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

Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Airlines, Cars, Cruising, Miscellaneous, Newsletter, Science, Tech, Weird and Wacky

Aptiv takes its self-driving car ambitions (and tech) to China

Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company, is opening an autonomous mobility center in Shanghai to focus on the development and eventual deployment of its technology on public roads. The expansion marks the fifth market where Aptiv has set up R&D, testing or operational facilities. Aptiv has autonomous driving operations in Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Singapore. But China is perhaps its most ambitious endeavor yet. Aptiv has never had any AV operations in China,...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, China, Boston, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, President, Shanghai, Transport, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars

April Is National Car Care Month: Do These Things To Make Your Car Last Longer

April is a month for many different tastes. And we mean taste literally, since April is National Soft Pretzel Month. And National Celery Month (does celery taste like anything)? National Jazz Appreciation Month means more sweet sounds over the air, while broadcasters celebrate National Amateur Radio Month. Don’t forget National Straw Hat Month, Internship Awareness Month, and National Safe Digging Month. It’s also National Car Care Awareness Month. And to celebrate, we’ve put together a quick an...
Tags: Guides, How-to, Autos

New fuels and old cars -- what to do?

Fuel has changed over the years, but classic cars haven't -- and that combination can be asking for trouble. What do you need to know about ethanol, octane, and unleaded fuel? Find out in my story at the National Post ( [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Classic Cars, Autos, Biofuel, Gasoline, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Alternative Fuels, Antique Cars

An Immaculate, 1900-Mile NA Mazda MX-5 Is For Sale – For £20,000

This right-hand drive MX-5 Berkeley special edition, one of the last NA-series models to be made, is on eBay at an eye-watering price
Tags: Ebay, Autos, Berkeley, Mazda

Custom Bikes of the Week: 14 April, 2019

We’ve got all shapes and sizes this this week—starting with a slick Triumph Bonneville kit, and finishing off with the cutest electric cafe racer. Amd a Yamaha dirt bike, a Grom and a Suzuki SV90 wedged in between. It’s a weird week for sure. Triumph Bonneville Kit by Unikat If the impeccable fit and finish of Triumph’s Factory Customs raised your brows—but the prices slammed them back into an expression of disgust—we may have a solution. Wrocław, Poland based Unikat Motorworks have develo...
Tags: Virginia, Motorcycles, House, Amd, Honda, Max, Cheshire, Yamaha, Gus, Hinckley, Petersen Automotive Museum, Suzuki, PNW, McNeil, Custom Motorcycles, New Church Moto

Mighty Guerrilla: A Harley Fat Bob from Rough Crafts

It’s been almost nine years since we featured the Rough Crafts ‘Iron Guerrilla‘—a murdered-out Harley-Davidson Sportster that flung Taiwanese customizer Winston Yeh firmly into the spotlight. It was only Winston’s second build, but it immediately established his signature style. You’ll still find traces of the Iron Guerrilla’s DNA in Winston’s work today. And it spawned a catalogue of Rough Crafts parts that still sell well (and are frequently copied). Now, for his latest release, Winston’...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bob, Harley-davidson, Harley, WINSTON, Winston Yeh, Rough Crafts, Guerrilla, Custom Motorcycles, Softail, Arlen Ness, Harley Davidson Fat Bob, Milwaukee Eight, SC Project, Performance Machine, Harley Fat Bob

Lotus Is Building An All-Electric Hypercar To Combat Rimac

Lightweight sports car specialist Lotus is turning its attention to the big boys of the hypercar game with an all-new BEV hypercar
Tags: Autos, Lotus

Put Some Pasha in Your Pantlegs With These Porsche-Inspired Socks

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Tags: Style, Lifestyle, Autos, Apparel, Socks, Pasha

