The risk of riding a motorcycle is the same regardless of country, so we’re witnessing an abundance of road-safety videos as part of the campaigns that different countries have. I’m writing this still thinking about the “we are small, but we’re not bugs” motto, which lead to a very original video meant to raise awareness of motorcyclists in Norway and today we’ve come across Australia’s latest road-safety campaign video targeting the dangers of motorcycling. This video may send a hard-hitting message, but at least you’ll be thinking about it and find that the throttle works both ways. Video after the jump.
Through this video, the American Motorcyclist Association sends a message to all drivers to “watch out, you don’t know who may be on that motorcycle.” I say just don’t be the guy in that car regardless of the odds to actually meet the rider any time soon because most of them don’t get to live for payback time.
If you were thinking about this dentist, you were close although not close enough.
Because Marines and militaries in general use public roads and motorcycles on which they don’t have much experience (sport bikes) to go in search of an adrenaline rush similar to that experienced as soldiers, the US Marine Corp has launched what is called “Semper Ride”, an educational program that consists in a very interesting film containing an overall responsible riding theme, instructional material, and mentoring from some of the motorcycle industry’s most talented riders.
We’ve added the promotional videos of the actual film because this last is for the moment watched in military bases only.
See the videos after the break.
In the video attached to this post, Dainese takes us through different versions of their D-Air system and, implicit, through the history of the innovative airbag safety jacket.
Most important, the latest Dainese D-Air airbag suit was recently put to the test by TT star Guy Martin, who’s impressions are: "It’s mega, the suit feels the same as my normal race suit. After about 10 seconds, the airbag goes back down and you could carry on racing.Top, mega, I love it."
Arai has started to take orders for the barely released Haga Monza replica RX-7 GP helmets. A number of 200 units of the Drudi Performance design helmets will be made and they’re sure few, considering that Noriyuki Haga worn this model during the fifth round of the 2009 Superbike World championship earlier this month. Haga came in second in the first race, but bad luck struck in the second race when the pilot hit a bird and crashed shortly after.
Exceeding both ECE 22.05 and the upcoming Snell M2010 standards, Arai’s RX-7 GP is one of the safest helmets out there and the shell is made of structural net composite (SNC).
With the beginning of the year’s new motorcycle season we start seeing new safety ads addressed either to traffic participants or to motorcyclists themselves. Some better than others, the ads have the clear purpose of both making people aware that bikers exist and to determine these lasts to consider each possible danger when riding just so that they don’t end up in the statistics.
The first ad is from Belgium and the second from Germany. I simply can’t decide which one is better.
The fans of Valentino Rossi are offered the possibility to create their own Rossi-like custom helmets on an AGV mini site that the helmet producer has put together specifically for this purpose. They wager on the fact that riders simply won’t abstain themselves and buy the self customized helmets featuring graphics of the helmet worn by Rossi during the Mugello 2008 GP race. Apart from that, there are also the plain white, black and silver GP-Tech schemes in the case that riders feel more inspired.
As the new motorcycling season begins, the Mayor of London joins forces with the Transport for London to create a safety ad. Produced by M&C Saatchi, the video advises both car drivers and pedestrians to Give Motorcyclists a Second Thought.
Responsible riders who want carry their children as passengers are now offered the ideal solution from Italian motorcycle accessories and equipment company Givi. They have invented the so-called Baby Ride which is no more than a baby seat similar to ones used in cars and which is belted on the back end of 650cc scooters (that’s why the full name is Baby Ride S650).
The special seat is destined to kids in between 5 and 8 years of age and offers proper lateral support as well as a pair of handles and belt footrests. Made of expanded polyurethane, the Baby Ride is both comfortable and rigid so it meets the most important demands for such a task. For more information, visit the company’s official website at www.givi.it.
A problem related to the axle shaft wall thickness determined BMW of North America to recall model year 2008 F800 GS motorcycles. According to the German manufacturer, the axle shaft wall thickness may not have been manufactured according to specifications resulting into the possibility of the axle shaft to deform and increase the risk of accidents.
The correction consists in dealers inspecting the axle shaft assembly and replacing or repairing the necessary components free of charge. Although BMW has not yet started the owner notification schedule, all 2008 BMW F800 GS owners can call BMW at 1-800-831-1117 and see the solving of their possible problem from there.
Taking such a measure over a specific model does not necessarily mean that all bikes recalled are affected and that are imminent dangers riding down the streets, but that the manufacturer has a responsible approach towards their customer safety and try to exclude all possible risks of a crash due to mechanical failure.