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Mad Max has it on his wish list

Ural X Icon 1000 Quartermaster

The last time we mentioned Ural, they were introducing a bike with an integrated paddle; the time before that, we drove a beautiful sidecar bike through the snow of Seattle. This time, they’ve teamed up with Icon 1000, a company renowned for its armored motorcycle gear, and the resulting one-off Quartermaster is just as spectacular as past fare.

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Protect your hide

Alpinestars Atem Leather Jacket

We’re always huge advocates of motorcycle riding safety, and you can’t scrimp when it comes to protection on the mean streets or on the tarmac. The Alpinestars Atem Leather Jacket ($700) boasts the kind of materials and design that make it one of the most complete riding jackets available today.

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More dignified than a Zipcar

2013 Honda NC700X

If the tumble off the fiscal cliff should ever occur, you can blame it for everything from your thin wallet to your kid’s meager college savings account. Another unwelcomed consequence of our current financial disrepair? Motorcycle riding isn’t purely for fun anymore — more and more people are opting for two wheels to save some coin at the pump. The 2013 Honda NC700X is evidence of that change — but in this case, it’s change we can get behind.

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Classic Looks, Vespa Prices

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5

If you love motorcycling but happen to be on a budget and you also don’t plan on doing any “serious” riding, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 B5 ($5,495) might be just the bike for you. A once popular UK bike manufacturer in the 1950s, the brand took a major hit due to the glut of…

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Dasvidaniya, normalcy

Ural Yamal Limited Edition

We’re no strangers to Ural sidecar motorcycles, having run them on wet asphalt, dirt and snow. Ural’s offerings — rugged, versatile and as nostalgic as they come — make us long to get out during each of the four seasons. They’ve topped things off in 2012 with their 2012 Ural Yamal Limited Edition Sidecar Motorcycle,…

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12 gifts for the lead foot

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Driver

To find gifts for those men who consider driving simply a way to get from point A to point B, head to the nearest Brookstone. For those impassioned drivers you know — the ones who have 5W-30 running through their veins, love talking about tire aspect ratios and own some kind of driving/riding apparel (which…

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Two-wheeled pinups

Bike Exif 2013 Custom Motorcycle Calendar

While smartphones and google calendar might have replaced much of the functional need for a physical calendar these days, we’re still nostalgic for the analog. Following in the tradition of our Grandfather’s garage, our pick for 2013′s planner is the Custom Motorcycle Calendar from Bike Exif. What it lacks in Bettie Page pinup curves it…

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Light, tight, ready to fight

Ducati 1199 Panigale R

Ducati motorcycles are the kind of machines that make us sweat, bleed and tear up all at once — and that’s a good thing. The introduction of the king of the Ducati superbikes makes us grovel. The Ducati 1199 Panigale R ($29,995) has assumed the throne, and he’s all business. Not just your standard 1199…

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Indecent Exposure

MV Agusta Brutale 800

Sometimes when things are naked, life is just better — notwithstanding mole rats and fat guys. But when it comes to motorcycles, we’re huge fans of letting it all hang out; the brand new MV Agusta Brutale 800 (~$12,586), a much-welcomed addition to the Italian bikemaker’s handsome naked line, does just that. The Brutale 800…

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Portuguese Man o' Gold

Ton-Up Garage “Gold Digger” Kawasaki W650

In most parts of the country, motorcycle riding season is coming to a close, unless you’re in one of these, but that doesn’t prevent us from showing off some awesome custom jobs. To worsen the blow, the Ton-Up Garage “Gold Digger” Kawasaki W650 has already been sold — but hey, we’re still drooling over it,…

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No espresso needed

CRD BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”

“Café racer” was originally a derogatory term, identifying a poseur-type of motorcyclist who typically rode from coffee shop to coffee shop without doing any real riding. Luckily, the category has outlived ridicule to become one of the best retro styles around today, as exemplified by the Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”. With the…

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Armored style

Mister Freedom x Sugar Cane Mulholland Master Jacket

Getting hit with road chum, dirt and rain is an inherent part of motorcycling. While you can’t always anticipate what’ll be thrown at you, you can at least combat it with carapaced clothing. Part of L.A. manufacturer Mister Freedom’s Speed Safe Clothing for Modern Riders, the Mister Freedom x Sugar Cane Mulholland Master ($900) motorcycle…

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Keep it away from barbed wire

Drags & Racing La Grande Fuga Triumph Bonneville

If you just so happen to have an itch that involves jumping a motorcycle over a huge wooden and barbed wire barrier while wearing a grey sweatshirt, then Italian custom bike shop Drags & Racing has just the motorcycle for you: their stunning ‘La Grande Fuga’ (Great Escape) Triumph Bonneville. Just remember how that whole…

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Long Live the Kings

Few things in life pull at a man’s heartstrings like the open road and the promise of adventure. Long Live The Kings is a short documentary by Clement Beauvais shot solely on super 16mm film (which can still stand up to digital any day). The doc showcases some fine rides courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles along…

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Hello, moto

JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

We love a cafe racer bike, especially when said bike is both Ducati and vintage. The JvB-moto Ducati Pantah is just such a beauty. The Pantah’s designer, Jens vom Brauck, wanted his build to look like “it was found in a shed… a futuristic design study for a 1981 motor show” that was never displayed….

