The BSA project has been sitting patiently on the bench for a few months now, I stripped it down and have spent many hours staring at it since. I had a whole heap of different ideas for this bike but it has really taken some time to settle on a direction that I am happy with. This project is extra special as I am building the bike for my Father, the guy who is responsible for my addiction to bikes, someone who has owned BSA’s all his life and probably the most important customer I could ever have – I really want to make sure I get this one right! Continue reading article
The lastest project underway at supacustom is a custom bicycle for my girlfriend Renee, this isn’t the first bicycle frame that I have built but it will be the first to carry the “supacustom” brand. It seems lots of readers are curious to know more about what goes into building a bicycle frame, so I’ll try and step through some of the details here on the blog.
People who know me well are aware that I have a soft spot for bicycles as well as motorcycles, up until this point supacustom has been 100% moto but recently that has changed a little. Almost 6 years ago I built a bicycle frame, and to be honset that is where the addiction to customising bikes really began, I got a huge kick out of riding around on something that I had built myself, from there I progressed onto custom motorcycles but the desire to have another crack at a bicycle frame has been lingering ever since. First time around I built a really basic frame jig, it served the purpose and built a bike that was pretty straight but like everything I learn’t a lot of lessons with that first jig. I promised myself that before making another frame I’d build a new jig incorporating all of those lessons, after much planning and headscratching its pretty much done. Continue reading article →
It seems everyone in the custom bike world is coming out with a short film, some are good and some suck – this is one of the good ones, not just good, its brilliant! It follows the stories of 3 builders from Portland, Oregon (which is an awesome city that I was lucky enough to visit earlier this year…). The film is a great look at some interesting guys doing cool things with custom bikes, the thread for me that ties them all together is the love of riding and the importance of building a bike with a purpose, a bike that has been built to be ridden. Be sure to check out the website for this film as well – very slick and will no doubt see you watching the film all over again!
In my opinion all custom bikes should be built to be ridden, “show only” bikes really don’t count as far as I am concerned. I have posted images of the Bott XR-1 before and it sure did look like a custom that was made to perform, the latest images from Bottpower confirm that theory. Not only have they released a video of the bike being thrown around track there is also a series of photos of Anthony West giving the bike a good thrashing (in case you are wondering Ant West is an ex MotoGP rider and current Moto2 contender, oh and he is an Aussie – must be a good bloke!). Not only is the bike a spectacular looking beast, it clearly loves to be ridden hard – the perfect custom…? Continue reading article →
The Hammar 449 is a new creation from Hammaerhead Industries, what a bike! Details are still a bit scarce, I am sure we will see a full release from Hammaerhead Industries soon but for now these couple of pictures tell a great story – custom frame, Honda CRF450X motor, motard wheels, scrambler styling, and lots of brushed aluminium. I can only imagine how much fun this thing would be blasting around a city or thrashing along some twisty county roads. Hammarhead build some pretty cool machines but for me this bike really steps it up to the next level. I can’t wait to see more pictures and some video of it in action. Continue reading article →
Do you live in Melbourne Australia? Got a bike? Want to work on it yourself but have no tools, no garage, or just no idea what you are doing? The Kustom Kommune could be the answer. The guys behind Oil Stained Brain, the coolest custom motorcycle show in the country have put their heads together to try and solve this very problem.I think at some point we have all been in this position, I can remember working on a bike with limited tools under a dodgy pergola in the middle of winter, not ideal to say the least! The Kustom Kommune will hopefully become a fantastic community workshop where you can hire some space, tools and even get some advice while you are fixing your bike. The project is currently raising money through a campaign on Pozible, its already raised a considerable amount of coin and if it continues to grow at this pace there is a very real chance that the guys will reach their funding target and be able to make this a reality, if you think its the type of place that you need, get behind the project now and help it become a reality. Continue reading article →
The One Motorcycle Show has just been held in Portland OR, it seems almost everyone involved in the custom bike scene in the US were in attendance. I have been checking out the show from afar, instagram has been supplying me with an endless stream of material to drool over. The most shattering part of all is that I was in Portland only 2 weeks ago on some business, it would have been amazing if the dates could have lined up better but it was not to be this time. Whilst I was in Portland I did manage to visit See See Motorcycles, a great experience in itself so I should’t complain to much! Back to the show, it finished up a few days ago and just now the high res, non instagram photos are starting to flood onto the web. The guys from Iron and Air magazine have uploaded a really amazing set of images, I’ll post a few here but for the full set head on over to the Iron and Air blog and for a second you can pretend you were actually there… Continue reading article →
I don’t often blog about bikes that have been recently featured on BikeExif, because to be honest pretty much everyone will have already read about them over there. Occasionally though a bike comes along that is such a stand out I just can’t help but to post it. This Guzzi V50 from Butch builders RNO Cycles falls firmly into this category, wow what a machine. The bike is an unusual mix of classic, modern, street fighter and cafe racer and really thats a combination that just shouldn’t work but in this case its pretty spectacular. Continue reading article →
So I have spent the past couple of weeks in the US on business, today was the final day of my trip. I found myself with 8 hours to kill in LA while waiting for my flight back to Australia. I decided to rent a car and go visit a couple of bike shops…the day started out well when I got an upgrade at the rental company to a Mustang! First stop was at Garage Company, I have seen these guys featured on the web numerous times and decided it was time I went to see what all the fuss was about. Well I can confidently say that I was totally gobsmacked when I walked into their shop… genuinely lost for words! The image above is only about half of the business, the showroom side. The workshop is just as big and packed with more bikes, parts and memorabilia. Continue reading article →