The “Khan” might be the most otherworldly BMW bike ever made

Pretty much bridging the gap between concept bikes and concept art for games and movies, Mehmet Doruk Erdem’s “Khan” is an eclectic mix of unbelievable, dangerous, and beautiful. However, if you’ve followed Mehmet’s work in the past, you know exactly what level of aesthetic beauty the Turkish designer works on. Khan, in many ways is classic Mehmet, but at the same time it’s just surreal for us mere mortals who have, up until now, only seen relatively normal-looking motorbikes.Erdem’s “Khan” conc...
Tags: Automotive, Motorcycle, BMW, BMW motorrad, Customized Bike, Khan, Mehmet Doruk Erdem, R 1100 R

Peugeot’s 'Affordable' New Rally Starlet Has 1200cc And A Big Turbo

Built for customers who want to go rallying without the insane price tag, the all-new 208R2 uses a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine…
Tags: Autos, Peugeot

Two New GT-Rs Headline Nissan’s New York Motor Show Stand

Not one, but two new Nissan GT-Rs have been confirmed for the New York International Auto Show, including an upgraded Nismo variant
Tags: Autos, Nissan, New York International Auto Show

Bodacious: An 80s style Iron 1200 from Prism Supply Co.

Despite being steeped in the custom scene, Harley-Davidson doesn’t often donate bikes to custom builders. So this Sportster Iron 1200 from Prism Supply Co., dripping with early 80s style, is something of a rarity. It’s a Sporty with an impeccable pedigree: brothers Zach and Jake Hindes built it with input from Dean Micetich of DicE magazine. The Sportster must be the most customized motorcycle platform around the world, but Prism have delivered something special without firing up the grind...
Tags: Custom Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Sportster

Driving The New Audi TT S Was A Sad Reminder Of What We Could Lose

While testing the updated version of the Audi TT S, we couldn't help but be preoccupied over the car's future
Tags: Autos

Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan: The Nemesis For Audi & BMW Hot Shoes

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan shows how big things can come in small packages.  Under the hood, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine provides over 300 horsepower.  The individual AMG-tuned drive modes are complimented by a special “RACE-START” feature.  Mercedes-Benz recently dropped one of their typically huge press releases on their (relatively) small A 35 performance sedan. And small though it may be, it is still very much a Mercedes. Given the performance, it’s still very much an AMG. It...
Tags: Autos, Bmw, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Amg, VTEC, Mercedes AMG, Car News, Tony Borroz, MBUX, AMG Dynamics, MBUSA Handling Braking Mercedes, Mercedes Essentially MBUX

Kia’s AWD Stinger GTS Has Landed And Drift Mode Seems To Work

Kia has formally launched its Stinger GTS with ‘dynamic all-wheel drive’ that includes a drift mode and a colour aimed squarely at enthusiasts

This Tesla Pickup Concept is ‘driving’ me crazy!

It’s a shame that this conceptual Tesla pickup is fan-made, because it’s an absolute beauty! Designed with sheer attention to detail, the pickup is envisioned as a part of Tesla’s Model P series, by Istanbul-based designer, Emre Husmen.The conceptual Model P 2019 (let’s just call it that for now) is a brilliant exercise in brand and form semantics… that’s a fancy-design-jargon way of saying that it looks exactly like something Tesla would launch. With the beautiful razor thin headlamps and taill...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Emre Husmen, Model P, Pickup, Tesla

Uber’s self-driving car unit raises $1B from Toyota, Denso and Vision Fund ahead of spin-out

Uber’s has confirmed it will spin out its self-driving car business after the unit closed $1 billion in funding from Toyota, auto-parts maker Denso and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. The development has been speculated for some time — as far back as October — and it serves to both remove a deeply-unprofitable unit from the main Uber business: helping Uber scale back some of its losses, while giving Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (known as Uber ATG) more freedom to focus on the tough challenge of br...
Tags: Uber, Japan, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, ATG, DENSO, Dara Khosrowshahi, SoftBank Vision Fund, Vision Fund, Uber s Advanced Technologies Group, Uber ATG, Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Group

Peugeot Is Selling Brand New 405s For £7800

The 30-year-old Peugeot 405 has been saved from retirement thanks to a new deal struck between Peugeot and a company in Azerbaijan
Tags: Autos, Peugeot

