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Last Call: Sea Air Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 21, 2018 Last Call

Evidently, the ad agency couldn’t get through a modeling session with just one Fiat X1/9. I’m guessing the first one rusted away from the salty seaside environment prior to the end of the model’s contracted session.

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Last Call: Reversed Engineering Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 20, 2018 Last Call

The 1980–84 Brazilian VW Gol was notable for combining Volkswagen’s Type 1 Beetle motor with a modified version of the Audi 80/Fox chassis. To the uninitiated gearhead, opening the hood on a front-engined car to find the venerable VW air-cooled boxer staring back at him or her might be enough to induce vertigo.

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Last Call: Unsprung Weight Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 19, 2018 Last Call

Putting a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke snowmobile engine in the back of a Yugo is, in theory, an inspired idea. However, bolting the entire engine, exhaust and CVT transmission directly to a solid rear axle — as elegant in its simplicity as it may be — can’t bode well for the ride and handling.

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Last Call: ’80s Italian Style Edition

The 1984 Fantic Sprinter Multispeed was a fairly ordinary Italian 50cc CVT “no-ped”, but as the Italians managed to do throughout the twentieth century, they managed to come up with a truly striking and unique package, even if the technology under the wrap is all strictly conventional.

Image: Bike-urious.com

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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #81 – The Return of Jeff

Our friend Jeff, who shared his adventures on a TW200 back in Episode 29, is back again to talk about his recent experiences riding the West Coast on another Yamaha, this one blessed with a great deal more power. We go on to discuss the death of Motus, the birth of the Ryker, and Harley’s chronic illness.

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False Neutral – The Return of Jeff


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Last Call: Five-Wheel Friday Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 14, 2018 Last Call

There’s a point beyond which the rational parameters of logical vehicle design take a back seat to style, whimsy, and utterly nonsensical coolness. Those limits are exceeded well before you get around to creating a five wheel, four seat chopper trike. Hooray for human irrationality.

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Last Call: Plated Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 13, 2018 Last Call

If your daily driver isn’t a sprint car, it’s not as cool as it could be. Conversely, if your sprint car isn’t road legal, it’s not as cool as it could be.

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Last Call: So Conflicted Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 12, 2018 Last Call


I’m old enough to remember when the AMC Matador Coupe was sold new. I was 13 when the landau Barcelona II version was introduced. I can recall ruminating for hours on whether the original profile or the opera-windowed version was more desirable, but I was never quite able to decide. Frankly, I was utterly conflicted about it even as an eighth grader. I found it undeniably odd, peculiar, ill-proportioned—and yet somewhat irresistible. I still do. This extremely clean, lightly modded Barcelona coupe that sold for $18,500 on Ebay last month shifts the balance a little bit more toward the irresistible side.

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Last Call: Hans Shot First Edition

There are few motorcycle shapes more recognizable than Hans Muth’s remarkable Suzuki Katana bodywork. Beyond the original 1000S of 1982, the same basic shape was applied to a number of different four-cylinder models. The smallest and perhaps most perfect was this JDM GSX250S, beautifully captured in anthracite gray.

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Project Bike SOTU 2018: Bultakenstein

Bultakenstein will be seven years old next month, and if you’ve been following these SOTU updates, you will not be surprised to learn that it is still nowhere near complete. For the last five months, my build-a-motorcycle-from-random-salvage-parts project (along with its little brother, my ’73 Honda CL125S project) has been crammed into one corner of my garage, as the demands of adult life have forced my attention elsewhere. I always feel slightly embarrassed to reveal how excruciatingly slow progress on this has been, but it has always been a back-burner, as-time-allows project. When I first considered this year’s Hooniverse SOTU extravaganza, I was convinced that I had no accomplishments to write about for this past year. However, when I went back and looked at my notes and photos, I realized that between my last SOTU in August 2017 and early May of this year, I did actually make a lot of progress on the frame and engine mounts, while also acquiring additional suspension, engine and body parts.
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