DesmoHarley - Italian American V-Twin Completed



DesmoHarley engine - Ducati/Harley Davidson by Chris Barber

Chris Barber sent in a few photos of the now completed DesmoHarley, his own unique Harley Davidson engine with Ducati heads, and it is a beauty. A few weeks ago when we introduced you to his project, the drawings were all we could see. Since that time Chris put it all together and it’s the kind of thing that gets a motorhead all twitchy just looking at it!

Here are the specs:
Displacement:
80 cubic inches/1340cc
Compression ratio:
10.3:1
Carburetors:
2X38mm flatslide Mikuni
Pistons:
Keith Black flat top (8.5:1 in a stock 80 inch Harley)

Chris says:

The heads are the early large valve 900ss type, both the heads are rear heads with the front turned around 180 degrees and running a front head cam, this gives me two heads with horizontal fins and orients the carbs and exhausts in better positions for the 45 degree layout.

I didn’t need to do any head work to get a 10.3:1 ratio because the Ducati has a fairly low ratio with domed pistons, so by going with flat top pistons with the extra displacement, the ratio worked out perfectly.

Chris had to engineer his own gear drive system for the cams and it came out great. Specially made Axtell cylinders have their own bolts to attach to the cases plus bolt holes in the correct pattern for the Ducati heads.

Since Chris had earlier put an Alfa Romeo V6 in a Harley frame for his Alfabike, I can’t wait to see where this engine ends up. Excellent work, Chris!


DesmoHarley engine - Ducati/Harley Davidson by Chris Barber

DesmoHarley engine - Ducati/Harley Davidson by Chris Barber

DesmoHarley engine gear drive closeup - Ducati/Harley Davidson by Chris Barber

Stonebridge Motor Company’s Little Miss Dynamite



Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor CompanyThe Stonebridge Motor Company and the Ace Cafe teamed up to build Little Miss Dynamite, the S&S powered cafe racer which was unveiled at the Ace in front of invited guests on June 9th and is is now competing in the S&S 50th anniversary celebration in La Crosse, Wisconsin and will also be at Champions Park, Sturgis, South Dakota for the AMD World Championship in August.

Little Miss Dynamite, built by by Nick Gale and his team at Stonebridge, is based on a Norton featherbed style frame with power from a 1650cc S&S V-twin and it has just the right cafe look. Specs are as follows:

Frame: StoMoCo Featherbed ‘Super’ Wideline
Engine: S&S 100ci SB Sportster 1650cc
Gearbox: 6 speed Baker XL
Suspension: Ohlins
Wheels: 18″
Rubber: 120 front + 160 rear
Dyno Report (Urbane Racing):
105lbs/sq ft + 135bhp @ rear wheel @ 75% throttle.140mph @ 5000rpm in 5th gear!

Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe London says on her return from the USA, “Little Miss Dynamite” will debut at the cafe on Saturday 13th September with an opportunity to meet the builders, Nick Gale and his team, at 4pm on occasion of the 15th annual Ace Cafe Reunion weekend. As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Ace over this weekend, the bike will also be present on Madeira Drive, Sunday 14th September, on the Brighton Burn Up.

Seeing the big V-twins in a sporty frame is great, as we’ve said many times, more builders should take this idea and run with it. Nice work!

More photos below:

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company

Little Miss Dynamite by Stonebridge Motor Company


Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special



Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special

Among the entries for the S&S Cycle 50th Anniversary Build Off was the Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special. It didn’t make the cut as one of the winners but to my eyes it was the best of the bunch. It looks very similar to their Wakan 1640 we’ve written up previously, sort of a refined version of their earlier bike, and judging from the interest in V-Twin sport bikes around here, I bet more than a few of you would think this one looks pretty good, too. More photos below:

Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special

Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special

Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special

Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special

Wakan Motorcycles Track Racer Special


First Photos of Next Generation Toyota Camry 2007

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The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the US and very popular in many countries around the world (it recently passed the 10 million units sold mark). It is being completely redesigned for 2007 and a US-made hybrid version of the Camry will also be available. As we've mentioned it will come with a 4 cylinders engine unlike the Honda Accord hybrid. Until now, we knew little about the 2007 Camry and no photos were available, but Autoblog found a Japanese magazine that had some pictures and info (you can read the translated version here - apparently Google translates "Camry" to "back hole"). We learn that the new version will have a drag coefficient of 0.28 (the Prius, at 0.26, is one of the most "slippery" cars on the road) which should help it achieve good highway fuel economy, that the length of the new car is the same as the current version and that a 2.4 liters 4-cylinder engine of 167 hp will be available in the non-hybrid model. No word on a V6 yet. More photos below.

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It is fairly realistic to expect that it will be rated ULEV2 in emissions for the non-hybrid and AT-PZEV for the hybrid, but the big unknowns are if it will be a significant improvement on the current version in the fuel economy department, and if the hybrid version will sell well enough to truly bring hybrids to the mainstream.

Update: A couple more photos.

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