Painted In Dust, Deus Ex Machina, Forrest Minchinton

Painted in Dust :: a short film by Deus Ex Machina

Stream Painted In Dust for free

Deus Ex Machina puts out some killer content. I'm personally a huge fan of their Head Designer, Carby Tuckwell, and admire the unique style Carby and Deus have carved out for themselves. If you're not aware, they kill it in the video department too. Head Director and Producer, Dustin Humphrey, cut his teeth as a surf photographer. Dustin's images always provoke a sense of adventure and create a longing to be there, where 'there' happens to be. Deus Ex Machina recently released a short film by Dustin Humphry called Painted in Dust: A Portrait of Forrest Minchinton, which can now be streamed for free via their website or YouTube channel.

Painted in Dust - Deus, Forrest Minchinton
Image: Deus Ex Machina

Watching Painted in Dust not only made me want to go ride a dirt bike through the desert immediately, I found myself captivated my Humphrey's choice of lighting. There's not a single shot where lighting wasn't considered. To anyone watching that isn't photo-minded, this might get overlooked but those of us who know, know that every angle was intentional.

Painted in Dust
Image: Deus Ex Machina

Forrest Minchinton, the star of the feature, was raised by the desert. Growing up in Huntington Beach, CA, Forrest and his surfboard shaper dad – Mike – took every chance they got to head out to the Mojave desert. There, on a remote compound constructed from objects lost and found, Forrest learned to ride motorcycles, shape surfboards, and see the world through a different lens.

Forrest Minchinton, Painted In Dust, Motorcycle short film
Image: Deus Ex Machina

Go watch it now, and be prepared to go dust of your moto boots, load up your whatever bike you've got, and head for the desert. Shoot, it's making me want to consider building my own compound in the high desert. There still is land to be had, after all.


Bullitt 821, Ducati Monster 821, cafe racer, bullitt,

For sale :: the Bullitt 821 Ducati Monster 821

Our take on the Ducati Monster 821

We recently wrapped up our Ducati Monster 821 build, dubbed the "Bullitt 821". Building something you love and then letting it go isn't as easy as you'd think. After spending countless nights in the garage; planning, mocking up, tearing down, coating, and milling over details...the bike somehow becomes a part of you. Memorizing the lines, tweaking, obsessing. That first ride is usually something special. Having friends and other riders dig your work ispretty cool, but even cooler, is seeing it get noticed by other great sites like Pipeburn, where the Bullitt 821 was recently featured.

Bullitt 821, Ducati Monster 821, cafe racer

Our Bullitt OG was featured on Pipeburn in the past, even taking the #3 top build of 2015. To see the Bullitt 821 get some love was great. Here's a little quote from Pipeburn's piece:

There’s one blog that has taken the step of downing their laptops and manning the tools – California’s The Bullitt. We featured their amazing Triumph Bonneville build back in mid-2015, and now they’re back with this mildly modded yet majorly sexy Ducati Monster 821.

I debated getting the Monster 1200 R but decided I loved the 821 motor. The initial plans for the bike were to build an "821 R". I was going to Panigale R tank, cut it in half horizontally and mate it to the bottom of the Monster tank. Deciding to ultimately stick with the classic Monster shape, I enlisted my painter-buddy, Ronnie Simmon's, help and stripping the tank completely bare, and then applying the Panigale R paint scheme. Opting for black over red, the accents put back in were in a bronze to match the engine and swingarm. DUCATI shows through in peek-a-boo steel. A similar treatment was done to the tail cowl and fender with the closely matched silver to replicate the exposed steel on the tank.

A Competition Werkes exhaust slip-on was debadged and ceramic coated in a 'burnt bronze' along with the headers to match the swingarm and engine cases as well. I no longer had any red on the bike and didn't want to put the original Comp Werkes badge so I worked with them and got a custom badge I riveted in place. A rear Öhlins shock was acquired and added out back. I ceramic coated the spring black - as I do to all my Öhlins. A quick Dremel hit to the rear hugger and she was in place.

