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Google announces $100k Project Ara challenge

Project Ara may still be nothing more than a work in progress, but it’s marching ever closer towards the realm of reality thanks to Google’s efforts to aggressively push forward with the project.<p>Google is doing everything in its power to get Project Ara into the hands of consumers by early next …

Android News

Android and Me podcast 020: what’s an Ara?

This week’s episode dives into new details of Project Ara’s modular phone, the sale of Google Glass to the public, a quick hands-on review of the …

Project Ara is coming in January 2015, at least in limited form

As we speak, the Project Ara developer conference is going on at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.<p>While most of the information being discussed by Google has already been revealed by way of the modular developer’s kit, the first day of the developer conference has brought us …

Android News

Sony Xperia Z2 unboxing and first impressions

Since the original Xperia Z, Sony has been really stepping up its game in the high-end smartphone market with some great devices released last year, including the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z1 Compact. Boasting the same fantastic build quality and similar design elements, along with some key hardware …

Phones

Project ARA demo offers up new details on the modular smartphone

The tech savvy of you out there are probably pretty interested in Project Ara, I know I am. Fortunately the developers are very forthcoming with details about how the project works and what their future plans are, and now we can take a closer look than ever at some of Project Ara’s finer details.<p>A …

Mobile Technology

Yamaha XJR400 by Ellaspede

Let’s say you’re a relatively new convert to motorcycling. And you want a custom bike, something a little smaller and cheaper than an 883 Sportster, Triumph Bonneville or Moto Guzzi V7.<p>The obvious option is the Yamaha SR400. Or maybe one of the more compact vintage Honda CBs. But Australian builder …

Motorcycles

Yamaha XV750 by ER Motorcycles

If there’s one name you need to keep an eye on in 2014, it’s ER Motorcycles (short for ‘Espresso Racer’). Founded in 2009 by Blaž Šuštaršič, the Slovenian workshop has steadily been producing noteworthy customs—such as their BMW R80 ‘Mobster,’ which featured in our Top 5 BMW R-series list.<p>This …

Motorcycles

Husqvarna Nuda custom

I was pretty excited when the Husqvarna Nuda 900R was released in 2012—and equally disappointed when it was discontinued, following Pierer Industrie AG’s acquisition of the Italian marque a year ago. The supermoto-esque naked featured a punched out, 898cc version of the Rotax twin-cylinder mill …

Motorcycles

Drag Bike: DP Customs' 154 hp Turbo Destroyer

DP Customs are famous for their clean, motorsport-influenced Ironhead customs. They’ve now taken the racing concept to the extreme, with a 154 hp street-legal drag bike.<p>“The idea for the Turbo Destroyer came up when we were delivering a build to a race car driver in Denver, Colorado,” says Jarrod …

Mountain Biking

Ducati 999S by Venier Customs

This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too. It’s a Ducati 999S ‘Testastretta’ converted from race to road use by Stefano Venier, a New York-based builder with an immaculate eye for understated aesthetics.<p>Venier is best known for his …

Motorcycles

ICON 1000 Triumph Speedmaster

ICON Motosports is back with a killer new custom. It’s the company’s third hookup with Triumph, who delivered a 2013-model Speedmaster for baptism by Sawzall at Icon’s Portland headquarters.<p>In the 1960s, Triumph 650 twins ruled the drag strips and the ICON 1000 Speedmaster is a nod to this …

Motorcycles

Kawasaki KZ750 by Chad Hodge

The name Chad Hodge should sound familiar. He designed the sensational Bullitt helmet concept a few years ago—a retro, full-face design that’s since been picked up by Bell and is about to go on sale. Originally from Louisville, Chad works as industrial designer out of his shop in Brooklyn. This …

Motorcycles

Suzuki Katana by Motohangar

When we heard that Motohangar had ripped the bodywork off a Suzuki Katana, we were dismayed. After all, the Katana is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made.<p>But then we found out that Patrick Jones and crew were revitalizing a <i>2006</i> Suzuki Katana, not one of the 1980s originals. A little …

