понедельник, 12 декабря 2011 г.

Victory Motorcycles: Hard-Ball

2012 Victory Hard-Ball Preview

2012 Victory Hard-Ball Preview:

Joining the High-Ball in Victory’s expanding stable of models is the 2012 Hard-Ball. The black-as-night iteration of the High-Ball’s ape-hanger profile brings a touch of touring convenience with the addition of saddlebags.

In addition to the black and pinstriped luggage are obvious additions such as the two-person seat, crashbars, floorboards, lower fairing and split exhaust. Not as immediately apparent are some of the changes Victory incorporated into the Hard-Ball to better suit its longer-mileage persona.

The re-styled fuel tank holds 1.3 gallons more petrol, and the wheels, while still spoked, increase in size as well. The front grows in diameter to 18 inches, from 16 inches on the High-Ball, and carries a 130/70 R18 Dunlop 491 Elite II, while the rear grows in width from 3.5 inches on the High-Ball to 5.0 inches on the Hard-Ball wearing a 180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3. The span between wheels grew by nearly an inch to 65.7 in from the High-Ball’s 64.8 in.

Rake and trail figures are more relaxed, 29.0° / 5.6 in vs 31.7° / 6.7 in, weight increases by 92 lbs (dry), and so does ground clearance by 1.1 in. Seat height, at 26.25 inches, is 1.25 inches higher the High-Ball’s.

Up front the the Hard-Ball features an inverted fork and gains a second brake disc while the braking system is of the ABS variety. Engine and drivetrain remain unchanged from the High-Ball model.

Price and availability are TBA.

Battery12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke101 x 108 mm
Charging System48 amps max output
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Compression ratio9.4 : 1
Cooling SystemAir / oil
Displacement106 ci / 1731 cc
Engine Type4-stroke 50° V-Twin
ExhaustSplit dual exhaust with crossover
Final DriveCarbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Fuel Capacity5.8 gal / 22.0 ltr
Fuel SystemElectronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle bodies
Oil capacity5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
Primary DriveGear drive with torque compensator
Transmission6-speed overdrive constant mesh
Valve trainSingle overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters


Dry Weight751 lbs / 340 kg
Ground Clearance5.8 in / 148 mm
GVWR1360 lbs / 618 kg
Length104.4 in / 2652 mm
Rake/trail29.0° / 5.6 in / 142 mm
Seat Height26.25 in / 667 mm
Wheelbase65.7 in / 1670 mm


Front SuspensionInverted telescopic fork, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear SuspensionSingle, mono-tube gas, air adjustable, constant rate linkage, 4.7 in / 120 mm travel


Brake System TypeABS
Front braking systemDual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear braking system300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper


Front Tire130/70-18 67H Dunlop 491 Elite II
Front Wheel18 x 3.5 in Spoked
Rear Tire180/70-16 Dunlop Elite 3
Rear Wheel16 x 5.0 in


ColorsBlack with Red Pinstriping


THE DUKES 'Try to understand'

суббота, 10 декабря 2011 г.

Хочу быть революционером!

Destino Samurai Motorcycle

The Revatu Pea Shooter

The Revatu Pea Shooter:

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

This eye catching bike is an enigma of sorts, it’s called the Revatu Pea Shooter and it was built by Rene van Tuil of Revatu Customs in the Netherlands, but getting detailed information about it has proven rather difficult.

From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s powered by a 1958 Bernard 350cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine. The Bernard was originally designed as a water pump however Rene felt that it suited the board-tracker style and as such made the necessary changes to get the engine working in it’s new home.

The frame, seat, fuel tank, oil tank, forks, 1-into-2 exhaust, crankcase breather valve, offset intake manifold and beautifully detailed 8mm copper oil lines were hand fabricated (and rather well I should say) by the team at Revatu Customs.

I can’t help but think that board-trackers like this were essentially the first café racers and with this in mind it baffles me that custom motorcycles like this are so rare. I’d love to see a whole subset of the motorcycle community dedicated to building and racing motorcycles like this, the lack of a café-board-tracker sub-culture seems a little strange.

I’ve been in touch with the team at Revatu Customs requesting larger images and more information, I’ll update this piece when they get back to me, so stay tuned.

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

 The Revatu Pea Shooter

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