2014 Honda VFR800 Interceptor Deluxe (Demo) – Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda

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.



The Petersen Group: What to Do Before Buying a House

My partner and I had just moved in to our new home a year ago after a long renting scheme but it was almost 2 years since we had actually bought the house. We underwent a lot of paper works and legalization processes before finally reaching a final decision. As first time buyers, we have consulted a lot of advices and reviewed countless of guide articles on what initial steps to take before buying a house.

After meeting with Mark, an agent working with The Petersen Group which we hired as custom home builder, we have learned a few friendly tips which really helped us in choosing the best home for us:

  1. Think of the Long Term Circumstances

If you are living together like me and my partner, you should ask yourself of your plans for the future which, in time, is inevitable. Are you planning to have kids? Are you expecting family members and friends to stay over every now and then? You may be planning to stay in your new home for only a few years. If the time comes to sell your home, who is your target audience? What are the key areas around which are accessible?

  1. Make a list

When buying a pre-furnished home, you may not agree with one design but like how the placement of things is in the other room. Make sure to list your preferences before visiting houses. You can just cross out your list and compare later on which house is the most compatible with your likings.

  1. Consider the Expenses

It makes a lot of difference if you are planning to buy a house in the developed city of Los Angeles, California than a house in Jakarta, Indonesia. When budgeting for the house, don’t stop with principal, interest, taxes and insurance; add in utilities, cost of commuting and upgrades.

  1. Better to Buy in Cash

One of the advantages of cash is you get discounts but it fairs more than that. In today’s competitive market where buyers are getting aggressive to owning a house within prime locations, purchasing a house in cash gives an edge in securing the home before any competitor can. Bottom line is, a seller wants to know how quickly they can gain money and paying in cash assures faster processing. However, you don’t have to force yourself if you don’t have ready cash or you’ll end up with bank complaints.

Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda: 2012 BMW K1600 GTL


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


Front Tire – 120/70 ZR 17

Rear Tire – 190/55 ZR 17


Wheelbase – 66 inches

Curb Weight – 650


Available Colors – Light Grey Metallic


2016 Honda FourTrax Rancher ES – Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda


The FourTrax Rancher is one of the most versatile ATV’s on the market. The Honda Rancher’s durability, toughness, and dependability are all incredible aspects of this ATV, but the characteristic that sets the Rancher apart from the rest is the ability to choose from a huge range of Rancher options, in order to find one that exactly fits your wants and needs. Depending on whether you need an ATV for your ranch, trail riding, hunting/fishing, farm or job site, the Rancher has options that allow you to comfortably and effectively complete almost any job.

The Rancher allows you to take a basic model, and add all of the necessary features to fit your needs exactly. Whether that is an independent rear suspension, two or four-wheel drive, Honda’s special electric power steering, or an automatic dual clutch transmission, the Rancher was built to support them all, and with an array of colors to choose from. With all of these options plus more, your fitted Rancher should feel like a tailored suit when its completed.

The Rancher ES model comes with everything the base model Rancher comes with, while adding an Honda’s electric shift system, in order to make shifting smoother and easier.




Engine – 420cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected OHV wet-sump longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke

Bore And Stroke – 86.5mm x 71.5mm

Compression Ratio – 9.9:1

Induction – Keihin 34mm throttle-body fuel-injection system

Ignition – Electric with optional auxiliary recoil


Transmission – Five-speed with reverse


Front Brake – 190mm Dual hydraulic disc

Rear Brake – 160mm Sealed mechanical drum

Front Tire – 24 x 8-12

Rear Tire – 24 x 10-11


Wheelbase – 49.9 inches

Seat Height – 33.7 inches

Curb Weight – 575 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)


