Did you ever wonder when the “Lets the good times roll” motto from Kawasaki was first used by the Japanese manufacturer to promote its bikes? We certainly did especially now that more and more ingenious ads abound, but didn’t managed to get to the bottom of it yet, the only conclusive evidence we’ve come across, being this nice commercial from 1976. Click on the video below and see what it is all about.
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By the way this video starts you’re expecting a deer to jump in front of the motorcycle as the guy rides fast on what appears to be a remote road. But the thing is that it only needed a reliable source of light for those nocturne rides and he’s out of trouble. I’ll better let you find out how it managed to get it before you stop reading.
Europe is passionate about motorcycles, and it’s seen in special areas unknown in many countries outside of Europe. In France, the motorcycle insurance company “Mutuelle des motards” has recently announced a special insurance for riders who take their passion to the race circuits.
Up till now, if you took your motorcycle on a circuit and crashed, you had pay for the damages. The new insurance covers your bike and you in case of a crash. Not only will the reimburse the repairs costs (for your bike and for you), but they will also transport your motorcycle back home.
What’s more, they also cover the transport of your motorcycle, even if it’s not a street legal bike. If, while loading your motorcycle onto a trailer, it falls, or if it brakes loose of the tie-downs while bringing it to the circuit, your bike is insured.
The special insurance is valid on any European Union race circuit, or any circuit in a country represented by the green insurance card.
But, and there is always a but in the insurance business, the insurance does not cover you when you are in an official race. So, if you’re competing in a SuperBike race, you’re not covered (the start fee covers you), but if you’re training with your buddies to compete in the SuperBike races, then you’re covered.
The French insurance company has started offering this product in order to help safety for bikers. Many bikers like racing, and going on a circuit often meant that you lose your insurance coverage. It was financial smarter to race on the streets and risk getting fined. Now with this insurance, you can safely race on a circuit.
Not bad. Now, if other insurance companies would offer these kind of insurance products, we’d be in good shape.
The guys at Techeblog have come up with an innovative way of enjoying riding in an upright position: they’ve created the Wheelman. It appears to be a combination of a motorcycle and a skateboard, a machine on which you ride standing on your feet. It handles pretty much like a skateboard, but that’s about where the similarities with the kid’s commuting mean end.
Powering it is a 43cc two-stroke engine, similar to the ones found on scooters, which manages to have the small and strange looking motorcycle reach a top speed of 16 – 19 mph (I suppose that the rider’s body weight has much to do with the top speed). But because it doesn’t ride like any other bike, the acceleration comes in the form of a pneumatic ball which the rider holds in its hands and squeezes when willing to accelerate.
Bennetts, an insurance brand from UK, has a very interesting way of presenting the Bennett girl of the year. These babes are supposed to hang on the bucking bike in stern conditions, and we have to spot THE one. So why don’t we stop writing and do just that?
Racing is all about technology, continuous development and unbeatable characters in a rush for performance and ecstasy when being the first to pass that finish line. But today we’re going to show some riders that haven’t got the luck to see that happening, at least not in the respective races.
This video is a compilation of sportbike crashes and the broken bones that come with them. I’d even like it if I wouldn’t know how much it hurts.
As more and more people turn to motorcycles, ways are being found for them to be safe if they are smart enough to care about the risks. One very good example is the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme, which helps riders select the adequate helmet for them by rating helmets from 1-5 starts basing on the protection factor.
Below you can watch an introductory video and for more information you can go to the SHARP website.
Thanks to the increase in the price of fuel (though at this moment it’s heading South, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it’ll increase again shortly) many more people have taken to two wheel transportation, motorcycles and scooters. Motorcycles/scooters are now used for short distance transportation, were before you’d use a car to go get a pizza, now more and more people are turning to this more economical form of transportation.
One of this things people are using motorcycles for, replacing cars, is bringing their kids to school. Dad (or Mom) use the scooter or motorcycle to commute to work, and as in the good old days, they used to drop Junior off at the school in the car. Now, they’re using the Powered Two Wheel (PTW), so Junior will need to go to school on the bike.
And this is were the inherent dangers sprint to life. Many parents think that since it’s a relative short distance, the kid doesn’t need protection! Boy, are they wrong! Most accidents happen within 10 miles of the home. And even if you don’t have an accident by crashing into car (or more likely a car crashing into you), just think what will happen to your kid when you stop before a light, put your foot down, and it slips on something (wet spot, grease, oil, banana peel). You’ll fall, get bruised, and laugh it off. But your kid? Will she/he be so lucky?
Even if you live in a no-helmets-mandatory state, does that mean you’re going make that decision for your kid? Are you willing to gamble with your kid’s life? And NO, a bicycle helmet doesn’t count! A full-face, well fitted, helmet is your best choice.
If you think about it, helmets aren’t the only thing that is really needed for your kids. Children are still growing, and anything that happens to them can affect then for the rest of their lives. The best thing is to make sure they are properly protected. No, you’ll not need to buy them leathers. But a sensible jacket with armor is going to ensure more safety than a t-shirt. If you don’t want to pay the price of these clothes, you can always turn to 2nd hand children clothing. They do exist, and could be a good place to buy proper protection for your kids at an affordable price.
Putting your kids on your tank is not a good idea either. A little bit extra braking, and your kid is going to slide, ending up in your windscreen or worse on the road. The only place is behind you, on a seat! Kids loose interest and attention real quick. One moment of inattention, and they’re history.
Some countries have stricter rules. For example, some countries require specially adapted seats with belts for children younger than 5 years old. Children don’t have the same reflexes and behaviors that adults have (but some adults have behaviors that children have, but that’s another story).
Using a belt system can save your kid’s life.
So next time you bring you kid on your motorcycle, think about their safety first.