Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under FunnyEntertainment Author: Mike Werner
As you may have gathered, today is the 1st of April, a fatal day for many, since in most countries it's the day that people play pranks on each other.
And that goes for the motorcycle industry as well, so here are a few gags I've found on the internet (at least, I hope they were...).
German Motorrad.net served an article, in German of course, that BMW is allying themselves with Google to produce a self-riding motorcycle, while Apple was forming an alliance with Harley for a similar motorcycle.
The Beemer will be based on the popular BMW R1200RT and will be dubbed R1200AR.
BMW on their Facebook page came out with new package for their S1000RR sports motorcycle, called the Acceleration Package. The package is meant to cool down riders on hot tracks, fitting their sportsbike with air-conditioning and cooled handle grips.
The Le Repaire des Motards came out with an article stating that since people were falling asleep at the maximum authorized speeds on the motorways, the companies that manage the roads are placing several roads in unrestricted speed limits, i.e., unlimited speeds.
Except of course when it rains, then maximum speeds are limited to 110 kph.
The well known MotoGP racing web site, MotoMatters, based in The Netherlands, came out with a beauty. Since it's known that Dan Pedrosa has arm pump problems and will have to sit out several MotoGP races, he has decided to take it easier, and race in Moto3.
Since the bikes are lighter, it should be easier on his arm...
Aerostich, as usual, came out with a good one. They are selling a collapsable adventure rider's ladder. In their own words "Compact enough to fit in your top case or saddlebag and extends to an adjustable length higher than most Indian (or African) buses. Telescopes within itself and then folds down to half again in size to pack into a 7"x5"x3" cube. Deploys quickly and easily to scale walls, traverse crevasses, and load motorcycles weighing up to 260 lbs. up onto the roofs of buses for long-distance transport. Rated to hold up to 483 lbs. Manufactured by B.S. Tokstead Industries, includes owners manual and cowbell."
Several sites have played the role with this one. It's an app coming from Kars4Kids.org and it's called Beepoff. The serious-looking site shows an iPhone and Android app that you can download for free. Once on the road and you see some car doing something stupid, aim the app at the car, and the license plate is scanned by the app. You then tap a button, and the car gets donated, i.e., the bad driver will have lost his car.
I love the horn sync feature. The app syncs with your horn. Press your horn for 4 seconds, and the app automatically will work, hands-free. (Thanks Morris for that one).
Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under FranceStatistics Author: Mike Werner
France isn't exactly the paradise for speed radars, but it's close (I think the record is held by the UK). In 2013 there were 4,097 radars working in France, that went up to 4123 in 2,014. It's not an enormous gain, but what did go up by quite a large factor, 7% increase to be precise, is the number of radar photos taken.
During 2013 some 19 million photos were made, 2014 that increased to some 20 million photos!! What's even worse, is that when the big radar program started in 2008, some 50% of the photos were binned since they were not usable (bad image quality, motorcycle involved, foreign registration number, etc). In 2014, that figure dropped to 38% trashed.
The 2014 record holder of the most speed photos taken was in Maine-de-Boixe, which was taking on average 465 photos PER DAY. Of course, the enormous amount of speed photos taken was a result on a sudden reduction in the speed limit from 90 kph to 70 kph, catching many off guard (you can probably already see how this works. Check the "Related Articles" section below).
On average it's the speed radars installed on the motorways that bring in the most money. Which is strange.... not that people drive faster on motorways, but that many radars are installed on the motorways. Remember, according to the government, radars are there to enhance road safety, reducing road fatalities. But as statistics have proven, motorways are the safest place to ride your motorcycle (also the most boring). So if it's the safest, why have all the radars there?
Mobile radars are also doing very well, thank you for asking. In total, they made 4 million photos, and the brand new mobile radars (see related below) made 802,000 expensive photos, so they are proving to be great cash cows.
And finally, the red light radars made 1.2 million photos of cars and motorcycle running the red light. One camera in particular, based in Paris, made 25,713 photos.
France is looking at supplementing their meager income by adding speed radars to the already existing red light cameras. This way they'll get you one way or another, and hopefully (for the government) both.
It took me a while to get this one, but then a light bulb went on inside my head and I went "ohhhh.. that's cool". The advertisement comes to us from Volkswagen who have been looking after us motorcycle riders for a while by installing blind spot monitoring system on their cars.
This system checks the blind spots for movement, and for example when a motorcycle is overtaking the VW car, it warns the driver. So good and handy, not to mention safe, for us bikers.
Of course they can put out print advertisements and TV commercials (and they have - see related article below) telling their potential customer about this feature, but what Volkswagen Brazil did in this ad is pretty smart.
They placed an ad in electronic magazines, the kind you would read on a tablet like the iPad, scrolling page through page with your fingers. When you reach the Volkswagen ad which takes the form of an article, you might look at it for a brief second and then move your finger to page to the next page.... but then it happens....
The text in the real ad says: "Beware of the biker that comes out of nowhere"
It's difficult to explain, so watch the video below to see what happens. Nifty.
Volkswagen usually has very good, often funny, print and TV commercials. Granted that, even with a motorcycle loving Chairman of VW, the ads are often anti-biker, they remain well done and funny. But not this print advertisement.
This ad "sells" Volkswagen's blind spot detection system, Volkswagen Side Assist. The tag line reads "Have you seen him? Your Volkswagen has. Volkswagen Side Assist. It detects if something is in your blind spot.". As visuals go, it's pretty lame, even if it means more safety for us motorcycle riders...........
It's no secret that the Chairman of Volkswagen is an ardent and passionate motorcycle rider, so much so that he decided to buy Ducati; not the motorcycle but the company. And although through history, TV commercials and print advertisements from the German manufacturer were often biased or satirical against motorcycle, in this ad they show something else.
