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Kyirsty Unger and her little XT braapmobile in Portland, Oregon.

Kyirsty Unger and her little XT braapmobile in Portland, Oregon.

Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.
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Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.

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Sometimes you just have to enjoy a photo for what it is- a mood and moment in time captured for as long as the data lasts on paper, on your harddrive… get over your judgements.
Her smile, that motorcycle smile, it shows the joy we all know so well. It’s that moment, that feeling, that happiness… freedom. 
It’s not news to anyone that I’m a bit of a gear freak- I wear shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and shin armor every time I ride. I’m a fan of full face helmets. But I remember the 96 degree (F) day in Portland last summer, after I’d lapped the small field on the two smoker KZ125 at Chris’ house quite a few times… I was dripping with sweat. I rode into the yard, peeled off all my gear and threw it to the ground. I lapped the field a few times wearing pants, boots, a tank top, and nothing else. It was glorious, yes, yes I’ll admit. 
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Sometimes you just have to enjoy a photo for what it is- a mood and moment in time captured for as long as the data lasts on paper, on your harddrive… get over your judgements.

Her smile, that motorcycle smile, it shows the joy we all know so well. It’s that moment, that feeling, that happiness… freedom. 

It’s not news to anyone that I’m a bit of a gear freak- I wear shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and shin armor every time I ride. I’m a fan of full face helmets. But I remember the 96 degree (F) day in Portland last summer, after I’d lapped the small field on the two smoker KZ125 at Chris’ house quite a few times… I was dripping with sweat. I rode into the yard, peeled off all my gear and threw it to the ground. I lapped the field a few times wearing pants, boots, a tank top, and nothing else. It was glorious, yes, yes I’ll admit. 

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

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Corinna Mantlo rebuilds her dirtbike with Valerie Figarella, owner of MotorGrrl Garage in Brooklyn. 
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Corinna Mantlo rebuilds her dirtbike with Valerie Figarella, owner of MotorGrrl Garage in Brooklyn. 

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Stopped by Tri-County Motorcycle Salvage in Ventura, CA yesterday just in time before they closed before the weekend at 5p. Tons of shocks, cables, bars, dirtbike bodywork, wheels, carbs, branded wrenches (probably from road side tool kits), luggage racks… and not one metal fender for the Harley DualSporty project (which is the whole reason I went)

I did pick up a ton of wrenches though (more on my plans for those later) and Wolf found an awesome clutch-and-brake double lever. Never seen one of these in person except the types that stunt riders have on their motorcycles. 

Lindsey Marie Hanson on her beautiful customized vintage Harley, captured hitting “The Snake” near Los Angeles, CA. 
You’ve probably seen photos from “The Snake” without even realizing- it’s a 21-turn portion of Mulholland Highway just above the Rock Store. “Edwards’ Corner” is the last turn heading uphill through the snake and is rather internet famous for capturing motorcyclists outriding their bike, talent, and/or conditions. 

Lindsey Marie Hanson on her beautiful customized vintage Harley, captured hitting “The Snake” near Los Angeles, CA. 

You’ve probably seen photos from “The Snake” without even realizing- it’s a 21-turn portion of Mulholland Highway just above the Rock Store. “Edwards’ Corner” is the last turn heading uphill through the snake and is rather internet famous for capturing motorcyclists outriding their bike, talent, and/or conditions. 

Valerie Thompson ready to race in her BMW branded one piece suit and Schuberth full face.
Valerie is a five time land speed record holder, is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, and Texas Mile 200 MPH Club… dang! She also set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her BMW S1000RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Pretty incredible. 
Valerie will be appearing at BMW Las Vegas open house this weekend, Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 11a to 3p. For more info, address, etc… hit the Valerie Thompson FB page. 

Valerie Thompson ready to race in her BMW branded one piece suit and Schuberth full face.

Valerie is a five time land speed record holder, is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, and Texas Mile 200 MPH Club… dang! She also set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her BMW S1000RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Pretty incredible. 

Valerie will be appearing at BMW Las Vegas open house this weekend, Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 11a to 3p. For more info, address, etc… hit the Valerie Thompson FB page

Stormie Ray pullin’ her dirtbike out of the muddy trenches at Woodland Bottoms in Washinton.
Ruts can be deceiving in the rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest- you’re all “I got this” then it’s more like “holy crap where’d my wheel go?”

Stormie Ray pullin’ her dirtbike out of the muddy trenches at Woodland Bottoms in Washinton.

Ruts can be deceiving in the rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest- you’re all “I got this” then it’s more like “holy crap where’d my wheel go?”

Video: Hitler Wants A Gixxer (For His First Bike)

Most of us are familiar with the Hitler video meme wherein the english subtitles are changed to humorous banter completely unrelated to the Nazi regime. In this parody video, Hitler wants a GSXR 650 or 1000 for his first bike, and his compadres try to talk sense to him about starting with something smaller and, well, Hitler throws a temper tantrum (naturally). “I want my 180 wheels! I want to beat Ferraris! I will have women pulling the balls out of my pants!”

Just under 4 minutes of amusingly familiar arguments. I especially love, “I have six months of dirt riding experience!”

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.

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.