Huge Moto custom Zero FXS

Silent Supermoto

As we get excited for another iteration of the One Show in Portland, OR we took a minute to reflect on some of last year's favorites and one in particular came to mind; Huge Moto's custom Zero FXS. The One Show is known for their inclusiveness of all makes and styles, yet it still predominately consists of petrol-burning machines, making Huge Moto's electric supermoto stand out even further from the crowd.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto

The Zero FXS is a fun, lightweight electric supermoto-styled bike from the Scotts Valley, CA manufacturer. In stock form, styling is already pretty clean and straight forward but even solid stock designs can be improved upon with the right minds at work.

Last year the custom FXS garnered a lot of interest and our friends at Bike EXIF immediately reached out for a feature. While much of the background and details can be seen on EXIF, we feel the build certainly deserves another moment in the spotlight here and Zero Motorcycles graciously shared these killer photos from Aaron Brimhall with us.

Custom Zero FXS supermoto

electric supermoto - custom Zero FXS

While Huge Moto agreed to not hack up the frame, the team at Huge Moto turned their design plans towards an improved aesthetic. The main plan was to create a flow across the top of the bike, drawing eyes away from the electric components and frame, and focusing more attention and ‘visual weight’ on the front end.

For an improved ride, the Zero FXS was fitted with a high-end Fox Racing shock in the rear and new wheels all round: 17-inch Sun rims custom laced onto off-road hubs from the Zero FX.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto frontend

The dirtbike look and feel of a typical supermoto was retained with a long flat seat and tail along with a visually similar front beak. The headlight with halo LED adds a modern touch to the overall feel.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto tail

We love the subdued color palatte chosen for the bike and while the bodywork is not handformed metal - it's CNC machined out of ABS thermoplastic polymer - it still has that raw look to us. The little touches of red along with the modern head and tail lights complete the look giving us a clean and simple feel on a undoubtedly high-tech machine.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto headlight

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto - right side

And after building our very own Ducati Hypermotard "Bullitt SP", we've been in love with the supermoto styled bikes and have been looking for our next bike in the category. And after pining over these photos of Huge Moto's creation, it has us taking a hard look at Zero's FXS.

Huge Moto Zero FXS supermoto

What are your thoughts on the build, or even electric bikes in general? Is this is bike you'd like to have in your garage? Let us know in the comments below.

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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

 


Custom Alta Redshift by Walt Siegl

As told by Walt himself

Mike Mayberry contacted me several years ago to order my Bol d’Or model. Soon after, he placed an order for a Leggero, and since I involve my clients in the decision making about their builds, I got a chance to get to know him via phone. Once we met personally, we realized we have a lot in common. Mike is the founder of Ronin Motorcycles, which in my opinion represents the quintessential all American performance bike.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle

During a visit to his workshop in Denver, I had the chance to ride several electric motorcycles he owns. I was so impressed by the sensation, I decided that my next design challenge was an electric bike. I had already been thinking about building something smaller, something that represents the future, something with two wheels that many people have access to, even without a motorcycle license; maybe a moped or a scooter, something relatively affordable. Even before I test road Mike’s electric bikes, I had been interested in the e-motorcycle challenge: to create a machine that is devoid of all the familiar components that make up a combustion engine motorcycle.

Walt Siegl custom electric supermoto

Mike Mayberry is an industrial designer and I greatly admire his talent. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with him about design in general, and how it effects people, about motorcycle design, the motorcycle industry, and the future of two wheel transportation. I recognized in him the same urge to search for the right answers for good design by getting out of your comfort zone, and then when you arrive at that edge, making a better informed decision about what is best for the project. He also happens to be an absolute wiz with mechanical computer programs. Since I wanted to embrace the most current technology in designing an electric motorcycle, I asked him if he’d be interested in collaborating with me.

We thought it might be smarter to start with a donor bike, since we’re both very opinionated as designers, and we needed to see if we could work together long term before diving headlong into a ground up project that would include the development of a battery pack and an electric motor.

Alta custom motorcycle - Walt Siegl

Both of us saw this as a possibility to design an electric bike that we would both want to own: An urban Enduro.

