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Roll out the cityscape play rug! Lego has teamed up with motorcycle and scooter manufacturers to create impressively intricate playsets for all ages of two-wheeled enthusiasts.

The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Lego set nails the iconic beaked profile of the real deal.
The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Lego set nails the iconic beaked profile of the real deal. (BMW/)

The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Lego set was first sold in January 2017 and was the first Lego Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer. From the pointed beak to the opening hard cases, the 603-piece set matches the recognizable profile of the GS. Functioning suspension, shaft drive, kickstand, and steering are all fantastic details, but the moving engine assembly that pushes the pistons in the boxer engine as the wheel turns may be the most exciting feature. Unfortunately this model has been discontinued, but it can still be found on Amazon or Ebay.

The detailed Lego set for the M 1000 RR was introduced earlier this year and is nothing short of awesome.
The detailed Lego set for the M 1000 RR was introduced earlier this year and is nothing short of awesome. (BMW/)

More recently, the Bavarian brand joined forces with Lego to recreate the M 1000 RR. This slick set, a 1:5 scale of the BMW superbike, is sure to keep builders busy with its 1,920 individual pieces.

The BMW M 1000 RR is a great piece to put on display.
The BMW M 1000 RR is a great piece to put on display. (BMW/)

The detail-oriented racer/rider will appreciate the included paddock wheel stand and pitboard. A few other features include the splendid three-speed fully functional gearbox, upside-down fork, rear swingarm suspension, blue brake calipers, Akrapovič-branded exhaust, three dashboard options, and gold chain. At the end of the build, the intricate model will measure 18 inches long. It is currently available for an MSRP of $229.99.

Think it can make 200-plus horsepower to that rear wheel?
Think it can make 200-plus horsepower to that rear wheel? (Ducati/)

The Danish toy company also made a spectacular recreation of an Italian superbike with its Ducati Panigale V4 R. The 646-piece toy features an immense amount of detail of the homologation special. Its two-speed gearbox, a first for a Lego product when it was introduced, activates the V-4 engine. It’ll be hard to resist making engine sounds.

Winglets, windscreen, and even a full dash make up the finer details of this Technic creation.
Winglets, windscreen, and even a full dash make up the finer details of this Technic creation. (Ducati/)

Other realistic features, such as the dual front rotors, rear disc, kickstand, exhaust pipe, windscreen, dashboard, and working rear shock and gold fork, showcase the designer’s excellent attention to detail. The Ducati Panigale V4 R Lego set debuted in June 2020 and is still available for Ducatisti young and old for $69.99.

The Vespa scooter is adorably depicted in block form.
The Vespa scooter is adorably depicted in block form. (Lego/)

Lego has also blockified the Vespa scooter and it’s adorable. Taking design cues from the 1960s, this model features the pastel blue paint color which was one of the first colors the actual scooter came in. There’s even a 1960s Italian license plate to complete the vintage vibe.

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: Motorcycle Lego Sets Help You Relive Your Childhood
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/news/lego-motorcycle-set-helps-relive-your-childhood/
Published Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 20:33:12 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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