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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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13 Motorcycle Riding Santas From Around The World

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Lists Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
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Having Santa Claus riding a motorcycle is a very popular image around the world. And why not? Better than stuck in a sledge pulled by farting reindeers? Right?

The "tradition" of Santa riding a motorcycle is something you will see almost anywhere in the world. So here's what the international press agencies had to show about the topic. Since this is a very popular activity in North America, I'm leaving out all photos from over there, since there are so many photos would could never publish them all.

I hope you all are getting ready for Santa's visit?

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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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A biker, dressed as Santa Claus, takes part in the "Christmas Carabalade" in the streets of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Over 1,500 bikers participated in the ride in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori )

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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A Santa Claus puppet is seen on the back of a motorcycle, as bikers take part in the "Christmas Carabalade" in the streets of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Over 1,500 bikers participated in the ride in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori )

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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A biker dressed as Santa Claus parades on his motorcycle in the streets of Vallauris, southeastern France, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, as around 250 people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parade in the town. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)


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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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High wire performer Falko Traber poses as the "Flying Santa" on his motorcycle shaped like a reindeer sleigh above the Christmas Market in Karlsruhe, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Ronald Wittek)

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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Berlin (Germany), 13/12/2014.- Bikers dressed up as Santa Clauses drive through the streets of Berlin, Germany, 13 December 2014. The drivers participate in the 17th 'Berlin Christmas Biketour', which is organized by the club 'Santa-Claus-on-road'. The bikers want to raise awareness for social issues in the city and hand out donations to those in need. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/PAUL ZINKEN


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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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Jumia delivery men dressed as Santa Claus drive their motorcycles to deliver goods to customers in Abidjan December 18, 2014. Jumia is an African online retailer which offers goods ranging from electronics to kids' items. REUTERS/Luc Gnago


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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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Children in Santa Claus outfits are seen on a motorcycle during a rally in Karachi, in support of the victims of the attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar, December 21, 2014. Taliban gunmen broke into the school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire on December 16, killing 132 students and nine staff members, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. REUTERS/Athar Hussain


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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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A parade of persons on motorcycles , dressed as Santa Claus drive through the streets at a charity event in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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Warsaw (Poland), 07/12/2014.- A parade of Santa Claus on motorcycles drive through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, 07 December 2014. Income from the event will be donated to children in orphanages. (Polonia, Varsovia) EFE/EPA/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

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Warsaw (Poland), 07/12/2014.- A parade of Santa Claus on motorcycles drive through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, 07 December 2014. Income from the event will be donated to children in orphanages. (Polonia, Varsovia) EFE/EPA/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT


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Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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n this Saturday Dec. 6, 2014 picture, Harley Davidson motorcyclists from the Harley Owner Group (HOG) Northwest Chapter Switzerland, wearing a Santa Claus costumes drive through the streets of Basel, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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n this Saturday Dec. 6, 2014 picture, a Harley Davidson motorcyclist from the Harley Owner Group (HOG) Northwest Chapter Switzerland, wearing Santa Claus costumes drives through the streets of Basel, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)

Santa 2014 on a motorcycle
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Basel (Schweiz), 06/12/2014.- People watch Harley Davidson motorcyclists, wearing Santa Claus dresses, driving through the streets of Basel, Switzerland, 06 December 2014, as they take part in a parade of costumed motorcyclists from the Harley Owner Group (HOG) Northwest Chapter Switzerland. (Suiza, Basilea) EFE/EPA/GEORGIOS KEFALAS







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Italy: Cops Fall Asleep, Their Radar Gets Stolen

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Entertainment Funny Uniformed
Author: Mike Werner
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Normandy, France
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I just love it. A real Christmas story about justice and karma. Although stealing stuff is a no-no, stealing radar equipment from police officers who have fallen asleep on the job is a whole different matter.

It's not the first time this has happened (see related articles below), and I guess it's not the last time either. Two municipal cops in Rome had set up a speed radar trap. After a while the two cops decided to take a nap. When they woke up .... their latest high-technology radar was gone. Vanished!

Stealing Police speed camera

A revenge from a car or motorcycle rider for having been caught speeding? Or the work from an international criminal gang belonging to North Korea that was preventing the speed radar photo from their illustrious leader from being published? You judge.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 - The Netherlands: Police Lose Mobile Radar Gun

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The Netherlands - A cop on a speed radar trap break, when he returned noticed that his radar was stolen. And it wasn't the first time.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 - The Netherlands: Yet Again People Stole Cop's Radar Equipment

Stealing Police speed camera
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Yet again someone stole the Dutch police radar from under their eyes. It's gone. Maybe they should check on eBay.