Motorcycles

BMW R100 by Untitled Motorcycles

The BMW airhead revival continues apace. This stripped-back R100 RT comes from London’s Untitled Motorcycles and it just oozes vintage charm.<p>It’s a classic barn find story. The BMW had been rotting away in a garage for years before Christian Smith saw it, bought it, and trailered it over to …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Honda CX500s

Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and <i>güllepumpe</i> (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure) when the Standard …

Industrial Designer

From Good To Great: The Wrenchmonkees Laverda 750

If there’s one company that symbolizes the style of the new wave custom scene, it’s the Wrenchmonkees. Their motorcycles are raw, simple and pure—the legendary Danish design aesthetic applied to two wheels, and roughed up a little.<p>An early ’70s Laverda 750 given the Wrenchmonkees treatment sounds …

Stainless Steel

New and noted: motorcycle gear

It’s time for one of our irregular round-ups of cool new moto gear, and this time we’ve got stuff to sniff as well as stuff to wear. Plus a revolutionary new iPad app that could sharpen your eyesight and make you a better (and safer) rider. Grab a coffee and put your credit card somewhere safe …

iPad Apps

Three ways to customize the Kawasaki W800, Italian style

We’ve waxed lyrical about Kawasaki’s W800 before, and how great it is as a custom platform. It’s simple, reliable and looks good straight off the showroom floor, with a gorgeous engine. For these reasons, Italian shop Di Ferro Motorcycles have selected it for their latest project—spinning it three …

Motorcycles

Top 5 Honda CB750s

The original Honda CB750 Four is one of the most sought-after bikes to customize. And it’s not hard to see why: classic 1970s style, peerless performance for its era, and that legendary Honda engineering.<p>It also means it’s getting harder to find a good, serviceable SOHC CB750 for reasonable money. …

Le Mans

Custom Triumph Scrambler

Francesc Galindo has a job most of us would kill for: he’s a MotoGP mechanic who flies around the world wrenching on bikes for the Pramac Racing Ducati team.<p>In his spare time, he likes to work on customs. He runs Fgmotoworks, a small workshop in Barcelona, and builds road and race bikes—with a …

Motorcycles

The new 2014 BMW R90S

There’s no denying that BMW’s classic R-series models are enjoying the limelight at the moment. While they’re a popular choice as donors for custom projects, many are also left in original condition or restored to period-correct perfection.<p>Thankfully for Airhead owners, BMW Group Classic has a …

Motorcycles

The ICON 1000 Iron Lung is a righteous bike

The worlds's baddest Harley-Davidson Sportster.<p>Motorcycles aren't for the faint of heart, and ICON Apparel wants you to know that. They're the bucking broncos of the motorized world. One slip of the mind, one poorly judged turn, or one clueless act from a fellow driver could send you careening into …

Yamaha announce MT-09 availability

<b>YAMAHA'S</b> new MT-09 will be in UK dealerships at the end of September.<p>The all new 847cc triple-cylinder bike boasts 115bhp and a 188kg wet weight. …

The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 Breakdown and Review

01<p>of 04<p>2015 Yamaha FZ-07 Review: When the Twin Trumps the Triple<p>Since the press launch of the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 was my first official media event, I …

Yamaha XVS1300 Custom

<b>YAMAHA’S VXS1300</b> Custom is, according to the official blurb, a ‘new’ model. But if you’re thinking it looks familiar that might be because in this …

Wherefore art thou, Yamaha 250?

<b>ONE</b> bike conspicuously missing from the torrent of new models at the EICMA show in Milan last week was the long-awaited Yamaha 250cc sports bike. So …

The Only 5 Motorcycles You'll Need: the Yamaha Electric Ecosystem

Yamaha announced a number of new “concept” electric motorcycles at this year’s EICMA show- but what’s decidedly more important is this: Yamaha has …

Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

The BMW R-series has a rich heritage spanning 90 years—all the way back to the launch of BMW’s first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923. Since then the air-cooled, horizontally opposed flat-twin (or ‘boxer’) engine has continually evolved, and its reliability and availability make it a great platform for …

Motorcycles