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2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series Coupe

The Lexus LC 500 is an unsung hero in the world of luxury coupes. To experience it is to understand the near-perfect combination of stunning design, Gibraltar-like build quality, and a superb naturally-aspirated V8 engine.…

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A ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor is for Sale

For as long as we can remember, there have been middling movies that featured cars that outperformed the lead actor. The top of that list is, was and always will be the 1967 Shelby GT500…

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Muscle Car Museum Collection

When an entire car museum collection goes up for sale, it’s like a solar eclipse. It just doesn’t happen much at all. Rick Treworgy, who founded Muscle Car City in Florida, is selling his collection…

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Mercedes-Benz 56″ MBUX Hyperscreen

In the race to provide the biggest car touchscreen on the planet, we introduce you to the King-of-the-Hill. It’s called the MBUX Hyperscreen, and it’s essentially one ginormous touchscreen that replaces the traditional dashboard and…

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Singer All-Terrain Porsche 911

Singer has taken the Porsche 911 to new heights, and their reinterpretations command serious money and provide scintillating performance. Their latest might just be one of their most coveted because it’s their own interpretation of…

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Alpha Motor Corporation pulls off a cool retrofuturistic design for its ACE Coupe

The electric vehicle scene has is seeing new startups aiming for the big leagues. Of course, Tesla remains the gold standard in the industry, but the competition could eventually catch up if Elon Musk’s group fail to regularly innovate. Lucid Motors recently caused a stir when its all-electric sedan – the Air – debuted with remarkable features. Now, Alpha Motor Corporation is considering a retrofuturistic aesthetic for the ACE. Not only that, the group also plans to offer it at a more affordable price point.

Everyone knows that it is difficult to properly strike a balance between features and quality when price is a factor. It’s common for manufacturers to cut corners just to keep cost manageable and still make a decent profit. This is what the company headquartered in Irvine, California needs to consider before they take order for the ACE.

We are impressed as to how Alpha Motor Corporation managed to pull off the design. If one does not know about the zero-emission powertrain of the ACE, it will pass off as one classy restomod. The engineers went with a two-seater coupe configuration. It has 14 cubic feet of cargo space, which should be enough for a couple of suitcases and more.

The ACE comes in a “Blue Seraph” coat which is a bespoke shade of metallic silver. If not for the large infotainment display on the dash, the interior could pass off as that of a vintage car. Alpha Motor Corporation claims the sporty rear-wheel-drive EV can manage a range of 250 miles on a single charge. Testing also shows a 0-60 mph sprint of about six seconds.

Reserve yours now: here

Images courtesy of Alpha Motor Corporation

DeLorean DMC-12 Back to the Future Off-Road

The might just be Doc Brown’s post-apocalyptic vehicle of choice. Done up by concept artist BradBuilds, the DeLorean from Back to the Future gets a makeover that lifts the ride height, adds long-travel suspension, big…

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The 1,985 Horsepower Electric Aspark Owl Hits Production

We covered the Owl a couple of years back, but it’s no longer a dream. Japan’s Aspark is building its EV supercar (all 50 of them), and you can order yours now if you want…

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Should You Build Your Own Bike? Is It Worth It?

Every cyclist that is serious about the sport has just one thing they would love to get when it comes to their bike. Complete control. Just about every cyclist out there has this dream wish list in mind of what they would want their ideal bike to look like.

No matter how expensive and high tech it is, there is always something that is missing. Something you would like to have or at least be made better. All of this makes a great case for making your own bike.

There is fitting out a bike with aftermarket bits to suit your needs, and quite another to build it from the frame out to get it exactly the way that you want.

In this article, I will go over the basics of what it means to build your own bike and whether you think it’s worth it or not.

The frame

There are two ways of going about the frame when it comes to building your own bike. Your choices are to either buy just the basic frame already built and then add on everything else. Or to literally weld the frame from scratch based on your own design.

The first one is easily the most economic and less likely to fail. You could put a lot of work into the build-out of the frame only to find that the welds are not good or the design isn’t going to work. The problem with buying it already made is that you don’t get exactly what you want. You may find after riding it that there are things that you don’t like about it. Also, if you are doing the build for experience then you aren’t learning as much as when you do it yourself.

The second option is the most satisfying but also the more intense of the two options. You’ll need to learn the basics of welding and practice a lot before you put the frame together. The best 110v MIG welder will get the job done and is not too difficult to learn as long as you are somebody that is handy.

You may end up with several prototypes of the frame before you actually build a suitable one. This will give you plenty of practice and experience so you understand exactly what you need to accomplish the frame.

