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Experienced riders have come to appreciate the Interceptor as one of the best sportbike motorcycles on the road. And with the introduction of the VFR800 Deluxe, the best just got even better. With new features including traction control, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), self-cancelling turn signals, a centerstand and heated grips, the VFR800 Deluxe just took the Interceptor to a whole new level.
The perfect complement to the Interceptor’s triple-disc-brake system, the Anti-Lock Brakes on the sportbike motorcycle provide the assurance riders want and need on unfamiliar roads, uneven road surfaces and compromised traction. Plus, Honda’s Traction Control system is designed to limit rear wheel slipping during a hard acceleration or during acceleration on low traction surfaces. It’s the added confidence that can only come from Honda track-tested, advanced engineering.
Smart bikes have smart features. The VFR800 Deluxe outshines with self-cancelling turn signals that automatically self-cancel after they detect that you’ve completed a turn or a lane change. Taking off on a cold morning? Switch on the supersport motorcycle’s grip heaters for added comfort. Add to that a centerstand, and it all adds up to a highly versatile street bike motorcycle that is capable of sport riding as well as long-haul touring. Nimble, agile and a rider-friendly powerband, it’s the choice of riders who want it all.
Gran Turismo. Travel in big style. That means combining dynamic performance and comfort – and transforming distance into free space. BMW Motorrad’s vision was the essence of this philosophy – the pure sense of Gran Turismo. This vision has now taken shape in the new K 1600 GT. The in-line six-cylinder engines by BMW are legendary. A myth which has been realized once more in the K 1600 GT – but now more compactly than ever before. 1,649 cc, 160 hp and a maximum torque of 129 foot pounds. Even the facts are impressive. But the riding experience is even more inspiring. The transversely installed power units delivers an extraordinary level of dynamic performance as well as refined running smoothness. If the rider is in the mood for a show of sporty prowess, the engine willingly puts in a burst of speed even in the lower engine speed range, and it is in its element over high-speed stretches. Over 70% of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500 rpm. While the bike’s power reserves are huge, its dimensions are reduced. Weighing just under 227 pounds and with a width of 21.8 inches – never was a large-volume in-line six-cylinder so compact. For outstanding handling and increased banking freedom. And a whole new touring bike feel. For better visibility going into bends, the GT presents a world premiere for motorcycles: the optionally available adaptive headlight. It not only increases the exclusivity but also the active safety of the machine. Vision fulfilled. The K 1600 GT. UNSTOPPABLE TOUR.
Engine – 6-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valves per cylinder, 2 overhead camshafts, BMS-K management, closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU-3
Bore And Stroke – 2.83 x 2.65 in. (72 x 67.5 mm)
Compression Ratio – 12.2:1
Induction – Unleaded super
Ignition – Digital
Transmission – 6-speed, helical, gearbox
Final Drive – Shaft
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Tire – 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tire – 190/55 ZR 17
Wheelbase – 66 inches
Curb Weight – 650
Available Colors – Light Grey Metallic
WASHINGTON — After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically, has major implications for providing vehicle fuel and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
The company, INEOS Bio, a subsidiary of the European oil and chemical company INEOS, said it had produced the fuel at its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., which it had hoped to open by the end of last year. The company said it was the first commercial-scale production of ethanol from cellulosic feedstock, but it did not say how much it had produced. Shipments will begin in August, the company said.
The process begins with wastes — wood and vegetative matter for now, municipal garbage later — and cooks it into a gas of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Bacteria eat the gas and excrete alcohol, which is then distilled. Successful production would eliminate some of the “food versus fuel” debate in the manufacturing of ethanol, which comes from corn.
“Biomass gasification has not been done like this before, nor has the fermentation,” said Peter Williams, chief executive of INEOS Bio.
The plant, which uses methane gas from a nearby landfill, has faced a variety of problems. One was getting the methane, which is a greenhouse gas if released unburned, to the plant’s boilers. (The plan is to eventually run the plant on garbage that now goes to landfills.) Another problem was its reliance on the electrical grid.
The plant usually generates more power than it needs — selling the surplus to the local utility — and is supposed to be able to operate independently. But when thunderstorms knocked out the power grid, the plant unexpectedly shut down and it took weeks to get it running again, said Mark Niederschulte, the chief operating officer of INEOS Bio.
“We’ve had some painful do/undo loops,” he said.
The plant has produced “truckloads” of ethanol, said Mr. Williams, but still has work to do to improve its yield. Mr. Niederschulte said, “Now we want to produce more ethanol from a ton of wood, rather than just making ethanol from a ton of wood.”
The Department of Energy hailed the development as the first of a kind, and said it was made possible by research work the department had sponsored in recent years. The energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, said in a statement, “Unlocking the potential for the responsible development of all of America’s rich energy resources is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
The Environmental Protection Agency, which grants valuable credits to companies that produce fuel from wastes, confirmed that only a very small volume has been produced so far. Another company, KiOR, has produced some diesel fuel from wood waste at a plant in Columbus, Miss.
Congress laid out a quota for production of biofuels from nonfood sources, but the agency has had to cut it back every year because of lack of production.
INEOS has a goal of eight million gallons a year.
If ethanol can be produced at reasonable cost from abundant nonfood sources, like yard trimmings or household trash, it could displace fuel made from oil, and that oil, and its carbon, could stay in the ground, reducing the amount greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, experts say. Carbon from wood scraps or garbage would enter the atmosphere via cellulosic ethanol, but cutting down a tree or trimming a garden creates space for new growth, which absorbs carbon dioxide from the air.