Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Fri, 29 May 2015 08:15:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 The Last New York Checker Taxihttp://silodrome.com/new-york-checker-taxi/ http://silodrome.com/new-york-checker-taxi/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 07:00:18 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=40040 The Last New York Checker Taxi

With an estimated value of between $10,000 and $15,000 USD, this last-of-the-breed New York City Checker Taxi might just be the best value motor car at the upcoming Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction. It was the last of the iconic Checker Cabs to be decommissioned in New York in 1999, over the course of its professional...

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The Last New York Checker Taxi

With an estimated value of between $10,000 and $15,000 USD, this last-of-the-breed New York City Checker Taxi might just be the best value motor car at the upcoming Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction.

It was the last of the iconic Checker Cabs to be decommissioned in New York in 1999, over the course of its professional life it covered almost 1,000,000 miles and carried Jacqueline Onassis, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Arden, and Walter Cronkite.

The legendary styling of the Checker Taxi changed little over the model’s 24 year lifespan, and its impossible for most people to tell the difference between the first generation which was released in 1958, and the final generation from 1982.

Almost all Checker Cabs were powered by the bullet-proof 230 cubic inch Inline-6 cylinder engine, with a single downdraft Zenith carburettor, and a 3-speed automatic transmission. The overwhelming majority of the original cars were scrapped after they left service, there was no real market for them due to the dated design, extremely high milage and the oftentimes tough service life that they were subjected to.

The iconic status of this particular car, being the last in its line, is likely to see it sell for considerably more than its currently listed value. It’s been preserved in the exact condition that it was retired in – so while it does look a little worse for wear, its patina was hard-earned.

If you’d like to take it home and preserve it, you can click here to visit Bonhams and register to bid.

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Original Pininfarina Blueprintshttp://silodrome.com/original-pininfarina-blueprints/ http://silodrome.com/original-pininfarina-blueprints/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 06:00:46 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=40033 Original Pininfarina Blueprints

Pininfarina is arguably the most famous automotive design house in the world, they’re responsible for many of the most beautiful cars ever produced, including the Ferrari F40, the Alfa Romeo Spider, the Ferrari Testarossa, the Nash-Healey and plethora of other icons. These four blueprints are all originals from the Pininfarina studios in Italy, they’re showing...

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Original Pininfarina Blueprints

Pininfarina is arguably the most famous automotive design house in the world, they’re responsible for many of the most beautiful cars ever produced, including the Ferrari F40, the Alfa Romeo Spider, the Ferrari Testarossa, the Nash-Healey and plethora of other icons.

These four blueprints are all originals from the Pininfarina studios in Italy, they’re showing their age a little bit but a certain amount of patina adds to the appeal. Their estimated value goes from $500 up to $1,800 USD, and you can click here to visit Bonhams if you’d like to register to bid.

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Harley-Davidson Speed Racerhttp://silodrome.com/harley-davidson-speed-racer/ http://silodrome.com/harley-davidson-speed-racer/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 10:00:08 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39967 Harley-Davidson Speed Racer

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a motorcycle that we’ve seen customised 6 ways from Sunday, the model is Harley’s best selling and longest running, and its huge production numbers mean that they’re are readily available. The idea of converting the Sportster into a genuine sport bike has been undertaken countless times, perhaps most famously with the...

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Harley-Davidson Speed Racer

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a motorcycle that we’ve seen customised 6 ways from Sunday, the model is Harley’s best selling and longest running, and its huge production numbers mean that they’re are readily available.

The idea of converting the Sportster into a genuine sport bike has been undertaken countless times, perhaps most famously with the work of Erik Buell – who almost single-handledly dragged Harley-Davidson into the 21st century, before the bean-counters in Milwaukee shot themselves in the foot and shut him down.

Every now and then we come across a custom Sportster that is so unique it takes a second for us to register what we’re looking at, and this bike by JSK Custom Design is a great example of the phenomenon. Impressively, it’s been fitted with the front end and back-end of a Ducati 916 – which means that some clever engineering has happened to allow the triple tree, forks, swing arm and monoshock rear to all play nice with the unmodified Sportster frame.

The most eye-catching feature on this bike has to be the custom metalwork, all of which was carved from wood, modified to fit and tweaked to get the lines right – before being fabricated from sheet metal. A remarkable feat that’ll be deeply impressive to anyone who’s ever created complex 3-dimensonal bodywork from raw steel.

The build process took over a year, and an enormous amount of blood, sweat and tears. After it was unveiled last year it went on to win Best Cafe Racer at the 2014 Born Free Motorcycle Show, as well as Pro Builder 1st Place at the 2014 LA Motorcycle Calendar, Best Cafe Racer at the 2014 VVMC Motorcycle Show and MOD Custom Class Champion at the 2014 J&P Cycle’s Ultimate Builder Award. The build was intended as a showcase of what JSK Custom Design was capable of, and it’s certainly put the custom motorcycle garage on the map.

