One Shot: Brandon Semenuk's unReal Segment

First and foremost, The Bullitt is a motorcycle blog. Having said that, we motorcyclists share a fundamental common bond with all two-wheel enthusiasts. Sure, while rocking spandex covered in fake sponsor logos and pedaling down PCH on a $10k road bike might not be your thing, but there's no doubt a form of cycling to suit nearly every taste. And cyclist or not, if after watching the video below, you aren't blown away I feel bad for you son!

Brandon Semenuk is widely recognized as the best slopestyle mountain biker in the world, and has just become the first mountain biker to film a full segment in a single continuous shot. You know why he's the first? Because it's hard as hell to film an entire run in a single shot! The amount of coordination and teamwork needed to pull it off is insane! After watching the clip below, make sure to check the "making of" video at the bottom of the page too.

This uninterrupted shot was filmed by the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system, the GSS C520, mounted to a truck on a custom road built next to a custom trail that took three weeks to build. This true cinematic achievement required perfect coordination between Semenuk, Anthill Films, and TGR with regard to athleticism, planning, timing and logistics.

Injured at the time, Semenuk only hit the full line once...and he nailed it!

Photo above by Sterling Lorence

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To see exactly how this was filmed, check out the "making of" video below:

2 Stroke Attack by Roland Sands Design

Roland Sands is no stranger to Born-Free, the annual Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show in Southern California, and certainly knows his way around a a vintage chopper. Surely he could build a custom chopper with some RSD flair that would appease the masses...but that's not Roland. This year, when Sands got the invite to be a Born-Free builder, he went a totally different route. What could he bring to a vintage chopper fest that would stir the pot? How about a crazy-cool two stroke race bike?

The RSD '2 Stroke Attack' is powered by a 1974 vintage Yamaha RD 400 motor wedged into a 1997 TZ chassis. Roland used to race 2-stroke machines - he was the AMA 250 GP Champion in 1998 - so he felt right at home wrenching on the old smoker. Slim, light and agile with some quality suspension and components, the 2 Stroke Attack means business.

Over the years, the Born Free shows have started to broaden both in terms of styles of bikes and in attendees, there's no doubt this was still a relative lone wolf in a sea of choppers and bobbers.

Roland already had a personal stockpile of TZ250 GP parts from his racing past he could pick and choose from. Anything he didn't have on-hand was pulled from the shelves of Team Roberts Grand Prix race bikes. All fab and build work was done by Roland and the team at RSD including Aaron Boss and Scotty Diminick.

The front fairing is a carbon fiber piece with custom aluminum hangers and has 'Two Stroke Attack' silver-leafed across the sides.

Stock gas tank and hand made tail section are in raw aluminum and feature pinstriping by the undertaker.

The engine work was done by renowned two stroke RD tuner Ed Erlenbacher and features a rare dry clutch kit comprised of parts from around the globe as well as vintage OEM TZ race parts. Dry clutch, 2-stroke cafe racer? Is it just us, or does anyone else want to give this thing a rip badly?

With Ohlins up front and in the rear, magnesium race wheels from Roland's actual championship winning 250 GP (how cool!), Webco heads, Dunlop slicks...this thing has racer written all over it. 

Roland and crew have managed to pull together a bike that blends vintage and modern, racer and street, raw and refined, into an overall winner in our opinions. What do you think of the 2 Stoke Attack?

Roland Sands Design: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jose Gallina x Noise Cycles

Beautiful build + dramatic photos

Jose Gallina is an up-and-coming photographer in the motorcycle scene who caught our eye a few years back. We've seen a bunch of his work over the years but there is one shoot we keep coming back to and that's his shoot of Noise Cycle's Custom 1952 Harley Panhead. This completely custom Panhead won 'Best in Show' at Born Free 5, which is arguably the biggest custom bike show in the US these days. No question the bike itself is great, but the drama Jose was able to create with his photos bring it to another level.

Noise Cycles Panhead - photo Jose Gallina

Noise Cycles Panhead - photo Jose Gallina
Noise Cycles Panhead - photo Jose Gallina

Shadows, hard light...drama. Good stuff isn't it? There something about his use of negative space, allowing the shadows to become elements within the composition that make us happy. What do you think?

