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A piece of both cinematic and Porsche engineering history, this 1979 Porsche 928 used n the film “Risky Business” will be selling in Houston with No Reserve.

 

“Risky Business,” the 1983 film by written and directed by Paul Brickman, has danced its way into the history of moviedom. The film launched the career of an up-and-coming Tom Cruise, whose tighty-whitey-clad performance to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” remains an iconic part of cinematic lore. The film is equal parts a lampoon of male adolescence mixed with suburban whimsy; think “Animal House” meets “The Graduate” – a romping coming-of-age story set in Chicago’s affluent North Shore neighborhood of Highland Park.

Cruise, as the film’s protagonist Joel Goodsen (good son), finds himself alone in the house while his demanding parents abscond to some far-off paradise. It’s here where the ball begins to roll, and a cascade of mischief follows the poignantly named “good son” as he motors about in his father’s Porsche 928. The shark-nosed, bug-eyed 928 was chosen for its role in the film by Brickman himself, supplanting its rear-engined brother, the venerable 911 – a car Brickman considered “too mundane.” In Brickman’s eyes the 928 was the perfect choice for a successful Windy City businessman and the perfect car to land a teenager in a whole heap of trouble.

Offered with No Reserve at the inaugural 2021 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction is the hero car from “Risky Business,” a 1979 Porsche 928. Multiple 928s were used during the production of the film, but this car was the featured vehicle, and received the brunt of screen time and seat time from the cast. And before we go any further – no, this was not the car that found itself submerged in an unforgiving Lake Michigan. It is in fact one of three cars driven on set, and one of two cars used during the film’s signature chase scene that culminated in Cruise, looking straight into the camera, declaring the German carmaker’s slogan, “Porsche. There is no substitute.”

The 928 was an engineering masterpiece when it was launched in 1978. Considered as a possible successor to the 911, the 928 was no slouch. More GT cruiser than typical sports car, a burly 4.7-liter V8 is nestled under the hood. The 928 produces 295 horsepower, allowing the car to hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.2 seconds and clear the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. A 5-speed manual routes power to the rear wheels, and this example wears 16-inch offset 5-hole aluminum alloy wheels and features a beautiful cork on cork leather interior.

Apart from starring alongside Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay, this car – VIN 9289201213 – has a unique story all its own. The 928 was the subject of the documentary, “The Quest for the RB928 (Risky Business 928),” in which filmmaker Lewis Johnsen chronicles his journey to track down this particular 928. Oh, and there’s another thing that contributes to the provenance – it was in this car that Tom Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift.

This 928 has resided in a climate-controlled environment in a private collection, where it has been meticulously cared for. Originally painted green, the 928 was refinished in gold for the movie, and later wore white. Following the film’s production, the car returned to California, where it was discovered by Johnsen and returned to its original screen appearance. Marking its importance in Porsche history, the 928 has been featured at numerous museums and displays. This car was a centerpiece at Porsche Cars North America for a year and was part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s influential Porsche Effect Exhibit. While at the Petersen, Chad McQueen – son of legendary racer and actor Steve McQueen – sat in this car. The 928 also features signatures from several members of the film’s cast – including Bronson Pinchot (“Barry”), Joe Pantoliano (“Guido”), Curtis Armstrong (“Miles”) and Francine Locke (“Shower Girl”) – and comes with several images of the car on set covered in camera rigging equipment.

A piece of both cinematic and Porsche engineering history, the 928’s starring role in “Risky Business” helped to further inspire a generation of Porsche fans, and presaged Porsche’s wider design and engineering accomplishments. When this iconic automobile crosses the block in Houston, recall the film’s tagline, “There’s a time for playing it safe and a time for risky business.” To be clear, this Porsche is 100 percent “Risky Business,” and at the same time, anything but risky business.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MOVIE CAR MASTER: The 1979 Porsche 928 From “Risky Business”
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/risky-business-1979-porsche-928-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2021 19:49:05 +0000

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2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

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Honda has announced several returning U.S. models for 2024, starting with the tried-and-true CBR1000RR sportbike. It will be available this March starting at $16,699 (non-ABS) and $16,999 for the ABS version.

Editor’s note: We test rode this vehicle during the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP First Ride Review and 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP MC Commute Review articles and videos.

The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR1000RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

In recent years, the up-spec CBR1000RR-R Fireblade has received the bulk of attention, bringing Honda into line with the advancements of its competition. The standard CBR1000RR has been a steady presence in the brand’s lineup, however, as it remains a solid option for riders who want a comfortable literbike that’s equally at home on surface streets as it is on the racetrack.

The last major overhaul of the platform came in 2017 when Honda shaved a bunch of weight and added 10 more horsepower to the 1,000cc inline-four. Revisions to bodywork and the chassis also resulted in a leaner bike that was noticeably more svelte during our initial ride.

While not the most technologically sophisticated sportbike in Honda’s arsenal, the CBR1000RR does provide a number of amenities ranging from selectable torque control, ride-by-wire, a slipper clutch, and an electronic steering damper. Showa suspension is fully adjustable front and rear.

It’s also one of the most cost-approachable superbikes in the new motorcycle marketplace, nearly $2,000 less than its rivals at Yamaha and Suzuki and around $1,000 less than Kawasaki’s ZX-10R.

2024 Honda CBR1000RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$16,699–$16,999Engine:1,000cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:76.0 x 55.1mmCompression Ratio:13.0:1Fuel Delivery:PGM-DSFI w/ 48mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors, ride-by-wireClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assistTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:43mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.4 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 320mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:250mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/50-17Rake/Trail:23.0°/3.8 in.Wheelbase:55.3 in.Seat Height:32.8 in.Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:432 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda CBR1000RR Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr1000rr-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:14:48 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike

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Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina
Held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula since 1962, the Baja 1000 is a desert race like no other. As mythical as it is grueling, finishing it requires skill, willpower, and a little luck; finishing on the podium, even more so.

You’re looking at the motorcycle that took second place in last year’s running of the Baja 1000. Built and fielded by a team from Deus ex Machina’s American operation, it’s a well-prepped Husqvarna FE 450 with a livery that’s all fun—and a parts-spec that’s all business. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Paloma,’ the bike not only boasts a second-place finish in the Pro Moto Unlimited class of the Baja 1000, but it also bagged second overall in the 2023 World Desert Championship.

Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina

The man responsible for the build was Ciaran Naran, who shared race duties with Forrest Minchinton, Nick Lapaglia, and Derek Asserbauer. A previous Baja 1000 winner, Ciaran’s been racing dirt bikes since he was eight years old—and he’s figured out how to make them faster along the way. Working out of Deus’ Venice Beach workshop, Ciaran put countless late nights into turning the 2023-model Husqvarna FE 450 Heritage Edition into this wily, silver medal-winning desert sled.

Even in stock form, the Husqvarna FE 450 is a beast. Thanks to its chromoly frame and carbon fiber subframe, it weighs a paltry 108.3 kilos [238.8 lbs] dry—which is no match for its punchy four-stroke motor. Add a smorgasbord of high-end parts, and you have the beginnings of a race-winning

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/husqvarna-fe-450-baja-race-bike
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:11:57 +0000

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