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(Gizmodo)   Kawasaki built a time machine and stole a bike from the future. Now they can take my money. All of it   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 53
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433 [TotalFark]
2013-11-20 11:46:24 PM
Thing looks like an Xbox 360 melted in the sun.

As cool as it seems, some of the riding modes make the rider look like a joke, and the "comfort" mode looks like the rider is pushing a shopping cart or baby carriage.
 
2013-11-20 11:53:00 PM
It's a light cycle from Tron.
 
2013-11-21 12:05:32 AM
It looks like a lame version of the Dodge Tomahawk.

/I'm keeping my KTM Super Duke
 
2013-11-21 12:12:29 AM
It's good-looking and all, sure, but second gear won't survive past 19k and every time you turn it on the ambient temperature of your block will increase by a small but significant amount.

Thanks, but I'll stick with my B-King Cylon lookalike.
 
2013-11-21 12:17:04 AM

b2theory: It looks like a lame version of the Dodge Tomahawk.

/I'm keeping my KTM Super Duke


Heh I didn't see the Weeners in the article.
 
2013-11-21 01:34:57 AM

b2theory: b2theory: It looks like a lame version of the Dodge Tomahawk.

/I'm keeping my KTM Super Duke

Heh I didn't see the Weeners in the article.


Me, either. I just saw bikes.
 
2013-11-21 01:38:32 AM
images.moviepostershop.com
 
2013-11-21 02:14:57 AM
Looks like the Green Machine to me.     www.ohgizmo.com
 
2013-11-21 02:27:27 AM

fusillade762: [images.moviepostershop.com image 580x901]


I remember that movie, it was like someone gave a monkee a typewriter to see if he could pound out a script.
 
2013-11-21 02:28:39 AM
www.scifiupdates.com
 
2013-11-21 02:39:51 AM

433: Thing looks like an Xbox 360 melted in the sun.

As cool as it seems, some of the riding modes make the rider look like a joke, and the "comfort" mode looks like the rider is pushing a shopping cart or baby carriage.


Who cares.

i1190.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-21 03:36:29 AM
Man, that just makes me miss the Tomahawk more.
 
2013-11-21 04:25:59 AM
Won't be street legal in US
 
2013-11-21 05:46:59 AM
Does it come with a Power Ranger riding suit?

Only Honda seems to realize that not everybody wants to be Ricky Racer or Marlon Brando, and is coming out with regular motorcycles again. Once the stigma of being called a "scooter" dies out, I think that scooters will be the biggest selling type of bike; they're practical, comfortable, economical, and have tons of storage space. I've been riding for 40 years and have owned at least 20 bikes, and my current Honda Forza is the funnest bike I've ever owned. I'll never own a bike that has a manual transmission again.
 
2013-11-21 05:49:35 AM

DrPainMD: Once the stigma of being called a "scooter" dies out, I think that scooters will be the biggest selling type of bike;


That'll be right after the Bengals successfully defend their Super Bowl title, though.

/former scooter owner
 
2013-11-21 06:47:57 AM

DrPainMD: Does it come with a Power Ranger riding suit?

Only Honda seems to realize that not everybody wants to be Ricky Racer or Marlon Brando, and is coming out with regular motorcycles again. Once the stigma of being called a "scooter" dies out, I think that scooters will be the biggest selling type of bike; they're practical, comfortable, economical, and have tons of storage space. I've been riding for 40 years and have owned at least 20 bikes, and my current Honda Forza is the funnest bike I've ever owned. I'll never own a bike that has a manual transmission again.


If there is one thing I've learned from my Harley worshiping in-laws, it is that scooters are not bikes, and someone who rides one saying they ride "a bike" deserves to be punched in the nads.  Of course, these are also people who, because something has H-D printed on it somewhere, are willing to pay 3-5 times what the item is worth.  I don't exactly take what they say about motorcycles as gospel.

/it does make Christmas shopping easy
//just expensive
///their house looks like a Harley gift shop
 
2013-11-21 07:21:49 AM
Just for the record, I'm now officially bored with the "take my money" saying.

/Bike looks cool
 
2013-11-21 07:26:36 AM
I thought this was going to reference the line "You can take my money, you can take my time...
But you can't take my heart, it's in the city behind" from Old Friend by Rancid.

/Cool bike though
 
2013-11-21 07:37:11 AM

TwistedIvory: It's good-looking and all, sure, but second gear won't survive past 19k and every time you turn it on the ambient temperature of your block will increase by a small but significant amount.

Thanks, but I'll stick with my B-King Cylon lookalike.


Ummm....you did see the "EV" part, right?
 
2013-11-21 07:38:09 AM
www.battlegrip.com
Will it do this?  'Cos that would sell me.
 
2013-11-21 07:40:11 AM
Can I be the first to say it? It looks farking retarded.
 
2013-11-21 07:48:23 AM
Meh. I still want a Street Triple.
 
2013-11-21 07:48:55 AM
kanedabike.jpg


Testuooooooooooo, Kaaaaaaaaaaaanedaaa, yada yada.
 
