BMW R Nine T “Track Grinder”

BMW released the R Nine T which is one of the coolest Cafe Racers to date, and it’s just as cool the Ducati Sport Classic when it first came out. Now the R Nine T was given to a few designers who came out with some amazing designs, and this is one of the coolest I have seen. Urban Motors designed this machine and I love the way it looks, it came together to be a real piece of art. I would love to try this machine, I would think it handles amazingly.

By Urban Motors in Germany

The Track Grinder is the world’s first remodeling of the R nineT and already sets the bar high for the remodeling of the Boxer: with plenty of love of detail, a courageous choice of color and a lengthy list of customized and hand-made parts, the typical cross-over style of this remodeling project is the embodiment of URBAN MOTOR.

The Track Grinder at a glance:

  • Clip-ons: Gilles Tooling, Brake and clutch cylinders: Brembo, Instruments: Domino and Motogadget among others, Dashboard: Motogadget Motoscope Pro, Ignition lock: Motogadget m-Lock, Indicators: Motogadget m-Blaze Disc, Mirrors: LSL, Rear light: LED Highsider, Footrest system: Tarozzi, Tyres: Golden Tyre, Headlight: Ellipsoid 50 mm, grip tape, skateboard roller, etc.
  • Hand-made parts: “Cleaned” fuel tank, aluminium front mask, Aluminium seat, saddle cover: Alcantara and genuine leather, aluminium tank fairings, VA and aluminium number plate holder, battery holder, headlight mount, etc.

Link: Urban Motors

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Q8Car – Horrible Site!

What the hell happened to Q8Car, it started the trend of online vehicle selling and recently I tried using it and the website is horrible. One of the worst I have seen in a while, its as if no one wants to use it. When you click the search in English it takes you to a payment gateway and in the Arabic site the search doesn’t work correctly. The display is a mess, it really needs a major overhaul with a lot of features that should be added to it to notify buyers and sellers with all types of updates and simple ways to follow up.

This is the problem in Kuwait when it comes to websites they don’t continue improving and the income of this site is based on the ability of the website to work and in this case its failing miserably. Q8Car used to lead the pack in online vehicle sales in the Gulf Region and now there are others which are better and easier to use.

Another Beatufiul Confederate – The X132 Hellcat Speedster – By Pierre Terblanche

The Confederate machines are known to be beautiful hand made machines from the this well known “Southern” brand. It is another sophisticated piece of machinary that I would love to get my hands on. Based around the same 132 cubic inch (2,163cc) v-twin engine as the previous Hellcat models, the Speedster is good for 121hp and 140 lbs•ft of torque. The styling is true to the Confederate canon, and the detailed touches of Pierre Terblanche can be seen on this machine.

Noticeable features include a 240mm rear tire, a carbon fiber fuel tank, and a unique solo-saddle design. Suspension is by WP, brakes by Beringer, and the carbon fiber wheels are by Blackstone Tek with proprietary hubs. I love the look of the solo saddle hanging up in the air.

“The X132 Hellcat Speedster represents a return to the tradition of the Hellcat, which is a stripped down American hot rod motorcycle,” says Matthew Chambers, Confederate’s CEO and Founder. “A dragster for the street that is powerful, beautiful and most of all, a thrill to ride.”

This is a more modern look then they have made for the Confederate line up of machines before, and this is all thanks to the lead designer, Pierre Terblanche. “The challenge was improving performance, reliability, and practicality without diluting the iconic simplicity and sensuality of the Hellcat. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.”

65 of these works of art will be made, to get your hands on the Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster you will have to put a $10’000 Deposit on the machine, with a cost of $65’000 I am pretty sure this beast will sell out. Production starts in September but I’m not sure how long it will take to build one.

2013 BMW HP4 vs. R1200GS

For any bike rider, they would think the new BMW HP4 is unstoppable on the track since its even a more hardcore version then the S1000RR. But everyone knows its about the rider not the bike, so to prove a point BMW but two professional riders on two very different machines, the BMW HP4 & the R1200GS, the R1200GS is known for its long haul riding in difficult terrain, not hitting the track, but this video will change your mind with a few surprises. If you love bikes you should watch this.

Desert Ride – Sports Bike On Sand

Now this is a twist on machines, ICON & Triumph have teamed up to make this very cool video and they haven’t used your typical off-road motorcycle. They have turned a Triumph Speed Triple into a dune jumping machine with those ridiculous tires. The stunt rider on the desert prepped Triple is named Julien Welsch. I have seen stunting done before but not in this type of environment or the seaside. I like the videos that ICON put together and this is one of the coolest.

