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Last Call: Unsprung Weight Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 19, 2018 Last Call

Putting a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke snowmobile engine in the back of a Yugo is, in theory, an inspired idea. However, bolting the entire engine, exhaust and CVT transmission directly to a solid rear axle — as elegant in its simplicity as it may be — can’t bode well for the ride and handling.

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Last Call: ’80s Italian Style Edition

The 1984 Fantic Sprinter Multispeed was a fairly ordinary Italian 50cc CVT “no-ped”, but as the Italians managed to do throughout the twentieth century, they managed to come up with a truly striking and unique package, even if the technology under the wrap is all strictly conventional.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: False Neutral Podcast #81 – The Return of Jeff

Our friend Jeff, who shared his adventures on a TW200 back in Episode 29, is back again to talk about his recent experiences riding the West Coast on another Yamaha, this one blessed with a great deal more power. We go on to discuss the death of Motus, the birth of the Ryker, and Harley’s chronic illness.


False Neutral – The Return of Jeff


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Last Call: Five-Wheel Friday Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 14, 2018 Last Call

There’s a point beyond which the rational parameters of logical vehicle design take a back seat to style, whimsy, and utterly nonsensical coolness. Those limits are exceeded well before you get around to creating a five wheel, four seat chopper trike. Hooray for human irrationality.

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Last Call: Plated Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 13, 2018 Last Call

If your daily driver isn’t a sprint car, it’s not as cool as it could be. Conversely, if your sprint car isn’t road legal, it’s not as cool as it could be.

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Last Call: So Conflicted Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 12, 2018 Last Call


I’m old enough to remember when the AMC Matador Coupe was sold new. I was 13 when the landau Barcelona II version was introduced. I can recall ruminating for hours on whether the or the opera-windowed version was more desirable, but I was never quite able to decide. Frankly, I was utterly conflicted about it even as an eighth grader. I found it undeniably odd, peculiar, ill-proportioned—and yet somewhat irresistible. I still do. This extremely clean, lightly modded Barcelona coupe that shifts the balance a little bit more toward the irresistible side.

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Last Call: Hans Shot First Edition

There are few motorcycle shapes more recognizable than Hans Muth’s remarkable Suzuki Katana bodywork. Beyond the original 1000S of 1982, the same basic shape was applied to a number of different four-cylinder models. The smallest and perhaps most perfect was this JDM GSX250S, beautifully captured in anthracite gray.

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Project Bike SOTU 2018: Bultakenstein

Bultakenstein will be seven years old next month, and if you’ve been following these SOTU updates, you will not be surprised to learn that it is still nowhere near complete. For the last five months, my build-a-motorcycle-from-random-salvage-parts project (along with its little brother, my ’73 Honda CL125S project) has been crammed into one corner of my garage, as the demands of adult life have forced my attention elsewhere. I always feel slightly embarrassed to reveal how excruciatingly slow progress on this has been, but it has always been a back-burner, as-time-allows project. When I first considered this year’s Redusernab SOTU extravaganza, I was convinced that I had no accomplishments to write about for this past year. However, when I went back and looked at my notes and photos, I realized that between my last SOTU in August 2017 and early May of this year, I did actually make a lot of progress on the frame and engine mounts, while also acquiring additional suspension, engine and body parts.
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Project Bike SOTU: Honda CL125S

I got stranded.
Less than a week after this Honda CL125S’s SOTU post last year, the bike developed a high-RPM miss on my commute in to work. It was worse when I took the bike to lunch. It wouldn’t start at all after work. I kicked it and bump-started it with hardly a pop. I gave up and rode home with it on a flatbed. I’d had cycle coverage from AAA for 8 years without using it, so I figured they owed me. Unfortunately, the bike hasn’t been on the road again since. However, I did manage to make some progress this past year.

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Last Call: Tokyo To Kansas Edition

Peter Tanshanomi September 10, 2018 Last Call

Yesterday afternoon, I spotted this JDM Nissan President in the local Costco parking lot. It would be a fairly notable sight anywhere in North America, but it is much more remarkable to find in Overland Park, Kansas than it would be in Los Angeles or Seattle. In fact, in over three decades, this is only the second right-hand-drive import I have spotted within the Kansas City metro area. Sure, its basically just an Infiniti Q45, but it is not just the rarity of this version that makes it cooler — the Infiniti version doesn’t have the killer lace window curtains.

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