The Campagna T-Rex finally has a worthy competitor in this, the 173-horsepower Polaris Slingshot. Yes, do be afraid. Very afraid.
Up until now, there was barely anything in the world of high-performance three-wheelers that could challenge the mighty Campagna T-Rex. That might just have changed though, with Polaris having unveiled the badass Slingshot, which is powered by a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower at 6200rpm, and 225Nm of torque at 4700 revs. With a kerb weight of 790 kilos, the Slingshot's power-to-weight ratio is definitely not comparable to that of a contemporary litre-class superbike. But if nothing else, the Slingshot should at least be able to corner harder and faster than almost any two-wheeled motorcycle...
Noteworthy bits on the new Polaris Slingshot include its light and stiff steel spaceframe, aluminum swingarm, carbonfibre-reinforced drive belt, forged aluminum roll hoops, electronic stability and traction control, ABS (on all three wheels) and 3-point seatbelts. "The Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions. First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear, and feel while riding in it. And second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at the Slingshot's unique and exotic styling," says Mike Jonikas, a Vice President at Polaris.
With side-by-side seating for two, including the driver (rider?), the US$19,999 Slingshot rolls on 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, while the more expensive (US$23,999) Slingshot SL gets 18-inch forged aluminium wheels at the front, a 20-inch rear wheel, a windscreen for some wind protection, a 'media console' with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth integration, and a 6-speaker audio system.
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Ride Like Hell and You’ll Get There chronicles,in the main, Paul’s efforts to race in Speed Week on a motorcycle (of sorts) engineered to run on bio-diesel fuel and go very fast on a salt lake in the middle of nowhere. Plagued by cancellations, logistical obstacles, lost keys and broken limbs, it takes three years before Paul finally gets a break.
Paul also writes of a motorcycle touring trip with a friend around Tasmania, a wild conference in the US and his temporary gig as a documentary presenter, marriage, fatherhood and business.
Carter’s books could be accused of being juvenile and crude, and there is some truth to that. Reading Ride Like Hell and You’ll Get There is often like eavesdropping on a ‘boy’s’ only pub night, complete with poo jokes, copious amounts of alcohol, bad language and displays of machismo. Not everyone will appreciate Paul’s sense of humour but I found myself smiling widely often, even while occasionally shaking my head with a mixture of disbelief and wry contempt.
Yet Ride Like Hell and You’ll Get There is not all a ‘boys own adventure’, Paul also relates several serious moments though often tempered by the surreal, including suffering the side effects of food poisoning while his wife is in the throes of a miscarriage, a court case that drags on and on and on, and a ruined $1000 helmet thanks to a territorial dog and a potty training two year old.
I’m not that interested in motor racing or the specifics of alternate fuel (though I believe we should be investing in it) but I still enjoyed Ride Like Hell and You’ll Get There. It’s a quick read, mostly light and amusing and is as advertised -a detour into mayhem. I imagine this book will particularly find an audience amongst fans of the television show ‘Top Gear’ and its ilk and, with Christmas coming up, it would make a great stocking stuffer for your father/husband/brother etc.
Vodka, you had better watch your back. Because the new VEEV is beating you at your own game.
VEEV is still born in Brazil and handcrafted in the USA, but it is now a 70-proof, premium spirit with notes of all-natural, organic açaí, prickly pear and acerola cherry to deliver a dynamic, well-balanced taste and aroma unique only to VEEV.
See, VEEV is more versatile and mixable than vodka. So VEEV is not only a viable substitute for your favorite vodka, it one-ups poor vodka. Discover why the new VEEV will change the way you drink.
VEEV debuted its new, vodka-trumping Cheat on Vodka campaign at the legendary Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans last week. There was a vending machine activated by tweeting “#cheatonvodka” and the esteemed Willy Shine poured his Breakfast Fizz and Revive Lemonade, two VEEV cocktails that highlighted the spirit’s freshness and versatility. Sunglasses, t-shirts and #CheatOnVodka underwear were all dispensed: It was a straight-up Cheat On Vodka party.
The new VEEV: It’s what vodka should be. Start cheating now.
VDB Moto is custom-shop, which was founded as the desire of the owner to build a motorcycle for himself. Customizer Derick hails from Italy but lives in New York. At some point in life, he decided to try his hand at customizing, and he began to receive. VDB Moto B-1 is a second draft of Derick, while the first custom was Bonneville.
Project details of VDB Moto B-1:
Donor: BMW R80RT 1986
Goal: a combination of old and new school
Removal and relief motorcycle was pulled up cog; Derick removed many unnecessary details and brackets
Suspension: upgraded set monoshock
Rear wing: the original, and the raw, which is native rust
Tires: Pirelli MT43
Aluminum mount for surfboards
Aluminum badges VDB
Short ceramic coated mufflers that provide a throaty soundtrack
Frame: redesigned subframe + a custom saddle