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.

Summer In Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the city’s that I really want to visit but haven’t had the chance yet. Pau Garcia Laita made this extremely cool tilt-shift video of Spain’s second largest city, it honestly looks like toys from this point of view. I need to learn how to make Tilt-shift videos.

Ducati – Vendetta

The Ducati 1098/1198 has turned into somewhat of an icon, a turning point for Ducati, and they have carried with success after success. One thing Ducati has managed that others haven’t is to cross different segments of riding without alienating their fan base and a majority of people are still insanely hardcore about Ducati. Now this is where the Vendetta comes in a little differently, Radicall Ducati & Dragon TT teamed up to create a new face to the 848/1098/1198. Taking the route that Ducati wouldn’t, a path down the darkside for an edgier, meaner looking machine. This is a body kit for the 848/1098/1198 with the same fittings, so something so menacing designed with simplicity in mind.

This might not be for everyone’s taste but thats probably why it is made by a speciality company. I’m tempted to get another Ducati 1098 and fit it with this kit, it is already a fine piece of machinery but its intimidating with this look.

The full Vendetta kit includes the following:

  • Aluminum front bracket
  • Front fairing with 2 high beam and 2 low beam ellipsoidal lights , windshield
  • Left and right sidepanels with incorporated blinkers.
  • Race type bellypan
  • Fuel tank
  • Solo seat with leds rear light incorporated
  • Solo seat under-tray
  • Air funnels
  • Two silencers adaptors

Link: Asphalt&Rubber


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Jaun Francisco Casas The Magician With A Pen (NSFW)

These images created by Juan Francisco Casas is nothing short of magic. He is an amazingly talented artist from La Carolina in Spain, and using ballpoint pens he creates these massive photorealisitic drawings of himself and the beautiful women in his life. I am honestly envious of his skill with the pen, I didn’t believe that these were pictures when I first saw them but his skills are fantastic.

Link: HypeMuch


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Galacia House Spain

The interior solution follows a functional space distribution, coinciding with the blocks’ intersections, over 3 floors. The different levels are connected by a series of flights of stairs, located on a fixed part of the building and ending on a beautiful glass floor corridor that connects with the upper level.

With 2000 square meters to work with A-Cero have design a modern marvel with this piece of architecture. The blocks forming and design making a very formidable building, but it still feels very fresh and open. With two master suites featuring their own walk-in closets and bathrooms, a gym, kitchen, solarium, an imposing living area, and a amazing terrace. Based on the design and materials of the house it looks to be built from expensive materials, then you could see the Beolab 5 Speakers sitting in the living room adding to the decoration and costing well over $15’000, so I’m assuming everything else is on the same level of quality and price.

Link: FresHome


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Casteller

I’m amazed at the skill it takes to make these human castles, and they are made up of normal adults, old men, and young kids. Every two years, thousands gather in Tarragona, Spain for a challenge of strength and balance. The objective: build the tallest human castle possible, and it takes everything they have to make sure it goes high and they stay up. The collapses are as spectacular as the triumphs.

Fresh House in Spain

The house is located in Las Rozas, one of the wealthiest towns of Madrid. The dwelling’s plot has a surface of 1.368m2 with a light slope that A-cero has used in order to adapt the building’s three floors: basement, ground floor and first floor. The building’s surface is 762,47m2.

Now this is one very fresh house, its like a breath of fresh air when you look at it. I love looking at houses which are different and refreshing. This house has a very fresh exterior with a lovely pool out front, which looks amazing at night. I always think that to bring out the building you have to know how to subtly light it up to bring out the amazing architecture and I think they have done an amazing job with the house. I think the interior needs some more color to bring the life out even though I like white but it needs more warmth but the exterior is just amazing.

Link: FreshHome

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Bank & Economies in Europe

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Seems like the topic of the day are banks and the European countries, and the relationship between them. Greece has been in the news a lot lately and so has UK and Spain about their debt, then there is the decision of Germany to support Greece, and the other countries in the long list. Now all of these numbers flying around, but this infographic pretty much puts all the relationships into considertaion, keeping in mind if one of them goes down then this whole balancing act comes tumbling down. Click the picture for a bigger image.

Link: NYTimes

Slip @ Jerez

I tend to follow up on WSBK and MotoGP for motorcycle racing, recently Moto 2 has popped up and in one of their races is the biggest slip I have seen. A total of 9 riders fell due to an oil spill from one race bike, and it looks like a domino effect. The bike slip is wasn’t bad for the rides, they slipped and continued without getting hurt from the looks of it but the music with the video is pretty good.

Link: Asphalt&Rubber