Via: Le Parisien




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Whose Scrambler Is It Really? Borile vs Ducati - Open Letter

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Ducati Opinion
Author: Mike Werner
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There aren't many sites or publications that haven't mentioned the Ducati Scrambler. If they haven't, it's probably because they write about plastic frame, hydrogen engine, 3 wheeled motorcycles with their handlebars behind the biker. If not, you will have been writing about the new Ducati bike.

But now the question is; is it really a Ducati designed Scrambler motorcycle? I received an email from someone in the PR office from Borile Open link in a new window with an open letter addressed to Ducati's CEO, Claudio Domencali. Borile is a small Italian motorcycle manufacturer who make a .... 450 Scrambler that does look a lot like Ducati's one. Here is one of the Borile's Scrambler;

Borile 450 Scrambler

and here is one of Ducati's (of course most Scramblers look like each other):

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In the long and emotional letter, Umberto Borile, CEO of Borile attacks Ducati for breaking their promises. The opening sentence sets the tone quite spectacularly, calling Domencali a non-biker. Ultimate insult?

Anyway, it's obviously difficult to say who is right and who is wrong, but I will publish the open letter below so you can form your own opinion. So what do you think? Was Ducati being deceitful or are these sour grapes?

Open letter from Umberto Borile to Mr. Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati.
Vo, December 19th, 2014

Dear Mr. Claudio Domenicali,

May I be a little formal even if usually it is not common between bikers, but I do not consider you so, please forgive me, but that’s what I think.

I want to start from 1998, when Franco Farnè phoned me. I met him the first time together with Mr. Fabio Taglioni at Carlo Mazzuccato’s place in Este, when he was importer of Jawa speedway motorbikes.

He asked me if I could fix a problem with the lubricant circulation on a Ducati 851 engine. The problem was the lubricant had to pass through the radiator and going back into the engine. He asked me because at that time I was importing tubes from Earl’s and Goodbridge, and a common friend told him that I had all that was needed to do a similar operation.

I don’t deny that I was enthusiastic about that, not only for the money (I didn’t get any), but because I could have entered Ducati Corse, and I would have helped Ducati with a problem. I nearly didn’t believe that. I remember that, while I was working on that 851, there was an old man, with half cigar in his mouth, who was beating a piece of metal, he was rounding it manually with a hammer, helped by anvil, to make a part of an exhaust system. Such a fascinating memory that I still keep it into my heart.

They took me out for lunch, and I found myself at the table with Gianluigi Mengoli, Farnè and some others, and I cannot hide that, I was feeling the most important person on earth.

I got back to work and I got back on my tubes and collectors to finish what I considered an honour.
I put all my manual skills together with my great passion for motorbikes and I could finish before it was dark, and I thought it was a masterpiece.

I received the praises from all of them, and that was more worthy than anything else.

You can think, Mr. Domenicali, that my love for Ducati was deep-rooted already in 1972, when I was doing motocross races with the RT 450; this work on the 851 was the last piece to virtually consecrate myself as a “Ducati man”.

When, in 2010, I had the idea of revisiting the legendary Scrambler 450, I talked about that with Mr. Del Torchio, I went to  visit him bringing a sketch that showed how I would have interpret it, just asking to be supplied with the thermal units.

When I showed him my sketches, he really liked that and he immediately called Ducati’s management in his office to show the project, everybody supported it. Ducati wouldn’t have spent a coin, indeed could have had some benefits selling me the thermal units, and maybe, if my engine would have been reliable, could have been interested in acquiring the project and in re-doing the legendary Ducati Scrambler 450.
You can think that I was so deeply in management’s heart that, that same day, they took me to see what no one else was allowed: the prototypes which were going to be on the road the following years. I saw the Diavel before every “normal” man.

A contract for the supply of the rear thermal units of the 1100 and 696 was written by Ducati, from whom we would have built the 450 model and the 350 model and they even gave me the licence to use the brand “Scrambler”. We sign that, between smiles and handshakes, and I promised, as they desired, that they would be the first ones to try it.

I called my old friend and great technician Francesco Villa: he also had in his vein a bit of “Ducati’s blood” because he worked there in 1955, in the Corse Department, together with Mr. Tagline. I saw him more than happy, almost 80 years old, to start a new motoring adventure. We started working on the sketches and the on the models, fusions etc.

