Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This is the last week to help push this great documentary through Kickstarter. Check it out and lend a hand if you want to see more:
Monday, March 10, 2014
Thanks to the folks at Oil & Blood for the shirt! Kara digs it.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Updates have been pretty sparse for the past couple months. The short of it is about 3 months ago I got my One Moto Show invite. 2.5 months ago we moved into our new shop space. ..and 2 months ago I started the Honda Dream 150 build, destined for the show. I knew there was no chance in getting this bike into a presentable form in 2 months time with my current schedule. I still work full time at a design consultancy in Chicago so my building hours are restricted to after 6pm and weekends. To put this timeline in perspective the Yamaha SR250 took just under 2 years.So I took a month off.It wasn't going to be enough, so I hired a good friend, and had many others jumping in from time to time to lend a hand. Every minute of help I had was the reason this bike made it to the show. At 5am on Wednesday the 5th we put our tools down, and at 8 am we left for Portland. A 40 hour straight drive through 2 major snow storms in a mini van on all-season tires. We punished our bodies (and that van) for 2 straight days with beef jerky and Redbull dinners. We began to lose count of the amount of cars and trucks abandoned in snowy ditches after it rounded the bend of 30. Instead we started tallying up lists of cars we'd never purchase based on their abandonment rate.1. Crown Vic2. Chevy Impala3. Light weight RWD pick up truck4. Tractor TrailerThe Chrysler Town & Country ended up being an almost perfect road trip vehicle. We Country'd the shit out of it for a total of 80 hours and it took it with class. We even averaged 24MPG with 4 grown-ass men and a tiny motorcycle on board. Somehow we made it there and back and had a hell of a time doing so. The show was amazing and in my opinion the snow packed streets of Portland just added to the excitement of it all. So did the floor mounted e-brake slide attempts with 7 people on board. We're from the Midwest. When it snows, you drive sideways. Thems the rules.
Here's a photo dump from the camera phones of the beloved crew who made this trip a success. I owe you all the beers.
We had a thoroughly amazing time. My only gripe was that I didn't get to flog anything around the snow pack streets of Portland. My floor e-brake slides in the Town & Country were not well received by the other passengers (Kara)...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Daniel Simon for Lotus
If you're outside of the design and concept art world you may have never heard the name Daniel Simon. For those within the industry he's something of a living legend. Chances are you're familiar with his work but have never had a name put to it. He started his career designing for Volkswagen, where he worked on vehicle design for Seat and Lamborghini. Later he would assist in the revitalizing of the Bugatti brand, working on the Veyron. He also publishes concept art books, the first being Cosmic Motors - a book that came out while I was still in design school. It stopped me dead in my tracks and made me reevaluate my entire approach to concept design.More recently he's been lead vehicle designer for movies like Tron: Legacy, Oblivion and Prometheus. He's just published his 2nd concept art book titled The Timeless Racer wherein he intertwines the fictitious story of a race series from an alternate universe. I'd highly recommend both books. You can find them through the link above.Most recently Daniel has been spending his time developing a new motorcycle for Lotus: The C-01. According to Lotus' website, this isn't just a concept. It's real, and Lotus IS building it. About 100 to be exact. There is currently a road registered prototype blasting around German streets. Beneath the gorgeous streamlined fairings lies a 4-stroke 200hp twin, and the bike clocks in at about 400lbs even. I could die happy atop one of these... and fast.
With a repertoire like Daniel's he's obviously quite immersed in the world of motorsport and has cladded the C-01's fairings with some of the most desirable racing liveries in history: The above Johnny Player Special with a twist of carbon, and below shown in Martini and classic Lotus racing livery. The only thing I'm not totally on board with are the OCC bagger style wheels. With such a strong nod to racing pedigree I would have liked to see something a bit more technical like a forged lightweight multi-spoke.