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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 22 May 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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I feel a glorious summer coming, or is it wishful thinking? I just hope I can find the right balance between making money and riding; riding or writing, that's the question. But as usual, here are a couple of interesting articles that have appeared over the last week that you may have missed.




Enjoy

WATCH: World’s Fastest Hyperbike Races Bugatti Veyron, 1350hp GT-R & McLaren 12C on Airstrip Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Super Street Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 18MAY
Summary: Incredible drag races between world's fastest supercars and world's fastest production motorcycle, the Kawasaki H2R. Incredible!


From motorcycle clubs to organized crime: Notorious biker gangs Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 19MAY
Summary: Everyone and his dog has jumped on the Waco biker gang feud/killings. Here is CNN's take on 1%ers.


Motorcycles from Mad Max Fury Road 2015 Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Blog Of The Biker Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 19MAY
Summary: A look at all the motorcycles used in the Mad Max reboot movie.


How To Borrow A Bike And Get Short Term Bike Insurance Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Bikesure Open link in a new window
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 20MAY
Summary: Borrowing a motorcycle is one thing, but many bikers forget about insurance. Here's a thing or two to remember.


The First Time: What Happens When You Introduce Kids To Two Wheels And An Engine Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: Austria flag  Austria
Date: 22MAY
Summary: When do you get your small kids to ride a motorcycle. From the experts...


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Octo Rider 1: Pay-As-You-Ride Motorcycle Insurance

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Octo Open Octo in a new window is a company that has been running telemetric solutions for car, fleet management and more importantly, for insurance companies for the last 10 years or so. Started in 2002 in Italy, they have grown over the last 10 years all over Europe, but so far only for the car industry.

But that has changed last month. Octo Rider 1 is a package that has been introduced in Europe, notably Spain, and it is targeted towards motorcycles.

Octo Rider 1 is an electronics package that gets installed on your motorcycle, using its own batteries. It has a range of sensors; movement, GPS, etc and it communicates with its owner. But the owner is not you, the rider. It's the insurance company (or fleet management, but there aren't that many for motorcycles) who receives the telemetric data. So you can not buy this product as an individual.

Octo Rider 1

And that is because the insurance company will have made a deal with you on your motorcycle's insurance. Depending on the insurance company, it could be the more miles you ride, the more you need to pay. Or you only pay when you use it. In other words, if you have a bike sitting in the garage that you don't use that much, you could make a good deal with this. Great for vintage bike owner, or people who have several motorcycles in the garage.

The Octo Rider 1 is also a localization box, i.e., if your motorcycle gets stolen, the box will notify the insurance company where the bike is, and they can send in the cavalry to get your bike back.

So unless you have some privacy concerns, this may be a good solution to reducing your monthly bills.

Via: Octo




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This Is Why Hairdressers Do Not Like Motorcycle Riders

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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I'd guess this is really why motorcycle riders are not welcome at hairdressers. It's a bit tough on their scissors...

Biker Haircuts







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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Idea: Motorcycle Towed Adventure Trailer

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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This isn't a bad idea if it weren't for the price. At the Kickstarter site, you will see an interesting crowd-funding project called Revolution Trailer by Spin.

The idea behind the product has a lot of merit. If you are one that likes to go adventure riding, camping on the go, you know that there never is enough space on your motorcycle to carry your tent, sleeping bags, cappuccino machine and TV set (that describes my camping efforts...). So a trailer would be a good thing, but if you are truly riding in the wild, following small trails you're not going to be able to take either a sidecar or a big trailer.

Hence the adventure trailer… this is a narrow trailer that gets placed on the rear wheel axle of your motorcycle, and with the adjustable suspension and wheel travel will be able to follow your motorcycle anywhere the bike can go, without hindering you in your efforts to stay on the bike.

Motorcycle Revolution Cargo Trailer

The trailer itself is modular, so you can configure it to your requirements. The designer recommends a max load for motorcycles to around 28 kg. The trailer itself has its own 12V system, used to power rear lights but can also be used to power your coffee machine when you have arrived, since it has its own battery. Nifty for gentleman campers like myself...

The trailer can be towed by off-road or street motorcycles (with or without shaft drive) and by ATVs. You can see in the video below how versatile and easy it is to ride with the trailer. It's quite impressive.

Motorcycle Revolution Cargo Trailer

Now we come to the sticking point: price. If you pledge money you get a "special" price, US$5,000!!! You can pledge less and get souvenirs, but for the trailer, you need to splurge with 5K USD. You would need to do a lot of camping to recover that kind of money.

Click here to see the adventure trailer on the Kickstarter site Open Click here to see the adventure trailer on the Kickstarter site link in a new window (and pledge money)
Click here to read much more about the trailer on the original Spincargo site. Open Click here to read much more about the trailer on the original Spincargo site. link in a new window

Here is the introduction video. It's quite interesting.








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Usually The Other Way Around - Cars Now Careful Around Motorcycles

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  News Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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It's usually the other way around - motorcyclists are hit by flying debris coming from cars and trucks. Riding around on your motorcycle, minding your own business, when some part of a clunker brakes off and flies into your face. Enough to make a truly bad hair day.

Motorcycle Sprocket Hits Car

But in this case, it went the other way. On the 101 Highway in Redwood City in California, a motorcycle sprocketMotorcycle Sprocket left its motorcycle unexpectedly and went right through a car's windshield, embedding itself in the car's roof. Apparently it missed the car driver by inches.

Enough to keep a healthy distance behind motorcycles from now on.

My question is.... what model Harley-Davidson was it? Big Grin Smiley

Via: NBC Bay Area




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Do Not Look Back Now, Motorcycle Riding Alien About To Eat Us

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Scary dude on a motorcycle is following us. Will he jump on us and eat us?

Do Not Look Back Now







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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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LED Lights Without Wires On Your Motorcycle

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Entertainment Gadgets
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Sometimes having extra lights so that you can be seen properly, especially at night, can be a good idea. But most motorcycles have never enough lights, and bikers often put on extra ones. Long distance, short ones, running daylight lights or just plain old decorative LED lights.

But whatever kind of light you install, it always requires wiring the lights to your electrical system. At just plugging them into any part of the electrical system is not a good idea, since you don't want the lights to be burning when the engine is off.

Wind Powered LED Lights

Here's an interesting solution coming to you from China (where else?). This product is a bar of LED lights (8 LED per bar) that are supplied electricity by the turning of a small fan. And the fan turns when your motorcycle is in motion. In other words, the LED lights go on when you move, because it's wind powered. And when the motorcycle is stopped, so are the lights (unless there's a hurricane blowing).

Wind Powered LED Lights

So no wiring involved. Just stick the LED light bar anywhere on your motorcycle (or car, bicycle, boat or truck) and when you move, the lights go on. Interesting.

Wind Powered LED Lights

Cost: around US$7-8 for two.

I did find a few on Amazon.

Click here to buy the Wind Powered LED Lights on Amazon USA
Click here to buy in on Amazon UK






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