Vintage Style Motorcycle ‘Indian Track Chief’ by Ronald Sands

Indian Track Chief engine

Indian Chieftain is the legendary motorcycle customized by Roland Sands. He has developed a luxurious new 1811 cc V-twin Thunder Stroke engine that produces 19 ft-lbs of torque. Roland Sands, who knows a lot about engines, this unit considers a work of art, so he uses it to build a vintage custom bike.

Roland Sands tried to combine modern engine “Indian Thunder Stroke” and old-school chassis inspired motorcycles category “BOARD Tracker.” The result is a custom Indian Track Chief.

Roland says that “The inspiration came from a drag bike rendering that Sylvain from Holographic Hammer sent to me”. “I ended up tweaking it into a board tracker, adding the single sided element and all the detailing. But we retained the spirit of the tank shape, girder fork and frame.”

Features of Indian Track Chief:

Frame: a custom rigid frame with swing arm pivot, made by hand from 4130 steel, powder coating
Fork: Paughco Leaf Spring
Shock: Fox DHX (used for racing mountain bikes)
Fuel tank: homemade, titanium alloy
Engine: Stock + filters Roland Sands Design Blunt + 2 in 2 exhaust silencers RSD Slant

Indian Track Chief Silencers

Vintage Style Motorcycle ‘Indian Track Chief’ Pictures

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Indian Track Chief back light

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Indian Track Chief engine and chain

Indian Track Chief cahin, silencers and tire

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Indian Track Chief Engine Picture

Indian Track Chief Design logo

Indian Track Chief Frame

Indian Track Chief on road

Indian Track Chief front light

Indian Track Chief Fuel tank

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Indian Track Chief seat

Indian Track Chief silencers Images

Ronald riding Indian Track Chief

Ronald on Indian Track Chief

Penn.  photo by Hiro Wakabayashi


photo by Hiro Wakabayashi

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

When a design engineer Chris Hoffmann asked his 13-year-old daughter about how to create a one-wheeled electric motorcycle, which she had seen in a video game, it does not seriously thought about it.

The next seven years, the American dedicated to development, as a result the concept of the electric unicycle appeared as micro cycle Ryno. According to the developer, the vehicle is quite balanced; however, the participation of “rider” is also necessary. Charge battery can cover the distance of not more than 20 kilometers. To charge a completely discharged battery, you will spend about 6 hours. Maximum speed of Ryno is 16 km / h.

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Electric Micro Cycle RYNO by Chris Hoffmann

Good Bourbon + Great Cocktails + Dive Bar

The Monkey Wrench was, according to bartender Jared Schubert, a “hard core dive bar.”

Until about 18 months ago when Schubert, who waited tables at the Louisville watering hole as part of its opening crew back in 2004, swooped in to help give The Monkey Wrench an appealing new sheen. “We made the space warmer, brought in a chef and built a bourbon program—something they surprisingly didn’t have before,” says Schubert. “Now it’s a place that feels genuine, authentic and not uber-expensive. After all, this is Kentucky.”

It’s hard for a bar to run on anything but bourbon in the distillery-packed Bluegrass State. Schubert was mindful of budgets when building his stash of brown spirits though, opting for “working-class bonded whiskies more than Pappy Van Winkle.”

Jared behind the bar at The Monkey Wrench.

That same pretense-free approach applies to his cocktails, with well-made Old Fashioneds, Manhattans and his Van Leer Rose being the fanciest of Monkey Wrench bar calls. “Most of the time people get a highball, bourbon and Coke or whatever the hell they want to order,” Schubert says. “We’re not too concerned if they’re drinking the ‘right stuff.’ Some great bars around here haven’t stuck around because people are apprehensive of seeing a twelve-dollar cocktail on a menu.”

Schubert, who grew up in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, was always the cook in his family, eager to tinker around the kitchen. But it was a trip to fabled drink den the Violet Hour, in Chicago, that sealed the cocktail deal. “There were no mentors here at the time and so I studied repeatedly.  I watched hours and hours of YouTube videos until I got the right hand movements for the Sazerac. I was really popular with my friends for that year,” he recalls.

Jared and The Van Leer Rose.

That unwavering self-discipline paid off when Schubert helped open the sophisticated 732 Social in 2010, where he worked with Larry Rice, now of Silver Dollar and El Camino fame. There, he made his own bitters and started using fresh juices at a time when every other joint in town stuck with pre-made mixes.

Today, he says Louisville’s cocktail scene has taken off, with an “air of white collar-ism” morphing into a more “blue-collar approach that is so much more beneficial to running good beverage programs.”

Schubert’s all-inclusive attitude is perhaps best represented in his role as the co-founder of the annual bourbon immersion–themed Camp Runamok that raises money for Lions Camp Crescendo, which caters to youths in need. In addition to familiar craft bartenders, Runamok attracts drink-slingers “from the Cheesecake Factory and a beer-and-shot place in Wyoming—because bourbon is applicable in all settings,” Schubert says. The inevitable singing around a campfire is a bourbon-fueled bonus.

(Photo courtesy Josh Merideth)

Alia Akkam is a New York-based writer and editor of Edible Queens.

Beautiful Custom ‘1980 Yamaha XJ650 Motorcycle by AD HOC

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Workshop “Ad Hoc” breathed new life into a motorcycle Yamaha XJ650 1980s g / in. If you look at the portfolio of Ad Hoc, you will see all kinds of custom bikes, ranging from the Honda CB750 to ending Ducati Multistate. However, all bikes are made in a unique style that is practiced only by “Ad Hoc” customizers because they have their own unique style.

