Tuesday, December 14, 2010

not a bike, but the neatest "mini motorhome" ever

a do-everything box that fits most cars. Like a Swiss Army Knife, only better.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Rideback - chicks on robot bikes



http://www.hulu.com/rideback

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not a bike (but damned sexy)

Peugeot EX1 concept car... like something a less-tough, mildly douchy Batman would drive


at Electrovelocity

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Brammo Empulse... F*ck yeah

Fast... the way bikes are supposed to be.

Let's look at the ad, yes.


Brammo Empulse page

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Monday, August 16, 2010

FONZICHI

Need I reiterate my love for REAL bikes. Riders, not show bikes. FONZICHI is about as real as you get.

Spotted in Carroll Gardens in all it's glory.

I like this bike. Mid-size SOHC fours are cool in any style. This one eats nails for breakfast.

The gods of war are much pleased with Fonzichi.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Racers, Flip Your Switches

ELECTRIC BIKES !!!!!

RACING !!!!!!

MotoCzysz electric
click for video


WHEEEEEEEE !!!!

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Philly trolley - i like trains too.

When the city of Philly was having a hard time financing the building of new cars on it's relaunch of the 15 line ("Girard Avenue trolley"), some genius came up with the idea "Let's just Hot Rod the old ones!"

So they took some shells of old 1940's era PCC trolleys, did some blasting and sanding, cutting and shutting.

Painting, pimping, retro-fitting.

They ended up with the sweetest Public Transpo hack of the last decade: The rebirth of the old school Philly trolley car - complete with modern newfangled air conditioning.

video

The Broad Street subway and Frankford Ave "El" gets you to Girard Ave on the north side of town.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

YOU GOTTA BE F*CKIN KIDDING ME!!!?!

Not satisfied with the 20-something horsepower in your lightweight Yamaha WR250X supermoto?

Morgan Performance Fabrication makes a turbo kit for them.

WR250X turbo kit

Me likey.

WR250X turbo
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Monday, April 26, 2010

What rides like a Formula car and feels like a bike?

This sweet 4-wheeled thing.

Crashing would be a bitch. Try not to do that.

gg quadster
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

what Americans (and Canadians) do for fun

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flathead Harleys

K models and WRs... with their racing heritage, they come loaded with tradition and emotional context.

Here are two fine takes on these platforms - from Japan. A cafe K and a WR bobber.

Tough street machines, not shiny trailer queens.

K model cafe racer
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Janta9G1340's "2009 Red Hot Motorcycles" Photoset on Flickr.

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Janta9G1340's other Motorcycle-related photo Collections.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

the Megellis are here... the Megellis are here.

Previously set to be distributed by Qlink... now Bennche (pronounced "Ben-chee" I think), the swoopy little Megellis are rolling out here and now in the U.S. at $3200 USD for the supermoto "M" model.

megelli 250rmegelli 250mmegelli 250s

18 month unlimited mile warranty on the horribly expensive bits (crankshaft, piston, heads, cams). That sounds good - focusing on creating a reliable dealer network and a service-oriented approach is the right way to go.

Now for something completely stupid:
an INSANE, suicidal test ride in Bali.
danger freaks on a Megelli 250R
click for video

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

on any sunday

The one, the only.... Bruce Brown classic.


watch it at Hulu.com

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

V8 motorcycle

A really cool history of the Moto Guzzi V8 Grand Prix bike of 1955.

moto guzzi v8 grand prix bike

But not, as the coverage suggests, the only "futuristic" V8 bike in history.

In fact you have to go back another 50 years to 1907 and Glenn Curtiss' horribly dangerous looking land speed record bike to find the first V8 motorcycle.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

old drag bike

Why have I never heard of this game show before?

Oh that's right... I don't have a TV.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

G450X Bimmer

Touratech G450X Supermoto
Touratech G450X Supermoto


Pieces to transform a BMW G450X.

Up close to a stock G450X, taking in it's lean, lithe form and intense detail of engineering - that's when I realized what this machine was about. Seeing it in the window of a dealership near Wall Street one night last Fall, I was transfixed. I imagined what it would be like as a Supermoto.

Imagination no longer necessary.

(The 2010 enduro is 49 state legal, on and off road... just add rims and tires and a big disk, baby.)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

sometimes you want to go "cage"

breaking from my normal bike-centric neanderthal routine, I'm having a temporary fascination with Road Whales.

Little Euro road whales, cool and fun looking and extremely fuel efficient.

I like these things. But they are "truck bait" in America with all the bloated over-sized hardware rolling the interstates.

None of these are available in the U.S.

stupid

Wheelhome' Skamper (Fiat Fiorino)
skamper


Romahome
romahome


Joey (Renault Kangoo mini-camper)
joey mini motorhome


li'l campers
danbury camper

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recession... what recession?

mid america motorcycle auction 2010

The results for the recent Mid America motorcycle auction in Las Vegas are interesting.