Noise Cycles Harley Davidson Panhead - photo Jose Gallina
Noise Cycles Panhead - photo Jose Gallina


Jose isn't afraid to work for a unique angle. Sometimes that's all it takes. Fresh eyes. A unique perspective. Taking chances. We're big fans of Jose's work and expect to see more and more cool, unique work created from behind his lens. We'll plan to keep an eye on his work, and suggest you do the same.

Jose Gallina: Web | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram || Noise Cycles: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Cafe racer, San Francisco, Triumph

For sale :: Bullitt OG Custom Triumph cafe racer

Looking for a few forever home

The day has finally come, The Bullitt OG is on Marin Speed Shop's showroom floor and is looking for a new forever home. This was a bike that we figured we'd never let go of, but we just have too many builds in the works to hang on to it any longer. Gotta make room in the garage and let this amazing bike find a new home.

The Bullitt OG specs
  • 2005 Triumph Bonneville Black
  • 5-3/4 Halo headlight (LED ring)
  • Suzuki GSXR 1000 front forks
  • Suzuki GSXR1000 clip-on handlebars
  • Dual Galfer wave rotors
  • Blacked out Carrozzeria Aluminum racing wheels (3.50/6.00x17)
  • Custom bearings and spacers for Carrozzeria wheels
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corse II tires (120x17 / 180x17)
  • Custom fabricated triple clamps
  • Upgraded steering head bearings
  • Custom front brake lines
  • Custom painted tank (stripped bare and clear coated)
  • Joker ignition relocation bracket
  • Custom hidden ignition button
  • Thruxton seat and custom matte black rear cowl
  • British Customs hydraulic brake reservoir
  • British Customs 2-into-1 exhaust
  • British Customs airbox removal kit
  • British Customs license plate relocation kit
  • Cateye rear taillight
  • British Customs front sprocket cover
  • K&N cone air filters
  • British Customs rectifier relocation bracket
  • KYB ZRX1200 rear shocks with blacked out piggybacks
  • Gold D.I.D. O-ring chain
  • 19 tooth front sprocket
  • Upgraded ‘Superlight’ rear sprocket
  • Blacked out Classic Triumph tank badges
  • Blacked out gas cap
  • Blacked out carburetor caps
  • Blacked out heal guard
  • Blacked out Thruxton rear set and passenger pegs
  • Blacked out brake and shift foot levers
  • Custom side covers
  • Blacked out rear disk brake
  • Triumph knee pads
  • Oury grips
  • Blacked out levers

The bike is listed on e-bay right now. Go there now, make a bid, and take her home. It's that easy and they'll ship worldwide!

The Bullitt OG: ebay listing | Marin listing | Bullitt OG build

How to ride bitch: A video explanation

Have you ever broken down and had to hitch a ride on a buddy’s bike? There’s definitely an awkward moment for first time for male-on-male motorcycle rides, where the passenger has to figure it all out on the fly; where to place your hands, where to look, etc. Thankfully film maker Alex Vivian has created a throwback poke at 1960’s instructional videos to walk you through the process. As Vivian states, the video harkens back to, “a time where things were just a little nit macho and lot more ridiculous”. Watch the video below. You never know when this information might come in handy!

HOW TO RIDE BITCH from Alex Vivian on Vimeo.

Alex Vivian: Web | Vimeo

Custom Norton Commando by Federal Moto

The Norton Commando is a classic British motorcycle that has enjoyed worldwide popularity for nearly half a decade. Like Triumph's Bonneville, the Commando is a popular favorite for a cafe racer and the like. There are no shortages of custom Bonnies and Commandos, but few have caught our eye like the clean 1974 Norton Commando 850 you see here. Built by Canadian crew Federal Moto, this little number is simple and elegant with a hint of hooligan thrown in.

The guys describe the build on their site; "We wanted to create a brat style tracker that you could ride around the city, or cruise through the rockies all the way to the coast. We only had one condition: maintain the soul of the classic design and feel that Norton had built 40 years ago. We made some major design changes to the shape and feel of the bike, but the spirit is all still there. We can only hope that the employees at Norton would be fighting each other to take it for a spin if it rolled onto the factory floor."

This is Federal Moto initial build, which they dubbed 'The Ace'. We featured their #2 build last year, a custom CB350 Scrambler named 'The Couch Surfer'. Since then they've come out with an XS400 cafe racer and have a few more in the works. Like we said last time, We'll definitely be keeping an eye on these guys, and if you dig what you see here, suggest you do the same.

Federal Moto: Web | Facebook | Instagram
Images via Silodrome