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Bike Ride illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Bike4Tourism × Cycle the World

Bike4Tourism Invites Would-Be Travelers to Cycle the World, Virtually

Seeking a Global Community to Bike Together While Apart and Share Images of Each Other’s Routes

Missing international travel?   Wishing you could host some out-of-town friends to show them your most beautiful locations? Then Bike4Tourism has an inspiring global event tailor-made for you this Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday, May 30th.

Bike4Tourism aims to promote healthy living and sustainable tourism. The goal of the event is to have as many participants as possible, in every country, riding bikes and sharing photographs to the global community of the most beautiful places near their homes.

In sharing each other’s images, cyclists will virtually visit cities, countries and continents, without need for a passport — just a helmet and the will to discover or rediscover the places that surround us and show them to others.

Organizers are hoping for more than 115,000 participants around the world to break the current record.  Proceeds will support environmental conservation charities and aid tourism businesses in financial need following Covid-19 travel restrictions.

It’s hoped that participants are left with even more desire to travel, sustainably, with a huge selection of photos of beautiful places from which to choose their next journey.

All are welcome to participate, and free tickets will be made available for children to encourage family bike rides.   Early bird tickets are available from April 20th.  For more information, visit Bike 4 Tourism, and Facebook.

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2020 POLARIS SLINGSHOT

By Anthony Sovinsky × Vaughn Lowery

Our first encounter with the ostentatious 3-wheeled Polaris Slingshot in 2018 was nothing short of sensational. We swept the Los Angeles landscape from the top of Culver City to Downtown. We instantly became famous as trails of head turns, bystanders taking secret photos and the occasional stranger asking for a ride as if they knew us became all too normal. The Minnesota native was breaking all the rules with its prototype, leaving those in its presence dazed and confused, but wanting in on a piece of the action.

Fast forward to 2020 and all the electric appeal remains the same, but with some favorable enhancements; most of which have been geared toward performance, drivability and ergonomics.

Design

As of late, the Slingshot remains nearly identical to its previous models except with upgraded premium paint jobs and graphics for added flare. It has a superhero like demeanor that resembles the updated Batmobile as seen in “The Dark Knight,” 2008. The front of the vehicle posses a race car like stance with a ground clearance of 5.4 inches and a wheelbase of 105 inches. This helps keep the roadster confidently planted no matter your driving style. Next, we are met with large aggressive fender flares that allow for the updated cast aluminum 18 inch wheels to fit flawlessly. It has three updated LED headlights; two traditionally placed in front of each tire and one dead center for enhanced illumination of the road. Moving to the rear, we are made aware of the motorcycle inspired design. One 20 inch cast aluminum wheel encased in a 255 / 35R20 Kenda SS-799 tire is attached to a swing arm that delivers its power similar to a motorcycle while also making up most of the rear end appearance (tire sizes are slightly beefier for the R).

Performance

The performance upgrades and drivability make the 2020 a must have. First, the new engine has been engineered in-house and boasts up to 203 horsepower, up from 173 in the R version and up to 178 horsepower in the SL version. Torque figures are a bit lower coming down from 166 lb-ft to 144 lb-ft in the R and 120 lb-ft in the SL. However, the new engine a.k.a Prostar is much more lively generating peak horsepower in the red zone at 8250rpm in the R model and a whomping peak horsepower at 8500rpm in the SL. Moreover, the delivery of power is much more performance oriented than the previous GM Ecotech engine used in years prior. Equally important, the suspension and steering have been retuned to quickly translate driver input accurately and confidently on to the road. The tripod is now well suited for curvy mountain cruises or a round about on the track.

The most notable evolution to the 2020 Slingshot is the AutoDrive transmission. The earlier models were only available in a manual transmission. This inherently excluded those interested in the unruly auto cycle who didn’t possess that particular skill set. So, Polaris leveled the playing field by equipping the SL version with a single clutch, five-speed Magneti Marelli-sourced automated manual transmission as a standard option; and a $1700 option for the R. What’s exceptional about this particular automatic transmission is that you get the best of both worlds – it maintains the performance like shifting of a manual transmission minus all of the extra foot and hand work to go with it. And, it doesn’t stop there, turn on Slingshot mode with a touch of the red button located on the steering wheel and throttle maps and gear ratios adjust for increased responsiveness to the drivers demands. Not to mention, you can enjoy all this performance at 28 miles a gallon with a range of 200 miles per tank.

