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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Gear Review :: Nexx Helmets X.G200 Purist Modern-Retro Helmet

Retro styling. Modern Safety.

It's safe to say that most riders here understand the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle. It always blows my mind to travel to a state where there are no helmet laws and to just see people cruising the highways in a backwards hat. This sport is dangerous enough WITH proper gear on! And while we completely understand the necessity of wearing a helmet, we also know that style matters. All things "modern retro" are in at the moment, and that's not a bad thing. Back in the 60's and 70's styles were on point. While style ruled back then, the safety features in modern equipment is far, far improved. So, with the modern retro styling, you're really getting the best of both worlds. Old school style with new school tech.  There are plenty of modern retro helmet options these days, but when we saw the Nexx Helmets X.G200 Purist, we knew we had to get our hands on one.

The Nexx Helmets X.G200 Purist comes is either matte white or matte black. Both shells come with a black visor in the Purist family. There are a number of retro-inspired paint jobs available as well. The Superhunky version is pretty rad but nothing matches better than all black, right?

The Nexx Helmets X.G200 Purist embraces the vintage MX-spirit and pairs it up with a modern fit and finish.

Features:

  • Adjustable peak
  • Forehead ventilation
  • Large vintage-proportioned viewport
  • Removable lining
  • Peak/visor with 2 positions
  • Double-D ring buckle
  • Top ventilation
  • Chin ventilation
  • Ergo padding system
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs + - 50grs
  • 2 shell sizes: XS-MD, LG-2XL

 

Nexx X.G200 Purist Helmet

Overall riding impressions with the helmet were good. As expected, it's well ventilated and also lets in plenty of road and wind noise. That's just the nature of the open face MX-style helmets. The liner looks and feels of high-quality and is also removable. So go ahead, get dirty, have fun, and don't forget to wash your helmet when you're done. If you're in the market for a well styled lid to pair with your vintage bike or modern classic, look no further than the Nexx Helmets X.G200 Purist. Solid bang for your buck quality and looks that reach well beyond the price point.

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Photography by Mr. Pixelhead 

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Alone With The Gods

...and life lessons from a farm movie

As we slide into a new year, new machines are (finally) hitting the road and it got me thinking that it’s time to start ranting about electric motorcycles on The Bullitt. 

But here’s the thing: It’s actually not the sexy and well-designed machines I am seeing on the interwebs that has me scratching my head, or even the amazing hardware on display in Portland this past weekend at The One Motorcycle Show.

What has influenced my thinking on motorcycles recently is a movie about a farm. No joke. 

Big Little Farm got me thinking about motorcycles. 

Granted; food, sex, music, women, politics, art, travel, literature, essentially everything (but Trump) reminds me of motorcycles, but this film in particular distilled three truths that got me thinking about the electric future that 2020 has coiled up inside of itself.

Life lessons from a farm movie:

  1. In the complexity there is infinite possibility.
  2. Observation, followed by creativity, is your greatest ally.
  3. What pushes us forward is having a purpose in this world.

And yes, you guessed right. (If you are nodding your head up and down, you have been sucked into the wake vortex of Universal Law). For #1, check out Hugo Eccles' build that just lit up The One Moto Show this past weekend. Yeah, for sure, lots of ink has been spilled on this bike and there is little I can say at this point that is headline worthy.

Zero XP by Untitled Motorcycles
Hugo Eccle's Zero XP. Photo: Ludovic Robert

The Zero XP is:

...like a private jet that got ground down in a pencil sharpener.

...like an industrial designer got to quit his day job and on his last day had some Jerry McGuire fantasy where he emails around THE DESIGN he’s always wanted to do, flips the bird to the CEO and wheelies out of the parking lot.

...like a skyscraper in Dubai that had asexual reproduction with a Rem Koolhaus sex robot from the future that bred with Godzilla.

Ok, that last one went WAY OFF the rails, but you get my point. In the moto design space, the only losers are the brands that aren’t in the game (yet). We get to see designs that inspire us to be better human beings (read: urban mobility) when processed through the minds of great designers.

For #2, check out the Tarform Scrambler Prototype. 

Tarform custom electric motorcycle
Tarform Scrambler Prototype. Photo: Ryan Handt.

Yes, another machine that has been scorching the internet (and, of course,  was also featured in the Motorcycle Arts Foundation exhibit Electric Revolution) where it more than stood out - it punched you in the face with a fistful of greatness. 

3D resin printing, advanced manufacturing, AI, hand-shaped steel, machined aluminum - it is pure cognitive dissonance as it delivers on the creativity required to fuse the promise of both future and past in one simple design execution.

One of my free wheeling spiritual friends once asked me to define “pure consciousness” and I was stumped. Next time I am asked this question at a cocktail party I am going to toss them the keys to my Tarform Scrambler and let them swing a leg over it while I Uber home and sext his wife.

Lastly, I believe #3 grounds this conversation to a halt. 

Whether you are exploding a “normal” looking Zero motorcycle into a future sex robot, or 3D printing the most beautiful electric machine out of Brooklyn that is ready for prime time (summer of 2020!), all these bikes share a vision that pushes the big guys way (the hell) out of their comfort zone. I’ve seen cool e-bikes online from Ducati and BMW and I do not doubt that Honda and Yamaha will wait on the sidelines and scale the living shit out of electric two wheeled transportation. They will appeal to our rational animal brains because they will be cheap, scaled production bikes that will do everything except make your groin ache with anticipation. (No disrespect Honda, I love your bikes, but I need to make a point here).

Thus, did you make note of what happened over the weekend in Portland, OR?

Why? The hardworking underdogs of the electric space, Blatant Moto has a bike called The Deathrattle racing in The One Moto Show’s first ever electric flat track race. 

Blatant Moto's "Death Rattle"
Blatant Moto's "Death Rattle". Photo: John McInnis.

I love this bike (yes, yet another Electric Revolution bike from The Petersen Museum... see a theme here?) and I love these guys for their passion. 

...I love that the heart of this bike is the recycled Red Shift motor they snuck out the back door of defunct (and never-to-be-forgotten) Alta Motors.

...I love that it took a bunch of coffee swilling hippies from Portland to instigate the first(?) e-flat track race in the US.

...I love that Revival Cycles is going to do a super cool electric custom sometime in 2020 (I actually have no idea if that is true, I just hope that someone leaves a copy of this on Alan or Stefan’s  desk and they get so pissed off at me for saying this that they actually do it).

Bukowski gets it. He may not be a rider, but I believe he was clearly connected to purpose (or a bottle of Jack) when he wrote this about electric motorcycle design.

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.” 

In 2006 there were few if any electric bikes on the road. Last Sunday, there were three car ads in the Stupid Bowl for electric cars. When I leased my i3, the BMW sales guy said there were “nearly 5 million electric cars on the road” globally. 

Designing electric bikes is like being alone with the gods - and it really is the only good fight there is.

We’re getting there people, we’re getting there.

 

** (Nice job Zero Motorcycles, Hugo, The 1 Show, Tarform, the Blatant moto nerds, Andy Dibrino/Team Blatant Moto and Bukowski.)

The One Motorcycle Show 2020

PDX moto mayhem

The One Motorcycle Show descends upon Portland, OR once a year and is now in its 11th year. The show is going on this weekend and boasts to have 10,000 beers , 5,000 high-fives, 200+ bikes, 5 bands, 70 vendors, 20 partners, 15 race classes all under ONE roof! One of the best things about The One Motorcycle Show is that there's really something for everyone. Vintage bikes, cafe racers, trackers, modern retro builds, choppers, vintage motocross bikes, mini bikes, side cars, vintage board trackers, all the way to futuristic electric bikes. Lucky for us, we have our good friend, and amazing photographer, Erik Jutras on the scene. Enjoy!

Zero XP by Hugo Eccles
Zero XP by Hugo Eccles

Indian Hooligan racer at The One Motorcycle Show
Indian Hooligan racer
Futuristic tail on Hugo Eccles Zero XP at The One Motorcycle Show
Futuristic tail on Hugo Eccles Zero XP
The One Motorcycle Show is getting fancy
The One Motorcycle Show is getting fancy
Part of the "21 Helmets" display; Blind Optmism by Bryce Wang
2-stroke goodness
Flat tracker from The One Motorcycle Show
The Lunar Project by Carboni e Metalli
The essence of The One Motorcycle Show
Vintage vibes
Norton racer
Norton GP-750 racer by Bilton-Smith

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Get your Black Friday on with Schott

Weekend long savings!

