29 June 2018

Travel broadens the mind, and helps us to understand people

Ted Simon (born 1931) is a German-born British journalist noted for circumnavigating the world twice by motorcycle.

The Ted Simon Foundation: We believe that all adventure travellers have it in them to be reporters of truth in the world, and we want to encourage them to broadcast that truth by whatever means may be appropriate.

The words we live by are Exploration, Comprehension and Communication.

Our ultimate aim is to promote understanding, reduce tension and to favour the chances of peace between our many cultures.

Travellers survive and flourish by adapting to the world around them. As a result they learn a particular truth about the societies they move through. What they learn can be of great value in explaining the peculiarities of foreign cultures and in reaffirming what is common to all of us; generosity to strangers and a desire to live in peace.

Charlie & Ewan were great, but they had big funding, massive backup & a television team with them. Austin Vince & his mates did it LOW budget in 1992. Ted Simon did it on his own in 1973! Kim & I went to see Steph Jeavons tell tales of her travels at Loomies recently. There are so many heroes of Adventure travel! We love this stuff & find tales of adventure travel so inspiring. 

Want to find out more about "Adventure Travel"?
Hosted by Austin Vince and Lois PryceMill Hill School, 10 - 12 August 2018.
It’s not just a celebration of the world’s greatest adventure travel films from the 1920s to the present day. It’s also a weekend knees-up of inspiring speakers and authors, live music and good-time outdoor action! So come on down, see the world, get inspired and join the party…


Accountancy giant PwC hangs up on landlines in mobile move

Accountancy giant PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, with all staff expected to only use mobiles by the end of the summer.

The company, which has 24 offices in the UK employing about 18,000 staff, said the switch to mobiles would be "more efficient".

A few landlines will remain for security to use, and in rooms used for client meetings and at reception.

Meeting rooms will use new conferencing technology that can connect to mobiles.

"We already equip all of our people with a mobile phone, and many had already moved away from using their landlines," a spokesman for PwC said.

"With landline usage falling rapidly, we believe that a more mobile-focused policy is a more efficient way of working."

Motorcyclists: why you probably shouldn't buy a Kevlar jean


Now let me be clear about this; I’m using Kevlar as the best known example of an aramid weave. Kevlar is a very fine aramid weave; I’m not taking a pop at DuPont. My point is that, certainly at this time of year, any kind of lined jean will be hot and, for most bikers, life will be more comfortable in what we call a single-layer jean.

Let me go back a while; perhaps 25 years ago. I remember buying my first pair of protective jeans from America. I was very excited about them; nobody I knew wore jeans on their bike. I thought that I looked really cool in them.

Looking back, I now realise they were hideous. They were so heavy I had to wear braces to keep them up. I don’t think ’skinny’ was the fashion back then, but these pants must have been a foot wide. The thickness of the lining was about the same as the stuff you put in the roof for insulation. Which might explain why I could barely walk in them, and why my hot sweats were menopausal in their persistence and regularity.

I have a pair of Honda Kevlar Jeans which are pretty good. Not too hot, they breathe & fit well, but a bit heavy. Now my Rokker Revolution Jeans are really clever: light & easy to wear, windproof, waterproof, breathe well, armoured, very protective. It's definitely worth checking ROKKER out!

Read more: www.motolegends.com

What could be finer on a summer weekend than a BBQ? Well how about a free Weber Chimney Starter!

The Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter makes lighting your charcoal barbecue easier than ever. Simply fill it with briquettes, place it on top of lit firelighters and in no time at all you'll be ready to cook. 


For years, I've struggled with successfully lighting my BBQs, to the point that I gave up and moved to gas! However, last year I took the plunge & moved back to charcoal with a Weber MasterTouch BBQ. With Weber charcoal briquettes, Weber Chimney StarterThe Original Burner Firelighters - getting the BBQ going has never been easier. These things are great & are genuinely foolproof!

Fancy a £5 Infinity Motorcycles voucher? Read on for details...

