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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Finally the AMB-001 delivered to its respective owner after two years on hold

~Fast MotorBike~ As we all know, Aston Martin, one of the British premium car manufacturers made a breakthrough by creating the first stunning fast motorcycle called the AMB-001 back in 2019. 

The racing track purposed superbike was the collaboration result with the motorcycle maker, Brought Superior and produced in a limited number of 100 units only. It is known that the fast motorcycle was first launched as a concept at the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA) 2019.
Finally Aston Martin delivered 30 units of the obly superbike they ever made, the Aston Martin x Brough Superior AMB-001 to their special customers who have been willing to wait for two years (in pictured posed along with the Aston Martin DBX SUV). (Picture from: OtomotifSindoNews)
As quoted of MotorcycleNews, finally Aston Martin delivered as many as 30 units of the only superbike they ever made to their special customers who have been willing to wait for two years. And the delivery was made after both of them felt enough to test those fast motorbike.
The first Aston Martin motorcycle named AMB-001 shown off at the EICMA 2019 in Milan along with the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept supercar. (Picture from: MotorRival)
"We are very pleased that we have succeeded in achieving our desired performance target with a maximum power of 183 horsepower. The AMB-001 is a racing bike that can be drive by the senses of its rider and the bike's performance," said the Brough Superior President, Thierry Henriette.
Strictly limited to just 100 examples, the track only AMB-001 represents the union of iconic Aston Martin design and stat-of-the-art Brough Superior engineering to create a piece of automotive art for the motorbike connoisseur. (Picture from: SIAMagazine)
Actually Aston Martin and Brough Superior have trying to accelerate the production of the super motorbike. However, when the global Covid-19 pandemic occurred, they were forced to postpone the production process of the fast motorcycle. So that the vacant time was then used by the motorcycle maker to test the AMB-001 to make it more perfect when sent to consumers (as you could be seen on the video below while the bike on on test at the France's Pau-Arnos track).
Many of the Aston Martin x Brough Superior AMB-001 units should be postponed its production and delivering process almost two years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. (Picture from: LapTrinhX)
The Aston Martin x Brough Superior AMB-001 is powered by a forced induction 997 cc V-twin engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger capable of spitting out power of up to 180 hp, and is combined with a 6-speed transmission. Interestingly the weight of the motorbike only reaches 180 kilograms. So in terms of power distribution, the AMB-001 really has fantastic capabilities. The reason is that every 1 horsepower in the motorbike can push every 1 kilogram of the motorbike's weight.
The Aston Martin x Brough Superior AMB-001 is powered by a forced induction 997 cc V-twin engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger capable of spitting out power of up to 180 hp, and is combined with a 6-speed transmission. (Picture from: MotoRiderUniverse)
As quoted of Robb Report, Aston Martin and Brough Superior plan to make 100 units of the superbike. Of course, because currently 30 units have been sent, there are still 70 units left that can be bought by other motorbike connoisseurs.
While the motorcycle was sold at a price of US $108,000 (approx Rp. 1.54 billion). With that price, the owner of the AMB-001 will get and can ride a unique design racing track purposed motorbike with fierce performance.

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 | ROBBREPORT | MOTORCYCLENEWS | SIAMAGAZINE ]
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Monday, March 28, 2022

Here's the oldest Harley Davidson in the world

~Number ONE~ Everything in this world must have a beginning, as well as automotive products. Now on this occasion we will discuss a little about the first motorcycle products produced by the famous American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company.
1904 Harley Davidson Serial Number One at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwauke. (Picture from: WikiPedia)
When you visit the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwauke, United States, the figure of a classic dates to the 1903-04 era motorcycle called Harley Davidson Serial Number One greets your eyes when entering the lobby.

The classic motorbike mentioned above then, is not the very first mentioned but it is the first true Harley Davidson motorcycle as they were later developed. The company founders built at least one prototype before it and, of course, production machines after it that differed both in the power of the engine and in general configuration.
The Harley Davidson's Shed. This is not the original shed, but rather a replica that was build based off historical photographs, and it sits just outside the Harley Davidson Museum. (Picture from: Motorcycle)
Meticulous research by HD Archives staff and external experts proved that Harley Davidson Serial Number One was built without fenders and used in competition, probably to illustrate the power and reliability of the motor. After all, as the company name implied, Harley Davidson Motor Company sold motors as well as motorcycles.
Left side view of 1904 Harley Davidson Serial Number One at the Harley Davidson Museum. (Picture from: Motorcycle)
Instead, it is the developmental platform from which the first true Harley Davidson street motorcycles emerged. Overall it could be said to be the first Harley Davidson motorcycle was not an intact motorcycle as usual considered ready for production with some improvements so that's appropriate to bear as a street machine.

