What Our Fore Fathers Used To Ride

29 07 2007

This a new section that i’m starting up called “wat our fore fathers used to ride” in short WOFFUTR. Now agreed that’s a very lame acronym, if you all can come up with better ones please let me know. I actually wanted to replace the fore fathers with well F***ing fathers, but due to the strong nature of that word and what it implies and being used in conjucntion with father and all, i figure it’ll hurt some sentiments, but if u like that one better (which i personally do pls do let me know 😉 ) other options are

“stone age rides/sex pistols”

” flintstone’s fantasies”

“neanderthal horses”

What this section is about is, as you can tell from the plethora of names, classic bikes, retro bikes.. anything old with a history an endearing charm etc etc.. it can even be a pathetic bike but it’ll have an interesting story too.. So people i await your comments as to what this section should/will be called and will put up an article on the Kwacka Z1..

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Surprising European GrandPrix

23 07 2007

Well Well Alonso seems to have cut Hamiltons lead a lot. Heavy rains seems to have a large impact on the performance of the Ferraris. Alonso had finished at pole after overtaking Massa at the last five laps. Hamilton held a faltering performance and finished ninth. The Ice Man was at third place when at half distance he was forced to retire due to  a mechanical mishap. The highlight of the day was the Debutant Markus Winkelhock in the Spyker was leading the race initially when he started from the pits with wet tyres. All the other cars set on dry tyres were facing problems from corner one.  Finally the race ended with Alonso at first, Massa at second and Webber at forth. Kimi’s chance at the title seems weak, but there might be a turn of events after the court hearing against McLaren. Alonso has a shot at the title by closing the gap with Hamilton.

European Grand Prix result after 60-lap race:

1. Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes two hours six minutes 26.358 seconds
2. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 8.155 seconds behind
3. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault at 1:05.674
4. Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota 1:05.937
5. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:13.656
6. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:20.298
7. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 01:22.415
8. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1 lap behind
9. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1 lap
10. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1 lap
11. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1 lap
12. Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda 1 lap
13. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1 lap
R Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 34 laps completed
R Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 19 laps completed
R Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 18 laps
R Markus Winkelhock (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 13 laps
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda two laps
R Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari two laps
R Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota two laps
R Scott Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Ferrari two laps
R Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari two laps

-need4nos





F1 Qualifying – Germany

21 07 2007

hey guys, guess what the ice man is just on a roll . Kimi is starting at pole tomorrow at the Nürburgring circuit. Hamilton had crashed out and the latest news is, he will be starting from 10th place. It has not yet been confirmed whether he will starting with McLaren’s spare car from the pit lane. The reason for Hamilton’s crash was that the front right wheel gun failed to work properly making the tyre loose forcing Hamilton to plough into the barricade at an estimated 150 kmph. Alonso has managed to qualify between the Ferraris. Right now the sun is shining for the Ferraris and lets see the teams fortunes tommorrow.

Results from qualifying, European Grand Prix:

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari one min 31.450 secs
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:31.741
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:31.778
4. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:31.840
5. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1:32.123
6. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:32.476
7. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:32.478
8. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:32.501
9. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1:32.570
10. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:33.833
11. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 1:31.978
12. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota 1:31.996
13. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:32.010
14. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:32.221
15. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:32.451
16. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:32.838
17. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:32.983
18. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:33.038
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:33.148
20. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:33.151
21. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker – Ferrari 1:34.500
22. Markus Winkelhock (Germany) Spyker – Ferrari 1:35.940
-need4nos





Tata-Fiat/Mahindra may bid for Jaguar and Land Rover

21 07 2007

Looks like the Indian Manufacturers are expanding their footprint. Media sources say both Tata and Mahindra are keen on the deal offered by Ford. The estimate is about 1.3 to 1.5 Billion dollars for both Jaguar and Land Rover. Both the Indian manufacturers have declined to comment and refuse to give any info. Looks like Mahindra is very keen on the LandRover but Ford is offering both the companies as a “package deal” and is working on the bid. Since Land Rover and Mahindra concentrate on SUV`s synergy is possible but Land Rover is about 6 times larger than Mahindra and this is where the affordability factor comes into play. The combined workforce of both the companies is about 19000 British workers. Ford bought Jaguar in 1989 for 2.5 billion dollars and Land Rover from Germany’s BMW in 2000 for 2.7 billion dollars.  