For a limited time, Infinity Motorcycles are offering customers who leave a product review a £5 voucher for use on their next purchase. 

To receive this, all you need do is leave a review on a product you've purchased from Infinity Motorcycles, and they'll send you a £5 voucher within the next 2 to 3 working days!

This offers ends 25/07/2019, so to ensure you receive a voucher make sure you submit a review before this date. 

You will receive a £5 voucher for your first product review only, but please write as many reviews as you want and tell your friends to do the same!

27 June 2018

It's been a long day - time for refreshments...

The sun is out, it's hot. Time for some vino. I've just opened a bottle of Rallo Bianco Maggiore Grillo - which is just the ticket. Also using this fine wine to Christen my new glasses. Lovely wine in lovely stemware. What's not to like? However, if no suitable glassware is available, there's always this option:

The Proper Way To Wash Your Motorcycle

When you wash your bike, you’re not just making it look good, you’re removing dirt, grime, dead bugs, and corrosive crud that’s bad for your bike’s paint, chrome, and metal parts.

To get your bike looking its best you’ll need a sponge, two buckets, a general-purpose car wash or bike-specific cleaner, an old paintbrush or sponge brush for getting in nooks and crannies, and a chamois or a stack of old towels to dry the bike off when you’re done—just make sure they’re clean.

Whether you’re washing the old-fashioned way with soapy water and a sponge or using a modern spray-on/rinse-off cleaner, the bike needs to be cool so the stuff doesn’t just steam off. It’s also a good idea to work in the shade so the sun won’t dry things out and create water spots and streaking.

The above sounds obvious, but I hear all sorts of methods which I wouldn't dream of using. Probably the scariest for me is this sort of thing: option 1 / option 2 . Basically using wet wipes to clean a motorcycle. Sounds like dragging dirt around and potentially scratching your pride & joy! Wipes might have their place, but as a primary cleaning method? Not for me!

This is my routine: Hose bike down to soften the crud, liberal spray with Muc-Off Bike Cleaner all over & allow it to work it's magic. Warm water in a bucket, sponge & microfibre cloths to clean the bike down, repeating additional spray with hose & muck off where required. Final hose down, wipe / dry off with clean slightly damp microfiber cloth

Do not use "wash & wax" shampoo on motorcycles!!! I found this out the hard way... Leaves the seat slippery! Also can leave a glazing residue on brake pads! Neither are good when braking! :0~  

Also be very careful with pressure washing: can damage bearings & fork seals, drive water into places where it shouldn't be, etc...

Need a case for your Gemini PDA by Planet Computers?

I have now received my WiFi Gemini PDA - and am loving it! However, I probably should have ordered the leather pouch when I ordered my device, as they are sold out now.

After a bit of research I've come up with a solution: New "old stock" Psion cases, beautiful soft leather, perfect fit for the Gemini, lots of pockets cards business cards etc. Bargain price too - enjoy!

26 June 2018

Scammers abuse multilingual domain names

Cyber-criminals are abusing multilingual character sets to trick people into visiting phishing websites.

The non-English characters allow scammers to create "lookalike" sites with domain names almost indistinguishable from legitimate ones.

Farsight Security found scam sites posing as banks, loan advisers and children's brands Lego and Haribo.

Smartphone users are at greater risk as small screens make lookalikes even harder to spot.

Want to see a demo? Have a look at this article - it's out there people, be careful when web surfing!

25 June 2018

Still running a Pentium III (or older) PC with windows 7? No more Microsoft patches for you then!

If you have a Pentium III, for example, you may no longer be able to install Win7 Monthly Rollups or Security-only patches, in spite of Microsoft's promise to support you until January 2020. It’s all about SSE2 and some retroactively fudged documentation.

If your PC doesn’t run Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2, you apparently won’t be getting any more Win7 patches. At least, that’s what I infer from some clandestine Knowledge Base documentation changes made in the past few days.

