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Volkswagen may ‘carve out’ Lamborghini to list on the stock exchange

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen is drawing up plans to set up Lamborghini as a more independent unit, and is discussing long-term supply deals that could make it easier to list it on the stock exchange, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

“Volkswagen is in the process of carving out Lamborghini, and to organize future supply and technology transfer deals,” one of the sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Italian sportscar brand, which is currently a division of Audi, could be partially listed, with Volkswagen retaining a controlling stake, the first person familiar with the talks said.

There is no formal decision to divest Lamborghini, a second source said, adding that the timetable of any deal remained unclear.

“This is a first step which gives VW the option to list the unit further down the line,” the second source told Reuters.

A third source familiar with the discussions said the future of Bugatti, Lamborghini and Ducati was discussed during a supervisory board meeting last Friday.

The possibilities for how to electrify the Lamborghini and Bugatti brands through partnerships and investors was discussed, the third source said.

Bankers and potential cornerstone investors in an IPO have been approached by the carmaker, the sources said.

Volkswagen declined to comment.

Volkswagen Group’s Chief Executive Herbert Diess on Wednesday said the carmaker will announce “important steps” about the company’s future before the close of the year.

Volkswagen is reviewing what role its high-performance brands Lamborghini, Bugatti and Ducati will play within the multi-brand carmaker as part of broader quest for more economies of scale, senior executives told Reuters.

A global clampdown on combustion-engined vehicles has forced carmakers to accelerate development of low-emission technology for mainstream models, leaving Volkswagen managers struggling to find resources to electrify low volume sportscar models.

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Top 14 Motorcycle Goggles In 2019

While motorcycle goggles might not bring the same sexiness that a helmet or leathers would, they’re an extremely important part of your get up. Whether you love nothing more than spraying dirt and mud into the air when off-roading or you simply use your motorcycle to commute to work, you’ll need an adequate pair of goggles to provide protection, good visibility, and of course, style.

Let’s face it, unless you’re a frog you’re not going to enjoy flies hitting your face on a regular basis as you trundle down the highway – especially if they hit you square in the eyes. Wind and rain can also be a distraction and are therefore another reason to wear motorcycle goggles, let’s not forget you’ll also want to ensure that your eyes are protected from UV rays as well.

As you will know, there is nothing too ingenious about what motorcycle goggles do but this doesn’t mean that they’re all the same. You can find expensive goggles that are garbage and cheaper goggles that are surprisingly good at what they do. The only issue is that there are so many of them out there to choose from and it can be a bit difficult establishing which are the ones worthing looking at.

Fortunately for you guys, we have performed some highly scientific tests on 14 of the best motorcycle goggles to make your job of finding a pair so much easier. We wore them in the bath, in a wind-tunnel, during a moon-landing, and even when dressing up as a minion just to see how they would hold up in different environments. All of those on the list came through with flying colors and are therefore just about good enough to make our list of recommendations.

Okay, so we might have exaggerated a tiny bit and our tests actually consisted of wearing them while riding our motorcycles a few times, prodding them with our fingers, and throwing them at each other to see which didn’t break – still pretty scientific if you ask us.

So, ready to find the perfect pair of motorcycle goggles? You better get reading then!

TOP MOTORCYCLE GOGGLES

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If you’re looking for a good cheap pair of motorcycle riding goggles to get started with or as a backup to your main pair, you are not going to go wrong with the Demeixs Motorcycle Goggles. Like the Oakley above, these are primarily aimed at the off-roading bike and ATV riders among you but we are confident they will be able to provide ample protection when used for other outdoor activities as well.

First and foremost, these look great, right up there with the best looking on this list in our opinion, so if looking the business is a priority for you, these should definitely be checked out. They are actually very comfortable for the price too and will also easily fit a pair of glasses underneath. We found them to be incredibly sturdy too, but then you would expect that from any type of gear that is there to protect you.

Where the real value for money comes into play is when you consider that these offer similar features as goggles that are three or four times their cost. You’ll get lenses that offer complete UV protection and are also scratch, dust, and fog resistant to boot. For the price you are paying that is pretty impressive it has to be said.

Overall quality is not quite there compared to more expensive goggles but these are more than capable of providing you all the protection that you need as you tear up the track.

Pros

  • checkGreat value for money
  • checkScratch, fog, and dust resistant
  • checkGreat looking

Cons

  • cross-altNose protector uncomfortable for some

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  • Brand Dmeixs
  • Weight 4.6oz
  • Product Dimensions 7.7 x 3.9 x 4.5 inches
2Oakley O-Frame MX Goggles

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Many of you will already know that Oakley is one of the biggest names in eye protection both in terms of sunglasses and when it comes to sports such as motocross and skiing. These guys know how to make a top-quality set of goggles which is why the Oakley O-Frame MX Goggles are one of the most expensive on our list of recommendations.

You are not only paying for the brand, however, as Oakley are worn by professional Motocross and supercross riders across the globe simply because they offer the best protection. Don’t believe us, ask Ricky Carmichael, the world’s most successful rider in history as to why he always chose Oakley.

Designed with racers and off riders in mind, the O-Frame are also more than able to be used for everyday riding and even for other sports. These good-looking goggles come in a variety of designs but it is the build quality and the many features that will appeal to most of you.

A flexible-O-Matter frame with three layers of face foam around the rims is there to ensure optimum comfort while the highly durable scratch and impact resistant lenses will allow you to compete in the toughest of races without worry of damage. Anti-fog features will mean that you will not have to worry about your lenses steaming up even in the most humid of conditions and you can even swap out lenses for different conditions.

All in all, if you’re looking for some of the best motorcycle goggles around, especially for off-roading, the Oakley O-Frames just have to be considered.

Pros

  • checkThe quick-release lens allows for simple swap-outs
  • checkScratch-resistant, anti-fog, and 100% UV protection
  • checkSupports the implementation of tear-offs

Cons

  • cross-altA bit small compared to other goggles 

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  • Brand Oakley
  • Weight 7.2oz
  • Package Dimensions 8 x 4.7 x 4.5 inches
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Why wear your glasses underneath a pair of regular motorcycle goggles when you can just buy some prescription motorcycle goggles like the Bobster Cruiser 2 goggles? Just send your goggles off to Bobster with your prescription details and they will fit your Rx lenses before sending them back to you.

Designed to be an all-rounder, these goggles can be worn whether you are bike trailing off-road, hitting the motocross tracks, or if you are taking to the road. Reasonably priced, the Cruiser 2 by the popular Bobster brand are aviator motorcycle goggles that offer a snug and comfortable fit, offer UV protection and the lenses are shatter-resistant.

What we, and we are confident that you will find appealing is that the lenses can be interchanged very easily. Within less than a minute you can pop out one set of lenses and put in another. Even better is that they even provide you with three different polycarbonate lenses, each suitable to different levels of daylight, as part of the deal. You have clear, amber, and smoked lenses to choose from which means that you’ll be able to enjoy clear visibility and added protection no matter what time of the day or night.

Pros

  • checkInterchangeable lenses
  • checkComes with 3 different lenses
  • checkUV protection & shatterproof

Cons

  • cross-altNot anti-fog
4Biltwell Moto 2.0 Goggles

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If a wide peripheral view, comfort, and the ability to wear over the top of glasses is something you value over the neon-design thrills of other goggles, the Biltwell Moto 2.0 Goggles are where you should begin your search.

While the design is quite basic, Biltwell offers no apologies for this simply because the Moto 2 have been built to perform rather than to look good. A large eye-port offers a great field of view and space beneath to wear prescription glasses while the polycarbonate anti-fog coated lenses are scratch and impact proof.

These are at the top in terms of cost compared to our other suggestions but it has to be said that once you see and feel the build quality, comfort levels, and the durability that these goggles provide on top of their obvious safety benefits, you will quickly agree that they are worth the extra.

While the vain among you will probably want to look elsewhere, those of us that are not as aesthetically-blessed will be more than happy with the obvious quality that the Moto 2.0 goggles provide. Oh, did we mention that you can easily purchase and fit replacement or additional lenses too? Bargain!

Pros

  • checkRugged and durable
  • checkExcellent peripheral visibility
  • checkCan be worn with glasses underneath

Cons

  • cross-altWill not win any fashion shows

Specs

  • Brand Biltwell
  • Weight 1lb
  • Product Dimensions 7.6 x 4.3 x 3 inches
5Birdz Eyewear Eagle Goggles

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Firstly, do you see what they have done there? Birdz Eyewear? If you are struggling, think frozen foods and you are there. Brand name aside, however, their Eagle goggles are actually very impressive considering their budget price tag.

Designed to look like aviator goggles, these actually look quite stylish too when you factor in the yellow lenses. These are not there purely to look the part though, the yellow lenses have actually been designed specifically to be ideal when driving in low-light conditions such as in the morning. Those lenses are polycarbonate, shatterproof, and offer complete 100% UV protection which is pretty impressive considering the low cost of these goggles.

If you take your off-roading seriously you might want something that offers slightly more in terms of durability but they are certainly an able backup. These are more suited to road riders on their way to work in the morning and on their way back home in the evenings. They are a little small, not really suited to wearing spectacles underneath and are prone to scratching but once again, once we point you to their price, they still represent good value for money.

Pros

  • checkGreat price
  • checkIdeal for wear in low light
  • checkUV protection & shatterproof

Cons

  • cross-altProne to scratching

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  • Brand Birdz Eyewear
  • Weight 0.64oz
  • Product Dimensions 6.1 x 2.9 x 2.8 inches
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If you love getting down and dirty…on the off-road race track guys, get your minds on track, then you are going to need some goggles that can help keep the dirt out of your eyes. The 4-FQ motocross goggles will do just that while offering plenty of other advantages too.

What will first impress you with the 4-FQ is how they look, they really do look good and we’re confident that they will go with almost any style of helmet that you have. Made from PU resin, the goggles themselves feel nice and sturdy while also offering plenty of bendability and flexibility to ensure good levels of comfort. We also love the fact that the nose protector is detachable but that might be because most of us here have rather large snouts.

As for the lenses, which as we all know is what separates the great goggles from the good ones, these offer up UV protection and are fog, scratch, and dust resistant. They are also mirrored which just adds to their great looking design and we certainly have no complaints about the level of tinting used as it is perfect for those bright days.

These are advertised primarily as motocross goggles but really they could be used for many extreme sports such as off-roading, snowboarding, or skiing. For the price, they even make a good investment if you are only going to wear them each winter when you need to plow the driveway.

Pros

  • checkFits well over glasses
  • checkBendable OTG Frame
  • checkAttractive looking

Cons

  • cross-altCould do with non-slip on the band

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  • Brand 4-FQ
  • Weight 4.8oz
  • Product Dimensions 8 x 5 x 1.8 inches
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Now with the Scott Recoil Goggles, you either love a bit of pink in your gear, which of course, there is nothing wrong with that in this day and age, or you need some goggles for the girlfriend or wife. Either way, you are getting a pair from a well-trusted brand that is known for developing quality at a great price.

Suitable for use on the motorcycle either when off-roading or on the roads, these goggles offer up good levels peripheral view, protection from UV, and of comfort, even for those of us with oddly shaped heads due to the adjustability that it provides. Fitted with a Lexan lens they are also particularly difficult to scratch and are built to be extremely durable.

While these will not be able to compete with goggles much higher in price, they do offer an excellent option for anyone looking for an entry-level pair or simply some as a backup option. Many have also commented on these motorcycle goggles on Amazon claiming that they work perfectly well when snowmobiling or enjoying other winter activities.

Pros

  • checkGood quality build
  • checkWide area of view
  • checkFits all sizes due to the adjustable strap

Cons

  • cross-altThe pink color will not suit everyone

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  • Brand Scott
  • Weight 5.6oz
  • Product Dimensions 8 x 4 x 4 inches
84-FQ G4 Motorcycle Goggles

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Generally, lower cost goggles are not going to bring much in terms of performance when compared to their older priced peers but this is the second pair we have recommended from 4-FQ and for some very good reasons. While they are fairly cheap, they offer up the sort of protection, comfort, and build quality of products double or even triple their price.

