Motorcycle – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 15:40:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.soc-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-26-150x150.png Motorcycle – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ 32 32 Practical, fun to drive but still a work in progress https://www.soc-usa.org/practical-fun-to-drive-but-still-a-work-in-progress/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 15:40:26 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/practical-fun-to-drive-but-still-a-work-in-progress/ Shortcuts and lack of resilience will get you less far. I mean, look around you. Electric vehicles are all the rage, and several cases of them being engulfed in fire are making headlines. With the background set, I arrived in Bangalore to feel and ride another newcomer – the Oben Rorr electric motorcycle. The general […]]]>

Shortcuts and lack of resilience will get you less far. I mean, look around you. Electric vehicles are all the rage, and several cases of them being engulfed in fire are making headlines. With the background set, I arrived in Bangalore to feel and ride another newcomer – the Oben Rorr electric motorcycle.

The general perception is that electric motorcycles are a bit different to ride and are more difficult to manufacture than the swarm of electric scooters on the market. With the exception of cells, Oben’s founders say the focus has been on localization. From engine to chassis, Rorr is built in-house. You have to wait a few months before deliveries start, and the ones we tested are still the pre-production units.

The build quality still features inconsistent panel gaps, loose wires hanging around the cockpit, and retractable bolt heads. These should improve as mass production approaches. Available in three exciting color choices, Oben Rorr contains a circular LED headlight housing and a non-interchangeable battery bound by a steel trellis frame. Prima Facie, the Rorr electric motorcycle will appeal to youngsters and lure them into showrooms, if Oben is able to iron out the ripples in the design. There’s colorful digital instrumentation that looks largely basic and displays information accurately, but again needs reworking for better visibility. Oben is developing a connected app for Rorr users, which will provide live vehicle tracking, infra charging and motorcycle health.

I swung my leg, the Oben Rorr electric motorcycle felt nimble and nimble. A 10kW motor is powered by a 4.4kWh Li-ion battery (LFP) and produces 4kW of continuous power and 60Nm of peak torque. There are three driving modes to choose from, range and performance change accordingly. Eco is where you get a (claimed) maximum range of 150 kilometres, and the top speed is limited to 45 km/h. Autonomy drops to 120 kilometers and the top speed increases to 65 km/h in City mode. Havoc mode – the most exciting of the three – can zoom the Oben Rorr to 100 km/h, but the range still drops to 90 kilometres. The level of regeneration changes in different modes, it is most intrusive in Eco. While the claimed range is something we can’t validate at this point, the top speed in the respective modes was on point.

The 4.4 kWh LFP chemistry-based battery, which the company claims is more stable and better packaged than those on the market, comes with a 15-amp on-board charger that can be looped around and stored inside the bike. A mile in a minute is what the company claims, and a full battery charge takes about two hours. Again, the numbers can be validated once we get our hands on the Rorr for a longer duration.

When it comes to riding, the rider’s triangle feels natural to anyone up to 6 feet tall. You sit upright with the handlebars set well outward with centered footpegs. In my books, the footpegs can be pushed back a few millimeters to make the bike just as suitable for taller riders.

Twist the throttle and the power delivery is instantaneous. I found the City mode to be adequate for me, which offers a good mix of decent range, quick acceleration for passing, and a pleasant amount of engine regeneration. The dual-disc brakes are good, and they stop Rorr with a confident bite. Again, all heating issues and efficiency can only be attested once Rorr is fully market ready. The telescopic front forks and adjustable rear monoshock are sprung fairly firmly, allowing Oben Rorr to attack corners with more precision. However, this is done at the expense of a certain comfort. Even slight to moderate road undulations seem to shake the rider’s wrist and elbow joints.

Fingers crossed, I hope Oben Rorr can make an impact with his Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom) tag. The Bangalore-based EV start-up is sitting on an order book of 15,000 units and aims to start deliveries before the festive season. While my first impression suggests the ride, handling and performance are nice about the Oben Rorr, it’s the visual tuning the company should nail down before the bikes hit showrooms. .

(The above article was written by Anirban Mitra, Producer, Jagran HiTech)

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2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Review: An Affordable Everyday Retro Bike https://www.soc-usa.org/2022-royal-enfield-classic-350-review-an-affordable-everyday-retro-bike/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/2022-royal-enfield-classic-350-review-an-affordable-everyday-retro-bike/ Royal Enfield may not be the most popular motorcycle brand in the United States, but the Indian bike maker has certainly been a hot topic of discussion ever since it launched the rugged and affordable Himalayan ADV. The Himalayan offered all riders a simple, no-frills motorcycle that could tackle any terrain with boldness. Shortly after […]]]>

Royal Enfield may not be the most popular motorcycle brand in the United States, but the Indian bike maker has certainly been a hot topic of discussion ever since it launched the rugged and affordable Himalayan ADV. The Himalayan offered all riders a simple, no-frills motorcycle that could tackle any terrain with boldness. Shortly after the Himalayan caused a stir in the global market, it was the 650 Twins that followed and made some really big waves. Over the years, we’ve seen many more Royal Enfields rolling on American highways. Royal Enfield is sticking to its 110-year-old tradition to make reliable, affordable and fun retro-style motorcycles, and they do it very well.


