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The Omen: A Yamaha MT-07 With a Custom Perimeter Frame

There are many ways to visualize a custom motorcycle before actually putting grinder to metal. Some builders start with a pencil and paper, while others use Photoshop or create 3D renders. But how about building a 1/10th scale model out of stainless steel? It sounds crazy, but that’s how Jake Drummond conceptualized this show-stopping Yamaha MT-07, dubbed ‘The Omen.’ Jake’s only twenty-five years old, and lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—but his whole life has revolved around design and engineerin...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Exif, Yamaha, Morris, Jake, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Yamaha MT-07, Brembos, Jake Drummond, Zach Visser


Behold The BRE-Inspired Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

Taking styling cues from the #46 Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun 240Z that won multiple US SCCA national championships, this celebratory 370Z is for 2020 only
Tags: US, Autos, Nissan, BRE, Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun


Electric car startup Byton loses co-founder and former CEO, reported $500M Series C to close this summer

The race is on for building and shipping more cost-effective electric cars, but today one of more ambitious startups in the field announced some significant changes that underscore some of the challenges in making that a reality. Byton, the Chinese electric car startup, today announced that Carsten Breitfeld, the former BMW executive and Byton co-founder who had been the CEO and was most recently chairman, has left the company “to start a new adventure within the start-up industry.” To offset th...
Tags: Europe, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Bmw, Electric Cars, Foxconn, Cto, Aurora, Carsten, Carsten Breitfeld, Personnel, Byton, Daniel Kirchert


New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in U.S. since last year

Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in EVs was heavily concentrated in California as well as nine other states that have adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle program. California was the first to launch the ZEV program‚ a state reg...
Tags: California, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Kia, Rhode Island, Vermont, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Chevrolet Bolt, IHS, Chevy Bolt Tesla Model, IHS Markit


Introducing the $10,000 Rizoma Design Challenge

Are you a designer looking to kickstart your career in the moto industry? A major new competition launched today by Rizoma could be just the leg-up you need. Anyone who follows the custom scene will know the Italian company Rizoma. It’s one of the big names in premium motorcycle accessories, with a massive range of beautifully designed parts—mostly machined from lightweight billet aluminum. The Rizoma Design Challenge is a competition for designers, engineers, and students—with two prizes ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Milan, Adobe, California, US, Vw, Motorcycles, Ducati, Exif, Pasadena California, Behance, Custom Motorcycles, Miguel Galluzzi, Rizoma, ArtCenter College of Design


DOUBLE ESPRESSO – Ducati Monster S2R

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Keith Treder When it comes to motorcycles, it turns out that if you ask for ‘just what the doctor ordered’ then the answer is a tricked out Ducati. To discover this, we didn’t just turn to any old medicine man, but Dr Chris Stout who was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. They’re serious credentials and he’s a busy man, so to build his perfect weekend weapon to deliver that two-wheeled therapy he assembled a...
Tags: US, Gotham, Motorcycles, Ducati, Illinois, Barnett, Chris, Brembo, Germany Italy, Yuasa, Racer, Café Racer, Martin Hodgson, Miki, Galfer, Chris Stout


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Virginia is for Lovers…and Amazon HQ2: How DC Metro Communities and Commuters are Preparing

In September 2017, major metropolitan areas began their battle to win Amazon’s bid as the next headquarters (HQ2) location. The Seattle-based online retailer that shaped the way people shop presented an opportunity for cities to rebrand themselves, and 238 US and Canadian cities , from Boston to Anchorage, responded with bids of all shapes and sizes. Applicants got creative, pulling stunts like sending a 21-foot cactus gift to the Seattle Amazon headquarters (Tucson, Arizona) and renaming th...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Smart City, Budget, Housing, Washington, Boston, Virginia, New York City, US, Traffic, Infrastructure, Washington Dc, Autos, Prince William, Commuting


Trilobite Ace Jacket Hands-On Review

Introduction Back in Summer, 2018, I was introduced to Czech riding apparel maker, Trilobite. They were a new name to me when I was reviewing their 1860 Ton Up jeans last year despite the fact they have been around since 2012. Having made their mark in Europe over the past few years I’m glad to see they are making strides to get their products into the US market. While their full lineup is not yet available here in the States, there are several pieces available through MotoNation which is curre...
Tags: Europe, Review, US, Pakistan, Motorcycles, Nice, States, Olympia, YKK, Motorcycle Clothing Reviews, DuPont Kevlar, Motorcycle Jacket Reviews, Trilobite, Motonation


Check Out These Six Awesome New Jeep Gladiator Concepts

The Jeep Gladiator has already won a fair amount of hearts and minds in the US, but those people still on the fence will surely fall into line after seeing these…
Tags: US, Autos


Australia: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder with Prices and Details

