Motorcycle Helmet Mount

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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

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Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket

Designed by AETHER and constructed by SPIDI, the Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket combines a modern aesthetic with the finest in old-world leatherwork.

With its rugged yet refined style, advanced protective padding, and Italian motorcycle racing pedigree, the Eclipse is designed to be the showpiece of any urban rider’s wardrobe.

The Eclipse Motorcycle Jacket is now available for purchase. Check out the product page for more details.

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Lotus C-01

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With a futuristic look, the Lotus C-01 motorcycle is the latest from renowned automotive designer Daniel Simon.

Daniel Simon has done work for Lamborghini and Bugatti in the past, and was the designer behind the Lightcycle in the 2010 remake of Tron as well as the Bubbleship in the 2013 film Oblivion. This blend of real world practicality and imaginative sci-fi vision can be readily seen in the Lotus C-o1.

For the power planet, KTM RC8′s 200hp V-Twin engine was selected and was combined with a 6 gear transmission and a traditional chain drive. Inverted carbon forks have been fitted in the front while twin adjustable shock absorbers handle the load in the back. Twin-disc front brakes and a single-disc rear brake give the bike it’s stopping power. However, the main aesthetic appeal of the bike is its carbon fiber body work and extremely long wheel base.

Lotus does not yet have a price listed, although they have stated that they will be limiting production to only 100 bikes globally.

F0r more information about the Lotus C-01, visit Lotus Motorcycle.


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BMW R1100 GS “Desert Scrambler”

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Cafe Racer Dreams from Madrid has transformed a BMW R1100 GS into an “Desert Scrambler”

Unlike customizing a typical airhead model, Cafe Racer Dreams has taken on the ambitious challenge of converting a more modern oilhead. Without a traditional frame to speak of and layer after layer of intricately connected electronics, this conversion was no small task. The build is still a work-in-progress, so there is not much information about it. Check in on CRD’s website for more updates.

Cafe Racer Dreams is based out of Madrid, Spain. See some of their previous work here: caferacerdreams.com.es

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Deluxe Tool Roll by Union Garage NYC

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The Deluxe Tool Roll by Union Garage NYC is a motorcycle maintenance kit that draws inspiration from the past while embracing the future.

The Deluxe Tool Roll is based around the legendary BMW factory tool kit that came standard with the company’s air-cooled twins. Unlike most other kits on the market, Union Garage’s comes fully stocked with a wide assortment of tools that have been painstakingly selected for function, versatility, and quality. Included are a pair of Leatherman pliers, Bondhus L-bend Allen keys, an ultra-compact micro ratchet wrench with a 20-pieced hardened steel bit set, Heyco-brand open-end wrenches and a compact test light. The kit also includes some nice extras, like a Moleskin maintenance log and American made tire-pressure gauge.

The roll itself has been constructed from waxed cotton with leather reinforcements and is designed to fit in the under-seat tray on most BMW airheads.  Small enough to carry with you for emergency road-side repairs but comprehensive enough for routine maintenance in the shop, this a great kit for any metric motorcycle owner.

For more information on the Deluxe Tool Roll take a look a the video below and then head over to Union Garage’s website: uniongaragenyc.com.

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A Mojave Solstice

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We were climbing a rough section of trail on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park, our knobby tires bouncing from one skull-sized rock to the next. Most of us had made it to the top of the pass when we heard Palmer, who was riding sweep, begin his ascent. Things were going well at first, with his powerful 1200GS clambering over the loose rocks, but halfway up the rocky wash his metal pannier hooked a piece of granite the size of an end table and the bike suddenly swung round like a rodeo bull. The RPMs spiked, the tires turned sideways, and from inside a cloud of dust and flailing limbs came the clamor of a 500 lb. bike hitting the ground. It was at this exact moment that the trip officially became an adventure.

Early that morning we had set out from Los Angeles under dark, overcast skies. Our group consisted of a small contingent from Aether: founders Jonah and Palmer, Brandt, and myself. We were joined by Davide, founder of Shelter Half, and Sinuhe, long time senior photographer for Overland Journal and outdoorsman at large.