Royal Enfield’s smallest capacity motorcycles are the Meteor 350 – a small cruiser motorcycle – and the Classic 350 – a true retro classic. Both bikes use the same platform and share the same 350cc engine that produces 20 horsepower. Although they may not be very powerful, they have a unique personality and they are also great fun to ride on a daily basis.

The Classic 350 was the company’s best-selling model, and that’s because it sells like hot cakes in India, where the bike is cheap and considered a big bike by Indian standards. Indeed, the vast majority of motorcycles in the country are either 110cc scooters or 150cc motorcycles used for daily commuting. The Classic 350 gives Indian riders the big bike experience, plus it looks pretty awesome thanks to its retro styling. Over the past 10 years, Royal Enfield has sold three million Classic 350s, a small portion of which also reached the global market.


Royal Enfield has now brought a new look and an all new engine to the Classic 350. While the Classic 350 may not be a big launch for American riders, there is still a small market for the bike here.

Main characteristics

  • two-channel ABS
  • High quality material
Features

  • Model: Classic 350
  • Engine/Motor: 349cc / Single cylinder / Air-oil cooled
  • Powerful : 20.2 hp at 6,100 rpm
  • Couple : 18.4 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
Advantages

  • Cheap
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Great stopping power
  • comfortable suspension
The inconvenients

  • Weak power
  • Low top speed

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is pure motorcycling

Motorcycles today are getting pretty high-tech and using as many lightweight materials as possible. But Royal Enfield doesn’t feel shy about that, and they do a fantastic job of staying true to their roots of creating fun and reliable motorcycles.

The Classic 350 is all metal. There are hardly any plastic parts. That makes it a heavy bike for a 350cc, and it tips the scales at 430lbs. To put that into perspective, the Kawasaki KLR 650 weighs 432 pounds.


Related: A look at Royal Enfield’s 120 year history

The Classic 350 has no safety features aside from ABS, and there are no driver assists. All you get is a classic-style retro piece of metal on two wheels and a motor. The instrument dial is still analog, but now gets a small digital display underneath.

The Classic 350 is also a nice bike, as it draws a lot of inspiration from the post-war G2 model of the 1950s. Royal Enfield has certainly improved the build quality of the bike as well. There is no more loose wiring sticking out and the switchgear is top notch. The seat is also better now. I remember riding the older model on a 1,500 mile trip through India, and that seat almost cracked my tailbone. The ergonomics are also better and the seating position itself is upright. The handlebars are now closer to the riders for a more comfortable position with little to no weight on your wrists. Although it is a short bike with a seat height of around 31.4 inches, it is easy for riders of all sizes to get into the saddle.


There are no LED lights; the classic round headlight design is common to all Royal Enfields, but the Classic 350 now gets sidelights. There’s also plenty of chrome to keep up with the retro styling. Compared to the previous model, the forks are now larger, the rear tire is wider, and the new J-Series engine sits under the redesigned teardrop-shaped fuel tank.

Related: Why The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Is The Best Motorcycle Under $6,000

The Classic 350 is ideal for beginners and retro enthusiasts

At the heart of the new Classic 350 is its new 350cc single-cylinder engine. The engine develops 20 hp and only 19.9 lb-ft of peak torque. Those numbers seem almost laughable for a 350cc retro cruiser that weighs 430 pounds, but make no mistake, it’s still a pretty smooth engine, and it would suit new riders just fine. The engine has a flat torque curve and the power delivery is wonderful throughout the rev range. It is in the low revs that most of the torque is available, and this is how the Classic 350 manages to accelerate quite well. You get a brief moment of liveliness, but as soon as the needle enters the high revs, the top-end power is abysmal. You can hit 40mph pretty quickly but, to hit 70mph, the engine starts to falter.


While riding the Classic 350 on American highways may seem slow and intimidating to some riders, it’s important to note that this bike isn’t all about speed or quickness. The Classic 350 – at least in the US market – aims to appeal to retro motorcycle enthusiasts and a few purists. Riding the Classic 350 around the urban streets of a city is enjoyable and the bike can be used in everyday life. The suspension is quite soft and soaks up bumps in the road with ease, making it comfortable at all times. The Classic 350 is also easy to handle and it is small considering its dimensions. It also gets a well-functioning 5-speed gearbox. All of these attributes make the Classic 350 a great motorcycle for beginners.

The Classic 350 is a simple, no-frills machine. It is a chassis with a motor and two wheels. You shouldn’t expect sport bike-like handling, but the bike can also be fun in the corners. The front end is solid with easy steering, and the new, bigger brakes do a great job with the added dual-channel ABS system.

Another classic Royal Enfield trait is the thud of the engine, which gives the bike great character and makes you feel like you’re riding an old-school motorcycle. It’s still quite refined and the ride quality is enjoyable.

