America loves big motorcycles. But, in dense urban traffic, those bigger bikes make navigating difficult, cumbersome and downright frustrating for even the most experienced bikers, much less beginners. Grant Ray, Jamie Robinson and Wes Siler downsize with 3 small bikes under $4500, and take to the congested streets of LA to find out just how much better smaller can be. For more on motorcycles, visit hellforleathermagazine.com
Getting dirty with Roland Sands Design - RideApart
Roland Sands is a 250GP AMA champion and the force behind the Roland Sands Design firm that creates aftermarket parts for motorcycles, fashion apparel, custom bikes and a new line of safety gear for riders. He may still look like a teenager, but this industry veteran is spearheading the next generation of American motorcycling leaders. For more on motorcycles, visit hellforleathermagazine.com.
The booming Triumphs of Garage Company - RideApart
Vintage British bikes are the ultimate fantasy for many older bikers, especially the stylish and loud twin 650s by Triumph. And a visit to see the incredible collection at Yoshi Kosaka's Garage Company in LA is better than Disneyland. Jamie Robinson and Adey Bennett snag two of Garage Company's finest vintage Triumphs and head to the Malibu canyons to find out if vintage really is heaven. For more on motorcycles, visit hellforleathermagazine.com.
The $3,000, brand-new motorcycle - RideApart
At just $3,195, both the Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit cafe racer and Heist bobber massively undercut every other motorcycle out there. At just 250cc, they're also smaller than most bikes. Bargain or bogus? Grant and Wes take CCW CEO Scott Colosimo riding in the California desert to find out. For more on motorcycles and CCW, check out http://hellforleathermagazine.com
Hillbilly Hill Climb - RideApart
Classic bike enthusiast Meatball was organizing his first vintage hill climb event at Glen Helen, so Jamie grabbed a $150 Yamaha TY250 from a junk yard, threw it in the back of a Honda Ridgeline and joined in. Costumes mandatory.
Best Beginner Motorcycle [250cc vs 600cc+]
What's the best starter bike? I've got a TON of questions about beginner bikes / starter bikes, so I took the time out to try and explain what the best approach might be to finding the best bike for you personally. Hoping this helps a lot of you newer guys out. I tried to make it all encompassing so it ran a bit long.
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Weekend Adventuring with the Triumph Bonneville - RideApart
What does it take to go on a proper motorcycle adventure? Does "proper" always mean weeks of preparation, loads of gear, huge budgets, a giant touring machine and far-away destinations? Determined to prove otherwise, Jamie Robinson hops on a modern Triumph Bonneville cafe racer with no more than a Kriega bag, a Butler map and 48 hours to get out of LA and as lost as possible in the back roads of the Giant Sequoia National Forest. For more on bikes, visit hellforleathermagazine.com
Extreme adventure test: Part one
While for many, adventure bikes represent comfort, on road presence and load carrying abilities -- these clearly shouldn't be their only qualities.
The real design brief for an adventure bike is that it will take you and your kit wherever you want to go whether that's touring Scotland or navigating your way across the Sahara desert.
Unlike the majority of tests in the media that focus primarily on road riding with some token dirt action, this test is different. The 400 miles of road work covered on this test was purely to get to the off road trails we wanted.
This is a test to determine which of the four bikes you'd want to take into the depths of Africa and which would be better off sticking to well surfaced tarmacked roads.
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The Born Free Show - RideApart
Choppers, bobbers, rat-bikes, vintage cafe racers and every kind of wild oddity in between, nobody does American custom hot-rod culture for bikes on the West Coast like the annual Born Free show in Irvine, Ca. Jamie Robinson wades into a sea of black leather, denim, burly beards, Daisy Dukes and thousands of motorcycles to see what it's all about. For more on motorcycles, visit hellforleathermagazine.com
Racing Bonneville On a $300 Craigslist Motorcycle - RideApart
"You don't have to spend a million bucks to fulfill your dreams. I bought a bike for $300, got it running and entered it in a race I'd always dreampt about.
Bonneville is an epic thing that brings out all kinds of speed contraptions and it was an honor to ride an old 1986 Honda VFR750 in the Run-Whatcha-Brung class and pretend to be like my childhood heroes.
If I can do it, anyone can." — Jamie Robinson
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CCW Tha Misfit Review
A video review of the 2012 CCW Misfit. Shot on a Galaxy Nexus Android phone, sorry.
The song is called "She Came Along" by Kid Cudi.
Walk around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgd3Vmbg0_U&t=1m39s
Akrapovič Morsus World First Ride
MCN Road Tester Trevor Franklin takes the critically acclaimed Akrapovic Morsus for a world first test ride in Slovenia.
The Morsus is a unique custom machine built for aftermarket Exhaust giant Akrapovic by specialists Dreamachine Motorcycles of Slovenia. It went from drawing to finished article in just two and a half months and went on to win major European custom show championships, culminating with an entry to the AMD World Championship.
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Jay Leno's Garage: Ryca Motorcycle CS-1 Cafe Racer Kit
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Are you a pretty good wrench who wants a lightweight commuter with a sleek cafe look? Do you love custom bikes? Check out this video featuring these custom motorcycles!
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Are you a pretty good wrench who wants a lightweight commuter with a sleek cafe look? Then get yourself a used Suzuki S40 and one of Ryca's CS-1 kits - and presto! In about 40 hours, you'll have an air-cooled, single cylinder, 650cc cafe racer!
Jay Leno's Garage: Ryca Motorcycle CS-1 Cafe Racer Kit
Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle
A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick "Apex" Brocha vs. a Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.
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Variant Salvo HiViz Helmet
Overlord Prime Hero Jacket
Overlord Prime Pants
Jim's Icon Gear:
Alliance Reflective Helmet
GoPro Hero HD
Traxxas Rustler VXL Brushless w/ 11.1v LiPo Battery
2012 Literbike Streetfighter Shootout
Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC vs MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 vs Triumph Speed Triple R
Last year's edition of our annual literbike streetfigher shootout pitted three competent, albeit plebeian, naked bikes to battle for supremacy — Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z1000 and Triumph Speed Triple. This year we've assembled the aristocrats of the class — Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC, MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 and Triumph Speed Triple R — to determine the hierarchy of the naked elite.
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The Cars of Queens: Part I - BIG MUSCLE
Before BIG MUSCLE had its feet planted firmly in West Coast soil, it was stationed here... in beautiful Queens, NY. Now while most people would never think of Queens as a destination spot, believe me when I tell you that in this land of graffiti, window bars and padlocks lies some of the coolest muscle cars that you're ever likely to see. This is Part I of BIG MUSCLEs two part episode on the "Cars of Queens". In this episode we take a look at a wicked 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS drop-top and a stunning 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. Both cars have been updated accordingly in all departments and both cars were conceived to be, at their cores, bad-ass New York street fighters.