Thursday, September 30, 2010

Growing and Growing and Growing!

I continue to be amazed at how this casual little hobby of mine has grown.More than ever I want to thank all of you for stopping by and more importantly for all your help in making this place grow. I haven't checked the numbers but I'm pretty sure that my single biggest source of material is now coming from reader submittals! So in a very real sense, this site is as much (or more) yours than

Two Good Sons And A Speechless Dad

Some brothers surprise their dad with a special Christmas present. They sneak his basket case 69 Norton out of his basement and get it fully restored for a Christmas present all without him knowing it. A WIN all around!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reader Ride From Spain! A Honda CM400T Street Tracker.

This may be the nicest CM400T on the planet. Damm that is cool.I've said it here many many times. You do NOT need big money or big engines to build fantastic bikes. And here we have another excellent example of that. This beauty was built by Mario Trigo Salorino wo writes in: Hello, my name is Mario and I write from Spain. I'm a fan of your blog for a long time. Always show the style of bikes

2011 Lamborghini Super Sport Cars Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

The LP570-4 Blancpain Edition was presented today by Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, at the final race weekend of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in the “Piero Taruffi” circuit, Vallelunga. The road-legal Blancpain Edition celebrates the two-year relationship between the Italian supercar brand and the watchmaker. Lamborghini’s partnership with Blancpain, the watch maker, is no longer limited to the Super Trofeo racing series as they unveiled together the first road-going Blancpain edition Lamborghini Gallardo.
The new features of the 2011 Lamborghini Super Sport Cars Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition are easily noticeable. It comes with a huge front bumper, massive rear spoiler and diffuser, and new side skirts. These bits are all inspired by the actual racing car, but they look a bit too aggressive for a road car. One other feature derived from the racing model is the new engine cover, which is optimized for better ventilation, and looks superb!
2011 Lamborghini Super Sport Cars Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition
Lamborghini super sports cars is extremely happy about its cooperation with Blancpain. In just its second year, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo has established itself in the premier league of gentlemen’s racing,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “Each race is a battle of dedication and passion for every single hundredth of a second – something that characterizes both of our brands. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition demonstrates the close bond between our road-going super sports cars and the race car.”
The engine that powers the Gallardo Blancpain is the same V10 unit from the series Superleggera production car which churns out 570 hp. Given the 1340 kilograms (2954 lb) weight of the car which results in power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kilograms (5.18 lb) per hp, this car is capable of going from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and flies past the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark only 6.8 seconds later, ultimately exceeding 320 km/h (199 mph).
Blancpain is the title sponsor of the successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. The cooperation between these two brands brings together the highest levels of engineering excellence from the automotive and chronometry industries. Blancpain has been producing innovative masterpieces of watch-making art in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux since 1735. Each timepiece is assembled by one single watchmaker, reflecting the quality and individual attention with which Lamborghini builds its super sports cars for the road, and its 570 hp Super Trofeo race cars.
Abaut Lamborghini Gallardo : The Lamborghini Gallardo (Italian pronunciation: [ga'?arðo][citation needed]) is a sports car built by Lamborghini. The Gallardo is Lamborghini's most-produced model to date, with over 10,000 built in its first seven years of production. Each car costs about $180,000 to $210,000. The car is named after a famous breed of fighting bull. The Spanish word gallardo  translates into "gallant".
The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic robotized manual, which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than a manual transmission would. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, but also has an automatic mode.
The car will be exhibited at the Paris Motor Show.

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Ducati LA 2010

A truly one off frame separates the men from the boys so This is kind of the crème de la crème of building a special. Now that doesn't mean we have to swear off the idea of designing our own. They have the time and money to put all the R&D and design into them they want until you have a super light, super rigid frame. Let's face it.

In the day and age we live in, it's hard to beat the quality and construction of the latest and greatest factory superbikes. You can put the best suspension, biggest brakes, and lightest wheels you can afford on your bike, but if the frame is weak and twitchy all those killer parts are for nothing. This is the beginning and end of how well your bike is going to perform. With out a frame we basically have a pile of random parts, but there's more to it then just a place to bolt it all together.

