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Man spends year 3D printing Honda CB500 replica

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Translucent 1972 Honda replica might not be rideable, but it is beautiful.

Do you remember Christmas in the 1980’s? We do, it was a decade of eager faces opening up the latest Airfix model and families filling the void between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve (five days where none of us know what day of the week it is) creating little works of art. Christmas right up until the mid-nineties were like this for many households. All with shelves full of Spitfire’s or Nortons, lovingly created by hand.

Those of us who remember this have sadly grown up over the last decade or two. However, our love of Airfix hasn’t. Unfortunately, regulations have got so insane that now the glue doesn’t work and the paint doesn’t stick. So our passion is soon dampened and New Year’s Day kicks off with a lineup of monstrosities all destined to the bin, replaced by Lego Ferrari’s and Campervans.

You can imagine how excited we were when we read this fascinating story about Jonathan Brand. A New Yorker who took his love of art, engineering, and motorbikes to an incredible level.

Over 12 months he painstakingly recreated a 1972 Honda CB500 from 18 rolls of corn plastic using, the most fantastically named machine ever, the Ultimaker.

Jonathon had decided he wanted to buy a Honda CB500, however with the arrival of his son he thought a better idea would be to create the ultimate homage by building a moving replica using 3D printing technology.

Jonathan used two Ultimaker 3D printers, starting by creating specific digital files of the parts for the CB500. Each piece was individually printed, taking up 18 rolls of biodegradable corn plastic. He wanted to maintain transparency to help highlight the beauty of the engineering, so every single piece had a one-millimetre depth. This resulted in the whole bike weighing less than 20kg! He started with 18kg of plastic so are assuming that he used 2kg of glue!

The process was painstakingly long, but Airfix fans will know that is part of the love. It’s a little like the family jigsaw. Sitting every evening and placing just a few bits together. It’s just that some of the bits to Jonathan’s puzzle took 24 hours to complete!

Like many passionate motorcycle fans, artist Jonathan says he believes the exceptional engineering involved in creating these bikes is a form of art and he is fascinated by engineering. However, one engineer told him that should he have known what he was doing then he wouldn’t have started his creation. Because he knew it wouldn’t work.

We think it is a truly stunning replica and are just a tiny bit jealous we didn’t think of it ourselves. We’re also actually considering investing in the Ultimaker this Christmas.

Check out the full story here and see the full gallery of images of Jonathan’s beautiful 3D replica of the 1972 Honda CB500.

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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