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The Spider Busa

The UFC has always fascinated me – mixed martial arts fighters going at it Mano-a-Mano until one of them submit, or is knocked out. We have been watching The Ultimate Fighting Championships for a while now. Like with most sports not broadcast in India, the web was the best way to catch up on all the action. Next came DVDs and so on. UFC games have also dominated our videogame time…latest on the list UFC Undisputed 3.

Interestingly, last week was spent doing a fair amount of diligence on the Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen fight. Note: Since 2006, Anderson Silva has reigned as the most dominant champion in UFC history. 14-0 in the UFC, Silva has had little difficulty with most opponents. The one significant exception was Sonnen, who dominated Silva with wrestling and was close to winning in decisive fashion when Silva caught him in a submission in the fifth round of their first encounter. So this match was Sonnen’s opportunity to actually defeat the Spider. Sonnen also mounted a fair amount of trash talk and all against Silva, but really, when it came down to the match, it was a no show; Sonnen went down in round 2 courtesy a brutal knee from Anderson Silva followed by a flury of punches. Personally, I would have liked to see the fight go on for a few more rounds but then what is done is done. In other happenings around the match, there was a match between has beens – Tito Ortiz and Forest Griffin. They fought like two athletes way past their prime, Forest eventually won the match and that is about all there is to that. For some awesome Silva highlights, check the video below:

Anderson Silva has pretty much proved to the entire world that he is the greatest fighter of our generation; he has beaten anyone and everyone in his weight category and maybe above and below when required…few are his equal in this day and age. In the ring, there is no equal – he is a killer in there, but outside the ring, Anderson Silva is the quietest person you will find. Early in his life he worked at McDonalds. He also likes to play soccer as he has a soccer field in his backyard at his house in Curitiba, Brazil. He plays paintball and actually freezes the paintballs so it hurts more when you get hit! He owns a CBR600RR back home in Brazil and loves 2 wheels.

Given all these facts and given his brilliance in the ring, Rob Uecker from Voodoo Industries decided it was time to give the Spider a full custom motorcycle that would match his name, personality and fighting prowess. The Bike chosen for this was the Suzuki Hayabusa. Voodoo then ensured they got the right parts and collaborations to ensure it was converted to the “Spider Busa”. UFC fan, Jason, and his business partner Tommy from C&S Customs fabricated the lengthened single-side swingarm, configured the web theme into the arm, rotor and sprocket design and gave the motorcycle an impressive 6 inch over from standard look and feel. The back end was finished off with a special 240 wheel that housed a floating “spinner” yellow spider, which sits stationary on a bearing attached to the one offset of Spider Silva custom wheels.

Star Motorcycles and Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. have also gone the UFC motorcycle way and created 2 motorcycles – Both bikes were inspired by renowned UFC fighter Diego Sanchez. Frank Mir, another UFC fighter, is a motorcycle enthusiast. Unfortunately, he is known more for the unfortunate crash he had as compared to his love for the motorcycle – Mir was knocked off his motorcycle by a car. The accident caused a break in Mir’s femur and tore all the ligaments in his knee. The bone had broken in two places but the injury did not end Mir’s career as a fighter. Major surgery was needed to repair the bone in his leg. Other UFC fighters, who are into Motorcycles – our absolute favourite Matt Hughes and BJ Penn – don’t miss their rare picture to the left. If you have not seen the UFC yet, log on to Youtube and check some crazy action you will definitely not regret it.

For all you motorcycle geeks, here are the Impressive specs of the “Spider Busa”

Make/Model: 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa

Builder: Voodoo Industries, Rob Uecker

Engine: Shorty Duals w/Speakeasy Baffles: Voodoo Industries
See Thru Clutch Cover: TOCC
Clutch Set: DP
Air & Oil Filter: K&N
Glass Radiator Hoses: Voodoo Industries

Body: Paint, Molding Windscreen, Gator Glass “Spider Silva” Logos and Solo Hump: Gator Customs

Powdercoat: Sport Chrome

Swingarm: Single Side 240 Tubular Swingarm (Webbing, “Spider Silva” Rotor, “Web” Sprocket, Center Cap “Spider Silva” Spinner) C&S Custom

Wheels: 18 x 8.5 & 17 x 3.5 “Spider Silva” Custom Design: Voodoo Industries

Tires: 240/18 Elite 120/17: Dunlop,USA

Front Brake Rotor: Galfer

Brake & Clutch Lines: Galfer

Brake Pads: DP

Gauges “Spider Silva” Logo: StreetRacerParts.com

Mirror Block-Offs: Yanashiki

Levers & Grips: Yanashiki

Top Triple Tree, Fork Caps, Yoke Cap: Roaring Toyz
Fuel Cap: Roaring Toyz

Kickstand/Lowering Links: Roaring Toyz

License Plate Mount: Roaring Toyz

Axle Cover & Frame Plugs: Lawst Caws

Chain: RK

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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Unusual Motorcycles

Every now and then you will see a motorcycle on the road and go “WOW! That’s an awesome looking piece of equipment!” People queue up outside showrooms or expos to see motorcycles that have been created basis themes or brands. We have always been fascinated with unusual bikes; hence one of our favourite pastimes is customizing our bike and also watching the Biker Build Off.