Sure, if you’re a professional motocross rider you are going to go for something a bit more advanced but for the rest of us, these are more than adequate when enjoying a bit of biking action.

Standout features of the G4 are a silicone strap that is non-slip and highly adjustable, a tight fit that prevents any foreign objects or moisture from getting in, and highly transparent lenses that are difficult to scratch and polarized so protect against UV. In terms of how they look, they don’t do too badly here either as they have a nice design that is big enough to offer the protection it does but not too big so that it feels like they cover your entire face.

Pros

  • checkGreat price
  • checkProtects from wind, dust, water, and UV
  • checkNon-slip strap

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  • cross-altMight be a tight fit if wearing glasses

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  • Brand 4-FQ
  • Weight 3.2oz
  • Product Dimensions 3.6 x 3.7 x 3.5 inches
9Fox Racing Main Race Goggle

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Fox Racing has been in the MX business for longer than most of us have been alive and their Fox Racing Main Race Goggle is a great place to start if you are looking for quality at an affordable price.

Better looking than your than your best looking friend and more reliable than your ex-girlfriend, these goggles will become a welcome addition to your motocross gear. With a broad field of view, extreme comfort due to three layers of foam, and a Lexan lens, you are unlikely to find better in this price range. In fact, we would go as far to say that these are among our favorite on our list of recommendations.

An additional bonus is that these have a post built-in that will allow you to implement tear-offs which will appeal to the more serious racers out there. Furthermore, offering complete UV protection, the ability to easily replace the lens, and a variety of different designs, just adds to the attraction. Despite being specifically designed for MX and off-roaders, the main race goggles will be more than adequate for road riding too.

Pros

  • checkLexan lens
  • checkWide peripheral view
  • checkHigh comfort levels

Cons

  • cross-altA little smaller than other competitors

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  • Brand Fox Racing
  • Weight 6.7oz
  • Product Dimensions 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches
10Pacific Coast Airfoil 9305 Goggles

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Another cracking set of motorcycle goggles in our opinion is that of the Pacific Coast Airfoil 9305 Goggles. Designed to be the ideal choice for us four-eyed folk wearing glasses, these goggles also offer up plenty of other advantages that go some way to making them somewhat of a bargain.

Produced by Pacific Coast, as you might have already guessed, they have come from a company that has been making glasses and goggles for more than 30-years. After so long in the business, you would have to assume that they know what they’re doing and in this case, you would be right. These goggles are the latest in a long line of ranges that have become popular among a wide range of motorcyclists.

They can fit almost all sizes of glasses underneath quite comfortably and the actual comfort felt on the face is at a high level as well. The glasses you’re wearing are not pressed right into your face like many other supposedly ‘glasses-friendly’ goggles do and your vision is not affected by having to look through two sets of lenses.

Those lenses offer 100% UV protection and are unlikely to fog over due to a tight fit frame which is also well ventilated.

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  • checkFit over most prescription glasses
  • check100% polycarbonate lens
  • checkGood field of vision

Cons

  • cross-altMight seem a little big for some

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  • Brand Pacific Coast
  • Weight 4oz
  • Product Dimensions 8.3 x 4.1 x 3 inches
11Bobster Bugeye Goggles

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If you are on the hunt for some budget motorcycle goggles, you are not going to find much better than these Bobster Bugeye Goggles. These might not offer you the durability and protection levels of goggles that are two or three times the price but they are surprisingly good for their price tag.

While you will be using these goggles primarily when riding your motorcycle, you will find they can also be used when skydiving, snowmobiling, skiing, and even the most dangerous of them all – lawn mowing. Being wind and impact resistant, even the toughest and most stubborn of grass will be able to penetrate them and get into your eyes. This will allow you to focus on completing your wife’s orders in a timely and hopefully nag-free fashion.

Joking aside, the Bobster Bugeye Goggles are fairly basic in design and will not win any awards for style, but they perform very well and are actually really comfortable to wear. They offer 100% UV protection, come with a choice of three different colored lenses, are well ventilated, and are adjustable enough to fit heads of all sizes.

Pros

  • checkGreat price
  • checkVery functional
  • checkImpact & dust resistant

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  • cross-altCould be a little more durable

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  • Brand Bobster
  • Weight 1.92oz
  • Product Dimensions 6.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 inches
12Global Vision Eyewear Big Ben Goggles

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Another that we consider being among the best motorcycle goggles is that of the Big Ben Goggles from Global Vision Eyewear. These are priced a little more than most on our list but we and many other of their customers have nothing but good things to say about them and believe that they are well worth the few extra dollars.

Sporting a flexible frame that allows it to conform to your head shape seamlessly and UV lenses that are scratch and fog proof, these goggles will provide you with high levels of performance and comfort.  Though a little small in size, they do not look too bad either and can even fit many sizes of glasses underneath them too.

One thing that you will instantly notice as you remove these goggles from their packaging is that the overall build quality is very impressive. They are extremely durable but flexible at the same time and you can just tell that these are going to last a good number of years.

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  • checkScratch and fog proof
  • checkComfortable and flexible
  • checkCan fit over glasses

Cons

  • cross-altReports that they are a little small

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  • Brand Global Vision Eyewear
  • Weight 7.2oz
  • Product Dimensions 7.4 x 5.6 x 3.4 inches
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For all you penny pinchers out there, the Freehawk Motorcycle Goggles will be another consideration for you to make when looking for a budget pair of goggles for use on your motorcycle. Having tested them out vigorously, we have to say that we are mightily impressed at how they perform despite their low price tag.

Offering good comfort levels and lenses that offer UV protection as well as being scratch and impact resistant, these Freehawk goggles are great when you consider they can be had for less than ten bucks. You also have the option of four different colored lenses when making a purchase with those being brown, orange, yellow, or clear.

An adjustable strap will make it possible to fit all sizes of heads and helmets and in terms of comfort, we are sure you will be very impressed. They are more comfortable than some goggles that are twice their price and they also offer up a peripheral view that is barely impaired at all. Furthermore, despite being quite small in size compared to other goggles, these will still allow you to wear over the top of prescription glasses.

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  • checkSuperb value for money
  • checkSuitable for many uses

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14CRG Sports Aviator Style Motorcycle Goggles

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If you are looking for something a little more quirky, you might want to consider the CRG Sports Aviator Style Motorcycle Goggles. These might look like something you might wear when flying a biplane in your latest WW1 video game or as you pretend you’re in control of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang but these are actually legit modern day motorcycle goggles.

They do look fantastic it has to be said with so many different colors and styles to choose from and they will provide a great talking point. They are not just style over substance, however, as they offer 100% UV protection, scratch, and dust resistance, and are extremely comfortable to wear.

Vintage motorcycle goggles may not be for everyone but those of you with a fun and witty personality that like to be a little different from the mainstream, these are a great option at a very good price. They might not offer quite as much quality and protection as some of the more expensive brands but you really cannot knock them at this price.

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  • checkScratch resistant
  • checkGood level of eye protection
  • checkMany color schemes to choose from

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  • cross-altCan fog up after a while

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  • Brand CRG Sports
  • Weight 3.36oz
  • Product Dimensions 7.8 x 5.4 x 2.3 inches

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

What are the Main Benefits of Motorcycle Goggles?

Aside from allowing us to pretend we are Ricky Carmichael for a few minutes? Seriously though, motorcycle aviator goggles are designed for one reason and one reason only, our safety when riding.

In fact, as many of you will already know or at least, should do, is that it’s actually illegal in many states to drive on the road without a windshield or safety goggles. This means if you’re going to wear an open helmet or off-road helmet, goggles are a must if you want to keep on the right side of the law. Even the dirt bikers among you are required by law to wear safety goggles, no matter what random trail you decide to use. That said, who really wants to go without them with all that road debris flying around?

Goggles are there to help improve our visibility and prevent bugs, flying debris, mud, rain, snow, and whatever else might be in the air from getting into our eyes that could potentially cause us to have an accident. As you can imagine, trying to fish something out of your eyes while you’re riding is never going to be something that is easy to do. Furthermore, riding one-handed, with poor visibility, and using the other hand to try and remove whatever it is will on many occasions lead to you meeting the ground more forcefully than you would previously have liked.

So if you’re the kind of guy that does not like pain (who does?) we would certainly recommend that you look into buying a set of motorcycle goggles that will help to prevent this kind of accident from happening.

What are the Main Safety Considerations When Buying Motorcycle Goggles?

In case you hadn’t noticed, most motorcycles do not come with a windscreen and therefore unless you are wearing riding goggles or a helmet with a visor, there is nothing to protect your eyes when riding. Not only do you have to consider the sort of things getting in your eyes that we mentioned under the last question, but sunlight, fog, and glare can cause visibility issues as well.

When you next buy a pair of motorcycle goggles on Amazon or down your local bike store, there are a ton of safety considerations that you will have to think about. Are they suitable for the road or for dirt biking? Do they have UV protection? Are they designed for use at night? Can you wear glasses underneath them? Are they comfortable even after wearing them for a few hours?

You need to think about when and why you will be using them before you can narrow down your search. If you are a hardened dirt biker you might prefer goggles with scratch resistant and shatterproof lenses and tough frames that can withstand heavy impacts. On the flip side, if you primarily bike on the road during the day, you are going to want curved lenses for increased peripheral vision, lenses with UV protection, anti-fog coating, and of course, a pair that is going to be comfortable to wear.

Ask yourself exactly what you want from your motorcycle goggles to see if you can find a pair that provides you everything that you need. You might even need a few pairs to cover all instances just like many other riders do. Some will have a specific pair they will use at night, another for when they are on the roads during the day, and a further pair for when they are going off-road.

What are the Different Types of Motorcycle Goggles?

You would be excused for thinking that motorcycle goggles are all the same in that they are designed to give you protection when riding your motorcycle. However, how you plan on using your motorcycle will probably determine the type of goggles that you want to use. Generally, you are either going to be using your bike on the roads as a mode of transport or off-road as a hobby or for sport.

For that reason, you will find that there are goggles that have been designed for each purpose. Of course, you could use any pair of goggles for either but those that are specifically designed for a particular purpose will be the better option.

Off-Road GogglesWhether you like to go motorbike trailing off-road or take part in motocross races, you are going to want to find some goggles that have been designed with off-roading specifically in mind. As you can imagine, you are going to experience a lot of mud and dirt and you are going to be having far more accidents/crashes than you would if on the road. For that reason, your goggles should be strong, offer up good visibility, and will protect your eyes from foreign objects.

Street GogglesNow on the other hand, if you are looking for goggles for your road motorcycle, you will have a few other considerations to make. Sure, you will want that same strength, visibility, and protection that you would from off-road goggles but you will also want to consider other aspects too. You will need to consider the lenses a little more as certain tints will work better in low light conditions while others are better during the day. Other considerations will include how ventilated they are as poor ventilation can lead to fogging, how comfortable they are, and whether or not you can wear them over the top of your prescription glasses.

Whatever you are going to be using your motorcycle for, as long as you understand what you are going to need to consider for your goggles, you will have a better chance of finding your ideal pair.

What are the Major Mistakes People Make When Buying Motorcycle Goggles?

Buying a pair of motorcycle goggles is not simply a case of picking a pair that you like the look of or because of the design matches that of your bike and other riding gear. There are so many more considerations that are far more important.

While we all want to look as cool as possible as we rev up our engine, the aesthetics of motorcycle riding goggles should be a bonus rather than the main consideration when buying. In much the same way as all of your motorcycle gear whether leathers, helmet, and gloves, safety should always be the number one priority. Unfortunately, as men, we often overlook or sacrifice this aspect a little in order to feed our ego.

