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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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India: $2.3 BILLION Incentive Program For Electric Motorcycles

Posted 06:00:00 PM
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Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Most cities in India are very crowded and polluted, with masses of vehicles, mostly 2 or 3 wheelers packing the streets, bellowing smoke. It's maybe not as bad as China, but it's close.

India Polluted Traffic Jams

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Hero Electric logo
An incentive plan to get people to ride electric motorcycles and scooters ended in march 2012, and sales dropped from 100,000 vehicles to 21,000 last year. Of the 65 manufacturers that made cheap electric scooters (using mostly cheap Chinese lead-based batteries), only 10 remain. But with the likes of Hero Electric Open link in a new window and Mahindra Open link in a new window, and new battery technology, things are looking up.

The Indian government is pouring $2.3 billion dollars into this fledging industry until the year 2020, looking for 6 to 7 million electric PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds. With a massive influx of electric scooters and motorcycles, there will be less CO2 (and noise) pollution, and these electric vehicles will become cheaper and cheaper.

The Indian National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP 2020) will influence not only India, but also Europe and North America. 4 to 5 million vehicles can make technologies adapt faster and cheaper to make these types of EVs accepted by a great number worldwide.

Their plan also calls for a national charging station network to be in place throughout the country.

Now, wouldn't it be nice if Europe would sponsor electric motorcycles and scooters?

Via: Press Information Bureau, Government of India






New Luxury Motorcycle - The Midual Type 1

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Special-Bikes
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Midual logo
France is known not only for its great food and beautiful landscapes and castles, but also for its many luxury goods, like Louis Vitton, champagnes like Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, watches like Bvlgari, Tag Heuer and perfumes like Dior, Guerlain, Kenzo (all brands of French luxury giant LVMH).

And let's face it, luxury costs money, if not it wouldn't be luxury. and now France has another luxury thing to add to the list; motorcycles.

There aren't that many luxury motorcycles around. The first brand that springs to mind is Confederate, and even that is a bit more pass-produced to be a real luxury brand. Now, after 15 years of planning and testing since it was first introduced, the Midual Open Midual link in a new window brand was introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Midual Type 1

This beautifully crafted motorcycle is handmade and imposing. But let's get the important part out of the way; the price. This machine will cost you a house and your first born, namely €140.000. But if you have to ask anyway, you can't afford it. It's going to be the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise et al who will be riding this beauty.

Midual Type 1

The power plant of the motorcycle is a flat twin angled at 25° with a transverse crankshaft. It has a displacement of 1036 cc with 106 HP at 8000 rpm.

The maximum torque is 100 Nm delivered at 5300 rpm.

Midual Type 1

The bike weighs 239 kg wet and the seat height is 810 mm (tall enough for Tom Cruise to sit on without using heel risers). The fuel tank holds 14 liters.

Midual Type 1

The wheelbase is 1505 mm, so reasonably long for a roadster.

Midual Type 1

Apart from a single central console on the handlebars, the rest of the instruments are to be found on the fuel tank. The instrument panel resembles the console of a jet fighter...

Midual Type 1

There are more dials and consoles than on my car.

Midual Type 1

Midual Type 1

Midual Type 1

The rest of the bike is carefully and beautifully crafted. Looking at some of the detailed photos, you can see why this is a luxury motorcycle.

A lot of attention is being paid to the smallest details.

Midual Type 1

Midual Type 1

Several color options will be available when the motorcycle goes on sale in 2016. But mind you, only 35 will be available in 2016 so if you want to beat Pitt or Cruise from buying theirs, better hurry up and reserve one today.

Midual Type 1

If you are looking for electronics, forget it. This is a pure motorcycle; no traction control, ride-by-wire, ABS, cruise control nor an espresso machine (sorry George Clooney).

Midual Type 1

Click here to access the Midual web site and see many more photos of this beauty Open Midual link in a new window.
Click here to access the Midual Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window.

Via: Le Repaire Des Motards




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Pakistan: Somehow I Do Not Think This Is A Purposely Wheelie

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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The caption below says a wheelie for the rickshaw, but if you look at the number of people inside the motorcycle, I don't think the rider was trying for a wheelie... it just happened.

Pakistan Rickshaw Wheelie
© AFP Photo/Asif Hassan

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A Pakistani supporter of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan attempts a wheelie with his motorcycle rickshaw during a protest march to Islamabad, in Ghakhar area in eastern Punjab province on August 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Asif Hassan)


Via: News Yahoo & AFP




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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Three Advertisements For A Special KTM

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Ads KTM
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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KTM logo
Austrian off-road and race motorcycle manufacturer KTM Open link in a new window does not only make motorcycles. They also make another two wheeler, but this one has no engine, apart from the human one.... they make bicycles.

