Cars, Aviation & Property

Join us in our round up of some of the latest offerings for your Christmas or birthday list as we shine the spotlight on the fast-moving, cutting edge worlds of luxury and classic bikes, cars, private jets and helicopters.

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For those who want the best, SYOG presents luxury products that consistently meet the demands of true connoisseurs.

Join us in our round up of some of the latest offerings for your Christmas or birthday list as we shine the spotlight on the fast-moving, cutting edge worlds of luxury and classic bikes, cars, private jets and helicopters.

The perfect present for him - Lauge Jensen

If you can dream it - Lauge Jensen can build it. Each motorcycle is hand built to perfection and to a unique design, based on your vision and ideas. The riding comfort, whether cruising your dreams along the sea or speeding ahead on country roads, is in a class of its own.

A personal statement which goes beyond the uniqueness of the design, never compromising safety, quality and ride ability.

In order to transport your motorcycle on board your superyacht; the Lauge Jensen Tender offers owners the unique opportunity to transport your motorcycle in a dual purpose tender, providing storage as well as functioning as an outdoor deck-bar on board your vessel. The tender can be placed wherever it suits your taste and your superyacht. Its design makes it ideal for placement on the fly bridge or the quarter deck.

A Lauge Jensen motorcycle is designed to express your personality and then hand built to meet and exceed the highest standards, it all starts with you….

Bedecked Harley Davidson

When you already have a valuable toy, adding value on top can sometimes make it that much more exclusive and as a result, even more desirable.

One superyacht owner with a passion for two wheeled luxury takes as much pride in customising his Harley Davidsons as he does the superyachts he owns and his shipyard builds.

He has a passion for luxury bikes and has turned that passion into a collection that rivals many contemporary art collections.

The world-class airbrush artist Ingo Kruse, in Germany, has customised almost every bike he owns. Among his many two wheeled exhibits is the only bike in the world without either hubs and spokes whose value far exceeds US$200,000. “Talk about re-inventing the wheel!," he exclaims. “These bikes are not just collectables, because
I enjoy riding each and every one of them."

The owner tells SYOG, “I always used Kruse to embellish my bikes. He is a great guy and super talented. I personally think he's the best in the world - a true artist. It was Kruse who airbrushed the Harley Davidson bike that was sold as a tender to the motor yacht Africa; the first ever superyacht built by Sunrise and the one that set them on the road towards success, where today they have six superyachts under construction and more in refit.”

He considers one of his customised bikes as every day transport. 'General Lee', airbrushed to perfection by Kruse, is kept and used on a daily basis through the streets of Antalya by both himself and Guillaume Roche, the shipyard CEO. “It's a one of a kind here in the South of Turkey and attracts a lot of attention wherever we take it,” he says. Most recently he took delivery of a new bike, a 550 HP, 6.7 ptr, V8 big block powered BOSS HOSS, which Kruse has also airbrushed.

Microcycle - Nippy Monocycle

Here is a neat idea for the superyacht toy department. The Microcycle is an all electric variation on the traditional motorcycle, featuring only one wheel.

Created by product engineer Chris Hoffmann for the U.S.-based company Ryno Motors, it came about after five years of research and development. Weighing in at 56 kilos, its non-polluting electric motor has a range of 10 miles and a top speed of 10mph. Take it out of the lazzerette and zoom off down the dock - it is great for nipping into town or out to that trendy restaurant. Riders control it by leaning forward to accelerate and back to slow down. The advanced motion-sensor technology is able to detect even the most subtle of input from its rider, and reacts accordingly. The large and only tyre contains the vehicle’s entire power plant within the hub of the wheel and this helps to maintain the balance. Prices start at $5,295, including two batteries, charger, LED headlights, and a stand.

Flying high faster

The new Citation X+ will climb with ease to 51,000 feet and cruise at incredible speeds of up to Mach 0.935. No other business jet can match the combination of the 3000+ nautical mile range at a cruising speed of 527 ktas for up to nine guests.

The design of the exterior includes dramatically swept wings, low-drag airframe, and two powerful engines. The interior cabin is wide and spacious, with luxurious furnishings. It has densely pillowed seats, wide cushions with plenty of head and shoulder room built in and of course the whole aircraft can be customised to suit specific requirements or maybe match your superyacht.

It is not just the guests in the back of the plane who will love this aircraft, the crew will be ecstatic too. A Garmin G5000 avionics suite powers the flight deck with smartphone-like touch-screen controllers that can be customised. Using the system’s terrain-alerting database, SVT enhances pilots’ situational awareness by creating a dimensional rendering of terrain features, obstacles, and traffic in proximity to the aircraft. Pilots get a realistic picture of everything beyond the windscreen, even in solid IFR (instrumental flight rules) or night time VFR (visual flight rules) conditions. On the secondary display, MFD (multi-function display) capabilities can be divided into two vertical pages.

This allows logical pairing of whatever information is needed during any particular point in the flight sequence. Examples of this include displaying airway charts and approach plates or satellite weather and flight planning simultaneously. At the touch of the glass, pilots can instantly access traffic data, video inputs, radar, alerts, and more. The fastest civilian jet yet, it will make getting to and from your superyacht a breeze.

Plug-in car

Want a zero-emission car with style? Then look more closely at the new Tesla Model S. Created in the U.S.A. by a company set up by PayPal creator Elon Musk, it is a rear wheel drive electric saloon. It uses conventional lithium-ion battery cells with the 85kWh performance pack giving a 265 mile range and a claimed speedy 4.2 second 0-60mph time. Charging is dependent on the electric supply but can be as quick as 70 minutes for a full charge. Inside the car features a huge touchscreen designed for easy access and connectivity.

Getting a fill for your electric car is still not as easy as finding a petrol station but an ever increasing number of Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-travelled highways in North America and Europe. The Superchargers provide half a charge in as little as 20 minutes and are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. They are located near amenities like roadside restaurants, cafes, and shopping centres so there is something to do while your car is “filling up”. The Tesla Model S is a luxury car with plenty of room and a range to make it practical and desirable. It is definitely worth a second look.

Ferrari fun

The iconic Italian car maker was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. Since then it has become a world leading luxury brand that is finding fame outside the world of motorsport. In 2010 the highly successful Ferrari World was opened in Abu Dhabi and now the company is building a second theme park at Port Aventura Resort, just one hour from Barcelona. Guests will also be able to make use of the abundance of attractions at the family-friendly Ferrari Lane theme park including what is billed as Europe’s "highest and fastest" vertical roller coaster.

Port Aventura will also have the first Ferrari themed hotel. The 250-room 5-star hotel will be coloured in the classic Ferrari red and be made to resemble the radiator grille of a distinctive Ferrari car. The property will be home to a host of amenities including a large outdoor pool, several fine dining restaurants, high-end shops and a driving simulator. Perfect for car enthusiasts both small and big as well as Formula 1 supporters.

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