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Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Customs is an old-school craftsman, and the creator of one of my all-time favorite bikes, ‘ Doctor Who ’. When Clay builds a bike, very little work is farmed out—an admirable approach in this age of off-the-shelf parts. This lovely 1966 Triumph Bonneville T120 is Clay’s latest creation, and it reveals its charms slowly, eschewing glitz for a subtle, timeless style. “I built the frame in-house, using the original-numbers-matching neck, and reusing the cast rear engine mount,” he says. “I think the factory castings are beautiful when they’re cleaned up and reshaped a bit.” Clay then fabricated a new fuel tank, oil tank and fender out of aluminum, the old-fashioned way using a planishing panel hammer.
V.O.W N°4 ( Video Of the Week, 23-30 January 2011 ) T he qualities of a great craftsman begin way beyond their first interaction with the tool. In many instances, the education begins with vision.
Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike . Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors, the Hoverbike was the brainchild of Australian inventor, Chris Malloy.
Remember the electric Killacycle ? Lightning Motors' electric motorcycle is similar, but it's made for the street instead of the racetrack. It goes 0-60 in around 3 seconds, hits close to 100 mph at top speed, and has about a 100-mile range at cruise. The bike is a Yamaha R1 that has been modified to be powered by lithium-ion batteries. The entire engine is missing. So are the tailpipes, radiator, gas cap, transmission and clutch.
Mission Motors , an electric vehicle start-up from San Francisco, has chosen TED 2009 “The Great Unveiling,” as the venue to introduce itself, and it’s first production vehicle, to the world. [social_buttons] The all-electric Mission One sportbike promises a top speed of 150 mph and a 150 mile range — rivaling the stats of gasoline powered sportbikes. Additionally, the bike features a recharge time of less than 2 hours using a 240v outlet.
Yes, this is the entrance to Barber Motorsports Park. Fortunately they don't discriminate against happy-go-lucky idiots who love riding motorcycles. The Professor and Chris demonstrate. The entrance road to Barber Motorsports Park. George Barber sure knows how to build 'em. Outside the Barber Museum; at first, it looks somewhat odd.
The last time we heard from Mission Motors, they were gingerly revving their first sportbike, the all-electric Mission One , onto stage at TED. This morning, they've announced a milestone in proving that their bike, which was designed by Yves Behar's Fuse project, is a worthy steed for speed demons: On September 1st, the bike hit a 150.059-mph average speed over two one-mile test runs on the Bonneville Speedway, reading top speeds of 161mph. And that makes it the fastest production electric motorcycle of all time.