Via: Homebuilt Recumbents
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Pav trailers were manufactured in the Czech Republic, originally by "AVIA n.p". and later by the Jawa company. Pav trailers feature a 4 inch wheel and are rated to 80 Kph (about 45 Mph). They were frequently attached to Jawa motorcycles, although they make excellent accessories for scooters and vintage bikes.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
"In South Sudan, mortality rates are already high, due to warfare, disease, and malnutrition. But for pregnant women, the odds are much worse—according to UNICEF, a woman from South Sudan has a one-in-six chance of dying during pregnancy or delivery.
Though the region suffers from a scarcity of medical resources, lack of emergency transport is an even more compelling problem.
“We have in our budget this year at least one ambulance per county, but even that one ambulance will not be enough,” Atem Nathan Riek, the area’s director-general of primary healthcare, told IRIN. Southern Sudan also has notoriously awful roads, which can become completely impassable for major vehicles during certain times of the year.
But the government may have come up with a solution to save thousands of women, employing motorcycles with “ambulance” sidecar beds to deliver women in labor and critically ill patients to emergency facilities. UNICEF has donated five motorcycles at a cost of $6,000 each for an initial pilot program, and if the initial experiment is successful, the organization has pledged to supply enough motorcycles for the entire country.
"The advantage of the motorbikes is that they can easily be managed at a lower level health facility," said Joyce Mphaya, a safe motherhood specialist with UNICEF. "It is cost-effective in terms of fuel and you can easily move with the motorbikes to remote places, where there are no roads or where cars cannot go."
In Malawi, where such motorcycles are already in use, the program has more than halved the mortality rate for pregnant women. Sudanese women are hopeful that the program will give them a better chance of surviving to see their infant babies’ faces for the first time.
"Life for a woman here is very hard," said Mary Emmanuel, a Sudanese mother who gave birth three times without medical assistance. "The clinic was too far to get to, so perhaps these motorbikes could help change that."
By Kathryn Hawkins. Via: razoo
"In 1917 William Taylor built a steam motorbike based on an F-N. The bike used a two-cylinder double acting steam engine. But there is little other information on this bike.
But there may be some hints in that at one point in the 1890s William Taylor apparently worked with Wachs - a company that produced steam engines ranging from 1HP-50HP - mainly for the small engine market to power workshop tools and small generators. Such engines might well be ideal for adaptation to motorcycle use."
Friday, May 29, 2009
A Model poses on a wood motorcycle of the German carpenter master Michael Schössler.(below) The fully functioning Motorrike uses a single cylinder engine and has a framework of spruce and forks of solid Eschenholz hardwood. Via: manager-magazin
"Rosco McGlashan has been synonymous with the very peak of speed sport in Australia.
He raced the Australian designed and built 'Crazyhorse' V8 powered motorcycle. This was an incredible machine which had no clutch, so the back wheel would sit up in a cradle, then Rosco would give it a rev and just rock it off the cradle! "It spat me off a few times and when it spat you off it did it in a big way!" remembers Rosco..."
Via: Rosco McGlashan-The Biography
"There's not too much information on Otani Ryuji's website , but the gorgeous design and images speak for themselves. Otani specialises in stark black and white illustrations featuring lots of flowing hair, full lips and shining chrome. Well worth a look." Via: Binky The Doormat
A cross between a motorcycle and scooter, the DMW Deemster was launched in 1962. It was powered by a Villiers 249c.c. twin cylinder two stroke engine with electric or kick start. It was built around a number of steel pressings and was unlike any other motorcycle yet produced.
It had built-in legshields and a large comfortable seat, a large locker, windscreen and twin 5 inch headlamps. There were 12 inch disc wheels, with a brake of DMW's own design using a Girling patent. The frame was robust, with a large diameter spine, joined to a square section down tube and a framework of angle and tube supports for the footboards and sides. It was fitted with an 'Earles' type front fork with a Girling damper on one side.
Via: DMW Famous Machines
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Iron Man Tiger 7, was a Japanese tokusatsu television series that aired in 1973, produced by P Productions.
Takigawa Go gets the power to transform into Tetsujin Tiger Seven from an artificial heart and a magic pendent. To transform he utters the henshin (transformation) phrase "Tiger Spark". Go rides a Suzuki motorycle with rocket busters. When he transforms into Tiger Seven the motorcycle transforms as well to become "Spike Go". Spike Go can drive itself, coming to its master's aid when Tiger 7 roars.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"Imagine a world where everything is powered by electricity and which can be nuclear reactor can be found everywhere where you enter. In this alternative world of aesthetics stall at our seventies and said reactor is fit to be in the car or motorcycle.
A nuclear reactor located in the body of the motorcycle, spent fuel is added after the removal of the seat cover. Cooling is via two huge fans, and drive through twin electric motors in each wheel."
Via: Auto Design.CZ