Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Delorean Time Machine Hard Drive ($250) is a 1:18 scale replica of the iconic Delorean from Back to the Future, with details like working doors and hood, a Mr. Fusion reactor, and 1950's wheels + rims, plus a 500 GB Seagate hard drive buried inside. Consume like you are gunning it to 88.
V8 Supercars, an Australian car racing organization, has built a oversized skateboard powered by a 630-horsepower V8 engine. How do they steer? There is an electric switch that the rider is using to control left to right. You can see he is holding it before he steps on. As the skateboard is unable to pivot like a normal one, the front wheels need turn on their own system.
Kaneda's bike that Buck was talking about is put together by a Japanese company, Neo-Fukuoka. It was strictly made to order custom bike and I doubt that they still do it.
The bike was actually officially licensed by the writer/artist/director of "Akira", Katsuhiro Ootomo and his publishing company, Koudansha.
Since it was official "Kaneda's Bike", the form and styling was quite accurate and it is actual operable on street, however unlike the real one in the animation film, it runs with gasoline, not electric. Customer had choice of water-cooled 4 stroke motor, from 250cc to 400cc, and single to 4 cylinders. It also is rear wheel drive with 3 chains and 6 sprockets. The real one was 2 wheel drive. As you see in the picture, Neo-Fukuoka put linked steering system in order to avoid long rake of front fork.
They put DVD navigation system on dash, along with LED speedo/ tacho/ battery gause like the real one.
The man who made the concept bike( he goes by Neo-Fukuoka) spent about 7 years, talking to bike shops and custom builders everywhere to complete the first operable Kaneda bike.
This is what Neo-Fukuoka posted in his site about ordering one.
"Information of "neo-fukuoka 1/1 motorcycle" sale
The prices of base vehicles are from "2,500,000 yen." （From the about 21,500 U.S. dollars）
An Anime type body work is not attached.
Digital meter and a navigation system are not attached.
(body work, navigation system, and digital meter ,are order equipment.)
250cc water-cooled engine loading.
The frame and each part size are based on neo-fukuoka 1/1 motorcycle.
I prepare the same thing as Japanese specification.
It is also possible to carry 400cc engine depending on hope.
All vehicles are one article manufactures based on an order.
Please consult about a price, time for delivery, equipment, etc.
The reply of e-mail which asked is scheduled for April 6 or subsequent ones.
Thank you for your consideration.
Monday, November 29, 2010
It is like wearing Star Trek uniform in public. They are both from TV show and fictional organization.
Having said that, an artist James Mestemaker did this nice mash-up between "Star Wars" and "Sons of Anarchy"
The season finale of "Sons of Anarchy", featuring Ralph "Sonny" Barger will be aired tomorrow night, by the way.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sadly Peter Calles' wife left him in 1986. But his house is still full of love. He had nice motorcycle collection going on in his garage but after the divorce, it expanded significantly. Once his garage was full, Peter moved to draining the fluids from his growing collection and simply depositing them in the house, nicely Feng shui-ed...
Aside from the Ducati Mark 3 in the bedroom, other rooms in the house feature a Ducati 900SS, a Mike Hailwood Replica and a zero mile Ducati 750F1 along with some MV Augustas, a soupçon of British machines and even a rare Harley.
“I love the sound and design of Italian motorcycles, particularly the Ducati twins. They may not have been as technically advanced, at any point in history, as the Hondas, but the swoops and curves of the Italian machines are seductively sexy. The 1970s vintage bevel-drive Ducatis, with Conti mufflers, make such beautiful mechanical music that they are highly prized by collectors.”
Pictures by Phil Aynsley and you can see the full set of Phil’s photos of Peter’s collection here.
link: RoadRUNNER Magazine
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Today is Bruce Lee's 70th birthday. After his death in 1973, his popularity still remains strong.
Bruce Lee had a motorcycle and it was a 1967 Triumph 650cc Trophy , a choice no doubt influenced by his pal and Triumph fan, Steve McQueen.
Unfortunately I could not find any picture of him riding the thing.
So I am putting a picture of 68 Triumph Trophy and pictures from the 1993 movie, "Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story", which they used 1970 Triumph Bonnie instead of the actual model owned by him. Actor, Jason Scott Lee portraited Bruce.
After this series of accomplishments, and after proving their competence, Adeline’s application to the military as a dispatch rider was rejected. The coverage in the media of the day, although adequate in many respects, lacked the recognition that they had earned and so rightfully deserved. Articles in the premier motorcycling magazine of the day praised the bike, but not the sisters. Their historical achievement was described as a vacation, rather than the pilgrimage that it was.
Both Augusta and Adeline eventually married and pursued their lives. There is little evidence about whether they continued riding, but they did continue to be pioneers. Adeline, initially an English teacher, eventually earned her law degree from NYU. Augusta became a pilot, flying with the women’s flying group founded by Amelia Earhart, called the 99s.
Augusta and Adeline Van Buren broke the stereotypes of their time proving that woman could do anything a man could do. In the words of Augusta, “Woman can if she will.”
They were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002.
Via American Motorcyclist Association
Women with will are always attractive in my opinion.
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I like his belts.