Its engine is very early, circa 1903, but doesn’t match what experts know about the first engines produced by Harley Davidson. While its frame came of the 1905, not original to this motorcycle. These anomalies have sparked much debate among HD experts and historians.
During the 1990s, the bike’s restorers discovered a number “1” stamped inside various components, inspiring the bike’s nickname. There is not much else known about the Serial Number One, but due to all the questions it’s raised, it’s become one of the Harley Davidson's legendary motorcycle. However, one thing is for sure: This is the oldest Harley Davidson in the world.

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 [24092018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MOTORCYCLE.COM]
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Monday, March 14, 2022

A unique French track driven motorcycle

~Unusual Locomotion~ Before the outbreak of World War II, many unique and strange war equipments had been created by many countries as a superiority form of the technology mastery and science.

One of the unique war equipments of that time named Mercier Moto Chenille, a track motorcycle is made by the Swiss inventor, Adrien Mercier in Bois-Colombes for the French military purposes in 1937. From its shape alone can be sure the vehicle is far from comfortable when riding it.
1937 Mercier Moto Chenille. (Picture from: Unusuallocomotion)
This Mercier motorcycle has a long tubular rear frame which supports the motorcycle saddle and fuel tank. Besides the use of track at front like tanks or tactical armored vehicles that is also supported with a rubber wheel sized of 270 x 90 at the rear.

From the rear wheel to the front there are two skids, supporting the collapsible foot rests and these skids allow to slide over the surface if the terrain is too rough to let the rear wheel touch the ground.
Front and rear view of 1937 Mercier Moto Chenille. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1gxM4P)
These unique vehicle using a JAP (JA Prestwich) OHV Sports engine with a capacity of 350 cc at the front. The engine generates the power that can be said is not so big, ie only 11 horsepower (if compared with today motorcycles that using the same engine capacity).
Left side view of 1937 Mercier Moto Chenille. (Picture from: Unusuallocomotion)
Those engine power then combined with the Soyer 3-speed manual transmission system and hand operated clutch to drive the front track. And this Mercier motorcycle has a top speed of about 40 mph (64.4 kph).

There is a hand operated internal expanding brake, supported by the drive wheel of the tracks to stop the vehicle. The complete drive is sprung by two leaf springs at the left and right side of the tracks. After tested by the French military on the slopes between 42 and 45% in 1936, it was deemed as highly interesting. Uniquely, these motorcycles have been made in various configurations.
Right side view of 1937 Mercier Moto Chenille. (Picture from: Unusuallocomotion)
Reportedly, these unique motorcycle prototype made as many as 3 units and never seem to be used on the battlefield due to not mass produced. This surviving example is in excellent condition and is still going strong. 
The German-made tracked motorcycle:
It turned out that not long after, a German automotive manufacturer named NSU Werke also made a motorcycle that was almost similar to the Mercier Moto Chenille and was named NSU Kettenkrad in 1941, even this motorcycle also had time to become one of the vehicles used by the German forces during the 2nd World War.
The NSU Kettenkrad is designed by Ernst Kniekamp in 1939, then produced by the NSU Werke of Neckarsulm in 1941. (Picture from: TanksetPanzerOverblog)
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 [24122016] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | UNUSUALLOCOMOTION | YESTERDAYS]
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Friday, March 11, 2022

The 1950s world champion motorcycle

~Classic Champion~ For contemporary motorcycle enthusiasts, it is definitely not so familiar with the NSU brand, or simply called NSU. This German automotive manufacturer has formally name NSU 'Motorenwerke AG,' that produces cars, motorbikes and bicycles. This company has existed in the automotive industry since 1873 ago. 
1955 NSU Max series. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33dgfyp)
Before being taken over by the Volkswagen Group in 1969 (later combined with the Auto Union which is now known as Audi), NSU was noted to have launched a number of motorcycle products that were quite popular in its time. The manufacturer itself began making motorcycles in 1901, followed by car production four years later.
Left side view of 1955 NSU Max series. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/339CRzK)
Of the many motorcycle products that have been born by NSU, one of the models that will not be timeless is the NSU Max model. This motorbike was first built in 1951. Until the end of production in 1956, NSU recorded successfully producing Max models of 96,373 units. Sufficient evidence shows how the best-selling motorcycle at this time.
Right side view of 1955 NSU Max series. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33cQMVJ)
Like the old motorbike in the 1950s, the NSU Max carries a very unique and very retro design. This motorbike comes with a round headlamp, a medium-sized fuel tank, a separate seat model with a "swinging" front seat, bamboo exhaust, and artificial front and rear suspension which both apply the concept of outside hydro shock absorber.