The fork

The fork is going to be more difficult to weld and build yourself. You are probably better off buying the type that you like for the type of riding you plan to do. Many forks are made tapered which would be very difficult for you to do yourself without extremely specialized tools.

So, this is the time that you need to go with a factory-made one. Of course, you can still find one that suits your needs exactly so it doesn’t lead to an inferior set of forks. In fact, you’re more likely to get what you need by buying them already fabricated.

All the rest

 Now, you’ll need to go buy the individual parts. This will be at least as time-consuming as manufacturing the frame from scratch! Each part is going to be scrutinized to make sure that it is going to play well with other components. And it is also the opportunity to address the issues one often finds on a bike already made for you.

Go with the best in terms of quality and the best in terms of how you want it to work within the rest of the bike. Brakes for instance are going to be important for obvious reasons. You can choose from a disk or rim and hydraulic or mechanical.

Everything else is going to come down to preference and you’ll know what you’re looking for.

Is it worth it?

You’re going to spend far more money building your own bike than buying one on your budget. The individual parts are going to cost more. And if you are welding the frame yourself, there might be a lot of wasted material. Yet, it is still worth it to build your own.

Once you have this skill, you could even make a business out of it and build bespoke bikes for others as this is a rare talent that only comes from experience. You’ll at least be getting exactly the bike that you want even if you have no intention of building a business. There are not many people who end up regretting that they built their own bike, after all.

When to Hire an Injury Attorney After a Motorcycle Crash

Getting into a crash with a car is a daily concern for many bikers and their families. Even if you are a cautious rider and do everything correctly, you may still be hit by a careless driver. 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistics, 82,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2018. 

  • 45% of motorcycle accidents result in more than a minor injury;
  • Only 3% of motorcycle crashes occur in inclement weather;
  • In 2018, 8% of U.S. homes had at least one motorcycle; and
  • Most fatal accidents occur in broad daylight between the hours of 3pm and 6pm. 

With many people staying home through much of 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it is likely that cyclists have taken the opportunity to enjoy riding with fewer vehicles on the roads. Sadly, fewer vehicles have not resulted in fewer motorcycle accidents. 

When to Hire an Injury Attorney After a Motorcycle Crash

If you experience no physical injury and little to no property damage, you may not need a motorcycle accident attorney. But if you have been injured even slightly, it is important to seek medical attention to assess the damage caused by the accident. Moderate or severe injuries could require extensive and expensive medical care. 

There is no need to hire the first attorney you find online or see on a billboard. It is more important to find an experienced motorcycle injury attorney who is qualified to get you compensation and help with your injuries to get your life back on track. 

A motorcycle accident attorney will be able to strengthen your claim for damages by gathering evidence of the incident and your injuries. They can negotiate with insurance companies who are quick to offer you a low settlement. After negotiations, an experienced attorney will know if the settlement offer is fair or if it is worth going to trial. The right legal help can navigate the court system on your behalf and help you seek the compensation you need. 

Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents

Most states have a statute of limitations for motor vehicle accidents that extends for two to four years after the date of the accident. Make sure you are certain about the statute of limitations in your particular state to ensure you file your claim on time.  It is important to note that some injuries related to motorcycle accidents may not present themselves immediately. That being said, the sooner you seek compensation for damages, the stronger your case will be. 

Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Motorcycle Accident

Though there is only so much you can do to avoid a careless driver, it is important to protect yourself. 

  • Familiarize yourself with the motorcycle laws in your state;
  • Take a motorcycle training (or refresher) course;
  • Always wear a helmet when riding;
  • Be conscious of other drivers’ blind spots; 
  • Use hand or turn signals before changing lanes;
  • Take up the entire lane; 
  • Don’t ride or pass on the shoulder of the road; and
  • Never ride your motorcycle in an impaired state.

You can never be too careful when riding a motorcycle. Wearing reflective clothing is not required but is a good idea, especially when riding at night. Always make sure any passenger riding with you is comfortable on a motorcycle, and make sure your motorcycle insurance is current. 

If you are one of the thousands of people who have already experienced property damage or injury from a motorcycle accident, know that you do have legal options for relief. Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney not only provides better odds of compensation for your injuries, but it also provides peace of mind.

The True Costs Of Owning A Luxury Car

There’s no denying that owning a luxury car is one of the pinnacle hallmarks of financial success. Luxury cars come fully stocked with futuristic aesthetics, fancy features, and high-performance engines. As such, luxurious cars carry a higher financial value compared to other car brands.

Buyers are usually willing to pay high prices for a car because of the detail in the car as well as its high-value perception in the market. Some, however, will choose to own a luxury car as a status symbol. It’s somewhat true that the car you drive says a good amount about the person you are.