One thing that has always intrigued me was frame design. Each part that is assembled with the machine not only adds in its function but also to it's style. Chassis design, suspension components, and body design are all key factors of what makes a motorcycle unique. The way in which these elements are connected, to work as a whole, are practically limitless.

In the grand scheme of things, we are working with 3 main elements: the wheels, the engine and the seat.  In the wonderful world of Fighterdom, you are only limited by your imagination.

Ducati 1198 R 2010

It lets you get on with it on the faster sections of the track, but because you know your electronic friend is there to help you, you tease the throttle more than you would do normally to run With traction control set on the middle level four, it kicks in coming out of slow-speed corners, especially on cold or worn tyres. At full throttle it's a cacophony of induction roar and hot metallic violence. It loves high-speed corners and punches out of slow ones in a bass-happy frenzy of mono-wheeling majesty.

The Yamaha R1 is happiest at full lean, where it's so stable. Ridden by the scruff of its neck the Ducati is amazing. At first the Ducati feels clumsy and unnatural around such a tight track and the instant power delivery too snatchy, but when you're hard-charging trying to chase someone, the T1198S changes completely. It's still slow-steering, too especially compared to the R Blade and ZX-10R. You feel perched up high and it's a long way down to get your knee down.

Properly set up it's a wonderful track bike. It also needs lots more damping to control the weaves and wobbles initiated by the instant power delivery of the V-twin engine and provide the stability to control the dive caused by the fierce Brembo Monobloc brakes. You need to get it on its nose so it'll steer well enough to change direction and hold a line.  Just like the Yamaha R1 the Ducati takes a lot of setting up to get it to work around the track.

Ducati 1198 S 2010

It lets you get on with it on the faster sections of the track, but because you know your electronic friend is there to help you, you tease the throttle more than you would do normally to run With traction control set on the middle level four, it kicks in coming out of slow-speed corners, especially on cold or worn tyres. At full throttle it's a cacophony of induction roar and hot metallic violence. It loves high-speed corners and punches out of slow ones in a bass-happy frenzy of mono-wheeling majesty. The Yamaha R1 is happiest at full lean, where it's so stable.

Ridden by the scruff of its neck the Ducati is amazing. At first the Ducati feels clumsy and unnatural around such a tight track and the instant power delivery too snatchy. but when you're hard-charging trying to chase someone, the T1198S changes completely. It's still slow-steering, too especially compared to the R Blade and ZX-10R. You feel perched up high and it's a long way down to get your knee down. Properly set up it's a wonderful track bike.

It also needs lots more damping to control the weaves and wobbles initiated by the instant power delivery of the V-twin engine and provide the stability to control the dive caused by the fierce Brembo Monobloc brakes. You need to get it on its nose so it'll steer well enough to change direction and hold a line.  Just like the Yamaha R1 the Ducati takes a lot of setting up to get it to work around the track.

We here at MPOTD do NOT condone this...

...but holy crap it's mesmerizing. The second half of this video is just hair raising.

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Yamaha Road Star XVS 1700 2010

The bottom line is the cost to treat injured motorcyclists with head injuries as the primary diagnosis is staggering. While many feel as though their rights are being taken away the reality is most motorcyclist do not carry enough personal protection insurance to cover them in the event they go down. Are they trying to change it for personal regard for the rider? Many organizations have pushed to change the law for various reasons.

The most important thing they do is rally together and force lawmakers to listen. Organizations like ABATE ("A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments") and the AMA ("American Motorcyclist Association") fight hard for the rights of the motorcyclist. Taking away the right to make this personal choices is not the answer. The law states "You do not have to wear a helmet in Florida if you are at least 21 years old and have a minimum $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle".

