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. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SHORT FILM: Duncan Wolfe's "Absaroka"

Filmed and edited by Duncan Wolfe

DREAMONE50: The Full Rebuild


Some photos from the Dream's full engine rebuild.

This stuff works great to seal up old imperfect mating surfaces where even new gaskets fail. Paint the fresh gasket and let it sit for 15min before installing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ART&DESIGN: Trusswork Furniture of Janne Kyttanen

Trusswork Furniture

Janne Kyttanen blurs the line between art and furniture. Although he's worked in a wide range of genres his style always seems to teeter between biomimicry and engineered structures. These are some of my favorite pieces, created in both cast aluminum and 3D printed plastic. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

MERCH: Chivote 2Face Leather Backpack

2Face Leather Backpack

The metal clasps let you flip between the bag's different faces, revealing different designs and colors depending on the model. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

SHORT FILM: Ellaspede's Dust Hustle

DAILY INSPIRATION: Wrenchmonkees Lavera SF 750

Laverda SF 750

- Standard Dell'Orto PHF carbs, alu velocity stacks.
- New electronic ignition system : Dyna Dubble Ignition coil. DMC photocell/ ignition plate, DMC ignition box.
- WM one-off 2in1 stainless steel exhaust, SPARK muffler.
- Standard frame, cleaned up, rearframe shortened.
- Standard swingarm altered to monoshock. Metallic black paint.
- Yamaha R6 monoshock.
- Standard front fork, lowered 30mm, WIRTH progressive springs.
- Standard triple trees, cleaned up. Motocicli Veloci clip-on´s and racegrips.
- Tarozzi aluminum footpegs.
- Standard brakes, rebuild. Standard hubs and new 18" aluminum rims in semigloss black,
- Stainless steel spokes.
- Pirelli BT 45 tires.
- WM one-off aluminum tank.
- WM one-off alu front fender and brackets.
- WM one-off seat.
- Motogadget Tiny
- WM 4,5" headlight
- LED turns and rearlight.
- WM one-off light brackets front and rear.
- WM one-off aluminum battery box.
- WM complete wiring.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Another from the archives.

Photo: Pat Daly


Friend of a friend. 
Just got this thing fired up after messing around with it here and there for about 6 months. Feels good. Time to make more space for new projects. 

Friday, January 9, 2015


FBF - To that time Kara, Pat and I woke up at 4am and scrambled to the south side to shoot this beautiful Chicago sunrise...

Build: Yamaha SR250

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DAILY INSPIRATION: Dechaves Garage DCH1 Electric Motorcycle

DCH1 Electric Motorcycle
Dechaves Garage

A stunning example of when form follows function in the best way. A summary of the project as described by Pablo de Chaves:
The project began two years ago with a dual purpose; on the one hand to fill the gap in the segment of urban electric motorcycles full of poor quality scooters with aesthetics not very suitable for the European market. And on the other hand, it also was born as a technological challenge which would allow Pablo de Chaves to apply his engineering skills and knowledge gained in recent years in the electric vehicles field.

The DCH is an urban electric motorcycle; original, minimalist and different. It is a bike designed to be used around town with style and comfort. Zero noise, zero maintenance, zero pollution.

It is designed for those who want to stand out from the crowd and for those who don’t want to resign themselves to a scooter or an ICE motorcycle. To sum up, it is a bike for technology lovers and for those who want a unique motorcycle with great personality. It is a perfect bike for the tough urban environment.