Video Premier :: The Salt Ghost

If anyone makes it out to this and can take some pictures or write up, I'd love to do a follow-up post.  Send whatcha got to

Backstreet Buckets :: Best of

If you like sick motorcycles, rat rods, amazing custom paint jobs, hot girls and the like, Backstreet Buckets is a little slice of electronic heaven.  You can order custom painted Biltwell helmets off the blog or place a special order for your own design.  I am constantly stopping by for some inspiration, eye candy or their "daily bread" which is a barrage of smoking hot tatted up chicks.

Below is just a sampling of some of their stuff that keeps me coming back day after day:

Streetracker :: Motorcycle Action

Streetracker is a blog that guessed it, street trackers!  I typically pop in to see some of the amazing photography.  Here's a little taste:

Ultimate Survivor: 1967/'68 Triumph TR6C Desert Sled

"Long before modern heroes backflipped for TV cameras and energy drink contracts, tough men thrashed modified street machines in the lonely deserts of the Southwest USA and Baja. This is one of those bikes." 
- Bill Bryant of Chop Cult

This particular sled was owned by Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mike (Party Animal) Parti and was campaigned in 1969 and 1970. Wes White of Four Aces Cycle in Pacoima, CA, plucked it up a few years back and pulls it out once in a while for a rip around the parking lot. Its days of competition are over, and it's left as a monument to what Wes calls the "Essence of Mojave".

Once Wes entered it in a concourse event where one judge told him afterward that his filthy bike was an "insult to the men who spent countless hours restoring their machines." Another judge at the same event loved the bike and understood exactly why Mr. White will likely never give this bike a bath. Don't want to scrub off that essence man, you can't get that back.

The machine is built around a 1967 frame with a 1968 TR6C (single carb competition) engine. Like all desert machines, this one's built to win races of attrition--not for top speed or to win shiny bike shows. Significant mods abound. Note the pre-unit Lucas K2F mag which has been grafted to unit cases. Think about it, you wouldn't want a mag hanging off the side just to be wrecked the first time the rider dumped it in a sand wash. Other mods are questionable but period-correct. Did putting a few links of chain around the fork legs to "preload" the springs really work? Who knows, but it was one more place to carry a few extra links. The cross bar serves as a good location for a few more and a master link, of course. Can you imagine how valuable a master link was to the first desert racer who got stuck in the middle of nowhere without one? Saving the chain is a common theme as you look at the handmade chainguard fitted over the gigantic rear sprocket. Garden hose over cut-down folding foot pegs is a far cry from the cast titanium pegs riders use today. The gear box horn has been removed for better oil line access and the oil filler has been moved forward to be out of the way.

Can a machine have soul? It's just a bunch of rubber, aluminum and steel, right? I argue that a bike like this with its legacy of scars and purposeful mods has more soul than a hungover Baptist choir. It clearly is a visual legacy left by men who made their fun the hard way and we're proud to document it here.

Original article by Chop Cult and can be found here.

Deus Bali :: Temple of Enthusiasm

"Deus Canggu", the newest child of the Australian company Deus ex Machina, was started by a group of dedicated surfers who also happen to be passionate motorcycle enthusiasts. In this land of the flying scooter, they wanted an alternative.  I'm headed out there in a few weeks and can't wait to meet the guys.  The pics below are from their cycle show and swap on July 3rd. 

Wrenchmonkee's Triumph Teaser IV

This build is coming along nicely.

Also, I noticed their other Triumph is finished.   
This is now on their website as "WM vs HOOK  Triumph T100"

Triumph Tridays-Eleven Bonneville

Triumph Tridays-Eleven

We're in love with the Tridays-Eleven Triumph

I recently saw this beautiful Triumph Bonneville cafe racer on Bike EXIF and had to share. This is a custom build for Tyrolean screenwriter Uli Brée.  Brée is also the organizer of the Tridays festival held in Austria each year.  Q-Bike of Hamburg modified the frame and developed the engine, which now pumps out 94 hp. That’s an increase of almost 30 hp over stock, helped by radically revised internals and twin Keihin FCR41 carburetors with extended bellmouths.

The geometry and suspension was overseen by LSL-Motorradtechnik, who installed top-spec Öhlins forks and shocks, plus LSL wheels, custom triple trees and bars. Finally, the bodywork was designed by Ivo Tschumi in Switzerland, and painted by Michael Schönen of Lackmus.

Link to original post here.
More details on the German-language Tridays-Eleven website.
Images on Bike EXIF's post courtesy of Katja Ruge.

Triumph Small Displacement Single Cylinder Rumors

Found an interesting article by Paul Crowe at "The Kneeslider".
As noted the other day in comments on the post about Triumph heading to India, there are rumors of Triumph planning a new street single in the 350cc range. I notice the August issue of Motorcyclist picked up on an article from Motociclismo, reporting on plans to assemble a motorcycle in Manuas, Brazil from knock down kits manufactured in Thailand. It would show up sometime in 2012.
The engine would be a liquid cooled 4 valve single, displacing anywhere from 267cc to 350cc depending on the market.
As rumors go, this one is getting a lot of traction but no one is confirming things one way or the other.
True or not, would a 350cc street single work in the US? In many other countries, yes, but here? We've tossed the idea around before of everyone thinking they need a big bore bike, even though something in the 350 range would be perfectly suited for newer riders and even some who are just looking for a casual weekend ride. Lots of us "men of a certain age" who fondly remember the 60s, when a 305 Honda was a lot of bike, have to admit those days are long gone. A 350cc engine today would do everything those early engines did and a lot more but attitudes have been shaped by the big engines now stuffed in everything from beginner bikes to super bikes. Then again, one of these singles would be pretty affordable and it might get a foothold on cost alone.
If this Triumph appears in the US, getting a few riders to try it might be enough to generate decent sales and it might help reestablish the idea that bigger isn't necessarily better. Interesting.

Born Free 3- Falcon Motorcycles

Getting started with my photos from Born Free 3.  Too many good ones for one post alone.  Starting you off with my favorites from Falcon Motorcycles.  So cool to see these in person!

All photos: Patrick Flynn