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Cutting-edge electric two-wheelers around the world

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With the advent of electric mobility across the globe, automobile companies have started preparing for electric vehicles with the transfusion of latest technologies and groundbreaking designs. We present to you some of the latest prototype designs in the recent years.

Evoke 6061 by Evoke Motorcycles
Evoke Motorcycles’s Evoke 6061 name is derived from the “Twin Plate Frame” which uses precision laser cutting process from solid T6-6061 aluminium billet pieces. It has a 120 kW (160 bhp) motor with a chain final drive, and provides over 272 Nm of torque. The batteries are said to offer a higher top speed than the Evoke’s previous Urban Series electric motorcycle which gave 130 kmph.

The Mission One by Mission Motors
The bike exhibits a top speed of 150 mph along with a range of 150 miles. It is expected to deliver faster acceleration as compared to other gasoline sports bike and does not require to shift gears.

LiveWire by Harley Davidson
LiveWire is one of the most anticipated e-motorcycle among all and is expected to roll out in the US later this year. The two-wheeler is equipped with a telematics system called H-D Connect. This updates owner about details via an app. It is expected to come at a price of $ 29,799.

Moto Undone by Joey Ruiter
This bike is certainly one of the most unique two-wheelers one could own. It is not shaped like a basic motorcycle and does not even have paints. Moreover, it does not make any noise as well. It has a range of 90 miles or three hours.

Zeus by Curtiss Motorcycles
Zeus was presented as a prototype a year ago. This electric bike has a range of 450 km with 140kW power. The production of this $60,000 bike will begin next year. Curtis Motorcycles have started acce

Letter sent to NHTSA Seeking Clarification on the Definition of a Motorcycle

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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank Congressman Michael Burgess (TX) and Congressman Tim Walberg (MI) for a letter they sent this week to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeking clarification regarding the definition of a motorcycle. In addition to Congressman Burgess and Congressman Wahlberg, the following U.S. Representatives joined their colleagues in signing the letter: Congressman Troy Balderson (OH), Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (MN), Congressman Steve Stivers (OH) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA). The current definition is decades old and so broad that new vehicles on our roadways, with numerous carlike features, are defined as motorcycles.

“As you know, NHTSA has long defined a motorcycle as a ‘motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.’ While this was a clear characterization for many years, the recent emergence of a new class of vehicle that has attributes of both automobiles and motorcycles has created confusion,” the members wrote. “We respectfully request a response that describes whether NHTSA believes the current federal definition of a motorcycle is appropriate and if not, what NHTSA is doing to address this issue.”

The ambiguity of the classification of these new vehicles as either motorcycles or autocycles has created a patchwork of rules and regulations at the state level for licensing, registration and insurance. The MRF believes that a review of this definition is needed and would help provide clarity to states when making decisions on how to appropriately regulate them. We thank these seven members of Congress for seeking clarification from NHTSA on this issue of importance to motorcyclists.

President of the MRF, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, stated “For three years our members have asked us to tackle the federal definition of a motorcycle. This letter is the first step in helping us understand the current thought process of NHTSA and hopefully opens up a dialogue on the topic. We thank this bipartisan group of Congressmen for their leadership on this issue.”

Link to the Letter:
https://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/04112019_burgess__walberg_letter_to_nhtsa.pdf

Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway April 5th 2019

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RIDING FREE FROM DC

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Capitol Hill Update

Ground Game
Last week the MRF issued a call to action regarding H. Res 255 the Motorcycle profiling bill introduced by Congressmen Walberg (MI), Burgess (TX), Peterson (MN) and Pocan (WI). Since last week, MRF members have sent over 2,000 letters to their lawmakers. The resolution started with four cosponsors, and a week later we have doubled that number to eight cosponsors.

A great example of how reaching out to your lawmaker can lead to results comes to us from the motorcycle community in New York. Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York received the most letters of any member of Congress. His office received over 100 letters asking him to cosponsor H. Res 255. And wouldn’t you know it, Congressman Zeldin jumped on as a cosponsor within days of receiving those letters.

However, all members of Congress are not as receptive to their constituents as Congressman Zeldin. However, one thing is for certain, if a Member of Congress doesn’t know a bill or resolution exists, they will not be a co-sponsor.

