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This Droog Moto DM-015 Swerves Around The Apocalypse

Here at Men’s Gear, we’ve featured an awful lot of bikes. Out of all, most points go to Droog Moto’s motorcycles, not only because they always impress us, but also because the shop doesn’t seem to shy away from taking risks to innovate the present mold. Which brings us to the Droog Moto DM-015.

If you’ve seen Droog Moto’s previous handiwork, you know their motorcycles look like they came right out of a lavish science-fiction film shoot. The new one you see above is not an exception. The slick, slightly steampunk project sees the Kawasaki Nija 250 enter a drastic transformation to get ready for an imminent post-apocalyptic world.

Far from just looking beautiful, the thing runs excellently, too. That credit goes to Droog Moto, who always ensures each bike it disassembles gets tiptop performance in the end. The Droog Moto DM-015 boasts a 250cc engine that makes 36 horsepower. Which drives a six-speed gearbox, mind you. The numbers doesn’t seem all that impressive on paper. But consider that the bike is stripped to its bare essentials. Suddenly things get a little more interesting.

You get a front and rear suspension both fully upgrade to fully adjustable units. Also, you’ll find LED lighting that replaces the standard halogen bulbs on the bike. Each baby, in case you didn’t know, undergoes custom construction to satisfy the buyer’s standards. The shop takes your measurements and builds the bike to fit you personally. Thinking of those things is what really sets Droog Moto apart from the rest.

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Photos courtesy of Droog Moto

Curtiss Hades Electric Motorcycle

It was a weekend before today when the Curtiss Zeus Radial V8 graced our pages with its unique design. The manufacturer shows us a perfect amalgam classic and future with the motorcycle’s exceptional form factor. After showcasing its tribute to the god of the skies as well as its most recent badass alternative take, we’re ready for another.

This time we’re looking at one of Zeus’ brothers. To be specific, he who watches over the underworld. The Curtiss Hades by no means a slouch when it comes to jaw-dropping aesthetics and it flaunts a more sinister look than its sibling.

Comparing it to the Zeus Radial V8’s appearance, which looks like an internal combustion engine, the Hades looks like a weapon. To be exact – a gun that’s ready to shoot down the competition with its stunning good looks. Just like all of the other models from the Curtiss’ catalog, this is an all-electric motorcycle.

As such, it relies on a battery to run the in-house-developed axial electric motor. Coming up with a clever way of concealing its energy source, this two-wheeler is integrating it into the frame. The 16.8 kWh battery unit sits inside a shell that looks like a bullet.

This provides enough power to push the Curtiss Hades forward with up to 217 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. This is possible through the use of a Cascadia Motion PM100 propulsion inverter. As more companies make the shift to all-electric platforms, eye-catching design can set your product apart from the rest. You can be the proud owner of this devilish ride to the lovely tune of $75,000.

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Images courtesy of Curtiss

Fuel Royal Rally 400

This is the Fuel Royal Rally 400, from Fuel Motorcycles. The company just recently built it, in huge part catering to those planning to take on the Scram Africa, which Fuel Motorcycles organized themselves.

The bespoke bike draws inspiration from the first bikes that rode the Paris Dakar Rally. People consider it as one of the toughest and most prestigious extreme motorsport competitions in the world. The race now goes by Dakar, though. And runs only in South America due to a handful of security concerns. Make no mistake: it still makes any motor racing fan gush with excitement.

Though Fuel Motorcycles kept most of the original parts, it added a few modifications as well. They edited lines and proportions to make for a more compact look, but taking care not to lose its aggressiveness. The front light is no more — in place of it is a new squared vintage enduro mask. The tank’s protections are gone as well. The standard dual seat is now just a solo seat.

With the rear seat gone, the company added a removable custom build grille that has enough space to carry a small bag. One of the tank protectors is now located on the left side, re-fitted so as to provide extra luggage space. Other changes include a stronger handlebar, USB charging, and a unique speedometer. All these make the bike as functional as possible without losing its original flair.

You can find out more if you hit the link below. The bike, as we’ve mentioned, is joining this year’s Scram Africa, so expect it there.

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Photos courtesy of Fuel Motorcycles

Ducati Panigale

It’s here — the Ducati Panigale V4, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 916 superbike. Just 500 units will be made. So act fast if you want to get your hands on one of the most iconic bikes to ever come out of the Borgo Panigale factory.

Underneath the new Panigale is a handful of special parts. Among them are an Akrapovic exhaust, a dry clutch conversion, and a Panigale V4 R front frame. You’ll also find forged magnesium wheels care of Marchesini here. Not to mention other bits and bobs straight out of the Ducati Performance catalog.

