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Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again

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Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles
Of all the motorcycles that Bimota ever made, the DB3 Mantra is perhaps the most peculiar. As you’d expect from the Italian firm, the DB3 featured a Ducati engine in an aluminum trellis frame and was known for its nimble handling. But its alien-like aesthetic was a little too far out there for most pundits.

As rare as the Bimota DB3 Mantra is, customized examples of it are even rarer. We’ve only ever featured one custom DB3 on these pages—and now, that very same bike is back for another round. It’s just gone under the knife for the second time at Analog—and now looks even better.

Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles

The DB3’s first makeover happened eleven years ago, when Analog’s Tony Prust modified it for his good friend and drummer of the rock band Chevelle, Sam Loeffler. The bike made waves at the inaugural Handbuilt and Mama Tried shows, and starred in an episode of Café Racer TV. More importantly, Sam rode it… a lot.

More recently, Sam brought the bike back to Tony for a couple of mild changes. He wanted a front suspension upgrade, and he wanted to add a front fender (something that was excluded the first time around).

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-bimota-db3
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 16:22:33 +0000

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These board games want you to beat climate change

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It’s game night,and I’m crossing my fingers, hoping for a hurricane.

I roll the die and it clatters across the board, tumbling to a stop to reveal a tiny icon of a tree stump. Bad news: I just triggered deforestation in the Amazon. That seals it. I failed to stop climate change—at least this board-game representation of it.

The urgent need to address climate change might seem like unlikely fodder for a fun evening. But a growing number of games are attempting to take on the topic, including a version of the bestseller Catan released this summer.

As a climate reporter, I was curious about whether games could, even abstractly, represent the challenge of the climate crisis. Perhaps more crucially, could they possibly be any fun?

My investigation started with Daybreak, a board game released in late 2023 by a team that includes the creator of Pandemic (infectious disease—another famously light topic for a game). Daybreak is a cooperative game where players work together to cut emissions and survive disasters. The group either wins or loses as a whole.

When I opened the box, it was immediately clear that this wouldn’t be for the faint of heart. There are hundreds of tiny cardboard and wooden pieces, three different card decks, and a surprisingly thick rule book. Setting it up, learning the rules, and playing for the first time took over two hours.

the components of the game Daybreak which has Game cards depicting Special Drawing Rights, Clean Electricity Plants, and Reforestation themed play cards
Daybreak, a cooperative board game about stopping climate change.COURTESY OF CMYK

Daybreak is full of details, and I was struck by how many of them it gets right. Not only are there cards representing everything from walkable cities to methane removal, but each features a QR code players can use to learn more.

In each turn, players deploy technologies or enact policies to cut climate pollution. Just as in real life, emissions have negative effects. Winning requires slashing emissions to net zero (the point where whatever’s emitted can be soaked up by forests, oceans, or direct air capture). But there are multiple ways for the whole group to lose, including letting the global average temperature increase by 2 °C or simply running out of turns.

In an embarrassing turn of events for someone who spends most of her waking hours thinking about climate change, nearly every round of Daybreak I played ended in failure. Adding insult to injury, I’m not entirely sure that I was having fun. Sure, the abstract puzzle was engaging and challenging, and after a loss, I’d be checking the clock, seeing if there was time to play again. But once all the pieces were back in the box, I went to bed obsessing about heat waves and fossil-fuel disinformation. The game was perhaps representing climate change a little bit too well.

I wondered if a new edition of a classic would fare better. Catan, formerly Settlers of Catan, and its related games have sold over 45 million copies worldwide since the original’s release in 1995. The game’s object is to build roads and settlements, setting up a civilization.

In late 2023, Catan Studios announced that it would be releasing a version of its game called New Energies, focused on climate change. The new edition, out this summer, preserves the same central premise as the original. But this time, players will also construct power plants, generating energy with either fossil fuels or renewables. Fossil fuels are cheaper and allow for quicker expansion, but they lead to pollution, which can harm players’ societies and even end the game early.

Before I got my hands on the game, I spoke with one of its creators, Benjamin Teuber, who developed the game with his late father, Klaus Teuber, the mastermind behind the original Catan.