Another common mistake is to assume that all motorcycle goggles are the same and are designed for the same purpose. As we spoke about before, there are a number of different types of goggles that have been designed for different riding environments. Sure, a pair of street goggles will just about do a job if you are going off-road but if they have clear lenses designed to be used in low-lit conditions – this is not always ideal.

So no matter how macho you feel, and let’s face it, riding is pretty cool, we should always make sure we’ve put in plenty of research before handing over our hard-earned cash for our latest pair of motorcycle goggles.

So, with the more common questions often asked about motorcycles goggles out of the way, it is time to crack on with our very own recommendations. We have listed 14-pairs of goggles here and we’re super-confident that you are going to love at least one of them. Okay, ready to get going? Let’s do it!

Looking Back

Now if you cannot find the ideal pair of motorcycle goggles from that lot you might want to get yourself a car instead. We can guarantee that you’re going to struggle to find many better goggles for your money than those that we have listed above. We have given you a broad mix in terms of price too, so whether you are a spoiled brat spending your father’s millions or a penniless student trying to pay your way through college, you should be able to find something to fit your budget (and massive head).

Just remember that some will be more suited for different purposes so there really is little point buying some professional motocross goggles if you are not going to be doing anything other than taking your grandmother to Walmart once a week. On the flip side, some cheap goggles are not going to cut it the next time you go face first into a tree when off-roading.

Seriously though, no matter what you plan to wear your goggles for, we definitely recommend taking another good look through the list before whittling down your favorites. Before long you will find the pair that will give you everything that you need from a good pair of motorcycle goggles.

 

Top 8 Motorcycle Handlebar Speakers

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ou’ve got the bike, the helmet, the scarf, the gloves, and even the leather jacket. Aren’t you forgetting something, amigo? Music, that’s what! Every great journey on the back of two-wheels should be accompanied by music. Whether it’s rock, hip-hop or anything in-between, it doesn’t matter. In order to hear it right, motorcycle handlebar speakers offer the best possible way for motorcyclists to listen.

Music and motorcycling have a long history together. Many great songs have been written about motorcycles. Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf, Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf alone prove our point.

There’s a lot that makes a journey great, especially on the back of a two-wheeler. However, without music, is the experience really as good as it could be? We don’t think so.

You need music to soundtrack your movement. It can make those dramatic turns in the road and the reaching of maximum speed all the more exhilarating. How do you go about combining both bikes and music? Dr. Seuss once said that the questions are complicated, but the answers are simple. That tracks here just as well.

Simply buy yourself some motorcycle handlebar speakers.

However, there are thousands of different motorcycle handlebar speakers out there. Trust us, we’ve looked. You need to think carefully and research carefully before buying. That’s where we come in.

The team at Men’s Gear have worked hard to produce this guide to motorcycle handlebar speakers so that you get the best value for your money. We’re going to count down our pick of the best 8 around. Before we do that, however, there are FAQs we need to address.

What must one Consider when Buying Motorcycle Handlebar Speakers?

Buying motorcycle handlebar speakers without doing research first is simply irresponsible. We don’t want you to make a bad choice, so we’re here to help.

If you want a more freeing music listening experience, then going with handlebar speakers makes all the sense in the world to us. The offer a far better listening experience and standard earbuds ever could.

The next thing you really need to think about is how you want to connect them. Unfortunately, there are not many options in this department. You essentially have two choices. You can pair a speaker or set of speakers with a Bluetooth receiver to a Bluetooth-enabled music player.

However, you can also sync to a portable device such as your smartphone or tablet.

This option allows you to be free of wires, but you can still go down the wire route too. You’d simply use your 3.5mm Auxilary Jack normally. Sound quality isn’t usually determined by the connection but the sound and experience you prefer are what matters in this decision.

Regarding sound quality, you don’t want to spend all that money buying then setting up your new motorcycle handlebar speakers only for your engine to be louder than they are. The sound level is just as important, so be sure to check the sound of your normal to loudest engine roar first, well before buying.

A $16 Decibel Meter can test this very well.

All of this is in addition to the style of the speakers too. As you’d like to find ones that match your bike. We don’t advise yellow speakers with red bikes. You’re not Hulk Hogan at in 1988.

How Do Motorcycle Handlebar Speakers Even Work?

That is another very good question and one with a surprisingly very easy answer. The last thing you want is a complicated installation process. You want to hit the road with a soundtrack to your journeys and adventures right away.

It’s understandable that you’d be worried that there’ll be lots of wiring and complicated tinkering involved. However, regardless of whether it’s a Triumph or Harley, the set up to these speakers is very easy. Particularly if you invest in a Bluetooth set.

Clearly, before you can actually start blasting out your journey with a soundtrack of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, you need to attach your speakers to your bike.

Manufacturers have made this very simple, and even offer mounting hardware for the speakers to set them up properly. Mounting hardware may sound like an intimidating phrasing, but it’s mostly simple clamps that slot on to your handlebars. They can be adjusted appropriately until they are secure.

The wiring set-up for those types can be more complicated because… well, it involves wiring. While Bluetooth is probably your best bet if you want an uncomplicated life. You simply need to pair your chosen music player or portable device. That could be anything from your iPhone to your Tablet. It’s as simple as that.

Are Some Motorcycles More Suitable for These Types of Speakers Than Others?

The trouble is with this question is there’s no real right or wrong answer. Often, it depends on two things really – the style of handlebars you have and if you have a specific set of speakers. Generally speaking, most manufacturers who make these speakers ensure they have the maximum level of compatibility.

This means that most speakers will fit and work with most motorcycles.

While rare, there are some speakers that need additional accessories to make them fit on specific bike brands. For instance, in our guide, you’ll find one speaker in particular that isn’t suitable right off for installation on Yamaha motorcycles.

A customer actually spoke to Yamaha about the ordeal about the bike and new speakers. Yamaha then happily sent out the additional piece needed to install the speakers. Presto, music then played perfectly on the bike.

We always recommend that you look at the specification and finer details closely. Most motorcycle handlebar speakers will include information about what bikes they are compatible with, while most have universal mounting hardware. Meaning they’ll fit most motorcycles.

Again, it is always worth looking at the size of the clamps and mounting rigs used. This is to see if they match with the thickness and size of your handlebars. There’s also the fact that some are bigger than others. Therefore, you’d need to give some careful consideration as to whether the speakers would get in the way or make riding less safe.

Being in the wrong place could lead to bad sound quality, or worse, a wreck. We do not want either to occur.

We hope with the reviews we’ve put together of our favorite motorcycle handlebar speakers that you’ll be able to find one that fits on your motorcycle with ease.

Which of these Handlebar Speakers Below are Most Suitable for a Harley Davidson?

If we had a Harley, we’d certainly have a handlebar sound system hooked up and we’d be off on the road. As we’ve established, the majority of motorcycle handlebar speakers have universal mounting hardware. You’ll generally find that most can be fitted to most bikes.

Like maple syrup and pancakes, there’s also some handlebar speakers that are better for combining with a Harley than others.

Take the Lexin S3 3-Inch Waterproof Motorcycle Audio System as an example. In the manufacturer’s spec for this speaker, Harley Davidson motorcycles are specifically mentioned as being compatible. More specifically, the Harley Davidson Street, Sportster, and Softtail motorcycle models.

We’d also recommend the Scosche BoomBars Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Bike Mount. It already looks intimidating and impressive, so why not pair it with one of the most intimidating and iconic bike brands on the planet?

Another to try on a Harley is the Golden Hawk 300-Watt Full Range Stereo Speakers. It makes perfect sense to us that this would be a good match for a Harley too.

Also, make note that the Kicker 3-inch Weatherproof Enclosed Mini Speaker System would be a good set to use with a Harley. Mainly due to its size, we feel it would look great and fit extremely well. If you’re looking for the truly best match for your Harley, the three we’ve noted would be ideal.

However, you’ll find that any of the speakers below will fit well enough. The only issue will be the sound level and quality, which is still often fine. Often times, this is a preference thing. Despite that, the ones mentioned above are likely the best for Harley Davidson models.

What Motorcycle Handlebar Speakers are the Loudest?

Loudness and sound quality are always vital aspects you need to take into consideration when buying sound systems. You probably have no intention of waking up the dead by booming Metallica or Guns ‘n’ Roses at full blast. That said though, you still want to hear the music as it was intended.

There’s no point in having a speaker if you can’t hear Tool’s prog rock and metal soundscapes. That‘s even without being on the back of a roaring beast of a bike. Why have speakers you cannot hear anything out of, right?

Another consideration you need to be concerned with is the wattage any of the motorcycle handlebar speakers have. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the wattage a speaker has, the louder the sound will be.

Applying that rule to the products in our guide, there are many that stand out. To start with, MTX Universal 6 Speaker All-Weather Handlebar Sound System has 150-watts of power in total, which is quite powerful.

The Golden Hawk 300-Watt Full Range Stereo Speakers set we mentioned before, but it’s that good. It provides 300-watts of power, obviously. There are some discrepancies with the experience customers had, however. That power rating is amazing even still.

The highest by far on our list is the BOSS Audio Systems Bluetooth Weatherproof Sound System and the Sound Storm Weatherproof Sound System. Both of which come in at 600-watts. It’s worth remembering that there’s more to think about than just the wattage. We feel we’ll certainly show you some speakers you’ll want right away.

Now that we’ve covered the big questions about these useful accessories, it’s time to look at our top picks for motorcycle handlebar speakers. Check it out!

1) BOSS Audio Systems Bluetooth Weatherproof Sound System

You want to feel like the boss on the road, don’t you? That’s why you want to make a lasting impression and entrance wherever you roll up. Even if it’s for less arrogant reasons, there’s no shame in wanting to look cool. The first on our list of motorcycle handlebar speakers is this awesome set from BOSS Audio Systems that’ll help you stand out fast.

The BOSS MCBK420B offers the kinda versatility you want from a portable sound system. You can either pair it with a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your smartphone and tablet or connect it via the 3.5mm Aux. It consists of two 3-inch speakers with a smart black finish that can be adjusted by one inline control.

Some days you just want to say ‘to hell with it’ and head out on the highway looking for adventure. Regardless of whatever comes your way. Yes, that was a very deliberate reference, you wild man.

With this BOSS set, all you need to do is fire up the engine. Well, once you’ve set up the speakers of course. Then blast those tunes as you ride around town or along those mountain ridges and country roads. To say this is a deceptively beefy sound system would be an understatement.

After all, the built-in amplifier can produce a maximum of 600-watt. Definitely, one to consider.

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2) MTX Universal 6 Speaker All-Weather Handlebar Sound System

Why not have something a bit more substantial than just one speaker? With the MTX Universal all-in-one 6 speaker sound system, that’s what you get. This is one system that’s really made for all you rockers out there. Even if you want to blast some high-velocity EDM, we’re sure this will do the trick and we certainly won’t judge you for that.

Six speakers come in this set and are divided up into four 1-inch high-frequency tweeters and two 2-inches by 3-inches full range drivers. That might sound like a lot to fit onto even the most spacious handlebars, but don’t worry.

Remember, it’s an all-in-one unit.

The speakers are all connected up to a powered amplifier that provides the power needed for you to enjoy some Five Finger Death Punch or The Foo Fighters. In a similar fashion to the above speaker, this set includes an onboard Bluetooth receiver. This will allow you to stream your favorite music from a portable device, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Like most people in any vehicle, you’re bound to get caught in the rain at some point. When that happens, the MTX MUDHSB-B is protected from all elements. Electronic devices protected from the elements, especially rain? You had our curiosity MTX, but now you have our attention.

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3) JBL Cruise Bluetooth Handlebar Speaker Kit

Slick and compact, the JBL Cruise Bluetooth Handlebar Speaker Kit is a terrific model that any motorcycle enthusiast would love. It offers a great solution for listening to your music while roaring along the freeway or those country roads, catching the wind in your hair and helmet.

