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Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Top Internet Motorcycle Stories - 30 January 2015

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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A busy week in the motorcycle articles category. I spent more time reading articles than writing them, there are so many. Why is it? Winter time? So here are a bunch of interesting motorcycle related articles that have appeared last week that you may have missed.





Enjoy

Motorcycle Success Stories Open link in a new window
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Country: Canada flag  Canada
Date: 24JAN
Summary: 6 people who really made it in the motorcycle business.


Aging biker club's trial rolls toward finish Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Detroit News Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26JAN
Summary: Old, sick and feeble men of outlaw biker club face jury trial, while sitting in wheelchairs, not motorcycles.


Review: BiLT Explorer Air Adventure Jacket Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 26JAN
Summary: Detailed review of the Bilt Explorer Air Adventure Jacket for motorcycle riders.


Close to Home: Recognizing the biker next door Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: The Press Democrat Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27JAN
Summary: Who are these bikers? Are they your neighbor?


Is the limo-bike the taxi of the future? Open link in a new window
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Country: UK flag  UK
Date: 27JAN
Summary: Why it makes sense to use motorcycle taxis.


Royal Enfield gas mileage: Still a selling point? Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27JAN
Summary: With low gas prices does it still makes sense buying a Royal Enfield motorcycle?


Transform Your Ducati into a Vyrus Open link in a new window
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Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 27JAN
Summary: Have a Ducati lying around? You can now turn it into a Vyrus987 C3 4V super motorcycle.


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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - Wear Your Leatherman Around Your Wrist - Tread

Leatherman Thread
Leatherman logo
Leatherman multi-tools are great, but lugging one on your belt can be cumbersome. So they invented something even better, the Tread. The Leatherman Tread is a 25-in-1 multi-tool in the shape of a bracelet. There is even a 26th tool available; a Swiss-made time piece. How cool on your motorcycle?
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - SOS Notify When You Fall From Your Motorcycle - Ridersmate

Ridersmate
Ridersmate
Riding motorcycle on your own, and you fall of your bike. What to do? This Kickstarter project is cool and can save your life. The cord rips a plug out of Ridersmate, sending SMS/Text messages, including exact location to pre-programmed people. Did you just bruise your ego? Put the plug back, and a false alarm message is sent. Your guardian angle.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - France: Motorcycles Not Allowed To Use Wireless Communicators?

Government Measure Number 22
France flag
French politicians!! Anything to justify their high salaries. The Minister of Interior announced 26 new measures to fight road fatalities, ranging from forbidding tinted car windows to forbidding wireless communicators in motorcycle helmets. Crazy? You bet!







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The Smallest Multi-Tool To Bring On Your Motorcycle

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ideas
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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We've recently been showing your very small and very nicely done multi-tools (see related articles below). Tools that you can bring with you when riding your motorcycle without having to carry a toolbox. Granted, none of these tools will allow you to strip an engine, but if you need to cut something, or screw something that is small and light, it gets the job done. And of course, each of these multi-tools has the most important tool of them all - the beer bottle opener.

But here is one multi-tool that really does not take any space at all. it's so small and compact, all you need is a few millimeters extra space in your pocket. And that is because the multi-tool fits around a standard house key.

TU247 Key Multi tool

The tool is called TU247 KeyTool (TU stands for True Utility). It has 8 functions, and wraps around you house key.

TU247 Key Multi tool

Now let's look at the functions this multi-tool has.

Cutting


TU247 Key Multi tool

Nail File


TU247 Key Multi tool

Small screwdriver


TU247 Key Multi tool

Nail Cleaner


TU247 Key Multi tool

Bottle Opener


TU247 Key Multi tool

Big Screwdriver


TU247 Key Multi tool

Tweezers


TU247 Key Multi tool

Not bad.

You can buy the very small multi-tool on Amazon (prices differ, but count on around US$4 or UK£7)

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Read related articles
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - Wear Your Leatherman Around Your Wrist - Tread

Leatherman Thread
Leatherman logo
Leatherman multi-tools are great, but lugging one on your belt can be cumbersome. So they invented something even better, the Tread. The Leatherman Tread is a 25-in-1 multi-tool in the shape of a bracelet. There is even a 26th tool available; a Swiss-made time piece. How cool on your motorcycle?
Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Have 6 Tools On Your Motorcycle Key Ring

Swiss Tech Utili Key
Swiss Tech Utili Key
Bringing tools on your motorcycle ride is a smart move, but you never have enough space to carry them. Here is one solution, 6 tools in 1, in the shape of a key ring. Knives, screwdrivers, even a bottle opener.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Idea: Turn Your iPhone Into A Swiss Army Knife For Your Motorcycle

TaskOne iPhone Multi Tool Case
TaskOne iPhone Multi Tool Case
When you ride motorcycle you know you always need access to some basic tools. It's a given, motorcycles shake, rattle & roll, so chances are that something is going to give on your bike one day. For that you need to have some tools handy to make some quick repairs; basic tools like a screwdriver, Allen keys, pliers, etc.

