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 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.
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.
Sports car fanatics have been waiting for the return of the fabled Acura NSX, aka the “Japanese Ferrari.” Well, it’s coming back. We’re not sure exactly when but sometime in the next two or three years. The concept car features the same high-revving rear-mounted six but this one is also backed up by 3 electric motors which control torque in its unique AWD system. We don’t know how many ponies this new NSX will push but a hybrid with lines like these is sure to be a hit.
Hot off the presses, Fujifilm just launched their X-Pro 1. It’s a small yet versatile rangefinder-style camera that’s equipped for interchangeable lenses and has a huge 16-megapixel sensor. There are currently three lenses available: an 18mm, a 35mm, and a 60mm. It’s also got a hotshoe flash mount. This little unit truly is a photographer’s camera but still easy enough to use, even for us amateurs.
Swiss watchmaker IWC is introducing a new military-style chronograph with San Diego roots. Named for the Miramar air base and the Tom Cruise flick filmed right up the road from werd.com headquarters, this watch is as tough as our local leathernecks. Its ceramic case, titanium case back, and a whopping 168-hour power reserve make it battle proof.
Since winter doesn’t seem to be coming this year, you should be thinking about that new mower you’re going to need come Spring. The forthcoming CTX from Craftsman is a solid choice. It cuts grass like a mofo and comes equipped with automatic traction control, electronic fuel management, cruise control and a dash-mounted beer holder. What else do you really need to know?
You can’t get much more weatherproof than concrete and steel, and that’s what this ping-pong/dining table is made of. It’s got regulation ping-pong dimensions and is built tough for a lifetime of backyard and table tennis action.
In dark, greasy garages around the world a small but loyal cult has grown up around a lowly, out-moded Chinese motorcycle called the Chang Jiang 750. And Beijing-based wrench-spinners Bandit 9 are now doing some sweet, bare bones CJ 750s. The Magnus has key upgrades to braking and suspension plus a custom tank and other hand-fabbed bits. Do you need one? Just e-mail the dudes. Source
We’re sorry for ruining your holiday gift giving experience. We didn’t mean to. It’s just that we didn’t discover these next-level, brain-melting slot car tracks from Slot Mods until today. Encased in the classic full-scale body of the RCR 917 driven to victory at the 1971 12 Hours of Sebring, the press of a button reveals a 1/32 scale slot car track hidden inside.