Even though Microsoft says it’s supporting Win7 until January 14, 2020, if you have an older machine - including any Pentium III - you’ve been blocked, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Cut to the chase: time for a new PC. Contact Donline to discuss options.

24 June 2018

'Digital Key' standard uses your phone to unlock your car

You can already use your smartphone as a car key if you own the right vehicle (just ask Tesla Model 3 owners). There hasn't really been a common standard for it, though, and that has hurt adoption - you can't guarantee that you'll have phone access if you switch brands, or even individual models. You might soon have a solution. The Car Connectivity Consortium, a mix of major smartphone and automotive brands, has posted a Digital Key 1.0 standard (PDF) that will let you download (what else?) a virtual key that can unlock your vehicle, start the engine and even share access with other drivers.

22 June 2018

Look what has arrived: my Gemini - by Planet Computers!

I ordered my unit from Indiegogo 15th March and it arrived while we were away on our road tripI had high hopes that this device would be as good as the Psion 3 & 5 organisers that I used to use "back in the day".

The good news is: it's great - I'm really happy (so far). 
Think of it as a micro-laptop - running Android.

(Closed) dimensions are: 17cm wide x 8cm deep x 14mm tall. Tiny!
It is fast & powerful, excellent battery life, high quality proper keyboard, voice activated.
I've gone for the WiFi only version, as I thought using this as a phone would be cumbersome - I was right. Hopefully they will work out how to seamlessly integrate phone functionality, perhaps in a way similar to the Nokia 9000 Communicator?

When I'm out and about & don't want to (cant be asked to!) take my laptop - this will be my go to device.

You will soon be able to send texts from your PC with Android Messages

Google has announced that the latest update to its Android Messages app lets you send and receive texts from your computer.

The new feature is being rolled out over the next week(...), and it works in much the same as WhatsApp Web. To get started, go to messages.android.com in your web browser where a QR code will appear. Using the Android Messages app on your phone, tap the three-dot menu and select “Messages for web” before scanning the QR code.

Before signing into the Android Messages website, you’ll also notice an option you can enable to “Remember this computer”, which is handy if you don’t want to have to sign in every time you use it.

At the time of writing, we didn’t have the option in the Android Messages app to select “Messages for Web”, so we haven’t been able to try it out for ourselves yet, but it is expected to roll out more widely over the coming weeks.

Back from our fantastic MC road trip: 736 miles across Devon & Cornwall

Kim & I have had a brilliant four days touring South West England. I planned the journey based on routes from the great book: Bikers' Britain (make sure you get the spiral bound version - handy!).

Day 1: Denmead, Winchester, Salisbury, Blandford Forum, Yeovil, Dorchester, Honiton, Exeter (Lunch @ The New Inn Alphington), Totnes, Dartmouth (Best Western Golf & Spa).

Day 2: Dartmouth, (Ferry) Kingswear,  Paignton, Torquay, Totnes, Plymouth, Polperro, Polruan > Fowey (Ferry), Par, Charlestown (Lunch @ Pier House Hotel), St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Lizard, St Just (Bosavern Guest House). The sea mist was coming in by the end of the day!

Day 3: Lands End, Penzance, St Ives, Hale, Portreath, Newquay, Padstow (Rick Stein's Pasties!), St Issey (The Pickwick Inn), Port Issac, Delabole, Bideford, Ilfracombe (Marine Court Guest House). Half of this day was affected by heavy sea mist & made making progress really hard, so we ended up dropping a few of our planned stops.

Day 4: Lynton, Lynmouth (25% incline to the harbour - mad!!!), Simonsbath, Taunton, Leigh Common (Hunters Inn Lodge), A303, Amesbury, Stonehenge, Andover, Winchester, Bishops Waltham, Denmead.

736 miles in a car sounds easy, doesn't it? 10 hours (ish) at motorway speeds... So why do it on the bike & take four days to do it? This is why

Route guidance was via my Garmin Zumo 390LM, which again was glitching on power. Fortunately I discovered that some lip salve helps settle the electrical connection!

