Tank Moto Magazine official launch party was on last night on 25th May at Gasolina, Melbourne. It was a great meet up to celebrate the launch of an Australian based magazine about custom motorcycles. I missed out on my free copy which went out to the first 100 visitors but there was still plenty to enjoy. There were so many gorgeous bikes there and a great collection of builders, painters, mechanics and enthusiasts. Check out and support this great magazine, which hopefully signals the ever growing custom bike scene in Melbourne.
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.
Photographer Aurelien Chauvaud has created a fascinating series featuring sidecar riders from Shanghai. The repetition of the central composition creates a strong relationship between the riders, suggesting more of a movement than a passing fad. Check out more photographs from this series on his website.
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.”
It honestly doesn’t take more than a set of clubman bars to get me excited about a motorcycle…