We learn at a very young age that two is always better than one, and the same is true for Walt Siegl creations. In this case we have two delicious Ducati Leggero’s. The Walt Siegl Leggero Seattle & BC ($CALL). Both having had a complete overhaul its nice to see their original classic appeal remain intact.The Leggero Seattle has a more classic vintage touch, stripped down for that naked look. It features Showa front w/race spec Gold valves and cartridges, Brembo brakes, WSM Kevlar bodywork, Bruce Meyers 944 big bore engine with modified cylinder heads, Motogadget Tachometer, and WSM stainless mufflers. The whole kit sits on Marvic Magnesium wheels wrapped in Dunlop Q3 tires. The Leggero BC has more of a modern look and features a modern exhaust and a contemporary aluminum swingarm that is about 55 mm longer than other Leggeros. Additional specs include Brembo brakes, WSM composite bodywork, chrome moly trellis frame, harness, and stainless steel mufflers. The Leggero Seattle and the Leggero BC are a couple of my favorite Leggero's by Walt and if you want your own, based on the same platform, customized by Walt, follow the link to his site for additional ordering information.
Microcosmos ($17) takes on an outstanding photo-journey that allows us to see what is going on around us in our everyday lives through some sublime microscopic images. These images, which are produced using the very latest micro-photography technologies, are displayed on user friendly, large page layouts so everyone can enjoy them. The majority of the 205 full color images on display here were taken using SEM, Scanning Electron microscopy, that allows us to see life as never before. No book has ever given us this insight into the world around us, and this is one book you will find very hard to put down.
With most jobs now a days needing some sort of technical training it makes sense to introduce children to concepts at an early age. TinkerBots Educational Robotic building Set ($160+) does just that. It makes it possible for young kids and adults to create a number of robotic toys just by clicking pieces together like Legos. The kit features a power brain block, kinetic modules, and passive pieces. You can even add your own lego blocks to make your creations even more complex. The power brain block provides the power and contains an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. Snap that with the other pieces to create your toy and you're ready to go. Your toy can be controlled by either recording movements and playing them back or by your android or iOS device. There are multiple kits available including wheeler, animal, and grabber kits. You can check out all the purchase options on their Indiegogo campaign.
We just did an article on a Twin-Turbo 1970 Pontiac Firebird that was going up for auction in Chicago. That Firebird is an 1100hp beast. Now lets take a look at the modern 2015 Hennessey Supercharged Mustang ($60K) to see how it matches up. Just 500 of these will be built so if you want one you may need to hurry. The cars feature over 700 horses and 632 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm thanks to the HPE700 Supercharger that feeds a Coyote 5.0-liter 4-cammer. This setup will get you 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, with the ability to produce an 11.2 second quarter mile at 131 mph. It's nice to know you can get near Supercar speed without spending millions.
Add some comfortable sports chic to your summer wardrobe with the new New Balance M1400JGY ($160). With a traditional grey/white colourway and a luxurious suede upper the M1400JGY make for quite a striking and prestigious pair of shoes. Not lacking in comfort either these plush bad boys offer a supportive and comfortable midsole, padded collar and tongue. Lace these up and prepare for a fun day on your feet! This stunning grey/white colourway is available now.
I can't wait for this one to hit the shelves. The G-Shock GPW-1000 GPS Solar Powered Watch ($TBA) originally hit the internet in spring as a concept, but the news is it will get a full release some time later this year. The GPW-1000 is one of the most anticipated from the G-Shock this year. It features two time correction systems that calibrate time by using GPS data and radio waves. This enables the watch to keep accurate time beyond the capabilities of conventional watches. Additional features include battery and solar power and indices for city and latitude location. We'll post an update when it hits stores