The guys from motorcops have just presented their latest offer concerning motorcycle safety for both officers and civilian riders. It consists in a 90 minute DVD which blends theoretical aspects with field training, making you a better rider.
We’ve already presented to you the first video created by Golley Slater in an attempt to alter the behavior of British troops returning home from active service, but now the second one was created and, from my point of view, it will have an even greater impact. It touches a soft spot in such a brutal way, that if I was a soldier, I’d buy a cruiser.
What I do not understand is why they circulate on the right side of the road if they want to make us thing that the action takes place in Great Britain? The funny soldier’s accent helped and the fact that it left the base on the left side of the road also made it veracious, but it seems that the crash itself couldn’t have taken place like it did… at least not in Great Britain.
You know off the Tour de France, we’ve already written about this legendary bicycle race, from a motorcycle’s point of view. But did you know there’s a Tour de France for motorcycles? It’s a motorcycle race through France, all very legal.
Called Dark Dog Tour (formerly known as the Moto Tour), the race starts on Saturday the 27th of September at Reims and finishes on Sunday 5th of October at Toulon (South of France).
The race is 3100 kilometers long, and has 17 special stages, usually on racing circuits or long stretches of country roads. There are two night portions, one of them in a city, the other on normal country roads. The Dark Dog Tour this year evens goes to the island of Corsica. The Tour covers forests, mountains and open roads.
At most of the race circuits, it’s possible to join the fun with your own motorcycle. The race at the Formula One circuit, Magny-Cours, is a night race.
The race is escorted by the motorcycle Police, the Gendarmerie CRS1 unit. This Police unit is specialized in motorcycle escorts (it even escorts VIPs like the President of France). After every 30 or so motorcycle race participants, one motorcycle cop follows, making sure that everything is safe.
The Gendarmes are seen as the “Guardian Angels” of the Tour, especially when you consider that the race was originally started by the Police.
Different categories exist in this race; from the professionals/experts to the Sunday riders, including a category for scooters, classic motorcycles and sidecars. The race is limited to 220 riders, so if you’re interested in participating better hurry, since there aren’t that many places left (you’ll need a pretty good grasp of French, since not much is translated in English).
You need a valid FIM license (can be obtained on the spot for €90), and your motorcycle can not have more than 100 hp on the rear tire (French law). You are not allowed to race with a backpack, top case or side cases. You also need to part with €1390 to participate (includes the ferry to and from Corsica). You can also elect to participate only in one of the circuit specials
The Dark Dog Tour also is held in Belgium and Portugal.
It is amazing how both motorcycle and automotive industries have more than a century of parallel existence and yet car drivers don’t seem to even know about the two-wheelers existence on the roads. This is one of the reasons why the “Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day” was set up and with the continuously growing number of motorcyclists on the roads today, the tragic statistics keep on going higher.
Today, the 16th of July riders are present in big number on the roads in order to show the benefits of riding motorcycles. We are supposed to “Ride to Work” because we’ll encourage others to do so in the future. The idea is to do it the right way so wear protective equipment!
You’ve seen it racing on the track between 2003 and 2006 and now the time has come for it to be seen on the streets. No, it’s not Jay (although he’s riding), it’s the new Ducati Desmosedici RR that he just bought and has the pleasure of presenting to us today.
Take the short time and go through Jay’s brief history on Ducati bikes and then enjoy CEO’s Michael Lock presentation and the full test run I was talking about earlier. What a great bike! It really does miracles in the right hands of this “58 year old guy”.
Planned to take place on the 16th of July, 2008 Ride to Work Day will be backed by celebrities such as Paddy McGuiness, TV presenter Dominic Littlewood together with DJ and record producer Carl Cox.
The idea is as simple as it can get: on July 16 you worm up your bike’s engine, get your riding gear on and get to your place of work. Why? This way, car drivers who also go to work will notice the freer intersections, how fast you got at work and even start thinking on how you’ve also consumed less gas in your way there. Isn’t that great? In a perfect world we’d all be riding motorcycle.
For all of you out there who spend their lives on the open road, food is a daily problem and implicit keeping a normal body weight. So here is Motorcycle Monster showing you how to eat while being on the road and maintain a good state of health. Of course that it does it in its own characteristic way and that’s the whole charm of it, isn’t it?
Harely-Davidson has recently announced plans for the parade included in the anniversary celebration festivities.
As this is the most beloved motorcycle maker, not only in the states, but around the globe, the celebration of 105 years of building mechanical horses surely won’t be pass unnoticed by riders in every single state or corner of the world.
The much awaited parade is scheduled to take place on the 30th of August and we now have the detailed route: the Harley-Davidson Parade of Muscular Dystrophy Association Heroes parade will start at Miller Park, and riders will continue east on Wisconsin Avenue and end at the Henry Meier Festival Park where the annual Summerfest is held. The public can watch the multitude of motorcycles ride by at viewing areas which begin at the corner of 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Up front, there will be those who have managed to raise at least $6,400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, followed by Harley dealers, employees and the biggest crowd of customers ever to be seen at a Harley parade.
Taking in consideration the fact that those of you who don’t actually live in Milwaukee will start your journeys as early as the 17th of August, there will be 25 nationwide routes heading to the much awaited celebration. All of you out there will better be in Milwaukee on the 28th of August not only to celebrate 105 years of brilliancy in building motorcycles, but also the 25th anniversary of the Harleys Owners Group.
Motorcycle events are usually related to crashes, deaths and the worst image of motorcyclists in the eyes of the normal American citizen and we believe that joining this parade is the best way to show how motorcyclists gather up for a good cause and for the pleasure of being close to the bike builder that started it all in such an important moment in its history. See you there!
This guy takes every single ledge as a challenge when training in the city on its trial motorcycle and the results are simply fabulous. It doesn’t stay in one place too much so that it won’t create a crowd and because the city architecture has a lot to offer, it wouldn’t be in its advantage anyway.
What I like about this video is the fact that it doesn’t try to present the guy as an expert, but as an experienced rider who, normally, makes errors. What would you give in order to have the ability to do what this character does and experience as much as he does in a single day of city riding? I’d sure give a lot!
Training for the 2008 edition of the Festival of Speed is Dougie Lampkin which is allowed to make a round of Goodwood House and it does it in the best way it can: on a trial motorcycle.
The ride offers viewers of the video the opportunity to get a feel of the objects and people inside, exactly how they are. Even better is that they see it through a motorcyclists eyes and that is pretty much how they’ve perceive it anyway.
The trial champion makes an impressive incursion composed of many wheelies, stoppies and 90 degree turns from one move and it is very enjoyable to watch, even though I think it missed lost it on the narrow stairs area, just before reaching the roof. But why don’t you check it out yourself?