A great gathering was organised last Sunday to bring together custom bikes and scooters in a massive ride ending up at Kustom Lane Gallery in Hawthorn. A few of the bikes there were featured in the Oil Stained Brain exhibition from the previous week but there were also plenty of other gorgeous two wheeled machines to enjoy. The people there were generally very inviting and willing to chat about their customised rides while others enjoyed the entertainment and sunshine.
I decided to edit these photos in black and white as it was like stepping into a different time in history as you entered the closed off lane; literally full of classic Nortons, Ducatis, BSAs and much much more. Check out the images below.
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.
DP Customs have a way of customising their bikes that just makes you want to ride them. Their designs have a sense of fun while retaining a deep love for the form and function of these machines. Some of their bikes are completely customised with an array of hand made parts, while others, like the Centennial Harley Sportster (pictured below), have cleverly changed a few key sections to create a completely different ride. Their colour schemes are often bold but stylish, creating a distinct style rarely found with other builders working with Harleys. You can watch the video at the end of this post to see what these guys put into their builds.
You can also check out their website if you want to see more of their bikes. My only critique is the tacky “girl on a bike” shot they have on their home page. As a photographer, I don’t think it’s a great pose or shot, and as a bike rider I don’t need the girl to tell me that I’m looking at a great bike. I appreciate the image of a beautiful girl on a bike as much as the next rider but I expect to see something with a little more imagination or style from these guys. Enjoying rummaging through the magnificent machines on their gallery page.
How to create some cool with Zero Engineering. Featuring the luscious Type 9 Soft Tail.
The Wrenchmonkees crew have created a video documenting a road trip to test out their riding gear. Lots of cheeky fun and relishing in your unwashed state.
These deeply textured images by Bill Phelps can be found in his website. They are unapologetically gritty and full of visceral detail seen through his wide angled lens. Phelps is a photographer who works in many genres including advertising but these are from his personal series and you can really feel his love for bikes in these photographs.
I am constantly surprised at how many directions you can take these bikes from Triumph. German bike builder JVB (Jens von Brauck) has crafted this tantilising cruiser from a Triumph Thruxton and has actually made mini ape bars look appealing to those outside the Harley clubs. The bike looks ‘complete’ to me, in that nothing seems out of place, from the chopped rear fender with integrated lights to the new headlight housing. There are so many tasty details that I should just let your eyes wander over them and maybe pay their website a visit as they offer some of these parts directly.
Below is a terrific clip of the bike being ridden by the folks of MCN. They also cover some more of the build details.
Imitation should definitely be seen as a form of flattery with this latest creation from Rajputana Customs. Clearly a tribute to the Bullet Falcon, this bike began as a Royal Enfield Bullet 500. They call it the Lightfoot; built for an Indian celebrity. The tank and seat combination to me is perfect, while the subtle detailing on the handle bar grips, levers and frame makes this a work of art. I can’t stop looking at it.
I’m finding it difficult to decide which version I like more, the Falcon (Triumph) or the Enfield. Here’s the Falcon for you to make up your own mind.
It’s important to remember that a bike is more than an engine on two wheels. These photos from Brass Balls Flickr site really highlights the slick bobber frame and groovy tank design. The bike is called the Rocketeer. Looks like a fun ride just rolling it down a hill!
Remember the BMW Lo Rider we were promised? Well they’re not here yet so this will have to do