To add to the above, Movies, Games and various other brands are also promoting their products using Motorcycles; a classic example of the same – Batman, Gears of War, Tron Motorcycles, etc.. The Gears of War Bike was actually designed by Paul Junior Designs; the wheels of the game-inspired trike include the Gears of War cog skull symbol and the paint resembles armour used in the game. It features crash bars to fight locusts, dual gattling guns and 14 inch wide tires. Check the video below for the unveiling.

The Batpod, on the other hand, is a totally different ball game (we will be covering this in another post). Designed by Nathan Crowley, who designed the Tumbler for Batman Begins (2005), the bike has 20″ front and rear tires (the Tumbler’s front wheels), and is powered by a high-performance, water-cooled, single-cylinder engine, geared toward the lower end for faster acceleration and with no exhaust pipes. The exhaust is routed through the hollow steel/aluminum/magnesium tubing used for the frame of the bike. The Batpod is steered by the shoulders instead of hands, and the rider’s arms are protected by shields. The two foot pegs are set 3½ feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down.

The Tron Bike is by far, my most favourite bike, purely on the way it looks and also the way it is showcased in the movie. Electroluminescent strips built into the tire cowlings, wheel rims and body illuminate the cycle. It is powered by a fuel-injected Suzuki 996cc, 4-stroke engine. Riders lay at a near-horizontal position astride the padded leather seat, with feet on foot pegs that control its 6-speed constant mesh manual transmission and hands on the handlebars for throttle and braking. The hubless wheels are former truck tires built up, then custom-shaped to fit onto one of two counter-rotating rims spinning within each other, providing the broad-tired authenticity of the computer cycles from the movie. A chain-driven friction drum manages acceleration and braking from the handlebars. It uses a 3 1/2-gallon main fuel tank and 1 1/4-gallon reserve tank. Check the awesome video below.

I thought it would be fun to put down some Unusual facts on Motorcycles in this post, some of them you already know some will make you go WTF….

The German inventor, Gottlieb Daimler, is generally credited with building the first practical motorcycle in 1885.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2000, 631 motorcyclists were saved by wearing their helmet.

Motorcycles and scooters are, on average, about twice as fuel efficient as cars.

Up to eight motorbikes can fit in the same parking space occupied by one car.

Kawasaki also makes spaceships.

The first rider to ever go over 300 mph was Don Vesco in 1975, on a 1496cc Yamaha-engined streamliner.

MV Agusta is currently producing the F4 1078 RR 312. 312kph being the recorded top speed at the Salt Flats in Utah in 2007.The RR312 reached a recorded top speed of 195, but since speeds are averaged, it’s recorded top speed is 194mph, or metric, 312kph.

The fastest motorcycle is the Dodge Tomahawk, a prototype with an unusual design, featuring the 500 hp (373 kW) 8.3 L V10 engine from the Dodge Viper.(Picture: theRed Bull Bike)

Harley-Davidson built push-bikes between 1917 and 1923. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle, built in 1903, used a tomato can for a carburettor.

When Valentino Rossi was five, his dad Graziano built him a go-cart to discourage him from getting into bikes.

By now you must have realized why the unusual works. Below is a bunch of interesting, unusual motorcycle facts and some awesome imagery for your eyes only. As with all our posts, if you have an unusual bike and an image to share, do add the link in the comments section.

The Unusual Gallery

 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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The Weekend Pilgrimage

It’s been 36 years now that I have been staying in Bombay (Still can’t get around to calling it Mumbai). In all these years I have visited all the popular landmarks in the city, but never got around to visiting the Haji Ali Dargah – the main reason for this – it was damn scary to go there, it’s in the middle of the sea! Last weekend, I had decided to go on a photography walk to Mahalakshmi Mandir; the same eventually moved on to a Dargah walk below are some details of how that happened.