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It was the eve of the Winter Solstice, but before we were forced to succumb to the holiday spirit in full, we decided to escape into the desert for one last motorcycle trip to cap off the year. We planned to ride east of Palm Springs, cut north across Joshua Tree, then continue on to the Mojave Preserve before finally spending the night at a secret campsite (courtesy of Sinuhe).

The trip began like every other road trip from Los Angeles: a grueling hump across endless miles of freeway. However, the dullness was broken up by intermittent rain showers, which lifted a layer of oil off the road and caused our tires to shimmy and shake. So in addition to being wet we were also very much awake. Thankfully, the skies cleared as we turned off the highway outside Coachella and we headed north into the sun-drenched mountains.

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Where the crumbling pavement of the desert road ended, we continued. Our route now took the form of a double track trail that became less and less defined as we went. About midway through, where the terrain got particularly rough, is where Palmer took his tumble.

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Damage to the rider was minimal (a bruised shin), but the bike suffered a dented pannier, broken mirror, and dislodged toggle switch that kept the horn permanently depressed. This issue was immediately remedied with a rock, which was readily offered by Davide. We all lent a hand to help reposition the bike, which was now facing downhill, and enjoyed a few laughs recalling the incident. Then, undaunted and with renewed energy, Palmer jumped back in the saddle and rode the rest of way up. The caravan pressed on.

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We made our way out of the mountains and onto the sandy trails of the Joshua Tree basin. Riding a motorcycle over deep sand requires a mixture of skill, faith, and black magic. More than a few of us, myself included, dumped our bikes in spectacular slow motion. Finally, with the sun hanging low on the horizon, we arrived at a paved crossroad. After two hours of plodding through sand, asphalt under the tires never felt so good.

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We had a brief fuel stop in the desolate town of Amboy before making a beeline to our campsite inside the Mojave Preserve. The stars were just starting to poke through the purple twilit sky as we pulled our bikes into camp. We set up our tents, got a fire going, and settled down for a well earned dinner. We had been riding for over 10 hours and it felt good to pour a glass of whiskey and take a seat by the fire.

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Back in Los Angeles people were dashing about in feverish preparation for Christmas: hanging up lights, braving crowded shopping malls, and entertaining relatives. We would have to return to that madness soon enough, but this evening we could kick back, have a laugh, relax, and start planning our next adventure.

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Photography by: Sinuhe Xavier
Originaly published (1/11/14) on The Mighty Motor

AETHERmoto: Vasquez Rock

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Join AETHERmoto this Sunday for a ride to Vasquez Rock.

We’ll take the Angeles Crest up to the Forest Highway and then cut over on Soledad Canyon Road. Afterwards, we’ll stop by the Halfway House Cafe for a bite to eat.  Click here for a route map.

It’s going to warm up this weekend, but make sure to bring some layers with you. It gets chilly in the high desert.

Meet at AETHERhq at 8:00am for coffee + donuts, kickstands at 8:30am

Address:
6100 Melrose Avenue (Entrance on Seward)
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Any questions email me at michael@aetherapparel.com

Saietta R Electric Motorcycle

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Built by UK-based Agility Motors, the Saietta R is a high-concept electric motorcycle with an unusual looking profile.

Created more for short-range urban assaults than long-haul highway touring, the Saietta R is outfitted with an Advanced Axial Flux Permanent Magnet DC electric motor capable of delivering 97 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Charging takes roughly 8 hours with a 1.5 kW onboard charger, but an optional fast charging system can reduce that time to about 3.5 hours.

The bulging front fairing is more than just an aesthetic choice, it houses the diagonally mounted lithium ion battery. With a full charge it boasts an impressive 112 mile range in the city. And with a top speed of only 80 mph, the the Saietta is probably better kept to the city streets anyways.

The Saietta R goes on sale in the US in late 2014 and prices are likely to start around $22,000. For more information, check out their website: agilitymotors.com

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Urban Adventure with Aether & Rawhyde

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It was a cool fall morning in Los Angeles. The sun was just starting the rise. The streets were still empty. The city had yet to awake. However, all over the greater Los Angeles area motorcycles were pulling out of driveways, heading out onto the desolate freeways, and making their way to AETHERla.

