Monday, July 27, 2015
Roland Sands is no stranger to Born-Free, the annual Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show in Southern California, and certainly knows his way around a a vintage chopper. Surely he could build a custom chopper with some RSD flair that would appease the masses...but that's not Roland. This year, when Sands got the invite to be a Born-Free builder, he went a totally different route. What could he bring to a vintage chopper fest that would stir the pot? How about a crazy-cool two stroke race bike?
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Jose Gallina is an up-and-coming photographer in the motorcycle scene who caught our eye a few years back. We've seen a bunch of his work over the years but there is one shoot we keep coming back to and that's his shoot of Noise Cycle's Custom 1952 Harley Panhead. This completely custom Panhead won 'Best in Show' at Born Free 5, which is arguably the biggest custom bike show in the US these days. No question the bike itself is great, but the drama Jose was able to create with his photos bring it to another level.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
The day has finally come, The Bullitt OG is on Marin Speed Shop's showroom floor and is looking for a new forever home. This was a bike that we figured we'd never let go of, but we just have too many builds in the works to hang on to it any longer. Gotta make room in the garage and let this amazing bike find a new home.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Have you ever broken down and had to hitch a ride on a buddy’s bike? There’s definitely an awkward moment for first time for male-on-male motorcycle rides, where the passenger has to figure it all out on the fly; where to place your hands, where to look, etc. Thankfully film maker Alex Vivian has created a throwback poke at 1960’s instructional videos to walk you through the process. As Vivian states, the video harkens back to, “a time where things were just a little nit macho and lot more ridiculous”. Watch the video below. You never know when this information might come in handy!
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The Norton Commando is a classic British motorcycle that has enjoyed worldwide popularity for nearly half a decade. Like Triumph's Bonneville, the Commando is a popular favorite for a cafe racer and the like. There are no shortages of custom Bonnies and Commandos, but few have caught our eye like the clean 1974 Norton Commando 850 you see here. Built by Canadian crew Federal Moto, this little number is simple and elegant with a hint of hooligan thrown in.
Monday, June 22, 2015
There are a few staples in motorcycle fashion that never go out of style; a black leather jacket, a pair of Ray Bans, and some dark blue jeans. With vintage bikes and modern classics increasing in popularity, there seems a lack of similarly styled apparel and gear that reflects the bikes we choose. Moto gear seems to be catching up with collections like Dainese's 36060 gear and we're seeing some cool retro helmets like the Bell Bullitt and Biltwell's Gringo. In our never ending quest for new gear we stumbled across a California-based company, Hometown Jersey, who is making some cool throwback jerseys, reminiscent of the old vintage racing jerseys we all know and love.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It's been great to see all of the custom Ducati Scrambler mock-ups flying around, many of which we've featured here, but it's another thing entirely to see someone follow through and actually build one. We've always loved Holographic Hammer's digital renditions, but seeing this thing got us really excited! Clearly there's a huge following for an air-cooled Ducati cafe racers as we've seen used Sport Classics going for ridiculous amounts. Now THIS is a modern Ducati cafe racer that we can get behind!
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Been loving the Hyper SP and getting out on it every chance possible. When we first installed the Ternignoni full race system, we decided to pull the air box and add cone filters. Even with the Termi upmap, the new intake solution had created a flat spot in the power delivery around 6k rpm. Rather than going for a custom tune, we opted to just reinstall the airbox and let the Ducati breathe as it was intended. MUCH better.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Back in 2012 we featured another build by Wesley Hannam of Abandoned Pier, his Honda FTR223 'Yakuza' Street Tracker, and today we'd like to introduce you to Soichiro. The unlikely donor was a 1991 Honda Nighthawk 750 which is now virtually unrecognizable in its current state. Wes has managed to turn the less than attractive Nighthawk into a clean little brat-style bobber.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Ulfert Janssen sent us his latest Ducati Scrambler mock-ups and we dig each one. The cafe racer version above is a super fun take on the bike. Everyone we've shown has had a clear favorite out of the three here. Which one is yours?
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Sylvain Berneron of Holographic Hammer never ceases to impress us. We typically dig all his work, we even shared his stunning Triumph cafe racer mock ups here before, but his recent work depicting air-cooled Ducati cafe racers has us drooling. We've been planning an air-cooled Ducati cafe ourselves and have been hyper-observant these days taking note of what's out there. Ad Hoc's Ad Roca is one we especially like, but after seeing HH's work here, we knew we had to head back to the drawing boards for some tweaks of our own. There's just something about the short tails, bikini fairings and race track inspiration that just does it for us...it's a little of that aggressive Radical Ducati vibe we love around here.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
We've been busy putting the finishing touches on the Bullitt OG and getting her set for sale. With the bike all clean, a fresh coat of clear on the tank and the new ceramic-coated exhaust looking good, we figured it was due time to snap a few photos of the old girl.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
No matter what your favorite type of motorcycle racing is, if after watching the video below you don't have the urge to hop on the track, you may need to see a doctor! Michelin recently released a fun video putting two different worlds of motorcycle racing - Supermoto and Superbike - side by side and the results are awesome.