“In all of modern motorcycling history, no bike has been as era-defining as the 916, both in terms of design and performance.”

That’s Francesco Milicia, Global Sales VP of Ducati Motor Holding, speaking at the unveiling event at Pebble Beach.

“I’m incredibly proud to present this exclusive version of our Panigale V4, itself a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 916.”

Ducati presented the bike with none other than “King” Carl Forgarty himself. Fogarty took the Ducati 916 Superbike to victory twice in the World Superbike Championship. Presenting it on the American Superbike stage, says Milicia, underscores the automaker’s dedication to the US market. He adds he’s sure bike enthusiasts and collectors alike will appreciate the uniqueness of the new Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916.

Bike number five from the 500-unit allotment is going up for auction. Proceeds will go to a fundraiser for a charitable cause. Hit the link below to find out more.

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Photos courtesy of Ducati

Stranger Things Season 3 Bike

If you’re a massive Stranger Things fan, you can gobble up another excellent memorabilia from the show: this Mongoose Freestyle Bike coated in a perky silver-yellow sheen.

The Stranger Things Season 3 bike is not only a noteworthy addition to the growing catalog of Stranger Things paraphernalia. In and of itself, it’s also a pretty slick-looking ride. Not too fancy, sure. But not too shabby, either. It’s the perfect choice if you’re just getting started on biking. Fans of the show can now purchase the BMX-style single-speed. That’s right. The ride is modeled after the one Max Mayfield rides in Season 3 of the popular Netflix series. The entire third season starts streaming on July 4.

Just like everything else in the show, the Stranger Things Season 3 bike screams ‘80s. That era has heavily influenced the show’s core elements, including its visuals, themes, cinematography, and even plot points.

At $220, it’s not exactly the cheapest way to score ‘80s swagger. But it’s hard to deny the thing’s a beaut. Just look at that replica frame. And fork. There are retro five-spoke mag wheels and bright yellow handlebars, to boot. The seat and pad set are yellow, as well. This thing is cute as heck, and if your kid is a massive Stranger Things fan, they’d be more than happy to have this.

There’s also an illuminating headlamp that’s very cute. And of course, the rear-axle pegs. They’re highlights on top of highlights. The bike is currently available at select Target stores. You can check out the link below to locate one near you.

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Curtiss Warhawk Bike

Curtiss Motorcycles has done it again. At this point, should we even be surprised? The shop has put out a coterie of impressive custom jobs in years past. Its newest, called the Curtiss Warhawk, is no different. Like its siblings, the bike is a beastly bang-up job that says, “Screw it. We’re not about subtle.”

Indeed, it’s immediately apparent just after one glance that this is no ordinary ride. But explore its innards and you’ll find an equally impressive array of specs to match. First off, there’s a 132 cubic-inch triple cashaft V-twin engine. That amounts to 150 brake horsepower output — on a bike that weighs 570 pounds.

The chassis, an aluminum monocoque, features a double wishbone parallelogram front fork. There’s also a fabricated rear aluminum swing arm to round out the metallic profile. Top speed is rated at over 165mph. How much does it cost? Well, you can get this one for your garage just for the low, low price of $112,00.

By the way, this is the first Curtiss motorcycle in 105 years, if you can believe that. It’s also the last Curtiss to feature a Petrol V-twin engine. If this is something you think you want, act fast. The shop will make just 36 examples, so you better get that check ready stat. This is also the first and last of its kind, just so you know. Curtiss, which changes its name this year, will switch to all-electric propulsion for their builds moving forward. What a swan song, though.

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Photos courtesy of Curtiss Motorcycles

Bird Cruiser

Electric scooter startup Bird has unveiled the two-seater Bird Cruiser minibike. As a company, Bird is no joke. The multibillion-dollar outfit helped kick-start the micro-mobility movement globally — it even regards itself a “disruptor.”

But the Bird Cruiser shows it adapting a more familiar, less innovative idea. The ride boasts padded seats, hydraulic disc brakes, and an LCD matrix display — additions meant to address the general apprehension toward purchasing electric bikes. Bird is coming out with two versions: one comes with a throttle, where you’ll place your feet on pegs to advance forward. The other is a pedal-assist variant, which works more like a traditional bike.

Essentially, the Bird Cruiser is a sophisticated mix between a bicycle and a moped. It also marks Bird’s first move outside of the kick scooter space. The ride is also part of the startup’s shared vehicles fleet. And also its Bird Platform program where it lets enterprise users run their own businesses using Bird’s vehicles.

The bike is launching this summer in select territories; Bird will distribute the peg and pedal-assist variants according to market. Both bikes boast a 52-volt battery, which is typical of e-bikes these days. It can track hills without a hiccup, just so you know.

