Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New motorcycle safety cartoons

Well at last a positive move to improve motorcycle safety using humour as the medium. In a new Europe wide road safety campaign developed by the Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motorcycles (ACEM) 13 cartoons will be released on a monthly basis to highlight and educate about the everyday risks riders of powered two wheelers (PTWs) face.

The aim of the campaign is to raise riders awareness of the various risks posed by road layouts and traffic sitautions.

Lucky 13 is a motorcyclist and is the main star of the cartoons. Like many others he is on the road every day. He’s also a lucky guy. He doesn’t know that the roadway isn’t always a safe place to ride his motorcycle, yet some how he pulls through every time. Don’t be like him, don’t count on your luck like he does. And learn from his mistakes.

The first cartoon is entitled "How to Avoid Accidents at Junctions" - see cartoon below.

You can download the cartoon for yourself from

Well done the the ACEM, hopefully these cartoons will leading to greater awareness of the risks involved in riding a motorcycle, scooter or moped!

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Extended Warranty Cover for your Motorbike

Thought you'd like to know that Warranty Direct, the UK's leading provider of direct consumer warranties is now offering extended mechanical breakdown insurance for motorcycle owners.

The cover is known as Bike Warranty and is very extensive covering everything from crank failure to dropped valves, suspension compliance to electrical system failure. However the unique feature of the cover is it breaks the mould by covering wear and tear, most often excluded under warranty policies.

Cover applies across the Continent and can cover motorbikes up to eight years old and 80,000 miles. Further there are not restrictions on where the bike is repaired, apparently you can choose a franchised dealer, independent garage or specialist.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Suzuki to show Gladius and GSX-R100 at NEC Bike Show

Suzuki have annonced they will be showing the new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 sportsbike and the Suzuki Gladius 650 at the forthcoming 2008 Carole Mash International Motorcycle and Scooter Show.

The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is lighter,sharper and more powerful than the previous model whilst the Suzuki Gladius 650 is Suzuki's new European styled middleweight, being a reworked version of the popular SV650.

Suzuki will also show a host of racing bikes form the 2008 season from MotoGP, World Superbike, British Superbike, Isle of Man TT and off-road championships.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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By Any Means DVD released on 3rd November

Charley Boorman's latests adventure "By Any Means" is about to be released on DVD by Universal Pictures. Featuring both seasoned adventurer Charley Boorman and Russ Malkin as director and expedition leader, the DVD charts their Ireland to Sydney adventure by any means.

Featuring up to 100 types of transport, motorbikes again play a major role.

Maybe one of the Christmas list?

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Boris he says "Yes!"

Finally the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go ahead for motorcycles to use bus lanes in London. The BMF reporting on this today have welcomed the move.

Making this announcement today, Mr Johnson said: "I have long been staggered that while motorcyclists can use bus lanes in many other cities and some of our boroughs they were not allowed to use the TfL routes that criss-cross the capital. "One of the ways we can ease congestion is by encouraging more people to get on their bike, whether pedal or powered, and I believe they should be able to share our bus lanes successfully and safely. "

So from From 5th January motorcyclists will be able to share red route bus lanes with buses, cyclists and black taxis on an 18-month trial basis.

Well done Boris at last!!!

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Honda CBR10000RR Fireblade Voted Britain’s Favourite Motorcycle

In the 2008 RiDER Power Survey Honda's awesome CBR1000RRR Fireblade had been voted Britain's favourite bike with a satisfaction rating score of 92.19%. Also Honda's ST1300 Pan European came fifth with a score of 88.53%.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Taz Motorcycles win Aprilia Award!

Neil Steen, Managing Director of Taz Motorcycles at the Aprilia Awards held in Sepang

Taz Motorcycles - Best Performing European Dealer 2008 for Aprilia Motorcycles Trophy

Taz Motorcycles of Peterborough have just won a top award from Aprilia that of Best Performing European Dealer of 2008.

Well done Taz!

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Monday, October 20, 2008

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 review

Steve Atlas of reviewed the new 2009 Ducati Monster 1100.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. So what's beauty in the eye of this beholder, you might ask? Floating one wheel in the air, completely effortlessly, while soaking in a breathtaking view of the French Rivera. Hard to argue with that! And the perfect bike for such an act: Ducati's new 2009 Monster 1100. It's just that easy. It's just plain beautiful.

For the full review, visit the site here

Pic: Motorcycle-usa

2009 Buell 1125CR review

The good guys at, actually Jeff Whitmer, reviewed the 2009 Buell 1125CR naked fighter.

Visit the full review here
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2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at NEC BIke Show

Kawasaki will be showing off their 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R sports bike at the 2009 Carole Nash International Motorcycle and Scooter Show later this year. With lighter weight, revised chassis, revised engine and MotoGP inspired styling the Ninja ZX-6R the bike has beeen significantly updated.

In the meantime we've got a picture of the revised bike for you to view.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Is this the 2010 Suzuki BuRgman 400?

At its recent annual dealer gathering in the United States, Suzuki displayed a Burgman 400 Sport Concept that adds unique styling, fairing, suspension, brakes and tires to Suzuki's single-cylinder, 400cc scooter platform. Reportedly, the dealers were impressed, and urged Suzuki to put the bike into production...

The big momma surely looks appealing in typical Suzuki colors. Shoot mails to Suzuki if you want this sofa on two-wheels!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Volvo launches new B9R / 9400 6x2 bus in India

What is a bus doing on this blog right? Well, after cars and bikes, it is the buses that I am crazy about.

You may have a look at my bus blog at

Volvo today launched a new multi-axle bus, called the 9400 6x2 or the B9R.
The list price is Rs 85 lakh and Sharma transport has already picked up one.

