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Want To Ride?
Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Interested in learning to ride? Well, it is one of the greatest pleasures that I have found. I started on the first model year of this motorcycle. It is a...Suzuki GS500 and it is one of the best beginner motorcycles out there. I had just graduated high school and was looking for an adventure so I decided that I would do motorcycle school. Which is the best way to start to ride because they teach you everything you need to know from how to operate the bike, avoid accidents, proper braking and if you get good at riding they have a stunt course as well. When you're done with your eduaction from the school they give you a certificate for your motorcycle endorsement and WHAM, BAM, thank you MAAM, you're good to go. Not to mention, you get to screw up their equipment so you don't have...
 
Gran Turismo 5 Gets Top Gear Track
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

(From Ars Technica) From its roots as a drab TV show about cars, the BBC's Top Gear has metamorphosed, with the help of P2P and the Internet, into a global smash hit. With more light entertainment than pure car show, there is still just enough to keep the petrolhead riveted. Fans of the show will know that new cars and celebrities hawking their new books are put to the test on a track laid out on a disused airstrip. Now Gran Turismo fans will have their own opportunity to drive the Top Gear track and pretend to be The Stig, as Polyphony Digital has announced the inclusion of the track in its forthcoming PS3 game, Gran Turismo 5. In addition to being able to drive the track, GT5 will allow players to download clips from Top Gear with GT TV in what seems to be a mashup between YouTube...
 
Want To Ride? (Alternative Version)
Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Allen posted about how great his bike was and all of that. I decided that rather than commenting on what he had to say, I could say the same thing only much different. I have always had a fondness for motorcycles, though I had never really ridden one until I was just turning 21. I did have a 50cc Italian scooter, but it didn't even have a clutch so I don't really count it as a proper motorcycle. (Though I did love it and would like to fix it up one of these days) My problem was that I didn't have the slightest clue about how a motorcycle functioned. I found out from Allen that there was a class, and we had gotten a bit of money for Christmas, so I took the MSF class. MSF was great. If you are thinking about riding, I would highly recommend it. Many people think it isn't necessary,...
 
In the Niche: (Part 1)
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Allen: Where have all the rear wheel drive (RWD) economy sport compacts coupes gone (maybe this market is a little too specific)? Are they gone for good? If you haven't figured out by now I'm a big fan of oversteer and not the kind that involves your "good friend" the E-brake, Austin. I've been keeping up with concept cars that are being produced in the past few years in hopes that they will fill this "Niche market", like the Saturn Sky or Pontiac Solstice when they were still concepts. It turns out that GM decided to make them convertible roadsters, sadly. With the demise of the beloved Nissan 240sx in 1998 there has been nothing to fill the void. Nothing for me to hope to drive sideways and still get the 28 miles per gallon while cramming (And I do mean CRAM.) my family, friends,...
 
Nissan GT-R Line-Up and Colors.
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ok, so it appears that everyone wants to know about the Nissan GT-R. It is by and far the most popular post so far on 62mph, so here is more of what everybody loves. The current Nissan GT-R line-up is going to consist of three(3) different models. And here they are according to Nissan. There will not be any performance difference between the three models. All three will have the VR38DETT 3.8 Liter Twin Turbo engine and 6 speed dual clutch transmission. There will be six available colors. Ultimate Metal Silver, Titanium Gray, Pearl white, Red, Dark Metal Gray, and Super Black. So that makes 5 out of 6 in the monochrome scale, and one color. GT-R (standard) Comes in Ultimate metal silver with a black interior. This will come with an optional Bose sound system. GT-R Premium...
 
My 240sx Suspension
Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Allen: I figured I would write a post about the suspension set-up in my 240sx. Suspension modification is one of those things that if done incorrectly can make your car handle worse. I spent several month researching on what I wanted to do. I chose the Whiteline suspension kit which can be purchased at www.pdm-racing.com (these guys are awesome! I've ordered other things from them than just my kit.). The reason I chose this kit was because it had been tried and tested on the 240sx (S13). It comes with lowering springs, adjustable sway-bars, and full polyurethane bushings. It is very labor intensive to replace all of the bushing on a 240sx or any car for that matter. It took me 11 hours with a lift, press and torch because some of the bushings could not be pressed out and had...
 
