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Craft and Punishment

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A Tale of Twisted Fates of Artisans

Deus Ex Machina was arguably the most popular and most impressive global brand for custom built motorcycles.

Deus Ex Machina was built upon the development and creation of custom motorcycles. A clothing line got added for those fans of the brand who found it more satisfactory to order a Deus tee-shirt. This motorbike brand is now a luxury apparel handling the biggest names in fashion, peddling dreams to people, nay, to the masses.

“Deus Ex Machina makes high-end motorcycles and loses money on each one” announced the newspapers.

“That’s why we make clothing,” said Deus founder and owner Dare Jennings in that news report. “Otherwise, we’d go broke.”

How could this be true? Why would one of the most successful and iconic custom motorcycle brand of the 21st century lose thousands of dollars on every bike they sell?

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Langen Motorcycles: first two bespoke customer machines

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Langen Motorcycles unveils the first two bespoke customer machines at Motorcycle Live – NEC Birmingham

The first two lucky owners will see their motorcycles for the first time before Motorcycle Live opens to the public on Saturday 19th November at the NEC Birmingham. The two motorcycles will remain on display on the Langen Stand 3E25 at the NEC for the duration of the show before being delivered to their new owners. Both motorcycles have been carefully created to meet each client’s exact specifications and are the embodiment of the Langen customisation and build process.

Langen Technology Limited (Langen), one of the leading automotive engineering and development companies specialising in low volume motorcycles, is today unveiling the very first customer two stroke 250cc V-twin machines. The keys will be handed over to the lucky new owners at the start of the Motorcycle Live exhibition at the NEC.

In a specially orchestrated ceremony, the founder of Langen, Christofer Ratcliffe, will greet the new owners and provide a short presentation on the customisation process of each machine. Chris will then be available for a short Q&A session on the stand.

The two customer motorcycles will remain on display on the Langen stand 3E25 in Hall 3A at the NEC between the 19th and 27th December. A range of two stroke bikes from the 80’s and 90’s will also be exhibited.

The Langen team will be joined by IRRC SBK Champion and Ex 125 & Moto3 GP Rider Danny Webb to give his account of how the Langen Two Stroke performs on track.

What makes this motorcycle unique is the intoxicating 250cc V-twin engine combined with the focus on simplicity, the reduction in weight using modern technology and materials, along with the use of components of the highest quality. Modern design meets Great British traditional craftsmanship.

Being born as a side project in the Ferrari factory, the first version of the V-Twin was realised in 2014 by Vincenzo Mattia as a brutal GP race engine delivering 95bhp. The patented fuel injection and ECU controlled lubrication system have enabled Langen and Vins to develop the purebred V-Twin into a durable, controllable engine which meets modern emissions regulations. The well-mannered power delivery allows a predictable ride with endless, addictive torque on tap. Take the needle upwards of 9,000 rpm for an experience like nothing else on the road.

Drawing on a wealth of experience and expertise, Langen pride themselves on producing a whole motorcycle package which can not only contend on the race-track but also provides a confidence inspiring and unequalled ride on the road. Langen’s specialism echoes the great Colin Chapman “simplify then add lightness”. Relentless design, testing and optimisation of every component and system on the bike enables the Two Stroke to weigh in at an incredible 120kg translating to over 600bhp/tonne. The aluminium space-frame chassis provides the optimum stiffness, weight and geometry to give incredible cornering speeds, change of direction along with reassuring stability at 130mph.

Christofer Ratcliffe Founder and CEO of Langen comments: “ At Langen we believe that “cars move the body yet motorcycles move the soul” – it demonstrates the intangible and unmatched human experience of riding and owning a Langen. The whole team at Langen are excited to hand over the first two bikes, like all automotive businesses we have had our own issues with components and supply-chain and coupled with COVID-19 this moment has been a long time in the making; however the best things come to those that wait and our first customers cannot wait to throw a leg over these bikes and reap the rewards of the hundreds of man hours that have gone in to each machine – they are now ready to be enjoyed.”

Discover more at: https://www.langenmotorcycles.co.uk/

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Fastest Hour in Motorcycling: Open Road Radio

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A little peak at what we’ll be talking about on the show Monday 21st @ 8 pm CDT

Thank You for joining us for the Fastest Hour in Motorcycling….Open Road Radio

America’s Standard in Motorcycle Talk RADIO Show -celebrating 25 years & streamed live weekly!

LIVE Mon Nite 9:00 pm-10:00 pm est: Coast to Coast & Worldwide!
1400 AM 107.1 FM KSHP- Las Vegas

Share the Promo Video: https://animoto.com/play/igcRrrmo6PkkxdPTf9exiw

Join our host Gina Woods & whaaaa…yep that’s right …Tice is here from the frozen tundra & with Dazzlin & Penny FXR LIVE from Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM & streaming coast to coast & Worldwide!

