Sunday, November 30, 2008

Russ w. Moore's mini gas turbine motorcycle.

Via: hack a day
"Russ w. Moore of Bad Brothers Racing has an awesome project on his hands. the motorcycle frame is from a yamaha ysr-50. smaller than a standard street bike and larger than a pocket bike it comes with a 50cc engine and is street legal. the gas turbine is being constructed from a cummins st-50 usually found in large trucks. The complete build up can be seen here.

Enclosed is my check or money order....

I am curious plastic.

Bill's Dustbin.

Via: Kraig Schultz’s Opinions on Aerodynamics and Electric Motorcycles

"Bill Lomas on a 350cc Moto Guzzi Bialbero dohc single cylinder factory racer during the 350cc Ulster Grand Prix of 1956. Bill Lomas would win the race with an average speed of 90.26 mph (145.26 km/h ). He also recorded the fastest lap with 4 minutes and 51 seconds. Good for an average speed of 91.74 mph (147.64 km/h). He went on to win the 350cc world championship with the photographed machine in 1956!"

The Air bike.

"Air bike" Circular Quay, Sydney. by Ian P Via:

Flicker: Gasssss.

Great moments in Scooter advertising: Lanzi Moto's Guerrilla Marketing.

A New Way to Bike: Julia Meyer's Taurus.

Via: Yanko Design
"That cushy padded seat on your bike is a fitness hinderance, preventing the toned legs Lance Armstrong would envy, and keeping your back unnaturally aligned. The TAURUS bike eschews the seat for a unique cab forward design. Designed specifically for children, you stand leaning forward enabling correct posture while making the largest muscles in your body work harder. The pedaling action is more akin to stair stepping. You’ll be fit and tone in no time.

In the back wheel hub of the bike, there are six condensers that store energy created from pedaling. This energy can be called upon when needed. There’s a display describing the relationship between the amount of energy created and stored. This provides the child with real time data encouraging them to pedal harder. To assure ease of transport within a car, the steering wheel and wheels themselves can be removed."

The hero machine.

Zen Moment.

A stark contrast.


"Igorot tribesman Robert Duyugan rides his wooden scooter in a race as the Filipino town of Banaue celebrates the traditional Imbayah festival. The Igorot tribesmen are renowned for their woodcarvings."

Moto de le futur.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The motorcycle in cinema-Silver Hawk.

"Silver Hawk (Orig. Fei Ying) is a 2004 Hong Kong movie starring Michelle Yeoh, Richie Ren, Luke Goss, Michael Jai White and Li Bingbing, directed by Jingle Ma. Yeoh plays the title character, a masked comic book style heroine who rides a motorcycle, saves kidnapped pandas and uses her martial arts moves on the bad guys. The masked heroine theme dates back to Huang Ying, a 1948 Shanghai book by Xiao Ping.

What other film starts with a motorcycle jumping the Great Wall of China?

The movie starts with Silver Hawk riding on her motorcycle through what looks like China. She is chasing thugs who have stolen pandas and are getting away in a truck. She attaches her bike to the truck jumps and fights the men kicking them out of the truck and then continues to fight them. Then they give up. She heads back to Polaris City where she meets an old childhood friend then a flashback occurs. In this flashback it was the time at the martial arts training academy back when they were little.....

BMW sponsored 16 motorcycles and some cars for the filming."

Tread lightly.

The spirit world.

"Motorcycle Cop"

Via: The Museum for African Art

"This piece embodies the fusion of traditional and contemporary in the Ivory Coast. This spirit spouse is based on a long tradition of sculpting figures to represent the spouse that each person is believed to have in the spirit world. These representations have changed over time and are currently created to represent a contemporary person of professional prestige indicated by their Western professional dress. This figure is dressed as a motorcycle police office in uniform and helmet."

Billy had a glue dream.

Guy Peellaert and Pravda The Overdriver.

Via: world of kane

"Belgian advertising illustrator Guy Peellaert was one of the first cartoonists to embrace Pop Art and incorporate Andy Warhol's appropriation of mass market iconography into his work. His first comic, Les aventures de Jodelle, (Jodelle's likeness based after yé-yé chanteuse Sylvie Vartan) appeared in 1966, swiftly followed by 'Pravda la Survireuse'/ Pravda The overdriver (a leather-clad, panther-bike-riding amazon whose adventures take place in a Mad Max-like, futuristic city, inhabited by degenerate people. Her visage modelled after Françoise Hardy) for the magazine 'Hara-Kiri' in 1967.

Inspiration? The Jaguar bike and Pravda's cat-bike

After contributing a number of photo collage-based style strips to 'Hara-Kiri', Peellaert adopted a photo-realistic airbrush style and made a successful return to advertising and illustration; most notably on David Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' LP cover and 'Rock Dreams', his collaboration with rock journalist Nick Cohn.

Peellaert sadly passed away this year at 74 on Nov 21st 2008

(Click to enlarge panels-Via world of kane )

Portrait of the artist: Guy Peelaert (and friend) lambiek

When is a motorcycle not a motorcycle? The 1972 Bell Bi-Car.


