- YD gets naked with the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07
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Posted: 30 Jun 2014 09:17 AM PDT
Yamaha brought YD’s Troy Turner to Seattle to put the all new 2015 FZ-07 to the test in a mixed landscape of urban riding and wide-open back roads! Hit the jump to see it in action and find out why it’s the ultimate naked sports bike under $7k.
The beauty of Yamaha’s new 2015 FZ-07 is that it exists in the in-between. It fulfills a unique gap in the market by forgiving newbies while still offering challenges to those who are more experienced. Again with the in-between, riders who have been off a bike for far too long will find it to be the perfect catalyst to a renewed thrill addiction. No matter which category you fall in, everything about the FZ-07 riding experience is a reminder of our common ground: that riding is a way to leave your worries in the dust (literally) and escape to what we truly enjoy.
Now for the GUTS! Relax… or don’t. That’s the magic of the FZ-07′s all new 689cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine with 4 valves per cylinder, Yamaha’s unique Crossplane Concept 270° crank and 50.2 ft/lbs of torque. It’s torquey, alright. Fun, but entirely manageable whether you’re dodging commuter traffic or testing twisties in the mountains which you’ll be doing as often as possible. With a wet weight of only 397 pounds, it’s nimble and easy to flick. — You can read up more on Yamaha’s Crossplane Concept 270° crank here, but it’s worth mentioning that it’s these innovative innards that give it unparalleled linear throttle response. It’s smooth as butter whether you’re down low on the street or revving through the canyons. — So what does all this amount to? Well, it’s elementary my dear Watson. (So don’t forget to check out the complete specs below the photos.) But more importantly, it’s confidence. The engines character is such that the rider can have a complete blast, make some mistakes along the way, and keep learning the ins and outs of this beloved machine for a good while. I know, I know… YOU’RE probably a pro, so you’ve got it mastered before you’ve ridden it, right!? Trust Yamaha that you don’t. There’s no boredom to be had here. You’ll be saying “did it really just do that?” before you can get your breath back.
In the looks department there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly for every bike. So, before I rant, you should know something about me. I’m naked. All. Day. Every. Day. I have 3 naked style bikes in the garage. That’s because, aside from the riding style, I think it’s a challenge to make something so stripped-down look good. But when it’s right, it’s right. The point being… I’m particularly particular when it comes to getting naked. — Overall, the FZ-07 succeeds in dimensions that not only make sense aesthetically but also functionally for riders of various size. The seat looks great with its extreme taper. Riders with short legs will applaud, but anyone with big, muscular, manly legs (me) will feel just a little uneasy about where to put everything. A built in gas tank cover is a HUGE plus. No more ugly aftermarket junk! It fits, better yet, it works. The headlight is quirky and cool, positioned a good distance below where you’d expect it and counterbalancing the profile for a more aggressive look. Swingarm is beautifully designed… no, it’s actually designed to be beautiful unlike most. The meter is whirly and twirly when you light up. Typical of modern meters, but atypical in that it is actually stupidly simple to operate. You can actually switch between MPG, trip, odo without getting lost. Who knew… it only took two buttons! 10 spoke cast aluminum wheels- can’t go wrong there. — Some minor negatives are faux carbon accents that take away from the idea of a no-frills bike. Mixed metal finishes seem a bit schizophrenic. A few little things here and there, but nothing you can’t adjust… especially when you’ve got all that extra cash lying around after the more than reasonable price of just $6,990. BTW, that’s an average of over $1000 less than its competitors including the Monster 696, NC700x, Ninja 650 and SFV650. Plenty of cushion to choose from an expansive lineup of accessories from stylized accent pieces to rear racks and saddlebags.
Now, for your viewing pleasure… some shots from our test ride:
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 09:14 AM PDT
The flash sale site TouchOfModern is back again this year to make shopping for gorgeous design and gadgets a whole lot more fun. In this five-part Monday Madness series, we have compiled a compelling list of five products that are perfect as a treat for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. It's the perfect selection of what TouchOfModern curation means; unique, unusual, and on the cutting edge. Win ALL Five of them as a special YD Exclusive Bundle!
We are concluding the past 4 weeks with a BIG giveaway on this final week to reward you for following us on TouchOfModern's 5 Weeks of Discovery!
Here's the round-up of FIVE amazing products up for winning:
UrbMat is a small-space garden solution that takes the guesswork out of growing your own herbs, vegetables, and flowers, with no farmland or green thumb necessary. Simply lay UrbMat on top of the soil, match each of the GrowUp plant starters to its corresponding color-coded square, and prepare to receive a bounty of home grown goodness. Your freshest recipes start in your own yard now, allowing you access to healthier choices no matter where you live.
