Sonoma, CA – Bold. Complex. Solid structure with a smooth finish. These words aptly describe the style and personality of seven-time National Supercross and Motocross champion Ricky Johnson, and the same qualities are now captured in his signature red wine. To commemorate 25 years since the climax of RJ’s illustrious career, Highway 12 Winery is proud to release the latest of the MX wine series, the “Bad Boy Red.”

“It’s an honor and a lot of fun to have my racing career celebrated with my own wine,” said Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson. “I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do and will celebrate along with friends and family this holiday season.”

The blend of 2009 Sonoma Valley varietals in Bad Boy Red was personally selected by RJ, who worked directly with Highway 12 Winery’s Paul Giusto to craft a blend that suits his taste and style.

“We are thrilled to have RJ as a part of our MX wine series,” stated Paul Giusto from Highway 12 Winery. “This release has been four-plus years in the making and it’s cool to see it come to life – the fans are loving it!”

RJ(From the back of the label)
By the 80′s, American motocross racers had escaped the shadows of their European counterparts. In 1986, Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson had emerged as the most dominant rider on the planet. With one championship already, he would go on to win six more Supercross, 250cc and 500cc classes. His bulldog determination and outspoken persona made him a fan favorite while his personal style provided another nickname: “Too Hip.”

This 2009 blend from the Sonoma Valley includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot showcasing the intensity that mirrors that of the Bad Boy. This full-bodied wine with hints of cedar and spice supported by jammy lushness and velvety tannins, was selected personally by RJ to celebrate 25 years since his rise to the top.

Only 400 bottles of this limited edition Sonoma Valley red will be released and is available exclusively online at www.nexternal.com/gos for $40/bottle. Order now to get your hands on a bottle of Bad Boy Red!

James Stewart, previous James “Bubba” Stewart, had been recovering from an injury he suffered back in January. With doctors telling him that it’s possible he might not be able to race again, he sought out some new career options.

If you watch the video, it’s clear his God-given talent is on a bike, but his artwork may have a shot.

Local Motors is trying to become the new generation of American automotive manufacturing by offering an “open source” platform to their vehicle design and development process. The company has built quite a large community on its website, with passionate designers from all over the world looking to build and design their own car. The Rally Fighter is Local Motors’ first creation, originally designed by Sangho Kim.

On display at the SEMA Show last month, Local Motors distributed these vehicles through “micro-factory” retailers, targeting a price point of under $50,000 with around 2,000 units produced yearly.

There are quite a few unique vehicles at the SEMA every year, and we came across quite a few off-road vehicles during the 2010 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether it was for snow, sand, dirt or mud, there was a little bit of everything related to off-road at this year’s show. Check out some of our other coverage of the event in the Off-Road.com Blog or here.

Here are some unique off-road vehicles we saw at the show.

Zero South PHE-PTV


The Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Electric Polar Traverse Vehicle (PHE-PTV) is one of the more unique vehicles we’ve seen over the years. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-50 mph in 9.5 seconds on land with a peak speed of 72 mph (it tops out at 40 mph with tracks on snow), powered by a 200-horsepower electric-drive motor and a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It is designed to travel in hard-core snowy conditions and offers 20 inches of ground clearance with Mattracks and 16 inches with tires.

Here’s a look at a really wild off-road vehicle that looks like something out of the Jetsons. The DVT Shredder, or Dual-Tracked Vehicle, is a unique off-road vehicle that is a blend of a number of vehicles. It’s part Segway, part skateboard, part Jet Ski, and it’s something the company says could have great value as a cutting-edge military unit (see the video below).

With a peak top speed of 30 mph, the vehicle features a traditional skateboard deck-like platform with traditional skateboard trucks, but it is powered by an engine that runs two tank-threads that allow the vehicle to cover terrains ranging from snow, sand and dirt trails.

This just in from the “crazy off-road vehicles you never knew you wanted” department, we came across this eBay listing for a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle body with rear-suicide doors. Yep, this Caddi – which features a Dodge front engine, hood and grille – is listed for sale on eBay as we speak. The starting price is $3,500, though there is the option to make an offer. What is this beast worth to you?

Just about the time you think you’ve seen it all, here comes something down the pike that rattles your cage and pops your eyeballs wide open. Most of us tend to agree that one of the worst motorcycles ever made was the Suzuki TM 400 Cyclone. It had plenty of power, that’s for sure, but the power that it did have came on like a light switch and there was no telling exactly when the hit would come. Sometimes it came on at 3000 RPM, and other times it was 3500 RPM, and it all contributed to you taking strange trips down the dirt.

For an example of why original Jeeps were so invaluable to the military, look no further than the footage below. The video shows Canadian army soldiers drive up during a parade, hop out, pull apart the Jeep and put it back together and drive off – all under four minutes.

Ever see something rolling down the trail or on the street and thought to yourself, WTF? We couldn’t help but think that same thing as we came across some pictures of just absolutely bizarre off-road vehicles.

There’s something to be said for backyard mechanics, but these vehicles are on another level. They’re not exclusive to trucks and 4x4s only, as you can see. Some of these modifications are to vehicles never intended for off-road use, which is part of what makes them so entertaining – or at least fun to look at. If you have any crazy pictures worth sharing, send them in to editor@off-road.com.

What happens when you combine a snowmobile and an ATV? The answer, if all goes well, is the ultimate duning machine – the Sand-X T-ATV.

Sand-X built the T-ATV to handle the sand dunes better than any traditional ATV ever could. At first glance, the T-ATV looks very much like a snowmobile with a set of front wheels, but surely there’s more to it than that. The unit features an 800cc 2-stroke Rotax snowmobile engine that offers a claimed 160hp. Sand-X claimes the T-ATV can reach speeds in excess of 110 mph, but that seems a little generous to us.

According to the designer, the T-ATV is faster and safer than any other sand vehicle and offers a range of up to 215 miles between fill-ups. Again, that seems like a lofty claim, but we can’t say it’s not true until we try it.

Of course trying the Sand-X T-ATV might be difficult. Operations are currently based in the Middle East and we haven’t heard anything about one of these units coming to North America.

Check out more photos and a video of the T-ATV in action below the jump.