Released in the US some time ago, the brand-new 2019 Nissan Pathfinder has been recently announced in Australia as well. It comes with a new ST+ version and plenty of updates, which makes it extremely affordable for the average Australian driver. Prices start from $43,390 for the standard ST FWD and go up to $69,390 for the top of the line Ti 3WD 2.5L hybrid model. The mid-entry ST+AWD 3.5L V6 is also set at $48,090. You can find full prices released below by Auzzie magazine PerformanceDrive. 2...
Tags: Australia, US, Features, Autos, Ti, Nissan, Prices, CVT, Nissan Pathfinder, Stephen Lester, Pathfinder, Rear Door Alert, 2019 Nissan Pathfinder


10 tips for renting and driving a car in Spain

For the first few years I lived in Spain, I didn’t have a car. There’s really no need to get behind the wheel if you’re living in a city or visiting another city on vacation. But sometimes you get the urge for a road trip, and the Spanish rail and bus system doesn’t always reach the best off-the-beaten-path destinations. That’s when it’s time to hop in a car and see Spain from behind the windshield. Renting a car will get you to little villages, mountains, secluded beaches, and vineyards you’d n...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Cars, US, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Tenerife, Driving, North America, Madrid, Car Rental, Barry, Seville, Dailycheapo, Sergio


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Jett Design and Motorelic of Virginia, USA. Andrew Jett describes this Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to t...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles, Sean Skinner, MotoRelic


A Rennsport-inspired Street Triple 675 from Jett Design

For riders of a sporting persuasion, the first-generation Street Triple is close to the ideal motorcycle. It’s light and handles beautifully, and the 106 hp engine is an absolute peach. We love the iconic twin headlights that came with that model, but some folks don’t. If you’re not a fan, there’s inspiration right here for a custom job—courtesy of Andrew Jett of Jett Design in Northern Virginia. He describes his Street Triple as a “lightweight race-inspired build, paying homage to the en...
Tags: Facebook, Virginia, US, Porsche, Motorcycles, Bmc, Andrew, Alcantara, Sean, Northern Virginia, Jett, Monza, Yoyodyne, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph motorcycles


Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 April 2019

Our reliance on the amazing convenience of GPS might become an issue on Saturday. Story, below. Good morningI hope you had a great April Fool’s Day on Monday.  This year, more than previously, I found myself struggling to tell the jokes from reality.  For example, this story about a tiny town in Denmark with only 7,000 people being the location for a new 1050 ft tower, to become the tallest in western Europe, definitely seemed like a joke, but it continues to be repeated around the internet, an...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Elon Musk, Science, North Korea, Scotland, Hotels, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tesla


An Emergency Battery/Starter for your Car

Murphy’s Law dictates that dead batteries always fail at the worst possible time and place. We’ve all had a dead battery surprise us in our car.  There’s nothing worse than when you’re running late, you get into your car, attempt to start it, and instead of the engine happily springing into life as commanded, there’s nothing more than a sluggish groan and – even worse – possibly the clacking of the starter motor relay opening and closing.Hopefully, when such a misfortune befalls us, we’re not fa...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Law, Cars, US, Tech, Costco, Watts, Murphy, Watt, CCA


Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Driving Tennessee’s infamous Tail of the Dragon in the brand's newest sedan by Frank Vizard It’s the numbers that beckon: 318 turns on an uninterrupted 11-mile stretch of road called the Tail of the Dragon that starts at the Tennessee border with North Carolina. Officially designated US 129 in 1931, the route dates back centuries, created first by animals taking the path of least resistance …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, US, Vw, Tennessee, Driving, Volkswagen, North Carolina, Test Drives, Jetta GLI, 2019 Jetta GLI, North Carorlina, Frank Vizard


Review: The 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Of all the Husqvarna street bikes, none has been so hotly anticipated as the Svartpilen 701. Especially by riders who love the forward design and ride dynamics of its Vitpilen café racer sibling, but can’t get along with its ergonomics. Excitement hit fever pitch when Husqvarna announced (at EICMA last year) that the Svartpilen 701 was indeed going into production. And like its 401 stablemates, the factory bike is as close to the original jaw-dropping concept as you can get. But what’s it ...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portugal, Black, Lisbon, Bosch, Husqvarna, Pirelli, Atlantic Coast, Brembo, KTM, Kiska, Motorcycle Reviews, EICMA, Vitpilen


How To Go The Extra Mile: Tips For Extending Your Vehicle’s Life

Happy April Fools Day and, most importantly, Happy National Car Care Month . You may think of your car as a means to an end. If you’re like many of us, you might consider it an expression of your identity, or maybe even a member of the family. In fact, a Toco Warranty study found that 60 percent of US drivers consider their cars to be a full-fledged part of the family.  Regardless of how you view your relationship with your car, it’s crucial to give your vehicle the TLC it needs and deserve...
Tags: US, Autos, Rob Infantino


