I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

2010 February

Ending the Chicken Strip Debate

Metzeler has produced a tire that should allow you to end the “chicken strip” debate with your riding buddies.

The M5 Sportec has a built-in chicken strip gauge in the tread pattern.

Buell Racing’s New Motorcycle

Erik Buell Racing has unveiled it’s first brand new racing bike, the 1190RR.  the 1190cc 72° V-Twin shaves 30 pounds off of the 1125RR, giving it a dry weight of 360lbs, with engine output sporting a boost to 185HP, and 93lb-ft of torque.

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2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré (UPDATED)

After months of speculation and teasers, Yamaha has finally revealed the new XT1200Z Super Ténéré.  It seems like quite a bike.  The 1200cc parallel-twin powerplant puts out…well…we don’t know.  Yamaha hasn’t released HP or torque figures.  But with a compression ratio of 11:1, I’m thinking we’re probably somewhere in the vicinity of 110HP and 80-ish lb-ft of torque.

Like the R1200GS, it sports a full set of aluminum panniers, and other goodies for going on the road–or perhaps off it.

The full specs for the shaft-driven, 574lb, adventure bike are below the fold.

The only question is, will this bike be released in the US, or will it only be available to our cousins in the Old Country?

UPDATE: The folks at Asphalt & Rubber come through in the clinch with the output of the ST’s engine:

With 1,199cc under the hoood, the XT1200Z Super Ténéré is aiming its sights on the class-leading BMW R1200GS and new-comer Ducati Multistrada 1200. The powerplant features a parallel twin motor with four valves per cylinder, and makes 108hp @ 7,250 RPM and 84lbs•ft @ 6,000 RPM.

Pretty much what I thought it’d be.

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Puppies Prevent Blogging

Jebus Cripes.  The 10 puppies we’ve been taking care of have essentially killed my private life.  That’s why my blogging has disappeared for the past 6 weeks.

First, it was hand-feeding every two hours.  Then it was constant poo-cleaning, and pee-mopping.  Between work, running my Continue reading