San Jose based company, Brake Free is creating advanced lighting technology to help make riders more visible with less fuss.
Brake Free is an attachable helmet LED that uses sensors to detect braking, making it completely wireless, and requires no connection to the motorcycle’s electronics. With its built-in sensors, the system automatically lights up no matter how the rider slows down: braking, engine braking or downshifting to alert surrounding drivers.
Using the latest in LED technology and mounted on the back of a helmet, Brake Free sits at eye level to maximise visbility.
“This could be the biggest safety improvement for motorcyclists in a while,” said Dennis “Budman” Kobza Jr., 2017 AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award recipient, California Motorcycle Safety Committee member and owner of Bay Area Riders Forum.
“Helmet technology has gotten better, so has the gear, electronic aids have gotten better, but this is unique in terms of raising the awareness of drivers who surround us so often. I think this will save lives and many broken bodies as well.”
“Currently on the market there is hi-vis gear like jackets, vests, helmets, and pants,” said John Clelland, Founder & Chairman of Nor Cal Ducati D.O.C. “It’s a step in the right direction, but it is a static piece and will not capture the attention of a semi-glazed driver. What’s nice about Brake Free is it illuminates and flashes, which makes it very dynamic and can save a rider’s life.”
Brake Free fits most helmets and uses a total of a 100 super bright LEDs to get the job done.
“What’s special about Brake Free is it can detect deceleration in the direction of travel” said Johan Boot, technical co-founder at Brake Free Technologies.
“Even when the head of the rider moves side to side or tips forward”. Brake Free’s proprietary algorithm allows it to detect braking and ignore all other movements.
Phil Ammendolia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at LS2 Helmets, said, “After nearly 42 years of working in the motorcycle industry, and 17 specializing in helmets, one thing continues to prove true. A rider can NEVER be too visible."
World renowned Scotsman , Kevin Carmichael is the new official UK KTM stunt rider.
Starting on bikes at the ripe age of 7 Kevin went on to become the Scottish Motocross Champion in 1997. In that same year he became European stunt champion, winning the title continuously from 1999 to 2002. Since then, Kevin has become one of the most successful riders in the sport.
He was the first rider to wheelie a superbike with no front wheel or forks and pioneered the use of a bar-mounted rear brake.
At 49 Kevin isn't looking to slow down and for his 2017 show season he'll be putting a number of KTM’s Ready to Race machinery through it's paces, including the 690 DUKE, the ‘Beast’ 1290 SUPER DUKE R and a 250 EXC-F enduro machine.
“KTM is the most exciting motorcycle brand, so naturally I’m really happy to be working with them. Coming from an off-road background, I’ve always admired their approach to motocross and enduro and they’ve carried this individual character on to their street bikes." Said Kevin.
“Since getting behind the bars of the 690 DUKE I’m incredibly impressed with how light and balanced the bike is and I’ve only just scratched the surface of its potential. As for the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, well, you never see those on two wheels anyway!”
Carmichael made his debut for KTM at the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show on March 11. Throughout 2017 he will be performing at multiple rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Carole Nash has started a new social media initiative to bring people together through their love of riding motorbikes. It's called #BikerBuddy and it comes after a survey said two thirds of adults want to make new friends or struggle to keep up with their current ones.
The scheme aims to help bikers find new people to ride with, as well as giving rookies a place to get much needed hints and tips, from staying safe, to how to hit the apex properly.
To take part, tweet @InsideBikes with #BikerBuddy, send description of the type of biker you are, and the kind of biker buddy you're looking for; be it sports rider, Harley fan or retro rider and the #BikerBuddy scheme will try to match as many other riders as possible during the four week period that ends 17th April.
With the weather we've just had this weekend, what better way to get out and meet people with the same passion for bikes as you and I.
The oldest Vespa scooter in existence will be auctioned off in the coming weeks and is likely to pull in between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.
The 98cc scooter was produced back in 1946 as part of a limited “0 series” run of 60 units. It bears it's original chassis number, 1003, marking it as the third ever unit to be assembled; units 1001 and 1002 are lost to history.
According to the auction house Catawiki, incredibly, the Vespa #1003 is in working condition and will be sold with its original Italian registration documents.
The Vespa brand (which means wasp in Italian) has long since evolved from it's single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy. Vespa now produces some of the most well known scooters in the world and is just one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.
The auction runs until March 28. Currently there have already been 19 bids with the latest standing at $174,297.
The hotly anticipated and long awaited MotoGP™ 2017 season kicks off at the Losail International circuit in Qatar on Sunday. Four British riders, each having tasted grand prix success will be lining up on the 3.343 miles circuit just outside Doha for the opening round of the championship.
The last time that four British, grand prix winners raced in a premier-class grand prix was at Silverstone in 1979 (Barry Sheene, John Newbold, Mick Grant and Tony Rutter).
The Isle of Man based Midlander, roared to success on the LCR Honda last year, re-writing the history books with two MotoGP victories. The 31-year-old was the first British rider to win a premier class race for 35 years. He has continued to impress in pre-season testing and has every chance in the next 18 grands prix of winning more races, with the hopes of ultimate championship success.
Gloucestershire's main man came out guns blazing in the final test at Qatar last week. Riding the Octo Pramac Ducati, the 24-year-old was seventh fastest at the Losail International circuit.
If he can repeat that performance in the 22 lap race on Sunday, it would mark a perfect start for Redding, who is still the youngest ever grand prix winner.
Recovering from a serious knee injury from last August, Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith faces a tough opening few races spearheading the new Red Bull KTM team’s maiden season in MotoGP. He'll be looking for points in the opening three flyaway grands prix starting on Sunday.
Lincolnshire boy Sam Lowe is making his MotoGP debut after two grands prix wins last year in the Moto2™ class. The 26-year-old, 2013 WorldSSP Champion, and now MotoGP™ rider has joined Aleix Espargaro in the Gresini Aprilia team.
Don't forget, you can now watch all the highlights from this MotoGP season on Channel 5. It's sure to be a thrilling ride.