BMW Motorrad

This bike is so beautiful, I cried a little. Roland Sands Design use computers to honour a classic bike for it’s anniversary.

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Ellery photoshoot with Blitz

I love fashion photography, largely because it has the potential to encompass almost any topic or interest. This fashion shoot for Ellery features the beautiful Blitz BMW R60 ‘Great Escape’. The industrial black form of the German bike gives the Baroque surroundings a sense of gravitas and menace, an extension of the rebel image expressed with greater elegance. It’s great to see a model like Ashley Smith pose with a motorcycle without resorting to lad’s mag antics. The trouble is, I can’t take my eyes of that beautiful bike.

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Oil Stained Brain – Custom Bike Show

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.

Untitled Motorcycles

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.

Untitled Motorcycles Commercial from Leap Films on Vimeo.