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Magnificent motorcars Monterey Car Week 2022 – ICE and EV

22/08/2022. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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.

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

15/08/2022. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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)!

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Yukon Motorcycle Park receives government investment

15/08/2022. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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.

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Brand loyalty is declining for most luxury automakers

14/08/2022. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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.

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The best thing since sliced bread – Ducati Multistrada V4

12/11/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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.

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Car of the Year 2020

22/04/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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.

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Best adventure motorcycle for self-isolation tour

05/04/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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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All-new 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 – more torque, less weight

06/12/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

The torque of the Triumph Tiger 900 increased to 64ft-lb (87Nm) from 58ft-lb (78Nm) on the Tiger 800 but weighs about 11 pounds (5kg) less. Horsepower output remains at 95bhp but is delivered lower in the rev range, peaking at 8,750rpm instead of 9,250rpm.

The Tiger 900 is an all-new design, with a new 888cc triple engine, new quickshifter, new airbox design, twin radiators, new modular frame, new bolt-on rear subframe, new suspension, new LED lights, new 7-inch TFT dash, narrower seat, new fuel tank.

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KTM 390 Adventure

08/11/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

KTM launched the much-anticipated KTM 390 Adventure at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show. Note, this is the model without the “R” meaning the KTM 390 Adventure R should follow soon.

Details from the KTM press release –

The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success.

A breezy, agile, and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the ‘adventure’ sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading.

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KTM 1090 vs 1190 vs 1290 Adventure R

31/03/2017. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

We knew about the KTM 1090 Adventure R long before its arrival but did not know how it will arrive. And arrive with spectacular specifications it did.

It’s not, as was expected, a toned-down 1190 or bumped-up 1050. No, the new KTM 1090 Adventure R – albeit it still with 1050 cc in stock – is, in the big adventure bike segment, the one to beat. Especially considering its aggressive price point.

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