Jan 122014

BMW R Nine T - Rider On Dusty Road
The BMW R Nine T was created to mark and celebrate BMW Motorrad‘s (the motorcycle division of the German manufacturer BMW) 90th anniversary!

ALSO CHECK – the Triumph Speed Racer – The Two Wheels Masterpiece, the 2013 BMW F700GS – King In The Adventure Bikes Land! and the Type 9 Motorcycle From Zero Engineering.

The R Nine T model fully benefits of BMW’s extensive motorcycle building experience. The bike is powered by a 1,170 cc air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke classic flat twin boxer engine which outputs up to 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.

Featuring an impressive design which combines classic elements with pure modern technology, the BMW R Nine T is built in a modular spirit and allows maximum customization to fit the rider own style. Take for example the removable pillion frame which allows the bike to be set for 2 riders or, by adding an aluminum tail cover, to be styled for only one rider. You can even completely remove it and get a short seat, one rider sport version! Here are some other technical specs of the R Nine T model:

  • 1,170 cc engine
  • 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm
  • max. torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
  • constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth gear box
  • hydraulic single dry plate clutch
  • 17″ front and rear rims with 120/70 ZR 17 and 180/55 ZR 17 tires
  • Dual disc brakes with floating brake discs (diameter 320 mm), four-piston radial calipers and ABS
  • 459 lbs (that’s 208 kg) payload (with standard equipment)
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Dec 252013

1951 Cadillac Spare Tire Parking System
Here’s a cool parallel parking system build in the 50’s by Cadillac. The system was never implemented “at large” but this doesn’t remove anything from it’s coolness. Basically, a series of hydraulic pumps and gears pushes the spare wheel out from the trunk and rotates the back of the car easing the parallel parking process.

The Cadillac project was developed by Brooks Walker from Walker Research in San Francisco, US. There was another prototype developed by same inventor where he modified a 1953 Packard Cavalier to achieve the same results. OldCarsWeekly.com featured the Walker’s Packard Cavalier in one of their posts, and the present owner of the car got in touch with them confirming the parking system exists and it’s fully operational.

While there is not much information available on the net regarding this cool project, I was able to find this 1932 US patent attributed to Mr Walker where the entire mechanism is explained and charted. Another reference of the fifth wheel parking system was made by the Life magazine (November 17th, 1952 issue) which also shows some images of the actual mechanism.

Should you have more info about it, please let me know via the comments and I’ll update the article accordingly.
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Oct 142013

Voltitude Foldable Electric Scooter
Voltitude V1 is a Swiss-made foldable electric scooter designed to make city commuters life easier. The scooter sports a 250 watt motor and it’s powered by a 11.6Ah rechargeable battery (it takes 4 hours to reach 80% charge and 6 hours for a complete charge cycle) which allows a commuting range of around 25-mi (40 km) with speeds up to 16 mph (25 km/h) – also check the Moveo Folding Electric Scooter and the Foldable Backpack Scooter we featured earlier.

The Voltitude V1 folds and unfolds in 1 second (literally) and it’s compact shape (when folded) only takes 24-in x 33-in (60cm x 85cm) space volume making it a friendly companion for your apartment, office and even public transport. The electric scooter weights an impressive 27.5 kg (that 60.6 pounds) and is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano), 7-speed transmission gearbox (Shimano Nexus 7) with grip-shift, detachable waterproof front bag, stand-up wheels for easy rolling and high power LED headlights.

$5,495 | BUY NOW
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May 102013

BoConcept Bed With Hydraulic Storage Space

Beds and “under-bed” storage spaces have a long history together.
While there are many beds on the market offering under-bed storage space and boxes, I can not pass by without stopping and appreciating the ingenious idea behind the BoConcept Hydraulic Storage Bed.

Designed to be used in the kids room, or the spare room (the visitor’s room as many would call it), the Hydraulic Bed is a single person bed with a storage box that features a hydraulic system to allow easy access to the under-bed box in seconds.

$1,650 | BUY NOW
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