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Icon 1000 x Ural Solo sT

Custom motorcycles have always been part of Icon’s company culture—and they do all the work in-house. But this is the first Icon 1000 bike to be commissioned by a client. The commission came from Ural, and the machine is called the Quartermaster. Based on the Ural Solo sT, it’s a bike designed to …

Russian Military

Motorcycle Jackets

The gear you choose to wear whilst riding says a lot about you. Our squidly counterparts on GSX-Rs will invariably cloak themselves in patently absurd Power Ranger suits bearing countless corporate logos, splashes of fluorescent color not seen since the mid-1980s, and large knee sliders that are …

Dirty Work: Burly Brand's Harley Scrambler

Think of a scrambler motorcycle, and most folks will picture a modern Triumph or a vintage BSA. Not a Harley. But David Zemla, who runs Burly Brand, decided to take a different tack. Could a Sportster be reconfigured for bombing down fire roads? After a lot of trial and error, not to mention a few …

Five of the Best Classic Motorcycle Boots

Not too many months ago, a friend of mine went into a corner carrying far too much speed on his 796 Monster. He hit a square kerb toes-forward, while wearing nothing but a pair of running shoes. It wasn’t pretty. He snapped four of his toes and left them pointing backwards with only his pinky toe …

Full face helmets

If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll know there’s discord between full-face and open-face advocates. Proponents of full-face lids disavow anything that doesn’t provide complete protection, and often quote studies like the 1981 Hurt Report—which suggested that 34% of motorcycle accidents involve an …

Motorcycle Jeans

Wearing standard jeans on a motorcycle often sounds like an excellent idea to new riders: Denim is generally seen as being a hard-wearing fabric that can handle almost anything we throw at it. But most riders don’t realise that coming off a bike at 60mph is the equivalent of holding an 18-foot wide …

Clothing

BMW R100/7 by Cafe Racer Dreams

The BMW R-series has joined the Honda CB750 and Triumph Bonneville in the pantheon of custom motorcycle platforms. With a remarkably distinctive-looking engine and a bulky, high-capacity tank, it’s not a conventionally ‘pretty’ bike. But love it or loathe it, the big BMW sure looks the …

Motorcycles

Textile Motorcycle Jackets

There are many upsides to living in warmer climates. You get the sunshine, the barbecues and 365 days of riding weather each year. But there’s a downside to this toasty hedonism: it’s often too hot to wear full protective gear. Many people ride in a T-shirt and a 3/4 helmet as opposed to an …

Motorcycle Gloves

I’ve often heard it said that when a person comes off a motorcycle, the first part of their body to hit the ground is a knee, followed by the hands. Putting our hands out is a natural defence mechanism we’ve all been using since childhood—but when we fell over as kids, we weren’t flying over hard, …

Kawasaki W650 scrambler

Occasionally a bike comes along that stops me dead in my tracks. It’s usually a motorcycle that’s a little ‘different’: perhaps not 100% perfect, but with charm and style. And with that indefinable quality of begging to be ridden.<p>This Kawasaki W650 is one of those bikes, built by French graphic …

Harley-Davidson WR racer

Racing motorcycles often have perfect proportions; they’re almost like the bikes you’d doodle in the corner of a schoolbook as a child. This 1946 Harley-Davidson is one of those machines, with an immaculate stance, perfectly symmetrical wheels and a beautiful economy of line.<p>It’s a WR model, a rare …

Motorcycle Backpacks

Motorcycles have an almost spiritual allure. When you’re in the saddle hammering down the tarmac, the world and all its worries disappear in the rear vision mirror. But this freedom comes at a price, and one of the largest inconveniences is the lack of a trunk—or boot, if you speak proper English. …

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BMW R80ST by Fuel

Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles is not the most prolific of Spain’s custom workshops, but their creations are always worth keeping an eye out for. This is the latest, based on a 1984 BMW R80ST.<p>Called the Fuel R80 STrial, it’s inspired by ISDT bikes—the Triumphs, BSAs and Pentons of the 1960s that competed …

Motorcycle Armor

The exoskeletons enjoyed by insects and crustaceans have a big advantage over our endoskeletons. In the event of an impact, they distribute force over a greater surface area and reduce the damage sustained in any one location.<p>If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to have strapped over …

Kawasaki KZ750 by Valtoron

Valdetorres del Jarama is a small village in Spain, half an hour from the center of Madrid. It’s also home to a sculptor’s foundry called Valtoron, named after the local river.<p>The foundry is run by two brothers with a passion for traditional metalwork. In their free time Carlos and Pablo live and …

Trackmaster by Atom Bomb

Clay Rathburn is one of those annoying ‘renaissance’ types who seem to be good at whatever they turn their hands to. First was a string of traditional Triumph hardtails—including the irresistible Velvet Underground. Then we had the RVA Overland vintage dirt bike, and a Harley Sportster 1200 that …

Vintage style motorcycle: the Black Douglas

Take the A51 <i>autostrada</i> out of Milan, and half an hour later you’ll arrive in the small town of Brugarolo. It’s home to one of Italy’s more unusual bike manufacturers, the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company.<p>Black Douglas makes vintage-style motorcycles with a distinctly English appearance, like the …

Stained Glass Miniplanet

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

World's Coolest Hotel Bathtubs (PHOTOS)

At the Mio Buenos Aires hotel, the bathtubs are works of art: Argentine Mario Dasso personally selects only the most beautiful pieces of calden wood (naturally felled by fire) and carves them into luxurious, oversize soaking tubs.<p>The coolest bathtubs give guests a sense of their own private in-room …

Diamond Stars

Justice Families

June 2013

Yarn Bombing Helsinki (j) Granny Square Afghans on the steps outside Helsinki Cathedral, Finland. via Vintage Culture Melbourne

The Best New Architecture

Design’s Big Night<p>From ‘snow architecture’ in Austria to a Chinese theater that resembles a butterfly, see recipients of the 2013 Architizer A+ …

See Celebrities Reimagined As Renaissance Masterpieces

Sometimes, when the light hits their chiseled features just the right way, it’s easy to see how certain celebrities could transcend traditional placement in tabloid magazines and might have inspired a timeless masterpiece hanging in a museum (sometimes less so).<p>Worth1000.com is an image …

Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

It’s not often we get to show a custom that has been built with practicality in mind. But this Honda CL400 has been tweaked for London streets, offering easy commuting with a strong dash of style. The man behind the project is Will Starritt of the motorcycle gear shop Urban Rider: “We wanted to …