If you’d like to read more about this bike, and see some of the more recent work from JSK Custom Design, you can click here.

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Iconic Automobile Wallpapershttp://silodrome.com/iconic-automobile-wallpapers/ http://silodrome.com/iconic-automobile-wallpapers/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 09:00:55 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39987 Iconic Automobile Wallpapers

This series of minimalist wallpapers is the work of artist Nik Schulz, the owner and proprietor of L-Dopa – a design and illustration firm that produces art for people who prefer a Mustang to a Monet. Nik kindly creates high-resolution desktop wallpapers of his art and gives them away for free. If you’d like to...

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Iconic Automobile Wallpapers

This series of minimalist wallpapers is the work of artist Nik Schulz, the owner and proprietor of L-Dopa – a design and illustration firm that produces art for people who prefer a Mustang to a Monet.

Nik kindly creates high-resolution desktop wallpapers of his art and gives them away for free. If you’d like to download the high-res version of any of his pieces you can either click the image you like below, or click here to visit his website to find the full collection.

If you’d like to add one or more of these pieces to your home, office, garage or man-shed walls you can order each one in either 18″ x 12″ or 36″ x 24″ – and all are offered framed or unframed, as vivid, high-quality, acid-free, archival prints.

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Kawasaki KZ200 Trackerhttp://silodrome.com/kawasaki-kz200/ http://silodrome.com/kawasaki-kz200/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:45 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39940 Kawasaki KZ200 Tracker

The Kawasaki KZ200 is a motorcycle that was developed largely for the South East Asian market, with a particular focus on Indonesia. For a while back in the 1970s, the Indonesians had a law limiting motorcycle engine sizes to a maximum of 200cc and much of the region still tends to favour engine capacities in...

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Kawasaki KZ200 Tracker

The Kawasaki KZ200 is a motorcycle that was developed largely for the South East Asian market, with a particular focus on Indonesia. For a while back in the 1970s, the Indonesians had a law limiting motorcycle engine sizes to a maximum of 200cc and much of the region still tends to favour engine capacities in this general range.

Kawasaki never really intended the KZ200 to be a particularly exciting bike, the brochure made heavy emphasis about it being an ideal “first motorcycle” due to its light kerb weight of 278 lbs and its manageable power output of 18 hp.

These characteristics have made the KZ200 a popular first motorcycle and/or daily rider elsewhere in the world, the model was briefly imported into Australia in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and many of these now vintage motorcycles are still on the road. The lightweight, narrow frame, reliable engine and tunability have seen the model become a popular target for custom motorcycle builders in recent years – and this tracker is a great example of what can be achieved by someone who knows what they’re doing.

The bike you see here found its way into the workshop of Western Australia-based builder Craig Lyons, who decided to use it as a base platform for a tracker-style custom. Craig wanted to create something unique to raise money for his good friend’s mother in law who was about to embark on her second battle with breast cancer – a disease that has affected many of us either directly or indirectly.

Lyons wanted to create the best custom he possibly could, so he stripped the bike to its constituent parts and began with a full engine-rebuild (an oft forgotten thing when it comes to custom building bikes). Once he had the engine back together and working perfectly he de-tabbed the frame, added a custom seat, hid the electronics under the seat, added some chunkier tyres front and back and gave the whole package a professional coat of paint.

The completed motorcycle is a perfect example of a bike that could be used either as a weekend trail bike or a daily rider for the urban commute, the fundraising is still underway and the winner will be chosen by the end of May 2015.

If you’d like to enter you can do so here, a $25 donation will buy you one entry and a $100 donation will by you 5, your ticket numbers will be emailed to you after your donation is made. Craig will assist with shipping (at the winners expense) to any international location.

Click here to donate

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All images via RSK Photography Perth – Website – Instagram

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Tamarit Backpackhttp://silodrome.com/tamarit-backpack/ http://silodrome.com/tamarit-backpack/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39929 Tamarit Backpack

Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles is a custom garage run by three good friends on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the company started life 8 years ago after a conversation in a bar over a few beers with a few sketches on napkins. After having made a name for themselves with their custom motorcycles, the team...

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Tamarit Backpack

Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles is a custom garage run by three good friends on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the company started life 8 years ago after a conversation in a bar over a few beers with a few sketches on napkins.

After having made a name for themselves with their custom motorcycles, the team is now producing custom parts, apparel and gear – all produced with the same focus on detail as their bikes. The backpack you see here is handmade in Spain from the highest quality materials available, and each has a laptop compartment that can take a notebook up to 15″ in size.

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Auburn Twelve Salon Speedsterhttp://silodrome.com/auburn-twelve-salon-speedster/ http://silodrome.com/auburn-twelve-salon-speedster/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 10:30:40 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39902 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster

The V12 version of the Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster is one of the rarest and (I think) most beautiful pre-WWII American cars ever made. I know that’s a big claim, but I stand by it. And I don’t think anyone in their right mind could look at the car above and disagree with me. The...

