Rides

Indian Roadmaster

by The Heart Wrecker

indian roadmaster

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the 2015 Indian Roadmaster was, man, it is SEXY.  Then as I learned more about it, I started to realize it is just like a woman– sexy on the outside and full of surprises on the inside.

My favorite description so far is “techie meets biker.”  To start off, you notice the typical batwing front that a lot of bikes have, but what is unique to the new Indian is that the windshield is adjustable and automatic.  With just the push of a button, you can customize the height to fit conditions or personal comfort.  This is especially nice when that unexpected rain pops up.

Another great feature of the new Roadmaster is that it has over thirty seven gallons of weatherproof storage in the  saddlebags, a roomy trunk, and fairing, including convenient front storage in the lowers for all those things you need for that cross-country ride or week-long trip to Sturgis. The storage in the lowers is accessible from the saddle for those extra shades or whatever you may need at hand while riding.

Another thing at your fingertips is control of the heated seats and hand grips for when that evening ride gets a little chilly.

Other great features of ride comfort are the fully adjustable rear seat arm rests and adjustable passenger floorboards.

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Now…let’s get to the important part of any bike, HORSEPOWER!

The Indian Roadmaster boasts a 111 cubic inch motor with 119 foot pounds of torque which equals all the GO POWER you would ever need.  Whether you are bar hopping around town or heading to Daytona Bike Week, this has you covered.

To help manage that power is the usual front shift along with an adjustable heel shifter. The kind of power this bike brings to the road is made controllable by years of  experience from true biker builds.  The rich history of Polaris and Victory make the amazing comeback of the Indian possible, and it looks like it is here for years to come. 

I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

The 2017 Porsche 960

by Kristie LeVangie

Yes, I know.  We’re still in 2014.  But automobiles, much like dogs, have their own quirky time measurements.  And while still in development, it’s our job here to keep you updated on the latest, most lavish ways to spend your cold hard cash.

…And spend you will with its likely $250,000+ price tag.  But it’s a beautiful machine perhaps worthy of the expense.

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There was a time when Porsche was the ultimate in sportscar luxury.  A moniker of success and driven by the affluent, the 911 Turbo and the GT3 were Porsche’s most popular models.  However, today Porsche has slipped into a niche brand rather than a supercar competitor.

…But Porsche is hoping the 960 will change all that.

The mid-engined 960 is being positioned between the 911 Turbo and the 918 Spyder models.  Some sources say it’s a slightly bigger and more powerful version of Porsche’s Cayman model.

Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman Model

 

Made mostly of aluminum and composite, the 960 can be tailored for mid- or rear-engine applications, will likely house a flat-8 cylinder engine, and will generate a surplus of 650 horsepower, or in girl terms, it will go 0 to 100 km/hr in just 2.5 seconds.  With all-wheel drive and quad turbos, the Porsche 960 is looking to take on its competition, like the Audi R8, Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Porsche is coming full-force on this one with estimates suggesting 3000 to 4000 cars a year starting in February 2017 and running for about 6 years.

So the good news is…there is time to save.

Bad news is…you have to wait a bit before you can slip into the seduction.

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What is a “BIKER” Really???

by The Heart Wrecker

A while back while contemplating my future with an MC (motorcycle club, for you newbies) and being inspired by my market research girlfriend, I posted a question to Facebook.

What is one word you think of when you think of a “biker”?

Since I have such a wide variety of friends, the answers ran the gamut and led me to reflect a lot about my own question.

As a Motorcycle Enthusiast (to be politically correct)– Oh wait, who am I kidding? I couldn’t be PC if I was sitting in the White House!– as a Biker of about five years, I have ridden a lot of different bikes and hung with people from all walks of life.  I hesitate to mention my almost being born on a pool table at a biker bar all those years ago.

Needless to say, I know a thing or two about this “biker” issue.