Black Friday Savings from Schott NYC

Schott NYC is best known for their amazing leather goods - like this killer vintage cafe racer jacket - but aside from jackets, they have tons of other moto-inspired apparel and accessories.

Instead of shopping for a new TV, why not get something that can be passed down to future generations? This weekend, Schott is offering an exclusive discount, which we are happy to share with you. From Friday, November 29th through Monday, December 2nd receive 15% OFF your purchase*. Make sure to enter the coupon code STUFFED2019 at checkout to apply your discount. For those of you shopping today it looks like the code is already live so get on it!

Hand Vintaged Cowhide Café Racer Jacket

Head over to Schott NYC and start shopping.

 

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Moto Beach Classic 2019

Hooligans take over Huntington Beach

Surfing, hooligans, custom motorcycles and flat track racing are some of the best things in the world. Combine them together in Surf City, USA and you get the Moto Beach Classic.

The Moto Beach Classic returned to Bolsa Chica State Beach Saturday, October 26th for a day of exciting motorcycle racing, live music sets, surf competition, art show, custom bike show, vendors and much more.

The Moto Beach Classic in only its third year has rapidly become a marquee beach event. The Moto Beach Classic draws motorcyclists, artists, musicians, and fans from all walks of life, cultivating a community of eclectic humans celebrating a life on two wheels at the heart of Southern California Beach Culture.

I don't have much else to say. Good times, with good friends. Here are some images from the day. Looking forward to Moto Beach 2020 already!

Vintage Indian Motorcycle

 


Moto Talbot Museum

Vintage moto heaven in Carmel

If you're a fan of vintage motorcycles, and guess you are if you're here...you really need to know about Moto Talbott Museum. Located in Carmel Valley, California, Moto Talbott Museum features more than 170 iconic motorcycles from 16 countries, and is located on one of Northern California’s most beautiful motorcycle roads. The landscape and riding alone is worth the trip there, but once you're inside, it's a moto mecca. Founded by Robb Talbott - perhaps best known as the founder of the world-famous Talbott Vineyards and curated curator and restorer by Bobby Weindorf (more on him below). And while Robb Talbott loved his California wines, there was something else equally special to him: motorcycles.

A proper Manx Isle of Man racer at Moto Talbott Museum
A proper Manx Isle of Man racer

Young Robb developed a youthful fascination with the speed, noise and commotion of the nearby Laguna Seca Raceway. Eventually he acquired a “very used” Honda 50 step-through, which he remembers as “the most fun he’d ever had.” By the time he left to study Fine Art and Design at Colorado College in 1966, Talbott was irretrievably in love with two wheels. He acquired a succession of small displacement Suzukis, and then a pantheon of iconic dirt bikes, including a BSA 441, Jawa, Bridgestone, Kawasaki and a Sachs. But his most memorable bike of all was the venerable two-stroke Yamaha DT-1 250. During this time he raced motocross and winter hill climbs. In 2001, seeking release from the pressures of a demanding work life, he was inspired to buy one of the new, reincarnated Triumph Bonnevilles.

Wayne Rainey's Yamaha YZR500 at Moto Talbott Museum
Wayne Rainey's Yamaha YZR500

500cc's of 2-stroke goodness

“I never lost my love of motorcycles. This whole thing wouldn’t work if I didn’t have the passion. I love motorcycles.”

— Robb Talbott

1973 Ducati 750 Sport at Moto Talbott Museum
1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Robb read “The Art of the Motorcycle” from the Guggenheim Museum. For Talbott the exhibit was an epiphany: there, framed against the magnificent building, he saw history’s most significant bikes in an artistic context. “For the first time, I realized that motorcycles could qualify as art,” he says. “I started getting really excited about that idea. When you see the cooling fins on an MV Agusta, or the sculpting of a Rickman hub, you realize they’re art.”

Kenny Robert's 1980 Yamaha YZR500 at Moto Talbott Museum
Kenny Robert's 1980 Yamaha YZR500
A lovely MV Agusta 750 Sport at Moto Talbott Museum
A lovely MV Agusta 750 Sport
1977 MV Agusta 850SS at Moto Talbott Museum
1977 MV Agusta 850SS

Suddenly, Robb found himself buying bikes, for the sheer pleasure of their aesthetic presence. Some he had restored, and others he left as they were, resplendent with the patina of age and their strong pedigree. “I’ve always loved barn bikes,” Robb says. Pretty soon, the barn was full. And before long, the fledgling notion of a museum was born. In 2015, after 33 years of hard work, he sold Talbott Vineyards, and began devoting all his time to the concept of the Moto Talbott Collection, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit devoted to preservation, restoration, and education. By then he had already accumulated more than 140 bikes from 12 countries.

Clearly Robb has eclectic taste

There is no logic to the Talbott collection, other than the most logical thing of all: it’s full of stuff Robb likes. This means three large categories: vintage dirt bikes, MV Agustas and all things Italian; and tiny, 175cc, pre-1957 Motogiro bikes. There are even a few vintage bicycles.

“I don’t believe you can build anything of note without passion,” says Robb. “The motorcycle museum is phase three for me, after the clothing company and the winery. I want to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.

Italian beauty. An old Gilera racer
1911 Indian Board Tracker at Moto Talbott Museum
1911 Indian Board Tracker
1922 Harley Davidson JD Board Racer at Moto Talbott Museum
1922 Harley Davidson JD Board Racer
Robb Talbott (left), Bobby Weindorf (right)

An Interview with Bobby Weindorf

Imagine if your fulltime job was fettling more than 150 of the world’s most beautiful motorcycles. Welcome to the world of Bobby Weindorf, former factory race mechanic, motorcycle dealer, and ace restorer. Taking care of the prestigious Moto Talbott Museum collection is his fulltime job. We asked him what it’s like.

Q: Do all these motorcycles run?

Weindorf: Yes. I can get anything in here running in 20 minutes or so. There is one bike from China that’s seized, and the Steve McQueen bike is missing a cable and throttle. But it’s my job to make sure all these bikes run!

Q: What are your primary responsibilities at Moto Talbott Museum?

Weindorf: I keep all the bikes running and prep them for shows. And I need to make them correct. When Robb finds a new project, we need to make a decision: should I just make it run? Should I do a cosmetic restoration, or a full mechanical restoration? That depends on how far gone the bike is. And some bikes are left in their original state, to better convey their history and provenance.

We get some bikes that have hokey parts, or are missing things. So I do a lot of research, and get a lot of parts from Italy, Spain, and BMW. With BMW, I spend a lot of time contacting their archive to make sure things are correct.

Q: How did you meet Robb?

Weindorf: Robb came down to southern California to visit another collector I’ve worked for, Guy Webster. Robb said he had an old Husky he wanted restored, and I told him I’d do it. I came up to Carmel, restored that bike. Then he wanted a Vespa restored, and I did that. Then he said he wanted to start a museum, and did I want to move north? So I did.

Q: What are the most typical restoration tasks you perform?

Weindorf: I call it the “Ps”: Paint, polishing, powdercoating, and plating. We don’t have a paint booth, and there is no polisher nearby, so we have to send out for those things. And chromers are getting harder and harder to find. The best chromer in the country, in Kentucky, just closed. I try not to have very many parts powdercoated, but it can be the right choice for the frame and other parts that get banged around a lot.

So often it’s just the little things. Bikes are missing parts, or something small is incorrect. Sometimes I look at a bike with a strange modification or part and think, “What was someone thinking here?”

Q: Do you have to fabricate parts for very old or rare bikes?

Weindorf: Some things will require machining or fabrication, like bronze swingarm bushings. And some bikes have parts that are un-obtain-ium, and you have to figure out how to have them made. If it was a cast part, you’re stuck. Some companies were only in existence for a few years, like the Italian Devil. Where in the hell are you going to find parts for that?

But getting parts has actually gotten easier, thanks to the Internet. Instead of contacting one or two guys that you happen to know, you now have the whole world to look for parts.

Q: Are there problems that are specific to a country or brand?

Weindorf: Every manufacturer is different, and you can definitely see trends among the Germans, the Italians, and the British. But basically, they’re just two wheels and a motor.