These motorcycle handlebar speakers come with a pair of 2.5-inch mount-capable speakers. JBL is a very well-known and reputable brand when it comes to loudspeakers and other sound systems. They’re a leader in the sound industry but they make multiple other electronics as well.

Their experience really shows with their attention to detail in the design and construction of these cool speakers. The mirror integration mounting is an awesome touch alone. Although there are some bikes you’ll find it’s harder to install them onto, a quick message to the company and they’ll help you out.

There’s no denying it’s a truly magical experience riding along on a hot summer’s day, but the weather won’t stop you roaring along. That said, why should it stop you soundtracking your journeys? The IPX5 model is waterproof rated, which basically means it will cope with low pressure and a sustained jet spray of water.

You can connect your portable device, whether it’s a tablet, smartphone or other devices via the onboard Bluetooth receiver. This is handy for listening to tunes with portable ease. You can also benefit from moderate, but reasonable enough sound quality 20-watt speakers.

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4) Lexin S3 3-Inch Waterproof Motorcycle Audio System

You know what your bike really needs, dude? A set of bullet-shaped speakers, that’s what. Not only are they strikingly shaped, but they’re made from chrome-plated metal. They’re available in a shiny black or chrome color and have an incredibly cool finish.

Each of the speakers in this Lexin S3 audio system is 3-inches in size and capable of producing 25-watts of sound. Installation of these speakers is as easy as warm apple pie. Simply pair the speakers with your chosen Bluetooth-enabled device or plug it into the appropriate Aux port and you’re good to go.

Ready to listen to a bit of Boney M and Rick Astley, while thundering along at 50mph? You’ll be all set to do so within minutes.

As is the case with most on our list, the Lexin S3 motorcycle audio system is waterproof and will function properly in inclement weather. Whether you’re more of a punk rocker, heavy metaller, or old school rocker, then Lexin will not let you down. Even when Mother Nature seems to have it in for you.

The high quality of sound produced by these motorcycle handlebar speakers is tremendous. Plus, it’s easy to mount, and it comes in at a price of less than $70. That makes this a model we’d be happy to get and it’s clearly a very good deal.

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5) Scosche BoomBars Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Bike Mount

The Scosche BoomBars Portable Bluetooth handlebar speaker is simply incredible. This speaker is awesome for a variety of different reasons. For one thing, it operates completely wirelessly and connects up with your portable devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s your smartphone, tablet, or music player, it all connects via Bluetooth.

This gives you completely hands-free playback. Just what you need when you’re riding along on your bike.

These motorcycle handlebar speakers can mount onto your handlebar directly using the clamp it comes with. Meaning no complicated set-up.

It doesn’t need to have the batteries replaced regularly like other systems. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery that gives you around 5 hours of music. Take a moment to just look at this thing. If you want something that’ll make your bike look more extra badass than it already does, adding this will do just that.

It’s big, looks impressive, and works very well. However, it’s more than just a beautiful thing on the outside, your favorite tunes and radio are blasted out from the 35mm 2-W up-firing speaker. The speaker itself sends your tunes in different directions. However, the mount can be rotated to enable you to position the speaker in whatever direction you want.

Don’t have a Bluetooth-enabled device or just prefer to connect to an actual wire? You can connect your portable device with the use of an AUX 3.5mm cable.

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6) Golden Hawk 300-Watt Full Range Stereo Speakers

Do you sometimes feel like an eagle or a hawk soaring through the sky as you’re racing along the freeway or taking those quick trips along inner-city roads? The perfect companion for a true hawk of the open road is the Golden Hawk 300-wall full range stereo speakers.

Gaze in wonder at just how shiny the finish is on them. They actually resemble motorcycle helmets, with their aerodynamic design. With a rating of IP56 for waterproofing, they’re made to cope with serious rainfall. Especially on those days when you won’t let a good soaking stop you hitting the road.

Come rain or shine, you’ll be able to blast Speed King, Born to Be Wild or Toto’s sublime AOR classic Africa. You can’t go wrong with a bit of Toto, can you? Whether you want to leave it to the local radio DJ to choose your ride soundtrack or you want to choose your own incidental music, with the Golden Hawk you can.

They offer a fully functioning wired connectivity via the 3.5mm AUX port. However, you can ‘get with the times, grandpa’ and use the Bluetooth wireless streaming option. Simply pair the device of your choice with the speakers and you’re good to go.

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7) Sound Storm Weatherproof Sound System

A motorcycle gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever, more or less anyway. With motorcycle handlebar speakers, like the Sound Storm Weatherproof Sound System, you also have the freedom to take your music with you. Motorcycling is very much about the experience rather than being just about getting from A to B.

You can get from A to B with style or not, so why not let Sound Storm give you the cool ride? The addition of a sound system makes it much more exciting and memorable. This is a weatherproof set of two 3-inch speakers that connect to an amplifier with a maximum output of 600-watts.

Like all good modern speakers for your handlebars, you get a choice. The choice of whether to connect your speakers wirelessly to your music playing device or to connect it old-school via the 3.5mm AUX wire. The actual mounting hardware you need is included, as you’d expect. It’s also reasonably easy to set up.

Once it is, you’re ready to benefit from some of the best sound quality of any of the items on our list. Any day, any time, any weather, take this baby out and let it boom out loud and proud. Those tunes you normally have in your ear will breath new life!

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8) Kicker 3-inch Weatherproof Enclosed Mini Speaker System

Are you ready for love and looking for a sound system to knock you off your feet? Could it be the Kicker 3-inch weatherproof mini speaker system? We certainly think so. These are real stunners in the looks department. A lot of care and attention clearly went into the crafting of them. Was that you, Zeus?

It didn’t stop at just the looks though. As underneath the durable and robust chrome plating, is speakers that can produce reasonably clear and crisp sound. This comes in loud enough for most any riding situation.

As you’d expect, they come complete with the appropriate mounting hardware that is easy enough to use. To top it off, they can even be connected via Bluetooth. That makes it easy to start playing your favorite music through them right away.

Picture the scene – you’re roaring through the streets of L.A. or Miami and blasting some RTJ, Avenged Sevenfold. Perhaps something more traditional like Led Zep’s Immigrant Song or Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.

Even if you’re more of a Know Your Enemy by Green Day kinda guy, when you combine riding your motorcycle with the music you love, it’s an unbeatable mixture.

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Rev Up Your Engine and Crank the Sound Up

There you have it, gentlemen, we’ve reached an endpoint to our motorcycle handlebar speakers review. This has been a real joy to put together. Are you ready to order one of those beauties listed above, strap them to your bike, and roll out?

Even the guys at Men’s Gear without motorcycles wished they had them so they had an excuse to invest in a set of speakers for the handlebars.

If you were on the fence about motorcycle handlebar speakers before reading this piece, we hope we’ve managed to convince you that they’re a worthy investment when chosen wisely. To that end, we also hope we’ve given you all the information you need to make the right choices when buying these speakers for your cool set of wheels.

There are so many different products to choose from, believe us, we know. That’s why we whittled away at a much larger list until we found “the perfect 8.”

Maybe you didn’t need much convincing and were all but ready to buy a set of handlebar speakers for your Indian, Triumph, Yamaha, or even Harley Davidson. Hopefully, we’ve helped you avoid any major mistakes you may have made without the tips and advice from Men’s Gear.

We want to empower our readers to make the best buying decisions possible.

There’s not much left to do, except wish you all well on your next adventures. Once to begin playing your music on your new motorcycle handlebar speakers, we’re sure you’ll create even more lasting memories. The open road is yours to enjoy, let your favorite music boom out to everyone you pass. Then, let it fuel that adventurous spirit you’ve always had.

Top 10 Motorcycle Gloves For Men

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here aren’t many better feelings than cruising down the side of a mountain on a Harley-Davidson as you take in some picturesque views or flying down a moonlit highway on an impressive Ducati. Whether you’re a Route 66 adventure seeker, a grey nomad, or just getting to the office and back in style. It simply does not matter, for every good male biker needs a solid pair of motorcycle gloves for men.

They can rely on them to keep safe and look as cool as their bike.

The only problem is there are many different types of motorcycle gloves to choose from. We want you to enjoy more time on your motorcycle and less time at the shops. This is why we’ve gone out of our way to find the best motorcycle gloves for men on the market today.

Our Men’s Gear motorheads and motorcycle enthusiasts got together and sourced the best gloves. We then locked ourselves in our tool shed and only came out after deciding which gloves make the cut and which need to stay on the shelves. They made their choices by ensuring there’s a pair for every biker among our readership.

Why should I buy specialist Motorcycle Gloves For Men?

The benefits of wearing motorcycling gloves for men are plentiful. Even if you’re a tough biker with bulging muscles and an arm full of tattoos, you’re going to want some degree of protection in case of falls and crashes. Accidents can happen all the time, even if you’re careful.

A surface in poor condition or a gust of wind can send you tumbling. If you do fall, most gloves are designed with materials to prevent severe injuries and scrapes. This is probably the biggest benefit in wearing them.

They also protect your whole body. Sounds strange? Well, remember as a kid when you fell over a lot. You’ll remember you broke the fall with your hands usually.

Naturally, if you keep your hands protected, you’ll help keep the rest of you protected too.

The best motorcycling gloves for men also prevent numbness. It’s crucial that you can feel the vibrations of the bike when riding because as it aids you in controlling it. Hands get extremely numb when riding your motorcycle for longer periods, these gloves significantly reduce this. That means added control for safety.

The best designs ensure better grip when you need it most. This is especially important when riding through heavy rain when handles become slippery. The methods of improving grip can differ and there are some really innovative ones out there today.

However, a lot of time they center around adding friction to the palm of the glove or at the fingertips.

We’re putting down our clipboard and taking our health and safety lanyard off for just a moment here. Another major benefit is that many of these gloves are made with leather. This is great for insulating your hands. Let’s be honest, they look really freaking cool as well!

Are motorcycle gloves touchscreen compatible?

If you’re enjoying a weekend ride through breathtaking scenery or tackling the confusing lanes downtown, you can easily get lost. You’ll pull over in a safe place, wrestle with your gloves to get them off, then pull out a GPS. You may even hit up Google Maps to get you back on track. Or maybe, you hear an important call or text and need to answer or reply to it quickly.

Either way, the rigmarole of this little side road dance is a bit inconvenient. Thankfully, motorcycle glove designers have come up with a solution to make us get a smile. We might even see those gold teeth of the most intimidating looking biker. Okay, not all of the best motorcycling gloves for men on the market will do this.

Many of these motorcycle gloves for men have touchscreen compatibility. This means you don’t have to take off your gloves to start operating devices, like your smartphone or GPS. Manufacturers usually make this possible at the tip of the index finger.

While you won’t be able to type and hit buttons with your thumbs in the usual manner, you’ll still be able to operate your phone without having to take off your gloves.

In fact, they only make it possible at the index finger so you still need both hands to use your device. This is put in play to prevent stupid people from trying to text or call while riding. You, the Men’s Gear readers, are smarter than this, of course. Don’t worry, more than half of our list of quality motorcycling gloves for men have this convenient feature.

What Features should I look for when buying Motorcycling Gloves for men?

One of the first things to consider is your budget. On our list, the price of these gloves can differ considerably. We have included a broad spectrum of motorcycle gloves for men that are cheap. However, some are a little pricier to make sure we cater to every motorcycle enthusiast and their expectations.

Consider the season you’ll be riding in. We added several summer gloves with exceptional breathability and winter gloves too. However, these are very different.

Some of the summer models we added come available in a winter edition. Check out the pros section to see if there’s a winter style on offer.

Some of these motorcycling gloves for men have been designed for off-road dirt biking. Meanwhile, the majority are made for everyday main road use. This is really a choice between materials but an important one nonetheless.

