Motorcycles

Why 38?

07/17/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Flip flops, I hate flip flops.  Now let me tell you why.  The other day I'm stopped at a light by the Damascus High School minding my own business.  I just happen to glance at my rear view mirror and I get a glimpse of headlights.  

Lady behind me was wearing flip flops.  They get tangled up in the pedals and she hits the gas.  No braking involved, so she hits me square on the bumper, which translates the energy through me into the trailer hitch attached to the Explorer in front of me.  

Needless to say, my car takes the double whammy and off to the Damascus Motors autobody for repair we go. With that, I get a rental-- a Dodge Charger.  I look like a cop in this thing!  After driving it for a few days, I took notice that the volume highest setting is 38.  

Thirty-eight?  What corporate group think study group came up with that number?  

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So 38. Not 11 for you Spinal Tap folks.  Or 42 for you Hitch Hikers Guide the To The Universe fans. But 38.  I would have loved to listen to that bureaucratic debate.  "Well our survey shows that our male demographic is looking for something more impressive.  I say 57."  "Well Biff, too much in my mind.  I think a gentler scale 0 to 10."  "William the third, the boys at Ford have higher numbers on their cars.  We're talking 0 to 77."  "We must not lose the MVN (Maximum Volume Number) race.  Let's have another 3 studies"

Let's see what the MVN is in your car.  Looking forward to documenting what other manufacturers are doing out there.Now for your further entertainment, since we are looking at radios, let's look at what holds them, the dashboard.  Here are a couple I picked from my archives.

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Quad Backflipping into History

07/13/2015

This may be the coolest thing done on two wheels in years. New Zealand BMX rider Jed Mildon recently became the very first BMX rider to complete a quad backflip. The 29-year-old adrenaline junkie is a member of Nitro Circus, a "crew full of action sports enthusiasts in search of the biggest, baddest, and craziest stunts" according to the group's YouTube page.

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Photo: NitroCircus

After nine months of working on the rotation technique and landing on a giant airbag, Mildon took to a 21 foot ramp and let it fly. Million is no stranger to taking things to the next level- he was the first to land the triple flip in 2011- but this jaw-dropping trick surpasses that on every level. Check out the video of the incredible feat (and a few gruesome attempts) below. 

To read the complete interview with Mildon click here.

Want more crazy things you can do on a set of wheels? Well, how about turning four of them into an unconventional ice cream truck... 

Dramatic Motorcycle Wreck Captured on Video

07/08/2015

Jesse Lopez was riding along Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest when his life almost came to a screeching halt. After taking a wide turn and hitting a patch of uneven pavement, the 24-year-old and his motorcycle collided violently with a Los Angeles County Fire Department crew transport bus. The entire accident was caught on video thanks to a rugged GoPro camera. 

WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.  

According to reports, though Lopez survived, he suffered a broken femur, tibia, fibula, ulna and humerus at the elbow. It's been three months since the incident and Lopez is still working towards a complete recovery.

"I don't remember what happened due to memory loss, but I might have panicked when I saw the truck," Lopez told NBC News. "So I applied the front brake, which straightened me out and I went straight toward the truck, which was also moving probably about 35 mph."

Thankfully, Lopez was wearing a helmet. According to research conducted by the NHTSA, helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries from motorcycle accidents. California law states that "any driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle". California is one of 19 states that requires such helmet use. The state is one of a handful trying to lower the statistics-- over 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2013.

Do you prefer two wheels to four? Check out when Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars ditched the cars and entered a garage stuffed to the brim with badass bikes ready for auction.

Are you concerned about your safety of the road? Take the DriveSmart Pledge here and help Velocity, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Toyota TeenDrive365 end distracted, drunk and drugged driving.

Car Show at Junkyard Empire

07/02/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire hosted his 3rd Annual Rally in the Alley.  The show was held the Damascus Motors headquarters.  Rhona Leffler - co/owner and VP of DMC along with their team put on a great day of cars, kids, hero dogs and activities for all!  Andy, Rhona and Mark "The Pope" Hipsley brought in nearly 200 registered cars, of all sorts and sizes. 

Andy15 dmc front lot 406 lr smHere we see the consignment showroom to the left featuring some top notch restored and modified American Iron.  Out front we see a razor sharp Lamborghini Murcielago along with some very nice Vettes and other Chevies. 

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Rolling out to Barrett Jackson

12/24/2014

Recently recieved a fun invite, to photograph, blog and interview at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale.  This is the world's pre-eminent automotive auction.  I remember being spellbound at a friend's house in the 90's, watching cool cars cruise up the carpet with a definitive value now attached to them.  

To celebrate the event thought we'd look at some of the interesting objects on the list and maybe a few followup photos from other events.

The first one that caught my eye was this wild custom 1937 Cord Westchester Custom

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(photo courtesy Barrett-Jackson)

I've always loved the lines on the Cords.  I never thought about hot rodding such a vehicle and there are a host of folks that would question the exercise.  

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