How to Ride Bitch

I have to admit, without a grab rail I don’t really know where I’d put my hands if riding pillion with another guy. Luckily, this video has the answers. Look for Meerkat style!

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Dust Hustle

Dust Hustle from Ellaspede on Vimeo.

From Ellaspeed

Dust Hustle was Ellaspede’s day on the dirt for anyone to roll out and ride whatever rig they could throw a leg over! Inspired by the famous ‘Dirt Quake’ event made popular by our friends at Sideburn Magazine, this is a flat track fun day open to all the weird, wonderful and woefully unsuitable motorcycles that could possibly be ridden on the dirt.

Looks like a rad day. Would have loved to hear the buzz of those engines though.

ROCKERS & GENTLEMEN – CAFE NIGHTS

A new video from Iron & Air Magazine. Here’s an account by director Ramzi Hogan about the making of this video.

“I have been riding with Rockers & Gentlemen Motorbike Coalition for a couple years now and they have just been featured in Issue Nine of Iron & Air Magazine. I had planned to shoot the guys during a day ride in the canyons but things went another direction. After the long day of riding and filming and being harassed by the police for doing such, we called it quits and headed for bbq and beer. It was there that I thought of my own dwelling at the time, a gritty and desolate area of downtown Los Angeles near the fashion district. I knew the police would be less likely to hassle us and quickly jotted down a concept for the shoot. Armed with a Canon 7D, manual 50mm 1.4 and a monopod I began getting my setup shots for the scene that was to take place. When it came time for getting the guys in action there was only one choice. I strapped myself backwards to my motorcycle while employing a buddy to take over the steering. From there we began filming the different sections of the midnight joy ride, racing alongside them around corners into tight alleyways and blazing down stretches of fluorescent lit gloom. The industrial western is born!”

IRON & AIR MAGAZINE ft. ROCKERS & GENTLEMEN – CAFE NIGHTS from Ramzi Hogan on Vimeo.

The One Motorcycle Show 2013

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.

The One Show 2013 from Instrument on Vimeo.

Django Django – WOR

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.”

Salvaging Winter

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.

WAITING OUT WINTER from Andrew David Watson on Vimeo.