Back when frontier Americans were still cowboying it up, Italians were fighting for their independence. In 1861, Italy was unified. Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter brand, is marking 150 years of unification with the release of a new, commemorative scoot. Featuring a red-green-white color scheme, this 4-speed, 150-cc model is a proven performer with over 3 million having rolled off Vespa’s Pontadera production line.
If you geek out on custom bike blogs, you’ve probably noticed BMW’s R series has practically taken over Honda CB’s top spot as the #1 choice for a restoration bike. Maybe it’s the vintage look, big engine cases, horizontal cylinders and the chunky tanks. Maybe it’s the durability of German engineering. Whatever the reason, few builders are making R bikes as sweet as the ones coming out of the garage at London’s Untitled Motorcycles. Their look is all about simplicity in form & function. (Source)
If you’re not instantly in love, wait a sec, it’ll grow on you. And if you’re lucky enough to throw a leg over the 2011 Ducati Diavel, you’re in for a hell of a ride. Ducati has wedged their mean Testasretta 11º motor into this groundbreaking new model. With over 160-horsepower and 450 ft./lbs. of torque, you understand why they decided on the massive 240 rear end. Even with all that engine, there was somehow still room to pack in heaps of fresh technology: hands-free ignition, traction control, ABS & Ducati Ride Modes for perfect performance anywhere you roll.
In the mythology of men’s dream trips, few adventures match the mystery and freedom of a motorcycle journey through scenic byways of a foreign land. Indulge yourself for a moment: imagine ripping a 1000-cc Ducati Monster down a winding road on France’s Cote d’Azur. Columbus International specializes in Ducati bike tours in southern France. Let them help you check one off your bucket list.
The masters at Mansory build-up high-end custom cars like Bentleys, Ferraris & Aston Martins with performance upgrades, aerodynamics packages and the deepest dish wheels money can buy. Now these guys have turned their collective perversions to designing a motorcycle, and the results are well, ridiculous. Literally wrapped in carbon fiber, the bike’s frame, fork, wheels & airbox were all handmade at Mansory’s factory in Brand, Germany. The powerplant though, it’s American: a 124-C.I. V-Twin from S&S Cycles, made right here in Viola, Wisconsin.
With its decidedly retro styling, the new Royal Enfield Classic Chrome looks less like a 2011 and more like a 1941. And that’s just fine for those who want a motorcycle that actually looks like, well, a motorcycle. This new model, a chromed-up variation on their C5 is a simple, solid, 500-CC twin—a truly classic design. Hell, this bike even has a kickstarter!
Norton Motorcycles are among the most revered and collectible in the world. In the 60s & 70s, Norton bikes took big racing trophies and pushed the progression of motorcycle design and performance to the next level. The 70s-era Commando was called the last of the great British twins, but now the legendary bike is back. Soon to be released in America, this updated classic version is a 961-cc street machine that roars. The thing is, they’re only producing 200 of them. And, they’re going fast.
Ever wonder what you could do with some spare time and a toolbox? Here’s just one little example from John Ryland, an ad guy by day and wrench-spinner by night. He took a crusty 1978 Yamaha XS 750 triple and stripped it down to the essentials. It is now the burly street fighter/café machine you see before you. And if you’ve never heard or ridden a Yamaha Triple, understand that this thing screams like a wild beast.
Great ideas have kept Harley going strong for over a hundred years. Their newest one is killer: Build-Your-Own Bike. Choose from a tasty menu of custom parts and design your own factory custom 1200 Sportster on HD’s website. Your custom bike will then be delivered with your exact specs to the local dealer. Wheels, paint, trim & more, just how you want it, before you pick it up. Genius.
Customizing your bike, whether you’re stripping it down or tricking it out, cuts into your time spent on the road. Victory’s new High Ball, a custom, bare bones bobber, comes straight-off the showroom floor looking mean. The All-American 106 Freedom motor is all bells, whistles and technical performance, but the styling on this bad boy is rugged and rough. If you want a burly, old school bike, you won’t have to modify this one. Just get on it & go.