I know I’m posting this video a little late but I was watching the Dark Knight tonight and thought about how they actually got the Batpod (Batman’s motorcycle) to work. Well, here it is…
I had the privilege of photographing this exquisite cafe racer belonging to Jimmy Goode of Kustom Kommune. Kustom Kommune is an independent community workshop located in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. It is a dream project headed up by Jimmy and Geoff Baldwin (Return of the Cafe Racers blog). They are also responsible for putting on the Oil Stained Brain custom bike show. This Honda GB400 SL was certainly a highlight of that show. It has been massively customised by Raider Motorsport, bored out and makes the most beautiful noise when running. Final details were finished off by Jimmy and the gorgeous flake paintwork was supplied by Thom Armstrong from Rusty Kustoms Paint Department.
I photographed this bike on location at Kustom Kommune to show off it’s warm tones and because the bike totally matches the raw sprit of the space. Worth noting that Jimmy is now looking at selling this bike to continue funding for the community garage space. A worthy cause but it will be sad to see this bike go. You can read more about the build detals at ROCR blog and see more of my photography work here.
I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Rusty Kustom Biker Build Off a couple of weeks ago in Belgrave, Victoria. Because I had a workshop to run earlier that day, it meant that I only got to witness the aftermath of what I was told was an epic day of bike crashes, music and merriment. I did however get a chance to photograph some of the beautiful creations that featured in this event. The highlight for me was Rusty Kustom’s own bobber built from a rather dishevelled Yamaha DT400 and that gorgeous custom tank. A lot of love went into these bikes as well as the whole event. Looking forward to next year when I can be there for all the shenanigans!
All photographs by Jason Lau.
It honestly doesn’t take more than a set of clubman bars to get me excited about a motorcycle…
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.
A photojournalist friend of mine lent me his lovely Canon 1d Mark IV and a 300mm f2.8 lens to play with on this day at the Phillip Island race track. It was a steep learning curve as I’m more a portrait shooter rather than a sport shooter, however, I did come back with some images I was quite happy with. The Sidecar races were a real surprise for me as to how much I enjoyed photographing the riders hanging on with their helmets nearly scraping the ground. Hope you find something you like too.
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The Harley Iron 883 is once again justified as one of my favourite bike to customise with Roland Sands‘ latest creation. Created for the audio brand Technics, the bike is detailed with graphics inspired by the era of retro vinyl and analogue goodness. The video at the end of this post is worth watching to see the bike in action.