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Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Top Internet Stories - 18 April 2014

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Web
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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The spring may be in the air, but I am freezing my rocks off. And in many parts of the world it started snowing again. Strange weather. But that doesn't stop us from reading interesting motorcycle articles in the internet. Here are a few you may have missed during last week.





Enjoy.

7 Ways To Save Money On Your Next Motorcycle Service Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: 2 Wheel Tuesday Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 14APR
Summary: 7 tips on how to save some money on your next service.


Harley Tips: April Is Check Your Helmet Month Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Motorcycle USA Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 14APR
Summary: Tips from Harley on checking that your motorcycle helmet is still fine for daily use.


There And Back Again To See How Far It Is - wBW Book Review Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Webbikeworld Open link in a new window
Country: USA flag  USA
Date: 15APR
Summary: A review of the book entitled "There & Back Again To See How Far It Is"


Hero Splendor Ismart Test Ride Review Open link in a new window
ThumbnailSite: Motorbeam Open link in a new window
Country: India flag  India
Date: 16APR
Summary: A detailed review of the Hero Motocorp Splendor iSmart motorcycle, India's latest.



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Monday, April 14, 2014 - France: Nationwide Protest Against Lowering Of Speed Limits

Le Havre Protest 201404
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The French motorcyclists, supported by car drivers, went on protest rides throughout the country. They are protesting the proposed lowering of the speed limit on secondary roads from 90 to 80.



A measure not to reduce road fatalities, but to increase the dwindling number of speeding tickets.

Monday, April 14, 2014 - Review: 2014 Honda VFR 800 - An Admirable Ship

Review 2014 Honda VFR 800
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A detailed review of the 2014 Honda VFR 800 motorcycle - An Admirable Ship. Here is a French site's view of this iconic bike.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Review: 2014 Vespa GTS 300 ie Touring - Cities and Fields Hornet

Review 2014 Vespa GTS 300 Touring
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A detailed review of the 2014 Vespa GTS 300 ie Touring - Cities and Fields Hornet



A French review and take on this Vespa scooter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Video: French Safety - Without The Right Gear

French Safety Video Right Equipment
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Here is a very good and educational TV commercial what the difference is between real biker clothing and street clothing.



And that at 30 kph.








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Germany: Douchebags Trying To Kill Motorcycle Riders - Oil On Road

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Some people in Germany seem to be fed up with bikers. And they are taking extreme measures to get rid of them. Not like in some places where they place a thin metal line over the road hoping to decapitate motorcycle riders (link Open link in a new window), but still dangerous enough.

Germany Oil On Road 201404

Around the Germany city of Eschweiler, someone, or maybe even multiple people, have been putting oil on the road, and always in curves. The oil is put just in the place where an biker would go to get the right apex.

According to the cops, it's not an accident that the oil was there, ie, not a case of an oil leakage from a car. The cops even found some empty oil cans close by. Also a biker had crashed, and after the firemen cleaned the road, a few hours later they found oil on it again, in exactly the same spot.

Oil Slick on road

The area is quite popular with bikers for its many twisties, and some active treehugging groups have been trying to stop motorcycles from riding in the area.

Needless to say what would happen to some idiot who has been doing that if they get caught by bikers. For his own sake, he'll be better off if arrested by cops.

Via: Nieuwsmotor




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France: Biker Caught At 138 Kph. Angry, Since He Was At 200 Kph

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  France Funny
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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It takes all sort of people to make the world go round ... I guess. A French motorcycle rider got stopped by the cops for riding his motorcycle at 138 kph in a 90 kph zone.

You'd think the biker would shut up and take the ticket. But instead he complained, since he said that a few minutes before he was doing 200 kph!

Was Riding Faster Officer

What a dope! He was lucky he "only" got caught doing 138, but then he opens his big mouth and says he was doing 200. Lucky for him, the cop only ticketed him for the 138 - fast enough to impound his bike and take away his driving license. The 200 kph will have sent him automatically to jail.

Like I said ... it takes all sorts.