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a global product

The Royal Enfield brand has been on a roll lately, and we can see that the quality of their motorcycles has improved a lot. Royal Enfield has grown from an Indian bicycle manufacturer to a truly global brand. The oldest bicycle manufacturer in the world, Royal Enfield has hired some of the best engineers and technicians from around the world. They acquired Harris Performance a few years ago, and this partnership is promising. They have engineers and technicians from all over the world working on development in a brand new factory in Chennai, India, and they also have a team in the UK. The Classic 350 then testifies to the new ambitions of the brand.

The Classic 350 is certainly not a game changer, but it’s safe to say that Royal Enfield has another brilliant product that customers will appreciate. There are different color options available, and one of the benefits of having a motorcycle as simple as this is that you can customize it. Whether you want to glide smoothly down the open road like a classic motorcyclist or want to cruise around town, the Classic 350 is a great bike for both. With a price tag of just $4,499, you get exactly what you pay for. This makes it the most affordable and accessible retro-style motorcycle available in the United States. Parts and accessories are also inexpensive, and these bikes are tough and reliable. When it comes to getting what you pay for, the Classic 350 does not disappoint. There is no other motorcycle in this segment in the US market other than the Meteor 350, which is pretty much the same motorcycle but with road cruiser styling and ergonomics. If you want a cheap, reliable, underpowered workhorse that looks great and is fun to ride everyday, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a great choice.


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Two Springboro star athletes, now soldiers, die in motorcycle crashes hours apart https://www.soc-usa.org/two-springboro-star-athletes-now-soldiers-die-in-motorcycle-crashes-hours-apart/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:43:20 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/two-springboro-star-athletes-now-soldiers-die-in-motorcycle-crashes-hours-apart/ Vision, 21, was believed to have recently participated in a job skills program in Athens, Ohio, before his accident on Saturday, according to an Army public affairs spokesperson. The crash happened shortly after 2:19 a.m. Saturday at Miami Twp. when Vision was heading east on a 2009 Honda motorcycle on Ferndown Drive after leaving Hunt […]]]>

Vision, 21, was believed to have recently participated in a job skills program in Athens, Ohio, before his accident on Saturday, according to an Army public affairs spokesperson.

The crash happened shortly after 2:19 a.m. Saturday at Miami Twp. when Vision was heading east on a 2009 Honda motorcycle on Ferndown Drive after leaving Hunt Drive heading north, according to a Miami Twp. police report.

Vision was ejected and hit a tree after crossing the center line in the westbound lane and hitting the curb, losing control, according to the report. The motorcycle continued to move down the roadway until it came to a stop, according to the Miami Twp. police report.

According to the Springboro Police Department Calls Log, an officer initiated a Vision chase at around 2:17 a.m. for an improper turn near Wright Station and heading north on Ohio 741. While the Springboro officer was approaching West Tech on Austin Boulevard, he asked his dispatcher to contact Miami Twp. police around 2:18 a.m. A minute later, the officer informed the dispatcher that the motorcycle had crashed and a search began for the rider. Police found Vision around 2:35 a.m. when medics arrived.

He was taken by the Miami Valley Fire District to Kettering Health Main Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

Vision was a 2019 graduate of Springboro High School and captained the lacrosse team before joining the military that year.

He was serving as an Army Cavalry Scout with Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 11th Airborne Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Alaska. Vision was on his first posting after training at Fort Benning.

“Sergeant. Vision was a phenomenal friend, leader and skydiver. He was known throughout Denali Squadron as a consummate professional who could always be relied on to get the job done,” said Lt. Col. Jake Hughes, commanding officer of 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment. “Seth’s upbeat approach to life and military life was infectious, and he had a positive impact on everyone around him. He will be missed by the entire Denali family. Our thoughts are with Sgt. Vision’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Vision’s awards and decorations include the Army Medal of Honor, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Parachutist Badge .

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Fairhaven Church, 637 E. Whipp Road in Centerville.

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Interesting museums to explore by motorbike — The Laker https://www.soc-usa.org/interesting-museums-to-explore-by-motorbike-the-laker/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 00:36:50 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/interesting-museums-to-explore-by-motorbike-the-laker/ By Kathi Caldwell Hopper If you’re in the Lake District for Bike Week and might be new to the area, you might want to know some great and quirky places to visit during your stay. Did you know that there is a castle on top of a mountain, open to visitors? Or a museum devoted […]]]>

By Kathi Caldwell Hopper

If you’re in the Lake District for Bike Week and might be new to the area, you might want to know some great and quirky places to visit during your stay.

Did you know that there is a castle on top of a mountain, open to visitors? Or a museum devoted to life during the Second World War? How about a museum in a beautiful brick mill that interprets, right down to the huge water wheels, how people once worked? Perhaps you would choose to visit a peaceful place where a religious group has lived and worshiped for many years?

These are just a few of the area’s wonderful museums and attractions that you can visit during Bike Week (or any time of the season).

Starting at the historic Belknap Mill on Beacon Street East in downtown Laconia, you can tour the first floor of the old 1823 mill. You’ll learn when and why the mill was built, how it served as a textile company, which machines were used and much more.

