5 Minute Histories: Harley-Davidson Sportster

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Harley-Davidson created their Sportster partly as a result of losing sales and prestige to the quick and nimble British motorcycles being imported into the United States in the fifties as Britain’s government used an “export or perish” economic model to pay off her war debts. These bikes from the likes of Norton, Triumph, and small arms maker BSA were around 500cc capacity heading on up to 650cc. Born in an environment in Britain where racing from café to café trying to reach 100mph and not get caught by the police had become a new sport.

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Pando Moto Karl Desert Motorcycle Jeans

Pando Moto Karl Desert Motorcycle Jeans

Pando Moto was established in 2011 by a group of friends who wanted to create protective motorcycle gear that’s comfortable to wear, good looking, and The Karl Desert Motorcycle Jeans are the result of this collaboration, they’re made from indigo 12.5oz Cordura® denim combined with CoolMax® technology, and an interlock-knit DuPont™ Kevlar® lining in impact…

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Documentary: Hells Angels Forever

Hells Angels Forever Movie

Editor’s Note: This film contains salty language and some nudity, we recommend viewing only if you’re 18+. Hells Angels Forever is a 1983 documentary about the world’s most notorious motorcycle gang, it’s a little biased in favour of the Angels but it does offer a remarkable insight into the heart of the group. The film…

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MONNOM Honda CB550

Honda CB550 Motorcycle

When possible we like to bring you the story of a custom motorcycle build directly in the words of the builder, to cut out the middle man and give you a unique, direct look into their process and methodology. This article was written by the team at MONNOM. Based in Des Moines, Iowa MONNOM is…

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Barn Find: 1967 Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo Car

The Iso Grifo is a great example of what happens when Europeans install American V8s into sports cars. The vehicles that typically emerge from these alliances are extraordinary, with stunning styling, world class handling, and a mighty V8 burbling just under the surface. The Grifo was built by Iso Autoveicoli from 1963 till 1974, the two…

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Ferrari 250 GTO by Unique & Limited

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Unique & Limited is a company that chooses exceptional moments from racing history, and painstakingly recreates them. These images are all from their series on the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO – a successful racer from the early 1960s that’s now the most expensive car in history, selling for $38,115,000 USD in a private transaction. The…

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Top 8 Open Face Motorcycle Helmets

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The first motorcycle helmet was co-developed in 1914 by a British doctor who ran the medical facilities at the Brooklands race track. After seeing countless head injuries caused by accidents during races he contracted a local man to build a hard shellac helmet with a slightly softer internal canvas lining. These early helmets weren’t designed…

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James Bond / Skyfall Honda CRF250R

Honda CRF250R Motorcycle Skyfall James Bond

This is the Honda CRF250R from the opening sequence of the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. It was modified to look like a Turkish police motorcycle, and it was piloted by Ola Rapace (but mostly by his stunt double) across the rooftops of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Skyfall is still the highest-grossing Bond film of all…

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Original “Alcohol Is Poison” Prohibition Poster

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This original 1930s-era “Alcohol Is Poison” prohibition poster has been remarkably well preserved and is now framed under UV plexiglass for protection. Including its black wooden frame it measures in at 28.5″ high by 20.5″ wide, and it comes with a discreet wire fitted on the back for hanging. Prohibition was a nationwide ban on…

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Porsche 597 Jagdwagen 4×4

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The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen is a 4×4 developed by the German marque in 1953 as a prototype for tender to the German Army, as a vehicle comparable to the Jeep, Land Rover, Kübelwagen, and to a lesser degree, the Unimog. The contract would eventually go to the DKW Munga, as there was no feasible way…

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BoomBarrel

BoomBarrel

The BoomBarrel by BoomCase is a self-contained sound system in a small barrel. Internally it has a 50 Watt amplifier, a lithium-ion battery offering up 18+ hours of usability, a 5.25″ aluminium or black cone woofer, and it has two silk dome tweeters on top. With a frequency response of 70hz – 20,000hz and measuring…

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Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8

The original Moto Guzzi V8, otherwise known as “the Otto”, was developed in the mid-1950s by Dr Giulio Cesare Carcano for the Moto Guzzi Grand Prix racing team. As the name implies, it was powered by a staggeringly advanced V8 engine with a capacity of just 500cc. This engine had twin cams, an individual carburettor…

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