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Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 29 August 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
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Last few days of a very cold and wet August. Let's hope and pray for an Indian summer to save some of the riding season. But as usual there have been a few good and interesting motorcycle stories appearing on the internet over the last seven days, which you may have missed. So here they are.




Enjoy

Khardung La - Almost Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Tiffany Coates Travels The World Open link in a new window
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 25AUG
Summary: Part 2 of Tiffany Coats amazing trip leading a group of women on a long and tiring Royal Enfield motorcycle ride through India. Great photos, great story.
Here are the remainder of the stories:
- High Altitude Tyre Tales Open Tiffanystravels.Co link in a new window
- Heading South Open Heading South link in a new window
- Return to Sarchu Open Return to Sarchu link in a new window
- Sarchu Sojourn Open Sarchu Sojourn link in a new window
- Extreme Chills Open Extreme Chills link in a new window
- The Frozen Mountain Open The Frozen Mountain link in a new window
- A Final Bit of Drama Open A Final Bit of Drama link in a new window
- The Rest of the Ladies Join Me Open The Rest of the Ladies Join Me link in a new window
- On Your Marks, Get Set...Go Open On Your Marks, Get Set...Go link in a new window
- On the Road Open On the Road link in a new window


Motorcycle Pants I Actually We Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: BoingBoing Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26AUG
Summary: Someone discovered Dainese Yamato Evo motorcycle pants.


Brookfield Harley Lover Is 100 And Still Biking B99339123Z1 272813261 Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Brookfield NOW Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27AUG
Summary: I know who I want to be when I grow up. 100 years old and just bought his 16th motorcycle. Respect!


Filipino Motorcycle Tandem Assassins: A Rapidly Growing National Cancer Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Get Real Philippines Open link in a new window
Country: Philippines flag  Philippines
Date: 27AUG
Summary: Motorcycle riding hired killers apparently have become rampant in the Philippines; For as little as US$200 you can hire a killer.


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Monday, August 25, 2014 - Video: First Ever Gyrocam On A Stunt Motorcycle

Palatinus Attila GyroCam Video
Hungary flag
Gyrocams are great in MotoGP races, since you really get the feel of the bike's angles. But Hungarian stuntman Palatinus Attila decided to mount one on his stuntbike and make a really cool video. have a look how impressive this is.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Idea: A See-Through Motorcycle Helmet

C Through helmet
C Through helmet
A new and quite interesting design of a motorcycle helmet that should make riding in the rain easier and better, and more important, safer. It's a design project, but who knows, maybe it will become a reality.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 21 Photos Of Motorcycles Carrying Everything But The Sink - Part 6

Motorcycle Carrying Cargo
Motorcycle Carrying Cargo
Back to being amazed. This is part 6 of a series of photos of motorcycle and scooters carrying anything you can imagine. These bikes are truly versatile, and can carry the craziest things you can image. Some of them are pretty cruel considering they are transporting live animals (just look at the first one), but that's life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - An Ultralight Trailer For Behind Motorcycles

Go Easy motorcycle trailer
Go Easy motorcycle trailer
Towing a trailer behind your motorcycle is a possibility, but only for a few powerful motorcycles. But it doesn't need to be with this very, very, light trailer. Only weighing 125 kgs, almost any motorcycle or scooter can tow it. From SylvanSport, it's called the Go-Easy.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 - Idea: Keyless Padlock For Your Motorcycle - Noke

Fuz Noke
Fuz Noke
Here is a very, very, nice crowd-funding project (that is more than fully funded) called Noke. Noke is a solid, well designed (even pretty), sleek padlock that has no key. Press the padlock's shackle, it sends a wireless message to your smartphone that then unlocks the padlock immediately. There's even a smart system in case your smartphone runs out of battery.







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Switzerland: Motorway Wrong Direction Radar

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
click to see where Switzerland is on the map
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This is something I can confirm firsthand: riding my motorcycle on a motorway when suddenly a car appears in the wrong direction, ie on your portion of the motorway instead of the other one. It's not like in the movies when the bad guys are chasing the good guys, and then they drive up the motorway into the upcoming cars, avoiding each one. No, it usually ends up in a drama. Often the drivers who took the wrong part of the motorway were distracted, drunk and/or too feeble-minded. In my case the car thought he was driving in the slow lane, which of course is the fast lane in the right direction, and luckily I was riding on the far right - the real slow lane. So it avoided me and kept going despite all upcoming cars flashing their lights. I don't know how it ended, but it's frightening.