In the new Volkswagen Touareg SUV, they're highlighting the technology that will show vehicles, in this case motorcycles, that are in the blind spots alongside the car. In other words, if the car driver uses the technology, it will permit us from being seen and not side-swapped.
Royal Enfield is an iconic and very well establish motorcycle manufacturer, with as one of its biggest assets; a motorcycle model that has been unchanged since the coming of time. The only changes made were technology modifications that often were mandated by law.
But now someone has decided to move the Royal Enfield Bullet into the 21st century. He used a 2005 model of the Bullet 500 and bolted in 11 Leaf (as in the car) batteries modules with a ME1003 electric motor, controlled by an Alltrax AXE 7245. The charger used us a Delta-Q QuiQ-dci 72 (which includes DC/DC converter).
He's using a Cycle Analyst HC w/ 0.25 mOhm shunt to monitor the electric consumption.
Below are two video, one is a walk around of the electric motorcycle, the other is the actual first ride of the bike. Impressive!
The motorcycle accelerates faster than the original motorcycle and goes faster as well. With a lick of paint, the it'll look like it was made in the factory. Impressive job.
Maybe the Chennai, India based company should envisage it as a standard factory production. I know, I'd be interested.
Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under FranceExhibitions Author: Mike Werner
In Upper Normandy, France is a very small but prosperous town called Cany-Barville . It has been quite a wealthy town for centuries, since it was located on the main road between the harbor city of Le Havre and the industrial city of Lille. Many people and freight transited through the town's main street, stopping for food and rest.
Throughout the centuries, the town has been remarkable active, including a Monday morning farmer's market that has been there for at least 350 years. But recently a local motorcycle club (Moto Caux'Llection) has been active as well. Every year now they organize a day to celebrate the motorcycle, in the form of "100 years of motorcycles".
In the large community hall of the town, they show collector's classic motorcycles. This year the theme was vintage motorcycles used for track or off-road racing. Not only is it one of my favorite motorcycle categories, the town happens to be located some 5 kilometers from where I live. So a good opportunity to visit and shoot some photos.
So here are 21 photos of some of the motorcycles present at the exhibition.
The "exhibition" center, which is the community hall of the town.
A Maico 400 cc motocross dating back to 1978.
Maico was a German brand established in 1926 and filed for bankruptcy in 1983.
A Swedish Husqvarna (now a KTM brand) Enduro WR 240 dating back to 1984.
Another "Husky" (Husqvarna), this time a motocross CR 250. Obviously 2-stroke, like most of the models. This one is from 1980.
A speedway motorcycle from 1962, with a 60 cv magnesium engine from JAP and a Norton clutch. The AMAL carburetor was made specially to run on methanol (an alcohol-like liquid).
A Sweden made Monark from 1960, with a 500 cc Monark engine, BSA gearbox and frame and magnesium wheel, also from BSA.
Monark, established in 1908, were very successful in off-road events, winning many championships. In 1961 they merged into different companies, with the only company still bearing its original name, a Brazilian bicycle brand.
There were a lot of Motobecane motorcycles at the expo. No wonder, since it's a French manufacturer. This beauty is a mixture of different bikes. It has two single cylinder 50 cc engines bolted together (from the MBK51) which you can see in the photo, the EV50 frame and the remainder of the bike coming from a Magnum XR.
Many Motobecane track race bikes.
This race monster is a 125 Deleuze-Motobecane RA74P.
The whole bike is a mixture of different parts from different machines, and assembled to become this racer in 1974.
A Spanish built legendary Bultaco (currently known for their kick-ass looking electric motorcycles). This is a Lobito dating back to 1972, with a 175 cc engine.
This is a 1981 Ducati TT2 replica.
A twin cylinder at 90° with 597 cc displacement, it delivery 78 hp at 10,500 rpm and propelled the bike to 220 kph, for a motorcycle weighing 140 kgs.
This is an Aermacchi (from Italy) from 1970. The model is called "Ala d'Oro" and has a 347 cc engine.
Another mishmash called a Gaultier, consisting of a 125cc Sachs engine with 6 gears developing 23 hp at 9000 rpm.
This model is called the "GA", which stands for Grand Angle.
This is another Aermacchi from 1972. The 402 cc engine was put on a homemade frame.
The whole bike weighs 92 kgs.
And finally a Tribsa (a combo between Triumph and BSA) from 1967. This Catalina model was used for desert races in the USA. The engine is a 750cc Triumph.
Well, that's it for a quick visit of the Cany-Barville 100 Years of Motorcycle exhibition. Hope to see you next year.
Usually when I go out to make photos for an article, it involves packing up my motorcycle with all my cameras, computers, sleeping gear, toothbrush, etc, or it might involve planes, trains and automobiles. But whatever the mode of transportation, it'll mean it's going to take a while before I get there, and even longer before I get back. That's because I live in the real countryside, in a small (186 inhabitants) village in Upper Normandy. My next door neighbors are cows, and I mean the animals.
Once or twice I've had something as a source for an article close-by, usually 15 to 30 minutes ride from my house, and that made me happy, but last weekend on Sunday, in the closest town to me, Cany-Barville, was a exhibition called "100 Years of Motorcycles". Cany-Barville is almost at walking distance from my house, a little over 5 kilometers, so the expo got marked in big black marker in my agenda (something my iPad did not like), since it was going to be one I was not going to miss.
The only thing that troubled me, and I never got a response, was why "100 years". Motorcycles have existed for more than 100 years. Anyway, it didn't spoil my fun. So off I went to the exhibition. Now do remember, we're in the middle of "shit-kicker" country, so whatever it was going to be was small but done with gusto.
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