Mechanically they’re not too difficult, unless someone blew up the engine. These bikes are pretty bulletproof. The most common thing to fail is wiring. But I love wiring and electrical problems. Old wires fray. Some bikes have specific known issues, like the “slinger” [sludge trap] on old BMWs. If it’s too full, the engine doesn’t get lubrication, and it blows up. So there are things like that, which you know you have to check.

Q: You’ve worked as a mechanic for factory race teams. How does this compare?

Weindorf: Old stuff is good to work on, because it’s so basic. You can get into every part of it—nothing is out of reach. With modern bikes, there are some things that you would never attempt to take apart. Just trying to set valves on modern bike is a headache. With these bikes, if you give me 20 minutes, I’ll have all the valves done. I love the simplicity of old bikes.

New bikes have amazing traction control, and wheelie control, and ABS—but these old bikes in many ways are more enjoyable and accessible. People are intimidated by vintage bikes, but they are really, really easy, once you have a have basic understanding of mechanics and motors. They’re all just variations on a theme. Does it have gas, compression, and a spark? Keeping them running involves checking valves and changing oil. Those are the cheapest insurance measures you can do.

Q: After all these years of wrenching, are you still learning new things?

Weindorf: All these bikes have their special significance and cool factor. We have a BMW R25 with a three-slide carburetor. I thought, “Wow! I’ve never seen that before!” So I took it apart to look at it. It’s wonderful and primitive at the same time.

Q: What do you ride personally?

Weindorf: People like to ask me that! It depends on what day it is. My favorite bikes are whatever is in my garage. There are 30 bikes in there. I just have to decide what I’m doing that day. Some Sundays I’ll ride three different bikes: one to the coffee shop in the morning, another for a lunch ride, and another for a little longer ride. Mostly I rotate between three: my Ducati Multistrada, Moto Guzzi V7, and Honda GB500. I seem to be in a 500 phase. I also have a Triumph 500, a Yamaha RZ500, and a Fiat 500 car. I have a lot of 500 stuff in my life.

I’ve had bigger bikes—my Ducati is big, and I’ve had superbikes, Aprilias, and an MV F4. They’re plenty fast, but I’ll never be able to use all that horsepower on the street. I find the smaller, lighter bikes so much more fun. They give a better illusion of speed. The V7 in the real world is kind of slow and old feeling, but you get the feeling you’re going really fast when you’re doing 50mph! It’s all about how you feel. I could ride my MV and go 140mph—it’s so new and perfect, it doesn’t feel like anything. But you have to be going 140mph! Which is friggin’ crazy….

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Custom Works Zon ‘Departed’ BMW

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2019

Keeping it weird in Austin

Walking down the boulevard on a sticky-warm April evening in Austin, TX, electric scooters zip by as drunk college-types sloppily navigate towards their next watering hole, we finally see the sign: The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show at the Austin American-Statesman. We’ve made it. Inside the walls of this now defunct newspaper facility is one of the largest, if not THE largest, custom motorcycle shows in the world is taking place. We flash our laser cut aluminum “all access” badges with amazingly detailed BMW boxer engines jetting off the sides, get a nod from an oversized doorman, and walk in. The excitement builds.

To our left we can see the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) set up in the parking lot but this is no dirt oval. Not this weekend. This is a TT set-up, hooligan style. There are wooden jumps set up going over grassy gaps from one parking row to the next, hairpin turns, and there’s no dirt in sight. Just plain old unforgiving asphalt and some hard plastic barriers. This is not a place for the faint of heart. As we walk past the temporary racetrack, the smell of food trucks and spilt beer take over the senses.

First things first, it’s time for a drink. We peruse the selections and find a number of signature cocktails available along with plenty of beers on draft. Opting for a whiskey-based libation, we lube up, and head into the massive hanger-like building. This is not my first time here, no, I’ve been to every Handbuilt Show since it’s inception in 2014, but this year already feels different. It somehow feels more special.

Handbbuilt Motorcycle Show - Sosa Metalworks
Sosa Metalworks 1950 Panhead

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has always an eclectic mix of bikes, but this year felt even more all over the place, in the possible best way. Mixed in between world class custom builds like Revival Cycle’s very own titanium-caged BMW Birdcage, Craig Rodsmith’s front wheel drive art deco masterpiece, Cristian Sosa’s 1950 Panhead, Walt Siegel’s bevel Ducati racer there was a mix of everything under the sun. Meticulously and carefully placed in between these master builds, were bikes that would otherwise not have a place in a custom motorcycle show. A fully restored Honda mini bike, a stretched-out chopper trike, an electric superbike, a mini Indian and everything in between.

RSD custom BMW at Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2019

We bump into Alan Stulberg, owner of Revival Cycles and the man behind The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, and ask him a few questions about how the show came to be. It wasn’t until MotoGP rolled into town to the nearby Circuit of the Americas in 2014 that the idea came to mind. Knowing all these motorcycle nuts would be in town, and also knowing the racetracks aren’t open at night, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show quickly went from an idea to reality. “We knew we had to do it ourselves, before someone else did and f*cked it up,” explained Stulberg.

And f*ck it up, they did not. They show has grown into a “who’s who” in the custom build scene and many of the builders themselves are milling about, striking up conversation and just casually mingling. No egos. No entourages. Just good old fashion motorcycle porn, everywhere.

Revival Cycles Birdcage BMW
Revival Cycles Birdcage BMW

Walking outside, the sun has long been down. The crowd continues to swell and the line for the refreshments and food just gets longer. Chairs have now filled in the main courtyard in front of the SHNC track and projected on the wall is Gareth Robert’s Oil in the Blood documentary on motorcycle community and the people behind them. Maybe it’s the drinks kicking in, or maybe it’s the spirit of the event, but everyone seems to be getting along and all I can see is smiles for miles. The event is open until midnight and we, along with most, stay until closing. Only then do we slowly file out, heading to the nearest Texan watering hole.

Saturday morning comes early but for those of us not racing to the Circuit of the Americas to catch MotoGP qualifying can nurse last night’s hangover a little bit before heading back to the Statesman. Hard rain and strong winds rock the side of the hotel, where I comfortably sip a warm coffee and feel a little bad for the rain soaked crowds surely huddling under tents, fearing the unpredictable Texan wind could turn it up another notch. Back to my warm coffee.

It doesn’t take long before the clouds part and the sun starts to beat down and dry things up. A quick walk across the street and we’re back at The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show where the RSD Super Hooligans are having their safety meeting. The schedule got pushed back slightly, but weather appear to have cleared and the fun can soon begin. The track looks as unforgiving as it did last night, only now, seeing the massive 1200cc Indian machines tearing through the short track it makes me wonder how crazy these dudes really have to be. It’d be one thing to navigate the little course solo, but an entirely different scenario to go bar-to-bar with fellow hooligans.

Indian Super Hooligan bikes
Indian Super Hooligan race bikes
Cool to see Fox get involved with the Super Hooligan series

The practice and qualifying sessions have been going off for some time now and I was stoked to see a mix of riders out there. Young and old, male and female, factory riders and super casual dudes. OK, maybe there is a spot for me here after all. Because, damn, that shit looks fun! Sneaking in for another circuit of drooling over the bikes indoors, then I get a badass tintype photo compliments of Progressive. All I had to do was give them all my info and get an insurance quote…still worth it, I’d say!

Back to the action, I arrive just in time for the main SHNC round. The four men in this event are; Joe Kopp on a British Custom’s Triumph, Frankie Garcia on a Scrambler Ducati, Jordan Graham on his Indian 1200 and Andy Dibrino on a newly converted KTM 690. Pretty rad to see 4 different manufactures in it. Kopp gets the hole shot and holds onto first place going into turn one. Passing on this short track is not easy and while the racing was close, passes were minimal. Seeing these dudes launch over the grass, land in the flats and crank into a tight left turn was killer. The crowds around the track were shoulder to shoulder and stayed that way until the end. DiBrino on his new KTM had set up his chain himself with too much tension and on the second to last lap dropped his chain. End result was Kopp taking the win, Garcia in second, and Graham in third. It was all laughs and high fives in the end, and Graham sent us all off with a proper burnout.

