By Michael van Vliet | April 18, 2014
The Johammer J1 is the first production electric motorcycle with a range over 200 kilometers.
Designed and produced is Austria, the J1 uses an innovative energy supply system that gives the bike its unparalleled range – not to mention its unusual geometry. Its many notable design features include: electric motor integrated directly into the rear wheel, hub center steering front wheel, wishbone style suspension, and side mirrors that offer high-resolution displays of speed and range.
The Johammer J1 is available in two versions, $31,000 or $34,500, depending on the size battery pack you opt for.
For more information about the Johammer J1 at visit: johammer.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 17, 2014
The D180 Folding Pen from 3D Printed Concepts is a rugged, multi-functional writing utensil that folds in half.
The pen is created using a 3D printer and constructed out of an extremely durable nylon. Not only does this material give the pen its incredible strength, but allows it to float if dropped in water. The mechanical act of folding the pen retracts the ink cartridge, making it easy to carry and store. The back of the pen unscrews to reveal a small storage compartment.
Ideal for working outdoors or just as an everyday carry, the D180 is not your typical pen. For more information and to purchase, check out their website: 3dprintedconcepts.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 16, 2014
Similar in style to the Viks fixed gear commuter, the “Anniveloversary” edition utilizes negative space for a striking new profile.
Designed by Estonian engineer Indrek Narusk and owner of Velonia Bicycles, this special edition urban commuter draws inspiration from cafe-racer motorcycles and classic streamlined aesthetics. It’s made from robust stainless steel tubes and features a reinforced cantilevered seat. The unique construction joins the head tub and bottom bracket, while uniting the front fork and handlebar.
For more information about Velonia Bicycles or the “Anniveloversary” urban commuter, check out their website at: velonia.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 15, 2014
These custom oak mounts have been designed to store your extra motorcycle helmets.
Instead of storing your helmet in a bag in the garage, why not put them on display? These functional mounts can accommodate either a 3/4 or full face helmets and are a great way to air out your lid between rides.
Hand built by Brandon Cameron of Texas, each mount is made using reclaimed oak and chromed steel. Limited number are available for the price of $65 each.
Check out his Etsy shop at etsy.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 14, 2014
AETHERfocus is a video series that showcases individuals and companies that inspire us.
Jennifer Pattee founded Basic Training in San Francisco in 2008 with the idea that the only workout worth doing is the one you look forward to. To combat the general malaise
associated with getting in shape, Jenn and her team of instructors lead groups of amateur athletes off the beaten path, with scenic trail runs and innovative cross-training routines designed to increase endurance, flexibility, core strength and speed.
Jenn is now taking her vision to the next level with the launch of a free, public, pop-up fitness hub at The Proxy in Hayes Valley. This space will incorporate a workout wall, jumping station, and open floor space that will help promote an active lifestyle within the community. To find out more about Jenn and Basic Training, check out her website below.
Shot & Edited by Ryan Pettey
Produced by: AETHER
Music by: Phosphorescent
LEARN MORE AT:
Basic Training - basictrainingsf.com
AETHER Apparel- aetherapparel.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 11, 2014
Join Aether Apparel and Union Garage on Saturday May 3rd for a full day of motorcycle riding as we escape the city and head for the hills.
Following a successful event in Los Angeles last year, this east coast edition will begin with a scenic morning ride out of the city en route to a secret training location near the excellent roads around Harriman State Park.
The afternoon will kick off with an on-site catered lunch followed by professional skills training from the MSF-certified staff of Trama’s Motorcycle School. Riders will have a chance hone their technique on a custom cone course, get valuable feedback from coaches and end the day with a special skills challenge and a chance to score free gear and other prizes.
7:00 AM – Optional pre-event meet up at Union Garage.
8:00 AM – Event start. Breakfast at AETHERnyc on Crosby Street in SoHo. Riders will receive GPS tracks & turn sheets for the route, including the location of the secret training grounds.
8:30 AM – Riders begin to depart in waves. The route will send riders up the FDR, across the GW Bridge and up the Palisades Parkway towards Bear Mountain. Ride time is approximately 2.5 hours.
12:00 PM – Riders arrive at secret training location. Lunch is served.
1:00 PM – Riders will receive technical training and riding tips from motorcycle safety instructor Eric Trama and his team, and put their skills to the test on our obstacles course.
4:30 PM – Awards announced and distributed. Special gift give away.
Saturday, May 3rd 2014 // Rain Date: Sunday May 4th
13 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
*Limited number of spots available*
By Michael van Vliet | April 11, 2014
Located in the Scottish countryside, the Beer Moth is an old fire service truck that has been converted into a mobile hotel room.
Located on the Inshriach House grounds in the Scotland, the restored 1954 Commer truck offers luxurious camping for two and can be moved around the estate. It features a tiny field kitchen, oak parquet floor, a wood-burning stove, and a Victorian double bed. And for those rare sunny days, the side panels rolls up to allow fresh air and natural light to fill the mobile living quarters.
For more information about the Beer Moth mobile hotel room, check out their website: canopyandstars.co.uk
By Michael van Vliet | April 10, 2014
Designed to impress even the most discerning urban rider, the Compass Motorcycle Pants combine top-of-the-line protection with a refined sense of style.
The pants are made from a heavy-duty Scottish canvas and offer breathability with a natural fabric feel. For protective padding, we partnered with D3O®, the industry leader in shock-absorbing body armor. D3O® pads are malleable when handled at slow speeds, but tighten upon impact to absorb energy
Designed for the specific ergonomics of motorcycle riding, we took special care to increase joint articulation while eliminating pinch points during our on-bike fitting sessions.
The clean lines, natural fabric, and muted color palette give the Compass pants their refined style. Especially when compared to other motorcycle-specific gear, the Compass pants are uncommonly discreet. This aesthetic versatility means you look just as good off the bike as you do on it.
The Compass Motorcycle Pants are now available. For more information, check out them out under Shop.
By Michael van Vliet | April 9, 2014
The Deer Head bookshelf by Finland-based BeDesign is a conceptional take on a traditional trophy head.
The bookshelf was inspired by the wild deer of the forest, with their impressive stature and majestic nature. Unlike those found hanging from a huntsmen’s lodge, this wall fixture is far more practical and can be used for storing books, magazines, and other small items. It’s a sturdily built from solid oak but remains lightweight thanks to its airy shelves.
For more information about the Deer Head Bookshelf, check out bedesign.fi
By Michael van Vliet | April 8, 2014
Modular storage turned modular living, this recycle shipping container has been repurposed as a guest house.
Tucked away in a San Antonio backyard, the project was helmed by Texas architect Jim Poteet. The guest quarters offers a place for family members and friends to stay while visiting. The 8′ x8′ x 40 metal container still sports it’s original blue color, but with many sections removed for an addition of sliding doors and glass windows.
The goal of the project was to be as sustainable as possible, which is why the front deck is made out of recycled soda caps, the foundation built from old telephone poles, and the plumbing outfitted with composting toilets.
For more information about the recycled shipping container guest home, check it out on Jim Poteet’s website: poteetarchitects.com