While not completely repealed it was modified with an amendment that stipulates certain requirements for bikers that want to ride helmet-less in Florida. July 1, 2000 Florida's helmet law was changed. Attracting hundreds of thousands of motorcyclist yearly, many of these riders are not your hardcore bikers, they are likely to be family oriented people who share a passion for the wind.  Florida is famous for rendezvous's like Daytona Bike Week in the Spring, Biketober Fest and the West Coast Biker Rally in the fall.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Damm... Onboard porn..

Would have been so much better WITHOUT the music but still WAY cool. BMW SS1000 I think...

Cool Suzuki 750 2 Stroke Replica Build Pics. WithBonus Video!

You can see more here.  All in french though. 

Saw this today on a popular message board. Classic!

For Those of you who spend time on motorcycle message boards you'll get a kick out of this.How many motorcycle forum members does it take to change a light bulb?1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently7 to caution about the dangers of changing light

Seeley Triumph Racer Oozing With Cool...

The Cooley Crosby Suzuki endurance Racer.

Old school racing cool. This is a bit of a repeat. I have an old post on this bike but it was only one side shot. These are much nicer.

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Depending on these conditions in the participant countries, the corresponding value of foreign currency will increase or decrease. There are several economic and political factors that affect the currency conversion rates. The rates are continually changing and you have to carefully follow the changes to make profit. The value of US dollar or practically any currency will not remain the same next day.

The currency conversion rates change everyday. The buying and selling of currencies greatly depend on the future value of the currency. The market highly depends on the currency conversion rates. On the whole the market of foreign currency exchange is open all the time on all 5 weak days. The countries will open and close the currency exchange market with different time zones.

The results of currency conversion trading happening in one country will affect the other countries in the market. The participants of currency conversion indulge in trading and buy a foreign currency expecting the currency to have more value in the future. The industry runs purely on speculation. In this trading, you buy a currency using a foreign currency of another type.

Yamaha TRIXEUX 2010

But there are points where it takes extreme amounts of time to compete with 'out-of-box' features Yes Asterisk is Bad @$$ and can do many of the things that XYZ Big Box vendors offer and more. However if you are "Super VoIP Man", the one man consulting operation, it presents a unique niche market. Most open source products do not offer that. Now this answers the cry of all the "mom and pop's" out there, lets address "Big Boy Corporation." Larger corporations need a security blanket and if you can't offer that then your out the door.

Distros like TrixBox have the right idea, build a distribution and implement "Service Modules" to handle the configuration of tasks. End users, they are your greatest asset and threat at the same time. There is a common risk factor. However, the fact of the matter is that Asterisk is so extensible that it some times hurts the product. I'd like to say Open Source is almost the clear choice, and it may be the right one in some cases.
 
 

Yamaha M1 2010

Further exclusive features The unique personality of this bike comes from rigid testing and development undergone by engineers - offering riders remarkable satisfaction when ridden. The Yamaha YZF-R6 09 This high-rpm engine motorcycle with its application of variable-length intakes has added effect than it does on the R1, improving transitional power features and power feel from mid-range through to 14,500rpm. Sets a new standard for the super-competitive 1000cc supersport category.

Hard-line new styling give the new-generation YZF-R1 a major new look.An entirely redesigned aluminium Deltabox chassis.

Unique features of this bike include.The Yamaha YZF-R1Y This innovative and exciting motorcycle has been designed with the all-new 998cc engine whose design, feel and make-up has been influenced by Rossi's championship winning M1, the new high-tech R1 powerplant is very much linked to a Moto GP bike. In compliance with EU3 regulations.     A superior chassis with unique bodywork. 

Individual, precise and sharp handling.Wicked acceleration feeling, together with strong performance.

Yamaha MT 03 2010

The Its cylinder liner is ceramic-composite, allowing reduced wear and good heat dissipation. To keep the engine temperature down and the lubrication up even in extremely hot conditions, it has an oil cooler. It also has a DC-CI Dignition system, delivering a stable spark at any rpm level. It is equipped with a 29mm Mikuni carburetor which gives an easy throttle pull but outstanding throttle response.

