For techies out there, it may seem evident that the self-driving car promises unparalleled levels of safety for the 1.2B car commuters out there. We are in dire need of a solution to reduce the > one million deaths that occur on public roads every year. But with seven billion people in the world today (and an estimated nine billion by 2050) this begs the question “how then do the other six billion people get around, and how safe is it for them?” Over half the employed population of three billion people get from A to B every day on just two wheels, making motorcycling the most popular form of transportation worldwide. This may come as a bit of a surprise unless you’ve visited any of the one hundred largest metropolises in the world. How safe (or unsafe) is motorcycling really? This is where things get interesting. For every billion passenger miles traveled, there are 237.57 motorcycle-related deaths and 6.53 car-related deaths (and 0.02 aviation-related deaths, in … [Read more...] about Will self driving cars mean the end for motorcycling?
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Nobody ever dismantles a working motorcycle. About ten years ago [Andy Pugh] took possession of a large box of rusty parts that formed most of what had once been a 1921 Ner-a-Car motorcycle. They languished for several years, until in 2014 he was spurred into action and returned to the bike. What followed was a two-year odyssey of rebuilding, restoration, and parts remanufacture, and since [Andy] is an engineer par excellence and an active member of the LinuxCNC community his blog posts on the subject should be a fascinating read for any hardware hacker with an interest in metalwork. Ner-a-Car represents one of those eccentric dead-ends in automotive history. Designed in 1918 by an American, [Carl Neracher], its name is a play on both its designer and its construction and it is unique in that its design is closer to the cars of the era than that of a motorcycle. It has a car-style chassis, an in-line engine, and it was the first motorcycle to be produced with … [Read more...] about 1921 Ner-A-Car Motorcycle Reborn With Epic Parts Remanufacture
By now, most automotive enthusiasts have heard of the Quail Motorsports Gathering. It's become an integral part of Monterey, California's legendary Car Week alongside events like the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Those same folks have no doubt heard that the Quail is notoriously expensive (tickets start around $600) and equally tricky to attend (tickets are allocated by lottery). But not many people know that there's another Quail event, held earlier in the year, that celebrates the most exceptional motorized two-wheeled vehicles on Earth. Tickets cost under $100, jeans are encouraged attire and dogs are welcome -- a huge contrast from the hoity-toity Car Week gathering.Needless to say, as Roadshow's resident west coast motorcycle nerd, I had to check it out. The catch is that my motorcycle, a typically quite stalwart Triumph Tiger XCx, was in need of some repairs that I, talentless as I am with a wrench, couldn't fix in time for the show. … [Read more...] about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is the best motorcycle show you’ve never been to
Motorcycle safety technology has come a long way in the last decade or so. Now, most new bikes -- even beginner bikes -- have antilock brakes as an option and an increasing number of motorcycles offer multistage traction control. Hell, you can even buy motorcycle gear with built-in airbags to help soften your crash if the ABS and TC can't save you. Now Bosch wants to take things further by introducing anti-slide technology.Sounds cool, right? You're motoring along, leaned over in a turn and oh no, someone left a bunch of sand at the apex of the corner. Now your wheels are starting to wash out and you know you're in for a low side crash but all of a sudden, you hear a loud hiss as your bike vents pressurized gas to counteract the slide and help right your bike. You ride off feeling like an idiot and looking like a pro.Yeah, pressurized gas. Think of the way a spaceship maneuvers in orbit. It uses high-pressure gas emitting from a nozzle to provide motive force. The Bosch slide … [Read more...] about Bosch is testing space thrusters that will make your motorcycle safer
A stretch of Interstate 93 in Boston descended into chaos on Saturday after police tried to arrest dozens of motorcyclists and ATV riders who were seen riding recklessly. At some point during the confrontation, part of which was caught on video, one rider was shot by a responding police officer; he later appeared in court with a foot wound. The chaos involved up to 35 riders, according to police, who also released a statement identifying the seven arrested, all men under the age of 35. Here’s a portion of the statement, which describes a scene that quickly got out of hand: At about 5:00 p.m., Troopers observed the group traveling in an erratic and dangerous manner on Route 93 Southbound in Boston. Troopers encountered them on the ramp from Route 93 Southbound to Exit 18 (Mass Avenue) and attempted to effect arrests. During that encounter, a Trooper discharged his weapon, striking one of the riders, a 28-year-old Randolph man. That man was transported to Boston Medical Center for … [Read more...] about Seven Arrested After A Gang Of ATV And Motorcycle Enthusiasts Runs Riot On Boston Interstate