You can imagine the conversation that led to the inaugural Coventry Motofest taking place in 2014. A group of petrolheads got together and decided it’d be fun, for one weekend a year, to take over the city of Coventry with motoring-related activities. Could they show off the city’s motoring heritage, display classic cars in the centre and even hold demonstrations on the ring road? Turns out, yes they could. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Mike built a new rear frame section, then started designing a tail piece. “I need to give credit to Cliff Meyer for building the rear cowl out of aluminum,” he says. “I sent him a cardboard template, but my aluminum welding and sheet metal skills weren’t up to par at the time.”
In addition to building some pretty sweet bikes, An-Bu manufacture parts. This K’s sporting a seat from the catalogue, and the front fairing is a prototype. The latter’s kitted with an offset light in a custom-made aluminum surround. Peak behind the fairing, and the cockpit is delightfully busy; it features a tacho, speedo, water temperature and fuel gauges, and a smartphone mount with a USB connection. There’s plenty hand-made goodness to take in—like the custom battery mount, and the four-into-one exhaust system. The glossy black paint job (and tasteful silver striping) was the client’s idea—a nod to BMW’s classic color schemes. [ More ]
A convoy of more than 80 scooters marked the life of Dundee auto-electrician David Kidd, from St Mary’s, who passed away this month after a two-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“On top of the cost of shipping the cars from say from Dubai via Djibouti, we have to deal with multiple taxes to the government, making this one of the toughest businesses to be in, even though it’s seen as lucrative.”
In 2016, the US Travel Security Administration added some limitations to flying with vape pens. Vapers are now allowed to have them in their carry on bags, but not in their checked luggage (actually, devices with built-in batteries are not permitted in checked luggage, which automatically applies to most vape pens). As for vape juice, it’s allowed on the plane, but in 3-ounce bottles packed neatly into a one-quart plastic see-through bag per person. It’s possible to carry more vape juice in your checked luggage, but make sure to declare that at the check-in and ask if there are any limitations. Outside of the US, the same rules apply, although the wisest decision is to check the airline conditions before the flight.
Considerable weight reductions came by stripping the bike of its bodywork, fairing and all unnecessary mounting brackets. A custom lightweight airbox and fairing were crafted of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. The fuel tank and rear subframe were combined into a single aluminum structure that supports the rider and rear fender. An ultra-lightweight seat was crafted from Polyurethane using a method that requires no seat pan. Ultralight master cylinders & titanium footpegs were utilized for maximum weight savings.
Although the bike is supposed to be a modified GS, actually only the shaft transmission of the adventure model is used, coupled with the frame and 125-hp (93.2 kW) engine combo of the R1200R roadster. The choice centers on the front suspension, as this frame is designed to house telescopic forks, the obvious choice for a true off-roader. The production HP2 Enduro, just like the R900RR that BMW had raced at the Paris-Dakar rally a few years earlier, famously ditched the production GS’ proprietary Telelever front for inverted forks.
The 560 Freek is a manual-opening AXIS lock folder with a focus on well-made and grippy handles. Sound familiar? The Freek will appeal to fans of the Griptilian (or to those who want a little more from the Grip). The 3.6-inch drop point blade is made of CPM-S30V steel, but the focus really seems to be on the handle. It has what Benchmade calls dual durometer handles, which features Versaflex inlays for maximum comfort and durability.
Crisscrossing North America, Europe and most of Asia, Tesla’s Supercharger network has finally made long-distance electric car travel practical and affordable, but come January 14, Tesla will end its free, unlimited Supercharger policy for all new Model S and Model X cars. As we detailed recently, anyone purchasing a new Tesla Model S or Model X after that point will find themselves restricted to just 400 kilowatt-hours of free Supercharger use per year (equivalent to 1,000 miles of free travel). And while Tesla customers who fall under the new rules will be able to purchase additional Supercharger credits in order to continue to use the Supercharger network at an as-yet unannounced cost, only those who already own their Tesla will be able to make take advantage of Tesla’s free, unlimited Supercharging.