Friday, 24 April 2015

For Sale: 1972 Honda CL350 in LA

Thanks to Andrew for sending us this beauty. We don't know anything about the history, but it looks like something to buy to take over to Perris, out to Hell on Wheels and down to Del Mar...

$2600 or best offer

Go to Craig's List for more details. G

DTRA Magazine

The DTRA have worked with photographer Ian Roxburgh and journalist Ian Osborne the create a neat, free digital magazine you see here. 

Remember the first race is this weekend at Leicester. Spectators go free. G

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Action Man Gripping Hands

This morning, nearly a week after stepping off the saddle, my hands still feel like rubbery, lifeless, Action Man™ gripping hands, only good for loosely holding a plastic Sten gun. Ross RootBeerBobber, took his Madame Tussauds-style hands to the physio as he's only capable of a pathetic Vulcan salute, and was told there is no remedy.
Next time I'll add a hand grip exerciser to my pre-adventure exercise regime. BP

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sideburn Sunburn Good Times

Our first Sideburn endorsed moto trip was awesome. A game-changer. We couldn't have amassed a more fun group of 14 guys from 3 different countries. Thanks to John of Moto Aventures for shepherding us so professionally. From ponderous river crossings in the High Atlas, perilous rocky cliff faces, a flat out dash across a firing range and conquering the mighty 150 meter high Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi, we did it all - often with comedy aplomb. A happily relentless challenge to man and machine - but mostly man, as the 450 KTM EXC excellently prepared/repaired by Hussein every evening, were so forgiving.
Spectacular scenery every which where. Everyone said they would absolutely do it all again - once their bruises and blisters have healed.
Thanks too to Su and Maryam, for pre-production and real-time lubrication, ensuring everything ran smoothly. BP
GI posted a few highlights shot by various riders, whilst I was away, on the Sideburn Instagram

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Fuller Moto Dirty Duc

Neat Ducati Scrambler (the original one) built by Fuller Moto of Atlanta, Georgia.
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DTRA Round 1: This Sunday

The first round of the 2015 DTRA season is this Sunday, Leicester Speedway (head to Beaumont Leys, find the big Morrisons or use LE4 IDS, and follow your nose).

Spectators go free!

Huge Entry 
31 rookies; 24 Thunderbikes; 17 pros; 11 vintage, plus restricted (riders who are between rookie and pro), juniors and minibikes.

Here are some photos from the Scunthorpe practice eight days ago. G
My own Wood Rotax has had a refresh for 2015. New rings, new valve guides, secondhand Racefit Ti pipe. Death Spray paint! Same loose nut on the handlebars.
One of my favourite bikes in the series (except for its hideous front mudguard). Isaac's twin-cam Rotax with a liquid-cooled head. Can't remember which chassis it is, C&J I think. Imported from the US last year.
Tom, colour-coordinated. We have a handful of these Sideburn logo zip hoodies left.
John Boddy and the Triumph bitsa. Read more about this bike in Sideburn 18.
John's brother, James and his Ariel, first time out, few teething problems. I don't see it on the entry list for Leicester, but I look forward to seeing it again.
James and his XS650, straight into the Rookies.
Two of Survivor Customs crew chat with Geoff Co-Built. 32 is Murph, sitting; 35 is Mike Hill, checked shirt. Along with Ryan Quickfall they are all entering the Rookies on modified CCMs this year.
Mike did all the conversion work, making the exhausts, shortening swingers, twin shocking rear ends,  the whole shebang. Survivor Customs is based in Middlesbrough and looks like a good place to have a road bike converted into the Thunderbike. Mike is already well up to speed on his.
Mike Hill on his self-built Survivor Rotax. He had practiced at Redcar the day before, and came for another full day at Scunthorpe. Tank logo was handpainted by Ryan Quickfall. Behind is Ian Cramp on his own self-built CCM.
Happy Survivor crew heading back north.
See you at Leicester!

Monday, 20 April 2015

250 London

New online store (soon to be a real on the street store?) 250 London is stocking a lot of hard to find 1970s/80s inspired MX gear, and some of it is in the sale.

It includes Deus Ex Machina, 100%, Hell on Wheels, Alpinestars, Emgo...

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hamish's Australian Road Trip

Aussie-based freelance motorcycle journalist Hamish Cooper has sent us this update on how some people spend Easter Down Under. Hamish caught up with us around this time last year at the Rye House DTRA test day and has kept in touch since.
Hi Gary and Co
I did a bit of a road trip over Easter that involved travelling to and reporting on the annual Broadford Bonanza festival. This year they got 1200 entries in an event that covers every discipline of motorcycle sport except drag racing. 

 So here I am, loaded up with camping gear and two changes of motorcycle protective clothing for Broadford race track (take away the road race suit and trials helmet and boots and the lower bag is halved in size). It was a great few days as I rode by myself, so just me, the bike and a lonely road. No responsibilities except to myself and my own safety. 

I took this "selfie minus me" out on the flatlands of western rural Victoria, near Minyup. Victoria may be the smallest mainland state of Australia but if you ever ride out here on the backroads be aware that it's a long way between farmhouses if you get a puncture or run out of fuel. 

 I bought and modified this 2001 Triumph Bonneville as a "round-town bike". So that basically means it's a Street Tracker. It worked well on what turned out to be a 2000km weekend ride. Not an interstate master-blaster but at a steady 110km/h you get time to look around and get into a different zone of riding. (The old Army ammo box on the side housed emergency rations: an emergency toolkit sourced from a KTM I used to own, a road-worker's wet-weather suit, quality muesli bars and an old metal hipflask I'd filled with Glenlivet 12yo whiskey).  Life doesn't get any better than this. 

Here's a couple of pics of the event that photographer Russell Colvin took. We worked together over the weekend filing reports and feature for a variety of magazines.
Yin and Yang of Sixties shed-built racing. Rickman Triumph 8-valve roadracer and 650cc Trophy MXer) 
Julie Skewes loaned her Bobber out for the track sessions while she went swinging in a sidecar. 
The three musketeers of Bathurst 1979, considered the closest race in Australian domestic racing. Graeme Crosby, Ron Boulden and John Woodley
A "shed-built" Beemer on track

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Race the Sacramento Mile!

The chances to race a national mile track as an amateur are very limited, but now is your chance to


... and it happens the day after the GNC National. This is a dream set-up. Do a race school on Friday, watch the National on Saturday and race on Sunday.

You need an AMA licence, $40 or so.
Good leathers and modern Snell-approved helmet
You must pre-enter - through California Flat Track Association.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Art & Moto, Portugal

Free show coming up in Lisbon, Portugal next weekend. We went to the first one and they're very good people and Lisbon is a great city. Get there if you can.

The poster is very reminiscent of Jim Mitchell's work for Mambo back in the 1990s. I like it. This is what Cesar, the organiser says...

'The artist is a very young guy working in advertising. His name is Mica, and I love his approach to the poster, because he isn’t from this scene and doesn’t ride a bike, but he catch the spirit easily.'

Find out more at G