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The Batman Set Photos Show Penguin Racing Catwoman in a High-Stakes Motorcycle Chase

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by Jon Fuge from https://movieweb.com

Several set photos show Colin Farrell’s The Penguin in an action-packed high-speed chase through Gotham City.

It looks like Colin Farrell’s take on The Penguin will be more than happy to stick his beak into the action come director Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Several new set photos show what is likely the actor’s stuntman, under heavy make-up, of course, taking flight on a motorcycle in a high-speed chase. Riding through the streets of Gotham City, it is possible that the shots are part of a similar chase scene that has been filming with the Caped Crusader and Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman.

A lot of attention has been paid to Colin Farrell’s villain, with the actor having undergone a complete transformation courtesy of the make-up department. While many have compared the look of Penguin to actor Richard Kind, there is no denying the skill that has gone into turning the handsome actor into a pretty comic-accurate version of the deformed crime boss.

In fact, so convincing is the transformation, that Farrell’s co-star Jeffrey Wright, who plays Jim Gordon in The Batman, did not even recognize him. “I’ve worked with that makeup artist before and it’s just incredible,” Wright said earlier this year. “Colin walked on to set one day and I walked right passed him [laughs] I was like ‘ok, hey dude what’s happening, where’s Colin are we going to shoot.’ It was, it’s pretty remarkable.”

The Batman wrapped production in the United Kingdom and moved to Chicago last week. Since filming started up again following a pause in production, several images from the set have appeared online, including some that show what look to be extras dressed as other DC heroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman, suggesting that The Batman might not be as insular a story as previously thought. Of course, it’s also very possible that they will just be a nice easter egg for fans to spot amid the crime fighting chaos.

The Batman has been described as a noir-driven story that will pick up with a tortured Bruce Wayne around two years into his crime-fighting career. Young Bruce has become disheartened by the lack of impact he is having on crime in Gotham, when suddenly a series of murders occur at the hands of The Riddler. Lead down a path that will reveal dark secrets about his beloved parents, Bruce is forced to confront the corruption going on in the shadows of his city, all while trying to catch The Riddler before he kills again.

Starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, The Batman has amassed an all-star cast including the likes of Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson and Jeffery Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

The Batman had originally been slated for release on October 1st, 2021, but due to the long pause in production and ongoing theater closures amid the global situation, this will sadly no longer be the case. Instead, The Batman will now not hit theaters until March 4, 2022. These images of The Penguin were first reported by The Daily Mail.

M8 Carbon Fibre Conversion

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I’m struggling. Because it is difficult to portray in words how the rider, who’s fitted carbon fibre wheels, can instantly feel changes in unsprung and especially rotational weight. How can I describe how much better the brakes suddenly work? Or how much dramatically lighter the bike feels around corners? How the suspension suddenly feels smoother over small bumps, while feeling more controlled and responsive over larger ones?

I’m also struggling to keep the crazy shit-eating grin off my dial every time I roll out of my driveway. You see every curve and corner is a delightful experience, as I swoop through them with a flickability and stability never previously experienced on a 353 kg (778 lbs) bagger. Or any Harley for that matter. Like wow! This modification is truly that good.

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Laureti Develops the World’s First Mobility Operating System

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LONDON, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Laureti, a pioneering mobility technology company, reveals MiRA.OS– a first-of-its kind mobility operating system designed to deliver a dedicated passenger-centric experience. The central rationale of the operating system supports passenger wellness, productivity and connectivity– in fact the whole in-vehicle experience. This innovative technology manages the passenger experience across multiple vehicles within a network that can provide the highest levels of privacy, data security and complete digital freedom.

”Experts proclaim that the future of mobility is autonomous, digital and fleet-focused. If this statement is even half true then simply replacing every vehicle with an electric version is not the answer. The case for autonomous and future urban mobility demands a heavy focus on the passenger experience as much as on the vehicle systems. Through MiRA, we have the real possibility of serving as many as 50 million users with as few as 50,000 vehicles; and that particular user experience will travel beyond their vehicle door. That to me is not only efficient but also sustainable,” says Macus Paleti, CEO of Laureti group.