Cosponsors by State
Illinois – 1
Michigan – 1
Minnesota – 1
Missouri – 1
New York – 1
Texas – 1
Washington – 1
Wisconsin – 1

States who have sent the Most letters

  1. New York
  2. Texas
  3. Louisiana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Arizona
  8. Minnesota
  9. Michigan
  10. California

DC Game
While we ask our members to contact their lawmakers, we in D.C. have been hitting the pavement to meet with lawmakers about motorcycle issues. Below are brief summaries of some meetings we had this week:

Congressman Walberg (MI) – We met with Congressman Walberg to personally thank him for introducing the profiling resolution. He is excited about our membership’s enthusiasm and support for the resolution and said he would work on driving co-sponsors.

Congressman Rodney Davis (IL) – Congressman Davis is the Ranking Member of the Transportation Subcommittee on Highways. He was VERY aware of our concerns regarding autonomous vehicles and the safety issues surrounding the ability to read and react to motorcycles. The Congressman mentioned that in congressional hearings he would be willing to ask regulators about these concerns. He also said that in his sophomore year of college he was forced to sell his motorcycle to buy books but that he remains a fan of the motorcycle community. Congressman Davis joined the profiling resolution as a co-sponsor this week.

Congressman Ken Buck (CO) – Congressman Buck said that ABATE of Colorado has been very vocal in his district and he was happy to co-sponsor last year’s profiling resolution. He will again consider co-sponsoring this year’s version. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over the resolution, Congressman Buck signing on would be an important win for the resolution.

MRF Events

Register for Bikers Inside the Beltway
As we approach May 21st and Bikers Inside the Beltway 2019, we are encouraging you to go online to www.mrf.org/events and register for the event so we can start planning for the event.  If you signed up after last week’s update, we thank you for committing to joining us in Washington, D.C. for lobby day.  If you are still on the fence, you can go check out the flyer or contact us if you have questions about the event.

Meeting of the Minds 2019
Meeting of the Minds 2019 registration is now live on the event page. ABATE of Minnesota will be hosting the event in Bloomington on September 19th-22nd. You can register and order an event t-shirt in advance of the conference.  As a member of the MRF, you will receive a discounted registration rate for the event. To read more about the event and the hotel information, you can download the event flyer here.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Team in D.C.

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Vegas BikeFest Partners with Freeze Management

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Las Vegas, NV: Vegas BikeFest and Freeze Management announced today a strategic partnership to co-produce the 2019 Vegas BikeFest. Freeze Management will assist in all areas of the rally with emphasis on marketing and entertainment.

“Our vendors and attendees are what make Vegas BikeFest what it is and we believe the team at Freeze Management aligns with the culture of the rally. After seeing the recent success Freeze Management was able to bring to the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, we are eager to partner with them to bring more excitement to Vegas BikeFest,” states Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Show Manager of Vegas BikeFest. The first order of business was adding hooligan flat track motorcycle racing to Vegas BikeFest with the Hooligan Dirt Dash series hosting a double header of racing Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.

“Freeze Management specializes in understanding the enthusiasts within the motorcycle industry to create the best possible experience for attendees. For 19 years Vegas BikeFest has built a reputation as the premier west coast motorcycle rally and we look forward to working with the team to build upon that reputation through our abilities and experience,” added John Oakes, CEO and Founder of Freeze Management.

“We are truly excited for the future of Vegas BikeFest. The resources and experience of Freeze Management help deliver more value and opportunity for Vegas BikeFest than ever before,” stated Chuck Schwartz, Chairman of Vegas BikeFest.

The 19th annual Vegas BikeFest will be held October 3-6, 2019 in downtown Las Vegas with Rally Central at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center with events, rides, and activities happening throughout Las Vegas. Golden Nugget Hotel on the world-famous and wildly popular Fremont Street Experience will once again serve as headquarter hotel. To get information regarding vendor space, event registration, hotel packages and more visit www.LasVegasBikeFest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lasvegasbikefest

Instagram: @LasVegasBikeFest

For more information, please contact Rachel Nepomuceno at Rachel@convexx.com or call 702-216-5855.