RSD Super Hooligans in action

Super Hooligans in action
Super Hooligans in action
RSD Super Hooligan - Jordan Graham
A celebratory burnout compliments of Jordan Graham

Back inside to make sure I didn’t miss any killer custom builds. There are so many standouts, it’s almost hard to take them all in at once. Ever been to the Barber Museum? Yeah, it’s kinda like that. OK, that Justin Kott Beamer…didn’t get a good look at that bike earlier. Moto Mucci’s little KTM ripper…would smash. Oh, Jeff Palhegyi's TZ750 by the Progressive booth? Hell yes! That killer Bonneville tracker by Paul Hartman in the front left corner? Almost missed that sexy beast. One of the bikes that looked the most fun to ride to me was Gregor Helenda’s Dakar-style BMW. Raw aluminum bodywork with dual tanks...everything about it looks ready to go to work.

Moto Mucci KTM 300 XC-W Six Days
Moto Mucci KTM 300 XC-W Six Days
Dustin Kott BMW R80
Dustin Kott BMW R80
Gregor Halenda R100GS Dakar BMW
Gregor Halenda R100GS Dakar BMW
Paul Hartman Triumph Bonneville Flat Tracker
Paul Hartman Triumph Bonneville Flat Tracker

I took a little more time to soak in the Haas Motorcycle Museum section. Each bike here is worthy of headlining a show. There’s Rodsmith’s amazing front-wheel drive machine dubbed, “The Killer”. Got to chat with him a bit, which is always fun. Fuller’s new build was otherworldly, in a good way. He has such amazing craftsmanship, always. Walt Siegel has been a favorite builder of mine for years and his 70’s bevel Ducati racer, complete with silver metal flake paint was a stunner. Too many bikes to list, but I did post my Top 14 to Ultimate Motorcycling.

Craig Rodsmith ‘The Killer’
Craig Rodsmith ‘The Killer’ front wheel drive custom
Ireland's Medaza Cycles 1973 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone
Ireland's Medaza Cycles 1973 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone

OK, the drinks are starting kick in. Hours upon hours of walking and talking. It might be time to call it but there are still more bikes oogle and details to pine over. At least we have Sunday to come back for more, that is if Saturday's hangover allows it. It's nearly midnight again, the show is closing but the party in Austin certainly doesn't stop then. The young college atmosphere here in Austin will crank the energy up long past midnight, and we want it.

For custom motorcycle lovers, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is one of those “must see” shows. And not just once. Each year offers something new and is filled with passionate moto nerds, just like you and me. I already look forward to next year, and hopefully meeting you there. Let’s connect. Let’s support the up and comers. Let’s have a damn good time and build bikes. That’s what it’s all about in the end, isn’t it?


Ryan Roadkill

Interview :: Motorcycle-Inspired Artist Ryan "Roadkill" Quickfall

Chatting with Ryan Roadkill

Ryan Roadkill is an artist hailing from the north east of England. Fueled by punk rock and black coffee, Roadkill explores the fragility of subcultures in a fast paced modern world and the gradual erosion of rebellion in a climate of constant surveillance. Often portrayed through anti-hero characters and the theme of speed, his work weaves turbulently through the pitfalls of anxious pop culture… at 100mph. We, and seemingly the rest of the motorcycle community, have been taking notice of his work. We tracked him down and found a few minutes where he could put the pen down and have a quick chat. Ryan was kind enough to oblige and give us a little insight into what makes him tick.

Pat Flynn: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where you live, do you have a family, etc.
Ryan Quickfall: I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the northeast of England with my wife, two cats and a badly behaved dog. It's about 3.5 hrs train, 5 hrs drive or 45mins flight from London.

Your IG name is @ryanroadkill. Where did the “roadkill” part come from?
Roadkill the name itself and the idea behind it I’m honestly not even sure now. It is a name I’ve used since about 2000. Printing a few tees for mates under that name, I sort of sidelined it until I got on instagram and had to think of a name. It seemed right to pick it back up. I think it's funny that people ask me if Roadkill is my real surname. Often its easier for them to accept than my real one!

Roadkill's 'Bad Luck' skate deck

How long have you been an artist as your sole gig?
Earning a living solely from my artwork I think about 6 to 6 and a half years now. Thats a good point because obviously you are an artist or creative way before you start to make a living from it.

What others jobs did you have before you went full time with your art?
I've worked for my parents out of college selling and fitting high pressure hydraulic systems. Then I took a job as a designer. Then went freelance, struggled for a while and ended off part time in a cafe while working on client jobs. It can take a long time to become confident in pricing your work and I really put my low pricing on why I could commit to creating art full-time in the early days.

The coolest medicine cabinet you've ever seen

Your work seems pretty heavily tied to the motorcycle community. How did that connection come about?
Yes, I am heavily tied to motorcycles and the community around them. Mainly because that is my passion and a constant source of inspiration. But also because you do one piece of work well for someone and they recommend you. Word of mouth is a powerful resource for a freelancer. Before you know it you are snowballing work in the motorcycle scene.

A DTRA poster by Quickfall

What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve done?
I really enjoyed and am proud of the piece I did for Rebels Alliance MC in London. It was a pretty large wall space in a very prominent location. It was daunting but you have to say yes to this stuff and push yourself or you don’t progress. I am enjoying the direction my new work is taking too, looking at reimagining characters form history as throttle junkie bike addicts. Sounds weird, is a bit.

Ryan Roadkill custom wall at the Rebels Alliance MC in London

Any new big projects in the works you can tell us about?
Biggest stuff would be planning a show somewhere. It's a long road to produce enough work for a show when you're splitting your time between client work and personal work. So it may take a while to put a body of work together for a solo show. But that is certainly the plan this year.

A lot of your art features the undead. Tell us about what that means to you.
The human skeleton structure is pretty amazing. Theres a mystery about it, if I portray a character as a skeleton it's pretty badass. It's dark but can be humorous. But really I think the biggest draw to the undead character is there is no sex, race or social status to them. They are everyone and I think this is a similarity to the motorcycle. In my experience of riding on road and racing, there are characters from all walks of life and all pay brackets. Nobody is better than anyone else when you are on a bike or with bikers/racers. The motorcycle levels the playing field. And I like this similarity between my undead characters and the motorcycle.

Ryan Roadkill artist
Six Speed RIP Print

Yes, I am heavily tied to motorcycles and the community around them. Mainly because that is my passion and a constant source of inspiration.
- Raodkill

What are your favorite mediums to create in?
My go to formula for creating work and a signature of my style is to sketch out an idea. Flesh that out through more pencil sketches till I get to a point I am happy. From there I will use a brush and ink to create that comic-esque bold black line work that I feature in all of my works.

Ryan Roadkill custom piece
A little insight into the process

Now a little more about you and motorcycling:

If you were going to purchase a new bike off the showroom floor today, what would it be?
Hmm hard question because there are so many. Ive been doing some trail riding lately and I'm a bit hooked. So possibly something like a KTM EXC or a Honda XR. I think my days of riding fast sports bikes on the road are over.

KTM EXC

If you could only have one bike for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Thats the impossible question isn’t it? I think an XR600 would be awesome. A well rounded package of being able to do some road miles while giving you the potential to do some awesome offload adventures.

What was the first bike you loved, or lusted over?
Hmmm hard one again. Probably a Honda RC51

Honda's RC51

What was the first motorcycle you owned?
When I passed my test I got a Honda NC30. It was great, small but confidence building!

What do you think is the most beautiful production bike ever built?
I think the Ducati Desmosedici RR was incredible at the time. It also looks great now. I think they did an amazing job of producing a bike that really gets better with age on the 916 too.

Ducati Desmosedici
Ducati Desmosedici

Do you have an all-time favorite build or builder?
I have no idea. Off the top of my head I think Racefit in the UK are doing some really great builds and products. Then my mate Survivor Customs who built my race bike, he is also doing some great stuff. Building flat track frames and bikes.

A sexy Survivor Customs flat tracker
A sexy Survivor Customs framer

If you could attend any past motorcycle event in history, what would it be?
I think probably any of the WSB season from 2002 watching Edwards and Honda take the championship from Ducati.

Have you ever had a bad motorcycling accident?
Yes unfortunately I had a bad crash on my Yamaha R6 years back. A high side in the wet on diesel ended off with me badly breaking my left arm. I went in the air and landed arms out, bones sticking out and a hand completely out of place. That was a bit of a bummer to be honest. I had a few operations to repair the arm and a shock when I was told it was a possible amputation scenario! Fortunately thanks to the incredible work from the NHS here they saved my arm and I was riding 8 weeks later!