EV companies and tech firms are increasingly relying on commoditising user data to future-proof their profits. The uniqueness of Laureti’s solutions is rooted in its philosophy and ethical standing on privacy and digital freedom. “In the age of autonomous mobility and artificial intelligence, technology will get better at accessing the most personal and sensitive aspects of human life: we are talking here about aspects such as health data, emotional condition, our intents and possibly even our thoughts. Data security and privacy will have to be a more important aspect of our service than any industry offerings presently available. When the time arrives, we believe it won’t be enough for customers to hear that the key to their ‘user data’ vault is safe. So, that’s why we are building a system that doesn’t have a key in the first place, simply because it won’t have the door,” says Ganesh Padmanabhan responsible for Laureti’s tech development program.

Laureti has confirmed that the current development phase has completed the architecture and secured its OS platform. It plans to showcase the MiRA experience along with its electric vehicle, ‘Laureti DionX’, at its initial reveal. ”Although it may take until 2023 for our vehicles to get to the market, we are exploring ways to introduce our technology even earlier. There is a lot of excitement and expectations around our product. Ideally, we hope to see a consolidated delivery plan that can bring our brand experience as a whole sooner than later. What’s more important for us, however, is to get the product right rather than showing shiny prototypes,” said Paleti.

Thanks to early support from companies such as Tata Technologies and Faurecia, Laureti was able to get its initial validation of the concept from industry influencers. The technology and business concept has also impressed officials at the Elysee Palace to the extent that they have softly committed to support the project as and when necessary.

Laureti Mobility was initially conceived with the idea of taking part in the EV movement with the sole focus on vehicle development. Now, its ‘passenger first’ approach has led the company to reimagine the mobility needs of the obvious future. With a heavy focus on technology and digital mobility solutions, its business offering has fundamentally transformed from becoming a vehicle seller to providing customers an access to a seamless and sustainable mobility network across the globe. In financial terms, Laureti’s competitors have to sell their vehicles in volumes in order to make profits; whereas Laureti, can additionally benefit from helping users to produce the most out of every mile.

About Laureti

Laureti is a mobility technology startup that produces passenger-centric innovative solutions including electric vehicles and mobility-focused technologies. The company is currently developing MiRA.OS, the operating system focused on passenger mobility and Laureti DionX, Laureti flagship electric vehicle. The company has a presence in the UK, India and Luxembourg.

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The Sexiest Bespoke BMW R75/5

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by Silvian Secara from https://www.autoevolution.com

The gurus over at Cognito Moto go about their daily business in Richmond, Virginia. Ever since its foundation in 2012, the enterprise amassed a plethora of aftermarket components built in-house, such as gauges, subframe kits and even wheels. Besides developing some of the juiciest modules on the market, Cognito’s surgeons also specialize in the magnificent art of motorcycle customization.

For a clear demonstration of this crew’s surreal abilities, let’s take a second to analyze one of their drool-worthy undertakings. This gorgeous piece of machinery is based on a 1971 model in BMW Motorrad’s R75/5 lineup and the building process was completed back in 2019. Honestly, this sexy beast is a showstopper in the truest sense of the word!

Cognito kicked things off by transplanting a BMW R nineT’s forks onto their bespoke entity and installing new triple clamps to accommodate these items. They proceeded to equip an assortment of aftermarket parts, such as Renthal handlebars and an LED headlight gripped by Motodemic brackets, as well as a fresh front fender shaped by Meyerbuilt Metalworks and a plethora of electrical units from Motogadget’s inventory. These include a Chronoclassic gauge, M-Blaze turn signals and an M-unit Blue that runs the whole show.

On the other hand, there’s absolutely no shortage of remarkable upgrades in the performance department, either. R75/5’s four-stroke boxer-twin was treated to a Siebenrock module that increases its displacement all the way up to 1000cc. Additionally, the behemoth received a pair of high-compression pistons and Dell’Orto carburetors with 38 mm (1.5 inches) throttle bodies.

Stopping power is supplied by a selection of top-grade Brembo parts and state-of-the-art brake discs on both ends. As to the bike’s suspension, its front setup is joined by dual Ohlins Street Line shock absorbers at the rear. The stock hoops were removed to make room for a set of laced wheels from Cognito’s very own range. Furthermore, the wheels are enveloped in high-performance Dunlop K180 Flat Track rubber.

To top it all off, they tasked New Church Moto with upholstering a delicious quilted leather saddle and fabricated a custom subframe to support the one-off seat. Lastly, the stainless-steel exhaust headers and mufflers hail from a Triumph Street Twin.

