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Rainpal Is A Wiper Blade For Your Motorcycling Helmet

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I ride a motorcycle. It’s great. And when it rains, well, it’s still great but… a little annoying. Most of the time the rain drops that fall in your field of view will just be pushed to the sides because of the wind hitting your visor. But at lower speeds that doesn’t work quite as well. So I’m actually intrigued by Rainpal. It’s an attachment you retrofit into an existing helmet, and it gives you a good old fashioned wiper blade. Attached to your visor with inner suction cups, you activate it through a button on the hardware itself, or through a wireless kit meant to be mounted on your handlebars. When you do so, the blade will go back and forth for up to 90 minutes, or twice that if you give it a two second delay, before you need to charge the battery. The design claims it’ll work just fine at speeds up to 160kmh (100mph).

Now, keep in mind that this product is being pitched on a lesser known crowdfunding platform, Fundrazr, that there’s no working prototype yet (they’re 4 weeks out, apparently), and that the campaign isn’t fully funded in the first place. So pledge the $49 starting price at your own risk. Having said that, if it does work as advertised, Rainpal looks pretty slick.

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Behold the Lazareth LM 847, A 470 hp Quad-Wheel Motorcycle With A Maserati Engine

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Don’t go looking for this bike in your local motorcycle showroom; the Lazareth LM 847 is a one-off creation from Ludovic Lazareth, and if it ever sees a production line, we’ll be impressed. The fact that it mostly can’t be bought doesn’t stop us from being both shocked and awed at what he’s done. This beast features four single-sided swingarms, rim-mounted brakes, dual hub-centre steering and most importantly, a 4.7-liter Maserati V8 engine cranking out a ridiculous 470 horses. The tail end comes from a Ducati Panigale, and the transversely mounted rear shock is TFX, a shock absorber that looks like it’ll absorb bumps on the road just as efficiently as it’ll prevent both wheels from moving relative to one another, a potentially questionable design choice. But hey, when you’re Frankensteining a beast of this caliber, you’re clearly going for the kitchen sink approach rather than crafting a finely engineered riding machine.

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Get Rid Of Chin Straps With The Vozz RS 1.0 Motorcycle Helmet

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Most avid riders will never complain about having to tighten a chin strap around their jaws, but the few that get annoyed by it will be interested to read about the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet. It features an innovative middle hinge that opens the back of the helmet and lets the rider inset his head with ease.

The most innovative feature of the RS 1.0 is the head’s access point. The helmet splits vertically in two parts that pivot around a hinge at the top and toward the back of the shell. This opening offers ample space for the head to slide into the helmet and then it only takes is a little pressure to reattach the two parts via two locking mechanisms. According to Vozz this can be done easily while wearing gloves and even glasses.

Reconfiguring the helmet this way does a lot more than get rid of the chin strap. Doing away with the need for a large opening to get the head through, you can have a closer, tighter fit. The chin area has also been redesigned for comfort, while the fact that it’s closed prevents air from entering from below.

It looks like a fantastic design, and the helmet is ready to hit the market. Initially sold only at the central company store in East Frenchs Forest near Sydney, Australia, the plan is to roll out to retailers worldwide later on. That could take a while, of course, so until then you can also order one from their online store, starting December 23rd, for an as yet undisclosed price.

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From The Bike To The Plane: Wheelrider Is A Bike-Mounted Carry-On Suitcase

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You go everywhere on two wheels… except maybe to the airport. For that, you bow down to reality, and stash your suitcase in the trunk of a car and get a ride. But if you get the Wheelrider, you don’t have to compromise. It’s the world’s first solar-powered travel carry-on motorcycle top-case. The smaller sized version fits in an airplane’s carry-on compartment, but won’t have enough room for your helmet. Helpfully, there is a larger one that does, but that one won’t fit overhead. It has wheels, a telescoping handle, and even a solar panel to charge your electronics inside. If you opt for the smaller version and are wondering what you’ll do with your helmet, know that the base comes with a 5mm Steel Cable Lock, so you can securely attach your skull protector on the bike and leave it behind. It’s made of a solid polycarbonate exterior, but also comes in carbon fiber if you’re feeling fancy. Prices start at a $190 pledge at the moment, although the company is quite far from being fully funded right now. If it reaches its goal, delivery should happen in June of 2016.

