Indian FTR 1200 S film test

Indian FTR 1200 S - A film study

Spending a day in analog

There's no question today's digital cameras offer stunning images and a slew of advantages over their analog predecessors. That's right, film cameras. And while we love modern technologies and conveniences, like you, we also appreciate vintage. Coincidentally, my brother Braedon is a professional photographer and also runs a company that specializes in equipment and gear for film photographers called Film Supply Club. Before the coronavirus lockdowns, he wanted to shoot a video for his site on some newly re-released Fuji film and needed a subject to shoot. I was already out riding the new Indian FTR 1200 S and was happy to oblige.

Patrick Flynn riding an Indian FTR 1200 S motorcycle
Shot on Fuji Acros II 35mm

Throughout the video — which you can see below — Braedon goes through different camera settings and a slew of different settings to see how the film reacts. The point of his testing is so those interested in the film don't have to experiment quite as much, as experimentation with film can be costly. I'm not an avid film photographer myself so it was fun to watch the process, and even more interesting to see the results. And for those of us who haven't shot with film in some time, remember you have to wait to see the finished product. What a novel concept!

Film Supply Club - Indian FTR1200
Here you can see the same shot, same film, with different settings.

Our friends at The Brand Amp, Indian's agency, were kind enough to lend me the FTR 1200 S and I had been dying to give that bike a go. Ever since my days at Ducati, I had loved the Monster 1200 S and assumed this bike would be similar. It short, it was. The suspension is adjustable on both ends but I didn't mess with settings. For the riding I was doing, I was plenty happy with the stock settings. Being on the S model, the bike was equipped with an impressive high-visibility 4.3" LCD touch screen. Bluetooth connectivity was super easy. This particular model was slightly accessorized with tank covers and their "Rally" seat.

Indian FTR 1200 S - Patrick Flynn

 

Initial impressions on the bike were that there was plenty of power and the chassis felt solid. A 1203cc V-twin engine delivers 123 hp and 87 ft-lbs of low-end torque. Power delivery was progressive and responsive. I put in a full day in the saddle and was plenty comfortable and happy at the end of the day. Cruise control helped for longer stints of highway riding.

Equilibrialist Leo Maska for the Nexx G.100
Field testing the Equilibrialist Leo Maska for the Nexx G.100

 

Patrick Flynn of The Bullitt on a Indian FTR 1200 S

We couldn't have asked for a nicer day. Shooting up in the local orange county hills around Cook's Corner, we had plenty of open roads and good times. Check out the video below and let any of your friends who shoot film to check out Film Supply Club!

Indian FTR 1200 S test

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Pat's Riding Style


Ducati Monster custom

Ducati Monster 1200S...Superbike?

A Ducati medley

Ducati Monsters are a great choice for customizers and have gone under the knife more than a Beverly Hills housewife. Being one of the original naked bikes, very few choose to "dress them" with fairings. And while few have dared over the years, Raul Fattori from Calenzano, Italy was up for the challenge.

Custom Ducati Monster mixed with Ducati 888

Fattori has been in love with the lines of the 90s motorcycles for years - especially the Ducati 888 and 900SS - but had never pulled the trigger on getting a bike of his own. Two years ago he purchased a Ducati Scrambler and converted it into a nice little cafe racer.  While he fell in love with his new Scrambler, he found it too small and lacking in power.

Custom Ducati Monster mixed with Ducati 900SS

So, he set his sights on something still retro with performance and modern reliability, but with a nod to some of the historical Ducati's he'd grown to love.

Custom Ducati Monster mixed with Ducati 900SS - termignoni

Selecting a modern Ducati Monster 1200 S as his new base, Raul set off with the basic plans to mate the bodywork of an old Ducati 900 SS to the Monster. For a slight twist, Fattori decided he wanted to run headlights derived from the 999 front end. And as things tend to go in full-custom situations, that was the point in which the build started to get a little out of hand.

Custom Ducati Monster mixed with Ducati 900SS

After getting the bodywork roughly mounted, Raul felt that the rear didn't work as-is, having to much of a dirt-oriented feel. He'd seem some previous attempts online before, most opting for the rear borrowed from a SportClassic, which he knew he didn't want to pursue himself. After some online and offline mock ups, he settled on the tail of an 888, and paired that with the original base of the Monster's saddle. The original lines of the 888's tail needed to be extended get the profile he was going for. 