In 2011 we presented at Eicma the “maquette” of what was going to be our interpretation of the legendary Scrambler.  I don't need to remind you how big was the success the motorbike collected, defined by a Mediaset journalist, the most beautiful motorbike of Eicma 2011. We gained, at the Eicma, the permission to supply our Scrambler to Ducati’s dealers, as they were asking it. We were more than happy.

We started our tests on the road, till the day when, as we promised, we went to Ducati to let them try it.
A few weeks later we organized the tests for the press, just during the period when Mr. Del Torchy was leaving Ducati for a new adventure and you were to replace him.

From that day bad feelings started between Ducati and Borile.

I never understood why.

I never understood why you didn’t call me or didn’t tell me something, you didn’t have to, but a gentleman would have done it. Is there some dignity anymore? Even because, if we want to be venial, my company have invested lots of money to build an engine around Ducati’s thermal units and to launch the Scrambler project, as we agreed in writing, without even counting all the working hours, the nights, the technicians and the kilometres spent on that project.

Even if we overlook the fact that you had the idea to make the Scrambler, and I do not want to think that this idea came to you because you saw  the success generated by ours, I hope that Ducati doesn’t need that because, otherwise it means to be “at the end of  the road” – did we bother you? They were and still are two different bikes, but the project to invest on revisiting the Scrambler is mine, why that maliciousness?

We do not build motorbikes to get rich, we do it for passion; it’s not the marketing that tells me what to do, it’s my heart.

Believe me, during my existence I had to face the worst malice fate that a man, a father, could bear. Everything that is going on right now doesn't even touch me. But still I cannot bear the maliciousness.

Best Regards
Umberto Borile
President
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So...??? Your opinion?






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Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 19 December 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
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After surviving a) my birthday last week and b) a storm-from-hell, it's time to go back to normal. And normal means a lot of reading on stuff that happens on the internet. So here are a couple of motorcycle related article that you may have missed over last week for your reading enjoyment. Get ready for the Christmas onslaught.




Enjoy

5 Tips For Motorcyclists Riding During The Winter Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Twowheelmania Open link in a new window
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Date: 13DEC
Summary: As the title says, 5 tips to make it through the winter, riding your motorcycle.


Speed limits increasing on U.S. highways – along with safety concerns Open link in a new window
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Date: 13DEC
Summary: Some states in the USA are increasing speed limits, and there are people believe it or not, that think it's a bad thing.


Luxury motorcycles ruled the roost in India in 2014 – Report Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Indianautosblog Open link in a new window
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Date: 17DEC
Summary: Luxury motorcycle, like Harley-Davidson, are doing very well in India, thank you for asking. Triple sales at this moment.


Global Motorcycles Market Worth $120 Bil By 2018 Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: PR Newswire Open link in a new window
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Date: 18DEC
Summary: Holy cow Batman - 120 BILLION Dollars. Of course, the biggest part goes to Asia, and electric models are going to do better and better.



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15 people got convicted for putting radar location information on Facebook in France. Ridiculous. Time for another revolution.
Sunday, July 8th, 2012 - 12 Photos Of Motorcycles Riding In Deep Water

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12 photos of people on motorcycles that had no choice but ride in deep water, mostly because of storms and floods. Brave people.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Review: 2015 BMW R1200R - the R1200R Sees Red

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A detailed review from a top French web site of the 2015 BMW R1200R - the R1200R Sees Red
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - A Motorcycle As Furniture - The JVLT014

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Joe is an Italian designer and he recently made a very beautiful and functional multi-purpose furniture that is shaped very much like a motorcycle. Cool.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Review: 2015 Yamaha 250 WR-F - The Winning Comeback

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F
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A detailed review from a top French web site of the 2015 Yamaha 250 WR-F - The Winning Comeback







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Review: 2015 Yamaha 250 WR-F - The Winning Comeback

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Author: Charli Anatole
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Since this is a translation directly from French, some of the colloquialism may seem a bit strange at times, for which I apologize. It's not easy to translate. Any mistakes below are mine, and mine alone.
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The 2015 Yamaha 250 WR-F test report was originally published in French on the Le Repaire des Motards.com Open lerepairedesmotards link in a new window web site.

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The Winning Comeback

To those who doubted Yamaha's involvement in enduro, despite its rich history and its successes, the new 250 WR-F will shut that down quickly. Yes, the brand is still interested in the discipline. Yes, she still knows how to produce good and beautiful machines. And no, she does not drop the ball! Quite the contrary!

