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Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 28 November 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Last week of November, it still feels like end of summer, and I'm still struggling to get my site back on track. Loss of readers, loss of ad revenue ... not looking good. More news to follow shortly. In the mean time here are some motorcycle related articles that you may have missed over the last week.




Enjoy

Dan Aykroyd: This Much I Know Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite:
Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 22NOV
Summary: Words of wisdom: ‘My Harley-Davidson is a form of psychiatric therapy. You get on that and you don’t need a shrink’


Electric Motorcycle Gangs: You'll Never Hear Them Coming Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Green Car Reports Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 22NOV
Summary: Scary. Imagine that, biker gangs riding electric motorcycles...


The myth about motorcycling Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Cycle Canada Open link in a new window
Country: Canada flag  Canada
Date: 25NOV
Summary: The story about men, their motorcycles and their wives. What not to do.


How To Replace A Motorcycle Chain Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26NOV
Summary: Detailed instructions, with many photos, on how to replace your motorcycle's chain.


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Monday, November 24th, 2014 - The WTF Video of The Week: Tesla Electric Motorcycle

Tesla Motorcycle Video
Here is a very believable video called Tesla Model M for the 'upcoming' Tesla electric motorcycle. Very believable until you see the electric motorcycle riding.... an exhaust???
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - Idea: Ashtray For Motorcycles - Funny

Idea Ashtray for motorcycles
UK flag
Here is the first crowd-funding at IndieGoGo that is for motorcycles, and that is funny. The project calls for the research to make ashtrays for motorcycles. Funny.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - Great Idea For Traffic Lights - Needs To Be Implemented Globally

Panorama Traffic Lights
A couple of designers came up with a much better traffic light design. Visible from all angles, pleasing to the eye, this is something I say should be in every city in the world. What say ye?
Monday, November 24th, 2014 - Extend Your Motorcycle's Sidestand With Givi

Givi Sidestand Extension
Givi logo
Givi have a nice solution for many motorcycles to prevent the bikes from sinking in soft grass or mud. It's not a coaster but gets fixed to the bike.







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Video: 2015 Indian Roadmaster TV Commercial

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Indian logo
Indian Motorcycle Open link in a new window make some great and fantastic motorcycles. As the "oldest" motorcycle manufacturer in the USA, they form a real alternative to the "other" US manufacturer.

Their TV commercials are nothing like the Milwaukee based company. Here is an advertisement for their 2015 Roadmaster. It's funny, since it will not be the first time this has happened to me when I walk out of a shop and see a cool bike.

Dreaming....

For some reason the ad repeats itself a second time...








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So That Is What You Can Do With A Spare Motorcycle Helmet

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment Helmets
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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I never know what to do when you decommission a motorcycle helmet. Here is one great idea.

Baby Helmet







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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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France: Paris Parking - Forget About Election Promises - Tax’Em

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  France
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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We all know that election promises are as good as the air that comes out of the politician's mouth; stinking, bad breath, CO2 and not worth much. The same applies to the wonderful new Mayor of Paris, Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo. In her hard fought election campaign this year she made many promises about traffic and parking conditions. These conditions have been very bad in the French capital, and instead of increasing the spaces for cars and motorcycles parking, and keeping the fees you need to pay within reason, it's gone the other way: up and up.

According to a plan, still under debate, residential parking is going to go from €45 to €90 per year (that's just the permit), while the day rate for residential parking (in other words the fee you must pay so that you can park your motorcycle/car outside your house) is going from €0.65 to €1.50 (so a 130% jump).

The other thing she did to raise more money was increase the time zone that vehicles have to pay the extra parking fees; before you had to pay until 19:00 (7 PM), now it's you have to pay until 20:00 (8 PM). The same applies to Saturday parking. Before it was free, now you need to pay, as is the same for the month of August, which is typically the month that all of France is on holiday.

"Normal" parking, ie legal parking in any street in Paris will cost you €1.20, €2.40 or €3.60 per hour, depending on the location.

Paris Motorcycle Towing

Motorcycles are exempt for motorcycle parking spots. There are many motorcycle parking spots, and they are still free, but there are not enough. If you can't find a free parking spot, you end up taking a car spot (which must be paid) or you park on the sidewalk with a big chance that they'll tow you away, which you must pay through the nose for that privilege.

Anyway you look at it, your screwed. Politicians promise one thing, and then they just raise taxes so they can live in luxury. The city is looking at gapping a €400 million budget hole, so we'll be seeing more taxes arrive shortly. I would not be surprised to see them tax motorcycle parkings next.