All overnight stops were arranged during our trip, on the fly, using Booking.com on my smartphone - which works brilliantly! Fancy trying Booking.com & saving on your 1st booking? Get 10% of your booking back after your trip using this link - enjoy!

18 June 2018

Christ has no body now on Earth but yours

Christ has no body now but yours. 
No hands, no feet on earth but yours. 
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. 
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. 
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. 
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. 
Christ has no body now on Earth but yours.

(Attributed to) Saint Teresa of Ávila

17 June 2018

Another smart device fail: a padlock - would you believe it?!?

It's never easy to crack into a market with an innovative new product but makers of the "world's first smart fingerprint padlock" have made one critical error: they forgot about the existence of screwdrivers.

Tapplock raised $320,000 in 2016 for their product that would allow you to use just your finger to open the "unbreakable" lock. Amazing. Things took a turn for the worse when the ship date of September came and went, and backers complained that the upstart has stopped posting any updates and wasn't responding to emails nor social media posts.

But after months of silence, the startup assured El Reg that everything was still moving forward and the delays were due to "issues with manufacturing in China."

Fast forward 18 months and finally – finally – the $100 Tapplock is out on the market and it is… well, how do we put this kindly? Somewhat flawed.

No less than three major problems with the lock have been discovered that make it less than useless because presumably people intend to use the lock to secure valuable things.

Smart devices are often horribly dumb. Have a look at this video - spoiler: the scary stuff starts at 3mins 30secs - dismantled with a sticky pad & screwdriver! Pathetic for a $100 security device! Donline tip: If you can achieve what you need to using a quality "traditional" device - just do it!

16 June 2018

"Season of the Bike" by Dave Karlotski

There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on a motorcycle is like being beaten with cold hammers while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. The wind's big hands squeeze the heat out of my body and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the drops don't even feel like water. They feel like shards of bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I expect to arrive with my cheeks and forehead streaked with blood, but that's just an illusion, just the misery of nerves not designed for highway speeds.

Despite this, it's hard to give up my motorcycle in the fall and I rush to get it on the road again in the spring; lapses of sanity like this are common among motorcyclists. When you let a motorcycle into your life you're changed forever. The letters "MC" are stamped on your driver's license right next to your sex and height as if "motorcycle" was just another of your physical characteristics, or maybe a mental condition.

But when warm weather finally does come around all those cold snaps and rainstorms are paid in full because a motorcycle summer is worth any price. A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us languidly from home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole time entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound insulated, and smelling of carpets.

On a motorcycle I know I'm alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air that pool under trees and the warm spokes of sunlight that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than PanaVision and higher than IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or dashboard.

Sometimes I even hear music. It's like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind's roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock 'n roll, dark orchestras, women's voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed.

At 30 miles an hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree-smells and flower-smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great plant symphony. Sometimes the smells evoke memories so strongly that it's as though the past hangs invisible in the air around me, wanting only the most casual of rumbling time machines to unlock it.

A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane. Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.

I still think of myself as a motorcycle amateur, but by now I've had a handful of bikes over a half dozen years and slept under my share of bridges. I wouldn't trade one second of either the good times or the misery. Learning to ride was one of the best things I've done.

Cars lie to us and tell us we're safe, powerful, and in control. The air-conditioning fans murmur empty assurances and whisper, "Sleep, sleep." Motorcycles tell us a more useful truth: we are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that's no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.

NIV Audio Bible in One Year Read by David Suchet

The NIV Audio Bible read by David Suchet has been arranged into daily readings to help you listen to the complete Bible in one year. In this digital download version, there is a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Psalms or Proverbs each day - each on a separate track, to make it easy to navigate.

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of 40, it was Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor. It is now available in the popular Bible in One Year format, both on MP3 CD and as a digital download.

