Thursday March 6, 2014
Looking out of my office window it's hard to believe it's nearly summer time and we have bike week just around the corner in Daytona, Florida.
This year's bike week officially gets underway on Friday the 7th and lasts until the 16th. The event this year has a bumper bundle of activities to visit or take part in. From Supercross, to flat track to the bike race of the week - the Daytona 200 - there's action aplenty. But bike week is not just about motorcycle racing, the event has grown over the years to cater for just about every interest a motorcycle enthusiast can think up.
Classic bikers have not been forgotten with shows and swap meets happening at various locations around Daytona (see event schedule for final details). A not to miss event for Indian bike lovers this year is the All-Indian Motorcycle Bike Show - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Corbin Saddles, 1433 N. Hwy. 1, Ormond Beach. Indian motorcycles from the past and present will be on display including the legendary world record setting streamliner ridden by Burt Munro (as seen in the movie The World's Fastest Indian).
Oh, and the weather forecast for Daytona during bike week this year? Temps in the upper 60s to mid 70s with partly cloudy skies for most of the week--yes please!
Thursday February 27, 2014
The historical development of engines could have been so much different if the left fork in the road had been chosen (metaphorically) instead of the right fork.
For example, if Henry Ford had decided to go with electrically powered cars instead of internal combustion engines (it is reported that Ford did consider this option), the world would be a much different place today.
But if he had considered developing an engine design by Dutch physicist Christian Huygens, the world would definitely been very different. Huygens' fuel choice was gunpowder!
The mind boggles at the thought of refueling a Huygens engine, but then it was 1680 when he considered this.
Motorcycle Engine Development through Competition
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Modern motorcycle manufacturers spend many hours and many thousands of dollars researching and developing their products using the latest technologies. But in the early days R & D was done mainly on the race tracks or in the many different forms of motorcycle competition.
Although modern bikes may trace part of their technology back to the MotoGP racers (electronic engine management systems, for example), the fact we have front and rear suspension and brakes can be traced back to the pioneering days of motorcycle competition.
So let's be grateful to those special racers who raced at more than 100 mph on bikes with no brakes, and to the IOM TT racers who developed motorcycle suspension: We modern riders applaud you all!
Motorcycle Development through Competition (Frames, Brakes and Suspension)
Thursday February 20, 2014
What better way to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the legendary SS100 Brough Superiors than to produce a modern equivalent?
A relatively new company operating under the original name of Brough Superior Motorcycles is doing just that, making a modern V-twin but with styling clearly showing its heritage back to the wonderful Brough's of yesteryear. The limited edition machines carry a price tag of €49.900 or $68.328 USD, making them as exclusive as the original machines.
For more details of the new company, see the article Brough Superior Today.
Brough Superior motorcycles were renowned for their quality. Today, some 90 years after the first SS100s became available, a modern version is being produced. Just like its predecessor, the new bike is full of technical innovations.
Brough Superior Today