Archive for November, 2008

Moto Guzzi’s Breva 1200 Sport

November 30, 2008

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It has been said that Moto Guzzi is rather like Italian politics: Every year there is a new government, but nothing really changes. For more than 40 years Guzzi has been developing its V-twin, with a 90-degree included angle, two overhead valves, and driveshaft-friendly longitudinal crankshaft, a new version seeming to appear every year. The big difference between the government and the Guzzi is that the Guzzi keeps getting better.

This latest rendition, the Breva 1200 Sport, is proof of that, as we found out during its Arizona introduction last September. Guzzi’s 703cc V7 first appeared back in 1967, and though there is certainly nothing interchangeable with the 1200 Sport’s 1,151cc version, it remains that essential pushrod twin. The 1200 uses the same engine as is bolted into the Norge (and the Breva 1200 not exported to the United States), with an oversquare bore of 95mm; stroke, 81.2mm; stampeding some 70-plus horses at 7,500 rpm. This engine is not really a low-rpm lugger, as it thrives on modest revs, with the maximum torque of about 60 lb-ft coming on at 6,000 rpm.

The headlight comes with a sporty little cowling, giving it a semblance of aerodynamics–this is not a top-speed machine, but one intended for happy speeds. At the bottom of the engine is a chin spoiler, aesthetically pleasing and also functional as it serves to protect the oil cooler.

The footpegs are slightly rear-set, and when the rider sits down (seat height is a shade over 31 inches, and a slightly lower saddle is an option), it is a long reach over the large six-gallon gas tank to the “advanced” handlebar –that is Guzzi’s word to describe the rather wide (almost 33 inches) solid-mounted Renthal bar, which suited my long torso and arms quite well. Those with a shorter reach might want to loosen the mounting bolts and turn the bar back 90 degrees. Two controls at the left end of the bar operate the computer on the dash, telling the rider most things that he might want to know, except which stock to buy.

The Marzocchi male-slider fork, 45mm in diameter, is adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping, and has 4.7 inches of travel. The rake is 25 degrees; trail, 4.7 inches. The fork has been coated with an anti-friction compound called Tinalox. The Sachs shock absorber has preload and rebound adjustability, the rear wheel having 5.5 inches of movement.

Wheels are 17 inches, with a 120/70 tire on the front, 180/55 on the rear. The 320mm front discs use Brembo four-piston (opposed) calipers, the rear 298mm disc has a two-piston (parallel) caliper. ABS is an option for the Europeans, but not for Americans, as Moto Guzzi research shows that most sporting riders in this country are not interested in it.

The engine sits in a tubular-steel cradle frame, with 58.5 inches between the axles. The transmission has six speeds, with shaft final drive. Dry weight is said to be 506 pounds.

Turn the key, push the button, fuel is injected, two spark plugs in each cylinder fire the mixture, and the engine begins its leisurely side-to-side sway, so common with the longitudinal twins. Clutch in, first gear engaged, clutch released, and I am smoothly away. I like the ergonomics and the wide bar, making the Sport easy to maneuver out of the parking lot, and the saddle suits my butt. We settle in for some 80-mph freeway cruising out to Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, and then head off to the Apache Trail in the Tonto National Forest. Not that there is much forest out here, just rock and dirt and cactus.

I do enjoy that loping gait which all Guzzis have, not a frenetic rush to power that one feels in many higher-revving machines. A slight vibration comes through the bar and pegs, allowing the rider to keep his or her eyes on the road, rather than the tachometer. Which, on the Sport, has no painted redline, merely a red light on the face that blinks as the engine speed approaches the rev limiter, more easily noticed on a frolicsome ride than having to focus on the needle.

The Apache Trail is a superb road, two lanes of good pavement going up and down and around for many blissful miles, good Sport territory, endlessly clicking the shift lever through the gears, braking, throttling up, slowing, accelerating. The transmission is excellent, as are the brakes, and the ECU for the injectors seems right on, with no hesitations nor hiccups. The Sport seems very happy with my keeping the tach between five and seven thousand, and is intended for the leisurely rider, like myself, who likes a bit of lean, adequate power and comfort. I’m having fun without being crouched over and bent like a pretzel.

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This was an all-too-short intro, as usual, and we hope to get a proper test machine, with all the optional touring accessories like saddlebags and heated grips, in the future. Already I would say that, having ridden many Guzzi models over the past 40 years, this has a fine engine and a fine chassis. Now Guzzi has to let the riding public know about it.