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That Bike From The TRON Movie Will Soon Be Up For Auciton

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You’re looking at a fully functioning replica of the bike used in the 2010 movie TRON:Legacy. Even if the movie wasn’t exactly a stellar flick, it has spawned countless pop culture references in the half-decade since its release. This particular bike was built for “the Andrews Collection, one of America’s biggest and best car collections, most of which is currently being sold at auction.”

96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes. This custom Tron tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds. The motorcycle is finished in black with a white stripe and boasts an imposing stance to match its performance.

It was only ever ridden around the Andrews Collection’s facilities to ensure it’s still in working order, so it’s in an as-new state. The auction will be held on May 2nd at a Sotheby’s location, with a $25,000-$40,000 starting bid and no reserve. That means you could snatch it for even less… if it just so happens that no one else is interested in it, which seems unlikely.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pics.

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Is The Akrapovi? Full Moon The Future Of Bikes?

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No… It probably isn’t. Bike people like to make fancy one-offs for shows, and the Akrapovi? Full Moon is just one example of this. It’s one of the more outlandish and futuristic looking bikes we’ve come across, and we’re impressed it comes from the Slovenian exhaust maker. Considering how deeply integrated the rear of the motorcycle is to the exhaust, we imagine the entire project is a fancy way to showcase their bread and butter.

December 6th was reserved for the spectacular unveiling of a secret project that took over 800 hours to complete, set to coincide with the full moon. Following the trail of Morsus and Mashina, the latest addition to this radical family wowed the crowds with its immense thirty-inch front wheel, as well as its equally outrageous body that forms an integral part of the Akrapovi? exhaust system, making the bike itself essentially an exhaust.

There’s no word on what exactly happened with the bike after the show, whether it was sold or kept by the company to show off again at a later date. Either way, we decided to write about it because we like bikes and think this is some sweet eye candy.

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OhGizmo! Review: The OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Motorcycling Backpack

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Riding around town on two wheels is an amazing experience, but it’s also one that inevitably causes you to compromise on many fronts. There’s no storage space on a motorcycle if you don’t have saddle bags, for instance, yet you might still want to bring stuff with you on your rides. Regular backpacks flop around in the wind at higher speeds and tend to become annoying after a while. We were looking for something designed specifically for riding; after some research, we settled on the above. We’ve spent the last few weeks testing the OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Backpack, and we’d like to spend the next few lines telling you about it. If you’re not in the mood for reading, out here we can tell you this much: it’s fantastic and well worth the money.

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Give Your Ninja 250 A Sick New Look With Brasse’s 31BLK Modification Package

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The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is a fine bike, if a little middling. But with Brasse’s modification kit, you can transform it into something considerably more unique.

It comes complete with two gullwing headlamps, a drag speedometer, a new rear fender assembly, right & left component/cover panels, plus options like a quick-release passenger seat, replacement right and left lower fairings, and a side-mount license plate bracket.

“When not in use, the passenger seat is stored on the front of the bike – locking in place with a double slam-latch mounting bracket. When it’s time to give someone a lift, simply unlatch, and slide the parallel 13-inch solid steel rods back into the frame and pin-lock in place.” This gives you the ability to go from a streetfighter look to a passenger-carrying one in seconds. It’s $1,695 for the kit, which happens to include all the tools for the transformation, so you can do it yourself.

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This Is A Batman Motorcycle Helmet

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The motorcycle riders among you with a special hankering for all things Batman will surely get a kick out of the above helmet. It’s made by HelmetDawg and is fully DOT certified, meaning you can don it on your bike while still safe in the knowledge that at least your head will come out of an accident somewhat intact. It’s based off GMax’s GM48S helmet, but the ears and other custom parts are made from “a breakthrough proprietary elastomer (polymer) formula” and are not just cheap stuck-on additions. The rest of the helmet has a bunch of very neat features that people might want in such a product, like adequate venting and room for a communication system. Considering it’s $325, we’re going to call it a decent deal.

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