Thursday, August 21, 2014

DAILY INSPIRATION: "Mr. Green" Moto-Guzzi V7 by Macco Motors

Mr. Green
2008 Moto-Guzzi V7
Photos by Sergio Ibarra

Custom bikes with minimal modifications that produce a dramatic result are some of my favorite. In my eyes it's very akin to the sumi-e philosophy of visualizing your piece in the least amount of brush strokes. It's design efficiency at it's finest. This Moto-Guzzi V7 is a great representation of that philosophy. Here's Jose from Macco Motors on what went into his visualization of Mr. Green.

"The story of this Guzzi has a lot of kilometers behind it, because David (the owner) and his girl used to travel on it several times a year all over Europe. We built a new subframe but kept a two-up seat, thinner and a bit shorter than the stock one. We improved the rear suspension with Hagon Nitro progressive shocks 1 cm lower than stock, put progressive Hagon springs in front, and lowered the front suspension. A 12V DC output located in the new Rizoma handlebar was placed in order to be used with a GPS device. Black Biltwell Kung Fu grips and short clutch and brake levers with a Bates style headlight and a KOSO speedometer complete the front look. We finished the black front suspension forks with Triumph gaiters and adhesive black rubber belt around the upper side. Mini turn signal lights and new tiny rear light."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HUCKBERRY GIVEAWAY: Winner - Janos Csizmadia!

And the winner via the random generator is...

These Abel Brown Casted gloves are yours to be claimed! Send an e-mail within 1 week to with your shipping address and glove size. If the winner does not respond within one week another will be selected. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MERCH: Braun BN0171 Ceramic Watch

BN0171 Watch
by Braun

Featuring a full ceramic case and bracelet, this watch is a stunning physical interpretation of Dieter Ram’s ‘less is more’ philosophy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GEAR: Red Wing Heritage 875 Oro-Legacy

875 Moc Toe in Oro-Legacy

About 7 weeks ago I picked up these 875's at a Red Wing Heritage event in Chicago. For the event Red Wing branded a handful of the boots with the IL state outline on the inner ankle. I was lucky enough to take a pair home and have been wearing them since. 

After 7 weeks of shop time and a few camping trips they earned their first cleaning and conditioning. I first use Fiebing's Saddle Soap to clean them. The saddle soap wont remove the oils and dry out the leather like a common soap would. I use the same soap and the rough side of a dish sponge to scrub the soles. Let them dry over night. Then I work in some Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP. They recommend doing it with your hands because the warmth helps the conditioner soak into the boots. After that hit it with low heat from a hair dryer to help it settle in. Here's the before and after results:

They're a bit dark right now but will lighten up as the conditioner drys. The above products work great and leave your boots smelling like a leather the best way.

GEAR: Womens Belstaff Sidney Leather Jacket

Sidney Leather Jacket

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ART&DESIGN: Wood Casting Tables by Hilla Shamia

Wood Casting

Furniture combining cast aluminium and wood. The negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value by preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk, within explicit boundaries. The general, squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and at the same time keeps the memory of the material.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Win Abel Brown Casted Gloves

Huckberry Give-A-Way
"Casted" Gloves

I think your hands look fine just the way they are. Really, I'm not just saying that.
To prove it, the fine folks at Huckberry are letting me give away a set of Abel Brown's "Casted" gloves. These gloves and many other tastefully selected moto items are currently on sale at the BikeEXIF curated On Two Wheels Huckberry store. 
I specifically chose these gloves because in the realm of motorcycle hand protection there are few companies who handle it as tastefully as Abel Brown does.
Here's how you can get your mits in a pair for the price of a handshake:
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 Wednesday August 13th at Midnight (CST).
I'll pick one winner at random which will be announced on the blog shortly after. The winner will then have one week to shoot me an email at to claim their prize.  Gloves come in black (shown). We'll match your size. International readers welcome! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014