Bloglikes - Autos en-US Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:42:38 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of any app that integrated with the ride-sharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw.

In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was mistakenly spitting back client secrets and server tokens for apps authorized by the Uber account owner.

Client secrets and server tokens are considered highly sensitive bits of information for developers as they allow apps to communicate with Uber’s servers. For its part, Uber warns developers to “never share” the keys with anyone.

Prakash, founder of Bangalore-based AppSecure, told TechCrunch that the bug was “very easy” to exploit, and could have allowed an attacker to obtain trip receipts and invoices.  But he didn’t test how far the access could have given him as he immediately reported the bug to Uber.

Uber took a month to fix the bug, according to the disclosure timeline, and was considered serious enough to email developers last week warning of the possible exposure.

“At this time, we have no indication that the issue was exploited, but suggest reviewing your application’s practices out of an abundance of caution,” Uber’s email to developers said. “We have mitigated the issue by restricting the information returned to the name and id of the authorized applications.”

Uber did not respond to a request for comment. If that changes, we’ll update.

Prakash was paid $5,000 in Uber’s bug bounty for reporting the bug, and currently ranks in  the top five submitters  on Uber’s bug bounty.

The security researcher is no stranger to Uber’s bug bounty. Two years ago, he found and successfully exploited a bug that allowed him to receive free trips in both the U.S. and his native India.

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As Ford Starts Trimming Down South, a Familiar-looking Truck Will Have to Die Ford’s attempt at streamlining its global business is already well underway in Europe and the United States, but those regions aren’t the only locales to see cuts. Announced Tuesday, Ford Motor Company will bring the axe down in South America. Brazil, once home to Henry Ford’s utopian rubber town, stands to lose local production of […]

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Tesla’s top attorney leaves after two months on job due to ‘poor cultural fit’ Tesla’s general counsel, a veteran trial lawyer, has been replaced with a company insider just two months after taking the post.

Dane Butswinkas, who was named Tesla general counsel in December, is leaving the company, Tesla confirmed. Jonathan Chang, who was most recently vice president of legal at Tesla, has taken over the general counsel position.

Butswinkas is returning to the Washington D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly, where he had worked for nearly 30 years. Wednesday is his last day at the company. Before Butswinkas joined Tesla, he was co-chair of the Williams & Connolly’s commercial litigation and financial services and banking groups. Butswinkas had worked with Musk and Tesla as outside counsel for several months before taking the internal position at the automaker.

Butswinkas left Tesla because it was a poor cultural fit and a desire to return home to his family and law practice, a source familiar with the situation told TechCrunch.

Other sources familiar with the situation said (without elaborating) that Chang taking over the top spot had been in the works for sometime.

Butswinkas said in an emailed statement that he will continue to work with Tesla in an outside counsel role. “I have observed and have tremendous confidence in Jonathan’s leadership skills and in the Tesla team. When I joined the company, I said it would be hard to identify a more timely or essential mission than Tesla’s—that’s as true today as it was then,” Butswinkas said.

Tesla’s general counsel directs the company’s legal and policy teams around the world and reports directly to Musk. It’s a key position at the company that was once held by Todd Maron, who joined Tesla in 2013 after working as Musk’s divorce lawyer. Maron, a confidante of Musk’s, became general counsel at Tesla in 2014.

Chang’s appointment comes as the company continues to ramp up its Model 3 program, specifically by pushing into Europe and China.

Chang has worked with Tesla, as an employee and outside counsel, for more than a decade. He first began working with Tesla in 2006 at Latham & Watkins. He joined Tesla in 2011 following Tesla’s IPO and purchase of the NUMMI factory in Fremont . Chang was named vice president of legal in 2017.

During his tenure at Tesla, Chang has steered the company through numerous legal challenges, notably fighting state laws that prohibit automakers from selling cars directly to customers. He also oversaw the legal organization’s corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, compliance, and sales and distribution functions in the United States and across Europe.

The recent rapid turnover in the general counsel position highlights more than a year of  , including Dave Morton, the company’s chief accounting officer, who resigned a month after taking the job, Gaby Toledano, who joined Tesla in May 2017 after 10 years at video game publisher Electronic Arts, and Doug Field, who left the top vehicle engineering post to return to Apple. Most recently, CFO Deepak Ahuja announced he was leaving the company.