Monday, April 20, 2015
In the USA, if you're in search of a killer custom motorcycle show, there's The One Moto Show in Portland, OR and there's The Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX. Both have established themselves as must-see events in the custom worlds and both did not disappoint this year. Timed perfectly with the MotoGP races at the nearby Circuit of the Americas, The Handbuilt Show was packed all weekend. Hosted by Revival Cycles, the show had a wide range of manufactures and styles on hand. From early boardtrackers to completely hand-built air-cooled superbikes, there was a little something for everyone.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
With so much Scrambler attention going on worldwide right now, Analog Motorcycles gets their timing right with their custom ’75 square-case GT860 Ducati Scrambler. While there are plenty of modern options for someone in the market for a Scrambler currently, those who love vintage and custom will likely agree there’s certainly something special about a one-off pieced together with love and care. Start with an 80’s Ducati, grab an old Triumph Tiger front end, repaint this, re-coat that…now she’s starting to come together. A big part of the excitement and appreciation of a bike this this is the journey it took to come to be.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Not too long ago we shared Scrambler mock-ups from Ducati North America's Arrick Maurice that were well received. He's at it again, only this time with a polarizing mock-up of an aggressive Monster 1200, chopped up and ready for a fist fight.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Ducati describes the Scrambler as accessible, essential, and “a return to the pure essence of motorcycling”. It’s a modern take on an old idea: motorcycling is fun, simple, and inclusive. Put your Termignoni exhaust note aside, your superior weight-to-horsepower ratio, and your sexy Italian supermodel good looks. The Scrambler is a bike for the people. All the people.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
While winter here in California doesn't require us to store our bikes like our brothers buried in the snow, between surf sessions and year-round riding we still take the time to maintain our machines. What started off as a little planned maintenance turned into a full tear down with lots of rebuilding, repainting, recoating and more!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Spanish Visual Designer Jose Luis Garcia, aka the Left Handed Graphic, is an amazing illustrator with a passion for motorcycling. He's done some killer work for Cafe Racer Dreams and was gracious enough to crank out a killer illustration of our Bullitt OG build. Anyone else think this design be great for a cool cafe racer t-shirt? Check out some more of his work below!
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
It's official, the Deus Bali crew has more fun than you. After watching the video (below) of their 4th annual 'Slidetober Fest' held last October, it's hard to image much of anyone having more fun than them. The Slidetober Fest is "a weekend to celebrate surfing waves and riding bikes, topped off with a blow out party... it’s still all about the fun, with plenty of wiping out, sliding out, and passing out." God bless!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The One Moto show is a testimony to the extraordinary power of the creative itch. The show, held last weekend in an old manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon was 20,000 square feet of individual stories. Each bike, helmet and piece of art on the rustic walls told a tale of rising from an idea to existence.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ever needed to bug out of town in a hurry? Wanted to travel trails and terrain where even a motorcycle might not be totally practical? Well, you don't have to wait for the zombie apocalypse to get a bike that would prepare you for one. The Survival Bike by Motoped might be the ticket for you. Marketed as "your tactical blank canvas", it's a utilitarian, military-inspired motorized mountain bike outfitted with a customizable universal rack that accepts a various bolt-on mounts, harnesses, and fitments so you can pack what's necessary to you.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
After months of running a little GP-styled exhaust that was louder than the loudest Harley, it was so amazing to hear what this bike was meant to sound like. The Termignoni full race system, with the included up-map, is amazing! It makes the bike smoother all around and has a much better top-end pull. The most noticeable change surprisingly came under deceleration. The sound is pure music and it turns the stock engine braking into a much more gradual process.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
We've been spending some time lately kicking tires around the garage and discussing how we wish Radical Ducati never closed their doors. We were talking about how to us, Radical Ducati embodies a modern interpretation of the cafe racer mentality in the 60's; strip off all the unnecessary bits only leaving on only the go-fast parts. Focus on that and a raw beauty emerges, leaving the motor and all the components fully exposed. Vulnerable even. The difference between Radical Ducati and the Ton Up Boys of yesteryear is that Pepo and Reyes had Ducati superbikes to work with.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Winter is something most motorcyclists dread. To most, winter means tucking your bikes away and cursing the cold, white blanket of ride-killing snow. Now we may not have a solution for your road-going bike here, but you can certainly take back your off-road riding season with a Mountain Horse Snow Bike Conversion Kit from Timbersled.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
The most common association with the Italian brand Dainese is likely race leathers and high performance motorcycle gear. Vintage style gear and cafe racer-inspired boots would definitely not be high on the list. Well, Dainese is looking to change that with their newly released throwback 36060 collection. The new collection showcases a markedly different approach that emphasizes style, while maintaining protection from the elements and injury.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The guys behind the One Motorcycle Show, See See Motor Coffee Co, had a little extra time on their hands before getting their hands dirty with this year's builds so they decided to create a builder profile video that really captures what it means to be a bike builder these days. There's loads of awe inspiring custom design, manly-man beards, no shortage of angle grinders and an endless supply of sparks. Sounds like these guys are on to something... (video below)
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Style, art and safety are three disciplines that seem to run parallel tracks with precious few exceptions. Each discipline with its own merit seems incapable of bending to meet the other. Thor Drake believes otherwise. Thor (pronounced 'tore', like your jeans when you crash in the gravel...) is the proprietor of See See Motor Coffee Company in Portland, Oregon. He's also the organizer, curator and host of "21 Helmets", a show of historic and current motorcycle helmets that have been customized by a mix of local and international artists in the new-wave motorcycle scene.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Excitement for the Ducati Scrambler is certainly not losing any steam these days. Designers, builders, and regular Joe's are eagerly waiting delivery of their new machines and spending time behind the computer imagining how they'll customize their own Scramblers. We've found a few more exciting mock-ups that we felt are worth sharing.