Matrix Wrong Direction Motorway
Scene of movie The Matrix Reloaded

Anyway, this is something that happens all over the world, and in Switzerland they have decided to try something else. The organization that deals with the roads and infrastructure, OFROU Open OFROU link in a new window, has installed radars that will detect if a car is going to wrong way. It then sends messages to electronic message/billboards hoping to get the driver's attention, and warn upcoming cars of the danger. It also automatically notifies the police so they can try to stop the driver.

At this moment it's an experiment, and if it works out, more of these radars will find their way to the Swiss motorways.

When I read this, it also means that they need to install two-side electronic message panels on the motorway...

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Belgium: Old Motorcycle Safety Campaign - Still Very Good

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Ads Video Feeds Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Back in 2009 I showed you a video of a motorcycle safety campaign that was running in Belgium (link Open link in a new window). The main theme was for car drivers not to be surprised by bikers, and for motorcycle riders to make sure they were well seen on the road.

The video was actually funny and though the making was probably quite cheap, the message was loud and clear (just follow the link above to see the "old" video).

But it's only now that I actually saw that there were some print advertisements which went with the campaign. And since they are quite good, I'll show them now (better late than never).

The first one is centered around being seen:

Belgium Safety Ad

The text translates as "Bikers, make sure you are seen".

Belgium Safety Ad

The second one is aimed at car drivers and says "Do not be surprised by bikers, be more watchful".

Not bad PSA for biker safety.






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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Idea: Keyless Padlock For Your Motorcycle - Noke

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Bluetooth
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I just love the stuff coming out of the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Here is another gem from Fuz Designs Open Fuz Designs link in a new window and it's called Noke Open Noke link in a new window. Noke is a keyless padlock that you can use to lock up almost anything.

As padlocks go, this one is pretty, almost sleek in design.

Fuz Noke

It looks simple, there are no key holes, just the holes for the padlock itself and a blue LED indicator. The way it works is simple. You will need a smartphone from Apple or Android. Once you have paired the lock with your phone, you are in business.

Lock up your goodies, like your motorcycle (use a chain and the Noke lock), lock it and go about your business. When you arrive at your motorcycle to ride away, just press the shackle. That sends a Bluetooth wireless signal which your phone will pick up. You don't even need to remove the phone for your pocket or backpack. You don't need to have the app running, all that you need to do is ensure that the phone is on.

Fuz Noke

The phone receives the signal from the Noke and automatically replies. The reply will allow the Noke to unlock the padlock. It's really that simple. They even offer a cable and bike mount, but it has been designed for bicycles so this might not work for motorcycles. The Noke padlock's battery will last a year or so, and the device is rainproof.

But I hear you say that you don't always have your phone with you, or often your phone runs out of battery juice. Does this mean you're stuck since there is no key? Nope! The designers have thought of everything.

Simple keying in a code (which you have set yourself) using the padlock's shackle will unlock the lock. No phone required. Just look at the animation below (if you don't have much bandwidth, you'll need to wait until it loads .. it's pretty big).

Fuz Noke

You can also give other people access to the padlock (they need to have a smartphone of course). You send them a code, and they can access your lock.

No, you don't need to help fund this project (I have, but that's my business) since they are more than fully funded. You can however still get an early bird price for the lock, saving big bucks.

The Kickstarter price is US$59 for one lock (regular price will be US$89). They offer more discounts if you buy more locks.

Click here to access the Kickstarter Noke site Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to access the Fuz Designs Noke site Open Fuzdesigns link in a new window.
Click here to access the Note Facebook page Open Click here to access the Note Facebook page link in a new window.






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Givi: Low Cost Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet - X.14 Shift

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Helmets
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
click to see where Italy is on the map
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Givi logo
Modular (flip-up) helmets are quite popular with motorcycle riders the world over. They offer a relative good safety (better than an open face helmet, but less than an integral one), and the comfort of opening the front, exposing your chin while riding at low speeds or in the city is a treat. But many modular helmets are expensive since they have moving parts.

Italian accessory maker Givi Open link in a new window have released a low cost modular helmet called the X.14 Shift Open X.14 Shift link in a new window. The big difference with their other modular helmets (X.09 and X.08) is that the X.14 has only received certification for use as integral helmet, meaning it is officially only allowed to be used with the front down. This doesn't mean that the front will not flip-up, it just means that officially you are not allowed to ride with the front up. It also means that if you crash with the front up, your protection is almost non-existing.