To Teuber, climate change is a more natural fit for a game than one might expect. “We believe that a good game is always around a dilemma,” he told me. The key is to simplify the problem sufficiently, a challenge that took the team dozens of iterations while developing New Energies. But he also thinks there’s a need to be at least somewhat encouraging. “While we have a severe topic, or maybe even especially because we have a severe topic, you can’t scare off the

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By: Casey Crownhart
Title: These board games want you to beat climate change
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2024/06/14/1093384/catan-climate-change-board-games/
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:00:00 +0000

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

Rev up your engine and get ready for the ultimate road trip! These quintessential routes each have their own unique charm ‒ offering rich history, breathtaking vistas or heart-pounding excitement with thrilling twists and turns. Buckle up for what is certain to be an epic journey.

PACIFIC REGION

Top of the World Highway – Alaska
If you find yourself in Alaska with your collector car, steer towards the charming town of Jack Wade, close to the Canadian border. There, you’ll find the start of an impressive drive on the Top of the World Highway along Alaska 5. Don’t forget your passport, as this road leads you east into Canada, where Alaska 5 transforms into the rugged Yukon 9. It winds through Canada’s breathtaking Yukon Territory and culminates at a ferry terminal in West Dawson, on the scenic banks of the Yukon River. Many say it’s one of the most stunning drives on the planet.

Hana Highway, Maui – Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most iconic drives awaits you on the island of Maui. Often referred to as the Road to Hana, the winding Hana Highway gracefully hugs Maui’s northeast coast, where lush green cliffs are adorned with cascading waterfalls that tumble down to beaches with golden, black and red sands. During the 52-mile journey you’ll traverse narrow one-lane bridges and pass by fruit stands offering fresh local produce.

WESTERN REGION

Cascade Loop Scenic Byway – Washington
Spanning 400 miles through some of Washington state’s most breathtaking landscapes, the Cascade Loop promises stunning views and fantastic stops. Along this scenic route, you’ll encounter North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island, the picturesque Stevens Pass, the serene Lake Chelan and the quaint towns of Winthrop and Methow Valley. This drive is packed with incredible vistas, hiking trails and cozy spots to stay, making it perfect for an unforgettable getaway.

Pikes Peak Highway – Colorado
For racing enthusiasts, the $15 toll to access Pikes Peak Highway is a small price to pay to experience one of the most iconic hill-climb racetracks in the world. This thrilling 19-mile road has been the stage for the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, for over a century. Experience the majestic Rockies in a way that few ever will as you scale to the breathtaking 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

While you’re in the area, we highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, located just 50 miles from Denver on Interstate 70. Starting from Pikes Peak, head north on Route 67, and enjoy several picturesque highways before merging onto I-70. Here, you’ll encounter the world’s highest road tunnel, peaking at an impressive 11,158 feet in elevation. Opened to westbound traffic in 1973 and to eastbound traffic in 1979, this engineering marvel spans over 1.5 miles.

Pacific Coast Highway – California
The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is one of the world’s most famous roads. If you’re planning to explore this legendary route, be sure to set aside plenty of time to travel the nearly 700 miles of California State Route 1, as it’s called in northern California. For uninterrupted views and easy pull-off stops to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and ocean vistas, we suggest experiencing this journey from north to south.

Mulholland Drive – California
Mulholland Drive begins in the Hollywood Hills and stretches 21 miles west to Woodland Hills. From “Ford v Ferrari” to “Fast and Furious,” this ultra-famous Southern California road has been featured in countless films and has hosted celebrities like Madonna, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and many more.  The 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” was inspired by this very route. As a top Hollywood tourist destination, Mulholland Drive is often bustling with tour buses, tourists and locals, representing the essence of Hollywood’s allure and excitement.

SOUTHWESTERN REGION  

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The Twisted Sisters – Texas
Northwest of San Antonio and nestled in the captivating Texas Hill Country are three enchanting roads locally dubbed “The Twisted Sisters”. Comprising Texas Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336 and 337, this trio offers a journey of winding curves and scenic vistas. Pass through towns such as Medina, Vanderpool, Prade Rach, Hackberry and Camp Wood before finishing the nearly 100-mile loop in Leakey, Texas.

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The Devil’s Highway – Arizona
About 200 miles east of Phoenix near the town of Clifton lies Route 191, now known as the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/take-a-road-trip-adventure-collector-car-summer-drives/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 15:50:12 +0000

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