Best moto video of all time?

A friend of The Bullitt sent us this video with the email subject, “Best moto video of all time”. While we don't agree with that 100%, it is worth the watch and a laugh.  These Japanese hooligans seem to be having a good time ripping through the countryside with nothing more than their knickers. 

Happy Halloween from The Bullitt!
*The video below is uncensored and has nudity.  You have been warned.
Hanni El Khatib - Family (Uncensored Video) from Innovative Leisure on Vimeo.
The music in this video is by Hanni El Khatib, and has a great modern blusey feel.  His second album Head in the Dirt in 2013 was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.  He's currently on a European tour.  Keep up with El Khatib here.


Ural Gaucho Rambler :: There's Nothing to Do But Go

“For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar’s gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.”
—Robert Penn Warren

Motorcycling has always been synonymous with exploration.  Those of us to dare to take to the roads, teeming with distracted and reckless drivers, require nerves of steel.  We're the ones who are unafraid to take the road less traveled, and we do it frequently.  There's nothing quite like exploring somewhere new on a motorcycle.  Being so exposed and out there you get to connect on a different level.  The new smells and the wind/sun/rain in your face allow you to connect on a deeper level.  Ural Motorcycles were initially built to take its riders through Russia where the roads or poor, or more often than not, completely non-existent.  Urals were necessary to navigate and transport gear throughout the rough countryside.

This year’s limited edition Ural is a wistful homage to a past age.  The 2013 American West-inspired limited edition Ural Gaucho Rambler, a motorcycle created in collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills.  The color is new, chosen by Pendleton, and is named Pacific Blue. The bike comes with sunburned canvas upholstery and a “Journey West” blanket by Pendleton. The Gaucho Rambler is equipped with Ural’s legendary 2wd capability to overcome adverse terrains. This is a bike ready for the long road and the spiritual journey devoid of stuff. No need to pack, no need to prepare, there’s nothing to do but go.
The Ural site explains the inspiration for the Gaucho Rambler; "With nothing more than their horse, a knife, and a poncho, the cowboys of the Americas, or gauchos as there known elsewhere, rambled through the country, living off the land, taking each day as it came, always on a journey towards the sunset. The rebel spirit of the gaucho is very much in the heart and soul of each Ural. Taking to the road, with no specific goal in mind is something every rider longs for…"

There's no question any of us seeking a motorcycle adventure could go swoop up a brand new adventure bike like the BMW GS, Triumph Tiger or any of the other great modern adventure bikes.  They would do the job just fine, but there's just something about a vintage-inspired bike like the Gaucho Rambler that speaks to the soul.  The Iron and Resin crew mounted surf racks onto their Ural and charged down the Baja Peninsula in search of cold beer, uncrowded waves and good times.  Now that's an adventure, and we want in!  


Triumph Cafe Racers by Holographic Hammer

Motorcycle art never gets old

Holographic Hammer is the alter ego of BMW Motorrad designer, Sylvain Berneron. You may have seen his work under his Holographic Hammer name in concepts for Fuel Motorcycles, Untitled Motorcycles and here, when we posted his great image, “Norton: Old vs. New”.  

Working in the motorcycle industry, Berneron has tons of moto-minded friends and has digitally sketched out numerous garage build for his pals. Being able to “see” the end result prior to actually building it can save a lot of time in the long run. 

OK, this last one isn't a Triumph, but I had to include it anyway.

I’m sure we’re all guilty of convincing ourselves a mod would be perfect on a build only to decide later that it just doesn't look right. Berneron takes the guess work out of it. I’d love to get a few mock of the Bullitt OG done myself…

You can purchase his stunning art here


The Bullitt Fullface Helmet by Bell

We couldn't be happier to report that the Bullitt helmet concept we featured back in 2012 was picked up by Bell Helmets.  With the seemingly ever-growing popularity of all things retro, there's no doubt there's still room for another full face helmet that blends vintage style with modern technology.  Here at the Bullitt, that's basically the definition of what we stand for.

The Ruby Castel was really the first to hit the market but with a price point of $1250 USD, it's not really a helmet for the masses.  Enter Biltwell, with the budget friendly Gringo.  Now that's a vintage-inspired fullface for us all. Until the Bullitt by Bell hits the market, those are your two choices for DOT approved modern fullface with a vintage feel.  In March of next year, Bell will slip right into the middle with a point of entry at $400 USD. 

Not all the details are out on Bell's Bullitt just yet but based on everything we see so far, we know this one will be a big hit!