2013-11-21 07:54:21 AM
can we just get some EV motorcycles that get a good range, don't look all needlessly flashy, and cost a reasonable price?
 
2013-11-21 08:04:05 AM

DrPainMD: Does it come with a Power Ranger riding suit?

Only Honda seems to realize that not everybody wants to be Ricky Racer or Marlon Brando, and is coming out with regular motorcycles again. Once the stigma of being called a "scooter" dies out, I think that scooters will be the biggest selling type of bike; they're practical, comfortable, economical, and have tons of storage space. I've been riding for 40 years and have owned at least 20 bikes, and my current Honda Forza is the funnest bike I've ever owned. I'll never own a bike that has a manual transmission again.


First - if that thing was in production I'd pay up to 30k for one assuming performance was there.

Second - Wanna know how I know you're a heathen?

Hint - motorcycles without a manual transmission are just mopeds.

If its got gears and more than 600cc you're ok - (triumph motorcycles get a pass for sheer badassness).

On a side note - does anyone have first hand experience riding an 848evo?
 
2013-11-21 08:11:18 AM

serial_crusher: can we just get some EV motorcycles that get a good range, don't look all needlessly flashy, and cost a reasonable price?


MSRP under 20K

www.asphaltandrubber.com
 
2013-11-21 08:29:19 AM
I bet it sounds like Fran Drescher right after she steps on a nail, if she pulled the nail out and ran it down a chalk board at the same time.
 
2013-11-21 08:37:24 AM

ChubbyTiger: Meh. I still want a Street Triple.


Feel free to cum, puke, and shiat at the same time.
 
2013-11-21 08:38:41 AM

baka-san: serial_crusher: can we just get some EV motorcycles that get a good range, don't look all needlessly flashy, and cost a reasonable price?

MSRP under 20K

[www.asphaltandrubber.com image 850x607]


yeah, see I don't consider that a reasonable price.  It's a good price for what it is, but I'd rather get a car at that point.
I want something in the 5k range.  I don't care if it maxes out at 45mph, but I'd like to get 100 miles on a charge.
 
2013-11-21 08:45:59 AM

baka-san: serial_crusher: can we just get some EV motorcycles that get a good range, don't look all needlessly flashy, and cost a reasonable price?

MSRP under 20K

[www.asphaltandrubber.com image 850x607]


I like how the charging page prattles on for paragraphs without ever actually telling you how long the farkers actually take to charge.

So none of the convenience of a car at the cost of a car? I'll just buy a car....
 
2013-11-21 08:48:49 AM

youmightberight: Hint - motorcycles without a manual transmission are just mopeds.


How many mopeds can do 85 mph?
How many mopeds don't have pedals?
 
2013-11-21 08:53:57 AM
No love for the flying Megaforce bike?
 
2013-11-21 09:03:23 AM
Interesting concept though I would like to know if the actual alternative riding styles and control schemes actually work and or are controllable.
 
2013-11-21 09:06:00 AM
www.battleforce5.com
 
2013-11-21 09:13:12 AM
No smartwheels? Nevermind.
 
2013-11-21 09:27:02 AM
"Akira, Tron - I don't care what pop reference you pick  as long as it's at least 20 years out of date"

www.gunjap.net

Bet you that bike can do a lot in 60 seconds.
 
2013-11-21 09:40:36 AM
i1151.photobucket.com
Basic - simple - and you don't need a Lycra spacesuit to "complete the look" when riding it.
(My first bike. I miss that under-powered POS.)
 
2013-11-21 09:47:14 AM

youmightberight: DrPainMD: Does it come with a Power Ranger riding suit?

Only Honda seems to realize that not everybody wants to be Ricky Racer or Marlon Brando, and is coming out with regular motorcycles again. Once the stigma of being called a "scooter" dies out, I think that scooters will be the biggest selling type of bike; they're practical, comfortable, economical, and have tons of storage space. I've been riding for 40 years and have owned at least 20 bikes, and my current Honda Forza is the funnest bike I've ever owned. I'll never own a bike that has a manual transmission again.

First - if that thing was in production I'd pay up to 30k for one assuming performance was there.

Second - Wanna know how I know you're a heathen?

Hint - motorcycles without a manual transmission are just mopeds.

If its got gears and more than 600cc you're ok - (triumph motorcycles get a pass for sheer badassness).

On a side note - does anyone have first hand experience riding an 848evo?


All triumphs have gears and more than 600cc unless you're talking vintage.

The smallest they make, the Bonneville, is 860cc.

I love scooters. They're great for the city and such. They're also a ton of fun, and due to the handling and performance, they are MORE fun than a bike on streets and heavy traffic, high mobility, situations.

That said, they're too limited unless you live in a city where you never see a highway or highway speeds. I had a Vespa 150lx, it would do 50-60 easily, but it was farking terrifying and didn't have great performance in that range.

