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Triumph Scrambler by British Customs

Desert sleds still have a place in modern motorcycling iconography. Originally an American phenomenon, today it’s the Triumph Scrambler from across the ditch that embodies the spirit most closely. And it doesn’t take much to give a modern Scrambler a touch of the desert sled vibe, as this 2012 …

Motorcycles

Buell X1 by Sartorie Meccaniche

I’ve always loved Buell’s streetfighter models for their combative stance and no-nonsense ergonomics. In stock form they’re bare-bones, purpose built machines—devoid of any superfluous add-ons and powered by 1203cc of Milwaukee muscle.<p>They’re an acquired taste though, and some—like the X1 …

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The Ronin 47: If Batman rode a Buell 1125

If you felt cheated when the Buell 1125 went out of production in 2010, you’re in luck. You can now buy a factory-fresh superbike based on the 1125—and it looks like a machine straight out of <i>The Dark Knight</i>.<p>The Buell 1125 cost $11,695 a few years ago and the Ronin 47 costs $38,000, but you do get a …

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget.<p>These days, the true modern café racer is probably a ‘streetfighter,’ a battered GSX-R …

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Top 5 Yamaha XS650 customs

It feels like the Yamaha XS650 has been around forever, and that’s not far from the truth: it was offered in various guises from 1968 until 1985. But the air-cooled, parallel-twin engine has an even longer history—it was based on a 500cc German Horex copied by the now-defunct Hosk Motorcycles.<p>The …

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Scramblers Motorcycles' SR500

Hot on the heels of our Top 5 Yamaha SR500s feature comes this rather sharp looking example from new Swabian outfit Scramblers Motorcycles.<p>Based in Schnaitheim, in the south of Germany, Daniel and Michael Bosch and Sven Paukner share a love of motocross, skateboarding and snowboarding. Originally …

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Ducati 900SS by El Solitario

When a Ducati 900SS rolls into a workshop for a big-budget overhaul, it usually leaves a few weeks later looking just like it did when it rolled off the production line in the 90s. But not this one: only the most eagle-eyed <i>Ducatistas</i> would recognize it, with the engine cases being the giveaway.<p>The …

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The Wrenchmonkees take on the Triumph Thruxton

Custom bike building is a long game. It’s easy to make a short-term splash, but difficult to keep the momentum going over several years. In Europe, there are a handful of companies with the requisite grit and vision, and the Wrenchmonkees are one of them. This Triumph Thruxton is the 68th bike to …

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What you really Googled in 2014

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola.<p>Google has released its annual round-up of the year's top global searches. Apple, Facebook and other companies also do these recaps, but those only show what we …

That was quick: Apple Pay works with 90% of most-used bank cards

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>Even though in-store retail transactions for Apple Pay are only available for two …

On Mars, NASA rover discovers mysterious methane emissions

This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity …

This Futuristic Office Doesn’t Have Chairs And Desks

Standing and sitting is boring. A new office concept on display in Amsterdam offers places to lean–a much less static way of working.<p>Forget standing desks. In the office of the future, you might lean instead–supported by giant rock-like sculptures that designers argue are a healthier, more active …

At last! The smart Christmas tree is here to save the holidays and the environment

Let us now discuss one of the more uncomfortable truths about this holiday season.<p>Most of you who celebrate Christmas will soon make your yearly purchase of a Christmas tree. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (which is a real thing!), people in the U.S. buy between 25 million and …

9 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive

New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, shares her best ideas for creating stylish interiors. After years of designing spaces for high-end real estate companies, she's spilling the beans on how you can spruce up your home decor without draining your wal<p>New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, …

HOUSE OF THE DAY: Miami Penthouse With Two Jeff Koons Sculptures Lists For $29.5 Million

The gorgeous top-floor penthouse that is asking for $29.5 million comes with a 1/240th stake in the Koons's, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>The 19,321-square-foot Miami penthouse will also have five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a sauna, an exercise area, two dens, and a massage room.<p>Plus, the …

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Hand cut paper scenes, sculptures and collages, lovely artworks from Helen Musselwhite - Ego - AlterEgo

“Each piece combines the hand cutting, folding and scoring of a wide range of papers and card that are further worked on to create patterned and …

Swiss watchmaker’s squirming makes Jony Ive sound like a prophet

Luxury Swiss watch makers were originally dismissive of Apple Watch, but now that its launch is inching closer, their tone is changing. TAG Heur’s chief squirmed in front of the press today and announced that his brand is working on something that might be totally amazing. They’re just still …