It is always the same, we are eternally unsatisfied. Take the case of the 250 WR-F. In this environment, its reputation soared. Ask any enduro rider, they will willingly confirm it. This motorcycle is a monument. Reliable, accurate, consistent, easy, it is the tool for those who want to get around the paths of our beautiful country. This is the motorcycle of the "always running" and for the beginner it will never disappoint and who, incidentally, can still resell it at a good price; its reliability is legendary. It is a reference, which explains a long career in the Yamaha catalog because if you count well, since 2001, it reigns in the Blue motorcycle dealers . But then, despite this Gentleman's suit, there is something that was wrong with the old WR-F: the age. Going into extra time in catalogs, ok, but do it without technical disruptions, off-road, is not possible. Because here, what does not go forward, goes backward. And fast. If so, the WR-F had a good reputation among aspiring enduro riders, epicures, trail riders among others, competitors, clocks hunters, scratch warriors, her aura was different. Lymphatic, even amorphous engine, sluggish suspensions, a tad long frame, some do not hesitate to shame it into a trail-oriented enduro. The ultimate insult ...

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

Endless Waiting

It was high time that the brand reacted, she whose history is closely related to the discipline. The concern is that after such a delay, we had almost lost our illusions. In 15 years, we had rejoiced the coming only one new model, that of 2007, with its aluminum frame model. A chassis strongly inspired by that of the cross model, released a year earlier and had significantly improved rigidity and stability of the beast in the fast, like sex appeal. Except for the engine it happened to have ... Finally, there was only a small minority to think that this year was the one. Already because 2014 had seen land a new 250 YZ-F, a copy of its big brother, the 450, with its inverted cylinder, the fuel injection and completely new global architecture (intake behind the steering column, fuel tank slipped under saddle ...) and then because, behind the scenes, rumors were rife. Especially at a time when the brand had demonstrated unprecedented dynamism. We talk about the incredible MT07, MT09, the 125s and 400 X-Max, the Tricity ... The Blues were booming so inevitably, their enduro could miss the boat. Especially as three years ago, they had been kind to serve us a redesigned 450 WR-F, mixing the frame of the 250 and the motor base of the old model brought up to date, and injected, reworked well internally. In short, we were expecting something huge, it's there! Hallelujah!

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

Thoroughbred Introduction

If they have the same engine (77 x 53.6) and a DOHC distribution, it is a technological revolution that pits the old and new WR-F. The same one that had committed the Blues in 2010 leaving the first inverted cylinder series and cross tilted back, the 450 YZ-F (considering that the Cannondale MX 400 released early 2000 had not really reached the series). A machine that had dated and that remains the direct inspiration of the new YZ-F and WR-F, also featuring the famous engine architecture and injection. Now we will see some differences emerge ...

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

Thus, if we find the same intake system before the block, almost vertically from the cylinder, to force-feed the engine with clean and cool air, all programming of the control box has been reviewed. The hunting for max power has replaced the search for maximum availability, the Holy Grail in Enduro. Gearbox and clutch are also evolving in concert to adapt to the constraints of the discipline: the first is gaining a new staging, with a short first, second and sixth extended, 3rd and 4th lengthened, while the clutch plates and springs see their thickness increased to better support long waxing sessions. The indispensable accessory, the electric starter appeared before the cylinder while an alternator taken from that of the 450 is responsible for providing a little more juice to the entire power plant, logically more demanding on the WR-F.

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

That said, the bottom housings are identical on the two cousins. Special care was taken to the cooling of the beast. Note the presence of the fan behind the radiator (as in KT), but the press release also indicates the change in the axis of the turbine treated with a hard element. Criticized on the cross model for its excessive sound, the exhaust sees muzzled by the single piece that reminds of the old model, her silencer. Aluminum, oval, it appears imposing but reaches the goal set since the Blues have assured us it will pass safely under the regulatory 112 db. This is all the more surprising that the collector, snake type, appears to be completely identical to the cross model.

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

Finally, that which concludes the game of the 7 differences between cross and enduro. A game that ends asserting kinship between the two blocs, almost identical, which is still a good omen on the performance level of the maid ...

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An Original Plastic

Standardization requires the cycle part to be also very close to the cross model. Same framework, same swingarm, same Kayaba fork measuring 48 mm in diameter with double cartridge, Yamaha was content with the minimum diet. Either a 18' rear wheel, a chain-kit with O-rings, an upper bracket with two bridges settings (but identically offset) and a damper 10 mm longer in order to be able to roll with a pre-load a little higher than on the YZ-F.