Quite frankly, this has to be one of the prettiest R75/5s that’s ever existed!

Insane No Time To Die Stunt

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by Jessica Rawden from https://www.cinemablend.com

Insane No Time To Die Stunt Created By Daniel Craig Needed James Bond, A Motorcycle, and 8,400 Gallons Of Cola

At this point we’ve heard so much about James Bond’s upcoming 25th outing on the big screen No Time To Die, it may feel like we know everything about the movie already, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Case in point: We recently learned there will be a major sequence involving a sticky street doused with Cola James Bond will need to navigate …and it was outgoing Bond actor Daniel Craig’s idea.

Thanks to a profile in Total Film, we learned about yet another No Time To Die stunt sequence (it should not be a spoiler that there will be several) and how it was accomplished for the big screen. Apparently, at one point, as James Bond is chasing down a lead on a motorbike, Daniel Craig figured out a way to get his stunt double, a man named Paul Edwards, to hit a ramp and land on cobblestones.

Cobblestones are apparently pretty slippery generally, so the film crew had to device a way to make them stickier. Enter: Coca-Cola, which for a price did the trick. Apparently, the production spent €60,000 or more than 70K in U.S. dollars to pull off the one quick stunt, with stunt head Lee Morrison revealing that 8,400 gallons of the brown stuff was also used.

“I spent nearly €60,000 spraying Coca-Cola around Matera. I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on slippery surfaces for a very long time.”

The James Bond franchise has been a fan of product placement in the Daniel Craig era, including some memorable shots in Skyfall of Craig drinking a Heineken instead of his usual martini, shaken not stirred. This time around it seems as if it is Coke getting the shoutout – and also worked as a cleaning agent on the cobblestones to boot.

Still, motorcycle stunts in general can be the most difficult portions of a movie to film, so it’s great the team on 007’s latest had a trick up their sleeves. Though it is helping me understand how the latest Bond film may be the most expensive to date.

There are a ton of YouTube videos devoted to Coca-Cola’s alternate purposes, so none of this comes as a huge surprise, but now when No Time To Die hits theaters, finally, you’ll be able to spot the cool motorcycle moment and already know more about its origins during filming.

In fact, I think we’ve already seen this amazing leap in the early footage for No Time To Die. James Bond’s on a motorcycle and he’s scaling some wall and clearly looking to land on what seems to be cobblestones. You can take a look at the moment in the early trailer for the movie, below.

Bond 25, aka No Time To Die was initially expected to hit theaters in the spring. Its release was pushed several times, at one point landing in November and now more likely to come in April of 2021 – nearly one whole year after it was initially expected to hit theaters. Anticipation for the film is still high, but as we move closer and closer to 2021, we’ll have to keep an eye on how crowded the theatrical schedule for next year is getting.

BIKERTOBERFEST REPORT from DAYTONA

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Thousands of motorcycles — most of them Harley-Davidsons, of course — rumbled down the roads and streets of Volusia and Flagler counties Saturday, marking the busiest day of this year’s Biketoberfest.

But on a sunny day with a gentle breeze, when the temperatures remained in the low 80s, the crowd seemed much smaller this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, Main Street in Daytona Beach was packed by late afternoon with bikers and gawkers.

But the City Commission, concerned about close-packed crowds during the pandemic, had declined this year to issue permits for outdoor vendors and music acts. Perhaps as a result, by late afternoon the normally packed large parking areas next to the Peabody Auditorium and behind the Ocean Center were less than half full.

“Not good,” said a parking attendant collecting $10 a vehicle who spoke on the condition that a name not be used. “Thousands of dollars down. It’s definitely down.”

Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Lodging and Hospitality Association of Volusia County, said the smaller biker crowd was reflected in lower-than-normal occupancy of area hotel rooms.

“Basically, we all knew it wasn’t going to be a big Biketoberfest,” Davis said. “I don’t hear anyone complaining, but it’s nowhere near last year. But we’re thankful for what we get.”

–Abigail Mercer

For the whole story check the Daytona Beach News Journal Website. –Bandit

Top-grade Japanese engineering meets outstanding German craftmanship

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by Silvian Secara from https://www.autoevolution.com

Daniel Schuh’s Espiat deals with just about anything from logo design and woodwork, to meticulous motorcycle customization. In terms of bespoke two-wheeled goodness, this one-man enterprise stacked up on a plethora of remarkable creations that’ll soothe each and every last corner of your moto-loving gearhead soul.

