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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Getting to know about the adorable cutie Japanese cars

Now in Japan, one of the world's leading automotive expos known as the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 is currently taking place. As is the case with automotive expos anywhere in this world definitely will showcase the latest and best automotive products made by local and foreign manufacturers.
Daihatsu Waku Waku concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31QHX3q)
At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, visitors will be spoiled by a variety of automotive products from domestic and foreign countries as well. But there is something that tickles the eye and looks so unique that it's hard not to look there, where you can see many cutie cars on display in the booths of famous Japanese car manufacturers, such as Daihatsu, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota.
Honda e on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2pfKhUf)
Maybe some of you will ask, 'What a kind of car is that?' Before answering it, it's good if we first look and aware of the cultural conditions of the people were different in each country, and so do the vehicle preferences of the population. If in America you might see a lot of large cars with abundant engine power running busy on the streets, but in Japan, you will be found a contrasting view, because in the country will be found many small cars both in terms of the size and the machine circulating on the highway.
Mitsubishi Super Height K-Wagon Concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2olyNy8)
Well in Japan, these cutie cars are known as the Kei Car. And as far we know, the Kei Car itself is one of the best-selling car types in the land of the Rising Sun. Besides has the mini-sized body, turn out the engine used by it has a small capacity as well, an average of 660 cc. That's really small, right?
Nissan IMk Concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31JKbkQ)
Although small and tiny, the automotive manufacturers that make it does not ignore the main rules in designing and making a good car in terms of shape, comfort, and safety as well.
Suzuki Waku Spo Concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32MXGBx)
What makes the Kei Car so popular in Japan? The main reason is the matter of taxes and insurance regulations issued by the Jap government based on the size of the vehicle. Yes, Kei Car or K-Car or Keijidosha (Light AutoMobile) is one of the legal small vehicle categories in Japan with engines below 660 cc, designed in response to the local regulations.
Toyota Ultra-compact BEV on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JmZQAh)
So the Kei Car has low taxes and insurance rates when compared to larger sized vehicles. In addition, the presence of Kei Car is a solution for car owners in Japan who are required to have a parking certificate.
Daihatsu Ico Ico concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31QHX3q)
Historically, the presence of Kei Car began in the post World War II period when Japan's economic conditions declined so that the purchasing power of Japanese people was below the normal-sized car budget. Perhaps this is one of the few examples of 'the fruit of patience is blessings.'
Daihatsu Tsumu Tsumu concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31QHX3q)
The development history of the Kei Car can be divided into 3 eras, namely the 300 cc era, from 1958 to the 1970s. Then the era of 550 cc, where the Kei Car engine and technology was developed slightly more modern. Followed by the 660 cc era, which began in the 1990s with the development of engines and implemented more innovative technology on Kei Car. Even now, they also pin the electric motor drive to follow today's automotive trends.
Daihatsu Wai Wai concept on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31QHX3q)
Unfortunately, the success of the Kei Car in the Japanese domestic market has not been able to penetrate markets outside Japan. This is because the engine used by a Kei Car is sometimes considered too small. Therefore in some countries choose to adopt by setting the formulation of Kei Cars to suitable the intended market (usually by replacing the engine capacity to be slightly larger.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ROADSHOW]
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The world's first motorcycle with casting whells

If we now seeing a motorcycle ridden and carried more than two passengers on the highway, of course we assume that's a dangerous action. But it would be different if we see it in the days before World War II, when the price of a car far beyond the reach of most families, and make motorcycles as an alternative.
1927 Böhmerland Langtouren was the world's first motorcycle with the casting wheels. (Picture from:http://bit.ly/2MxteFO)
Well, in the past a motorcycle equipped with a sidecar so that it could felt safer while load more passengers on it and had become a common sight when used on the highway. But at that time there was also something different, namely a unique motorcycle created by a Czech engineer named Albin Liebisch who turned out to have a two-wheeled vehicle design philosophy that was different from most people at the time.
1927 Bohmerland Langtouren was applied with two gearboxes and two fuel-tanks as well. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MxteFO)
Because instead of making motorbikes with sidecar, but instead he made a motorcycle design that is longer than an 'ordinary' motorcycle. Albin assumed that the unusual motorcycle, which he made for the manufacturer of Böhmerland in 1927 and was given the name Böhmerland Langtouren would be able to carry three passengers equally safely.
1927 Böhmerland Langtouren initially was used as an army transport motorcycle for up to three to four passengers on it. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35YSooO)
With a longer wheelbase than a regular motorcycle, Albin thinks the motorcycle is easier to control when compared to a motorcycle with a sidecar. Even more unique, this motorcycle applies two gearboxes. The first gearbox is similar to other conventional motorbikes and is used by the rider, and the second gearbox is used by the passengers to help the rider change the gears.