Like with all Sundays mornings, I woke up and lazed in bed for a while; eventually realized that I have to catch early glimpses of Mahalakshmi Mandir and jumped out of bed, called Milind (twin brother) who was on his bike ride to come and fetch me. We then went on a wild goose chase to find a location to shoot pictures – Marine Drive, VT, Walkeshwar, Grant Road Vegetable Market, but no real luck! Some places were overly crowded with cops, others were shut. Finally, I asked Milind to drop me to Mahalakshmi; note, I always knew I wanted to go there but I wanted a bike ride also. On reaching the Mandir, I realized that it had pretty much remained the same; I had come there about 10 years back to fix lights on the Mandir (I used to do that a few years back) – the same florists, Pandits sitting to get aarti done, etc. What has changed was the stairway which led to the Mandir – it’s like a secure cocoon, metal detectors, overhead cover, etc. This kind of put me off, I took a few pictures but then walked out.

While leaving, I thought I don’t have a picture of the Haji Ali Dargah so decided to brave the early morning sun and walk towards the Dargah to capture a few shots. On reaching close to Haji Ali Juice Center, I realised there is a small lane that I have never actually seen, I walked forward into the lane and saw a whole bunch of cops; a little worried by now about whether they will allow my camera in or not? To my surprise, it was smooth sailing. I walked down a path and realised this is the road that cuts through the sea towards the legendary Hajil Ali Dargah, major excitement happened in my world – this was an unexplored path for me. As I moved forward, I realized there was a low tide and hence safe to walk ahead (Note I have always had this fear) my immediate reaction – the road was like a flea market, owners were just opening their shops, but they were selling everything: bags, rubber bands, holy floral sheets, books and so on. By now I had gone trigger happy shooting everything and anything. I reached the middle of the road and realized I am on the opposite side of the city; this is something everyone must experience once in their life – the view is spectacular – cityscape on one side and the ocean on the other. Amazing! After a longish walk, I reached the Dargah, did not take any pictures there, and went in put a Chaddra on Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari’s Dargah, bowed my head in respect and sat there for a few minutes. Trust me, the world slows down and you feel peace like you have never felt.

Some history on this awesome Heritage monument: The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in memory of a rich Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.), who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara, in the ancient Persian Empire and now in Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world in the early to mid 15th century, and then settled in Mumbai. Haji Ali left this world during his journey to Mecca and miraculously, the casket carrying his body, floated back to these shores, getting stuck in the string of rocky islets just off the shore of Worli. Thus, the Dargah was constructed there. Good people, if you have not visited this monument, I suggest you drop everything and go there. It’s an experience you will not forget.

The Photo Gallery

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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The Avengers Harley Connection

I have never been a big fan of Captain America, but his motorcycle – that is a completely different story. Captain America’s most recognizable vehicle, is a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Little known comic fact – Captain America while living in Brooklyn Heights stored the motorcycle in a service garage. He often kept his motorcycle in his van and took it wherever he travelled; if you have seen some television episodes and old movies, you are sure to catch this scene.

In recent times, Harley-Davidson collaborated with Marvel Studios to create five motorcycles for Captain America: The First Avenger film, which traces Captain America’s origins as a World War II era Super Hero who rode a military motorcycle as a means of transportation. The Motor Company coordinated the modification of the current day Harley-Davidson Cross Bones model to resemble an original 1942 WLA Army motorcycle. The Motor Company also worked with Marvel Studios to recreate additional parts, such as an ammunition box and leather gun scabbard, to ensure the motorcycles looked as authentic as possible.

Personally I was totally floored by the detailing on the Bike in the First Avengers movie, meant to be a modern interpretation of Harley-Davidson’s classic WLA military motorcycle. Captain America’s custom machine started life as a stock Harley-Davidson Cross Bones model. Fitting, as the Cross Bones, with its spring-mounted solo saddle and springer fork, is arguably the most period-correct platform in Harley-Davidson’s current line from which to begin. Check the video below featuring some crazy concept work on the bike and commentary by the crew.

The Captain’s bike has also inspired another Bike which is part of movie history; this bike was featured in the iconic chopper movie, Easy Rider. The bike shown is not a replica; it is one of two identical choppers originally built by Cliff Vaughn for use in the movie. This is the one that was wrecked at the end of the film. The other was reportedly stolen. After the filming, the wrecked bike was procured by actor Dan Haggerty, who began rebuilding it but never finished it. It was then sold, the restoration being completed by Dave Ohrt. The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has graciously loaned it to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, where it is currently on display. This example of the Captain America bike is a 1951 Harley- Davidson FL. The frame was chromed, but is otherwise virtually stock, so is the engine. Added were extended forks, extended handlebars, upswept fishtail mufflers, gas tank and tall sissy bar, all of which currently defines the chopper.

