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Four for Friday: Your Weekly New Product Gab Sesh


Taster's Choice

Pop in your hair curlers, pour a steamy mug of your favorite Taster’s Choice and take a dainty bite from a madeleine because it’s time to nestle in for our weekly new product gab sesh. You know the score—we’ll share juicy nuggets of gossip about what Thule’s been doing behind Softride’s back, and what we think about HitchSafe’s outrageous new faux alligator pumps.

HitchSafe Key VaultIt’s like a mobile Fort Knox for your receiver hitch, but better because you won’t have to worry about evil geniuses hatching dastardly schemes to set off a nucular (sic) bomb under your ride. With one of these trailer hitch accessories from HitchSafe mounted to your hitch, all you have to worry about is forgetting your combination.

HitchSafe Key Vault

Softride Dura Hydraulic Assist Hitch Bike RackRemember Mrs. Deagle’s radical chair lift from Gremlins…you know, the one that the Gremlins hotwired so she’d launch out the window? This deluxe new hitch bike rack from Softride is a lot like that, only less likely to ruin your x-mas.

Softride Dura Hydraulic Assist Hitch Bike Rack

Thule Insta-gaterYou’re motoring down to the trailhead with your Huffy clamped down in the jaws of this Thule truck bed bike rack, you’re tuned to 98.7 The Gator (Palm Beach’s ROCK Station), and The Boss’s Chicken Lips And Lizard Hips is bumping on the speakers. Baby, life in Florida couldn’t get any better…unless Florida were New York City, and your Huffy were a custom Bologna Bike.

Thule Insta-gater Truck Bed Bike Rack

Rampage Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down StrapSick of the flimflammery perpetrated by the likes of Harry Houdini, Doug Henning and David Copperfield? Well, they’re not gonna wriggle their way out of these cargo nets & tie-downs from Rampage Jeep. It’s the ideal security harness for valuable freight, be it a motorcycle, an armoire or a prestidigitator. Just remember: always have a safe word.

Rampage Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down Strap

10 New Trick Treats for Your Ride from AutoAnything


Sidewalk Fired EggStepped outside lately? Ma Nature’s set the sun to broil. To avoid having our faces melt off, we’ve been squatting in the office afterhours to soak up the free A/C. But, you can only have so many chair races and cheese-puff eating competitions before growing so bored that you resort to working just to escape the tedium. Thus, this hefty schmear of new accessories from plucky brands like PlasmaGlow, Smittybilt, Hi-Lift, INNO and ATS Designs.

PlasmaGlow Lightning Eyes LED Headlight Strips—Legend has it that these automotive lights came into existence when a particularly comely strip of flexible, sticky-backed wiring caught the eye of mighty Zeus, who took the form of dazzling LED lights and had knowledge of the wiring, which in turn begot these PlasmaGlow lights.

PlasmaGlow Lightning Eyes LED Headlight Strips

Smittybilt Fire Extinguisher Holder KitsSmittybilt jeep trail tip #27: fire extinguishers (essential Jeep roll cage accessories) should be easily accessible in the event that your co-pilot tries to sneak his Prodigy cassette into the radio, requiring a quick shot of retardant in his face, Cheney-style.

Smittybilt Fire Extinguisher Holder Kits

Smittybilt Sport Handle KitsSmittybilt trail tip #46: when you pull up next to a Jetta packed with stunning undergrads, grab onto your Sport Handles and flex for maximum gun-flashage. More than a few happy marriages began because of a veiny forearm.

Smittybilt Sport Handle Kits

Smittybilt Tow Strap KitsSmittybilt trail tip #6: don’t head out into the bush unless you’re equipped with: Top Gun soundtrack, sleeveless Ts with off-color jokes about installing carpeting, tow straps & recovery gear, jerkies of mixed meats, and a cooler of O’Doul’s.

Smittybilt Tow Strap Kits

Hi Lift Handle AllWhen it comes to helping hands, the Bradys have Alice, the Tates have Benson—you have this, the mother of all Swiss Army tools from the bossest off-road brand: Hi-Lift.

Hi-Lift Handle-All

Hi Lift JacksLifting, pushing, pulling, winching, clamping—for some, great qualities in high lift jacks. For others, a spouse. But seriously, folks. If there’s one thing off-roaders should never leave home without, it’s one of these jacks from Hi-Lift.

Hi-Lift Jacks

Hi Lift Slide-N-LockWhen you just can’t decide between the Slip ‘N Slide and the Crocodile Mile, go for these deluxe cargo tie downs from Hi-Lift.  Engineered for versatility and strength, every Hi-Lift tie down is crafted from solid 6061-T6 aluminum, making it a strong, light addition to any vehicle.  Great for trailers too!

Hi-Lift Slide-N-Lock

INNO Upright Lock Bike RackThink Lance Armstrong pops off the front wheel of his cycles just to mount them to his roof bike rack? Please. The man is a cancer survivor—he knows life’s too precious to be wasted fiddling with quick release skewers. INNO agrees.

INNO Upright Lock Bike Rack

ATS Uni I Running BoardsOf course you don’t need a boost into your huge, lifted truck; we know you’re only buying ATS running boards for their aesthetic appeal.

