Husqvarna’s Striking Vision for Motorcycling’s Future: the Vitpilen 701

One of the most eye-catching bikes on the market is just as enjoyable to ride

by Andrew Maness Of the many traits that make the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 desirable, the fact that its the result of a well-executed singular vision is the most impressive. Since unveiling the Vitpilen 401 concept at the EICMA show in November 2014, Husqvarna’s focus on contemporary, minimalist design language for their return to the street-bike market has brought them a considerable and deserved amount of …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NOLA's all-women motorcycle club, NASA meets fashion, hilarious teen fiction and more in our look around the web

1. Heron Preston’s NASA-Inspired Collection Goes to Space In partnering with NASA, Heron Preston had to adhere to certain guidelines about color and copy—meticulously incorporating these requirements into his modern vision for apparel. Honoring the 1990 NASA logo, Preston dubbed his spacesuit-inspired FW18 collection the “Fall/Winter 1990” series, and sent some pieces into space to demonstrate his commitment to the inspiration. The footage is as …

New Orleans’ All-Women Motorcycle Club: Caramel Curves

Bucking the traditional (and oftentimes toxic) image of a motorcycle club, NOLA’s Caramel Curves is an all-women group with 13 members who can be seen riding through the city—bright pink smoke billowing behind them. Often decked out in bedazzled gear and stilettos, members playfully and irreverently toy with ideas surrounding femininity, but at its core, the club is about “passion for motorcycles and a desire …

Updating an Icon: The 2018 Ducati Monster 821

Taking inspiration from the 1993 model, a tweaked motorbike that's sure to impress

by Andrew Maness It’s been 25 years since Ducati launched the naked sport-bike segment with the M900, and since then they’ve moved 323,000 iterations of the Monster—making it the most popular bike in the history of the brand. It’s fitting then that the 2018 Monster 821 has received a number of upgrades, some borrowed from the top of the line Monster 1200 and some drawn …

Edgar Heinrich, Head Of Design at BMW Motorrad, on the Concept 9cento

Unveiled at this year's Concorso d’Eleganza, a high-end super-bike made for adventures

by Andrew Maness Perched on the western shore of Lake Como just a five-minute boat ride from the famous grounds of Villa d’ Este lies the equally stunning, but lesser-known Villa Erba. Built in the 19th Century by Luigi Erba, whose brother Carlo accrued great wealth by founding Italy’s first pharmaceutical company, Villa Erba was inherited by Luigi’s daughter Carla and later her son, the …