Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Harley Davidson XL 883R ROADSTER


Price: Rs. 7,50,000 (Ex Showroom, Delhi)


Length 2,245 mm

Overall Width 930 mm

Overall Height 1,150 mm

Seat Height 760 mm

Ground Clearance 141 mm

Wheelbase 1,520 mm


Front - D401F 100/90-19 57H

Rear - D401 150/80B16 71H

Fuel Capacity 12.5 L

Oil Capacity 2.7 L

Kerb Weight 260 kg


Engine Air-cooled, Evolution

Bore x Stroke 76.2 mm x 96.8 mm

Displacement 883 cc

Compression Ratio 8.9:1

Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Lubrication System Dry-sump


Engine Torque 70 Nm @ 3750 rpm


Primary Drive Chain, 34/57 ratio

Final drive - HDI Belt, 28/68 ratio

Clutch Multi-plate, wet

Transmission 5-speed


Frame Mild steel; tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions

Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded

Front Forks 39 mm

Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable

Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear


Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp.

Headlamp 55-watt low beam; 60-watt high beam

Monday, August 30, 2010

Innovative Gadgets: "Piano with Pop-up LCD"

The Mediano piano from Germany’s Craftline Ltd. looks just like a standard white upright piano. But a press of the button reveals it’s hidden secret that pops up from within the inner workings:
Not so surprising that there’s a flatscreen LCD TV in there if you had actually read the title of this post, but still pretty neat. It combines two of your bulkiest pieces of furniture into one. There’s room under the piano to store your cable box, dvr, dvd player and whatever else you hook up to your TV normally.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Travel and Adventure: "Belapur Fort"

Belapur Fort is a fort near the township of Belapur in Navi Mumbai. Built in 1560-1570 by the Siddis of Janjira, after they wrested control of the area from the Portuguese, it is located atop a hillock, near the mouth of the Panvel Creek. In 1682, the fort was recaptured by the Portuguese, who had managed to annex the regions controlled by the Siddis, near Belapur (at that time known as Shabaz).

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Book Review: "SAMBHAJI"



Author: Vishwas Patil

Genre: Biographical novel, History

Language: Marathi

Pages: 847

Cost: 480 Rs.

Publisher: Mehta Publishing House

First Published: 28 November 2005

“Sambhaji” was eldest son of the Maratha empire founder “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”. He was one of the most controversial as well as bravest personalities in the history. Some historians in the last centuries and some contemporary writers have doubted Sambhaji Maharaj’s ability as a ruler. So they have portrayed him as ineffective and alcoholic person and malign his character. This was done so that people should not follow his legacy. Well they were successful for some years but eventually the truth and real “Sambhaji” understood by people. And this book by Vishwas Patil will help us understand him better. Today Sambhaji Maharaj is not only known as able ruler, passionate caretaker, military genius and he will forever be remembered for the way he accept the death. He wrote several poems including a Sanskrit poetry book “Budh Bhushan” that describes the art and science of politics along with detailed description of Raigad fort.

This is absolutely must read book for everyone. If I have to rate this book I will give it 10 out of 10.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Innovative Gadgets: "Designer Chair"

The Chair, designed by graphic design Stefan Sagmeister is 200 chair designs in one chair. The top of the chair covered with large sheets of paper, each with their own unique design. If you’re tired of one design or it gets dirty, just flip the paper to the next one.
The designer recommends leaving all the papers on the seat and then ripping them off or flipping them over the back to change the pattern on the chair. BUT personally I think it needs to be done the opposite way- starting with all the papers behind the chair because if you spill water or (more likely) beer on this chair, it will soak through all the papers. So I think you’d just want one under you, or a stack of ones you’ve already used. Either way it’s an interesting chair design.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Travel and Adventure: "Aashane Waterfall"

Aashane Waterfall near Bhivpuri Road is excellent monsoon get away for Mumbaikars. It is just about 100 kms away from Mumbai, situated on the road Karjat to Neral. There are two waterfalls near Bhivpuri Road. This one is in Aashane village. As it comes under forest sanctuary, you will be charged 5 Rs. per person. Food can be arranged in the village. But try to reach the waterfall as early as possible otherwise you won't get any spot for yourself, as it is crowded on sundays. You can see that in pictures.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Innovative Gadgets: "Chopper Scooter"

It is a Chopper Scooter. Designed by Dana Ben Nissan, this scooter chopper is only in the drawing stages.


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