ATS Uni I Running Boards

ATS Uni II Running BoardsThese running boards are sure to stop your spouse from nagging about the climb in and out of your truck. Now if only you would wash the dishes, take out the trash, manscape, clean the bathroom…

ATS Uni II Running Boards

The Ultimate “Do Not Try This At Home” Stunt… or, DIY Motorcycle Rocket Launchers


Ambitious? Yes. 

Dangerous? Hell Yes. 

Useful? Only when trying to cause a fire or explosion at your local firework stands.

Load Up Your Bikes and Hit the Road – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


The snow is melting, the cold weather subsiding and it’s starting to get nice outside again…what does all that mean? Spring is just around the corner! So if you’re a bike enthusiast of any sort, it’s about time you got it out of the garage, dusted it off and check the tire pressure before hitting the mountain, trail or road.

Over the last six months, we’ve been adding the hottest bike rack products from Thule and Yakima, from single bike roof mount racks to the very popular 4 bike hitch rack setups, so I thought it would be worth giving them a small shout out in this weeks AutoAnything update.

Roof Mount Bike Racks – To mount up a bike to your roof, you’ll need a base rack system that provides the proper mounting surface for the bike rack. This usually includes rack feet/towers and a pair of crossbars. If you’ve got a set of factory roof rails already, you may only need a set of cross bars to complete your base rack system. Either way, make sure you have the proper base rack setup to mount the following bike racks.

  • Yakima Raptor – This is Yakima’s entry-level upright bike rack. Upright means you don’t have to take any wheels off, so you can get right to business without turning any wrenches. Make of sturdy steel, utilizing ratcheting straps to secure the wheels, this bike rack offers solid value for your buck.
  • Yakima King Cobra – If you want the King of roof mount bike racks, look no further than the this Cobra. It’s an upright mount rack, so there’s no need to fuss around removing your front wheel before loading it up. This rack secures your bike by clamping down on the front wheel, making it easy to load and great for stabilizing bikes with 20″-29″ tires. Add a set of SKS locks and you’ve got the whole package; style, security and function.
  • Yakima Steelhead – This fork-mount bike rack is the king of roof mount fork-racks. It’s easy to load up your gear, upgradable security with SKS locks and it’ll glide through the air like a fish through water. The only catch to that it strictly mounts to Yakima’s round crossbars, so if you already have a base rack system that isn’t made by Yakima, you’ll want to look at the Raptor or King Cobra bike racks.

Hitch Mount Bike Racks – If you don’t want to mount up your bikes on your roof, then the next best option is a hitch bike rack. All you need is a trailer hitch with a 2″ (or a 1-1/4″) receiver tube and your set.

  • Thule Ridgeline – 4: The number of horseman in the apocalypse. Also, the number of bikes held by the Thule Ridgeline Hitch Rack (a mere coincidence…we think). This rack has some cool things to offer, like an integrated locking system and anti-sway cage that keeps your bikes from banging into each other.
  • Thule Parkway – Tow up to 4 bikes and still access your cargo with this super sturdy hitch bike rack. It’s got a fold down design that makes it easy to move stuff and it works with both 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes!
  • Thule Roadway – Do you and a buddy go biking together, or do you have a road warrior crew that never misses out on pounding the pavement? Either way, Thule’s Roadway hitch bike rack will haul your bikes with ease. Works with 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes and is available in three flavors; 2 bike, 4 bike and 5 bike carrier models.
  • Thule T2 – It doesn’t get any slicker than loading up your Cannondale on the Thule T2. The T2 has adjustable locking points, so it can securely clamp down on any bike, regardless of frame shape. It’s also expandable, holding up to four bikes on a single hitch.
  • Yakima BigHorn – The Bighorn offers big value at a low price. Switchblade clamps keep your bike from shifting around and a tilt-forward lever lets you get access your cargo area with out unmounting the bike rack.
  • Yakima DoubleDown – Like the Bighorn, the DoubleDown uses switchblade clamps to secure your bikes. The big difference here is the extra forward tilt that gives you better access to your cargo area and it comes in 2-, 4- and 5-bike models.
  • Yakima SwingDaddy – The creme de la creme of hitch mount bike racks. Tow up to 4 bikes where ever you go and when you need access to your trunk or hatch, swing this hitch bike rack out of the way and have total access to your cargo area. This completely emlininates bike sway too, so you don’t have to worry about dinging vehicle or scratching your bikes paint job.

And there you have it. Whether you’re a Yakima Bike Vigilante or the casual cruiser, we’ve got a rack that will carry your gear comfortably and safely.

Ferrari V4 Motorcycle Concept


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This concept wasn’t developed by Ferrari, but rather in hopes that Ferrari would pick it up for production.  It’s been designed in such detail that it is pretty much ready for production; all Ferrari would need to do is design a motor in spec with the size requires set forth in the design and then develop a suspension system to accommodate the weight.  Pretty hot stuff, no? By the way, all the images of this bike are computer generated, hit the jump to see the rest of em.

Source: The Auto Junkyard

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