Have you ever raced on two wheels?
Yes, well I try to. I race dirt track in the DTRA here in the UK. It's a superb championship with some of the best people. Novices to pros. I am strictly in the novice category, but I would encourage anyone thinking about it to get a long and get involved!

Quickfall in action

What do you think is the next big trend or movement in the custom motorcycle world?
I think this a lot, I would say 70/80s muscle and super bikes, z1000 gsx1000 …. Big motors and brutish styling! Check out the Racefit stuff I mentioned earlier. I also see loads of potential for well though out off road inspired builds. I think the Dakar is very popular and I can foresee that influence coming through in bike builds in the future.

RACEFIT KAWASAKI Z1
Racefit Kawasaki Z1. Photo: Bike EXIF

If you had 4 completely free days, what would you do with your time?
Get on with my bloody show stuff!

Ryan Quickfall: Online | Facebook | Instagram

 

Just to give you a better taste, here are a few of our favorite pieces from Roadkill:

Life at 1000

Life at 1000 by Ryan Roadkill

Life at 1000 by Ryan Quickfall

Midnight Tracker

Midnight Tracker by Ryan Roadkill

Midnight Tracker by Ryan Roadkill

Demon Hillclimber

Demon Hillclimber

Death Rider

Death_rider_Roadkill


British Customs Triumph Desert Sled

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled by British Customs

A stunning (modern) desert sled

Riding a motorcycle, no matter the style or type, has is roots in escapism. Escaping the doldrums of everyday life and feeling the wind in your face. There’s very few things in life that are more enjoyable to us two-wheel fiends. Images of a desert sled ripping a dusty trail epitomize that feeling to the fullest. You don’t have to be Steve McQueen or Bud Ekins to experience the joy either. There are plenty of capable bikes out these days that will let you get out there and go smash some burms, but our friends at British Customs hit the nail on the head with their recent Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled.

British Customs Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled

California-based motorcycle accessory makers, British Customs, have been helping Triumph owners transform their stock machines with bolt-on accessories into whatever style of bike they prefer for over a decade. Cafe racers, scramblers, trackers, bobbers, and desert sleds to name a few. British Customs made it possible for our Bullitt OG to come to life - as they have done countless others. Recently they’ve been upping their game not only producing a bevy complete DIY custom builds, but letting us mentally tag along on in their adventures with quality images in dream-worthy locations.

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled in action

Their Street Twin Desert Sled, shot here in iconic Joshua Tree, CA, is exactly that. A killer bike, shot beautifully, that you - yeah YOU - could order the parts and build in your garage without grinding or welding. That kind of accessibility and freedom is good for motorcycling in general. Give us options. Let us put our own personal touch on bikes. We will all be happier for it.

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled wheelie

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled getting air

Their Street Twin Desert Sled came about as a result of their involvement with the Nowhere Motorcycle Show in Joshua Tree. The BC crew wanted to build something reminiscent of the Bud Ekins-built TR6C sleds from the mid 60s. They selected a Street Twin as the donor bike because it is already light (by Triumph standards) and had the right look for the build. They swapped the Street Twin tank for a larger capacity T120 tank with a classic two tone paint job and then swapped the stock mag wheels for an 18" rear wheel and 19" up front (classic sled sizes).

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled at Joshua Tree

The bike features a prototype 3.5" Predator Pro and a new suspension set up they’re working on with Clark Jones from Noleen. He has extensive experience in the dirt world and his help has been invaluable to their development of the new system. To complete the stance their desert sled is running their Mule Tracker Bar based on a bend by Richard Pollock. The motor is stock but we found that the torque was there for what we were doing. While discussing the build with us, they say that bike exceeded their expectations and was a blast to ride. From the looks of it, they're not lying but we're going to have to judge for ourselves. We need to ride this thing soon!

Triumph Street Twin Desert Sled
Model: Triumph Street Twin
Year: 2016
Performance: Predator Pro 3.5" + Competition Header X-Pipe
Seating: Black Slammer Seat
Tail Light: Pan Tail Light
Turn Signals: Front and Shockmounted Retro Turn Signal Kits
Fender: High Fender Bracket + Shorty Fender
Shocks: BC x Noleen shocks for Street Twin
Shock Accessories: Shock Hardware Dress Up Kit
Front End Gauge area: Single Flat Gauge Kit for Street Twin
Handlebars: Mule Trackers
Mirror Accessories: Screw In Mirror Hole Caps
Grips: Biltwell Thruster Black
Risers: 7/8" Handlebar Clamps
Reservoir: Direct Mount Reservoir
Levers: Pazzo 6-way Levers
Footpegs: Off Road Foot Peg Kit / Passenger Peg Block Off
Side Covers: Number Plates
Badges: Clutch Badge 900
Wheels: Canyon 19 / 18 spoked
Rear Sprocket: Rear Sprocket Retro in 41t
Front Tire: Heidenau K67
Rear Tires: Heidenau K74
Rotors: Galfer Standard Floating Front / Solid Rear
Pads: Galfer HH Sintered Ceramic Front / Sintered Rear
Triumph Street Twin offroad
Triumph Street Twin scrambler
British Customs: Web | Facebook | Instagram

Kriega R25 backpack

Kriega R25 Backpack Review

We spend some time with the Kriega R25 backpack

For those of us who ride motorcycles on the daily, a backpack becomes a relatively essential part of our riding gear. In general, we like our bikes naked - like this Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 - and uncluttered with the visually obstructive, albiet convenient, things like panniers or a top case. Just about every ride requires us to wear a backpack, and that's pretty ok with us. It's just a matter of finding a pack that ticks all the right boxes. We've been spending some time with the Kriega R25 backpack and have been digging it.

Kriega R25 backpack Dorsoduro 900

Kriega touts their R25 pack to offer "all-round performance for short tours or every-day carry". We'd have to agree.

Kriega R25 backpack, Dorsoduro 900

Incorporating Kriega’s renowned Quadloc™ harness system, designed specifically for motorcyclists to give unrestricted arm movement and all-day comfort while riding. Once adjusted to fit, the harness opens fully making it easy to put on even with bulky riding gear. Best of all, pack weight is transferred to the chest and body reducing fatigue to the shoulders and back.

Kriega R25 backpack review

Kriega’s signature alloy adjusters set the waist tension in seconds and eradicate loose strap ends giving a clean, uncluttered harness design. A quick-access side pocket provides space for the gear you need fast, with an oversize YKK® zip securing the main compartment. Large reflective panels front and rear add a level of safety for night riding. Four compression straps hold the load in place and a tough Hypalon carry handle make for a no-fuss pack for every day use.

Kriega R25 backpack review

One small gripe we found was that the pack only has a single zip. Having a double zip, so you can close it at the top would be preferred, but we got over it pretty quickly. You can fit a whole lot of stuff into this backpack, and still never feel weighed down. It has the looks, functionality and pricepoint ($189) we can get down with. Definitely Bullitt approved.

Kriega: Web | Facebook | Instagram


Moto Guzzi Le Mans Vanguard

‘Master of Endurance’ Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans 

A custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans, an endurance-inspired long distance racer

Design by Gannet Design - Built by Wrench Kings - For Vanguard Clothing

In 2016, the first joint project between Gannet Design and Vanguard started, and the 'V8' dustbin racer was born which made a big impact in the custom scene. In 2017 the second custom Moto Guzzi V7 followed with the participation of Wrench Kings doing the building part. This is the 3rd collaboration of a Moto Guzzi custom build based on legendary Le Mans V850 Mark III 1981.

Vanguard Clothing, a Dutch fashion brand, is a lifestyle label for modern men, and they surely have an affinity for motorcycles, specifically, Moto Guzzis. The Vanguard V-series jeans collection consists of several motorcycle-inspired models, each made with craftsmanship and attention to detail. Vanguard is known for presenting one-of-a-kind crossovers between their jeans and custom Moto Guzzi motorcycles. The brand creates a unique cross pollination between two crafts: hand-built custom motorcycles and a denim line dedicated to each bike. This time the new V850 Rider Jeans take center stage.

Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans sketches

The Bike:

This Moto Guzzi, conceived by Gannet Design, pays homage to the legendary Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans and the racing heritage of the brand. The custom cafe racer has numerous details referring to the jeans, and vice versa.

Ulfert (Gannet Design):

"The theme is inspired by 80's long distance racer with a large aluminum fairing, which we left in a rough brushed finish to show the craftsmanship of metal shaping. We designed a new tank with vintage knee pads in quilted leather as well a leather belt to secure the tank in place. The color theme is brushed metal with accents of deep burgundy red of the front fairing and top section of the tank.