Ergonomics/Tech

Very little has changed in configuration of the interior except for added comfort and utility. First, the bucket seats and steering wheel are now wrapped in all weather leather finish for a more luxurious feel. The cup holders have been positioned for easy grab and go placement of beverages while En route to wherever your destination. The center console now has an updated place holder that can accommodate today’s larger cell phones and is intuitively placed below the infotainment system. For storage, there is a glove compartment that can hold small items up to the size of a hand bag and two larger storage spaces located behind each seat. All storage spaces have security locks if the vehicle is left unattended.

Several technological enhancements have been addressed to make the Slingshot a viable option for everyday use in todays modern market. The infotainment system is now a 7-inch touch screen and features navigation, rear view back up camera with parking guidance, Bluetooth audio, phone connectivity and displays key logistics of the vehicles condition. In addition, keyless ignition makes it incredibly easy to get in and go or park and leave with the key fob never leaving your pocket or fanny pack. Additionally, auditory pleasure not only comes from the press of the throttle but is now powered by a 100w Rockford-Fosgate sound system. It projects loud enough to easily hear through a helmet and more than enough for your new fans to enjoy your taste in music as you pass by. Furthermore, the steering wheel comes complete with multifunction switchgear to safely control the infotainment system while in motion and a cruise control option for longer highway commutes.

In short, the 2020 Slingshot is the perfect iteration of half sport bike-half sports car and now more user friendly then ever before. Several custom options are available to hook up your rowdy roadster but the base model SL starts at $26,499 and the juiced up R comes in at $30,399.

Pre-order NOW.

(Photos By Jeff Langlois)

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How Helmets Can Save Your Life (And Face)

Helmets have been proven to be effective at reducing a person’s risk of head injury or death in the event of a motorcycle or ATV accident. There are numerous ATV accessories you can get for your ride, but the one you do not want to go without is a helmet. Some states may not have laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, but even if that describes your state, you still need to wear one at all times while on a bike. It may just save your life. The next time you find yourself scrolling through ATV tires online, take some time to make sure your helmet is good to go.

Protecting Your Head

The purpose of a helmet is to absorb some of the impact of a collision. In the event you hit the ground, your skull would otherwise take on the full impact. This can lead to traumatic brain injury or even death. A relatively small collision where you were traveling slower than 15 miles per hour can still result in serious injuries without the proper protective gear in place.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Road

A helmet is also good for focusing your attention. A helmet will limit the amount of wind force and noise that comes blowing in your face. With less wind in your ears, you should be able to better hear the cars around you. Similarly to driving, you need to know what other drivers are doing so that you can anticipate anything out of the ordinary. You should also look into purchasing a helmet that will keep sun glare out of your eyes so that you do not hamper your vision.

Safeguarding Your Face

Your skull is not the only thing at risk during a motorcycle or ATV collision. Your jawbone, eyes and nose are also at risk. A lot of riders do not want to wear a helmet because they worry about how it will make them look.

They may also fret about helmet hair once they reach their destinations. However, it is better to go out with friends with helmet hair than a smashed nose. Plus, you can definitely find some stylish helmets that will go splendidly with your ensembles.

Saving Your Life

Caring about your looks is certainly one good reason to wear a helmet. However, the main reason to wear a helmet is that it could potentially save your life. Hundreds of people lose their lives every year because they should have worn a helmet while riding a motorcycle or ATV. You do not have to fall into those statistics. You deserve to get to where you are going safely. A good helmet may cost a bit of money, but it is a worthwhile investment. You will be glad you have a helmet should you ever end up in an accident.

There are numerous helmets available online. You do not even have to search for something as specific as Kenda K587 Bear Claw HTR Front Tire. Just search for “helmet,” and you will soon find something that looks great and keeps you protected.

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FIM Gold Medals

The Principality of Monaco, steeped in motorsports history, once again proved the perfect location for the FIM Awards, with tonight’s glittering ceremony declared a huge success for the almost six hundred guests who packed into the beautiful Sporting Monte-Carlo venue. In front of an audience, including representatives from the one hundred and eleven national federations, motorcycling legends, various members of the FIM, championship promoters, manufacturer and team representatives, sponsors and other invited international guests, the 2019 FIM World Champions were duly rewarded for their respective sporting achievements.

During the glamorous ceremony riders from all disciplines were invited to the stage to collect their FIM gold medals, with many having their own individual stories of a season-long battle that required both dedication and determination to eventually reach their ultimate goal. With his brother Marc absent due to recent surgery, Alex Marquez was on hand to collect his FIM Moto2 Grand Prix prize, as was five-time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea.