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Letter From The UK: Mini At Sixty: A Personal View Geoff Maxted, founder of DriveWrite Automotive, examines how one tiny car changed the course of history. 

After World War II, it became apparent that the cars of Britain were dated in both technology and design at a time when petrol was still rationed and people were recovering from the horror of conflict. As a nation we needed cheering up. The big, black behemoths of the automotive pre-war years were starting to look their age and consumed scarce fuel at an alarming rate.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the American car industry was burgeoning with fantastic, chrome-bright and modern vehicles rolling off the production lines. Something needed to be done.

Early Days: Instant Allure

One day, a man said, “Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea.” Unfortunately for my story, that man was Michael Caine in The Italian Job movie. It is not known what the engineer Alec Issigonis said when he came up with the great idea of the transverse engine in a very small and economical car, but the outcome was a vehicle that in 1959 transformed an industry.

The British Motor Corporation Mini was born.

Although front-wheel drive was not a new idea, the genius of turning the diminutive 850cc BMC ‘A’ Series four-cylinder engine sideways to allow 80 percent of the floorpan of this small car to be given over to passengers and luggage was. The Mini, with its funky round centre console and 18-inch long stick shift, went on to become the iconic car of the 1960’s and was the true star of The Italian Job. The Mini continued to be popular for the next two decades, over which time it evolved, becoming perhaps less attractive but certainly more advanced.

Despite the instant allure, the fact is the build quality, especially by today’s standards, was terrible. It was a cheap car and made no apologies for that. The Mini was a ‘people’s car,’ a four-seat runaround for the sweaty masses and the masses bought into it in droves. It handled well, sipped fuel, and offered the average driver that ‘in-crowd’ vibe.

Photo: BMW Group PressClub UK.

Related: Looking back to a time when tiny cars ruled the Earth.

The Mini Was My First Car

It came courtesy of my father, who was a policeman and therefore knew people who knew people and was thus able to source things through, let’s say, alternative channels. My car was stripped out inside, although there wasn’t much in there in the first place. It had spent its early years as a modest race car, seen regularly in local events at the famous Brands Hatch circuit.

The race car engine was stripped out (Boo!) and replaced by the standard unit but it didn’t take long to replace the cylinder head with a tuned job, and add a few other unwise modifications to give it a little bit more go. To be honest, I didn’t give much thought to improved braking and the like but, you know, I was young.

In due course, the car was replaced with a nice red Mini Cooper which brought down the vital zero to 60 time to a breathtaking 17.2 seconds. My friends even bought me a drilled-out, wood-rimmed steering wheel for my birthday. Yes folks, it was a babe magnet all right; it’s just that when they saw the driver . . .

Photo: BMW Group PressClub.

Latter Years: The Bell Tolls

From inception, the Mini proved immensely popular in Motorsport as people found ways to tune or replace the original puny power plant. By 1964, the car was sweeping the board on the international rally scene. The company jumped on this and quickly introduced the more powerful Cooper and Cooper S versions, the latter even making an appearance as a police car. Later variants lost that early magic as designers struggled to stretch out the useful life of the model and sales slumped as the car became superseded by other designs.

Eventually the bell tolled in 2000. The Mini was no more.

Of course, time moves on for us all and the desire for bigger, faster cars took over. Even my Cooper was passed on to the new kid on the block as I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the world of grown-up motoring.

The Lovable Rascal Returns

When BMW absorbed what was left of the moribund UK company, now called the British Leyland Group, it stripped out the assets but retained the Mini name. This was a smart move as it turned out because, although the car was no longer being built, it remained popular as enthusiasts, to this day, continued to keep fifty-year-old cars on the road, thus maintaining the legend.

The German brand was quick to see the opening of a niche and began producing the Mini as we know it in the 21st Century. As a clever marketing ploy, they retained the round centre dash but now packed it with the latest technology. Although purists may grumble, BMW have somehow managed to incorporate at least some of the historic sense of the original car into a modern product, even if the lovable rascal has grown up and gained weight and a big city suit.

Photo: BMW Group PressClub UK.

Rose-Tinted Glasses

The hard truth is that in so many ways, the latest version is far better than the original from 60 years ago. Although, anyone who loves cars would give almost anything to own a 1959 original. I know I would.

