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  • Re: Random International News thread

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com...w/62830807.cms
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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    • Re: Random International News thread

      The Mystery of the Traub Motorcycle: World's rarest motorcycle found hidden inside wall, shrouded in mystery and boasting of technology far ahead of its time - and it still runs today.

      Mystery of the Traub Motorcycle – Blooms Mag



      "In 1967, a plumber doing renovations of an apartment building outside Chicago tore down a brick wall and found what would prove to be a baffling mystery to vintage motorcycle enthusiasts – a one-of-a-kind motorcycle bearing 1917 plates and the name “Traub”. The building’s elderly owner admitted that his son had stolen the bike before going off to WWI, never to return. But where the bike came from and who made it remains a unknown to this day.

      Don’t think this unique motorcycle is merely a museum piece though. Walksler rides the Traub fairly regularly. When asked about the engine components, he enthusiastically replied, “Everything inside the engine is just magnificent. The pistons are handmade, and have gap-less cast iron rings, the engineering and machining being simply years ahead of their time.”
      “When comparing other top motorcycle makes and models of the era, the Traub has no equal. Comprised of a sand-cast, hand-built, 80 cubic-inch “side valve” engine, the machine has the ability to reach speeds in excess of 85 mph with ease,” says Walksler.
      Aside from its few off-the-shelf components, the Traub has many unique handmade features. The three-speed transmission is thought to be one of the first of its kind and the rear brake, a dual-acting system that employs a single cam that is responsible for pushing an internal set of shoes, while pulling an external set, has never been seen on any other American motorcycle.
      “For a machine to have such advanced features, unparalleled by other motorcycles of the same era, is truly outstanding,” said Walksler. “It’s my opinion that The Traub was an attempt at a new breed of motorcycle. But how on earth could a machine have been produced in such great form, with capabilities that far exceed that of any comparable machine, without the knowledge of the rest of the motorcycle industry during that time.”"
      Urban Gypsies MC

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        RIP Alan Kempster.




        Guys, unless his Facebook page is hacked or there's a major confusion in reporting the news, Alan Kempster, the left side story rider, has passed away.

        Alan Kempster was a rider who rode despite not having one arm and leg. He was a major inspiration to all of us.





        More information on the specifics is yet to come...


        Please have a look here:- https://www.facebook.com/LeftSideSto...38978609453743
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          UM releases blatant KTM rip-off in China:





          https://www.cartoq.com/ktm-dukes-des...a-take-a-look/


          "The Xtreet 250X is likely to be sold in the Chinese market but UM won’t even imagine bringing this motorcycle to India because intellectual property laws are a lot stronger here than in China. The major parts of the KTM Duke’s design that UM Motorcycles has copied includes the trellis frame, the fuel tank shrouds, split seats and even the rear mudguard. However, the engine seems different as it’s an air cooled unit compared to the Duke’s liquid cooled motor."
          Urban Gypsies MC

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            Originally posted by marcussantiago View Post
            UM releases blatant KTM rip-off in China:





            https://www.cartoq.com/ktm-dukes-des...a-take-a-look/


            "The Xtreet 250X is likely to be sold in the Chinese market but UM won’t even imagine bringing this motorcycle to India because intellectual property laws are a lot stronger here than in China. The major parts of the KTM Duke’s design that UM Motorcycles has copied includes the trellis frame, the fuel tank shrouds, split seats and even the rear mudguard. However, the engine seems different as it’s an air cooled unit compared to the Duke’s liquid cooled motor."
            My god! They have not even spared rear fender from copying. Does patent laws not apply in Chinese market? How can a reputed american company do such a thing?

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              Curtiss (formerly known as Confederate) unveil Zeus, a 170hp electric cruiser:




              https://www.autocarindia.com/bike-ne...concept-408333
              Urban Gypsies MC

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                Kawasaki sells a grand total of just two Versys 300s over the last six months:

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                "In all of 6 months, Kawasaki has sold only 2 units of the Versys. In contrast, the Versys 650, a much pricier motorcycle, sold 21 units in April 2018. The motorcycle’s steep price tag of Rs. 4.6 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, means that it’s almost as pricey as its 650cc elder sibling, the Kawasaki Ninja 650N.

