Monday, September 28, 2015

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2015 Brisbane

Yesterday marked another edition of the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2015 Brisbane Edition.  This was only the second one that I have attended with the first one being four years ago, and wow has it grown!  With over 300 registered riders and only signs in growing in popularity.

I mean what's not to love about it, you get the rare opportunity to don a suit, and combine that with any excuse to talk and check out bikes it's a sure fire winner.   However the main purpose of these shenanigans was to raise awareness for men's prostate cancer, with all proceeds going towards the cause.

Oliver's Motorcycles hosted the event this year as they did last year, they did a great job catering for the crowd with free morning tea and a number of giveaways.  They even supplied a backup vehicle to pick up any stragglers, I saw a number of riders breathe a sigh of relief after that detail was announced.

As the kickoff rolled closer the bikes started rolling in with such a large variety of vintage / custom and the more modern machines.  It felt a lot like a show and shine wandering the rows of bike throughout the carpark.

11am came around and everyone fired up, kicked and some continued to kick their bikes into life.  One kilometer of motorcycles headed down Ipswich road into the city in a somewhat orderly fashion.  We regrouped at the base of the toowong roundabout for a while and then continued through Southbank and then to the Morrison.

Well done to the organisers of such a great event.  Certainly there was a large amount of planning involved and from the outside looking in everything went to a tee.

Until next year gents...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Scrambled Honda FMX 650

The European Bike Scene seems to be taking off at the moment.  For the warmer countries it makes sense why this is happening, given the ability to ride all year round.

Ton-Up garage have built some great bikes, this times it's a Scrambler by the name of Muxima which means "heart" in Kimbundu which for those of you that don't know is the second most widely spoken language Angola (thanks google)

Here is what they had to say about the build:

"The colors were chosen inspired by the nature surrounding those roads. They’re mainly dirt roads surrounded by an imense vegetation meaning that you’ll get an off-road riding experience. Technically we’ve rebuilt a completely new sub-frame, that accommodates our seat, rear footpegs, a small rear light and number plate. Beneath the seat inserted in the sub-frame we’ve build an electric box to fit inside all the electric components and battery. Electric wiring was redone and simplified. A new gas tank was adapted to fit on this bike. We’ve built new exhausts, a new intake line, fitting a KN air filter in the end and new front mudguard. The suspensions were lowered a bit. We’ve fitted a new front headlight, new speedo, new handlebar, grips and tires. We’ve painted the fuel tank, air filter, engine and other frame parts."

No enjoy the sweet photos

Monday, September 7, 2015

Triumph Bonneville By Maria Motorcycles

These guys have been on the scene since 2012 and have produced some quality builds.  Their style is recognisable and represents their lively Portuguese origins.

I'm a big fan of their paint schemes with each build looking bright which is a contrast to the raw patina look that has been popular in recent years.

This one is a Triumph Bonneville called Juliet which has been Scrambled which was named after the famous Shakespeare play.  The colours have been chosen to provide a miliary / race theme, which I think they've achieved.

You can see more of their builds on their website

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