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Uraling to Boreas Pass

Friday, July 10While eating breakfast, I spotted what I think is a prairie dog though much smaller than the ones you can spot on empty grounds on the Front Range.  It was sniffing one of the wire connectors belonging to my solar panels.  Luckily, it didn't find it appetizing. Today's destination is the pass which crosses near the leftmost mountain in the picture below, Boreas Mountain: Telephoto view from the campsite Rode out mid-morning towards the US 285 highway, intending to go south on...
Tags: Google, US, Motorcycles, Sunset, Miles, Breckenridge, Fiona, Blue River, Fairplay, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Boreas Pass Road, Rock Creek Hills Road, Boreas Pass, Boreas Mountain

Uraling to summit of Georgia Pass

Wednesday, July 7It would be another nice sunny day, with clouds forming in the afternoon, and high temperatures in the mid-70s! In other words, great riding conditions for summer!My view as I ate breakfast: I rode out on Fiona, my '99 Ural Patrol and decided to a loop, headed out going north on the main trail traversing this dispersed camping area I'm currently boondocking on and soon was back on FR/CR 56 aka Lost Park Road headed towards the US 285 Slab:  Part of the Continental Divide visi...
Tags: South Park, US, Georgia, Motorcycles, Continental, Jefferson, Fiona, Kenosha Pass, Colorado Trail, Yagi, URAL Patrol, UDF, Lost Park Road, Fiona Rides, Guyot, RV Trips

Elon Musk brags Tesla has ‘figured out’ Level 5 autonomous driving — it hasn’t

In a pre-recorded message to attendees of World AI Conference in Shanghai, Tesla’s flamboyant CEO Elon Musk bragged that the company has pretty much figured out self-driving. The company is “very close” to having a fully autonomous, no-driver required vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report, Musk claimed that the company has resolved many of the fundamental challenges associated with building a Level 5 self-driving vehicle: I’m confident that we will have the basic functionality of L5 autonomou...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, Cars, US, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ford, Self-driving, Musk, Shift, Shanghai Tesla

Ford workers want to stop making US police cars, CEO dismisses idea

A diverse group of employees at Ford in the United States have come together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to demand the company stop supplying the nation’s police with vehicles. According to Jalopnik, a group of Black and white employees penned a letter to the company’s CEO, Jim Hackett, and chairman, Bill Ford, to broach the topic of Ford‘s involvement in police violence that both spurred on and occurred during BLM protests. [Read: Uber to launch London boat taxis — but its ope...
Tags: Startups, London, Cars, US, World, United States, Ford, Bill Ford, Black Lives Matter, Jalopnik, Shift, Jim Hackett

America's Ford Ranger Raptor Will Get A Turbocharged Petrol V6

No weedy diesel inline-four in the US-spec Ranger Raptor - it'll be getting a meatier 2.7-litre V6, while Australia-destined vehicles with an optional V6 diesel
Tags: Australia, US, America, Ford, Autos

Tesla battery cooling fault coverup heats up as feds get involved

The US highways traffic safety authority (NHTSA) is reportedly looking into claims that Tesla covered up faults with its Model S battery cooling system and knowingly sold vehicles that weren’t up to spec. This is according to a new report from the LA Times, that itself was spurred on by an exclusive investigation by Business Insider that claimed to have uncovered evidence that Tesla was knowingly selling potentially dangerous vehicles. BI’s original article purported that from 2012, Tesla shippe...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Shift, Nhtsa, LA Times

This new radar lets cars see around corners

Researchers at a US university have developed a new kind of radar which — when equipped with some AI wizardry — can help cars see round corners. Princeton university engineers have created a type of Doppler radar, typically used to catch speeding cars, that bounces radio waves off stationary objects to effectively “see” around corners. Coupled with algorithms that interpret how the radiowaves reflect off secondary objects, the radar can interpret moving objects that are out of human view. It kin...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Shift, Loch Ness, McDonald, Neural

McDonald’s will add EV chargers to hundreds of its UK restaurants — and I’m lovin’ it

As Burger King in the US is giving away free burgers to irresponsible Tesla drivers, on the other side of the Atlantic, McDonald’s UK is rolling out EV fast-chargers at its restaurants. The UK arm of the fast-food chain is reportedly installing hundreds of EV chargers at its locations around the country after agreeing a partnership with infrastructure provider, InstaVolt, the Independent reports. While the burger chain hasn’t given a specific number of restaurants that will get the chargers, it ...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, UK, Cars, US, Tesla, Shift, McDonald, EV Chargers, Atlantic McDonald 's UK, InstaVolt the Independent