The custom cafe racer tail section with the signature 'V' and two round tail lights underlines the racer style with vintage design language.

The exhaust got integrated into the lower fairing and cooled with some shark gills which gives a reference to early days racing body work out of aluminum.

The cockpit got heavily inspired by old fighter planes, with gauges and flip switches.

Further we integrated key design elements of the jeans into the bike design."

For instance the color and stitches of the seat, the V-shaped cut-out around the taillight, the waistband patch in chocolate, the triple highway stitching, the V-shape above the back pocket, and the quirky zipper at the side of the seat reflect details which you also can find on the jeans.

 

The Wrench Kings from Bilthoven, headed by Joost and Take, brought the ‘Master of Endurance’ to life and they did an amazing job in metal work with complex detailing and translation of the design. They dedicated countless hours of metal shaping and created some very special custom parts for this unique beauty. They devoted best of their skills and craftsmanship into realizing the design concept by Gannet, and did an extraordinary work in doing so without any compromise.

The fairing, petrol tank and tail are all completely bespoke and fully hand made out of aluminum, with custom made tail light lenses from 5 layers acrylic with Vanguard logo lasering in it. When you turn on the light also the top of the engine is lit!

Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

All paint and graphics are done by the Wrench Kings together with Van Marcus (a local shop). The leather work is all real leather with vintage feel and finish and was made by Jeroen at Silvermachine.

Vanguard V850 tank

Some modifications on the frame has been made, the rear was chopped and altered to make space for the mounting points of the seat. All old supports for electrics were removed and new bolt-on brackets made to be hidden underneath the tank. The battery got placed underneath the transmission within the lower engine fairing. The YSS dampers at the back are fully adjustable and also custom made for the low stands of the bike. YSS helped us out and made them specially for this project.

The original calipers are used since they are Brembo already and suite the old school style again, however to improve the breaking we did change all master cylinders for Brembo, front we put on the PS16 and at the rear a PS12, this really makes a difference in breaking.

The exhaust is full custom stainless steel pipes and are completely open. It will scare little children and men spontaneously grow chest-hear if you ride it. No joke its loud like a fighter plane.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 exhaust

V850 Capsule collection

The unique and one-of-a-kind Vanguard custom bikes always kick up dust in the international custom motorbike scene. This time no different: the announcement of the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V850 and the corresponding jeans has created high expectations.

Vanguard presents the V850 Capsule Collection. This compact collection is designed and manufactured without concessions, using only the highest quality materials. The collection presents a sheepskin leather jacket, two shirts, a T-shirt and an Italian black denim. Paying homage to the Moto Guzzi, all styles have the same color as the custom bike or parts of it, or accents and details referring directly to the machine. This all adds up to a stylish, motorcycle-inspired capsule collection that effortlessly combines style, individuality and comfort.

Vanguard V850 Capsule collection

‘Master of Endurance’ Road Tour

After the press presentation the Vanguard/Moto Guzzi V850 ‘Master of Endurance’ will go on a promo tour. At several Vanguard dealers, customers can have a close look at the bike to check out the references to the new V850 Rider Jeans. Also the bike will be displayed at fashion fairs, and it will ride in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in September. Find more details about the Road Tour on www.vanguard-clothing.com.

Vanguard V850 Capsule collection tour

Design by Gannet Design: Web | Facebook | Instagram
Build by Wrench Kings: Web | Facebook | Instagram
For Vanguard Clothing: Web | Facebook | Instagram

Photo credit: Vanguard Clothing


Bullitt OG with child

4 Items for the Cafe Racing Dad in Your Life

Rad gifts for rad - cafe racing - dads

Café racing was born in England’s streets during the 1950s, but it remains as a favored pursuit among its enthusiastic devotees around the globe. We're huge cafe racer fans here and are always searching for new riding gear that suits the same aesthetic as the bikes we love. We've pulled together a few of our recent favorites that would make for perfect gifts for the café racing dads in your life.

  1. The Alpinestars Charlie Pant

Fabricated from heavy dark-wash denim material, the Charlie Pant features a slim tapered fit and extra-long front pockets. Removable CE-certified protectors and Aramidic fiber reinforcements in the knees and seat make it a great choice for both its protection and vintage appeal.

The Alpinestars Charlie Pant motorcycle riding jeans

  1. The Alpinestars Brera Air Motorcycle Jacket

The Brera Air is an Alpinestars riding jacket made with ventilated front, back and sleeve panels, plenty of zippered pockets, and CE-certified, removable shoulder and elbow protectors. It’s also crafted with both a sleek, form-fitting retro style and top-notch protection abrasion-resistant finish. Dad will look cool on his café racer in either basic black or deep rich brown full-grain leather.

Alpinestars Brera Air Motorcycle Jacket, for the cafe racing dad

  1. The Alpinestars Oscar Parlor Riding Shoes

Crafted like a Chelsea boot, the Oscar Parlor shoe is a testament to café racing’s rock and roll origins. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also an all-weather champ that’s built for performance. Key features include a full-grain leather upper, breathable Drystar membrane layer between its upper and lining for added weather shielding, and ankle protector disks supported by poly-foam padding.

Alpinestars Oscar Parlor Riding Shoes 

  1. The Bell Bullitt Triple Threat Helmet

Looking for cool motorcycle helmets for sale that really protect your noggin? Vintage-styled headgear doesn’t come better than Bell Bullitt’s Triple Threat helmet. Its low-profile composite shell and built-in full-face shield offer solid crash protection while its three available shell sizes, contoured cheek pads, and a padded chin strap with leather D-ring closures ensure that the wearer achieves an optimal fit.

Bell Bullitt Triple Threat Helmet, great for cafe racingWe're always looking out for new gear, and places where to find it. With literally millions of high-quality parts and accessories in its inventory, BikeBandit.com is an amazing source for powersports gear. Check out their online store for great deals in jackets, footwear, pants and motorcycle helmets for sale.


Maxwell Hazan Musket OG Moto Show

OG Moto Show 2018

The OG Moto Show: a needed custom motorcycle show in So Cal

The OG Moto Show - short for Outlier's Guild Custom Motorcycle Show - is an annual motorcycle event located in Downtown Los Angeles featuring select an eclectic mix of custom motorcycles - everything from cafe racers and trackers to stunning vintage race bikes - art, photography and people who influence the moto scene in Southern California, and beyond. 2018 marks the second year for the OG Moto Show and we have a feeling they're just warming up. The OG Moto Show is the vision of Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering, Stan Chen, John Pangilinan, and Ralph Holguin of RMD Garage.

OG Moto Show Ducati MotoDoffo
MotoDoffo's 1966 Ducati SC race bike

The one-day event attracts thousands of custom motorcycle enthusiasts together in downtown Los Angeles. This year's chosen space was a new venue that had a cool old warehouse vibe. The space spilled into multiple rooms that each had their own look and feel, with the main room being the custom bike 'show' itself.

Gorgeous Ducati cafe racer at OG Moto Show by Speed Craft Co.
Gorgeous Ducati cafe racer by Speed Craft Co.
JSK Moto Co.'s Project Rhodium Omega
JSK Moto Co.'s Project Rhodium Omega
Hutchbilt BMW Airhead OG Moto Show
Hutchbilt BMW Airhead
Sosametalworks at OG Moto Show
Sosametalworks' Harley custom
Harlequin Honda CB750 by Carpy
Harlequin Honda CB750 by Carpy
OG Moto Show
Woolie's Pikes Peak Racer

MotoDoffo's vintage collection

One of the other rooms featured selects from MotoDoffo's amazing collection. The MotoDoffo Collection is housed in the MotoBarrel Room at Doffo Winery in Temecula, California. Their museum of motorcycles and wine is a place not to miss. Luckily for us, they brought their collection from Temecula to LA.

Ducati 175 OG Moto Show
Ducati 175 goodness

1972 Yamaha TD3 cafe racer
1972 Yamaha TD3
1967 Ducati Scrambler OG Moto Show
1967 Ducati Scrambler
1962 Vicetina Sport from MotoDoffo Collection
1962 Vicetina Sport from MotoDoffo Collection
1945 Gilera Sport from MotoDoffo
1945 Gilera Sport from MotoDoffo
1959 Ducati 125 Gran Sport Mariana
1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood from MotoDoffo
1985 Ducati Mike Hailwood from MotoDoffo

We had a blast connecting with tons of old friend and making new ones along the way. Overall, the OG Moto Show impressed and it's clear that this is already growing into something even bigger than the show itself. We have so much moto love and culture here in So Cal. This show was needed and The Bullitt is gonna play a bigger part in 2019, and that's a promise!