A major benefit in wearing motorcycle gloves for men is the protection provided. Safety features matter for these gloves. In each product description, we’ve gone into every nook and cranny to explain how they keep you safe. Be sure to expect different levels of protection from different brands and designs.

There’s also comfort and convenience to weigh into your decision. Manufacturers make gloves comfortable in several ways. That includes the addition of foam padding and even a pre-set curved finger design to reduce finger fatigue.

If your budget is limited, you may have to sacrifice some of these features for safety – but not always. Another important question to ask yourself is touchscreen compatibility. Lastly, if you’re a guy with bigger or smaller than average hands then you may be limited to what gloves are going to fit you. Though we added gloves with various sizes available.

1) Alpinestars Celer Men’s Leather Street Racing Motorcycle Gloves

We start with these great full-grain leather motorcycle gloves for men by Alpinestars. These have a lot of fantastic motorcycling equipment out there. These motorcycle gloves for men are one of many we’ll be featuring, with this particular model available in two different color styles.

You can get them in complete black or you can add a little more color with a white, black, and red pair.

They’re a fantastic fitting pair of gloves with contours to match the shape of your fingers. They have been manufactured using reinforced leather finger seams, to give some extra durability. The finger and palm section have been designed to allow airflow.

That means your hands don’t get overly sweaty in the warmer weather. There’s also an effortless Velcro fastening and pre-curved finger design to reduce fatigue.

The index finger of these motorcycle gloves for men is touchscreen compatible. Although, it is better to use this when you’ve pulled over rather than on the road.

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2) Alpinestars Spartan Men’s Street Motorcycle Gloves

This may be the same brand but they’re certainly considerably different. Alpinestars makes tremendous motorcycle gloves for men, and we cannot overlook that. These gloves are made with spandex, artificial leather, air mesh, and even some foam padding to provide exceptional comfort.

Sadly, you can only grab a pair of these in black, but that doesn’t stop them being as equally awesome.

They’re abrasion-resistant through the inclusion of an artificial leather design on the palm and the thumb. They are complemented with knuckle reinforcement to provide protection in the event of an accident. That foam padding is found on the landing zone and will give you considerable comfort as you take the country bends or zoom down the highway.

These motorcycle gloves for men are a lightweight option perfect for the warmer months. If you’re looking for great men’s motorcycling gloves for the summer, we’d suggest adding a pair of these to your basket.

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3) Alpinestars SP-8 V2 Men’s Street Motorcycle Gloves

We swear we have more gloves than Alpinestars models. We simply cannot ignore that they’re churning out a lot of quality motorcycle gloves for men. The best thing about showing you all their gloves is that they’re all a bit different.

These ones are also made of full-grain leather to offer outstanding abrasion resistance and unbeatable durability. To help you keep in complete control at top speeds they’ve even added a PU and microfiber grip insert into the thumb and palm.

The palm also has reinforcement in the form of premium suede. With these gloves, your knuckles will be afforded the same level of protection. The reason is due to the polymer protection across this area.

The safety features of these motorcycle gloves for men are continuous, so we recommend checking them out yourself. Other features include Velcro closure, elastic wrist for a personal fit, foam padding, embossed logos. It even has touchscreen compatibility with the tip of the index finger.

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4) Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Men’s Motorcycle Gloves 

Last one we promise. The Alpinestars gloves we’ve shown so far have varied in price. However, these are mostly in the middle of that price bracket. They are made of a combination of materials, including leather and mesh.

The mesh on the back of the hand makes them much more breathable. However, this also means they’re not really suitable for winter riding.

Some of the most notable features here are foam padding and knuckle protection. The embossed Alpinestars branding makes them extra stylish. In fact, they’re so cool you’ll still look good wearing them without a motorcycle. Last but not least, these motorcycle gloves for men also have touchscreen compatibility with the index finger.

Go ahead and operate your GPS device without having to take them off.

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5) Madbike Stealth And Hard Knuckle Motorcycle Gloves

A cheaper option with phenomenal features and outstanding regard for safety, Madbike knows what they are doing. When they make motorcycle gloves for men, they take a lot into consideration. Maybe they’re called ‘mad’ for giving such quality away for so little?

Available in four different sizes in a predominantly black style, these have a lot to offer.

They’re another summer biking glove due to the breathability of the materials involved. The safety and protective features include a reflective part to help you be seen by drivers in early morning commutes and late evening rides. There’s also an anti-skid palm so you always feel in control and knuckle armor to put a Roman soldier to shame.

The index finger of the glove can be used to operate your phone or other gadgets. However, as it’s just the index finger, you’ll have to get used to using one finger. There’s only one question left, right guys? What size do you need?

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6) ILM Leather Air Flow Motorcycle Gloves 

If you want safety, you want these Leather Air Flow Motorcycle Gloves by ILM. They go beyond what we’ve already come across in terms of a protective design. There is a wrap-around external shell to protect your palm, fingers, metacarpals, and the side of your hand.

This shell looks badass too. It’s almost like something from Alien Vs. Predator.

This shell isn’t just useful in the event of a collision. It’s also shock-absorbent so every ride becomes more comfortable. If you do long journeys on your motorcycle, then this may be the answer your hands have been crying out for. It doesn’t end here either.

They’ve been reinforced in all the crucial areas to keep you safe. This includes double layers of leather and foam padding to prevent tarmac scuffs and skin abrasions.

It’s not just about safety for these gloves. Despite the leather, these motorcycle gloves for men are incredibly breathable. They have air channels at the top of the glove as well as perforated areas in the leather construction. This is used to maximize the flow of air. If all that’s not enough, they can be used with a touchscreen device.

They even come with a three-month warranty. Grab a pair in one of two colors or even in a winter version that extends over your wrists with even more protection. What’s not to like?

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7) Joe Rocket Men’s Eclipse Gloves

If you’re a giant of a man and have been struggling to find a quality pair of motorcycling gloves that fit, we might have found your dream gloves. These motorcycle gloves for men from Joe Rocket come in two color options and six different sizes ranging up to a triple-large.

Their features are as impressive as their ability to cater to bikers of all hand sizes. The chassis of the glove is made from utility grade poly that is highly durable. Like all the best motorcycle gloves for men, they also come with a protective element across the knuckles.

This protective element is made up of polymers and stands out aesthetically.

To tick the comfort box, the glove palms have been padded with leather. They also rock that curved-finger design that we discussed earlier. This makes riding less strenuous on your finger joints. To top off these perks, the index finger of each glove has conductive material at the tip.

This allows touchscreen operation while wearing. There is a lot of glove for the price!

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8) Seibertron Dirtpaw Mountain Bike And Dirt Bike Gloves

Seibertron makes motorcycle gloves for men that are perfect for dirt biking. If you’re more of an off-road biker than a motorway speedster, then these pair of exceptional. They have proven to be somewhat versatile gloves and could be the right ones for you.

Heck, you could even do the gardening in them if you like.

When it comes to protection there isn’t as much on offer as what we’ve already come across and that’s probably due to their off-road use. In fact, the back of the hand is protected by the brand’s logo. The logo has actually been injected with rubber to provide a protective barrier.

The same method of protection is on each of the knuckles, albeit with graphics rather than their logo this time.

What they may lack in comparative protection, they certainly make up for in comfort. They come with exceptional padding and have a Lycra finger gusset. Speaking of the fingers, each one has silicon gripping to make riding easier too. If you’re not happy for any reason with them within 30 days, just call to get your money back.

Can’t get any fairer than that!

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9) ILM Alloy Steel Knuckle Motorcycle And Paintballing Gloves

It’s men against boys when it comes to comparing the safety of these Steel Knuckle Motorcycle and Paintballing Gloves by ILM.  We’ll get straight to the meat of it and discuss the fact that these gloves really do have steel parts to cover the knuckles and finger joint areas.

Is there any more of a masculine way of wearing a protective accessory than with steel?

Accompanying these steel barriers is anti-collision protection. They are obviously some tremendous gloves for those looking for safety. Plus, think of how threatening you’d be with these things. After all, you have steel on your knuckles.

When you turn your hand over, their anti-slip design will please you for sure. This will allow you to keep in firm control regardless of the conditions. This is useful as these motorcycle gloves for men can also be purchased in a winter version.

That means even the cold and wet days are taken care of.

These motorcycle gloves for men come available with a wallet-friendly price tag in over five sleek colors. We’d get the black and red one. What about you?

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10) Full finger Goat Skin Motorcycle Gloves

Nearing the end of our list of motorcycle gloves for men, this last pair is a little unique. Mostly in their choice of material, as they’re predominantly made with goatskin leather. You can actually pick up a pair of these Goat Skin Motorcycle Gloves by Superbike with different designs.

They have a lot of the features we’ve already had the pleasure of discussing. That includes a palm design to increase friction and make gripping easier, foam padding, and touchscreen compatibility. It even includes knuckle protection in case of falls and accidents.

An impressive addition is a buckle to lock each glove together when not being worn. This is a handy – pun slightly intended – feature to help you avoid misplacing or losing them. Forgetful guys huddle up.

It’s worth remembering that these gloves actually come available in many sizes and vastly different styles. Some are half-fingered or perforated. Meanwhile, others aren’t perforated or even come with a steel-armored knuckle area.

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The Finishing Line (or four!)

In this list, we’ve shown you what we believe are the best motorcycle gloves for men. We’ve taken a look at some exceptional gloves from top brands such as Alpinestars and ILM.

The gloves on our list offer great levels of protection on the road, as well as gloves offering outstanding comfort. We hope you found something you like.

Thanks for sticking along for the ride.

Top 6 Motorcycles Sat Navs

T

he grind gets you down, we get it. Who’d feel any different? The long days of filing papers and answering to someone having another bad day. You’re counting down the days to your next vacation or even to the weekend– anything, really. Suddenly, it’s like air changes around you. There’s this need to get on your motorcycle and just go. Where to? Only you and your Motorcycle GPS know.

You’ve waited for it and here it is. The low countryside, sunset, and endless stretches of road going only God knows where. You don’t care and that’s the point.

Eventually, though, you might start asking yourself if you have a destination in mind. Most say that “the point is just to go” or “the journey itself is the destination.” However, we all know they don’t mean it literally. The open-air may clear your head like nothing else.

If you’re looking to finally kick back after a long week, you need a place to rest and recharge. We get it!

What’s more annoying than heading somewhere new, being tired, and getting lost? Unfolding a map or pulling out your phone to consult Google Maps just isn’t going to cut it. To keep the mood up, the best thing to do is consult your solid motorcycle GPS.

It truly pays to know where you’re going, and even arrive on time in some cases. Maybe this is your first time shopping for one and you don’t know where to start. You may want to know what brands are out there, or if the big names are worth the money.

Maybe you want to know what kinds of specs that are good to be on the lookout for? Luckily for you, we’ve already done the research. Sit back, relax, and check out our motorcycle GPS reviews.

Why does every biker need a motorcycle GPS?

As men, asking for directions is an absolute no go obviously. Especially if you’re pulling up somewhere on your Harley and scare an elderly couple by simply asking directions. It’s not just about saving your pride: bikes are intimidating, and bikers sometimes doubly so. You owe it to yourself and the people around you to know what you’re doing.

Google Maps is pretty much its own GPS and guide these days. That said, why bother with a motorcycle GPS?

There are a number of reasons why a smartphone isn’t the best option. First, a good GPS is going to be packed with regular updates, making sure you know where you’re going and what roads actually exist. Google Maps may have a version of this, but it often takes longer to update.

It could take hours to inform you of issues even. A GPS uses a satellite to update incredibly fast, offering real-time updates all day/night long.

Plus, you keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone with this. Keeping you and others on the road safer. On top of not eating your phone battery for when you need it. Imagine the kind of biker who has to reach around to his butt pocket to grab an iPhone.

