- 21/06/2016The Ural Solo St. Though no longer in production, I have had assurances from the factory to build and deploy such a ride. Seen here in Black, but I would order it in Afghan Orange. The good: ease of replacement parts in Russia, East Europe, and Ukraine. Full power and torque of a tank and though fuel injected, it has many design elements of the WW II Soviet military work horse. It is a bulky and easy to work on mount and runs well even with crappy gas. All of the time in the saddle has shown it to be a rugged sledgehammer for the job, nothing subtle or stylish about it. The bad: accessories are lacking for an adventure set up ( the side car is well supported, but the two wheeler lacks) the electronics and support for heated gear and data chargers are in question. A solo ride without gps and electronic dictionary would be pure folly The ugly: this ride is all set with dirty tires and clearance. Rating. 8/10
- 30/05/2016Moto Ride - My first 'street bike'
The 83 Honda CM 400 - yes, the same bike that Prince had in Purple Rain - though mine never had the big fairing. This is the day I got it, two months later it was a Cafe hooligan with a weight drop of nearly 30 pounds.
This is me at 15 - 112 lbs - I am now twice that ... but no taller.
- 22/05/2016My first bike - 1974 Honda Monkey Z50. I am six in this photo - I had already been riding it for a year. It is in my blood, at times - it is all I live for.
Throttle On - Moto Out
- 18/05/2016Moto Music
More Side Car - albeit a Cameo
Tome Petty and the Heart Breakers - You got Lucky.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky [OFFICIAL VIDEO] Become a Facebook Fan - http://on.fb.me/TPHBFacebook Follow on Twitter -...
- 18/05/2016Moto Music
Not that it is fast or hard hitting, but the concept and art work (for the 80's) was ground breaking. And of course - Side Car Racing Rocksa-ha - "Take On Me (Alternate Take)" (Official Music Video) The official alternate take video for a-ha "Take On Me". At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for "Take on Me" won six awards—Best New Artist in a...
- 16/05/2016The black sheep of the moto world - HD Riders.....
Of course as a Buell rider as well.... we like to remind them that Black Sheep - are still SHEEP ;)
A little brand rivalry keeps everyone on their toes.#59 Harley Davidson - Black Sheep (TOP 100 Automotive Commercials of all time) Carmichael Lynch Minneapolis, 2006. Some self-proclaimed Marketing 101 professors hate this. We don't. We think it's cool, anthemic and much better than the...
- 15/05/2016Cafe - Lighter, leaner, and a European nod to 50's 60's GP Racing Bikes One seat, low handle bars, may or may not have a small fairing, but nearly always a big damn headlight.
Tracker - Taller bars, Usually a Yankee genesis, tall suspension, dirt track inspired from the filthy mile, usually fiberglass seat cock pit, low right side pipes, and small tank
Scrambler - similar to Tracker but built for non track purposes - ready to tackle what ever the road was, and usually off dirty fire roads. High pipes for avoiding mud and side grinding. Knobbies !
BRAT- Originating out of San Francisco, stripped of all electric components that were not essential, usually the batter is gone. Typified with a thin ironing board style seat.
RAT - a dirty unpolished scrap yard sourced, home built that is all about power - not about appearance. Dirty Primer and Rust are the name of the game. And could indeed be a bobber or chopper style.The difference between Café, Tracker, Scrambler, Brat, & rat bikes (Motovlog) All music by SUBSTEREO: https://www.youtube.com/substereomusic Submoto goes through the basic differences between Cafe Racers, Street Trackers, Scramblers,...
- 09/05/2016Harley Davidson Knucklehead
Introduced in 1936, the 61ci EL motor - called among Enthusiasts as the KnuckleHead, quickly made its mark on Moto-History. This was the motor that would carry Harley Davidson through the Depression and make an impressive mark in deployment for World War II. The nickname came from the cylinder topping valve covers that look like a fist ready to punch you in the face. The motorcycle community would continue to name motors and dividing lines among models based on such nomenclature., even to current models.
Harley's of the day had the fat tire,fat fender, large tanks, heavy wide Springer front fork, and Art Deco paint. Styling and design were changed from year to year with different annual treatments to paint, pinstripe and tank logo. Proven to be a reliable and rugged motor - even conquering a Land Speed Record at 136.183 in 1937, the KnuckleHead would remain the main heart and soul of H-D until 1948.
This motor would kick off the Hot Rod era for Harley Davidson - many of the servicemen returning from the War, were buying surplus military bikes - and customizing them for weight, power, and speed. You will notice that the lines of this bike are still present in today's Softail Models. Harley Riders are very traditional - they like, crave, and curate that image of an era gone by in style - but do give a begrudging nod to technology for performance (now and again)
- Moto Life: Master Builder: Russel Mitchell, ExileCycles-
During the height of the 'chopper' build craze that was spurned by the Discovery OCC series, a few builders would come into the lime light that didn't sell out. They built bikes they way they felt, for riding, for haulin serious ass for speed, and pure attitude that was not necessarily family friendly or fit for mainstream prime time TV - My kinda guys.
