With a lot of sportbikes you sacrifice comfort for performance and track-day styling. Not with the 2017 Ducati SuperSport. They took the 937cc Testastretta motor from the Hypermotard 939 & put it into a trellis frame, easing back the riding position for every day comfort. Power was also moved down in the rev range with mellower gearing. It features ABS & traction control, plus an adjustable Marzocchi fork, Brembo brakes & an Akropovic performance exhaust.
When Joker blasted Batman’s Tumbler with an RPG in The Dark Knight, the Batpod auxiliary escape vehicle emerged from the wreckage. Now the actual Batpod used in the movie is going up for auction. Of course the cannons don’t work but everything else does. Built by the film’s special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, it features a completely custom chassis and is powered by a 750-cc Honda motor. Is it road legal? Does that even matter? Available September 27.
Named for 10-time Isle Of Man TT champ Giacomo Agostini, this new track-only bike from Deus is based off an MV Agusta Brutal 800rr and loaded with race-specific custom components including an aluminum fuel tank, tubular subframe, Beringer hand controls, and a custom Öhlins rear shock. Sure looks fun.
The bold Italian styling of the just-unveiled Moto Guzzi MGX-21 sets it clearly apart from retro-inspired cruisers Harley, Indian, & Victory are known for. This new Guzzi bagger is based on the brand’s long-standing 1400 cc California cruiser & features generous use of carbon fiber—fairing, panniers, fenders, even the front wheel. Red cylinder heads and Brembo brakes contrast the matte, all-black paint scheme.
The 80s-era BMW K100 is a fairly unexciting dad-bike built for reliable road cruising. But, now that it’s reached middle age, it’s becoming a popular, affordable custom platform. Italy’s Unit Garage is now offering garage-build kits that convert the K100 into a classic 70s style scrambler, with a high-exit 4-into-1 exhaust, a shortened seat assembly, bobbed fenders, moto bars, Dakar-style graphics and more. via
You can tell the cop it’s “technically a bike” and it is. See the pedals? But with it’s tuned 49-cc (or optional 125-cc motor) this “bike” is gonna get you there quick. The whole thing is overbuilt to handle the speed & support weight of the drivetrain: adjustable forks, 4-piston hydraulic brakes, & 3-inch wide rims. A rear rack is built for carrying cargo & additional fuel to take you up to 300 miles without hitting a gas station.
For 90 years, Ducati has been setting the standard in Italian motorcycle design. To celebrate their 90th, they’ve built a limited edition birthday bike: a 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, featuring the race-tuned 205 HP SuperQuadro 1285cc engine, retro racing graphics, & gold Marchesini rims. Only 500 of these bikes will be made.
Brooklyn-based custom bike builder Stefano Venier turned his hand to Moto Guzzi’s popular modern classic, the V7. His subtle but stunning re-do cleaned up the clunkier bits of this Italian 750. His tweaks included new aluminum bodywork, an elongated tank and seat, as well as a shaved rear fender with a stealth, integrated LED tail light. Fresh rubber & new forks, plus a bit of blacking-out here & there. via
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of a certified classic, BMW Motorrad has created a beautiful homage concept bike that captures the look of the 1936 R5 by blending old-school engineering with modern technology.
A bobbed and cafe’d full-size Harley is unfortunately a pretty rare sight. Especially one as properly proportioned as this FX Super-Glide built by James Roper-Caldbeck. Stripped down, lowered, fitted with a custom mini-fairing, exhaust and tail section, along with a power-boosting Super Stock ignition system, he finished the 80s-inspired build with a sporty black/silver/red paint scheme. via