After the war years, Britain yearned for a fresh start and, for young people at least, that fresh start began in 1959 with Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley and Marty Wilde (UK rocker. You had to be there.) And of course the BMC Mini. The 1960’s blossomed into an era of new music, new fashions led by the likes of Mary Quant and Carnaby Street, free love and better prospects and free love (so uninhibited I mentioned it twice!).

It was time of peace and rejuvenation and the Mini ruled. It was more than just transport; a whole generation suddenly had the freedom of the road and we made the most of it. At least I think that’s how I remember it. It’s all a bit hazy, man.

Geoff Maxted is a motoring writer, photographer, and author of our Letter From The UK series. Follow his work on Twitter: @DriveWrite

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Could BMW Be Working on a Hybrid Boxer Engine? If you thought motorcycles were safe from hybrid technology, you were wrong. A new patent filing by BMW spotted by the two-wheeled sleuths at revealed the company might be working on a hybrid boxer engine for a motorcycle. Judging by the patent drawings it’s a bit of a stretch. The drawings are pretty basic and it’s unclear what exactly is going on, but gives some insights.

Apparently, the patent places the electric motor with the boxer engine. Together, both the gasoline power and electric power turn the rear wheel of the bike. According to, the key to this patent is the adaptor that allows the electric motor to work with the gasoline one.

The adapter has a planetary gear system and connects the two power sources. From there, power from the engine and electric motor go through a regular clutch and transmission. The electric motor works as the starter motor. It can also work as a generator to provide electric power to the various motorcycle systems.

A Hybrid Could be Awesome

One of the interesting things about the adapter that points out is that it allows BMW to have a kind of modular powertrain. This means you could swap in a different electric motor if you wanted. This would mean BMW could pop in a new electric motor and dramatically increase the motorcycle’s power output.

The patent currently says the electric motor could provide anywhere from 20 percent of the engine’s maximum torque to 200 percent depending on the motor. The possibilities here are awesome. BMW could potentially smooth out the powerband by torque filling as supercars do. Basically, the electric motor would add power during times the gasoline engine experiences interruptions, like with gear changes. This would make for buttery smooth operation, which would be beneficial on the road and off.

I honestly can’t make heads nor tails of the patent drawings, and they’re pretty bare bones. BMW has experimented with hybrid technology before, so it’s not a huge surprise they’re playing around with this kind of tech, especially with every bike manufacturer working on electrified motorcycles in some capacity.

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Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over deadly Uber autonomous car accident The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick pathway.

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A Future Honda Gold Wing Will Get Stereoscopic Cameras for Predictive Safety Cameras and sensors for safety purposes are commonplace on cars these days, and now that technology will begin to become commonplace on motorcycles. MoreBikes noticed some new patents from Honda that put stereoscopic cameras into the fairing of the Gold Wing.

What does this mean? Well, those cameras would work to build an accurate 3D image of the road ahead. That would allow the bike’s safety features to kick in automatically. Do you know the automatic emergency braking systems found on cars? Yep, that’s where this is going. If you failed to apply the brakes or don’t react quick enough the bike’s safety system could assist automatically. These systems are already on Honda’s cars, so it only makes sense to add them to bikes eventually. 

Honda Gold Wing Patent Image from MoreBikes

KTM and BMW have similar systems in the works according to MoreBikes. That would mean that Honda isn’t out of line to add this technology to its Gold Wing. A touring machine like this is one of the only applications where I can imagine this tech working well.

I’m not sure I’d want my commuter motorcycle applying the brakes when I wasn’t ready for it. However, on a long touring ride, some slight assistance from the bike’s safety system could help ease fatigue and make gobbling up miles even easier. 

Is This Kind of Tech Smart for Motorcycles?

There’s still a lot of questions about this kind of technology for motorcycles. My knee-jerk reaction is to say it’s a horrible idea, but I’ve been very impressed by some of the automotive semi-autonomous technology. The Honda Sensing system in its Civic and Accord is actually quite good.

Honda Gold Wing Patent Image from MoreBikes

It can’t drive the car itself, but it dramatically reduces fatigue on long drives. I know there’s going to be a lot of pushback on this type of technology for motorcycles. I definitely have my own reservations, but I would urge people to be open to the possibility, and at least wait and see what it’s like before writing it off as a dumb bit of tech.

