Neko motorcycle helmets featuring cute cat designs are purr-fect for cosplay and for the road

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Cats are continuing on their quest to rule the world, and this time they aim to stop traffic with their cuteness.

This stunning collection of headgear, called Neko Helmets, or “Cat Helmets”, comes in 12 different designs, all featuring an adorable set of cat ears and a variety of color combinations.

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The helmets have been created by a Russian company called Nitrinos motostudio, who first unleashed their feline designs at a festival of Japanese culture in 2011. Since then, they’ve developed four custom-made styles which range from basic colour types through to more bold, printed varieties.

▼ Single-colour helmets, featuring either a gloss or matte finish, retail for US$495

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▼ Dual colour styles add a second colour and lines on the helmet according to individual specifications for $550.

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The tri-colour model ($590) incorporates any three colours of your choosing, which makes it a perfect way to match your helmet with your outfit.

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While the designs look amazing, they also have comfort in mind by providing double ventilation and a removable 100% polyester lining. In case of an accident, the fibreglass ears detach without any structural damage to the body of the helmet, and the shape won’t generate any additional resistance at speeds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour.

▼ Each helmet weighs 1.78 kilograms (3.9 pounds).

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For the full traffic-stopping effect, the company offers a special “aerography” design, which creates complex patterns on the body of the helmet and the visor if requested.

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These designs take a little longer to perfect, but with this service they’re able to create your own personal design from any picture or photograph you provide. Which means you’ll be able to protect your head while looking like your own cat or even an anime character like Hello Kitty!

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All helmets are made to order within three weeks, with worldwide delivery provided via EMS delivery service.

To check out their full range, visit their website here for more details.

Classified Moto brings this Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer back to life

Virginia-based Classified Moto has been putting its signature flair on vintage motorcycles since it started up back in 2011. Founded by John Ryland, countless “Classified” machines have brought back to life in this workshop and one of its most impressive examples of work has recently been released.

Drawing inspiration from a vintage spacecraft, this Honda CB 750 Cafe Racer took a gruelling four years to complete and taught Ryland and his team “a lot about pricing bikes, estimating timelines, and things to avoid and embrace!” This old school NASA-esque design features a vintage brown leather seat, a quasi-white frame with touches of copper and silver, but the front-end swap modification from a Yama YZF-R6 R and a single-sidedswingarm from a Triumph Sprint ST is what really stands out.

Head over to the Classified Moto website to view more of its custom models.

Yamaha introduces the new XSR700, a custom-style edition of the MT-07.

The inherent risks taken by heritage companies when returning to classic designs is inescapable, as through time, the process has become quite dull and uninteresting. However, Yamaha looks to prove doubters wrong with its new cafe-inspired motorcycle, the XSR700.

In a short promotional clip, the company depicts Japanese-born custom motorcycle builder Shinya Kimura meticulously crafting the XSR700, passing a proverbial torch to a young apprentice. Already receiving high-praise from riders who’ve had the opportunity to test it, the two-wheeled racer avoids the dangerous clichés attached with retro-built automobiles, harmoniously blending high-performance parts with a clean outer-aesthetic, which includes a two-texture leather seat, an aluminum fender, headlight brackets and fuel tank, mesh side panels, exposed engine, a shorter exhaust can and a slew of other accessories. Available in Forest Green and Garage Silver, the XSR700 will go on sale in Europe this November along with its full specs, for a yet-to-be-announced price.

zecOO Electric Motorcycle by Japanese designer Kota Nezu

Yamaha XJR1300 “Dissident” Celebrates Bike’s 20th Anniversary

Doing things the way they’ve historically been done can be a bore sometimes. In terms of motorcycles, Yamaha’s XJR series is one of those standard rides, but the brand knows that a fresh perspective yields compelling results. That’s the thinking behind the Yamaha Yard Built program: first established in 2012, Yard Built allows Yamaha to collaborate with some of the finest aftermarket tune shops around the world – offering new takes on its classics. For the latest release, here we find Yamaha and Porto-based workshop it RoCkS! bikes celebrating 20 years of XJR excellence with the XJR1300 “Dissident.”

With the release intended to elaborate on the existing silhouette without losing its spirit, designers Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos made gilded additions to the air flow pipes, four of which flow from the engine through the tail. On top of this, the duo added high-end YZF-R1 forks for a smooth ride, as well as a complex ISR braking system with new cylinders and 340mm dual discs. All this is completed by a handmade leather seat and vintage pearl/gold paint job.

Of particular note, itRoCkS is making all of the additions used publicly available, so interested XJR1300 owners can contact them via Facebook for pricing.

Taiwanese custom shop Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh showcases his personal, customized Harley-Davidson Sportster

Custom Honda CB1100 by Dimitri Bez

Adhering to the current customized motorcycle trend, industrial designer Dimitri Bez has built his own personalized café racer, inspired by the Honda CB1100. Bez has created a tailored racer that’s both functional and ornate. The tactical CB1100 features polished geometric lines and raw technical elements, resulting in a unique design that balances vintage and modern aesthetics.

Check out Bez’s website for more information on the motorcycle.