Gary Bender

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Hot Czech: Rod Motorcycles debuts with a cafe’d CB500

Thanks to the interwebs, the custom moto scene is a global village. I’ve never been to Třebíč in the Czech Republic—and I wouldn’t be able to pick it out on a map. But that doesn’t stop me from ogling this delightful Honda CB500 cafe racer.<p>It’s the work of David Zima of Rod Motorcycles. He only …

Motorcycles

10 Seriously Cool High-Tech Camping Gadgets

BioLite Phone-Charging CampStove<p><i>$129, bioliteenergy.com</i><p>Goodbye, propane canisters. This tiny, high-powered backpacking stove burns wood so …

Outdoors

Flipboard on Flipboard

Why Whales Got So Big<p>Ed Yong<p>It’s often said that the ocean releases them from the constraints of life on land. It’s actually the opposite.<p>The first …

20 Not Out: The Made-to-Order BMWs of Diamond Atelier

A year ago, we revealed Diamond Atelier’s new ‘Mark II’ series of BMW café racers. Based on the classic R-series, the Mark II was designed to use parts produced in batches, rather than as one-offs. A ‘production custom,’ if you will.<p>Twelve months on, and the Mark II is thriving. The Munich-based …

Prototypes

In 2018, what is a win? A shift in philosophy has changed MLB forever

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Apr. 2 Dominant 20 Anniversary Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p>The first game of the 2013 baseball season was in …

Hot Rod Alice: A Honda CB750K ten years in the making

Custom builders often cringe at the sight of their first project. But not Craig Marleau of California’s Kick Start Garage. He still has a soft spot for the CB750 he built over ten years ago, and decided to update it for the future.<p>“My first custom bike was that Honda. I built it for myself and …

Hot Rods

GearTrade

GearTrade was founded in 2012 in Okotoks, Alberta by an outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur who saw a need for an outdoor gear marketplace.<p>It was a …

Outdoors

Custom Bikes Of The Week: 18 March, 2018

A sinister Yamaha XJR1300, a smokin’ hot RD350, a Honda CX500 with R6 suspension, and an 80s-style Hayabusa rocketship. It’s all about the grunt this week.<p><b>Yamaha RD350 by Jake Drummond</b> Working from drawings that he’d penned about a year earlier, 24-year-old Jake Drummond wanted a custom that dipped …

Mountain Biking

Above The Curve: A Swedish KZ650 shaped to perfection

When it comes to iconic 1970s middleweights, the Honda CB750 steals all the limelight. But Kawasaki’s KZ650 was also hugely popular—and easily capable of keeping up with contemporary 750s.<p>“Right out of the crate, it will out-perform any 750 in the world,” said Kawasaki’s advertising at the time, …

License Plates

Ray of Sunshine: Daniel Peter’s Yamaha SR500 Scrambler

Scramblers are a hot topic. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.<p>But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.<p>…

Athens

Better than CX: Freeride’s wild Honda CX650 scrambler

We all know the Honda CX500. It’s been the gateway drug for many into the custom scene: a cheap and reliable V-twin, with a gawky frame just begging for a session with the Sawzall.<p>We don’t often see the CX650 though. Introduced in 1983, the CX500’s big brother offered more power, similar economy, …

Motorcycles

No Excess: A supremely elegant XS650 from Portugal

Can you believe the Yamaha XS650 is half a century old this year? The air-cooled parallel twin has always had a strong fan base, and Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon, Portugal love it as much as anyone. Their first build was an XS, and they’ve been smitten ever since.<p>So it’s not surprising that the …

European Travel

Genius At Work: A sharp Honda GL400 from Wedge

It takes true talent to turn a Honda CX500 into something pretty. And Takashi Nihira of Wedge Motorcycle sure is talented: remember his radical reworking of BMW’s little G 310 R?<p>Okay, this latest build from Wedge is <i>not</i> technically a CX. It’s based on a 1981 GL400, a downscaled model sold in the …

Should Royal Enfield Build a Classic 500 Bobber?