Illustrating the diversity amongst the 2019 FIM World Champions the aforementioned two Circuit Racing heroes tonight stood shoulder to shoulder with two motorcycling heroines in the form of six-time FIM Women’s TrialGP World Champion Emma Bristow and newly crowned FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Courtney Duncan from New Zealand.

Fifteen-year-old Jesper Knudsen from Denmark claiming the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship and Italy’s fourteen-year-old Valerio Lata who secured the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship were the youngest two riders in attendance this evening. Whilst Bradley Freeman – FIM EnduroGP and E1 World Champion – and Toni Bou – FIM TrialGP and FIM X-Trial World Champion – both collected two gold medals each tonight.

In addition to celebrating the bravery and exploits of the many FIM World Champions, it was also a moment to recognise the work done by others – individuals and organisations – who continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of motorcycling overall, with the presentation of the following four very important FIM Awards.

The FIM Environmental Award was won by Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, whilst it was Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program – Australasia who collected the FIM Road Safety Award on this occasion. The highly competitive FIM Women in Motorcycling Award, which received eight nominations this year, eventually went to MissBiker – Italy after much deliberation. Finally, the FIM Award for the Future was won by Hobby Sport – Primi Passi FMI – Italy.

Throughout the ceremony, the long list of prizes and awards were presented by a highly decorated group of true motorcycling legends. These included Max Biaggi – FIM Circuit Tacing Legend; Joël Robert – FIM Motocross Legend; Juha Salminen – FIM Enduro Legend; Carmelo Ezpeleta – FIM Promoter Legend; Rob Rasor – FIM Family Legend; and Guy Maitre – FIM Family Legend, who were all recognised for their own contributions.

Both proud and delighted to have hosted this memorable evening, FIM President Jorge Viegas remarked: “ It has been a wonderful night. Having the chance to have all the World Champions together with Promoters and the FIM Family is very special. The riders made huge efforts during the whole season; they are here tonight and we are very happy.

Lime Advancing Safety

Learn how Lime is connecting riders to public transit in the largest city in North America, how our scooters at SXSW raised funds local nonprofits, and why New York City is facing a transit equity crisis that micro mobility can help solve.

Advancing Safety– Lime and Brisbane Students Improve Helmet Safety. We paired up with students at Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane to develop innovative new strategies around helmet safety and education.

San Francisco Extends Protected Bike Lane Following the tragic and preventable death of a cyclist in San Francisco, organizations like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition successfully urged the city to extend protected bike lanes last week. Lime mobilized our riders to send letters to the SFMTA and our staff attended a rally outside City Hall.

New Gen 3.0 Scooter Debuts in Oakland

We rolled out our newest e-scooter in Oakland, California, one of our most popular cities for ridership. We’ve already heard great feedback from riders who are loving the Gen 3’s larger baseboard, increased wheel size, and two-sided suspension.

Promoting Sustainability

Lime Links Mexico City Riders to Public Transit

64.2% of micromobility riders in Mexico City reported using Lime scooters to transport themselves to or from public transit last month. With Mexico City commuters spending an average of 218 hours stuck in traffic last year, there’s promise that micromiblity can replace car trips.

Care About Climate Change? Care About Scooters.

Writing in Route Fifty, Lime’s Director of Sustainability, Andrew Savage calls for “bold changes in the effort” to address climate change and cites electric scooters as a potential solution; “Regulating a new industry can be a challenge, but now, more than ever, we need to take every possible step to curb the crisis at hand.”

Enhancing Communities

NYC’s Transit Equity Crisis

The largest city in the United States is in the midst of a transit equity crisis, and micromoblity could be the solution. According to our findings, the availability of dock-free bikes and scooters throughout New York City would put 1.5 million more New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk, bike or scoot of a subway line.

Juicer Program Turns One

Lime’s Juicer Program, which gives local residents in all Lime-S markets the freedom to make money on their own schedule by collecting, charging and redeploying our electric scooters, celebrated one year in action this month. We collected some incredible stories from our Juicers.

SXSW Lime Riders Donate to Austin Nonprofits

Lime’s charitable donation program, Lime Hero, had a significant spike during SXSW festival in Austin, TX.  We saw a 91% increase in Austin donations compared to the weekly average, along with an 82% uplift in riders participating in the program!

What We’re Reading

How Scooters Can Help With Transportation Equity in NYC

A recent report found that roughly a third of New York residents do not have a subway stop within walking distance of their homes, and the problem is especially acute in dense areas that are lower-income. Read more from Curbed.

