Normally not a lot changes when the new Ducati Monster 1200 drops every year but 2014 is different. This year the iconic Italian bike goes from its old, air-cooled V-twin to the water-cooled Testastretta 11º motor used in the racy S4/S4R and it also gets a larger 17.5-liter fuel tank.
ICON has mastered the art of vintage looks and modern drive. The Thriftmaster was inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up but of course it features all new guts under the sheet metal. A fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, Bison hide seating, navigation, et cetera.
A while ago we showed you the original Nero from Saigon-based bike-builder Bandit9. The new, super-limited-edition Nero MKII is based on the same Chang Jiang 750 and is made almost completely of custom-fabbed parts including a longer, lower frame design that slams it even closer to the street.
The former NASA designer who created the space-age Cricket Trailer now has a new one. The Firefly is an even more compact ultra-lightweight camper pod designed to fit in the back of a pickup, on a travel trailer or it can be heli’d into remote locations. It’s got enough room for all your gear and plenty of space to sleep 2. via
It’s a luxury land yacht with four-wheel drive but since few have ever actually driven a Range Rover off-road, why not extend the wheelbase and make it even more like a limo? Well, that’s what Rover did. This new model adds 140 mm of leg-room in the backseat, making it even more comfortable for the AuPair and the kids.
In the same way that cyclocross diversifies the cycling experience by taking riders off idiot-filled roads & into the dirt, all-terrain motorcycles can do the same. And if more builders start doing conversions like this dirt-slinging 1199 Panigale S from Portland Ducati dealer MotoCorsa, the woods could soon be filled with the sweet music of Italian exhausts. via
Right now, America’s most wanted actually comes from Italy. And this is it: the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The superbike of superbikes. At 200 horsepower, it’s Ducati’s most powerful & boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any production bike ever built. They’re only making 500 & 75% of those are already sold. Move fast.
Celebrating 90 years of BMW motorcycles, Beemer is releasing a birthday bike: the R9T Roadster. It’s an 1170-cc oil-cooled unit pushing 110-horses and comes with a long list of customization options like a Titanium Akropovic exhaust.
More than half of the new Lamborghini’s sold each year end up totaled within 3 months. Just made that up. But not this: Lamborghini’s newest car, the Veneno will soon be the hottest rap video rental vehicle in the luxury lot. It looks like a small, carbon-fiber spacecraft that’s packing a 750-horse v12 powerplant and an open-air cockpit.
Erik Buell is a legend when it comes to American sportbike manufacturing. His latest, the 1190RX is the flagship machine for his independent company EBR. The bike packs a 1,190cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-Twin with a 6-speed tranny. It’s the first new Buell bike to hit the streets in years & it looks like a solid comeback.