Besides that there is also another uniqueness, this motorcycle has two tanks as well, one in front and the other one in the back. And the Böhmerland Langtouren uses a 603 cc single-cylinder engine, which turns out to be the world's first motorcycle to apply the casting wheels on both wheels.
At the beginning of this long motorbike was used as the army transport motorcycle for up to three to four passengers on it. And the chosen casting wheels because it's considered stronger given this motorcycle carried more passengers than the motorbikes in general. Unique isn't. Do you want to ride it?

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GIZMAG] Note: This blog can be accessed via your smart phone.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Here's the Kongo, one of the world's most sought after scooters (Part-2)

Now we are know that the Vespa Kongo is a designation for a Vespa special models which assembled in Germany and was a state award for the Indonesian soldiers who have been served in Congo in between 1960 to 1963. So clearly this Kongo type of scooter only exist in Indonesia.
Vespa Kongo has become a part of the history of the Indonesia's participation for world peace. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2pFy4YR)

Distinctive marks of the Vespa Kongo 
One of the features that makes the Vespa Kongo so unique, due to these scooter models were not assembled at the Vespa factory in Pontadera, Italy as other Vespa models in general that time, but at the Vespa GmbH Augsburg, one of the Vespa factories in Augsburg, Germany which was established in 1958.
Vespa Kongo has a round front fender without joints and uses 10-inches sized rim on both its wheels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2oGthFZ)
Vespa Kongo is manufactured by using higher quality steel plate materials and has more complete equipment compared to other Vespa scooter models that were commonly circulating in Indonesia at that time such as the VBB1T or VBB2T models.

The Vespa Kongo scooter models physically have a special characteristic on the body which is not found in other Vespa models, namely:
  • It has a Garuda emblem made of brass plates on the left front body (but unfortunately, the logo is rarely found in the remaining Vespa Kongo now).
  • On the left handlebar (the clutch/gears section) precisely, there is an oval shaped bulge.
  • It has a round front fender without joints.
  • It uses 10-inches sized rim on both wheels.
  • It has a handlebar with a rather large box-shaped VDO speedometer that is different from the Vespa Type VNA/VNB.
  • At the top of the speedometer there is a small indicator lamp.
  • It has a machine number that starts with the codes of VGLA1M or VGLB1M.
  • And finally in the Indonesian Vehicle Ownership Book (Bukti Pemilik Kendaraan Bermotor/BPKB) there's an 'Ex-Brigade III information' about name and rank of the soldiers who got this scooter.
In addition to the characteristics mentioned above to complete the owner identity such as, the soldier identity numbers who got the Vespa scooter is also embedded in the handlebar (oval handlebar) made of brass and an accompanying awards. Here we provide some pictures that might give a little picture of the characteristics of the Vespa Kongo scooter as mentioned above:
Vespa Kongo distinctive marks as mentioned above, as follow it has an oval shaped bulge, a box-shaped VDO speedometer, at top of speedometer there's small indicator lamp, etc. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2n8KK9N). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0ZOGR)
At present, the existence of thsee Vespa Kongo scooters are difficult to find in the original conditions. Even if there were, they would be very few in number and be in the hands of people who care to maintain their existence. 
The valid authentication marks of Vespa Kongo can be seen in the Indonesian Vehicle Ownership Book (Bukti Pemilik Kendaraan Bermotor/BPKB) there's an 'Ex-Brigade III information' about name and rank of the soldiers who got this scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2n8KK9N)
In addition, at the first place it's also affected by the very limited number of scooters in accordance with the number of soldiers who got it, plus at present the condition of some of its spare parts which have been damaged and cannot be repaired, meanwhile its replacement parts are no longer on the market.
Another Vespa Kongo distinctive marks as mentioned above, as follow it has a box-shaped VDO speedometer, at top of speedometer there's small indicator lamp, etc. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2n8KK9N)
Until now, we don't know yet how much price of the Vespa Kongo scooter in original condition. We're though that were not cheap certainly, or an exorbitant prices it could be. (Some said the price over Rp.50 million or around US $3,5k).

Are you have these special-kind-of scooters? If yes. We can only say 'Congratulation, You are very lucky person due to have one of the most sought after scooters in the world.' 
Today, the Vespa Kongo like a myth among the Indonesian scooter fans even the world. If you have it. Keep the Vespa Kongo scooter as one of the Indonesian priceless treasures..!!  

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... (Back to Part-1).   

(This article was deliberately created in order to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Indonesian National Army (Tentara National Indonesia/TNI) on October 5, 2019.)

