Monday, January 31, 2011
Ernst Neumann-Neander founded the Neander Motorfahrzeug GmbH Düren-Rölsdorf in Düren in 1926. He designed the futuristic and attractive Neander-Rahmen (Neander frame), which was made from box-section Duralumin and had a unique design of pivoted front fork. From 1928 Opel also manufactured the same frame under license, and it was very successful in motorcycle racing. Neander's own factory produced about 2,000 motorcycles before production ceased some time in the 1930s.
There is a diesel-powered motorcycle named Neander produced in Germany by Neander AG. I have never seen them riding around here. I wonder how it is doing.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
We had freakishly warm day yesterday so we went for a ride. It sure was fun to ride with Mitch and Ryan. I rode bit with other guys and they thought I was crazy; I was trying to catch up...Maybe we will do that again and hopefully Buck can join, too. After today, weather man said we will have winter weather back. Then I guess I will change oil and tires on my bike...
Auto Race is a Japanese version of motorcycle speedway, but combines gambling added into it and is held on an asphalt course, throughout Japan. It is regulated by the JKA Foundation.
Autorace is predominantly a gambling sport. The first ever meeting was held at Funabashi in 1950, but loose dirt tracks were banned by the government in the sixties because they were considered too dangerous.
Unlike other forms of motorcycle and gambling sport, prior to race day, the rider have to stay over at the dormitory with over 500 riders and refrain from contacting anyone within the outside world including any forms of communications to prevent race fixing which scandalized the sport during the years of the sport when the Yakuza took over the sport and as a result, crowds dwindled and it was saved when a motorcycle federation took over it in 1967. Since then the sport has very much gone its own way to develop into a form of motor sport exclusive to Japan.
Raced on tarmac tracks using bikes with two gears, the hard surface dictates riders lean round the corners rather than slide as in conventional Speedway, the sport from which Autorace was derived.
A typical Auto Race bike is 599㏄ twins and have no brakes and are designed with the left handlebar higher than the right and an extra peg on its frame to hold your knee down in order to help maintain stability while leaning the machine on the banked oval circuit. Riders wear well-armored suits. They used to wear moto-cross protectors, but use American football gears over leather suit and needless to say, extra elbow and knee pads, steel plates on buttocks and left foot. When they fall, you will often see a lot of sparks.
An average rider usually spends half a year living away from home. A race usually involves eight riders and runs for no more than three minutes. Between races, the bike is kept together with other bikes.
As well as their real names, all the riders have an alias, or nickname, which they go by. There are eight riders in each six-lap race. All are trained in official training schools and have to pass a qualifying examination before being allowed to become competitive riders. Once qualified, riders are graded according to their results and these grades are used to ascertain racing positions, with the higher graded riders starting from the back grids. Riders are identifiable by number and shirt color.
Although they are better paid than most of their counterparts, unlike their road racing counterparts, the Auto Race riders do not have celebrity status or product endorsements. However, one of the well-known riders is the veteran Mitsuo Abe, better known as the father of late MotoGP and World Superbike star Norifumi.
Autorace official site in English
Friday, January 28, 2011
Only 500 of the Special Edition bikes will be made in both naked and faired “Bol D'Or” forms, going on sale in Japan next month. CB400 hasn't had a major model change since its introduction of 1992 but that might be because it is original and never gets old like Levi's 501 jeans.
The bikes might do pretty good in the US and Europe as a classy cool daily rider but there is no plan of sales other than in Japan at this moment. With much stronger value of Japanese yen, the prices would be 9700 US buck for faired one, and 8900 US bucks for naked CB400.... Source:Honda Japan
Yeah, more cool bikes that you can't get...
This bike was built for the Metamorfosis Masiva — which is a SR250 build-off in Spain where you can't spend more than €1,000 on parts. Why Sr250? I don't know..But I worked on Sr 250 before and liked riding it so kinda funny to see the bike customized so much like this one. It is a single cylinder light weight bike. I could barely do 80mph...Anyway the build off had no limit on the amount of hours they could spend building, which I think is a flaw on the rules; you can pretty much fabricate anything if you got tons of time..Anyhow, D.B from El Solitario MC apparently thought the same and did awesome job. Spending more than 500 hours creating this one-of-a-kind motorcycle. The bike, which D.B has named 'The Winning Loser' didn't win, but ironically it has probably gained the most attention, being posted on numerous motorcycle blogs around the world (including this humble one) and therefore living up to its name.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
It is pretty neat.
It looks East European and something that Miyazaki Hayao would draw...Other than that, I got nothing....
Any idea, Buck?