In comparison to the B7R, the new bus is 1.7 meters longer and offers 8 more seats. Power too goes up via a 9-liter engine as compared to a 7-liter for the earlier one.

After Mercedes launched their buses here, we all knew Volvo too would do something.

The 9400 6x2 looks very good in flesh. For that matter, even the smaller B7R overshadows the Mercedes bus easily. I am now waiting to get a ride on the new Volvo B9R. Keep yourself updated here ...

Monday, October 13, 2008

2009 Aprilia Shiver 1200

New Aprilia 1200cc V-Twin for 2009 rumored

At the EICMA show in Milan next month, Aprilia might be showing the new Shiver 1200 with a new 130bhp engine. Stay tuned for more!

Delhi to Marsimek La : Day 2

Read Day 1 here
Read Day 3 here
Read Day 4 here
Read Day 5 here
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Day 2: Vashisht - Sarchu

We managed to leave our hotel by around 8am or so, riding our way upto Rohtang Pass. Unfortunately, bad roads and overloaded trucks meant that the going very slow. Came across quite a few waterfalls enroute Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass was surprisingly devoid of tourist. We had our breakfast here

Roads didnt improve after Rohtang Pass as well. The elevation did come down, but we constantly rode on dirt and roads devoid of tarmac all the way upto the base of the Baralacha La pass.

We tanked up our water-supplies here at the base of the Baralacha La pass

It was well beyond 6:30pm by the time we hit the pass. Temperatures were beginning to come down drastically.

The Himalayan Saga camps at Sarchu were our stop for the night

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Delhi to Marsimek La : Day1

My initial plan was to include Sach Pass as well but due to time constraints, I ended up chalking out a rather 'simple' ride from Delhi to K-top and back including a detour to Eastern Ladakh including the Marsimek La or the M-top

The ride took place from the 23rd to the 31st of August. It has also been featured in the October issue of Bike India magazine

I wanted to make sure that fewer riders joined in. In the end, it was six of us.
1. Bunny Punia - Karizma
2. Nitinjit - Karizma
3. Vivek - Karizma
4. Chanderjeet - Energy FX
5. Ravi - Pulsar 220
6. Ishaq - Avenger 180

23rd August
As described above in the first post, we were six riders. Three from Delhi, the rest from Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Waiting outside my place for Nitinjit on the outer-ring road.

Me, Nitinjit and Chanderjeet (the three punjabi lads!) being from Delhi, decided to meet up at the bypass before 5am. The rest of the gang had already moved ahead last night (20odd km ahead of the bypass) and had to meet us at 5:30am. Ofcourse, by the time three of us reached their hotel, they were still sleeping. A good 30min wasted, back on the road by 6:15am!

Unexpected fog hit us enroute Karnal. Riding speeds came down to 50km/h, though even on open roads, I didnt go beyond 80ish to be with Chanderjeet, who preferred to cruise at 70!

By 8am, we were at the line of dhabas just before the Karnal toll barrier. The plan was discussed over paranthas and chai.

Breakfast stop@Karnal

We were back on the road before 9am. A boring (and fast) ride to Ambala, from where we took a straight to Chandigarh. It was decided to halt every hour for regrouping. Thankfully, the highway to Chandigarh was much better now. By 10am, we were in the heart of CHD, filled up petrol (relatively cheaper here) and carried on to NH21.

The Karnal to Ambala stretch is far better than the Delhi-Karnal one

Railway crossing after Chandigarh. Thats Ravi filling up his tank!

Roads were a mix of good and bad. Private buses were gunning it - keeping 90-95 on the speedo and chasing us for a good time. Though we had to stop soon for a regrouping session once again. The first set of hills had us surprised - lotsa fog which though last for a few km gave us a respite from the heat.

The first set of hills

Everything went on smoothly till we encountered a bad stretch of road. A major landslide had us wasting 30min. At Bilaspur, we got a call from Chanderjeet about his bike's chain coming off! We all rode back, only to find him fixing it by himself. We running well behind schedule and it was decided to halt at the first restaurant for lunch and decide as to what to do.

We made our own version of a ride-in restaurant before Bilaspur

Chanderjeet was the first to leave after lunch to get his bike done up at Bilaspur. We followed him soon. The mechanic seemed to take ages to repair the bike and it was close to 4pm! It was decided that Nitinjit,Ravi and Vivek would go ahead to book a good hotel in Vashisht, while the three of us would ride together once the bike was fixed.

At around the 5pm mark, three of us left ahead of Manali. We still had more than 160km to go! Riding at the 40-45mark, it took us no less than 4.5 hours to get to Vashisht, where thankfully, the other guys had booked a nice hotel. Ample parking, awesome roof top restaurant and cheap rooms.

My bike was carrying the following:
1. Tank bag
2. Saddle bags
3. My luggage in another bag
4. Lotsa books that Chanderjeet got for school kids
5. Me!

565km in 16.5 hours was well, quite frustrating and tiring. Gulping down a beer, I hoped for the best for Day 2!

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2009 Husqvarna SM 450 R Revealed

The full fruit of the acquisition of Husqvarna by BMW will take time to grow, but Husky is already displaying a new model at the Intermot . . . a 2009 SM 450 R. The new SM 450 R is slightly lighter (1 kilo), receives a new frame, and a number of changes to its engine intended to increase performance and durability. Among other things, a new headlight design is readily apparent.

We have not received full specifications, or other details on this new Husqvarna model, but we will pass them along in due course. BMW is expected to eventually revamp Husqvarna's entire line up, of course, but it has only owned the company for a short period of time.


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