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The Iron Butt Challenge
BEST MOTORCYCLE MOVIES
More Biker Movies from our
HOW TO RIDE A
Beginners’ Guide to riding a
A Racer’s Best Friend
THE IRON BUTT AND LONGEST
DISTANCE ON A MOTORCYCLE
IN 24 HOURS CHALLENGE.
Last time we talked about the Around Egypt
on a Motorcycle Initiative, as well as the
World Record that was achieved by the
initiative’s founder, Ali Abdo. What's he up
BEST MOTORCYCLE MOVIES
More motorcycle movies to keep you
occupied during your non-riding time.
HOW TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE
PART 1 (BEGINNERS’ GUIDE).
We decided to release the series of How to
ride a motorcycle in order to give our
beloved riders some useful tips (regardless
for how long have you been riding) to help
them enjoy their rides more and crash less.
SENA SMH10R BLUETOOTH
HEADSET: A RACER’S BEST
The most significant feature of this Sena
headset is its slim and small dimensions......
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THE IRON BUTT AND
LONGEST DISTANCE ON A
MOTORCYCLE IN 24
Sup, motorcyclists! Last time we talked
about the Around Egypt on a Motorcycle
Initiative, as well as the World Record that
was achieved by the initiative’s founder,
Ali Abdo (click here to check the article).
This time, we are proud to be the first
motorcyclist magazine to bring you some
exclusive updates about Ali Abdo’s next
What is the Iron Butt
“ The world is our Playground” .
That’s the slogan of the 50,000
members who belong to one of the
largest motorcycle enthusiasts
association in the world. Long and
safe motorcycle rides are the thing
that brings those members together.
The admission application is really
simple (kidding of course), all that
you need to do is finish their Iron
Butt Rally or one of the other rides
that they sponsor such as the Saddle
Sore 1000 the Bun Burner Gold and
many others. Here are some of their
most popular rides:
THE SADDLE SORE 1000.
A 1000 mile in 24 hours.
THE BUN BURNER.
1500 miles in 36 hours.
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THE BUN BURNER GOLD.
1500 miles in 24 hours.
There are many other rides that include riding across the country or national parks. The Iron Butt
Association is definitely your place if you are into long distance motorcycle traveling.
Ali Abdo’s Specialty: Long
distance Motorcycle trips.
The next adventure will be an attempt to break the current record of the longest motorcycle ride in
24 hrs which is 3256.5 Km, held by Mattew McKelvey in South Africa. The previously mentioned
record was achieved on the 8th of October in 2014.
If you think that’s the only record that the Egyptian traveler is willing to break, think again. During our
interview with this honorable figure, he said that he will be seeking to also win both, the Iron Butt
Award and the Saddle Sores during his dry runs for the big record.
So we guess that you might be wondering about the distance planned to be covered in 24 hrs for the
new record. It’s 3500 Km. Now, that’s really challenging on Egyptian roads. The riding conditions are
not the smoothest compared to others.
It’s all About Being a
Distinctive Motorcycle Trip
We are pretty sure that you realize that it’s not as easy as drawing a route using Google Maps,
then following it with your GPS. The Egyptian adventure made his homework to win the Iron
Butt, Saddle Sores and to break the new World Record.
Preparation included surveying road conditions, estimating speed per each route, setting
potential checkpoints and evaluating potential and unexpected threats to his journey.
Click HERE to read the
full article along with more
pictures & videos.
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MOVIES PART 2.
Hello, Two Wheelers! So last time we
listed some of the best classic motorcycle
movies (click here to check them). Today,
we are going to talk about some of the
best biker movies that were released a
little bit more recent.
We do realize that the passion for
motorcycles doesn’t stop at turning off
your ignition and stepping off your
motorcycle. That’s why we are always
keen on keeping this flame glowing even
when our beloved readers are not riding.
So let’s get back to our library and take
another look at what we have for today.
The Motorcycle Diaries.
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
Time: 126 mins.
Genre: Biography& Adventure.
Release Date: 2004.
Director: Walter Salles.
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Mía
Maestro and Rodrigo De la Serna.
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IIf you are the kind of person who likes Biography movies, this is a must see for
you. OK, to be more specific, if you are a Che Guevara fan, then this is the right
movie for you. The Motorcycle Diaries shows how the famous revolutionist
found his calling in life through a motorcycle road trip.
The movie won the Oscar for the Best Achievement in Music Written for motion
pictures and got nominated for Best Writing and Adapted Screenplay.
Also, it received 43 other nominations for prestigious awards such as the Golden
Globes, BAFTA Awards, American Screenwriters Association, and many others.
Definitely, one of the best biker movies.
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
Time: 94 mins.
Genre: Adventure & Drama.
Release Date: 2008.
Director: Micheal McGowan.
Starring: Joshua Jackson, Marc Strange and Peter Spence.
Another great movie in our biker movies list. One week is one of those reflective movies that include
a motorcycle road trip for the rider to know the real meaning of life. Micheal McGowan who is both,
the writer and the director, made an extraordinary effort to come up with this masterpiece.
One week has won the Genie Awards in 2010 for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
Moreover, it received two other nominations for the Directors Guild of Canada awards.
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The World’s Fastest Indian.
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
Time: 127 mins.
Genre: Biography & Sport.
Release Date: 2005.
Director: Rogar Donaldson.
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea and Diane Ladd.
Once again, this is one of the best biker movies whose plot is a biography about a famous
historical figure. This time, it’s about Burt Munro, a well-known motorcyclist who spent years
building a motorcycle, looking forward t breaking a land speed record.