For the World, a New Buick Encore; For China, Two

General Motors’ best-selling Buick, the subcompact Encore, has a new face and body — and also a sibling. Both vehicles, each carrying the Encore name, saw the light of day Monday at Auto Shanghai, but only one will grace dealerships on this side of the Pacific. Buick is a big deal in China, and today […] The post For the World, a New Buick Encore; For China, Two appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, General Motors, World, Shanghai, Autos, Crossovers, New Cars, Buick, Buick Encore, Encore, News Blog, Product Planning, Pacific Buick

ICON 1000 Women’s MH1000 Jacket Hands-On Review

Vintage Aesthetic Gone Modern Throwback! The early 60s meets mid-80s or something like that. Belstaff meets Barbour meets M65 Field jacket. The MH1000 is the definition of Vintage-inspired style paired with modern touches. Cordura denim lends itself to the rugged look, with black leather accents on the shoulders and arms reeling the jacket back in towards the sleek and sexy side of riding. Don’t like the olive green? It comes in grey, too! No pink anywhere to be found. The warming vest liner is...
Tags: Motorcycles, Frankenstein, Barbour, YKK, Buffalo Exchange, RevZilla Lining Ventilation Wind Resistance, Ventilation Cordura

Riding Yagi on Phantom Canyon Road

Glamping again at the Penrose BLM site.After work, rode over to CO State Highway 67, aka Phantom Canyon Road.  It used to be a railroad route between the town of Florence and Cripple Creek.  Apparently a lot of gold was transported by train back in the day.Nowadays it's a pretty smooth dirt road with two narrow railroad tunnels and one remaining steel bridge (I think it's been restored, looks too good).  Towering, rocky canyon walls  The southern or Lower Tunnel entrance  The nor...
Tags: RV Trips, Yagi Rides

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review – Hyundai Brings the Funk

Hyundai turned itself into a successful brand by building sensible, reliable cars and crossovers that match up nicely with the competition. Where rival carmakers have a product, Hyundai has a very similar alternative. Making a sale by imitating the class leaders is generally a winning strategy. And then you have the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo […] The post 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review – Hyundai Brings the Funk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Car Reviews, Hyundai, Hot Hatch, 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review

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

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

Alibaba will let you find restaurants and order food with voice in a car

Competition in the Chinese internet has for years been about who controls your mobile apps. These days, giants are increasingly turning to offline scenarios, including what’s going on behind the dashboard in your car. On Tuesday, Alibaba announced at the annual Shanghai Auto Show that it’s developing apps for connected cars that will let drivers find restaurants, queue up and make reservations at restaurants, order food and eventually complete a plethora of other tasks using voice, motion or tou...
Tags: Apple, Android, Startups, Transportation, Asia, China, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Baidu, Operating System, Operating Systems

SPECIAL K – 1985 BMW K100

Written by Martin Hodgson | Photography by Niall Porter When you reside within the custom motorcycle world and new people wish to join the fray, they always have one of two questions. What bike should I buy as my first steed or which bike should I choose for my first build. The answer is to both is really the same; cheap, light, basic and reliable. Lucky for all of us David Ewen ignored the advice I would have offered and chose to take up the challenge by building a killer custom for his ...
Tags: David, Motorcycles, Bmw, Honda, Yamaha, Benjamin Button, LSL, Martin Hodgson, Niall Porter, David Ewen, Benjamin Brad Pitt, Shinyo

Old-school craftsmanship and tech meet in the Mercedes-Benz GLB concept

The long-rumored Mercedes-Benz GLB made its debut as a prototype at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show with a design that borrows styling cues from the G-Class. The seven-seater compact model is already well on its way to becoming a production model. The post Old-school craftsmanship and tech meet in the Mercedes-Benz GLB concept appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Crossover, Mercedes Benz, Shanghai Auto Show, Luxury Car, Mercedes Benz GLB, 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

A motorcycle-compatible bionic arm that lets the disabled ride motorbikes

Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or ...
Tags: Design, Technology, Medical, Automotive, Motorbike, Honda, ARM, Bionic, Product Design, Motorcycle, Prosthetic, Tom Hylton

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