About Vegas BikeFest

Vegas BikeFest is owned and produced by ConvExx, a full service event management company based in Las Vegas, NV. The ConvExx team has over 40 years of experience producing events and trade shows worldwide. ConvExx has in place a dynamic management team, with skilled professionals in each phase of production and management, from operations to sales to on-site management. For more information about ConvExx visit www.ConvExx.com.

About Freeze Management and John Oakes:

John Oakes is an entertainment entrepreneur, executive, and marketer based in Southern California. Oakes founded his music, entertainment, event, and marketing consulting company, Freeze Management, in 2002, while managing rock band Story of the Year. Oakes and Freeze Management specialize in producing music festivals, concerts, car shows, motorcycle shows and events, and developing marketing programs benefiting live events, brands, artists, partners, and fans. Oakes has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, representing a diverse group of musicians selling millions of records and tickets worldwide. Oakes, with his company Freeze Management, have developed effective strategies and implemented successful marketing programs for an assorted group of well-known companies, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ram Trucks, AT&T Wireless, Samsung Mobile, Ford, Jagermeister, Lucas Oil, Coors Light, Harley-Davidson and many more.

Federal Motorcycle Profiling

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Rep Walberg Introduces Resolution to Address Motorcycle Profiling

Hopefully this will go viral with motorcycle media and get every motorcyclist to contact their legislators for passage.

See Rep Walberg speak and address Motorcycle Porfiling in Congress.

 

Nasa’s first all-female spacewalk scrapped over spacesuit sizes

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A planned first all-female spacewalk has been cancelled because of spacesuit issues, US space agency Nasa says.

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Anne McClain and Christina Koch had been scheduled to install lithium-ion batteries at the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday.

But Nasa says there is only one ready medium-size hard upper torso spacesuit that fits each of the two women.

The spacesuits available at the ISS are in fact assemblies of several parts put together as best adapted to each astronaut’s body, Brandi Dean, spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Nasa has two medium-size hard upper torsos – considered the “shirt of the spacesuit” – at the ISS but one of the spacesuits has yet to be properly configured for a spacewalk.

NASA says their sizes were medium, large and extra large.

“However, individuals’ sizing needs may change when they are on orbit, in response to the changes living in microgravity can bring about in a body,” she added.

So far only male or mixed male-female teams have conducted spacewalks.

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Utah Legalizes Lane Splitting

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from rideapart.com

Governor Gary Herbert signed H.B. 149 into law Thursday, making Utah the second state to permit the practice.

Update: Imprecise language to discuss the contents of this bill was used. The Utah bill clearly states that “lane filtering” is now legal, however, we referred to it as “lane splitting”, which is often colloquially used to describe both. We have clarified the information and changed the article to reflect the subtleties between both terminologies, and we apologize for the mistake. – SG

On Thursday, the number of states to take motorcycle safety measures doubled to two, as Governor Gary Herbert signed H.B. 149, legalizing lane filtering in the great state of Utah.

Only 48 U.S. states, Canada, and a few other countries prohibit motorcycles from traveling between lanes of cars in slow or stopped traffic. It’s common and expected practice throughout Europe and Asia. As long as cars are expecting it and everyone involved does it safely, it’s not only faster for bikes to cut through traffic, but safer, too. Bikes can safely make their way to the front of the line, rather than be stuck in the back where an inattentive driver could crash into them from behind.

Of course, since this is a motorcycle safety bill, it’s not about doing a wheelie between cars at 100 mph. The law stipulates certain conditions under which lane filtering is allowed. The road must have two or more lanes with a speed limit no greater than 45 mph, which unfortunately rules out interstates. Additionally, traffic must be completely stopped, and the motorcycle may not exceed 15 mph while navigating between lanes (unlike lane splitting that allows motorcycles to cruise in-between lanes while traffic is in motion). It’s not exactly the Wild West of California’s lane splitting laws (or lack of laws, to be precise), but it’s still a tremendous advantage for motorcyclists in Utah.

