Absolutely brilliant video by Richard and Maxwell at Corpses from Hell (also featuring a bit of DTRA racer Ross Herrod) for Ruby Helmets.
Part of it is filmed in Sideburn stockists, The Mud Crab Diner, Sheffield.
Watch it, it'll make your day. G
Ross 'King' Herrod's ex-Captain Highside Rotax short tracker now has DSC twinkly livery. DSC has also reeled in Alpinestars and Bell into the equation. Seen for the first time at the Bike Shed show on Saturday and raced in anger on the Sunday at Rye House. BP
Just recovering from a great motorcycle weekend in England. Thanks to The Bike Shed crew for their Event (more on that when we get chance) and the Dirt Track Riders Association and all their volunteers for a super-smooth race meet at Rye House.
With nearly 30 riders in the Thunderbike class I didn't qualify for the 12-man A Final, but I was on the front row for the B, got the holeshot, led every lap and managed to break from the pack (see below).
I'd always rather qualify for the A with no chance of a podium, but it is nice to win a race every now and then.
Grant Ray worked for Confederate Motorcycles and launched Hell For Leather, a website that used to be a daily stop-off for me. He's since left HfL and the site's become more mainstream, uglier and changed its name to RideApart.
Despite the fact Grant once threatened me with legal action because I used the phrase 'hell for leather' in a motorcycle magazine, when he'd copyrighted it (no, me neither) I still really liked his work and finally got to meet him at The One Motorcycle Show in Portland. Strangely, we were wearing matching 50-year-old Swedish army coats.
Grant was tasked with organising a launch for the new Guzzi California in California. This is what he came up with - an art installation with characters from an imaginary TV show that have V-twins for heads. I love it and I really like the bike, if it wasn't so bloody expensive (over £14,000).
In other Guzzi news, I wrote a piece about the company for the Influx website. Go and have a look. I'm dead happy with it. G
I always enjoy opening an email of a newly finished bike from Mule Motorcycles.
What I love about the bike:
1. How tightly the exhaust tucks under the engine (Mule didn't send photos of the other side).
2. The Morris wheels.
3. The colour of the wheels.
4. The rear caliper hanger.
5. The Keihin FCR flat slides.
6. The Mule tail unit.
Lovely job. G
Fellow British-based independent moto magazine Greasy Kulture had a do at Boneshaker choppers HQ in the West Midlands, so we went along to support the cause.
Plenty of traditional style choppers - that's GKM's bag. Man in fez too.
This bike belongs to one of the guys behind the Eat Dust clothing brand. There are a lot of clothing companies starting up that are hanging their metaphorical hat on motorcycling, but I can't think of one of them that puts in the miles this guy does. He rode over from Belgium for this afternoon meeting, then went home the next day for work. He rides everywhere.
I don't profess to know a ton about the Harley scene, and I know a lot of followers of this blog are in the same boat, but I'll share the bit I learnt. This bike is modified in 'the club style'. The club doesn't refer to The Ivy or Bolton Wanderers, but the modern outlaw patch clubs. Straight bars, muted colours, uprated suspension, twin shocks, tuned engine, bikini fairings. It's a totally different kettle of fish to the traditionally-styled hardtails that filled the car park. These FXR and Dyna Harleys are supposed to be the best long mileage big twins (that aren't full dressers). There, you know as much as me.
I took this photo to show the hi-rise bar clamp, stock clocks and satnav. Again, very different to the predominant traditional choppers.
Anyway, Eat Dust know denim and know how to ride a long way.
Liked this Enfield bobber.
Mr Greasy Kulture
Modern Husqvarna-powered hardtail, what a crazy cocktail.
Al from the Skeleton Chop Shop with his Sporster he's converted to run a, I think, Shovelhead non-unit transmission. Don't ask why, ask how? In foreground, photographer Sam Christmas about to stuff his face.
Vincent for sale. Like my mum used to say, if you have to ask how much, you can't afford it.
Boneshaker's HQ is an old mill building, full of Harleys, Indian and wonder.
It wasn't all choppers and bobbers. Cristi, rode down from Manchester on his Paul Smart Replica. I thought he looked a stylish dude, so gave him a Sideburn sticker. 'Thanks,' he said, 'I'll have it but I've already got one.' I love it when some I think looks interesting already buys Sideburn. Well, I like it when anyone buys it.
This is Norm on holiday (in an old Sideburn shirt).
This is Norm's place.
Norm makes Motorcycho magazine and stuff. We have the latest issue and back issues in stock, plus more of the Death Rider patch (below) that sold out in seconds. Go to the special Motorcycho section in the Sideburn webshop to find out more. G
Icon Motosports have come through again with a top stunt rider for Dirt Quake II.
In among the band, the milk chug*, the inappropriate bikes, the chopper speedway and all the other good stuff we have lined up, we will also have UK street bike freestyle star Lee Bowers performing on his custom-framed Kawasaki.
Remember when you could do bunny hops on your BMX? Perhaps you still can. Lee can do them on a sportsbike. And just watch what he does at 3:10 in the film. I had to watch it twice to make sure I'd seen what I thought I did.
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