According to information from www.belknapmill.org, the 1823 mill began working in 1828 and replaced a wooden mill owned by Caniel Avery and earlier, Stephen Perley. Investors who operated factories in Lowell, Massachusetts, replaced the original building with a modern industrial structure at the time. Lowell was a major location for large mills at this time, and Belknap’s Mill copied a mill built in 1813 in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Waltham Mill was the first in America to complete the entire textile manufacturing process, from raw cotton to finished fabric, in one place.

Belknap’s factory was built of brick in a post-and-beam style. Wooden columns support the open floor plan and exposed joists (horizontal beams) support the floors and ceilings. The multiple windows and the “double roof” provided natural light before the era of electricity. A water wheel originally powered cloth weaving machines, and it is the gigantic wheel in the wheelhouse of the Belknap Mill that will amaze visitors today.

The historic Belknap Mill is the only remaining example of such a structure. While other such factories have been destroyed or altered over time, the exterior of Belknap’s factory remains unchanged. The bell for the tower was cast by George Holbrook, an apprentice of Paul Revere.

The mill has a knitting machine exhibit, a Powerhouse exhibit, and the building itself is well worth stopping in for a visit. In addition to this, there is a gallery on the first floor with changing art exhibits. On select Friday nights at 6 p.m., Rotary Park, next to the mill, offers free outdoor concerts. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

For information on Belknap’s factory hours of operation, call 603-534-8813 or visit www.belknapmill.org.

If you’re in the area for Bike Week, a stop at the Northeast Motor Sports Museum at 922 N. Route 106 in Loudon (near the New Hampshire Motor Speedway), has plenty to offer visitors. The museum is a gem and features exhibits of helmets, engines, vintage racing apparel, trophies and cars. It also contains memorabilia from the days of racing – both in cars and motorbikes – past.

A fundraiser for the museum will be held on June 12 when the AMA-sanctioned Gypsy Tour begins at the Laconia Motorcycle Week rally headquarters on Lakeshore Avenue in Weirs Beach. Registration for the Gypsy Tour begins at 9 a.m. and leaves the weirs around 10:30 a.m. on June 12. The tour is a police escorted ride from the rally headquarters in Laconia to the Museum/Speedway.

For more information on this fun museum, visit www.nemsmuseum.com or call 603-783-0183 for hours and admission prices.

A castle on top of a mountain with a breathtaking view? A place built by a contractor in the early 1900s. Hiking trails and a meal in a sidewalk cafe? All of this and more is accessible to the public at Castle in the Clouds on Rt. 171/455 Old Mountain Road in Moultonborough.

Enjoy a ride from Weirs Beach on Rt. 3 to Meredith and on Rt. 25 to the Castle. Once on the mountain road there are plenty of parking spaces and a short walk to the coach house where you can view the annual exhibition interpreting life at the castle during the day of the original owner, Thomas Plant. Buy tickets to visit the castle and take a trolley up, up, up the road to the mansion.

Once at the castle, take a tour inside the beautiful estate, where Thomas lived year-round with his wife, Olive. The house was quite inventive for its time, with appliances installed to make the servants’ lives easier and more productive. The exterior of the estate, with incredible views, is one you won’t easily forget.

The grounds are expansive and you can hike trails and grab a meal at the Carriage House restaurant or grab lunch at the convenient cafe in the Clouds building for a light lunch and of course, ice cream.

The Château is open Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and a calendar of events, visit www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.

There is no doubt that the Second World War will remain in the memory of many people and the stories of this painful period have been passed down from generation to generation. To see the stories told through artifacts, old photos, and stories, plan to visit the Wright World War II Museum at 77 Center St. in Wolfeboro.

The Wright Museum is unique and unforgettable. The collection is extensive and covers the years from 1939 to 1945, when the war started and raged, until the end of the conflict. With over 14,000 objects in the home front and battlefield collection, visitors can see how people from all walks of life – movie stars, average families and of course, the soldiers who fight for our freedom, have lived. during these years. There are also fully operational military vehicles, and the size and range of the vehicles brings to life how the battles were fought.

Special exhibitions this year include the covers of The Saturday Evening Post from 1941-1946: The Art of Mead Schaeffer, Norman Rockwell and Friends. The exhibition runs until June 22.

Next is the exhibition Let Me By Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank. The show runs from July 1 to October 31. If you plan to be in the area beyond Bike Week, and here July 1 or thereabouts, visit the life-size images of Anne’s world during the war.

In addition to exhibits, visitors can attend lectures, special events and more. There’s plenty of parking at the museum, and after a visit, plan to have lunch or dinner in Wolfeboro. There are many restaurants, some overlooking the lake. Visit www.wrightmuseum.org or call 603-569-1212. The museum is open daily during summer and fall.

Do you like boating and a variety of boats from the early days to the present day? While in Wolfeboro, stop by the New Hampshire Boat Museum at 399 Center Street for a step back in time when boats were wooden, finely crafted and fun to see and comfortably drive.

The museum began in 1992 when a group of vintage boat enthusiasts wanted to preserve and share the heritage of boating on the state’s waterways. In 2000, the museum was installed and it is a place for the presentation of exhibitions and nautical workshops each summer season.

You’ll love the exhibit space, which is housed in a large round-roofed structure that was once part of the Allen A Resort. During your visit, you will enter a huge exhibition space with beautiful old wooden boats, old photos and replica boats on display. You’ll also take part in programs and workshops, and you can book a walking tour of the museum Millie B, which is located and offers rides on the Wolfeboro town docks. The 28 footer. in mahogany, the triple “woodie” cockpit is a replica of Hacker-Craft from 1928, faithful to the colors of the seats. Roll in the Millie Byou will experience the golden age of boating, when these boats ruled the freshwater lakes.

Visit the museum at www.nhbm.org or call 603-569-4554.

If you want to spend a few hours or a whole day doing something completely different, visit Canterbury Shaker Village at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury. You will feel peace and tranquility as soon as you enter the grounds of this special place. The community was established in 1792, when supporters of leader Mother Ann Lee established the seventh Shaker gathering place. The religious group remained in existence for 200 years. When the last living Shaker sister, Ethel Hudson, died, it began operating as a museum (in 1992).

As you walk around and admire the magnificent buildings, you will be amazed at the scope and scale of the peaceful village, where 300 people once lived and worked. There were many buildings and approximately 3,000 acres in the Canterbury Shaker community, all dedicated to living in peace and following a system of religious beliefs. It was their generosity to “the people of the world,” as they called foreigners, that set the Shakers apart. Not to mention their craftsmanship in everything they made, from Shaker baskets to woodworking and building their buildings.

You can visit the village, learn how the Shakers lived, shop in the village store and feel the peace and quiet of this special place. There are also guided tours from Tuesday to Sunday; visit www.shakers.org for more information or call 603-783-9511.

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10 reasons why motorcycle sales could decline https://www.soc-usa.org/10-reasons-why-motorcycle-sales-could-decline/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 03:55:21 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/10-reasons-why-motorcycle-sales-could-decline/ Motorcycles have a lot of benefits: they provide fun riding experiences, you look cool riding one, and they get impeccable gas mileage. Despite this, motorcycle sales have been weak for decades compared to car sales. Here are a few reasons why it’s so difficult for bike manufacturers to sell new motorcycles these days. 1. Aging […]]]>

Motorcycles have a lot of benefits: they provide fun riding experiences, you look cool riding one, and they get impeccable gas mileage. Despite this, motorcycle sales have been weak for decades compared to car sales.

Here are a few reasons why it’s so difficult for bike manufacturers to sell new motorcycles these days.

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AutoMatters & More: Safely learn or relearn the basics of motorcycle riding in less than an hour https://www.soc-usa.org/automatters-more-safely-learn-or-relearn-the-basics-of-motorcycle-riding-in-less-than-an-hour/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 21:12:15 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/automatters-more-safely-learn-or-relearn-the-basics-of-motorcycle-riding-in-less-than-an-hour/ For many years I was a member of the Motor Press Guild. Our many and varied events have exposed me to a wide variety of driving-related experiences and knowledge that I realistically could not have acquired on my own. Recently the Motor Press Guild organized a driving day. As in previous years, this event included […]]]>

For many years I was a member of the Motor Press Guild. Our many and varied events have exposed me to a wide variety of driving-related experiences and knowledge that I realistically could not have acquired on my own.

Recently the Motor Press Guild organized a driving day. As in previous years, this event included an opportunity to drive a wide variety of new vehicles that were brought just for us, on large transporters. Sometimes these events have taken place at race tracks – my favorite being Willow Springs. Most recently, our driving days took place at Calamigos Ranch in the scenic hills above Malibu, California.

This place is particularly well known for what many of us call sports car roads: two-lane, hilly, with lots of tight turns and with straights just long enough to “open it up” without too much risk of getting into trouble (unlike a racetrack). In addition, in the hills of the property there are trails well suited to put the off-road vehicles to the test. Together, these roads provide us with excellent opportunities to examine new vehicles.

Off-road ready at Calamigos Ranch

(Jan Wagner)

However, this year we had a bonus activity that I was particularly looking forward to. The Motorcycle Industry Council held its “Ride With Us” “Moto Intros”.

“Moto Intros are for anyone who hasn’t ridden a motorcycle or scooter yet, or hadn’t had the pleasure of swinging a leg over the saddle in a while. Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified trainers will be on hand to guide new riders through basic motorcycle controls and their first riding experience.

I fall squarely into the second part of the target audience. I’m a senior now and probably hadn’t ridden a motorcycle since I was a teenager. I never rode a motorcycle on the street, even back then. Instead, for a few summers I borrowed a touring bike and a “Tote Goat” that belonged to the owners of a fishing lodge my dad used to take me to on summer vacation. The lodge and surrounding small lakes were nestled among the tall trees of the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Frankly, I think I enjoyed riding those bikes more than fishing for trout. It was definitely more exciting, and I didn’t have to wake up before sunrise to make the most of what these experiences had to offer.

