I’ve been following General Motors (GM) and the new Transformers movie and I think it is great that car companies want to advertise on movies. As I take a sip of cool, refreshing Coca-Cola, I realize that I don’t mind good product placement now and again. But I’m not really hoping for anything great from this next movie. In fact I’m anticipating disappointment.
I liked the first Transformers movie. It was a fair plot, plenty of humor, lots of action, and a chance to see the new Camaro. But the Camaro is the exact thing that is bothering me about the new movie. Apparently GM has decided that some changes needed to be made to the car, though it is still the same color and basic shape, but that doesn’t bother me to much. What bothers me is this, the Camaro should have been ready to be purchased after the first movie. Don’t advertise cars that don’t exist. I want to drive “Bumble-Bee” not wait two years to see one at Barrett Jackson and yet still have to wait till 2010 to get a ride in one. Could you imagine how much money GM could have made on Camaros with the “Bumble Bee” paint job if the car was ready for the release of the Movie?
This year GM has been showing a bunch of cars at the Chicago auto show that are going to be in the Transformers 2, and guess what? They don’t exist either. GM is going to be putting a new Stingray Corvette, the Chevy Beat concept, and the car that really makes me angry, the Volt. That car doesn’t even have a real sales date, so why advertise it? I think the Volt is going to be great but when am I going to be able to drive back an forth from work without using a drop of fuel? Maybe GM is trying to get interest back into the car, I don’t know.
The whole allure of Transformers growing up to me was My cousin’s VW bug could be an Autobot, my Dad’s pick-up could be an Autobot, and the 911 Turbo next to me could be an Autobot. There is no allure if I don’t get to see it, touch it, and listen to it.
I’m just frustrated. If you are going to be advertising cars in your movie please, please let them be available for a test drive. Well I guess I’ll just have to see how everything pans out with the movie and GM.
Suzuki is leading the way in the new street motorcycles that it is releasing for 2008, and it has one of the most versatile line-ups in the industry. One of the newest additions is the “B-King” a naked sport/standard motorcycle that takes the crown on two fronts.
The first is speed.
This motorcycle has been built with the legendary Hayabusa 1340cc engine. Making this the fastest, naked bike on the planet. The engine has been re-tuned slightly so as not to take away from the Hayabusa’s title of fastest production motorcycle. In addition to the engine, the “King” is equipped with typical Hayabusa components like inverted front forks, adjustable rear suspension, and front and rear disc brakes making it not very light at 520 lbs, dry. Another thing that is not so light is the $12,899.00 MSRP.
But I said there were two things that “B-King” takes the crown for 2008 and that is the most unattractive motorcycle to date. I can’t really explain what happened between the concept that was revealed and what went into production. The concept has a more aggressive stance, looks lower and has huge wheels, where as the production “B-King” has terrible looking mirrors, wheels off of what look like a GS500F and a very upright stance. There is one feature that Suzuki did leave from the concept and that was the duel coffee can mufflers shoved under the tail. Seriously? It looks like Suzuki picked-up what was left of the meteorite from the movie Armageddon and slapped a couple coffee cans and wheels on it and called it good.
I guess if I want Hayabusa power, lighter weight, and better looks, I should stick with the sexy Hayabusa which, by the way, happens to be $900 dollars less on the MSRP then the “B-King”. The extra $900 might as well be the nails in the coffin. They should have named it “Suc-King”…
[Austin: I cannot stand the way this motorcycle looks. I disagree with Allen about concept to production changes. The concept looks better but only slightly. They both look like crap, and I am actually surprised that they brought this into production at all. The side view is one thing but from the top, the tail is HUGE. I am looking for more pictures to post on this beast. ]
Interview with the representative from G2 Cycles. Allen: I wanted to put into perspective the performance of this vehicle. The Ferrari Enzo, your modern day super-car, can take a turn at 1.02 Gs. Why is 1 G important? Continue reading →
We spent the evening at the weekly car show that goes on at the Scottsdale Pavillions. This event has gotten quite large over the past few years. Last night’s turnout was no different. Hundreds of cars and bikes of all makes and models. Allen had the only ’86′ there however.
If you have been following any of the blogs up to this point you know I’m very particular about what I like. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like other motorcycles or cars that don’t meet particular requirements. For instance, I really like the Mini Cooper even though it is front wheel drive it is rated in my top ten out of all the cars I have driven. It is that I have high regard for vehicles that meet my stringent requirements. In other words they are perfect for me. I thought I would write this one on some motorcycles that I find meet my requirements.
“In 2008 Honda reinforces a long-standing legacy of creating breathtaking breakthroughs in the liter bike class. The all-new CBR1000RR establishes a higher standard for weight reduction and compact, centralized mass to produce the pinnacle of sportbike performance and rideability.”