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To transform an affordable Japanese enduro bike from the ’80s into a Quail Gathering dual trophy winner takes more than just talent, it takes masterful skill and perhaps a bit of time travel. Niki Smart (a designer for the likes of Ariel Motor and General Motors) used a 1981 Honda XL500 and turned it into a vintage trackboard racer-style motorcycle replete with both 3D printed parts, CNC milling, and composite laminate work. Smart intentionally kept the XL500’s engine due to its clean design and ideal layout and then formed the rest of the bike around it. The low profile tires set on racy black composite wheels, an artful carbon fiber tank, darkened chromoly tubing for the frame, and a single floating saddle all come together for one of the most magnificent bike builds we’ve ever laid eyes on.

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 You can’t have a fall evening without a fire. And you can’t have a fire without a Cowboy Cauldron. They’re built from solid plate steel, meaning they’ll last a lifetime or two and they come in four different sizes with elevated basins that can be adjusted to any height. We’re going with The Urbaan Cowboy® because it’s perfect for entertaining at home.  With a 30″ diameter basin, it is more than large enough to have a nice fire, but still small enough to pack into a pickup truck and take it with you.  Can you imagine the envy when we bust this puppy out at a tailgate or the beach? We haven’t seen a more handsome fire. You?  Best of all, Cool Material readers get an exclusive deal.