Custom Ducati Monster mixed with Ducati 900SS

While the profile was important, the Italian didn't want to sacrifice a proper riding position. To enhance the overall ride, he added adjustable rearsets, reversed the gearbox, and modified the Quick shifter's plug. The original steering stabilizer was repositioned along with the gauges to fit under its new skin.

Custom Ducati - modern and vintage combined

Raul wanted to stress that he's not a professional bike builder and doesn't sell his parts. This is just something that he had a passion for and set of to get it done. Throughout the bike there are various carbon fiber pieces - all of which were made by Fattori - in his spare time. Another interesting fact about his build is that all of the work is plug & play, meaning the bike could theoretically be set back to stock. 

Custom Ducati front end cafe racer

There's little doubt that we love Ducatis. New ones, old ones...we love just about all of them. But to see someone, motivated out of pure passion, make something as special and unique as Raul has accomplished it make us love them even more. Ducati as a brand has some wildly local enthusiasts, Ducatisti as they're known, and while Fattori might be newer to the club, it's also clear that his passion (and skills) will take him places.
Raul Fattori - Instagram

Jay LaRossa - Lossa Engineering

Behind The Bars with Jay LaRossa

Our very first 'Behind the Bars'

Welcome to the first installment of Behind The Bars, The Bullitt's celebration of the humans behind the machines we love. If you are a regular reader of this column you know we are generally bullish on the overall state of affairs within the moto industry simply because, well, we're like you and are addicted to the sound, smell and sensation of riding. Plus, The Bullitt is located in SoCal which feels like the epicenter of motorcycle culture - we tend to only see the good and ignore the haters, industry articles and social media mentions about the flatlining of the motorcycle industry. Anyone reading this blog or attends the big custom shows from Portland-to-LA-to-Austin knows that this industry is alive and well. So as part of that, we decided it would be fun to profile some of the people who inspire us, challenge our point of view on design, or in some cases, just one up themselves and the industry every time they reveal a design.

We symbolically chose Jay LaRossa to kick this feature off for several reasons. First off, if he ever wrote a book it would have to be called "A Motorcycle Saved My Life." Jay's story is amazing. During his second battle with cancer, he continued to wrench on a custom build while directing it remotely from his hospital bed. The Honda (the same build he references in this interview) features a custom lighting feature paying tribute to his feelings about fighting this disease. Look closely at the brake light in the pic below.

In typical Jay fashion, his "fuck u" to cancer took on a whole new meaning when confronting soccer moms at stop lights. But when you design beautiful bikes, kick cancer in the ass and hustle hard to promote the custom Socal Moto scene, we are happy to support Jay, Dia De Las Motos and celebrate his unique personality and contributions to this industry.

Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering custom CL450
Lossa Engineering custom CL450

Name: Jay LaRossa

Company: Lossa Engineering/ Dia De Las Motos Show

Fun/interesting fact about yourself: Survived Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma twice.

What was the first bike you bought and why did you buy it?
Honda Aero 50 scooter/ Transportation at 15 years old, duh! Then a Yamaha YSR-50.

Honda Aero 50. Image: Bike-urious
Honda Aero 50. Image: Bike-urious

What’s a life lesson you learned from motorcycles?
Be aware of your surroundings, cautious and careful and you wont die.

What one person has influenced your interest in these machines - what about them helped form your ideas on this sport?
My pops, has always owned a motorcycle during my whole life and customized all of them.

Have motorcycles helped you discover some aspect of your personality and/or have they helped you understand your purpose?
Both sides of my family owned dealerships, so I was always surrounded by motorcycles. But for some dumb reason, I started my first shop building trucks and cars. I did not own a bike during this time until around 2003 I started to work for Jesse James on his personal car collection. Being around all those rad bikes, got me back into wanting a bike real bad. I built my first custom cafe nut and bolt resto bike in my garage in 6 weeks, from start to finish. Light bulb went off, why do I want to take 2 years to customize/ build a car when bikes are so much quicker and customization can be seen so much more!?  I sold my 1957 Cadillac and put 10 bikes in its place, my future was decided!

