British motorcycling pride: Triumph motorcycles
Triumph motorcycles are synonymous to the upper echelons of British motorcycling. The roots of Triumph motorcycles trace back all the way to 1883, when Siegfried Bettmann first came to England from Germany .
In 1884, Bettmann began importing bicycles and sewing machines from Germany and selling them under the name S. Bettmann & Co. In 1886, Bettmann changed the name of his company to the Triumph Cycle Company because he feels "triumph" is a word easily understood in most languages.
The first Triumph motorcycles weren't built until 1902, when Maurice Schulte attached a 2 hp Minerva engine onto a bicycle frame. It was in 1904 that the founders decided to produce their own motorcycles instead of clipping on other people's engines onto a frame. And then finally, in 1905, the first all Triumph as well as the first all British motorcycle was created. It boasted a 3 hp side-valve engine with a cruising speed of up to 30-40 mph.
Triumph motorcycles enjoyed much prosperity during the sixties until the mid seventies. However, after that period, they faced a financial problem that nearly jeopardized the Triumph name. However, the company stood fast and came back in the eighties with new engines and a new line of motorcycles that deserved the name Triumph.
Triumph motorcycles were and continue to be the cream of the British motorcycle crop. Antique models are sought after by every collector because they truly are a testament to great engineering and the British pride of motorcycles.
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Manufacturers driving the latest tyre technologies
The amount of advanced technology that goes into today's premium branded car tyres is often not appreciated. Tyres, after all, are usually a distress purchase and to most consumers are simply "black and round".
Tyre technology, however is continuously evolving, driven to a high degree by the technical demands of the vehicle manufacturers but also, to a degree, by the requirements of an increasingly demanding aftermarket.
Tyre performance can be affected by three things - by changes to the tyre structure, by altering the tread pattern and by varying the rubber compounds used in the tyre, particularly in the tread. It is not surprising to see that the leading tyre manufacturers have a variety of proprietary technologies covering all these areas.
Take Bridgestone for example. Currently, the world's largest tyre manufacturer lists 14 key technologies covering, casing, tread pattern design and compounding. Some of these, such as the use of unidirectional tread patterns, silica compounds and rim guards to protect against kerbing damage are commonplace but some are unique to Bridgestone. Examples of the kind of technologies highlighted by Bridgestone are:
Diamond Bead - A new construction method for the bead coil, which increases the torsional stiffness of the bead coil to create a more uniform contact patch and therefore improved handling.
Flat Force Block - A new tread block design, which varies the angle of the block edges in accordance with their size. This provides a more uniform contact pressure and therefore a smoother ride.
Key Hole Sipes - These narrow slots in the tread increase in width as the tyre wears helping the tyre to maintain performance as it gets older.
Multicell Compound - An advanced and unique foam rubber based compound, the high porosity of which anables water absorption and an increased "edge-effect" to improve grip on ice.
Riblet - These are circumferential micro-grooves located on the surface of multicell compound tyres. These aborb a film of water on icy surfaces for improved grip when the tyres are new and before the multicell pores become visible.
If tyre manufacturers are continuing to evolve their tyre technology with a view to gaining a competitive advantage over their rivals, there are certain areas of technology, which are coming in for particular attention. One of these is undoubtedly the area of run-flat tyres and the associated area of tyre pressure monitoring systems. The leading manufacturers differ to some degree in the tyre technology they are using for their run-flat systems.
Michelin's PAX system, for example incorporates a special wheel with an asymmetric profile, which allows a support ring to be inserted, which bears the vehicle's load and allows it to be steered at zero pressure.
However, their Michelin ZP system functions by means of more robust sidewalls, reinforced with a special rubber compound to carry the vehicle weight. An innovative bead area, delps the deflated tyre stay on the rim.
A further example of the use of compounding to obtain a stiffer sidewall is Goodyear's Run-On Flat system. This system incorporates reinforced sidewall inserts using Goodyear's own compounding technology in order to create higher sidewall striffness. In addition, rim guards and tensioning devices on the outside of the sidewall are used to help maintain tension in the case of a flat.
Continental, like Michelin has two systems. The ContiSupportRing is a metal ring on a flexible support directly mounted on the rim, whereas the company's SSR self-supporting run-flat tyre incorporates a special rubber reinforcement in the sidewall, which takes the vehicle weight after pressure has been lost.
Bridgestone has also taken the support ring route with its Bridgestone Support Ring system.
So where next for tyres? We wait with interest to see how the tyre manufacturers can further innovate their products and keep improving tyre technology.
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Building a Custom Chopper, where do you start?
by, Ian Parish
So you want to build a custom chopper? I do too, so the first question I asked myself, is where do I start. Should I make a business plan, a schedule, a financial statement, or should I just buy my wife some flowers and blindly proceed? I guess I should do all of the above but not necessarily in that order.
