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Arlen Ness, Legendary Custom Motorcycle Builder, Dies At 79 Arlen Ness, Legendary Custom Motorcycle Builder, Dies At 79

Arlen Ness was a prolific figure in the world of American cruiser motorcycle customization, dating back to 1970 when he began tweaking his own Harley-Davidson Knucklehead in his California garage. Since then he’s become one of the best known custom builders in the scene, known to some as The King of Custom…

Dodge Built a Widebody Charger Because That's Just What It Does Dodge Built a Widebody Charger Because That's Just What It Does

Rumors of a widebody Charger sedan being seen on the streets seem to have been accurate, as Dodge finally showed the car in public. The Widebody Charger was displayed during SoCal LX Spring Fest, a festival that is, you guessed it, all about LX-chassis MoPars. Technically FCA is calling the car a “concept” but it is…

There is a New Suzuki Katana and it's Ready For Your Cyberpunk Dystopia Fantasies There is a New Suzuki Katana and it's Ready For Your Cyberpunk Dystopia Fantasies

The original Suzuki Katana was an incredibly forward looking design and rode like a dream. It’s one of those bikes with a name that carried weight, which very few historically have. When Suzuki killed the name at the end of 2006, it was assumed that it would stay gone. Over a decade later, the name is back for the…

There Is Nothing Stopping You From Buying This Weird Zagato Nissan There Is Nothing Stopping You From Buying This Weird Zagato Nissan

Don’t look it directly in the eyes. Nobody knows exactly what will happen if you do, but it’s definitely bad. This 1990 Nissan Autech Zagato Stelvio is already angry, and it might just body slam you into the floor if it thinks you’re disrespecting it. It’s put up with nasty remarks about its aesthetic deficiencies for…

The Lamborghini LM002 is the One True Supertruck The Lamborghini LM002 is the One True Supertruck

There have only been a handful of SUVs with 12 cylinder engines. Bentley’s Bentayga has a W12, of course, as did VW’s Touareg for a while. Audi’s Q7 had an optional V12 turbodiesel with a massive 783 ft-lb of torque. And, of course, Mercedes shoved a 12 under the chunky hood of the Gelandewagen. But the progenitor of…

You Really Need to Watch the Mazda MX5 Cup Race Finish From COTA You Really Need to Watch the Mazda MX5 Cup Race Finish From COTA

A margin of victory of just 0.006 seconds is always an indicator of an incredible race finish. Mazda’s MX5 Cup racing class is a spec racer class with relatively low power, so you expect the finishes to be close, but damn that was an absolute blast to watch. It pays to keep in mind that this was the first race of the…

James May Is Wholesomely Dedicated To Keeping Cars Stock James May Is Wholesomely Dedicated To Keeping Cars Stock

One third of the Grand Tour hosting roster, affable granddad, and punctilious automotive fanatic, James May will be found either annoying or relatable depending on your own predilections. Personally, I find his pedantry borderline endearing, and as I grow older I find myself drifting in a May-ward manner. I hope I…

Science has been seeking an answer to the question “What is a Mercedes-Benz R-class?” for years to no avail. Nobody has ever been able to capture one to study it closely. Several researchers have offered hypotheses, but the debate rages on. Wagon? Van? SUV? Hatchback? Marsupial? The world may never know. 

The Wide Open Desert is Calling My Name, And I Need This Bike to Answer it The Wide Open Desert is Calling My Name, And I Need This Bike to Answer it

There is something freeing about the idea of a motorcycle with a fuel capacity larger than most cars. With a huge 43 liter front tank, a 17 liter rear tank, and a pair of side tanks, assuming you packed enough survival gear, you could ride this damn thing across any large stretch of uninhabited land for basically as…

Here's All the Action From IndyCar Practice At COTA Here's All the Action From IndyCar Practice At COTA

This is IndyCar’s first time running at the famed Texas circuit, and it comes as no surprise that all of the racers are scrambling for as much time to familiarize themselves with the new track as they can. With one of the sessions on Friday basically nulled thanks to an engine explosion (when was the last time a…

God Has Struck Down the First 2JZ 2020 Toyota Supra God Has Struck Down the First 2JZ 2020 Toyota Supra

It would seem that Daigo Saito’s 2JZ-swapped Mk5 Supra has had some teething issues, as it has already gone aflame. While running this weekend in Japan, the car suffered a couple of big errors involving flame emitting from both ends of the car. It would seem that perhaps the fueling system isn’t quite as sorted as it…

Ford's Raptor May Get Supercharged V8 Powered Special Edition: Report Ford's Raptor May Get Supercharged V8 Powered Special Edition: Report

Detroit is overflowing with big fast off-road truck rumors right now, as Ram is planning a Rebel TRX which will supposedly make use of the Hellcat supercharged Hemi, and it would seem that Ford is fighting back with its own supercharged V8 hopped up version of the Raptor. According to Car and Driver’s sources within…

Bucky Lasek's YouTube Channel is Secretly One of the Best Car Build Shows Bucky Lasek's YouTube Channel is Secretly One of the Best Car Build Shows

You probably know the name Bucky Lasek if you were a follower of action sports in the 1990s, as he was everywhere. Well, now he’s a car guy, and he’s got a DIY car build YouTube channel that is as dirty and grungy as you’d expect from a retired skater punk. He’s built up a GC8 Subaru Impreza with STI power and a…

Weekend Motorsport Roundup: March 23-24, 2019 Weekend Motorsport Roundup: March 23-24, 2019

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

Honda Looks Ready for an Electric Bike Future Honda Looks Ready for an Electric Bike Future

Two new production-ready electric bikes were given display space at Honda’s booth during the Tokyo Motorcycle Show today. While Honda has shown off a few electric car concepts lately, it has largely been quiet on the electric two-wheeler scene. That these two bikes are based on existing architecture and look mostly…

Comment of the Day: Tiny Wheels Edition Comment of the Day: Tiny Wheels Edition

There is a lot of speculation floating around about the upcoming mid-engine Corvette. With a series of order guide documents leaked this afternoon, perhaps now we have more questions than we had answered. Where is the manual transmission option? Among many others. One particularly strange question revolved around…

What I Learned Riding a 1200cc Motorbike With No Front Brake on a Dirt Track What I Learned Riding a 1200cc Motorbike With No Front Brake on a Dirt Track

I didn’t expect to be test riding the 500-pound 2019 Indian FTR1200 exclusively by flinging it around the dirt like a flat track racer, but I managed to survive with a fat smile on my face anyway.

A tall four-seat Porsche with a sloped rear end? Yeah, that’s a brand new idea. Never seen it before. 

Beat The Big City Traffic By Just Becoming A Human Meteor Beat The Big City Traffic By Just Becoming A Human Meteor

Yesterday on Twitter a few people noticed a stream of light above the evening Los Angeles skyline. Some called it a UFO, others thought it was a meteor. Either way, it was seen all over the city flying down directly into downtown, some even thought it hit a building. In fact, it was just a trio of winged suit flyers…

Comment of the Day: Whither the Middle Class? Edition Comment of the Day: Whither the Middle Class? Edition

While ultimately a shrewd business plan rather than the borderline charitable act it was taught as in my Michigan high school, Henry Ford’s decision to make the Model T affordable, and to pay his workers enough to afford one, is credited for a burgeoning middle class of the era. Perhaps it is ironic, then, that…

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