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Parul | Sep 7 2008

There are more than 4 million motorcycles registered in US. The popularity of this mode of transportation is attributed to the low preliminary cost of a bike, its use as a bliss vehicle and for some models, the good fuel efficiency. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway sufferers each year, yet bikes represent just two percent of registered vehicles in US. One of the main reasons bikers are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no fortification in a crash.

Motorcycles have a far higher accident rate per unit of distance traveled when compared to automobiles. According to 2005 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4008 motorcycle occupants were killed on United States roads in 2004, an 8 percent increase from 2003. Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; an analogous figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.

Riding a motorbike is becoming dicey. The figures reveal the fact that fatalities last year have increased by an alarming 5.4 percent over 2005 and are on an upswing for the ninth consecutive year. Deaths have increased 125 percent over 10 years, a period in which registrations rose more than 50 percent. Furthermore a rising average age of riders, more powerful engines and rescind of state laws requiring universal helmet use have been major contributors.

A bike suffers in contrast when considering vehicle distinctiveness that directly contributes to occupant safety. What a bike sacrifices in weight, bulk and other crashworthiness characteristic is somewhat offset by its agility, maneuverability, ability to stop quickly, and ability to veer off quickly when necessary.

What causes the catastrophe?

It would be dim-witted if somebody riding a bike doesn’t know the basics. The failure to appreciate the limitations and to use special precautions while riding can be fatal. The failure to employ self-protective driving techniques and the lack of specific braking as well as concerning skills can do a lot in terms of damage. A major cause of concern is the safety itself in the bikes. The bikes are now outfitted with a number of safety devices. Fuel tank mounted airbags as well as wearable jacket airbag devices change the way we think about the risks involved with motorcycles. Accidents occur within a very short time and a rider may not be able to mechanically protect him or herself when a crash takes place. This is where an airbag becomes useful and lifesaving.

Honda has recently developed a fuel tank mounted airbag for the Goldwing model that just takes 0.15 seconds to deploy. Crash sensors in the front wheel send data to the airbag electronic control unit which in turn activates the airbag inflator. Excerpting an incident from NY Times, a man was saved in a routine bike accident, purely because of the Airbag incorporation in the Honda Gold Wing.

According to the company, the accident was the first in which the air bag of a motorcycle deployed to guard a rider. At least for now, the air bag is an option only on big Gold Wing touring bikes, which nearly costs $25,000, fully equipped with features like heated handgrips and antilock brakes. Jon Row, a Honda Spokesperson accentuated that the air bag was something of a last measure in crunch times and is not intended to replace the need to wear a helmet.

Personal Protective Equipment

Commonly known as the ‘motorcycle gear’, the personal protective equipment (PPE) adds a lot to the safety in your bike. The equipment facilitates better visibility, abrasion resistance, padding and of course the weather protection. The gear includes the universal gadgets like Helmet, Gloves, Jackets, Pants, Boots, Glairs or Helmet Visor, Ear Plugs, Vests vis-a-vis.

Wearing a helmet cuts the risk of death by about 37 percent. The loopholes in the system make it more easier said than done. ‘The American Dream’ (riding bike without a helmet) sounds tricky because of factors like the increase in motorcycle sales. Its now time to wake up and realize how precious life is, when it’s about riding the wind.

Dean L. Thompson, a spokesman for the safety group, said that older riders should ‘not be in denial about their skills, which decline over time.’ Riders should know their limits, he said.

The Training

In many developed countries riders are now either required or encouraged to attend safety classes in order to obtain a separate motorcycle driving license. In US, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) provides a standardized curriculum to the states that, in turn, provides low cost safety training for new and current riders.

A motorcyclist should attend a Bike rider-training course to learn how to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle. Biker must also be more cautious when riding in impolite weather, on slippery surfaces, or when bumping into obstructions on the roadway. Just about half of all fatal single-vehicle bike crashes involve alcohol. The safe operation of a motorcycle requires more skill and co-ordination to operate than a car.

The bottom-line is that a lot depends on you as a biker. It is you who has to amplify a routine of gearing up fully equipped when riding a bike. Not everybody is privileged of possessing a $25000 safety bike a few even ride some strange machines with nothing but Indian engines and airbags would mean zilch to those riders ; it is you and only you to decide your fate. Some legitimate riding and a bit of common sense could save many lives.

Happy Riding!

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Vishal | Mar 21 2007

This is a gift for the speed lovers as it is approachable, furious, and efficient but the most important part is that it is street legal. This Acabion GTBO Enclosed Motorcycle is shaped in the shape of a bullet that is known to be the best aerodynamic structure to support speed. The cockpit can house two passengers comfortably and let you approach high speeds.

Powered by a 700 hp turbocharged engine it can reach streaming 258 mph in about 19 seconds and has a top speed of 265 mph at 200 hp (legally) or otherwise you can break the limits by riding on 300 mph. But what makes the vehicle stand out in queue is its fuel efficiency. The sad news is that the company only plans to build a total of 26 vehicles from 2007-2011. Now, if you want to own this extreme machine you re to start saving money to pay a hefty amount of $720,000.

Via: ohgizmo

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Vishal | Mar 20 2007

With a rise steep riser in gas prices industry is paying stress on developing new techniques to develop vehicles that work on alternate fuels this. The most common amongst them is hybrid vehicles that work using electric charge but the biggest disadvantage with these types of vehicles is low torque and their traveling limit.