                "Kawasaki has priced the Versys X300 so high despite assembling it in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.

                "The high price tag by Kawasaki is intentional. The Japanese motorcycle brand is trying to keep its premium appeal intact, and not dilute it with lower priced models."
                Urban Gypsies MC

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                  French company Furygan (who provides MotoGP rider Johann Zarco’s clobber) has announced the introduction of two new textile jackets for S/S 2018.
                  Both jackets feature CE-approved protection from D30 armour at the shoulders and elbows, and both can accommodate back protectors.

                  https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/...ike-equipment/

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                    2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in the making: but it might not head to India.

                    The 37-extra-cc cheater is back! And it will be sharper than before.



                    The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R might make its global debut in the year 2019. Recent documents filed by the Japanese manufacturer in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) suggest that Kawasaki is working on an updated Ninja ZX-6R that is due for the year 2019. One of the most prominent changes on the new 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R will be the engine. The motor will be Euro-IV compliant and it will be the same 636cc, inline four-cylinder engine from the present generation model. With the new model, one can get to see a bump in power and torque figures in order to deliver better performance. Also, the engine will now get a three-way catalytic converter in comparison to a two-way unit that comes on the present day model.


                    Source & more info here:- https://www.financialexpress.com/aut.../1200418/lite/
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                      Confederate Motorcycles was an Alabama-based bike maker responsible for some of the most outrageously designed (and expensive) motorcycles in the world. The company recently announced that it was rebranding itself to the Curtiss Motorcycle Company and would focus on making equally wild machines, but this time based on electric powertrain. The company took this step because of the controversy surrounding its name – a controversy that you can read all about here. In fact, Curtiss has already shown off its first creation and it’s a completely ludicrous machine named the Zeus.

                      Confederate Motorcycles makes a comeback - Autocar India

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                        KTM considering buying Ducati?

                        ' "I have an emotional relationship with Ducati," assures the KTM CEO. "Ducati is Ducati, there's nothing to shake about that. The only brand that would fit us is Ducati. Everything else you can forget. MV Agusta is too small." '


                        Source: Stefan Pierer (KTM): «Ducati würde gut zu uns passen»/MotoGP SPEEDWEEK
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                          The nascent motorsport of electric motorcycle racing (Moto-E) suffers a massive setback as almost all e-bikes destroyed in a fire:

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                          https://www.motorsport.com/motoe/new...royed/4352249/

                          https://www.motorsport.com/motoe/new...pener/4352509/
                          Urban Gypsies MC

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                            Lightning Strike electric motorcycle specs leaked: 600cc equivalent, 150 mph top speed, 150 mile range, ~$12,998/-

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                            https://electrek.co/2019/03/25/lightning-strike-electric-motorcycle-specs-leaked/
                            Urban Gypsies MC

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                            • Pickup truck driver arrested following New Hampshire highway collision that left 7 motorcyclists dea

                              The driver said to be behind the wheel of a pickup truck that collided with seven bikers in New Hampshire on Friday – killing all of them – has been arrested at his home Monday in*Massachusetts.
                              Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, is now facing*seven counts of negligent homicide*after being taken into custody this morning in West Springfield, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office*announced. He is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon.
                              The crash unfolded at around 6:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 2, a two-lane highway that passes through the small town just north of Mount Washington. Witnesses described a "devastating" scene as bystanders tried to help the injured amid shattered motorcycles.


                              Source:https://www.foxnews.com/us/pickup-tr...rcyclists-dead

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                              • Re: Pickup truck driver arrested following New Hampshire highway collision that left 7 motorcyclists

                                Topic Approved. Merged with Random International news thread.


                                A terrible incident, but the cause is not yet clear. Was he inebriated or was it some sort of diverted attention or sleep depreviation or something?
                                Anyways, may the deceased R.I.P. God bless their souls.
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