Pontiac Solstice (Saturn Sky) Confusion
Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Allen:  I had the opportunity to sit in a Solstice and move it around the block.  I was a little irritated because, it was hard to see out of.  I didn't tell the owner that, though.  I simply asked her about performance, fuel economy and if she like driving the car in hopes of persuading me to purchase one.  Her response shocked me. "The car is okay but it doesn't handle as good as the Saab I used to drive, and it gets worse fuel economy only 25 mpg.  I do like the convertible but I feel the hand brake is in the wrong position.  It is in the way when I put my purse on the passenger seat." "Wow!" was the only thing I was thinking.  I took a breath and relaxed.  Then, I asked her why she thought the Saab was a better handling car and got better fuel economy then her Solistice. "That...
 
Scottsdale Pavillions Car Show
Posted Sunday, November 11, 2007

We spent the evening at the weekly car show that goes on at the Scottsdale Pavillions. This event has gotten quite large over the past few years. Last night's turnout was no different. Hundreds of cars and bikes of all makes and models. Allen had the only '86' there however....
 
G2 Cycles
Posted Monday, November 12, 2007

Interview with the representative from G2 Cycles. Allen: I wanted to put into perspective the performance of this vehicle. The Ferrari Enzo, your modern day super-car, can take a turn at 1.02 Gs. Why is 1 G important? 1 G or gravity is the same amount of force applied to your body that you experience everyday that holds you to the earth. Now apply that force in a turn. The G2 can do two times that force in a turn. Impressive? I think so. What about acceleration? The average pick-up truck has more horsepower then the G2. Yes, 180 horsepower doesn't seem like much but combine that with an 800 pound curb weight and you get a rocket. A stock Corvette can not accelerate faster then 4.0 seconds this can. So what you get. A two seater , 3-wheeled vehicle that can turn faster then...
 
Will the Lotus Never Wilt?
Posted Thursday, November 15, 2007

Of all of the cars out there; Of all of the news that I read; Of all of the gimmicky re-releases; there is one car that I never tire hearing about; the Lotus Elise. I feel like one of Odysseus' crew members from the Odyssey. The ones who get caught up with the lotus eaters and never want to leave. That is me. I am a lotus eater. I am high on the Lotus. I just cannot get enough of this stupid looking car, and they just keep getting better. The Elise premiered in 1995 at the Frankfurt Auto Show and has now been going strong for 12 years. In the US however the Elise has only been on the market for a few years as it was introduced here in the 2005 model year. The Elise is basically a super small, light weight, sports car with a tiny engine and a massive power to weight ratio. It comes...
 
Forced Air Technologies STI
Posted Saturday, November 17, 2007

This is a pretty sweet setup in this 2006 Subaru WRX STI. It has a compound system with a turbocharger, and a supercharger created by Forced Air Technologies Allen: It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut and let Austin ask the questions (I hate being the camera man). I love the fact that the supercharger kicks off when the turbo is under boost to eliminate any parasitic drain from the engine. It is a good feat of engineering and testiment to modern technology. I go into all sorts of techno-bable on this suject but Austin would just delete them from the post. Keep up the good work F.A.T.!...
 
Cars with Heritage Part 1 - The Mustang
Posted Monday, November 19, 2007

I was conversing with Austin the other day on aspects of cars that we like and don't like. We came across the Ford Mustang; a car that has one of the longest uninterrupted production runs ever. One that has over 40 years of history. It was then I decided to do some writing on the few remaining vehicles with any sort of heritage. The fact that the Mustang has such a rich history is reason enough to look into buying one, but is it a good enough reason to actually purchase one? I've driven several of these cars ranging all the way up to the 2007 Mustang GT Convertible. Working at an auto shop, I very rarely saw theses cars in unless it had the V-6 engine . The V-8 model (GT) is just a better car. What it lacks in handling it makes up in power and to buy a V-6 version of this...
 
They're Grilling Me!
Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I've been noticing an increasing trend in some of the import cars.  The front end of the cars seem to be similar to a degree that I almost feel like manufacures are loosing thier individuallity. Four cars that I have come across with this trend are almost all of the Audis, Volkswagen Jetta, VO X, and unfortunately or fortunately, the Nissan GT-R.  Now I don't find the grille on the front of these vehicles to be ugly and in fact, I find that they make most of the vehicle have an more aggressive appearance.  It just irritates me that there is no originality.  I like choices.  Who doesn't?  I don't want to go halfway around the world and find a car that looks the same.  Granted, Volkswagen and Audi have a good excuse because they because they are like two siblings...
 