If you’ve been eyeing a few high-end Mercedes and Land Rovers in your company parking lot, you may be wondering whether you could fit a luxury car within your budget.

It’s no secret that luxury cars will set you back tens of thousands. However, as you plan your budget, you need not only consider the purchase price of the car but also the costs that come with owning a luxury car.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the total costs of owning a car so you can get a clearer picture of how much you are going to spend according to your budget.

1. Maintenance and Repair Work

The costs of paying for maintenance and repair for your car is perhaps the most impactful expenses post-purchase. It goes without saying that the parts of a luxury car are expensive. What’s worse is the common misconception that luxury cars break down less because of the high-quality engineering that goes behind the manufacturing process of those cars.

The mechanic you hire needs to be highly trained in working with the somewhat complex machine that is your car. This means that their labor costs will also be high.

Remember, cheap is expensive. Opting for a cheap technician might result in you paying even more than you should have because the technician might either choose to fleece you while doing a shoddy job that you might have to get redone after.

The truth is luxury cars are costly merely because they provide better performance, comfort, and driving experience that you would otherwise not find with a regular car. As such, luxury cars need to be serviced just like any regular car if not with higher precision because of their luxurious nature.

For instance, the cost of an oil change for a new Honda should not go beyond $100. With a high-end Mercedes, you should expect to pay double that figure or even more.

There’s also the fact that OEM Mercedes spare parts will also cost you a good amount of money. To save money, however, you can always look up buying auto parts online so you can make comparisons as per product variety and prices.

If you fall under this category, here’s why you should buy OEM parts for your Mercedes.

2. Gas for Your Car

Due to the consistent nature of fueling a car, you need to work out how much you are going to pay at the gas pump. The thing with luxury cars is they come with massive high-speed engines that are designed more for high performance and less for fuel economy. To keep the engine running, you might have to pay premium prices for high octane fuel.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the difference between fuel costs per gallon for a regular sedan and a high-performance vehicle should be between 30 to 40 cents.

Not much, right? Wrong! An additional couple of dollars to fill your tank might seem a bit trivial. However, paying the extra money over a certain amount of time can make a big difference. You might find that you’ve paid up to a $1,000 in added fuel costs.

3. Your Car’s Insurance Cover

Ask any insurance agent and they’ll tell you how much first-time luxury car buyers are often surprised by the cost of insuring their car. Unfortunately, insurance as unappealing it may sound, is a must-have that every car owner, luxurious or not, simply has to pay for.

As expected, the parts for your brand new luxury car will cost your insurance company good money to repair. There’s also the fact that they have to use a high-end mechanic to handle your car. For this cost, the insurance company will overturn the expenses in the form of higher insurance premiums for your car.

For instance, a brand new Toyota Camry valued at around $30,000 should set you back about $1,500 in insurance payments every year. However, a new Mercedes Benz C300 valued at $40,000 more should cost you well over $2,500 in annual insurance premiums. That’s a difference of over $10,000 and $1,500 each year.

As a countermeasure, you can save some money by comparing car insurance quotes from different providers.

Benefits To Buying OEM Mercedes Spare Parts

Perhaps the most significant upside to buying original equipment manufactured parts, or OEM, is the spare parts are made specifically by the car manufacturing brand. This means that these parts match exactly the stock parts that you bought your Mercedes with when it came through the assembly line.

OEM Mercedes Spare parts at any dealership should be the same type thus you won’t have to stress about buying from different brands as well as the differences in costs and quality.

There’s also the fact that Mercedes sell OEM parts with a warranty that is usually easy to claim.

High Luxury Means High Responsibility

It’s common knowledge that luxury cars are really expensive. Keep in mind that the longer you own the car, the more it depreciates in value. What’s more, they cost an arm and a leg to maintain and pay for insurance, considering the ever-rising price of gas.

The best way of keeping your automotive budget in check is to calculate the overall cost of buying and maintaining a luxury car. A good rule of thumb is to spend less than 20% of your net income on vehicle costs.

By keeping a close eye on your expenses, you can keep more money in your pocket and still drive a luxurious car while at it.

Kaffeemaschine 1983 Moto Guzzi Custom Motorcycle

The up-and-coming European bike shop Kaffeemaschine founded by Axel Budde has impressed us every since we laid eyes on their 1984 Le Mans Mark III KM23 Motorcycle. One of their many follow-ups to that incredibly impressive…

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Upgrade your Tender With the Heritage 9.9 from Castagnola Yacht

When you already have that gargantuan superyacht of your dreams docked at the marina. Most people would think that would be enough, yet others choose to not limit their goals. Most owners choose to purchase tender, which is actually quite helpful when there’s not enough room to moor closer to your destination. Usually, these vessels are designed to serve a single purpose – ferrying folks anywhere. However, there are those such as the Heritage 9.9, which offers so much more.