Chicago Mayoral Task Force Recommends Scooter Pilot

A report from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s mobility task force recommends a pilot program this year for electric scooters.

Cities Are Getting More Serious About Micromobility Data

TechCrunch covers how Lime’s partner Passport seeks to help cities and mobility providers work better together to analyze scooter usage, parking patterns and more.

Lime is Testing a Feature to Let Juicers Reserve a Scooter

The Verge wrote about our new feature that allows our Juicers to claim a scooter before arriving at its location.

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POLARIS SLINGSHOT

Story: Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky 

Photos: Tyren Redd 

You’ve been working all winter for a chance to display the fruits of your labor during the hottest time of the year – summer!  What better way to stunt than in a new 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR on a sunny California day. Sure, a motobike is a great option, but if you don’t possess a motorcycle license and/or the skills to drive one, it can be a very daunting process.  Problem solved – the Slingshot slightly encompasses the aesthetics of a motorcycle with less red tape (in the state of California) because it can be operated with a basic driver’s license (search licensing requirements in your state here and/or contact your local law enforcement agency for details).

What exactly is the Slingshot? It’s a three-wheeled car, delivering an emotion which can’t be evoked by any car or motorcycle – it’s in a league of its own. In the rear, its opened frame sits on one 20″ 305mm wide rear Kenda Tire attached to an enormous swing arm which rides on a color matching coilover. Up front, they’re two 18″ wheels attached to two forged aluminum control arms, making it 77.2 inches wide and creating a longer wheelbase than a Lamborghini Huracan. 

With 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds, the SLR is propelled by a 173HP 2.4L DOCH 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission (approximately 1762lbs with 163LB-FT torque). The vehicle is light enough for quick acceleration and maneuverability. Even with a passenger, there’s an occasional sideways take off with an aggressive 1st to 2nd gear shift alongside of a slight burnout. 

On the other hand, the breaking and suspension is soft so allow yourself a few hours to adjust. And, if you decide to travel on an interstate highway with trucks, the short windguard isn’t enough to protect your face against rocks and debris. We recommend wearing protective headwear; or at minimum, rock some shades alongside of a folded bandana wrapped around the forehead. Moreover, you should use tons of sunscreen to combat harsh UV rays. Lastly, if it rains, don’t fret because the interior is completely waterproof with small openings in the floor to release access water.

The SLR comes in 2 distinct colors, Orange Madness and Turbo Silver, both showcasing eye-catching full body graphics. The interior contains two race-inspired bucket seats with 3-point harness and Sparco touch points that include the steering wheel, shift knob as well pedal covers. Ergonomic seats and adjustable steering wheel allow you to create an optimal driving experience. Also, comes standard with locked key storage cabinets behind both seats for your helmet (wearing protective headgear is optional within the state of California) and/or small cargo (light jacket, a bag of groceries, etc.). 

For late night excursions, SLR has an ambient interior LED lighting kit (toggles between white or blue) to add some visibility inside the cockpit. This sporty trimobile also features a premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system which drowns out most engine noise while also allowing bystanders to enjoy your music taste levels. The 4.3-inch screen display shows media that’s currently being played and back up display automatically turns on when vehicle goes into reverse, remedying tons of blind spots. In addition, the infotainment system comes with Bluetooth capability for both audio/smartphone coupled with USB connectivity which can be retrieved from inside glove compartment. 

The 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR is undoubtedly one of a kind, giving you an unmatched driving experience with the thrill of a motorcycle but the drivability of a mini roadster (or a convertible Mazda Miata). At around $28,499 USD, the SLR is an attractive choice for this summer’s automotive toy to share with both your friends and family. 

#PolarisSlingshot is #360Recommended for #GoodTimes!!!

For additional information on Polaris Slingshot SLR visit here.

About Polaris
For millions of people around the world, Minnesota’s Polaris has become synonymous with adventure and passion, in both work and play. For more than 60 years, they’ve been making high-quality, breakthrough products—whether it’s launching the snowmobile industry, reinventing ATV categories year after year, developing the first purpose-built military vehicles or introducing a radical 3-wheel moto-roadster.

From their entrepreneurial roots as a mechanical shop, they’ve grown into one of the world’s largest Powersports companies. And in recent years, they’ve expanded beyond Powersports into adjacent markets, like commercial and military vehicles, where they can add value. Today, Polaris offers a diverse portfolio of best-in-class brands.

http://www.polaris.com