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US President’s Vehicles throughout History

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The vehicle of POTUS (President of the United States) perhaps is not the most luxurious car you will find, but in terms of safety, it is one of the best in the world. When a US president needs to move around, he does it in style, and he uses all means of transportation.

The presidential vehicles have always been expensive, no matter which president we refer to. Air Force has also contributed for state chiefs to ride comfortably with all the protections included. And safety does matter. So far, Americans have lost four presidents while they were holding the office, but many more actually dodged assassination attempts. One of the most notable presidents was Theodore Roosevelt who got shot during a speech, but he kept going on!

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However, the task of transporting the president was taken seriously after 1963 when John Kennedy got assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

4 Facts About Harley-Davidson Blue Edition – Most Exclusive Motorcycle in the World

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Harley-Davidson Blue Edition has officially become the world’s most exclusive and expensive bike. It was made by Bucherer, the Swiss watchmaker, and Bundnerbike. The starting price of this beauty is 1.79 million US dollars. This one-of-a-kind Harley Davidson took 2500 hours to finish, and we can now enjoy in its beauty.

The bike Blue Edition is based on the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S. However, after the work by the two companies, the final product doesn’t even remotely resemble the starting bike. The frame and the rims had to be made from scratch whereas some parts are gold-plated.

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The entire setup uses the heat-resistant LEDs. This Blue Edition is the only motorcycle in the world which has an engine illuminated from inside. The seat has been specially hand-made in Switzerland whereas the blue paint has got a six-layer coating. The companies that worked on this piece of art don’t want to reveal the coating techniques they used.

Meanwhile, a watch is located on the right side of the fuel tank, making this bike the pioneer in this segment as well. Never before has the watch been integrated into a motorcycle. Other than that, jewels can be found all over the two-wheeler, replacing rubber bushes or washers. A 5.40-carat Dizzler ring is placed in the left half of the fuel tank.

The watch is enclosed in a cage so that it is protected at all times. The holder is a watch winder at the same time, to make sure that it always shows the right time. When it comes to the engine, the Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is powered by a 1.8-liter V-Twin good for 148Nm of torque. This unit is paired with a 6-speed transmission.

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There is no doubt that this Harley-Davidson is made with a lot of sophistication and the great attention to details. Until the better motorcycle comes, the Blue Edition will hold the title of the most expensive bike on the planet. And it is meant to be ridden.

Lewis Hamilton’s Amazing Two-Wheeled Collection (VIDEO)

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When you are a four-time Formula One World Champion, two things are certain, you like speed, and you have a lot of money. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Lewis Hamilton spends a sizeable chunk of his cash on things that can go really fast, like motorbikes. Over the years, he has gathered quite a collection of bikes.

Unlike other celebrities that blow their money on expensive parties and other ephemeral things, Hamilton stays true to himself. And we are not talking just about motorbikes. Lewis has a collection of cars most of the people would be lucky to get a glimpse on a highway, let alone drive or own. Supercars like Ferrari 599 GTO or PaganiZonda 760 LH are just some of the models he has in his garage.

He also has ordinary bikes, as well. Well, we say ordinary, but these bikes that cost a fortune and are designed for some serious speeds, are anything but ordinary. Let’s see what Lewis Hamilton has in his two-wheeled collection.

9. BRUTALE 800 RR LH44

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Lewis helped design this bike and often says that it is one of his favorites. Made by MV Agusta, it is a pinnacle of modern motorcycling technology.

Top 11 Eco-Friendly City Transportation Vehicles

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With the progressing technologies, we are moving further away from fuel and oil. Electric vehicles are being mass produced, and this is just one of many necessary steps we need to take if we want to protect our environment and slow down global warming. Here are 11 transportation vehicles used in cities which are different from what you used to see so far. And they are eco-friendly!

