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Last Call- Bentley Davidson Edition

Robert Emslie November 27, 2012 Last Call 14 Comments

Peas and carrots, chocolate and peanut butter, Rhianna and Chris Brown, some things are just destined to be together. The high-end luxury and thumping V-twin of Harley’s iconic motorcycles are not very high on that list. Despite that point, this does in fact exist. 

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  • BlackIce_GTS

    Divergence: I wasn't aware of this specific genre of offroading before today;
    [youtube ra2Ct9HbVL4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra2Ct9HbVL4&feature=related youtube]
    So, not sure what the formula is precisely. It seems like rock crawling for angry impatient people?
    Interesting, but scary. I think some of these spectators have risk assessment deficiencies.

    • MVEilenstein

      Having a hard time understanding this, or rock crawling in general.

      • BlackIce_GTS

        Well, I guess rock crawling started out as people trying to drive places it wasn't quite possible to drive. Probably to get somewhere. This was fun, and they made ever more capable vehicles to do it with. To keep the challenge, they started going places it was even less possible to drive, no longer with the express goal of getting anywhere specific. This went back and fourth until this happened:
        <img src="http://www.autoalerts.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/chainlink-transformer-off-roading-1.jpg"&gt;
        I think the next step after this is just a mechanical spider with tires on it's feet.
        Rock crawling is about planning, precision, winching, and huge crawl ratios. Rock bouncers seem to have been conceived by people who want to do sort of the same thing as rock crawlers, but who think all those things I said are boring and insufficiently violent.

        • danleym

          I get rock crawling, inasmuch as you're actually driving a trail and going somewhere (even if it's one big loop) and have to get over some rocks along the way. Rock bouncing is just plain stupid. It takes the thought process behind mudding (another segment of 4 wheeling I don't understand), and applies that to rock crawling. "Alright, so I just rev it up, dump the clutch, and tear right though there, right?"

      • Vairship

        Rock Bouncing is a delicate psychological/mechanical contest. Winner is the contestant that flings the largest amount of rock shards into the spectators WITHOUT having said spectators running for (relative) safety. (Having the spectators run for safety is cause for instant disqualification).
        Runner-up goes to the guy who manages to kill the camera man.
        Second runner-up goes to the competitor that (while rolling his vehicle) manages to crush the largest number of his own limbs which fit neatly through the gaps between the tubes in the "roll cage".

        Does that clarify things?

        • MVEilenstein

          Clear as mud. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  • Bentley & Vincent HRD seem like a much more likely pair.

    Completely OT, but what ever happened to tonyola? I haven't seen any comments by that well-informed curmudgeon in ages.

  • stigshift

    Even more surprising than the fact that this exists is the alarming fact that I don't totally hate it. I would MUCH rather ride (and be seen on) a BMW twin, but cosmetically, it's an interesting statement.

  • JayP2112

    Now it it had a W12, we'd have a winna.

  • Sons of Aristocracy?

  • I like curvaceous but I'll never be down with a hard tail.

    • smalleyxb122

      I can't be 100% certain, but it appears to be a Softail. The gap of the seat to fender (or lack thereof) contradicts this, so my best guess is air suspension.

  • smalleyxb122

    I'm not a Harley guy, but about the only thing that I hate about this bike is the Bentley badge. I'm sure I'd hate the pipes, if I ever heard it running, but as sculpture, they look nice.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    I think it's social trend convergence, Bentleys are "baller", choppers are "baller" so Bentley + chopper = more "baller". I'm just guessing given my lack of interest in rap music and mainstream professional sports.