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.
I haven’t seen Craig in awhile and it was great to cross his path yesterday at the “Oil Stained Brain” custom bike show in Melbourne. Craig is a custom bike builder under the name Mischief Maker. He builds beautiful, street legal cafe racers that are a thing to behold. I’m planning on documenting some of his builds in the near future but for now I just wanted to show off my photograph of the man behind the bikes.
Came across this little beauty the other night.
If you live in or near Melbourne, hear this… For sale is this gorgeous Yamaha SR400 cafe racer built by Marlon Slacks who runs a blog dedicated to his bike called www.sr400cafe.com. He is selling it to free up some fund his studies. I have personally ridden this beauty and can testify that it is a hoot to ride. The engine has been tuned to put out twice the horsepower of a standard SR400 and there are plenty of nifty details on this bike to put a grin on your face. He has spent a ridiculous amount of hours and heart working on this bike and it is something special. Check out this link for a detailed write up about the bike and how you could get your hands on it.
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.
Concept commuter bike from Yamaha from the Tokyo Motor Show. I dig the I-Robot styling.
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A dream night time ride on the cafe’d Yamaha SR500. Video by Ricki Bedenbaugh.
I have never been inspired by the Viragos, but with some imagination, even the banal can become something beautiful. Brought to you by Classified Moto.
Motorcycling has always been a powerful metaphor for freedom and rebelling against societal norms. This video makes that point so beautifully.