In an effort to shake up its classic line of American-made cruisers, Harley-Davidson has unfortunately made some downright ugly factory customs in the past few years. The new Softtail Slim however is a stunning bike. It sports the 103 C.I. big twin motor and the classic soft-tail that looks like a hardtail rear end and has been stripped of all the BS that turned dentists and lawyers into wild hogs. No chrome, no cases, no plastic, just a barebones, badass Softtail bobber that won’t get you mistaken for an off-duty exec just yet.
By their very name British bike builders Spirit Of The Seventies is making their aim pretty damn clear. Their latest custom is a versatile and highly modified Triumph twin based on the 2005 Scrambler. Major frame and performance mods make the S6 one mean machine whether you’re ripping around on backroads or trying to drive it up over a stonewall.
If outdoor weekend adventures are your lifeblood the GO camper will get it pumping. At only 840 pounds, it’s a super lightweight mobile trailer that will carry all your cargo from kayaks to bikes to boards and more, plus it converts into a pop-up, soft-sided camper with sleeping space for four.
The forthcoming Aston Martin landshark, which will hit the Geneva Auto Show next month, is a 6-liter V12 coupe called the Zagato. It’s a totally hand-built, premium-quality masterpiece that packs 510 horsepower and copius slabs of carbon fiber in the body. With cars like this on the road, Italy might be able to solve its debt crisis with speeding ticket fines.
Bell & Ross watches all resemble classic aviation instruments in some way. With their rugged cases and straightforward, high visibility dials, they look like equipment made for war. And for something you wear on your wrist 365-days a year, that’s a good thing. The 03-90 Power Reserve is a mechanical automatic model featuring all the understated brute charm and premium-quality materials the brand is famous for.
Unless you’re a top gun fashion photographer or out on assignment for NatGeo, Nikon’s new D800 is plenty of camera and costs much less than their flagship D4 model. The D800 however packs most of the firepower of its big brother. The 36-megapixel file size will surely surpass most people’s needs, as will all the other high-tech, low-light functionality but if you’re serious about photography and want a pro-level body, the D800, due out in late March, is most definitely the real deal.
For those who want to ride upright rather than the standard butts-up crotch-rocket position, the choices are pretty random. Something 30-years old or British or both (gasp). So, it’s a cool development that Honda has now created the NC700, a crossover bike rigged with modern technology like an LCD dash plus optional ABS and an automatic tranny. 60+ MPG is pretty nice, too.
The majority of electric motorcycles look pretty much like a two-wheeled Prius. In contrast, American-made Brutus Motorcycle look like they’ve actually got some balls. With Sport-Cruiser styling, a 100-mile minimum range and 3-hour charge time, they’re taking this whole category a solid step forward.
Jeep is putting their Grand Cherokee Laredo X into production. It’s a factory-murdered big boy with standard 20-inch wheels and features tonal trim in either gloss black or obnoxious Deep Cherry Red. The “X” is not its actual moniker, this new SUV needs a name and Jeep is running an online contest letting Joe Public come up with the name. What would you call it?
The visible inner workings of these revolutionary timepieces from HYT Watches look like they’ve got internal combustion engines inside, complete with a radiator full of glowing green antifreeze. But really it’s a hydro-mechanical system that uses liquid for power. Maybe it’s just another gimmick to create brand buzz for the big Baselworld watch show, but hey, these watches look great and the engineering is nothing short of awesome.