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Monday, January 26th, 2015

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SOS Notify When You Fall From Your Motorcycle - Ridersmate

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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When you go diving, you always use a buddy system; 2 people diving, close to each other, so that when one is in trouble, the other can help out. But the buddy system doesn't exist in the motorcycle world, although many do go riding with friends. But if you go out there by yourself, and when something happens, who is there to help?

British Ridersmate might be a great solution. Ridersmate is a small device that gets attached to you and your motorcycle by means of a small wire.

Ridersmate

If you unwillingly part from your motorcycle, in a crash for example, or off-roading and falling off, the wire pulls out a plug of the Ridersmate. That is enough to send a SOS text/SMS message to whoever you have pre-programmed. The message not only contains the "help me" message but also the GPS coordinates, altitude and speed you were travelling at when you lost your ride.

Ridersmate

After 1 minute, the Ridersmate sends a reminder - just in case. If you took a tumble but only bruised your ego, put the plug back in the Ridesrmate. That will automatically send out a message to the pre-programmed addressed to say "false alarm".

Ridersmate

You can also press the SOS button, which is a manual call for help.

Ridersmate works on a rechargeable battery that should last a good 8 hours. The product is not just for motorcycle riders; horse, bicycles, mountain biking - all can benefit from the lifeline additional security.

The product is not yet developed, it's in the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. If you pledge now, you can receive the unit at an early-bird special price of UK£199.

Below is the introduction video of Ridersmate.

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Wear Your Leatherman Around Your Wrist - Tread

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Leatherman logo
What would we bikers do without our Leatherman (or WD-40, or Duct Tape)? Multi-tool Leathermans have been saving our motorcycle rides ever since the first multi-tool arrived on the scene. No longer did you need to bring along a big toolbox. Just clip it to your belt, and within seconds you had several high quality tools at your disposal. But there are a few inconveniences, mostly centered around clipping the big multi-tool to your belt. So to make the best even better, Leatherman is now bring out an even better multi-tool: the Tread.

Leatherman Thread

The Tread is a 25-in-1 multi-tool that doesn't get clipped to your belt: it's a bracelet. Or as I should put it, a man-bracelet. You have the choice of two colors; stainless steel or black, but whatever the color, it looks the "bizz".

Leatherman Thread

Leatherman Thread
There are 25 tools to choose from (you will need to make a selection in a mix & match configuration). Each element of the bracelet contains one or more tools. Tools like a bottle opener, several different screwdrivers (size and type - flat, Phillips), Allen wrenches, oxygen tank wrench, carbide glass breaker, box wrenches, cutting hook, etc, etc.

The only mandatory element is the clasp which contains a bottle opener, a #2 square drive and a 1/4" socket drive. But there is even a 26th "tool" available, a real Swiss-made time piece that can turns your bracelet into a real watch.

An added advantage of the Tread bracelet is that unlike other Leatherman tools, you are allowed to bring this one with you onto an airplane.

So you get a stylish bracelet that serves some real purposes.

Price: Depending on the elements: US$150 - US$200 (but not counting the watch element).

Watch the introduction video below for more information about the Leatherman Tread.

Click here to read much more about the Leatherman Tread Open Click here to read much more about the Leatherman Tread link in a new window

Here is the video:



Via: Gizmag




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Wow! 8 People On 1 Motorcycle - Record Equalled

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment Cargo
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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I've never hid my admiration when I see photos of many people on a single motorcycle, not stuntmen/women but people in real life usage. Imagine having to ride a motorcycle with such a weight distributed around the motorcycle, all wiggling and moving around. Then think about the motorcycle itself. That much weight, and still going strong. Pretty unbelievable.

But just look at this photo. So far in normal use, it's on equal footing with another photo of a heavily loaded motorcycles: 8 people in total (see the related articles below for the others).

Record pillions bike


Read related articles
Friday, June 11th, 2010 - Record People On A Motorcycle. Fake?

Fake People Carrier
This would be a record for the number of people on a motorcycle....

... but is it a fake???

You decide..
Monday, January 25th, 2010 - Is This The Record For Most On A Motorcycle?

8 People On Motorcycle
This has got to be a record of the most people on a motorcycle (apart from specific record-breaking attempts).

I count 8 people!!!!
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004 - Indonesia - A Full Motorcycle Taxi

Indonesian Motorcycle Taxi
That's one fully loaded motorcycle taxi...
Monday, February 13th, 2006 - Squeeze'em Tight, Real Tight

Lots of people on a motorcycle
How to squeeze a lot of pillions on one motorcycle.. or not.

Would you ride like that ??
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 - Very Crowded Motorcycle ! A Record ?

Crowded Motorcycle
I've seen several photos of many pillions on a motorcycle, but this one tops them all.

And to make matters worse, it a serious photo, not a record daring attempt.







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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 23 January 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Freezing cold and still not recovered from a major flu attack. All I can do is dream of riding a motorcycle in warm weather, a dream that keeps me going through bouts of coughing, sneezing and other nasty things. Thankfully I've been able to read some interesting articles over the last week to keep me going. Here are a few you may have missed.




