If you're looking for a bike that's built to just go fast — no frills, nothing extra — you need to check out the Ducati Monster 1200 Motorcycle ($16,000), their third-generation fairing-less bike. Powered by their hot Testastretta motor, a twin cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, this thing is made to tear up the streets. Weighing just over 400 pounds, and featuring eight-level traction control, three-level ABS, and a three-level ride-by-wire throttle, it's also made to handle. The bike comes in two sporty paint schemes, a red frame with black wheels, and a white and bronze frame.
Colonel Chris Hadfield is, by all accounts, a modern-day hero — whether he's exposing the wonders of space to an entire generation through social media, becoming the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, or playing the first music ever recorded in space. Now, you can get an even deeper look into the life of this remarkable man in his autobiography An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything ($17). Learn the details of his unique outlook on life, experience firsthand accounts of spacewalks, understand how he handled crises, and perhaps change the way you look at the entire world.
Relive summers spent in this great nation's greatest treasure, or just fantasize about the trip of a lifetime you always meant to take with these Muir Way National Park Maps ($35-$245). With beautiful color maps of national parks ranging from Acadia in Maine, and Joshua Tree in California, to Mt. Rainier in Washington and Zion in Utah (22 in total), you're sure to find your favorite outdoor destination. Also choose from a range of attractive color palettes, sizes from 13 by 19 to 24 by 36, each one printed in high-quality inks that will last for years.
From the same guys who brought us some of the most fun track-day cars in recent memory, comes their first entry into the two-wheeled market, the Caterham Brutus 750 Motorcycle ($TBA). This bike, which they are describing as the "SUV of motorcycles" is meant to function equally well as a sport street bike, an off-road machine, and — with a few hours spent turning wrenches — a snowmobile. While relatively scant details have been released about the motor, it does promise nimble handling and an automatic transmission.
While you may have admired the original Xetum Tyndall Watch — with its stainless steel case and bracelet — the Xetum Tyndall PVD Carbon Fiber Watch ($1,700) takes that beautiful timepiece to an entirely new level. It replaces the plain back dial with a dark gray carbon fiber one, while the case receives a powder matte black finish drawing into stark contrast the white numbers and hands (a customized black rotor complements the look around back). The watch was designed in California, but built in Switzerland with Swiss movement, is limited to just 300 pieces, and sports a naturally-tanned black leather strap with a cork lining.
You never know when a situation will call for more than just your average pocket folding knife, and it's always better to come prepared than wish you had. The Emerson Multitasker EDC Multi-Tool ($185) is built with your every day carry in mind, so you'll never be caught wishing you'd packed something more substantial. It features a three-inch blade, phillips and standard screwdrivers, a punch, and more, all packed into an under seven-inch handle that weighs less than a half pound. An additional clip-on tool includes wrenches of various sizes, pry bars, scrapers, and a bottle opener.
Whether you're on the hunt for a beautiful set of wireless speakers to sit on top of your desk, or you're just looking to add to your existing home audio set up, the Harman Kardon Nova Sound System ($270) is a strong solution combining a great listening experience with striking design. Each speaker produces 40 watts of power played through two-and-a-half-inch drivers and one-and-a-quarter inch tweeters, while passive radiators provide powerful bass response. They're compatible with just about any device you could think of, thanks to wired analog and optical inputs, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with near field communication.
America's most beloved mustachioed newscaster seems to be everywhere of late, and now he's been immortalized in the form of everyone's favorite toy. The limited edition Ron Burgundy Lego Minifigure ($20), while not an official Lego product, is pad printed on genuine Lego parts, and features everything you love about the highest rated man in news. From his unmistakeable burgundy suit, to his magnificent 'stache, to his well-coifed hair, right down to his bottle of scotch — they got every detail exactly right.
Even if your weekend plans involve plenty of time spent walking trails, splitting wood, and lounging around a campfire, you still don't need to abandon everything you know about style and don a pair of clunky, technical boots. These Feit Hiker Boots ($620) have style to spare and handmade artisanal construction that could quite possibly outlast you. Each pair features vegetable-tanned leather available in a range of colorways, including corteccia, nero, burgundy, smog, and natural (the last of which comes lined with shearling wool). They come completely stitched — there's no glue holding on these soles — and are made from a single piece of leather with Goodyear construction and a flexible Vibram Gumlite outsole.
Call us high maintenance if you want, but we prefer our hotrods with a classically-minded exterior and a completely-modern everything else — a smooth ride, performant drivetrain, and reliable electronics. Similarly-minded ICON (who seem to be on quite the roll lately) just announced the Icon Thriftmaster Truck ($250,000), a Chevy 3100-based piece of lust-worthy automotive art. Powered by an available Magnuson supercharged 5.3-liter small block V8 producing 435 horsepower and 458 lb-ft of torque, with all-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes, independent front suspension, a four-link solid rear axle, and a six-speed Tremec manual trans, this truck is made to move, handle, and stop. Add to that an all-LED lighting system, matted interior for a quieter ride, beautiful upholstery, a split bench seat, power windows and locks, as well as a touchscreen control panel, and you get a gorgeous vintage truck with all the advantages of a modern vehicle.
As temperatures begin to plummet and most of us are suddenly coping with less sunlight, we start to crave beer with some more malt and warmth to cap off an evening. One of the best candidates to fill this void is Backwoods Bastard ($15) from Founders Brewing. It's a Scotch Ale, an already full bodied and strong style, but this bastard has another trick up its sleeve. Aged in bourbon barrels, this seasonal offering delivers vanilla, butterscotch and bourbon scents and flavors. So put another log on the fire tonight and settle in with this 10.2% treat.
While all your strongest instincts tell you to pack on a few pounds, put on your warmest pair of sweat pants, and just wait the winter out, you can still defy those urges and remain active with Nike+ Move ($Free). Designed exclusively for the iPhone 5s, this app takes advantage of the new M7 motion coprocessor to track detailed information about every type of movement you engage in, throughout the day — all without the need for additional hardware. It charts your movement and gives you points called NikeFuel, letting you compete with groups of friends to see who's the most active. Detailed graphs and charts tell you your most active days, locations where you moved most, and your peak times for movement, even breaking it down by type of movement.