I had the pleasure of attending a Melbourne custom bike show organised by a group called “Oil Stained Brain” at the 1000 Pound Bend Gallery. The organisers are Jimmy Goode who runs Kustom Deluxe and Geoff Baldwin, of Return of the Café Racers. Both guys are deeply passionate about the custom bike industry and feature a wide range of interesting work by independent builders.
The show was a well populated by black leather clad bikers, rockers and guys with very neat hair. It was the first of hopefully many shows featuring builds from local and interstate bike builders. It also features films and artworks on bike culture as well. Some highlights include a very steampunk styled 1974 Shovel head with a pneumatic front suspension and a glass bottle fuel gauge, a beautifully restored BMW R1000RS with just the right amount of modern bits, and an iron clad 2008 KTM 250 EXC-F. It was an impressive exhibition considering the small but strong subculture of custom motorcycle riders in Australia. To be honest, some of the patrons rode up on some pretty sweet machines as well. It was a proud day to be a motorcyclist and I hope to see many more events put on by the passionate folks of Oil Stained Brain.
A brooding and atmospheric clip featuring the work from respected bike builders, Untitled Motorcycles. This commercial, by UK film makers Leap Films, falls somewhere between a Kurosawa movie and a Chanel advertisement in it’s dark and stylish storytelling. Not bad for something that only goes for about 90 seconds.
Untitled Motorcycles Commercial from Leap Films on Vimeo.
When my bike gets a little old I’m so going to heat wrap my exhausts.
A stunning video from Blitz Motorcycles featuring the blacked out beauty – BMW R60/2 being ridden in a washed out snowy landscape.
French based bike builders Blitz Motorcycles have resurrected this BMW R100 and fitted it with some pretty choice custom parts. I’m glad they left the tank though…
This is one of the most insane stunts I have seen in awhile.
I took a beautiful ride through Reefton, Victoria on the weekend. The alpine roads wound rhythmically through the silent land. The best part of the ride was the complete absence of traffic except one oversized truck that took up most of the road, thundering towards me. The weather was sunny and cool and the surface was dry. One of the best rides I’ve been on for awhile.
On our way to Marysville, a town slowly recovering from the terrible fires last year, we were swiftly passed by a beautiful BMW R100RS, in impecable condition. The elderly rider waved politely as he passed us at a roaring speed. It was when we got to Marysville that we got to view the bike up close, which was a real treat. There were many gorgeous bikes out that day but this late seventies bike was certainly my highlight. I really wished I had my camera on me but I’ve been doing so much photography lately that I made an effort to leave it at home this time.
Upon my internet search on this bike I discovered how versatile and widely interpreted the BMW R100 has been. Here are a few examples. The first image is probably closest to the one I spotted.
Remember the BMW Lo Rider we were promised? Well they’re not here yet so this will have to do