Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers


French born Georges Martin is a name that very few among you have ever heard. In the 70’s he was the man to go to if you wanted to turn your plain vanilla factory Japanese or English motorcycle into a horse bred Cafe Racer. Georges racing custom part offerings: gas tanks, handlebars, rear fender/reservoirs, wheels, brakes and a famous sturdy chrome rigid frame where all welds were brazed. the Cafe Racer craze died at the end of the 70’s to be reborn, starting from Europe and just reaching our US shores, during these last 5 years.
Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers
Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

One of Georges’ clients at the time was Alan Bernard now co-owner of Santiago Chopper out of Tampa. Street racing is still in Alan’s motorcycle genes and now being a being boomer he decided that it was time, before too late, to enjoy himself riding (too) fast all the very twisted roads he can find (his preferred ones being in the Carolinas & Tennessee.) So, he started to build a cafe Racer for himself and could not do it without using a Martin frame. After an investigative search in France he was able to locate both George Martin and one of his 70’s frames. For this type of bike and performance he was looking for, Alan chose a Kawasaki Z 1000, a 2007 Suzuki GSRX swingarm, front end and wheels (both 17″), a Benelli seat and of course a very characteristic shaped Martin gas tank. Exhaust is one-off, bended and welded by Aztech Welding.

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

Breitling Cafe Racer by Santiago Choppers

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And if you wonder about the Breitling Swiss Watch Maker logo, it’s because Alan previously built a bike for its owner, and anyway if you have to paint anything on a Cafe Racer what better choice than a watch company being internationally famous for its chronograph functions and other timing complications.



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petrol prices may be cut by Rs 1.50-1.80

 Close on heels of the steepest ever hike, petrol prices may be cut by Rs 1.50-1.80 early next month if current trend of softening in international oil prices continues, oil companies indicated on Thursday.

Worried over the political backlash, the government fielded chief executives of the state-owned oil companies to explain the compulsions that led to the Rs 7.54 a litre increase in petrol price, the third in a year but the first in almost seven months.
“Current trend (in international prices) indicates that prices (of petrol) can come down,” IOC chairman R S Butola told reporters here.
Oil companies revise petrol prices on 1st and 16th of every month on the basis of average international oil price and the foreign exchange rate in the previous fortnight.

petrol prices may be cut by Rs 1.50-1.80 ~ Grease n Gasoline

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Close on heels of the steepest ever hike, petrol prices may be cut by Rs 1.50-1.80 early next month if current trend of softening in international oil prices continues, oil companies indicated on Thursday.

http://bit.ly/MWfPQU petrol prices may be cut by Rs 1.50-1.80 ~ Grease n Gasoline

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Honda CBR600F LCR Edition

Honda Germany has teamed up with the Italian MotoGP team to bring a special LCR edition Honda CBR600F to market, which uses the same livery found on Bradl’s Honda RC213V race bike. In addition to the livery, the Honda CBR600F LCR Edition comes with Progrip handlebar grips, an Arrow exhaust, and some other Honda accessories.
Honda CBR600F LCR Edition

Make Model




Honda CB 600F LCR Edition
Year

2012

Engine

Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

599on

Bore x Stroke 67 x 42,5 mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Induction

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection. 36mm Throttle Bore

Ignition  /  Starting

Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance  /  electric

Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Max Power

102 hp 75 kW @ 12000 rpm

Max Torque

6.5 m-kg 63.5 Nm @ 10500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

6 Speed  /  chain

Gear Ratio 1st 2.750 (33/12) / 2nd 1.938 (31/16) /3rd 1.556 (28/18) / 4th 1.348 (31/23) 5th 1.208 (29/24) /6th 1.095 (23/21)
Frame Mono-backbone; rectangular-section gravity die-cast aluminium
Front Suspension

41mm inverted telescopic fork, 120mm wheel travel 

Rear Suspension

Monoshock damper with 7-step adjustable preload, 128mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

2x 296mm discs 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc 1 piston calipers

Front Tyre

120/70ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55ZR17

Seat Height 800 mm
Dry-Weight

202.0 kg  /  445.3 lb

Fuel Capacity 

19 Litres  /  5.0 gal

Consumption  average

 19.8 km/it

Standing ¼ Mile  

11.7 sec 

Top Speed

222.8 km/h

Motoblog review


More comfortable and less aggressive than the 600RR, the 600F is essentially a sportier Hornet with a full fairing. With sales of sportsbikes showing a decline, the new 600F will definitely help Honda move more bikes from their showrooms. The CBR600F is better equipped than the Hornet and has a good mix of sporty performance and usability, which will surely be appreciated by those who love sportsbikes, but who primarily use their bikes on the street.


In terms of styling, the 600F is moderately sporty looking, which is what Honda probably wanted for the bike. The DOHC inline-four engine, with PGM-FI tech, is from the 2007-model CBR600RR, which has been refined further and has been optimised for low- and mid-range power delivery. It’s a light and compact unit and fits in perfectly in the CBR600F’s chassis. And with 102 horsepower at 12,000rpm, it really does perform.


On the road, the CBR600F is an excellent companion for those looking for a fast, sporty motorcycle, despite the fact that it is slower to react to rider inputs compared with 600cc repli-racers. The bike does feel a bit sluggish below 4,000rpm but that 600cc Honda engine really sings between 6,000-12,000rpm. And when it’s time to stop, the rear brake feels powerful and is easy to modulate, though the front brake isn’t very responsive, at least during the first few millimetres of the brake lever’s travel. Again, this is probably intentional, to keep less experienced riders from stopping too suddenly and perhaps losing control of the machine in the process.

Honda CBR600F LCR Edition

The seat is well padded and the CBR600F feels comfortable to ride whether you’re on the street or on a racetrack. The C-ABS brakes aren’t very invasive and the adjustable suspension is up to the task of keeping things under control even when the 203-kilo (210kg with ABS, which is optional) bike is ridden very hard. The 2011 Honda CBR600F is an ‘intelligent’ motorcycle that’s all-around capable – sporty and comfortable all at the same time, without too many compromises. At €9,190 (with C-ABS), it’s good value for money.

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The Excelsior Welbike: worldwar 2 working ~ Grease n Gasoline

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The Excelsior Welbike: A military vehicle with a sense of humor.

The original prototype was designed by SOE motor cycle enthusiast Harry Lester, from an idea developed by * Lt. Colonel John Dolphin, the Commanding Officer of Station IX, the secret Inter-Services Military Research Establishment based in a mansion called The Frythe (latterly owned by the pharmaceutical company GSK)

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Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15 V2.0 Comparison ~ Grease n Gasoline

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Yamaha’s YZF-R15 was the 1st Indian bike designed in the true supersport image. Yamaha India has now took a step further with the launch of all-new 2011 model of Yamaha YZF-R15, which has been priced at Rs. 1.07 lakhs. This price is ex-showroom price in New Delhi. 2011

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