The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2014

Pandora and I were unable to make it to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas on April 11th and 12th this year. The event is snuggled up to MotoGP and features the Wall of Death, a full bar, and works of Shinya Kimura, Walt Siegl, Revival Cycles, Boyle Custom Moto, and one of my favorite motoladies Sofi Tsingos plus a ton of other talented folks. Sofi and Brandon LaJoie of GT Moto (website) helped out with some awesome photos and words on the event. 

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"First, I would like to say how mind blowing the show was. Last year I was about a block away from the One Show during Moto GP and missed it by half an hour. So I asked to get off work in advance to make sure I could make it this year. I had NO idea my CB550 and I would be invited to actually be in the show! After arriving, I just stopped at the door as soon as I saw the talent that was there.

Kyirsty Unger sitting on her lil two stoke Suzuki GT185 braaper in Portland, Oregon.
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Kyirsty Unger sitting on her lil two stoke Suzuki GT185 braaper in Portland, Oregon.

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Christina Moto-Robot gettin’ down at the Santa Maria SMKA.

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Crazy exhaust havin’ custom Japanese style Harley from the BBQ Run (EvoSpo blog).
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Crazy exhaust havin’ custom Japanese style Harley from the BBQ Run (EvoSpo blog).

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Kerryann De La Cruz and her I <3 RDN shirt, perfectly matched to her red Honda CBR sportbike.
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Kerryann De La Cruz and her I <3 RDN shirt, perfectly matched to her red Honda CBR sportbike.

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Went to a few antique and vintage shops today in Ventura… awesome stores and a couple scores. Rotations was by far my favorite, with the 50cc Indian minibike, vintage motorcycle stuff sprinkled throughout a bunch of other wares including old street signage and antique photos of women and motorcycles. I snagged an old pair of leather motorcycle pants there, and the owl business card holder at Time Bomb. 

Good stuff. 

Hillary Russak and her BMW touring bike photographed by Christina Shook (Hasselblad, film). Check out her book, &#8216;Chicks on Bikes&#8217;. 

Hillary Russak and her BMW touring bike photographed by Christina Shook (Hasselblad, film). Check out her book, ‘Chicks on Bikes’. 

Leah (Stunts) Petersen reminds us all to love our motorcycles by giving her Ninja a little smooch. 
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Leah (Stunts) Petersen reminds us all to love our motorcycles by giving her Ninja a little smooch. 

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Aileen Guenther of the Moto Quest working on her bike build that she&#8217;s going to travel around the world on. 
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Aileen Guenther of the Moto Quest working on her bike build that she’s going to travel around the world on. 

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Mystery Girl Emma from Russia

You’ve probably seen photos of her riding around on sport bikes in heels and short skirts, shorts, costumes, etc. This the most circulated photo of them all, for sure. 

I’ve always wondered if she dresses up for photo ops around St. Petersburg, Russia, but otherwise gears up… and I found other photos that suggest that is the case. 

Making Stuff: Footpeg Coat Hook

Since I’m finally at the point where I can cut, weld, and grind metal… when I was inspired to make a coat hook this weekend, I did so. I can’t even describe how excited I am to finally be able to do some of the weird decor and art projects I’ve had on my mind for years. My welding isn’t perfect, but it’s getting better with every go.

Anywho, on Saturday I made a coat/helmet/whatever-you-want-it-to-be-for hook out of an old foot peg… it even flips up. 

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Here’s the [rather short] process. 

Women Who Wrench and Ride

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I received this note from a reader recently, and wanted to expand on her comments. Firstly, thank you Becca for the kind words. Super awesome to hear you wrench and ride yourself. You are definitely not alone!

As for lady riders who also wrench, check out this list of other awesome motoladies you can follow online. 

Misty Whitten with her custom painted Perfume &amp; Gasoline helmet. Such a classy lookin&#8217; motolady!
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Misty Whitten with her custom painted Perfume & Gasoline helmet. Such a classy lookin’ motolady!

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Helmets for Heroines on April 25th of 2014 in at Karmarama in London- celebrating lady riders and providing aid for those with Breast Cancer in need of care. Starts with a motorcycle ride through London, followed by an art show with beautiful helmets.  

In a male dominated world, The Gabriel Hounds want to celebrate women on two wheels. In the process, we are going to be showcasing some beautiful and iconique helmets.

Check out Helmets for Heroines Facebook Event page for more info. 

Helmets for Heroines on April 25th of 2014 in at Karmarama in London- celebrating lady riders and providing aid for those with Breast Cancer in need of care. Starts with a motorcycle ride through London, followed by an art show with beautiful helmets.  

In a male dominated world, The Gabriel Hounds want to celebrate women on two wheels. In the process, we are going to be showcasing some beautiful and iconique helmets.

Check out Helmets for Heroines Facebook Event page for more info

Giving my Monster, aka &#8216;Pandora&#8217;s Box&#8217;, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.
Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.

Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same.