Posts Tagged: ‘motorcycles’

Over on the Stuff You Missed in History Class Pinterest board, I spotted a photo of Dot Robinson, who became known as the First Lady of Motorcyling. The 1939 portrait (which is also, I discovered, the cover image of “The American Motorcycle Girls: A Photographic History of Women and Motorcycles“) shows Robinson dressed in a natty outfit with bow perched on her head to boot, sitting astride a Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead. Her Australian father was a motorcycle sidecar mechanic who reportedly scooted her mother to the hospital when she went into labor with Dot. Growing up in the shop, Dot took to the sport and married a fellow motorcycle enthusiast with whom she clocked hundreds of thousands of miles with both on- and off-road.

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It’s autumn, and the leaves are changing. What better time to hop on a motorcycle and get up close and personal with nature? This week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and I talked about motorcycles and the women who love ‘em. The ranks of those women are growing — Harley-Davidson has launched an extensive marketing effort to get more women on bikes. Motorcycles have the reputation of being more of a boy’s toy, but in looking back through history, we found plenty of young ladies who were crossing the country via motorcycle.

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The Wall of Death is a motorcycle act in which daredevil drivers scale the walls of a wooden barrel while spectators watch from above. In this episode, Scott and Ben explore the history and practices of the Wall of Death.

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You Asked:

How does hub-center steering work on bikes? — Reuben, Hyderabad, India

Marshall Brain Answers…

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You can now buy the first “real” production electric motorcycle. The word “real” means it can go 100+ miles per hour like a real gas-powered motorcycle can, as opposed to being a slower “commuter” bike. It also has “real” range – up to 100 miles depending on the model you buy.

The new motorcycle is called the Empulse from Brammo, as described here…

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If it ever comes to the point where we can buy one, the T.25 City Car could change transportation in the same kind of way that the Tata Nano does. The T.25 City Car is a tiny, 74 MPG, 3-passenger, $10,000-ish car that you can see in this video…

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Imagine a motorcycle with incredible torque, and therefore incredible acceleration, because it uses an electric motor. Now imagine it has hot-swappable batteries so it can be instantly recharged on the track by popping in new batteries. And imagine it rides like any conventional sport bike so professional riders feel instantly at home on it. That motorcycle has arrived…

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If you watch the following video, you are going to see half a dozen motorcycle riders crash at high speed, and then stand up and walk away without injury. But how can you fall at 100 MPH and walk away? It all depends on what you are wearing at the time…

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If Four-Wheel Drive makes cars more surefooted in snow and mud, then it seems logical to assume that two-wheel drive might do the same for a motorcycle. But how could you possibly get power to the front wheel of a motorcycle? One answer is hydraulics. You can see how the hydraulic approach works in the […]

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When a person thinks of gloves, the thought might be: “leather, sewn together, placed over hands.” These gloves for motorcyclists represent a re-conceptualization: Exoskeletal Glove Gives Motorcyclists an Iron Fist The second invention is designed to eliminate head rotation from helmet drag during a fall. The difference in rotation is amazing: More info: – Build […]

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