Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under Web Author: Mike Werner
One week back and already swamped with stories, administration and fighting floods in my house. The rain has been so heavy that I'm going to swap my motorcycle for jetskis. But I did find time to do some interesting reading of articles which I'll share with you in case you did not see these.
Almost every country has a motorcycle manufacturer, and Thailand is not exception. Here is Stallions motorcycles, with several motorcycles and scooters. But as companies go, this one is strange in its information and communications. And what's that BMW logo doing on one of their bikes?
Dixon, a 24 year old biker in the UK, went out on a test ride of a Honda Fireblade and BMW S1000R motorcycle and filmed his joy ride. 153 MPH on small and narrow country lanes. Then he posted his video on YouTube. You know the rest.... he's now going 8 months jail. One less danger on the roads.
This has got to be a record, and I don't even think they were trying to go for one. The most number of people on a motorcycle (that wasn't a stunt bike). I counted 14, maybe there are more, since some are well hidden. The feat itself is amazing and incredible, but what's even more impressive is the solidity of the motorcycle and the bike's tires. Amazing.
Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under BMWTravel Author: Mike Werner
Remember the photo I posted as "fun" last week, describing a motorcycle as a SUV motorcycle (link)? Trevor reached out to me via email and told me the story.
The BMW SUV Motorcycle belonged to a friend of his, John Todd (who recently passed away). John had gone on a RTWRound The World trip on his BMW R60 back in 1965.
Arrived in Turkey, his motorcycle was stolen, together with all his belongings. Trevor got a new BMW motorcycle but this time he redesigned the storage space to allow a maximum of storage and to make it more secure.
John managed to ride it all the way back to Australia, and even there, managed many trips.
It can currently be seen National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia. This is what the bike's display sign says:
Although John Todd trained as an accountant, his enjoyment of freedom and the outdoors led him to pursue a career as a postman. He loved to travel, and accompanied only by his BMW motorcycle he went to places in Australia and overseas that most of us can only dream of. This BMW motorcycle was the second that he customised for his travel: the first was stolen in Turkey. Every available space has been used for storage.
Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under CargoEntertainment Author: Mike Werner
This has got to be a record, and I don't even think they were trying to go for one. The most number of people on a motorcycle (that wasn't a stunt bike). I counted 14, maybe there are more, since some are well hidden (see related below for others, but lesser numbers). The feat itself is amazing and incredible, but what's even more impressive is the solidity of the motorcycle and the bike's tires. Amazing.
In the past we've often shown you photos of a lot of people on a motorcycle. Usually it's because they have no choice.. it's the only way they can get anywhere. The largest number of "passengers" we've counted so far has been 13.
But on November 2010 a bunch of soldiers in India set out to break the world record of the number of people on a motorcycle. And the number? 54! On a Royal Enfield 500 motorcycle.
Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under EventsFrance Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Last year we mentioned the first motorcycle gathering called "Motors and Soul", a gathering of beautiful motorcycle complemented with great music and food, and all that in a castle (link). Lots of well planned ride-outs were also on the program. Well, last year was such a success that the organizers (Virage8) are doing it again, but this time bigger.
The "Motors and Soul" event will now be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2015 at La Ferme d’Armenon , a superb old farm some 35 km South West from Paris.
The program is like last year; motorcycles, food, live music and a lot of rides in beautiful scenery. You can have a look at last year's video below.
You can register for one of the days, or for the whole weekend. Register before the 31st will entail discounts. Their web site lists many hotels and campings in the direct neighborhood.
The whole weekend is earmarked as an easygoing event, no stress, no rush, just relax and have fun.
Here is a video of a couple of thieves who were stealing motorcycles out of a shop in Paris, France. Cops from the BAC, an elite anti-gang squad, caught them red-handed. And these undercover cops are not exactly friendly neighborhood cops ... and also a bit heavy-handed (thankfully). The guys in the video with the sticks are the cops.
Aren't you jealous that your cops aren't allowed to do this? (Thanks Oliepeil)
Tip: let the video load, sometimes it will take a few seconds
Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under Video Feeds Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
153 MPH is a very respectable speed on a motorcycle. On a race circuit. Not on country roads, riding through villages, passing cars on narrow lanes and flying past people walking.
Then it's pure lunacy. But that's exactly what Ashley Dixon from the UK did. This 24 year old motorcycle rider took a Honda Fireblade out for a test ride, and filmed his joy ride with a helmet-cam. He did similar with a BMW S1000R.
In May and April of this year he flew his bikes at low altitude, and then posted his video on Youtube to try to get some notoriety. Of course the police saw it on YouTube and were able to quickly identify the prat.
Dixon passed via the judge, and was sent to jail for 8 months (and did not collect $200) and is banned from driving for 2 years. Dixon complained that with an 8 month jail he'll loose his job working in a supermarket. No shit? As the saying goes "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime".
His only excuse was he did not know the potential of the motorcycle he was riding and the speed just crept up on him. He obviously did not read the signs: speedometer, wheelie, flying past cars and objects....
The problem I have with idiots like him is that it makes the general population angry with motorcycle riders in general, and that's dangerous for us. If he crashes his brains out all by himself, that's his problem. But if he runs down a little girl crossing the road, people will hold bikers in general accountable.
Anyway, he'll be out of action for a long while. Here's the video of his "joy" ride...
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