The One Motorcycle Show was held in Portland, Oregon earlier this year. It’s interesting seeing the evolution of the cafe racer culture on this video, with one builder lamenting about the same old flat seat, firestone tyres used on custom bikes. The idea of evolving a cafe racer design is a little bit of an oxymoron as it is essentially a homage to a past era, but perhaps this is how this industry will mature as we beging to develop our own aesthetic style, drawing from what was to what it could be. I would have loved to have been there for the show. Maybe next year.
Ride Apart have made an entertaining video reviewing bikes for city riding. Featured is the Cleveland 250cc caferacer, Honda CBR 250 and the Suzuki DRZ 400. Whichever bike is your favourite would depend on your riding style and taste but the guys in the video do make them look like a lot of fun.
New video clip “WOR” by British rock group Django Django featuring some of the craziest motorcycle riders you will ever see. Quote from the official video page…
“Mercury music prize nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, naturally, they asked Noisey if we’d be up for travelling over to India and standing right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track “Wor”. We happily obliged, getting our shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles we’ve ever come across.”
My brain can barely fathom how awesome this video is.
As I sit in an non airconditioned home in a week of scorching summer weather, this video comes as a bit of a relief. The winter slumber of the Northern Hemisphere is turned into a time of deep meditational of the mechanical kind as a builder from Cast & Salvage in Philadelphia throws another log on the fire and continues his customisation work.
It’s good to know that the retro looking Triumphs were not just built for their looks. In the search for the ultimate go anywhere bike, James Hammarhead has chosen the Scrambler as the bike that “has it all”.
I do love seeing this bike ridden hard through the amazing desert landscape.
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.