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Today in Gear: August 8, 2016

New backpacks made for modern commuters, a down-filled camera lens bag, neoprene-free wetsuits and much more.

One Piston, Two Wheels and Endless Possibilities

Time Traveling in the Kawasaki KLR650

The Kawasaki KLR650 is a single-cylinder relic of the Cold War Era. It's also a bike every adventure rider should own.

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.

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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.

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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.

Timekeeping
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.

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.

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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 Custom Motorcycle Calendar from Bike Exif. What it lacks in Bettie Page pinup curves it...

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 before they land on the Thanksgiving Day table. To keep you cool, dry, safe...

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...

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...

It's a chopper, baby

PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle

We have just witnessed the birth of a new class of vehicle, and it’s a doozy. Presenting the PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle, a two seat hybrid car and gyroplane. On the road, the 3-wheeled PAL-V ONE can reach speeds up to 112 mph and go from 0 to 60 in about 8...

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...

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...

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 certainly doesn’t look like an electric bike hippies would fawn over, thanks to its sinister...

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...

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 Canon 5dMkII and Minolta Super 8mm....

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 three minutes time.

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...

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...

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