Anything that can make motorcycling safer and therefore better for more people is good in my book, and this kind of tech could eventually get to a point where it makes a ton of sense. We’re not there yet, but who knows where we’ll be in 10 or 15 years. It’ll take some time before Honda is ready to roll this out I think, and it’ll take more time before people are willing to accept it.


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2020 Subaru Legacy: New Platform, New Tech, New Everything
  • The 2020 Subaru Legacy ushers in the sedan’s seventh generation.
  • A new Touring trim will feature genuine Nappa leather, a first for Subaru.
  • The 2020 Legacy has a stronger, more rigid platform versus the 2019 model. 
  • You can say this for Subaru: their timing is perfect. America just suffered through another polar vortex. The Midwest was turned into a beef locker and the Pacific Northwest got hit with the worst snowstorm in 70 years. But Subaru knew all this when they rolled out a new model at the Chicago Auto Show recently. In this case, that new model was the 2020 Subaru Legacy, a car billed for its all weather prowess.

    For Rough Weather

    You don’t see many Subies in places like Arizona. You see one every other week, and you think, “how can they stay afloat if this is all the cars they can sell?” Then you go to places less hospitable. Places like Bellingham, Washington or Boston and you see them all over the place. When the weather gets sloppy – rain, snow, ice, slush, mud, crud, and all sorts of swill – a Subaru is a very good choice.

    Which is why taking a closer look at the 2020 Legacy is worth our time.

    Performance Upgrades

    As you’d expect, the new Legacy gets a Boxer engine and an all-wheel drive chassis that grips like a kitten on wall-to-wall carpet. However, this time around, the Legacy’s plant, a 2.4-liter four, is turbocharged for the first time since 2012. It cranks out 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft. of torque, which is healthy, if not earth-shattering. Downstream from the engine is a Lineartronic CVT with a manual mode and steering wheel shift paddles.

    Put the power to the ground through all four skins and you hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Nice! There is a non-turbo engine available; a 2.5-liter Boxer that puts out 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft. of torque, but you’ll want the one with the blower.

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    Structural Enhancements

    The nitty-gritty on the suspension works like this. There’s MacPherson struts with a new internal rebound spring, aluminum lower L-arms, and a new 23mm hollow stabilizer bar up front. A double-wishbone subframe, coil springs, and a 19mm hollow stabilizer bar hold up the rear. Subaru says the 2020 Legacy’s platform is 70 percent stiffer in both torsional and front-suspension rigidity, and 100 percent stiffer in both front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity versus the prior platform. Crash protection also improves according to Subaru, as the new body absorbs over 40 percent more energy during front/side crashes.

    All-season tires are standard and mounted on 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and, duh, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes haul things to a stop.

    2020 Subaru Legacy. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

    Tech Features: A Laundry List

    To say that the 2020 Subaru Legacy has tech features is like saying Jimi Hendrix was an okay guitar player. Right up front and in the middle, is a new, tablet-style 11.6-inch full HD multimedia display. It’s the central command for the multimedia and HVAC settings and the Near Field Communication features. Voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom (remember them?) is available. By contrast, the Base model gets a dual seven-inch display that splits the multimedia and HVAC controls.

    Subaru’s Starlink system allows the driver to control entertainment and other vehicle settings through the touchscreen. The system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and is BLuetooth capable. Available in-car Wi-Fi connectivity, a first in the Legacy, gets you hooked up to the interwebs.

    And that’s just the touchscreen and all the stuff it does.

    Elsewhere in the rather attractive cabin, you’ll find a new multi-layer instrument panel, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support, and heated front/rear seats. The heated steering wheel will be perfect for the next polar vortex. There are four USB ports (two front, two rear) plus one auxiliary input jack in front, and two 12-volt DC power sockets (one in the center console, one in the glove box). Also available: a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, with Clari-Fi audio restoration tech and GreenEdge speakers.

    2020 Subaru Legacy interior layout. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

    Cargo Capacity: Load Up Your Luggage

    Subaru says there’s more front shoulder room, more front and rear hip room, and more rear legroom. According to Subaru, the trunk at 15.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity can comfortably hold four full-size roller bags. There are mounting brackets on the roof for quick installation of a rack, box or tray. So dealing with stuff like surfboards, canoes, and other outdoor gear is a snap.

    Pricing & Availability

    The 2020 Subaru Legacy will hit dealers this fall, with pricing being announced closer to that time.

