New LED Lights

By Michael Brose on Oct 19, 2010 about their 1999 Honda Shadow ACE

For the past two years or so, I have had fog lights next to my headlight. I usually never used them because of the terrible flood of light, so I ditched them. I still wanted lights of some sort and I've seen several bikes with small lights towards the bottom. So, a quick search on eBay yielded a seller with what I wanted.

I took some steel (hanger strap basically) from my MG to use as my brackets for the lights. I cut two pieces out making sure there were three holes in each. I bored out the two furthest holes a bit, rounded the corners, and mounted them where my pegs mount to my forward extensions.

The results can be seen below. They do not add much light for me, but make the bike more visible and seem wider which is a great result. These particular lights have 18 LEDs and 6 LEDs facing the side and also a "running light" mode where it is dimmer. I got them in black, but you have the option of chrome as well.

Alternative Engine Designs

By Michael Brose on Oct 19, 2010

Full Story: HERE

Since the earliest days of the automobile in late 19th century, the dominant powerplant has been the reciprocating piston, spark-ignition Otto-cycle, followed by the compression-ignition diesel. Those engines are still undergoing plenty of development efforts and will see significant improvements in fuel efficiency in the next few years, thanks to direct injection, turbocharging and, further out, homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI). However, all these engines feature the same piston-connecting rod-crankshaft architecture. As engineers strive for ever more efficiency, new architectures are being investigated and older less-successful types are being revisited.

Source: Sam Abuelsamid, Popular Mechanics


Nissan Leaf/Chevrolet Volt: Electric Mayhem

By Michael Brose on Sep 29, 2010

With the ever rising oil prices and global recession, car manufacturers have been trying to find a way to be "more green". Hybrids currently have the market, but with their expensive batteries and dependency on gasoline only serve as a band-aid. Their solution is a plug-in electric car. Well, sort of.

There are two contenders entering the market soon: the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.