I have recently bought this wonderful bible study resource from Audible. David Suchet's clear voice & diction, along with his considerable acting skills, makes listening to this daily: a pleasure. I find this particularly helps me with the "bits" that I've always struggled with - lists of difficult names & places in the Old Testament. David has the remarkable ability to read these with no problem at all, while keeping the bible story flowing - impressive! I hope that you too can find this wonderful audio recording a blessing too.

Why is faith without works dead?

James says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). Faith without works is a dead faith because the lack of works reveals an unchanged life or a spiritually dead heart. There are many verses that say that true saving faith will result in a transformed life, that faith is demonstrated by the works we do. How we live reveals what we believe and whether the faith we profess to have is a living faith.

James 2:14–26 is sometimes taken out of context in an attempt to create a works-based system of righteousness, but that is contrary to many other passages of Scripture. James is not saying that our works make us righteous before God but that real saving faith is demonstrated by good works. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation. Faith in Christ always results in good works. The person who claims to be a Christian but lives in willful disobedience to Christ has a false or dead faith and is not saved.

15 June 2018

The great Schuberth comms giveaway! From Motolegends

Well okay, if we’re being a stickler for accuracy, we’re not actually giving comms. systems away. But at the prices we’re going to be doing them for, it certainly feels like it. 

First thing we should say is that this isn’t a Motolegends offer; this comes straight from the manufacturer, and we suspect it’s their way of hitting back at Shoei. Anyway, to get the cheap comms., you have to buy a new C3 Pro, E1 or C4. If you buy a C3 Pro or E1, you will get the SC10U comms unit, which normally sells for £240, for just £75. That’s a whopping saving of £165. If you buy any C4, you can get the ‘standard’ SC1 comms. unit, which normally sells for £200, for just £50; thus saving £150. 

Before you ask, the answer is no, you cannot get the comms. cheap if you bought your Schuberth helmet last week, last month, or last year. We didn’t know anything about this deal until this week. It comes from Schuberth, and there’s no room for manoeuvre. But it’s good news if you’ve been looking to buy a flip-lid with comms. You’ll save a decent chunk. No idea when the deal ends, however; it could be any time. Best not to mull it over for too long.

14 June 2018

Trump and Kim USB fan raises cyber-security alert

Cyber-security experts have expressed surprise that journalists at the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore were given USB-powered fans.

Some warned reporters not to plug them in to their laptops, as USB devices can carry malware.

But cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, said: "For years now, engineering people to plug in a USB stick you supplied has been a classic way of circumventing security measures to get your software on their machine.

"There's an adage in cyber-security: if you give someone physical access to your computer, it's no longer your computer. Use an unknown USB stick and you are doing just that."

13 June 2018

ICO slaps Yahoo! with £250k fine for 2014 data breach

Yahoo!'s UK limb has finally been handed a £250,000 fine for the 2014 cyber attack that exposed data of half a million Brit users.

Russian hackers broke into Yahoo!'s servers and slurped info on circa 500 million international account holders, including names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, hashed passwords and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

Despite evidence that the firm knew about the mega-hack soon after it happened at the end of 2014, Yahoo! kept quiet until September 2016. Since then, the fines and court cases have kept rolling in as various regulators get in on the action.

Today, the Information Commissioner's Office issued Yahoo! UK Services Ltd a £250,000 fine following an investigation that focused on the 515,121 UK accounts that the London-based branch of the firm had responsibility for.

Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores) admits huge data breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.

It is investigating the hacking attempt, which began in July last year.

Dixons Carphone said it had no evidence that any of the cards had been used fraudulently following the breach.

There was "an attempt to compromise" 5.8 million credit and debit cards but only 105,000 cards without chip-and-pin protection had been leaked, it said.

The hackers had tried to gain access to one of the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, the firm said.

12 June 2018

25% of employees use the same password for every account

Employees may be a company's greatest asset, but they also remain the greatest cybersecurity risk, according to a Monday report from OpenVPN.

