Futuristic in both looks and build, the Confederate Motorcycles P51 G2 Combat Fighter is a perfect mix of forward-looking, retro-inspired, and innovative. Both frame and engine block are built of machined 6061 aluminum for an exceptionally light chassis that can withstand the large amounts of torque output by its 200 horsepower air-cooled, push-rod V-twin engine. The fuel tank is structural as is the intake box, the latter linked directly into the [also structural] downdraft intake manifold. Its production run is limited to 61 total — 31 blonde, i.e. raw machined billet, and 30 anodized black — so if you want one act soon.
Find it at Confederate Motorcycles – $113,900 (blonde) to 119,500 (black; shown)
Wrist fatigue and hand cramping are real possibilities on longer rides. Throttle Rocker is a simple fix that eliminates the need for motorcycle cruise control systems. Install this compact plastic accessory around your motorcycle’s left or right handed throttle — one model specifically designed to accommodate each — to squeeze less, instead letting you activate the throttle by simply lean your wrist onto it. It won’t easily slip yet adjusts quickly on the fly, and even flips back and over out of the way when not needed.
Get it in original and II (with velcro) versions at Amazon – $10 [via]
For exploring both water and land, the versatility of a hovercraft is hard to top. Throw in the Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP Turbo’s 7 person capacity and you can ensure nobody’s left out. The vessel is built of a strong and lightweight carbon fibre and kevlar composite and boasts a 120 horsepower turbocharged Weber Automotive engine that’ll lift payloads (or passengers) of up to 1,500 pounds on land, or 1,100 pounds on water. Its polyurethane coated anti-rip nylon weave segmented skirt also reduces running costs, replaceable one section at a time in case of inadvertent damage.
Check it out at Hovercraft – $15,000
Travelling in an RV is liberating, but by nature these land cruisers are confined to roads and campgrounds. The Action Mobil Globecruiser bears no such restriction. This off-road motor home looks and feels like an armored vehicle, with 2, 3, and 4 axle turbodiesel-powered models that bring along your living space and even a motorcycle or car thanks to optional rear-mounted hydraulic lifts. They also boast immense 219 gallon fuel tanks for covering long distances between refuels, heated air-suspension seats, and a 1,000 Watt solar system to help power your gear, alongside the battery and dual LPG tanks.
Learn more at Action Mobil – $670,000
No, it’s not a prank. The Lexus Slide Hoverboard leverages liquid cooled superconductors alongside permanent magnets to create a hoverboard that floats, impossibly, an inch or two above the ground. It’s also styled like a Lexus, complete with their signature spindle grille and a natural bamboo upper surface. Unfortunately, don’t expect to see one on your streets anytime soon: there’s no release date announced, and they only work on specific magnetic surfaces and not regular concrete or asphalt.
Read more at Lexus – $TBA
Nothing riles up our sense of adventure quite as much as the thought of driving cross-country in a mobile home. Volkswagen’s new California Camper Van employs a fuel efficient TDI engine with start-stop system, regenerative braking, and roll-resistant optimized tires, a rear view reversing camera, adaptive cruise control that intuitively adjusts speed to the driver in front, and of course an iconic pop-up roof with sleeping area. It’s also a full featured home with integrated roller blinds for shade and privacy, a camping table, another double bed, a kitchen unit with cool box, gas stove, and sink, and a comfortable vertical height of six and a half feet. Unfortunately, despite its name, you’ll need to get creative to actually buy one in the USA (or, alternately, just grab a used Westfalia), since they won’t be hitting our shores anytime soon.
Learn more at Volkswagen – $TBA
Smaller than a Segway but no less conspicuous, the Ninebot One Self Balancing Scooter is an easy to ride scooter — minus the steering column and second wheel — that may soon zip you around your city. Powering Ninebot One is a large electric battery providing enough juice to hit speeds of 13.5 mph over a range of up to 22 miles, turning and accelerating fluidly as you naturally lean to guide it. Like any self-respecting road vehicle it’s also weather resistant and features built-in lights, the color of which are customizable using an accompanying app on a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. And once you’ve arrived, its pedals fold in and a handle pops out, letting you lug it inside like a 30 pound briefcase.
Check it out at Amazon – $680 to $930
Like a Segway only less conspicuous and far more portable, the Oxboard is an all-electric vehicle that looks like a blast to pilot. Oxboard is controlled using just your feet while shifting your weight forward, backwards, and sideways, moving at speeds of up to 10mph and capable of making 360 degree turns on a dime. It also only weighs about 22 pounds, runs for about 12 miles on a charge, and costs a mere fraction of the price of a currently Segway.
Shipping internationally in June. Learn more at Oxboard – roughly $900 [via]
Instantly recognizable yet noticeably more aggressive looking than its predecessor, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro takes a stab at refining modern American muscle. Virtually all parts are brand new, such as an optional 8 speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, all-new architecture that shaves off 200 lbs and results in nimbler, more precise steering, and a triad of engine options including a 275 horsepower 2.0L turbo, 335HP 3.6L V6, and a 6.2L LT1 V8 putting out up to 455 horses and 455 lbs-ft of torque. All models also come standard with Brembo brakes, lightweight aluminum wheels, and a digital cockpit that keeps you connected.
Read more at Chevrolet – $TBA
Parking your motorcycle in a tight garage often later involves a 5 point turn to get it out. Turncycle greatly simplifies this process thanks to its heavy-duty non-slip disk onto which to deploy your motorcycle’s stand while parking. When it’s time to head out, just push down on your bike’s rear to lift up the front wheel, rotate it all the way around, and roll out forward. And with a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, it makes even the biggest, heaviest motorcycles seem far less cumbersome.
Grab one at Turncycle – roughly $135