    Trim levels include Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT.

    Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz

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  • The 2019 VW Jetta GLI is a sportier, more athletic version of the Jetta sedan.
  • Styling upgrades include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and dual chrome exhaust
  • Performance upgrades include a limited-slip differential and multi-link rear suspension.
  • The sixth generation of Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI just rolled off the show stand in Chicago, and if you’ve got a thing for sporty sedans that won’t break your bank account, then this one is worth paying attention to. No, it’s not a BMW or an Alfa Giulia, but it’s almost as fast and costs significantly less. In a way, you could call the 2019 VW Jetta GLI the poor man’s Audi S4 (minus the all-wheel drive). It’s German, it’s screwed together right, it’s modern, and efficient.

    On top of all that, VW has warrantied this thing up the wazoo: six-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper.

    Obviously, VW is serious here when it comes to the competition.

    Upgraded Styling

    The 2019 VW Jetta GLI features a coupe-like profile, over-sized grille, and sporty styling cues to make it more noticeable. There are LED projector headlights and LED daytime running lights flanking the black honeycomb grille, which features a red accent line. Out back, you’ll see standard LED taillights, a unique rear bumper, finned diffusor, dual chrome exhaust tips, and a special spoiler on the decklid.

    2019 VW Jetta GLI. Photo: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

    Related: Good value for the money. Our full review of the 2019 VW Jetta.

    Interior Treatments

    The interior is dripping with tech and safety and multimedia trinkets. Styling-wise, it’s mainly black with red accents all over the place. The sport seats feature red stitching and are available in either cloth or Autobahn-perforated leather. Heated seats and dual-zone automatic climate control are there to keep you comfortable. Standard convenience features include automatic headlights, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

    There’s ambient lighting and a 400-watt BeatsAudio system, which should blow your ears off.

    On the tech front, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink are standard. The Jetta GLI includes VW’s Car-Net connected services and Digital Cockpit as well. And oh yeah, the safety stuff: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. All standard.

    2019 VW Jetta GLI interior layout. Photo: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

    Power & Performance

    Did I mention the word sport? I did, yes! To reinforce that notion, the 2019 VW Jetta GLI comes with a 2.0-liter turbo engine (EA888 TSI) with direct injection that cranks out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. That is a lot for a sedan this size. To increase efficiency, the engine features VW’s variable valve timing and variable exhaust valve lift systems. Power gets to the front wheels through a standard, six-speed manual transmission, although a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic is on offer.

    A standard start/stop feature comes on the slush-boxes to further improve efficiency.

    Suspension & Drive Modes

    The 2019 VW Jetta GLI is suspended by an independent setup on all four corners. The strut-type configuration at the front and a multi-link arrangement out back combine for a ride height 0.6 inches lower than normal. The brakes are nabbed from the Golf GTI and Golf R, meaning 13.4-inch vented front discs strong enough to stop a freight train.

    The new Jetta GLI is standard with VW’s VAQ electronically-controlled, torque-sensing limited-slip differential to reduce understeer.

    You can even have fun with all the computer whatzits. There’s a Driving Mode Selection that allows you to customize the Jetta GLI’s behavior. You can choose from “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco,” and “Custom.” Normal gives you a balanced driving experience while Sport is more dynamic with regard to the throttle and transmission. Sport also provides tighter steering and more spirited exhaust notes. Eco optimizes everything for fuel economy.

    Custom allows you to monkey with the steering, throttle, front differential, engine notes, and climate control settings.

    Photo: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

    Related: A brief look at the 2019 VW Jetta lineup.

    Pricing & Availability

    The 2019 VW Jetta GLI will arrive at dealers this spring but no word pricing yet. There’s also a 35th Anniversary model on tap that comes with red-striped black wheels, a black roof and spoiler, and an adaptive damping system.

    Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He is the author of  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz

    2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Gallery

    Photos & Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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    COOL RUNNINGS. Banb Motorcycle’s ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma Racer

    Written by Andrew Jones

    Ostentatious oil coolers have been a stock-in-trade item for Japanese car customisers for decades. Lifted from racing car stylings of the 70s and 80s, the more ridiculous its placement and the route the oil lines take, the more street cred the cars seem to have. Now an essential part of the Japanese ‘Shakotan’ style, it’s part of a plethora of cool custom ideas developed in Japan since the dawn of time. But has it ever been attempted on a custom bike? Well, it has now. Meet the ‘Zumax’ Suzuki GSX750 racer from France‘s Banb Motorcycles.

