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Shooting the bull / "E-Bike Powered by Harley Davidson"
« Last post by Biketographer on August 07, 2021, 07:16:24 am »
So this press release was categorized as motorcycle news.    Reading the title you would think it was based off the big HD motorcycle...  but it is not.  No mention of why they say it is "powered" by HD.  Add to that this statement at the bottom of the auction information page:
NOTE: Each prize is a highly customized version of Sponsor’s standard production e-bicycle that is (a) intended to be a collectible for display purposes only, and (b) not intended for use. As such, Sponsor’s standard product warranty will not apply to the prize, which will be provided on an “as-is” basis, except as required by law, and Sponsor hereby disclaims any and all express and implied warranties, including fitness for a particular purpose.
Just found some more BAD NEWS about this bike hidden in the specifications:
 59.0 lbs/26.7 kg (Size Large)
         Weight Limit
This bike has a total maximum weight limit of 280 lbs (128 kg) – combined weight of bicycle, rider and cargo.
Total weight limit is 280 pounds.  The bike is 59 pounds.  That leaves 221 pounds for "rider and cargo."  I weight 240 with clothes on.  Who are they going to sell this to?

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Serial 1, Powered by Harley-Davidson, unveiled the first single-edition custom eBike available for auction in its new 1-OFF Series at the 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally today.

The auction for the MOSH/CHOPPER, a one-of-a-kind custom eBike combining the silhouette of a '60s-era wheelie bike with psychedelic paint and loads of chopper style, begins this morning at www.serial1.com/chopper. The auction will close at 5 PM MDT on Tuesday, August 10th, awarding the one-of-a-kind eBike to the highest bidder.
The MOSH/CHOPPER, Serial 1's first-ever 1-OFF custom, throws it back to the days of banana seats, high-rise bars, and wheelies for blocks and blocks! Best of all, this kandy-kolored fun machine could be yours! Visit www.serial1.com/chopper and place your bid right now!
The MOSH/CHOPPER, Serial 1's first-ever 1-OFF custom, throws it back to the days of banana seats, high-rise bars, and wheelies for blocks and blocks! Best of all, this kandy-kolored fun machine could be yours! Visit www.serial1.com/chopper and place your bid right now!

Serial 1's 1-OFF Series Will Release and Auction Handbuilt, Single-Edition Custom eBikes

"Customization is such an important part of the motorcycle ownership experience," says Aaron Frank, Brand Director at Serial 1. "For decades, people have been modifying their motorcycles to reflect their unique style and taste. The 1-OFF Series applies this same spirit of individualization and personalization to eBikes, showing people just how much fun it is to create an eBike that suits their own unique personality."

According to Frank, the 1-OFF Series plans to release a new, run-of-one custom eBike model for auction a few times per year.

The MOSH/CHOPPER was conceived by Serial 1 and constructed by chopper builders Warren Heir, Jr. and Kendall Lutchman at JR's Fabrication and Welding in Milwaukee. While the eBike maintains all the features and functionality of the standard MOSH/CTY that inspired it, including the maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive belt, powerful Brose mid-mount motor, smooth TRP hydraulic disc brakes, internally routed cables and wires, and integrated lighting, custom modifications include:

    A long-and-low banana seat, supported by a custom stainless-steel sissy bar
    A high-rise handlebar that creates a perfect riding position for laid-back cruising
    A '60s-style "Street Freak" paint job, consisting of silver micro-flake basecoat covered in House of Kolor Oriental Blue Kandy
    Finishings like intricate panels, freak drops, hand pinstriping and single-stroke hand lettering.

To participate in the auction, visit www.serial1.com/chopper.

About Serial 1, Powered by Harley-Davidson
Serial 1, Powered by Harley-Davidson, offers premium eBicycles that are guided by intelligent, human-centered design and crafted using the most advanced bicycle technology available, to create the easiest and most intuitive way to experience the fun, freedom, and instant adventure of riding a pedal-assist electric bicycle. Find out more by visiting www.serial1.com.

SOURCE Serial 1 Cycle Company
VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 5, 2021 /CNW/ - Tinbot is an electric motorcycle designed in Germany. When it first rolled out in 2020, (known as Kollter in Europe, and Artisan in the UK)  it took the European market by storm. They are now available in Canada in two versions.

No Motorcycle Licence? No Problem!

The ES1 Pro-L is the LSM (limited speed motorcycle) and is limited to 70 km/h. All you need is a regular driver's license. The continuous power of LSM is limited to 1.5kW but on demand for acceleration and hill climbing reaches the same peak power of the ES1 Pro-M If you do have a motorcycle driver's license, then ES1 Pro-M is the one for you. With five-kilowatt continuous power motor and ten-kilowatt peak power it can reach a top speed of 100 km/h, fast enough to hop on the highway as well.

