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From Frontline V-twins to Spec Ops All-electric

Our Favorite American Military Motorcycles

Bikes have a long and distinguished service record in the US military, from front lines charges to spec ops missions.

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Octane
Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels

The Moto Guzzi V7 Special Is a Quirky Beauty

The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People's Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has "character" or "personality" implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.

Octane
Where MPG meet MPH

Smoke and Mirrors: 5 Best Diesel Motorcycles

Diesel engines may just be the perfect fit for motorcycles. They offer bullet-proof reliability, stump pulling torque and the kind of range even Ted Simon can only dream of. Add to that the fact that refuelling doesn’t involve extended time out of the saddle and it makes you wonder why there aren’t more on the market. We found four examples that would look great in our garage on the road.

Timekeeping
Keeping Time at the Circuit Of The Americas

For Tissot at MotoGP, Milliseconds Create Order from Chaos

In racing, timing is judge, jury and executioner. Tissot, Official Timekeepers for all MotoGP races since 2001, are burdened with the proof of milliseconds. In this world of speed, their instrumentation deciphers the metrics of order within the chaos of twenty-three riders piloting 230 horsepower motorcycles at 220 mph. We saw them in action at the Circuit Of The Americas.

Ride on, Kimura

Shinya Kimura: Motorcycle Mechanic

This film, directed by Danielle Levitt, paints a portrait of Shinya Kimura, a self-described motorcycle mechanic. Since 1992, Kimura has been building and racing custom bikes, first from his shop in Okazaki, Japan, and then from Azusa, California. You'll find yourself wanting one as he describes the reason he rides: "Running with your legs has limited speed." Right on, Kimura. Ride on.

Octane
Silicon Valley does motorcycles

Behind the Wheel: Zero DS

With the recent proliferation of electrified transportation, it seems things are swinging solidly from Who Killed the Electric Car? to "Who Maimed the Gas Engine?". Motorcycles are no exception. One of the best e-bike makers out there, Zero, let us test their Zero DS ($14,000) for a few weeks in L.A. to see if a silent motorcycle is a groundbreaking way to ride or a tad emasculating.

1199 problems, but a Suzy ain't one

Want This, Get This: Ducati 1199 Panigale R or Suzuki GSX-R1000

Short on space in the garage? Gear Patrol’s new series, “Want This, Get This”, moves into a whole new vein this week, presenting a lust-worthy sportbike along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. Read on for the dream screamer and its reality-based substitute.

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
Flow Rida

BMW AirFlow 2 Helmet

The ventilation found in most motorcycle helmets these days is about as cooling as having an asthmatic wheeze on you. Try to tame the tail of the dragon on a hot day, and you’ll soon learn how mom’s limp veggies feel

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

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

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
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

Et Two, Brutus

Brutus 2.0

Motorcycles are already far more efficient than their automotive petrol-hog brethren. Now that electric varieties have popped on the scene, you'll start to see manufacturers emerge with new exhaust-free bikes and eventually go mainstream. The new and beefy Brutus 2.0

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

It’s Better in the Wind

It’s Better in the Wind follows a similar theme to the short film Machine we shared a few weeks back. Creator Scott Toepfer spent the last two years working on the project, capturing photos and video footage on each of his rides around the Western United States using a

Machine

Chronicling the relationship between men and their motorcycles certainly isn't a new idea in the world of film. Still, Matt Herrington's Machine manages to hit all of the right notes started by films like Easy Rider, while avoiding the cliches of Wild Hogs or John Woo -- in just over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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