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2017 February

18

Feb

BMW built a full-size flying motorcycle that’s based on a Lego kit

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The project originally started off as a collaboration between Lego and BMW Motorrad, the German automaker’s motorcycle division, for a 603-piece BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit. Many Lego kits are what the company calls a 2 in 1, where one set of Lego pieces can be styled into two finished products. For the R 1200 GS, the second kit was a futuristic flying motorcycle. The team at BMW Motorrad had so much fun working with Lego that the group decided to craft a full-scale model.

Source: www.autoblog.com

Thoughts? #BMW #Motorcycle

17

Feb

A Luxury Moto Guzzi In Carbon Fiber

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the renard ‘GT’ carbon fiber motorcycle combines a stealthy aesthetic with engineering intelligence – an ultra-light composite unibody, longitudinally mounted V2 engine and components that provide high performance. the ‘GT’s’ body integrates the motorcycle’s frame, gondolas, petrol tank and air box into a single load-bearing structure. the sleek, rugged exterior gives the renard its distinctive appearance. its carbon-fiber monocoque is a featherweight at just 11 kilograms, and is reinforced with kevlar, enhancing resistance from impact and vibration. the stiff composite body’s increased cross-section also enhances the ‘grand tourer’s’ turning precision.

Source: www.designboom.com

A #CarbonFiber #MotoGuzzi? 

16

Feb

We Can’t Wait To Ride This Year’s Crop Of New Small Displacement Bikes

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This last November, an entire fresh crop of motorcycles was unveiled at various motorcycle shows all over the world in what’s become one of our most exciting launch seasons to date. Recently, Bradley told you about the ten bikes we’re the most excited to ride, but some of you complained that the picks were too premium; that we were only focused on the best and most expensive of what is on the horizon. And, to an extent, that’s true. Because we’re journalists and often more excited to ride the things we can’t afford over the ones we can. And because those are the bikes that move the needle and push development forward.

But the bikes we’re the most excited to swing a leg over aren’t necessarily the bikes we’ll recommend the most, nor are they the best option for the vast majority of consumers. More and more, the bikes that are the best for most people are the ones on the opposite side of the spectrum—the ones with a smaller displacement and a modest price tag. That said, here are the small motorcycles we’re looking forward to most, that we think you’ll like, too.

Source: www.cycleworld.com

What #Motorcycle are you looking forward to the most this year? #CannonBallBikeRun

15

Feb

The 10 Most Anticipated Motorcycles of 2017

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These days, it’s not at all uncommon to hear the roar of a motorcycle on American streets and highways, but this wasn’t always so. The now famous ride debuted during the 19th century as a more economical and convenient way to get from here to there. It was faster than traveling by foot or public transport, yet not as expensive as owning a full fledged car, so most in other countries people saw it as a neatly packaged compromise. When motorcycles came to the States, they were steam powered, just like early cars.

Source: moneyinc.com

What #Motorcycles are you wanting for this year? 

14

Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day!

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What’re your plans for #Valentine’sDay?

From everyone at #CannonballBikeRun have a lovely #ValentinesDay.

13

Feb

#MotivationalMonday

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“Happiness isn’t around the corner, It’s in the corner.”

#MotivationalMonday – #Cannonballism

12

Feb

Ducati Does Not Plan To Enter Small-Bike Segment; Open to Partnership With Indian Brands

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The Ducati Scrambler, with a highly competitive price tag, has boosted the brand’s sales. The Indian arm of the Italian manufacturer recently reported 18% growth in sales in the year 2016. The most affordable Ducati in the country, the Scrambler, registered a 38% growth over the previous year.

Source: www.motoroids.com

What’s your #Thoughts on #Ducati?

11

Feb

Marc Marquez races MotoGP machine on snow and ice

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As three-time MotoGP world champion, Spaniard Marc Marquez (23) does not have a lot to prove, but, it is always nice to see a racer display his bike handling skills. In this case, with his championship winning Honda RC213-V, he puts the machine to the test on the ski slopes at Kitzbuhel, Austria.

Riding a specially modified RC213-V around the Hahnenkamm Ski Festival slopes, equipped with studded snow tyres, Marquez raced up the ice and snow on the Streif ski run, making him the first person to do so on a motorcycle. Marquez had help from ice speedway racer Austrian Franz “Franky” Zorn (47), who set up Marquez’ machine with 483 spikes in the tyres.

“It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I’m young and it’s good fun to try some crazy things! We enjoyed it and we could see after a few runs everything that was possible,” said Marquez. The Streif at Hahnenkamm, where Marquez performed his run, sees skiers plunging down an 85% gradient, and reach speeds of over 110 km/h.

Source: paultan.org

110kph on snow…

10

Feb

The NLO Yamaha XT500 Snow Bike

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Snow bikes have been growing in popularity in recent years, and there’s been a surge in the number of companies making kits that can be bolted to many modern and vintage motocross bikes to convert them for snow use.

Orion Anthony is a resident of British Columbia and the founder of Northern Lights Optics – a luxury eyewear company that focusses on designs directly influenced from the classic days of mountaineering. When Orion decided he wanted to commission of snow bike the first call he made was to the talented Rob Phillips of Husky Restorations, Rob is a man who can quite literally build anything on two wheels –  a wise choice for a project this unusual.

Source: silodrome.com

How about a #BikeRun in the #Snow? #CannonballBikeRun

09

Feb

Own the Motorcycle That Was the Fastest in the World in 1973

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E.J. Potter is a notorious tinkerer, racer and all-around lunatic that came to be known as the “Michigan Madman” because he liked to put Chevy V8 engines into motorcycle frames. One of his creations, the 1971 EJ Potter Chevrolet V8 “Widowmaker” Dragbike, recently went up for auction at Bonhams. It didn’t meet reserve when it crossed the block, so you still have a chance to own it. Widowmaker 7 has a Chevy small-block 350cid V8 with Crane gear-driven roller cam and rockers, Brodix aluminum heads, forged pistons, Vertex Len Hughes-built magneto and Kinsler-rebuilt Hilborn fuel injection. Put all those things together and you get a unique dragbike that set the record for world’s fastest motorcycle in 1973, as verified by Guinness. This is one hell of a motorcycle.

Source: coolmaterial.com

A Chevy V8?!