Those off-duty dads with their expensive, bagged-up Big Twins love to look down on the lowly Sportster. But the reality is, the nimbler, smaller-displacement Sportster is the true cyclist’s bike from H-D. Australia’s Deus Ex Machina makes mean ones. And though this one (like all their bikes) is a one-off custom, they’ll make you exactly what you want. Sportster or otherwise. Just tell them what you’re dreaming of and be ready to lay down your dough. Source
The worst thing about a big ol’ boombox is how fast they chew through batteries. Plus – where those batteries eventually end up. The Rukus Solar is a Bluetooth sound system with a built-in solar panel. Could there be any boombox better for the beach? Or the landfill? Available April 2012.
Maybe you’ve wondered why rappers refer to the police as Five-O. Well, it’s a reference to the classic TV cop series Hawaii Five-O. If you want to learn more about this influential series, or just see classic footage of Honolulu in the 70s, scoop up the complete series and post-up on the couch for the long haul. The show ran for 12 years, so there are a whopping 72 discs in the set.
The Sidebar is a handsome, handmade piece of modern furniture that also happens to be a bar. Designed for Urbancase by Darin Montgomery and Trey Jones, it features a drop-front door and plenty of storage space for your best bottles. Made of walnut.
This lightweight aluminum garden cart from Garrett Wade lets you push up to 330-lbs. of cargo around and dump your load anywhere you want. It is also fully collapsible so when you’re done with the job you can flatten it down for easy, space-saving storage.
Most of these mid-size SUVs are little more than a safety capsule for soccer moms and not only do they rarely see life off-road, most aren’t even built for it. Not so for Audi’s latest variant of the Q3, called the Vail. It’s got flared wheel arches to spit snow out and flying gravel. Factory roof rails accommodate your ski and board racks while in the cockpit, a plugged-in thermos bottle keeps your morning Joe warm on the way to the hill. There’s also a charging station in the trunk for electronics and safety. C’mon, steer it into the snowbank, you know you want to.
Whether you want to boggle would-be burglars or just save money on your home energy bill, Belkin’s WeMo home automation system has you covered. It lets you control electrical outlets in your home from your smart phone. Turn lights on and off or power down electronics after you’ve left. It even has a motion sensing mode, so even if you forget to turn stuff off via your phone, it’s still working to save you money.
These days it takes a pretty awesome camera for most of us to put down our phones and shoot with something purpose-built for photos. Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X point & shoot is the one. It is compact and powerful, boasting a highly light-sensitive 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor plus all the user-friendly features that have made the PowerShot series so successful.
You can all go suffer for 158 minutes watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but those of us with a clue will be posted up on the sofa watching this new Transformers Blu-ray DVD box set. All three Transformers films are included plus Transformers 3 comes in a Blu-ray 3D version. Available 1/31/12.
Apple’s Airplay is hands down the easiest and best way to stream music wirelessly through your home or workplace. This new digital amp enables your existing speakers to bump your iTunes favorites without a confusing configuration or the need for new speakers.