Sunday, September 21, 2014

Getting Dirty 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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rad 02 Metralla by Radical Ducati


Yes it's true, Spanish-builders Radical Ducati closed their doors after fifteen years of building well...some pretty radical Ducatis. While their spirit is carried on by French builders Ducatiamo, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 'Rad 02' build by Pepe and crew. The Rad 02 Metralla sums up everything we love about their signature style; a raw, lightweight Ducati stripped down to only the essentials. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Couch Surfer by Federal Motors



We’re big fans of small displacement bikes, and have love for the CB350 as we’ve spent countless hours tinkering around, and studying the microfiche for the Honda’s old 350 ourselves with our Bullitt CB build. Federal Motos, a quartet of young Canadian builders, have put together a simple and practical little tracker themselves and dubbed it “The Couch Surfer”.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peoria TT :: Flat Track with a little extra spice

Peoria TT...where have you been all my life, or better yet, where the hell have I been? Flat tracking with big old booters mixed in? Did my eyes just deceive me or did I just witness some of the most badass motorcycle racing I've even seen?!! I've watched a fair share of good ol' "go left" flat track and speedway in my day... but never have I seen racing quite like this.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bullitt SP :: New Look

Never quite being content with the previous look of the new Bullitt SP, we were looking for a change...something fresh. Days later after coming to this realization, at the 2014 Wold Ducati Week in Misano, Ducati revealed the new livery for the 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP, and we loved it. Using a mix of new and old (the color scheme is an homage to the old Ducati 848 Corse colors), we were able to come up with a look we could be excited about.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 Bonneville Speed Week cancelled due to flooding



Bonneville’s Speed Week has been canceled after heavy rains flooded the salt flats, making it impossible for racers to compete. The SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) Board is currently on the salt, and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time to hold their annual Speed Week event. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Max Max Returns in 'Fury Road' :: May 2015

The original Mad Max movies have become a cult favorite for countless motor sport enthusiasts over the years. There was great fantasy and drama in director George Miller's post apocalyptic Australia where biker gangs terrorized what was left of society. The original spawned sequels Mad Max 2 (a.k.a. The Road Warrior) in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and we thought that was the end of the saga...until now. Mad Max is back in 'Fury Road'. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artist Profile :: BMD Design

Pulling off hand-drawn logos and type is much more difficult than it looks. There are certainly lots of ways to make designs look hand drawn but there really is no substitute for the real thing...And these days, very few people truly excel at it. Mixing beautiful bespoke design with motorcycle content? Now you really have our attention! French designer BMD Design does exactly that, creating stunning work for popular moto brands, Fuel, Ride 100% and De Palma to name a few. You may not know the BMD Design name but likely you've seen some of their work across the web already.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bullitt SP :: Welcome to the Family

Well, well, well...what do we have here? A sexy little Italian that is equally happy on one wheel as it is on two? Yep. A complete hooligan bike that begs you to take your corners with a leg out, hop all curbs, and turn every speed bump into launch ramps? Yes sir! When the chance to own one of these amazing machines presented itself, I had to go for it. Please help me welcome the Bullitt SP into the family.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Do you know the Cycle Zombies?

The Stopnik family has definitely created something unique...something refreshingly legit. Being a family full of Huntington Beach ripper surfers and skaters with a punk rock attitudes, they took their passions for two wheels and built it into a way of life. Patriarch 'Big Scott' Stopnik is a moto-nut himself and helped pave the way for his sons Scotty and Turkey and nephew Chase, who have happily took the reigns. Growing up in OC ourselves, we've seen these dudes all over the place and have to respect their unique style and general way of life. (video after the break)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Project Update :: Bullitt CB Scrambler

After 6 months of hibernation, the Bullitt CB is getting some attention. Stoked on the new seat from Dime City CyclesToying around with the idea of taking it from a scrambler to more of a proper tracker with a custom numberplate/headlight combo. Chime in and let us know your thoughts... Scrambler or Tracker?

Monday, June 9, 2014

2015 Ducati Scrambler Announced :: Sneak Peek Video


Ducati has been putting out lots of new and exciting bikes lately like the release of their new Monster 1200 and Monster 821. There were tons of Ducatisti and cafe racer fans worldwide sad about the departure of their Sport Classic and we're happy to report that Ducati is getting back in the game with a new modern classic - The Ducati Scrambler. Details haven't been announced yet but judging by the video below, this thing is gonna be cool! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

'Black Polygon' Ducati Desmosedici RR by Death Spray Custom

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is an exclusive machine - a limited production street-legal version of Ducati's Desmosedici MotoGP racebike - and is rarely modified. The typical Ducatisti who would own such a bike would likely find it blasphemous to change even the littlest detail. Perhaps that's why Death Spray Custom's radical take on the RR dubbed 'Black Polygon' is so interesting. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Modern Day Street Tracker :: Boodaak by Deus Ex Machina

We've got a special place in our hearts - and garages - for this new generation of dirt-bike turned two-wheeled urban assault vehicle. There's been more and more popping up these days but the true masters of this feat have to be Roland Sands and Michael Woolaway. What you see here is another Woolie Wonder - an XR650R Baja racer transformed into a true modern street tracker that looks like it could just about go anywhere. It wasn't until we saw the video (below) that we realized it can attack a track too.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Electric Café Racers?


