This is not the first bike we’ve featured from Beijing’s Bandit9 garage and likely won’t be the last. This low-slung street sweeper is a highly modified Yamaha XVS400. Stretched, lowered, & Batmanned out. Builder Daryl Villanueva calls the minimalist design of the Atlas “brutally simple,” and we have to agree. Anyone who can make a metric 400 look this mean is really onto something.
For those who fear the power and price tag of Ducati’s big, bad 1199 model, you now have another option. The new 899 Panigale looks very similar to its big brother but features a de-tuned version of the 1199 powerplant while retaining its brutish good looks & features like Quick Shift, electronic throttle control & traction control.
Sooner or later you’ll get tired of dressing up like the Sons of Anarchy & riding a hardtail. When that day comes, Harley’s new Project Rushmore bikes will be waiting. Eight of their 2014 cruisers will get the smooth, new high-output fuel-injected 103 engine, linked antilock brakes and LED headlights plus Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, navigation, phone, & intercom for cruising in comfort.
As a true heritage brand, the original Horex company produced motorbikes for 40 years from 1920 to 1960. The brand was revived in 2010 and its latest offering is a clean, upright 6-cylinder, 6-speed sport bike called the VR6 Classic. Kinda looks like Buell and a late-model Triumph Bonneville mash up. But remember, it’s got German engineering on its side.
Indian is back. Their 3 new big V-Twin cruisers offer modern comfort & performance wrapped in the classic Indian styling of yesteryear. Powered by the Thunderstroke 111 cubic- inch motor, the first all-new Indian motor built in 70 years, these bikes appear to have everything needed to put this classic American nameplate back on the map.
We’re in the midst of a custom motorcycle renaissance and that garage-born movement is captured in this new hardcover featuring pioneer builders like Walt Siegl, Wrenchmonkees, Deus ex Machina, Shinya Kimura and more as well as images guaranteed to make you drool. Brought to you by our friend Chris Hunter of Bike EXIF.
Hard to believe but it’s true. This is a Sportster. Yes, a dual-sport Sporty. Master Engineer and bike perv Jim Carducci went to great lengths to build a viable on/offroad bike around the HD powerplant, designing the bike from the ground up using CAD and building the necessary parts by hand. He has now teamed up with San Jose Harley-Davidson to build more of the SC-3 bikes for like-minded riders who will no doubt be frothing for a bike like this. via
Keanu Reeves is the wallet behind upstart Arch Motorcycle Company but it’s L.A. County Choprod’s Gard Hollinger who knows how to build ’em. And from the looks of their Shovelhead-based KRGT-1, the pair’s new venture is off to a great start. Built around a tuned-up HD V-Twin and using a blend of classic American and performance Japanese parts, we’re guessing this bike will do more business than any of the last 7 or 8 movies Keanu was in.
With a nearly 1800 CC V-twin powerplant, this big metric cruiser is low, loud, and produces a ridiculous amount of torque. At the same time, it’s engineered for comfort on those long hauls. Maybe that’s why they call it the B.O.S.S. Actually, the acronym stands for Blacked Out Special Suzuki.
Now we’re talking. Mission Motorcycles’ new R & limited edition RS models may be the breakthrough bikes that finally make you look twice at an electric motorcycle. Not only are they the most advanced electric bikes ever put into production, they’re also made in the USA. At one-tenth the size of a traditional gas motor, the MM InfiniteDrive powertrain will hit 150 MPH. And it does so silently.