A good Motorcycle GPS system comes in handy a lot more than you might think. Consider too that you’re not going to be wasting your phone’s data, especially if you’re heading rather far from home. Who hasn’t paid attention to their data status, accidentally turned something on and then got a lovely bill in the mail back home?

GPSs have a number of different voices available. Who doesn’t want the choice of being guided by an invisible, ever-attentive Scottish, Australian, or even Canadian woman from time to time?

What are the main questions to consider when buying a motorcycle GPS?

Once you’ve come to the incredibly sane realization that you’re in need of a Motorcycle GPS, a common question comes to mind. How do I know what to look for when it comes to picking up the best motorcycle GPS? It might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but we’ve laid out a number of features that you’re going to want to be looking for.

Screen Size:

Screen size is vastly important. For the frugal, no-frills kind of man, this might seem like a bit of a luxury. Does it really matter if there’s an extra inch or two of the screen? It’s not like your fingers are that much bigger, right? However, it really does make a difference.

If you’re like any other red-blooded, All-American biker, you’re a little addicted to speed. We cannot blame you, we are too! That rush you get when there’s no one on the road and you’re just going. You know the feeling, right? In times like that, a larger display can make all the difference

Maybe you’re wanting to go with a smaller screen to minimize distractions. This is a common thing to have among bikers, funny enough. Of course,  you have to get to know yourself here and pick the options that work best for you.

Information/Alert Speed:

You need to make quick decisions and get the right information fast and making sure all the options are under your fingertips are a big plus. Alerts of issues on the road are huge to have knowledge on. As mentioned, there are several options like maps or Mapquest online where you can print out instructions.

However, these do not account for issues on the road.

Google Maps may, in fact, have an aide to this as well as the simple Navigation systems on your smartphone. However, in our research, we saw response times that did not look great. To be fair, they have gotten quicker over the years, especially Google Maps. However, they are not fast enough to be better than a normal motorcycle GPS.

An accident on the road and a way around it are automatically going to be present the moment the satellite picks up a problem or a slowdown.

Warnings about changing speed limits are important to know about. No one wants to be caught on the wrong side of the law, so this alert can keep you from earning a ticket. You might be distracted by any number of things, and having an alert when the limit changes can be just the thing that brings you back to Earth. Be sure to keep that volume up, however.

Countries Covered:

Another factor to think about is the countries covered. We don’t want to tell you how many times we’ve heard stories about would-be adventurers getting lost. Not just anywhere, but in far-flung locales like Thailand, Montenegro or even Kazakhstan.

These crazy Wahoo McDaniels’ spend a small fortune getting their bikes to another continent. Then they discover that, outside the capital, there’s no coverage at all. It all depends on what it is you’re looking for. Some Motorcycle GPS options will be updated to help you out regardless of the continent.

However, some places simply are not possible to assist.

If you’re the kind to go to Africa and assume in the Sahara Desert that your GPS is going to work. Perhaps you’re the type to go into the Amazin in South America and assume this. To this we say, you’ve lost your mind. Clearly, there are options for these areas too.

Yet a motorcycle GPS is often not one of them.

Comprehensive packages including the countryside is another thing you’ll be paying for. If that’s what you need, then look for options that include it. You’ll also want to check to make sure if there are automatic map updates here. Usually, there are, but it can be an issue the more “rural” you get.

Downloading a patch in your hotel room is much easier than trying to find a spot in the middle of some wonderfully isolated village.

What are common mistakes made when buying a motorcycle GPS system?

There are a ton of mistakes people make when attempting to buy a motorcycle GPS for their bike.

Probably the biggest is thinking that a regular car GPS is going to suit a biker just fine. Rookie move, sluggers. Motorcycle GPS systems are specifically designed for this vehicle, others are more suited for regular cars, trucks, etc. Plus, they do not fit on your bike.

Be sure the GPS is the right build for your bike model. Yes, size does matter here, gentlemen. If you’re not sure about what kind of mounting system you’re going to need, take out a measuring tape and actually record the dimensions.

Usually, the GPS goes right in the middle around the handlebars.

Sit down on your bike and think about what kind of angle is comfortable for you to be looking down. You’ll need to be doing it a lot, so it’ll help to know the ways you can see the device without strain.

Another huge mistake is avoiding the features you might need. This is often done to save money, assuming you do not need certain stuff. Taking a minute to ask detailed questions and compare different models can make all the difference. We listed above some of the useful features, and some do not have them all.

Also, it’s not just about you – think just as much about your bike. It’s your steel horse and making sure that everything is compatible before you make the buy is going to save you the hassle of a return.

One more note about the law – in different states there are different laws when it comes to GPS placement on the bike as well as mounting issues in general. Be sure to research the certain laws in your state before purchase.

What are the key differences between a motorcycle GPS system and a standard car GPS system?

Needing to get a specific kind of GPS for motorcycle trips is sure to make you think of one question. Are they really all that different from GPSs built for cars?

In one word: yes.

There are a number of features that a motorcycle GPS has that make them optimized for low riding wherever you are. They are very different from a car GPS system. They are so different, in fact, that often times they work poorly when attempted for motorcycle use.

This is why we have specific ones. You may need more clarification, we don’t blame you on that. We are here to serve.

What are the differences, truly, between a car and motorcycle GPS?

A Motorcycle GPS Is Much Smaller Than A Car GPS:

While you can certainly get them in as compact a set of dimensions as their car counterparts, a GPS for motorbiking is going to be offered in a lot more sizes. Obviously, a biker has to make sure it is big enough for their needs. Thus making it visible for them.

For someone as potentially distractible as a bike driver (you know who you are), this can be a big deal.

The sizes play a huge role not just in your need for properly seeing. Rather, they have to fit on your bike perfectly to avoid slipping off while you’re on the road. Imagine paying a good portion for a nice car GPS you might use for your wife’s minivan on a family vacation.

You take it with you on the road with your motorcycle only for it to fall off and shatter into a million pieces. Yeah, just don’t don’t do this!

A Motorcycle GPS Has To Be Concerned About Mountability:

To that point, you want something that can be a proper mountable GPS for your bike. This is vastly important for your motorcycle and the GPS you use with it. You’re not going to be able to stick a GPS to your bike frame using those weak little suction cups.

No, you need to have something a little bit tougher. Actually, it’s going to need to be a lot tougher.

A motorcycle GPS system comes with a mounting system that makes it easier not only to mount but to look at while riding. Additionally, the car GPS for most are powered up by battery or a USB charger. Their motorcycle counterparts often get their juice right from the bike’s battery.

Keep in mind, your bike battery is by no means as large and powerful as a regular car battery. Unless you’ve been fixing it up big time. To those men, we’re going to want to see this.

To the rest of you, it’s clear that a car GPS simply cannot work on the mounting side of things. It clearly cannot work for a bike due to the way its made and the juice it takes from your bike. What else is a concern?

A Motorcycle GPS Is Weather-Proof:

Your motorcycle GPS is not going to be sitting luxuriously inside your car the whole time. This means you have to be thinking about the elements. Think about yourself for a second when considering your GPD. Are you’re not going to be wearing the same thing on your bike that you would be inside a car? Likely not.

Plus, how many of us besides Carl from accounting wear a helmet inside their car?

Luckily, a motorcycle GPS is built to last out the storm. Most are very waterproof. This isn’t just good in a rain shower either. Depending on where you live, you may need your GPS to handle a fair share of snow. Then you have to think about the kinds of terrain you’ll be going on.

Of course, this will all depend on how adventurous you are. That said, there might be mud or stray pebbles kicking up and into your GPS’s screen. You’ll be grateful for not having picked a regular GPS then, trust us.

A Motorcycle GPS Has Outdoor Technology:

A motorcycle GPS is built making sure a biker is comfortable using it. This means all the technology used in them have to be on the up and up. If they do not work right, especially for a biker, there is no point in putting it on the market.

One big difference between a car GPS and one made for a motorcycle is that the screens are put together with an anti-glare system.

This makes sure you can always see where you’re going, no matter how bright it gets outside. The volume needs to be different – a lot louder than inside a car when there’s the roaring of your chopper to contend with.

A sexy voice barking orders at you on the steering wheel might be a bit unnerving. However, it’ll be the only kind of volume that will get through to you when you’re on the open road. Don’t settle for a navigator built for a car. You’ll thank us later for that.

What are the main brands of motorbike GPS systems?

The GPS industry, no matter if it’s for mounting in a car or on a motorcycle, is one that has a couple of clear-cut giants. Garmin is one name that stands tall, with a history of providing GPS services since 1989. Originally based in Kansas, the company’s since moved to Switzerland.

Garmin has their fingers in a number of different pies, ranging from aviation and marine all the way to land GPS services. That’s on top of current ventures into wearable trackers and devices for personal use.

TomTom came onto the scene a bit later, in 1991. Originally hailing from the Netherlands, they’ve been Garmin’s chief competitors in the GPS market. They are toe to toe in terms of quality and features. They’ve proven to be just as innovative and long-standing, with products that any respectable biker would be proud to mount on their motorcycle.

BMW, a German company known Stateside for their Beetles, hasn’t been a slouch when it comes to providing navigation systems. While their On-Star-like service BMW Assist might be enough for some, they’ve also launched their own brand of GPS motorcycle enthusiasts can use.

Below we’ll be taking a look at entries from all three companies, so keep reading our motorcycle GPS review for everything you need to know!

1) TomTom Rider 550

What is it that’s so great about heading out onto the open road? It’s that you’re not just sitting in front of a TV and watching cool things on a screen. On your bike you’re not a passive spectator – you’re a rider! And TomTom’s Rider 550 was built with you in mind.

One of the great features of this TomTom motorcycle GPS is its ability to make sure you’ll never have a boring road trip. Too often people take the easy, direct route – this GPS has a feature that identifies windy roads and gives you a notice about heading there instead.

Think uphill through rolling landscapes, or dramatic drops on mountain roads, or coastal roads that live up to the name ‘scenic route.’

Add to that the ease of connectivity with your different devices. Are you the type that can’t live without Siri? Don’t worry, you can hook her up to your new TomTom for full integration. What about Google? Absolutely. You can even set your system up so that messages from your smartphone get routed through the GPS and into your headset.

You won’t have to miss out because of being on the road ever again!

This GPS tracking device for motorcycle users wouldn’t be complete without a set of maps, and this TomTom is optimized for North American users. With included lifetime map and traffic updates across the US and Canada, you won’t have to be thinking about downloading new content yourself.

While not having other zones included might come across as a minus, European, Asian and other maps are an easy click away.

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2) Garmin nüvi 2597LMT

When looking at Garmin motorcycle GPS options, the nüvi 2597LMT is not to be missed! The “LMT” at the end of the model number stands for ‘lifetime map and traffic’ updates. Meaning that if you’re going to be scooting through North America, you’re going to be covered by this GPS.

Not only are the maps kept up-to-date, but you’ll be notified about any POIs (points of interest) in the area. All while adding extra value to your next big road trip. Updates happen four times a year with no extra fees.

Making sure you’re not distracted on the road is a major task, and the nüvi’s effective data presentation goes a long way to help. Alerts appear on the sidebar, and all messages are spoken so you’ll never have to take your eyes off the roadmap.

While the touchscreen is always an option, the nüvi understands spoken commands. Meaning you can keep your hands on the handlebars where they’re supposed to be.

Have you ever heard “turn on 4th street” and then started craning your head to see the signs? With Garmin’s Real Directions program you can opt to get direction alerts based on easy-to-see landmarks, traffic lights, or buildings.

What’s a device without connectivity? With Bluetooth, you can hook up your phone so that you can take and receive calls hands-free and with ease. You’ll be able to keep your phone stowed where it’s safe while never having to miss a message again.