While for the drivetrain, the German company equipped the motorbike with an air/oil cooled 4-stroke OHC, single cylinder engine, with a capacity of 247cc. With this engine, the NSU Max is said to be capable of spitting out power of 11 kW at 6,500 rpm and a top speed of 126 km per hour. With exceptional performance, this motorbike even won the MotoGP event in 1955 when it was ridden by Paul Herman Muller.
Because it includes an old vintage motorcycle, it's no surprise that the NSU Max product is now offered at a high enough price. How much the price of this vintage motorcycle? Today its value around US. $3,850 or approx Rp.54 millions. Pretty much expensive motorcycle, isn't 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 [25112019] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ]
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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Little about the unique American Doodle Bug scooter

~Hiawatha Run~ As we all know, the 1930s and 1940s were times when the world was hit by a severe economic recession. So that this difficult condition also had an impact on the people's ability to buy four-wheeled vehicles at that time. Well, who would have thought, in such conditions there was then a scooter called the Doodle Bug which was first launch in the 1940s as an alternative to affordable vehicles for the public in America at that time. Related to its unique name, it is likely taken from a small insect called a doodlebug.
The Doodle Bug Scooter developed by the Beam Manufacturing Company in Webster City, Iowa to be sold by the Gambles department store chain in the late of the 1940s. (Picture from: Silodrome)
As quoted of the Silodrome, initially the scooter was intended for a kind of vehicle market for teenagers and those too young to ride a motorcycle on the road. Thus this Doodle Bug, Cushman, the Crocker Scootabout scooters, etc were born in America. 

However, this condition suddenly changed after World War II, where there was a significant surge in demand for motorcycles. Thus the Italian scooters born that we know today, such as the Vespa and Lambretta which is said were inspired by the American scooter designs.
The Doodle Bug Scooter has a simple tubular steel frame and a Briggs & Stratton NP engine. (Picture from: Silodrome)
At that time, people needed a simple and economical mode of transportation. And the simple scooter such the Doodle Bug could be the right answer to fulfill the market demand. Its cheap price tag and easy to ride were the positive reasons why the scooter was selling well at that time. Beside that there's one weakness, just don't expect the scooter could be run at a high speed.
The Doodle Bug Scooter has a thickly padded seat in lieu of suspension and a small rear-mounted fuel tank.. (Picture from: Silodrome)
How could be? Because this Beam Manufacturing Company developed scooter is powered by a very simple 4-stroke, side valve, single cylinder engine of the Briggs & Stratton NP capable spewing power 1.5 hp only. During the Doodle Bug production, turn out the company also used the Clinton engine beside the Briggs & Stratton NP ones. But mostly the NP engine was fitted to the overwhelming majority of Doodle Bugs, and it’s also the easiest to find parts for given its popularity.
The Doodle Bug Scooter could be made 100% road legal using aftermarket kits to add the required headlight and taillight. (Picture from: Pinterest)
The scooter was developed by the engineers of the Webster City based company with a simple tubular steel frame structure with the engine mounted behind under the seat. The rider's feet rest on a flat steel platform which is the scooter typical style, the fuel tank is rear mounted behind the seat above the rear tire. That is it! Even the scooter is not equipped with suspension or lights. Only two pneumatic tires to be a kind of suspension between the rider and the road. However, lighting (headlight and taillight) is an optional feature that can be installed on the Doodle Bug, if wanted to be road-legal vehicle.
During its production period from 1946 to 1948, the factory produced more than 40,000 Doodle Bugs, most of which were sold as “Hiawatha Doodle Bugs” by Gambles. Back in the day, Doodle Bugs sold for less than $100. Today, they are the focus of the Doodle Bug Club of America and a unique collector’s item. This American scooters have a huge fans across the United States, and there is still an annual gathering for owners and restorers in Webster City (where all Doodle Bug scooters are made).

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 | SILODROME | ID.MOTOR1 ]
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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Here's the forerunner of Piaggio MP3 today

~The Forerunner MP3~ We are sure most of you must have seen the Piaggio MP3 passing by on the streets in your place. But has it ever think by us how the Italian scooter manufacturer first developed it? Well, on this occasion we will show to You the figure of several three-wheeled vehicles that were ever develop and launch in the 1980s which is most likely the forerunner of the Piaggio MP3.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Piaggio Vespa PX 200 E-Lusso by Dr. Wolfgang Trautwein. (Picture from: MedienWerkStatt)
You would be remembered that long before the Piaggio MP3 was born, the Italian scooter manufacturer had also produced simple three-wheeled vehicles such as the Piaggio Ape. Of course, in terms of appearance and technology, the classic three-wheeled vehicle is far behind when compared to the MP3.