"Traditionalists may flinch, but here's a totally new concept in two-wheeled touring vehicles. And adventurous souls just might find that "something different" they're looking for in the Bi-Car. Eight years of research and development have gone into the Bi-Car, so it's no spur-of-the-moment idea. Bell Vehicle, Inc., IS serious about the project, and has even more expansive plans for the future. The vehicle seats two passengers in tandem and utilizes standard motorcycle controls. At lower speeds and when stopping, the Bi-Car features a retractable landing gear that comes down to stabilize the machine. In addition to a sturdy, close-fitting shell, an optional canopy offers protection from dust, rain, noise and wind. Shown is the Saturn 500 model; it's 9 feet, 10 inches long, 33 inches wide and weighs 470 pounds. Powered by a 500cc, 60-hp engine that gets up to 40 mpg."

Flicker: Wood pinball.

We ride by night: The Dekochari.

Via: Pink Tentacle

"For decades in Japan, dekochari (deko means “decoration” and chari means “bicycle”) have been the ride of choice for hardcore dekotora truck fans that are too young to drive. Modeled after Japan’s celebrated art trucks, dekochari bicycles typically feature large front bumpers, ornate luggage racks, rear-mounted boxes that resemble truck trailers, colorful paint jobs, lots of chrome, and sophisticated electric light displays. This video pieces together random night scenes from Dekochari Yarou, (see below) a documentary that profiles a few dekochari enthusiasts and their custom rides. The soundtrack is “Ichiban-boshi Blues” (sung by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa), the theme song from the Torakku Yarou movie series that sparked Japan’s dekotora craze in the ’70s"

"Global Warming is a Myth"

The Motosafe.

"Motorcycle crime is on the increase, bikes and gear are vulnerable to theft or damage. Unlike a car many parts can be removed from a bike with simple tools. Bikers neet protective gear, but this gear is inconvenient to carry around once you reach your destination. Boots, helmets and leathers are expensive and need to be kept safe and dry. Bikers need somewhere to change on ariving at work, a railway or bus station or the cinema for example. Bikers need to know that when they return their possesions will be exactly as they left them.

Motosafe is a secure motorbike parking garage. A new approach to motorbike security - it prevents all types of motorbike theft by simply putting the machine beyond the reach of all types of thief, whether of the bike, parts or other gear. Designed for use in all public and private parking locations. Motosafe is built from 1.2mm thick steel and has a power operated six bolt electric door lock.

Motosafe can accomodate the largest of two wheel motorbikes and also has a shelf and coat hangers for storing helmets, leathers, boots and other gear. Powered by a 12 volt DC system, solar powered and with a backup battery in each unit. It is provided with internal lighting and a foot operated manual door release should the door accidentally close whilst the unit is occupied. There is a movement sensor to detect movement inside each unit after the door closes.

Motosafe can accept payment by coins, notes, smart cards and will accept payment by mobile phone when this technology becomes established. Motosafe is operated by a 4 digit PIN code chosen by each user and input via each machine's keypad. After each cycle of use and deletes each previous user's PIN code."

Load up.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gotta Dance.

"Lartin-Drake, who has been a theatre-department staple at Dickinson College for most of the last 39 years, talks lovingly of the Happening days, when music, movement, visual arts and sound effects swirled together to make performance art.

“They had a motorcycle dance—a phalanx of motorcycles with Botticelli-like students perched on the handlebars—and a butterfly dance. It was a yeasty ferment of creativity and drama.”

Zen Moment: saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talal's diamond motorcycle.

"This is a handmade diamond motorcycle special order for Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal cost $4.8 million. The bike is not totally made up of diamonds but mixed of swarovski crystals."


Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (born 7 March 1955) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family, and an entrepreneur and international investor. He has amassed his fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market. As of 2007, his net worth is estimated at US$29.5 billion, according to the Arabian Business rich list published December 2, 2007. He is ranked by Forbes as the 20th richest person in the world, and is the second richest man in royalty next to the Sultan of Brunei. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.


We are family.

"The Whole Family on a Motorcycle" 1962 by Malick Sidibe

Transparency: Makoto Ouchi's cutaway art.

Makoto Ouchi was born in 1949 in Mito city, Japan. He had a passion for cars since he was a young child. After graduating from Hosei High School in 1965 he embarked on his career path working for Subaru in their automotive design department. Expanding on his knowledge of automobile design, Makoto began to develop his skills as a technical illustrator and airbrush artist. Among his early clients were Yamaha Motor Company, Fuji Heavy Industries, and automotive magazines.

Patch art:

1963 Motorcycle Federation All Japan (MCFAJ) Patch

963 Misawa Dusters Motorcycle Club Patch
Note the spelling of "motorcicle"

Amazing vintage patch art of the Misawa Air Force Base. Picts Via: Usafss Misawa


The Art of Peter Bagge.

"Peter Bagge was born on December 11th, 1957, and raised in Peekskill, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City. While enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1977, Bagge discovered underground comics, and the work of R. Crumb in particular turned what had initially been only a vague interest in cartooning into a passion."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Youtube: The best toy ever?

Joe's Streamliner.

The dunecycle.

Pic via:
"Allied Pacific Engineered Dunecycles were offered in the 70's with horsepower ratings that ranged from 5 to 14. The three-wheeled vehicles, first introduced by A.P.E., started a whole new form of competition. Not a motorcycle, not a dune buggy, they're in a unique category that appeals to people with leanings toward either two or four wheels."

Pict via: dads vintage ads

Ribbons, colours and going with the flow.



Via: topfoto

"Beryl Swain riding her 50c.c Itom Motorcycle in the 50 c.c.on the Isle Of Man TT in June 1962. Beryl was the first women to race a solo in a TT"

Flicker: Hello Kitty

I am curious plastic.