“Ride with us” banner

“Ride with us” banner

Fast forward to June 2022. I had just driven from my home in San Diego to Calamigos Ranch. In a fairly small, flat clearing between the parking lot and the station – where all the cars and SUVs were waiting for us to drive and review – were a few motorcycles, along with members of the “Ride With Us” crew. I must say that it didn’t seem particularly difficult. With all the roads and trails nearby, why was this training taking place on flat, dirt ground?

For those of you who have never ridden a motorcycle, think about what it’s like to ride a bike. Maintaining your balance is essential for both, but motorcycles are much heavier than bicycles and they have motors that propel them forward with very little rider input. If you don’t apply the throttle properly, you could quickly find yourself accelerating into trouble. So, you see, learning the basics of riding a motorcycle on a rather small, flat piece of land is actually ideal. My experience was quite exciting, and that was for sure.

Jan receives motorcycle training from the instructor

Jan receives motorcycle training from the “Ride With Us” instructor

(Jan Wagner)

After getting fitted with the required safety gear, my instructor covered the basics, from how to get on the bike, apply the front brake, gently twist the throttle and – I can’t stress enough the importance of this – look where you want to go! Use your peripheral vision to know where you are because where you look is where you will go.

As the video on AutoMatters.net will show, by the end of my lesson, I was confidently riding around the lot. Mission accomplished!

For more information on learning to safely ride street bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs and more, visit the “Ride With Us” website at: ridewithus.com/starting -out/

: At the end of our lessons, we rode

: At the end of our lessons, we were driving

(Jan Wagner)

To see the most photos and latest text, and to explore a wide variety of content dating back to 2002, visit AutoMatters and more on AutoMatters.net. On the homepage, search by title or subject, or click on the blue “years” boxes.

Copyright © 2022 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters and more #747

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Driver arrested for impaired driving after crashing into soldier’s motorcycle, tow truck on I-25 – CBS Denver https://www.soc-usa.org/driver-arrested-for-impaired-driving-after-crashing-into-soldiers-motorcycle-tow-truck-on-i-25-cbs-denver/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:49:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/driver-arrested-for-impaired-driving-after-crashing-into-soldiers-motorcycle-tow-truck-on-i-25-cbs-denver/ EL PASO COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)–A Colorado State Patrol motorcycle trooper and tow operator escaped with minor injuries after a pickup truck rammed the two vehicles in a previous crash. The truck driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. (credit: El Paso County) The incident began at 1:34 a.m. on I-25 southbound near mile marker 157 […]]]>
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Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government https://www.soc-usa.org/norton-electric-motorcycle-being-developed-in-association-with-six-other-brands-and-the-government/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 07:34:07 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/norton-electric-motorcycle-being-developed-in-association-with-six-other-brands-and-the-government/ Norton is one of the best known motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The brand has made many interesting motorcycles in the past and continues to do so today. In a recent development, TVS Motor Company ended up buying the brand, which breathed new life into the brand. Since the world is moving towards electric mobility, […]]]>

Norton is one of the best known motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The brand has made many interesting motorcycles in the past and continues to do so today. In a recent development, TVS Motor Company ended up buying the brand, which breathed new life into the brand.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Since the world is moving towards electric mobility, it is quite obvious that all motorcycle manufacturers should eventually include an electric model if they do not go completely electric. As a result, there is a sudden rush to develop and launch electric motorcycles. However, it is an expensive and resource-intensive affair and it is always beneficial to have partnerships.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Norton Motorcycles now seems to have found the right partner. The Advanced Propulsion Center is an arm of the UK government that has always encouraged the development and use of electric vehicles with the aim of seeing a zero pollution automotive industry in the UK.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Norton seems like the perfect motorcycle manufacturer for the job. However, the project will not be limited to the only motorcycle. Instead, the project will also include six other brands that will partner with Norton. These brands will each develop specific components for the upcoming motorcycle, gaining additional expertise in the field of electric vehicle development.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

While Norton will be the brand that designs, develops and assembles the bike, the other partners will develop a few specific components. Delta Cosworth will be involved in the design and development of the battery. HiSpeed ​​will develop and manufacture the electric motor and inverter.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Formaplex will bring its expertise in the manufacture of precision components. M&I materials will work on the cooling system while INDRA takes care of the load. Warwick Engineering Group at the University of Warwick will work on battery technology, modeling and tool chain development.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

The University of Warwick is also involved in the development of the Triumph TE-1 electric motorcycle and brings with it significant expertise to the Zero Emission Norton project. The project will last about 30 months and at the end of this period we should be able to see a prototype electric motorcycle.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Since TVS Motor Company now owns Norton, some of the technologies developed under this project may also end up in the Indian market. As far as we know, the Norton electric motorcycle could become the first electric superbike to be launched in India.