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Mr. Miyagi-sized

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Rubber, nuclear green paint and ninjutsu are a winning combination — at least when it comes to motorcycles. That’s been the magic formula for Kawasaki since the 1980s, when the Kawasaki Ninja hit the market like a flying sidekick to the esophagus. Numerous versions have found success, including the ZX-14R Ninja, a 200 mph rocket…

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A fairing fight

Roland Sands Designs “Race-ster” Sportster

Slapping a fairing on a Harley Sportster is like putting a velodrome cycle helmet on Sly Stallone. Somehow, the nutty design works wonderfully on the Roland Sands Designs “Race-ster” Sportster. Through mods that the American bike designer claims could be done in your garage (yeah, right), the Race-ster alters the basic Harley-Davidson Sportster with an…

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An affordable cup of café

Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit

Café racers are all the rage in motorcycling today, but they’re not all affordable, especially in custom format. The vintage feel and echo of yesteryear, coupled with the unique style make for a bike that turns heads. The Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit is a stylish and very affordable café racer that looks the part without stomping…

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Wunderkind

40 Years of BMW Motorsport

BMW Motorsport is the hand that’s pushed BMW harder and faster for 40 years now. Responsible for BMW’s racing programs, including automobiles and motorcycles, BMW Motorsport GmbH (or BMW M-Technik or just BMW M) has delivered to the world legends like the E30 M3 and the legendary M1 supercar and continues to produce M-badged cars…

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Let the Good Times Roll

Deus x Makr Tool Roll

The Deus x Makr Tool Roll is what happens when you combine the leather-crafting talents of Florida’s Makr Carry Goods with Australia’s legendary motorcycling company Deus Ex Machina. The resulting limited-edition love child has a nostalgic look and a pragmatic usefulness any motorcyclist would love. Individually hand crafted and constructed from #10 cotton duck Martexin…

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C the future now

BMW C evolution e-Scooter

BMW is making waves in the scooter scene, using its extensive knowledge in motorcycle technology with their C 600 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters (which will hit showrooms in the fall) and the same lithium-ion battery technology used in the futuristic BMW i8. On the heels of the two remarkable maxi scooters comes…

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Two-wheeled Blitzkrieg

BMW HP4

BMW motorcycles are some of the finest two-wheeled machines made and the new BMW HP4 is testament to that end. Based on the killer S 1000 RR, the HP4 is pure performance. Powered by a 4-cylinder 1000cc engine with a monstrous 193 horsepower output (more than my car, a BMW E46 325Ci). Yeeowch. The HP4…

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A shift in power

Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle

We were excited to cover the Brammo Enertia Plus last year, and we’re even more excited about Brammo’s new electric bike, the Brammo Empulse, largely due to its increased power, range and revamped looks that are part stealth-fighter, part Ducati Monster. Both the Empulse and Empulse R models sport Brammo’s Integrated Electric Transmission that mimics…

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Total blow hard

Screaming Banshee Motorcycle Horn

You might think a banshee is just some scary poltergeist, but Irish and Scottish legend said they were female spirits that warned of imminent danger. That’s the inspiration behind the Screaming Banshee ($100), a new way to ‘roid out your motorcycle’s stock horn. Instead of just having a Road Runner-esque “beep” to warn unaware cars…

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The road less traveled, the snow well-conquered

Sidecars & Snow: A Mountain Ride with Ural Motorcycles

Given the chance to ride motorcycles in the winter, a sane rider might politely decline, but what’s life without a few two three-wheeled thrills? On a recent invitation by Ural Motorcycles we did just that, responding “yes, please” (pronto) while simultaneously reaching for our bags, and multiple changes of underwear. Next stop, cold and soggy Seattle.

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It'll probably scramble your eggs

Triumph Tridays Rumbler

Triumph Tridays is a huge motorcycle event taking place every year in Neukirchen, Austria. The all-grass 400-meter scramble means you’ve got to have traction, stability and robust but manageable power. This year, you’ll see the Triumph Tridays Rumbler have a go at it. On the technical side, Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler (say that ten times) of LSL…

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Naked in the dark

Vilner BMW F800R Predator

The BMW F800R is a phenomenal bike in its own right. Nimble, responsive and powerful, the F800R is a rider favorite due to its great naked bike looks and fantastic performance. So, how do you make it better? You send it to Russian tuner, Vilner and let them have at it. The stunning result is…

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One-wheel drive

Design Spotlight: Ryno Motors

We can all agree that the morning commute is broken for many. With no fix in sight, mechanical engineer Chris Hoffman of Ryno Motors has proposed a solution that turns more heads than it does wheels. Meet the Ryno Single Wheeled Electric Scooter. Looking like Segway’s one-legged cousin, this self-balancing electric scooter offers riders even…

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Back from the future

ZecOO Electric Motorcycle

The dystopian Neo Tokyo of 2019 described and depicted by Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira may be as likely as our Mayan predicted destruction, but that didn’t stop the team at Japan’s Znug Design from having a crack at building Tetsuo Shima’s bike. The ZecOO ($70,000 projected) is easily one of the best looking, and possibly priciest…

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Looks clean, plays dirty

BRD Redshift Electric Motorcycle

When you think hybrid or electric, the environmental mindset overtakes all else. But what if electric power happened to be the best choice from a design and power perspective? The minds at motorcycle startup firm, BRD, took that very angle with their revolutionary BRD Redshift motorcross bike. Aside from the beautiful tri-color paint scheme, the…