It has a light yet powerful 249cc, SOHC, 4-stroke single which produces a deep and broad powerband. When you take a closer look at its engine, you won't be disappointed either. Best of all, it is the lightest in its class. Its 19-inch tires on its rear promises an excellent traction. It also possesses the longest suspension and the lowest seat among its class, making it ideal for sport handling.

It also has a durable engine which starts with a simple push-button trigger. Its five-speed manual transmission is class exclusive and has a gear suitable for almost all terrains. The Yamaha Raptor 250R boasts an aggressive and powerful raptor style that gives it maximum performance. Let's talk about its key features first. What are the features of this Yamaha ATV than can wipe the floor with all the other ATV models on it?

But let's go dig deeper and tackle its properties one by one. Many have speculated that the only thing that changed is the addition of reservoir shocks and that the frames are not an improvement from the past Yamaha TVs.  A lot has been said about the 2011 Yamaha Raptor 250R.

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Yamaha enjoyed great response at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2010 held in It would invest around Rs 800 crore in India in the coming years. The company is doing so to meet the growing demands for its bikes. Currently the company has capacity of five lakh units per annum that it wants to increase to eight lakh units per annum by 2010.

Yamaha India is working on expanding its manufacturing plant at Greater Noida. The product line is yet to be decided. As of January 2010 the company was conducting feasibility test with regard to that. The company is now planning to launch scooters in India.

The company keeps launching new products to keep the interest of the bike lovers intact in the company and its products. Yamaha has been performing well in India. The bikes of the company sold in the market include Yamaha YZF R15, YZF R1, MT 01, Alba 106, Gladiator, Crux, Enticer, Stratoliner, V Max, YBX 125, G5, Crux S, Fazer, FZ 150, RX Z, Libero, FZS, FZ16, c Type SS/RS and Yamaha Gladiator Graffiti. The company has launched various products in the market. Yahama has been in business in India for years.

The company was incorporated in October, 1897. The founder of the company was Torakusu Yamaha. The company was started as a piano and reed organ manufacturer in 1887. Yamaha Corporation has various businesses including bikes, electronics and power sports equipment.

Yamaha is a Japanese company known for its technological advancement and two-wheeler products.  Yamaha bikes are known for their excitement and performance.

Monday, September 27, 2010

2012 Maserati Sport Cars GranTurismo MC Stradale

The Italian automaker announced the 2012 Maserati Sport Cars GranTurismo MC Stradale, that it will debut the lightest and most powerful variation of the GranTurismo, at this year's 2010 Paris Motor Show. Maserati said the car will boast "razor-sharp handling and will break the 300km/h [187mph] barrier", adding that the reworked body also produces more aerodynamic down force without producing more aerodynamic drag.
2012 Maserati Sport Cars Gran Turismo MC Stradale looks sporty, the bumper and grille has been redesigned. The car also has a large diffuser to improve performance. Inspired by the Trofeo GranTurismo MC and the race-winning GT4 motorsport models, the two-seater 2012 Maserati Sport Cars GranTurismo MC Stradale that will debut at the Paris Auto Show. GranTurismo MC Stradale high-performance model and will be on sale next spring, with £ 105,000 prize.
2012 Maserati Sport Cars GranTurismo MC Stradale
2012 Maserati Sport Cars GranTurismo MC Stradale is in the GranTurismo S. The basis is seen in power, it features a 4.7L V8 engine, maximum power of 336kw. Corresponds to a 6-speed manual transmission with mechanical top speed to 300 km / h, the 0-100km / h acceleration of about 4.5 seconds.
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale responds to demands for a GranTurismo which can balance on-road driving needs with race-driving desires, incorporating the handling and aerodynamic lessons from Maserati's three racing programs.
No other details were given on the car but the official photos show a raft of styling upgrades including the new front end with a lower spoiler and additional air ducts, chunkier side skirts, possibly larger front fenders with new air vents, a boot lid spoiler and a new rear bumper with a diffuser and twin central exhaust pipes plus unique alloy wheels.

