This travel duffel bag is made of hand-cracked Italian leather and lined with bright Chinese silk brocade. It’s got classic written all over it but it’s not a vintage reproduction. It’s brand new. It came from the drawing board of designer Marc Marmel, winner of the 2011 Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International, who found his inspiration for the design on a trip to the French Riviera.
Hardcore cyclists are obsessed with weight. Ever notice how bony the pros are? Well, Delta 7 bikes might end their manorexia epidemic. They produce high performance handmade frames in the USA using carbon fiber and a proprietary design called IsoTruss Technology. Instead of making solid tubes, they create a tubular matrix structure that looks more or less like macramé. The result, a road frame that is rigid and durable yet weighs in at only 2.3 pounds. Eat up guys, it’s okay now.
The updated Ferrari California has gotten a complete makeover and will finally drive like a Ferrari is supposed to. Shedding nearly 70 pounds through structural streamlining using aluminum you could call this model the ‘biggest loser in their lineup.’ Its throaty V8 also got a boost and now outputs 490 horses but the most impressive upgrade is the “handling speciale” package featuring stiffer springs, and complex suspension modifications that deliver ridiculous response.
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.