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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Portuguese-made classic scooter

As we all know, the scooter fever during its heyday in the 1950s to the 1960s resonated almost all over the world. It is not surprising that at that time the scooter demand in the market was very high so that many manufacturers from all over the world tried to meet those market niche as well as be able to achieve high profits, as obtained by the two Italian-famous scooter makers, Piaggio and Innocenti.
The Casal S170 Carina is the only scooter model made by  Metalurgia Casal, the Portuguese manufacturer starting in 1967. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/343062g)
In the past, we have discussed here the many scooters that have been produced by manufacturers from Italy, England, Germany, Russia, France, Spain, Austrian, Belgium, Switzerland, Swedish, Polish, Czechoslovakia, and even Japan and the United States. So this time we are talking about a classic scooter is ever made by a Portuguese manufacturer.
The Casal S170 Carina is so widely known in Portugal that it is not surprising if the police force in the country ever used it as the official vehicle for its members. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/343062g)
The scooter in question was Casal S170 Carina made by the largest Portuguese motorcycle manufacturer, Metalurgia Casal. The Aveiro-based company was founded in 1964 with João Casal as Managing Director, and at the time it noticed has a relationship with Zündapp, the German automotive manufacturer. It could be seen by several former engineers from that German manufacturer was employing there and one of them was Robert Zipprich, who was then appointed as Technical Manager.

Initially the manufacturer produced agricultural machines and the Zündapp-based 2-stroke moped engines. Those first scooter products were launched in 1967. In appearance, the scooter model which uses a 50cc engine and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission system is very similar to the Zündapp R50 scooter. Although the physical form is similar to the German scooter model (because it was designed by Robert Zipprich, a former Zündapp engineer), the engine it uses is Casal's own making.
The Casal S170 Carina uses a 50cc engine and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission system is very similar to the Zündapp R50 scooter. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31cGK8Q)
Regarding its name, the scooter is known internally by code of Casal S170 and then through the company's employees voting given a name as Carina, and turn out in the Aveiro area means "dear". These Casal scooter models are very popular in Portugal and are widely used by the public in there ranging from ordinary people to law enforcement officials.
The Casal S170 Carina three-wheeled model, there are parties who said that model was not original from the factory, it was a custom made. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31cGK8Q)
As far as we know, the scooter models have produced around 7,000 units with 3 different models where each has little differences, and also there was a three-wheeled model, although there are parties who said that model was not original from the factory, it was a custom made.

Unfortunately, due to a disagreement between Casal and Zündapp regarding the scooter design issues and its engine, so then the production of the scooter was discontinued. And make the Casal S170 Carina was the only scooter model ever made by the company.😢 
As far as we know, about 7,000 units of the Casal S170 Carina were produced within 3 different models which have a little differences. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3duqYeB)
However, this company still produce other-kind of two-wheeled vehicles and not long after that, the Portuguese manufacturer launched several models of mopeds and motorbikes. And it is known that during the production period, this manufacturer has launched more than 30 models of mopeds and motorbikes.

This Portuguese company had grown rapidly in the 1970s to 1980s by conducting several collaborations with automotive business players from various countries in the world to make the brand more popular in the market and racing arena.
However, the company was finally fallen into bankruptcy in February 2000, due to weak sales of its moped and motorcycle products in the domestic and global markets. In connection with this, unfortunately, parts of the company's archives were destroyed.😢
 
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 | CASAL | CYBERMOTORCYCLE | WIKIPEDIA | MOTOSDEPORTUGAL]
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Harley-Davidson Revival electric-powered motorcycle concept

Currently, electric vehicles are a trend that has been practiced by automotive industry players around the world today. This is also done by motorcycle industry players, and related to electric-powered vehicle products, the legendary American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson has also launched its first electric motorcycle called Harley-Davidson LiveWire back in the 2014
The Harley-Davidson Revival concept aims to deliver an electric Harley to appeal to the younger generations and designed by Tanner Van De Veer. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33O1KEL)
Although it has received a lot of support and positive reviews, so far sales of the Harley-Davidson eco-friendly motorcycle have been less than satisfactory. This is probably because Harley-Davidson is still seen as a premium brand that has a quite expensive price tag for the younger generation. 
The visual appearance of the Harley-Davidson Revival concept adds a fresher impression and instantly recognizable though at kilometers away from one whose seen it. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3lEzGto)
This is compounded by the fact that the Harley-Davidson image is still associated with first-class motorcyclists and the perception that all its motorbike models are large and expensive. In short, some millennials would not choose Harley-Davidson even if they could afford it.

