Monday, November 1, 2010 4:48PM - By Chris Weiss
This here is some type of odd motorcycle concept designed by Bruno Delussu. What’s weird about it, in addition to the giant rear wheel and tiny front wheel, is that it’s designed to only go in straight lines–okay for land speed records, not so good for anything else. Those handles are just for holding, and no matter how hard you yank them, they won’t steer that front wheel an inch. It’s straight only, and with such a long, unwieldy body, I don’t imagine you’ll have much luck negotiating curves by leaning into them. Scary!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:58PM - By Chris Weiss
Interested in the Brammo Empulse, but not interested in the $10,000 + price tag? Brammo’s got a new electric motorcycle that may be what you’re looking for. The Enertia Plus builds on Brammo’s Enertia motorcycle, doubling the range from 40 miles to 80 miles. And it only adds $1,000 worth of price to do so.
The Enertia is powered by the same 6 kWh lithium-ion battery in the lowest-end Empulse. It’s capable of speeds over 60 mph and, with newly tuned steering, delivers tighter handling than ever.
The Enertia Plus is up for pre-order now for a price of $8,995, tucked right between the standard Enertia and the cheapest Empulse. Deliveries begin next year. Video after the break. [via AutoBlog]
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:42PM - By Chris Weiss
Originally, we thought it’d be cool to put together a list of some of the wildest, funkiest concept choppers that we’ve seen over the past year or so. Then we realized that some of the top contenders were actually production bikes. So we opened up the gates to concepts, customs and production bikes and found what we feel are the meanest, craziest two-wheeled machines this side of Hollywood.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1:44PM - By Muhammad
As a driver, your first priority should always be safety — both your own and that of your passengers. That means not only carrying the adequate motorcycle insurance (or equivalent for your vehicle) but also making sure that you drive safely and watch out for unsafe drivers — since other people driving poorly can cause you just as much damage as you being reckless yourself. Keeping those other drivers in mind, here’s a look at the worst and best states for drivers.
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Source: Motorcycle Insurance Blog
Friday, July 16, 2010 2:07PM - By Chris Weiss
Electric motorcycles are a tough sell; you can easily get superior efficiency out of a regular motorcycle when compared to a car, so you’re already doing your part. Plus, having 200 mph worth of power underneath your package is rewarding whether you plan to use it all on one trip or not. Why dull that down for an electric drivetrain?
Well, Brammo is getting closer to making a persuasive argument. Its new Empulse, is a muscular moto that is capable of speeds up to 100 mph and a range of up to 100 miles–why they didn’t call it the Empulse 100 is beyond me. Not only that, but it emulates raw capability from its compact but powerful stance.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:10PM - By Chris Weiss
The MotoCzysz E1pc. It’s difficult to pronounce. It’s the world’s most advanced electric bike. It’s capable of speeds up to 140 mph. It packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius in its sleek, two-wheeled body. It just took on and won one of the world’s toughest, most dangerous races– the Isle of Man TT (electric bike race) today–with a time of 23 minutes 22.89, hitting speeds up to 135 mph. It narrowly missed out on a 10,000-euro prize for becoming the first electric bike to average 100 mph on the race course (averaged 98.973 mph). And you can get a taste of what it’s capable of in the video below.
Any questions? If so, you can read the full story of how this bike went from conception to race-ready over at Popular Science. Or just enjoy the surprisingly potent growl of the bike as it takes on the track downstairs. [via Dvice and iomtt.com]
Friday, May 21, 2010 3:09PM - By Chris Weiss
While an enclosed motorcycle might be moving dangerously close to efficient, one-seat car, this one earns a little respect for its sheer awesome design. Brought to us by Shane Baxley, a design student at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, the vehicle “delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute.” In LA, it should also earn you a conversation or two with a scantily-clad blond beauty.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:05PM - By Chris Weiss
Ordinarily, trikes are tools of child’s play. Small, stable three-wheelers that provide wheeled movement for children not quite ready for more advanced vehicles. In the case of the Frogman Rocket II, however, trikes are anything but child’s play. Designed by Blastolene, this beast of a cycle is powered by a Hemi V8 engine that spits over 1,000 horses onto the three wheels.
Friday, April 23, 2010 4:12PM - By Chris Weiss
Usually, hot, Italian bikes come bearing the name Ducati. But this funky DIYer has Ferrari all over it. And not just the Prancing Horse badge, but an actual Ferrari-influenced sidecar. Hideous? Horrifying? Absolutely. Intriguing? Most definitely.
Actually, outside of the hot red color, the car hardly resembles a Ferrari, but that’s the way it’s billed.
I happened across this design on a site called “ChillOutPoint”, which I’ve never read before. It appears to be an art, novelty and design picture site, so I’m not sure how legit these photos are. Real or not, the Ferrari chopper provides some food for thought. And that food might just be coming back up after giving it the full eye-over. [via ChillOutPoint]