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Last Call: Features And Benefits Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 8, 2018 Last Call

If I was going to snap a promotional photo intended to entice people into buying my fancy, exposed-to-the-elements pickup bed seats, I probably would have waited until it wasn’t raining.

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Last Call: Proto-shop Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 7, 2018 Last Call

Back before digital retouching was available, automotive brochures often resorted to hand-retouched and manually composited photos to illustrate their newest vehicles. As with most other aspects of running a car company, American Motors evidently didn’t have the budget to attract the tip-top talent.

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Last Call: Fat Hippo Edition

This uber-functional dirt bike, used for clearing riding trails, was home-built using parts scavenged from a worn-out Honda TRX250 four-wheeler and parts of a Kawasaki Tecate 3-wheel ATV. The finished fat-wheel style trail bike has electric starting, ultra-low gearing, shaft drive, and reverse. It’s not terribly fast, but it can confidently tackle any terrain and chug up and over just about any obstacle.

You should go read web forum. The fabrication tricks and “can-do” attitude that went into this build are remarkable.

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Two-Wheel Tuesday: Radical Simplicity

Prior to the 1980s, Husqvarna had designed only two-stroke motorcycles for decades. So, when they designed a new 510cc four-stroke motor, they based it on their existing two-stroke bottom end and employed quixotic but logical engineering to lubricate the engine. Rather than a positive-displacement oil pump and dedicated oil lines, the engine utilized nothing but changes in internal engine air pressures and a pair of tiny, simple reed valves to coax the oil where it needed to go.

As the piston rose, it created a vacuum the crankcase, which sucked oil through a carefully designed set of orifices to lubricate major engine components. When the piston came down, one reed valve would shut and another would open. The resulting pressure would push oil up through the cam case to lubricate the cam chain, overhead cam, and valves. The other components in the engine and transmission were splash-lubricated by the spinning of the internal components, just as they were in a two-stroke engine. The engine housed a scant pint of motor oil.

The result was a remarkably light, compact, and simple engine that didn’t look all that different from their two-stroke models. Surprisingly, the super basic oiling system was quite robust, and the engines were fairly bulletproof. The odd lubrication technology’s only drawback was inadequate oiling at steady throttle settings, making the system inappropriate for a freeway flyer.

Last Call: Dream Girl Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 5, 2018 Last Call

Here at Redusernab, we most admire women who aspire to drive cars and wrench on them, not simply allow themselves to be perched on a fender. However, looking back through the post archives, only three women have been tagged as Hooniversal Dream Girls: Hellé Nice, Michèle Mouton, and Maria Teresa de Filippis. Who is your most crush-worthy female driver, grease monkey, designer, or engineer?

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The connected car industry’s dizzying number of players all in one chart

Peter Tanshanomi November 5, 2018 Tech

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This diagram, put together by , shows all the various automotive software vying for a slice of the connected car market. The sheer numbers of systems shows the sort of gold rush that’s going on in this sector, and this doesn’t even include autonomous vehicle systems. I have to wonder how much proprietary stuff and how many competing proposals for industry standards this landscape represents. Obviously, not all of these vendors will make it, but it will be quite a while before we see how the technology being marketed shakes out, long term.

Last Call: Five-Wheel Friday Edition II

Peter Tanshanomi November 2, 2018 Last Call

I bet the last time I used Five-Wheel Friday as a theme, you thought it was a one-time stunt. Think again.

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Last Call: Dress for Excess Edition

Peter Tanshanomi November 1, 2018 Last Call

When MOMO commissioned a custom Morgan 3-Wheeler in 2015, they had it sprayed with translucent blue chrome paint to give it that extra bit of visual punch. I guess a stock-looking Morgan is just too common and ordinary for them.

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Last Call: Headless Horseman Edition

Peter Tanshanomi October 31, 2018 Last Call


All of us here at Redusernab wish you a delightfully spooky Halloween. Just don’t end up in an ambulance this evening.

…Or headless, for that matter.

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Last Call: Retro Minimalism Edition

The Yamaha Y125 Moegi was a concept bike displayed in 2011, and was intended to reflect the design of the very first Yamaha, the . The Moegi featured an aluminum frame and bodywork and was powered by a fuel-injected, 125cc single-cylinder engine. The result weighed a claimed 176 pounds. The small, three liter fuel tank provided a range of about 150 miles. As motorcycles have gotten bigger, faster, and heavier, the Moegi looks as though it would be a phenomenal way to recapture a small motorcycle’s lost purity of function—without having to fold one’s self up on a three-quarter scale toy like the Honda Grom.

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