As I was browsing Schuh’s portfolio, I came across a phenomenal street tracker-style creature based on Yamaha’s beloved XJR1200. This fascinating piece of machinery was completed back in 2017, and it just so happens to be my personal favorite out of the whole bunch! I’ll tell you what, let’s dive in for a closer analysis of this graceful masterpiece.

For starters, the project’s mastermind went about tweaking XJR’s subframe to accommodate a hand-crafted tail section and a pair of fresh side panels that keep things looking rad. Additionally, the rear end incorporates a custom LED lighting kit to complement the clutter-free aesthetic.

On the opposite end, we notice a one-off number plate front fairing, which hugs the bike’s forks and triple clamps. This module was painstakingly built in-house and it hosts an eccentric halogen headlight unit, as well as a new speedometer. You will also find a pair of aftermarket handlebars and rear-mounted foot pegs that round out the updated riding stance.

As to XJR1200’s performance, the inline-four powerplant was treated to a four-into-two exhaust system with megaphone mufflers. The craftsman even ventured as far as sculpting a set of inlets that’ll feed the engine with a constant flow of cool air. Furthermore, the suspension received a selection of top-shelf components, such as state-of-the-art progressive springs up front and nitrogen shock absorbers at the back.

Last but not least, the bodywork was enveloped in a timeless color scheme, consisting of an intricate blend between gold and metallic black, joined by a chrome finish on XJR’s forks, exhaust and rims. Sure enough, this paintwork will remind you of the iconic John Player Special F1 racing livery, which may have served as Schuh’s main source of inspiration.

In conclusion, I’ll have to admit this handsome entity had me lost for words! Oh, how I’d love to take it for a spin…

ARCH MOTORCYCLE WITH KEANU REEVES AND GARD HOLLINGER

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The wraps are off, and CD Projekt Red has partnered up with Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger to include ARCH motorcycle in the forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game. Go behind the scenes with “Johnny Silverhand” and his partner Hollinger as the real world intersects with cyberspace.

–from DealerNews

NATIONAL BOSS DAY

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October 16 is National Boss’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a Boss Hoss V8? Coincidentally the Boss Hoss dealer base is expanding! If too much is never enough, and you want to join the Boss Hoss dealer family, contact Michael Killian at 303-522-5682 or e-mail: michaelkillian@bosshoss.com

–from DealerNews

Royal Enfield now offers 3D motorcycle personalisation

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from https://www.financialexpress.com

Royal Enfield will be rolling out MiY for all its motorcycles, across all our stores in the country in a phased manner. All new motorcycle models from Royal Enfield, from here on, will come with the MiY feature.’

Royal Enfield today announced the roll-out of a first-of-its-kind motorcycle personalization service – Royal Enfield Make-It-Yours (MiY). RE customers can now personalise and accessorise their motorcycles at the time of purchase. Enabled via an all-new app-based 3D configurator, MiY will allow consumers access to thousands of possible combinations in personalisation options with a choice of colourways, trims, and graphics, as well as genuine motorcycle accessories at the time of motorcycle booking.

Once customers place the booking via the app, they will also be able to track the delivery timeline of their motorcycle. Royal Enfield MiY 3D configurator solution is currently available for Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650.

Launched in 2018, the Interceptor 650 has gone on to become one of the very popular roadsters in India and in international markets.

In the first phase, MiY with the 3D configurator will be rolled out on the Royal Enfield App (available on Android – Google Play Store and iOS – Apple App Store), the company website (royalenfield.com), and through more than 320 Royal Enfield stores across the country.

With the launch of the Royal Enfield App last month, customers are now able to book their motorcycle, and even place a service request digitally. Consumers will now also be able to opt for extended warranty and Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) packages as well via the App. The MiY suite will be rolled out for the entire Royal Enfield portfolio in a phased manner.

With MiY, customers will have a ‘little bit of them’ built into the motorcycle and depending on the level of personalization, motorcycles will be custom-made as per consumer specifications, within 24 to 48 hours, at the company’s manufacturing plant in Chennai, Vinod K. Dasari, CEO Royal Enfield said.