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

This is very little, but the WR-F remains nonetheless a typical machine. Especially due to the specific location of the elements, following the original architecture engine. Thus, access to the air filter is made by a hatch maintained by three bolts located at the reservoir cap, which has migrated to the end of the saddle, under a removable cover, held by three studs. Pieces that also inspire skepticism as to their advanced age ...

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

It is the same for a good part of the connection technology moved under the seat, against the rear wheel arch. Open, we remain cautious on the little protection it enjoys and at Yam we are assured they have made many tests, the tightness of all these taken after a good power-washing, or worse, a good ride in thick groves, remains unanswered ... It seems that it will hold. The fuel tank displays the same capacity as the cross model with 7.5 liters (0.5 liters less than the previous model), allowing no problem to complete the 90 kilometer loops that occur in the enduro league.

A Driving Position to Split the Wind

From the outset, the contrast between new and old model is striking. Gone are the impression of sitting in a chair against the handlebars, in the middle of the bike. As on the YZ-F, we have the sensation of being placed on the front wheel, bust straight, very close to the cockpit with footrest a tad high. The saddle very flat and a bit firm. You feel ready to attack. Good straight handlebars at the right height also helps to load the front of the bike and one feels that in turn, to press the front wheel, it should go well ... However, the motorcycle also surprised by the prominence of its radiator louvres and integrated intake ducts. It is much larger and imposing than the old copy, that remains the example despite its years of existence. To use a metaphor, it's like a bulldog ready to pounce. An impression reinforced by the fact that the wheelbase of the machine appears to have been shortened (only appears because the values are identical). Otherwise, nothing to report in terms of the commands, always exemplary in smoothness and precision. A finger is enough to clutch and brake.

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

In short, this is just the same happiness even if we have to get used to the relative overweight! The same to the absence of the off-switch. Now a simple push of the starter is enough to put tension in the beast while a timer is responsible for putting the "out of order" off after a minute of waiting. A little more in terms pleasure.

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

On The Trails

Come on, attacking from the start of the chapter that made the old WR-F a standard value, the trails. First positive point, the motorcycle does not seem noisier than the old. The silencer, basically an unsightly pile, has done its job. The Blue one plays with discretion, even when we tickle the limiter. However, it should be noted more admission noise than yesterday's.

The block allows you to hear the inhalation of fresh air at the front of the saddle, which may surprise a bit. Maybe even annoy some ... that said, the machine remains regal when it comes to go traveling the world: its engine knows how to be gentle on the throttle, resilient and the gearbox, six against five gears for the old model, is a model of smoothness and precision. While the engine brake is limited. As for the engine and chassis, a bit firmer than the old one, more rigid too, she has the good sense not to be in excess. Everything is carefully balanced and we do not have to fight against a manly frame, to impose our will. On the contrary, due to its compactness, it is even more natural in the turnstiles, even more player. At the point where the difficulty would be to almost keep a slow pace ... The test loops of 2 hours designed by Yamaha did not permit to test the maximum autonomy of the 7.5 liters fuel tanks, but you can reasonably count on more than one hundred kilometers of freedom. Enough to consider beautiful rides in isolated areas. In short, riding a WR-F, is easy peasy..

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

On The Attack

On the main course and we can not help but congratulate Yamaha for the quality of their work. As expected, the inverted block produced its good effects on the behavior of the block and its rider. Yesterday wise in its revving and limited in its maximum performance, the new engine is now showing angry and downright awesome power. In the manner of its cross counterpart. The contrast is striking. No more rough revivals with the clutch to try to hang at a bad rev range. From now on, any acceleration of the wrist resulting in a nice little kick in the hindquarters. It is very electric, so much more playful ... and incomparably more powerful. Especially as the Yam has the good sense to combine all this vitality of endless stretches and a just-sensitive engine brake. Again, nothing to do with the proposed menu of yesterday. The settings of the injection are optimal: the feel at the throttle is very faithful and it perfectly manages to dose the arrival of power. A plus point when riding conditions are plump. The gearbox shines again by precision, speed, and staging. Full out, on the fly, gear changes pass without worry. Another rejoicing, the engine and chassis. Until then, a WR-F, it was a rail that nothing could deviate from its path. Served by a high speed train with sluggish suspensions, very sluggish, but it does not flinch, except on big impacts when fork and shock were violently hitting the bottom. Today, a WR-F is a scalpel. A very short frame, very rigid served by a combined perfect suspensions (despite its lack of running in) that reads the track with true fidelity. In short, you can play with the holes, bumps, when yesterday it would suffer. It's much more fun. On the flip side, we have not found the serenity of the front, especially on the angles, which previously allowed us to roll with our eyes almost closed. It seems a little flighty, although, again, the 2015 F rides in the turns with a facility that will be the envy of the old. The price to pay for a much more funky motorcycle ...