And today, I am gonna respond to a lot of the answers I got on my Facebook post as well as break down some of the stereotypes associated with bikers as I progress through these responses in my unprotected noggin.

When a lot of people think “biker,” they think LEATHER.

This is one of the fashion sides of riding. The leather vest actually plays two roles: 1.) The most important is body protection to protect your mid-section if something happens and you end up going down. Leather against the road is much better than skin any day!  2.) The vest also carries your “colors” (if you belong to a club) and patches to show everyone things about you.

One popular patch is DILLIGAF (Do I look like I give a fuck?).  This one is actually VERY popular with bikers.

 

While a lot of patches are unisex, there are a lot of female-specific patches that range from ones that signify “women only” clubs to things like “Biker Bitch” or “Biker boys make good toys” and so on.

Another popular piece of leather is CHAPS. I have heard people talk about how they like assless chaps, but BREAKING NEWS…ALL chaps are assless!

Chaps are pretty much a jacket for your legs. They protect you from rain and cold, but I may add they do look HOT as hell on a woman with tight jeans…or, you know, a thong.

Okay, getting distracted. Must press on.

These are the two important leather clothing items for a biker, but there are many others like leather pants, leather underwear, and, of course, leather jackets.

Jackets, like most fashion pieces, come in hundreds of different styles for riders. They also are available with padding and plates to protect vital organs in case of a crash.  A lot of bikers also put patches on their jackets and wear them even when they aren’t riding.

Last but not least in the clothing area are boots. Leather boots are important because of the moving parts and heat of the motor and exhaust that can bother your feet.  Additionally, boots are your first line of defense between you and the road.  (Sorry to keep harping on this safety issue, but it IS an issue!)

One of the most popular responses to my short one-question survey was “HARLEY DAVIDSON.”

Some people think that to be a Biker you have to have a Harley between your legs.  These people are American-centric, and don’t perhaps recognize that there are bikers outside of the U.S.

Well, to that I respond, Harleys are not an all-American-made bike, and for a few years were actually owned by an overseas company.   So to those American-centric respondents, maybe if you own a Harley Davidson made only during certain years, you are a true biker…but what about INDIAN and VICTORY?  Those are brands of American-made bikes as well.

So is ownership of these an exception to the rule? (I better note here, before you start sending hate mail, that I am not a Harley hater. I would own one if I could find the right one.)

A funny observation however is that along with owning a Harley Davidson, you are somewhat expected to buy Harley clothes.   This would include t-shirts from every dealer you pass from all over the country to show that you have shopped at their store and sent even more money to Harley corporate.

There is everything Harley from shirts to pants to baby clothes…

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Not to mention all the other  Harley products that you are pressured into owning and displaying in every aspect of your life.

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You can even get a Harley Davidson-themed Ford pick-up truck or Harley-themed International semi tractor.

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I should also point out here that there are Motorcycle clubs out there where you have to own a Harley to be a member…and vice versa, clubs that you have to own a metric bike or other certain brand to be in them, but this leads to one of the other answers I got on my survey…

that when you think biker, you think FREEDOM.

When it comes to a motorcycle, regardless of the manufacturer, FREEDOM of the open road is definitely what hooks you, and it was a pretty popular answer.

The first time I was out in the country rolling through curves on my first bike, my Kawasaki Ninja, I was addicted.  The wind in your face, the air against your skin, and the adrenaline coursing through your veins is indescribable if you have never experienced it.  But for some, this is where the FREEDOM ends.

It’s sometimes the natural progression of riding, and it drags you in.  First, you get the bike and learn to ride.  Then, you do a few runs with other people and start hanging out with groups and enjoying the camaraderie . Then, comes the draw to become part of the group and join a club.

For some, this is where the freedom part ends. You get a leather vest and buy all kinds of patches that fit your attitude and personality. Then, you are told by your club which patches you can or can’t have, and depending on the colors of your patches, where you can or can’t go because your “colors” represent your area and affiliation.   (The rules between clubs can be quite complex.)