Article from Rider Magazine

Engine Air-cooled 90-degree V-twin
Displacement 1,151cc
Bore x stroke 95mm x 81.2mm
Carburetion Magneti Marelli fuel injection
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Transmission Six-speed
Final drive Shaft
Tires 120/70-17 front; 180/55-17 rear
Front brake Twin 320mm floating discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brake Single 282mm disc, two-piston caliper
Front suspension 45mm fork adjustable for preload
4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension Single shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping
5.5 inches of travel
Seat height 31.5 inches
Wheelbase 58.5 inches
Fuel capacity 6 gallons
Dry weight 505 pounds
MSRP $13,590

Beejoir ‘LV Child’ Sculpture

November 26, 2008

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Black cast resin sculpture with hand painted gold lettering.

Limited Edition of 500

 

 

Each sculpture will be individually packaged & Numbered (on the foot) in an artists designed LV box and will have hand Signed COA by Beejoir included in the box.

A donation of 50% of the proceeds from the sale of this edition will be made to the Mercy centre foundation who support the children and communities living in the many slums in and around Bangkok.

Dimensions: Approx 13cm x 7cm

Price: £74.99 Buy it here

The Porsche Panamera

November 26, 2008

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Porsche have released their highly anticipated Panamera sedan which has been in development for the past four years. The Porsche Panamera is the first sedan made by Porsche and the second four door car after their Cayenne SUV. The Panamera will feature Porsche’s newly developed PDK dual clutch transmission which makes shifting much more comfortable. The Panamera will be available in several models with the Panamera Turbo at the top, the exact specifications have yet to be announced, the Porsche Panamera goes on sale in the Spring.

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more photos & extensive info at Sybarites

Thom Brown: GQ Designer of the year!

November 25, 2008

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DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: THE INCREDIBLE SUIT-SHRINKING MAN

His pants are too high, his jackets are too tight. So how did Thom Browne become the most influential menswear designer in America?

thom browne’s world: Most of us don’t live in it, but he’s convinced we’d be better off if we did.

We’d all have less stuff, for one thing. Every day, we’d leave bright, spotless, almost comically underfurnished homes and go to work in bright, spotless, almost comically underfurnished places of business. Browne’s Manhattan showroom is like that. You could drive a parade float through the space between the door and the table where he’s sitting now, talking to some people about the tennis-club-inspired set he wants to build for his next runway show. Read the rest of article

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Basket: From Spy

November 25, 2008

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View more of Spy’s Urban furniture!

Kanye live on Letterman!

November 25, 2008

Holy shit Ye this sounds amazing,this is why Kanye is the best right now! Me and Ms. Young tried to stay up and watch this last night but Sandman got us, man did we miss out! So this post is for you!

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When it comes to wealth, too much faking it will keep you from making it.

November 19, 2008

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Article from Black Enterprise Blog of Alfred Edmond Jr. is the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com

One of the things I like to talk about when I travel the country speaking about the principles and habits of successful wealth-building is learning to recognize and avoid what I call poverty traps: behaviors and ways of thinking that sabotage our ability to increase our net worth and build wealth. The poverty trap I’m going to talk about today is going to hit close to home for many people in the Black Enterprise family, particularly in light of the current economic crisis: Too many of us are working and spending to look rich instead of saving and investing to build wealth. (more…)

Nazar Eye(EVil Eye) NB 1500’s

November 19, 2008

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Solebox once again worked with New Balance, this time on the 1500, entitled “Nazar Eye”.that translates to “Evil Eye” in turkish

 It will be released this weekend, November 22nd, at Solebox Berlin

Intro to “Road to Till the Casket Drops”

November 18, 2008

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In a couple of weeks, Complex and the Clipse new clothing line Play Cloths will present the new mixtape  Road To Til The Casket Drops  as a precursor to Til The Casket Drops, the third proper Clipse studio album 

Here’s the Intro.

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Clowns…

November 18, 2008

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Corey Helford Gallery has a interesting Exhibit going on right now with an incredible roster of contemporary artists updated takes on classic clown paintings. The show will feature some of the best contemporary artists in the United States, and london!

Corey Helford Gallery

Culver City, CA

310.287.2340

See more pics of show