Full Specification Sheet for the Bell Bullitt Helmet:
- Ultra low-profile fiber composite shell
- Multi-Density EPS liner
- Removable, washable and anti-bacterial interior
- Perforated micro-suede interior fabric with leather trim
- Padded chin strap with stainless steel D-Ring closure with leather pull tab
- 3 shell 3 EPS system
- 5 Metal Mesh intake vents with 1 rearexhaust vent
- 3D Cut cheek pads with speaker pockets
- Magnefusion shield closure system
- Accessory shields available for personalized look
- Industry-leading five-year warranty
- Certification: DOT
- Sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL
- Weight: 1400g
- Available March 1, 2014 for $399.95

All we can say is we wish this handsome retro-lid was a collaboration with us here at The Bullitt.  Bell, if you're listening...it's not too late.  Hit us up!

Images and specs via Silodrome


The Barstow :: Modern Goggle, Vintage Flair

MX company One Hundred Percent is releasing a new vintage motocross goggle that pays homage to the old desert racers yet still takes advantage of modern day technology - like triple-layer-foamed, solidly-strapped, anti-scratch and anti-fog-lenses. 
The goggles look the business and 100% put out a short little video showcasing the new goggles that's reminiscent of On Any Sunday. 

There are a handful of style options for you to choose from with just two represented below.  To see the full line, 100% has dedicated a full site just for the Barstow.  Go to their site to see for yourself.

 


FORKS: A Quest For Culture, Cuisine and Connection.

Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.

That's the mission that one man, Allan Karl, set out on a few years back.  He set out on an around-the-world adventure, returning with stunning photos, tasty recipes and inspiring stories that he wrapped up in a beautiful coffee table book.

It's an adventure story, a photo-book, and a cookbook: with inspired travel writing, amazing personalities, beautifully revealing photography, and tasty recipes from all over the world.

Allan describes his book as "combining the best of Anthony Bourdain with Paul Theroux and National Geographic Adventure in a full-color, high-quality book that will bring the splendor of the world into your home and on your table."

The project is on Kickstarter now, without much time left.  Though he's reached his initial goal of $22k, if we can help him get to $40k, Karl will tear up the jacket he wore around the world and stitch a piece of it to custom designed bookmark and give each backer who pledged for a book, one of the limited edition bookmarks.  $45 USD gets you a first-edition copy of the book. Donate to the cause and secure your print here today!


Husqvarna Nuda 900 Cafe Racer:: Huscati

Husqvarna + Ducati = Huscati

The Husqvarna name is well known in the off-road world but is certainly not a common contender for a cafe racer conversion these days.  True, they've been making Huskies since 1903, and even had a brief stint road racing.  The vast majority of Huskies were enduro or motocross bikes.
Husqvarna competed in Grand Prix road racing in the 350cc and 500cc classes during the 1930s, and even entered bikes it the prestigious Isle of Man TT.

 

The 'Huscati' pictured here is a blend of the modern Husqvarna Nuda 900cc Twin-powered street bike with some shared bits from a Ducati, like the Öhlins front end.  It clearly has been re-skinned with a cafe racer treatment.  I wish I could tell your more about this interesting cafe but there's no doubt it's a handsome racer.

 

If anyone knows more about this bike, let us know in the comments.
First seen :: RocketGarage


Cafe Racer Dreams' Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Simple and clean - just the way we like it!

The boys at Cafe Racer Dreams in Spain recently finished up a new build, using a Moto Guzzi V7 Stone as a base. This isn't a insane build with a laundry list of custom work but everything added, and everything removed was intentional and with purpose.


The Guzzi was given a scrambler-style treatment with a definite vintage feel by way of the custom mesh headlight grill, thin steel fenders and old school seat. The Continental Twinduro TKC80 rubber rounds off the bike with an aggressive posture to the bike.


How sexy is that tank? It's inspiring us to rethink our plain old raw tank on the Bullitt OG.


The black Renthal Ultra Low bars pull together the off-road feel up front, coupled with non-distracting, minimalist electronics. The custom exhaust below was done by local specialist GR.


You can keep up with CRD via their website or Facebook page.

Images by Enrique Pacheco.


Support your local racers...

Long time friend of The Bullitt and local all-around good guy Heath "the chief" Cofran needs your support to make it out to the Thruxton Cup at Barber this year.

If you're located in So Cal, come on down this Saturday to Lola's in good ol' Long Beach to show some support - details below.


If you can't make it out, you can support buy purchasing a t-shirt from BA MOTO. They're going for $25 + $5 for shipping but you might want to check with them here to see if they have your size on hand.