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UPDATE: BMW.... WOW!

Thanks to Craig NOS in the comments and a link to a French message board.Racer made by Sebastien in the south of France (Var) then sold. More details in the forum link. I am looking for more information.Craig NOS from Ze Craignos Monstercycles.bloghttp://r1150r.forumactif.com/le-coin-du-flat-twin-f1/cafe-racer-bmw-t7722.htmAnd one more bonus pic lifted from over there: Stunner!I really want to

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peugeot Sport Cars Epine Concept Cars Inspired by Formula One and Motorcycles

Peugeot Sport Cars Epine Concept Cars derived from a project to create a hybrid eco-friendly vehicle. The Peugeot Epine Concept design study was developed to have a sportscar-like performance while creating a new way to get in touch with nature. Inspired by Formula One cars and motorcycles, Epine features a whale skeleton, as a tribute to Mother Nature.
Peugeot Sport Cars Epine Concept Cars Inspired by Formula One and Motorcycles
The concept car was created by Daniel Schumpert. Peugeot Epine was basically a project that was supposed to turn into an environmentally friendly hybrid vehicle, but eventually it turned into a “consumer’s racing car”.
This Peugeot Sport Cars Epine Concept Cars Inspired by Formula One and Motorcycles ride relies on the Epine system, with an innovative seating arrangement and the drive-by-wire technology, as far as steering is concerned. The energy source of the vehicle is placed at the back, while the storage area is at the front of the car. The major technical feature of this car is the Epine system that allows a complete seating arrangement by adopting the drive-by-wire technology to run the steering system.
The rear-engined sportscar is minimalistic with an exposed frame, Peugeot Sport Cars Epine Hybrid Concept Cars uses the Michelin Tweel concept airless wheels, with a positive impact on the suspension system.
Turns out that the wheel spokes are able to compress and decompress, thanks to the materials they’re made out of, allowing a wide variety of car motions. This futuristic Peugeot measures 4,260 mm (length), 1,882mm (width) and 1153mm (height).

2010 Hot Cruiser Motorcycles Yamaha V-Star 1300

2010 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Motorcycle CoverRevised riding position. New chromed headlight body. New seat. New handlebar shape. New, more stylish fuel pump (left side of engine). New 3D fuel tank emblems.New chromed drive belt cover. Throttle body fuel injection. 1304cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin. Fuel Consumption * 18kpl/51mpg(Imp). The perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling and comfort

Reader Ride. A nicely done Scrambler.

Thanks Ian! Well done. I like the Norman Hyde pipes.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yamaha Scorpio 2010 Tampilan baru | New Look

Today Yamaha motor Corp Released New Model Yamaha Scorpio-Z 2010 Tampilan baru, Powered with 225 cc SOHC with air cooler with power 18.r PS  launch the Yamaha Scorpio Facelift., Yamaha Scorpio-Z. Design with 2010 new colour , more sporty and stylish.this yamaha adopted the design from Yamaha MT1 and Yamaha FZ8. look more sporty and elegant

If you happenned to be in New (as opposed to just plain old) Zealand Yesterday did you make it by the Webbs auctions?

There was a stunner of an auction there. I'd love to know how it went.http://www.webbs.co.nz/auction/important-vintage-collectors-motorcyclesThis was Lot 42

Video. Joey Dunlop doing a lp on the Isle of Mann.

Pretty darn fast for 27 years ago!

