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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Pist’It: Smartphone App For Track Days

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Gadgets Racing
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is an interesting smartphone app developed by a small French outfit. The app is called Pist'It Open Pist'It link in a new window (Pist in French means Track) and it's destined for those of you who go out on motorcycle track days.

Currently the app is limited: limited to the French language and limited to Android smartphone. But with a few emails and pushes, I'm quite sure that can be changed quite quickly.

Pistit app for track days

In this app you have the circuits. In each circuit, you record what your best lap time was, which tires you used, and several other parameters. You can also indicate which are you favorite circuits and which motorcycles you've used.

You will also find phone numbers and contact, plus data like length of circuit and importantly, what the maximum sound level of your exhaust is allowed to be.

Pistit app for track days

The app also lists a checklist for your motorcycle's setup. Items like fork set up, suspensions, tires etc are listed and recorded so when you return to the same circuit you don't need to lose a few laps to get it right. It's all there.

The app is free, but as I said, it's in French and only for Android devices.

They don't have an operational web site, but they are on Facebook (in French of course)

Click here to download the Pist'It app for Android Open Click here to download the Pist'It app for Android link in a new window
Click here to access their Facebook page Open Click here to access their Facebook page link in a new window

Via: L'equipement




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Idea: Atlas Throttle Lock - Cheap Motorcycle Cruise Control

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Maybe this is a bit like inventing a better mouse trap, but then often enough, that is exactly what happens. On the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, there is a project looking for funding called Atlas Throttle Lock Open Kickstarter link in a new window.

As the name implies, it's a way of riding your motorcycle, especially long distances, by locking the throttle, enabling you to give your right hand a rest. The project belongs to David Winters Open David Winters link in a new window, a RTWRound The World rider.

Atlas Throttle Lock

There are a few throttle locks out there (and of course there are the very expensive cruise controls, but that's another story), but this one is aiming at being totally universal with no modification to your motorcycle.

The designer claims that it will fit any motorcycle, going into places no other throttle lock will fit. According to him, it will take 2 minutes to install.

Atlas Throttle Lock

The Atlas throttle lock is easy to engage and disengage. Just press the button with your thumb, and you can let go of the throttle while your motorcycle keeps riding along.

Currently they are not fully funded, but they are close. Have a lock at the video below as introduction.

Price: Early Bird Special: US$69, next level Early Bird: US$79, RRP US$95

Click here to read more about the Atlas Throttle Lock, or to pledge money Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to go to David Winters Facebook page Open Click here to go to David Winters Facebook page link in a new window




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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - Poor Man's Motorcycle Cruise Control

Go Cruise Throttle Assist
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Interesting poor man's cruise control for your motorcycle. $19.99 gets you a simple and very effective throttle lock system; Easy to install and use. Great for long trips. Go Cruise.







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The Ideal Baby Cradle?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment Funny
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Isn't this the perfect baby cradle? This way you really start them young getting used to motorcycles.

Ideal Baby Cradle







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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Ads: Weird Advertising From Taiwan

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here's a weird but kind-of scary print advertisement from a news agency based in Taiwan. The agency is called Life News Agency and in the ads they show some really weird images, a bit like a video game. This image shows a road that has been broken up, but the top broken road does not match with the bottom road (check out the license plate - "paradise"). I just don't get it.

They have a second ad running, but this time it's with a car. Weird, or am I missing something?

Click here to see the car ad from the news agency Open Click here to see the car ad from the news agency link in a new window

Click for bigger version of Ad Life news Agency
Open image in a new window


Via: Ads of the World




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Spain: 2015 Penguins Motorcycle Rally Suspended - Thanks To Ecolos

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ecology Events
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Penguins logo
The ecologist movement strikes again (like preventing a few years ago to have the Le Touquet winter rally ride through the sand dunes). As usual these tree huggers don't like motorcycle riders (even electric ones), and they will try at every occasion to hinder our fun.