Bullitt 821, Ducati Monster 821, M821, cafe racer

I was really into Motodemic's headlight conversions for some time and though the Bullitt 821 was a great candidate. Working with Motodemic's owner, Brad, we made a custom solution utilizing a round Triumph bucket. I really wanted the bigger bucket and think it looks killer. The bucket is gloss black and the rim is a semi gloss. The contrast works well with the other components on the bike.

cafe racer, Bullitt 821, Ducati Monster, M821

Beautiful Ducabike rearsets were installed and the passenger pegs were deleted. The rear brake reservoir was shortened and relocated to keep things tidy. Not being a fan of blinkers in general, I've run lots of bikes without them altogether. With this being my daily driver, I needed something discreet. New Rage Cycles provided just what I needed! I have their fender eliminator kit out back and their snap-on blinkers on the forks.

Ducati cafe racer, Bullitt 821,

I was debating on dropping in some fork cartridges and anodizing the tubes black but after looking at the bike and ripping the bike through the canyons, I realized that the set up was pretty damn solid as is. I'm happy with where it is, and ended up falling for raw forks, which compliment the raw steel in the tank.

"Ooh, baby, I like it raw!" - ODB

Bullitt 821 Specs:
2016 Ducati Monster 821 Dark
Custom paint by Ronnie Simmons
Ducabike rearsets with carbon fiber heel guards & passenger pegs deleted
Ohlins rear shock from M1200S with spring powder coated black
Burnt bronze ceramic coated exhaust
Competition Werkes slip-on w/ custom badge
Motodemic headlight conversion - Triumph Bonneville bucket
Black powder coated bars
Black powder coated gas cap
New Rage Cycles fender eliminator
New Rage Cycles snap-on front blinkers
Bar end mirror
Mileage: 1,500
Clear title
Valid CA registration

Interested in seeing the Bullitt 821 in your garage?
Drop us a line here and; we'll get back right away.

Photos by Shaik of The Mighty Motor


Moto Guzzi V7 racer, cafe racer

Moto Guzzi cafe racer goodness by BAAK Motorcyclettes

Oh là là! A French-built Moto Guzzi cafe racer

Moto Guzzi, V7 Racer, BAAK motorcycles

The popular Moto Guzzi V7 comes in a variety of trim levels. From their standard V7 Stone to some tasty limited-editions, depending on your tastes, there's likely a V7 for you! My favorite is the Moto Guzzi cafe racer, known as the V7 Racer. While the V7 Racer does come pretty tidy bike out of the box, aesthetically speaking, sometimes a few subtle touches can make a big difference. Simple and clean is the underlying motif here, which is a similar direction we took with our Bullitt 821.

Moto Guzzi, V7 Racer, BAAK motorcycles

French tuners - BAAK Motorcyclettes - didn't really go overboard anywhere on the bike...well, expect for one area. Can you spot it? Those Öhlins Black Edition forks are damn sexy, and not cheap! BAAK's 'V7 Racer Limited' was built a few years ago, and happened to be their first attempt at a cafe racer. Triumphs actually seem to be their sweet spot, but something about this V7 speaks to me.

Moto Guzzi, V7 Racer, BAAK motorcycles

The combo of chrome and brushed steel on the tank is a nice touch but let's be serious, it's those forks! The exhaust is their own 'Bobber exhaust' and while I'd probably opt for some upswept reverse cone megaphones myself, these don't look half bad. They say the sound is great and it wakes the bike up a little, which is always appreciated.

Moto Guzzi, V7 Racer, BAAK motorcycles

Other noteworthy upgrades include stainless steel clip-ons, a handcrafted leather saddle, BAAK front fender, license plate, and headlight brackets. Frenching the speedo into the headlight was another clean touch they included. Clean and simple, baby!

Custom speedometer, moto guzzi, cafe racer

Something else that appeals to me about this build is that it's not overly done. Sure, the forks are practically half the cost of the bike, but forks aside, this is just a simple and clean cafe racer that looks ready to rip. And that's pretty OK by me.

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