Welcome to Friday Fudge – a weekly round up of the more ‘unusual’ motorcycle related stories that are just too silly to post on their own, but raise a much bigger chortle when you slap them all together and take the piss.
Here at CMG, we think speed cameras are a greedy money grab, cunningly – and unfairly – abused by The Man.
We’re pretty sure Dominique Nancy of France agrees. He recently got a ticket for going 141 km/h in a 130 zone. Now, before all you law-abiding types pipe up and squawk that he should just suck it up and take his punishment like a man, consider this: Nancy was on a Peugeot 102 moped when he got a ticket. He’d be lucky to get 41 km/h, let alone 141.
Then, figure this one out: Mopeds don’t even have license plates in France, so there’s no explanation as to how the cops sent the ticket to Nancy in the first place.
Hopefully Nancy isn’t stuck paying the ticket, but if he is, he should save the receipt; surely the Guinness Book of World Records would accept it as proof of some sort of new moped land speed record.
Story source: Bikes in the Fast Lane
Guy Martin on a roll?
What could be better than watching roller derby? The answer is — obviously — watching motorcycles. But what about watching roller derby AND motorcycles?
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the town of Nottingham in the U.K. this weekend, you can watch that mad motorized roller action for yourself.
U.K. roadracing hero Guy Martin himself is actually going to appear at the the Rollerburn event, towing gals around at high speed on his motorsickle. What could possibly go wrong at a “Festival of Motorised Death Traps and Roller Vixens,” as they call it?
We can only hope some sweet YouTube videos come out of this event.
Three-wheeled thrills at Milan
You might have already heard about this, but if not, here goes: Some machines were seized at the EICMA show in Milan last week. But, they weren’t seized because of high-powered burnouts in the parking lot, or similar anti-social action. Heck, we even doubt the machines would wheelie – after all, we’re talking about Chinese manufacturer Yiben’s three-wheeled scooter.
Yes, you read that right. Apparently, someone told the fuzz to take a closer look at Yiben’s YB 250 ZKT – the allegation is that it’s a direct copy of Piaggio’s MP3 scooter. The Italian police, undoubtedly filled with patriotic outrage at the thought of somebody ripping off one of their country’s iconic brands, wheeled Yiben’s display model away.
Of course, given the venue, it would have been even funnier if police had also dispatched some imitation officers to confiscate the motorcycles … surely Moto GP’s Rizla girls were around and could have obliged.
Story source: Two Wheels Blog
In loo of a better story…
Ever make a bike purchase that you wished you could just flush from your memory? Well somebody in the town of Burton in the U.K. must have felt that way.
Municipal authorities recently released a report on a cleanup of the town’s sewers. They found all sorts of nasty things ranging from hygeine products, used condoms, diapers, and the like – but one of the oddest finds was a motorcycle that somehow ended up down there.
Maybe someone was just tired of crappy performance and decided to dump their cycle? We don’t think the bike ended up down there as part of an accident – nobody reported noticing any skid marks.
Story source: Visordown
A tablet gets dirty
Don’t you just hate it when you’re out for a ride with a friend in their off-road sidecar rig, and you’re suddenly struck with an urge to check your email or update your Facebook status?
Have no fear, friends – Lenovo has just the gadget for you. Check out the video!
A tale of love
It’s the oldest story in the world: Guy has Norton, uses Norton to impress girl, girl hooks up with guy, steals Norton. Or something like that. If you’ve got a few minutes, watch this short film. It’s artsy, it’s European, and it leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. OK, we made that last part up.