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

By Crossing

Blessed are the Blues who had thought of the complementing the test with a climb on stone to gauge the ability of their baby to overcome the crossing. Before the exercise one would have thought that the block vitality would play tricks on the feisty lady and in the end, it did not fare much better, or even worse, than the old anemic block was shown incredible effectiveness in delicate passages. But no, wrong! Here too the Yam is Royal. Blame it on both its amazing engine power, one that allows to fire up rapidely, or riding under full power when off-roading and its perfect electronic control that allows a very fine dosing of the throttle. The clutch is a perfectly progressive, you only focus on the right handle to get away with it, feel the rear tire biting the ground and pushing yourself to the top. In the first, as well as second!

Review 2014 Yamaha WR250F

On the brake side, that of the Yam is correct. In fact, in enduro, all brake systems are alike , except for the KT and HVA Brembo, a little more powerful. But those Japanese and Sherco work more than correctly ... that is also what was meant by "a finger on the lever is enough"

Conclusion

We will not go far as to acknowledge that it was worth to wait 8 years to finally see this new WR-F arrive, the wait was too frustrating, but we must recognize that with this machine, Yamaha has suddenly caught up with the backlog during the last decade. Even taken a little lead over the buddies, which demonstrates a clear expertise in enduro. And, this machine raises two observations. Already, the bet of an inverted cylinder engine, designed for absolute performance was a great idea in that the Blues knew that calming the block's rage was feasible with good mapping. Or how to make an engine "good for everything" cheaply ... After that it is funny to notice that the recipe for Yam to seduce the "green" customer is the same as that used for the road, namely producing character machines well affirmed and with a very sleek angular design. An outlet which therefore fully integrates with the overall policy of the tuning forks brand, though we may regret that it did not follow the same pricing policy as the MT09 and MT07, for the announced sale price is just under the threshold of 9.000 (8.990) euros, the upper range of a 4 stroke enduro. It is clear that one no longer has the age to believe in Santa Claus ...

Strong PointsWeak Points
  • Homogeneous motorcycle
  • Engine performance and fun
  • Aggressive look
  • Instinctive chassis
  • Quality of the finish
  • Ability to change the engine via the Power Tuner which acts on the mapping
  • Discretion
  • Overweight at the front of the machine
  • Silencer identical to the previous model
  • Lock of the front axle at high speeds


Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Miracle In Indonesia: Motorcycle Rescued From Mudslide

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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I love reading these human interest stories, about rescues made after many hours spent under mud slides, earth quakes, etc. Here the motorcycle is rescued alive after a massive mud slide. And he lived happily ever after.

Makes me shed a tear or two..

Motorcycle Rescued From Mud

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Villagers dig out a motorcycle buried in the mud after a landslide hit the village of Sampang in Banjarnegara, December 13, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Idhad Zakaria/Antara Foto


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A Motorcycle As Furniture - The JVLT014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Using a discarded motorcycle (unless you are very rich and use a real working bike) as furniture is nothing new. You can sit on bikes, use then as book holders and even use them as wall art.

But Italian designer Joe Velluto decided to make a purpose-built furniture with four functions in mind:

JVLT014 Motorcycle Furniture

So he designed the JVLT014 motorcycle furniture. It was presented at the Milan Design Week, and obviously you can use it as a seat, more or less the primary function of a motorcycle.

But you can also use the headlight as reading light:

JVLT014 Motorcycle Furniture

Apart from the abacus instead of a rev counter, it also has a vase incorporated in the fuel tank; So a nice place to put some flowers.

JVLT014 Motorcycle Furniture

So with that, the four main design targets were met. Interesting concept. I know it will not work for my house, but maybe for someone with a designer home looking for something original, this might just work. Especially if you are a motorcycle fanatic.

Hey, Jay Leno, is this something for you?

Click here to see many, many more photos of the JVLT014 motorcycle furniture Open Jvlt014 link in a new window.

Via: gBlog




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