Plus I wasn't going to take it on a 30 mile highway trip or similar things. So I swapped for a bike. I've been happier, it's a vehicle replacement for me, and a 'real' bike allows me more flexibility in where I go without having to swap it for the car. I live in texas though, and our cities are kings of sprawl, so I often have to drive 30+ miles to a shop on several highways.

Anyone who disparages automatic transmissions is a dick waving farktard who is concerned with his own genital size. A manual doesn't 'make you more manly', it is usually simply another point of failure or error. An automatic transmission can shift faster and more accurately than you can. Especially a double clutch system. It's just the 'I am man hear me roar' testosterone that most bikers need, will keep the technology back.

Personally I'm waiting for a cool electric motorcycle that doesn't cost 30k in the next 10 years, that's my dream.

The bike in the article looks like shiat and looks like it would be uncomfortable to ride in any configuration. Plus the split front handles look like a massive danger and an even bigger fail point for periodic maintenance.

/05 Vespa, 02 Bonneville, 2013 bonneville now
//winter, needed fuel injection, debated buying a NC700X with the autotrans but they wouldn't give me more than 1k trade in, while the triumph did 4.5k
 
2013-11-21 09:52:16 AM

oldfarthenry: [i1151.photobucket.com image 400x254]
Basic - simple - and you don't need a Lycra spacesuit to "complete the look" when riding it.
(My first bike. I miss that under-powered POS.)


Is that a CB77 (Honda 305)? My neighbor used to have one lying around his place when we were kids. It would only run on one cylinder, and that just barely. He was limping it up and down the dirt road between our properties and I was trailing him on my SL175, and that second cylinder kicked in. He did a wheelie, went off the road, and into a barbed wire fence. It was AWESOME!
 
kab
2013-11-21 10:13:31 AM
No subby, they built a concept.   Which, like most concepts, will be nothing more than vaporware.
 
2013-11-21 10:18:10 AM

Cheese eating surrender monkey: kanedabike.jpg


Testuooooooooooo, Kaaaaaaaaaaaanedaaa, yada yada.


That'd get me reaching for the plastic as well.  A feet forward EV bike with gyro assisted balance, several hundred mile range, capable of sustaining 170mph and good wind protection (unlike the dayglow crap in the article)?  SOLD!

If you read the subtitles on Alkira, his bikes power plant is a very strange beast.  Part electric but also needs high RPM for gear shifting.
 
2013-11-21 10:30:35 AM

scanman61: TwistedIvory: It's good-looking and all, sure, but second gear won't survive past 19k and every time you turn it on the ambient temperature of your block will increase by a small but significant amount.

Thanks, but I'll stick with my B-King Cylon lookalike.

Ummm....you did see the "EV" part, right?


I did. Given my experience with Kawasaki, however, power source is irrelevant. They'll still find a way to lunch transmissions and run hotter than hell.

/To be fair, this seems applicable only to Kawi's sportbike lineup. I've not had the same experience with their cruisers or DS bikes.
 
2013-11-21 11:46:04 AM

Vaneshi: Cheese eating surrender monkey: kanedabike.jpg


Testuooooooooooo, Kaaaaaaaaaaaanedaaa, yada yada.

That'd get me reaching for the plastic as well.  A feet forward EV bike with gyro assisted balance, several hundred mile range, capable of sustaining 170mph and good wind protection (unlike the dayglow crap in the article)?  SOLD!

If you read the subtitles on Alkira, his bikes power plant is a very strange beast.  Part electric but also needs high RPM for gear shifting.


I'd put that down to 'it was made in the 80s and the anime dude didn't know anything about electric engines and the internet wasn't around so he wasn't going off to college for it'.
 
2013-11-21 12:32:34 PM

kab: No subby, they built a concept.   Which, like most concepts, will be nothing more than vaporware.


Yep, I've never once seen a Dodge Challenger, Viper, or Prowler.

/One company, one decade, three examples of how wrong you are.
 
2013-11-21 02:02:25 PM
One step closer to riding one of these.

img.fark.net
 
2013-11-21 03:50:01 PM
I liked it better when Kawasaki went back in time.

databikes.com
 
2013-11-21 04:12:45 PM

b2theory: It looks like a lame version of the Dodge Tomahawk.


This one can turn.
 
2013-11-21 04:31:28 PM
I'll keep this one thanks, if for no reason than to keep some jackass from making HURR CEFEE RAYCER11!!10NE! out of her.  Really people, use some gutless paratwin for that stuff, you're making an ersatz Britbike, remember?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-21 05:05:12 PM

kobrakai: I liked it better when Kawasaki went back in time.

[databikes.com image 640x480]


Unff...  The Z-Rex makes my pants tight.
 
2013-11-21 06:34:42 PM

MBP2112: I'll keep this one thanks, if for no reason than to keep some jackass from making HURR CEFEE RAYCER11!!10NE! out of her.  Really people, use some gutless paratwin for that stuff, you're making an ersatz Britbike, remember?

[i.imgur.com image 850x508]


What a small world. My first bike was a 1982 KZ440 LTD.
 
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