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Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster

The V12 version of the Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster is one of the rarest and (I think) most beautiful pre-WWII American cars ever made. I know that’s a big claim, but I stand by it. And I don’t think anyone in their right mind could look at the car above and disagree with me.

The model was only made in 1933 and 1934, and it’s thought that only 14 were ever produced in V12 form in 1933. A still impressive though slightly less salubrious V8 was also offered – but the 160 bhp, 391 cubic inch (6.4 litre) horizontal-valve V12 engine was the only choice for the self-respecting millionaire magnate.

Coupled to its mighty V12 was a three-speed manual transmission with a Columbia electric overdrive, the Auburn rode on a solid front axle, a live two-speed rear axle, as well as front and rear semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension.

The styling of the Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster is most famous for its boattail body, designed by Alan Leamy and copied far and wide by lesser marques. It had originally been intended for the V12 to be a V16, but Lycoming had quickly realised that a suitably sized V12 would be a superior option – largely because it can be difficult to fit a V16 under the hood of a sports car.

It’s exceedingly rare that these come up for sale, so it’s difficult to estimate how much it’s going to sell for, although the current nature of the classic car market would tend to indicate that it’ll go for a king’s ransom. If you’d like to see more or register to bid, you can click here to visit RM Sotheby’s.

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Photo Credit: David McNeese ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Dainese Cafe Motorcycle Bootshttp://silodrome.com/dainese-cafe-motorcycle-boots/ http://silodrome.com/dainese-cafe-motorcycle-boots/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 10:00:16 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39896 Dainese Cafe Motorcycle Boots

It wasn’t that many years ago that motorcyclists had to choose between good-looking gear, and gear that actually offered proper CE-certified protection. This gap in the market has slowly been filled by companies like Dainese, an Italian motorcycle gear manufacturer well-known for their hardcore MotoGP products. The boots you see here are the relatively new...

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Dainese Cafe Motorcycle Boots

It wasn’t that many years ago that motorcyclists had to choose between good-looking gear, and gear that actually offered proper CE-certified protection. This gap in the market has slowly been filled by companies like Dainese, an Italian motorcycle gear manufacturer well-known for their hardcore MotoGP products.

The boots you see here are the relatively new Dainese Anfibio Cafe Boots, they have a cowhide upper and a non-slip leather sole, with polyurethane armour in the heel and toe box, and a nylon ankle guard.

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/vintage-board-track-motorcycles/ http://silodrome.com/vintage-board-track-motorcycles/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:30:52 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39886 Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

It's a rare thing for us to come across an original board track racer here on eBay, it's uncommon for surviving bikes to change hands because of their high valuations, so you can imagine my surprise at finding 4 of them for sale this week.

Each of the board trackers is immaculately presented, with two Harleys and two Indians on offer - as well as one very rare 1912 Harley-Davidson "street" motorcycle.

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Week

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It’s a rare thing for us to come across an original board track racer here on eBay, it’s uncommon for surviving bikes to change hands because of their high valuations, so you can imagine my surprise at finding 4 of them for sale this week.

Each of the board trackers is immaculately presented, with two Harleys and two Indians on offer – as well as one very rare 1912 Harley-Davidson “street” motorcycle.

There are many in the motoring press (myself included) who consider the early American board track motorcycles to be amongst the most beautiful ever created. The simplicity and clean, flowing lines are always very easy on the eyes, and the lack of brakes leaves the wheels unencumbered.

The “Buy It Now” prices on these 5 motorcycles varies quite a lot, the cheapest is $55,000 and the most expensive is $169,500. But if you’re a collector, you’ll know that the values on bikes like this have been skyrocketing in recent years – meaning this could be a good time to get onboard for the ride up.

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Moto Watercolours by Claudia Liebenberghttp://silodrome.com/art-claudia-liebenberg/ http://silodrome.com/art-claudia-liebenberg/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:00:21 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=39871 Moto Watercolours by Claudia Liebenberg

Claudia Liebenberg is an exceptionally talented South African artist with a deeply held love of motorcycles and the culture that surrounds them. She’s been painting since she could hold a brush, and she settled on watercolours as the equipment needed is relatively minimal which allows her to take it all with her wherever she goes....

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Moto Watercolours by Claudia Liebenberg

Claudia Liebenberg is an exceptionally talented South African artist with a deeply held love of motorcycles and the culture that surrounds them. She’s been painting since she could hold a brush, and she settled on watercolours as the equipment needed is relatively minimal which allows her to take it all with her wherever she goes.

This is a collection of 10 of her motorcycle pieces and each image can be viewed in full resolution by clicking it, on her website you’ll also find her watercolour landscapes, botanicals and portraits.

Click to visit Claudia Liebenberg.

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Harley Davidson Knucklehead

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Discovered thanks to Rather Be Riding.

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