Monday, May 18, 2015

GIVE-A-WAY: Claim Your Bounty

Come claim your new Abel Brown Nomad tent!
Shoot me an e-mail at with your shipping details.
You have one week to claim it!

If your name isn't Dan Elder you can always go snag one here, at Huckberry.

Monday, May 11, 2015

GIVE-A-WAY: Abel Brown's Nomad Motorcycle Tent via Huckberry

Once again, the fine folks at Huckberry have agreed to give up some of their goods to one of you in exchange for your friendship. This time it comes in the form of efficient adventure equipment: the Nomad Motorcycle Tent by Abel Brown. It’s a no-pole, single-wall tent with a lightweight waterproof nylon upper, a durable waterproof base, and mesh entries at both sides to allow air to flow through. If you're not familiar with Huckberry, it's a bi-weekly web magazine based in San Fran that offers deals on curated apparel and gear.   
You can pick up the Able Brown Nomad Tent as part of Huckberry's Spring Moto Shop, for $169.98.
You can also win one by doing the following:
1. Sign up to Huckberry. In doing so you'll also be receiving their bi-weekly newsletter, which in all honesty is one of my favorite newsletters to hit my inbox. They do some truly great adventure write ups.
2. Comment on this post. Leave a comment below between now and Friday the 15th at Midnight (CDT).I'll pick one winner at random which will be announced that following Monday, the 18th. The winner will then have one week to shoot me an email at to claim their prize. International readers welcome!

ART&DESIGN: Tinycup Needleworks Hand Embroidery

Hand Embroidery

Words by Kara

Britt "Hutch" Hutchinson of Tinycup Needleworks attended our Parts & Labor Day ride last summer and grew up riding on the back of her father’s bike. As she says it, “the moto community has a dear place in my heart,” but this feature isn't really about motorcycles. 
Hutch started embroidery about a year ago with the encouragement of her friends, one of whom I had the pleasure of befriending this winter at the Mama Tried Show. Shortly thereafter I came across the Tinycup Instagram and fell in love with her work. Besides her obvious artistic talent, romantic flare, clean lines, and style; I appreciate the inspiration that her tiny stitches bring. We can all pick up a new form of creative expression (whether it’s a needle or a wrench) as long as we stay curious and willing to learn.

Photo of Hutch by Meg Noe

Monday, May 4, 2015


Apparently this past Saturday was International Female Ride Day. Turns out we were already out on the bikes since it was one of the first 70+ days here in the Midwest. We blasted around some Wisconsin Rustic Roads, taking photos with the road signs. If you collect 10 roads and send in your photos you get a Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour patch. Kara's all about patches. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

DAILY INSPIRATION: Simone Conti's SCM 1.0 - Custom Ducati Monster 900 SS

SCM 1.0
Ducati Monster 900 SS
Photos by Fabrizio Grioni

Simone Conti is an Italian based Industrial Designer who at the time of this creation was only 24 years old. What you're seeing is his first (yup) swing at motorcycle customization. Some photos of the bike were floated around back in 2013 but Simone has been tweaking and reworking it's design since then, molding the project into a much more refined and functional composition. The most striking visual is the bike's new framework - 6mm thick aircraft grade aluminum panels CNC'd into a structural design reminiscent of Ducati's trellis. These framework panels are tied into a new curved aluminum tube backbone that swoops from the steering head back, to also integrate subframe, seat, and monoshock provisions. Ohlins suspension was grafted in front and back, borrowing the monoshock and swing arm from a 1098 model. Simone was responsible for all the custom carbon fiber fairings and engine covers as well as the updated 2-gallon aluminum tank design. The exhaust routing went through many revisions. In the end Simone settled on the reverse exit design you see here. The battery and control modules were relocated behind the carbon fiber fairings while some of the other electrical components were housed under the tank. Wheels were borrowed from the Multistrada and the whole bike weighs in at about 374lbs (170kg). 
Simone very deservingly took home first place at the Italian Motorcycle Championship in the Custom class.