21-Window Deluxe Volkswagen Type 2

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The Volkswagen Type 2 is better known by the nicknames it received in the various countries where it was sold, the Americans usually call it the the Bus or Hippie Van, the Brits call it the Camper and every Australian I talked to knows the Type 2 only as the Kombi Van. Following on from…

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Ejection Seat by Hangar 54

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Hangar 54 is a company that makes exactly the sort of furniture you’d want to kit out your secret volcano lair, if you were a Bond villain with a penchant for vintage aerospace engineering. The ejection seat you see here is a real unit (decommissioned obviously) from Martin Baker, it’s been upholstered in black Bentley…

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5 Essential Motorcycle Books: Part 1

Top 5 Motorcycle Books List

Defining exactly what a “motorcycle book” is isn’t as easy as it may sound, do you include only books that are about motorcycles? Or do you also include books that encompass the wider community of motorcyclists including adventures, philosophy, history and photography? For me, that latter definition hit the nail on the head – so…

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Ranger Gloves by Grifter USA

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The new Ranger Glove by Grifter USA is the sort of motorcycle glove you can wear riding around town, or in the garage as you lift a Norton Commando engine out of its Isolastic mounts before a rebuild. The lower part of the glove is thick Bison leather and the upper is 12oz American Cone…

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BMW Monolever by Flat Racer

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Flat Racer is a boutique London-based company that produces some eye-catching accessories for vintage BMW motorcycles, the bike you see above started life as a stock 1990 BMW Monolever before being kitted out in a new full-fairing – giving it an entirely new lease on life. When the team at Flat Racer set out to…

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Sulby Straight Blouson Jacket by Belstaff

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The lengthily named Sulby Straight Blouson Jacket by Belstaff is one of the newer offerings from the age-old British motorcycle gear manufacturer, following their recent move towards safer gear that offers riders real protection the Sulby Straight Blouson comes pre-fitted with D3O armour in the elbows and shoulders, and has a back pocket for an optional spine…

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1955 Belgian Grand Prix

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1955 Belgian Grand Prix is a Shell film from the same year, covering the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in surprising detail. It’s fascinating to see behind the scenes and watch men like Fangio and Moss belting their Mercedes up Eau Rouge in the wet, with no roll over protection not even a hint of…

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Biltwell Gauntlet Gloves

Biltwell Gauntlet Gloves

The Biltwell Gauntlet is a full-featured motorcycle glove designed for 3-season riding by people who want to make absolutely certain that no little critters get trapped up their sleeves. You’d think this is the sort of thing that never really happens but sadly it does, it’s happened to me twice and most motorcyclists will have…

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Sophia Loren – Sunflower

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The Italian film Sunflower is best remembered for being the first western movie to be made behind the Iron Curtain, it was partially shot in Russia in 1970 – quite remarkable given the tensions in the area during the era. The film itself is a tale of unrequited love starring Sophia Loren and Germano Longo,…

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Alpine-Renault A110

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The Alpine-Renault A110 is remembered for two things, it’s beauty and its extraordinary rally abilities. The model had quite a long life for a sports car, it was introduced by the small French marque Alpine in 1961 and continued production until 1977 – it even saw parallel production lines running in both Mexico and Bulgaria…

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Icon 1000 El Bajo Boot

Icon 1000 El Bajo Boots

The Icon 1000 El Bajo Boot is the lower cut version of the Icon 1000 Elsinore Boot, making it more suitable for use as a boot you use both on and off the bike. Much like the Elsinore, the El Bajo has a top grain leather upper, a Goodyear Welt sole, a steel heel plate…

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