European Ford drivers could save up to $670 as marque makes some connected features free

In a move that’s surely going to please new Ford owners, the American carmaker has made its connected car features free for European owners — putting them on the same terms as US drivers. It’s quite common these days for new cars to come with a host of “internet connected” features that can be controlled through an associated app. Things like remote unlocking, car start, and diagnostic checks can be performed using a vehicle’s app, but the tech doesn’t always come for free. [Read: Study: Tesla l...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Europe, Cars, US, Tesla, Ford, Shift

Study: Tesla likely the US’ worst carmaker for reliability and build quality

When it comes to vehicle reliability, it’s not been a good week for Tesla. There’s been reports that the electric vehicle maker knowingly sold cars with faulty battery packs, and in a recent industry survey the marque ranked very poorly for build quality. Let’s start with the battery packs. According to a Business Insider exclusive, Tesla reportedly shipped 2012 edition Model S’ with battery packs that had leaky cooling systems, which could in some extreme cases lead to fires. The report chronic...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Cars, US, Tesla, Shift

This Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite looks to be the most cheerful of cars

One of, if not THE, cutest cars of all time is the Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. This one looks ready for some paint. Bring A Trailer: This 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite is finished in white over a red interior and is powered by a 948cc inline-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. The car is said to have been sold new in the United States, taken overseas by a US serviceman, and eventually returned stateside. It then changed hands and subsequently sat dormant for more than 30 years. In earl...
Tags: Post, News, Minnesota, Cars, US, United States, Oklahoma, Automobile, Convertibles, Austin Healey, Austin Healey Sprite, Bring A Trailer, Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

This Austin-Healy Bugeye Sprite looks to be the most cheerful of cars

One of, if not THE, cutest cars of all time is the Austin-Healy Bugeye Sprite. This one looks ready for some paint. Bring A Trailer: This 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite is finished in white over a red interior and is powered by a 948cc inline-four paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. The car is said to have been sold new in the United States, taken overseas by a US serviceman, and eventually returned stateside. It then changed hands and subsequently sat dormant for more than 30 years. In early...
Tags: Post, News, Minnesota, Cars, US, United States, Oklahoma, Automobile, Convertibles, Austin Healey Sprite, Bring A Trailer, Austin Healy, Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite

Analog turns the Honda Hawk GT 650 into a flier

For some people , custom motorcycles are just a hobby. But for others, they put food on the table—and that’s when it pays to have a good measure of business savvy. Tony Prust gets it; he runs a tight ship at his shop, Analog Motorcycles. Every new customer gets directed to an online inquiry form, so that Tony knows exactly what he or she wants, and what they hope to spend. And since he prides himself on quality, he’s selective on what he takes on, too. That’s also why this project almost di...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Todd, Tony, CNC, Magura, CRG, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust, Metzeler Racetec RR, Honda cafe racer

Review: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Comedian Lewis Black loves to joke about the weather. In one sketch he wonders what it must be like to the be the TV weatherman in San Diego, home of possibly the most pleasant year round weather there is to be had in the US. Black ruminates on what does he say in the new forecast when it’s time to report the weather? “Um, it’s nice!” What more is there to say when it’s sunny and warm everyday? And so it was with our Camry when people who knew I had one on loan to review asked me my opinion...
Tags: US, Connecticut, San Diego, Autos, Toyota, Npr, Honda, Crossfit, Toyota Camry Hybrid, CVT, Lewis Black, Camry Hybrid, In The Garage, Featured Stories, New car reviews, Camry

Tesla informs employees on Juneteenth that they can take off holiday unpaid

Just before 8 a.m. PT Friday, Tesla’s head of human resources sent an email telling employees they could take the day off to observe Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Moments later, HR head Valerie Workman clarified that employees who chose to take the day off would be unpaid, according to an email viewed by TechCrunch. CNBC was the first to report the morning emails. The email was sent as workers on the west coast were starting their work...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, Virginia, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Union, Buffalo New York, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E Lee, Galveston Texas, Fremont Calif, Juneteenth

Audi sets up Silicon Valley office to develop automated driving systems for US market

