THE BEST Motorcycles

Wolf Helmet

Wolf Helmet

Want to turn heads while you’re on your motorcycle but can’t afford a fancy bike? Get a Wolf Helmet. Available in two equally insane, DOT-certified designs, they are at once outrageous and sensible.

Human Newton’s Cradle

Human Newton’s Cradle

We’ve seen a Newton’s cradle made out of light bulbs. This one’s made of people. Shark Helmets set it up to demonstrate the shock-absorbing capability of its motorcycle helmets. Don’t try this at home.

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1926 Brough Superior SS80/100

1926 Brough Superior SS80/100

Brough Superior’s legendary pedigree and craftsmanship aside, this particular motorcycle is all the more desirable because it is one of the few remaining SS80/100s, though this one has been upgraded with a SS100 980cc V-twin engine.

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R

Ducati’s flagship superbike has a 195hp 1198cc twin-cylinder engine, aluminum monocoque frame, electronically adjustable rear suspension and a digital TFT instrumentation display with handlebar controls. Video here.

MuzaMoto Turn Signals

MuzaMoto Turn Signals

Jonathan Ostojic invented this stylish yet practical alternative to motorcycle turn signals. Four 1.5W LEDs provide about 400 Lumens of light and 360 degree visibility. Comes in bar-end and bolt-on variants.

Stunt Riding Street Motorcycles

Stunt Riding Street Motorcycles

Grantland dropped by the XDL Championship Series and got a chance to talk to some of the pro motorcycle stunt riders about the sport. They also caught a few sick tricks on camera.

Icon 1000 QuarterMaster

Icon 1000 QuarterMaster

A highly modified version of the Ural Solo sT, Icon Motosport’s QuarterMaster is built for off-roading, with a braced headstock, long-travel suspension, reinforced swingarm and knobby tires.

Robbie Maddison’s AIR.CRAFT

Robbie Maddison’s AIR.CRAFT

DC Shoes sent freestyle motocross expert Robbie Maddison to the military airplane graveyard in Tuscon, Arizona, where he used aircraft parts, shipping containers and a flatbed semi for jumps.

Urban Trial Freestyle (Trailer)

Urban Trial Freestyle (Trailer)

Owing more than a nod to the hit Xbox Live Trials series, Urban Trial Freestyle brings side-scrolling bike mayhem to the PlayStation 3, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS with a little help from Julien Dupont.

Alfa MiTo SBK: The Undertaker

Alfa MiTo SBK: The Undertaker

To promote the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK, Alfa Romeo asked bike rider Chris Walker to head into a turn on his Kawasaki Ninja with driver Paul Swift showing off on his Alfa two-wheeler.

That’s a Man’s Corner

That’s a Man’s Corner

Vimeo user Locck9’s compilation of footage from the Isle of Man TT, one of the most dangerous motorsport events in the world. The first-person footage from 4:00 onwards is just frightening.

Chris Booth Honda CB500

Chris Booth Honda CB500

Chris Booth had never ridden a motorcycle until he got on a Honda CB500. He bought the exact same bike on the spot and gradually personalized it. All images taken by Luke Uri. More at Bike Exif.

2013 BikeEXIF Calendar

2013 BikeEXIF Calendar

A 13-month calendar featuring the world’s best bikes, from vintage-themed racers to raw zero-styles. At 16.625″ x 10.75″, it’s much larger than its predecessor, the better to ogle the bikes.

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Ural Yamal

Ural Yamal

Inspired by the Russian icebreaker of the same name, Ural’s limited edition Yamal is a two-wheel drive motorcycle with a 749cc 40hp 4-stroke engine, a double-hulled sidecar and a witty paddle.

KTM 200 Duke Bike

KTM 200 Duke Bike

Who says you have to trade good looks and drivability for price? KTM’s 200 Duke is a value-priced featherweight bike at just 285 pounds, powered by a 200cc, 26hp 4-stroke engine.

Janus Halcyon

Janus Halcyon

A stunning retro-style bike built by Indiana’s Janus Motorcycles. The Halcyon has a 9.8hp 49.9cc 2-stroke engine, steel frame and rims and aluminum hubs. A lightweight motorcycle built for urban riding.

Biker vs. Mattress

Biker vs. Mattress

One very lucky (and skilled) motorcycle rider came inches from being thrown from his bike by a flying mattress that wasn’t tied down properly. This is why we avoid such junk trucks like the plague.

X132 Hellcat Combat

X132 Hellcat Combat

The X132 Hellcat Combat has a 2,163cc V-twin engine that delivers 160hp and 160ft.lb. of torque. It has an aluminum case, steel chassis and fuel tank and carbon fiber rims. Limited to 36 units.

O2 Pursuit

O2 Pursuit

Invented by Dean Benstead, the O2 Pursuit is a prototype motorcycle that runs on compressed air. It has a top speed of 87mph and can go for about 60mi on a single diving cylinder. Field demo here.

2013 Indian Chief Vintage LE

2013 Indian Chief Vintage LE

A limited edition of the Chief Vintage, which is based on the legendary 1940 Chief model. It has a 105ci engine, pearl and black paint and detachable passenger backrest and luggage rack.

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Hooked Helmet Crash

Hooked Helmet Crash

An XR100 mini-motorcycle race ends for two riders when they collide in the most unusual of ways, with one rider losing control of his bike and another dragging him by the helmet.

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

(NSFW) A documentary by Seth C. Brown about bike builder Jack Churchill and one of his prized creations, a motorcycle that looks like it was built by Mad Max using parts from hell’s junkyard.

Racester Sportster

Racester Sportster

A gorgeous cafe racer based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster. Made by Roland Sands Design, the motorcycle has a custom fairing, adjustable rear shocks and a charcoal matte gray finish.

Ducati Monster 20th Anniv.

Ducati Monster 20th Anniv.

Ducati celebrates the 20th anniversary of their most popular bike by recreating the original model. It has a bronze-colored frame, gold-finished Brembo brakes and a vintage Ducati logo.

Human Motorcycles

Human Motorcycles

(BSFW) By painting scantily-clad yoga performers to look like the parts of bikes, then posing them into racy positions, i.d.e.a. and makeup artist Trina Merry created these amazing human sculptures.

Moto Guzzi Weight Watcher

Moto Guzzi Weight Watcher

Alain Bernard of Santiago Choppers calls his custom Moto Guzzi Daytona the Weight Watcher. Compare it with the stock and you’ll see why. The red parts and pipe wraps add an edge to the sleek look.

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