“Bird’s introduction of shared e-scooters spurred a global phenomenon and mode shift away from cars,” said Bird founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden. “Starting this summer, people can move about their city and explore new neighborhoods together, without a car. Designed and engineered in California, Bird Cruiser is an inclusive electric-powered option that is approachable, easy-to-ride and comfortable on rough roads.”

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Hookie Co. Yard Built “Grasshopper” Yamaha XSR700

Hookie Co. has modded the 689cc Yamaha XSR700 concept twin into something ruggedly futuristic. Though Hookie kept the original frame and chassis, it added parts like a handcrafted aluminum tank, a new aluminum seat rail…

Muli Cargo eBike

Muli’s Cargo eBike is a cleverly designed electric bike that focuses on storage but also mobility. With a massive carriage on the front, urban cyclists get a compact, multi-functional solution to traveling around the city with their gear in tow. Or their little toddler, even, safety permitting.

At 6.4 feet in length, the bike is a tiny but robust ride, with the front centerpiece offering a whopping 90 liters of cargo. You can use it for carrying deliveries, groceries, or anything you want to schlep on your travels with.

There’s an integrated Pendix middle motor that promises to offer powerful acceleration when needed. It can easily handle riders up to 375 pounds in weight. That doesn’t include that cargo, by the way. You can 154 pounds more and it’ll still go.

Unfortunately, this thing isn’t cheap. At $4,700, it’s one of the most expensive eBike options we’ve come across. But if you the type of cyclists who has a lot to carry daily, this might be the perfect option. And did we mention that cargo space folds when you don’t need it?

Whether that kind of ingenious design merits a nearly $5,000 price point is for you to decide. Bear in mind that you can always just hit the car on the way. But if you don’t want to waste gas, this is definitely the more eco-friendly option. If this model isn’t your particular cup of tea, hit the link below to check out other bikes from Muli.

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Specialized Roubaix Makes For Ultra-Comfy Cycling

Fast doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable. In fact, you really can’t focus on speed if something is off about your bike, especially if it feels ergonomically unsound. The Specialized Roubaix is a great choice that deals with both reasonably.

The best bikers in the world didn’t reach the finish line with a scraggly ride. They reached that milestone because their gear choices were topnotch, designed to withstand even the most unforgiving terrains. Specialized took the experience of riding cobbles at 28mph and used it to make a bike you can sit comfortably on even while coursing through very poorly maintained tracks. Not only that, but one that’s also stiff and aerodynamic enough to compete with the best bikes in the world.

It’s not the lightest of racing bikes, though. But it is very, very comfortable — fitting for riders who want to take it even further. It surely won’t hold a candle to the Specialized’s Tarmac or Venge models, to be frank. Even still, it’s far more comfortable than either of those. Key to this is its Pavé seatpost, which features an aero-shaped design specifically made to boost rider comfort.

The bike features Future Shock 2.0 technology which Specialized brought in previous model years. Designed for rough-terrain riding, it ensures a smooth, efficient ride as you roam around uneven landscapes. This new version also lets users adjust the damping and stiffness of the shock. That goes a long way to making the bike be more rigid and responsive. Hit the link below to find out how you can buy.

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Rikuo Type 97 Bike

We’ve searched high and low to bring you some of the most notable bikes that have ever burned asphalt on this planet. But none of them are sleeker than this Rikuo Type 97. Which, as you can see, has been restored to absolute perfection.

Iconic military vehicles are tough to spot, especially ones that have the same components they started with. Which is why this bike is a particular masterstroke of a restoration job. But first, a brief history lesson. In the 1930s, Rikuo was one of Japan’s neophyte bike manufacturers, now presiding over an who’s-who of today’s Asian motorcycle builders.

Back to the ride itself. The original Rikuo Type 97 boasted an American-made L-head Harley-Davidson motor. That was its centerpiece, and the contracted military motorcycle prospered as a result. The ride came after a licensing agreement between the companies, which then led to the import of foreign powertrains and parts. This greatly helped Harley-Davidson survive one of United States’ darkest days: The Great Depression.

This ride was truly the product of a collaboration that went beyond just fusing two names together. Underneath you’ll find a 1,200cc VL-Series engine, manufactured and implemented in Japan throughout the war. On the other hand, Harley-Davidson contributed its 3-step gearbox, parallelogram-linked front forks, and rigid suspension.

Unfortunately, all great relationships have an end. In 1962, following decreasing sales and rising product costs, Rikuo pulled the Type 97 “RQ.” Today, this ride value hovers north of $6,000, but its historical imprints are priceless.

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Photos courtesy of Motorworld

1960 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH Survivor Bike

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KR Customs Royal Enfield Continental GT ‘Grigio’ Motorcycle

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