Here is a gorgeous animated video that takes you through the history of Royal Enfield. They boast the longest history in motorcycle manufacturing and their current models still bear strong ties with their bikes from the second World War.
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.
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.
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.
Find it hard to articulate why you love Cafe Racers? From the Moto Trend Channel here is a fantastic video titled “Vintage Style: Cafe Racers – The Downshift Episode 19″ featuring many great insights into just what makes a Cafe Racer desirable. Some great bikes featured too.
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.
A highly entertaining animated short film by Wes Ball and Oddball Animation, featuring a futuristic chase scene on a Yamaha MT-01 (animated of course). I think it’s the perfect bike for this scene as it blends futuristic styling with a brutality that matches this post-apocalyptic world. The chase starts a couple of minutes into the clip but it is well worth it. Watch on HD if you have the bandwidth to spare.
I’ve heard about the bike tours you can take up the Himalayas on Royal Enfields a couple of years ago and I’ve wanted to go ever since. Now I can at least experience the adventure in more passive sense though this new documentary, “The Highest Pass”. The metaphor of life as a journey takes a more focused view through one of the riders, Anand, who has been prophesied by his guru that he would die in an accident in his twenties. He is 27 years old in this trek up the highest ridable road in the world