And since the human pedaling the KTM bicycle is the engine, it will need fuel. That is why these print advertisements are quite well done and clever if you look at the brand of the "fuel stations". Nice. Click here to read more about KTM bicycles Open Click here to read more about KTM bicycles link in a new window.

This is not the first good, if not great, KTM ads coming from Turkey. Just look at the related articles below for another really good one, but this one is for motorcycles.

Click for bigger version of KTM Bicycles Ad Powerade
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Click for bigger version of KTM Bicycles Ad Red Bull
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Click for bigger version of KTM Bicycles Ad Gatorade
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Read related articles
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - KTM Motorcycles Turkey Wins Print Ad Award

KTM Turkey Ad
KTM logo
KTM Turkey have won an award for a print advertisement for their 250SX motorcycle.

The ad itself is really good, since it makes you think for a second or two...
Monday, September 6th, 2010 - Ad: KTM Turkey - Another Great Ad

Ad KTM Made Off Road Turkey
KTM logo
Another great ad from KTM's PR agency in Turkey. This is the second one that they have produced that is really good.

No accent on the motorcycle, just on the style. Love it!
Sunday, March 28th, 2004 - KTM Bikes, Not Motorcycles

KTM Adventurer Bicycle
KTM logo
KTM Motorcycles also manufacturer mountain bicycles and adventure riding bicycles.


Via: Ads of the World




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Darwin Award Nominee #98273

Posted 02:00:00 PM
Filed under  France Opinion
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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So many idiots, so little time. That people are suicidal is one thing, but to put others in danger is unacceptable. Here is one squid who should be taken off the road permanently.

On the national road between Rouen and Paris, a motorcycle rider with a room temperature IQ was caught doing 257 kph on a road limited to 110 kph. On top of that he had an alcohol content in his blood of 1 g/l, way over the limit. And it was not the first time he was arrested for DUIDriving Under Influence. Drinking and driving.. And to make matters worse, he had bent over his bike's license plates so that he could not be photographed by radars.

Gendarme manning portable radar

He was arrested, his motorcycle is now a toaster, and his driving license has become confetti. And he will appear before a judge in October to hear how long he will stay in prison. Better for the safety of the population that when he comes out of prison he is confined to a pushchair.

No wonder normal cops don't like bikers.

Via: 76 Actu




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China: Earthquake Proofing Your Motorcycle

Posted 08:00:00 AM
Filed under  Entertainment
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Travelling
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What a smart idea! If you experience an earthquake, the first thing you are taught is to hide under the door and a strong table. But what about your motorcycle? This guy has found the perfect solution.

China Earthquake proofing
© REUTERS/Wong Campion

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A man places his motorbike onto a front loader before entering a quake zone in Ludian county, Zhaotong, Yunnan province, August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Wong Campion


Via: News Yahoo & Reuters




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Monday, August 18th, 2014

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USA: Makes Roads Safer, Smoke Marijuana

Posted 06:00:00 PM
Filed under  Statistics Safety
Author: Mike Werner
Location: 
Normandy, France
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Many people think that smoking weed is bad, dangerous and should be outlawed. The state of Colorado, USA, one of a growing number of states, has legalized pot smoking for a while now. But people have been against it, and have been claiming that crime will rise, the number of road fatalities will increase dramatically and the earth will stop spinning.

Well... it's starting to look like they were wrong, seriously wrong. First of all, tax revenue has increased by quite a high factor (marijuana is taxed, just like booze), and secondly, crime has gone down. These are statistics coming from both Colorado and Washington.

But now it looks like the third "anti" argument is moot: Colorado is reporting that the number of fatal accidents is at its lowest in history (source Open source link in a new window). It is true that the number of accidents involving marijuana use has increased, even doubled in some cases, but the number of alcohol DUI in many cases has decreased. In the above source document, the author also states that the elements of marijuana linger in the body for weeks, so if you smoked a joint a few weeks ago and are tested for drugs today, you will come out positive. So statistics are a bit skewed here.

Marijuana Smoking Helmet

The conclusions are not concrete, but one undeniable fact is that there have been far less accidents. So they need to study it a bit more to understand why there are less road fatalities, and what effect marijuana has on it. But things are looking good for the joint trade. So riding motorcycle after smoking weed?? Not a good idea.

Maybe I should volunteer for some extensive tests...Joint Smoking Smiley

Via: Autoblog




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