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The Boston Marathon Bombing: Staying Positive

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I've never been to Boston, but just like any citizen of North America, I have my ties to city, and to the Boston Marathon.

Once upon a time, back in the 1980s, a young doctor delivered a baby to a happy couple. Through no fault of the doctor, the baby was born quite ugly. The new mother told the new grandmother: "Ma, I had the baby, but he's ugly. He looks like an old chinese man." That isn't to say that old chinese men are ugly, because George Takei is a rock star. In this case, however, the baby was ugly. The doctor's name was Jean Marmoreo, and the ugly baby's name was me.

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Custom Motorcycle Builder Videos

Custom Motorcycle Builder

bikerMetric just shared a great video on Shinya Kimura, a personal favorite motorcycle builder of mine. Shinya has been involved in motorcycles for over 25 years. He's the originator of the "zero style" custom motorcycle originating in Japan. His work would quickly gain recognition for its minimalistic and vintage style of bikes. Shinya shows the beauty of the raw materials incorporated into his designs. He now works out of his shop, Chabott Engineering, in Azusa, California. Shinya mentions in the video that he doesn't sketch out his creations, he simply creates based on how he feels in that moment. Check out the video to get a feel of what he's all about:

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Carburettor vs Fuel Injection – the Debate Goes on

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In the motorcycle world, the battle between carburettors and fuel injection roars on.

While most beginners may not give either option a second thought (they’re likely more interested in the price, power and brand of their bike), experienced riders often put one or the other at the top of the list when looking at motorcycles for sale.

But how many of you actually know the difference? And, more importantly, does it really matter?

The short answer? Yes, it does matter – and here’s why…

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Motorcycles vs. Cars: Most Dangerous

Motorcycles vs Cars Which are More Dangerous?

Here's another great infographic, and another Motorcycles vs. Cars comparison. This one looks at the risks and dangers of riding a motorcycle versus driving a car. The infographic brings up a few important points:

The infographic lists crash rates per vehicle mile travelled, but does it include parking lot spills?
The number of alcohol related injuries is close, but does anyone know whether these are the young hot headed riders drinking and crashing, or the oldschool, over-confident seasoned biker vets?
The motorcycle fatalities stats are interesting, as were the breakdown of who's most likely to ride a motorcycle.

Here's a little teaser shot, click it to read more:

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