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All New BMW M3

19 07 2007

Hello all…this is my first post here and i wanna begin with the new Bmw M3. Its loaded with a 4 Litre V8 producing a whooping 420bhp! This new M3 looks stunning when viewed from any angle. This baby is expected to hit the roads by end 2008.  

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Long Termer No.2: Royal Enfield Thunderbird (50th Anniversary Edition)

18 07 2007

REDLINER : Tandeep (a.k.a) WALK-DA-TORQ

REDLINER RIDE : Royal Enfield THUNDERBIRD

Roayl Enfield.. Built like a Gun, Goes like a Bullet.. the famous tagline from eons ago.. the tagline has changed but the engine n styling hardly.. a brand that commands respect, loathing and every other possible oxymoron of feelings. Love it or Loathe it, You just can’t ignore it. That’s character, a trait possessed by very few these days. Since the time i’ve spent with the bike i’ve gone through a gamut of emotions, hey it’s a bullet and do pardon me if i’m very very partial to it cause it’s my bike 🙂 Got it last year and even though it says 50th anniversary edition, i still kick my bike like a mule every morning to bring it to life 😉

Styling: 3/5

Looks are very important when it comes to enfields, the presence and the charisma et al.. this one has got loads of it. First thing you obviously notice is the headlight.Round with circular instument pods lavished with a thick wad of chrome.. nice!! secondly the side panels are different. elongated rectangular with a chrome bottle attached next to it, where one of them is a dummy and the other holds the tool kit. nice touch looks a lot neater than the older thumper’s side panels. If u look carefully the tbird’s tank is slightly tilted upwards to give it a more upright stance and this subtle touch has quite dramatically created the desired effect. the paint job is good but i really hate the fact that those fins are actually stickers.. sorry not my cup of tea. Another thing that really put me off is the tbird comes only in two colors “magic black” (which is bascially a dark olive green.. u can call it a british racing green if u like 🙂 i do) n cherry red. By god enfield wat on earth happened to the silver ash and dark blue colors.

The exhaust another victim of the “lay on the as much chrome as u can” factory. It’s different from the rest of the family of exhausts. Its unusually long (like how this article is gonna be) and is basically an elongated bottle and extends beyond the rear wheel. Umm thanks to nannying legislation. So now instead of a THUMP you get a thump. sigh!! The back rest is very handy and is quite useful, which i realised after i removed it and lotta pillions were complaining. heck the ex didnt mind 😉 so its still stacked in my store room somewhere..

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Build Quality: 3/5

Not the best built bike is the enfield. you can see weld marks in the chassis frame and things are bound to shake loose, thanks to the vibrations from a big single. However all said and done, the Tbirds a lot better built and a Little TLC will keep your maintenance cost down by a huge margin.

Ergonomics: 4/5

This has to be one of the most comfortable bikes to cruise on. Nice comfy seating position thanks to the handlebar seat and footpeg relationship. However i think the old thumpers and the electra are more suited for the upright riding posture and gives the rider a commanding presence. this doesn’t do that. Thanks mainly to the upswept handlebars and the thin seat. You sit “in” the bike not “on” the bike like most of us do on indian bikes. It’s a nice feeling, cocooned and comfy, perfect for chasing the horizon !!

Engine: 3.5/5

This bike finally breaks the mould of the cast iron block and comes with the new (well few years back it was) AVL engine with aluminum head and cylinder block, termed Lean Burn. The engine has been tuned to run on a lean mixture, hence the acronym LB. There’s something missing in this engine and yes its the THUMP. Purists of enfield will stay away from this one, and there are many who’d still go for the cast iron block.But it runs a lot more smoother and thanks to the lean burn is more efficient thermodynamically (ask some mechanical proffesor how, not me) and is consequently more fuel efficient. hmm boooring..