Gear is a big part of this sport, what is one thing you cannot live without when riding?
I am old enough to remember that there was no helmet law in California when I first started riding. I have never ridden without a full face helmet my whole life! Within the last 10 years, I will not ride without a jacket with full armor and actual riding boots. Most of the time I am also wearing my Tobacco jeans. On the track, I wear nothing but the best full Alpinestars gear from head to toe! Well a Bell Pro Star full carbon helmet on my head...

You just found out you have one week to live. That gives you a few days to squeeze in 1-2 days of riding. What bike and where do you go?
My MV Agusta Brutale / The Dragon.

You have $10k and one hour to buy a bike…. Go.
Yamaha RZ500

Yamaha RZ500
2 stroke goodness! Image: Visordown

What motorcyclist do you identify with and why? Ponch, The Fonz, or Evel Knievel.
Fonz for sure! Not down for jumping and crashing or riding around on a big ginormous stock motorcycle. Fonz was cool and his bike was also cool, the way I like making mine.

When non-riders question why you ride a machine that is so dangerous, what do you tell them?
No one has EVER asked me that question, I would never hang around losers like that!

Name a designer (or individual), not in the moto space, that influences your POV on your moto designs?
Miguel Galluzzi, I mean he designed the Ducati Monster...sexy as fuck! Italian designers look at things a different way, lines, curves and shapes and lead to something pleasing when you look at it. Plus I am Italian, so maybe I do the same?

Any previous builds or projects that you're proud of, or surprised with public perception?
I am proud of every bike I have ever built! Some of my very favorites are the Yamaha SR500 Solus (It pushed my abilities of fabrication much farther then most of my builds to date). My CL450 with the solar panels in the ammo cans (just because everyone thought I only built cafe racers, people hated this bike or loved it, and I got crazy reactions because it was so different) and my latest build, my Ducati 900ss, I had some outside help on building the bodywork, but really brought the quality and top of line parts to the next level.

Lossa Engineering's Yamaha SR500 ‘Solus’
Lossa Engineering's Yamaha SR500 ‘Solus’
Lossa Engineering's Ducati 900SS cafe racer
Lossa Engineering's Ducati 900SS cafe racer

Any cool projects/builds you're currently working on?
Finishing up a 2003 Triumph desert sled, like the Ducati, no expense spared, all top of the like parts. Also, my good friend, Don's Cb550 with a hotrod CB650 motor is going to be bananas! I also have about 8 other builds I have started for myself...stay tuned for some crazy shit!

What's next for you?
I started producing a custom motorcycle and art show 3 years ago with 3 other partners, this year I branched off and have started my own custom motorcycle and art show in Downtown Los Angeles on March 21st, 2020. ** UPDATE - due to coronavirus (COVID-19) the upcoming show has unfortunately been postponed. Jay and team are already looking for new dates. ** I really enjoy bringing the motorcycle community together and making this huge family stronger. I go to pretty much every local motorcycle event and many in other states and cities. I also just stopped building, servicing and repairing motorcycles for other people. My focus now is just selling my parts online and building a few custom bikes a year that I want to build. I still have some ground up bikes to finish, but this new company plan has relieved much stress from my life and brought the love for motorcycles back to me.

If you're in the LA area, don't miss this event!

You're editing your own moto video - footage of you riding with best friends. What song opens the video?
I like all types of music, pretty much anything thats good, fast or even funny.

We're in this industry because it brings us joy. What was your most joyous day on a motorcycle to date?
My good friend Brady puts on these classic track days for vintage bikes up at willow Springs Racetrack, but he lets me bring my MV Agusta Brutale. The last few times after putting on the new Dunlop Q4's, my confidence on this bike has increased so much. I have so much fun on the tracks with this bike.

Extra Credit - This industry is small, so give a shout out to a few people who are doing something unique, interesting or worthwhile.
Aaron Boss at Roland Sands Design, that is one talented mother fucker!! I have learned so much from him (I actually pay him a monthly fee for his knowledge). Max Hazan, he continually blows my mind with everything he has been building. What he designs and makes is next level stuff for sure. Also, Christian Sosa, his designs and execution are amazing.

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Anything important we forgot to add, or anything else you want to share?
I have a bad addiction, it's buying motorcycles and collecting them. Then I like to sell or trade them and lose money.