Audi has opened an office in Silicon Valley that aims to adapt and develop advanced driver assistance systems for the U.S. market.  The Audi Automated Driving Development (A2D2) R&D office will be located in San Jose and initially staffed with about 60 employees. The company said A2D2 will have the “flexibility to quickly develop new software and to collaborate with nearby startups for production-intent applications.” This new R&D office is focused on advancing so-called Level 2 systems, a...
Tags: Europe, California, Cars, US, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Volkswagen, North America, Audi, Driver, Malibu

Great Wall Motors announces US$ 1 Billion investment in India - IAB Report

Great Wall Motors has announced that it will invest US$ 1 Billion (INR...
Tags: India, US, Autos, Great Wall Motors

Uber and Waymo expected to share autonomous vehicle test data with public in new tool

In an attempt to quell public skepticism of self-driving vehicles, the government body that oversees national highway safety in the US is asking manufacturers to share their autonomous driving test data. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is today unveiling the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (or AV TEST), Reuters reports. (The AV TEST website is currently live, but a cached version can be accessed.) [Read: Demand for scooters trebles as Bri...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, World, Working From Home, Shift, Reuters, Waymo

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 14 June, 2020

A pair of Yamaha TZ racers that have never even been started up, a most unusual 1980s MZ two-stroke, a beastly Honda CBX1000, and a Royal Enfield Bullet 500 gets the steampunk treatment. MZ ETZ 250 by Kraftrad Noeda Some bikes lend themselves to being turned into cafe racers. According to Martin at Kraftrad Noeda in Germany, a dusty old 1980s MZ two-stroke is not one of them. After being coerced into buying this 1985-model MZ ETZ 250, Martin simply stuck it in the corner of his shop, reluc...
Tags: UK, Germany, India, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Toyko, Yamaha, Martin, Kawasaki, Daytona, Goodyear, Giacomo, Yamaha motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Etz

Tesla’s US-made Model 3 vehicles now come equipped with wireless charging and USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, Calif. factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada. Electrek also reported on the changes. The upgrades now put U.S.-made Model 3s on par with the same vehicles made at Tesla’s factory in China. The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared in the newer Model Y, which customers began to receive in March. Tesla has since taken steps to br...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla Model, Fremont Calif, COVID

Fast Family: A WR400 from a father-and-son team

At its heart , motorcycling is a solitary pursuit. But it also brings people together, sharing their enthusiasm and skills when the hand is not on the throttle. We love stories about kindred souls working together, especially when they involve families—because too often, family anecdotes dwell on parents being unhappy with their offspring heading out on two wheels. That doesn’t apply to the German father-and-son team Michael and Allen Posenauer, who are based in Offenbach and run AMP Motorc...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Honda, Lima, AMP, Michael, Yamaha, Allen, Offenbach, Mitas, Uwe, LSL, Yamaha motorcycles, Lelystad, Racing Motorcycles, Marc Holstein

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 June, 2020

A crisp Honda V30 Magna tracker, a swooping Norton/Vincent hybrid, a Ducati Hailwood replica up for auction, and a very sharp Ducati ST4S cafe racer. We’d happily put any of these into our garage. Norvin by Stile Italiano We’ve all seen plenty of lust-worthy Tritons; Triumph motors stuffed into Norton frames. The crew at Stile Italiano has built six, plus four ‘Hartons.’ But now they’ve really gone overboard, with this stunning Norvin. You’re looking at a Norton featherbed frame, equipped ...
Tags: Japan, Virginia, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Vincent, Norton, Sean, Suzuki, Magna, Harley V Rod, Alfa Romeos, Honda Motorcycles, Johann, Custom Motorcycles

Report: GM adds electric van to its upcoming EV fleet in a bid to rival Tesla

Cars and vans are all slowly shifting to electric power as governments around the world tighten emissions regulations. I know it, you know it, and General Motors knows it too. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, employees from the US car making titan revealed that the company is working on a whole host of electric vehicles — at least 20 of them — for release over the next three years. [Read: Germany orders all fuel stations to provide electric charging points] The lineup also reportedly incl...
Tags: Startups, Germany, Cars, US, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, World, Gm, Shift, Reuters

