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The BMW R80 ST is a fascinating little piece of motorcycling history, it was the street-going version of the iconic dual-sport BMW R80 GS - the first in the long line of world famous BMW GS dual sport bikes of which over 500,000 have been made.The post BMW...
Is this Anna a girl? Yes and no. Anna is the name of a very important girl in the live of Neall Dollhopf, co-owner of Heartbreak Cycleworks, a Michigan-based bike workshop. But Anna is also the name of one of Heartbreak's creations, a modified Honda CB550.
The CB550 was Neall's first "big bike" and it found a special place in his heart, just like his former girlfriend Anna. And as the human Anna grew and changed, the old CB550 followed the same path.
So Neall first thought of replacing the 550 engine with the one from a 650, as it was direct swap. The engine fitted like a charm, but the wiring and electronics did not, so Neall realized there was more to this bike than simply bolting in a new power unit.
And this is where all the fun begun: Nell went on and made a custom tail for the bike, which was to accommodate the custom in-house seat. He also wanted a drum brake in the front, and sourced a wheel from an old Honda CL450, while the tank came from one of Heartbreak's earlier build.
Some chose the dark side, so we understand every one of those who did not like the Batman motorcycle helmet. And because the dark side has more than cookies, here's the amazing Joker lid, if you plan to add some style to the opposition against Batman, too.
Created by artists going by the name NumSkul Helmets, this helmet will turn a lot of heads, and could also have the wearer pulled over for some inspection, in case some people will call 911 for being stalked by a guy on a bike, always looking at them, even after passing by.
New York City's soon-to-be-launched bike-sharing program has met with Big Apple-size skepticism. It's too dangerous for a city with so little cycling infrastructure, detractors cry. The bike stations are too ugly (and a blight on historic neighborhoods), and the bikes themselves are crass advertisements for their corporate underwriter, Citibank. Regardless of whether those criticisms are fair, the program does reveal the fact that bike culture--the lifestyle most often associated with the Netherlands and, on this side of the pond, Portland, Oregon--is riding into the mainstream.