Then you will ask whether previously there were three-wheeled vehicles that had technology similar to the Piaggio MP3, of course the answers were many, such as the Italjet Scooop without forgetting the Renault Ublò concept or Autostudi A-Trix and many others.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Piaggio Vespa PX 200 E-Lusso while on the road testing. (Picture from: SoyMotero.net)
Well, when we talk about the Piaggio MP3, of course we will discuss exclusively about tilting three wheeler vehicles, not vehicles like the classic Piaggio Ape, sidecars (there are also tilted) or ordinary tricycles. So it can simply be said that what we will be discussed is more focus on three-wheeled vehicles with two wheels positioned in front (such later adopted by the Piaggio MP3), because it is considered more rational, stable and effective than the one which has two wheels at rear.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Piaggio Vespa PK 125 by Dr. Wolfgang Trautwein. (Picture from: 2StrokeBuzz)
It's hard to say who actually first developed a three-wheeled vehicle like this. However, the history of the tilting three wheeler vehicle can be said to have started with a such vehicle developed in 1946 by Ernst Neumann called the Neander N2. As can be seen from the old image circulating in internet, the Neumann-developed three-wheeled vehicle is a three-wheeled racing car that looks has double spring that tip with driver's weight, so it can tilt while speeding on the curves.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Piaggio Vespa PK 125 while on the road testing. (Picture from: BikeIt.gr)
Dr. Wolfgang Trautwein
(Picture from: Maxmatic.com)
And the forerunner of the MP3 which was specifically developed by the Italian manufacturer stems from the Trautwein Doppelfront tilting three-wheeled prototype which was originally developed by an engineer, inventor from Meersburg at the Bodensee, Germany named Dr. Wolfgang Trautwein in the 1980s.

Initially, the concept started from the implemented vehicle by a simple and effective dual-wheel in front, where its modular steering system so that it can be combined with different vehicles, it is even said to have been installed on the Honda CX500C and is combined with the Silver Wing fairing model (not a scooter as it is today).
The first tilting three-wheeler developed in 1946 by Ernst Neumann called the Neander N2 racing car that looks has double spring that tip with driver's weight, so it can tilt while speeding on the curves. (Picture from: Cybermotorcycle)
Dr. Trautwein suggested the concept using the Vespa-scooter platform, exactly three decades after the first motorcycle was equipped with a double-front chassis. In mid-1984 Dr. Trautwein received two original Vespa scooters (Vespa PX 200 E-Lusso and Vespa PK 125) from the Genoa-based scooter manufacturer to build a prototype of the tilting three-wheeler vehicle which later could be considered to be the forerunner of the MP3 today.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Honda CX 500 by Dr. Wolfgang Trautwein. (Picture from: Wikimedia)
Under the hoods, the Vespa tricycles hide the newest variant of the Trautwein developed front axle for motorcycles, known as the parallelogram axle. Thus, the scooter effectively avoids wheel-flutter. The suspension is arranged so that the wheels do not only turn when rolling, but also tilt. The floorboards of the Vespa are firmly connected to the lower parallelogram, and follow its movements. This changed style of driving comes relatively easily to the rider.
The Trautwein Doppelfront Prototype built on Honda CX 500 while on the road testing. (Picture from: Epilog.de)
And according to Dr. Trautwein, the chassis offers many safety advantages, ie decreased hazard of front end slip on wet pavement, rails, etc. The vehicle provided more safer braking, better handling when it cornering. Furthermore it provided more space for a trunk over the front axle. Besides, the comfort is quite convincing.
The Aprilia Los Angeles three-wheeler concept is shown as a prototype of the Intelligent Mobility Lab. Motorizzato Piaggio Master 500 at the 2000 Bologna Motorshow. (Picture from: ApriliaForum)
The concept of a tilting three-wheeled vehicle is continuously being developed by Piaggio and at the 2000 Bologna Motorshow, another well-known Italian brand, Aprilia launched the Los Angeles is a prototype of the Intelligent Mobility Lab. Motorizzato Piaggio Master 500, refined and evolved and already has the electro-hydraulic block to do without the stand. There is no mention of production, but of accessories, ABS, GPS and a covered version with a reclining roof. Unfortunately, it will remain a prototype, even in this case it is the lack of economic liquidity that takes away the possibility of driving it on the roads, but now the way is marked.
The Piaggio MP3 500 HPE Sport Advanced known as the world's first tilting three-wheeled vehicle featured with reverse gear. (Picture from: GridOto)
Finally the first model of Piaggio MP3 was launched in 2006 and marketed globally by this Italian manufacturer which then occupies the highest niche in its production line to this day. The Piaggio MP3 is known as the world's first tilting three-wheeled motorcycle which is equipped with various mainstay features so that it is claimed to be more safer to ride. And today Piaggio MP3 comes in many variants under several powertrain options ie 250cc, 300cc, 400cc and 500cc. 🇮🇹
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 | MODERNVESPA.COM | CYBERSCOOTER.IT | CYBERMOTORCYCLE | APRILIAFORUM | 2STROKEBUZZ ]
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