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This moto image is a personal photo snapped on a track day by friend Dylan Code.

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By Oliver Jones

Tim Kang will never forget the first time it happened. He was shooting through a tight turn at historic Willow Springs racetrack going about 60 mph on his tricked-out Kawasaki ZX-6R. "I leaned that bike over and, for the first time, dragged a knee," recalls Kang. "Up until that day, my knee pads were fresh as a daisy. To lean that bike over enough where you are dragging a knee in a controlled manner—man, is that exhilarating. That was a moment where I felt, 'OK, I'm really starting to figure this out.'"

That Kang, a man whose day job is to patrol the idyllic coast of Oahu as Detective Katsumoto on Magnum P.I., would be obsessing over some dusty stretch of asphalt in the desert 80 miles north of Los Angeles is of little surprise to anyone who has spent time with the San Francisco–born 48-year-old actor. Since the time he first tucked into a downhill run as a kid during a family ski trip in Tahoe and up through his years regularly jumping out of airplanes as a skydiver, Kang has long been transfixed by all things speed.

Actor Tim Kang on a red carpet wearing a patterned blue and white shirt with sunglasses and a flower lei around his neck Tim Kang attends the Sunset on the Beach event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii Five-0 and the premiere of Magnum P.I. at Queen's Surf Beach on Sept. 16, 2018, in Waikiki, Hawaii.Photo: Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

It's an obsession that, over the past decade, he has channeled into countless hours on the track, both in cars like his cherished 2010 Porsche GT3 ("What you can make that car do!") and, more commonly these days, a midsize motorcycle like the Kawasaki or a Ducati 848.

Ask Kang about why he spends almost all his time away from the set on the race track and his answer will swing from simple ("It's fun!") to philosophic. "For me, the way that acting and racing relate is around the idea of trying to impose your will," says Kang, who, prior to Magnum, spent seven seasons as Special Agent Cho on the former CBS drama The Mentalist. "I have learned that you need to be careful about trying to impose your will on your motorcycle or on your career. In both cases, the best thing you can do is train as best you can and go along for the ride."

Tim Kang as Gordon Katsumoto sitting the Island Hoppers helicopter from the Magnum PI set Tim Kang as Det. Gordon Katsumoto in Magnum P.I.Photo: Karen Neal/CBS via Getty Images

He insists that despite what it looks like to outsiders—and even to his mother ("When it comes to my mom and racing, ignorance is bliss," he says)—his speed habit is in no way about courting danger. "I enjoy being able to research something as much as possible and having the information laid out in front of me before I do it," says Kang. "It's only then that I feel comfortable going 160 down the straightaways. Then I let go and have fun."

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Magnum P.I.'s Jay Hernandez takes his Ferrari for a spin around Hawaii.

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By Nate Millado

From Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. to Love Island and the upcoming NCIS: Hawai'i, the Aloha State has been the unsung co-star of many hit CBS shows—not to mention the jaw-dropping backdrop to some of our favorite Watch photo shoots. Bask in the beauty of Hawaii's stunning vistas, majestic mountains, and picture-perfect beaches featuring Alex O'Loughlin, Jay Hernandez, Arielle Vandenberg, S.W.A.T.'s Shemar Moore, and NCIS' Wilmer Valderrama.

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A shirtless Jay Hernandez slicks back his hair.

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By Nate Millado

Our Man Crush Monday—everyday, TBH—is Magnum P.I. star, Jay Hernandez. With all due respect to the O.G. Magnum, Blue Bloods' Tom Selleck, we're not missing Thomas Magnum's mustache much. Instead, Hernandez' rebooted military maverick-turned-private eye sports some sexy stubble.

Hawaii's charming bachelor wrecks as many hearts as he does Ferraris, and these sizzling photos of Magnum—and his handsome portrayer, Hernandez—are 22 reasons why!

Magnum, P.I. airs Friday nights at 9/8c on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

The Many Faces of Jay Hernandez

A triptych of Jay Hernandez in a blue print collared shirt

A triptych of Jay Hernandez in a blue print button-down shirt.

Photo Credit: Derek Blanks for Watch.

What's better than one Jay Hernandez? Three Jays! Whether he's wearing a grin, a smize, or a full-blown flash of his pearly whites, the camera obviously loves the photogenic CBS star!

Cool in Cancún

Jay Hernandez reclining in an orange chair against a bright orange wall on a street in Cancun

Jay Hernandez reclining in a chair on the streets of Cancún.

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Hernandez plays it cool in caliente Cancún for a 2018 Watch photo shoot.

Day-to-Night Look

Thomas Magnum in a tuxedo

Thomas Magnum looking dapper in a tuxedo.

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Magnum cleans up quite nicely for a formal affair in a penguin suit.

