MARILYN MONROE, THE TALK OF HOLLYWOOD | 1952 PHOTOGRAPHY OF PHILIPPE HALSMAN

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 […]

Custom BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

Custom BMW R1200S by Cafe Racer Dreams

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, and retained the classic Paralever single-sided swingarm.

It is worth noted that BMW R1200S is not the easiest donor, but the Spaniards managed to make it into a really cool bike. In addition, Pedro Garcia and Efraon Triana have managed to retain most of the design features of R1200S, giving the bike a completely new design. However, they have also improved the ride quality of the bike, setting the adjustable shock absorbers Öhlins.

Remaining parts of the project:

Fuel tank: special pad, military design
Lighting: in the style of BMW (big and small headlights), but in a more classic style
Engine: repainted in black
Exhaust system: SuperTrapp
Tires: Metzeler Karoo 3
Saddle: is covered in green cloth
Frame: new stretcher

Custom BMW R1200S Light Pictures

Custom BMW R1200S Logo

Custom BMW R1200S Meter

Custom BMW R1200S on stand

Custom BMW R1200S seat

Custom BMW R1200S shocks

BMW R1200S LOGO

Custom BMW R1200S Break

Custom BMW R1200S front light


Red Hot Chile Cocktails

Just about every cuisine in the world, from Mexican to Italian to Thai, uses chile peppers. There’s a rainbow of varieties out there that chefs utilize to the fullest, but some mixologists have been slow to embrace the full spectrum of the fiery fruits. (Yes, fruits: Peppers are classified botanically as berries.)

In order to spark some creativity, we tracked down a few tasty drink recipes calling for chiles you don’t usually see in cocktails.

 

 

 

Prolific Los Angeles bartender Julian Cox has created menus for an array of watering holes, and his list for modern Mexican restaurant Rivera is full of chiles, along with tequila and mezcal. And Rivera’s signature drink, the Barbacoa, muddles together both mild bell pepper and pureed chipotle, which is actually a dried and smoked jalapeño. Ginger syrup and a beef jerky garnish emphasize the cocktail’s mix of sweet and savory.

 

Another place where pepper-based drinks hold sway is, of course, the Southwest. Albuquerque taqueria Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila infuses tequila with a combination of fresh and roasted poblanos to create the Chalchihuitl, a tipple named after the Aztec word for turquoise. The formula is the same as the classic Margarita, but the charred and spicy flavor from the chile make it something altogether new.

 

And chile-heads who like to get creative should definitely check out Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur. This spirit, now rolling out across the US, is based on a 1920s recipe from the town of Puebla in central Mexico and offers a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy. It’s surprisingly versatile, able to replace the base spirit in standards like the Mojito, Paloma or Daiquiri or to serve as an intriguing component of an original creation. In the Estridentista, it’s part of a stirred elixir with elderflower liqueur and dry vermouth.

Try one of these deliciously different cocktails and you’ll agree that expanding your pepper horizon is a good idea.


The Netherlands: Woow! Is That All The Dutch Motorcycle Police?

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#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!

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Custom Electric Baker by Brad Baker

Custom Electric Chopper Pictures

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 has a lot of experience to built electric motorcycles, and each time he makes more great stories. “Baker” is an electric custom chopper, which was made for a special rigid frame. Front suspension is set like “Springer”, while a leather saddle emphasizes classical component design bike.

The bike is powered by a 6.12-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery, which is full recharge from 1.1 -kW charger and it takes only 6 hours. Batteries nourish 70-hp electric motor that develops 115 Nm of torque. If desired, Brad Baker can install a larger power unit, if the maximum speed of 170 km / h seems not big enough. For example, Brad proposes to build a 120 – strong unit that will reach speeds of 225 km / h.

Custom Baker estimated price is $ 25 000.

Custom Electric Chopper by Brad Baker

Custom Electric Chopper engine

Custom Electric Chopper on stand

Custom Electric Chopper seat and upper side

Custom Electric Baker by Brad Baker

Custom Electric Baker by Brad Baker Photos

Custom Electric Baker Pictures


Ducati Multistrada D-Air steps ahead with rider safety


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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.

THE BROTHERS BEHIND NORMAN PORTER CO. | PHILADELPHIA’S OWN HANDCRAFTED DENIM

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. […]

Honda NM4 Vultus: Mad Max meets Blade Runner


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 NM4: ‘Neo-Futuristic’ Concept Motorcycles

Honda NM4-2 (white)

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 Honda NM4-2 (white), which are mashup between the company’s DN-01, Valkyrie, and the bike from the anime movie Akira.

Honda NM4-1 (black)

Japanese designers say that the new design concept focuses on two elements: “front massive” styling and a cockpit position. In other items include LED headlights, turn signals, tail lights, as well as panniers for storage (featured on the NM4-2). Underneath the hood is a 645cc, two-cylinder, 54hp engine that has Honda’s dual-clutch transmission.


5 Essential Springtime Gin Cocktails

At long last, spring is here! And now that the sun is shining and the flowers are getting ready to bloom, it’s time to break out the gin. While we like to enjoy the herbaceous spirit year-round, it really is the perfect way to welcome the warmer months ahead.

“Gin is fresh, and so alive,” says top cocktail author and Liquor.com advisory board member Gary Regan. “It can awaken you from the deepest of slumbers, just like a fabulous spring day.”

And we agree whole-heartedly—especially when it’s mixed in one of these five quintessential springtime cocktails.

 

Ramos Gin Fizz

The frothy Ramos Gin Fizz is a delightful mixture of gin with citrus and egg white, plus a few drops of orange flower water, whose perfumey scent is like a pure distillation of the season. The New Orleans favorite is, coincidentally, the subject of our latest How to Cocktail video. Luckily for anyone with these ingredients and a shaker at home, you can make one right now with the help of San Francisco mixologist Jen Ackrill.

South Side

Still not sure you’re a gin fan? You’ll likely change your mind after one sip of the South Side. Like noted bartender Kevin Diedrich says in our How to Cocktail video, the combo of mint and complex gin is a great introduction for those who are a bit reluctant.


Aviation Cocktail

Aviation

If you’re a seasoned gin-lover, the old-school Aviation will put a seasonal spring in your step. Not only does it have that delicious herbal base of gin, but maraschino liqueur and créme de violette give it a truly unique floral flavor and make it as blue as a cloudless sky.

 

The Last Word Gin Cocktail

The Last Word

And then there’s this classic, which was nearly lost to history. The Last Word was allegedly invented in Detroit during Prohibition and was published in a ‘50s cocktail book, but it had disappeared almost completely before Seattle bartender Murray Stenson rediscovered it about a decade ago. That started a nationwide craze for a drink that’s a little sweet (maraschino liqueur) and a little sour (lime juice) with punchy herbal notes from Chartreuse.

Gin and Tonic Cocktail

Gin & Tonic

Of course, there’s no going wrong with the simple and understated Gin & Tonic, either. But why not shake things up by using an artisanal tonic? We like Hendrick’s with Fever-Tree, Tanqueray with Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. or Plymouth with Q Tonic—and you can even try experimenting with other additives. Legendary bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff suggests a few dashes of bitters to “add wonderful layers of flavor to the drink.” Another easy way to change it up, he says, is by incorporating your favorite juices or fruit purees.

So no matter if you’re feeling ambitious enough to shake up a Ramos Gin Fizz or if you’re just craving a simple Gin & Tonic, here’s to a gin-filled spring!