Hyper Cool Shit (for cycles)
19 June 2003
Exactly what qualifies as Hyper Cool Shit (HCS)? Do I really have to explain it to you? Think
about it... something that would make you do a double-take in traffic as you passed a bike
with this on it -- even if you weren't a biker! Usually a new, radically different
concept. Not the same-old, same-old. It could be hoopty, or it could be technologically
advanced, but all in all, whatever it is, it has to have at least two of three things: a
cool factor, a techno-geek factor, and/or realizable benefit. If someone brings out a new
fuel management chip for a fuel-injected bike that adds 1% benefit at the top end, it's not really HCS. If
someone makes another exhaust that sounds like everyone else's, that not really HCS. So here
is our starting list of Hyper Cool Shit things...
19 June 2003
Tomahawk Cycle Tires
Color-silicate impregnated ZR rated tires on your favorite tire carcass:
Gotta have a set? Blue, Red, Yellow are available and pricing is slightly below standard tires...
See: Tomahawk Cycle Tires.
WARNING: MCN rated a set of these tires 38 out of 100, the lowest of any tires reviewed.
19 June 2003
Rapidly change your riding position by altering your bar location...
Allows you to change handlebar position anywhere in a range of up to 4" up and 6" back in 60 seconds:
All the way down.... OR all the way up and back...
(or anywhere inbetween!)
Just wish they were cheaper ($299 + additional hardware as needed -- longer brake lines, wire loom extenders),
but it's a hyper cool shit idea... If they were $99, everyone would have them. Or if any particular OEM manufacturer got smart, they'd
buy the idea from these guys and integrate into all their sport-touring bikes.
Anyway, See: ConvertiBARS
20 June 2003
Carbon Fiber -- Toilet Seat?
Every now and then you run into one of those guys who loves carbon fiber so very much that
they simply can't function without it on every surface of their bike... For those guys, there
is now the ultimate solution: The Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat...
The Ultimate Place to take the Hyper Cool Shit this year...
Available for only $195.00 (includes the chrome brackets for that price!)
See: Rider Performance Motorcycles' Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat
21 June 2003
Traffic Light Love Story
Downtown Brussels, Belgium:
30 June 2003
Training Bras, I mean Engine Bars...
OK, let's face it, every rider has to start somewhere, and one of the most obvious parts
of that is dropping the bike. Now, I know there are firms out there that make large, kind
of obvious looking really bulky engine guards (crash bars), mostly for cruisers. As I've
mentioned before, my other half is learning to ride and finding crash bungs, frame sliders
or even crash bars for a '94 Ninja 500 is a bit difficult. Then I stumbled across Renntec,
a British outfit that makes tiny engine bars for virtually all sport bikes, street-sport
cycles, sport-touring bikes, that don't have 100% coverage on the fairings (small enough
not to be obvious, but strong enough to keep the motor from being damaged, usually matched
to the frame, and provides a little insurance for your ankles as well):
These guys also build after-market grab rails that actually work, and sports racks
(think rear shelf racks for behind the passenger seat) for virtually every sports bike on
26 November 2003
Hydrogened Powered Unicycle to be built by Bombadier?
Definitely HSC, if it makes it to even the drivable-prototype stage. Read the article for details.
The Forbes Magazine Article about it.
24 June 2004
Castrol now has a metal cleaner out just for us motorcyclists. I'm not sure it qualifies as HCS, but it was worth noting:
Castrol Motorcycle Metal Cleaner
21 July 2004
Wild Paints & Paint Additives
Want glow-in-the-dark or mood-ring heat-sensitive paints for your cycle? How about candy metalics? Or
perhaps you'd prefer rubber-feel?
ALSA Corp Specialty Paints
7 July 2006
Motorcycle Sink Faucets...
Make your bathroom scream "rider"... Peerless, eat your heart out
9 July 2006
Clockwork Motorcycle Wheels...
The boys over at Capricorn Cyclo-Works came up with yet another wiz-bang new bling-effect that
you can get engineered for your bike as well. Clockwork geras rotate with the wheel, spinning
around at various ratios to the main wheel rotation.