In 1952, LIFE magazine assigned photographer Philippe Halsman to shoot Marilyn Monroe in her tiny Hollywood studio apartment. The resulting cover photo (at the end of this post) pushed her over the top, giving her immediate superstar status, and 20th Century Fox jumped to sweeten her existing multi-year contract to keep their starlet happy. “I drove […]
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Spanish customizer “Cafe Racer Dreams” is a cool custom built-bike in the “military” style. As a donor, they used sports tour BMW R1200S, which is a very interesting machine: a sportbike with a shaft drive, […]
Jalapeño’s not the only pepper you can put in a drink. Try these cocktails calling for an array of delicious chiles.
#TheNetherlands #Police – For such as small country, you’d think that this is all the Dutch motorcycle police in one spot.
That’s a lot of police bikes! …
Fans of classic choppers may be furious, but at the Motor Show “One Motorcycle” (OMS) was presented incredible electric chopper “Baker” with quite worthy design. It’s built by Brad Baker, co-founder of “Works Electric”. Brad […]
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Ducati have announced the new Multistrada D-Air, which is the first production motorcycles that features a fully integrated wireless system that connects to Dainese airbag jackets – a significant step ahead in motorcycle rider safety.
Sensors built into the Multistrada’s electronics constantly monitor the bike’s dynamics and, when subjected to what Ducati call “a genuine accident scenario,” the D-Air system triggers airbag deployment for both rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, thereby considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact.
Developed by Ducati in collaboration with Dainese, the Multistrada’s D-Air safety system complements the bike’s ABS and traction control technologies, making motorcycling safer than ever before. We hope the D-Air system will also find its way to other motorcycles sometime soon.
In the meanwhile, the Ducati Multistrada D-Air will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards.
Pennsylvania born & bred, and true salt of the earth guys, Dave & Mike Stampler are the brothers behind Norman Porter Co. I reached out last year, asking if I could come down and see their Philly workshop. I was greeted with genuine smiles, a firm handshake, and a ton of passion for their craft. […]
The Honda NM4 Vultus, because Honda are big enough to be able to do this without it having to make any sense
In what seems to be a Mad Max-meets-Blade Runner moment, Honda have unveiled the NM4 Vultus. “An identity not bound by standard motorcycle design, with strong echoes of futuristic bikes seen in Japanese movies. Created by a young design team, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider,” says a press release from Honda.
Created by a bunch of Honda designers in their 20s and early-30s, the NM4 Vultus has apparently been built to attract a new kind of rider, who may or may not know or care about things like the engine and the chassis, but who might be captivated by the NM4’s styling and its sheer cool. “Honda is a big company. It’s great that sometimes we make a certain machine simply because we can and because we want to, not because we should,” says Keita Mikura, project leader for the Vultus.
So what’s unique about the Vultus? Well, apart from the styling, it’s probably the digital dashboard that changes colour according to the riding mode selected, LED lights, an adjustable, multi-position flip-up pillion seat that also acts as a backrest for the rider, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) that can also be operated in fully automatic, sport, and manual modes.
The NM4 is fitted with a 745cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 8-valve, SOHC twin-cylinder engine that produces 54 horsepower and 68Nm of torque, and delivers 28km/l in terms of fuel efficiency. The Vultus rides on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, with a 43mm telescopic fork up front and Honda’s Pro-Link monoshock setup at the back. The rear tyre is a 200-section item, and a 320mm brake disc (front) with twin-piston caliper handles stopping chores. ABS is standard, of course. With its kerb weight figure of 245 kilos, the Vultus is a bit porky, though you can have it in whatever colour you want, as long as it’s matt black.
Does the Vultus make any sense whatsoever? Well, it doesn’t have to! Like Keita Mikura says, Honda are big enough to do whatever the hell they want to, and that they can build a bike just because they want to. And isn’t that, cool?
Honda has introduced the concept of Honda NM4, which was “developed under the keywords of ‘the Neo-futuristic’ and ‘COOL,’ pursuing new, unique styling.” The Japanese have developed just two versions: Honda Honda NM4-1 (black) and […]
Spring is here, and that means it’s time to break out the gin. Try one of these cool and refreshing cocktails as you wait for the flowers to bloom.