1980 Yamaha XJ650 Features:

Donor: Yamaha XJ650 1980s g / in (poor condition)
Goal is to create a long and low motorcycle
Wheels: 16-inch front, 15-inch rear
Tires: Metzeler Marathon
Front: square lamp with a custom mount, great classic speedometer, leather handles, etc.
Fuel tank: Sanglas 400-Y (within the allocated space for lithium battery)
Saddle: homemade, studded suede cloth

1980 Yamaha XJ650 Motorcycle

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Yamaha XJ650 Light buttons

Yamaha XJ650 Lock system

Yamaha XJ650 Meter

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Yamaha XJ650 Seat, Handle, Fuel tank, seat and back light

“Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the…

"Hustlers of the world, there is one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside.” 

William Burroughs. 

The Van Leer Rose

This bourbon-based cocktail is on the menu at Louisville, Kentucky's watering hole The Monkey Wrench.

The Cosmic Rider by Heiner Trapp

The Cosmic Rider

Austrian Heiner Trapp is a climbing Arborist. He bit knows about how to maintain a two stroke engine and keeping one tuned. In addition, he is interested in customizing from a young age.

One day Heiner climbed up a tree and see an old puke green motorcycle RD/ RZ350 YPVS in the yard of his neighbor house. He went to the owner and agreed to buy. Returning home Heiner immediately set to work devising a design for the future of custom bikes. He wanted an easy and fast bike. So, Heiner assistant with professional master Bernhard Naumann built a custom “der Kosmische Reiter” (The Cosmic Rider).

The Cosmic Rider Features:

Kit: Make Bernard Naumann – aluminum fuel tank, tail section, a leather saddle
Tank cap Monza
Engine: Repair, powder painting, Wössner pistons and more
Exhaust: Customize work by Jim Lomas (known racer, a specialist in exhaust sound systems)
Control unit: Celltronic
Power: 70 hp on the dyne

der Kosmische Reiter Images

der Kosmische Reiter Pictures

The Cosmic Rider front light

The Cosmic Rider handle and fuel tank

The Cosmic Rider Photos

The Cosmic Rider silencers

der Kosmische Reiter Fuel Tank

2015 Husqvarna FS450: Go forth and drift

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The Husqvarna FS450 packs only 60 horsepower, but for the expert rider, offers unmatched supermoto-style thrills. Wheelies? Two-wheel drifts? Yes!

Set up in Sweden about 110 years ago, Husqvarna have an interesting past. The company used to compete in 350cc and 500cc motorcycle grand prix racing in the 1930s, dominated motocross in the 1960s and 1970s, was bought out by Cagiva in the late-1980s, sold to BMW in 2007, and bought out by Stefan Pierer (current CEO of the Austria-based KTM Motorcycles) in 2013. Wow!

Starting in 2010-2011, Husqvarna had taken some tentative steps towards producing a few streetbikes (as opposed to their traditional off-road-oriented machines), but those streetbikes have been axed after Husky were bought out by Pierer Industrie AG. Now, the company is again focusing on off-road machines only. Except for the track-use-only FS450 supermotard. Fitted with a 450cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that pumps out 60bhp, the FS450 doesn't seem to be that big a deal on paper. However, take into account its 110-kilo weight, light and stiff chrome-molybdenum steel tube chassis, adjustable WP forks and shock, APTC slipper clutch, and 310mm front brake disc with four-piston radial-mount caliper, and you realise that the FS is something of a razor-sharp weapon.

The Husqvarna FS450 rides on 16.5-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, shod with Metzeler Racetec SM rubber, and the whole package is perfectly set up for supermoto-style drifting in and out of corners. Watch the video below to see the FS450 in action!

Toyota i-Road goes to France for urban mobility experiment

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As many as 70 of these Toyota i-Road electric trikes will be a part of a new urban mobility project in Grenoble, France

It's not really a motorcycle, of course, but with just three wheels, the Toyota i-Road tilting trike is just about close enough. First shown in March last year, Toyota's compact, battery-powered three-wheeler is now going places - the Japanese company is providing 70 of these for Cité lib by Ha:Mo, an urban mobility project that will be launched in Grenoble, France on 1st October. Here, during a 3-year trial scheme, the i-Road will be available for public car sharing on local journeys. This low-carbon car sharing scheme is expected to transform the way people plan and make local journeys.

The plan is actually rather interesting. From 1st October, anyone 18 or older, who holds a valid driving licence, can register with Cité Lib to gain access to these Toyota electric trikes. Once subscribed to the service, they can download an application on their smartphone or tablet to see the real-time location of vehicles that are charged and ready to use.

Users will be able to pick up their Toyota trike and drop it off at a different location – at any of the 27 charging stations in the greater Grenoble area – rather than having to make a round-trip. When the vehicle is dropped off, it is plugged into the station to be recharged and ready for the next customer.

The concept is seen as a way of building a better-integrated public transport service, where people collect an electric vehicle from a location near their home or office to drive to a local transport hub for the next stage of their journey. Likewise, people arriving by bus or train can step into one of these electric trikes on arrival, to complete the last leg of their trip. The network of charging stations is seamlessly connected to Grenoble’s transport network IT system, to make total journey planning easier. Sounds good, right?
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