Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini awarded to Daniel Ricciardo

Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini Award : One of the most Honored and respectable award in Formula 1 was given to Daniel Ricciardo 2nd September 2014

Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini award is named after the former Ferrari Formula 1 driver who died from injuries sustained in the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix

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2014 Triumph Bonneville

What I loved about this bike is the vibration level which is almost none, even though the pistons are moving together, the counter weight really cuts out the vibration. 2014 Triumph Bonneville is a value for a the price you pay.

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Apple iWatch is Launching 1.7″ and 1.3″ Variants by October 2014

Apple iWatch launches The wearable Apple iWatch by October this year. It would have OLED display of 1.7″ and 1.3″ Variants. The OLED is said to be having 320 x 320 pixels resolution. Smart watches are already in the market such as Motorola, Samsung, LG etc. No price or specs have been leaked out yet however this product would clash with Sony smart watch as well. Here are few pictures thatare leaked on the web.

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Carter Aerospace SRC 4Place PAV

Carter Aerospace Development has made significant progress on the current prototype. It has developed a four passenger vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, known as the SR/C. With decreased drag leads directly to enhanced speed, fuel economy, climb performance, and glide ratio. Speeds of 160 mph at 200 HP (with this configuration expected to exceed 235 mph at 25,000 feet & 350 HP) Altitude of 12,000 feet Flight with the rotor slowed to 106 rpm . The company projects that the, SRC 4Place PAV aircraft will have 3 to 6 times the range of helicopters (and 300% to 600% lower fuel consumption); offer cruise speeds from 150 mph at low altitudes to 500 mph at 40,000 feet; have the ability to operate without runways at low cost, which will revolutionize regional civilian air transportation.

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2015 Land Rover Defender Design

Ratan Tata reveals the latest of designs for the new  Land Rover Defender which would be launched by 2015, It is already 3 years since it was originally suppose to have been launched, this latest concept would be in markets by mid of 2015 in India and early 2015 in the UK. This car would be manufactured in the UK however there are plans to have a production plant in India as well which would  be strategically placed for Asia & Australian  markets.

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2015 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

2015 Land Rover Defender

The new  model looks way too different from the Model we saw in 2011.

The DC concepts were released with the specific intention of testing customers’ reactions about a future Land Rover Defender, Land Rover’s oldest and most iconic model, and sparked controversy and debate among Land Rover traditionalists all over the world.

This extraordinary design proposal is one of the ideas knocking around Land Rover Defender Head quater that’s filed under ‘Land Rover Defender successor’. Land Rover’s 67 years after the original clattered onto forecourts. And, as you’d expect, Land Rover’s design team’s being very cautious as it had to retain its originality.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Director of Design, says: “Replacing the iconic Land Rover Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide. The Land Rover Defender DC100 isn’t a production-ready concept, but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.”

John Edwards, Land Rover’s Global Brand Director, Land Rover added:” Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market.”

The new design does take away the former manly looks and gives it a new age look. The name Defender does not suite the design at all.


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2014 Harley-Davidson V-Rod

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod was first launched in 2009. At the heart of the motorcycle houses a massive liquid-cooled, 60° V-Twin engine delivering a whooping 87 ft-lb at 6,750 rpm. When launched, the motorcycle was considered quite an important model as it featured as a liquid-cooled engine instead of the typical air-cooled engines that were used in all others Harley-Davidson’s.  You must be wondering what would be its fuel consumption right ? .. well if you are expecting anything at all, forget it as it gives you 37 mpg or 15.5 kmpl. With a sleek and sexy body, it reminds you the muscles it has underneath. A fat rear with a low-rise handle bar and a double-barrel exhaust are the only design aspects of this bike which makes it look like a part of Harley Family.

What is the power output you might ask, the power of this massive 1250 cc V-Twin engine is around 120 bhp and 111 Nm of torque, not much when compared to Japanese bikes but let me remind you that it is a Harley. It ain’t light either, weighing about 300 kilograms, the 2014 Harley-Davidson V-Rod  is quite hefty for its size although Harley-Davidson promises a much stable handling thanks to a longer wheelbase and fat front and rear.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod


Is there a Competition ?

If you ask me, I dont think  there is any … Harley is a Harley, however the manufaturers have given us the gift called Harley-Davidson V-Rod  which stands against the recently introduced 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Storm and the 2014 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster.

If you are searching for an imposing cruiser with a modern design language than you should take a closer look at Harley’s new 2014 V-Rod Muscle.

The motorcycle features a fat 240 mm rear tire, dual exhaust with satin chrome finish, drag-style handle bars and LED tail lights. There is also a sleek fuel tank and a modern radiator design that was carefully created to merge seamlessly with the overall design.

 The engine’s power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed transmission which is combined with a slipper clutch.

Brembo brakes with ABS does the job just right.

The 2014 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is offered with a starting price Rs. 22,02,682(Ex-Showroom Price).

Fat Rear Tire
Ultra-fat, 240mm rear tire the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread

Drag-style Handle Bars with Instrument Cluster
Aggressive power cruising position. Built in aluminum shell cast over steel 1-inch tubing and internally-routed wiring, The attached triple gauge cluster—bold, sleek and easy-to-read mph, rpm and fuel gauges.

Inverted Forks
43mm inverted forks. They add to the wide look that flows all the way through to the tail of the V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle.

