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We’ve featured quite a few different bikes, builds and mods that were heavy on futuristic styling with angular lines and a stripped down profile, but the Octavia from Hyde Designs is unlike everything that’s come before. Believe it or not, this fantastic piece of machinery is the first release from a small shop in Cape Town, South Africa, and was built in six months by Jens Henkel and a group of friends. Built on the BMW G650 X Challenge platform for its reliable 650 Rotax engine, open swingarm and frame, Octavia took on a life all its own after Hyde Designs had their way with it. The bike that looks absolutely nothing like its predecessor features a serious amount of custom work (most notably the tank and tail) and is just as much a piece of art you can ride as it is a motorcycle.

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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