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.
Every day some random brand releases a new wireless speaker but when Bang & Olufsen does the unveil, they always bring something new. All three of their new Beolab speakers—the smaller, full-range 17; the 18, an update to the iconic Beolab 8000; & the 19, a dual-driver sub—feature better-than-CD quality sound: B&O’s higher resolution 24-bit as opposed to standard 16-bit sound.
DJI’s Phantom Quadcopter quickly became the go-to heli drone for aerial filming with GoPro cameras. The new, improved Phantom 2 offers better battery life, a camera stabilizing platform plus a HD video camera that let’s you see the action from your mobile device.
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
With 120-square feet of floor space plus screened windows & doors and a full-height ceiling, this tent is more like a Cordura cabin. It’s built to sleep 8 but will be perfect for just the two of you.
The father and son team who developed the Voyage-Air foldable neck guitar have now teamed up with the iconic Fender guitar brand to produce their classic Dreadnought acoustic with their travel-friendly design & it fits perfectly into their carry-on approved backpack.
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
Instead of just being a consumer, this build-your-own boat kit will also make you into a “maker.” In a mere 100-hours of your free time you can build this wooden rowboat from the ground up. The DIY kit from Balmain Boats includes everything you need except the initiative.
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.