Friday, December 26, 2014
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Please check out our other Ducati Scrambler related posts;
Ducati Scrambler Announcement and Teaser Video
2015 Ducati Scrambler Model Unveil and Video
2015 Ducat Scrambler Full Throttle
Ducati Scrambler Concept Mock-Ups
More Ducati Scrambler Mock-Ups
Photo credit: Ducati
Sunday, December 21, 2014
If you've looked up a custom motorcycle online in the past 4-5 years, you've undoubtedly came across Bike EXIF. Quickly establishing itself as go-to spot for the coolest custom motorcycles worldwide, Bike EXIF is currently getting over 2 million page views a month (no, that's not a typo) and is steadily growing. Stats that like don't happen by mistake, and clearly the man behind the helm has figured out a recipe for success.
Bike EXIF was founded by Englishman Chris Hunter who at the time of founding was working as creative director for an ad agency in Sydney, Australia. After falling in love with motorcycles and discovering that there wasn't a single site out there that covered the material he wanted, Hunter took it upon himself to create one. Building a foundation on clean layout and design while only featuring high-quality content, EXIF quickly grew in readership. For a number of years Bike EXIF was an after-hours affair until 2011 when Chris took the plunge and dove into running EXIF full time.
After bringing Chris and Bike EXIF into our home for so many years, it only feels right to get to know the guy a little better. He was kind enough to answer a few questions and give us some insight into how he got to where he is today.
Friday, December 19, 2014
It's safe to say sportbikes, superbikes, fully faired bikes, whatever the kids are calling them these days, don't make it here on The Bullitt. Every so often one comes by that is just mean enough for us. This bad boy is exactly that, and it just so happens to be for sale.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Riding a motorcycle is better than riding a car in virtually every circumstance. That being said, there is one major drawback to riding a motorcycle; the lack of trunk space. Choosing the right bag can be key for lugging around the essentials. For those of us who commute daily on a motorcycle, having the right bag can make the difference between a getting to point B with all your stuff in tact or getting there with a water-soaked laptop... Today we take a closer look at the Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Wondering what to do with his aging Ducati Monster, automotive designer Alex Earle wanted to build a taller "more bad-ass bike". Blending inspiration from Mert Lawwill in the original On Any Sunday film and bodywork reminiscent of the old Meyers Manx dune buggies. He was really into the look of flat trackers, saying they’re a “perfect blend of classic Southern California cool, robust, deep suspension, urban ruggedness and meaty tires”. The end result is a unique and classy little Ducati tracker. You can decide for yourself, but we think Earle hit the nail on the head.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
We've been in touch with, and watching the progress on Brisbane-based brand Ellaspede for some time now. They've put out some cool gear and builds recently but it wasn't until we saw their newest endeavor that we felt obligated to get involved. Riding everyday, we're constantly looking for places to stuff our helmets and gear. Hang your jacket on this...balance your helmet on that...if only there was a solution.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
For sale is a matching numbers 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R. Here’s your chance to own a classic Meriden twin, produced in arguably one of the best years for the Bonnie. The T120 really earned it’s stripes by winning the Production Isle of Man TT in 1967 and 1969 (by John Hartle and Malcolm Uphill respectively).
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
There's plenty of buzz going around for the new Ducati Scrambler, and if you couldn't tell, we're pretty excited over here too! We're planning on getting one ASAP and building something like the Bullitt OG, but with a little Ducati flair. Scratching our heads and looking around the web, we've found some pretty promising mock-ups. The street tracker inspired design above is by Nuno Capêlo of Capelos Garage. We have and handful of other great Scrambler concepts below that are currently pinned up on our inspiration boards. Check 'em out and let us know which one you like most.