But not all bikes have sufficient space to carry all these tools, and carrying them on you is a bit too much. Having a good Swiss Army Knife is one good way, or something like a Leatherman can save the day. But you need to remember to take it with you when riding your motorcycle.

But if you have an iPhone (4 or 5), this Indiegogo project can make your day. It's a crowd-funding project that has already received all its needed cash to turn this into a real product. We're talking about the TaskOne tool kit for the iPhone:.







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Talk About Sleeping On Your Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Funny Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Some people are able to fall asleep anywhere, including on their motorcycle. There is very little space to stretch out and take a few winks, so they have my admiration.

But this guy takes the cake.... asleep on his motorcycle while it's in motion. Okay, the bike itself is not riding, but still. Unbelievable.

Caught Napping on Motorcycle







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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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The Useful Electric Scooter Project - VOI

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Electrical Scooters
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Often when they design a motorcycle from the ground up, they just think of things that are just strange, even bizarre, without thinking about reality. But the joint research program between the Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore and the German Technische Universitat Munched (TUM) called VOI is something else. It's an interesting and usable product for a change.

VOI is an electric scooter that is different from the scooters that you and I are used to. VOI is a modular scooter which can be used in different roles.

Looking at the photo below, it's a bit strange to see the rider in the back, and the pillion passenger in the front. But with the advent of many motorcycle taxis around the big cities in the world, this could be very interesting for them. The paying passenger sits in a "cabin" that protects the passenger not only from the elements, but also from accidents.

VOI Scooter

This way, the VOI can be used shuttle people around in a big city in relative comfort, aided no less by the absence of engine noise. But that is not all. The VOI is modular, and the owner/operator can change the use of the electric scooter by switching pods.

VOI Scooter

The designers have envisaged sales pods, like an icecream vendor pod (or maybe things like hot dogs and other "street" food pods), and cargo pods. Cargo pods would be ideal for couriers to bring express parcels to customers around the city, imagine a UPS delivery pod.....

Here's a short video presentation:


The idea is not without merit.

Currently the projected range of the electric VOI is 80 km on a fully charged battery and a top speed of 45 kph. It would use a Li-Ion, 48V and 3 kWh battery.

The design was submitted in 2013, and last year it won several design awards. But so far, the project remains a design project with no manufacturer taking up the idea. Which is a pity, since I think this could be very useful in many big cities.

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

Via: Autoevolution




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France: Excellent Sales Figures Electric Motorcycles 2014

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Statistics France Electrical
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Although very far from the sales figures of their ICE counterparts, the electric motorcycle and scooter sales in France is doing more than well. In total over 500 units were sold last year. According to the figures, BMW tops the scales with the sales of the electric scooter, the C-Evolution. Last year, they sold more than half the total French sales figure; 227 units, which is astounding, especially if you consider they only made 550 units worldwide.

Click for bigger version of BMW C Evolution Review
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So it looks like the BMW is a winner (I know, I have one). So by far the BMW has sold the most, followed by French-now-India-owned Peugeot with the e-VivaCityPeugeot eVivaCity electric scooter. They sold 65 units, while their Japanese counterpart, Yamaha, sold 63 EC 03Yamaha EC 03 scooters. German GovecsGovecs S2.4 sold 47 units, mostly 50cc and 125cc equivalent scooters.

Click for bigger version of The Zero DS at the beach
Open image in a new window  The Zero DS at the beach

Zero sold 45 motorcycles in France (12 DS, 2 FX, 30 S/SR and 1 MX). Which on its own is very good, considering that Zero only have a few dealers throughout the country. The French EccityeCity sold 24 electric scooters in total.

KTM did fairly well as well, although they have not been pushing their EV sales very hard; 21 Freeride E-XCKTM Freeride E XC models were sold. I'd say that this year will see a far more important sales figure, considering that France has many trial paths which are ideally suited for electric enduro/trial motorcycles.