This rates the bike as 250CC ICE (internal combustion engine) equivalent but the immediate acceleration of the axial flux 5100RPM motor and the lack of gears give this bike better acceleration than its gas-powered counterparts. In other words, Tinbot's throttle is simply twist and go. Just like riding a scooter, there's no clutch to release, no gears to grind, no accidental wheelies off the line, but with its feather weight of 112 kg, you'll enjoy amazing torque, and thrilling acceleration, even up the steepest hills. With its nimble handling, and comfortable ride, the Tinbot is the perfect city bike, but it's also ready for adventure.


If there was ever a truly double duty bike, the Tinbot is it. It comes with 17 inch cast road wheels for the street, but for an extra $500CAD, you can buy the off-road wheel kit, (21 inch front/18 inch rear spoked wheels/knobby tires), and be a motocross hero on the weekends. Alternatively, you can buy the bike with off-road wheels and ride it on the road or on the trails. As the high torque is the priority for off-road riding the rear wheel can take a sprocket that would increase its torque by 40%.


Tinbot sports a pair of 72-volt 35 amp-hours batteries with 5KWH of total capacity packed in two removable boxes that you can charge away from the bike, if you want to park on the street. If there's a regular outlet nearby, you can also charge the Tinbot directly from the top of the "tank." With the fast charger, you can be fully charged in less than four hours, and ride for 120 km on the road, or up to four hours off road.

It has an LED headlight with daytime running lights and features a nice big LCD dash. If you want to keep your keys in your pocket, your bike will start with the press of a button, thanks to the RFD technology embedded in your fob.

BRAKES, One Lever to Stop Them All.

Instead of ABS, the Tinbot sports a combined braking system. That means when you grab that left break lever, you won't be taking a dive, because front and rear vented disc brakes are activated simultaneously.


Tinbot's suspension is very responsive. It has about the same ground clearance as the Zero FX and KTM Freeride electric motorbikes, more than enough for catching air on dirt tracks, but Transport Canada has certified Tinbot as a completely street legal motorcycle. The upside down forks on the front, and the rear shock on the rear are both adjustable.

Tinbot's best feature is its price, which is a mere fraction of a Zero or Harley Davidson's Livewire. Instead of spending 40K on one bike, you could buy five Tinbots and start your own electric motorcycle gang. Plus, its also eligible for all government rebates applicable for electric motorcycles. Take a Tinbot for a spin at any Greenwit dealer or from www.motorino.ca.

SOURCE Motorino Electric Cycles
Shooting the bull / Re: Rent a 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America
« Last post by Biketographer on August 03, 2021, 06:35:55 am »
CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Twisted Road, the leading motorcycle rental community, announced that it is now offering the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America for rent on its platform. This addition allows riders to explore California on this innovative adventure bike or test-ride before they buy.

"I love seeing new and unique bikes added to our community," said Austin Rothbard, founder and CEO of Twisted Road. "We continue to make it easy for riders to ride their dream bike."

This bike joins other unique motorcycles available on Twisted Road, including a 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 in Boyertown, PA, a 2021 Indian Vintage in Las Vegas, NV, an award-winning 2001 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Injection in Belmont, MA, and five LiveWires located in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Tampa.

This motorcycle is the latest example of the platform's notable offerings:

    Twisted Road provides more than 3,000 rental motorcycles all across the United States
    Their variety is extensive – they have vintage bikes as old as 1947 as well as new innovative models such as Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle, the LiveWire
    Motorcycle owners earn money by renting out their personal bikes while these bikes would otherwise be sitting in the garage
    Riders use Twisted Road while traveling, to try different motorcycles, or to test-ride before they buy
    The company provides damage and liability insurance of up to $1M during all rentals.
    Twisted Road implements the most thorough rider verification process to make sure that users are as safe as possible

"It's exciting to be able to offer this Harley-Davidson Pan America to our community. New model motorcycles enable us to continue leading the way," said Rothbard.

For more information on Twisted Road and to see all the bikes listed for rent, please visit www.twistedroad.com.
Shooting the bull / web browsing trackers and $
« Last post by Biketographer on July 19, 2021, 07:56:56 am »
If you are not going to use Privacy Badger or some other anti-tracking system you are letting companies profit by monitoring your internet habits.

Now there is a way to earn money from your 'history'.   The advertisers will not know exactly who you are, but they will have to pay you to show you the ads they want to show you.

As of today you could be earning $4 per month.   If this takes off as more and more people stop giving away their history for free, more advertisers will begin paying so your earnings will go up.
Invisibly.com does not stop tracking; it is a chrome extension that forces all the 'cookies' and tracker stuff to go through their system and can not go directly to the companies that put trackers on websites.  And it is not released to anyone not paying.  The companies that want the tracking will not know WHO you are, they will just know that such-and-such computer has been visting motorcycle websites etc.

