Before I began the monumental rescue operation, I had to first disassemble the system into its individual components. Unlike stock exhausts, which only have three parts (header, mid pipe, and silencer), this Yoshimura unit consisted of eight individual pieces. Each one was thoroughly fused together thanks to a decade of moisture-capturing neglect. I completely drenched every pipe connection with rust penetrant and let it sit for a few hours.
The Honda Civic sedan is available with two engines—both of which are significantly quicker than the Corolla’s sole engine offering. With the base 158-hp, 138 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter I-4, the Civic sedan accelerated to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds in Motor Trend testing. The Civic’s available 174-hp, 162 lb-ft turbocharged 1.5-liter turbo-four did the deed in just 7.2 seconds. In comparison, the Corolla’s 132-hp, 128 lb-ft 1.8-liter I-4 could only muster a 9.8-second acceleration run to 60 mph. Although all three engines are offered with a manual transmission, all our testing was done with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) option.
Drifting isn’t going away anytime soon, but it is losing popularity among young people in Japan. Sure, people of all ages love to watch, but the chances of us finding a driver at Nikko under the age of 40 was slim to none. It’s an alarming revelation but something that guys like Ueno realize and are still hoping will change. He goes on to tell us that he hasn’t stopped finding the most satisfaction from drifting and being able to enjoy the cars he’s built. The spec on this hachiroku isn’t overly complicated, highlighted by an ITB’d 20v 4A-GE, custom coilovers, and Watanabe wheels, but it works and has worked since he built it six years ago. While his AE86 is conditioned for frequent abuse and has logged many hours on the track, it’s also very clean and free of any major dents or scratches. It’s things like this that we can really appreciate. There’s a high level of integrity with each car that slides around Nikko circuit. In fact, it’s almost like a man-machine relationship for some, like Ueno. “Drifting a car is like a jet fighter and not an airliner. Damage and tire black mark in the body makes for a more genuine atmosphere. I love my car. My car feels my love maybe. When you’re in love with your car, you’ll feel a special aura.” Very deep, and something the majority of the younger generation will probably never understand in Japan, at least until their phones die.
So, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room under the bonnet, and the same could be said for the suspension department. “Most people want the car lowered, which is a mistake,” Kevin explains, adding: “The car is already hitting the bump rubbers even on the standard ride height. If you did need to do the suspension, go for Bilstein shock absorbers – the B6s – but that’s all I’d do. If you lower that car, you will destroy its handling and its ride.” You have been warned…
Most of the Chariot’s body panels were clear – including the roof and its dome-shaped “gun hatch”. Both a roof rack for luggage and roof mounted “solar batteries” were accessible by exterior fixed ladders on either side of the vehicle. It had dual headlights and dual auxiliary area lights beneath the front and rear bumpers. The roof also had swivel-mounted, interior controllable spotlights located near each front corner, with a small parabolic antenna mounted between them. The Chariot had six bucket seats (three rows of two seats) for passengers. The interior featured retractable metallised fabric curtains for privacy, a seismograph, a scanner with infrared capability, a radio transceiver, a public address system, and a rifle rack that held four laser rifles vertically near the inside of the left rear corner body panel (“Island in the Sky”).”
Once connected, you’ll be able to see real-time data in various charts with almost no latency by tapping “Dashboards” and selecting one of the options at the bottom. Outside of this particular area, several other reports and features can be accessed, most of which are free during the evaluation period. Unfortunately, reading engine codes does require purchasing the full version, so if this is your primary concern and you don’t want to spend extra money, use the Piston app for this capability.
Lanmodo’s Kickstarter is not yet live as of this writing, but the current preview shores a plethora of support tiers. The Super Early Bird level lets buyers get the basic setup with the All-in-One Wireless Automatic Car Tent, remote control, car charger, and wall charger for as little as $199 or €188. Prices increase up to $269 or €254 the longer people wait. Lanmodo claims the standard package would retail for $399. Additional tiers incorporate more upgrades, like the conversion pieces for the freestanding canopy.
There’s still lot of speculation on what the bike will be called or how much displacement the new engine as; some speculate this bike to be the new BMW F 850 GS, while others say it will sit just below the R 1200 GS and will have an engine close to 1000 cc displacement. Either ways, power output should see a bump from the current 85 bhp on the F 800 GS to around 95-100 bhp, but still below the R 1200 GS’s 125 bhp output. So far, we don’t have any details of a possible launch date, but we expect the bike to be unveiled later in the year as a 2018 year model. Once launched, the new middleweight adventure bike from BMW will compete against the likes of the Honda Africa Twin and the Triumph Tiger 800. (Spy Shots Source: Morebikes.co.uk)
Launched at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, last year, the 2017 BMW Motorrad R nineT Racer , along with the bare-bones basic R nineT Pure, and the updated top-of-the-line R nineT, are now in Malaysia, joining the RM92,900 BMW R nineT Scrambler that was released in October 2016. Prices for the new BMW Motorrad Heritage-series machines start at RM82,900 for the R nineT Pure, while the Racer retails at RM88,900 , with the R nineT priced at RM101,900 – p RM2,100 from the 2016 price of RM99,800.
Yep, if… I mean when, something does go wrong on it, if you do not have even a modicum of mechanical knowledge, or alternatively a great big wheelbarrow full of money for a mechanic, you’re going to have a real bad time. It’s an old car, many of the main systems of which—computers, trim pieces, mechanical parts, etc—are going to become increasingly difficult to find, and you’ll have to be smarter than the average bear to deal with it. Bimmerforums may not be enough of a crutch if you don’t know what you’re doing