It was the start of the Urban Adventure, hosted by Aether and Rawhyde, a day-long event featuring some of the best urban riding the city has to offer. When signing up, participants were told they’d be setting off on a scenic tour of Los Angeles en route to a secret warehouse downtown, where  their riding skills would be put to the test.

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As riders began to trickle in Aether’s main offices, we quickly realized that it was going to be a tight fit. After stacking the entire parking lot, bikes started lining up down the street. Inside the office, breakfast and coffee were served, route sheets were distributed, and riders were invited to check out the space.

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At the appointed time, Jim Hyde, founder of Rawhyde, rose from the crowd to bid everyone a warm welcome and deliver a briefing that outlined the day’s events. Riders would depart in waves of 10 and help each other find their way along meandering 40 mile route. “Normally we think off-road when we think of adventure riding, but we believe we can have an adventure here in the city too,” he said. 

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With GPS track loaded and turn slips taped to our tanks, we began to line up for the start of what would be a full day exploring the city’s urban terrain. 

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The route started off along the shopping strip of Melrose Ave, turned up onto the famed Sunset Strip, and then passed down into Beverly Hills. Many of us have traveled these roads a thousand times before, but in the early morning hours they seemed entirely transformed. Gone were the congested streets and chaotic intersections, replaced by wide-open, empty stretches of pavement.  This was the first time many of us could actual enjoyed riding the streets of LA.

Banking right into the hills, we followed Benedict Canyon up past manicured lawns and mega-mansions. As we reached the top of the hill, we hung a right onto the best riding road within the city limits, the one and only Mulholland Drive.  

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After coming out of some satisfying twistys, a pit stop was made at the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, where we could look out at the sprawling asphalt jungle. 

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A little further along the route, we came to the base of the Hollywood Sign. No amount of city signage can hold back a group of BMW GS riders once they get a whiff of some dirt. So when we pulled up, a few riders couldn’t help themselves from circling up for a “less-than-legal” photo op. 

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We then continued on through Griffith Park, the backside of Dodger Stadium, and downtown LA, before finally arriving at the warehouse location underneath the 6th Street bridge. Lunch was served, coffee by Handsome Coffee was distributed, and riders got a chance to check out the AETHERstream trailer mobile shop. 

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After a hearty lunch of brats and potato salad, we were all invited to test our skills on a cones course, specially designed by a motor police training officer for the city of Glendale.

Maneuvering a big bike like a BMW GS through slow-speed turns is a skill that needs to be continually honed. With a cadre of Rawhyde instructors standing by, we received valuable tips as we wove in and out of closely placed cones. Whether it was improving our clutch control or adjusting our head position, everyone who participated came out a much better rider (even though we might have felt more inept than ever.) 

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All of these exercises led up to day’s final challenge: The Debris Field. Inside the warehouse an elaborate course had been constructed by Rawhyde to put riders’ skills to the test. Wood pallets, tires, boxes, and ribbons were strewn about in a nearly impossible maze.

The goal for riders was to navigate through the course without touching any of the debris or “dabbing” their foot on the ground. The slowest time, with the least deductions, would win. And best of all, riders couldn’t see the course before entering it. No planning, no foresight – just like in the real world. 

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As the sun began to hang low in the sky, it was clear everyone was reluctant to leave. Many riders returned to the cones courses for “one more try”, while others grouped together to watch the last contestants go through the debris field.  It was only after we started picking up the cones and breaking down the obstacles, did it set in for everyone that the day was finally over.

Many riders came to this event as individuals, but left with a hundred friends. The overwhelming feeling of camaraderie at this event was something rarely experienced in the largely solitary activity of motorcycle riding. But for this day we were all in it together, and it was a good feeling.

On behalf of Aether and Rawhyde, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who came out for this event. We had an absolute blast putting it on and we can’t wait to go riding with you all again soon.

Check out our Facebook page for more images of the event.

All images courtesy of Megan McDuffie

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Last Call for Aether Moto’s Urban Adventure

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If you haven’t yet, make sure you sign up for AETHER Moto’s Urban Adventure.

Join  AETHER and Rawhyde for a day of urban riding and training. Ride some of the best roads in Los Angeles, receive tips to sharpen your riding ability, and put those skills to the test on our warehouse obstacle course.

Register today. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased here.

Tickets will not be available the day of the event.