I will start by trying to justify this purchase and or endeavor, to do this I will make a list of my reasons? 1) I want to ride a custom chopper, a totally cool stretched out, fire breathing, gas eating, pavement pounding, old lady scaring, 2 wheel monster. 2) I want to be able to say "I built that" when someone asks me where I got that totally sick bike. 3) I want to be able to customize the bike beyond the standard add on parts I can get for my current bike a Harley Davidson Fatboy. 4) I want to be able to make this dream come true, meaning I need to be able to pay for it. A $35,000 chopper is out of my current budget. 5) I have been talking about this for 5 years so why don't I get to it and stop doing all the talking and start doing some building.
Now I have a few reasons on paper a will look at my options, then make a plan, a schedule, and find some extra money.
Let's start with a my build options, and plan on a slow and steady approach. I realize I will need to do a lot of research before I start. I have 4 basic options, a kit bike, a rolling chassis, a start from zero build, or an extreme makeover of a current motorcycle.
Option 1) If I start with a motorcycle kit I maybe the farthest ahead from a mechanical perspective, and farthest behind from a financial point of view. What do I mean by this, well a kit bike has all the parts it just needs paint, labor, gas, oil and some love. The problem a complete kit bike will cost me $12,000 dollars right up front. This is a bit out of my spend a ton of money now then not be able to ride a bike for a year or two thinking. If I get a kit, I maybe able to get it together faster, as I will be motivated and have all the parts ready to go. As a first bike I think this is a very good option, when you consider all the expensive mistakes I may make along that way. One drawback to this option is the amount of customization I can do to the bike as it is put together. Because all the parts are in the kit, I may resist the urge to get new bars or different sheet metal, or other parts.
Option 2) Start with a Rolling chassis, this is the middle of the road option, spend a lump sum of money, about 1/2 of what the overall bike will cost and get a basic setup that all works together.
A Rolling chassis kit consists of a Frame, 2 wheels, the forks, and triple clamps and bars, all build and configured to work together. Add a motor and a transmission and all the major workings of the bike are in place. This setup helps avoid some of the major work needed to mix match and fit these items together. This option also allows for a ton of customization in the parts that people see and the parts that give a bike it's personality. For me this is a very serious option to consider. I would only have 1/2 the cost and 1/2 the parts sitting around and gathering dust until I get time to get it together.
Option 3) Find each and every part one at a time and build a completely custom motorcycle. I know I could do this, but I also know I will encounter more unexpected and possibly expensive issues with this type of build. This option would give me a bike that no one would ever duplicate. This could be very good or this could be very bad. What if some possible combination of frame, motor, forks, or wheels didn't work together? It would not be discovered until the motorcycle was all together. I think this option is better left to the serious professional who build bike all night long, as the are working on other peoples bikes, and running businesses during the day. I may consider this for my second custom chopper.
Option 4) Take an existing bike and start cutting and changing it. This is maybe as involved as chopping and re-welding the frame to create a new rake and angles. Or it could mean just getting a new frame and using the engine, transmission, and various other part to build a new machine. I like this idea, and I think it would be a lower cost alternative to all new custom parts. With this option you are also able to keep the current registration and title if the frame is not replaced. This is also a lower cost option because a lot of the miscellaneous parts can be reused.
I know that in one page all the possible combinations of Custom Chopper build can't be completely explained, I just hope this information give you something to start with and build on. It has help steer me in the direction of a rolling chassis, so I better get shopping.
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in">Ian Parish is an avid motorcyclists and Jeeper and has been for the past 20 years. He has jumped into building a custom chopper full force and is assembling that parts and the plan, on his website <a href="http://www.MyChopperBlog.com">MyChopperBlog.com</a>. Check out the website as I need all the help I can get. He is the owner of <a href="http://www.RedJeepClub.com">RedJeepClub.com</a> and <a href="http://www.MyChopperBlog.com">MyChopperBlog.com</a></P>
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“Time is money”. This phrase has proved true in today’s advance and fast moving world. Life has become so fast that people really find it hard to fulfill all the commitments of the life. A person has so much involved in his/her daily assignments that s/he is unable to spare the time to do some extra work other than the daily routine.
Some people even hire others to do the work on behalf of them. The hired person would clean the house, cook the food, look after the hirer’s children, serve them food and milk, play with them, buy the groceries, wash the car, drop and pick the hirer, find a concerned trade-person to fix up the domestic problems etc. But still, there are some works which a person him/herself has to do. If a person is getting married, then a man cannot send the hired person to buy a wedding ring or other gifts for his to be wife. Similarly, a woman would never prefer sending the hired person to buy a wedding gown for her or other gifts for her to be husband. In case of married couples with children also, there are some tasks that have to be fulfilled by the parents for their children or for themselves also. Unfortunately, some parents are unable to devote time to get something for their children. If a grown-up son or a daughter demands a car from a wealthy father or mother, both would love to buy one for their beloved son/daughter, but could not devote the time to accompany them and select one. They would just give them the money and as a result the son or the daughter would buy a car of his/her own choice, which the parents may not like but have to accept unwillingly.