Barry Weiss' dustbin Guzzi V7 racer
Barry Weiss' dustbin Guzzi V7 racer
Hooligans at OG Moto Show
Hooligans at OG Moto Show
OG Moto Show
Looks like you've had enough, sir

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.


NEXX X.G100 MUDDY HOG HELMET, the bullitt, bullitt 821

NEXX G.100 Muddy Hog Helmet :: Product Review

A vintage style helmet with a modern fit and finish

We've had the head-turning (pun intended) NEXX G.100 Muddy Hog vintage style helmet for almost a year now and have definitely ridden our fair share of miles with the new lid. For those of you unfamiliar with NEXX, the Portugal-based helmet maker has been around since 2001 in Europe, and is picking up steam here in North America. They have a full range of helmets; covering everything from adventure style to full on race helmets and plenty in between. It wasn't until we saw their 'Garage' line that we really took notice.

Nexx Helmets, G.100 Muddy Hog, vintage style helmet, Bullitt 821

The G.100 is a retro fullface that is DOT-certified and has a great fit and finish. The interior isn't overly padded but is comfortable enough for long rides. While this wouldn't be the first choice on a race track, that certainly wasn't their intended purpose for the helmet. This helmet IS right at home for a day of canyon carving. We ripped around on the Bullitt 821 in the Malibu Canyons recently and the helmet worked like a charm!

vintage style helmet, Nexx Helmets, G.100 Muddy Hog,

With the helmet, you get a visor or "peak" as they call it, a snap-on smoked shield and a pull string helmet bag. The shield can be unsnapped and moved into an "up" position, snapped back down over the visor. It's not as quick to reposition the shield as it would be to just flip it up, but fear not, they have a new "G.100 R" where you can do exactly that. The G.100 comes in a variety of colorways but the one we chose— the Muddy Hog— was a graphic collaboration with Lisbon, Portgual-based custom motorcycle shop, Maria Riding Company. Graphics are unique and cheecky, much like the Maria crew. Without exaggeration, this helmet gets more attention that virtually any other helmet we have.

vintage style helmet, cafe racer action

Having worn so many different helmets over the years, it's hard to not compare it against a top shelf standard full face, which wouldn't be totally fair. Field of vision is not the widest we've ever seen but certainly not a concern. It's not the noisiest helmet, but also not the quietest either. There is no question though, for the price point ($400), you get a fantastic lid that looks and feels like it could certainly be priced higher. Shopping what's available in the retro fullface world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer alternative.

Photos by Shaik of The Mighty Motor
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Vanguard V7 Anniversary Motorcycle

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Jean-Inspired Anniversary Bike

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Can we say SICK?



Vanguard is a lifestyle clothing brand for the "modern, sophisticated man." The brand targets men who appreciate beauty and outstanding design.

Where does Vanguard style derive? Classic motorcycles, stylish clothing and all things made with love and attention. Vanguard has a close relationship with Moto Guzzi, and uses the combination of Italian design and the American spirit of freedom as a source of inspiration. 

Vanguard Moto Guzzi design

Vanguard Moto Guzzi fairing


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7, Vanguard developed limited-edition V7 Rider jeans. The jeans, coined the V7 Anniversary Jeans, pay homage to the Moto Guzzi V7, which was introduced 50 years ago this year. 

Moto Guzzi V7 Custom

Moto Guzzi V7 Custom ideas

This machine formed the basis for the Vanguard V7 Custom. This unique custom was built in collaboration with Wrench Kings and features many details from the V7 Slim Rider Jeans.

Wrench Kings Moto Guzzi V7

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To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7, Vanguard is honoring the Italian brand by building the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V7 Custom.

This machine is designed by Gannet Design of Switzerland, the same studio that built last year the Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8, which was built by Numbnut Motorcycles.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer: Vanguard V7 Anniversary Design

Wrench Kings Moto Guzzi V7 Build Specs
This time the design was brought to life by the Wrench Kings of the Dutch-based Bilthoven. The custom V7 features several references to Vanguard and the V7 Jeans, including the custom-painted tank with denim effect, the tail light with V-pattern and the embossed logo on the tank. 

Moto Guzzi V7 Jeans

Vanguard Moto Guzzi Custom-Made Seat

The handmade seat is the same color as the quilted back patch. The bolts on the bike are the same color as the jeans’ rivets, and the bar-end blinkers embrace the Vanguard logo on both sides.

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Vanguard Motorcycle Accessories
For the presentation of the V7 Custom, pinstripe artist Martijn Krabman designed a one-off custom helmet with a design theme identical to that of the jeans and the bike.  

 
Vanguard Motorcycle Custom Motorcycle Helmet

 

It's always fun to hear straight from the designer how things decisions were made and where inspiration came from. Here's a quote from Ulfert Janssen of Gannet Design:

"In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moto Guzzi V7 and new Vanguard jeans, we designed a one-off custom bike which bridges between the first V7 Guzzi model and the Guzzi bike from today. We changed the stance of the bike and created a slight forward leaning angle for more sexy proportions and racer look. The design is a bit retro fitted and some details throw you back a couple of decades.

"Yet the overall design keeps the connection to the contemporary donor bike, which gives a feeling of timeless mix. The custom cafe racer tail section and the "bikini fairing" underlines the racer style with a touch of vintage form language. Furthermore, we integrated key design elements of the new Vanguard V7 jeans into this exceptional bike, such as the special denim blue, quilted leather on the seat matching the leather patch on the jeans and V logo in the rear light, just to mention a few.

"As a special feature we designed a custom 2-into-1 exhaust system with solid roar and it announces the approach of the head turner even from a distance. The bike got built by the Wrench Kings with great attention to detail. In essence, the Vanguard Guzzi V7 has a super stylish and clean look with a mix of timeless classic and modern elements, and it fits perfectly to Vanguard Clothing."

 
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Steve West

Interview :: Steve West of Silver Piston



Steve West is one of those larger than life characters. Full of energy and always up for some good old fashioned fun and mischief. His personality is contagious and the more you speak with the dude, the more you want to just keep him talking...which isn't too hard to do. For those unfamiliar with the name Steve West, or his business Silver Piston, wake up! Steve left his corporate life behind to pursue his artistic passions which translated into his company, Silver Piston, where he makes "kickass jewelry for people who kick ass".


Silver Piston has established itself as the go-to shop for handmade rings and jewelry. He's a passionate motorcyclist and has a strong connection and respect from the moto scene. I'd been kicking the around of doing an interview on Steve for the blog for a while and finally got around to asking him some questions. 

 

Without further ado, here is a brief conversation I recently had with the ATL-based madman:


Hey Steve, thanks for taking some time today to answer some questions for us. We’ve known Silver Piston, and you, for some time now but we wanted to take a few beats to really get to know you.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where you live, do you have a family, etc.  I live in downtown. I’m married with a 19 year old kid, 5 dogs and 6 chickens.

How did Silver Piston come about, and when was the moment when you were going to turn this into a full-time gig?  I’d been doing jewelry making as a hobby since 2009 and in November 2013 I made what would be the first ring of Silver Piston. I cut out an indian head from a buffalo nickel. I got pretty excited and felt like I was onto something. I started selling in January of 2014 while working full-time. After changing jobs to an ad agency later that year and deciding it wasn’t for me, I started it full-time.



Silver Piston seems pretty tied to the motorcycle community. How did that connection come about? I got noticed in the moto community in 2014 when Alicia Elving (Moto Lady) posted up some of my jewelry. The next day I had an email from Jason Paul Michaels if I could help him replace a like the one his grandmother had made him. That same morning I got an email from Garreth Roberts from the Bike Shed MC wanting to do a write up on the Bike Shed’s site.


Your workshop is in a pretty unique location. Tell us where it is and how you got there. Yeah, it’s a pretty great spot to be in. Last year I was looking around for a larger studio around downtown Atlanta without much luck. One day over at the Fuller Moto garage I was having beer with Bryan and he offered me a spot in the corner of his garage. I moved in there the first of December 2016 and been loving being around there. Going to go get a cup of coffee on the other side is a far better walk past a bunch of cubicles.


