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Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Media Credit: Andrea Caldwell
Chuck Gratzle with his alcohol powered motorcycle. Thursday in the Agri shop. He built the motorcylce himself. His bike currently runs on gas and alcohol, but hopes to run it completely on alchohol.With the price of gasoline going up for a multitude of reasons, what options do we have? We could use ethanol but who really wants make all that corn? According to Chuck Graztle an agriculture education major, there's a gas alternative that Americans can be using right now with all the garbage we create. Alcohol. Graztle used this idea and converted his motorcycle so that it could run off alcohol. "We're in trouble," said Graztle referring to America and its high independence of gasoline. He believes that if the technology is out there to use something else other than gasoline, we should. An ancient form of fuel energy, alcohol was once gasoline's biggest competitor. According to Graztle people used alcohol gas a lot during the depression because it was cheaper to make and anyone could make it. "They used alcohol to run the model T, stoves, even curly irons," said Graztle. "That was the early fuel, an ancient technology." Graztle started his project for an Agriculture class, and it took him three months to build an engine that would run off alcohol. Now Graztle uses both alcohol and gasoline to run his bike. "Hopefully soon I'll be able to make my own alcohol fuel," said Graztle "you can it out of any trash or wood, and it doesn't take that much to convert an engine so that it can run off alcohol. But with the way cars are being made with plastic materials, there's no way they could run off alcohol fuel, because it would burn right through it. It would take a mileage surplus motor to run on alcohol fuel and the fuel must be 160 proof alcohols. Graztle said that the process of making the alcohol isn't fast, but believes that if you're running the steel 24 hours a day, it doesn't matter, and it would still be cheaper than gasoline. Graztle believes that one day gasoline prices will go so high, it won't be affordable, "I can see some disaster, not just a war, but a natural disaster, that will make gas prices go sky high." Not only would gas prices for cars go up but also the price of farming, heating homes, and buying grocery would increase, because gasoline affects everything. But what else could cause gas to become unaffordable? Now that China is beginning to produce more cars and is using gasoline at a growing rate, could having them as a gasoline competitor hurt the gasoline market for America. Graztle believes yes. "There are people out there that don't like us," said Graztle, referring to Middle Eastern countries that produce most of the world's oil and who the U.S. gets most of its oil from. But not only alcohol a great alternative because of rising gas prices, but it's better for the environment, because it burns cleaner than gas does. Graztle believes the only reason why the government and car companies aren't pushing alcohol fuel, is because the fact that the government won't be able to charge people for making it themselves.Some countries have already caught on the benefits of alcohol fuel, such as Brazil who after having a 1970s oil crisis, disrupted the abundant supplies of sugar cane. What will it take for the U.S. government to see the benefits of alternative gas options? Graztle believes it will be more expensive for the government to convert if there is a disaster in the future and believes that many people will miss out because of that. "Let's start using this technology now before we're forced into it."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Tuff-n-Lite Apparel
2008-02-19 08:21:44 - Textile Research and Development company, Supreme Corporation®, of Conover North Carolina introduced a new cut, slash and abrasion protective apparel to the motorcycle industry. The product, Tuff-n-Lite® is presently one of the strongest materials in the World.
Tuff-n-Lite® is ounce for ounce 15 times stronger than steel with the comfort and flexibility of cotton. Senior Account Executive, Walter Schulein, says 'unlike commonly used aramids, Tuff-n-Lite® will not sacrifice its strength when wet or exposed to sunlight. It is also not affected by disinfectants, laundering, perspiration or common household bleaches.' Their clothing line includes shirts, pants, and leather

bonded Tuff-n-Lite which offers 7 times more cut resistance than standard leather and up to 10 times more abrasion resistance than carbon steel.The Insurance Information Institute reports that 4,798 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2006. About 88,000 motorcyclists were involved in crashes in 2004. A safety product like Tuff-n-Lite® is well past due in the motorcycle market.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Parker Moves Into More Honda Gear by staff Wednesday, February 06, 2008
This just in from Parker Synergies:
Bruce Parker, President of Parker Synergies, is pleased to announce an expanded licensing agreement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc., of Torrance, California. The agreement calls for Parker Synergies to design, manufacture and market Honda Gold Wing branded motorcycle apparel with Tucker Rocky, of Fort Worth, Texas, as the exclusive distributor.
"The new Gold Wing branded apparel is an exciting evolution of our existing licensed collection", said Parker. "It's certainly going to compliment the innovative Project H gear and marketing initiative."
"The Gold Wing market is a very important component of our overall licensing strategy," said Danny Fujimori, Manager, Honda Genuine Accessories and Licensing. "We expect that the new Parker Synergies licensed products will be a great addition for our Gold Wing riders."
"The Parker Synergies products, like Project H, have brought a great revival to our Official Licensed Honda program," said Tim Prichard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tucker Rocky Distributing. "We now look forward to continued success, in the premium Gold Wing market."
Look for the 2008 Officially Licensed Honda apparel by Parker Synergies, The Project H CBR motorcycle and the roll out of the Gold Wing collection at the Tucker Rocky Distributing booth, during the Indy Dealer Trade Expo February 16 - 18, 2008.


The 2008 Great American Motorcycle Show is cruising intoThe North Atlanta Trade Center in NorcrossFebruary 8-10, 2008
Don't Buy Anything Motorcycle Related Until You See This Show!2008 Will Have More Bikes & Entertainment Than Ever!
Since 1992, The Great American Motorcycle Show has been the place to buy a new motorcycle and the accessories you need. The show is full of 2008 motorcycles brought to you by Georgia's leading dealers.
See foreign and domestic motorcycles, one of a kind custom bikes, cruisers, choppers, and touring bikes. Get great deals on motorcycles, trailers, tow vehicles, ATVs, scooters, LED lights, detail products, patches and sewers, riding glasses, helmets, resorts, seat cushions, accessories, custom chrome & paint, insurance, jewelry, cold weather wear, gloves, wheels, tires, boots, security, motorcycle rental, garage gear, seats, apparel and more to get you on the open road in style no matter what you ride.
Meet the bike builders and listen to great southern rock. Bring the entire family and come see over 120,000 s.f. of bikes and accessories. Park in the secure bike corral and check your helmet at the March of Dimes Coat Check. No matter what you ride, this is the show to see!