Via: Le Repaire des Motards




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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Germany: Autobahn To Become Toll Road, Except Motorcycles

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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Germany is know for its motorways without speed limits. I mean, why would a country that makes Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and BMW have roads limited to 120 or 130 kph? That would be sinful.

But now you will need to pay for the privilege. At least, if you have a foreign registered vehicle. In line with its neighbors Switzerland and Austria, Germany will be selling an annual road tax sticker which all foreign cars must have in order to circulate on their Autobahn. You'll be able to buy the sticker at the borders or at foreign sales points like automobile clubs.

Speeding on Autobahn

The current price foreseen is €100 per car per year, though ecological cars will get a discount. And the good news???? Motorcycles go for free!!

The new money-making scheme comes into effect the 1st of January 2016. But already many countries are protesting the new rule, since it's targeted to foreign cars only, since the Germans will get a refund on the tax sticker. So much for a unified Europe..

Via: Spiegel




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Belgium: Invited To Your Own Funeral - Safety

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  Safety Video Feeds
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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In Belgium the safety authorities have started an interesting and novel safety campaign. With 30% of road fatalities the result of speeding, the police have started a massive campaign trying to catch speeders.

So far, nothing new, it happens all the time. What they did do, was invite 5 speeders who have been regularly caught speeding but who hadn't changed their speeding habits. The invitation was for an "event", usually with a friend.

Your Own Funeral

And when the "invitee" arrived at the event, they discovered that it was a funeral wake. To be more accurate, it was THEIR own funeral. They would have friends and family of the "deceased" there talking about the person, while the person was in the room.

Quite interesting, and since they captured the funeral with several hidden cameras, you can enjoy it yourself. Of course they can't do this on a big scale, but the idea is pretty cute. I just wonder if these people will have stopped speeding?

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Below is the video. Make sure that the captions is set to on so that you can see what is being said (in French and Dutch). To set the caption (English or German), click on the captions icon on the YouTube page itself. To get to the YouTube page itself, click on the YouTube logo at the bottom right of the video. You will see the options available for the captions when you click on the captions icon..... enjoy the video.



Via: Le Repaire des Motards




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Bol D’Or 2014 - Change of Venue for 2015

Posted 10:15:00 AM
Filed under  France Racing
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Bol d'Or logo
The famous 24 hour motorcycle race, the Bol d'Or Open link in a new window, has been held since 1992. As famous as the 24 hour of Le Mans, this race has however been held on many difference circuits in France over the years.

Currently and since the year 2000, it has been held on the SuperBike/Formula One circuit of Nevers, Magny-Cours Click for map. This year, the Bol d'Or race will be held on the weekend of the 26 and 27 April.

Bol dOr running start

But according to our esteemed colleagues at the Le Repaire des Motards Open Le Repaire des Motards in a new window, it will be the last time the race will be held there for the foreseeable future, since according to their sources, the race will be held on the circuit of Paul Ricard Open Paul Ricard link in a new window at Le Castellet Click for map starting in 2015.

This is good news for motorcycle race lover from Spain and Italy, and less nice for bikers from the UK, Belgium and Germany, since the circuit is close to the Mediterranean sea.

Via: Le Repaire des Motards




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France: Holiday? One Way Motorcycle Rental Between Paris and Cannes

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  France Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Here is an idea for holidays for those coming to France. Our friends at Columbus-International Open link in a new window, a motorcycle rental company based in Cannes Click for map, have got a great deal for you.

They offer the rental of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a one-way deal. Pick up the bike in Paris and ride it to Cannes/Nice, or pick it up in Cannes or Nice and ride it up to Paris. Since both have international airports, this could be a great deal if you don't have weeks to discover all of France.

Harley Davidson Next to Eiffel Tower

Of course you can rent it from Paris and return it to Paris, or Cannes to Cannes. Or you can rent their whole catalog of bikes, BMW (including the new NineT), Ducati, MV Agusta and Harley from their office in Cannes.

So there you go, something nice to do if you are visiting France.

Click here to access Columbus-International Open link in a new window

Via: Columbus-International




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