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Highlights from Berkeley SkyDeck’s virtual demo day

With 17 startups participating, Berkeley SkyDeck’s Demo Day isn’t the largest cohort we’ve seen by any stretch. The collection of companies is, however, defined by a wide range of focuses, from pioneering diabetes treatments to retrofitting autonomous trucking, curated by the SkyDeck’s small team and a number of advisors. Founded in 2012, the accelerator is focused on developing early-stage companies tied to the University of California system. Applicants must be affiliated with either one of th...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Biotech, Robotics, Berkeley, University Of California, Los Alamos, Uc-berkeley, Skydeck, Kiwi, Ontario, UCSF


Revealed: The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2020

Let’s face it —it’s been the year from hell for most of us. But builders kept on building, in sheds and workshops and garages, and most of us were still able to get out and ride (a little). Most builders were stymied by a lack of parts availability and prolonged shipping times. Others fired up the lathe, cannibalized spare bikes, or made do with what was lying around on the shelf. The quality and quantity of bikes submitted to us throughout the year did not decline. On a more personal note, ...
Tags: China, Russia, Wes, Motorcycles, Ducati, Shanghai, New South Wales, New Zealand, Holland, Bmw, Kingston, Honda, Twins, Harley Davidson, Matthew, Sean Taylor


Captivity Day 13

So it appears that I'm not the only Kiwi bike rider who is missing getting out and riding.   A while ago in the NZ section of Adv Rider I posted a video of a kid riding around a course setup at home on his neat little electric trials bike.  And then I went and had my little play on Sunday.   This has inspired Oldbeer to setup a challenge to other Kiwi riders.  There's just a few so far but [Author: Andrew Thomson]
Tags: Motorcycles, Nz, Kiwi, Andrew Thomson, COVID-19


Switch eSCRAMBLER: the best-looking electric bike yet?

Electric motorcycles still seem like a brave new world in some quarters, but the technology is maturing fast and the novelty is wearing off. Shanghai-based Kiwi expat Matthew Waddick has been building street-legal electric customs for years now, and knows this well. “Electric bikes are not new anymore,” he says. “You can’t wow people just by being electric—you need to do better than that.” So Matthew’s ramped up his operations, set up a production company called Switch, and just released t...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Shanghai, Panasonic, Volvo, Gates, Scrambler, Matthew, Bosch, Kiwi, Aarhus Denmark, CNC, KTM, Michel, Electric Motorcycle, Shanghai Customs


Building a Street 750 custom with a No. 8 wire mentality

In rural New Zealand, where I am writing this, you often hear that someone has a ‘number eight wire mentality.’ ‘Number 8’ is a 4.0 mm gauge wire that was used for farm fencing decades ago. More importantly, it was also co-opted by clever types for general repairs and unusual fixes. A forerunner of duct tape, if you like, and now part of the Kiwi cultural lexicon. So when I saw that this very smart Harley Street 750 was from a company called No. 8 Wire Motorcycles, I knew instantly that t...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, New Zealand, Kiwi, Harley, Colin, Missoula, Suzuki, Magura, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Cone Engineering, Cognito Moto, Harley-Davidson Street, Biltwell, Harley-Davidson Customs


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 May 2018

Good morning Spring is in full fling, and I hope your summer, due to officially start in just a few weeks on Memorial Day, is shaping up to be a great one.  But, please, cast your mind a wee bit further ahead, for the early and late fall, too.  What are you doing then? How about a trip to Moldova, to Odessa, to Kishinev, Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – yes, our expanded/improved “Quad K” tour, scheduled for mid/late October? And/or, how about northern France, Belgium, and a bit of Luxembourg, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Tibet, Mexico, France, China, Air Canada, Cars, US, Newsletter


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 May, 2018

The TSA apologized for the cultural insensitivity of asking a Sikh to remove his turban at airport screening.  Now try walking through with a baseball cap on and see what happens.  Article below. Good morning Spring is in full fling, and I hope your summer, due to officially start in just a few weeks on Memorial Day, is shaping up to be a great one.  But, please, cast your mind a wee bit further ahead, for the early and late fall, too.  What are you doing then? How about a trip to Moldova, to O...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Tibet, Mexico, France, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, Cars, US


Subaru provides video of its WRX STI Type RA NBR’s sub-7:00 ‘Ring run

In July, a highly modified Subaru WRX STI, driven by Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway, managed to lap the Nürburgring in a time of 6:57.5. That’s the fastest that any car with four doors has lapped the notorious German racetrack, a true testament of the engineering skills of Subaru and its motorsport partner Prodrive which helped build the... [Author: [email protected] (Viknesh Vijayenthiran)]
Tags: Videos, Automotive, Subaru, Kiwi, Viknesh Vijayenthiran, NBR, Richie Stanaway, Nurburgring lap time


How to get around New Zealand podcast

Pin me on Pinterest!However you choose to get around New Zealand, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and amazing experiences. Be aware though, that New Zealand isn’t as small as it seems on the map — distances can be long! Plus, since there’s a low population density, public transport services don’t run as often as you might expect. Prepare in advance to make the most of your New Zealand trip. Source
Tags: Travel, Podcasts, Car, Bus, Transport, New-zealand, Indie, Bike, Nz, Camper, Indie-travel, Independent, Kiwi, Get-around


‘Gentleman’s Racer’ – VanderHeide Motorcycles

Written by Martin Hodgson. When carbon fibre comes up in a motorcycle spec sheet, it’s usually in the accessories section where you can expect to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a pair of carbon fibre mirrors or number plate stays that save just a fraction of a kilogram. But the Dutch built VanderHeide bike is a different animal altogether; this is motorcycle exotica at its finest and perhaps the most revolutionary machine built since the world-renowned Britten that saw its developme...
Tags: Carbon, Motorcycles, Holland, Kiwi, Britten, Racer, Aprilia, Martin Hodgson



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