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Magnificent motorcars Monterey Car Week 2022 – ICE and EV

The annual Monterey Car Week is a solid reminder that we live in a world of have and have-not as some of the most expensive toys – ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and EV (Electric Vehicle) – are put on display.

For those who invested in Bitcoin in 2015 when it was only $200 and didn’t fall prey to the 2022 Tera Luna crypto scam there were plenty of new supercars to choose from: Aston Martin DBR22 (705 hp), Bentley Mulliner Batur (729 hp), Bugatti W16 Mistral (1,577 hp), Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster (1,817 hp), Koenigsegg CC850 (1,382 hp), Lamborghini Urus Performante (657 hp), Maserati MC20 Cielo (621 hp), Rimac Nevera (1,914 hp), SSC Tuatara (1,750 horsepower) and the Rolls-Royce Pebble Beach Collection, to name a few.


Inmotion V12HT fast, waterproof, one-wheel electric scooter.

If you prefer to do your most challenging adventures on less than four wheels, the choices are plenty. And if even two wheels are too many, consider the Inmotion V12HT monocycle. On just one wheel, you can climb hills, cross streams and then scoot back home at up to 87 mph (140 km/h)!


Yukon Motorcycle Park receives government investment

CanNor (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency) announced in August 2022 that the Government of Canada is investing over $87,000 towards the renovation and expansion of the Yukon Motorcycle Park, located at Mile 904 (KM 1454) on the Alaska Highway, approximately 20km (12 miles) from Whitehorse.

The Yukon Motorcycle Park is designed exclusively for long distance motorcycle riders so there are no cars, trucks or RVs permitted onsite.


Brand loyalty is declining for most luxury automakers

New research conducted by S&P Global Mobility has found that brand loyalty—measured as the percentage of buyers that go back to the same brand for their next vehicle—is falling across the luxury segment. This is a major challenge for the top well-known luxury automakers. But three brands have bucked the trend, with one brand, once again, taking top honors.


Data-Stealing? Battery-Draining? An Anti-VPN Campaign Sweeps Russian Social Media

A decade ago, 261 websites were blocked by the Russian government. Last year, that number surpassed 70,000, Internet-freedom activists say, while more than 5,400 sites have been blocked since Russia launched its massive invasion of Ukraine in late February.

In response, a growing number of Russians have turned to VPNs – virtual private networks that mask Internet users’ locations and enable them to view blocked websites. According to The Times of London, 24 million Russians – about one-quarter of all adult Internet users — employed a VPN in May, up from a pre-invasion figure of 1.6 million.


The best thing since sliced bread – Ducati Multistrada V4

Ducati threw the cat among the pigeons with their all-new, all-powerful, high-tech, go-anywhere Multistrada V4 Granturismo.

Boasting 170 hp (125 KW) at 10,500 RPM and 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) of torque at 8,750 RPM, the 3 models – V4, V4 S and V4 S Sport – feature the new 1158 cc, 83 mm bore x 53.5 mm stroke, dual overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder V4 90% four-cylinder water-cooled engine that weighs only 147 lb (66.7 kg), 2.7 lb (1.2 kg) lighter than the 1260 V Twin engines.


Is the Jones Act a help or hindrance in confronting China?

If China is assumed to be a grave geopolitical threat, is the 100-year-old Jones Act an asset? If the United States and China are on a collision course – be it a Cold War-style confrontation or worse – does the Jones Act leave the United States better prepared or at a disadvantage?

The Jones Act of 1920, introduced by Senator Wesley Jones, is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States, requiring goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by United States citizens or permanent residents.


More money for more Patriot missiles

The Patriot missile was designed way back in 1969 by Raytheon and Hughes and launched a decade later as, what was thought at the time, the ultimate Defense-and-Defeat weapon.

Alas, for years the program was surrounded by controversies and plagued by mishaps, basically meaning it did not perform as it said it would on the label.

The first model, the MIM-104 Patriot, was quickly upgraded with Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-1) technology and followed by the MIM-104B and later models up to – as in 2020 – the MIM-104F (PAC-3).


Car of the Year 2020

There were some interesting choices for the Car of the Year awards for the 2019/2020 season.

Motor Trend, who coined the phrase Car of the Year (COTY) way back in 1949, named the exciting Chevrolet Corvette C8 as their 2020 winner, calling it “a mid-engine masterpiece.”

Good choice! Since its introduction in 1953 with the C1 model, the Corvette has consistently been one of the coolest muscle cars on the road.


Best adventure motorcycle for self-isolation tour

Health organizations advise that people keep a 6 feet distance between them during the coronavirus pandemic: “either 6 feet away or 6 feet under.”

The further the better. How about 6 miles? Or 60? Or 600 miles?

There are many far-away open roads out there. Getting on your motorcycle would be ideal.

There are a bunch of great cruiser or touring motorcycles that will suit the need: Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Indian Roadmaster, Yamaha Star Venture, Honda Gold Wing, BMW K1600GT or R1250RT.

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