With the success of Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber, it’s a wonder more manufacturers aren’t pushing out factory bobbers. But the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is close to the mark, with a timeless, minimal design that’s a little on the utilitarian side.<p>This bob-job from KR Customs is a superb example of …

Autobahn Streak: JSK takes on the BMW R nineT

Judging public opinion is a fickle business. So when a builder hits on a concept that works, it’s tempting to get comfortable and stick to the formula.<p>The first build we featured from California-based JSK Moto was a sweet BMW R nineT-based scrambler. It spread like wildfire, and even landed on BMW …

This CB750 took three years to build—and it’s perfect

As soon as we laid eyes on this Honda CB cafe racer, we knew there was more to it than meets the eye. Mods like the mono-shock rear end and sleek bodywork had us curious—but the story behind the project turned out to be equally remarkable.<p>The Honda belongs to Mirko Messner, who builds under the …

Motorcycles

Redux: Eastern Spirit revisits the Suzuki GS550

If you’ve been reading these pages for a few years now, you might recognize Eastern Spirit Garage from Poland. Every year or so, Sylwester turns out a beautifully constructed custom from often unpromising source material—notably the Honda CX500 or Suzuki’s GS series.<p>He has an eye for a good line; a …

Motorcycles

Scandinavian noir: A blacked-out CB650 from Sweden

Honda probably felt like it was onto a sure-fire winner when it launched the CB650 at the end of the 1970s. The 650 class was the sweet spot for many riders, and Yamaha and Kawasaki had strong contenders in the XS650 and Z 650.<p>Those two bikes are still popular today, in both the classic and custom …

Motorcycles

Revealed: The Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2017

It’s been a cracking year for the custom motorcycle scene, with a delectable array of killer builds from all over the world.<p>There’s also been a huge shift towards the mainstream. The big manufacturers have moved on from simply running custom programs and competitions, and are now selling retro and …

Motorcycles

Honoring The Icon: Ton-up Garage’s Honda CB500 Four

Honda CB Fours have become so popular in the modern custom scene, we’ve almost forgotten what a big deal they were back in the day. Which is a shame; the CB750 is widely considered to be the first UJM and the first ‘superbike,’ and even has a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.<p>This heritage …

KM22: Every great custom Guzzi, distilled into one

If there was ever a blueprint for the ultimate Moto Guzzi cafe racer, this is it. Kaffeemaschine’s latest build has the perfect stance, the perfect tank, and that iconic engine—blacked out, which of course draws even more attention to it.<p>Builder Axel Budde has been tantalizing us with his Le …

Benefits of an electric motorcycle

Electric motorcycles are coming sooner than we think and the benefits could outweigh the drawbacks such as high purchase price, charging time and …

The Best 30-60-90 Day Plan and How to Use It

Apple iOS 11.1 Release Has A Great Secret Feature

Apple iOS 11.1 is here and the headline news is its addition of over 70 new emojis, but this is not the biggest feature. What is by far the most important addition to iOS 11.1 is not mentioned anywhere in the release notes because Apple wants to keep it a secret…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty</i> …

IPhone 8

Icebreaker Acquired, to be Sister Brand of The North Face

The New Zealand brand Icebreaker rose to prominence over two decades designing base layers and merino shirts. Now, it will operate under the VF …

Clothing

Tesla Cuts Model 3 Orders From Core Supplier By 40%

Just days after the Shanghai government was stunned to read in the WSJ that it had granted Tesla permission to open a new gigafactory in its …

Custom Honda CX500 by X-Axis

Follow us on <b>Facebook</b>, <b>Twitter</b>, <b>Instagram</b>, or <b>Subscribe</b> to stay abreast of future builds.<p>British motocross racer Billy MacKenzie has quite the racing …

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

Keanu Reeves and Curtis Duffy Bond Over Exotic Motorcycles and Michelin-Starred Food

“He’s super passionate about motorcycles, and I’m super passionate about motorcycles,” Duffy says of Reeves, his pal.<p>When Keanu Reeves surfaced at …

Motorcycles

Why Canada must not be shut out of the neutron technology it invented

In the 1950s, physicists at Canada’s Chalk River Laboratories, led by Bertram Brockhouse, developed an important new method that revealed the …

Physics