Available Colors – Red, Olive

Model Id – TRX420TE1F



FourTrax Rancher ES Accessories

Windscreen – 74-0SR02-TRX-100 – $127.46

OUTDOOR STORAGE COVER – 74-08P34-HP5-200 – $54.36

12v FRONT ACCESSORY SOCKET – 74-08U70-HR3-A20 – $25.46

A-Arm Guards (front) – 74-08P71-HR3-A20 – $110.46

Skid Plate – 74-08P74-HR3-A20 – $212.46

Side Pocket Net – 74-08L72-HR4-A20 – $10.16

Plow Mount Kit – 206-08L75-HR3-A20 – $169.96

Winch – 74-08L71-HL5-A02 – $229.46

Plow Blade – 74-08L76-HR3-A21 – $220.96

REAR SOFT RACK BAG – 74-0SL56-HR3-100B – $152.96

FRONT SOFT RACK BAG – 74-0SL56-HR3-100A – $110.46

PLOW PUSH TUBE – 74-08L77-HR3-A21 – $195.46

WINCH MOUNT – 74-08L74-HR3-A20 – $169.96

ACCESSORY SUB HARNESS – 74-08Z01-HR3-A20 – $9.01

ACCESSORY SUB HARNESS – 74-08Z00-HR3-A20 – $5.06

RECOIL STARTER – 74-08U70-HR3-A60 – $98.56

HEATED GRIPS – 74-08T71-HR3-A20 – $131.71


Westward Housing Group: Find Out How We Are Governed and Who Makes Decisions

Effective governance is key to a successful organisation.

For Westward as a business, this means having:

  • a streamlined board structure;
  • board members with diverse skills and experience;
  • leadership and direction to achieve our vision and values;
  • the highest degree of integrity across the organisation;
  • focussing on our priorities – see How well are we doing?;
  • clear accountability and transparency – follow this link to find out about how we spend our money and what we are doing to drive performance and efficiency.

Proposal regarding Westward

The boards who manage Westward’s three housing associations (Tarka Housing, Westcountry Housing and Westward) all agree that we should now go ahead and bring these organisations and their boards together formally.  This will allow us to work more efficiently and provide even better value for money. 

Our service to customers will not change as a result of this and councillors will still be able to raise issues with us. We want to continue to create great homes and neighbourhoods where people want to live and work. The staff who deliver our services will continue to do so. Our customer Scrutiny Group will continue to check, monitor and challenge the board and staff.

Our governance structure is shown here:  Westward governance structure chart and includes:

  • a common purpose board which governs Westward and Westcountry – CPB membership biographies 2013;
  • a separate board at Tarka – see biographies of Tarka membership 2013.
  • Customers work in the Scrutiny Group to review our services in line with our commitment to co-regulation.

The Tarka Board is made up of:

  • 4 residents;
  • 4 independent members;
  • 4 nominees of Torridge District Council

The common purpose board has two specialist sub-committees:

  • an Audit and Risk Committee which operate on these terms of reference.pdf and

a Governance Committee following these terms of reference pdf

  • The residents’ Scrutiny Panel links into the governance structure via the Audit and Risk Committee.

The boards provide leadership, direction, support and challenge and our senior management team is responsible for delivering services.

Westward has adopted the National Housing Federation’s codes of governance and standards.  We regularly assess compliance with these standards and report the outcomes in our Annual Financial Statements.

The government’s Homes and Communities Agency regulates social housing and we comply with their regulatory standards.

Clients of ABILENE Inc.

The costs for these projects vary  from a low of $ 23,700 to a high of $ 2,500,000.

Additional names and addresses will be  supplied upon request.

The Argo Corp.

Marina Higgins



The Lefrak Organization

Charles Mehlman



Bldg. Management, Inc.

Lloyd Goldman



The Alpert Office

Joseph Alpert



Orsid Realty

Harvey Ginsberg




Larry Grunfeld



Rudd Realty

Fred Rudd



Hoffman Management CO.

Mark Hoffman



Metropolitan Property

Benjamin Schwartz



Cooper Square Realty

Marc Kotler



Bassuk Brothers R.E.

Kenneth Bassuk



Zara Realty

George Subraj



Ditmas Management CO.

Aaron Sirulnick



Milestone Claimed in Creating Fuel From Waste

Milestone Claimed in Creating Fuel From Waste


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.