Surviving World War III
Minimalist styling cucs from the post-World War II bobber movement and the custom choppers of the 1970s were the inspiration for the Dyna Street Bob. It's a bike that's all about going solo, since it has neither a seat nor pegs for a passenger. The rider sits way down in a 26.7-inch-high seat and hangs onto a mini-apehanger handlebar. Regardless of the color of the Street Bob's tank and fenders, a wrinkle-black finish is applied to the battery box, console and belt guard. The Twin Cam 96 engine exhales through chromed staggered shorty dual exhausts for just the right look.
But rather than pulling down, it tries to rotate. Think about your shoulder as you hold the bag of sugar. The downward force at your hand tries to rotate your arm at the shoulder. Of course being two-time World War Champions means we're used to seeing torque in Lb-ft, but it can equally, and in this case more easily be talked about in Nm I Newton metres).
The bobber came before any other type of custom motorcycle that we see today. When servicemen started returning to the US after World War II in the late forties and fifties, they wanted bikes more like the European ones they had seen. The soldiers started tinkering with their bikes - removing the front fender and bobbing the rear fender to make them lighter like European models. They stripped the bikes back to bare essentials, removing the windshields, crash bars and even the lights in some cases. Before there was any such thing as a chopper or even a chopper bobber there was a simple bike, the bobber. It was lean, low and super cool.
Since most of the UK's racing circuits are modified World War II airfields or parklands, we Brits don't often get the chance to enjoy purpose-built-from-scratch facilities like the rest of the world. In fact, the last purpose-built circuit to have opened in Britain was Brooklands in Surrey, way back in 1907. So when it was announced in the late 1990s that 50 million was being spent on a brand new state-of-the-art racing circuit in Corby, Northants, and that it was being designed with bikes in mind, it seemed too good to be true. Sadly, it was.
Kint's record was good, but without World War Two it might have been amazing. He was only 23 when he won his world title, but after taking the Belgian title in 1939 the war prevented him racing until 1943, when Kint began his run in Fleche Wallonne. The next World Championships weren't until 1946 in Zurich, where Kint finished second after spectators held him back so
Motorized transportation to a country still recovering from the devastating effects of World War II. He called that engine the Cub, a name that would be applied to the company's first 50cc step-through a few years later. That ubiquitous model had a couple of slightly different iterations that needed to be identified more specifically than just calling them all Cub, so they were given separate letter-and-number des-
BMW began its life in aero-engineering--as anyone who's ever ridden one of its motorcycles might guess. These are bikes as close to airborne as any get. And what's more, fifty percent of all the motorcycles BMW has manufactured are still flying down the world's roads. These are the best, and in this book, the best of the best get their due, with brilliant, full-color photographs of BMW's classic models and detailed descriptions of their features, all located within the context of a concise history of this legendary marque. From the first of BMW's bikes, the R32, through the models that catapulted the company out of the ruins of World War II, to the latest bikes with the revamped opposed-twin-cylinder boxer engines that brought BMW its first fame--these are the bikes that made history, and, better yet, gave the most demanding riders a taste for flight.
Indian Heritage Carl Oscar Hedstrom and George M. Hendee founded the Hendee Manufacturing Company in 1900 with the goal of producing a motor-driven bicycle for the everyday use of the general public. In 1901, they rolled out the Single, a 1.75-horsepower motorcycle that could reach a top speed of 25 miles per hour. They also decided to rail out a brand-new trade name for their motorcycles. That name was Indian, and it was the world's best-selling motorcycle until World War I.
You have to consider that the Treviso and the Veneto areas are strategic points in the Giro d'ltalia and that they are filled with sportsmen. Cycling is in their DNA. Monte Grappa is a spectacular and historical climb, and that's why we wanted to use it for the last punch before Asolo. It is the mountain of the World War in 1918 it's a memorial. The Giro d'ltalia, though, has not been able to use it often because there have been problems with the roads.
The cover story in the December 6 edition of MacLean's magazine was on baby boomers. The title of th e story, which referred to the generation of young people now in their 20s, was Generation Screwed. In it, writer Jonathon Gatehouse laid out his thesis the first of the post-Second World War generation is reaching 65 and is leaving fewer jobs, lower pay, and higher taxes in its wake. He refers to the demographic as outsized, over-entitled, and seif-obsessed. The article quotes Frank Graves, president of EKOS research The yuppies have become the grumpies. They're reluctant to give anything up. It's like Charlton Heston 'From my cold dead hands. '
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