Sunday, 20 April 2014
I saw the team at the first official practice and they have a very slick set-up, with two very down-to-earth, but hellish-fast riders who have both travelled to the US and won.
The new Kawasaki team joins the Honda UK-backed multiple champion Adi Collins and the Suzuki UK-supported Peter Boast making three importer-backed teams in the DTRA Pro class. Come see them all battle at Leicester, next Sunday. All the Thunderbike framers will be there too. Racing from 12. Free entry for spectators. G
Saturday, 19 April 2014
People tend to talk about things that interest them and we are no different. We are 4 guys, all of us motorcycle enthusiasts. Whenever we would gather up for a “GEDI” (Definition: A leisure stroll or around town on a vehicle (mostly motorbikes) with friends. Usually young boys go for these “gedies” to hoot at girls, but the word is in common usage with both girls and boys) or at someplace, most of our talk was on motorcycling. One day we were discussing the custom motorcycle scene in India and we all stumbled upon the same thought. We should start customizing motorcycles.
We were all a bit skeptical about it at first until one of us bought a second hand Royal Enfield, then we knew there’s no turning back. We rented a good small workshop out from the city area. While we were hustling in and about the workshop we still couldn’t come up with a name. Many different names popped up, but one stood out BAMBUKAAT, an unofficial name from the old days in Punjab that was given to motorcycles because of the simplicity of the machine itself. We wanted to bring that simplicity back in trend. We started working on the design; we all contributed ideas and at last we had it finalized, it was absolutely perfect for the start.
We named our first bike PORUS. King Porus was the ruler of the Paurava region in ancient India, which now happens to be Punjab. This was the perfect name for our first bike we all thought. (To give you little flashback the ancient Indian ruler King Porus fought against Alexander the Great).
In this Royal Enfield custom we’ve removed the stock wheels of 350cc standard. The complete headlight assembly has been changed. We have also extended the swing-arm. The wider custom handlebar features custom handle grips with no electricals on the handle except the horn. All the electrical components have been placed in a custom electrical box. The engine was cleaned and has been fitted with a megaphone exhaust. Other fabrication work includes a custom made fuel tank with 22L fuel capacity, custom rear fender and the brass accessories for a touch of class.
The build of this Royal Enfield custom took us one month, working almost every day and night. In the end it was all worth it. The bike has been showcased at many places and everywhere it has been getting a great response. The appreciation we have received makes us even more confident about the future of the custom motorcycle culture in India. Bambukaat MC" our facebook page .
Friday, 18 April 2014
They're nothing new, so apologies to those who know them already, but I never fail to be awestruck by the work involved in their creation. Pete Frame drew and wrote them by hand and they start life as huge great things covering a large table before being shot and reduced down for print. They're obsessively detailed and you can lose yourself in them for hours.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The DTRA need a couple of volunteers for this round, and beyond. Get in touch if you can help, even for just one round.
1. Flag marshall for Leicester. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.
2. Scoring box helper. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.
You'll flag to announce the last lap and the winner. Simple, but make it look good. There is budget for spectacular uniform if required.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
From regular correspondent, Roger F...
Narrated by Country singing star and motorcyclist Lyle Lovett and a host of off-road racing stars, the full length movie about John Penton hits theaters this June and I can without reservation, proclaim it a must see for anyone who has ridden on knobby tires. He flat out revolutionized woods riding in the U.S., developed Penton motorcycles, and helped put American riders on the map in the ISDT. Penton was eventually absorbed by a little backwater manufacturer named KTM and set KTM on the road to becoming arguably the most successful off-road motorcycle producer in the world today. Check it out... Roger
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Go to the special Motorcycho section on the Sideburn webshop. G
SPECIAL OFFER: The first person to order the new Motorcycho from us gets a free Motorcycho key ring.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Read more about Bikensteins in Sideburn 9. G
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Ok, it's Sunday night, I've been out riding flat track - feeling a bit zonked, while I'm wading through dozens of Dirt Quake pre-entires from both sides of the Altantic. I have no cable to watch tonight's MotoGP, but I remembered a track I heard on Radio 6 last week. I knew for a Bollywood song to be played on a BBC radio station it is likely to have a killer dance routine from a movie attached to it (like a firm favourite of mine Jaan Pehechaan Ho) and I was right. Well worth a watch. This is the blurb that came with the YouTube post... G
This is a scene from the classic Bollywood movie "Talash", released in 1969! The lovely Helen is dancing like no-one else, while she's lip synching to Asha Bhosle's divine voice!
Sit tight, there will be a motorcycle-related post along soon...