11. Cit-KarLoadster

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A startup company called VFJ-Wekstatten from Berlin has presented the four-wheeler called Cit-KarLoadster. Even though it looks more like a car than a bike, this model can carry all kinds of cargo. It abides all the safety standards, and the developer wants to see this vehicle used by merchants and people who do all kinds of repairs.

Let us look at the list of 10 most stolen cars in America last year

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In the United States, a vehicle is stolen every 40 seconds. This is a huge number of car thefts.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported on this. It was stated that vehicle theft rates are highest in 50 years, even with advanced security and theft prevention technologies that modern cars possess. The NICB released its annual car theft report on Tuesday. It identifies the most stolen models of 2017, as well as the most stolen vehicles through history, giving details on the years, which presented the highest risk.

Here is NICB‘s list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in the 2017 calendar year, the most stolen model year, and the total theft number of each model during that particular year:

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1. Honda Civic: 45,062 thefts (most stolen year: 1998, with 6,707 thefts)
2. Honda Accord: 43,764 thefts (most stolen year: 1997, with 6,301 thefts)
3. Ford F-Series: 35,105 thefts (most stolen year: 2006, with 3,151 thefts)
4. Chevy pickup trucks: 30,058 thefts (most stolen year: 2004, with 1,970 thefts)
5. Toyota Camry: 17,278 thefts (most stolen year: 2017, with 1,100 thefts)
6. Nissan Altima: 13,358 thefts (most stolen year: 2016, with 1,450 thefts)
7. Toyota Corolla: 12,337 thefts (most stolen year: 2016, with 1,012 thefts)
8. Ram/Dodge Ram: 12,004 thefts (most stolen year: 2001, with 1,242 thefts)
9. GMC pickups: 10,865 thefts (most stolen year: 2017, with 957 thefts)
10. Chevy Impala: 9,487 thefts (most stolen year: 2008, with 991 thefts)

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From these ten models, five are on the list of the most stolen cars last year:

Nissan Altima: 1,153 stolen models
Toyota Camry: 1,100 stolen models
GMC Pickups: 957 stolen models
Hyundai Elantra: 929 stolen models
Ford Fusion: 874 stolen models
Ford F-Series: 842 stolen models
Ram/Dodge Ram: 835 stolen models
Toyota Corolla: 832 stolen models
GMC Savana: 774 stolen models
Hyundai Sonata: 759 stolen models

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Two Japanese cars, the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry, also appeared on the lists in 2016, with Altima thefts being even more common. The only van to make either list among the 2017 models is the GMC Savana. This is probably because it is almost exclusively a work vehicle, instead of a lifestyle vehicle, as many carry valuable building materials, tools, and other expensive work-related cargo.

The question is then, why do thieves target one model over another?

Explained by NICB’s public affairs director Frank Scafidi, popularity could be one of the causes. He said Hondas and Toyotas share the most stolen title for years. It mostly has to do with the huge number of those vehicles produced, sold, and still operating over the years. In addition, drivers tend to make it easy for thieves by leaving their cars running, or even leaving the keys inside. He also mentioned how Honda thefts decreased by a large margin after smart keys were introduced in 1998.

But what is actually the best way to avoid your car being stolen? The NICB presents some suggestions, which start with the one that should be obvious. Always lock your four-wheeler, and do NOT leave your keys inside.

Even the most secure vehicle on the planet is extremely vulnerable if the driver fails to take the time to activate its security systems. Nobody should be leaving their keys inside of the car.

Earlier, some models were just too easy to steal, through either a design flaw or the use of a ‘bump key.’ This is a ground down key, which works effectively in the ignition of many different models from the same manufacturer. Luckily, those tricks are no longer possible due to improvements in both security and manufacturing. Examples of these are the keyless ignitions and smart keys.

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Finally, yet among the most important things, the NICB suggests investing in a theft-deterring warning device, like alarms. If such a device does not scare away thieves, car trackers and immobilizers are an option. These would either allow the vehicle to be found, or prevent the someone taking it without your permission. Ideally, the thief would also be somewhere near. Smart keys are not perfect, however, so another theft deterrent is an option. A manual transmission. Since most Americans do not know how to drive a manual, a car like this would most likely throw thieves away.

