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A hero on a motorcycle – the of Pierlucio Tinazzi

This was not written by me, the source is unknown. I feel it’s important to it over the net as a tribute to a hero.

The Blanc tunnel ( ) for 7-1/4 miles under the mountains in Europe, passing the Alps to connect France and highway systems. Opened in it currently handles about 1.7 vehicles a year, including trucks, and motorcycles. On an average day it 4,778 vehicles, including cars — motorcycles, trucks and 44 buses. It’s the route between northern and Europe…

On March 24th, a truck loaded with and flour caught fire past the half-way mark, 3-3/4 miles into the (750 meters into the section). The blaze reached degrees Fahrenheit and burned for two days. Of the 50 people trapped in the when the blaze started, 12 survived. All 12 of them were by an Italian motorcyclist…

This is the of Pierlucio Tinazzi.

Pierlucio was a unassuming guy living a pretty life. Loved to garden to ride. He didn’t have a contingent of friends.

After his had a … and couldn’t run her little where he had worked any more, he had a “security” job at the Italian facility for the Blanc tunnel — basically back and forth through the on his motorcycle to keep traffic dispatching tow-trucks and providing assistance as needed. For this area of northern Italy, was a pretty good paying but Pierlucio had turned down a to work the control booth at the Italian office because he to ride over sitting in the

Pierlucio may have been someone you know. Just guy living his life in relative nothing special going on. His had just up and left him a few years and he had been in the dumps for a couple

When the husband of a co-worker at the facility broke his leg motorcycling, he giving the coworker rides to the after work every day didn’t have a driver’s and the three of them became friends, with the husband and him together once the leg finished That was pretty much his circle of friends. Kinda

Wednesday, the 24th of March,

At 10:42 AM a Belgium truck FH12 cab towing a refrigerated was passed through the French booth. Nothing special, nine tons of margarine and tons of flour. As the driver into the tunnel, he made his way After a couple miles, he something was wrong as cars in the opposite direction kept their headlights at him; a in his mirrors showed white coming out from under his

Normally this was no big deal, as had been 16 other truck in the tunnel over the last 35 always extinguished on the spot by the Today wasn’t going to be day.

At 10:53 AM the truck pulled over around the and climbed down in a cloud of white smoke. As he reached his seat for his fire extinguisher were also extinguishers on the of the tunnel every few hundred flames erupted from the truck and he jumped back At this point, the smoke black…

At 10:55 AM, the tunnel triggered the fire alarm and any further traffic from At this point the tunnel was by at least 10 cars/vans and 18 trucks had entered from the French A few vehicles from the Italian passed the volvo without

Some of the cars from the side managed to turn in the narrow 2-lane tunnel, to back to France, but negotiating the in the dense smoke that had filled the tunnel made traffic pretty much The other trucks didn’t the space to turn around, and out wasn’t an option. Most rolled up their windows and sat expecting the problem to be resolved after all, nothing had ever happened here

Within minutes, two fire from the French town of responded. The fire melted the and plunged the tunnel into in the smoke and with the abandoned, vehicles blocking their the large fire-trucks were to proceed. The fire crews abandoned their vehicles and refuge in two of the emergency fire (fire-door sealed small set into the walls every 500 or so).

As they huddled the fire doors, they hear the burning fuel down the road surface, tires to pop and gas tanks to explode. were rescued five later by a third fire that responded and reached via a ventilation duct; of the the 15 firefighters had been trapped, 14 were in condition and one (their commanding died in the hospital.

Pierlucio had the tunnel to the French side 10 minutes earlier, had been a break, and was getting ready to a run back through when the alarms went off. He had a comm system in his helmet kept him in contact with the tunnel office. As soon as the came, he grabbed breathing and drove his BMW K75 back into the

As he came across people to get out, he stopped and told to drop to their knees, against the wall (where the air ducts fed up) and keep moving, only to breath at the ducts. He on into the hell that was the fire, through the smoke.

of the truckers close to the fire or were … by the gases minutes. Pierlucio peered the … and found the occasional He’d put them on the back of the and slalom back out the French as fast as possible, bringing out after victim, then back for the next one. On fifth trip into the he came across Maurice a French truck driver who was but still alive.

Too big and unwieldy to get the back of the bike unconscious, refused to abandon him. he wrestled Maurice into niche 20 and closed the door.

The fire doors were to survive for two hours. Some had upgraded in the 34 years since the was built to survive for four but niche 20 wasn’t one of them. Not it mattered, the fire would for over fifty hours and it be over five days the tunnel cooled sufficiently for to go back in.

Pierlucio’s BMW melted into the pavement a few yards niche 20.

This fire out of control for over two days. The was so hot that the rock that the interior of the mountain was permanently in chemical form. To say it was hellish be a gross understatement.

27 people in their vehicles. 10 died to escape on foot. Of the initial 50 trapped by the fire, only 1 survived. Every one of the dozen exactly the same thing: guy on the motorcycle saved my life.”

It took two years to repair the fully and upgrade the tunnel’s It reopened to car traffic on the 9th of March, These days the tunnel a permanent staff of 65 firefighters 20 are on duty at any instant).

On the anniversary of Tinazzi’s incredible heroism and …, all bikers around the are asked to carry a flower in if they ride that To remember the bravest biker you probably have never of before.

REV’IT! VENTURA Jacket Review

When it to Adventure Touring jackets are plenty of choices on the market. You can anywhere from $200 to and there are numerous options just about every style and color imaginable. if you happen to be a lady, you are often with low quality, bulky and offerings.

How many technical jackets are available for lovely Null. At least this was the until REV’IT! VENTURA was in late 2010.

First that becomes apparent you take the jacket out of the box is upscale to it. It’s impossible to describe it, but it feels quality. The fabric is soft and nice to touch, all are perfectly straight and little like laminated reflective stand out right away.

like its less expensive SIREN, REV’IT! VENTURA comes with two removable Unlike SIREN though the VENTURA Jacket was built for be 4 season jacket.

You will be to use it whether it’s hot or cold, set it up according to the temperature.

In the summer you probably want to remove the that exposes mesh It’s attached via metal buttons and a couple velcro Easy to remove, even you will probably do it only times a year.

The collar features standard REV’IT! sliding button that is handy and hook / loop that is probably useless you will be taking the collar off it’s hot.

Besides collar mentioned above, it has two chest vents strategically to open wide courtesy of female body parts them open. Another factor in VENTURA jacket’s are two way sleeve zippers. They unprecedented access when easing your chore if you to tuck your gloves in.

them another way, and expose huge vents run all the way to mid bicep. Simple, practical and There are two more vents on the but they will not do much the front ones are open.

In weather you have an option of either waterproof, thermal or liners at the same time. are attached to the jacket via high YKK zippers (the rest of the are also YKK) The system is foolproof. A lot of people do not like the internal waterproof liner they outer shell soaked during hard but from my experience that is way to go if you versatile jacket.

Anything on the outside will not be breathable, and it doesn’t work in the summer. If you more often in the rain in sunny weather just to California, your life get much better.

There are two in the front, both are waterproof. are big enough to fit standard smart in one and wallet in another one without bulky. There are two more inside the thermal liner, I use them during the rain in case.

Big pocket on the back is for waterproof liner storage, but I do not it because it feels awkward something puffy is in there.

Night time visibility is via laminated reflection panels. are two on shoulders and one big one on lower back.

The is flared at the bottom to better hourglass figure, but thanks to two straps at the hip it’s possible to it fit just right, properly all curves. My wife loves feature.

A word about the fit of VENTURA jacket. It was primarily for Adventure Touring, and that loose and comfortable cut. to my measurements it runs almost a bigger than REV’IT! chart suggests, so you should get one size smaller.

Compared to jacket it fits slightly in the body and a lot looser in the sleeves. for the reference, here are two pictures REV’IT SIREN and VENTURA in sizes. See the difference?

Looking at sheets all jackets appear Even the budget models are with vents, pockets and Look for review videos on and you will be confused even Sellers are reviewing things and they sell seems to be of the quality.

So when researching for the one it’s nearly impossible to out the ones that don’t work. And most of them REV’IT! VENTURA is the one that From functional features to and comfortable cut, it’s supreme.

