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BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

The R1200S saw the debut of BMW’s most powerful-ever boxer motor, with over 120 horsepower going to the back wheel. It was that rare breed, a sportbike with a shaft drive, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm.<p>Not what you might consider to be ideal custom material: I think this …

Motorcycles

Cagiva Ala Azzurra by Venier

There’s always a certain style, a certain <i>luxe</i> look to Stefano Venier’s builds. He’s best known for his immaculately finished Moto Guzzis, but his latest machine is a less recognizable beast.<p>Although the engine is stamped with the Ducati logo, the bike is a mid-80s Cagiva Ala Azzurra 350. Cagiva was …

Motorcycles

Rough Crafts 'Stealth Bullet' Sportster

The rise of Winston Yeh and Rough Crafts in the custom world is nothing short of meteoric. Any remaining doubts that he’s one of the world’s top Harley builders were erased when he took home a trophy at the last AMD World Championship at first attempt.<p>This is Stealth Bullet, the 2008-model …

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

Harley Softail Slim by Rough Crafts

The Harley Softail Slim has two points in its favor: it’s a simple bobber-style bike with a vintage vibe, and it has a super-low seat height of less than 24 inches. It’s basically a Fat Boy with the fat trimmed off, and there’s ample grunt from a 103ci (1688cc) Big Twin motor.<p>This makes it the …

Retro

hard graft Snap Wallet

“Rough elegance” is how hard graft chooses to characterize its latest release – the Snap Wallet.<p>“Rough elegance” is how hard graft chooses to characterize its latest release – the Snap Wallet. This item is handcrafted by Italian artisans from a premium vegetable-tanned Italian leather with open raw …

Best Made Co. Japanese "Higo" Knife

Utilitarian lifestyle label Best Made looks to heritage hardware manufacturing in the Japanese<p>Utilitarian lifestyle label Best Made looks to heritage hardware manufacturing in the Japanese “Higo” Knife. A unique model which debuted in 1894 by Japanese blacksmith Sadaharu Murakami, the Higonokami …

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Exercise 1 Side Leg Raise<p>Lie on your left side, rest your head on your left arm, and place your right hand on the floor in front of your chest. Your legs should be straight with your right leg on top of your left leg. Without moving any other part of your body, slowly raise your right leg as high …

Bimota DB3 by Analog Motorcycles

Amidst the beauty parade of BMWs, Hondas and Triumphs, it’s good to see a more obscure marque getting a custom makeover. And before you recoil in horror at the thought of a Bimota going under the knife, rest assured that the donor bike was probably the ugliest machine to come out of Bimota’s Rimini …

Motorcycles
Motorcycles

Brough Superior: the 'new' SS100

So here is the new Brough Superior — the first all-new bike from the famous marque in seven decades. The rights to the brand name are now owned by the Austrian-based businessman Mark Upham, who’s been teasing us for the past three years with beautiful recreations of George Brough’s 1920s …

Emerging Technology

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo for Gran Turismo 6

Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its latest supercar, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, but there’s a<p>Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its latest supercar, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, but there’s a catch. The supercar you see here was designed exclusively for <i>Gran Turismo 6</i>, meaning that no road-going …

2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 First Drive

Putting the G in Unglaublich: Ridiculous toys don't get more fun than this<p>The most flabbergasting aspect of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 isn’t that it exists, but that it’s a production vehicle. As in, you can buy one. AMG has already built nearly 60 units so far this year. I just spent a …

Time I

Officine RossoPuro 'Eroica'

Most of the leading custom builders work on commission—they get a brief from a client, a direction is agreed upon, and a motorcycle starts to take shape. Compromise is inevitable, whether it’s around budget or aesthetic direction.<p>But every now and then, as you can imagine, it’s good to get free …