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Do You Know Your Country’s Racing Color?

Posted on 28 December 2013

national racing colors

Sesame street taught me that colors are cool. Driving through South-Central LA taught me that picking the right colors are important. Finally, numerous Tumblr galleries have taught me that colors can make or break a cool ride. So how does one pick the right color for their whip? Well, if you want a cheat sheet, you can always pick your national racing color.

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Is This the 2015 Mach 1 Mustang?

Posted on 06 November 2013

 2015 Mach 1 Mustang

While every day we get a better sense of what the new Ford Mustang will look like, and we know that Ford NA has a trademark filing for the Mach 1 name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, we don’t know how such a ‘stang would appear in real life. Thankfully, the photoshop hooligans over at TopSpeed have done their damnedest to render what the 2015 Mach 1 Mustang could look like. And I do say, she’s a looker. Is it just me, or is there a bit of GT-R in the rear quarter window and C-pillar? Hit the jump to keep reading…

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Editorial

Our Custom Misfit is Done!

Posted on 06 November 2013

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Ladies and gentlemen, the DrivingScene Misfit has been torn down, modified, chopped, welded, rebuilt, tuned, and tested. She has been primed, painted, and polished. The hard work is done, now we just need to reassemble. And of course RIDE. You can also read about our Misfit purchase, and our custom build update, and we’ll be “unveiling” the finished build here just as soon as we take some purtty pictures for y’all.

We could not have done this fantastic custom Misfit build without the hard work and keen eyes of Vegas Cyclewerks and Old Skool Kustom Painting. Both these shops have done great work, and done so under tight time limits. Have a beer for them, and look out for our full reveal and in-depth review of our custom 2014 Cleveland Misfit custom cafe racer. Cheers.

- Adam Kaslikowski

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Custom Misfit Build Update

Posted on 09 October 2013

2014 Cleveland Cyclewerks Misfit Custom Build on Lift

Our custom Misfit build, which we’ve named The Wolf, is progressing along nicely so we thought we’d give all you loyal readers an update. The bike is currently out in Ohio getting expertly painted by Old Skool Kustom Painting, and if you look through their past work you’ll see that the DrivingScene Misfit is going to turn out all kinds of sexy.

While all the tins are off, John over at Vegas Cyclewerks has been more than busy making sure our bike is the fastest Misfit around. To that noble end, we’ve installed a brand new racing head, a totally new carb with enough flow to make the Mississippi look tame, and created a custom stainless steel “trumpet” exhaust to improve performance as well as get that classic cafe racer look. While we’re on the topics of looks, we’ve also wrapped the exhaust pipe (not shown, obviously) in WHITE! and crafted a totally custom seat that will have a much lower profile while still retaining Cleveland Cyclewerks amazingly useful detachable cowl. On or off, the seat looks great.

The bike has also been on a bit of a diet. Already a featherweight compared to the old Kawasaki KZ650, we’ve opted to delete the side covers, relocate the electronics, and upgrade the battery to a unit about 1/4 the size of stock. This little wonder battery provides the same level of juice, and is about the size of your fist. That will be hidden below the seat to still allow for electronic starting. With the sidepods gone and a clear view through the bike, The Wolf is going to look properly cafe.

Lastly, the emissions control piping was scrapped and the bike went on the dyno to test what all our mods achieved. The dyno chart was easily on the sexiest things I’ve ever seen. I’ve always ignored these graphics out of both confusion and indifference. They were strange and boring. But when it is our bike? Oh man have I spent long chunks of time just gazing into the graph like it was a magic eye poster or something. And what I saw made daddy happy. Here’s our improvements, blue line is stock, red line is after Vegas Cyclewerks:

Custom Misfit Build Dyno Results

As you can see, a great improvement. More of everything, smoother lines, and stable air/fuel mix. We. Are. Pumped. Check back here often to see how the build is progressing. Next stop, paint shop!
- Adam Kaslikowski

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Editorial

We Just Bought a Misfit!

Posted on 17 September 2013

2013 Misfit

Behold gentle readers, DrivingScene’s new ride/long-term tester/tax write-off. That’s right, we just handed over some bags of cash for a new 2013 Cleveland Cyclewerks Misfit. Haven’t heard of the Misfit or Cleveland Cyclewerks for that matter? No worries, for you are not alone.