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Motorcycle Road Trips In North Florida: Jax Beach To Fernandina
With bike week just around the corner, bikers from all over the country are pulling their motorcycles out of winter storage and cleaning up their leathers in anticipation of a motorcycle rally like no other. While Daytona is definitely the place to be the week of March 5th, Florida offers some great stretches of road through pristine landscapes to some great biker destinations.
About an hour and a half north of Daytona on A1A lies the bustling beach community of Jacksonville Beach, which is where we will meet for the start of our road trip- because, well, that?s where I?m from! On any given day you?ll find bikes and bikers parked and hanging out at the Jax Beach Pier parking lot. Just across the street is the famed biker bar Mango?s, a great place for bikers to meet, have some good home cooking and shoot some pool. Summer weekends will generally find some heavy metal band performing outside on the covered deck. So put on your best leather motorcycle jacket and come on out to Mango's to start our first north Florida road trip.
Our first day trip will start from Jax Beach and head north on A1A to Fernandina Beach, a quaint little island town with its own unique attitude. If you follow A1A north, after bearing left at Mayport Naval Station, you will be cruising through the marshlands at the mouth of the St. Johns River and come to a dead end at the ferry in Mayport Village. A traditional fishing village, this is where most of north Florida gets their seafood. Shrimp boats, party boats, and deep sea charters line the docks, and you can even take a gambling cruise from here. If you?re hungry, there?s an old wooden shack sitting on the water that serves some of the best seafood available. Singletons is not much to look at, but it?s been there forever and people drive for miles to sit on the water enjoying the freshest of Florida seafood, while watching the pelicans scrounge for theirs.
Taking the ferry across the river, you?ll once again pick up A1A heading north. To your right you?ll soon see a huge barren sandbar that was formed by the northern jetties at the mouth of the St. Johns. On the eastern edge are the jetties, the Atlantic Ocean, and a beach that is packed with babes of all shapes and sizes. The western side has a lagoon and the Fort George River inlet. A very wide beach at low tide, vehicles have been swallowed up and swept away by the Atlantic because of people parking just a little too close to the water, and taking a walk in the dunes. A great place for jet skiing, swimming, fishing and surfing, Huguenot Park also has a campground with primitive and RV camp sites and showers.
For the next several miles, you will be cruising through some of the most pristine and unspoiled wetlands in Florida. Island hopping through little and big Talbot Islands and the Timacuan Preserve, this coastal area is one of the few in Florida untouched by development, and will theoretically remain that way. Flora and Fauna abound, and nature lovers flock to the area in kayaks and flatboats to navigate the waterways in search of trout and redfish.
Heading across the Nassau Sound Bridge to Florida?s northern most barrier island, the developments once again start to pop up. World renowned resort Amelia Island Plantation has vast acreages of condos, single family houses, an Inn rivaled by none, and a huge convention center that draws business from all over the world. A community within itself, the Plantation strives, and has done a good job, of preserving the natural habitat.
Not to be outdone, the Ritz Carlton is just a few miles north and is also a magnet for the well to do, with a golf course and all the pampering the Ritz is known for!
Almost there, we take A1A into downtown Fernandina Beach. An old fishing village like Mayport, Fernandina is much larger and has many unique and historical buildings. The waterfront is speckled with shrimp boats and deep sea charters, and Brent?s is the restaurant on the docks. Fernandina Beach also hosts an annual shrimp festival on the first weekend in May.
Ending our motorcycle excursion from Jacksonville Beach (about an hour non stop), our last stop is a very popular watering hole for bikers and locals alike. The Palace Saloon has been there since 1878, and although it burned in 1999, it has been restored to its original 18th century wooden d飯r. More of a bar than a restaurant, this is where you get to know the locals, many of which are in the hospitality industry and definitely know how to party hardy! With live bands, dancing, flirting and drinking, the Palace Saloon is the place to party in Fernandina Beach!
In my next road trip article we?ll head south on A1A to our nations oldest city. Founded by Ponce de Leon in 1513 and home of the fountain of youth, this place is just a tiny little drinking town with a fishing problem!
Michael Talbert lives, works, and plays in <a href="http://jaxbeach-pier.com">Jacksonville Beach</a> and is the owner/operator of <a href="http://nakedleatherbiker.com">Biker Leather Ltd. </a>