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Pando Moto Unisex Bomber Jacket

06.06.2020

Bomber jackets are well and truly back in fashion. Originally designed for, you guessed it, fighter pilots the style has seen a huge resurgence in recent years. If you want to add the look of a Bomber to your riding gear we’d strongly suggest considering a purpose-built motorcycle jacket like this 2020 Pando Moto Unisex motorcycle Bomber jacket.

La 23 – Bolt Motor Co. Yamaha RD 350 YPVS

05.06.2020

Adrián Campos and the crew at Spain’s Bolt Motor Co. are back again with yet another impressive build. This time Bolt has tackled a two-stroke donor in the form of a 1989 Yamaha RD 350 YPVS F2. The Yamaha RD 350 series is legendary amongst those who were in their teens during the late seventies and eighties. The lightweight road racers were revered for their ability to give litre bikes a run for their money. In 1983 Yamaha introduced the RD 350 YPVS (Yamaha Power Valve System). It was a revolutionary two-stroke engine development that utilised a variable valve to control exhaust timing and increase power. Unfortunately, just as things were getting really exciting, the era of road-going two-strokes came to an end thanks to strict noise and emission laws.

ANX Prototypes Honda VF500C

04.06.2020

For Nick Xiromeritis working as an automotive designer has had its benefits. Born in Detroit Michigan Nick has been lucky enough to have had a career that has taken him around the world. Working for companies like Mazda and Renault he’s lived in Japan, Paris and currently resides in Cologne, Germany. Along with the travel benefits, he’s also met some very talented designers like Jens vom Brauck of JvB Moto who he now shares a workspace with. The pair tinker on motorcycles alongside one another and Nick benefits from access to Jens JvB parts catalogue and his extensive knowledge of bikes. One of Nick’s long-running projects is this heavily modified Honda VF500C and today he’s sharing the story of how this bike came together…

The Arai Rapide / Concept X Helmet

01.06.2020

Japanese helmet manufacturer Arai has a history dating back to the turn of the century. Their story began with manufacturing caps, before moving to military headwear and finally motorcycle helmets in the early 1950s. Anyone who has owned an Arai knows the brand represents premium quality and class-leading safety. To this day each Arai helmet is handmade and is built to meet or exceed stringent Japanese Snell safety standards. For the last few decades, Arai’s focus has been on helmets designed for the sports bike segment, but recently, like many other manufacturers, they’ve expanded their range to include retro styles. The latest addition to their retro motorcycle helmet offering is the 2020 Arai Rapide otherwise known as the Concept-X.

Moto Motivo Calabrone Ducati ST4S

30.05.2020

After immigrating to the US with his family 12 years ago, Johann Keyser turned his passion into a career. The South African ex-pat has ridden motorcycles for the majority of his life, including a stint in professional foot up trials. As a sponsored rider for Italian Endurance bike manufacturer Fanatic Motors, Johann learned a thing or two about the benefits of adding lightness to a bike. He now applies this principle to his Moto Motivo builds along with an educated selection of performance upgrades. His latest build dubbed ‘Calabrone’ demonstrates this approach by transforming a hefty Ducati ST4S Sport Tourer into this lean, mean Italian cafe racer.

Nova Motorcycles Triumph Thruxton 900

27.05.2020

Prior to Hinckley releasing their acclaimed water-cooled Bonnevilles they’d had a great run with their air-cooled predecessors. Despite not offering the same refined level of performance as the newer models they amassed a huge global following during their time in the spotlight. Despite their popularity, the most disappointing of the air-cooled Bonnies was the Triumph Thruxton 900. Unlike its performance-focused successor, the 1200cc Thruxton R, the Thruxton 900 was little more than a styling exercise. That doesn’t paint a great picture for those older Thruxtons, but rest assured there’s still plenty to be gained from customising one. To show us how it’s done, the team at Nova Motorcycles have just unveiled this air-cooled Thruxton cafe racer that boasts a balanced mix of awesome styling and calculated performance upgrades.

Gasolina Classic Boots Review

26.05.2020

As a kid, the image of the highway patrolman will always be linked to my first memories of motorcycle riding. From 70s TV classics like CHiPs to the imposing figure of Terminator 2’s T1000, the one common feature that lent to their look of badassery was their tall riding boots. These were not like the plastic-clad race/ski boots of today. These were cleanly designed all leather, tall (very tall) boots. And most importantly were proudly worn over the pants. Sadly, you don’t see them around too much anymore. Then came my discovery of the Gasolina Classic Boots.

Iron Horse GSXR750 – Bandisca Motorcycles Suzuki SV650

25.05.2020

Suzuki’s SV650 offers riders a cheap entry point into the mid-sized sportbike category. That doesn’t make the twin-cylinder UJM sound all that exciting, and to be honest, it isn’t. That comment is probably going to get me in a bit of strife with SV650 fans, but it’s the truth – deal with it. Despite being one of the highest spec bikes in its class back in ’99, a standard SV650 lacks the grunt to compete with 4 cylinder motorcycles in its class. Unfortunately, the SV’s styling is also showing its age. Older models feature uninspiring nineties naked bike aesthetics and the latest model looks like an early edition Ducati Monster. So what does the Suzuki SV650 have going for it? Stellar handling characteristics, a bulletproof engine and huge potential for customisation.

Omega Racer Cafe’d Triumph Bonneville

21.05.2020

As efficient as automation is has been responsible for the death of many age-old skills. In the world of aftermarket motorcycle parts, this definitely rings true. Finding someone who can fabricate a part from scratch for your cafe racer project can be very difficult. Worse still, when you do find someone capable the cost can often be outside of what most people have budgeted for. The good news is that there are still a few companies who offer low volume, handmade parts at very reasonable prices. Markus Pintzinger’s Thailand based Omega Racer store is such a place.

Spidi Clubber Motorcycle Jacket

19.05.2020

Italian motorcycle apparel manufacturers Spidi have been producing riding gear since 1977. The new Spidi Clubber jacket dips into that heritage for a dash of classic style. Despite the Spidi Clubber’s vintage lines it’s built to modern standards and has been fitted with the companies own assortment of protective features. Available in either classic black or a striking dark green the Clubber motorcycle jacket is well suited to riders in the classic, cafe or custom segments.

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