Long-story-short, Cleveland Cyclewerks imports a specially modified version of a Taiwanese recreation of the venerable Honda CB125. These recreations are available from all sorts of brands, but they are all built using the original or licensed tooling from the Honda factory. So it’s a Chinese bike assembled and sold by an American company. Cleveland tweaked theirs a bit to be a cafe-style bike, as well as upgrading the motor to a 250. Still not a big bike, but one many motorcyclists are calling a perfect commuter bike with style.

Cleveland also sells a number of go-faster parts that turn this little runabout into a perfect sleeper. And wouldn’t you know it, we’ve sprung for just about all of them. We’ll be getting a completely custom Misfit built by the talented hands over at Vegas Cyclewerks and our very fresh paint job is being handled by the incomparable Old Skool Kustom Painting out of Ohio. You know we only work with the best, so that means this build is going to be a cross-country affair. Once you see the final product, you’ll it was worth it.

Currently the bike is waiting for us to pick it up at a loading dock, then it goes straight into Vegas Cyclewerks’ hands for tuning. 2 weeks later, the riding begins. Check back here often for build updates and in-progress pictures, then a detailed review and spread.
We can’t wait, we hope you can’t either.

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Events

Targa Trophy Takes Off With Our Hearts

Posted on 03 August 2013

Targa Trophy 2013 Banner

The 2013 Targa Trophy LA to Vegas event has come and past, but our hearts here at DrivingScene are still warmed by the memory of millions of dollars worth of automobiles being hooned out of the Red Bull North America headquarters here in Santa Monica. Fun was had by all, and it has been another in a series of successful events for the Targa Trophy team. As we’ve written about before, we highly suggest we go do a rally as soon as you humanly can, whether it be a high dollar affair like the Targa or any of the number of entry-level events. If you can’t make it, or just want to preview what the kickoff to one of these unique events is like, take a look through our extensive gallery after the jump. Just remember to clean up the drool off your keyboard before you get back to work.

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Editorial

What Rebuilding My Carburetors Taught Me About Life

Posted on 28 July 2013

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There are a lot of things in this world I don’t understand. Things like the socio-economic inequality in post-Marxist South American countries, why microwave ovens are suddenly able to work with metal inside, and the Weber 45 DCOE carburetor. So far in life all of these things (and much more) have escaped my mental grasp. Imagine my dread, then, when the carbs on my vintage stead started acting up. The previous owner gleefully informed me that the dual Webers had needed a rebuild for some time now. Oh joy.

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The Zombie Apocalypse Porsche 911

Posted on 16 January 2013

 Zombie Apocolypse Porsche 911

Is this or is this not the the coolest Porsche 911 you’ve ever seen? The answer (to both) is YES. I love this thing, in a horrified kind of way. It’s the little details that ensure you’ll survive the zombie apocalypse. Rope? Check. Pickaxe? Check. Winch and nobby tires? Check and check. And if my eyes don’t deceive me, it would appear to be slightly lifted. From the matte olive paint job to the extra headlights, this beast is ready for a rumble.

I think we need to start a petition that all new apocalyptic movies need to include a hardened sports car like this. How much better would 2012 have been if John Cusack had been driving an RX-7 with a gun-turret? Or imagine a monster truck Lambo in Zombieland. Let’s make this happen.

Very little is known about the providence of this build or what motivated it, but to whoever put in the time – WELL DONE. Because Porsche saw fit to take 911′s rallying in the 70′s, we know they work off-road just as well as on. I’m starting to dream of a garage full of nothing but customized 911s. From your basic 2.7RS Clone to a 911 Rat Rod to this thing. My dreams are starting to get expensive, and apocalyptic.

Source: Flat Sixes

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What Are Your Favorite Road Trip Apps?

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What Are Your Favorite Road Trip Apps?

Posted on 31 December 2012

2013 SL550

The all-things technology site TechCrunch has just released a list of their favorite apps used for a road trip. Agree? Disagree? Have better apps? Put it all down in the comments!

Read the TechCrunch piece here

 

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Turbo Trailer Hits The Webs

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Turbo Trailer Hits The Webs

Posted on 21 December 2012

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DreamWorks has just unveiled the trailer for their racing themed movie Turbo. As the logo will lead you to assume, the action in this animated film revolves around a snail who for reasons I’m sure will become clear wants to be some kind of racer. Watch the first trailer below:

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