In Spain there is the annual Penguins assembly (in Spanish called Pingüinos), held during the winter (see related below). They have been having this enormous motorcycle gathering for the last 33 years, and it draws some 15,000 to 25,000 bikers.

It's a great gathering with food, music, celebrity bikers (like the Spanish MotoGP stars) and most important, lots of motorcycles. And that's what the eco movement has a problem with. Motorcycles means pollution; co2 and sound, and it's too much.

Pinguinos 2014
© Pedro Parellada

Several eco groups have been complaining, and leading a program of destruction, bad mouthing, lobbying - all to stop a lot of people from enjoying themselves. Plus, the local province is going to be out of money, since the winter gathering brings in many millions of Euros, into an area that badly needs cash, especially during the winter.

So next year's edition has been suspended, even cancelled while the organizers look for alternatives.

So thank you eco movement. Why not stop non-ecp people from breathing. That's co2 as well.

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012 - Spain: Penguins Motorcycle Rally 2012

Pinguinos 2012
Pinguinos 2012
Every year, some 25,000 weathered motorcycle riders come together for some fun in the snow in Spain. Called the Penguin International Winter Motorcycle Rally, or in Spanish, Pinguinos, this year, they came as well, but there was no snow, blame global warming.

But still, it's pretty cold in Puente Duero, and the bikers had fun. It's not the Elephant Rally, but still up there for cold weather motorcycle riding.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 - Spain: Penguins On Motorcycles

Spain 2010 Pinguinos
Spain saw its annual winter motorcycle gathering last weekend, drawing some 10,000 motorcycle riders from all over Europe to camp in freezing temperatures.

Fun?
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 - Spain: The Penguins Gathering For 2013

Pinguinos 2012
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For the truly brave bikers, the ones that don't mind a bit of cold weather, snow and ice, and those than can sleep in a tent covered with snow, this one is for you. Once a year in Spain (yes, it does get cold there), the annual Pinguinos gathering (Pinguinos is Spanish for Penguins) attracts over 27,000 motorcycle riders from all over Europe and beyond.

Braving the cold weather, they sleep in tents, and do several group ride-outs in the snow, parading in the main city of Valladolid. In the evenings there are concerts, strip shows (poor girls...) and many famous motorcycle riders are present at this unique event..







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Hong Kong: Police Is Not Very Nice Towards Motorcycles

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Protests
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It looks like the police in Hong Kong are not very nice and tender towards motorcycles. Just look at the way they are removing that motorcycle. Poor bike, it's going to get crushed. With an attitude towards defenseless motorcycles like that, imagine how they are towards protestors.

Hong Kong Motorcycle Removal
© REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A crane removes a motorbike from the main protest site in Admiralty in Hong Kong October 14, 2014. Hong Kong police reopened one of the city's main thoroughfares to traffic on Tuesday after clearing barricades erected by democracy protesters who have occupied streets in the heart of the Chinese-ruled city for two weeks. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Idea: Force Field On Your Motorcycle To Keep You Dry

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here's an idea from left field. It starts with an interesting project on crowd-funding site Kickstarter called Air Umbrella. Air Umbrella Open Air Umbrella link in a new window, a fully funded project, is a stick with a battery that blows air out, creating a sort of a "force field" above you.

Air Umbrella

This "force field" that prevents rain from falling on you. It's a bit like when riding a motorcycle with a windshield at reasonable speeds during the rain. The air blasting over the windshield creates a "force field" prevent rain from falling on you. The same principle applies to convertible cars.

Air Umbrella

But how about adapting this project by coupling it on a motorcycle's 12V system, giving it more electric power and longer running times. Then when riding at moderate speeds, like in the city, you can stay dry during the rain.

So instead of having to do this;
Snow Ride Motorcycle Umbrella India
© AP Photo/Dar Yasin


... you can ride dry ...

Force Field Motorcycle

So what do you think of this idea? Workable?

Click here to read more about Air Umbrella on Kickstarter Open Click here to read more about Air Umbrella on Kickstarter link in a new window






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