Using ALTA as the donor for its battery pack and sophisticated hardware/software was an obvious choice since ALTA achieved great success over the years as an electric bike company that was truly competitive against race bikes with combustion engines.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle - left side

The key design decision that we made was to fully embrace the battery pack as the power source for the bike, instead of hiding it. We wanted to celebrate the essentials of the electric motorcycle. Mike and I agreed that our design aesthetic would resist the impulse to create novelty, designing something honest, user-friendly and durable, while using as few components as possible. So there is no mis-understanding of what this machine has been designed for: pure business. From the get go I wanted to design a modern looking machine, that is visually understood as E-Powered.

Walt Siegl custom electric Alta motorcycle - rear

The key performance decisions: It had to be as light as possible, but stand up to rigorous use. It had to have precise handling and the correct ergonomics for optimum performance. We changed the dirt bike geometries by designing our own chrome moly frame, so Ohlins road bike forks could be used. We designed a structural carbon fiber subframe and carbon fiber bodywork. For the prototype standard woven carbon fiber sheets were used. For the remaining 8 bikes that are being built, the woven carbon fiber parts are being replaced with forged carbon components. This material not only lends the bike a modern feel, but it is also very strong.

Custom Alta electric motorcycle

In addition to the carbon fiber bodywork and frame, we also designed and produced triple trees, taillight, wheels, foot controls, and a new swing arm that helps achieve the geometries and handling that we were after. We had a tight deadline to finish the prototype for the Electric Revolution show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA, so it still has the donor bike swing arm. We had only three months to design and build the bike. I started by sketching the principal Gestalt of the bike in pencil, and then sharing that design with Mike in front of his computer over a weekend to create a principal computer model to work with. Most of my evening hours were spent sketching various options to share with Mike via text and emails and several hundred hours of phone calls 😉 He was left with the tedious task of converting my paper sketches to computer models. My lead tech, Aran, and I were left with the task of finding mechanical solutions for all the design elements. Plugs for the carbon fiber molds were machined out of urethane. Some of the components were 3D printed to check fitment and then turned into useable parts.

I think that electric bikes have a strong future. Young people especially always embrace the romance and fun of traveling on two wheels. Newcomers to two wheels don’t have the reference to combustion engines, therefore they won’t miss them.

E-power distills the riding experience. There is no sound other than the wind, which kind of translates to “I’m moving.” It’s the next best thing to flying. I feel like I enjoy riding even more because it happens in the silence. You’re not preoccupied by anything else but forward motion. Because of that it feels awesome. I feel like it even has the potential to make me a better rider, because I can fully concentrate on what the bike does underneath me. I think all of us wool and dyed motorcycle riders should at least try an e-power bike once, to form our own opinion. I’m fully aware that electric powered technology is not the final answer to our planet’s pollution problems, but I see it at least as a step in the right direction. We should all be coming together to help support the advancement of clean technology in whatever way we can. — Walt Siegl

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Photography by Gregory George Moore


Bullitt SP - custom Hypermotard SP

Bullitt SP :: Hyper in the Hills

After a break up, we've probably all been guilty of looking up an old ex from time to time. Well, we're no different and were looking at old pics of our beloved Bullitt SP. While flipping through the archives, we came across some photos that don't appear to have ever made it to the light of day. Sometimes with exes, that's a good thing, but in this case she's still got all her clothes on...


That Termi "full race" system made sweet, sweet music

 

These photos were taken in the Santa Cruz mountains near the famous Alice's Restaurant. Such good riding up there. Lately, with all the rain, lots of these roads have been closed. Aside from the rare heavy weather, the riding is simply amazing as long as you mind all the blind driveways. Damn, we miss the riding up there and miss the bike. This is harder than I thought...


 

 

 

Great bike, great riding, and great memories. No regrets. Just missing you bae. Hope all is well.


custom KTM 450 EXC

Supermoto dreaming :: Jan R's KTM 450 EXC

We could stop drooling when we stumbled across Jan R's KTM 450 EXC Supermotard online. This thing looks hot, and it looks like trouble! Wishing we could get our hands on it and take it down to SoCal Supermoto to do some hooning. Anyone else in?
custom KTM 450 EXC
Follow Jan R. on Instagram: @jan_brph

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Product Review :: New Rage Cycles Fender Eliminator

Cleaning up the tail on our Ducati Hyper SP

Removing the factory license plate bracket and bulky turn signals and upgrading to something more sleek is one of the easiest way to change the look of your motorcycle. There are plenty of options out there to slim down your license plate hanger, with less options out there for slim/minimal turn signals. New Rage Cycles has some slick fender eliminator kits out there with some very subtle, yet effective (read bright as hell) blinkers.

