THE BEST Motorcycles

Bell Star Carbon Helmet

Bell Star Carbon Helmet

Keep your head safe and comfortable at the same time with this high-end helmet, with its 100% carbon fiber outer shell, adjustable ventilation control, and exceptional aerodynamics.

Raiden Files: Portland to Dakar

Raiden Files: Portland to Dakar

Icon Motorsports sends a couple of its top riders on a global motorcycle odyssey to test out their latest in riding gear. At the end of the day, it’s a 30-minute commercial, but it’s still worth your time.

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Ducati Pantah

Ducati Pantah

The Pantah is a personal ride of custom bike maker Jens vom Brauck. The cafe racer was designed to look like a Ducati prototype from the 80s. The carbon fiber saddle houses the exhaust pipes.

Aerofex Hover Vehicle

Aerofex Hover Vehicle

A working prototype made by Aerofex Corporation. The vehicle has an intuitive control system that responds to the rider’s leaning movements and balance, similar to a Segway.

Working Wooden Motorcycle

Working Wooden Motorcycle

Hungarian craftsman Istvan Puskas built his own custom chopper – not using metal parts, but instead making his motorcycle primarily out of acacia wood. Bonus points for that helmet, Istvan.

BMW HP4 Motorcycle

BMW HP4 Motorcycle

The lightest 4-cylinder supersports bike in the 1000cc class, the HP4 has 193 horsepower, and weighs under 440 pounds with its tank 90% full. Only serious speed junkies need apply.

Montreal Motorbike Band

Montreal Motorbike Band

If you’re going to be visiting Montreal soon we have good news: the city has a motorbike band with a sidecar cow on drums. The bad news? They only know how to play Sweet Home Alabama.

Rough Crafts Harley Knucklehead

Rough Crafts Harley Knucklehead

A custom chopper built by Taiwan-based Rough Crafts using a Harley Knucklehead motor from S&S and a frame from Zero Engineering. All that’s missing is a leather-clad, goggle-wearing rider.

’72 Rokon Trail-Breaker

’72 Rokon Trail-Breaker

A 1972 Rokon Trail-Breaker – an 8hp 2-wheel drive all-terrain motorcycle – restored by Robert Galbraith, resulting in a bike that’s in all likelihood more beautiful than when it was brand new.

TwinTrax Motorcycle

TwinTrax Motorcycle

This stretched-out bike from The German Motorcycle Authority has not one, but two 80hp, 1.35L Harley-Davidson/S&S Evolution engines, and the ability for its rider to lay almost entirely flat.

BRD RedShift Motorbikes

BRD RedShift Motorbikes

These lightweight, durable motorbikes run on electric power, with top speeds of 80mph and a 2 hour runtime. The MX goes off-road, while the SM is for urban dwellers, and the PD is for cops.

Shaw Speed Rough Crafts 48

Shaw Speed Rough Crafts 48

A gorgeous custom bike inspired by the Iron Gorilla, Shaw Speed’s satin black beauty started as a Harley XL1200X, upgraded with Rough Crafts’ risers, bars, and grille, and fuel tank.

ZecOO Electric Motorcycle

ZecOO Electric Motorcycle

Sporting futuristic looks, this electric motorbike hits a top speed of 75mph and can drive up to 85 miles on a charge via its retractable power cord. Not great for long hauls, but it still looks awesome.

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Free Riding in Rio

Free Riding in Rio

French trial biker Julien Dupont takes to the tricky walls, alleys and hills of Rio de Janiero’s Vidigal neighborhood, unafraid to balance the wheels of his motorbike on any surface beneath him.

Rocking Chopper

Rocking Chopper

We’ve seen the same idea before, but we prefer this chopper rocking horse by Felix Götze. It even has a two-stroke engine. Get this and the Cadillac stroller and your kid will love you forever.

Motorcycle Gymkhana

Motorcycle Gymkhana

The Switch Riders team can conjure smoke and tire tracks and pull off donuts as easily as Ken Block can. But they also have several unique tricks that not even the gymkhana pioneer can pull off.

Akira Bike Replica

Akira Bike Replica

Masashi Teshima spent 7 years and $121,000 making a replica of the iconic bike from Akira. He exhibited the bike all over Japan to raise funds to help victims of the 2011 earthquake. Videos here.

Ducati Monster Diesel

Ducati Monster Diesel

An urban military-themed collaboration between Ducati and Diesel based on the Monster 1100 EVO. It has a 100hp 1078cc 2-cylinder engine, 6-speed transmission and adjustable suspension.

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

Watch in awe as freestyle motocross rider Petr Pilat heads straight for pilot Kirby Chambliss’ stunt flyer, repeatedly jumping over the plane as it comes just feet from the ground.

The Real Ridge Racer

The Real Ridge Racer

You have to hand it to YouTuber 87mcmahan87 for having the cojones to go riding his dirt bike on these skinny, snow-covered ridges. It might not be as high up as it looks, but we still couldn’t do it.

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Yamaha RYOKU Concept

Yamaha RYOKU Concept

If the MOEGI is thin and light, the XTW250 RYOKU is chunky and rugged. Designed for camping, it has an AC generator, a large rear carrier and an engine guard that also acts as a shovel.

Airplane Tail Grab

Airplane Tail Grab

We’re not sure which part of the Werth Brothers’ stunt is more crazy: the guy flying the airplane upside-down inches from the ground, or the guy on the motorcycle trying to grab onto its rudder.

Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle

Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle

Two Triumph Speed Triple sportbikes go up against a 550hp supercharged Ford Mustang Cobra in this wonderfully shot video for Icon Motosports. Pop to 3:30 for the start of the chase. High-res stills here.

Abnormal Cycles Union

Abnormal Cycles Union

A stunning custom design by Italy-based workshop Abnormal Cycles, the Union has a 1942 Harley-Davidson Model U for its base. We can’t stop ogling its sidecar and the oversized chrome brakes.

Bandit9 Magnus

Bandit9 Magnus

A heavily customized version of the classic Chang Jiang 750, the Magnus has a heat treated – i.e. blowtorched – tank, frame and fork, leaving it with a raw and organic look. More about the build here.

Wazuma V8F

Wazuma V8F

Just like its big brother, the Wazuma V8F is practically a car in quad-bike form. It has a 250hp 3.0L Ferrari V8 engine, a 6-speed gearbox from a BMW M3, Momo rims and Brembo brakes.

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