I've seen that you’ve been messing with some new products. What are you working on these days? I’ve been working on some cuffs, a couple of new rings and partnering up with a couple of shops to carry some rings as wedding rings.


Aside from jewelry making, what else does Steve West like to do with his spare time? I’ve been doing photography for fun and just got around to putting together a portfolio, SilverPistonPhotography.com. I’m interested in some work that way that let’s me work with a camera.

 

You’ve had a bike stolen lately, and have a WSM build in process. One is pretty shitty, but the other is pretty exciting. What did you replace the stolen Hyper with, and what’s the progress update on the Leggero? 

Yeah, bastards took my bike in the middle of the night. I’d bought a 2012 Ducati Hypermotard SP because the price was good but I had to get a loan to cover some of it. About 6 weeks later it was stolen from out front of the house. What really sucks is I’d just had the valves done and new tires. After the insurance paid out, I bought a 2003 Kawasaki ZRX1200. I’ve had 4 Ducs and a Triumph in the past 6 years and wanted something completely different. I love this Japanese muscle bike. Around town it’s pretty mild mannered but twist that throttle and that idea gets replaced with a lot of, “Fuck Yeah.”The good news is I do have a Leggerro from WSM being built here in town. It’s not going quick because I’m only settling on best things for it and that takes time. As much as I want it on the road, I want it to hit the road with nothing left to do.

 

Steve's new ZRX1200

 

If you were going to purchase a new bike off the showroom floor today, what would it be and why? I’d get a BMW R Nine T. I just love the hell out of those bikes and the customization can be rad. I haven’t even ridden one but still pine for it. I really think Ola Stenegärd knocked it out of the park.


If you could only have one bike for the rest of your life, what would it be? I guess I’d have to say a BMW 1200GS since they apparently run forever.

 

What was the first motorcycle you owned? A 1980s XS750 the last summer I was in the Navy in 1992. (pictured below)




What was your best experience to date on a motorcycle? That’s a tough one that I can’t come up with an answer for. That time I rode up to Canada and took a ride to the top of Mt Washington in NH. Pretty much every single time I’ve ridden Deals Gap. Maybe the first time Ryland tossed me the keys to recent Classified Moto build. Any number of times Bryan Fuller has done the same with one of his many builds or the same with Tony Prust’s BMW. Hell, that first bike when I hit the road the day I got out of the Navy and got as far as I could. Kevin Dunworth still hasn’t let me ride one of his builds…sad.


Do you have an all-time favorite build or builder? That’s a loaded question. I’ve been lucky enough to befriend some of the best builders out there and value their friendship because they’re still people I look up to and respect immensely. With that said, I’ll say Walt Siegl. When I got back on a bike in 2011 and found BikeExif.com, his Leggerro series literally took my breath away. When I met him at the Brooklyn Invitational a few years ago, I shy as a school boy talking to him. Now I make key fobs exclusively for his builds that go out with his new builds for customers. The first key fob went to Brad Pitt with the Leggerro he bought.


If you could attend any past motorcycle event in history, what would it be?I’ve yet to get to Wheels and Waves, so I’d say the second one. They would’ve had show worked out and it’d just be a big ole party.

 

Have you ever crashed a bike? Yeah, I have and it was a bummer. I was on the ramp to the highway to meet a friend for a ride when I washed out and low sided. I don’t remember it happening but I snapped my collar bone.

Have you ever raced on two wheels? Nope. Not cool enough for that.


What do you think is the next big trend or movement in the custom motorcycle world? There have been so many different trend in the last several years, I couldn’t really begin to guess. I love that the new custom moto scene keeps changing and evolving. As long as that keeps happening, it’ll keep being relevant. I do like that OEMs are seeing the value in making bikes customization a part of the design. That’s going to make buying a used bike in a few years easier to make your own.


What do you think it should be? I don’t care as long as we don’t go back to the TV choppers.

If you had 4 completely free days, what would you do with your time? I’d love to ride from LA to San Francisco and take my time about it.

 

Thanks, Steve. Keep on doing what you're doing! And, for anyone reading this that hasn't ordered a Silver Piston ring yet, quit dragging yer ass, and go order one today!


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Born Free 9 photo gallery

Born Free 9 :: Silverado, CA

Choppers, Bobbers, and quad exhausts...

It's been a number of years since I made it to Born Free and first impression was that it's definitely grown over the years but I also remembered it being more, well, free. I've got two little moto-loving groms and after watching MotoGP that morning, they were pissed that I was going to leave them behind and ride out to a local moto event. So, I loaded the car and drove to a motorcycle rally. Yep. I drove.

 

I was there on Sunday, and it was pretty damn hot out there in the canyon. Apparently Saturday was hotter but being a beach boy, I was melting. And maybe bringing young kids to a biker event where they had 6' tall titty beer taps and not a bouncy house in sight, was not the best idea. Before I spent all my money on $5 lemonades, hot dogs, popsicles (and beers), I ran around, snapped some photos and called it a day. If I were on my own I would have spent more time, but this is the result. A bunch of images, that are in no real particular order. Enjoy!

I was pretty pumped on that quad exhaust!

I watched these two dudes mill over the details on this bike for a long time. Fun to see the wide range of stoke people were feeling. Also fun to see how different bikes, or different elements on the same bike speak to people in different ways.

Such a departure from my little moto world. Alien almost, and I like it.

Smiles all around.

 

Anyone fancy a hill climb?

While I can identify a majority of the builders here, I can't name them all and it just doesn't seem right to name some, but not all. So, no offense meant to the countless rad builds.

 

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Legends of Speed enamel pins

The Legends of Speed Pins by Return of the Cafe Racers

 

Surely there has been an influential motorcyclist in your life that has made a big impact. Maybe it was your old man, or your neighbor who taught you how to dirtbike. While those are subjective, there are some legends that have changed the sport of motorcycling as we know it. Paying homage to some of these moto heros, the crew at Return of the Cafe Racers worked with fellow moto enthusiast and deisgner, Pedro Oyarbide with an idea they had been kicking around for a while. The concept was to create a series of jacket pins that depicted some of their personal favorites from motorcycling history. With Pedro on board, the 'Legends of Speed' jacket pin series was born.


The 'Legends of Speed' series, which features 4 unique designs, were developed first as illustrations by Pedro using his trademark style. All 4 designs were then produced in diecast alloy with a black-dyed backgrounds and hand filled enamel coloring. The 4 designs are based on legendary racers Kenny Roberts, Dick Mann, Malcolm Smith and Rollie Free, all who have become icons in motorcycling history. Then, to help spread their stories, each pin comes on its own card featuring a brief history of the rider, which you can also read below.

 

KING KENNY - "AMA Grand National Champion Kenny Roberts revolutionized motorcycle racing with his fearless attitude and unconventional style. His transition from dirt racing to road tracks single handedly changed the way racers piloted their bikes through corners. His technique also lead to the development of the knee puck that is used today by road racers around the world."

 


MANN ON A MISSION - "In 1970 Honda had their eyes set on the USA. Although their newly released CB750 was celebrated as a technological and performance breakthrough, the Honda brand simply didn’t have street cred. So Honda built 4 ‘CB750 Racing Type’ bikes (or CR750s) and had legendary racer Dick Mann pilot one in the Daytona 200. After 100 laps Mann crossed the finish line in first place to secure the win and Honda’s future."

 

 

 

 

RACING FAME - "Winning races earned Malcolm Smith more than gold medals alone. In 1971 his racing career became the subject of Bruce Brown’s documentary ‘On Any Sunday’, a film that is credited as being one of the most important motorcycle documentaries ever made. Smith has since been inducted into the ‘Motorcycle Hall of Fame’ for his life of racing achievements and contributions to the sport."

 

 

 


BATHING SUIT BIKE - "It was on September 13, 1948 when Roland “Rollie” Free lay prone along the spine of his Vincent HRD, wearing nothing more than a shower cap, bathing shorts and sneakers. His land speed run on the Bonneville Salt Flats of 150.313 mph earned him a place in the record books, but the photograph of him, in his unorthodox attire, has become one of the most iconic images in sporting history."

All 4 pins are now available to purchase in the Return of the Cafe Racer's 100MPH store individually or as a set. Attach them to your favorite jacket and share their legendary stories with your fellow riders.

Get yours here.


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