Remain as the Guardian of Our beloved Indonesian homeland with all the heart. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KOMPAS | OTOFREAK | MOTOPLUS | OTOMANIA | VESPA]
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Here's the Kongo, one of the world's most sought after scooters (Part-1)

Did you ever heard about the Vespa Kongo classic scooters? For those of you the scooter fans from abroad may be feel strange due to have never been heard or known the existence of this classic Vespa scooter type before. But for the Indonesian scooter fans, of course, most of them are already knew and familiar to those Vespa Kongo (or 'Congo' for English spelling) scooters name.
Vespa Kongo is a state award scooter to several groups of the Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces who served in Congo, Central Africa back in the end 1950s to early 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o5cywb)
Besides having a distinctive shape, it turns out that the antique scooter holds a priceless historical value for Indonesian, and also said has its own prides for those who are lucky able to own it. This Vespa scooter model emerged and gained popularity back in the early of 1960s.
Several member of the Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces proudly posed with their Vespa Kongo in the 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2oED8wa)
History of the Vespa Kongo name 
Actually there are some nicknames that are circulating in Indonesian society about this Vespa scooter model besides the 'Kongo,' including the 'Vespa Telur' (mean 'an egg' in English) because it has oval-shaped side fender like an egg, then there's also called it as 'Vespa Ndog Kentus' which means the same as an egg.
Several member of the Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces proudly posed with the Vespa Kongo in the 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2oGthFZ)
The designation of the Vespa Kongo itself comes from the name of the country where several groups of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia/TNI) known as the Indonesian Garuda Contingent (Kontingen Garuda/KONGA) were assigned in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At that time they got the task as the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces from Indonesia in Congo, Central Africa under the mission of the UNOC (United Nation Operations for Congo).
Vespa Kongo was assembled at the Vespa GmbH Augsburg one of the Vespa factories in Augsburg, Germany. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2nSPf8T)
Front view of the legendary   
Vespa Kongo of the 1960s.  
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0ZOGR)
Well, this Vespa scooter models were then given to the members of the Peacekeeper Forces as a form of appreciation from the Indonesian government for their services in Congo. Another sources said that besides these Vespa scooters there're also other forms of appreciation like the money and also sewing machines.

It was also reported that the Vespa Kongo scooters were distributed based on the military ranks, namely for those who had higher ranks to get the green colored Vespa 150 cc scooters, while for the lower rank got the Vespa 125 cc in yellow or blue colored.

The Vespa Kongo starting known in the Indonesian scooter market back in the 1963, as a Vespa scooter model belonging to ex-Kontingen Garuda 2 (1960-1961) and 3 (1962-1963) members, but there is no certain source yet whom said whether the members of the Kontingen Garuda 1 also received the same scooter prizes (due to they assigned to Egypt back in the 1956).
Vespa Kongo only exist in Indonesia for the scooter models in between 1960 to 1963. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2nVzyhc)
Let's move to the next discussion about the Vespa Kongo destinctive marks. (Continued to Part-2).

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... 

(This article was deliberately created in order to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Indonesian National Army (Tentara National Indonesia/TNI) on October 5, 2019.)

Remain as the Guardian of Our beloved Indonesian homeland with all the heart. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KOMPAS | OTOFREAK | MOTOPLUS | OTOMANIA | VESPA]
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

5 controversial mysteries of the Borobudur temple

Behind the splendor of the great temple built by Syailendra dynasty on the 8th century AD which is also known as one of the 7 wonders of the world. Till this day,  the Borobudur temple was still leaves some big question marks about its existence.

The construction itself is estimated to take approximately 100 years, and it is not known exactly how this gigantic-sized temple was built, but based on the observations of archeologists. Formerly this temple has 1 giant stupa around 5 balustrades, because it is feared to be collapsed because the pressure was too heavy, then this stupa was changed to 1 great stupa with 3 levels of stupas around it.
Aerial view of the Borobudur temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2kIISDh)
According to historical records, the Borobudur temple was first discovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a British governor general who ruled in Java at that time. Not only about the construction remains a mystery, but there are several other discoveries that are still becoming a big question marks til today. Here are 5 of them:

1. The reliefs depicts the flying saucers sightings
From several of the world's ancient relics that have the reliefs depicts the sightings of the UFOs or flying saucers, it turns out that Borobudur temple is one of them. But it cannot be ascertained, why they're made such pattern. Whether it was indeed the intended UFO things or another symbol.
The reliefs was depicts the flying saucers sightings on the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
Some experts have argued that the flying saucers-shaped like could be the symbol of the 7 royal jewels in the Buddhist cosmology but still there is no valid proof of this statement.

