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.

Dominator Touring Exhausts

Finally received my new exhausts for my Triumph Bonneville!  These are the Dominator Touring exhausts, made by the same guy who designed the Predator exhausts.  The Dominators (on the left) look like they are screaming while the stock one on the right seems almost shy in comparison.  That basically sums up the differences in the sound it makes as well.  The Dominators have a beautiful growl and burble, louder without being annoying, while the stock pipes are restrained and quaint.  They are well crafted, being a bit smaller and lighter than the stock pipes.

Installation was fairly straight forward.  I removed a nut of the ring clamp that hold the muffler to the header pipes, undid a bolt at the back of the passenger pegs, to wriggle off the stock pipes.  I reused the ring the clamp and the circular foam bits and washer from where the pipes bolt onto the bike.  It took a little bit of effort to align everything as it does not quite sit as snug as the stock pipes do.  The only disappointing thing is that there is no rubber stopper for the kick stand on the Dominators and it simply rests against the metal of the left muffler.  Overall, it took me about 30 minutes to install and about an hour to stare and appreciate my shiny new exhausts.

I took it for a short ride tonight and it was like it had a new personality, more confident and a little bit cheeky.  The sound of the exhaust resonated through the quiet suburban street and howled when I accelerated hard on an open road.  It’s hard to say if there are any significant power gains or if I just like revving it more.  It makes a satisfying popping sound as I decelerate but someone who knows about exhausts can tell me if that is a good thing or not!

Mine were purchased from New Bonneville and they charged about $120 for express delivery to Australia.  It arrived well packed and very clean.  It’s satisfying to finally have these exhausts on my bike as modern-retro bikes deserve to run with a bit more character.  There may be no end to the modifications you can make to this bike but for now I’m pretty happy with how all the parts work together.

Update: Here is a profile photo of my bike with the new Dominator exhausts…

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Bill Phelps Photography

These deeply textured images by Bill Phelps can be found in his website.  They are unapologetically gritty and full of visceral detail seen through his wide angled lens. Phelps is a photographer who works in many genres including advertising but these are from his personal series and you can really feel his love for bikes in these photographs.