If you dream of taking an epic mission by motorcycle, the roadtrip experts at Harley-Davidson’s Authorized Tours can steer you in the right direction. They offer fully-supported global tours: Europe, Africa, Route 66, Australia and beyond. Now you know.
Custom bike culture is big in Australia and Destino Custom Garage is one of the country’s best builders. They take stock, boring metric cruisers and turn them into works of rideable art like what you see here. One of only four made (and sold by invitation only) the Samurai is built off an unnamed 1100-cc powerplant and absolutely dripping with custom fabbed parts. Source
In addition to the safety of a full head-to-toe leather motorcycling suit, the officially-licensed Stormtrooper and Shadowtrooper suits from Hollywood replica-masters Universal Design, will also serve as a prize-winning Halloween costume for the rest of your life.
The Russian Ural is a long-standing cult classic. This heritage bike brand continues to turn out new versions of their M-70, a WW2-era sidecar model, which was a knock-off of the German BMW R71. This 2011 model blends classic styling with some modern upgrades that make it a legit daily driver. Source
Did you ever think you’d fall in love with a naked streetfighter? Well, that could possibility now be realized. The 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 is the latest release from Italy’s most direct Triumph triple rival. The small yet power-packed 3-cylinder 675 motor gives this bike better handling than its British counterpart, the Street Triple R and it’s also a bit cheaper.
The 2012 Ducati 1199 Piangale isn’t really a recreational machine. It’s more of an off-the-lot racer. This new model packs 20 more horses and weighs 20 pounds less than the current 1198 model. The combination of a 360lb. curb weight and 195 horsepower translates to speed that will peel your face off. Surprisingly, the anti-lock braking system is optional. Hold on tight.
Motorcyclists are rightfully skeptical of the electrics. Most are underpowered, have limited range, and above all, they look weird. But that’s all changing. Case in point, The Volta BCN, which will hit the showroom in 2012. It’s got lots of torque, 70km range and actually looks like a motorcycle. Sweet!
You know a bike design is solid when it lasts for 40 years. 2012 marks the 40th and final year of production for the iconic Moto Guzzi California. This commemorative 1100-cc model features OG California orange & Diamante white paint and a logo using one of Guzzi’s 1930’s fonts. Collectible? Yes.
This is the second bike we’ve featured from Japanese masters, Zero Engineering. They’ve been around for a decade building incredible low-production number customs. Their muscular, no nonsense retro designs spawned a whole wave of imitators, all trying to get that “Zero” look. Well, this is the real deal, the new one. It’s called the Type 9 and the 96” S&S motor makes it fly.
The Ducati Diavel is a stand-alone masterpiece from Italy’s most progressive moto maker. Ducati certainly doesn’t need to team up with Mercedes-Benz customizers AMG to make this bike better but they did. AMG’s upgraded wheels, Alcantara exhaust and a few other cosmetics complete the package making an already silly-sick bike even gnarlier.