Norton Electric Motorcycle being developed in association with six other brands and the government

Thoughts on the development of the Norton electric motorcycle

The promise of an electric vehicle is very easy to see and it’s also easy to see why brands are diving straight into the electric vehicle space. The Norton electric motorcycle could well become one of the best electric superbikes in the world given the number of brands involved in its development.

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Motorcycle driver sustains fatal injuries in collision in Victorville https://www.soc-usa.org/motorcycle-driver-sustains-fatal-injuries-in-collision-in-victorville/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:28:34 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/motorcycle-driver-sustains-fatal-injuries-in-collision-in-victorville/ Sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate a fatal motorcycle collision, which occurred at the intersection of Hesperia and Bear Valley Roads. San Bernardino County Fire Department reported the motorcycle-to-vehicle collision just after 10:27 a.m. Friday in Hesperia. Witnesses said the motorcycle driver was traveling on Bear Valley Road when he ran into the passenger side […]]]>

Sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate a fatal motorcycle collision, which occurred at the intersection of Hesperia and Bear Valley Roads.

San Bernardino County Fire Department reported the motorcycle-to-vehicle collision just after 10:27 a.m. Friday in Hesperia.

Witnesses said the motorcycle driver was traveling on Bear Valley Road when he ran into the passenger side of an SUV.

After the collision, the pilot’s body was found lying on Bear Valley Road, while the SUV ended up on Starbucks property at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez told the Daily Press that the driver of the motorcycle was male and no information was available regarding injuries to the driver of the vehicle.

The investigation closed lanes on eastbound Bear Valley Road from Second Avenue to Hesperia Road, and northbound Hesperia Road from Sequoia to Bear Valley Roads, Hesperia Sheriff’s Station officials said.

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‘Centauro’ Ending, Explained: Explained: Is Rafa finally making it into professional motorcycle racing? https://www.soc-usa.org/centauro-ending-explained-explained-is-rafa-finally-making-it-into-professional-motorcycle-racing/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:11:22 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/centauro-ending-explained-explained-is-rafa-finally-making-it-into-professional-motorcycle-racing/ The action-thriller “Centauro” pits a semi-professional motorcycle rider in Spain who aspires to turn pro against a ruthless gang of drug traffickers amid protests for a Catalan state in Barcelona. While the majority of the film’s plot and narrative is simplistic and fairly straightforward, where it catches up is in the fast-paced action and bike […]]]>

The action-thriller “Centauro” pits a semi-professional motorcycle rider in Spain who aspires to turn pro against a ruthless gang of drug traffickers amid protests for a Catalan state in Barcelona. While the majority of the film’s plot and narrative is simplistic and fairly straightforward, where it catches up is in the fast-paced action and bike ride sequences. Overall, “Centauro” isn’t too disappointing and is quite an exciting watch, mainly due to the on-road and racetrack scenes.

Spoilers ahead


‘Centauro’ Plot Summary

Rafa is billed as a regular entrant in lower semi-professional motorcycle racing competitions, but with high hopes of one day competing at the sport’s top level. The youngster appears to be having a bad run though, as he loses a win due to his bike’s durability failing after sensationally taking the lead from the back of the grid. Right after the race, he is approached by a woman named Regina, who offers Rafa the chance to race for her team, Monlau. Knowing that the team is much better than the one he currently rides for, Rafa agrees to join them and prepares for months of off-season testing. When not racing or training on circuits, the man works as a crane operator in the ports of Barcelona; a job he is forced to do because motor racing alone still does not earn him much money. His family life is soon introduced, as Rafa is now estranged from his young partner, Natalia, despite being in love with her and wanting to get back together. Their son, Mateo, seems to love spending time with his dad in his garage-like apartment turned basement, and Rafa, too, is very fond of his son. One day, while visiting his wife’s apartment, Rafa finds her beaten and the place heavily ransacked. Confused and worried, he asks Natalia what happened and discovers that the woman, who is also struggling to make ends meet, especially with their son, has become involved in the drug trade. She had hidden drugs worth two hundred thousand euros in her house for a gang, and the drugs were stolen from her. The men who owned the drugs had threatened to beat her more if she didn’t return it within a week. Although he knows not to get involved in drug trafficking, Rafa has no choice but to protect his partner and his son. Hosting them in his own apartment, Rafa tracks down the drug dealers with the help of his friend Cortes and arranges a meeting with them. Meeting drug lord Carlos and trying to come up with a solution to help his girlfriend, Rafa agrees to a twisted plan that would have him smuggle drugs on his motorcycle down the highway for two months. In exchange, Carlos promises that Natalia will be left alone.


How does Rafa use his riding skills in this illegal business?

