Friday, December 21, 2012

CHUPITO by El Solitario MC


I love what these guys are doing at the moment.  Here's their modern take on a Ducati 350 Scrambler, yet still maintaining it's original heritage as a Scrambler.

Along with the paint I really like the dual seat and the new exhaust setup.

You can check out more great pics here







Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DSC - Invisible Dirt


I can't explain how much I love these photos.  These were taken by Dan Wilton for Sideburn Magazine.





via DSC

Portraits of DSC for Sideburn Magazine.
Photography by Dan Wilton

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa's Sack is Full




Need some christmas lights?  With every 7" Chrome headlight we'll throw in a set of matching Chrome Headlight brackets for your cafe racer build.

These are really nice lights with a super bright H4 60/55W Bulb.

Check out the details here

Monday, November 12, 2012

Experiment Primed


Getting so close to finishing this project off.  The tank and seat are now primed and ready for the base color.

The seat took a little longer then expected with continued hand sanding to get it looking as smooth as we could as well as drilling the fittings for the integrated LED taillight.

The measurements on the bars worked out perfectly and we wouldn't have been able to run these clip-ons if we hadn't used the mini switches.

Next up is to finalise the wiring, and I only had spaghetti the other night.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Hamayama, changing clothes


Stumbled upon this video tonight and was entertained to the end.  The honesty of the footage and the rolling soundtrack really appealed to me.  I was able to follow the build through the changing of the seasons.

Building a custom motorcycle is not an quick project by any means, especially if you're a backyard builder.  But you forget about the time, money and effort once you hear the engine turn over for the first time and roll it down the driveway, and that's I also felt from watching this.

There's some great angles and filters, a mixture between hand held and static shots.

It's nicely done and worth a watch.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Deus Ex Machina


What makes a bike aesthetically pleasing is very much subjective.  In this short film called Deus Ex Machina (not related to the motorcycle brand of the same name), the subject Jack is very open and honest about what his philosophies are in everything from design to the processes involved.

He shares his backyard workshop as he creates a somewhat "Incredible Mess" of a motorcycle.  Jack mentions the satisfaction of creating something with your own hands and the learning process involved.  As well as the tranquil state of mind that occurs when you step inside the workshop, and watch the hours fly by.

I definitely learnt something from this video, especially taking a step back when nothing goes to plan.

Enjoy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The cogs are turning


One of the best parts about working on bikes are ordering and getting the parts delivered.  Finally received the new chain and sprockets for The Experiment.

Opted for an O-Ring chain as apposed to a standard heavy duty. Besides lasting longer they are way more easier to maintain.

We've also done some work on installing the mini-switches on the clipons.  Still yet to wire them up but  you get the drift. We've also replaced the stock chunky switch gear with a polished aluminium throttle housing.




Thursday, October 4, 2012

Castel By Ruby


After Five years in the business Les Ateliers Ruby their first full-face helmet called the Castel and can be described as :

"Evel Knivel meets James Hunt on Friday The 13th !"

As with their previous helmets it looks absolutely stunning.  I'd be too scared to wear it incase my head put a scratch on it.








You can view more of their collection here

Friday, September 28, 2012

Experimental as anything


The Experiment is finally on it's way to looking like a bike again.  We've had a few other projects on the go so it's good to finalise a few things.  The tail section has been finalised (after many hours of sanding, filling, sanding, filling), it made me thing about what would be faster sheet metal or fibreglass. But we're pretty happy with the overall look of the bike.

We've fitted the swingarm and new tapered headset bearings. Now it's just about getting the remaining parts back on and ordering a few extra bits an pieces.


Friday, September 21, 2012

DSC


I was over the moon today to find my letterbox filled with an envelope from Death Spray Customs.  It contained a bunch of great looking stickers.

I've been following DSC for ages and am such a big fan of his work.  The designs and artwork are refreshing to say the least.

The website is here and cycleExif also has a great interview with the man behind the paint.

Thanks mate keep up the awesome work!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Painting Frames


Have spent the last couple of weeks painting, mainly frames for both the motorised and non-motorised variety.

A friend of mine wanted his frame painted with a blend of green and white.  Ended up going with a sparkle hot rod green into a bright white.
It's a tad more interesting than spraying an all black motorcycle frame that's for sure.




Thursday, August 30, 2012

Look Ma no hands


Found this on Vimeo, it's not motorcycle related but a majority of the moves could be done whilst riding a motorcycle.

*These stunts are preformed by trained professionals. Do not attempt to try this at home!

 
"Golden Tree" by Martin Brooks from Ninian Doff on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Groovy from Katros

I've been following these guys out of Jakarta for a while after trying to find parts for a bike a few years ago.  The shop is called The Katros, and with most countries in SE Asia the cc of bikes are somewhat limited to anything under 400cc.  This sees them produce a lot of cool looking smaller street trackers and racers.

The Groovy is no exception being based on a Suzuki Thunder which is a 250cc thumper.  They built this one to be a comfortable daily ride, you can tell by the seating position and the seat itself.  With a common them with street trackers of late for minimilist thin seats.

The one thing I like about these guys is that they're somewhat backyard builders that seem to turn over a large number of builds.  Yet all of their bikes seem to have an unpretentious welcoming feel to them.

You can read more about this bike and their other bikes here

Good work guys!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Club Laverda Queensland


I popped into the Club Laverda Concourse show over the weekend.  It was the first one I've been to since it changed location from under the Story Bridge to the new location out at the Cleveland show grounds.

Having the extra space made a big difference with a number of new displays and twice as many motorcycles and punters alike.

This year I noticed quite a few more non-harley customs, with a number of stands dedicated to the up and coming cafe racer scene.  I drooled on most of the old hondas and trumpies (sorry to the owners if you're reading this), while wandering up and down the rows of bikes organised by year and manufacturer.

Even though the main attractions were inside the show grounds, I found that the carpark outside featured just as many beautiful bikes.  Looking foward to next year.













Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fender and Triumph Get it On


I know this bike has been around for a while but there's nothing I love more than a good collaboration, Lennon McCartney did it, Hanna-Barberra teamed up, The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps joined forces, Bonnie and Clyde did it successfully and even the good old Australian Vegemite, and Cheese collaborated to create the Cheesymite Scroll.


So when Fender and Triumph decided to get together this was the result.  Built by the late Christian Clayton of Sucker Punch Sally, it's based around a 2009 Triumph Thruxton.  Minimal work has been done to the engine, but the stock suspension has been replaced with a pair of Ohlins along with the headlight being swapped for a HID unit.  The seat also looks like the remnants of an old guitar strap.

The most noticiable feature of the bike is the paint job which was done by hot rod artist Sarah Ray.  She managed to create the same look as a telecaster used by John Farnham's guitarist (For those non OZ readers John Farnham is a Musician, who has had more comebacks and a Rocky Film).


Somehow he just keeps going and going much like this Trumpy will be doing in years to come.

Rock on!







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