Saturday, November 28, 2015
Triumph seems to have been sitting on their hands for some time and it's no question they were long overdue for a refresh to their modern classic line. Well, Triumph enthusiasts, you're in luck and unless you've been sleeping under a rock, you'd know by now that the entire line is getting an upgrade for 2016.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Not going to lie, I haven't given much thought to a TW200 in years but after seeing Wolf Moto's TW200 on Bike EXIF, I couldn't stop thinking about one. Growing up on dirtbikes, I've ridden a TW200 here and there but never had a very memorable ride on one. I never thought of it as much more than a fat-tire starter bike, but then again, I hadn't seen this build.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Every now and then we share something completely non-moto and today just so happens to be one of those days. After watching BJ Baldwin's Recoil 3 'Sasquatch Hunter' over and over again I felt it might be worth a share here. Being a fan of Baja truck and prerunners for years, I'm constantly blown away by how far modern trophy trucks have come.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Jeremy has been mocking up both of his tanks on the Bullitt XS. While we almost always would prefer raw tanks, it's hard to argue that the super clean maroon tank does look pretty slick. They both work, and they both totally change the look and feel of the bike.
What do you think; maroon (above) or raw (below)?
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Being seen on the road is something pretty important to us motorcyclists, especially when commuting. Most hi-vis gear still leaves a lot to be desired in the fashion department but can be one of our best lines of defense out on the open road. There are other options out there like headlight modulators, auxiliary running lights and so on but let's face it, we're still pretty invisible to cagers.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
These days it's hard to find a successful artist without an ego of some sort. Often, not too far behind success and notoriety comes a black cloud of doucheyness. Perhaps this is exactly why I was so taken in by the short documentary 'Things That Can Kill You' about the British artist Death Spray Custom. Death Spray Custom or DCS is a London-based artist that puts out some amazing tongue-in-cheek art in an otherwise all too serious world. I've been a fan of his work since 2010, sharing work like his Triumph TR25 Scrambler or Black Polygon, a radically painted Ducati Desmosedici RR, but after hearing him talk about his laid-back approach to his art, I knew I liked him even more!
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Every sport and every hobby has its share of funny terminology. Surfers are constantly getting a bad rap for their unique vocabulary, but let's face it, when we've got dudes like this surfer bro making the evening news, those prototypes will continue. Motorcyclists, and particularly sportbike riders, are in similar company. Most of us are (relatively) normal but there is a small percentage of guys and gals that take it way too far.
Monday, October 5, 2015
New Hampshire-based Christopher Myott is a passionate motorcyclist and artist. He also happens to be located just 15 minutes away from custom builder Walt Siegl. We’re definitely big fans of Walt’s Leggero Series custom Ducati cafe racers and it turns out Myott is too! Fortunately for us, and all lovers of Walt's work, Myott has created a series of painting based on the WSM customs that are as unique as the bikes themselves.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
These days, it's hard to tell what's real and fake in advertising. I swear that damn e*trade baby had us fooled at first! In our world of ever increasing photoshopped models and CGI-enhanced ads, it's refreshing to see things still done by hand. The same way we appreciate a builder who hand-builds his own tank or the guy who builds a new swingarm from scratch, we definitely dig Honda's new ad "Paper".
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Ducati has just unveiled their fastest, highest-spec Monster ever, the 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R. Powered by a 160 Hp R engine and equipped with a track-ready R chassis and superbike-derived components like Öhlins suspension, front and rear, and forged aluminum Marchesini wheels, this is one mean Monster!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Walt Siegel is a master at building bespoke Ducati racers. We love just about all of his bikes and still love his Puma cafe racer build we featured a while back. Walt has built a stable of custom Ducatis dubbed "Leggeros" and will make them to your custom specifications. He now also sells the parts separately, so guys like you and I could feasibly build our own, but they still won't come cheap.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Our friends at BA Moto have their fully custom 2007 Triumph Thruxton up for sale. According to them, there hasn't been a part on the bike they haven't touch, massaged, or polished aside from tearing into the engine. We've seen the bike in person and it's even more impressive 'in the flesh'. It's is for sale now, available on ebay. Do yourself a favor and go bid on this one!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
We're big fans of the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and are excited for another great ride this year, and even more excited about the money we will all raise towards prostate cancer research. In 2014, over 20,000 participants in 257 cities in 58 countries raised over $1.5 million (USD) for prostate cancer research. This year, our fundraising goal for 2015 is $3 million (USD) and together we can make it happen!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We were stoked to stumble across photographer Richard Le's work and were even more pumped when he agreed to shoot our custom Triumph, the Bullitt OG. Richard does the bulk of his work with cars and this was actually only the second bike he's shot before. Judging from these killer photos, it seems pretty clear that he's having no problems adjusting to shooting bikes.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
It's safe to say, vintage Bonnevilles will never go out of style. As the years go by, finding one that hasn't been hacked to bits is getting harder and harder. When Scooter, a friend of The Bullitt, let us know he was selling his stunning 1966 T120, after deciding we can't pick it up ourselves, we figured the least we could do was spread the word!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
We've seen a lot of great press lately on the Bullitt OG. After our feature on Pipeburn, there's been a lot of love spread around for the bike. Triumph Australia featured it, as did popular Instagrammers @caferacersofinstagram to their 357k followers, and @black_list to their 1.9 million followers! With just under 2 days left on the auction, there's not much time left. Head on over now and make her yours!
The Bullitt ebay listing
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Robbie Maddison is a badass, but you already knew that. Whether he's jumping onto the Arc de Triomphe in Vegas, launching off a K120 Nordic Ski long jump in Utah, or backflipping the Tower Bridge in London, Maddo does it big. When his newest video dropped today, we thought the internet was going to break. For nearly two years Robbie has been focused on making surfing on his motorcycle a reality. It might sound crazy, but when you line up a dude that can do just about anything on a motorcycle with a good resources and the same production team that put together his Air.Craft video, anything is possible. His efforts paid off in Tahiti, where he made history, riding the world famous waves at Teahupoo and Papara via dirtbike.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
First and foremost, The Bullitt is a motorcycle blog. Having said that, we motorcyclists share a fundamental common bond with all two-wheel enthusiasts. Sure, while rocking spandex covered in fake sponsor logos and pedaling down PCH on a $10k road bike might not be your thing, but there's no doubt a form of cycling to suit nearly every taste. And cyclist or not, if after watching the video below, you aren't blown away I feel bad for you son!
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!