Enjoy

Happiness on a Motorcycle – How Long Can It Last? Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: Canada flag  Canada
Date: 19JAN
Summary: You're in love with your motorcycle, but then you see another one in the dealer. Is love over?


Mobility And Danger In India Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Scooter Girl Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 20JAN
Summary: To make things safer for women in India, they are recommended to use a scooter. Beats being raped, but the irony...


Racism In The Paddock Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 21JAN
Summary: Is the motorcycle racing world racist? Will there ever be a black MotoGP champion? Thought provoking article.


Year Of The Goose Part 1 An Experiment In Motorcycling Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Car and Driver Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 21JAN
Summary: After 30 years of not motorcycling, spending his teenage years with bikes, the author gets back on one. Here is an interesting article (part 1) on his experience.


Read related articles
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - Idea: Lockdown - Another Failed Way To Enable Crowd-Funding

Kickstarter Project Lockdown
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More and more dud projects are coming out on crowd-funding sites. Here is one that failed miserably, both in concept and in sales/presentation.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 - Video: Interesting Motorcycle Safety PSA From The USA

Washington DOL Motorcycle Awareness Video
USA flag
A nicely done motorcycle awareness PSA from Washington State, USA. The first minute is pretty boring, but then it gets interesting. Have a look.
Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - Idea: Another Bad One Bites The Dust - Improved Safety Jacket

Improved Safety Jacket
USA flag
Here's a beauty. Corey is looking at getting US$300,000 so he can develop a parachute for motorcycle jackets! Oh yeah, that'll work...
Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - Video: Pretty Good Commercial From Pegasus Motorcycles

Pegasus Motorbike Commercial
Bangladesh flag
Here is a pretty good TV commercial from a local motorcycle manufacturer in Bangladesh called Pegasus Motorbike. Never heard of them, can't find them, but their ad is pretty good.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - One Of The Best Harley-Davidson Advertisements - Peanuts

Harley Airplane Ad
Harley-Davidson logo
One Harley-Davidson ad springs out head over shoulders. One of their best, most brilliant ads I've seen, and it's from 2002. So going back in time, here is the peanut ad.







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France: Paris - Motorcycles and Cars Set On Fire

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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As if there aren't enough problems in the French capital Paris. Between terrorist attempts, politicians who don't know the front from their rear and relentless police actions towards motorcyclists, it's becoming more and more difficult to live in this big city. And now this....

Some gang of vandals have come up with a new "game": set fire to vehicles. They struck on January 18th, early in the morning by setting on fire 11 motorcycles and scooters that were parked on 2-wheel parking areas (they also lit up 30 cars). All this in one road in the 15th district of Paris.

It's not the first time this has happened, but it is the biggest. On the 11th of January, 4 cars were set on fire and on the 17th, 27 cars were burned.

The police has no clues to what is going on. Is it a gang? Just vandals or people sending a message? But whatever or whoever they are, they are visibly very sick puppies.

It's time Paris started being more like London, and place CCTVClosed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. cameras all over the place. Catch the feckers who make the city unsafe.

Just imagine how you will feel when you come down to the street to go to work on your motorcycles, and your bike is still smothering. Ready to kill! Shooting Smiley

Via: Le Parisien <- Moto Magazine (fr)




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One Of The Best Harley-Davidson Advertisements - Peanuts

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Ads Harley-Davidson
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Harley-Davidson logo
In recent years, Harley-Davidson has been coming out of bad or doubtful ads, both for print and TV commercials. In recent years, Harley's ads were designed to shock, not really inform and allow people to make intelligent choices.

But from all the ads Harley-Davidson floats into the motorcycle community, one stands out. It's not because of the visual image, the colors or anything like that. It's the one-liner that is written under the image. That one gets to me - down to the core.

Have a look. What do you think? Brilliant or not? The ad was released in January 2002, so a long time ago.

Click for bigger version of Harley Airplane Ad
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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USA: AAA - Blind Spot Monitoring Not Effective To Spot Motorcycles

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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AAA logo
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the advances in technology for cars is a good thing, but car drivers need to watch out. For example, the AAA say that the new development in recent cars with regards to blind spot monitoring is very good, since these high-tech systems allow the car drivers to be warned in case someone is in their blind spot, but they are not 100% perfect.

According to the AAA, the blind spot monitoring systems in cars take some 26% more time in identifying a motorcycle. What that means, is that the car drivers are going to be less aware on what is happening around them, since they now have a sophisticated computer system looking after them. This way, if they want to change lanes, they don't really need to look carefully, since the computer will warn them if there's a vehicle just besides them.

Blind Spot Monitoring System

But if the vehicle is a motorcycle, they will be warned too late, and we'll be facing a crash. So car drivers will need to continue being on alert, which could be a big issue. They have just paid a lot of money for these systems, and then they will be asked to continue being vigilant. And as we all know, human nature rules, it ain't going to happen. What we probably will see, is more and more accidents where the car driver is no longer paying attention.

Unless... car manufacturers upgrade their technology. Or maybe the law should step in, or some lawyers, and sue the daylights out of manufacturers for bringing out equipment that is not 100%

Via: Dealer News




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