An elegantly simple 2.5 pound amalgamation of forged electronics and high denier fabrics makes the Boost Solar Charger by BirkSun an ideal for on-the-go smartphone charging in a casual and comfortable backpack style.
The FlameStower fire charger will power up any electronic device with a USB connector in any environment with fire. Weighing less than a can of Coke, FlameStower is almost half the weight of other chargers. Both easy to use and easy to store, it folds up to the size of a protein bar and fits in your back pocket. While it’s great for outdoor fun, it also comes in handy during storms and power outages. All you need is a hot source to charge your electronic device in a matter of minutes. If you have a fire, you have power.
Cozy up on the couch or relax in your bedroom with an Anywhere Fireplace. With a tempered glass front and back and stainless steel fuel burner, the Metropolitan can be put on any steady surface — tabletops, stands or on the floor. The Metropolitan's transparent frame allows you to view and enjoy the dancing flames from any angle.
Molecular gastronomy is a type of food science that has renewed the world of cuisine innovation. With an endless variety of possibilities brought to life by a multitude of methodologies, it’s the best way to combine gourmet cooking, science experiments, and fun. Take your culinary creativity to the next level and impress your guests with spectacular dishes such as mint caviar beads that burst in the mouth, chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam or tzatziki spheres. This Cuisine R-EVOLUTION molecular gastronomy kit by Molecule R includes everything you need to experiment at home with techniques seen on Top Chef and in high-end restaurants without the celebrity chef price tag.
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Posted: 30 Jun 2014 08:20 AM PDT
The Sting R12 looks like something straight out of a sic-fi movie, and that’s because it was widely inspired by Marvel-Shield’s Quinjet aircraft. The vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft was designed for both military and civilian uses ranging from reconnaissance to short-range transit. At the heart of the design are horizontal stabilizers found on either side of the wings. These, in combination with static dual jet engines, make it highly maneuverable and able to go anywhere a chopper goes.
Designer: Ramees Muhammed
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 08:10 AM PDT
The Universal Bike is versatile urban mobility at its best! The proprietary design allows for an easy change of geometry, making it possible for one bicycle to fit 99% of the population. With three basic measurements of the rider’s body and riding preference, the app calculates the right setting ensuring a perfect fit. Set it not only to your size, but change your riding style from road bike to beach cruiser and more in seconds. See it in action after the jump!
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 07:04 AM PDT
For our entire cultural history, we've been developing technologies to simplify our lives. It's become the main driving force behind our species as a whole: no longer do we evolve to better suit our environment, we modify our environment to suit us. This is true of everything we use in our everyday lives. Take your toothbrush, for example. You probably take it for granted, you don't even notice it anymore. If you have an electric toothbrush, you're no longer even an active part of brushing your own teeth: you push a button and become a passenger.
The ISSA by FOREO changes all that, by combining an elegant form with unbeatable function, thanks to a unique understanding of what consumers want from a dental hygiene product, and a deep knowledge of the right technology needed to satisfy those consumers.
The ISSA is not a replacement for your toothbrush though. It's an entire revolution; a product that throws out all convention and reinvents itself from the ground up.
So what makes ISSA different?
Silicone is an incredible material, widely used in medicine where hygiene and non-reactive sterile materials are necessary. The ISSA is silicone from the base to the tip of its bristles.
It's hygienic and easy to clean, non-porous so it doesn't absorb microbes, and non-abrasive – unlike normal nylon fiber toothbrushes.
The clever deign doesn't just look beautiful, it also makes it more durable. A conventional toothbrush needs to be changed every three months: ISSA will go a full year of daily use before it needs a head replacement. What's more, it's compact and lightweight enough to take on your travels.
It doesn't work like any toothbrush you've ever used. Instead of scrubbing and grinding plaque off your teeth, ISSA pulsates and vibrates, massaging the surface of your enamel instead of scratching it. This vibration lifts impurities off and stops them from being spread around the rest of your mouth.
And amazingly, a single charge will last 365 uses, enough for every day of the year.
The Limited Edition ISSA Luxe range features ISSA Gold with an 18-karat gold base and comes in Royal Purple, and the Limited Edition ISSA Platinum has a solid platinum base and comes in Black.
For a limited time only, you can be one of the first in the world to try the power if the ISSA. Go here to be a part of it.
Designer: FOREO [ Buy it Here ]
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 06:48 AM PDT
The Fit In Battery not only resolves the issue of removing a battery from its slot but also expanding to suit A size to AAA and AA sizes as well. Resizing of batteries has been of interest for many years and designers keep innovating on the form and function. The real question here is, when will the makers adopt any of these concepts, or are we really done with the round shape forever?
Designer: Kim Tae Heon
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