The Best of the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show

The custom moto show scene is booming in the US. Off the top of our heads there’s the Brooklyn Invitational on the east coast, Mama tried in the Midwest, and the Handbuilt show in Texas. And on the west coast there’s Portland’s One Moto Show. Flying slightly under the radar is the Outlier’s Guild show in Los Angeles—colloquially known as the OG Moto Show. It’s just closed the doors on its third event, and judging by the feedback, it’ll be joining the established big hitters soon. Roving photo...
Tags: Texas, La, US, Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Portland, Customs, Ava, Midwest, Harley, Yamaha, Guild, Custom, Rev, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer


Don’t Make Me Wait, Call or Think: Millennials and Auto Care Part I

2019 is the first year in US history that the number of millennials surpassed the number of baby boomers. Today, there are about 79.8 million millennials in the U.S. (ages 23 to 38 in 2019), while the total number of baby boomers (ages 55 to 73 in 2019 ) is 74.1 million . As baby boomers reach their maximum earning potential and enter or approach retirement age, millennials are still young in their careers and are only getting started in their accumulation of wealth. By 2030, ...
Tags: Google, Auto, Technology, Cars, Digital, US, Maintenance, Tech, Repair, Automotive, Millennials, Tips, Autos, Gen Y, Cost, Millennial


Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An email subscription is coming! This week, we’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Florida, Wtf, New York, Indonesia, California, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Tech, Earnest


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


Then & Now: What Matters Most to Drivers

Imagine if cars could communicate with each other in order to prevent possible collisions? What if you could see a forecast of maintenance updates  and costs (and how to lower them) based on your driving habits? How about if your car had the ability to find, book and pay for nearby parking? Vehicle connectivity is paving the way for the future of transportation, but concerns over affordability, safety and privacy will play a critical role in how certain features are prioritized and governed....
Tags: US, Autos, Deloitte


The Killer: A front wheel drive motorcycle from Rodsmith

The concept of the patron is well established in the world of art. Charles Saatchi is almost a household name in the UK, but before him we had New Yorker Peggy Guggenheim—who anchored the careers of Pollock and Rothko. Parallels are now edging into the modern custom motorcycle scene, and one of the leading lights is Bobby Haas of the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas. Bobby has built up a collection of 130-plus extraordinary motorcycles, and occasionally commissions them too. Hazan is one of his...
Tags: UK, US, Munich, Motorcycles, Dallas, Craig, Charles Saatchi, Midwest, Bobby, Austin Texas, CNC, Peggy Guggenheim, Hazan, Freund, Matt Carroll, Pollock


Drivezy, India’s vehicle sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion

Drivezy — the startup out of India that wants to turn private car usage on its head through a car-sharing network where people lend their cars and two-wheeled vehicles but also have options to use vehicles from a fleet managed by Drivezy — said it is raising more money as it gears up for the next stage of its expansion, including a launch in the US in coming weeks. The company is in the process of raising $100 million in equity funding, plus another $400 million in asset financing, with the l...
Tags: Google, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley


Daylight Saving Time: Avoid Being a Statistic on the Road

Do you ever notice that you feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day? That’s your circadian rhythm , or your internal clock, at work. The most typical drowsy periods for adults are between 2am to 4am and 1pm to 3pm. If your sleep cycle is off, you will feel those swings between alertness and drowsiness even more intensely. Working night shifts, jet lag and daylight saving time can completely throw off that well-established internal clock, and it can take up to a week to adju...
Tags: US, Hawaii, Arizona, Autos, Road, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Better Protect Your Kids


Lyft lays off up to 50 in bikes and scooters as it gears up for another wave of launches

As Lyft continues to prepare for its IPO, the on-demand transportation startup is trimming staff to cut costs ahead of another wave of expansion. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Lyft has laid off around 50 staff in its bike and scooter division, mainly people who had joined the company when it acquired the electric bike sharing startup Motivate a deal that closed about . The cuts range from managers and through to technical people and those holding less senior roles, and have been ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Layoffs, New York, Washington, New York City, US, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Scooters, Hiring, Sxsw, Boston San Francisco


What’s Grinding Your Gears? The Top 5 Most Googled Car Care Topics in 2019

Beyond the trending Google searches like “Game of Thrones Season 8 Air Date” or “Academy Award Winners”, millions of drivers are turning to Google to find quick answers to their most pressing car questions. We analyzed Google Trends to see what’s grinding US drivers’ gears in 2019 and to provide you with the most helpful, relevant answers from our automotive care experts at Team Openbay: Search: My car won’t start Team Openbay response: Here’s the 5 most likely reasons: 1 – Your s...
Tags: Google, Digital, US, Autos, Car Safety, Carfax, Car Care, Openbay, Openbay Benefits, Maintenance Tips, Team Openbay


Acura, Infiniti, Lexus: How the Japanese luxury brands got started

Japanese cars first came to Canada and the US as tiny and tinny, but in the 1980s, they showed they could do luxury as well as anyone else. Which one came first? And did you know there were supposed to be four? Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: US, Canada, Classic Cars, Lexus, Autos, Infiniti, Acura, Mazda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Luxury Vehicles, Acura Infiniti Lexus



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