Motorcycles

Less Chrome, More Black, All Awesome

Behind the Wheel | Darker Shade of Black: Harley-Davidson Dark Custom

Conventional wisdom erroneously perceives that most Harley riders are over 40, beefy, peppered with tattoos and leather, with a preponderance of facial hair. Though a fair share of riders fall into that category, it’s also absolutely true that the pre-WWI motorcycle manufacturer has made serious inroads to the younger, hipper crowd. In case you didn’t...

Street Stormer

BMW Slugger

BMW Motorcycles are refined performance machines, no question about it. What happens when you torque it up to brutal? You get the BMW Slugger, a 200 horsepower two-wheeled juggernaut of a bike that’s propelled by a monster turbo-charged six-cylinder boxer engine. Swedish bike builder Stellan Egeland, who previously bestowed the steampunkish “Harrier” bike upon the...

Dos Caminos

Tenere Motorcycle Expedition Tent

With enough room for you, a companion and your ride, the Tenere Expedition Tent ($399) is easily one of the best motorcycle adventure tent solutions we’ve come across. Developed by the minimalist two-wheeled trekkers at Redverz, the Tenere offers designs specific to motorcycle expeditions. Consisting of two vestibules along with a separate inner-tent, the main...

Mo'-ped

BMW Concept C Motor Scooter

Typically, riding a scooter as a full-fledged male has the ability to take you down a few notches on the coolness scale. Well, BMW hopes to change some of that, as they try to edge in on the ubiquitous scooter market with the introduction of the BMW Concept C motor scooter. Using a high displacement...

The Dark Night Rises

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Night Rod Special

In 2001, the the Harley-Davidson V-Rod was introduced as a new kind of muscle bike to compete with the other heavy-hitters on the market. It met with great success, using the Revolution engine, a 60 degree V-twin that was a joint effort between the Milwaukee-based manufacturer and Porsche and utilized liquid cooling, an HD first....

Yes. This is Real.

BMW Powered Twin-Rotor Hoverbike

Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike. Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors,...

Motorcycle Nirvana

Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon

There are custom motorcycles everywhere these days. Some stand apart from the rest, not just because of their design but because heritage and history are the framework of the overall design. Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon is the ultimate example of just that. This two-wheeled work of art was recently uncloaked in California at The Quail...

Monkee Do

Wrenchmonkees Monkee #20

Denmark’s Wrenchmonkees puts out some seriously menacing designs and the Monkee #20 embodies both classic and apocalyptic themes that make their motorcycles so appealing. Straight out of their shop in Copenhagen, these guys always have some unique designs up for sale and regularly take on custom projects. Built up from some seriously good bones and...

Power Couple

2012 BMW K 1600 GT & GTL

When you think of German automobiles, BMWs are probably the first to emerge in your mind as being the best. For the cognoscenti, BMW also makes some of the best bikes around. Case in point, the new 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, utilizing an engine most often found in their cars,...

Bruce Waynian Brute

Renard Grand Tourer GT

When you’re the maker of pre-WW2 motorcycles, you want to maintain a certain mystique while forging ahead into the 21st century. Well, Renard has done just that with their Grand Tourer GT, built on a carbon fiber with reinforced Kevlar moncoque that weighs in at a svelte 24 pounds. This monocoque design leads to incredible...

Two Wheels Good

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition

The iPad 2 release from the minds at Apple may put you to sleep when you see what else has been unveiled in Cupertino, CA. The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition is easily more fun than a flock of angry birds (app or real). Created to celebrate motorcyclist Greg Tracy’s victorious class...

It's About Time

Harley-Davidson + Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer

American motorcycles and British wristwatches. Not an engineering combination you’d think of right off the bat. But now, thanks to Harley-Davidson and Bell & Ross, the two great tastes show that they can indeed taste great together. Leading UK dealer, Shaw Harley-Davidson (the current champs of modified Hogs) approached Bell & Ross watches with the...

Saved by Zero

Zero XU Electric Motorcycle

We don’t subscribe to the belief that everything purported as “green” is actually worth your time and money — no matter how hard Oprah stares us down. Still, the new Zero XU electric motorcycle makes our good book for a host of reasons. Thanks to aircraft grade aluminum construction, the bike is lightweight and as...

Dieselicious

Kickboxer Diesel Concept

Turbo. All-wheel drive. Diesel. Motorcycle. Virtually all of these words get our attention all by themselves. Combine them in the form of the chiseled two-wheeler above, and you have the (conceptual) Kickboxer Diesel, designed by Ian McElroy. Powered by a compact, fuel-efficient Japanese diesel engine, the Kickboxer capitalized on McElroy’s previous Subaru WRX gas-powered engine...

Monster, Inc.

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

Behold Ducati’s new flagship Monster, the 1100EVO ($11,995). Of course, with flagship status comes flagship features and the Duc hardly disappoints. The svelte 373 lb bike packs Ducati’s Desmodue Evoluzione engine, which boasts a whopping 100 air-cooled horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. But with power comes responsibility and the 1100EVO comes standard with Ducati’s...

