Thursday, November 19, 2015

ART&DESIGN: Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Concept Sketches

Concept Sketches
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
By Maxime Thouvenin (Kiska)

Check out Motofire for an interview with the designer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DAILY INSPIRATION: Husqvarna's 701 Concept For EICMA

I've never been more disinterested and simultaneously motivated to finish a bike (Husqy project) in my life. Husqvarna's 701 Concept for EICMA is actually BETTER than the already mind blowing 401 photos they initially released. The 401 design, developed by Kiska, was the first look at Husqy's newly proposed visual brand language. The 701 is a departure in what appears to be a more realistic (see market savvy) interpretation of that VBL. That's not to say this specimen isn't still pushing boundaries. Do note the warp speed muffler inserts, high-vis exhaust bracket dissecting the midsection, and absolutely bonkers deep-draw tank forming. It's refreshing to see a manufacturer focused on progressive design instead of attempting to capitalize on scene trends. I'm in love. They took the best thing and made it bester. <3 Husqvarna

See more via Lanesplitter's write up.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Making it rain Photoshop dollars on the new DRAFT Studio shop truck...

Monday, November 9, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015


GEAR: Pack Animal Motorcycle Saddle Bags

Motorcycle Saddle Bags

Live on Kickstarter

Mike and Jenny Linquist aren't the Gore-Tex and Hi-Vis type. They don't care about UV-treated ballistic nylon, wicking polyester or reflective piping. Like many of us, they choose to travel on vintage motorcycles for a deeper connection to the machine and environment. It's a connection that seems to be in the cross-hairs of modern gear manufacturers. So when they came up short on their search for motorcycle luggage that fit their lifestyle they decided to develop their own. The duo teamed up with Chris Hansen, previously of Filson, to create Pack Animal luggage. I've seen these bags in action on our Montana trip and have been to their prototyping lair. These guys aren't cutting a single corner, and because of that, these bags can take a serious beating.
The saddle bags attach via leather straps which allows them to adapt to almost any vintage bike without a proprietary rack system. Constructed of waxed twill, canvas and thick leather, they wear their patina like a well oiled baseball mit. Their startup is live right now on Kickstarter with some rad pledge rewards, including the tool wrap below. Go put some air in their tires.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015