Despite an increased focus on security training, 25% of the 500 US employees surveyed report that they use the same password for every account, the report found. Another 23% of employees said they frequently click on links before verifying that they lead to a legitimate, safe website.

Of the employees that use the same password for everything, a whopping 81% said they do not password protect their computer or phone at all, according to the report.

11 June 2018

Beware of the invoice email scam

Online security experts are warning computer users to be very wary of emails that claim to contain invoices, even if they appear to be from a trusted source.

Fraudsters are sending out fake invoices that, when opened, infect computers with dangerous malicious software, known as “malware”, which gives them access to the information stored on it. 

Financial Fraud Action UK has warned that sophisticated scammers are using the malware primarily to steal online banking details.

Self-employed, freelance and contract workers are particularly vulnerable because they may receive invoices regularly from a number of sources.

The email may appear as if it was sent by a well-known supplier or other trusted source. Fraudsters often try to mimic the email address of a legitimate supplier or a colleague or friend in a bid to trick the recipient into thinking the invoice is genuine.

These scams are often combined with some very clever/evil social engineering to find out the name and role of colleagues, and come from a spoofed sender address. Beware, be aware, and take five!

Microsoft to stop offering support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in forums

Microsoft has announced that starting next month it will no longer be participating in the technical support forums for Windows 7, 8.1, 8.1 RT and numerous other products.

On the software front, the company says that it will also no longer provide support for Microsoft Security Essentials, Internet Explorer 10, Office 2010 and 2013 as of July. It is not just software that is affected. Microsoft is also stopping support for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface RT, Surface 2, Microsoft Band and Zune. Some forums will be locked, preventing users from helping each other as well.

FYI: Windows 7 SP1 will drop out of support in 14th Jan 2020 - so there's still plenty of time to update your operating system or replace your PC!

Cryptocurrencies lose $42 Billion after South Korean Bourse hack

The 2018 selloff in cryptocurrencies deepened, wiping out $42 billion of market value over the weekend and extending this year’s slump in Bitcoin to more than 50 percent.

Some observers pinned the latest retreat on an exchange hack in South Korea, while others pointed to lingering concern over a clampdown on trading platforms in China. Cryptocurrency venues have come under growing scrutiny around the world in recent months amid a range of issues including thefts, market manipulation and money laundering.

Bitcoin has dropped about 12 percent since 5 p.m. New York time on Friday and was trading at $6,764.34 as of 11:45 a.m. in London on Monday, bringing its decline since Dec. 29 to 53 percent. Most other major virtual currencies also retreated since Friday, sending the market value of digital assets tracked by Coinmarketcap.com to a nearly two-month low of $298 billion. At the height of the global crypto-mania in early January, they were worth about $830 billion.

Wow, how the "mighty" have fallen: BTC peak value was $19,783.06 in Mid Dec 2017 but now $6,764.34 which is 1/3rd of the price that some crazy folks paid! However cryptocurrencies are actually worthless, therefore the current price is $6,764.34 too much!

Shock horror: motorbikes in the BBC news!

Electric cars have grabbed all the headlines, but what about electric motorbikes? They're quick, clean and quiet, and big manufacturers are waking up to their potential as legislators around the world bear down on vehicle emissions.

Richard Hatfield, boss of Silicon Valley-based electric motorbike maker Lightning Motorcycles, believes the experience of riding his high-performance superbike borders on the divine.

"There's something almost magical about riding a bike where you twist the throttle and you get this incredible acceleration: no noise, no vibration ...there's this seamless thrust," he enthuses.

The first time he rode one felt like "the hand of God coming behind you and thrusting you up the road".

Lightning's only production model, the LS-218 can do 0-60mph in under two seconds and has a top speed of 218mph (361km/h). All through battery power.

Wow - a positive article on motorcycles in the Beeb news! OK, it was an article about ELECTRIC bikes - rather than just bikes. However, apart from this, the only time motorcycles get a mention is tariffs on HD imports & the moped crime wave.