The Android connectivity allows for your GPS to share your data plan as well as other important information. Think points of interest or where you parked your bike. With everything streamlined, you’ll be able to pay full attention to the road.

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3) Garmin Zumo 390LM

Another entry from Garmin, the Zumo 390LM provides GPS navigation for motorcycle users with ease and convenience. While it might seem a tad undersized at first glance, it certainly is a hardy little thing. Not only does it provide glare-resistance, but the screen itself resists UV rays as well.

It’s certainly built to last. This device is waterproof and will survive a splash of fuel as well as other liquids. For the kind of man looking to take in a rugged expedition, there might be no better guide.

Connectivity is also key here, with Bluetooth linkups to the Headset 2 nestled comfortably in your helmet. With your very own Headset 2, you’ll be able to keep up with all your GPS’s directions without having to worry about the wind or weather blocking out all sound.

One of the biggest draws to biking life is the freedom that’s right there for the taking. Using hands-free tech here gives you even more freedom to be enjoying the view. As is your right.

It comes packed with maps that are guaranteed for the devices lifetime. This includes anywhere in North America, which is more than enough of a sandbox for you to explore. With the Curvy Road guide, you’ll even get a heads up when there’s a more adventurous path to be had.

Why take the boring route when there’s something new to see and do?

In addition to connecting to the Headset 2 via Bluetooth, ANT tech allows you to set up your Garmin with a separately-installed Tire Pressure Monitor System. This can keep track of two-four separate tires while you’re on your way. This offers peace of mind that you’re driving with optimal tire pressure.

Why stop for checks when you can keep on driving?

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4) TomTom Rider 400

When it comes to finding the best GPS for motorcycle users, TomTom has just as much to offer as its rivals. The Rider 400 is a lightweight entry that can still very much satisfy even the most discerning of bikers. Its slim shape can nestle between any set of handlebars.

Did you want to see further up the road? The display can twist back and forth from landscape to portrait view to give you that little extra bit of sight up ahead.

Connectivity to your PC will unlock all the Rider 400’s features, including prior route planning even before you get on your bike. With a built-in guidance system that remembers where you were wanting to go, so you just have to drive. Combine that with the Windy Roads and Hilly Roads detectors.

This will allow you to find the best roads for your journey.

Then you can activate the MyDrive features. These link the GPS to traffic-monitoring apps on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. While you’re at it, you can easily share different points of interest between your devices. This way, when you’re on the road, you’re headed right to adventure.

If you’re biking with friends then it’s easier for everybody to be on the same page too.

Its weatherproof design makes sure that you’re able to go where you need to go without worrying about the conditions. The sunlight visibility features allow you to adjust to any level of light. Worried about glare? No problem – just adjust the screen and everything stays visible.

Most GPS systems come with built-in maps and traffic for North America. However, the Rider 400 includes maps that cover most of Europe too.

Thinking about renting a car in Paris? Bring along your Rider and you’re unlikely to get lost.

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5) Garmin Zumo 595LM

Garmin kills it with their Zumo 595LM GPS device. It’s built with convenience in mind. Its bright touchscreen is glove-ready and weather-resistant. When you go off on an adventure, you want to be making sure your attention is focused on the things that matter. This is good for you and others.

Speaking of adventure, this GPS comes with “Garmin’s Adventurous Routing” program built-in. Are you heading north and are looking for the best scenery? Normally go on the same path going to and from a major city? Adventurous Routing forsakes the regular highways and gives you suggestions for gorgeous roads you might not have known about otherwise.

Why choose anything other than the interesting or the awesome? Make sure that, every time you go out, every time is amazing.

It may not be the cheapest motorcycle GPS on the market, but it’s packed full of features that make it well worth your hard-earned buck. When you check out the road ahead on the touchscreen, you’ll be surprised by how real the 3D terrain display makes things out to be.

With the opportunity to turn the GPS monitor to portrait mode, you’ll be able to look ahead and see all the twists and turns awaiting you.

It will also help you stay connected with all your devices. Along with other listings in the Garmin catalog, the 595LM supports smartphone connectivity. This means you can keep track of what’s going on in your social and work life even while on the road.

Make sure no message is left behind!

With the exclusive Smartphone Link app, you’ll be able to share your location with your friends so they know exactly when you’ll arrive. It also keeps up with state-specific law alerts, speed, and sharp turn updates too.

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6) BMW Motorrad Navigator VI

If you’re looking for luxury and convenience all in one go, it’s hard to go wrong with BMW. While you’ll be paying a pretty penny for this one, the Motorrad Navigator VI is one of the best motorcycle GPS devices on the market.

Their “Avoid Major Road” tech can supplement traditional Windy Road suggestions to create the most unique and unforgettable trips. No matter if you’re in Wisconsin or breezing down the Adriatic coast. With the device’s built-in European and North American maps, you’re already set for your next big international road trip.

Add to that a comprehensive set of round trip and route planning apps. They can link up to your computer or devices, and you have a golden opportunity to maximize your trip through this. While you’re at it, make sure that you’ve filled up your phone’s music banks or Spotify account.

You’ll be able to stream music into your headset right from your smartphone. Set your playlists on either Android or iOS and you’ll be ready to go.

The device is also packed with a lot of its own memory. It boasts a huge 16 GB of space for whatever it is that you need. If for any reason you need even more memory, there’s a microSD slot you can use. It offers an extra massive 64 GB of space.

Other features include water-and-fuel proof surfaces and a brighter screen. It even offers smartphone updates for both traffic and weather changes, as well as lane suggestions and photo-realistic depictions of upcoming intersections.

With all this and more, BMW has proved to be a hefty player in the GPS market.

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Over And Out!

Any biker worth their rubber knows that when you’re finally out there on the road all that matters is the scenic landscape and how much gas is left in the tank. Freedom is more than about time off or a weekend away – it’s a lifestyle. Making sure that your mind is free to enjoy the ride is one of the best gifts any man can give himself.

With this, you want to make sure your tech is up to speed. It is just one more aid in making sure you can really, truly get into the zone.

You need a proper route guide or the kind of GPS speedometer motorcycle enthusiasts need. That’s an all-in-one GPS device is the thing every aspiring adventurer needs.

Wondering if you’re actually traveling down the most interesting path? Features showing you the best scenic spots will get you there. Haven’t done your research ahead of time? Dots signifying points of interest will direct you to the very best sites.

More than anything else, a good GPS system encourages true bikers to never settle. To never plan something mediocre when something awesome is right there around the corner. With a little help, you’ll always know when there’s something new to try.

Reading motorcycle navigation reviews like the ones above are going to give you an edge over other consumers. This helps prompt you to remember what it is you need and what else is just extra. That extra inch of decisiveness is going to help you save time.

Regardless of where you go, a motorcycle GPS will be your perfect guide.

Dozens of supercars amassed in alleged $364 million Ponzi scheme

Federal prosecutors in Baltimore have issued a 14-count indictment against three men accused of using a Ponzi scheme to defraud investors of more than $364 million, saying that two of them diverted the money in part to amass a jaw-dropping portfolio of 28 mostly luxury automobiles, supercars and motorcycles, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces — and one Ford Explorer.

The indictment, unsealed Tuesday but filed Sept. 11, identifies three defendants: Kevin B. Merrill, 53, of Towson, Md.; Jay B. Ledford, 54, of Westlake, Texas and Las Vegas; and Cameron R. Jezierski, 28, of Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to the cars and motorcycles, it accuses them of diverting and concealing $73 million of investors’ money intended for consumer debt portfolios to purchase and renovate high-end homes in several states, jewelry, boats, a life-insurance policy and a share in a jet plane.

Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the following cars and motorcycles from Merrill:

  1. 2014 Ford Explorer
  2. 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
  3. 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63
  4. 2015 BMW S1000R motorcycle
  5. 2015 Harley Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special Edition motorcycle
  6. 2016 Ferrari 488 coupe
  7. 2017 Audi R8 5.2 Plus coupe
  8. 2017 Lamborghini Huracan convertible
  9. 2017 Range Rover
  10. 2017 Range Rover Sport
  11. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
  12. 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible
  13. 2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe
  14. 2018 McLaren 720S coupe
  15. 2008 Bugatti Veyron
  16. 2013 Ferrari California convertible
  17. 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
  18. 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  19. 2014 Pagani Huayra
  20. A pair of 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63s
  21. 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  22. 2017 Lamborghini Aventador
  23. 2018 Ferrari 488 Spyder
  24. 2018 Lamborghini Huaracan

Prosecutors also seek to recover the following vehicles from Ledford:

  1. 2016 Ferrari 488
  2. 2016 Tesla Model S
  3. 2015 Bentley Flying Spur

Prosecutors say that starting in early 2013, Merrill and Ledford persuaded investors to join them in purchasing “consumer debt portfolios,” which are made up of defaulted consumer debts to banks, credit card issuers, student loan lenders and other entities, sold in batches to third parties that try to collect on the debt — so yes, this already sounds super shady. The defendants allegedly falsely claimed they would use investors’ money to invest in the portfolios and make money for them by collecting on payments people made on their debt or selling the portfolios for a profit to third-party debt buyers.

Instead, the government says, the defendants falsely represented who they were buying the debt portfolios from and how much they were paying for the portfolios, whether they were investing their own funds and their track record of success. Prosecutors say that at times, there wasn’t any underlying debt portfolio purchased with investors’ money and that the defendants “created imposter companies with names similar to actual consumer debt sellers or brokers and opened bank accounts in the names of those imposter companies.” They also allegedly created false portfolio overviews, sales agreements with names and forged signatures of actual employees of the portfolio sellers and other falsified records.

According to a related civil complaint from the SEC, victimized investors include small business owners, restauranteurs, construction contractors, retirees, doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers, talent agents, professional athletes and financial advisors in Maryland, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Las Vegas, Texas and elsewhere. There are believed to be more than 400 victims across the country. “Most of these investors are just learning that they have been victimized,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement.

Anyone who believes they may have been defrauded is urged to contact the FBI at MerrillLedford@fbi.gov. You can read the full indictment here.

1949 Vincent Black Lightening Motorcycle

The more experienced men among us will know a thing or two about Vincent. When you wanted the fastest bikes on earth before the likes of Ducati, Triumph or even some Honda models emerged, we turned to Vincent based in the UK.

Between mid 1948 and late 1952 around 33 of these Black Lightening models were created. We say created over produced because extraordinary things are created, and mass production is produced. Rumor has it that only 19 of these original bikes still exist today.

Guess what the most expensive motorcycle sold at an auction ever was? Yeah you guessed right…it was one of these beauties. But it was no ordinary Black Lightening – not that any of these bikes can really be called “ordinary” – it was a Black Lightening motorcycle which set a new land speed time record; a bike that cost its new owner only a few pieces of paper less than $1,000,000.

This new Black Lightening has a tough act to follow but has been created to offer the same outstanding performance; they will be powered with a whopping 70 horsepower. If you want to get your lucky grubs on one, then you will have to visit the auction rooms in Birmingham, AL, come autumn.

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DeBolex’s Ducati Scrambler

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a cyclops? We aren’t sure either, but the stripped-down Ducati Scrambler is certainly something to behold. DeBolex Engineering from the UK are the team behind the masterminding of this unique project.

DeBolex Engineering saw something others missed and that’s the road racing bike masquerading behind the Ducati’s off-road Italian V-twin Scrambler exterior. To transform the bike into a road racing type they had to call upon their impressive metalwork and paint job skills.

They crafted aluminum sheets to form a sleek fairing as well as a slab-sided tank. They also switched the suspension slightly by installing Andreani cartridges at the fork and completely replaced the shock at the rear with a Maxton edition.

The wheels still made use of spokes alike the original but have been improved for purpose with 17” rims compatible with RaceTec Metzler RR tires. These are just some of many alterations but it’s the vison to come up with a concept like this and make it all possible that is really commendable.

