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BMW Motorrad Japan initiates Ignite Straight Six project. Fascination of six cylinders spectacularly interpreted by Japanese customizers

In the past year, four known japanese customizers have put the BMW R nineT spectacularly in show with their outstanding creations. By now, the project ‚Ignite Straight Six‘ follows, being created one more time by Japanese customizers. This conceals two radically modified BMW K 1600 GTL with six- cylinder engine of a displacement of 1649 cc. 

Another two leading Japanese customizers, Kenji Nagai of Ken’s Factory and Keiji Kawakita of Hot-Dock Custom-Cycles, where in charge of interpreting the K 1600 GTL’s six-cylinder engine a completely different way. 

The only retained relations to the original bike are engine and frame, and, in the case of Keiji Kawakita’s creation ‘Juggernaut’, the BMW Motorrad Duolever front suspension. Kenji Nagai’s creation named ‘Ken’s Factory Special’ relies on hand- made aluminum girder-type front forks raked out in chopper style using a modified head-stock. The K 1600 GTL’s original full fairing was replaced by a small aluminum front cowl housing the headlight and the stock rear sub-frame and seat were replaced by a low positioned aluminum seat. 

Kenji Nagai: ‘At first I had a bagger style in mind that grew out of the tourer image. But simply transforming a tourer into a bagger was a bit too obvious a choice. So I thought of a different approach. I settled on the digger style. The long, thin digger style would make the in-line six-cylinder engine look even more prominent.’ 

The illusion of a dramatically low seat height and narrow motorcycle is enhanced by the use of a 23-inch front wheel and a 20-inch rear wheel. More nicely manufactured details made from aluminum like covers for fuel tank and radiator or handlebars are completing Kenji Nagai’s artificial craftsmanship. 

Keiji Kawakita’s ‘Juggernaut’ is a complete contrast by way of its dark, masculine stature. There’s no sign of minimalism here and the loud and proud appearance makes ‘Juggernaut’ rather looking like a synthesis of Mad Max metal and Jules Verne’s imaginations. 

A skeleton of aluminum tubing broadens the naked K 1600 GTL’s chassis and instruments at each side of the fuel tank fit neatly with the military look. Reminiscences to the BMW Motorrad GS range are the dual fog lights and the front trail-like beak. 

It’s a monumental feat and the desired custom finish was, according to Keiji Kawakita, inspired by history: ‘I found an old photograph of the cockpit of a convertible that looked like something from the near future, and I got the idea of making a bike that had that kind of atmospheric feel. Looking at the front forks and Duolever suspension, I thought I could do this with the K 1600 GTL. But the actual work was long and hard, a tough job to handle. Even when I finished, I still wasn't really sure whether the work was complete. But that’s the thing about customizing, isn't it?‘ 

In a spectacular way, project ‚Ignite Straight Six’ continues the engagement and the ideas of the customizing scene in the land of the rising sun. BMW Motorrad can’t wait to see the impetuses both the new creations are giving and what kind of new projects the future is going to bring. 
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If you have been perusing the latest interactive #JavaScript demos these days, you will have noticed a very popular #GUI used by most to change #variables at run time like in the image below. Well that GUI is called "dat gui"  and it is really easy to use and customize. Check out the demo here and grab the source:
http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/examples/gui/
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Best 45 minutes spent watching something in a LONG time. WATCH ET. (If you're even remotely interested in anything to do with #Engineering, #Tech, #Entrepreneurship, #business/#startups, the #environment, travelling or life in general and just need to feel better). [You don't have to read under here, just go watch!]

- It's AMAZINGLY inspirational. #Musk poured all his final funds (40M) from his #PayPal sale to revive #Tesla. It shows his worst of times when the #GFC hit and how he managed to pull himself out of multiple concurrent spirals to doom (including being divorced twice w/ 5 children, and all 3 of his companies coming close to bankruptcy), despite people (Including #TopGear and #NYtimes) constantly turning him down. He also migrated from South Africa to the US and now provides a lifetime of free power to the Tesla network of #cars

- 2050: Australia gets its first Tesla car, US: we're on Mars, Yippee yo yay!

- The Director of #IronMan based #TonyStark off #ElonMusk (True fact). :) (#Elon actually appears for a few seconds in Iron Man 2 just before the race track scene). 

- Reminds me of #SteveJobs' quote of 'You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.'

Props to Elon Musk and his teams making a significant global difference from essentially nothing but the desire to learn fast and read as a child. Kind of reminds me of Google of the mech eng world. Hopefully one day we'll have Cold Fusion reactors.

bit.ly/1Dj90CB #SpaceX #SolarCity #TeslaMotors #Solar #Power #Electricity #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming
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Quadrofoil is an electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft (PWC), which provides the most economically efficient and completely environmentally friendly mode of recreational marine transportation. Due to hydrofoiling and patented steering technology, riding feels like flying on water and provides an entirely new and thrilling water experience
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A better curtain UI effect

Check it out here on a real device (http://bit.ly/UICurtain) - silky smooth! I'm a big fan of the work +Marcus Eckert does with code-based motion and complex UI animation effects (check out his experiments blog http://bit.ly/OtjoUE for more examples). Me wantz it!

#ui   #uidesign   #animation   #interfacedesign   #interfaces  
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"WebGL and asm.js at GDC 2014" http://feedly.com/e/0qe7ARjS
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Astounding simulations of cellular growth by Andy Lomas. Very cool models of embryonic-like shape evolution based on a mind numbingly large collection of volumetric cells. Andy is not new to highly complex computational art, I loved his large scale 3d simulations of Diffusion Limited Aggregation presented at SIGGRAPH 2006: http://vimeo.com/83297099 -- more at http://www.andylomas.com/ -- via +Ivan DeWolf.
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