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


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 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.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Motorcycle Illustrations :: Fuel Motorcycles

Custom motorcycles and art go hand in hand, no question.  Lots of artists and designers use their skills to create digital mock-ups of future builds, like our recent feature on Holographic Hammer's Triumph cafe racer mocks. While mock-ups can be fun, it's great to see artists mix it up and just have a good time with their work.  Examples of such artists are Maxwell from Corpses From Hell, Lennard from Bubblevisor or the work here by Fuel Motorcycles.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

1977 BMW R60/7 "Macchiato" by ER Motorcycles

A mix of cafe racer and off-road scrambler sure has been a popular mix these days and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.  While checking the always good site, Megadeluxe, we saw images of this stunning 1977 BMW R60/7 by ER Motorcycles and had to share.  Pure simplicity and class are served up with a taste of rebellion and attitude. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

RSD x BMW Concept 90 Cafe Racer

BMW Motorrad teamed up with Roland Sands to create a concept for their newly released modern classic bike, the R NineT, a bike we recently featured here.  The R NineT celebrates both the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad and the 40th anniversary of the R 90 S. RSD created a plethora of custom parts for the custom cafe racer and paid homage to the Daytona Orange boxer from the Seventies.  The concept was revealed at the Concorso d'Eleganza Vilaa d'Este 2013 and was a definite show stopper there and at the Southsiders' Wheels & Waves event in Biarritz.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Classic Schott Leather Motorcycle Jackets

There's not much that says Americana more so than an old-school, made in America, leather motorcycle jacket.  From the rough and tough early bikers like Marlon Brando and James Dean to the leather-clad rockers like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols - all of them rarely left home without their leather jackets. Arguably one of the most iconic of such jackets was the Schott Perfecto Asymmetrical Motorcycle Jacket (above).  Over time, the leather jacket became synonymous with rebellion, freedom and to a large extent trouble-making. While you don't have to be in the BRMC or a punk-rocker these days to wear one, throwing on a worn in moto jacket can evoke a similar emotion.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Custom 2009 Ducati Monster 1100S

The Ducati Monster is an iconic naked motorcycle and can certainly be the gateway drug for many into the custom cafe racer scene.  The Monster has been tearing up city streets for over 20 years now - 2013 marked the 20th anniversary for the Monster - but even with all of those Il Mostros produced, few have struck me with as much simplicity and beauty as Ducati's Marketing Director Arrick Maurice's custom 2009 Ducati Monster 1100S.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Heads Up Display Motorcycle Helmets by Skully

Commuting to and from work on a motorcycle has its obvious advantages, especially here in California where lane sharing is still legal.  While skimming through traffic and squeezing into that super tight spot up front can be convenient, riding a bike can have its fare share of disadvantages and inconveniences too.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Bullitt YZ :: Vintage Dirt Racer

It's safe to say a lot of our first real motorcycle experiences started out on the dirt.  Dad loading the bikes up into the truck or trailer, with an anxiety filled drive we mentally dirt-biked the hillside on the way out of town.  Sound familiar?  If so, then it's safe to assume the smell of pre-mix and gasoline along with the high-pitched snaps of a few two-stokes brings back fond memories.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2014 Ducati Monster 1200S

As Ducati had already released their new 1199 Superleggera, their big announcement at EICMA this year was the much anticipated 2014 Ducati Monster 1200. In typical Ducati fashion, there is naturally a "S" model available as well - which is the bike you see pictured here.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

RSD KTM 690 CafeMoto

Roland Sands is no stranger to lightweight cafe racers.  RSD has been one of the pioneers of converting supermotos to cafe racers.  We posted previous builds like their KTM 525 Café and an earlier KTM 530.  As the crew at RSD admits, "There’s nothing quite like a sub-300lb. motorcycle with 60 plus HP, great suspension, big brakes and sticky tires." The KTM 690 is arguably the perfect starting point for such a bike.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The BMW R NineT :: A New Modern Classic

Joining the likes of Triumph, Norton and Honda motorcycles, BMW has recently released their new modern classic bike, The R nineT.  2013 represents BMW's ninetieth year producing motorcycles with their first bike, the R32, hitting the tarmac in 1923.  Paying homage to their history, while still looking forward, BMW has done a great job with the R nineT.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Best moto video of all time?

A friend of The Bullitt sent us this video with the email subject, “Best moto video of all time”. While we don't agree with that 100%, it is worth the watch and a laugh.  These Japanese hooligans seem to be having a good time ripping through the countryside with nothing more than their knickers. 

Happy Halloween from The Bullitt!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ural Gaucho Rambler :: There's Nothing to Do But Go

“For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar’s gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.”
—Robert Penn Warren

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Triumph Cafe Racers by Holographic Hammer

Holographic Hammer is the alter ego of BMW Motorrad designer, Sylvain Berneron.  You may have seen his work under his Holographic Hammer name in concepts for Fuel Motorcycles, Untitled Motorcycles and here, when we posted his great image, “Norton: Old vs. New”.  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Bullitt Fullface Helmet by Bell

We couldn't be happier to report that the Bullitt helmet concept we featured back in 2012 was picked up by Bell Helmets.  With the seemingly ever-growing popularity of all things retro, there's no doubt there's still room for another full face helmet that blends vintage style with modern technology.  Here at the Bullitt, that's basically the definition of what we stand for.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Barstow :: Modern Goggle, Vintage Flair

MX company One Hundred Percent is releasing a new vintage motocross goggle that pays homage to the old desert racers yet still takes advantage of modern day technology - like triple-layer-foamed, solidly-strapped, anti-scratch and anti-fog-lenses. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

FORKS: A Quest For Culture, Cuisine and Connection.

Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.
That's the mission that one man, Allan Karl, set out on a few years back.  He set out on an around-the-world adventure, returning with stunning photos, tasty recipes and inspiring stories that he wrapped up in a beautiful coffee table book.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Husqvarna Nuda 900 Cafe Racer:: Huscati

The Husqvarna name is well known in the off-road world but is certainly not a common contender for a cafe racer conversion these days.  True, they've been making Huskies since 1903, and even had a brief stint road racing.  The vast majority of Huskies were enduro or motocross bikes.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cafe Racer Dreams' Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

The boys at Cafe Racer Dreams in Spain recently finished up a new build, using a Moto Guzzi V7 Stone as a base.  This isn't a insane build with a laundry list of custom work but everything added, and everything removed was intentional and with purpose.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Support your local racers...

Long time friend of The Bullitt and local all-around good guy Heath "the chief" Cofran needs your support to make it out to the Thruxton Cup at Barber this year. 
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