Some people couldn't bear to part with their precious at any price.

But someone snagged a late 70s XR750 for a cool $17K, and there was plenty of under-$8K semi-old iron that moved, so not all the reserve prices were up in the stratosphere.

Seeing what DIDN'T meet reserve, that gorgeous Harley Peashooter that sold for $25.5K seems like a steal.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

new unpronounceable domain name

All the old motorcycle-icious.blogspot.com links still work - they forward to this new domain motorcyclicio.us.

Remember the movie That Thing You Do, how the band wanted to name themselves "The Oneders" (pronounced "ONE-ders"... Wonders). Except everyone mispronounced it as The "oh-NEE-ders."

Yeah. It's sorta like that.

Oh well.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Free motorcycle museum

Kiehl's New York
109 Third Avenue
Between 13th & 14th Streets
New York, NY 10003
My girlfriend likes to go to Kiehl's sometimes to get chick stuff - you know: lotions and crap. I don't mind her being a "slow-eee" shopper when we're there because they have antique motorcycles on display (which I always obsess over).

They are a small part of the owner's collection.

I noticed on the placard for an old Indian that it was owned by Steve McQueen. It also mentioned that it is never ridden, which I thought was sad. Steve McQueen was a rider. To him, the thought of putting a bike in a glass case would probably make him itchy - wanting to take a hammer to the glass and bust it free. Maybe even hacksaw off a fender or two... scab on a bash plate and sail it over some whoops in the Mojave desert. Oh yes.

Old bikes are for riding. The awesome clowns at motorcycle cannonball -dot- com are doing just that, god bless their crazy little hearts. In September they will be riding pre-1916 motorcycles across the country. The "Wyman Cup" is named in honor of George Wyman and his cross country ride of 1903. That was the very first time anyone went coast to coast on a motor bike, and motor bikes at the time were more like mopeds of today. Mr. Wyman had to follow railroad tracks for much of his journey - there were no interstate highways, there weren't many major roads.

and now... pictures of old bikes at jurassic racing -dot- com:

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mobiky x 2

First the Genius model, now the MY16 with bigger 16" wheels. The top of the line model has an 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub.

mobiky genius and MY16
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I like the ability to pop on and off the subway with a small footprint and no fuss. Why are these not readily available in the U.S. ?

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a tough tracker for foppish fancy lads

This Deus tracker with a surfboard rack (???!!).

I guess riding a badass tracker isn't enough cred. You gotta be headed for the beach to get in some surfing too. If that ain't enough, you can grow a full beard and smoke unfiltered Camels... start dating Supermodels. Whatever it takes.
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Yeah, I'd lose the surfboard rack. The rest is about as simple and perfect as you get.

Spotted at Smith+Butler, a Brooklyn "biker chic" store for refined and dandy gentleman in Boerum Hill. Or is that Cobble Hill?

errr... Carroll Gardens?

I dunno. Somewhere above my pay grade is all I know. Check it out if you got the scratch.

and now for some very non-foppish, non-dandy action. The real deal:
flat trackmert
click above pix to see the vids

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

you know: for the kids

OSET mini trials bike
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My sister sent me a video of a kid, not yet 2 years old, riding a motorcycle. Youtube has a bunch of videos of kids on OSET trials bikes - they are electric powered and pretty damn awesome.

The video above is of a highly skilled child, but if you go through the youtube archive you'll find some nutter children doing dangerous things. Some o' them parents need to invest in moto-x armor and full face helmets for their DangerFreak larvae.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

wheelmen, saddle up



It seems to me that using 6061 aluminum plate is a genius design decision for the Comoto by Hirsch design. Being primarily a bolt-together affair it should translate well to scalability of manufacturing, allowing for economical low production runs.

It looks mean too... if a bike don't look tough, what's the point? This one's got looks. It's just ASKING for a badass paint job. I'm thinking Metalflake with a naked Aztec princess on an alter on the side panels.

At 118 pounds total weight and a 40MPH+ top speed, it is essentially a fast bike with no cranks. Municipalities will have to get on track with defining new categories of rules governing the many different types of electric motorcycles and bicycle-hybrids. Are they bicycles? Are they motorcycles? Is the defining factor weight or speed?

The "New Normal" points to a flood in the market of 3rd-gen cheap knockoffs of e-bikes and e-motos in a few years. At least that's what I'm hoping for: a two-wheel electrified bike renaissance not unlike the original "wheelman" bicycle phenomena of the 1880s.

And for those who say that a no-crank bike is for the lazy and weak... you obviously have never jumped a full sized motorcycle up or down a curb or ridden a dirt bike down a flight of concrete steps. Moto-ing is hard work.

I'd like to try some of these under-200-pound machines on the streets (and sidewalks and concrete steps) of NYC.

via gizmag

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Yes. I do Love motorcycles and minimalism.


Yuji Nakae


Via Apartment Therapy

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Moped 4 Life

hollywood holt
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