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Why is removing the bulky bits so gratifying?

New Rage Cycles produces products for most makes and models and after seeing their kit installed on a buddy's Ducati 899 Panigale, we decided to give their Ducati Hypermotard Fender Eliminator Kit a try for our very own Bullitt SP. Their Hyper kits work on the standard Hypermotard, the Hyperstrada and the Hyper SP.

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Wiring was painless. We opted to install their optional Dual Load Equalizer which worked exactly as it should. The overall process was pretty straight-forward and we were able to get it done in one evening. The blinkers tuck right up against the tail and mostly disappear until you need them. CNC machined from polycarbonate, using 1mm LEDs, these things are seriously bright.
New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard

New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard

Overall, we couldn't be happier with the system. Fit and function were both beyond what we expected. Installation was a breeze and price points are more than fair for the quality.
New Rage Cycles fender eliminator, Ducati Hypermotard
Next up we may lightly 'smoke' the blinkers to see if we can get them to really disappear. We've also got some of NRC's snap-on front LED signals that we're excited to give a try. Stay tuned...

SoCal Supermoto swingarm

Getting Dirty with Socal Supermoto

Having a blast with Socal Supermoto

Riding a motorcycle is fun almost always...yes, it is even fun to commute on. The streets can pose many more perils and unknowns than will be found on a racetrack. It's easy to say, "well, I just can't afford track days"... That very next weekend said person over does it in the canyons and slams into oncoming traffic.

OK, that may be a little dramatic but riding a track is a great way to push yourself within relative control. Add an instructor to the mix and you have yourself a solid recipe for becoming a better rider. That bring us back to the whole "too expensive" conversation. Most of the time...it is. Obviously there's a ride range of variables such as track and season, but more often than not it's expensive. If only there was a cheaper solution, maybe one where they provide bikes, instruction, photography, track fees; all for a fair price. Enter Socal Supermoto.

Socal Supermoto is exactly that mythical wonderland described above. For under $240 you get a bike provided (Suzuki DRZ400), instruction, track fees, trackside photography and he even throws in a tee to commemorate your day. All you need to bring is your own gear - leathers or full MX - and some lunch for yourself.

Upon arrival you're greeted by SoCal Supermoto founder Brian Murry, who immediately sets the tone with a chill vibe and a friendly handshake. He can be serious about safety and rider improvement all while keeping it mellow and unintimidating for all riders. Our group had a wide range of experience levels with only one dirt-virgin.

The first few sessions of the day Brian keeps us all off the dirt. Af first, I was admittedly saddened by this, but quickly realized this would allow us to focus on the lessons at hand. We first covered simple things like choosing the right lines, what's a 'double-apex' turn, and BRAP (brakes, ass, push).

Sean from Revzilla gets some body positioning advice from fellow rider Happy.

Once the dirt section opened up, it was a whole different animal. Front brakes are worthless (or should not be used) in the dirt at all. The slicks provide little to no traction and you get a little remember that you're on slicks every time you turn off into that dirt. Most of us grew up on dirtbikes so adding this element to the already crazy fun morning was insane. 99% of the crashes that day happened in the dirt (2 of them being my own).

We all started to get more confident in our abilities and the abilities of the bike and were getting more comfortable pushing it. During our last session, Murray stopped us all and gridded us up. There will be 4 laps and a victor would be crowned. Nothing serious, nothing riding on this other than the unparalleled feeling of beating your buddies.


We speed off at the drop of his Socal Supermoto hat and we're off. I get the holeshot and held the lead for almost 2 laps. Laughing and grinning ear-to-ear in my helmet I was already picturing my victory lap. Boy was I wrong! A good friend was putting pressure on me so I thought I'd burn him in the dirt. Whoops. I took the first berm a little hot, X'd the bars up and went straight over the top. Luckily my face broke my fall. I ended the race in dead last, but still had that shit-eating grin stuck on my face.

Can you guess which one is me?

Photos by: Patrick Flynn, Sean MacDonald and Brian Murray