Seeing the unpleasant image attached to those American motorcycle brand, a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Cincinnati College of DAAP named Tanner Van De Veer carried out a motorcycle concept design called the Harley-Davidson Revival Concept that might become a solution to the problem.
The futuristic Harley-Davidson Revival concept motorcycle is inspired by the Harley's old-board tracker style blends into a modern eye-catchy appearance so fit for Generation Z tastes. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33O1KEL)
As quoted from Autoevolution, Harley-Davidson Revival is made with a minimalist design but remains muscular and iconic. The motorcycle concept still uses an electric motor as its powertrain, and has a minimalist and futuristic look. The design itself is inspired by the initial design of Harley-Davidson boardtracker style.
The futuristic Harley-Davidson Revival concept has a tank that is formed of transparent panels to carry a muscular profile echoed with the chunky battery slung below. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30WTZKD)
The motorcycle also completed with features such as adjustable footpegs, handlebars, genuine leather seats and a few other leather accents, a minimalist instrument cluster and sleek LED headlights. However, the size of the motorbike is now made more smaller and compact than what is currently offering by the Harley-Davidson.
The Harley-Davidson Revival concept looks iconic with a premium touch that can be seen clearly from its accents and material selection. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3lEzGto)
Then to save time in the battery recharging process, this motorcycle is also equipped with an exchangeable battery pack. In addition to the frame, the headlights are also designed to resemble the Harley-Davidson logo, which Van De Veer thought would make this motorcycle instantly recognizable though at kilometers away from one whose seen it. "Despite many changes, the Revival will remain an instantly recognizable Harley-Davidson motorcycle," said the designer.
An industrial vibe carries over to the emphatic swingarm and powertrain forms. Vintage influences include exposed dual shocks. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30WTZKD)
In our opinion, this electric motorcycle figure is worthy to be considered to enter the line of production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.😎 Because the motorcycle concept is only a design study of the DAAPworks 2020, it is not surprising if so far there is no sign of the famous American motorcycle manufacturer accepting those design ideas to be realized into its production version.😐

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 | TANNER VAN DER VEER | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Did you know that Harley-Davidson ever made a boxer-engine models?

