When fashion designer Ennio Capasa launched his C'N'C Costume National diffusion line last year in Milan, little did we know that his passion for motorcycles would drive the fulfillment of his dream of building a Ducati.
In the concrete cocoon of Ecosse Moto Works' Denver warehouse, Donald Atchison forges his industrial art, spurred by his deal with the demons that drive him and stoked by the inspiration of his heroes and icons. One is met at the entrance by neat rows of classic bikes, from Nortons to Velocettes. Upon a diamond-plate dais, the Heretic Ti holds court.
The year 1967 was awash in monumental events. Summer of Love bromides aside, the image of Hendrix immolating his Strat at Monterey is a visual time stamp of a convulsive year. Change and upheaval, among other things, were in the air.
By any estimation, Giancarlo Morbidelli dreamed in epic proportions. A self-made businessman with a passion for motorcycles, he used his entrepreneurial spoils to finance a race team and achieved impressive results: His race bikes won three consecutive 125cc world titles in the mid-1970s, a coveted 250cc title in 1977, and another 125cc championship the following year.
Scattered like seeds in the wind, the 10 existing Britten motorcycles have blown to the far corners of the earth. Metallic reminders of one man's motorcycling dream, they stand as silent testimony to the drive, vision and genius of the late John Britten. Exquisite motorcycle artwork in their repose, they once were warriors, possessed with a great spirit from the Maori nation of their birth.
Looking to spend a couple of days playing in the dirt? Well, look no further than MotoVentures. Located just 30 minutes from Temecula, Calif., owner Gary La Plante has 300 acres of private land for you to indulge in everything from Trials to Motocross, as well as taking an extended tour on the dual-sport motorcycle of your choice.
Back in 1992, Honda once again stunned the world with the release of their revolutionary NR750 motorcycle. Featuring a totally unique and innovative look, with its one-piece tank, integrated seat and tail unit, and single side swingarm, it was actually what lay hidden under the carbon-fiber reinforced bodywork that had the world's press so very interested.
Maybe you're too young. Or perhaps you are not intimately acquainted with automotive racing history. Whatever the reason, if dark and light blue stripes with red fail to make your heart go pitter-patter, you might miss the inspiration for the Ultimate MotorCycling Ducati 1098 Special.
Ever try to put lipstick on a Pitbull? It's a hazardous enterprise. Blood is spilled. Fingers vanish. Michael Vick leaves nasty messages on your voicemail. Ignoring the obvious peril, the brave souls at Big Dog Motorcycles have given their vicious, 10-year-old Pitbull a complete makeover for 2008. Admirers of the ill-tempered street dog need not fear—this is no Queer Eye, metrosexual de-fanging.
Dunlop Launches Interactive Monthly Motorcycle Newsletter.
Dunlop Download is an innovative monthly newsletter that is available free of charge at www.dunlopmotorcycle.com. The January issue of the newsletter contains electronic reprints of magazine articles, a digital press kit featuring Dunlop's all-new Geomax line of motocross tires, photo galleries from the Supercross season and the Daytona Dunlop tire test, plus embedded videos featuring insight into Supercross racing and more.
Helmet House is proud to announce the creation of a new YouTube channel offering videos aimed specifically at motorcyclists. Over the next year on the Helmet House YouTube channel we'll be posting videos of racers, events, cool rides, interviews with industry personalities, plus helpful tips on hooking up with the right equipment to match your specific riding needs.
The motorcycle Helmet Check website was developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council's (MIC) Helmet Task Force. It is for motorcycle riders to verify that a helmet they own, or are considering for purchase, complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation's safety standard (FMVSS 218) is now live. This will assist riders with motorcycle helmets that no longer have the DOT sticker or riders that question whether the DOT sticker is authentic.
We recently enlisted the help of skydivers to test motorcycle sunglasses. For three consecutive years this unique approach has been used to evaluate how many of the most popular brands perform at extreme speeds. The glasses that exceeded expectations were Wiley-X, 7EYE and Gatorz. The glasses that did not do well are scattered throughout cornfields north of Skydive Dallas.
It is a motorcycle premier and double feature in Beverly Hills February 20th, 2009 starting at 7:00 PM. The first film is the world premier of "The First, Last Race" that was written and directed by Jeff Jensen.