Monday, March 2, 2015

TRIP: Ojai, CA with The Collective Quarterly

Ojai, CA

I'm really stoked to be heading out to Ojai, CA in 2 weeks with the Collective Quarterly crew. Myself and 4 other artists from around the country will be exploring Ojai and its surroundings in search of inspiring people, stories and landscape. At the end of the trip each artist will create something influenced by their experiences, in whatever their medium might be. All of this will be chronicled in the accompanying issue and creations will be for sale on the website. I highly recommend grabbing the Absaroka issue above. These guys are really doing something great. 
You can follow along in real time on Instagram: @motomucci | @collectivequarterly

GEAR: Leatherman MUT EOD Multitool

MUT EOD Multi Tool

Thursday, February 26, 2015

EVENT: Milwaukee's Mama Tried Show 2015

Milwaukee, WI

Words by: Kara Pierce
Photos by: Daniel Peter

"I know that Wisconsin is a top choice alongside Ohio for movie writers to use as boring places their lead characters are from and don't want to go back to, but living here has been better than anywhere else in my short 28 years. It's about the same size as Portland with a similar layout to Chicago, and ghosts of the old factory days like Detroit. The people are nice, there's no traffic, and rent is cheap. It can feel like a time warp to the 90's with the corner bars, comic book stores, and grungy cafes; lots of garage sales in the summer, and plenty of space for riding along the lake. During the Mama Tried show I heard a stranger yell, "I love Milwaukee!!!" though he may have had a few PBR's.

I'm saying this because the Mama Tried Show is SO Milwaukee. There were two floors of an old industrial warehouse full of different kinds of motorcycles and people. Choppers, historic Harley's, scramblers, cafe's, and Road America race bikes all under the same roof. PBR tall boys were $3 with the no-judgment option of drinking Sunday morning. The mix of people was beautiful. I saw a dude in his moto gang vest with the DOT logo tattooed on his bald head, a toddler-age girl trying to rotate a tire, rockabilly gents, lots of beards and vests, a little boy dressed in a super hero costume, my friend's Wisconsin mom who brought us cookies, and some rad acquaintances from Chicago that became friends overnight. Despite the variance in people and bikes, there was an overarching sense of acceptance because most Milwaukeeans love motorcycles and don't give a shit what kind you ride. Especially if you threw some studs on the tires and finished the weekend with ice riding on Lake Michigan."

Hit the jump for more photos...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SHORT FILM: Hypebeast Northern Lands - Wrenchmonkees

From Hypebeast:
In our third installment of Northern Lands: Copenhagen, we visit Wrenchmonkees, a Danish motorcycle and apparel brand that has flourished into a well-known, utilitarian label and bike shop. What began as a hobby grew to a business, with many requesting motorbike customization. Eventually, the hobby became a full-fledged mechanic shop offering cutting-edge designs and custom bikes, and in 2008, adopting the moniker ”Wrenchmonkees” along with an apparel label. Inspired by modern all-purpose workwear such as Carhartt, Wrenchmonkees wanted to design apparel that would be practical in the bike shop, but still wearable in public without looking like a mechanic. We speak to co-founder Nicholas Bech about what Wrenchmonkees is, the culture of bike customization, and living in Copenhagen with everything it has to offer. Check out our feature above, and learn more about the brand over at their website.

Monday, February 23, 2015


A few quick shots from Milwaukee's Mama Tried Show this past weekend.
Full recap and photo set is on the way!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MERCH: Wheels & Waves Photobook - by Jo Fischer

Wheels and Waves
by Jo Fischer

Limited to 500 copies.
Handsigned & numbered copy $56.00

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DAILY INSPIRATION: Bandit9 Eve X Konstantin Kofta Fashion

Bandit9's custom Honda Cub, EVE, was recently part of a collaboration with Ukrainian fashion designer Konstantin Kofta. Kofta used the EVE's directional and geometric form to help accentuate the release of his bag design, part of the 2015 Inertia line. The shoot is very much about playing with the orientation of forms and the overall composition rather then the bike itself, but I can still appreciate it for just that reason. 

