A few years back New Zealand-based FX Bikes unveiled the world’s lightest dirt bike, a svelte little motocrosser build with a combo of mountain bike & motorcycle parts. Their newest creation is the FX5, now powered by a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 125cc motor with optional automatic clutch. And gone are the mtb parts, meaning it’s a bit heavier at 130 pounds but still silly light. Specs are hard to come by at the moment, but stay tuned to their website for more information. Available next summer.
Today Ford unveiled the totally re-designed 2015 Mustang. It’s wider, lower, and clearly more streamlined than the outgoing model. Engine options for the new Pony include a standard V6, a premium EcoBoost 4, and the “of course the one everyone wants”: a performance V8.
The motorsport mavens at ICON have created a unique set of aluminum prints featuring what else but ‘iconic’ vehicles. Icon owner Jonathan Ward tapped aluminum expert Neal Feay to develop the printing process for the series which combines screen printing and anodizing.
The result of some sort of teenage-action-sports-fantasy-slash-social-media-experiment, DC Shoes and Toyota created a one-off custom promotional vehicle. This highly modified Tacoma features a snowplow, snowmobile deck, a rooftop tent, and scores of other snow-specific and luxury upgrades to make it the ultimate snowboard truck. If you go to the Dew Tour at Breckenridge, Colorado next month, you can see it there.
You can call Porsche’s new Macan a crossover or a compact SUV. It’s got that look, with 5 doors, 5 seats, & all-wheel-drive. But it’s still a Porsche and that means it’s a sports car at heart, so in addition to the S model, there’s also a 400hp Turbo model.
Having spent no time ever riding a 4-wheeler, it’s hard to know how much of an issue flat tires are for the hardcore quadder. But since Polaris is now offering one with airless tires, we’re assuming it’s an issue. Their new Sportsman WV850 features TerrainArmor tires that cannot pop. In fact, Polaris claims they can survive a hit from a .50-caliber round and still function just fine for 350 miles.
British sports car company Caterham is now producing 2-wheeled vehicles. At the recent International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan they debuted 3 new machines: A fat-tire on/off-road 750 motorbike, and two E-bikes. One is an retro-style cruiser with a 50-mile range & the other is a carbon MTB model inspired by F1 racing designs.
Like a Smart car for the sea, this 23-foot Italian made Micro Yacht gets you and a few friends on the open ocean for a fraction of the cost of those big rigs. The Jet Capsule is also well-equipped: the dining area converts to a bunk plus there are options like a compact kitchen, & even a private bathroom. via
As the lure of their big twin bikes continues to wane, Harley is taking extreme measures to get anyone under 50 on their bikes. Their solution: 2 new smaller displacement bikes, the 500CC and 750CC Street. Both are light, nimble, & very competitively priced plus they feature those classic HD looks. Maybe this will work.
A dune buggy snuck into the hangar and crossbred with an ultralight aircraft. Nine months later the engineers yanked out the SkyRunner. Yup. A flying car. It drives and flies using a 1-liter EcoBoost engine which gets it off the ground quickly, and up to 15,000 foot elevation at 55MPH. Should this motor quit mid-flight, you’ll float gently back to earth with the reserve chute.