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07-29-2009, 05:00 PM
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand! The third eyelid protects against sand and is translucent so they can walk through sandstorms.


07-30-2009, 10:24 AM
Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!

08-01-2009, 01:52 AM
Super-fit Troy Bayliss has a resting heart rate of 36 bpm, around half the normal rate. During a race, Bayliss’ heart rate rises to 186bpm.


08-01-2009, 10:30 AM
Jimmy Carter was the first President of the United States born in a hospital.

08-02-2009, 09:55 AM
Today we have some little known motorcycle helmet facts.

Early bike helmets were lined with cork.
Before becoming famous for bike helmets, ARAI made helmets for building sites.
The founder of ARAI, Hirotake Arai was a stunt rider.
Princess Anne and George Harrison have both owned custom-painted ARAI helmets.
Some poly carbonate helmets are made from melted-down bottle crates.
Helmet manufacturer FM also makes bottle crates.
Barry Sheen’s King helmet was Bell Star helmet with a King sticker on it.
Shoei helmets have been known to withstand bullets :rolleyes:


08-03-2009, 10:54 AM
Surveys show that 40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.


08-04-2009, 12:22 PM
Hell’s Angels’ founder Sonny Barger says in his autobiography that he prefers Japanese bikes to Harley Davidson!


He prefers Japanese bikes to American, says they're better, but continues to "buy American." Sonny Barger also said, “The one good thing I can say about Harleys is they made me a good living; by being junk they need to be fixed all the time.”

http://www.gemzies.com/img_photos/the_harley_davidson_logo_harley_davidson_7_7fb7418 2195d5e9060ab03d4ceb7278a_490x350.png

08-05-2009, 10:38 AM
The Kawasaki motorcycle division was established in 1962 for no other reason than to publicize Kawasaki ’s heavy industries, which was huge but unknown to the general public.
Kawasaki also makes spaceships, missiles, airplanes, helicopters, ships, submarines, power generation plants, water treatment plants, construction machinery, tunnel boring machines, bridges, trains and a myriad of other items.


http://image.sportrider.com/f/9088381/146_0711_07_z+kawasaki_heavy_industries+shinkansen _bullet_train.jpg

http://image.sportrider.com/f/9088462/146_0711_12_z+kawasaki_heavy_industries+huge_tunne l_machine.jpg


08-06-2009, 10:43 AM
The first rider to ever go over 300mph was Don Vesco in 1975, on a 1496cc Yamaha-engined streamliner.


Vesco held 18 motorcycle and six automotive records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and he owned
the outright motorcycle land-speed record for 19 years with his 318.598 mph run.

More info on Don Vesco's interesting life:

08-07-2009, 03:08 PM
Blind British soldier Billy Baxter set an unsighted land speed record of 265.33 km/h (164.87 mph) while riding a 1,200cc Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle at RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK, on August 2, 2003.

WHO: Billy Baxter
WHAT: Top Speed Unsighted (Blind) land speed record 265.33 km/h (164.87 mph)
WHERE: RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, UK
WHEN August 2, 2003


More info on Billy Baxter's accomplishments (which are quite impressive!):

08-09-2009, 08:57 AM
Under its own power, Triumph’s rocket III can accelerate 0-60mph at almost exactly the same rate as it would when dropped out of a plane.


08-09-2009, 08:58 AM
In 10,000 miles, the average four-cylinder bike engine will have done 100,000,000 revs.


08-10-2009, 10:33 AM
Today we have some little known motorcycle tire facts. On with the tire facts...

The pneumatic tire was invented by John Boyd Dunlop in 1888 for use on push-bikes. Boyd also invented the word “pneumatic”.

Slick tires offer more grip in the wet than treaded tires up to the point at which they hydroplane.

Modern sport bike tires don’t contain any natural rubber.

Front tires disperse water at three times the rate of rear tires.

When cornering, 75 per cent of a bikes grip comes from the front tire.

08-11-2009, 11:12 AM
Levi Strauss made the first pair of blue jeans in 1850. They were intended as work trousers for American miners looking for gold.




08-12-2009, 01:36 PM
The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.


(Harley Time Line (http://www.harley.munising.com/))

08-14-2009, 05:25 PM
Strange Fact o' The Day: No one seems to read or show interest in my fact-o-the-day, so I will not waste the effort to share them... :(

Strange, but true!!! :eek: