Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special is a Mean Street Fighter

10492032_10154002785645917_6923026378592216099_nMy next-door neighbor back in Brooklyn owned a 2002 Harley-Davidson V-Rod. He parked it in front of his Bushwick apartment building on the sidewalk. It had a brushed, anodized aluminum tank, solid rims and fenders with plenty of chrome. It was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

Sadly, he also had some chrome stick-on skulls from Pep Boys on it that killed the overall look, but it still looked mean. I wanted to ride that bike bad.

The 1,130cc V-Twin Revolution, V-Rod had an extended front end, a hot, curvy exhaust and fat rear tire that make it look like a dragster. It was designed to go very fast in a straight line and it was also the first liquid cooled, production motorcycle from Harley.

Read my review here.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

E.Dawn_Product_10_grid_v2Say hello to an all-new Dawn — a sumptuous and eye-catching convertible from Rolls-Royce. The stylish, two-door drop top has a striking build and will ferry four people around town in luxurious splendor. Like the Rolls-Royce Wraith, it has suicide doors that open and close at the touch of a button and a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that’s available in four optional finishes: solid silver, gold-plated, illuminated and up-lit.

Beneath its sleek and massive bonnet you will find a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine. The eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive drophead weighs 5,644 pounds, yet can spirit its driver and passengers from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds. The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn of the last mid-century was the muse and inspiration for this Dawn, which was also handcrafted in Goodwood, England.

Dawn is the quietest convertible available thanks to windscreens and higher belt lines that keep passengers as snug as a turtleneck sweater. Plus, it only takes 22 seconds to go completely topless, at speeds up to 37 mph. The brilliant motorcar is available in wonderful colors like midnight sapphire with mandarin leather interior, or you can create your own unique configuration on the company’s website.

Aside from all the luxury one would expect from Rolls, Dawn also uses GPS data to see beyond what you see and anticipate your next move, based on your location and driving style. Dawn, it seems, can read your mind.

Top track speed: 155 mph
563 horsepower at 5,250 rpm
0-60: 4.9 seconds
MSRP: $335,000

Originally published in the South Florida Luxury Guide in 2016

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Indian Scout versus Harley-Davidson Sportster

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One of the most renowned grudge matches in the history of motorcycling is the ongoing battle for knockout sales between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle.

The ultimate cruiser contest between these two companies has lasted for well over a century. Harley won the last one with a mostly undisputed track record, winning sales and strong brand loyalty.

Indian started out with a bang and was knocked out cold for over half a century, but has since returned to the ring with a vengeance.

Today, we have the ultimate street fight for the 21st century – a rumble in the suburban jungle between the two competitors.

Read my review here.

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JOYRIDE: 2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

2016-72This is one hell of a Harley – the look, design and feel of this bike is nearly flawless. The Seventy-Two weighs only 559 lbs. and is the perfect all around town cruiser that will turn heads and elicit envy from riders everywhere.

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S – The S is for Sensational

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Harley-Davidson makes motorcycles for all kinds of riders — small, medium and larger than life. The all-new Softail Slim S falls into the latter category and is currently one of their best and most powerful bikes to date.

Read my review here.

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Hauling Ass in Hellcats and Vipers at Willow Springs

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Willow Springs race track is one of the most thrilling 2.5-miles of asphalt in Southern California. Read all about it here.

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Mission E: First All-Electric Porsche

Porsche-Mission-E-conceptGoing green doesn’t have to mean boring. Porsche has given the green light to transform the Mission E concept to a production car, with an expected release date late this decade. According to the manufacturer, the upcoming fully electric, 600-horsepower sports sedan will reach 62 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds, have a range of over 300 miles and will be able to almost fully charge in less than 15 minutes. Shocking news? You bet.

The Mission E concept has a low, aggressive stance, a curved hood and Matrix LED headlights that resemble quotation marks. The tapered rear design is unmistakably all Porsche and sports a continuous strip of light between its wide, bulbous fenders.

Individual bucket seats accommodate four passengers, and counter-opening doors offer an easy and dramatic entrance. The cabin is formed around a carbon monocoque shell that rests above an underbody of lithium-ion batteries stretching between the EV’s front and rear axles.

Plans are for the Mission E to be charged wirelessly by induction via a charging plate on the floor of your garage or by a cable connected to a charge port hidden on the side of the Mission’s front fender.

The first 100 percent electrically powered Porsche will feature virtual exterior mirrors that utilize an intricate camera system reflected in the lower windshield corners. Instrument navigation will be holographic and controlled by eye tracking and gesture control, and the system will detect the considered instrument by camera. Everything will work intuitively with a glance, as well as a touch of a button on the steering wheel. The future from Porsche is literally wow. porsche.com

Originally published in the South Florida Luxury Guide in 2015

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See America on a Harley-Davidson Road Glide

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Good Times at the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Read about my latest ride at HDForums.com - from Los Angeles, California to Sturgis, South Dakota and back again.

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S is Sleek, Sporty and Superb

vulcas2015-640In an age where vehicles come larded with crap like driver assist technology, electric steering and fake exhaust noise — things, that, in the end ultimately take away control from the driver — it’s a relief to ride a motorcycle like the Kawasaki Vulcan S.

Check out my review on 6.

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