Harley-Davidson (HD) is a motorcycle manufacturer known for its V-twin engined cruiser motorcycle models. But who would have thought that this American manufacturer had actually made a cruiser-style motorcycle with a boxer engine that we usually encounter on motorbikes made by a German's BMW Motorrad.
During World War II, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to produce a motorcycle as good as BMW's side-valve R71, and here's the result, Harley-Davidson XA. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3jOHwjz)
The boxer-engined cruiser motorcycle model made by the American manufacturer is the Harley-Davidson XA, which was born in the era of World War II. Before talking furthermore, it would be better if we first look the brief story of the Harley-Davidson XA birth.
Harley-Davidson WLA, another model beside the XA is manufactured as mainstay rides of American GI's during World War II. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36Uf0to)
During the World War II situation at that time, previously it was known that Harley-Davidson produced military motorbikes called the Harley-Davidson WLA for the US. Army. However, it seems that the American military officials are not quite satisfied with the Harley-Davidson WLA performance in relating to the engine-heat problem, instead amazed by the performance of the BMW R71 used by the German military in various battlefronts, ranging of the heavy-snowy regions in Russia to wild-hot deserts in North Africa at the time.
1942 Harley-Davidson XA claimed to be able to overcome the heat engine problem on the Harley-Davidson WLA model. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nHhG3I)
Why is that? Maybe because the BMW R71 is used a boxer engine configuration couple with the shaft drive which is reliable for use on various terrains, is claimed not heat up quickly and easy to repair while used in the battlefield.
Testing the Harley-Davidson XA, that curious 'boxer,' flat-twin, shaft drive motorcycle designed and built for the US Army around 1942. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36SiVH7)
Therefore, HD then studied carefully the various technical advantages of the BMW R71 and tried to apply to similar motorbikes to be built by them later. Shortly after, the American manufacturer introduced the Harley-Davidson XA model in 1942 which had similar features to the BMW R71, namely both using a boxer engine coupled with the shaft drive.
1942 Harley-Davidson XA had similar features to the BMW R71, namely both using a boxer engine coupled with the shaft drive. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3jRPxnW)
The results were also pretty good, apparently the XA's boxer engine had the advantage that the oil temperature was claimed to be 56 degrees Celsius lower than the WLA model's V-twin engine. As quoted from Rideapart.com, the boxer engine with a capacity of 738 cc installed on the Harley-Davidson XA is capable of producing power of  23 horsepower and proper to make the motor run up to a top speed of around 104 kph.
With those boxer engine and shaft drive configuration capable make the Harley-Davidson XA run up to a top speed of around 104 kph. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3jOHwjz)
As many as 1,000 Harley-Davidson XA units were produced in the period from 1942 to 1943. But unfortunately the United States Army did not adopt the XA model as their official military vehicle and prefer to take the WLA because it was cheaper.
It could be said that the top brass of the American military at that time is like a man is amazed to the enemy's grass yard seen greener than in their own yard. Although in the end, they choose the typical HD WLA production motorcycle of efficiency and financial factors. And the remaining unused Harley-Davidson XA units were sold to civilian consumers.

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 | RIDEAPART | CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE | BMW DEAN]
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The newest BMW cruiser-style motorcycle

As we all know, the well-known motorcycle manufacturer from Bavaria, Germany, BMW Motorrad always looks consistent in making its motorcycle products. Almost never do we find BMW motorcycle products out of their distinctive style.
BMW R18 First Edition featured with classic design, merged with contemporary technology, offers a riding experience as cultivated as it is emotional. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33FY2wG)
Yes, even though they appear in many styles (some appeared with the sportsbike models and there are also some models in the scrambler style), the unique thing is that they are always combined with the use of a twin-boxer engine. Yes, the twin-boxer engine has always been like a hallmark of BMW motorcycle models.
BMW R18 First Edition only has one gauge, a speedometer with an LCD screen. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2GSdZa7)
But apart from that, of the many styles of motorbikes that exist today, only the cruiser style that this German brand has not been able to beat. As quoted from Motorbiscuit, after being unsuccessful when launching the BMW R1200C cruiser model back in 1998, though it was heavily endorsed through its appearance as a ride of James Bond (the famous 007-codeed British spy agent) in his action sequel is entitled 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and aired at the time.
The BMW R1200C was the predecessor of the BMW R18 recent model was launched in the 1998. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2GSdZa7)
And recently BMW brought back a new cruiser-style motorcycle called the BMW R18, and it is planned that the motorcycle model can be see at the Yokohama 'Moon Eyes' Hot Rod Custom Show 2021. It is not known whether the model intended to meet the loyal customers demands or just to finish the curiosity of the German manufacturer over cruiser-style motorcycle models.
BMW R18 First Edition uses a a twin-boxer engine with a capacity of 1.802cc which is capable of spraying up to 91 horsepower at 4,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 157.2 Nm at 3,000 rpm. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33FY2wG)
But, to be honest, the appearance of this motorcycle looks dashing in its cruiser style which has always been synonymous with the V-twin engined motorbike made by its American rival, Harley-Davidson. And from the look and style, it seems that the American manufacturer should be worried about the presence of this BMW motorcycle model.
BMW R18 First Edition's engine power goes to the rear wheel via shaft-drive. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2GSdZa7)
How not, this motorcycle is equipped with a twin-boxer engine with a capacity of 1.802cc which is capable of spraying up to 91 horsepower at 4,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 157.2 Nm at 3,000 rpm. Apart from that, BMW Motorrad claims that the R18 has the largest Boxer engine ever. The German motorcycle manufacturer will launch 2 variants of the BMW R18, namely the BMW R18 Standard and the R18 First Edition with an exclusive appearance.
BMW R18 First Edition posed along with its predecessor BMW R5 model. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2GSdZa7)
According to the maker, the BMW R18 motorcycle was inspired by its predecessor such as the BMW R5, R50 and R60/2. As for the price, this German manufacturer has a price tag of around $ 17,495 or around Rp. 291.1 million for the standard R18 variant, while for the R18 First Edition variant its price tag is set at around $19,870 or around setara Rp.330.7 million.
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 | MOTORBISCUIT.COM ]
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Vespa 98 'Serie 0' classic scooter replica made in Indonesia

