcycle 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011: Biker Resting Places|
|The 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race is on in 2 weekends from now, and the French Angry Biker Association (FFMC) has put in place several motorcycle rest stops along the way, where you can tank up, get hot/cold drinks, eat, visors cleaned, mechanics, etc. |
Here's a list and map of where they are, and when they are open.
|9 September, 2011 - Europe: Motorcycle Registrations Down 6% in 1st Semester 2011 |
|According to statistics published by ACEM (European Motorcycle Manufacturer's Association), things are not looking up for the motorcycle industry, with a drop of 6% in the first semester of the year. |
The only type of motorcycle that is selling very well, are the electric ones.
|9 September, 2011 - Ad: Funny & Well Done - Specsavers and Vespa|
|Someone at the Smart ad agency in Australia was being creative. They made this life-size advertisement for their customer, SpecSavers (opticians). |
They have a sense of humor those Australians. I'm sure it will have caused a few people to see if that was really a hole made by a Vespa scooter...
|8 September, 2011 - Spain: Motorcycle Riding Exam - The Diagram|
|Despite the European Commission trying to regulate motorcycle license exams, and failing, Spain has gone its own way. |
Here's a diagram showing you what you need to be able to do to take your motorcycle exam. And that's only a small part of it.
|8 September, 2011 - France: Another Major Motorcycle Protest! Europe Joins In|
|France, but with other European countries are going on the attack again this month. Coming weekend, most big cities in France will be blocked by not only motorcycles, but all other groups of road users. |
UK, Belgium and Spain are not only supporting the French movement, but organizing their own protest rides. So this month, you'll see plenty of motorcycles on the road, even if you didn't want to..
|8 September, 2011 - Video: Harley-Davidson Goes To The Dogs|
|In a surprisingly good TV commercial, Harley-Davidson shows that it still has it in making good ads. Or maybe it's because they have recently changed PR/Ad agency. |
This TV spot is made by Victors & Spoils in the USA, and shows that motorcycle riders love dogs..... funny and well done. Positive message, even to cagers.
|7 September, 2011 - Product Review: Scottoiler|
|A detailed review and installation process of the Scottoiler automatic motorcycle chain lubrication system. |
It's not only for lazy or for forgetful people (like me), but also for motorcycles that are used often, or for those that are not used often. It works well, with little maintenance, just fill the reservoir up when it's empty.
Your motorcycle chain will thank you.
|7 September, 2011 - Motorcycle Logo Fonts|
|Somebody (couldn't find who) has been playing with motorcycle manufacturer logos, turning them into motorcycle drawings. Taking the letters and graphics, they've re-arranged them to make a representation of a motorcycle. |
Interesting work. Wonder how the other manufacturers stack up?
|7 September, 2011 - The Real Reason Why Valentino Rossi Is Not So Fast|
|A photographer found out why Valentino is not performing so well on his Ducati, and it's got nothing to do with the motorcycle. |
It's just that he's carrying a lot of weight behind him...
|6 September, 2011 - Electronic Earplugs. Has The Time Come?|
|Has the time come for very small noise cancelling electric earplugs that can be used for riding motorcycle? |
It looks like this device fits the bill. Insert it in your ear, and any noise above a certain noise level is blocked. And if you're deaf already, it can also amplify conversations at the same time. Nifty.
|6 September, 2011 - Being Notorious Is Not Fun|
|Notorious and infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn, aka DSK, is chased by a horde of wild camera-toting motorcycle riders, ie, photo journalists trying to get that exclusive photo all 100's of them want. |
What a life... for all of them..
|6 September, 2011 - France: FFMC Fed Up, And On The Attack|
|The French Association of Angry Bikers are fed up with the unpopular government, and has gone on the attack. Already, we're seeing a lot of protest rides, but they have now also unleased a advertising campaign, ridiculing the government's decisions.|
|5 September, 2011 - Nissan Ad: How To Piss Off Motorcycle Riders|
|Here's a TV/Web commercial from car maker Nissan that for sure will piss off many motorcycle riders out there....|
... specially if you consider that the main theme of the ad is that the car has "trophies" of motorcycles crashed by the car!
What a FAIL!
|5 September, 2011 - Tunisia: First Motorcycle Road Rally?|
|Here's a great motorcycle race for all to do! You get to "race" in a foreign country, Tunisia to be exact, but it's not in the desert, but you'll ride on normal roads. This means you can bring your Hayabusa, 125cc, Royal Enfield sidecar or you Harley-Davidson motorcycle. |
Accommodation is in 4/5 star hotels, and the fee includes shipping, hotels, food and race fees. You'll not need a support crew, since they provide the mechanics.
Best of all, they have a special program for your followers/fans. Bring your spouse/partner and kids... Everyone wins.
|2 September, 2011 - Top Internet Stories - 2 September 2011|
|September already. Here are the last motorcycle articles read in August for your pleasure.|
- See A City From A Motorcycle Sidecar (Forbes)
- Sena SMH 10 Owner Report (WebBikeWorld)
- An Amateur Guide To Shooting Motorcycle Races (All About Bikes)
- Driver Visibility In Two Wheelers (Bike Advice)
|2 September, 2011 - Female Motorcycle Riders In The Middle East - What To Do?|
|Women riding motorcycle in the Middle East have a problem (well, they have a few more); they need to use a veil, or a niqab since their laws are very strict. Wearing a veil under your helmet is not fun... |
Death Spray Customs have got the solution for them... the niqab is incorporated into the motorcycle helmet..
|2 September, 2011 - Edible Motorcycle - Asia|
|We've seen motorcycle made out of metal, but also from wood, straw, butter, ice ... and now we've got a motorcycle made out of lobster shells. It's going to be a bit smelly, specially after a while, but then most food will do that? |
The lobster motorcycle was made by a Taiwanese Chef at a food making seminar in China. What will they think of next?
|1 September, 2011 - Royal Enfield Desert Storm Motorcycle|
|Royal Enfield, the legendary Indian motorcycle manufacturer with the oldest and longest production run of the same motorcycle, has launched a new version called the Bullet 500 Classic Desert Storm motorcycle. |
The new "version" is initially foreseen for the Indian market, but might be exported abroad. The version name is destined as reminder of the first Gulf War, and the motorcycle is painted in desert colors.
|1 September, 2011 - TomTom LIVE: Good Idea, But Very Dangerous|
|A very dangerous idea coming from TomTom. The Dutch GPS manufacturer has released a new service, called Search & Go LIVE, it allows the TomTom GPS to connect to the internet (like Twitter and Expedia) on the go... |
In other words, more distractions for car drivers, and more motorcycle accidents because a SUV was playing with the GPS while driving.
Message to TomTom: MAKE INTERNET ACCESS NOT AVAILABLE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS MOVING!