I have been using privacy badger for a couple of months.  It tells you how many trackers it is blocking.  Most websites have from 3 to 5 trackers installed.  Yesterday I was shocked that one website I visited had 52 trackers in its home page.
Shooting the bull / Re: new google tracking method
« Last post by Biketographer on July 19, 2021, 07:42:21 am »
The scheme called FLoC -- Federated Learning of Cohorts -- is being tested in Chrome, in some cases without the knowledge of the browser's users.

"If you're a Google Chrome user, you might be surprised to learn that you could have been entered automatically into Google's new tracking method called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC)," DuckDuckGo explained in a post on its website.

"It groups you based on your interests and demographics, derived from your browsing history, to enable creepy advertising and other content targeting without third-party cookies," it continued.

After a short trial period," it noted, "Google decided not to make this new tracking method a user choice and instead started automatically including millions in the scheme."

read the whole article at https://www.technewsworld.com/story/87102.html
Wrenching / My left hand operated rear brake
« Last post by wolfmanjoe on July 16, 2021, 10:16:42 pm »
... anybody using a left hand operated rear brake setup ? ....been using my design for years ( US Patent 7621380 )...pic is from the 2020 ROC ...#12 race on Sunday - Classic Superbike Unlimited...track had standing puddles through the infield...rear brake really helped to slow ... absolute vertical while modulating the rear brake and feeding in front brake...worked well...if I had rains instead of Pirelli slicks might have worked a lot better lol...
Shooting the bull / Re: 2021 Harley Davidson Sportster
« Last post by Biketographer on July 14, 2021, 06:57:37 am »
H-D finally added a belly-pan.  They should have had belly pans from 1904 through 1990.   In those years, the first thing you told a new H-D, Triumph, BSA, or Norton rider was "If it aint dripping oil in your driveway, don't start the engine!"
What is with the covers on the exhaust pipes?
Looks like they tried to save weight by omitting the rear fender and making the front fender so small it is pointless.
Shooting the bull / 2021 Harley Davidson Sportster
« Last post by Biketographer on July 14, 2021, 06:50:42 am »

MILWAUKEE, July 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harley-Davidson® (NYSE:HOG) Sportster® S model is an all-new sport custom motorcycle designed to deliver a thrilling riding experience and ushers in a new era of Sportster performance. A 121-horsepower Revolution® Max 1250T V-Twin engine puts the Sportster S rider in command of unrelenting, on-demand torque. A taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension deliver responsive, intuitive handling. From stop light to stop light, and corner to corner, the Sportster® S model offers riders extraordinary power and performance and creates a new standard for the most enduring Harley-Davidson model.

“The Sportster S is the next all-new motorcycle built on the Revolution Max platform and sets a new performance standard for the Sportster line,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson.

Next Generation Sportster Motorcycle Combines Unbridled Power with Contemporary Technology

An addition to the 2021 Harley-Davidson motorcycle line, the Sportster S will reach Harley-Davidson dealers this fall with a base MSRP of $14,999.

"The Sportster S is the next all-new motorcycle built on the Revolution Max platform and sets a new performance standard for the Sportster line," said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. "This is a next generation Sportster defined by power, performance, technology and style. And it's part of our commitment to introduce motorcycles that align with our strategy to increase desirability and to drive the legacy of Harley-Davidson."

Styling Communicates Power
In profile, the Sportster S model appears crouched and powerful. The fuel tank and tail section frame the engine as the predominate centerpiece of the motorcycle. The massive front tire recalls the fenderless front end of a classic bobber, while the tail section, high-mount exhaust and slim solo seat draw inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker. The thick inverted forks and wide-profile tires suggest high-performance sport bike.

"Every visual design element of the Sportster S model is an expression of the motorcycle's raw power," said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson vice president of styling and design. "This is a wolf in wolf's clothing."

The powertrain is highlighted with a Chocolate Satin finish on the lightweight magnesium engine covers. Textures, colors, finishes and details were selected to give the Sportster S model the look of a custom show bike that just happens to be parked in the owner's garage.

Amplified Performance
The 1250cc Revolution Max 1250T engine is the mechanical heart of the Sportster S model. This new version of the latest Harley-Davidson liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is tuned to make tremendous torque at low RPM, with a torque curve that stays flat through the powerband – engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration from a start with robust power through the mid-range. To minimize overall motorcycle weight the engine is integrated into the vehicle as the central member of the chassis. The use of lightweight materials helps achieve a desirable power-to-weight ratio. Ready to ride with the 3.1-gallon fuel tank topped off, the Sportster S model weighs just 502 pounds. A high-mount 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust is designed to produce a pleasing low-frequency tone. (See separate Sportster S Technology release for full details)

Technology Enhances the Ride
The Sportster S model is equipped with a host of technologies designed to the enhance the riding experience. Three pre-programmed, selectable Ride Modes (Sport, Road and Rain) electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle, and the level of technology intervention. Two Custom modes may be used by the rider to create a set of performance characteristics to meet personal preference or for special situations. Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson®, a collection of technologies intended to enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or adverse road conditions, are designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, in a straight line or while in a turn.