LED Stop-Turn-Tail Lights
LED lights in combined stop-tail-turn signals are integrated into the rear fender of the V-Rod Muscle® model.

Mirror Turn Signals
Front LED turn signals. Integrated into the stems of the mirrors.

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Base price Rs. 22,02,682
Length 94.9 in.
Seat Height, Laden 25.6 in.
Seat Height, Unladen 27.8 in.
Ground Clearance 4.1 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) 34
Trail 5.6 in.
Wheelbase 66.9 in.
Tires, Front Specification 120/70ZR-19 60W
Tires, Rear Specification 240/40R-18 79V
Fuel Capacity 18 Lts
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5 qt.
Weight, As Shipped 640 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 673 lb.
Engine Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Bore 4.13 in.
Stroke 2.835 in.
Displacement 76.1 cu in
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Exhaust Satin chrome, dual side exhaust system with turnouts
Wheels, Front Type Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston front and rear
Engine Torque 87 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) 6,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 15.5 KMPL

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Traveling to Ladakh : Do’s and Don’ts

When you travel to Ladakh, here are some Do’s and Don’ts

  • If by Road ( Driving yourself )
    • Carry Food (Ready to Eat packed food)
    • Carry Medicines ( See here for what all medicines are to be carried)
    • Carry Extra Fuel ( Get as much as possible as the fuel quality is not so good after you cross Manali )
    • Carry Plenty of Water, this is a must as you would be dehydrated very quickly if you dont have enough water as it is very dry up there.
    • Have a map to be sure where you are heading
    • Carry basic tools and extra Tyre + Tube if required.
    • Carry Waste bags to dispose waste properly
  • Ensure that you have extra pair of clothes ready alone with rain gear if by Bike or trekking.
  • Wear thermal inner, this will help you retain the heat for longer duration
  • Do not drive fast, its easy to loose control when you come across Black Ice
  • Avoid Smoking and Drink, this will help you breathing.
  • Do carry plenty of sunscreen and Moisturizer
  • Do not drink water without boiling it.
  • Enter your passport details on each check point ( This will help authorities to track you down in case you are lost)
  • Do not cross border if Army is not guarding it, ( White Plank would say Welcome to China)
  • Do not click pictures of local people without their permission (you dont want to land up in a fight)
  • Carry all contact details and blood type in your wallet
  • Wear surgical gloves inside the normal gloves in case you are riding your bike.
  • Always have your head lights on while doing Solo.

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Climate in Ladakh

Climate in Ladakh is harsh, called as the cold desert of the world, For tourist, Climate in Ladakh would not be very pleasant if they choose to travel during off season..  Climate in Ladakh is a bit too extreme. My first visit to Ladakh, I found both Sun Burns and Frost bite at the same time which is unusual if you think as the Sun burns and very clear skies make it more direct and UV rays hit the land 3 times more than sea level due to the Less dense Air.. Higher the Altitude, density of air decreases rapidly.. Oxygen levels drop dramatically as well which leads to AMS. You can read about AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness here ). During day time, Climate in Ladakh varies significantly as there is a massive different in altitude everywhere..

Climate in Ladakh during December – February: It is THE Coldest times of the year, the temperature rarely goes above the freezing point starting from December. Nights during Winter is always below -20° C / -4° F. Days hover between -1° C to -10° C ( 28° F – 14 °F)The nights are chilling and temperatures hover around -20°C. It is always advisable to not take a trip during this time as you would find almost no one other than Indian Army to help. January is the month of snowfall during which at-least  6” + thick ice sheet forms over rivers and lakes. Airports are barely open and All roads would be closed during this time of the year. Only Private Helicopters are available during this time of the year. In case you do visit Ladakh during this time, you need to know that Frost bite would be waiting for you … You would have Cracks in your skin all over the body, Skin would loose all the moisture and would be at the driest of state, I have been through this phase and it took me 4 months to recover from such a condition.. In case you are in Leh, you would get help however in case you are at any remote village, be prepared to be stuck for sometime..

Climate in Ladakh during March and April: Though better than December to February, it is too cold to have a normal life during the months of March and April. Temperature would always be around 12°C in the day and -5°C in the night, at-least its not below zero all the time however you will come across a lot of snowfall during this time of the year as well. Traveling during this time would be only by Air as Airports would be open during this time of the year.. Roads would be still inaccessible as Ice would have blocked all the roads in and around Ladakh. The Ice moving machines get on duty by this time and occasionally they lay down new roads as well.

Climate in Ladakh during May – September: Its called the tourist season as Ladakh receives almost all its tourists during this time. Prices of food, cloths and hotels sky rocket during this time of the year. Highways open for public by last week of April or usually by first week of May. Temperatures are a pleasant in the region, Around 16°C during the day and 4°C in the night which is very pleasant. Temperatures soar up to 24°C between June / July so this is the time when you must visit. During this time of the year, you will find most events and local festivals happening. Note: Direct exposure to sunlight for long during this time of the year will leave you sun burnt and tanned (Extreme).. I have been through few of these extremes myself and not in a good way.

 

Climate in Ladakh during October- November: By this time tourists would leave Ladakh as the Winter season begins.. The temperate drops down to Zero again and locals hurry to gather food and clothes for the winter.. You can find few hotels still open for business but I would suggest staying in Monasteries as the experience would be overwhelming.


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