I’ve had my own violent and inevitable death described to me casually, by complete strangers, an inordinate number of times. It’s always a friendly conversation accompanied by knowing nods and benevolent looks. It’ll be a closed casket funeral, they say. Your ...Read More »
The Truth About Distracted Driving is an infographic sent into us by Neil at Southside Motor Factors. It splits distracted driving up into three categories (visual, manual, and cognitive), and lists some pretty scary facts: Think food and drink is ...Read More »
With 3 wheels, the Toyota i-Road is a zero-emission, electric combination motorcycle and car. Toyota is trying to create a new niche they call "urban mobility", combining "the convenience of a motorbike and comfort and stability of a car." If you can imagine a motorcycle with doors, a roof and a steering wheel, you pretty much have the Toyota i-Road. It has a top speed of 60 kph and can hold 2 people. Fully charged in 30 mins, the i-Road can travel 50 kms, but only at 30 kph. Each front wheel has its own electric motor (forward and reverse), while steering is accomplished by the back wheel. The driving experience is like a motorcycle as it leans into the corners.Read More »
There’s a new four part video series out that compares motorcycles vs. cars at the track. The series is a collaboration between Evo Magazine and Bike Social, looking at the friendly rivalry between the biking and car community. Two Wheels ...Read More »
It might seem to some drivers that all tyres are just tyres, but there are many different types, even for the same vehicle and wheel size. There are also several main differences between regular tyres and 4×4 tyres. There are ...Read More »
One of the most basic parts of motorcycle ownership is caring for the battery. At the same time, we need to work with it so seldom that it's easy to forget some of the basics. In particular, many people quickly forget how to properly and safely use jumper cables. At most most of us will only need to use them once in any given handful of years. That's just enough time for anyone to get a little fuzzy on the details. So, how should one properly use jumper cables?Read More »
We don't often care for things with four wheels, but this video of a 12 tonne distribution truck taking on medieval streets and charging bulls was too good not to share.Read More »
Back in 2011 I featured a world tour video project called Flake and Flames, by a motorcyclist named Jesper Bram. Bram is famous among motorcycle bloggers as the owner of Helmet Hair Motorcycle blog. Helmet Hair was once the coolest motorcycle blog on the internet, so I knew that Jesper's movie would be equally if not exponentially more awesome.Read More »
Here's another great infographic, and another Motorcycles vs. Cars comparison. This one looks at the risks and dangers of riding a motorcycle versus driving a car. The infographic brings up a few important points:
The infographic lists crash rates per vehicle mile travelled, but does it include parking lot spills?
The number of alcohol related injuries is close, but does anyone know whether these are the young hot headed riders drinking and crashing, or the oldschool, over-confident seasoned biker vets?
The motorcycle fatalities stats are interesting, as were the breakdown of who's most likely to ride a motorcycle.
Here's a little teaser shot, click it to read more:
Fears of global warming, a double dip recession, and rising gas prices have many North Americans running away from the gas pumps. We're seeing a rising number of people parking (or selling) their cars and buying motorcycles as a more earth-friendly, convenient, affordable and fun method of transportation.
Before you rush to trade in your Suzuki SUV for a Suzuki SV, let's look at whether or not motorcycles are more environmentally friendly then cars.