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|13th July 2007, 10:38||#1|
Wheels of Imagination
Day before yesterday at 10 pm there was an enjoyable program “Wheels of Imagination” on Discovery – Travel & Living
The program was a treat to watch. It started off with history of bikes, went on to tell the story of the effect of world wars, how it got popular, top bike makers, top bikes, bikers get together, bike racing, to present bikes, super bikes and the future of bikes. All these came from genuine authorities on bikes – the top collectors, top execs of bike makers, from ‘Motorcycle Hall of Fame’!
The first generation bikes ran on steam, and soon ran out of it. In 1885 Gasoline engine powered bikes came into being in Germany. ‘Indian’ an American company became the largest producer of bikes in the world in early 1900’s. There were exceptional engineers and designers at that time. For example, BMW took just 7 weeks to bring out R72 from paper to commercial availability. This proved to be a gem of design and a roaring success. BMW were originally making planes, and took up designing and manufacturing bikes just as an alternative, as post world war they were not allowed to produce planes. Their facilities were even bombed.
Did you know that exactly 90 years back BMW produced bikes which did 173 Km/hr. Two decades later BMW produced bikes which ran 279 Km/hr. ‘Café racer’ was the grandfather of today’s bike, this was a 750 cc, 4 cylinder bike. Even economy bikes which gave 100 Kpl were available in early 1900s!
Camaraderie of riders was shown in racing and get together at Dacota, California and Alabama. What wild gay abandon they enjoyed. It was an amazing show.
The bikes in America became more user friendly with tall visors, heated seats, and these bikes were called ‘sofa bed on wheels’. These were essentially touring machines used for cross country rides. Then came the customized cruisers. The pursue vehicles used by police were also awesome.
Had a chance to see Ninja, Vmax, monster, HD’s cruisers. Saw machines with ABS, CD players, GPS, electric reverse and other bells and whistles.
The program was prejudiced towards Ducati, HD and BMW. Japanese big 4 - Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki were sort of belittled.
One of the predictions was future bikes will be home offices! It was also mentioned that, as always the best designs come from dream bikers’ garage and not from factory design boards!
As per you, what does a bike symbolize..? Later I shall post what was the popular perception as
recorded by discovery channel.
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|13th July 2007, 10:57||#2|
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had a chance to see the show a lil. was actually better than the earlier two-wheels show that they used to air again n again! They also described the way BMW went into bikes (from manufacturin planes) after the WW...
any idea if the show will be repeated again?
|24th July 2007, 14:25||#4|
What does a bike symbolize?
In the poll conducted by discovery channel the bike symbolizes 'freedom' more than anything else.
'Freedom' was the response given by more than 75% of the respondents!!
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