Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ducati Scrambler: Sunnyside Up

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

Bullitt OG :: Better and Badder

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

Moto Art by the Left Handed Graphic

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

'Ad Roca' Ducati 750SS by Ad Hoc Café Racers

If you like cafe racers and dig Ducati, you'd likely love to own your own Ducati Sport Classic. And if you're thought about buying one lately, you've likely seen that they're going for way more than they were on dealership floors when they were brand new! Determined to build a cool Ducati cafe ourselves, we started off planning on using a 750SS or 900SS as a base. When we stumbled across Ad Hoc's stunning 'Ad Roca' build (pictured here), it was one of those moments where you're half inspired and half just want to quit. Like Ross from The Bike Shed, we felt as if Ad Hoc had somehow gotten into our minds and already built our dream bike!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Deus Slidetober Fest 2014

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 – 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

The Survival Bike by Motoped

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

Bullitt SP gets a Termignoni Full Race System

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

Matador Racer by Radical Ducati

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

Fight winter back :: Mountain Horse Snow Bike Conversion Kit

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

Dainese goes retro with its 36060 collection

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 Art of Bike Video :: The One Motorcycle Show

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

21 Helmets :: Good for your head

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

More Ducati Scrambler Mock-Ups

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. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Interview :: Chris Hunter of Bike EXIF

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

For Sale :: 2011 Ducati 848 EVO Matte Black

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

Product Review :: New Rage Cycles Fender Eliminator

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

Gear review :: Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack

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

Custom Ducati Tracker by Earle Motors

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

Product Review :: The Helmet and Gear Hanger by Ellaspede

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 :: Custom 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R

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

Deus Milano :: The Portal of Possibilities

When we got the chance to head to Milan for EICMA we made sure to pop over to Deus Ex Machina's newest location in the heart of the city. Deus Milano is a cool little spot with a good vibe. In the shop you'll find their usual mix of eclectic decor scattered with Deus apparel, vintage motorcycles, bicycles and a little bit of surf culture flair. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ducati Scrambler Concept Mock-Ups

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

For sale :: Ducati Sport Classic GT1000

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

Drop in with Robbie Maddison | Skull Candy

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

2015 Ducat Scrambler Full Throttle

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

MAN DOWN! Help out a brother in need!

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

2014 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

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

Video :: Bad To The Bone X Dimitri Coste

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

Bullitt CB :: New Tank Badges

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

Video: See See Motorcycles + Chrome Industries = WTF?

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

New 2015 Ducati Scrambler Model Unveil and Video

The new Ducati Scrambler is here and looks to be a exciting modern classic with a handful of models coming right out of the gates. There's the Icon which will come in ''62 Yellow' or 'Ducati Red', then there's the Urban Enduro in "Wild Green", the Classic in 'Orange Sunshine' and the flat tracker-inspired Full Throttle in 'Deep Black'. Ducati really wants to create a new youthful and fun feel with this bike and I think their newly released video (below) sums it up pretty well.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2014 :: Sept 28th Worldwide

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

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. 
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