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Revised Triumph Street Triple

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 10:00 PM PDT

Hey, what’s going on guys? It was inevitable that Triumph would treat one of their best selling naked bikes to a Speed Triple-style overhaul to its 675cc streetfighter.

The Street Triple will gain its bigger sibling's modernized (or none circular, if you will) headlights, and a higher-quality level of finish throughout, despite prices being pegged at or near current levels. The new bikes also get a de-chromed look, chunkier aluminum bars (previously just on the Street Triple R model).

The new colors adds to the perceived level of quality too. But I don’t know about this grape flavor. Without tweaks to the engine, the 167kg/105bhp Street Triple will remain the lightest in its class and among the most powerful. Mechanically there are no changes so existing owners will have an easy time of telling themselves their bike is in no way rendered obsolete overnight.

Color options are metallic white, black and purple for the standard model, while the higher-spec R is coming in red, white or black with gold wheels.

Be sure to log on to Triumph Boards to voice your opinions.

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to order your copy of the 2011 print edition of Inline Performance Magazine HERE at the pre-order price for a limited time.

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Pajero V6 Timing Check And Adjust

Posted: 31 Mar 2011 07:57 AM PDT

This article covers checking and adjusting the ignition timing on NF, NG, NH and NJ model Pajero’s fitted with the 3.0 V6 engine. Before checking or making any adjustments to the timing the Timing Check Connector must be earthed. A length of electrical wire with small alligator clips on each end is handy for this, [...]

More Bait And Switch On Indy Parking Meter Lease Deal

When the Ballard administration touted its 50-year plan to lease Indianapolis' parking meter assets to ACS for 50 years, it claimed one of the reasons for raising the hourly parking rates and extending the hours of metered use was to encourage turnover in metered spaces in high traffic areas of Downtown, Mass Avenue and Broad Ripple. Some business owners on Mass Avenue, in particular, complained about people parking to go to dinner and the theater and hogging the spaces in front of their businesses all evening.

Today, the Ballard administration announced ParkIndy, the private operator of the parking meter assets, will allow motorists to pay for 4-hour blocks of time in the evening times rather than the current 2-hour limit. In other words, a motorist can pull up to a meter at 5:00 p.m., pay for 4 hours up to 9:00 p.m. after which time you can park for free and remain parked in the same space until late at night. Ballard said the change was being made in response to motorist feedback. "This arrangement will allow residents and visitors to Indianapolis to enjoy … events in the evening that keep them away from their cars longer than two hours," Ballard said in a news release.

I would also note the new parking meters were suppose to allow motorists to access a website via the Internet remotely to add more time to their meter with the new technology that was promised by ACS. I guess that technology wasn't included in the used electronic meters mounted on the existing rusty poles that ParkIndy rolled out this month in the high traffic areas only, which has been falsely represented in the news media as "new electronic meters"; the old mechanical meters remain in use elsewhere. It looks like the private contractor was able to start raking in revenues under its 50-year lease with very minimal investment--certainly not the $8 million investment the Ballard administration claimed the private operator would invest after being awarded the lease. Who knew the lease allowed the company to pull used meters out of storage to finance the better technology promised on a pay-as-you-go basis. Couldn't the City have done the same thing and pocketed millions more annually that it is giving up to the private operator under the lease?

UPDATE: Jon Murray's story in the Star today indicates only about one-third of the City's meters were replaced with the electronic meters. "ParkIndy, led by Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services and including two local companies, has replaced old meter heads on about one-third of city meters, he writes. "Those are in the Downtown core, along Massachusetts Avenue and in Broad Ripple. The rest will be upgraded later this year, and many blocks will get multispace pay boxes." Not surprisingly, there are already complaints that some of the used electronic meters installed are not working properly and causing people to get tickets. "Mary Buckner fed $1 in coins into a new meter in Broad Ripple on Wednesday, returned 15 minutes later and found a $20 parking ticket, her husband said." "A meter repairman working down the street opened up the unit and found it was already full; her coins had gone in but not far enough to be registered by the meter." "We are not impressed with the new meters and will avoid Broad Ripple and Massachusetts Ave. for the foreseeable future until all of the bugs get worked out of this new system," Andrew Buckner, who lives on Indianapolis' Northside, wrote in an email."

Amazing dirty car art

Posted: 31 Mar 2011 02:37 AM PDT

When some people see a dirty car they can’t resist writing messages such as “Clean Me”, “Wash Me”, “Also Comes in White” and so on But there are some people who take it one step further and create amazing art images on dirty car windows.

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Chevrolet designer shows us some 2013 Malibu design features

Posted: 31 Mar 2011 01:10 AM PDT

Chevrolet have released this short video showing were the design inspiration comes from for the new 2013 Malibu. The new Malibu will be unveiled on April 18th on Chevrolet’s Facebook page.

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Ferrari F40 vs Porsche 959 in a head to head drag race on Top Gear

Posted: 31 Mar 2011 12:30 AM PDT

Now this is a face-off that I have been waiting to see for about 15 years and I imagine many others have too. Richard Hammond from Top Gear takes the iconic Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 to the Top Gear track and puts them head to head in a drag race, who do you think passes the finishing line first? You will just have to watch this video to find out!!

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Peugeot 205 with wood trim, Cool or Crazy?

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 10:44 AM PDT

You can tell from the picture above that the owner has an obsession with wood, hell some of his clothes are made from wood and while most people tend to customize their cars with carbon fiber or fiber glass this guy seems to gone for the old wood trim look.

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Lexus CT 200h Launched with an amazing display of effects: Video

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 07:27 AM PDT

This video shows the launch of the Lexus CT 200h in Dubai and is probably one of the best car introductions yet, an amazing display of computer effects surrounds the car for a few minutes before it is finally revealed.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta recall due to horn fault

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 05:25 AM PDT

Volkswagen America has issued a recall on the Volkswagen Jetta, this will involve 71,043 units which will require rewiring due to the engine turning off after the horn has been blasted.

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De Tomaso brand makes a come back with the Deauville Concept

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 05:01 AM PDT

De Tomaso was famous back in the 1970s for creating supercars such as the Panthera and now the brand is returning back to the motoring world with the launch of the Deauville concept car.

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