2. Kunto Bimo Myth
If we pay attention, in the Borobudur temple there are several hollow stupas in which there's a statue called Kunto Bimo in Dharmachakra position inside it. 
The statue of Kunto Bimo in Dharmachakra position inside a hollow stupa at the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
According to legend, anyone who can touch the statue with his hands through the holes of the stupa all of his wishes will fullfill. For men, it is recommended to touch the statue's little finger. While for women, it is recommended to touch the toes. Out of nowhere the such belief began, but in some cases it has happened.

3. The hidden reliefs
There is one reliefs that is hidden at the foot of the temple and known as Karmawibhangga. This reliefs depicts the sensitive criminal scenes such as murder, rape, and another violence activities.
The hidden reliefs at the foot of the Borobudur temple, known as Karmawibhangga depicts the sensitive scenes of murder, rape, and another violence activities. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
No one knows why there are such reliefs are hidden in the Borobudur temple. The reliefs itself was first discovered by J.W Yzerman in 1891.

4. Borobudur temple architecture
One interesting thing to note from the Borobudur temple was its architecture. The Borobudur temple has a very precise arrangement, where every stone that is part of the structure are perfectly and precisely placed. Usually to do something like this requires a good mathematical calculation ability.
Cross section and building ratio of the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
The question was who can design those entire construction of this gigantic-sized temple? According to legend, the temple designer is Gunadharma, an intellectual figure of his time. But once again, there is not enough evidence to support this statement.

5. Built on an ancient lake 
A doctoral degree student from the Department of Geography, Gajah Mada University named Helmi Murwanti who mentioned about the existence of an ancient lake that was once in the area around Borobudur temple stood, long before the temple was built. 
An illustration of the existence ancient lake on the area where the Borobudur temple was stood, long before the temple was built. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
The results of the analysis of the spread of black clay deposits show that they are derived from volcanic material and rocks, coupled with satellite images that show the flow of the river that empties into this lake. It is estimated that this ancient lake was formed in the Pleistocene era and was 10,000 years old which then shrunk because of human use in line with the development of civilization around the lake.

Great research in depth needs to be done again to reveal all the mysteries inherent in the Borobudur temple, as the original world cultural heritage of Indonesia. We should be a part of the next generation to know the ins and outs of this temple, lest important information that we should know is buried forever. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BERITA VIRAL DUNIA | WIKIPEDIA]
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Friday, August 23, 2019

A hodgepodge trike, a combined of a motorcycle and Aventador's tails

For vehicle owners who love a beautiful rides, to change body appearance can be a choice. Ranging from limited changing the colors, up to excessive overhaul until there is no remaining innate characteristics of the initial vehicle.
A Boss Hoss Cycles shop in Germany made a unique trike, a combined of a motorcycle and Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZizKZr)
Recently, Boss Hoss Cycles, an American big motorcycle manufacturer is making on a unique vehicle project by merging two types of vehicles into one through one of its shops in Germany. 

This unique vehicle built based on one of their big motorbike products named Big Boss V8, then mated to the rear section of the Lamborgini Aventandor completedly with its rims.

This modification is unique, because usually an overhaul that includes two different types of vehicles, only by doing the engine vehicle exchanging. For example, like the two-wheeled vehicle engines swaped with the car engines. 
A Boss Hoss Cycles shop in Germany made a unique trike, at the front uses handlebars like a motorcycle in general while on the back is applied the Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
From the appearance, it appears that the builder combines the design of a motorcycle and a supercar. At the front, the steering wheel uses handlebars like a motorcycle in general. While on the back is applied the Lamborghini Aventador tails.
Boss Hoss Cycles unique trike is used a Corvette engine has a capability to burst power up to 445 horsepower, and 603 Newton meters of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design with the rear body of the Lamborghini Aventador blends very nicely, completedly with the black-colored Lamborghini's rims mounted on the rear.
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design blends very nicely with the Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
As quoted from Rideapart, beside getting a touch of unusual body modification, turn out the engine ability also changed. This hodgepodge vehicle takes an eight-cylinders, 6,200cc engine has a capability to burst power up to 445 horsepower, and 603 Newton meters of torque.
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design completedly with the black-colored Lamborghini's rims mounted on the rear. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
Those engine was taken from a Chevrolet Corvette. And as we all knew, previously they had a deals with the car manufacturer from the United States, in the matter of car engines supply for those motorcycle company.
So far, the results of the Boss Hoss Cycles vehicle project have only been used as displays. There is not yet a willingness to sell the work, or submit it to a modification contest. It was unthinkable, which contest is suitable for this vehicle, due to the type of vehicle is unclear whether motorcycle or car?

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIDEAPART]
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