Apr 09

New bike in town

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New bike in town

New bike in town: Yamaha MT-09

Since January 18, there’s a new kid in town. With pain in my heart I said goodbye to my good old FZ-1N, nearly eight years old. I’d never had the same bike for that long. And she still didn’t bore me at all.

But with the announcement of the new MT-09 there came this little itch. Promising specifications, new techniques and a beautiful design. After the pre-launch followed the real introduction at Termaat Motoren. And only three days later the opportunity for a test drive. Within 200 meters I knew it! And within the hour the fate of the FZ-1 was signed.

After 2.5 months and almost 2000km I still have no regrets. What a bike! I will be blogging more active again and share my adventures with this new kid.

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Jun 15

Ride-on! Sakhalin

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00 richting Oost Siberi=EB vertrekken om langs de BAM-Amur spoorlijn te rij=
den en op Sakhalin, een eiland ten noorden van Hokkaido, waar Anton Tsjecho=
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gaan we dat doen… vandaar deze test met dank aan Mattheu!
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Groet, Ride-on!
Rob en Dafne de Jong
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Jun 06

Loans that change lives

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Kiva.org is a non-profit organisation that is revolutionizing the fight against global poverty by enabling people to connect with and make personal loans—of as little as $25—to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world. Most of the poor in
developing countries are self-employed entrepreneurs and a small loan to purchase business-related items such as sewing machines or livestock can empower them to earn their way out of poverty.

How does it work?

Kiva brings together lenders and worthy enterprises on the web.
From Kenya to Ecuador, microfinance institutions (MFI) around the world go to Kiva.org and post photos and profiles of low income entrepreneurs in need of money for their businesses.

Loans made easy and personal.
Lenders go to Kiva.org and browse through profiles of low-income entrepreneurs—a dairy farmer in Kenya, a man who wants to open a shoe shop in Honduras, or a tailor in Bulgaria. Lenders can then loan as little as $25 to the entrepreneur of their choice via PayPal, a globally recognized online payment service.

When a loan is funded by individual lenders, Kiva pools the money and transfers it to a Microfinance partner who handles distribution and collection of loan payments.
Journal updates keep the lenders informed about the progress of the entrepreneur they sponsored. Loan repayments made by the entrepreneur over the course of about 6-18 months are sent back to Kiva by the MFI partner. Once loans are repaid, Kiva users can choose to withdraw their principal or re-loan to another entrepreneur. (80%+ of Kiva lenders choose to re-loan!

Do as I did.
Make a Small Loan, Make a Big Difference – Check out Kiva.org to Learn How!

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Apr 14

New MotoGP season started: I want to win to

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Oh yes, last weekend the new MotoGP season has started. In a total of 18 rounds we will be entertained by men in leathers on 2 wheels.

And what will it bring? Well a new competition for sure. No more 250cc 2-stroke class any more. Ever! Back in 2003 the 500cc 2-stroke class was transformed to the MotoGP class (990cc 4-stroke). This year the 250’s are trade in for the Moto2 class (600cc 4-stroke). All bikes will run the same Honda engine, so it all comes to the skills of the bike-builder and the rider.

But that’s not all there is to say. I want to win as well. Some years ago the Dutch motormagazine Motor started a competition as well. The one who predicts the best raceteam hits the jackpot at the end of the season. This year the first prize is a BMW S1000RR. Enough reason to try to buy the best riders into my team: Casey Stoner and Aleix Espargaro (MotoGP), Kenny Noyes and Claudio Corti (Moto2), Alberto Moncayo and Marc Marqueza (125 cc). First race-weekend wasn’t that good, but we still have 17 races ahead. Thumbs up for team Ajoeto CTD!

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Dec 04

Review Depeche Mode tour of the Universe

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On November 30th I went to Ahoy Rotterdam to attend the latest concert tour of Depeche Mode. I’ve become a fan of the band in the early 80’s, at the time that synth-pop became popular for a very short time.

During all these years I kept interested in the band and kept buying the albums. I also bought several DVD’s from different tours, but until now never was able to attend a concert. The concert in Rotterdam was the only concert schedules in the Netherlands during the tour. Why? Is it because Depeche Mode isn’t that popular (anymore) in the Netherlands? That can’t be it, ’cause the venue (Ahoy) was sold out within one day.

What about the concert? Was it any good? Yes it was, I say. To begin with, the sound quality was good, so that was a good start. Furthermore the public was enthusiastic which always has a positive influence on the bands performance. And last, but not least, Depeche Mode played superb! The quality of DM concerts always depends on the main members of the band, lead-singer David Gahan and guitarist Martin Gore. Both were in excellent form on monday night. We all saw a very entertaining performance of the band. Music, lighting and the videowall were perfectly in sync. As a bonus for me the band not only played songs from their lastest album, but many more from the past.

Rate: 9 out of 10

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