Grin and Bare It

Shirtless Thomas Magnum leans over his red Ferrari

Shirtless Thomas Magnum leans over his Ferrari.

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Although he's known for his aloha shirts, Magnum looks hot without one, too.

In the Zone

Magnum with a golf club and glove in a Detroit Tigers baseball cap

Magnum on the course — and on the case — in a Tigers cap.

Photo Credt: Karen Neal/CBS.

Detroit Tigers ball caps are par for the course for Magnum's more casual looks. (Fun fact: original Magnum Tom Selleck is a Detroit native and incorporated his Tigers fandom into the series.)

Cat's Meow

Thomas Magnum holding an orange tabby cat

Thomas Magnum holding an orange tabby.

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Is there anything cuter than a cool cat cradling a kitty?

Golden Hour

Shirtless Magnum sits on the edge of the bed next to his former girlfriend

Magnum shares a laugh with his former girlfriend.

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Magnum looking picture perfect with his ex, played by guest star Jordana Brewster.

Lazy Sunday Vibes

Shirtless Thomas Magnum lying in bed

Magnum strikes a pensive pose.

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Thomas Magnum redefines "bed head." Seriously, who looks this good first thing in the morning?

Military Maverick

Magnum in a military combat shirt with camouflage sleeves

Magnum gives a nod to his military past in a combat shirt.

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We love a man in uniform! Before becoming a private eye, Thomas Magnum was a decorated Navy SEAL and former POW.

Business Casual

Magnum looks business casual in a shirt and tie

Sporting a corporate look in a shirt and tie.

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When a corporate manager ends up dead, Magnum rolls up his sleeves to go undercover as an efficiency expert.

What's Up, Doc?

Magnum in medical scrubs with a stethoscope around his neck

Magnum in medical scrubs.

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Forget McDreamy and McSteamy, Magnum in scrubs sets pulses racing.

Suited Up

Magnum in a suit with an open collared white shirt

Magnum keeps it casual in a suit but no tie.

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Tie optional! Magnum looks dapper in a fitted suit.

Alooooooooha!

Magnum wearing one of his trademark Aloha shirts

Magnum wearing one of his signature looks — an Aloha shirt.

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Magnum's closet houses Hawaiian shirts galore — and he rocks every single one of 'em!

Pensive P.I.

Thomas Magnum deep in thought

Magnum seems to be contemplating suspicious activity across the room.

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

A penny for your thoughts?

Right to Bare Arms

Thomas Magnum kayaking

Magnum puts some muscle into a kayak ride.

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We would like to take this moment to thank the inventor of the sleeveless tank, which Magnum sports here — along with his trademark Tigers cap — while kayaking.

Red-Carpet Ready

Jay Hernandez on the red carpet in sunglasses and a flower lei

Jay Hernandez on the red carpet in sunglasses and a flower lei.

Photo Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

A lei'd Jay Hernandez was beaming at the ninth annual Sunset on the Beach event in 2018, where thousands of fans gathered in Waikiki to watch the special premiere episode of Magnum P.I.

The Wheel Deal

Magnum getting out of his red Ferrari wearing a red Hawaiian shirt

Seeing red? The Ferrari and the matching Hawaiian shirt make Magnum hard to miss.

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Classic car aficionados and Magnum-philes debate over which is more timeless — the Ferrari or its driver!

'Staching with Stephen

Jay Hernandez and Stephen Colbert sport matching Tom Selleck mustaches on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Jay Hernandez and Stephen Colbert, sporting matching Tom Selleck mustaches.

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Old-school fans got a glimpse of what modern-day Magnum would look like with Tom Selleck's iconic facial hair, when Jay Hernandez yukked it up with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert!

Real Men Wear Pink

Magnum in a pink print shirt

Tough guys wear pink, as Magnum proves in this blush-colored shirt.

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Exhibit A: Thomas Magnum makes a strong case for wearing lighter shades.

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem

Jay Hernandez poses in green swim trunks at a Cancun resort

Hernandez looks ready to hit the pool in Cancún.

Photo Credit: Derek Blanks for Watch.

Jay Hernandez lounging around the luxurious Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún for the September-October 2018 issue of Watch.

If Looks Could Kill...

Jay Hernandez at the beach

Jay Hernandez at the beach.

Photo Credit: Derek Blanks for Watch.

Jay Hernandez slays with his piercing gaze!

Splish-Splash

Jay Hernandez splashing around on the beach

Jay Hernandez makes a splash.

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Jay Hernandez got wet and wild for Watch's photo shoot on the Mexican Riviera.

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Magnum, P.I. airs Friday nights at 9/8c on CBS and streams on Paramount+!

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By Nate Millado

Every November, the nation comes together to honor the brave veterans of the armed forces. To anyone who has served our country: We thank you. Many of our favorite TV characters boast some impressive military credentials—and have been forever changed by their experiences on the field.

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