We kind of saw this coming, but personally, I never expected to see any other states actually pass such a law, even though I hoped for it. Connecticut, Oregon, and Maryland have also proposed laws that would legalize the practice. The only issue that I see with legal lane filtering is that drivers aren’t used to bikes cutting between them, and especially having the legal privilege to do so. Wherever lane splitting or filtering is legalized, I think a massive publicity campaign will be necessary to educate drivers not to get angry, intentionally block, or throw things at riders following the new laws.

2019 Ural motorcycles At Dealers Now

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2019 Urals Now Available at US Dealers.

Urals have Big Changes at Same Look in 2019

After a long awaited journey, the 2019 line up has officially hit dealers’ floors. This new Ural represents the culmination of countless late nights and endless hours spent making this Ural the best we’ve ever produced.

New 2019 Urals feature a number of changes from an overhauled engine, to a new EFI and a new universal rear wheel.

Although visually the difference between 2019 Urals and its predecessors is almost unnoticeable (as a matter of fact one can say the same thing about all Urals manufactured in the last 30 years), the new model year brings big changes to Ural family of sidecar motorcycles. All new EFI system and modernized top end make Ural’s 750cc “boxer” engine run cooler, smoother and work more efficiently.

Standard Accessories

• LED Sidecar Fog Lights (Gear Up)
• Sidecar Power Outlet
• Sidecar Tonneau Cover
• Jerry Can (Gear Up)
• Folding Utility Shovel (Gear Up)
• Luggage Rack (Gear Up)
• Universal Spare Wheel – Fits All 3 Positions

 

Engine and Transmission

  • Displacement, cc: 749
  • Engine type: OHV air cooled 2 cylinder 4 stroke “boxer” (flat twin)
  • Valve per cylinder: 2
  • Bore and stroke (mm x mm): 78 x 78
  • Max output (hp): 41 @ 5500 rpm
  • Max torque (ft-lbs): 42 @ 4300 rpm
  • Compression: 8.6:1
  • Fuel system: Throttle body EFI
  • Starting: Electric & Kickstart
  • Clutch Double-disc dry
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Speeds: 4 forward 1 reverse
  • Primary drive (rear wheel): Driveshaft
  • Final drive ratio: 4.62
  • Engageable sidecar wheel drive: Yes, driveshaft

Physical Measurements

  • Overall length, inch.: 98.8
  • Overall heights, inch.: 54.3
  • Overall width, inch.: 63.6
  • Seat height, (unladen), inch.: 32.0
  • Ground clearance (unladen),inch.: 6.8
  • Dry weight, lbs: 730

Electrical

  • Alternator: Denso, Peak Output 40 Amp @ 14vdc, 560 Wt
  • Battery: FAYTX20HL (12V, 20A)
  • Headlight: H4
  • Spark plugs: NGK BPR6HS

Chassis

  • Front suspension: IMZ leading link fork
  • Rear suspension: Double sided swing-arm with two Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorbers, 7x adjustable
  • Sidecar suspension: Single sided swing-arm with Sachs hydraulic spring shock absorber, 7x adjustable
  • Wheels: 2.15X19 Aluminum rims with steel spokes
  • Tires: Duro HF-308, 4.0×19″
  • Front brake: 4-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 295mm floating NG rotor
  • Rear brake: HB big bore single piston integrated floating caliper with 256mm fixed NG rotor
  • Sidecar brake: 2-piston fixed Brembo caliper with 245mm floating NG rotor

Misc.

  • Fuel grade: 91 Octane, unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity, gallons: 5.0
  • Reserve, gallons: app. 1
  • Estimated fuel economy, mpg: 31-37
  • Estimated range, miles: 155-185
  • Recommended max cruising speed, mph: 70
  • Max permissible weight, lbs:1325
  • Trunk volume, cubic ft.: 2.9

Warranty

  • 2-years parts and labor unlimited mileage.

Prices Start at $16,999* USD / $19,499* CAD

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Salt Torpedo Action Update Chapter 16

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Making Move on Everything!

The last few weeks have been interesting and challenging. We are actually getting close to watching the Salt Torpedo sit on its own three wheels with the help of Yelvington Shocks.

This week we could finish the steering system. We could link the steering with the wheels. We could have a gas tank mounted. We are getting damn close to making a battery mount, and then hooking up the drive line for a run around the block.

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