This movie is for all of the adrenaline junkies who love biker movies about land speed
competitions. The featured motorcycle has achieved a world record at the Bonneville Salt flats
during the 60s.
Did we mention that Anthony Hopkins is starring in this outstanding movie? Well, if that’s not
appealing enough, then we would like to state the fact that this movie has won ten awards and
got nominated for another six.
We hope that you will enjoy our picks in the second list of featured motorcycle movies. Further
listings are going to be published to keep you occupied and entertained during your free time
(AKA not riding time).
Keep riding fellas, and stay safe!
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HOW TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE PART 1
The motorcycle manufacturing industry is experiencing a remarkable boom! You don’t need to
be a business analyst in order to figure this out and translate it, but this means that new riders
are joining the motorcyclists’ community each and every day.
We decided to release the series of How to ride a motorcycle in order to give our beloved riders
some useful tips (regardless for how long have you been riding) to help them enjoy their rides
more and crash less.
The first part of this series will be dedicated to the new motorcycle riders. Riding motorcycles is
a passion only a few can understand. However, there some safety riding tips that you need to
stick to, in order to enjoy your rides (and live longer).
Admit that you are a Beginner (It’s OK being called the New Fish!).
Seriously, there is nothing wrong about it. Every Pro was once a beginner. Even Valentino
Rossi was once an amateur (we love to think so). The faster you admit it, the less reckless you
will be and the safer your rides will be accordingly.
Join a Motorcycle Riding School (no, it’s not lame).
Join a riding school with your new motorcycle (that you are anxious to hit the road with we
know) before going on the streets. You will not only learn the basics; such as cornering,
braking and accelerating, but you will receive some useful safety riding tips. This can also be a
soft kickoff for you as a rider to get to know your new babe a little better (weight, power,
Try to join a Motorcycle Group.
This part is beneficial on so many levels; the most important one is the exchange of
experience. Hearing other (more professional) riders talking about their crashes, motorcycle
breakdowns and maintenance, will give you outlines about the Dos and Don’ts during riding.
Also, it will improve your sense of ownership to this community and nourish your passion.
Just make sure to join the right group where you can get along with!
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Forget about Stunting and hitting the 300KM/Hr speed limit.
So now, you have made your research about the most suitable motorcycle, purchased it, and
joined a motorcycle group (or chose to ride solo). Please! Just Please! Don’t head back home,
start watching YouTube Videos about Stunting Championship or the Isle of Mann and decide
to give it a try.
As we said earlier, those people are professionals who are racing in a closed and safe
environment. Also, stay away from street racing videos. We know it’s tempting. But, just
leave it for the time being.
Hopefully, this beginners’ guide for the How to Ride a Motorcycle series has added value to
you. For more safety tips during riding, please feel free to check the intermediate guide.
Welcome to the Two-Wheelers community and we wish you safe and enjoyable rides! (click
here to check intermediate guide).
SENA SMH10R BLUETOOTH HEADSET: A
RACER’S BEST FRIEND.
The Sena SMH10R headset is one of the best motorcycle communication systems. Generally
speaking, SENA headsets are considered to be premium products. However, there is something
special about the SMH10R model. Let’s take a closer look.
Features of the Sena SMH10R.
The most significant feature of this Sena headset is its slim and small dimensions. Actually, this
is what makes it the number one choice for many racers who are willing to minimize air
resistance and weight applied on their helmets while riding.
The main unit is 70.7 mm x 36.6 mm x 15.5 mm and 1.2 pounds (overall). It’s simply the smallest
and lightest motorcycle communication system on the market.
Another cutting edge feature that makes the Sena headsets, in general, stand out from the
crowd is that you can charge it while it’s in use. That’s an option that you may not find in a lot of
its alternatives. The Sena SMH10R has a 10 hrs talking time and 7 days standby charge time. Its
charging time is 2.5 hrs.
CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND.
We use this Sena headset personally and we can assure you that its sound quality is superb. You
can clearly hear your riding buddy through the intercom as if both of you are sitting together in
a quiet, luxurious car salon.
CONNECTIVITY & RANGE.
The Sena SMH10R Bluetooth headset can connect up to 4 helmets via intercom and has a range
of 900 meters in open terrain (usually it’s a little bit narrower due to external factors). The
device can be connected to multiple devices simultaneously along with the intercom pairing.
You have full control of the music you are playing; pause, play, rewind, volume and many other
options, not to mention that you can share your music with other connected riding buddies
through the intercom.
Last but not least, the firmware of the headset is upgradeable, the intercom pairing is a
universal one which allows you to pair with nearly any other motorcycle communication brand
on the market, and the Sena SMH10R is loaded with voice prompts for your convenience.
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A Closer Look At the Headset.
Sena SMH10R Price.
The estimated price of this headset is $170 (differs of course from one place to another). A
little bit expensive? Maybe. Is it worth it? According to our personal experience, worth every
Bottom Line (Upsides & Downsides).
The Sena SMH10R is lightweight, slim, full of options,..etc. Yet, there is a catch; the 3 buttons
feature makes it hard to change menus and navigate while riding. Long presses, as well as
dual button presses, are required to perform certain actions.
Previous versions that included jog dials were much easier (yet, they were bulkier). The 10R
model has a handlebar remote which makes life easier.
It’s not a biggie compared to what you receive in return regarding performance and
communication. Yet, as usual, we thought it was worth to mention every single detail about
the products we review.
If you are feeling clueless about whether you should install an external bluetooth headset or
buy a built-in one with the helmet feel free to check this article (click here to check it)
Stay safe fellas and enjoy your rides!