It's Blaaacckk

2011 Ducati Diavel Diamond Black

Earlier this year, Ducati introduced the Monster 796. A few months later, they busted out the 2011 Diavel – an all-new 162 horsepower, 456 pound, 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, technology-laden, two-wheeled miracle machine. So how did Ducati improve on near-perfection? By making it black — diamond black to be precise. The new color scheme...

3-Wheeling Nostalgia, Hogan's Hero Style

Ural Taiga Limited Edition Motorcycle

With a three wheels firmly planted under the category “instantly recognizable”, Ural motorcycles have been carrying riders+1 since World War II. For 2010, Ural has created the limited edition Taiga ($13,999), named after the northernmost forest, which covers a significant portion of Russia and Canada. Built for weekend adventures, the Taiga utilizes a signature on-demand...

More Green for Less... Green

2011 Brammo Enertia Plus

Innovative green technology and our fondness for two-wheeled machinations don’t often cross, but when they do it certainly grabs our attention. Brammo has staked its flag right in our crossroads with the new Enertia Plus ($8,995), the sequel to the original two-wheeled urban commuter.

British Conquest

Triumph Tiger 800

Looks like the Brits are ready to take back some trails back from the Germans (namely, the BMW F800GS). After rumor and speculation, Triumph, long absent from the adventure motorcycles is back with the Triumph Tiger 800 and an off-road variant called the XC. An 800cc Triumph Daytona engine, ~140 hp and 60 lb-ft torque...

Blackkrieg

Blitz Motorcycles 1963 BMW R60/2 “Great Escape”

There’s something about a blacked out motorcycle that stirs a feeling of gnarly rebellion from your cubicle, evoking a want to toss on your Belstaff, fire up your bike, and ride off into the sunset. And so, GP’s watchful eye for these two-wheeled SR-71’s continues with Blitz Motorcycles’ customized 1963 BMW R60/2, appropriately called the...

Easy, Rider

Cycleport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar Motorcycle Jacket

The motorcycles we cover have one thing in common. They are all awesome… from the staid and versatile BMW R1200 GS to the steampunk-esque and apocalyptic Confederate P120 Fighter. But the speed, power and liberation these two-wheelers can provide may also lead to unpredictable dangers including wheel-swallowing potholes, road debris, and soccer moms in titanic...

Batpod Comes to Mind...

Rough Crafts Iron Guerilla

Helmed by metallurgically-talented Winston Yeh, Taiwan based Rough Crafts, has taken a 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 and turned it into the Iron Guerilla project. Appropriately named, I’d say. Currently underway, the Iron Guerilla is an amalgamation of the Sportster in Harley’s “Nightster” theme amped up with a mix of subtle yet muscular upgrades including...

Dr. Doom Approved

Confederate Motorcycles P120 Fighter

What’s the only thing cooler than a motorcycle that flies? Trick question, nothing is cooler than a flying motorcycle. Since it may be awhile before that’s a reality though, the Confederate P120 Fighter comes in at a very close second. Made by hand, and crafted almost entirely of air craft grade aluminum, the P120 takes...

Repurposed Heritage, Purposefully.

Hammarhead Industries Jack Pine Motorcycle

Helmed by James Hammarhead (awesome name), Philadelphia, PA based Hammarhead Industries has a singular focus: create minimalist modern motorcycles in the spirit of iconic 1950’s design through repurposing and recycling. If the Triumph Scrambler based Jack Pine ($14,500) is a product of that manifesto then bring it on, we say. Torquing hard at our bike-strings,...

Making Segways and Vespas Cower in Fear

Zev 6100 & 5100 Electric Utility Scooters

Normally the term electric scooter brings up images of Segway-like vehicles complete with pocket protector wearing riders. The Zev 6100 and 5100 utility scooters ($7,526) may redefine the stereotype though. Originally developed as a delivery vehicle for the police (back when the police used to compete with Fedex??), its wheelbase is 60.62 inches, which is...

Dirty But Don't Call It a Hog

Harley-Davidson XR1200X

A hark to their roots in racing, the 2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X ($11,799) is inspired by Evel Kneivel’s fabled XR750. After a year, the bike is landing on U.S. soil and features a fully adjustable Showa front and rear suspension (dialed in to rider weight, riding style, and road conditions), improved front brakes, 1200cc Evolution V-Twin...

Being Fat Never Looked So Good

2010 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo

If you are in the market for a new bike or undaunted at getting yourself onto a Harley, then the Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo is an outstanding choice. This comes from personal experience. There are few words that sum up every aspect of this bike, but dark and massive are a good place to...

