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The KRGT-1: An eyeball grabbing aluminium super-devil!

Keanu Reeves became a global heartthrob with movies like the iconic Matrix trilogy, John Wick, Speed, Sweet November and other such blockbuster movies. But only a few people in India know about the biking love that has had all his life. Such is his passion about two wheelers that in fact, he’s only ever owned a couple of cars– a vintage Volvo and a fashionable Porsche. The thrill and freedom of biking means the world to him, so much so that it is said that, he got in the habit of buying a bike when filming on location and selling when the shoot was done.
"Keanu’s first motorcycle was a Kawasaki 600 Enduro. After that, he has owned a Suzuki GS1100E, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1974 BMW 750, a Kawasaki KZ 900, an ‘84 Harley Shovelhead, and a Moto Guzzi." (http://www.archmotorcycle.com/our-story/). On one occasion, Keanu wanted to customize his Harley-Davidson Dyna. His search for a quality makeover for his bike led him to meet Gard Hollinger in Los Angeles. A self-taught designer, enginee…

Aluminium and Health

7 percent of the earth’s crust is made up of aluminium. Although aluminium in its raw form is not readily available because of its capability to react instantly, it has been present in the ore form as bauxite since the earth's crust formed. We have been exposed to aluminium for about over 150 years now.  We all consume small amounts of aluminium in our daily lives – in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Some say it has adverse effects on your health. But it has been the continuous effort of the scientific community to explore the impact of aluminium on our health.

Aluminium is used ion food packaging, beverage cans, utensils, in our homes, drinking water, medicines, cosmetics etc. We have been using this since long as consumables and as an indispensable part of our lives. Till now, the mainstream scientific community has had a definite stand in forming a consensus – normal day-to-day usage of aluminium does not have any adverse effects on a person’s health…

Aluminium vs. Steel - (2) Automobile Industry needs an Aluminium revolution!

Read our previous post on Aluminium vs. Steel here

Let's move on to the benefits of integrating aluminium into the cars of today. 
A car made out of a maximum aluminium instead of steel will engender a larger positive impact on the environment leading to lesser dangerous emission. 

Although at the raw material and production of the metal cannot be isolated with high energy consumption and Green House Gas emissions, in the Total Lifecycle of the metal, it has far less impact than steel because of its light-weight, corrosion resistance and near 100% recyclability. This makes a strong case for why aluminium should keep replacing steel in the automobiles.


Tesla uses 3 layers of protection in its cars – layers of aluminium and titanium. This combination can literally crush concrete and let the driver manoeuvre the vehicle even when there are steel obstacles on the road. The reason why an aluminium body is superior in safety to a steel one is because when aluminium parts get bent or deforme…

Aluminium vs. Steel - (1) The changing tides in the automotive sector

To Steel or not to Steel… That is the question. To Aluminium… This might be the answer. The automobile industry is the one constantly shifting tides in technology and design to achieve perfection and quality. Everything is done with precision to maximise the output from the machines with as few resources as possible. After all, this is necessary as natural resources are limited and so are the resources which people can spare for an economical, ergonomic and environment-friendly vehicle of personal transportation. Moreover, safety is an important issue that the engineers keep at priority as people’s lives are at stake.

With car manufacturers around the world trying to pack in more punch with their offerings, the fight for better fuel efficiency and safety of the automobiles has intensified. With cutting edge designing and engineering capabilities, car manufacturers have carefully selected the materials and technology to complement each other when the car is firing on all cylinders, quit…