I have yet to see ladies that comes close. And you can get a set of REV’IT VENTURA Pants. a win win.

REV’IT SAND – Jacket and Pants

December 2010

Every serious knows that it’s impossible to have one setup works in all kinds of conditions. A that is toasty in the cold of will cook you alive in the of Baja desert. It’s to impossible to make a suit works great in all extremes. do not give up though, and REV’IT!

is a product of such efforts.

Now I have used REV’IT! Jacket and pants for nearly a I can give you fair and honest of it’s abilities, advantages and First, I would like to go basic features.

SAND comes in few colors – Silver / (my choice), Silver / Red, / Silver (should have my choice) and beautiful Safari / I picked Silver / Black it’s easily the most of them all, but as it turns out gorgeous silver gets awfully quickly, especially if you a lot. Luckily it washes well, so if you do not mind taking the out once in a while, pick color for ultimate visibility.

/ Silver will stay much longer, but it’s plain looking. Oh well, god for good wife. By the way had I seen / Black beforehand, I would choose it instead.

It’s unusual and will get a lot of attention.

Jacket comes with 2 liners – one is breathable waterproof looks and feels like liners I have seen on BMW and one thermal. Both liners be used either together or from each other. to REV’IT! the outer shell is with water repellent but it must have worn off I got it wet for the first time.

No complaints – I knew the outer shell is to get wet.

There are several on the jacket, and I must say they are efficent. The chest vents via the zipper and then you roll the to the side, locking it in place velcro flap. That very open mesh, a layer mesh foam to aid air circulation. Another vent is on the and that is one of my favorite features on jacket – it allows the cuff to be open, so you can tuck in your with ease.

Two front pockets are supposed to be waterproof, and while I never putting my iPhone in there, never leaked even in the rains I had to ride through. is another waterproof pocket on the of waterproof liner, that is my valuables usually go if the weather foul.

So how does it feel in use? What I love the about SAND suit is it’s pure and simple. A lot of tend to over complicate garments, hoping that if pack them with it will attract more SAND is completely different in regard.

Every little is functional and useful, and everything as it’s supposed to. There are no Velcros on the jacket, as they wear out with time. I how rugged the zippers are, I that they will the jacket itself. All fabric are reinforced with extra and elbows have rubber coating to increase durability.

You can REV’IT! crew learned their past mistakes – all points of my older REV’IT! have been addressed.

both liners removed the shell is lightweight and comfortable. I was to use the jacket throughout the summer, though on some days I I was wearing full mesh Most of the time however I was in my comfort zone. Little and loop on the collar really to bring some air in.

Overall, outfit far exceeded my summer as usually 3 season outfits are not in the heat. I think the key is having the shell that is not treated any waterproofing. Breathability is one of my biggest since most of my riding is in try and we rarely get rain here in California.

SAND Pants in similar fashion, with two liners you will be comfortable in of weather conditions. I had to adjust the of knee armor to insure in the right place, but I’m taller average, so that is expected. I forgetting about cargo and they are extremely handy for small things in them. The of the pants are larger than – it is clear that SAND were designed to accommodate off road boots.

There are of Velcro adjustments to make tight around the boot One small gripe I have SAND pants is ventilation. the pants seem to breath OK and the vent brings some air in, it be better.

I hope REV’IT in Holland are listening.

This we had some serious rains here in Southern California, and I through every one of them. news is that SAND as advertised – no leaks to report. On a occasions I noticed a couple of wet around my waist, but that is likely caused by waterproof riding up. What I found is making sure it’s the pants when you already got on the otherwise it creeps up when you your leg over.

When shell gets soaked is dries very quickly, on the bike. It also doesn’t a lot of water, WR coating must be because I can hardly notice any in weight when it’s

Overall I love my SAND The cut is about as good as it gets and the are excellent. If they made it more expensive Cordura and Gore-Tex liner I would be happier. Wait, that be the DEFENDER suit?

I can’t believe I have to again. Oh well.

And you thought phone talkers were

October 20th, 2010

has been many articles this growing problem – on cell phones driving in cages, not paying attention to surroundings.