Moto Monday’s for November 21st includes The Godfather of Choppers in the house!! With special appearance by the Tattooed Songbird!

Mondo & Jennifer Santolucito share years of a strong & dedicated friendship through motorcycling & have been guests & advocates of Chopperfest! They share with us stories of the past & present.

The WAIT is over… We’re bringing back Gerbing’s Heated Clothing interview with Joe Parr cool cat motorcyclist, – check out the new technology in heated motorcycle wear – it’ll warm your heart…and your bum, hands, feet – you get the picture! If you’ve been waiting to hear about it…it will be well worth the wait!

Our “2-Wheeled Happenins” Presented by Andrews Cams – celebrating 50 years…a rundown of motorcycle events Local & Coast to Coast ….you won’t want to miss it!

Share with friends & family #Like, #Share & #Comment. Our show is fueled by Kass & Moses, Andrews Products, Sea Foam Products, J&P Cycles, Full Throttle Law, Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rentals, MegWear Custom Apparel, Cottage 24, Chicagoland Toys For Tots & The Adventures of Mimi & Moto The Motorcycle Monkeys

Hold on tight it’s going to be a thrilling ride!

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Nash Motorcycle Co: Final Day NMC Veterans Day Sale

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“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day” – Charles B. Rangal

At Nash Motorcycle Co., we value and salute the service of our veterans not just today but everyday. In honor of their sacrifice and to celebrate their dedication to our freedom, we’re offering 30% off for everyone this Veteran’s Day weekend.

Use code: VETS2022

Sale ends Monday, Nov.14th @ 9am PST

VISIT https://nashmotorcycle.com/

Pic: Honoring SSgt Donald Gum and SSgt Jaden Dean – United States Marine Corps 2021/2022

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Another H-D Recall: Nearly 200,000 Harley Touring Models

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On 21-October-2022, Bikernet Blog updated the fans of the Motorcycle Company  about handlebar recalls on Nightster models. Now another recall is revealed. Click to see previous handlebar post.

by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com

  • Nearly 200,000 Harley Touring Models Could Have Brake Light Issue
  • On affected bikes and trikes, rear brake lights could light up even when riders are not braking.

On October 21, 2022, Harley-Davidson issued a safety recall for 199,419 different 2019 through 2022 Trike and CVO Trike and 2020 through 2022 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles. The fault involves a software issue that determines when the rear brake lights on these bikes are illuminated.

In certain cases, the rear brake lights may stay lit up even if the rider has not activated the brakes and is not braking at that time. This condition could cause vehicles following those bikes to misjudge when a bike in front of them is actually braking, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

A total of 31,572 2019 through 2022 Trike and CVO Trikes with VINS ranging between 1HD1MAF14KB850024 and 1HD1MCP19NB854018 (not sequential), manufactured between the dates of July 6, 2018 and June 23, 2022, are involved in this recall. This includes the following models:

  • 2019 FLHTCUTG and FLRT
  • 2020 through 2022 FLHTCUTG, FLRT, and FLHTCUTGSE

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Additionally, a total of 167,847 2020 through 2022 Touring and CVO Touring bikes with VINS ranging between 1HD1KRP18LB600080 and 1HD1FMP11NB645226 (not sequential), produced between the dates of July 2, 2019 and June 23, 2022, are involved in this recall. This includes the following models:

  • 2020 FLHP, FLHR, FLHRXS, FLHT, FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSE, FLTRK, FLTRX, FLTRXS, and FLTRXSE
  • 2021 FLH, FLHP, FLHR, FLHRXS, FLHT, FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSE, FLTRK, FLTRX, FLTRXS, and FLTRXSE
  • 2022 FLHP, FLHR, FLHRXS, FLHT, FLHTK, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSE, FLHXST, FLTRK, FLTRKSE, FLTRX, FLTRXS, FLTRXSE, and FLTRXST

Harley-Davidson advises that motorcycles produced after June 24, 2022, have both a new pressure switch and a software calibration update that fixes this issue. Therefore, they should not be affected by this recall. The company notified its dealer network about this issue between October 21 and 28, 2022. It is also sending owner notification letters between October 26 and November 2, 2022.

Owners of affected bikes should arrange service with their local authorized Harley-Davidson dealer, who will perform a software update to affected Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles at no charge to the customer. Likewise, owners of affected Trikes and CVO Trikes will receive both a software update and a new pressure switch, also installed at no cost to the customer.

Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0635.

Additionally, owners may contact the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov. NHTSA’s campaign number for this recall is 22V-781.
Source: NHTSA

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MotoGP 22 Game Review: its the season for living-room-speed

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Its Raining MotoGP Madness !!!

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

Purposeful Refinements, Better Graphics and an All-New Game Mode (PC)

You’ll find that it can feel way more accessible to beginners while simultaneously catering to a more sim-focused crowd.

