Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Team Jean Stalaven Dakar, 1990 - Husqvarna 510's

 In 1990 Team Jean Stalaven decided to choose light weight over power for their entry into the Dakar. The choice fell on the single-cylinder engine Husqvarna 510, bored out to 570 cc.
The shell, designed by Michel Assis, However was revolutionary - It was made up of two parts welded together in order to stiffen the whole structure keeping it extremely slim and racy, unusual aesthetics against the mastodons of the era. Result of the whole operation, an engine with around sixty horses for 130 kg dry weight, and 185 kg fully loaded: against the 250 kg of twins. A power-to-weight ratio definitely interesting on paper. Unfortunately none of the three riders finished the race - Michel Merel, Laurent Charbonnel and Luc Pagnon all DNF'd.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Motor World Bike Factory - Awesome little bike building phone game.

A phone app game that has you building and selling a gazillion bikes in all different styles. Been having fun with this for weeks.

with some interesting obscure references too !

  such as Keira K in a perfume commercial....

riding on the OSSA concept bike.....

 These are a few other rare items appearing in the game:

A great fun little time waster for bike obsessives. Great work from the devs. who obviously did their homework !

White Collar Bike of Indonesia - Mishka XS650

More interesting stuff from Indonesia (Moped drag racing anyone?) with some interesting frame and parts detail. Thanks to the always up to date OTTO NERO; http://ottonero.blogspot.com.au/

Here's a Red Bull interview with White Collar Bike from a few months back: http://www.redbull.com/au/en/motorsports/motogp/stories/1331800529859/custom-corner-white-collar-bike

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Honda's 1991 "Baja 1000" XR 680RN Prototype

An amazing 130 MPH Honda works bike designed for the Baja 1000 found in a 1992 copy of Dirt Rider magazine. I'd love to build a replica - The hybrid street fairing looks wildly original !

The last 2 pics are from the Honda website I found later :

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Rallye Eye Candy - Vintage DAKAR BMW Custom bikes from the house of HPN.

Grooviest bikes ever ? Personal choice, but if it's your tea, here's a whole lot more after the link..

Monday, January 25, 2016

BMW Futuro Turbo - 1980's show bike. Design & Construction pics by Baptist van der Meyde - Girard. Follow the link in the text for an amazing experience !

Great design exercise by Baptist van der Meyde-Girard of the Netherlands - check out his photostream for design sketches, construction, moulds, through to the final product. Truly amazing stuff.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Vintage: The Fastest Stock Dirtbike Ever Built 123.75 miles per hour on a 1981 KTM 495

" If looks determined usage, the KTM495 would go around with a machine gun mounted on the bars. Tippy toes time. Sling a leg over the 495. Or, at least, try to. With an incredible 38.7-inch saddle height, the KTM has the distinction of being the tallest bike we've ever tested. Riders in the five-foot nine-inch range will need a milk crate. Once on the bike, the suspension settles a bit, making the ground barely in reach for a five-foot eleven-inch rider. You won't find any sag in the saddle. In fact, it appears to be made of plywood. That sucker is hard! It's also slippery. Sort of feels like someone put some Armor-All on it at the factory. On the plus side, the foam never sags and the saddle retains its shape. Long time KTM riders say they like the firm feel. Long-time KTM riders have also been known to howl at the moon on occasion".
From an article written by good old Mr Rick himself in 2008 about the Husky.
( Jun. 23, 2008 By Rick Sieman)