Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Holy Shit!" Adventure Ride.

This makes my testicles try to climb back into my torso.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Stuck in a Time Warp or Glory Days

From a thread of Harley riders whining about motorcylists making fun of their sissy clothes and chick-bikes:

Rollie Free's Vincent was not on the street. It was a Bonneville salt bike.

In fact, virtually no Vincents were on the street in the late 50s and 60s. Vincent went out of production in 1948 or so.
And Ariel Square Four, at 1000cc with 7:1 compression and 42hp vs the 900cc Sportster's 55hp. The Sportster was King of the Road from 1957 until the late-60s and the emergence of the "Superbike" with the Norton 750/850s, Honda 4, Kawa triples etc etc.

And no Vincent ever made, ever went anywhere near as fast as this Sportster:

"In 1970, Cal Rayborn piloted a Sportster-powered streamliner across the Bonneville salt flats to a world motorcycle land speed record of 265.492 miles per hour. The long, low, cigar-shaped missile in which Rayborn became the fastest man on two wheels has frequently been referred to as the “Rayborn streamliner”


Yeah, they're shit now.... But 40 years ago they were HOT!
Notice "Il Douche'" compares the performance of factory sponsored Harley streamliner in 1970 to that of an unfaired basically stock privateer Vincent in 1948. But the (Heavily modified probably-nitro-burning factory sponsored) Sportster was THE FASTEST MOTORCYCLE IN THE WORLD in 1970!

If they weren't morons they wouldn't ride Harleys.

Incidentally, doesn't that Vincent remind you of a new Confederate?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

For When a Trailer Just Isn't Enough

There is talk that VW is looking to get into the motorcycle business, and since they already build the only decent Harley engine (by Porsche - another VW company), and Harley is really struggling financially.... well, just put 2 and 2 together.

And then this comes to light. It comes standard with an oil absorbent mat instead of carpet in the cargo area. No shit.

I guess the pot-belly viagra crowd aren't making their payments on time.