MacLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 vs Ducati 1199

I just keep watching this video over and over.

I think all three machines could have been driven better. And I’d like to see two more runs. But this is my pick for best film/video of the year.

192 mph on a production bike is bonkers.

Fun fact: there are a number of bikes that are close to 200 mph and less than 3 seconds, 0-60. And they’re all less than $20,000. What do you have to say for yourself, Exotic Car?

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Everything is retro.

…which is a natural, reasonable response to excessive technology. Here are some recent custom, and stock, motorcycles. Enjoy.


Does NOT look comfortable. But does look nice.
BMW R80RT by Diamond Atelier 1

Sartorie Meccaniche Belva
Step 1: Take a Buell x1 Lightning
Step 2: Make this
(I still miss Buell.)
Sartorie Meccaniche Belva Motorcycle

Triumph Bonneville Pegaso
It started as a 2006 Triumph Bonneville. Then the folks at Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles started working on it.
Triumph Bonneville Pegaso Motorcycle

Bandit9 Bishop
It was a Honda SuperSport. Not any more. (Like the BMW R80RT, the riding position looks painful.)
Bandit9 Bishop Motorcycle

Confederate x132 Hellcat Speedster
Confederate has a new Hellcat.
You can pre-order yours today. Only $65,000.
I don’t know how many they intend to build. (They are only going to make 32 Fighters. But those cost $100,000.)
Exhaust turning forward seems odd.
Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

Not retro, but so pretty it makes my eyeballs hurt:
Ronin 47
This, too, started as a Buell. And, yes, they will make only 47 of them.
Ronin 47 Motorcycle


2015 Ducati Scrambler
Highly customizable from the factory. (The rear foot-peg looks too close to the exhaust!)
2015 Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro Motorcycle

Not retro, just insane:
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R
300hp… superchargers… on a motorcycle? Yeah, it’s not street-legal.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R Motorcycle

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Oscar buzz for Carrell, Tatum, Ruffalo, Miller (director).

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Yardbird (Australian short film)

This is a neat short.
Kinda made from pieces of other stories (revenge stories are very popular among humans), but it works.

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

My friend, Dan, sent this to me. Mandatory viewing for anyone who aspires to creative work.

Some quotes:

“That distance, that psychological construct, that protects you from the results of your work.” (From too much narcissism, from feelings of failure, from fear, from emotional problems, from unmanageable expectations about performance, from pressure, etc)

“The maddening capriciousness of the creative process.”

“Even I, in my mulishness, have brushed up against that thing sometimes.”

She used these examples:

  • Ancient Greek culture
  • Ancient Roman culture
  • Ruth Stone (poet)
  • Tom Waits (musician)

“I know you know what I’m talking about. A transcendent performance. Lit from within, lit from below, lit up on fire with divinity. There it is: a glimpse of god.”

“It’s one of the most painful reconciliations to make in a creative life.”

“Olé to you, nonetheless.”


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