McLaren has shown new photos of Speedtail, Reveal Coming October 26

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In preparation for the reveal of the new Speedtail, McLaren has released new teaser photos of their new hypercar. Sadly, the only thing visible on the picture is the tail. Just a few of the details of the back end of the car can be seen, so nothing major has been revealed.

Despite the lack of detail, the teaser picture, released through the company’s social media accounts, has drawn quite a bit of attention. Also visible on the photo is the exact time of the reveal, October 26 at 1:00 pm BST. That’s 8 AM EST.

Speedtail is announced as the successor to McLaren’s legendary F1. Its main rivals will be Bugatti Chiron, KoenigseggAgera RS, and Hennessey’s F5. This means that the new hypercar will have to be very fast, hence the 1000 hppowerplant under the hood, which is based on the company’s 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. McLaren Senna, powered by the same engine delivering 789bhp already dominates the track, but the company hopes that the latest addition to their hypercars “Ultimate Series” will provide them with not only some much-needed cash but also bragging rights. That will solely depend on the Speedtail’s performance, and McLaren claims that they will be spectacular.

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The company suggests that the top speed of the car will be 243 mph (391 km/h). That would surpass F1 as McLaren’s fastest production car. However, this figure is still lower than either Chiron or Agera RS. That being said, we are sure that there are plenty of options for tweaking and tinkering with the engine to squeeze out few more miles per hour. McLaren has adamantly denied pursuing any speed records, allowing them to save face if Speedtail fails to break any of the previous records.

McLaren has announced that only 106 Speedtails will be made. Unsurprisingly, all of them are already spoken for, so if you were planning to buy one at your local dealer, you are out of luck.

16 Classic Motorcycles That Don’t Worth Much Today

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Classic is almost worthless today, and there is no good reason for that. It is maybe a way of the world now. For example, classic motorcycles from 1980’s cost pretty, especially if we compare their maintenance with modern bikes. Some vintage Harley Davidsons reach the shocking price of $40,000 to $50,000. Those rare rides are definitely pricey, and they should be. The names like Honda, Triumph or Norton are synonymous for high quality, but many of the owners give up on these valued machines. Someone can think that they are worthless today, but these motorcycles will never be the garbage and people that love bikes will always adore them. Many of them are pretty cheap right now and seem valueless, but who knows better than real two-wheel fans.

16. SUZUKI GS 750

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This is the first of the Suzuki’s GS Series motorcycles, and it packs a four-cylinder engine. The GS 750 was released in November 1976 being the first four-stroke machine that was made by Suzuki. Many models of this bike became well respected in the world of racing, especially in the AMA Superbike Championship. It was produced between 1976 and 1987 and was really pricey for that period. Now, this model goes for $2,500, and this is a shockingly low price for a classic bike such as this one.

Russian Design Artist Igor Shitikov Presents Porsche Transport Vehicle

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Russian design artist, Igor Shitikov presented how the retro-modern Porsche transport vehicle should look like. He called it the “Volkswagen Renntransporter.” A part of the success Porsche enjoys on race tracks can be attributed to Mercedes-Benz bus that transported the race cars such as 917 and 956 to the circuits all across Europe.

It is interesting to say that both buses still exist, one in the Porsche headquarters and the other one in Florida. Considering that the new 911 will arrive soon and the new 935 has just been introduced, the Russian design artist decided to revive the legendary vehicle and provide a rendering.

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However, instead of the three-pointed star, Igor’s creation has the VW sign and some of the elements inspired by the I.D. Buzz Concept. Moreover, the bus shares so much with the transporters from the 1960s. The color combination pays respect to the original vehicles whereas the “boxy” design has been kept with enough room for two Porsche race cars in the back.

