Self Portrait

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Thought I’d take a photo of my own bike for once. Triumph Bonneville SE 2009.

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Honda GB400 SL – Kustom Kommune

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.

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Tank Moto Magazine Launch

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.

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Island Classic 2013 – Race

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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Island Classic 2013

The Phillip Island Classic Bike race has been and gone for another year featuring some very tasty retro and classic race bikes. It was a privilege strolling through the pit lanes chatting to enthusiastic builders and riders who welcomed questions about their bikes and races. Here are some images I took that represent some highlights of what was there. I also tried to capture more images of the riders this year as they were often as interesting and colourful as the bikes they rode. All rights reserved on these images. More images of the actual races to come!ClassicBikes2013-001 ClassicBikes2013-002 ClassicBikes2013-003 ClassicBikes2013-004 ClassicBikes2013-005 ClassicBikes2013-006 ClassicBikes2013-007 ClassicBikes2013-008 ClassicBikes2013-009 ClassicBikes2013-010 ClassicBikes2013-011 ClassicBikes2013-012 ClassicBikes2013-013 ClassicBikes2013-014 ClassicBikes2013-015 ClassicBikes2013-016 ClassicBikes2013-017 ClassicBikes2013-018 ClassicBikes2013-019 ClassicBikes2013-020 ClassicBikes2013-021 ClassicBikes2013-022 ClassicBikes2013-023 ClassicBikes2013-024

Solo man

I had to share this from Return of the Cafe Racers’ Facebook page. Are you a one up or two up person? I have a friend who loves nothing more than to ride with his wife on the back of his Harley, while others I know would rather ride with their partners next to them on their own bike. I love the look of a cafe-racer but I guess when you bolt a solo seat on your bike, it becomes a pretty clear statement.  What you prefer?

Mods vs Rockers

A great gathering was organised last Sunday to bring together custom bikes and scooters in a massive ride ending up at Kustom Lane Gallery in Hawthorn. A few of the bikes there were featured in the Oil Stained Brain exhibition from the previous week but there were also plenty of other gorgeous two wheeled machines to enjoy.  The people there were generally very inviting and willing to chat about their customised rides while others enjoyed the entertainment and sunshine.

I decided to edit these photos in black and white as it was like stepping into a different time in history as you entered the closed off lane; literally full of classic Nortons, Ducatis, BSAs and much much more.  Check out the images below.