More here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EVENT: Mama Tried Show - 2015 Milwaukee

Hey Midwest folk, be sure to check out the Mama Tried Show in Milwaukee. It's only a few weeks away and the lineup is looking stacked. It was a blast last year so I have no doubt this year will be even better. Be sure to check out Daniel Peter's Honda XR650 while you're there! It's been one of the most popular bikes ever feature on this blog and rightly so. You can check it out here, but it's even better in person. 

Monday, January 26, 2015


Had some fun with the new Ducat Scrambler this past weekend on a shoot for Iron & Air. The next issue will feature the 2015 Scrambler, an original 1968 Scrambler and Analog Motorcycle's newest build ...which, yes, is also a custom Scrambler. Have I said the word enough yet? Does it still have any meaning?

I only got to take the new Scrambler around the block a couple times in wet 28 degree weather so it's difficult to give a proper review of the bike. I can however tell you that the thing is PUNCHY. Very punchy. And also that there's no traction control :) The bike's got great power and is pretty accomodating for a wide range of rider sizes. I'm 6'3" so the leg area was a bit cramped. I'd be willing to make some sacrifices to make it work though ...namely to the subframe. 

SHORT FILM: Made By Sweden

Yes, it's a Volvo ad. Now that we've got that out of the way, can we just appreciate the cinematography behind this piece? 

"Det här är en hyllning till Sverige när det är som kärvast. Ett tack till kylan, mörkret, blåsten och regnet. Därför att utan våra hårda svenska förhållanden hade vi aldrig tillverkat de bilar vi gör."
(This is a tribute to Sweden when it is harshest. A thank you to the cold, darkness, wind and rain. Because without our strict Swedish conditions we had never made the cars we do.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

DAILY INSPIRATION: Deus Custom's "Hondo Grattan" Ducati Scrambler

Hondo Grattan
Ducati Scrambler

Hey look at this, people are building customs before bikes are even released these days. Scrambler Ducati looks to have given out a few of the new models to a short list of shops. On the ballot were Mr. Martini, Officine Mermaid, and Deus Italy - all Italian based custom outfits. I'll be honest, when I saw that Mr. Martini was on the list I got pretty excited. His past builds have been some of my favorite for their hair-brained originality. However I was a bit let down by their offering this time around. A few off the shelf parts, a custom exhaust and some black paint? Come on! Where are the 8-ball inspired engine fairings, caution tape yellow headlight shrouds, wacky frame colors and oxblood leather seats kicked up at aggressive angles? You can see the trio here on the Scrambler Ducati Facebook page.

The most stand out example from the three seemed to be Deus' take. The custom aluminum body work is clearly the jewel here, using some atypical geometric surfacing to create a very interesting overall aesthetic. Unfortunately I can't find anything on Deus' reasoning behind the colorway but it screams 90's Bilstein touring car to me and I'm all for that. Deus' Italian HQ has been proving themselves to be the most impressive and original location from a design stand point of all their other outfits. Here's a bit more about the project from Filippo Bassoli, MD of Deus Italy:
"[After revealing a fantastic frame] the result of free and innovative ideas where the main focus is on the aluminium bodywork, with a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. An asymmetric mudguard completes the project, together with lots of little details such as the positioning of the conic filter within the frame, the disc brake and, of course, the dedicated exhaust. The name however comes from Carby, creative director of Deus Australia, who was in Milan at the time; he saw the project when it was almost complete and fell in love with it, naming it Hondo Grattan, after the horse that won everything on the Harold Park race-track. Who knows, in the not-too-distant future, perhaps our bike will end up on that track too."

Yes, that's an asymmetrical front fender! Officine Mermaid did a great job as well, cranking up that capability dial to 11 with a suspension upgrade, knobby tires and a side mounted fog light. Check it out at the link above.