Carlos clarifies that due to the violent protests which take place almost every night in Barcelona and its surroundings, the local drug supply chain has been disrupted, which has forced him to buy cocaine from French dealers in Marseilles. He now wants the drugs delivered from the port of Marseilles to his store in Barcelona in an almost unbelievably short time of two hours, and appoints Rafa to do the job, using his cycling skills. The first time Rafa rides the road, he is driven to Marseilles, given the drugs and the bike, and told what exactly he has to do, cross the international border without stopping, because the tolls for his bike would be automatically paid. He would then have to meet the men of the drug gang, who would fill the tank of his bike without having to go to a gas station. Rafa would be timed throughout the mission and also tracked by GPS. The biker delivers brilliantly on the provided superbike, and even manages to evade a police car during his extreme overspeed chase. After passing such a trial, Carlos appoints Rafa to carry out such smuggling on a regular basis, until he has paid off Natalia’s debt, and even appears to give the man some of the drugs. With races now expected to be even more efficient and shorter, Carlos’ henchman Boro gives Rafa some stimulants (or speed pills, as they are more commonly known) to keep him more alert on the road. Now ready for a singular cyclist with strangely high speeds, the Spanish police also quickly pursue Rafa once he crosses the border, first with a car and then with two police bikes, as they realize that the cars are not so easy to maneuver in traffic. . Carlos also arranges to follow these measures of the law; Rafa is given a much faster bike, and instead of wasting time refueling, he is given a different bike to ride from the checkpoint. As Rafa continues to handle these jobs, he tells Natalia that he handles everything and she doesn’t have to worry anymore. He also asks her to stay in his apartment, with Mateo, and the girlfriend finally agrees. Then Carlos asks Rafa to deliver drugs from his store directly to a buyer in Barcelona amid ongoing protests in the streets. As he gets ready on the dirt bike planned for this job, his friend Cortes meets him and asks Rafa not to work with Carlos’ gang. Rafa pays no attention and instead drives through streets bustling with protesters, smashing and burning things all around. However, a few masked men suddenly appear and shoot down his bike, forcing Rafa to run on foot through the alleys while being chased by a group of armed men. He manages somehow to take shelter and calls for help Carlos, who then sends men to help Rafa out of the situation.

Meanwhile, Rafa continued to test on the circuit with Monlau and had even started using the stimulants before these sessions. After having had a few clashes with his fellow competitors, he was making his life as a motorsport driver more difficult and complicated. This resulted in the final race of the test season, in which only two riders would be selected to race for the team out of four. Perhaps overwhelmed by everything going on in his life, Rafa couldn’t even finish the race, and Regina tells him with disappointment that she had to release him from the team. After losing his job at the shipyard, the day finally arrives when Rafa will carry out the last mission for Carlos and his gang. After successfully delivering the drugs and even accompanying Boro to the shed with the buyers, he learns the gang’s vastly different plans the hard way. Boro reveals that Rafa is not free to leave but should continue delivering drugs until Carlos wants him to. Terribly angered by this and also by Boro’s threats to harm Natalia more, Rafa kills the henchman, violently smashing his head with his helmet. He now calls Cortes to help him dispose of the body and also presents him with a plan that would benefit them both. Guessing that it was Cortes and his men who probably attacked him during the protests because they wanted to take over Carlos’ drug business, Rafa offers to help Cortes take over the business, promising to find out about the filing of drugs from Carlos and tell him about it.


‘Centauro’ Ending Explained: What’s Rafa’s Escape Plan and What Happens to Him Ultimately?

Once Carlos confronts Rafa about what happened to the drug dealing money as well as his missing henchman Boro, Rafa uses a misunderstanding Carlos had earlier with Boro. He says Boro had mentioned something about going to his cousin Fadel. Fadel was someone Carlos had suspected of working against him, and now he rushes to his drug warehouse, taking Rafa with him as well. Once there, he learns of Rafa’s lies, as his informant tells him that Fadel has been in jail for over a week now. Rafa tries to escape but fails and is taken hostage by Carlos in the trunk of his car. Cortes and his men were already following Carlos’ car a while ago, and now Rafa is sending them his location live. Cortes tracks them down and sets up an ambush, ramming a truck into the side of the car. He then quickly shoots Carlos down and rescues Rafa from the vault. As Cortes takes over the drug business, Rafa recovers from his injuries and then spends some quality time with his family after a few weeks. He again gets a call from Regina, who asks him to meet her at the track as her team has agreed to give the rider another chance to perform. Rafa happily agrees and goes down to meet him, but the plan is quickly interrupted when the police arrive and take Rafa into custody for questioning. They reveal that plenty of hard evidence of his involvement in the drug trade has been found, and the police wouldn’t have thought twice about putting him in jail if he hadn’t been such a skilled motorcyclist. They now give him a way out of trouble: to join the police as a law enforcement trooper for the Central Narcotics Squad.

It becomes apparent that Rafa’s dream of becoming a professional motorsport driver has now come to an abrupt end as he is too embroiled in matters concerning the law. In the final scene, he is seen riding his police bike down a busy highway, but in order to apprehend a drug dealer, he drives just as fast. Once on the other side of the law, Rafa now works for the authorities and successfully arrests the perpetrator. Although he had to lose his dream, “Centauro” ends up earning enough money for Rafa to afford a decent life in the loving company of his wife and son, whom he knew how to protect and convince them to get back together.


“Centauro” is a 2022 action-drama film directed by Daniel Calparsoro.

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