Brammo don't have much representation in France, but still they managed to sell 10 models (6 EmpulseBrammo Empulse and 4 EnertiaBrammo Enertia Eicma). Finally the French Electric Motion EM 5.7Electric Motion EM 5.7 trial bikes.

There are a few Chinese electric scooters that have been sold, but no figures are available for them.

So France is doing quite nicely with electric motorcycle and scooter sales. It's not incredibly high sales figures, but better than most countries. Is this helped by the fact that gasoline is taxed to the hilt and electricity is cheap thanks to the proliferation of nuclear power plants? Will 2015 see many more electric vehicles coming to France thanks to the sudden increase in charging stations?

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - France: Tax Credit For Installation Of EV Charging Station

BMW C Evolution Home
France flag
France is giving 30% tax rebates for the installation of electric motorcycle or car charging stations, in houses and flats. Not bad.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - France: Sudden Massive Sprint To Install EV Charging Stations

Autolib Charging Station
France flag
Two companies have announced within a week of each other a massive roll-out of charging stations for electric cars and motorcycles through out France.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - Review: 2014 KTM Freeride E-XC - When Orange Goes Green

Review 2014 KTM Freeride E XC
KTM logo
A detailed review from a top French web site of the 2014 KTM Freeride E-XC - When Orange Goes Green
Monday, July 7th, 2014 - Review: BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter - 1st 500 Kms

BMW C Evolution 500 km
BMW logo
I've done my first 500 kilometers, and after doing a quick review , and a review by my SWMBO (as pillion and as female biker), here is the last review of the electric scooter from BMW, the C Evolution - the first 500 kilometers.


Via: CleanRider




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Philippines: Look! Jesus On A Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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I wonder how the motorcycle rider can see anything in front of him, but then I guess he has 100% faith!

Santo Nino On A Motorcycle
© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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A devotee, with images of the Child Jesus also known as "Santo Nino" on his motorcycle, waits to join a procession of hundreds of other images to celebrate its feast day Sunday, Jan.2 5, 2015, a week after Pope Francis made his apostolic visit to Manila, Philippines. Thousands of devotees lined up an avenue with their images of the Child Jesus for the annual religious festival. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


Via: News Yahoo & AP News




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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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Maggi Finally Coming With Communicating Motorcycle U-lock

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  New Products
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
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Maggi Group logo
The Maggi Group, an Italian lock maker, have been talking about their smart motorcycle lock for over 2 years (source Open link in a new window). The locks have appeared at motorcycles shows, in the press and in the rumor mills, but so far, nothing available. But that seems to have changed recently, but has it been worth the long wait? Let's see.

Maggi initially introduced the i-Close lock some 2-3 years ago. The i-Close, a small U-lock for a motorcycle was going to be equipped with a GSM transmitter allowing it to send SMS/text messages.

Maggi i close

In other words, when someone is attempting to steal your motorcycle, a text message is sent to your phone warning you of the attempt. Since the lock is also fitted with a GPS device, you will be also notified about the bike's exact location. So far, so good, right?

Now, a few years later, Maggi have gone back to the drawing board and revamped the whole setup. The i-Close lock is now joined with a small blackbox, used to do the actual transmissions. In other words, the i-Close lock only communicates with the blackbox, which in its turn sends out the SMS.

This of course means you need to hide the blackbox somewhere on your motorcycle. It also means that you now have two devices that operate with batteries. Two devices that you need to remember to keep charged! Two devices that can now fail.

Maggi i Close motorcycle lock

The devices are equipped with a smartphone app that allows you to adjust sensitivity, preprogram phone numbers for the SMS and to find out where your U-lock is at this moment. I could not find any app in the Apple app store, so at this moment it's SMS only.

The i-Close lock can also be adapted to be used in a car (there's apparently a steering lock accessory) or as a padlock for your garage (although using a GPS to protect your garage would seem a bit far fetched - who is going to steal your garage?).

Price: The whole package will cost around €450 with 1 year worth of SMS. Extensions to the SMS can be obtained by buying a "Base" option costing you €49/year for 40 SMS/month up to €149/year for 160 SMS per month.

Needless to say, I'm not impressed. After so many years, the product looks like a mishmash of ideas from different departments, cumulating in a product no one will want, and too expensive.

Two devices? Bad idea. I have recently invested in a crowd-funding project called Noke which I am waiting for (link Open link in a new window). This looks like a much better option and capability.

Click here to access the i-Close web site Open Click here to access the i-Close web site link in a new window.

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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