One normally expects a certain level of luxury aboard most huge leisure watercraft. Therefore, many would prefer that the smaller accompanying transport would at least match it by some level. Meanwhile, some folks find that bigger ones will require a sizeable crew to keep everything operational. Equinoxe Yachts International introduces the Heritage 9.9 as more of an in-between.

This day cruiser does not compromise performance and comfort. Credit goes to Nauta Design in collaboration with Francesco Rogantin’s Names naval architecture studio for its blueprint. Equally notable are the workers from Castagnola Yacht who are building the Heritage 9.9 from wood and carbon fiber.

The ship measures 10.91 meters in overall length, 3.54 meters for the beam, and a draft of 0.54 meters. Its twin 320-horsepower Yanmar engines allow it to reach speeds of up to 39 knots as well as a range of 160 nautical miles. Just sit back and relax as you lounge around the spacious deck of the Heritage 9.9. Fancy a swim? The swimming platform is just within reach. When it’s time to retire, head down to find a single cabin, bathroom, and a galley kitchen.

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Images courtesy of Castagnola Yacht

2021 Ducati XDiavel Black Star: Superior riding comfort with sports bike performance

After some recent releases, it appears Ducati’s 2020 run is not yet over. Consumers who are still shopping around for something exclusive might be in luck. The company presents the XDiavel Black Star which is on its way to the United States and Canada next year. Aside from its exclusive colorway, all 50 units will feature a number plate so you can tell its from a special series. So, what makes this model so special.

According to Ducati, the XDiavel Black Star takes everything that makes the sports bike platform great and tweaks it to add more comfort. Thus, we have a striking dynamic profile that promises performance and power with more relaxing ergonomics. Some of you who normally go for cruisers will enjoy the overall feel of the machine.

Its most notable enhancement is the riding position which comes from the placement of the footpegs and the seat. However, owners can always make adjustments with the help of Ducati’s collection of first-party accessories. It flaunts a gloss black frame and wheels with XDiavel Black Star graphics. Overall, there is a stealthy vibe from the dominant black/grey tones with minimal hints of red and silver for contrast.

The XDiavel Black Star ships with a Testastretta DVT 1262 twin-cylinder engine. This grants the bike a maximum output of 152 horsepower at 9,500 rpm with a maximum torque rating of 92.9 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. To keep you safe, the bike relies on a combination of its Ducati Traction Control system with ABS Cornering, Bosch (IMU) electronics, Ducati Power Launch, and more. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next moving forward.

Make it yours – $25,995

Images courtesy of Ducati

Toyota Tacoma TRD-Sport Trailer Concept: We hope this makes it to production soon

For the overlanding enthusiast who also loves what he great outdoors has to offer, these two are a perfect match. Nothing is more awesome than taking on what nature puts in your way and enjoying the starlit sky at the end of the day. As such, there is a whole range of gear and upgrades available that enhance the experience. Now, current and future Toyota Tacoma owners could soon choose to upgrade their rides with the TRD-Sport Trailer.

“Overlanding has been picking up steam for quite some time, but 2020 just put it over the top,” stated Toyota Division Marketing group vice president Ed Laukes regarding the TRD-Sport Trailer “Given Toyota’s solid off-road credentials and reputation, we thought it would be really cool to create the ultimate overlanding companion to our pickup and SUV lineup.”

According to sources, the inspiration for the TRD-Sport Trailer came from third-party trailers based on the Toyota Tacoma. After a talk with MotorSports Tech Center Director of Operations Marty Schwerter, they came up with an exciting concept. It appears the bed of the Tacoma pickup has enough space for a collection of add-ons.

The most notable is a four-person Yakima tent complete with an awning. It sits on a scissor lift for on-demand motorized elevation. There’s also a 16-gallon freshwater tank, a hot water heater, a slide-out sink with stove. For even more convenience, you have a toilet, shower, and refrigerator. Auxiliary power comes from a generator and Optima Yellow Top battery combo for exceptional reliability. Finally, the TRD-Sport Trailer is riding on a pair of TRD Pro wheels with General Grabber X3 285/70/17 tires.

Learn more about it: here

Image courtesy of Toyota

2021 DeLorean Concept

While there are plenty of reasons we love Back to the Future, the DeLorean easily beats out the hoverboard and self-lacing sneakers for the coolest piece of kit from the films. We were promised that…

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Nissan Design America GT-R (X) 2050 Concept

There are more than a few prototype cars we always wished would be constructed, but for one reason or another, would never see the light of day. Nissan Design America was so enthralled with the…

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