Monster In the Middle

2011 Ducati Monster 796

Ducati has expanded the Monster line with the new 2011 Ducati Monster 796 ($9,995). Slotted right between the ease of the entry level Monster 696 and road-shredding Monster 1100 (S), the 796 is focused on user friendliness and top-end components. Of course, the fact that it’s oozing Italian bad-assery doesn’t hurt. Keeping with the signature...

Be Prepared In Style

Brooks Motorcycle Tool Roll

Appearing originally back in 1914 within the company’s Brooks Book for Motor Cyclists, Brooks recently decided to bring back this classic and classy motorcycle accoutrement with a modern twist. Made of stout leather that is vegetable tanned in Europe, bikers can choose from three color options shown above including: brown, black, and honey. The kit...

Move Over Segway, There's a New Ride in Town

Yike Bike

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of attempts by inventors to revolutionize the way urban dwellers get from point a to b (think The Segway). The Yike Bike represents the next iteration along these lines and was built to answer four basic questions: What is the simplest way to get from A to B with...

Own the Award-Winning Bike in a Glorious New Look

Triumph Daytona 675 2010 Special Edition

Mechanically identical to the award winning standard 2009 Daytona 675, this race-bred sport bike was built to turn heads thanks to new Pearl White body paneling and distinctive Sparkle Blue paint detailing on the swing arm and frame. With the lightest and narrowest chassis in its class (its frame weighs a mere 19lbs), this beast...

Beastly Buggy

2010 Campagna T-REX 14RR

Sharing the namesake of the most ferocious predator to ever live, the Campagna T-REX 14RR has some living up to its moniker to do. Based on it’s specs, it lives up to it well. The T-REX 14RR is built with a reverse trike-style frame, which allows its driver to retain the stability of a normal...

Seek and Ye Shall Find

The Vincent In The Barn

Author Tom Cotter’s trilogy of vintage vehicle tomes are great reads – and nearly impossible to put down. After all, who among us doesn’t dream of finding a long-forgotten Ferrari or a classic Indian motorcycle collecting dust in some old codger’s shed just before it hits the estate sale? Cotter’s latest book, the Vincent in...

Three Wheel'en in Style

The Auto Moto

Rolling up in a scooter generally won’t turn any heads. You may garner a few looks, but not the kind you’re looking for. If on, the other hand, you’re behind the wheel handlebars of an Auto Moto, people will take note.

MotoX + Surfing = SurferCross

GP Events: SurferCross

Last month, Gear Patrol’s Jon Gaffney was able to attend the SurferCross event in California, sponsored by Toyota. Since his return, he’s been pretty psyched up. And not just about the

British Hoss

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

If you think you can manhandle 800+ lbs of brutish motorcycle, then the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster is your bike. Triump has equipped the beast with an equally beastly engine: a 2294cc (2.3 liter) 146 hp/165 ft lb torque powerplant. 43 mm dual inverted forks, Kabaya shocks, and Brembo brakes round out the equipment...

Electric Excite Bike

Zero S Electric Motorcycle

Don’t let Tesla drivers have all the fun. The Zero S electric motorcycle is a higher performance street bike that provides instant power and smooth acceleration without any more trips to the gas station. We certainly like the sounds of that.

KTM 990 Super Duke

The Duke Saturday, Fort Walton Beach – 80 degrees in October, not a cloud in the sky… think I’m going to ride. As a gear freak I’m always out and about trying to find the new hotness. On this particular day, I was cruising along the Gulf Coast throwing the deuces to my fellow riders...

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100 S

Like Most Things Italian, Even Monsters Are Hot. Ducati Monster 1100    Courtesy: Ducati North America Many of you may not know this, but more than just Apple computers are announced in Cupertino, California. And for some of you, this might be the sexier beast. It definitely is for me regardless of my affinity for both...

Enertia Bike

[click on image to enlarge and view other angles] Somewhere in between a classic motorcycle, a European movie and the future lies the Enertia. A bike culturally and technologically appropriate to the current day. Using a high output electrical motor charged through a regular outlet the Enertia bike powers itself to a top speed of...

BMW R1200 GS

BMW Bikes are one of those rarities that are appreciated by the well versed man. It’s German engineering at it’s best. The R1200 GS is powered by a 100hp Boxer engine that produces 85 lb/ft of torque. The Telelever front suspension will keep your ride smooth no matter what the conditions and the signature drive...

Spyder BRP Can-Am

An entirely new approach at top-down driving, the Spyder fuses the thrills of a motorcycle with top down roadster approachability. Using a revolutionary 3-wheeled stance, the Spyder is built around an SST frame that minimizes flex and keeps a low center of gravity for enhanced stability and handling. Further, it features: 106hp V-Twin Rotax engine...

2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S

The Hypermotard 1100 takes on urban canyons and attacks mountain curves with total abandon. Its purpose is single-minded: to thrill. Its ‘motard’ styling and stance combine with Ducati’s ‘sportsbike’ smooth and powerful L-Twin engine to deliver the best of both these two motorcycling worlds. With a riding position to dominate, the exceptionally slim, compact and...