A round, 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen displays all instrumentation and supports infotainment generated by the rider's Bluetooth®-equipped mobile device and helmet headset, including music, incoming and out-going calls, and navigation supplied by the Harley-Davidson® App. All-LED lighting includes a Daymaker® Signature LED headlamp designed to produce a homogenous spread of light, eliminating distracting "hot spots." The headlamp has a distinctive oval or capsule shape that adds style to the front end and will identify the Sportster® S model to other riders and motorists.

Optimized Chassis
The powertrain is a stressed member of the chassis, eliminating the traditional frame, a design that significantly reduces motorcycle weight and results in a very stiff chassis that contributes to precise handling. A welded tubular steel trellis swingarm features a braced design and stamped X-member to further stiffen the chassis, while its shape adds distinctive style to the motorcycle.

The Sportster® S model is equipped with fully adjustable, premium front and rear suspension – SHOWA® 43mm inverted cartridge forks and a SHOWA® Piggyback reservoir rear shock. Rear suspension features hydraulic pre-load adjustment using a convenient knob located on the left side of the motorcycle. Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with a staggered, five-spoke design are shod with wide Dunlop®/Harley-Davidson® Series GT503 tires. Premium Brembo braking components produce outstanding braking feel and performance. The single front brake features a new Brembo radial monoblock four-piston caliper and a 320mm diameter disc. The rear brake is a two-piston Brembo caliper and a 260mm diameter disc.

Forward foot controls and a low handlebar put the Sportster S rider in an aggressive posture on the bike. Unladen seat height is 29.6 inches, low enough for most riders to get feet down at a stop. Brake and clutch hand levers are adjustable for reach, to best match rider hand size or preference. The Sportster S model is pre-wired for accessory heated hand grips for added comfort in cool weather, and is equipped with two dedicated power points for heated riding gear (heated hand grips and heated riding gear/apparel each sold separately), plus a USB-C port for charging a phone or other device. An external ambient temperature sensor and a low-temp warning on the display screen alert the rider to changing conditions. Cruise control and a proximity-based security system are standard equipment. The steel fuel tank holds 3.1 gallons.

Paint Colors: Vivid Black; Stone Washed White Pearl; Midnight Crimson

Sportster S model accessories available at launch through Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories include these key items:

    Mid-Control Conversion Kit
    Relocates the left and right rider foot pegs and foot controls from the Original Equipment forward position to a mid-position on the bike. This may place the rider in a more athletic position and may also provide an improved fit for riders who cannot comfortably reach the forward controls.
    Passenger Accommodations
    A Pillion Kit, Passenger Footpeg Kit and Passenger Backrest Kit (each sold separately) may be installed. The pillion and backrest feature upholstery styled to match the rider seat.
    Sundowner Solo Seat
    This seat offers an enhanced bucket design and spherical-void foam construction for improved long-haul comfort and shaping for more-aggressive riding. Seam sealed stitch lines prevent water from soaking into the foam and leaving the rider with a damp bum. Details in the top seat cover enhance overall style.
    Compact Detachable Windshield
    Black mounting hardware and support brackets, and the dark tint of the windshield, are a style match for the motorcycle. The windshield mounts to the forks with quick-release clamps, and can be installed or removed quickly and easily.
    Sportster® S Tailbag
    This tailbag is designed specifically to fit and look great on the Sportster® S model, and gives the rider a convenient luggage option for ride essentials. It is recommended that the Tailbag be installed over the accessory pillion (purchased separately). Luggage capacity is 5 pounds. The main compartment volume is expandable from 8.2 liters to 11.5 liters.

Learn more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster S model at www.harley-davidson.com.

About Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Our ambition is to maintain our place as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture by delivering a motorcycle lifestyle with distinctive and customizable motorcycles, experiences, motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get riders on the road. www.harley-davidson.com.

SOURCE Harley-Davidson, Inc.

CONTACT: Paul James, Paul.James@harley-davidson.com, 414.343.8735
Shooting the bull / Re: Regaining privacy from web-browsing trackers
« Last post by Biketographer on July 06, 2021, 08:49:23 am »
now  THIS is funny !

If you don't think it is funny, you should not ever be on the internet.
Wondered what the exception list currently is? I bought a 2020 model and can race it in AHRMA.
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