For a lot of people, this is great, and they spend their lives in the MC world without a second thought.  For others, they go back on their own, or go from club to club trying to find the right fit.  (I guess the best way to describe it is switching from the Lion’s club to the Jaycee’s….just with a shit ton more rules.)

I myself have been a member of a motorcycle club and really enjoyed it and will probably join another one in the future if the open road leads me there.

The answers to my Facebook survey ran from some of what I have covered here to things like TRUSTWORTHY, BROTHER, and “us.”   Regardless of your idea of a biker, a lot of true bikers are generally VERY trustworthy and loyal people, and they will go out of there way to help anyone in need.   It is thrown around a lot that bikers give more to charity every year than most people, and that statement could not be more true.  From charity rides to just helping random people in need, it is a biker code to help others.

I love being a biker and will continue to be until the day I die. If you have never hung out with bikers, you definitely should, and you will never be the same.

Until my next blog topic or flash Facebook poll…

 

 

BMW Motorrad’s 2014 R nine T Motorcycle

by Kristie LeVangie

Picture courtesy of BMW Motorrad website

Picture courtesy of BMW Motorrad website

 

Created to mark their 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is set to release the sexy BMW R nineT this month.   From initial glance one might think this is a custom-built bike, but that is not the case.  Make no mistake though, someone with some real know-how can customize this baby to the hilt.

Deeply rooted in BMW Boxer history, the R nineT is a masterfully designed bike powered by a air/oil-cooled 2-cyclinder 4-stroke flat twin engine.  With its 12.0 : 1 compression ratio and up to 119 Nm at 6.000 rpm torque, it’s powerhouse on two wheels reaching speeds of over 200 kilometers an hour.

The speedometer and rev counter harken back to its historical lineage, while its minimalistic look, including an upside down fork at the front and BMW Motorrad Paralever in the rear, is undeniably futuristic.

For more details on this gorgeous new ride or to locate a dealership near you, visit BMW Motorrad’s website here.

I Woke Up in a New What???

by Kristie LeVangie

I can’t seem to get it out of my head.

“I woke up in a new Bugatti-atti.”  I repeat the line over and over.  Thank you very much, Ace Hood.  That now makes two songs.

If you’re like me, you have absolutely no idea what a Bugatti is.  I mean, just when you think you’ve heard it all, you’re hit with this strange word…But never fear, I have done some legwork for us.

The Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever built.

Bugatti is a manufacturer of high-end designer cars that quite frankly wet my panties.  Started by an underage automotive genius as an idea in 1900 has become quite a thing of modern beauty with a clear note of self-indulgence.

My favorite is the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.  It boasts the perfect combination of performance and decadent design.  Agree?

Bugatti Vitesse

I could insert a bunch of mechanical lingo here, but all you need to know that it uses four turbochargers and air coolers to significantly increase power.  Reduced exhaust gas back pressure means it does it with even lower fuel consumption.

The 4-pump tank fuel system you can see in its Super Sport model. And its 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) has had some improvements especially in the gearing to ensure optimum performance.

This sex kitten reaches maximum torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000 – 5,000 rpm, provides a maximum output of 1,200 hp at 6,400 rpm and an outright sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds (according to their website).

If those numbers got you hot, this model has 199 more horsepower over its Grand Sport model and reaches a top speed of 255 mph!

But don’t think she isn’t safe.  Engineers have equipped her with quick-responding dampers (adapted from motor racing).  She has better control making body rolling and pitching around those fast curves virtually impossible.

What choo lookin’ at?  You checking out her tires?

Those are lighter 20-inch alloy wheels backed by an all-wheel-drive system.

The story here is “waking up in a new Bugatti” would be a something like Heaven if Heaven were a place of sex and sin…oh! and perpetual debt.

This gorgeous creature is worth every bit of what she’ll run you…upwards of $2.7 million.