The new single cylinder heart displaces 350cc (yeah baby!! ) with dimensions 70 x 90 mm (yeah baby again !!) but puts out only 18bhp ( ;…() y o y did u even bother makin such a big engine) but but it makes a healthy 2.8 kgm of torque. beat that ha!! this amounts to lazy crusing and easy overtaking manouevers without having to downshift.

Gearbox: 3/5

Bullets aren’t known for smoothness and really you do wonder whether the gear lever your operating is actually a sledge hammer, cause tat’s what if feels like. That’s how the old ones were, the tbird is a lot better and is more like a operating a firing pin of an old enfield rifle, not the smoothest but sure as hell better than using a sledge hammer. Gear ratios are well spaced out and ideal for cruising.

Ride and Handling: 4/5

The Thunderbird is a bit more stiff than the usual set up of enfield bikes, i don’t know why but it rides real smooth when two up. So don’t worry about the bike wobbling even if the missus has put on a few pounds, the bike stays rock steady on the road. Personally I like the stiff setup cos it gives awesome feedback from the the rear tyre through the rider’s posterior, and you can cruise with your damsel with utmost ease on this steed. Passenger seat isn’t too broad but it’s appropriately comfy.

It’s amazing how such moderately wide tyres can offer so much grip through the corners and remain rock steady. At first the bike may feel awkward to ride but once u get used to it, boy oh boy can that chassis take curves and at really steep lean angles. You’ll be grinning ear to ear when you ground the footpegs and getaway with it :-))) It’s no sports bike but boy she does handle and ride like a beauty. I’d given it a 5/5 but then you’ll accuse me of being too partial.

Oh and i left this improtant part out.. the forks up front dive too much under severe n sudden braking, so its best you don’t try being a track hero out there on the road. It’s a bike meant for the road, however you can get around this by learning how to brake moderately n in bits. This is good in a way as it smoothens out your riding.

Now for the bad bit, it’s a handful through traffic. It’s lumpy and cumbersome and you’ll bitch about why you took the bike out during peak hours, this bike is suited for empty roads and long curvy roads like the ECR. However once you get the hang of the bike peak traffic won’t be a problem, jus plug into your ipod and sit and wait for the jam to clear 🙂Final Verdict:6/10

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Well I think I’ve said enough about this machine and in the end it all comes down to whether you love bikes with a character and that which will put a smile across your face. The thunderbird did it for me and that’s why i steered clear of other bikes. It grabs a lot of attention on the road, will keep u entertained however u never know when an enfiled will conk. it’s happened before so be prepared for the worst. also the spares are unusually expensive. Don’t forget the moolah, thick wads in cash amounting close to a lakh, yes that’s exorbitant but you never know it’ll be just worth it, just !!

WALK-DA-TORQ





Ducati 1200 Superbike in demand for racing :

17 07 2007

Ducati have created a buzz  in the minds of the japanese big four by getting permission to race a 1200cc V twin ! and they ve already started testing it and it already looks likely to be the best bike to run next season , and the demands from various teams have started  rising ! and Ducati have released a statement that they won t be able to build enough superbikes and it will be limited.

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Ducati’s WSB boss Davide Tardozzi has revealed that they won’t be able to build enough of their 1200cc Superbikes to meet demand. Tardozzi claims that there is massive interest from teams to run the new bike but the factory will only be able to produce ten to 14 motorcycles for 2008.

The official factory team will get four motorcycles with Airwaves Ducati set to take delivery of another four regardless of whether they race in BSB or WSB. Ruben Xaus’ Sterilgarda squad will be in line for two motorcycles leaving other teams hanging on to see how many motorcycles Ducati can build and their availability.

For more on this chec this article on >>MCN<<

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