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 24, 2015
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.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Ducati Sport Classics have increased in popularity since Ducati stopped making them in 2010. We ran a piece on the history of the Sport Classic last year and proposed that perhaps Ducati was just a little ahead of the new retro/cafe racer phenomenon taking place currently. Many would argue that if Ducati would start cranking these out again people would gobble them up. Finding one for sale these days can be tough, and sellers are often asking for unreasonable figures knowing that there's more demand than supply. Well look no further friends, here's your chance to get your hands on a clean 2007 Ducati Sport Classic GT1000.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It's safe to say that Robbie Maddison has bigger balls than your or I. His step-up to step-down on the Arc de Triomphe replica in Las Vegas was still one of the craziest stunts done on 2 wheels we've ever seen...We featured his 2013 DC video AIR.CRAFT where he shreds an airplane graveyard in Tucson in 2014 "Maddo" is back at it again. In Skullcandy's "Drop In" the madman charges down a bobsled course and boosts off the K120 Nordic Ski long jump in Park City, UT, setting another world record (vertical drop: 185 Ft / 18 ½ stories). We're not worthy!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
The Ducati Scrambler is Ducati’s newest and most buzzed about bike at the moment and we feel for good reason. It has great roots in Ducati’s history, and is attainable and unintimitading with it’s low seat height, light weight sub-triple digit horsepower numbers. The Icon is the base model coming in either ’62 Yellow or Ducati Red. The Scrambler Icon comes set up all the basic goodies the entire Scrambler line will share such as the iconic steel teardrop tank, 41mm USD Kayaba front fork and Kayaba single rear shock surprisingly in grey as virtually all Ducati’s ship with a yellow rear spring, LCD dashboard and aluminum clutch and belt covers. The Icon is distinguished by its cast wheels and its classic wide handlebars reminiscent of its predecessor from 60’s and 70’s.
Friday, October 31, 2014
A good friend of The Bullitt, Eric Jansson, was in a severe motorcycle accident a few weeks ago. A SUV collided with his Harley and left him with a compound fracture in his left leg. Under normal circumstances he wouldn't be up on his feet for several weeks and unfortunately the surgeries haven’t gone as well as expected. When the docs got in it was much worse than they had planned on. He’s ended up losing a 6 inch section of bone, where rods and plates will create his "new leg". Even worse, it sounds as if his leg's functionality moving forward will be limited.
Monday, October 27, 2014
No your eyes are not deceiving you, it is in fact October and we are now just posting our photos from the The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Now that we've got that behind us... The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California is an event we motorcycle enthusiasts dream of. Once a year nestled in from the stunning Central California coastline you will find a gathering of motorcycles, representing the crème de la crème of the past and present. As Quail puts it, they celebrate "the evolution of the motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes". Translation: hundreds of drool-worthy builds and restorations all in one place!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Here's a little Friday video inspiration for you this afternoon.
Sit back and ride along with Dimitri Coste and he tears around on a 1959 Monark 500 GT. If this doesn’t make you want to go get dirty, you might need to check your pulse.
Video after the break:
Friday, October 17, 2014
Got some old, worn badges and stuck them on the CB. It's amazing what a small update can do to the overall aesthetic. She's getting there!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Let me just start by saying, yes, that most certainly is a pant-less chef slamming a large fish against the spinning paddle tire of a cafe (dirt) racer. Just let that settle in... I was shown this video with little more than "this will be the best thing you see all day". Not wanting to spoil the fun for you, I give you the same. Sit back, relax and enjoy the weirdness.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride has hit their target fundraising goal of $1 million raised for prostate cancer research (currently at over $1.25MM) for 2014 with a few days to spare. In 2013 over 10,000 riders kick-started their engines across 145 cities, spreading sartorial splendor and raising the tone – and funds for men’s health research – astride their classic and custom motorcycles.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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
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
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...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
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
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
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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
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
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
After 6 months of hibernation, the Bullitt CB is getting some attention. Stoked on the new seat from Dime City Cycles. Toying 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?