Having a legendary scooter such the Vespa 98 'Serie 0' (the first scooter model made by Piaggio in 1946) is like a dream, and many scooter enthusiasts in the world are eager to have. However, to make it happen is not easy, because it is constrained by the scarcity factor and the fantastic price. Especially for those ordinary people who always have financial limitations like Me and You.😉
Replica of Vespa 98 'Serie 0' built handmade by an Indonesian builder named Hery Widodo. (Cautions: This is just a replica, not a real one.) (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nuOmNG)
How's not. As quoted in our previous article, in early 2017 there was an original Vespa 98 'Serie 0' being offered at a Catawiki's auction event with a price range of $268,150 - $348,600 or the equivalent of Rp.3.5 - 4.5 billion at that time. Look, it's a fantastic row of numbers, right? Although in the end, the highest bidder was below the desired price range above, which was around $195,748 or approx Rp.2.6 billion only. From this, we can see that not just anyone can own the first scooter model made by Piaggio.😢
Replica of Vespa 98 'Serie 0' uses a 2-stroke 150cc engine taken of the Indonesian commonly used Vespa Super 150 scooter model of 1970s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nuOmNG)
Then what about those of us who want to own a scooter like this? Maybe the solution for us is limited to have a replica only was okay. So on this occasion, we will take you to see an Indonesian craftsman who specializes in making replicas of the Vespa 98 'Serie 0.'

He is Hery Widodo, a Banyumas-based craftsman who has been making replicas of the legendary Piaggio's scooters since 2018. Amazingly he made a the scooter replica by handmade from scratch (except for the tires and rims) which is forged manually by using a 1.2 mm galvanized plate for the whole of bodies while a 1.5 mm-plate for its chassis.
Starting with the production of the iconic Vespa 98 scooter in 1946, and for more than 70 years of the Piaggio's journey in the world's automotive industry, it turns out has produced hundreds of models. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34CJ1uW)
As quoted from Motorplus-Online, Hery Widodo told how he started to build the replica scooter business of his owned. Initially in 2012 he casually posted the process of making a Vespa 98 replica on his Facebook page. He further said that at that time the entire manufacturing process was carried out only based on images without having the correct sizes. Unexpectedly then he was contacted by Vespa Italia and sent him the manual.

Even though now, he has the correct sizes, he cannot be careless in the manufacturing process, because according to him the process of making the replica scooter has a high level of difficulty and requires a high level of accuracy as well. All parts were custom made by hand, ranging from the handlebar, seats, headlights, front fenders to the gear stick.
Replica of Vespa 98 'Serie 0' parts such the horns and electrical switches, they are made as similar as possible to the original but with a slightly larger size and placed on the right handlebar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nuOmNG)
While the engine used for the replica is not a similar 98cc engine, but has been swapped with the larger one of 150cc capacity  taken of the Indonesian commonly used Vespa Super 150 scooter model of 1970s and mated with the four-speed manual transmission system. To make it look similar to the original scooter, so on the replica pinned a gear stick as is generally installed on motorized vehicles in the 1940s for gear shifting.
On some parts of the body of Vespa 98 'Serie 0' replica looks unpainted, aka left to look like cans and only the front fender, the right-left of the bodies, a little parts that near the fuel-cap and under the seat were painted. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nuOmNG)
Then for another parts such the horns and electrical switches, they are made as similar as possible to the original but with a slightly larger size and placed on the right handlebar. While the seats are wrapped in genuine leather and also made as closely as possible with the 1940s Vespa 98 scooter models.