Givi X 14 Shift modular helmet

For the rest, it remains a nifty, but low cost, flip-up helmet. It weighs 1690 grams, has removable interior lining and cheek pads and is made out of anallergic materials.

The anti-scratch visor can be quickly released and it even has a built-in sun visor. There are a few Givi options available like anti-fog inserts, different visors and wind protectors, but those cost extra.

Givi X 14 Shift modular helmet

Three colors are available: black, white and yellow.

Cost: around €137-€149  (I've even seen it on Greek sites going for €116).

Click here to read more about the Givi Shift X.14 modular helmet Open Click here to read more about the Givi Shift X.14 modular helmet link in a new window






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Malaysia: They Too Have A Share-A-Motorcycle Day

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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We've seen a lot of photos of the "Share-A-Motorcycle" day coming from India (see related below), but it looks like Malaysia has a similar program, where they share one motorcycle between many different riders AT THE SAME TIME.

Sorry, just kidding, it's the Independence Day celebrations that also seems to involve stunt men and women riding one motorcycle.

Malaysia Independence Day 2014
© REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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Thirty-one stunt riders balance on a motorcycle during dress rehearsals for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 


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Saturday, August 16th, 2014 - India: Share-A-Motorcycle Day (aka Independence Day)

India Independence Day 2014
India flag
It's that time of the year in India that mostly soldiers share their motorcycle with several other soldiers - while riding - (or use some fire to go faster). In other words, it's India's Independence Day celebrations.
Sunday, January 26th, 2014 - India: It's Here Again: Republic Day Celebrations - Or How To Cram Folks On A Motorcycle

India Republic Day 2014 Gujarat Police
India flag
That time of the year again when we get to see fabulous photos of the police in India doing their motorcycle stunts celebrating Republic Day.
Sunday, January 27th, 2013 - The Indians Are At It Again, The Indians Are At It Again!

India Republic Day 2012
India flag
It's that time of the year again, when the Indian army and police show off their stuff during their Republic Day parade. Crazy motorcycle stunts seem to be the "in-thing" to do.

Impressive stuff & stunts, and all that on fabulous Royal Enfield motorcycles...
Friday, January 21st, 2011 - India: Is It That Time Of The Year Again?

India Motorcyce Stunt Rehearsal 2011
OMG, it's almost like they do this every other month.

Don't they do anything else with those Enfield motorcycles?


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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An Ultralight Trailer For Behind Motorcycles

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Travelling on a motorcycle does not have to mean that you can't bring the kitchen sink (like these folks - link Open link in a new window). You can bring almost anything you want with you on a motorcycle, and to make matters ever easier, you can hook-up a trailer behind your bike and tow even more junk.

But the problem with trailers behind motorcycles is that you need to tow the weight of the trailer as well, and if you don't have a bike with an incredible amount of torque and horsepower, you'll be stuck pushing the combo uphill.

Go Easy motorcycle trailer

SylvanSport Open SylvanSport link in a new window have a very good option for you. These folks have been making interesting looking trailers, and now they have made a trailer that is ultralight. Called the Go-Easy Open Go-Easy link in a new window, the trailer looks modern, well designed and what's more important, very light.

The GO-Easy trailer weighs only 275 lb (or 125 kg). That's lighter than most motorcycles on their own, and even as heavy as some pillions I know.

Go Easy motorcycle trailer

You can literally haul anything you need with your motorcycle. It can officially carry up to 325 lb (147 kg) worth of gear in the powder-coated steel frame with aluminium floor.

Go Easy motorcycle trailer

There are several customization options available, including boxes etc and you can even put a pop-up tent. This gives you a two person tent, not bad when you go camping (no scary creepy crawlers inside your tent during the night). It also means you can haul more junk inside the tent.

Perfect for two-up holidays on the motorcycle.

Go Easy motorcycle trailer

Another bonus of the trailer is that you can easily place it upright in your garage thereby saving tons of space.  Since it's very light, you can do it easily by yourself.

As trailers go, it's not cheap, but then anything good and innovative never is. Price: US$1,995 for the basic model.

Click here to read more about the SylvanSport Go-Easy trailer Open Easy.Sylvansport link in a new window.

Via: Gizmag




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