Friday – Out On The Town

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A few more additions and a few old faces have joined our Friday morning ride and the group did get bigger. It’s sort of like organized chaos but with a lot of testosterone flying around. People are excited and some of these guys adore their machines, me being one of them. The thrill of riding just can’t be compared and that is what compels us to get up with only a few hours of sleep to ride in the morning.

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We seem to be having a lot of Germans joining us these days, and they are impressive machines. We are a bit particular about who joins us on the ride because honestly it would be a bit dangerous for a novice to join us and there is a very good rythem going on with most the riders, there is a chaotic understanding that somehow works in this order. Some of the riders are extremely skilled and some of the riders are Cafe Racers like MFW, but still it’s a lot of fun and the best way to start off the day. Honestly we need more curvy roads, and I need to find them to freshen our routes a bit, change it up.

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First Ride Of The Year

My New Year’s Eve wasn’t eventful but I was looking forward to riding in the morning, and ride we did, taking full of advantage of the somewhat empty roads. We had a bit of a late start and a lot of people were going out to breakfast, we were counting on more people sleeping in. The roads were still a lot of fun, but we took a few different routes to change it up a bit and this time we had two Germans joining us on our adventure.

This group of riders were experienced and very aggressive on the road which is a lot of fun, lets just call it fast cruising. Sometimes I don’t accept new riders to join the Friday morning ride because it isn’t for everyone, I might ride with them solo to teach them how to ride, but this group was over the top, even I had a hard time keeping up with them. Especially Duke & MKN, they were at each other the whole ride, German Vs. Italian, The Battle of the Riders, who takes a corner better, who is faster on the line, and if it wasn’t like that on the road, they would argue while they were parked.

We went around most of Kuwait as usual and headed to Prime & Toast for breakfast, or my case an early lunch. I love the roads around Kuwait, but sometimes there are some dirt spots to watch out for. The first ring road is always a lot of fun, but the new ending to it seems incomplete, still its a lot of fun. Most of the time the roads are empty and we are fine, but that Tuesday morning there was a little bit more traffic then we were comfortable with so it was annoying to deal with them, but still an amazing start to the year.


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Hooligans In The Rain

This was a crazy weekend, it was raining every other day in the week and Friday was pouring all morning but the afternoon was nice but it was too late ride then. After waking up at 4 am on Friday and not being able to go back to sleep there was no way I wasn’t riding on Saturday, I was going to ride one way or another. Woke up at 4 am to hear a little bit of rain, but no more past 430am so I was waiting until a few people woke up and we met up at 7am at Starbucks Bidaa and the roads were wet and a bit dirty. We just had to ride caustiously, and in my case that didn’t last too long.

I brought down the horse power from 162 bhp to 100 bhp with traction control set at high to keep it relatively safe since I knew there was a lot of water spots and missing traction areas. That lasted about 20 mins into the ride before letting loose and going back to normal but luckily the roads were drying up because it was a lovely sunny day. This time around one of our good friends from Kuwait Choppers decided to join us, and these guys can hold their own and they were a perfect fit for our little band of hooligans.

Three Ducati’s, One BMW, And One Suzuki, its always fun to change things up a bit and we had fun during our ride. Nobody was on the road, and there were a few times some of the guys were drifting with their bikes, that took total control and discipline to keep the machine in check or trying to control an accidental slide which happened a few times because of the wet roads. We were honestly having a blast, the only thing was that there was a little more traffic then I would have preferred and some parts way too much, got used to no traffic on road and made the best of it. This time I took two GoPro Hero 3 and installed them on the bike, one doing a timelapse and the other a video. Lets see how it does quality wise for the GoPro Hero 3.


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Riding In The Rain

When ever there is a chance to be out on the road we will be there and in this case it was a bit cloudy but that wasn’t going to stop me from going out on the bike. At least the weather was cool, we could ride without feeling the heat of our machines or the weather. It seems people thought it was going to rain so the roads were a bit empty and we got an early start to the riding on Friday and we were going at full throttle. This time around everybody who was riding with us is an experienced rider, just Duke was getting familiar with our style of riding but he is more then capable of handling himself and at times his skill amazed me.

Halfway through our ride it started raining, and common sense says to slow down but with all honestly a lot of common sense goes out the window when the streets are empty and our bikes are revving nice and loud. Duke is used to London weather so he is used to riding in the rain, so as I was pushing it he was right behind me while a few of the guys slowed down (Kubayashi). There is a lot of construction going on in the Shuweikh area and that is pretty much killing me at this rate, new holes to deal with. There is another route we are thinking about exploring but we need to check it out on an alternative day. But we were enjoying the lovely roads while they were empty and its becoming a habit that we end our ride at Q Cafe for a quick bite. On the next ride I’m going to try out the Canon G15, these were the last pics taken by the Canon G12 before that nasty fall that rendered it useless.


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