Foran signs three-year deal with Bulldogs

first_imgThe Kiwi International and former NRL premiership winner will join the Bulldogs at the end of this season.”We are delighted to have secured the services of Kieran for the next three seasons,” Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle said.”He is a highly experienced and talented play-maker who will be a great asset to our team. We look forward to Kieran joining up with us leading into next year’s campaign.”Coach Des Hasler was also looking forward to the 26 year-old joining up with the club.”I know that family was a determining priority in Kieran’s decision,” Hasler said. “He could have chosen to go to a handful of Sydney clubs, so we are pleased that he has chosen to continue his career at the Bulldogs.”last_img read more

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News BMW Unveils the Vision DC Roadster Electric Bike

first_imgSource: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles A Glimpse of the Future Through the Lensof the Past Typically an announcement from everyone’s favorite Bavarianpurveyor of motorrader will be heard far and wide. This time however,the hills were silent as BMW unveiled its Vision DC Roadster, a new entry intothe electric motorcycle market.  The electric gear had to fit in the same space as its ICE predecessorsBMW motorcycles are unmistakable in their design. The prominentcylinders of their signature flat twin boxer motor create one of motorcycling’smost recognizable profiles. In 1923, design director Max Friz was presentedwith a motor that left the rear cylinder prone to overheating. Incorporating adesign that moved the cylinders outward and into the windstream provedsuccessful for cooling and the subsequent R32 model debuted the now iconiclook. More than 90 years of company heritage tied to that verycomponent had to be reimagined for the zero emissions combination of electricmotor and battery. How could the Vision DC Roadster remain recognizable as aBMW motorcycle while replacing one of it’s more identifiable components? Something Borrowed, Something GlowingBorrowing a page from Friz’ playbook, the Vision DC Roadster’sdynamic outward cooling elements maximize airflow to cooling ribs andintegrated ventilators. Completing the visual, a cylinder-shaped electric motorthat resides below the battery system incorporates a reimagined version of theperineal shaft drive. Still looking like a BMWThe profile features a streetfighter style with a low front andshort, high rear. A flat, finely-wrought tubular structure spans where the tankwould reside and integrates a high seat. The chassis is dominated by a largebattery, housed in machined aluminum and angled slightly along with the coolingelements to create a visually dynamic movement. The cooling elements move outslightly when the motor is started. In a nod to models of the past, the color concept is dark withan exposed universal shaft and Duolever fork. White lines accent familiar triangular frame features, which just sohappen fluoresce in darkness. The hallmark lighting design is instantly recognizableas a BMW motorcycle whether day or night. A U-shaped daytime running light sitslow while two LED lenses make up the high and low beam. The taillights areintegrated into the aluminum carrier forming a C-shape. Special Metzler tiresutilize five fluorescent elements, each about the size of a postage stamp toconvey dynamics in motion while increasing visibility for added safety in darkconditions. The Vision DC is designed to do everything a gas bike would doBMW Motorrad doesn’t expect its riders to show up to the futurein the same old riding gear, no sir. An all-new two-piece suit providesprotection while integrating light functions and connectivity. It consists of alight jacket with iridescent coloring and black pants featuring invisibly sewn-inprotectors. While not everyone may be looking for a “modern, emotional fashionstatement,” perhaps the integrated rucksack, which attaches via a magnet, willtip the scales.What are the chances we’ll see a Vision DC Roadster in the US? They may be one in a million, but as the great Lloyd Christmas once asked—“So you’re saying there’s a chance?” The Roadster rollslast_img read more

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