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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ItalJet: Convergence Between e-Bikes and Electric Motorcycles

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Italjet logo
The Italian Italjet Open Italjet in a new window is an old and established company that has recently made a name for producing some out-of-this-world electric bicycles, e-bikes. The company has been making motorcycles and bicycles since 1959 (it went bust in 2002 to be revived in 2005), founded by motorcycle racer and adventure rider Leopoldo Tartarini. It is his son, Massimo Tartarini, who currently runs the company.

Although the company has been in the last few years gravitating towards e-bikes, they still make smaller displacement ICEInternal Combustion Engine. An engine in which the combustion of a fuel (normally a fossil fuel) occurs with an oxidizer (usually air) in a combustion chamber that is an integral part of the working fluid flow circuit. motorcycles and scooters.

The electric bicycles have gone from normal bicycles powered by an electric engine to some extremely beautiful e-bikes, like the below Diablo.

Italjet Diablo

The bicycles, and remember it is "just" a bicycle, looks sexy and something that I would not be ashamed in riding around in the countryside. Especially when you see the "sexy" video below...


But the stretch from a good looking e-bike to an electric motorcycle is not a big one for a company that makes bicycles and motorcycles. Their next e-bike looks like a motorcycle, the Italjet Mantra:

Click for bigger version of Italjet Mantra
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The vehicle is looking and behaving more and more like an electric motorcycle. Granted it's not fast. The prototype weighs 24 kilos and with a 250 watt electric engine can propel the vehicle for 50 kilometers at a speed of 24 kph. So not fast, not far, but in style. And remember, we're still talking bicycle here.

But now it appears that Italjet are going to take it a step further. They are working on a model that will reach a top speed of 125 kph. If it looks anything like the Mantra above, I'll be in line to buy one. Retro style, single saddle, low to the ground... amazing.

No information has been released so far, just a word or two here and there. But I would not be surprised at next year's Eicma to see the first prototype electric motorcycle on their stand.

Click here to access the ItalJet web site Open Click here to access the ItalJet web site link in a new window
Click here to access the ItalJet Facebook page for many photos Open Click here to access the ItalJet Facebook page for many photos link in a new window

Via: Technologic Vehicles




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The Days Before Onboard GoPro Video Cameras

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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This is what we had to do to make onboard videos while riding our motorcycles before the GoPro video cameras made it to the scene.

Before GoPro OnBoard Video Camera

Image being the cameraman.....






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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Extend Your Motorcycle’s Sidestand With Givi

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Givi logo
Italian Givi Open link in a new window is a company with a very rich product portfolio, so many that at times you need a navigator to find something. Here is one interesting product for those of you with heavy motorcycles that at times need to stand in soft ground, like grass, sand, dirt, pebbles or mud.

One idea is to use the "coaster" thingies that you place under your sidestand (example Open link in a new window or example Open link in a new window). They work, and they are cheap, but you need to place the coaster perfectly under your sidestand, if not, it will not work.

Another idea comes from Givi, it's an extension to your sidestand Open extension to your sidestand link in a new window:

Givi Sidestand Extension

The product is fixed to your sidestand, and gets tucked nicely under your motorcycle. This way you don't need to aim the coaster perfectly under your bike's sidestand, nor will you ride away without having to remember the bring it with you.

Givi Sidestand Extension

The Givi product doesn't work on all bikes, you find the list of motorcycles below with their respective part number.

Givi Sidestand Extension

Price: €30-€35 / US$40-$45

Click here to access the Givi sidestand extension product page Open Givi link in a new window.

The extension works for the following motorcycles:

ES7703 - KTM 1190 Adventure R (13)
ES5101 - BMW G650GS (11 > 13)
ES5110 - BMW F800GS Adventure (13)
ES684 - BMW R1200GS (04 > 12)
ES5102 - BMW R1200GS Adventure (06 > 13)
ES5108 - BMW R1200GS (13)
ES5112 - BMW R1200GS Adventure (14)
ES4103 - Kawasaki Versys 650 (10 > 13)
ES1121 - Honda CB500X (13) / NC 700 S/X / Integra 700 (12 > 13) / NC 750 S/X (14)
ES2105 - Yamaha XT 660 Z Tenerè (08 > 13)
ES4105 - Kawasaki Versys 1000 (12 > 13)
ES7401 - Ducati Multistrada 1200 (10 > 12) / Multistrada 1200 (13)
ES1110 - Honda Crosstourer 1200 (12 > 13)
ES3101 - Suzuki DL650 V-Strom (12 > 13)
ES3105 - Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom (14)
ES6706 - Aprilia Caponord (13)
ES6401 - Triumph Tiger 800 / 800 XC (11 > 13)
ES6403 - Triumph Tiger Explorer (12 > 13)

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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