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Indian Chieftain Elite

Indian Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycles are as old as the sport itself. First produced in 1901, Indian bikes had some legendary riders including Steve McQueen. After spending a day in the saddle of the brand new Chieftain Elite in not-so-sunny San Diego, we can see why.

Before the Dirt: Mad Max: Fury Road

Before the Dirt: Mad Max: Fury Road

Over 150 vehicles were made for Mad Max: Fury Road. Many of them got wrecked in the process, but photographer John Platt was able to take beauty shots of some of the cars, trucks and motorcycles in their pristine state. More on his website and Behance page.

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

Indian Motorcycle’s tourer is ready to take on the longest road trips, and features gorgeous vintage styling elements like a leather trunk for helmets and fringed saddlebags, and modern amenities like a 7-inch infotainment system, 100-watt audio, and an adjustable windscreen.

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Colin Furze might have done it first, but Hoversurf actually plans on producing its drone-like hovering motorbike. The single-seat Scorpion-3 flying platform could also be used as a kind of taxi or to transport goods, but mostly it just looks like dangerous fun.

2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

An accessible off-roader. The Desert Sled has the same 803cc 75hp engine found in all Scramblers, but it’s surrounded by all new parts, including longer forks and suspension, a reinforced frame and Pirelli tires custom made for the bike. Drops 3/2017 for about $11,400.

1999 Harley-Davidson MT500

1999 Harley-Davidson MT500

Harley developed the MT500 in the ’80s for military use, hence its camo paint, gun case and ammo panniers. But it never took off, and only 500 were made. This particular bike has never been driven. It’s expected to fetch at least $20K when it hits the auction block on 1/26/17.

MotoGP Ski Run

MotoGP Ski Run

Equipped with deadly looking spikes on his tires (and balls of steel), MotoGP champ Marc Márquez managed to race his bike uphill on a snow and ice-covered ski slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda’s one-off Riding Assist motorcycle uses an advanced steering actuator to keep itself balanced at rest or at low speeds. Its front wheel and fork can also be adjusted to provide greater balance. As a bonus, it can move on its own and follow a subject.

DMoL Moto Guzzi Airtail

DMoL Moto Guzzi Airtail

Death Machines of London bursts onto the scene with one hell of a debut. This overhauled 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. II has warning lights and a main switch from a Merlin Spitfire, custom front fairing and tank, and a delugged frame that houses all the electronics.

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO’s new BMW R 1200 GS set is boss, but we think this proposal for a 1967 R60/2 has the potential to be even better. Designed by LEGO Ideas member maximecheng03, it’s a tad skinnier than the actual bike, but we’re pretty sure LEGO can easily fix that.

Bandit9 Eve Liquid Black

Bandit9 Eve Liquid Black

Vietnam-based bike shop Bandit9 revives its instant classic in a reflective black chrome finish. The Eve’s trademark bullet-shaped tank is accompanied by a new “beacon cowl” that has a small spotlight at its tip, plus a black denim seat cover.

Yamaha T7 Concept

Yamaha T7 Concept

Inspired by the Tenere XT600Z enduro motorcycle, the T7 concept is a long-range off-roader with a lightweight midsize chassis, an aluminum tank, carbon fiber fairing and skidplate and 4-projector LED headlights.

Bandit9 Eden

Bandit9 Eden

Bandit9’s Honda Supersport mods all project an air of luxury, but the shop’s latest masterpiece screams it. The Eden has a beautiful handmade steel unibody with either gold or chrome plating, a sculpted exhaust, and a marble gas cap.

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Red Bull Straight Rhythm After Dark

Red Bull Straight Rhythm After Dark

Bicyclists Tyler Bereman and Darryn Durham take a ride on the undulating Red Bull Straight Rhythm course in the darkness of night. We’re gonna guess that the illuminated smoke trails and starfield were enhanced in post-production, but they still look cool.

Leno Checks out a 1912 Indian Single

Leno Checks out a 1912 Indian Single

Jay Leno’s Garage highlights a stock 1912 Indian Single motorcycle and its owner, Alex Trepanier. Alex rode the Single on this year’s Motorcycle Cannonball, a 3,000mi journey across the U.S. for bikes that are at least 100 years old. Test ride at 14:38 – after a silly startup procedure.

BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

BMW’s far future concept for a motorcycle is one that’s so smart and safe that riders will not need safety equipment. It balances on its own, and has a flexible frame and adaptive tires instead of joints, bearings or suspension.

2017 Ducati SuperSport

2017 Ducati SuperSport

Ducati’s entry-level sportbike has a 113hp 937cc engine based on the Hypermotard’s core. Its frame is similar to the Panigale’s but has a more comfortable riding stance. It also has three riding modes, an adjustable windscreen and adjustable suspension. More here.

Night Shift Bikes Leafy Savage

Night Shift Bikes Leafy Savage

This very naked bike isn’t ashamed of its new electric heart. Based on a 2003 Suzuki Savage, it has a 40hp Enertrac electric hub motor and batteries from a Nissan Leaf. It’s currently tuned to go 100mi per charge.

Bandit9 Eve Mk. II

Bandit9 Eve Mk. II

Bandit9 revisits its chrome and curves design for MB&F’s exhibit at M.A.D. Gallery Geneva. Limited to 9 units, each Eve Mk. II started out as a 1967 Honda Supersport. The unibody tank (and seat, and rear cowl) is capped by a beautiful front fairing.

Rocket Bike Jump

Rocket Bike Jump

In 1974, daredevil Evel Knievel infamously failed to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket bike. Now, stuntman Eddie Braun has pulled off the stunt, launching 2000ft into the sky off a 10-story ramp, at over 400mph. We’re hoping for some GoPro footage, but so far nothing.

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Dark Knight Batpod Movie Prop

Dark Knight Batpod Movie Prop

Prop Store is auctioning off one of the six Batpod motorcycles that were made for and used in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It’s in display-only setup and is slightly damaged, but this one-of-a-kind ride is expected to fetch at least $80,000.

Urban Motor Jawa Sprint

Urban Motor Jawa Sprint

This stunning skinny steampunk motorcycle is the work of German bike shop Urban Motor. It’s based on a 1964 Jawa 350 engine. Everything else was custom made, from the alloy body to its bizarre handlebars. Full story on Bike EXIF.

Halo Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet

Halo Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet

Guard the streets with ThinkGeek’s officially-licensed Master Chief motorcycle helmet. It meets DOT standards and has a anti-UV light coated ABS shell, a reflective visor with UV protection and removable and washable center and cheek pads.

2014 Lotus C-01

2014 Lotus C-01

One of the coolest motorcycles ever made is going under the hammer. One of only 100 units made, this particular C-01 is has a carbon fiber shell, a 175hp 1195cc KTM V-twin, carbon fiber wheels, 320mm Brembo brakes, Ohlins rear suspension and the classic Lotus livery.

Nitro World Games: Winning Runs

Nitro World Games: Winning Runs

An offshoot of Nitro Circus, Nitro World Games is all about pulling off the most amazing vert tricks on inline skates, skateboards, scooters, BMX and motorcycles. Highlights include a BMX 1080º front flip and an FMX double front flip. Full show here.

Jay Leno Tries Sidecar Racing

Jay Leno Tries Sidecar Racing

Jay Leno tries his hand at sidecar racing with the help of his shop foreman Bernard Juchu and Bernard’s trusty swinger Kevin Kautzky. If you ever wanted to poop in your pants in the most uncomfortable manner, try this sport.

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