As a motorcyclist, now that I’m to them, I think they are easy to deal with. they still pose danger. However if you spot ahead of time it’s easy to predict what is to happen.

Treat them they do not see you, and you will be OK.

I noticed that there is new emerging, and it’s far more and unpredictable than simple phone talkers. I’m referring to texting and playing with smartphones.

Cell phone drive on autopilot and even if mind is somewhere else, are still looking at the road so the registers and recognizes most sending signals to limbs to accordingly. This gives us a of recognition. All new cell phones with a hands free so there is no excuse to not use it.

Texters are 180 different. Their eyes are off the and their hands are not ever steering wheel. Their is erratic, they absolutely do not pay to what is going on around

They drift from to lane with abrupt corrections. I have had few close with these folks and time they were by my Stebel blaring in their ear few away. And every time act surprised.

With a lot of states on of bankruptcy the government is desperately to find new sources of revenue. fees get jacked up, state get fired, schools do not get the funding need and deserve, and parking fees are getting ridiculous. And yet bothers to enforce “no texting of laws that most already employ.

If cell talking behind the steering could be equaled to driving drunk, then texting is driving hammered and drugged, and it be treated accordingly. Start out steep tickets to violators, and our will get a lot safer for motorcyclists and the of the drivers. How about $300 for offence, $800 for second and suspension +$1000 for third? 90% of people guilty at the moment, I can state cash bank flourish.

I would support 100%. What do you guys

Rear brake and emergency

September 22nd, 2010

I had a bit of a close call when big box pulled into my lane thinking that there be a motorcyclist minding his own business.

besides daydreaming I was also out and kind of predicted the move a of second before it happened. by heart was pumping like as I was sliding sideways with the brake locked up. Locked up. supermoto racing experience helped as I was comfortable steering to the while hard on the front with locked up rear.

I the truck by inches and continued my commute.

Every time I ride I keep telling NOT to use the rear brake in emergency I feel it really decreases performance and increases my chances of not in time. Ideally I would to modulate rear brake for traction without breaking the loose, but It’s impossible, the up happens before you know it.

Even the bikes with rear brakes do that. And my foot just goes by itself, it seems like I no control over it. And I would to be in control of my motorcycle Every call that I ever had in immediate lockup of the rear

So, who managed to train themselves NOT to use the brake when sh*t the fan? I use my rear brake often while dicing traffic so disabling it all together is not an I’m all ears.

Home, sweet

August 11th, 2010

A update on my experiment. I have riding R1200GS for two weeks. At I didn’t like it much. It really awkward. Then I to get used to it. A couple of observations:

GS very long. Kinda you are riding on top of a dolphin.

GS rocks on the I can cruise comfortable at 80mph all day

GS rocks for the passenger. Because longer and the top case is

further from the passenger, the pillion is to lean back more and Not to mention less wind taller screen.

GS has very ergonomics. Riding position is not as as on Multi, and you are comfortable at all times.

GS give you a lot of confidence. So does the even though you have no what it’s doing, the is rock stable in turns.

GS is a lot than you may expect. You can feel bump you are going over.

GS is absolute garbage. I can bet they are using design URAL stole from them years ago. Clunky, throws of the shifter, missed false neutral, the whole Reminded me Russian cars of

You absolutely cannot shift you have to baby the shifter and go I cannot believe something this can exist in 21st

After two weeks the bike grew on me and I discovered completely aspect of motorcycling. Not riding for of connecting with the road and the but riding for seeing things, the wind and getting somewhere stress. My friend summed it up “R1200GS is the Harley of Adventure

I got back onto my Multistrada contradicting feelings growing in my Do I really like the GS or I just got to it? Could I live with it on basis?

And then I hit the starter on the Multi.

Oh my God. I have riding motorcycles for 10 years, and I never experienced anything this. I was grinning and laughing a mad man for 40 minutes of my commute home. is the best damn bike I had. I feels like 3x more powerful, 3x lighter and 10x flickable than GS.

It has the character of welterweight kick boxer. is what motorcycling is all about.

Summary MS VS GS


Engine –

Suspension – Multi

Brakes – GS (if had ABS option things would be

Ease of service – GS


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