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On both sides of this bus, we have glass panels with a Porsche logo on them that also allows easy access to the vehicles at the same time. Most likely, we will never see this rendering come alive, but Igor proved to be an amazing design artist. We would really love to see the bus rolling on the highways of Europe.

Ford F-Vision Future Truck: Electric and Efficient

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Ford is not famous for truck production, but it appears this is something the American manufacturer is eager to change. At Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show, Ford presented the F-Vision Future Truck Concept. This new model will be the electric truck with Level 4 autonomy.

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Interestingly enough, the F-Vision is the first concept truck produced by this renowned company. The main purpose of a concept like this one is to show the future of commercial vehicles and the way they will be made. The new trucks are supposed to have lightweight construction while the CO2 emission will be downgraded to 0.

However, Ford didn’t reveal any details regarding the powertrain of the F-Vision. Furthermore, the officials refused to talk about the output as well as the autonomous features. Instead of that, the design was in the center of attention.

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The F-Vision is inspired by Marvel superheroes and their abilities to change to fit the environment. The very shape of the rig resembles the other electric concepts delivered by Tesla and some other manufacturers, while massive LED lamps are clearly taken from the F-Series of Blue Oval pickups.

The F-Vision has the aerodynamic shape, a huge windshield which stretches to the sides. In other words, this piece of glass replaces the side windows as well. The side mirrors are missing as they are replaced by cameras.

The F-Vision is just what the name suggests – a vision! Although this big vehicle will not be produced in its whole, the chances that some of the parts and ideas will be used for trucks to come are high.

Japanese Brains Create 90-Percent-Plastic Vehicle (VIDEO)

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The University of Tokio scientists presented the first car in the world which has been made almost entirely out of plastic. In fact, plastic was used for 90% of the vehicle.

Because this material is being used all over the world for different purposes, the scientists in Japan decided to make such a vehicle. It is an interesting fact that this car is 40% lighter than any standard model, which isn’t odd considering that this material was used predominantly.

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The energy consumption is, therefore, reduced significantly which opens up various opportunities for the development of electric cars. The use of plastic in the auto industry has been marked as impossible a long time ago, stating that the toughness of the material is an issue that cannot be solved.

The scientists from Japan offered a solution and strengthened the body of a car by combining different kinds of plastic.

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Japan is the innovation leader in the automobile industry, and they continue to impress the world. For instance, during the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, the new driver-less transportation system will be pioneered. This kind of transport is expected to be commercialized in this country by 2022.

First Solarimpact Yacht Ever Built (VIDEO)

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As the technologies advance and we move away from gas and oil, the vehicles we drive, the planes in the air and the boats on the water – they all change. And they will continue to change until we switch completely to wind, solar and electric power.

We are not very far from the futuristic vehicles you can see in movies or the drawing rooms. The first solar yacht has been built! It is 24 meters long; this electric Solarimpact yacht is a first-of-a-kind concept created for the voyage across oceans. It packs the 800-kWh battery that provides 10 hours of the cruise. This battery can be recharged whenever the sun is shining.

The solar panels are covering the top layers of this yacht, and together, they can generate up to 320 kWh per day if the sun is shining all day long. They can be used to power this yacht whenever the conditions are right. If you are ready to travel slowly and steadily, this vessel is something to consider. Of course, you need to be rich enough to purchase it.

This yacht weighs 70 tons, and it packs 1,341 electric horsepower with the impressive top speed of 22 knots. However, if you plan on using the solar energy only, you can cruise for as long as you like, but in that case, the boat develops the max speed of 5 knots only.

Of course, not everything depends on the solar panel. Nobody wants to see you stranded in the middle of the ocean, which is why this boat packs a couple of diesel engines as a support to the entire system. One person is enough to steer the yacht because there are a lot of AI technologies and features.

As expected, the interior of this yacht is highly luxurious, and there is room for 10 guests and 1 crew member.

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