Wandering the parking lot of Born Free 6 a couple weekends ago, I got excited every time I saw a cafe racer, tracker, vintage UJM, and especially Ducati. In a sea of Harley Davidson and unique choppers, they stand out like a sore thumb. Just like this custom Ducati 750SS did, which I dubbed “The Ugly Ducling”.
The good looking open clutch cover, clean body, tidy undertail exhaust and bare tank kept me looking. What… what is going on here?
This weekend in Dallas, TX, the awe-inspiring Sofi Tsingos unveiled the cafe racer build that she’s raffling off for charity at the Gas Monkey Bar n Grill.
Sofi started GT Cafe for Cause to build a bike with her dad who was diagnosed with cancer- her plan is to give all proceeds to cancer research. A noble cause, a beautiful bike, and a wonderful woman. How can you go wrong?
In 2012 Sideburn Magazine dreamt up a crazy idea to bring a variety riders together for dirty competition- from professionals to novices, everyone (and all types of bikes) were welcome on the dirt track. The original Dirt Quake event took place in Coventry, Canada.
This year Sideburn and See See Motorcycles teamed up to bring Dirt Quake to the USA… specifically the Pacific Northwest about an hour outside of Portland. I can’t think of a better place to host it, either. A plethora of bikes and folks made it out- from serious racers to costumed jokesters, well prepped dirt bikes to overweight baggers… everyone had a blast on the dirt track.
Can’t help but love a giant Teletubby riding a chopper with a suicide shifter around a dirt track. There was even a ladies only class (as well as an inappropriate street bike class)!
A couple weekends ago, the very next morning after I moved out of San Diego, we woke up at the buttcrack of dawn (seriously, we hit the road at 3am) for Mooneyes 2014 at the Irwindale Speedway. Arriving at about 5am, the event said sold out and we had hours before sunrise.
Tons of vehicles trickled in over the course of the day… with some really exceptional motorcycles peppered throughout. The only running 1912 Pierce Arrow motorbike in the world, an amazing engraved Trike, modified for a veteran missing a leg… the list goes on.
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.
"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.
After the shoot with Shaik Ridzwan, I finally made it to a Sunday Mass event at Deus ex Machina in Venice Beach. This time hosted by East Side Moto Babes and taking place after the big Venice Vintage swap meet (website) and VVMC ride, the parking lot was completely packed. Sunday Mass was literally massive.
Bikes of every style, riders of every experience level. So much fun was had!
An exciting new feature at the Daytona 200 event- the Cafe Racer Village in the Spring Fan Zone.
Moto Media XXX (fb) is the brainchild of Sasha Valentine, Co-Founder of the International Blog site Café Racer XXX and Breeann Poland, former AMA Pro Road Racing Team Manager. This year in Florida at Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200, they’ll be bringing something new to the event. Music all day, custom cafe builds and art on display, and swag giveaways.