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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 Review and Specification

This is The 2010 GSX-R600/750 last received a ground-up redesign back in 2006, then was nicely updated for the 2008 edition. Given the typical Japanese four-year model cycles for sportbikes, we were anticipating a new Gixxer for 2010, but the tanking economy forced Suzuki to postpone its introduction until 2011.Visually, the biggest change to the GSX-R is its nose, now boasting a narrower,

Friday, September 24, 2010

2010 Yamaha Road Star: Elegant motorcycle for your adventure

2010 Yamaha Road Star Motorcycle CoverBig torque. Fuel injected 1,670cc V-twin. Fuel Consumption * 15kpl/43mpg(Imp). Legendary Star styling and attention to detail make it a rolling piece of art that you'll be proud to ride.2010 Hot Motorcycles Yamaha Road StarBut "The Roadie" is more than just muscle. At the heart of this machine is a massive, air-cooled 1670cc, fuel injected V-Twin that pumps

New Motorcycles for Sale Yamaha Road Star S 2010

2010 Yamaha Road Star S Motorcycle PartsBlack and chrome detailing. Fuel injected 1,670cc V-twin. Fuel Consumption * 15kpl/43mpg(Imp).2010 Yamaha Road Star S Motorcycle CoverSwing a leg over, fire up the massive fuel injected V-twin engine, and then settle in for a nice long ride. Gleaming chrome, a retro seat and loads of torquey muscle will have you itching to ride. Though it's available in a

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What was the bike that "Lawerence of Arabia" owned?

A Brough Superior of course.Thanks to an alert reader!Hi there! Thanks for a brilliant site.I was walking around the Imperial War Museum in London yesterday and came across Lawrence of Arabia's SS100 Brough Superior. I'm not sure that it's suitable for the site, but I thought you'd like it. Lawrence owned eight of these beauties and they were all called George!Thanks againJezza

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Lotus Sports Cars Elite Concept Cars


British sports car company unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for the dawn of Lotus' new era - the Elite will redefine "modern classic". So here it is, the Lotus Sports Cars Elite, the first taste of what's to come from Lotus in the future. This is not only beautifully elegant, in accordance with the burden of Lotus’ appraises, that car with the center consisting of several by the identical cutting-edge technological innovation Lotus has submitted a bid. Retractile hard top version of the cunning and consumption with optional cross with KERS technology is a special case with Lotus cutting technology to provide perfect performance.
The 2010 Lotus Sports Cars Elite Concept Car is labeled as a “production intent prototype and is scheduled to go on sale in 2014 with a pricetag around £115,000 (approximately $180,000). Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions. And it s not all about sleek lines and stunning bodywork with this particular 2+2, what hides beneath this shark like exterior perfectly does the aesthetics justice. A front-mid positioned 5.0l V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.
2010 Lotus Sports Cars Elite Concept Cars
First up, the Elite will offer a retractable hardtop roof, adding significant weight to the automobile. It may weigh in at 3,600 pounds.  This is a far step from Lotus’ usual super-light vehicles mentality. The Elite has a 2+2 seating configuration and is directly aimed at the competing with the Ferrari 612.
"Make no mistake, there's a definite market requirement for the Elite - it's the ultimate sports car feel with comfort and space. There will always be those who believe that Lotus should stick to small sports cars but we didn't take the decision to design something like the Elite lightly, it's based on months of careful research and planning. It's worth noting this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still." As for the new, awesome design of the car, the designer Donato Coco has designed what can only be described as a truly stunning car. It is completely different from all Lotus models of the past and really indicates that Lotus is ready to move from the ‘affordable’ sports car market deep into supercar territory.
With the likes of Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari in its crosshairs, it’s not surprising that the new Lotus Elite sports car is significantly heavier and more powerful than the company’s current offerings. In fact, with an expected kerb weight of 3,637 pounds, the Elite is very different to Lotus’ usual assortment of light weight track cars but its designers are confident it will still have the ultimate sports car feel--just with a little more comfort and space. The design, specification and performance figures for all Production Intent Prototypes will be confirmed following official testing and will be available from Lotus Cars.

