Thursday February 27, 2014
It may not be too late to turn polar vortex lemons into two-wheeled lemonade: thanks to Great Falls, Montana-based motorcycle enthusiast Scott Dailey, there's now a product called Timbersled that will convert your run-of-the-mill motorcycle into a snowmobile-like snow bike.
The process takes around four hours, and the price for the kit-- which includes skids and a track-- run between $5,200 and $6,100. So-called "fit kits", enable the setup to be transferred to other bikes, and run $300 to $400. Check out this YouTube clip to see it in action.
It may be hard for a Southern Californian like me to fully grasp the idea of non-year-round riding, but if you're locked into a snowy clime for a good chunk of the season, I can see a product like this making perfect sense.
Sources: Great Falls Tribune, YouTube, Timbersled
Photo © YouTube
Thursday February 27, 2014
Taunting authorities is an age-old tradition-- remember the Riddler and Batman?
Well, life recently imitated art when 27 year-old Albert Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas posted video of a 100 mph joyride through traffic entitled "Catch Me If you Can", which in turn was posted on the San Antonio PD's Facebook page
Predictable news of his arrest, with charges of outstanding felony warrants, a misdemeanor assault warrant, and possible charges in connection with a stolen motorcycle.
Turns out crime truly doesn't pay, especially when it's publicly shared with law enforcement.
Source: Fox News
Thanks to Bill Fairchild for the tip!
Photo © eBay Motors
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Lotus founder Colin Chapman was famous for making pithy statements about maximum performance, among them the motorcycle-appropriate, "Simplify, then add lightness."
Staying within that spirit, the futuristic C-01 concept you see here-- licensed by Lotus and built by German firm Kodewa-- promises to offer insane performance and lightweight construction with an extremely limited production run of 100 units.
The bike features a mind-boggling spec sheet: A liquid-cooled, 75 degree 1,195cc twin that produces 200 horsepower, and a frame constructed of carbon fiber, titanium, and aerospace grade steel that helps limit weight to 399 pounds, dry-- approximately the same mass as the latest Ducati Monster 1200 S.
Lotus says the bike is road ready, but hasn't given a timeframe on customer availability. Whenever it does hit the market, you can likely expect the triple-digit production run to be snatched up by deep-pocketed fans of the automotive brand-- though it wouldn't be surprising if the company decided to expand their offerings, moving a tad downmarket in the process.
Source: Lotus Motorcycles
Photo © Lotus
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Think Triumph, and you probably think of the classic Bonneville-- and very likely, the inevitable Steve McQueen connection. Of course there are Triumph naked bikes and sportbikes aplenty, not to mention über plus-sized touring cruisers and big/medium sized adventure bikes... but in case you weren't aware, Triumph also happens to build a new Harley-Davidson-challenging cruiser and touring cruiser in the form of the Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT.
Rider, photographer, and writer Alfonse Palaima was cool enough to attend the latest Triumph launch on behalf of About.com, and lends his thoughts on the new big-bore cruiser and touring cruiser in his 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT review.
Photo © Triumph