Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"96" Edelbrock Bobber

I've had this photo gathering digi-dust for about 18 months, and I can't remember where I got it. If you're reading this, and you know whose it is, please let us know.

I love everything about this scooter—Frame design, intake, crossed-over wrapped pipes, chain kit, seat size/mount, oil bag, exposed braided lines, signals... the paint, petcock, mids, etc.

I bet it goes.

UPDATE: Skinny Moto found the bike's builder—Yetiman at Monkey Likes Shiny. Cheggit »

UPDATE: I also found a video of "Adam's" first ride (bikes owner)

Harley Wheelies & Burnouts

Bill posted this video tonight. It's too good not to repost here.

That red paint scheme is pretty sweet too.

Monday, August 30, 2010

I Can't Tell You How Peaceful It Is

I have some fond memories of great times with my old friend Jon Lawrence. We went to high school together. Jon had a motorcycle. A VLX VT600 if I remember right. He also had a blown out Banshee! He was crazy (now that I look back as an adult) because he'd let me ride his Shadow around all over the place... no license, no bike of my own, no helmet, no qualms. I guess he just recognized my skillz. One day he rode the Banshee over to my house (probably at least 3-4 miles riding through city streets) so we could jump it off a huge grassy hill in the park across the street. Again, no helmets, no pads, no fear. By the way, this was my first experience with a jetted, piped, two-stroke ATV:

A tipping point in my life.

Well Jon just sent me this video... something I hadn't seen yet. I've been following Kimura-san's work for a few years, but missed this video. I guess it was posted a few months ago. It's awesome. Shinya is my kind of builder. Totally hand-working disparate materials into one-of-a-kind, no nonsense bikes. But more than all that, this video captures the essence of the way I felt every time I got on Jon-E's Shadow or tried to go wide open on the Banshee. It's the way I've felt every single time since then.

I can't tell you how peaceful it is.

shinya kimura @ chabott engineering from Henrik Hansen on Vimeo.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wrecked Run 2010

Last weekend we made the "Wrecked Run" from SLC to LAS and back—me, Scott and Trent.

I dubbed it "wrecked" after I had to bail on riding down—I drove a *cough* car instead. I just had too much stuff to carry with bungees and a hot wind. The price of making a living. I was way bummed... till we hit the 110º goodness and I had A/C.

A quick edit of the only shots we got.

Wrecked Run 2010 from Milne® Motor Culture on Vimeo.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Now That's Another Attempt

Just caught this on the FastCompany site. Interesting to say the least. I love the idea, but the execution is a bit garish in it's own right.

There is a difference between "overgrown choppers" and "ridiculous-looking crotch rockets" and these "retro 1960s inspired" D-bikes (ala D-bags) ... but it's not that big of a difference.

Carefully Considered does some amazing work. Their Trek designs were top-shelf. I'm just not down with these overly 3D modeled, single-cylinder, laser-etched, "cafe-inspired" production bikes. Pretty much any production bike these days. Even when you re-think it. This just ends up looking like something I'll be able to buy at Scooter World for $1599.

With that said, I bet if it does get made it would be a gas to ride.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deus does it again...

There are definitely some wizards living in Oz. The men behind the Deus Ex Machina curtain have done it again with this killer 1200 V-Twin cafe racer (looks like it started as an 1200N Nightster from the MoCo).

So many choice details in this thing. I'm loving their custom tins (even custom fit the EFI into a reworked tank) and color. Major bonus points for speedo placement and stock indicator lights.

Enjoy. I still am. Deus Special to be sure.

Check out the full gallery for this fresh slab of iron at the Deus Ex Machina site.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The New Confederation

The future is freakish. My good friend Gilbert Lee introduced me to these guys a few months ago, and something just triggered by memory about them—so here goes.

Confederate Motorcycles is making some CAHRAZY bikes. Whether you think you'd be into this sort of thing or not...

You would.

When it boils down to it, everyone can appreciate this level of ideation, engineering, artistry, craftsmanship, and simple beauty.

This is the Confederate B120 Wraith. Aircraft aluminum, carbon fiber, 125HP.
You know... that's the same power as a 2,700 lb. Honda Civic.

Visit their site for more bikes and more detail.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Art Gerrick Lakes Car

Art Gerrick started out in 1936, intending to build the best 4-cylinder modified Salt Lakes racer. That's 73 YEARS people!

A mixed bucket of bolts, this T-rod was hand built with Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Ford, et al. parts.

What a cool part of dry lakes racing history. The "Art Gerrick Lakes Roadster" will be sold at RM Auctions on Sept. 26, 2009. Warm up your bidding cards.

There is no reserve on this one-of-a-kind relic, but it's expected to get $40k-$60k! Boom.

Click through to RM Auctions for the full scoop.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Monkee #11

This is hands-down one of the sickest CB750 Fours I've ever seen (or any bike for that matter)! Built with love by the crazy Danes over (the pond) at Wrenchmonkees. Everything is so founded and perfect. Purposed and simple. Like their pastries.

Don't miss the hidden oil bag under the tail section, with copper hard pipe.

Be sure to check out the Wrenchmonkees site for more detailed photos and to see all their other amazing custom builds.

PS—The Monkee #11 is for sale. $35,735.67 USD (worth every single penny)