While technology and performance continues to improve with electric motorcycles, there has been one thing in general that always seems to be an afterthought - styling. That's not to say ALL electric motorcycles are lacking in style, we just haven't seen any that blew our socks off yet.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

On Any Sunday :: The Next Chapter


In 1971 filmmaker Bruce Brown released a motorcycle movie, On Any Sunday, which is now a must-see for anyone who rides. Brown did a great job capturing and relaying what it is to be passionate about motorcycling regardless of what type of riding you prefer. They really covered it all. One minute you're desert racing with Malcom Smith, the next you're tearing up the flat track with Mert Lawwill and the very next you're ripping across the Bonneville salt flats.  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Royal Enfield 350cc Bobber by Bull City Customs

Reginald Hilt from Bull City Customs recently submitted these images and shared the story of their recently completed 2003 Royal Enfield bobber. They are a relatively new shop based in New Delhi India. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show :: Austin, TX

The Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX is a show that was practically built for The Bullitt and all of the scalawags that hang around here. Custom vintage bikes, a Wheel of Death, and good times to be had. What more could one ask for?! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2x2 Tarus 2 :: Russian Armageddon Motorcycle

After seeing this, it's safe to say the Russians truly are one step ahead of the rest of us. When doomsday comes we'll be sorry. We'll be stuck with our near 200hp traditional motorcycles that don't fold up neatly into canvas bags and tuck away in our little hatchbacks. Our motorcycles aren't 2-wheel drive and are too heavy to simply tug up a hill and they certainly don't float. What do these Russians know that we don't?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

iPhone Motorcycle gauges?

Sure, you can get used to running your bike with no gauges. One could argue that doing so would make you more aware of every little sound and there are plenty of little tricks you can figure out to give your best guess to speed, how much gas is left in the tank and so on. That being said, having no gauges can be inconvenient, and...illegal. The idea of being able to use an iPhone to view current speed, navigate, and to see estimated fuel levels sounds pretty trick. Stay tuned for an upcoming Bullitt review of YORIMOTO's new app that does exactly that.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Motorcycle Illustrations by Francis Ooi


It's easy to take the simple things in life for granted. Freedom of speech, and freedom of expression are certainly things we have just become used to as normal. Not every country allows its residents to practice these things they way we 'Westerns' have grown accustomed to. Earlier this week, Singapore-based creative director Francis Ooi reached out and shared his story with The Bullitt. In a land where motorcycles can only be stock, something enforced by strict law, he had to get creative.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blood and Oil :: Short Film

Just about anyone who has built a custom vintage motorcycle knows that it takes more than patience and skill to create something that works aesthetically and functionally. Aside from the late nights, bloody knuckles, tons of trips to the local hardware store it really takes passion. 

Cinematographer Cale Glendening knows this well and has worked with numerous builders and moto addicts throughout his career. He clearly shares a similar passion for his camera work and put together a nice short film celebrating motorcycle culture. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Satisfy your inner pirate with Schott NYC

You may already have your perfectly broken in leather cafe racer jacket, but have you completed the look with the right accessories? Schott NYC has a new nautical-themed jewelry line that is sure to bring out your inner pirate.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Castrol Speed Academy - Jason DiSalvo vs. Elena Myers

Ride along with teammates Jason DiSalvo and Elena Myers as they have some off-season fun training for the 2014 AMA Pro Racing GoPro Daytona SportBike series championship. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Gerry 'Ace' Hickson by The Mighty Motor

As Jonathan Swift once said, "No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience." At 86, it's safe to say that for TT racer Gerry 'Ace' Hickson has no shortage of experience. Today we bring to you an interview of Ace by The Mighty Motor. The story was well written and photographed, so rather than paraphrase, we're sharing the interview as written by SR.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Laverda 750 Cafe by Wrenchmonkees

We've been big fans of The Wrenchmonkees since day 1 and have been anxiously waiting to see some new builds to come out of the Danish shop. It's safe to say that they're back and by the looks of this frame-up build of this '72 Laverda 750 SF1, they're back with a vengeance.

Friday, February 21, 2014

LOTUS C-01

There's been a lot of buzz going around the web over these photos of the Lotus C-01. An interesting design with some quality materials - aero tech steel construction, 6-gear jaw-type shift transmission, hydraulic anti-hopping clutch, twin suspension struts and an upside down fork and draped in carbon fiber. The motor is said to have 200 horses coming out of its V-twin engine. Superbike components but it doesn't look nimble like a typical superbike. Is it just me?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bullitt CB - Almost there

The Bullitt CB was on a tear a few months but took a short winter hibernation. We introduced a baby Bullitt into the family, moved shop and are working tirelessly to get set back up again. That being said, we did make a lot of headway that we are happy to share. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Supermoto Cafe Racer 'Dakdaak' by Dues Ex Machina

