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Restoration done right

Urban Motor R100RS “Werkstattrenner”

Plenty of amazing vintage vehicles are bludgeoned through restoration. Making them “new again” does not always equate to making them better. The original BMW R100RS, built in the late 1970s, remains a classic bike whose looks will stand the test of time, but we’ve seen our fair share of restoration nightmares on this model to…

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Your personal mic on the bike

Schuberth S2 Helmet

Twisting the throttle for a two wheeled commute used to mean going incommunicado and possibly missing out on some morning vitals. Now you can stay in the loop at any lean angle. Backed by over 90 years of research and development, Schuberth GmbH has created the new Schuberth S2 ($699). The S2 is the first…

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It gets what?

Yamaha Y125 Moegi Concept

Let’s make this clear. Gas is expensive and mopeds are emasculating. Tiny wheels the size of a cookie do not a man make, but filling up your car for $80 a week isn’t exactly the best option, either. Introducing the Yamaha Y125 Moegi Concept. We can’t tell you how to pronounce it, but we can…

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Molto Buono, indeed.

1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

Like 40 year-old Highland Park single malt, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and the stunning Raquel Welch, sometimes what has graced us in the past will always stand apart from whatever newfangled version comes our way. So it is with the 1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa, owned by former bike racer, Carlo Saltarelli. Going up for…

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Same breed, different steed.

Ducati Monster Diesel Edition

Ducati is doing quite well these days. With a huge rise in market sales in 2011, the momentum is overwhelming, and that’s good for the rest of us because it means more designs and, frankly, more phenomenal bikes by the Italian motorcycle company. Following on the heels of the versatile Multistrada and the beastly Diavel…

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Custom isn't costly

Shaw Speed & Custom XL1200R

Shaw Speed & Custom churns out some pretty sweet bikes. But what about for the budget conscious? We can’t all throw down tens of thousands for the bike of our dreams. Their most recent custom job, the XL1200R made use of a 2006 Harley Sportster XLR1200R they had in stock as the “guinea hog.” The…

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Not So Mellow

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848

Talk about a match made in motoring heaven. Merc and Ducati have partnered to create a worthy collaboration of two and four wheeled beauties. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848 adorned in ‘Streetfighter Yellow’ showcase performance in a rare color that MB might just bring to their line of cars if enough…

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Ride to drive

Milwaukee Golf Caddie

The Milwaukee Golf Caddie is a specialized accessory that combines a certain subset of men’s two greatest passions — a.k.a. golf and their Harley (apologies ladies). If you’re the proud owner of 1995 to Current Road King, Road Glide, Tour Glide, Street Glide or Electra Glide, then the Golf Caddie’s current offerings will fit on…

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Make Like Steve

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition

For those of you young’uns who know nothing about the man, just know that Steve McQueen was more than just a debonair, masculine Hollywood star. He loved adventure and loved racing. His real life embodied the kind of cool we all respect. Triumph has recently pulled the covers off its homage bike, the Triumph Steve…

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle series has been around for decades, and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. They’ve just released their nutified 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R ($14,889), touted to be the world’s fastest accelerating motorcycle (translation: empty your bladder before you ride). Aside from its appropriate nuclear green paint scheme, the all-new bike is powered…

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Et Tu Brutale

MV Agusta Brutale R 1090

MV Agusta is not a name your hear often stateside, but the Italian motorcycle maker has had a premier racing reputation since 1945, with the founding goal to emerge in the forefront of the Grand Prix of European motorcycling. They succeeded back then and continue to produce some of the finest bikes made. Their newly…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…