Pointy helmets and superiority complexes, yes, but humor is not something we normally associate with carbon fiber bikes. That’s why the ironically named Foundry Bikes, who build only with carbon-fiber, is kinda funny. Their custom framesets are about to hit stores and unlike their splashy-graphic, blinged-out competitors, Foundry frames look seriously cool. What’s better than black? Shipping in early 2012.
Texas motorcycle-maker Jason Wonder’s Wonder Bikes are simple, elegant machines; modern classics that pack today’s technology into old school finery. The Bobber’s hardtail frame, sprung girder front end, and stripped down look are powered by the reliability of a new H-D Sportster motor. In other words, it is roadtrip ready.
Aside from maybe spotting a rare Kirtland’s Warbler or an Ash-Throated Flycatcher, what do birdwatchers have to be excited about? Never thought about that before, have you? Well, now there’s Sony’s new digital binoculars that capture 3-D full-HD video and big, bold still images. They also feature built-in GPS for geotagging your rare bird images or whatever you might shoot.
If your Batmobile is an old Lincoln Futura with a body kit, you’re just another number. Those things are a dime a dozen. But a jet-turbine powered Batmobile? There’s only one in existence, so even at $620K, it’s a deal. Just be careful backing it into the Batcave.
No, not the new BMW. This racy little roadster is actually a portable grill from upstart German BBQ maker Brennwagen. With its high performance German engineering and stainless steel body, it looks ready for a few laps at the Nürburgring, but really, it’s built for blazing bratwurst.
The forthcoming Cadillac ELR is proof that sometimes concept cars actually make the cut. In ’09 it was an auto show sensation as the “Converj”: futuristic and full of potential. Now, as the ELR, this American-made extended-range hybrid is slated for production. But details from Caddy are still sketchy, “soon” is the closest they’ve come to announcing when it will actually be on the showroom floor.
You better hope this room is up to your girl’s standards because once your spaceship arrives at the Russian space hotel—opening in 2016—it’s a long trip back. And it could get a bit boring in this little pod, but remember, in the weightlessness of space, you can sleep vertically or horizontally. Surely you can think of some “experiments” to conduct up there.
If you want to roll around town in a Ferrari, you’re obviously not trying to keep a low profile. So why not go all in and get the drop-top? The new 458 Spider is low & compact but Ferrari engineers managed to wedge a fat V8 into this mid-engine coupe and still find the space to store the retractable convertible top. On sunny days, remember to bring that Ferrari ball-cap. Don’t wanna burn.
If the shaky, dark video footage shot from your phone isn’t quite inspiring you, maybe you should get a real camera. This Sony NEX-VG20 is legit. It shoots full HD and even captures 16MP still images. Using interchangeable lenses, it also lets you create the exact look you’re shooting for no matter what you point it at.
Cool fall nights are always right for a backyard fire. But in the morning when you notice your patio deck has a burn in it, you’ll wish you had one of these outdoor firepits from Ak47. With its smooth, architectural design, it fits with any décor and keeps your fire safely contained. When you’re done, just slide the metal cover over the top and forget about it.