We've always been big fans of supermoto/cafe racer combinations. Basically any bike that is lightweight, quick and fun to ride works for us. Strip off some unnecessary plastic and loud colors, add some classic styling and you yourself a winner. That's exactly what chief wrench for Deus Ex Machina in the US, Michael  'Woolie' Woolaway has done here with the 'Dakdaak'.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Harley Davidson Roadracer :: Iron Lung by Icon1000

Having always been a hooligan-style brand, motorcycle gear and apparel maker Icon has been doing a great job expanding their market share from what seemed to be primarily the 'stunter' crowd in previous years. Aside from their constantly expanding line, they have been putting out some well-produced, professionally executed videos and builds. From their 'Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battles' to their awe-inspiring 'Portland to Dakar' video, they have been making us all want to power down the computer and just get out and ride.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

No Mas Radical Ducati

Spanish-based tuners, Radical Ducati, shocked the motorcycle world when they announced they're closing their doors last week. For 15 years shop owners Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon have been turning out some stunning work like the 'Rad02 Imola' pictured above. Radical Ducati has definitely established their own style on their bikes, with the overall aesthetic coming through via stripped down bodywork and high-end components. They were truly building modern cafe racers - taking some of the fastest bikes available, stripping them down to only the necessities, and making them rip. Now that's something we can get behind!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Brough Superior SS100

The Brough Superior is a legendary marque in the motorcycle world, best known the super high-end, high-performance machines. Often likened to "the Rolls Royce of motorcycles", if you owned a Brough, you were a lucky man. George Brough was a racer, designer, and showman - he personally certified by him, making sure each bike was up to his high standards.  The original SS100 model was ridden at 100 mph (160 km/h) or more prior to delivery - starting in 1924.  The last Brough Superior was produced in 1940...until now.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ducati x Puma Cafe Racer by Walt Siegl

Walt Siegl definitely knows how to put out a nice custom Ducati.  His 'leggero' customs are all are stunning, and this one here, commissioned for Puma is no different.  The base motor is a '93 2-Valve Ducati 900 SS which is now blue printed BCM 944 big bore unit.  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Amazing Motorcycle Roadrips with The Roadery

Have you dreamt of going on an epic motorcycle road trip along the California coastline, or cruising down Route 66 to Vegas and the National Parks?  Maybe you're visiting the west coast and kicking yourself as your bike is hundreds of miles away and these roads are ripe for the pickin'.  Maybe your wife made you sell your bike and you just want a good old fashioned back-country ride with your buddies like you used to... Whatever the reason may be, rest easy friend, as you're in luck.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

International Motorcycle Show 2013 :: Long Beach, CA


There's something about driving a car to a motorcycle show...it just feels wrong. One year the Bullitt OG broke down as we were headed out the door to Born Free, forcing us to take the truck. It makes you feel like a kid, wanting mom to drop you off around the corner so no one sees. When the International Motorcycle Show rolled into town this year, Long Beach was cold and rain-soaked.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bell Bullitt Helmets in Person :: IMS Long Beach, CA

When the concept and original photos first came out for the Bell Bullitt helmet, there was a talk that the helmet wouldn't look as good in person. We here thought the teaser images of the helmet looked amazing so needless to say, we were excited to see them in the proverbial flesh.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Triumph Thruxton Steampunk Racer by BCR

Benji's Cafe Racer has made a name for themselves building custom parts for mostly Japanese bikes like the Honda CB series. In recent years they've branched out and built some bikes outside of their norm, a favorite of ours being a Ducati 'Monster Tracker'. BCR started wrenching on a Triumph Thruxton as well and started producing parts for the Hinkley machines with items such as a Euro headlight bucket, velocity stacks, clip-ons, seats and the like. Not being satisfied with a 'bolt-on' custom, owner Benjie Flipprboi, decided to build a complete custom Triumph cafe with a twist...a steampunk twist.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Brand New SportClassic Paul Smart 1000 LE for sale?

Ducati SportClassics are hard to come by these days, and their value has only gone up since production halted. The Paul Smart LE (Limited Edition) was only made in 2006 so their numbers are far fewer.  I've dreamt of having my own someday but came to terms with the idea of having to 'build' one using a more common model as the foundation.  The thought if finding one new, or unused, seemed impossible. Well, that's what we thought until stumbling across an ad for what appears to be a brand spanking new PS1000LE for sale!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Bucephalus by Loaded Gun Customs

Ever since we saw the teaser video for Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Custom's Bucephalus, we've been salivating for more.  Finally James from Silodrome posted some glamor shots for us to drool over.  This bike represents everything we love here at The Bullitt and is a ground-breaking, over the top custom cafe racer.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cafe Racers on the Track :: 'On Two Wheels' Video


After photographing and spending time in the pits with the Thruxton Cup crew, I thought for sure I was going to race that class myself.  I even got opportunity to race the BC Cafe Racer on Barber last year and it was insanely fun.

On this episode of 'On Two Wheels' the boys take Thruxton Cup racer, Paul Canale's bike our for a spin on the track.  How many of you got your Triumph out on a track, or any other bike for that matter?  What's your favorite track and why?

More Thruxton Cup pics I shot at Willow Springs here.
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