The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2014 :: Austin, TX

The Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX

This is a show that was practically built for The Bullitt and all of the scalawags that hang around here. Custom vintage bikes, a Wheel of Death, and good times to be had. What more could one ask for?!

To be in Austin while it was going down and to not go would be blasphemous. Sadly...that's exactly what happened this year. Between long days at Circuit of The Americas for MotoGP and a bad cold, we completely missed the show. Fear not, our friends at Cycle World were there to capture some good stuff to share with us all.

We heard all good things about the event and are still bummed to have missed it. Next year dammit, we will be there with bells on.

See Cycle World's complete post here.

Tarus 2 :: Russian 2x2 Armageddon Motorcycle

After seeing this, it's safe to say the Russians truly are one step ahead of the rest of us. When doomsday comes we'll be sorry. We'll be stuck with our near 200hp traditional motorcycles that don't fold up neatly into canvas bags and tuck away in our little hatchbacks. Our motorcycles aren't 2-wheel drive and are too heavy to simply tug up a hill and they certainly don't float. What do these Russians know that we don't?

Tarus 2 key specs:

2-wheel drive
Max speed: 60 km (37mph)
3-speed with centrifugal clutch
5.5 hp 2-stroke motor
Carrying capacity: 180 kg (396 lb)
Fuel consumption: 1.2-liters/hour (1 gal for 3 hours of fun!)
Ground clearance: 370 mm (14.6 in)
Tank capacity: 5L (1.3 gal)
Dry weight: 50 kg (110 lb)
Disassembles in 2-4 minutes

TheTarus 2 appears to be available as a kit for the DIY'er to self-assemble. "Anyone having the skills and drill grinder can build yourself ATV through the complete documentation." Sounds legit to us! More here.

iPhone Motorcycle gauges?

Sure, you can get used to running your bike with no gauges. One could argue that doing so would make you more aware of every little sound and there are plenty of little tricks you can figure out to give your best guess to speed, how much gas is left in the tank and so on. That being said, having no gauges can be inconvenient, and...illegal. The idea of being able to use an iPhone to view current speed, navigate, and to see estimated fuel levels sounds pretty trick. Stay tuned for an upcoming Bullitt review of YORIMOTO's new app that does exactly that.

Motorcycle Illustrations by Francis Ooi

It's easy to take the simple things in life for granted. Freedom of speech, and freedom of expression are certainly things we have just become used to as normal. Not every country allows its residents to practice these things they way we 'Westerns' have grown accustomed to. Earlier this week, Singapore-based creative director Francis Ooi reached out and shared his story with The Bullitt. In a land where motorcycles can only be stock, something enforced by strict law, he had to get creative.

For year Francis has admired custom bikes featured here but was unable to create his own. Late last year he decided he would finally build his own. As he put it, "
...instead of cutting up iron frames and wrenching rusty bolts and nuts... I spend most of the time building the bike in my 12" garage, the MacBook Pro. Took me a few months to build one. Each bike has about 800 components and layers put together. A well channeled energy without getting myself into trouble with the authority."

For anyone who hasn't spent countless hours behind a computer screen creating art, these images may seem like your basic pretty picture. For those of us who have, we know that there is an amazing amount of work and crazy attention to detail that went into making each piece. Here is a video Ooi put together to show us how he works his magic:

The illustrations you see here are his first 6 releases, limited to 100 prints. High-quality prints can be purchased via his site; uglymoto.com

Thanks for sharing Francis. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!