Reader Ride Carry Over From The 2- Stroke Blog. Outrageous RZ350 Custom

Jeff Strom Sends in Some pics of his buddies bike (that I think I've seen before). And What a beauty it is.  Those pipes are pure porn..He Writes in:Hey,Love your blog, thought I would suggest a bike. I rode withMark (who built and owns this buzz bomb), with some triples,about a month ago. This bike runs as sweet as it looks ...Also found right here ...http://kawasakitriplesworldwide.com/phpBB2

By The Way. Thanks To everyone for the "Five Favorites" Feedback!

 Thanks To everyone for the "Five Favorites" Feedback!  I'm going to do a little digging into the bikes that folks submitted and comment on it later.  Maybe pull some of the interestng choices and see what I can come up with by way of images.  I think we'll do something on a Five Favorite "anything goes" (as opposed to production bikes only) thread sometime next week so give it some thought and

Not Motorcycle Related... But way cool.

Every once in a while I find something that is only loosely related to motorcycles (or often not at all) and I regret that I have nowhere to comment on it. I tried starting a blog based on that but I've got enough to do with the ones I have so it went stale. So I've decided that I'm going to create a new category called "Not Motorcycle Related, But Way Cool" for that occasional item that is too

Updated Comments: Shoutout to my readers! What's on your five favorite production bikes of all time list?

A few observations,   RC30's are more popular than I thought and I'm not alone in my love of old 2 strokesSince I've started my five all time favorite production bikes series I figured I put out a request for what the readers like.  I'll keep this post pinned to the top and copy and paste your choices as they come in one by one. Here is what I'd like to do, Either respond to this post in the

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Five Favorite Production Motorcycles of all time Numver 5: Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. (ahem... the original one)

This one is more emotional than logical. It's a big, long, heavy, moderately powered bike. But my oh my does it "speak" to me. The sound and the style... Yep that's number five. But I'll have more honorable mentions over the next few days and I'll probably put together an "anything goes" list here in a few days or so (as opposed to production bikes only) so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ducati Monster S4R 2010

Using a rubber mallet, very gently drive the factory bolt out.From the right side, install the shorter slider into the frame and insert the threaded rod through the slider till it meets the factory engine bolt.Grip the supplied threaded rod firmly in the middle with a vise or pliers, insert a stainless steel washer and install the supplied locknut until about 6-8 threads are exposed. You may have to secure the left side with a socket wrench to do this.Loosen and remove the nut on the right side(right while sitting on bike).

Remove the rubber bungs that cover the left and right mounting points as seen in the above picture. If you are unsure about the tightening torque, check your motorcycle's manual or www.motovationusa.com/torque.html for a quick reference guide Make sure the bike is on a stand and vertical, and make sure that the engine is supported from below by blocks. It is highly recommended that you refer to your service manual before performing this installation. These frame sliders are designed to fit specific engine mounts of your bike. Please read all instructions before beginning work!

They are tough but not brittle and can also absorb a huge impact. Each and every model is tested for drop and slide protection. Motovation frame protection slider kits are designed and manufactured by a company that only makes frame sliders.  These frame sliders have been designed to offer unsurpassed protection for the S2R, S4R, 600/620/900/1000, Multistrada in the unfortunate event of a lowside or tip over.

Ducati 848 2010

The Team Ducati Marlboro has attained successes on this track Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden would also be looking to attaining his full form by extracting as much as he from the Desmosedici at the Brno circuit, which has always been best suited for this specific purpose. Casey Stoner has picked up some satisfactorily positive points in the way of his form run, post taking podium finishes in his previous four races. The Ducati Marlboro Team shall be the event this week.

The second half of MotoGP World Championship situated on these tracks follows the passing summer break. The engine performance must also be up to date given the stretches of straights. The excess width of the tracks affords a racing line that is precise. These are in account of the many downhill areas that require braking. Things required for this track are a good rider, a durable and good tyre and an impeccable set-up of the bike being ridden.

