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Idle Oil Tycoon

In this incremental or idle game, you can build your oil empire as you see fit.<p>Increase your investments, invest in new technologies, even retire and …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Motorcycle resto: all together now

One of the delights of restoring a motorcycle is putting it all back together again. It’s like building a jigsaw—complete with the inevitable frustrations of getting certain bits to fit.<p>In this week’s Saturday Sessions clip, we return to E3 Motorcycles’ Brooklyn workshop to see the Honda CB550 …

Motorcycle resto: starting the engine

In every motorcycle build there’s a moment of truth. It’s usually when you start up the engine up for the first time.<p>In this week’s Saturday Sessions, you can see E3 Motorcycles jolt our Honda CB550 back to life. “We’d already put the harness, ignition, and electrical components into place,” says …

Motorcycle restoration: seat and tank

If you like to tinker with your bike at weekends, we’ve got a treat for you here. The latest clip in our <i>Saturday Sessions</i> YouTube series shows our Honda CB550 coming together with a freshly restored tank and seat unit … and it’s enticingly close to hitting the road again.<p>The bike’s owner, Harry …

Survival - The Full Collection on Silodrome - Page 1

Don’t Die In The Woods – The World’s Toughest Ultralight Survival Tent<p>American<br>• Camping<br>• Gear<br>• Survival<p>Don’t Die In The Woods claim that this is the …

Gear & Gadgets

Motorcycle restoration: the test ride

After weeks of wrenching and filming, our Honda CB550F is back together. The hard work at E3 Motorcycles has paid off—and it’s time for that critical first test ride.<p>At 6am on Thursday morning, E3’s David Browning was joined by videographer Eric Altbush to capture the moment. “We set out early to …

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up by a single seized bolt or incorrect parts order. And this week, that’s what’s happened with our featured CB550, owned by New York agency Woods …

Motorcycle restoration: The engine

A motorcycle engine is a thing of beauty: A compact mechanical symphony, engineered with precision. And one of the most satisfying jobs during a motorcycle restoration is restoring an engine back to its original glory.<p>That’s what happened this week in E3 Motorcycles’ Brooklyn workshop. Going under …

Motorcycle resto: the engine install

If you like to tinker with your bike at the weekend, check out this week’s YouTube Saturday Sessions clip. The Honda CB550 owned by New York agency Woods Witt Dealy & Sons is starting to come together as we install the engine into the frame, and hook up the intake and exhaust components.<p>“A bit of …

Duesenberg Model A Speedster

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• Cars<br>• Classic Cars<br>• Design<br>• Luxury<br>• Vintage<p>The Duesenberg Model A was the first motor car produced by Fred and August …

Classic Cars

Aston Martin Atom Factory Prototype

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>British<br>• Cars<br>• Classic Cars<br>• Design<br>• Luxury<br>• Vintage<p>You’re looking at the only Aston Martin Atom ever made, it was a factory …

1933 MG J2 Roadster

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>British<br>• Cars<br>• Classic Cars<br>• Vintage<p>This 1933 MG J2 Roadster is a wonderful example of the “J” series MGs from the pre-WWII …

Classic Cars

Sopwith Camel

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• British<br>• Design<br>• Engineering<br>• Military<br>• Planes<br>• Retro<p>The Sopwith Camel is a remarkably important aircraft, it was first …

Motorcycle restoration: the frame

In last week’s Saturday Sessions episode David Browning and E3 Motorcycles got their hands dirty with breaking down and reconditioning the Honda CB550.<p>The first round of replacement parts is now on the way. So this week we’re moving on to frame and metal preparation, via sand blasting and powder …

Motorcycle reconditioning

In last week’s Saturday Sessions, we saw E3 Motorcycles tearing down a Honda CB550. This week, it’s time for the messy business of motorcycle reconditioning—inspecting, bagging, and tagging the dismantled parts.<p>“A nice paint job only tells half the story,” says E3’s David Browning, “and isn’t …

How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it sounds like many of you are now using the article as a guide when modifying your own bikes.<p>However, that guide was good as design <i>theory</i>, and it’s now time for a …

A Guide to Help You Cut Energy Costs in Half

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s recently published guide, <i>How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner-Occupants</i>, de-mystifies …

How to deliver the "whole sustainability package" in 4 steps

The "whole sustainability package." It sounds ideal, doesn't it? It brings to mind something that allows corporate sustainability professionals to …

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

Motorcycles