The Man's Sedan (Part 1)
Posted Friday, November 23, 2007

As a man, I find Sedans in general repulsive. They are generally plain but functional. They serve the purpose of being a family car and usually nothing more. But I want all the functionality of a sedan and performance of a sports car. My wife drives (I can't believe I'm admitting this.) a...Hyundia Sonata (I want to make this very clear, this is not my car and my name is not on the title.). I do on occasion have to drive the beast and the only redeeming quality is the fact that it is a manual transmission. But it is not fun to drive. I can not get it sideways, it has almost no power and there is so much body roll in a corner that I feel like I'm on a boat. The question is "Is there a Sedan that a man can enjoy driving his conservative wife around in?" The Answer is "Yes, Yes there...
 
The Man Sedan (part Austin)
Posted Monday, November 26, 2007

So I was reading Allen's post on "manly sedans" and the same thought kept popping into my mind, "Why are sedans so UNmanly?"I am a man and I think that sedans are great cars simply because they are more functional than a coupe. They can hold friends or family members, they are good for hauling stuff, and with a little creativity and sometimes help from a nice manufacturer, you can have LOADS of fun in them. I personally drive a 1997 Nissan Sentra. It is not a good sedan. It has 1.6 liters of dull permeating its bright green exterior. It is not a fun drive. While it is reliable, Allen was writing about was the funnest, most entertaining sedans, and its a hard sell. Generally speaking sedans are sold for their function, or their class, but not so much for their character. If...
 
Nissan Rogue First Impressions
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Recently I won a free oil change from the local Nissan dealership in a free raffle at a nursing home. Normally I change my own oil, but it gave me a reason to hang out at the dealership for an hour and take a look at the new Nissan Rogue compact SUV. The Rogue has not been as well received by the critics as Nissan probably would have hoped, but the sales numbers are showing the the public loves it, and this is not surprising on both sides. The Rogue basically looks like a small Murano, which to me is a good thing. I would say that for its class it is the best looking small SUV/crossover out there. In comparison to the Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV, and Suzuki Grand Vitara the Rogue is a work of art. I am not crazy about the styling of any of these vehicles mostly due to their wide rear ends. The...
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways! (Why I like drifting.)
Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Drifting has become this rapidly growing racing sport around the world. There are national circuits for the United States as well as open drift days for the average driver to test his or her skills. But why is it so popular? What makes it better then just normal racing? Well I intend to tell you why I like it so much and I can only hope that most people who enjoy drifting will agree with me. First off let me explain what drifting is. Drifting is getting your car sideways or over steering it and doing it with style. What I mean by style is plenty of tire smoke and good angle. But that is not what makes drifting attractive to me. Drifting is attractive to me because it takes away the element of money (to an extent you still have to have some money for repairs, tires, etc.)....
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways!
Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Initial your D... "Drifting" is basically defined as a controlled slide, and it can only really be accomplished in a Rear-Wheel (RWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) vehicles that are rear wheel biased. There are many techniques to accomplishing drifting around corners all resulting in oversteer. The first and easiest way to get your car sideways is by using the emergency brake. Many front-wheel-drive car owners use this, however, it is hard to keep the drift going. That is where the RWD comes into play. Next is the Braking drift which is accomplished by braking hard before and during a turn with a combination of steering and accelerator inputs causing the rear wheels to loose their grip. What is happening here is that when you brake the weight is thrown forwards onto your...
 
Cars with Heritage (The Z)
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

There are not very many Japanese cars with as long a running production history as the Z car. It has stayed a constant even though its Mothering company changing names from Datsun to Nissan. It even manged to survive the gas crunch and the few years that was removed from the market. The Datsun Z car was first produced in 1969 under the alias of the 240 Z. It came equipped with a straight six engine producing a whopping (I wouldn't hold your breath for this.) 151 horsepower (HP). It was designed to be an enthusiast car with only two seats on a RWD platform. It came equipped with disk brakes and a 4-wheel independent suspension. To complete the package, Datsun made the car with refined body lines and an extra long hood to house the extremely long straight six engine making it...
 
Flight of the Navigator...er...Mercedes?
Posted Friday, November 30, 2007

It is interesting to think that the Science Fiction movies that I loved as a child might soon be a reality in the automotive world, at least for Mercedes. I remember Watching "The Flight of the Navigator" where a young man is taken ten years into the future by a spaceship. He ends up befriending the spaceship who happens to talk like PeeWee Herman... Anyway, rent the movie if I've interested you, but the ship in the movie is what interests me. I remember it changing shape at high speeds to something a little more aerodynamic and more like a giant silver football when stationary or at slow speeds. Well, apparently the luxury car maker Mercedes plans to do the same thing with a car. Mercedes calls it the SilverFlow. The idea is to use billions of microscopic metallic particles...