    Shop owner Alban Jaunay works as a freelance product designer in Marseille, in the south of France. He’d been thinking of building himself a custom motorbike for a few years, but he really got serious after he went with his girlfriend to the Café Racer Festival near Paris. “While we were there she asked me, ‘Why don’t you build yourself a custom bike like these? I’d rather see you spending hours wrenching on a bike than browsing Pipeburn.’ And so it began. This is the point in my life where my passion for creation and motorbikes would become a reality. So, I launched my own custom motorbike workshop. I call it Banb Motorcycles.”

    “Why don’t you build yourself a custom bike? I’d rather see you spending hours wrenching on a bike than browsing Pipeburn.”

    Blurring genres, Alban tells us that he considers the bike to be a cafe racer, probably thanks to the fact he’s stripped it to make it go faster. But we’re also seeing touches of ‘80s endurance racers and even a little rat style. What a killer combo. “The donor was in fact a ‘99 Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma. Ironically, I bought it from a guy who bought it to create a custom bike, but he never really had the time to start. Then the R nineT Scrambler came out, and it was very close to the custom bike of his dreams, so he decided to buy the BMW and sell the Inazuma. I was lucky, as it was still in very good condition.”

    And what about the name, ‘Zumax’? We’re glad you asked. “Probably thanks to the bare metal, the patina finish and the placement of the oil cooler, everybody asks me if it is a bike that was inspired by the Mad Max movies, so I named it ‘Zumax’ – a shortened version of Inazuma Max.” Mad Max influenced, you say? You won’t hear any complaints from us, then.

    The bugs won’t stand a chance

    “I was born in Le Mans,” smiles Al. “I have always loved going to events like the MotoGP or the 24 Hour events, so naturally my inspiration comes from the racing world. I like the mix of simplicity and brutality you see in racing machines; I think there is a real elegance to them. With its twin shocks, the big inline four and the tube frame, the Inazuma was a perfect choice to create an interpretation of the US Superbike series from the 80’s. My main goal was to give it a stripped down and racy look, very much like the bikes from Racefit Exhausts.”

    The build started with a rusted gas tank from a Suzuki GS1000. “I had to adapt it to the frame, clean it and coat the inside with resin. The outside has been sanded and clear coated to show the bare steel. I wanted the oil cooler to hang at the very front of the bike, as with some superbikes I took my inspiration from. The big round headlight has been removed and a Setrab racing oil cooler with Goodridge braided lines took its place. Then, two smaller lenticular lights were hung on its side. Also, the set of factory instruments has been replaced by a much simpler Koso tachometer.”

    Avante cool

    After deftly relocating part of the wiring harness under the tank, a set of wide and low LSL handlebars were adorned with Progrip’s finest and bolted on. “At the other end of the bike, I cut the subframe and installed the rear and side fairings from an ‘82 Kawasaki Z750. I kept their decals and emblems as a kind of nod to the actual engine capacity of the bike. The standard seat was then modified to make it a single-seater. The small rear lights and turn signals were integrated in the rear fairing and the battery case was transformed to tidy up the rear a little bit.” Lastly, Al swapped out the muffler for a very tasty Yoshimura R&D number.

    Al says that the real key to the project was getting the tank right. “I had almost no equipment, no workshop and it was my first build. I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it. It took me forever to reshape the underside to adapt it to the frame. Then the fuel petcock was in the way of the airbox. I quickly learned how much work is needed to customize a motorbike. Sanding it in the living room of the apartment was also a great moment. It is the only part of the bike where I needed some help; a big thank you to my dad and my friend Steven.”

    No surprises, then, that the tank is also Alban’s favourite part on the finished bike. “I love the look of the bare steel. Steven did an amazing job coating it. Its shape also transforms the look of the bike. Going from the roundish standard tank to the sleeker one from the GS1000 makes the bike much more elegant. It’s a good reference to the racing superbikes of Wes Cooley.” Al also takes time to call out that Setrab oil cooler.“ I love this kind of overtly racy part. It gives the bike a very aggressive look.” Long live Shakotan!

    [ Band MotorcyclesFacebook | Photos by Alban Jaunay ]

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