Introducing one of the unsung heroes of the era; Russel Mitchell. He builds a bike with a ton of raw character that is marked by wide open pipes, flat color schemes, the absence of chrome and all the normal wires and cables are rerouted and hidden. Bringing to light a bike that looks like it is a rough barn find - but upon close inspection - the engineering and clean styling does all the talking for the bike. In his own words, "My machines are timeless classics, not the flavor of the month. Hardcore, minimal, tough. If you want a brightly colored, over-chromed bike, call some-one else. If you want one that looks like the bat-mobile or some other childish theme-machine, call a therapist - what the f*ck is wrong with you?"
Because his bikes are meant to ridden & pushed hard - he takes power, suspension, brakes, and handling seriously - they are not a decorative after thought. The one that really gets me excited is his hellion FXR; R-StreetFighter. A solo ride built around the heart of a Jim’s racing 120 cubic inch motor, a 6 speed gear box and carbon fiber everywhere. Tall shocks & upside down forks make this a beast perfect for threading the needle of tight canyon corners. Under-slung exhaust keeps the weight in the center of the bike - a trick that Erik Buell is famous for bringing to the main stream. I would have added the single disk ZTL braking system, mono-shock swing arm and five star XB wheels to bring the weight down further - while also moving the mid controls back to a proper rear set pattern.
Uffff - this bike still gives me goosebumps.
- Ghosts of the Machine - Harley Davidson FXR
The FX line of bikes is meant to be a bridge in size and weight between the Sportster line and the heavier Touring bike - filling the niche of 'MidWeight bike'. IN standard rolling set up - the models would run about 640 pounds up to 800 depending upon options and accessories. Built around the concept of putting Sportster components on the larger framed bikes - bringing down the weight and creating a sportier ride.
The FXR was the first purpose built frame for this weight class, bringing the engineering feats of oil in frame saddle, rubber mounted motor and a lower center of gravity. The FXR was a sledgehammer for pounding things flat - it was not built for grace or finesse - it was meant to clobber the pavement, and put the power of 1200ccs to the asphalt smoothly.
Although the bike was available with forward controls and a 21 inch wheel in later variants - I prefer the 19 rim up front and the pegs in the center of the bike. Along the history of the bike, it would be offered in a touring model, a policy version, and was the first factory custom of the CVO (Customer Vehicle Operations) that would later become the premier Screaming Eagle line of exclusive motors.
My favorite of the model was after the introduction of the Evolution head motor in 1984, and dressed in black - to hell with chrome - I hate cleaning it. For power and stability, the FXR frame became the choice for drag racers and canyon carvers alike (those of the HD vein anyways) Of note - Erik Buell had a heavy hand in the design and project management of the bike - bringing a tall ground clearance to the bike - while keeping a low center of gravity. A fun scoot - I got in trouble for taking my Uncle's out many a time.
- Pool halls, tattoo parlors, dive bars and street corners .....I swear I learned more there than ever in a classroom.
- 27/04/2016Ghosts of the Machine: Harley Davidson XLCR
In 1977, while still under AMF control, Harley Davidson took a step out of their normal bread and butter line up - and took aim at the growing Japanese competition and the British Traditions. The XLCR 'CAFE' was born from the creative styling and project management of Willie G Davidson - one of the successors of the Family Line heritage of the original founders. It was built and sold as a solo seat 'sports' bike. Performance was from the 1000cc Iron Head Sportster motor, and capped off with a unique 'Siamese' exhaust that dumped out the left and right sides of the bike: A first for the factory for the Sportster. They were unfortunately, vastly under-powered compared to their competition of the day, and the higher price didn't help to sales.
It just was not Harley's market niche; sport guys weren't coming to Harley, and the Harley guys weren't 'sporty'.
Styling cues were the fiberglass seating 'cockpit' which integrated directly into the fender, REAR set pegs, a small bullet nose cafe fairing, a stock Tachometer, Dual Disk front brakes, 7 Spoke 'Sport Wheels' and an all black motif to the motor. Harleys were traditionally drenched in heavy chrome; clearly this was a departure from the standard mold from Milwaukee. Though it porked out the weight at 565 lbs - it was said to do the Ton (100mph). The price for the ride in 77 was $3600, while clean examples can fetch 15,000 today. Less than 2000 were produced, and they are well sought collectibles among moto enthusiasts.
Years later, Harley Davidson would test the waters of 'Cafe / sport' again with the XR1200 - yielding similar results. It was a niche bike, those that loved it - could not convince converts; but none of them are giving theirs up readily either.
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- Producer18/04/2016How to sell Motorcycles - Even in the Dead of Winter* Though it is nearly summer now.... remember - there are motorcycle dealers in the Southern Hemisphere approaching Winter ! For those of you new to Motorcycles - WINTER is the best time to BUY a motorcycle - the dealers are hungry to move the...
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- 30/03/2016The All New 2016 Softail Slim S! Those black finishes...
- 16/03/2016Recorriendo el barrio de Marylebone me encontré con esta moto. Al pasar junto a ella, encendió su faro.