Motorcycle reveries; if these gloves could talk

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This long winter is finally sloughing off, and the longer days are inspiring motorcycling daydreams. Heading out the door this weekend, for a quick tour around town on my bike, I found myself looking at the same pair of lightweight leather gloves I have owned for the past 20 years. The nondescript […]

Road safety: number deaths down, but cost to society still high


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Road accidents were responsible for 1 percent of deaths in Switzerland in 2009, new figures from the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention, but the relatively low rate hides a more startling statistic: each of the 300-plus deaths a year costs, on average, more than 25 years of life because a high proportion […]

Moto candy, oggling the Triumph Tiger 800

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you read this blog, you know I don’t care much for moto-hogs – motorcycles the size of a small house that will do everything short of brushing your teeth. Therefore, I was all tooth and grin last week as I scoped out the 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 with WRS’ Susan Flory, […]

Preventive motorcycle project over Easter weekend in Vaud


Two-wheelers can expect police checks LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Vaud are repeating what they say was a successful preventive project a year ago, to alert motorcyclists to dangers over the Easter weekend. Police teams will be visibly out in a number of areas to encourage motorcyclists to give their bikes safety checks and […]

Versys 1000 renews love for Kawasaki basics

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Riding home tonight on my bicycle I was caught up short at the sight of the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 sitting out front of my neighborhood motorcycle shop. Most of the recent Japanese bikes leave me completely nonplussed aesthetically, but Kawasaki’s new Adventure-Tourer strikes just the right balance of technological innovation and […]

Motorcyclist dies in Russin crash

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 56-year-old Swiss man who lived in Ain, France, died late Wednesday 5 October when his motorcycle and a car collided head on, on the Route de Mandemant in Russin, on the outskirts of Geneva. The man was weaving his way downhill when he attempted to pass one or several cars, say […]

Swiss serious accident rate lowest since 1950s

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of people who died or were injured in road accidents in Switzerland fell below 20,000 in 2010, for the first time since the 1950s, numbers released 19 July show. Federal Statistical Office annual figures show that 327 people died in road accidents, 4,458 were seriously injured and 19,779 suffered lighter […]

Biker caught doing 130kph in village as motorcycle safety day announced

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The police in Vaud handed their Valais police colleagues a nice story Wednesday morning, of a local man in his 40s stopped for going 130kph on  his motorcyle in a 50 zone. The man was going through the village of Crassier, near the Vaud/French border and the French town of Divonne. The […]

Furka Pass: snowbanks, bikers and vistas

Furka Pass, Switzerland – There’s nothing like having friends visit to inspire the exploring spirit. Last weekend, with a friend in town from London, we packed the car with water and food supplies and headed out on the open road. With Geneva in the rear view mirror, I felt my bones settle into the cocoon […]

Vaud drivers’ licenses remain tough to obtain

Half of all drivers fail first attempt at on-the-road test Some cantons offer theory tests in English, but success rate low Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Lausanne and Neuchatel are once again the toughest places in Switzerland in which to get a driver’s license, 2010 Swiss statistics on the success rates for theory and driving tests […]