Because it carries the theme to be similar to the original Vespa 98 scooter, on some parts of the body of this replica it looks unpainted, aka left to look like cans. The part that is touched by the paint is only the front fender then the right-left of the bodies, a little that near the fuel-cap and under the seat. Besides that there's another slight drawback, due to this replica uses a larger engine that makes it look like not fit and protruding out of the right-side of the body. It could be that makes it look uncool, for those of you who like something colorful.
But at least when we return to the original purpose of making this replica, the first, it is made as closely as possible to the original Vespa 98 'Serie 0,' and most importantly of all, its price might be affordable with our pocket.

Indeed, this Vespa 98 replica much cheaper bro! It said to cost you only $4,891 or Rp. 71 million (source). If you're interested to have one, please contact Hery Widodo at his workshop in Jl. Raya Jatilawang no 32 Banyumas Purwokerto, Central Java - 53174.👈

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 | MOTORPLUS-ONLINE | MOTORCUSTOM]
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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The NAWA, a radically newest electric-powered motorcycle

The very rapid development of technology lately has massively touched the automotive world. This can be seen when the application of an electric motor as the prime mover in a vehicle is no longer a new thing today. It is noted that now the technology has moved a step further with supercapacitor technology as applied by the Italian premium car brand Lamborghini in one of its newest supercar models called Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.
The NAWA Racer Concept is the newest electric-powered motorcycle made by NAWA Technologies in collaboration with the Envisage Group. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34kPMS1)
The question now is whether the potential technology of this supercapacitor can be applied to a motorcycle? Now the answer is predictable. This technology can be applied to two-wheeled vehicles, this has been done by NAWA Technologies, a French technology company. Actually, this company is not an electric motorcycle manufacturer, but a battery manufacturer. But it seems that they are getting interested in the sexiness of the electric two-wheeler market, and decided to design and build an electric motorcycle.

To realize this goal, the company collaborates with the Envisage Group, an industrial design company known to have worked with Jaguar and several other brands in its latest vehicle developments. The collaboration-resulted motorcycle comes with a very futuristic design, and one highlight is a hubless rear wheel, which is then given cool touches including the wrap-around LED taillight and duck-tailed seat.
2020 NAWA Racer Concept uses a 9kWh electric motor and featured a lithium battery combined with NAWACap. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2GnfbT1)
This motorcycle later is known as the NAWA Racer looks inspired by the cafe-racer design which carries the best technology which significantly boosts performance and can mark a significant step forward for the performance of an electric motorcycle or the performance potential of anything that needs batteries for motive power, including electric cars.

This French company adds a supercapacitor to this motorcycle (which is internally referred to as an ultracapacitor under the brand of NAWACap). In short, this technology is almost the same as a battery, except that it can be charged in seconds, and can then dump that charge at an extremely high rate. And it can be used over and over again without substantial performance loss. The motorbike is designed to have a lightweight thanks to the application of this carbon fiber frame using a 9kWh electric motor.
2020 NAWA Racer Concept has a very futuristic design, with one highlight is a hubless rear wheel. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3lbhgQR)
The power source itself is taken from a lithium battery combined with NAWACap. The presence of this combination makes the NAWA Racer the first electric motorcycle in the world to use hybrid technology in its battery system. The hybrid technology on the NAWA Racer is able to recharge up to 80% more power during braking. The fact, the café racer-styled motorbike which weighs 150 kg is able to accelerate to the top speed of 160 kph. 
2020 NAWA Racer Concept which is then given cool touches including the wrap-around LED taillight and duck-tailed seat. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34kPMS1)
The top speed is created thanks to the ability of the NAWA battery which has a power of 98 hp. This motorbike can also move as far as 289 km with a full battery condition. From a stop or during hard acceleration. NAWA claims the racer can go 0-60 in about three seconds with a top speed of about 100 miles an hour and also improved power-to-weight ratio also helps in performance metrics and improves handling.
The NAWA Racer has been showcased last January at the CES 2020 event in Las Vegas. Still not known, whether the NAWA Racer will be produced and marketed in the near future?

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 | NAWA TECHNOLOGIES | FORBES | MEWS18 | KOYA]
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