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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Video: Ural Philippines

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Sidecar Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Ural logo
It's not everyday you get to see an infomercial or video from Ural Open link in a new window in the Philippines, but here you go. In this 2 and 1/2 minutes video you get to see two Ural motorcycle sidecars playing around in the Philippines landscapes.

It's not really a commercial, not even an infomercial since there is no text apart from the Ural logo at the end, but it looks like they had fun making the video. Riding around dirt roads ... great having two wheel drive traction.

Unfortunately, you don't really get to see much of this beautiful country, but of course you get to see plenty of these Russian sidecars playing around.

Ural Philippines Video

Ural is still on my bucket list, so who knows one of these days....

Enjoy the video.



Via: Auto Evolution




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Belgium: Authorities Do Reverse Psychology On Radars

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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The authorities in Belgium have done something interesting with regards to speed radars. Speed radars can be found almost anywhere in the world (are there any countries with no radars?). And everywhere in the world they are hated. And why are they hated? Because the normal average citizen has no control over them....

And that is where government from Belgium have done something very interesting and well though out. They are asking their citizens to determine where they place the speed radars.

Belgium proposed radars

It's really that simple.. ask! During a day long speed radar marathon, an event announced well before, and resulting in police tracking speeders over a 24 hour period, the cops asked where the good people from Belgium wanted the radars placed.

A total of 51,767 locations were suggested. An astounding success. No figures have yet been given on how many speeders were caught. But at least the citizens are happy - their opinion was sought. And that's all people want.

You can click here to see the radar map Open Ikflitsmee link in a new window (scroll down for map - three languages available, none in English).

Via: Nieuwsmotor




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Colombia: You Think This Is Safe Motorcycle Riding?

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Cargo
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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<SARCASM ON>Do you think this is safe? <SARCASM OFF> Really? Overcrowded, overloaded, no ATGATTAll The Gear, All The Time - meaning you always wear all your safety gear.. The only thing I am always amazed at are the motorcycles themselves. They seem to take any punishment, any weight, any stress and keep on riding.

I guess a family that rides together, sticks together..

Safe ATGATT Riding Mexico
© AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

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A family rides together on a motorbike in Aracataca, the hometown of the late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez along Colombia's Caribbean coast on Friday, April 18, 2014. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday in Mexico City. Although the author evoked his homeland's beauty in his novels and visited frequently, he never again resided there permanently, instead spending his time in Europe and Mexico City, where his cremated remains will be displayed at a memorial service Monday. AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Never Enough Pockets When Riding: Givi EA109

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Givi logo
I find that often I just don't have enough pockets or storage space on me when riding my motorcycle. So many things to carry, so little pockets. And on top of that, often you have difficulties reaching into those pockets to find whatever you need at that moment.

Arriving at a toll booth, trying to find that credit card or coins to feed the hungry toll booth.... I don't know about you, but it always causes me problems.

But maybe not if you use Givi's small little bag. It's not a backpack, or a fanny bag, but it's a leg bag. The Givi Open link in a new window EA109, what an interesting concept.

Givi EA109

You tie the bag using the special straps on your thigh. So when you are sitting on your motorcycle, you can easily reach into the pockets to remove whatever you are looking for.

The Givi EA109 has an outside and inside pocket. Its big enough to store your wallet, mobile phone, credit cards, coins, etc. The EA109 is made out of reflective material, so that you are more visible at night.

Givi EA109

It'll cost you around €20 or UK£17 in the UK.

Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 Open Click here for more information about the Givi EA109 link in a new window

Via: Motorcycle Thailand




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France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D’Or 2014

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Travel Racing
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Bol Dor 2014
Relais Motards Calmos logo
The usual Relais Motards Calmos, motorcycle rest places (for those of you who need to ride long distance, and need a place to calm down, tank up, re-energize or just meet up with fellow bikers), will be present before and after the Bol d'Or Open link in a new window motorcycle 24 hours endurance race held at the Magny-Cours Nevers Click for map circuit.. (see the related articles below to see what a Relais Calmos looks like). Remember, it is the last time the race is held here, from next year, it'll be at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South.

Some rest stops offer food, drinks, mechanics, massage or even sleeping arrangements. This service is offered, mostly for free, by the French Government and the FFMCFederation Francaise des Motards en Colere - Angry French Biker Association, an association of bikers fighting for the rights of motorcycle riders. The rest stops are usually very well indicated on the roads leading to the rest stop. Keep a look out for signs saying "Relais Calmos".

Here are the 10 (there are 9, but the last ones are in a different place, one for going, the other for the return trip) motorcycle rest stops (called Relais Calmos Motards) for the Bol D'Or race held on the weekend of 26-27 April 2014.

NOTE
: The number before the "/" in the title is the Department number (province number). Click on the blue globe for a zoomable map. Some of the locations are approximate!

NOTE2:
In the general map, clicking on a red marker will give you the same information about the Relais Calmos.

WARNING
: There will be a lot of Police speed radars installed along the major roads there. Sunday, the mobile Police force will be out in massive numbers, so watch your speed!

Continue Reading "France: Motorcycle Rest Stops Bol D'Or 2014" »

Via: FFMC




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USA: Not A Single Motorcycle Cop In L.A. - All Gone To Funeral

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Uniformed
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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From this photo, it would seem that there is not a single motorcycle cop patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Woow, what a turn out. Of course it is never good to lose one of your own, especially not under the circumstances the police officer died.

LA Police Officer Funeral
© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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A procession of motorcycle officers leads the hearse carry the coffin of Los Angeles Police Dept. motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo after a funeral service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. Hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers turned out to mourn 51-year-old officer, who who died after he struck by a motorist allegedly under the influence of cocaine on April 5. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Ad: Bangalore Safety Campaign - INCREDIBLY GOOD

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Safety Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Okay folks, here is a safety campaign you could look at, just for the incredible great idea, and also the amazing statistics. The safety campaign is from the Bangalore, India police.

The video below introduces their idea with some amazing statistics. Like did you know that there are 139 MILLION motorcycles in India. 3.2 MILLION in the city of Bangalore alone. Those are staggering numbers. The negative number is staggering as well: 90 deadly motorcycle accidents PER DAY!.

And the problem is that many bikers in India don't use a helmet, and as we all know, helmets do save lives. So they have come up with a novel idea, explained in the video.

Bangalore Safety Campaign Helmets

The even have a dedicate web site called The Good Road Open The Good Road link in a new window. The idea in brief is simple. Put some electronics inside the helmet and the motorcycle. If you don't have the helmet on (trigger switch inside the helmet), the bike will not start. Simple. Efficient. But it requires the participation of the riders, but if it's common place, everyone could do it. But will it work?

Here's the video:



Click here to access The Good Road Open Thegoodroad link in a new window.

Via: Ads of the World




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