Review: 2020 Lexus LS500 F-Sport

That Lexus is arguably the greatest success story of Japanese automakers creating stand alone luxury brands is no mystery to most, but for those of us who witnessed the birth of this now iconic brand, it’s almost hard to believe that there are millions of adults out there who have never known life without Lexus. Over a period of six years and costing Toyota $1 billion in development costs, the 1989 Lexus LS400 was the result of their best engineering, best design, best everything. Thirt...
Tags: US, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Atlantic City, Honda, Red Sea, Northeast US, Lexus LS, Mark Levinson, Featured Stories, New car reviews, Lexus LS500

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 31 May, 2020

A sleek and sophisticated Thruxton from Massachusetts, a tiny BMW balance bike from the Netherlands, a rare Royal Enfield Interceptor up for auction, and a bizarre folding WW2 ‘parascooter’ from Excelsior—Britain’s first motorcycle company. BMW K75 balance bike by Roel van Heur A while ago, Roel helped a friend to build a custom K75. Then Roel heard that his mate was expecting a baby—so he decided to build the kid a balance bike, inspired by his dad’s custom. The Dutch designer started by ...
Tags: Massachusetts, US, Britain, Motorcycles, Netherlands, Bmw, North America, Aston Martin, Excelsior, Kevlar, Nova, Norton, Brembo, Beemer, SolidWorks, Kenda

Amazon-backed Rivian reopens factory to build parts for upcoming electric SUV

The electric car startup specializing in long-range SUVs, Rivian, has reopened its factory in the US following a temporary shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Back at the end of March, Rivian closed its factories and offices to help quell the spread of COVID-19. But it seems that production is already starting to return to Normal, Illinois, where one Rivian factory is based, reports. A company spokesperson confirmed yesterday that a small group of essential workers returne...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, US, Tech, Shift, Week, Normal Illinois

Cake brings a Swedish take on e-motorcycle design to the US

Cake has crafted the Swedish edition of electric motorcycle design starting in the dirt. The Stockholm-based mobility startup’s debut, the Kalk OR, is a 150-pound, battery-powered two-wheeler engineered for agile off-road riding and available in a street-legal version. In appearance, Cake’s Kalk has a minimalist stance and doesn’t evoke “motorcycle” in any conventional sense. That was intentional, according to the company’s CEO, Stefan Ytterborn — a design aficionado and serial founder — who w...
Tags: Cake, TC, Europe, Utah, Milan, Sweden, New York City, US, America, Tech, Ceo, United States, Transport, Ikea, Patagonia, Harley Davidson

2022 VW Golf GTI: New Hot Hatch is Coming! But There’s a Catch

The 2022 VW Golf GTI is a spicier version of a standard Golf hatchback. You can think of it as the Si model to the Honda Civic and you won’t be too far off. In fact, both vehicles have similar characteristics: a more powerful engine, sporty suspension, front-wheel drive, and hatchback body style. Granted the Civic Si is a great driver’s car, but it doesn’t have the lineage of the iconic Golf GTI – at least not yet. 2022 VW Golf GTI: Setting The Stage The first Golf GTI appeared at the 19...
Tags: Europe, US, America, Power, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, GTI, TSI, Volkswagen of America Inc, VW Golf GTI, Car News, Bischoff, Golf Gti, GTI Volkswagen, Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA

Desert Fox: A Honda XR650 scrambler from Hungary

Way back in the day, scramblers were really just road bikes that were adapted slightly for desert use. And the same is true for the custom scene—when the scrambler style took off, builders were slapping knobby tires on everything from Honda CX500s to Kawasaki W650s. But a new trend has emerged in recent years; taking bonafide dirt bikes, and restyling them with throwback looks. And if you’re building one of those, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better donor than the Honda XR650L. The XR65...
Tags: Texas, US, Hungary, Motorcycles, States, Honda, Budapest Hungary, Daytona, Heidenau, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Mokka, Arpi, Motogadget, Norman Hyde, Moose Racing

Essence of a Motorcycle: Heiwa’s Suzuki ST250 scrambler

Kengo Kimura is one of the world’s most versatile bike builders. He can create high-end customs that win ‘Best In Show’ prizes at Mooneyes. He can also build wild concepts for the likes of BMW. And then he can take a humble commuter bike and make it look like a million dollars. This elegant little scrambler is based on Suzuki’s ST250, an anonymous but competent single launched in the mid 90s and sold around the world under several different names—including TU250 and Volty. In the US, the ...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Bmw, Bsa, Suzuki, Heiwa, Kimura, Custom Motorcycles, Kengo Kimura, Heiwa Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycles, Scramblers

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