Speedy direction changes, elevation changes and chicanes feature in its fast paced and diverse design, with the track breadth as much as 15 metres in some parts. The previous track was a favourite among the riders and that the Brno track retains some of the characteristics from it makes it popular with the riders still. Earlier, the Grand Prix was held on the precarious and out-dated circuit whose replacement the Brno circuit really is. It runs among the hills which border the second city of the Czech Republic.  The Brno motorcycle circuit is one of the gems of motorcycle circuit racing worldwide.

Ducati Street Fighter 2010

A truly one off frame separates the men from the boys so This is kind of the crème de la crème of building a special. Now that doesn't mean we have to swear off the idea of designing our own. They have the time and money to put all the R&D and design into them they want until you have a super light, super rigid frame. Let's face it.

In the day and age we live in, it's hard to beat the quality and construction of the latest and greatest factory superbikes. You can put the best suspension, biggest brakes, and lightest wheels you can afford on your bike, but if the frame is weak and twitchy all those killer parts are for nothing. This is the beginning and end of how well your bike is going to perform. With out a frame we basically have a pile of random parts, but there's more to it then just a place to bolt it all together.

One thing that has always intrigued me was frame design. Each part that is assembled with the machine not only adds in its function but also to it's style. Chassis design, suspension components, and body design are all key factors of what makes a motorcycle unique. The way in which these elements are connected, to work as a whole, are practically limitless.

In the grand scheme of things, we are working with 3 main elements: the wheels, the engine and the seat.  In the wonderful world of Fighterdom, you are only limited by your imagination.

Ducati Monster 2010

The end result was a new look that makes the Monster prowl and gives it Eventually I bought a bracket that cleaned everything up and was frankly a lot simpler than trying to tweak my own. However, I was not able to create the clean finished look that I wanted. It was alot of fun and I enjoyed the creative process. All you need is a hacksaw, 4 small "L" brackets and some small nuts and bolts.

It made me feel manly to stick it to the man and make my own tailchop, You can do your own with basic parts from the hardware store. My first chop was done with spare parts and brackets. It actually requires more guts than skill. It's a simple process that any wannabe shop mechanic can do. Make it a true Monster.

Disfigure it! Cut the tail, chop the frame, eliminate the fender, whatever you want to call it. Release the beast from the excess plastic and junk that have been the mark of domestication. If you would like to give some dignity back to your beloved Monster then its time to remove its mark of civility. Much like getting a mongrel from the pound you have to collar, license and tag and put the poor thing on a leash.

Then something terrible happened in the name of regulation, the rear fender was designed from my daughters Barbie bicycle and the beast was tamed.  It's not supposed to be pretty, its misshapen and bare, taking to the streets with attitude and performance to match.

Ducati Monster 1000 2010

At the same time coinciding with an all new engine range for the Super Sport range the Monster inherited the all new 2 valve 800 and 1000 engines becoming the S2R 800 and S2R 1000 respectively, although, it could be argued that the term "all-new" is incorrect as the engines were modified 750cc and 900cc powerplants from the Supersport Adorned with Ohlins suspension, Marchesini alloy wheels and radial brakes it took the performance and handling of the Monster to the next level. In 2005 it was all change again with the retirement of the famous 916 powerplant, only for the engine to be replaced with the Testastretta engine from the 999 Superbike creating the top of the range S4R. Adding premium components from the likes of Brembo, Marchesini, Showa and other manufacturers they created a bike which would become legendary for it's versatility and ability.

Early in 2000 Ducati added fuel injection to the M900 and in 2001 shoehorned the watercooled 916 engine from the 916 superbike into the Monster creating the S4, a brutally fast and fun naked bike. With bodywork designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi it was an instant hit with its back to basics design remit, light weight, sportsbike handling and awesome exhaust note. Sharing parts from several model ranges it took the frame from the 916 family, married to a carburetted aircooled engine ranging from the M400 through to the M900 (M400, M600, M750, M900).  Credited as the bike which saved Ducati in troubled times the Ducati Monster was first launched in 1993 to critical acclaim.