The ongoing MotoGP season has been an absolute blast so far, with each race offering plenty of entertainment for motorsport fans to enjoy. We’ve seen fantastic performances as well as embarrassing mistakes from riders like Aleix Espargaró, Francesco Bagnaia, and the reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo, whose DNF in Assen is sure to spice up the title challenge after the summer break.

Since we’re currently waiting for the action to restart at Silverstone on August 7, it’s a perfect time to discuss the newest installment of Milestone’s officially-licensed videogame franchise. Just like its predecessor, MotoGP 22 hasn’t managed to butter everyone’s toast, and a common complaint you’ll hear people make is related to the lack of any major improvements over last year’s title.

In all fairness, the game isn’t considerably better than its 2021 counterpart, but subtle tweaks and baby steps are what we’ve come to expect from annual sporting releases of this sort. Nonetheless, it is a shame the developers haven’t taken the opportunity to make the career mode more interesting, nor did they add the dynamic weather feature that people were hoping for.

As far as graphics are concerned, substantial steps have been taken to refine the overall look of textures, liveries, and, most notably, riders’ faces. Whereas the previous MotoGP was rather awful as regards the latter, I was pleased to find that facial models are vastly improved this time around. Credit where credit is due; this year’s GP racing sim from Milestone Interactive offers the best visual experience of the whole series!

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Aesthetics aside, the gameplay feels responsive and way more accessible to beginners than that of prior releases. New players may access a plethora of comprehensive tutorials to learn the ropes, and the various assists can certainly make the learning curve feel less terrifying. Turn them off, and you’ll be punished for the slightest mistake, but the game’s difficulty is perfectly manageable when some (or all) of these functions are employed.

Giving you the ability to find an ideal balance for your skillset, MotoGP 22 is a much better pick for newcomers than its forerunner. One should not, however, rely too heavily on things like braking point markers or the color-coded ideal trajectory line, as they’ll often cause you to brake later than necessary and end up in the gravel.

Even though more seasoned players won’t be using these aids anyway, it’s something to keep in mind if you’re just starting out. As for the AI, I found it to be a little more aggressive and spatially aware than before, though there’s copious room for improvement left in this area. Instances where other riders bump straight into you on corner exits, are still present, so be prepared to deal with such annoyances from time to time.

An additional layer of complexity is added by the freshly-introduced ride height device (RHD), which can be used when accelerating out of turns to prevent wheelies. Furthermore, many found the curbs to be harsh and largely unusable last year, and that’s one aspect of track design the developers have addressed since then. As the physics were also updated, they may feel a bit weird at first, but it’s not too much of a hassle to get used to them.

While the career and quick modes fall firmly within what we’ve grown accustomed to over time, the same can’t be said for the documentary-style Nine: Season 2009 campaign. Directed and narrated by Mark Neale, the said mode takes you on a trip down memory lane to a time when four contenders battling ruthlessly for the world title.

Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Casey Stoner; are all coming within a few points of one another in the first half of the season. The Doctor went on to secure his seventh and last championship in the premier class that year, and you’ll be stepping into the shoes of multiple riders as the storyline progresses through iconic moments.

Separate chapters depict every race from Losail to Valencia, with each of them providing various challenges for players to complete. These are intertwined with approximately 50 minutes of footage from the 2009 season, alongside Neale’s masterful narration describing how the events unfolded. Add smooth gameplay and the thrilling wail of inline-fours to that equation, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for pure bliss!

Regardless of the mixed feedback MotoGP 22 has received thus far, this nostalgia-rousing element really sets it apart from older iterations. Most players seem to agree that it’s an enthralling experience, and I’m personally hoping to see Milestone deliver more like it in the future. Besides the single-player game types, one may also join online lobbies to race against other people or bring some friends over and engage in good old split-screen duels.

Menus are way tidier than the cluttered mess we saw in earlier releases, with the main background showing bikes from different teams every time you fire things up. Not that it’s such a huge deal, but it definitely is yet another step in the right direction for this franchise. Although there isn’t much of a soundtrack to talk about here, the music you will be hearing doesn’t become irritating after a few minutes or so, which is much appreciated.

Conclusion : Folks may call MotoGP 22 a reskin all they like, but what they need to understand is that developers can’t afford to stray too far from the established formula on yearly sports titles. Just look at the incremental manner in which EA Sports’ series is progressing, and you’ll immediately see what I’m trying to convey. With this being said, it’s time to answer the pivotal question: is the game worth your hard-earned cash?

Priced at 50 bucks on Steam, Milestone’s latest Grand Prix sim packs just the right amount of novel content to be categorized as money well spent. The brilliantly-executed Nine: Season 2009 affair is heavily responsible for this, though it’s far from being the only thing that makes the new MotoGP stand out. With its (optional) welcoming attitude towards beginners and subtle yet effective refinements, I’d say this installment is totally worth checking out.

Rating: 82/100

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