Genesis EV-X7
is an all electric scoter that comprises of a new technology fabricated by combination of a permanent magnet with electromagnetic technology. The new type of electric motor “Sumo.” installed in this scooter promises high efficiency and can make the machine travel up to 112 miles on a six-hour battery charge. The top speed is also projected to be 90 mph. Initially it will cost you for $2,000 but I am sure that it will save you lots of money in future due to its good efficiency. Moreover the design is also very appealing that will make you noticed when you pass by.

Via: scifi

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Naveen | Mar 6 2007

This one in indeed a neat make. But, somehow it resembles the Audi R8 in its looks. Well, the pictured above is the new Monotracer bike from the house of Siss firm Peraves that seems to be inpired from the Audi R8’s make.

The 1,100 pounds Monotracer runs on a 1.2-liter four-cylinder BMW engine outputting 130 HP. It reaches 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and gets to a top speed of 155 mph.

The bike, which will be showcased at the Geneva Auto Show, can lean to about 52-degrees.

Via: windingroad

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Naveen | Mar 6 2007

An Australian 3D designer Tim Cameron drew a sketch of a ‘dreambike’ on a piece of paper back in December 2003. Then, an engineering whiz kid Christian Travert, US based, who already has the honor to build the real 200mph ‘Y2K’ jet turbine-powered bike (fastest production motorcycle in the world) made this concept production-ready and dubbed the machine ‘V-Rex.’

Although the V-Rex hasn’t seen the day’s light, pre-orders have started popping in like anything. Startlingly, the dreambike will hit the American roads at the Daytona Bike Week.

Via: Gizmag

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Anupam | Mar 2 2007

Honda seems to be quite happy with the 2006 MotoGP Championship. This has prompted the company to release a limited edition Repsol Replica Fireblade CBR1000RR motorcycle.

The machine will be released into European and American markets later this month.

It is the second replica that will be launched by the company. Earlier in 2005 Honda released the first to commemorate a decade of Repsol sponsorship.

The motorcycle is a host of all race-developed innovations.

It includes PGM-DSFI dual sequential fuel injection system, Mass-centralized chassis configuration, Gravity Die-Cast Aluminum Frame, Unit-Pro-Arm Swingarm, Radial-Mount front brake calipers and Electronic Steering Damper.

You can say that the motorcycle is nowhere near the exact machine that is driven in competitions but we also have to keep in mind that every one is not as talented as Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden.

Via: Gizmag

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Naveen | Feb 22 2007

Koreans are not just lucky enough to lay their hands on latest innovative electronic gadgets only. Now, Hankook motor trading, an official partner of Yamaha Motor has taken wraps off its latest super sports motorcycle ‘YZF-R1′ for the Korean market.

The chic motorcycle comes rocking a liquid cooled 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC engine and boasts new electronic throttle YCC-T (Yamaha chip controlled throttle), slipper clutch, and dual elliptical mufflers. It offers a fuel tank capacity of 18-litres with 3.4-litres in reserve. Though the pricing is not known, the YZF-R1 is scheduled to hit the streets.

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Naveen | Feb 15 2007

My Gosh! I took the photo pictured above to be a nice photoshop edit. But, it’s not. It’s in actual the world’s tallest motorcycle that has already found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The gigantic bike dubbed ‘The Monster or Dream Big’ is an upshot of creative mind of Greg Dunham from California.

The beast is 11′ 3′ tall, 20′ 4′ long and weighs a heavy 6500 pounds. Powered by a 502 cubic-inch engine (offering 500 horsepower), the Dream Big moves only when it is yoked to 2-speed transmission. And, it will enrich you with an absolutely mesmerizing ride at the terminal velocity of 65 miles per hour. The price is almost as big as the bike itself. The price tag reads $300,000.

Via: windingroad

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Anupam | Feb 8 2007

Carroll Shelby International and Rucker Performance have unveiled a limited production Shelby Motorcycle at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo.

The motorcycle has been developed by the team and will be produced by Rucker Performance.

The motorcycle is powered by a new S&S X-Wedge 128 c.i.d. engine that delivers an awesome 150 bhp to the machine.

Each Shelby Motorcycle will be painted according to the customer’s taste and will also bear a special edition logo.

The initial production will be very limited and will be contained to just 25 motorcycles that will be made available in Q3 this year.

Shelby commented that the formula for success is the use of a powerful American motor in a light-weight chassis.

The specs of the motorcycle will make any enthusiast go crazy for it. It has Racing-style front forks and a high-performance braking system and ceramic brake rotors and most important a 1-6 electric shift system and the air-ride suspension make it comfortable.

May be I cannot get my hands onto this motorcycle in the first lot but I will surely try for the second one...!

Via: gizmag

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Anupam | Jan 25 2007

The Rapom V8 has been designed by a British Engineer Nick Argyle. The engineer has a simple concept of squeezing an 8.2 liter supercharged V8 engine of a monster truck in a bike.

The result is a Rapom V8 bike, which delivers an awesome 1000 bhp of raw power. The bike weighs 1000lbs and has a super long chassis which is there to accommodate the monster engine.

Big power doesn’t come easy and this monster bike does just 4 miles in a gallon of alcohol.

Nick also commented that he had to sell the chassis of his self-crafted monster truck as he was looking for a smaller project. He also was running low on garage space so he decided to make a bike.

The monster will make a debut at the MCN London Motorcycle Show that commences on 1st of February.

Via: gizmag

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