As with our profile on the Hulk and bike/gear, checkout Captain America’s gallery below. Interestingly, you only need a Brown Leather Jacket and a Bowl shaped Helmet to replicate Chris Evan’s look in the movie. We hope to see a lot more of crazy bikes in the upcoming sequel of the movie.

The Captain America Bike/Gear Gallery

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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Your Bike is You

The kind of bike you own dictates your personallity. So how does this work? Let’s take a step back to understand the basics – categories & owners – to put things into perspective.

Bike Types

Bike Types –

1) Racer 2) Cruisers 3) Dirt / Off Road 4) Custom

Racer

Category 1 clearly is for the adrenaline junkie who craves the rush. Speed is what drives this animals… Most often the kind of bikes you see people in this category riding through crowded & open streets are the Kawasaki Ninjas, Repsol Honda’s, KTM Duke, Aprilla, etc. These bikes more often than not, are in the over 300, 500 and above cc category & are clearly marketed with a “need for speed” message considering you will see them in Moto Gp’s, Super bike categories etc

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The Cruiser

Laid back, enjoying life, chilling with friends, not really a thrill seeker but more of the kind who appreciates the sweetness of doing nothing is the defination for the community which falls into category 2. Harley Davidson, some versions of BMW, Triumph, Bajaj Avenger, etc. are bikes which appeal to psyche of these people. Clearly the agenda for these riders is to go on long rides alone or with friends, have comfortable machines, take things slow and steady which is also defined by their ride.

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The Dirt Bike

Living life on the edge, the thrill of speed and the adreniline rush of living life by the second is what drives people who own Scramblers. These guys will be seen navigating through congested traffic at high speeds, doing wheelies, etc. across open roads, trying to pickup their bikes on full throttle as soon as the signal lights turn green. Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, etc. are companies producing these bikes

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The Custom Bike

Clearly a combination of all of the above and add to that the need to personalize, style and stand out amongst the crowd is what gets people to opt for these bikes. You know the guys wants people to  believe that the bike is an extention of his / her personallity… an ordinary bike has a custom, paint job, multiple accesories, tweaks, etc. Chop Shops & Bike Builders across the world build these customs, some popular ones being Orange County, Jesse James, Choppers Inc, Paul Junior Design, Rajputhana Customs to name a few.

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We personally believe we fall into category 2 and a bit in 4 and the proof for the same is our customized Cruiser  Bajaj Avenger 🙂

What category do you fall into?

Our Bike

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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The Chop Shop

Now the interesting stuff, as you guys must have read we got the bike a “Bajaj Avenger” after decent amount of effort and drama.

Action Time!!!

To make it look cool we got a very cool retro looking visor added to it J also the same made us feel severely cool!!!

Post all this & going through multiple online sites and watching every possible Biker Build Off show on Youtube Mihir & I decided to get our bike accessorized… For the same we went through probably every online site like ebay, mouthshut, bikezdotcom, xkmphdotcom etc, though all of them had loads to offer but without touch and feel of the product we weren’t too sure about next steps.

Love Handles!!!

This is when we stumbled upon the Diagonalley for bikes the same happened accidently when one day I had gone to meet the bike dealer for my registration papers and while walking out of his shop I happened to see shops lined up in a lane selling bike accessories. Immediately I walked through the lane quickly browsed shops and told Mihir about the same, post 24 hours of contemplation we decided to go put our bike under the screwdriver.

Went to the lane with Mihir the next day evening and scouted the whole place (will be previewing “the diagonalley of bikes in articles to come) post visiting multiple stores and checking out accessories we zeroed in on “Jayesh Scooters” where in Mr. Jayesh Shah the owner showed us some sick products for the bike at a decently reasonable price.

At this point we were like kids in a candy store where in we went and bought –

Put your best foot forward...

1) Steel Chrome Handle Grips

2) Dragon Claw Side Stand

3) Front & Back Foot Rests

4) Saddle Bags

5) Chrome Covers for Indicator Lights

Paid Rs 5000/- for all of this which was a steal, Mr Jayesh Shah then got a mechanic to fix the bike up!!! 2 Mechanics Guddu & Azgar suddenly to my shock started opening the bike apart & quite brutally at which point Mr Shah assured me they know what they are doing and i shouldn’t worry J

Took 3 full hours though post that the bike looked totally awesome!!!

Black Beauty!!!

Also to check out more amazing photo’s of the bike being customized check out the “Photos” section on the blog 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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