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30
Sep 12

DIRT / Extreme E-Bike KTM by Mirco Sapio


Naples-based industrial designer, Mirco Sapio is well-known for his futuristic SuperDuke 1200 R concept, based on the KTM SuperDuke.

Mirco is a great fan of the Austrian company and, after finishing with the superbike project, decided to test himself with a really extreme E-Bike. What you see in the pictures is a hybrid bike, an eco-minded mode of transport primarily intended for use in urban contexts. And this is what the man has to say about it. Continue reading →


30
Sep 12

Honda CB750 Steel Bent Customs Cafe Racer


This small Honda CB750 cafe racer looks like one of the best projects to come out of Steel Bent Customs. The masters at SBC have done away with all the unnecessary bits and pieces, instead choosing to retain only the most necessary parts, the frame and engine. Continue reading →


27
Sep 12

DR650 by Deus Ex Machina

So what’s idea behind this 1997 Suzuki DR650? Well, the original plan was based around what was being done with a Yamaha SR400. Featuring a simple big engine and frame, the DR650 is probably the biggest single cylinder four-stroke out there. And the bike is pretty much flexible as well; once you get past all that plastic, you’ll discover a motor and frame that’s just waiting to be modded. So what’s not to like? There is enough power, they look awesome when exposed, and the way the guys at Deus Bali prep their rides, it will certainly be one hell of a ride. Continue reading →


27
Sep 12

Red Bull Alpenbrevet 2012/ “Mountains and Mopeds”

Red Bull, well-known for endorsing wacky, adrenaline-filled affairs, has organized a meeting of moped enthusiasts in Switzerland for the last three years. And if you think the guys just sit around and stare at each other’s machines, you’re way off the mark, as the Red Bull Alpenbrevet is an 132km rally that compels contestants to employ human ingenuity and petrol (or kerosene or diesel) power to confront not one, but three 7,000-foot passes! This year’s edition, which took place on September 15th, witnessed around 770 riders, with the Alpenbrevet also serving up a “style” competition for the fancy types.

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27
Sep 12

Portland to Dakar by ICON / 2011 Triumph Tiger 800XC


The sun was pretty much past its prime as the motorcycles started the laborious climb out of the deep pit that almost seemed to extend down into the middle of the Earth. Nature had left its cruel patches on the the Tigers’ bearing surfaces, but they marched on, knowing that nirvana would only come upon hitting the distant checkpoint. This was an expedition of sorts, something that started weeks ago in the urban confines of Portland city limits had taken riders, bikes, and gear to the absolute limits of endurance and tolerance. Continue reading →


23
Sep 12

Bike Thing You Need / Utah, Gimme Two Wheels


We all feel it sometimes, don’t we? It looks like there’s no point in life, endless hours behind the desk and the usual, get up-eat-work-sleep routine kind of compress all that time into one unrecognizable block of memories. Probably what you need is a motorcycling trip, you know, the one where you don’t plan much; just put the tent, toothbrush and soap and off you go in the distance. Even better if you have some friends to tag along. Like these guys… Continue reading →


23
Sep 12

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure / Official


We can’t believe that KTM is actually chasing Ducati and their Multistrada, but somehow it appears as they do – what with their latest 1190 featuring a 150hp engine, 235kg net weight and overall looks that are more in tandem with the Italians than long-time German nemesis, the Bavarian R1200GS. Maybe the times are changing, and more and more riders will chose form and “state of mind” over function (we believe that most of the adventure models never see the dirt roads), and that’s what KTM is coming to understand now. Continue reading →


23
Sep 12

2013 Ducati Multistrada “Granturismo”


Ducati has hit the market hard with the Multistrada, and that is a fact. It’s unbelievable how this bike has developed from an ugly duckling to the beautiful swan that it is today. And for 2013, there’s an even better reason to plonk for one. If you go for the top-spec model, you’ll get the 1200 S Granturismo together with bigger panniers, top box, extra LEDs and a bigger screen. You’ll also get the second generation Testastretta 11° and the new Skyhook suspension (a similar system to the BMW S1000RR HP4), which constantly measures and adjusts the suspension electronically on the go. Continue reading →


23
Sep 12

Dear Honda, please make this RC213V MotoGP bike


It’s true that the big motorcycling factories can always pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat if they want to; but, it seems that they don’t want to do it more often they they do. Okay, so what are we bumbling about? MotoGP prototype motorcycles entering “serial” production of course! Take a Ducati Desmosedici RR for example – although with the astronomical price tag, the Bologna factory managed to produce more of them than they initially planned for. And what did they do? They’ve created an instant cult bike. So why don’t the Japanese do something similar? Perhaps they will. The grapevine says that Honda might be producing a road-legal version of the RC213V prototype. We just wet our pants, damn! Continue reading →


23
Sep 12

Ducati Demonico Veloce 1098 Custom by R.M. Designs


If you want to build yourself a decent cafe racer, you should definitely stay away from Ducati’s 1098. The single-sided swingarm, the shape of the exhaust and that beautiful fairing – how can one possibly make it look better? Having said that, there are always exceptions to the rule – look at this Demonico Veloce (Speed Demon in Italian) for instance, we think it’s one of the most beautiful cafe racers in today’s custom market. Conceived by professional AMA racer Robert Matola, and built by i3 Design, the bike has lost around 13.5 kilos of excess weight, and even gets a custom exhaust, rear cowling and front fairing. Continue reading →