The fantastic work of DeBolex Engineering have us eagerly anticipating their next creative feat.

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BMW R Nine T Giggerl via Blechmann

You may wonder why anyone would want to customize the classic BMW R nineT. Other than having something exciting and interesting to do, it beats us, to be honest. However, The Tin Man or Blechman as Bernhard Naumann is affectionately known as, took on the challenge with enthusiasm, setting about it in his usual way.

He has often made a name for himself in the past for his work with custom bikes and metal where the resulting vehicles/pieces of art look like something from high-concept fantasy fiction.

His approach consisted of dismantling it completely and then fabricating the new frame. Both the frame and seat are handcrafted, and in an original twist he has given his take on the R nineT front, both the suspension and rear have been worked on. It’s fair to say that apart from the fork, handlebars and the levers for the handbrake – it’s virtually a new bike!

Much like the man himself, the bike has a very unique name, inspired by one of his friends who noted that it resembled the head of a chicken. So he dubbed it the Blechmann Gigger, as Gigger is a word used in the south of Germany for chicken.

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Harley-Davidson Future Custom Motorcycle

The new Future Custom motorcycle from Harley-Davidson shadows the ongoing minimalist design trend. Notable manufacturers such as Ducati and Indian recently unveiled their own takes and we found them breathtaking. Over the years, the American brand continues to appeal to its target market with the distinct style and performance of its products. Therefore, its latest concept is turning heads in more ways than one.

Purists need not worry since there seem to be no plans to relinquish the lineup of models that bear its signature look anytime soon. Nevertheless, the upcoming Future Custom will certainly call out to forward-thinkers who welcome a more aerodynamic form factor. Currently, it remains a prototype so there might be more changes made down the line. Likewise, we believe that the assigned name might just be a temporary placeholder for now.

Don’t let its understated appearance fool you, because underneath the frame will sit a brawny 1250cc engine. Other than the sleek and aggressive exterior—another feature that sets it apart from a typical Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the matte surfaces of its components, which give it a muted but elegant charm. For comparison, a quick review of its latest catalog illustrates that the majority of its models sport polished chrome and a glossy finish on every paint job.

You still have time to consider since it is scheduled to launch sometime in 2021.

Harley-Davidson Future Custom

Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark Edition

Moto Guzzi gives its V7 III catalog a welcome refresh with the introduction of three new variants. Yet, one specifically stands out due to its limited availability and sophisticated appearance. Other than the visual flair afforded by its design choice, the company opted to produce only 1921 units of the Carbon version, which is intended to memorialize the year the company was established.

Despite being marketed as an entry-level model, the V7 III is noted for its excellent build quality. Among the three recently added options, the Rough flaunts a matte gray paint job, while the Milano goes for a glossy finish, and the Carbon stays true to its namesake with a muted but exceptional matte black color selection.

The designers presumably wanted to add a little flair to make the limited variant stand out. Therefore, you can see splashes of red distributed around selected components such as the eagle logo on the fuel tank, the Brembo brake caliper up front, the cylinder head covers, and the stitching on the saddle.

Other notable details include an anodized black billet aluminum fuel tank cap, carbon fiber fenders, carbon fiber side fairings, and a saddle that is made from Alcantara (a durable weather-resistant material with a texture similar to suede). Everything is artfully combined to make the Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon a variant that deserves a numbered production as well as a spot in a collector’s garage.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon

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Ducati 25th Anniversary Monster

Ducati’s best-selling motorcycle has just turned 25 years old, and to celebrate it, the Bologna-based company is releasing a limited edition bike that looks and rides as good as ever.

The Ducati 25th Anniversary Monster 1200 retains its twin-cylinder Testastretta 11° DS engine (147-hp), the fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork & rear suspension, and Brembo M50 brakes. The exterior, however, gets an Italian flag color treatment and gold-colored details throughout, such as the steel tube frame and the Marchesini forged rims.

Other high-performance specs include ABS Bosch Cornering, Ducati’s Wheelie Control, Traction Control & Quick Shift Up and Down systems, and a full-color instrument panel.

Available starting this November, in a limited edition of 500 units (with only 100 of those reserved for the North American market), the sharp-looking Monster 25th Anniversario is sure to sell out quickly, so you’d better act fast if you want one.

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Zero Motorcycles DSR Black Forest Edition

California’s Zero Motorcycles has just unveiled the DSR Black Forest Edition–a versatile, adventure-oriented e-bike that can easily tackle anything from pothole-ridden streets to highways, to rock-strewn trails.

Featuring the company’s Z-Force tech, the emission-free motorcycle is said to “deliver the highest power and energy density in the EV industry.” Its range is a top 203 miles in the city (with an 18 kWh battery) and 100 miles on the highway, while its battery can be fully charged (from your standard household outlets) in 2,5 hours with the optional Charge Tank (with the standard package, you’d have to wait 9,8 hours for a 100% charge). The torque is an impressive 146 Nm–“more than any fuel-burning production literbike.”

Weighing in at only 187 kg, the Black Forest Edition is built for action, with a long-travel suspension, rugged dirt-ready tires, aluminum top and side panniers, touring windscreen & seat, dual sport drop bars, LED auxiliary lights, and a headlight protector. The tough 2-wheeler is fittingly finished in black with camo accents.

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Ad Hoc Ducati 900 SS Cafe Racer

Spain’s Ad Hoc Cafe Racers custom shop is no stranger around these places. The one-man operation is known for taking already high-performing bikes and improve their aesthetics and practicality. Case in point, the refined Ducati 900 SS Cafe Racer shown here.

Drawing inspiration from the TT1 European endurance racers of the 1980s, the bike is elegant, small and compact. After having its bodywork removed, the 2-wheeler got a redesigned rear frame, chromed headlight bucket & taillight matching the chassis, Motogadget Motoscope Tiny speedo, and a new flat top tank with a minimal fuel cap. A beautiful leather seat converts from a monoposto to a double-seater by removing a metal lid.

The bike also sports an overhauled L-twin engine, a simple stainless steel exhaust, Brembo brakes, and custom-built wheels wrapped in Continental ContiMotion sport touring rubber. Finished in an exquisite creamy paint job, this timeless machine is ready to tackle the roads in style.

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Photos by Rodrigo Yufe

MV Agusta ‘Bol d’Or’ Motorcycle

Designed specifically for the race track, the MV Agusta ‘Bol d’Or’ Motorcycle is a wild and agile 2-wheeler with gorgeous looks.

Built by one of the most talented bike-tunning specialists in the world, Walt Siegl, ‘Bol d’Or’ is based on an MV Agusta F3 model. At 381 lbs, the donor bike was already a light racer, but Walt took it a step further, shaving off 80 lbs, in order to boost the bike’s performance on the track. While the original frame remained untouched, the fairing, subframe, fuel tank, seat, rear cowl, fenders, and exhaust were all removed.

A new lightweight subframe has been added and the high-performance engine got even more oomph with the addition of a new lightweight exhaust, ram-air intakes, and a tunable performance program loaded into the ECU. The upgraded machine was then finished with a crisp paint job by the same lucky man who ended up racing it, placing 7th in each of the 4 races he competed in, against top-of-the-line contemporary superbikes.

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Photos By Paulo Rosas

1974 Honda CB750 ‘La Poderosa’ Cafe Racer

Named after the bike that Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara rode during his epic motorcycle trip throughout South America, ‘La Poderosa’ (‘The Mighty One’ in Spanish) is an award-winning cafe racer with stunning vintage looks and modern reliability.

The bike started off as a beat up 1974 Honda CB750 K4 following an accident. After a complete teardown, the rebuilding process began with the addition of a new Dynatek ignition system, billet aluminum air intake, and a 4-into-1 exhaust system, while the beautiful oil tank and side covers remained from the original bike. Other details include forks from a 1975 GL1000, rebuilt wheels, Motogadget bar end indicators, and a bunch of parts shaped from billet aluminum, including the striking gas cap.

Rounded off with a diamond quilted oxblood red leather seat and a black cherry with micro red metallic paintwork, ‘La Poderosa’ is one of the finest looking cafe racers we’ve ever laid eyes on.

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Images by Mark Luciani

dB Customs 1982 Honda Evolution

Canada’s one-man shop Darren Begg Customs specializes in resto modified motorcycles. He turns 70’s and 80’s classics into powerhouses with modern handling and braking, while staying true to the original designs. This superb 1982 Honda CB985F Evolution is the latest to leave the shop, and it’s a very special one.

Commisioned by a client who loved the look of the very first bike produced by the Ottawa-based garage, this tribute 2-wheeler is painted with a Nero Carbonio base color with beautiful hand-applied details (no vinyl decals). The bike is equipped with only the best bits, including OHLINS suspension all around, a modified SRAD swingarm, gold-anodized Oz Racing’s Gass wheels, and the newest generation of Michelin RS tires. The engine was also “massaged” with a bunch of high-performing upgrades while stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes.

After all the tweaking, the motorcycle is now 82lb lighter than when it started and has a weight bias of 51% front to 49% rear. Needless to say, the result is a stunningly-executed modern classic that’s as functional and reliable as it gets.

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Photos By Darren Begg

Vagabund Custom BMW R80 RT Motorcycle

Austrian duo Vagabund Moto is frequently mentioned around here and with good reason–they produce some outstanding bikes. Super minimalist and clean, their customs are both handsome to look at and utterly functional. Case in point, their latest Custom BMW R80 RT Motorcycle.

The bike, dubbed ‘V09,’ started life as a 1992 R80 RT tourer that had little use, which meant the BMW workhorse of an engine didn’t need too much work. The bodywork has been stripped off, a custom-made subframe has been added, the tank modified, the forks shortened by 60 mm, and a skinny new solo seat with beautiful upholstery has been placed at the rear.

Complete with top-shelf parts (Grimeca master brake cylinder, Motogadget bar-end turn signals, Continental ContiRoadAttack tires, K&N filters, etc.) and a striking paint job, this short, aggressive bike is sure to bring endless grins of the face of its new owner.

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’28 Days Later’ Custom GasGas Motorcycle

Built by the specialists in custom, classic and competition machinery at UK’s Valespeed Motorcycles (actually a one-man operation), the ’28 Days Later’ Custom GasGas Motorcycle is a masterfully crafted bike that’s stylish, simple, and ultra-fun to ride.

The tracker-inspired bike is based on an old Spanish GasGas and features a lightweight bespoke frame made from 3/4″ steel tubing that encloses the beautiful fuel tank, just like the board track racers of the early 20th century. The engine is a liquid-cooled, 270cc GasGas two-stroke engine with a single cylinder and a single carburetor, breathing through a custom-made curved up exhaust.

Fitted with a single seat, Triumph wheels, a biscuit tin hiding all of the electrics, tennis racket tape for the grips, and an old champagne cork as a gas tank cap, this nimble 2-wheeler is pure old-school awesomeness.

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Vespa PX 150 ‘Escape’ Scooter

Russia’s Butcher Garage specializes in building extreme custom scooters and their Vespa PX 150 ‘Escape’ clearly reflects that. Envisioned as a bike that allows you to escape from the city when needed, this scrambler-style 2-wheeler combines off-road qualities with urban design.

The scooter (named after Steve McQueen’s 1963 epic film “The Great Escape”) is inspired by the desert sleds of the 60s-70s. It’s based on a Vespa PX 150 and features a reworked monocoque body, vintage Husqvarna fuel tank & BSA-like seat, long-travel pit bike fork, SIP shocks, and full hydraulic brakes.

The lengthy list of upgrades also includes Fat Bars with Domino quick action throttle, a folding clutch lever, LED tail light, custom ‘curly’ exhaust tubes, plus new crankshaft, ignition, clutch and driveshaft. Finished in black, red and white with an ‘aged’ checkered rear section, this mad scooter has enough oomph to induce a permanent grin on the face of anyone brave enough to ride it.

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