"Always bet on black" is the saying and the newly released black beauty from Bandit9 is an easy bet to be another hit from the iconic motorcycle shop out of China. The Nero MKII by Bandit9 ($CALL) started off as a Chang Jiang 750 and Bandit9 has taken it to the next level.The Chang Jiang 750's are known for having the longest production run of any vehicle. It was first produced as the BMW R71 (1938-1941) and then Russia took over and produced the bike as the M72 from 1942-1963, while China started its production of the bike in 1957.Bandit9 has taken the bike and customized the gas tank, rear cowl, handlebars, forks, and foot pegs. It also features upgraded disk brakes, a curved dual exhaust, exposed suspension, HD Headlight, and LED brake lights. And of course the Bandit9 Matte Black Paint job on the majority of the MKII's components. This is a limited edition run of 9 bikes. Contact Bandit9 for pricing and delivery options.(more…)
Add a little splash of color to you EDC with the Red Stitchless Wallet by Clean Everything ($70). The wallet is hand-cut from a single piece of vegetable-tanned leather and is 2.2 mm thick. The only accessory on the wallet is the gold stud. It will hold 2-3 credit cards and folded cash. Because its vegetable-tanned it'll age and darken beautifully and become one of your favorite carries.
Genius and Heroin ($15) asks the provocative questions; what is the price you pay for brilliance? And why do so many of those considered to be creative genius' also have a self destruct button? From Caravaggio to Janis Joplin from Charlie Parker to Jack Kerouac and Kurt Cobain, so many artists and authors through history have popped pills, injected, binged and poisoned themselves in the name of their art. With full illustrations this book itself is addictive as you read through the messy lives of some of the most iconic figures that have played a part in our lives. It is entertaining and also thought provoking and tries to get into their psyche and discover why they took the path they did.
A world premiere in solar design, the Smartflower Solar System ($TBA) is the first to feature an all in one system. The beautiful sunflower shape unfurls as the sun rises in the morning, follows the sun’s movement through the sky before automatically folding its solar petals for the night. It’s not just an innovative design, it’s convenient and portable too and can be simply unplugged if you ever choose to move house, so you can just take it with you. Clever stuff.
Inexpensive earphones don't have to be cheap. The AG++ Carbon Fiber Earphones ($30) have a minimalist design with a bevy of features. These include a carbon fiber casing for strength, a flat cord that resists tangles, 8mm titanium drivers, and silicone pads that help reduce background noise. Great looks and great sound for an excellent price.
In that past we've written stories on luxury convertible boats, but the Kormaran Concept ($TBA) takes the idea of a transforming watercraft to an entirely new level. The boat is the brain child of a small Austrian company and features a full carbon fiber hull. The Kormaran can be used as a monohull, flyer, catamaran, trimaran, or transform into a luxury bathing deck. When hydrofoils are in use, water resistance is decreased by 80%. This means you'll be able to reach higher speeds while using less energy. Additional features include formula 1 and lightweight aircraft technology. Here's hoping we get to see this guy in action in the future.