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
This short film just makes me want to go and ride…
So its been a few weeks and the dust has settled on the first Oil Stained Brain show, it was a huge success and the organisers are already making plans for the 2013 show. The official photos have just been released, great shots by Shannon Djordjevic from Flake Kustom Photography and Lisa Feagan.
This is how Harley Davidson should have built the XR1200….RSD have worked their magic and as usual the results are pretty spectacular. I had seen pictures of this bike quite a while ago but today I watched the build video on the RSD site, really good stuff and well worth a look - guaranteed to give you a shot of inspiration!
The Joint Custom Bike Show in Japan is without a doubt one of the shows that I wish I could attend, unfortunately I live in Australia and Japan is not exactly just around the corner….that said one year I WILL make the trip. In the mean time each year I seem to make do with the great photographic coverage provided on the Daikoube blog. The bikes at this show range from the completely crazy and insane (in my opinion anyway) through to some of the best looking custom bikes you will see anywhere. I like anything that looks like it wants to be ridden, here’s a few of my favourites;
It seems that just as many amazing bikes can be seen in the car park outside the show….
Note to self…must go to Japan next year! All images via Daikoube.
Pretty cool bike built back on 2009 by Wonder Customs. V-rod engine, custom everything else. Has a good stance and looks just right with a rider on-board. Best looking V-rod custom?
When I started this blog I wanted to make a post titled “inspiration” every week, that hasn’t quite happened but lately I have collecteed a few random pictures of some really nice bikes that deserve to be shared…so here we go – inspiration #8!
Killer little ducati single, I want this bike badly!
Pity about the blue wheels, other than that its awesome.
Decorate your bike with a shaprie pen?
Sportster+dirt bike tank+full fairing = winner
I think this Montesa started life as a dirt bike, good lines so far – anyone seen a picture of the completed bike?
High pipe beemer
Hot heads? Krauser?
The oldest bikes to compete at the Island Classic are the pre war class of machine. This year the 1926 1000cc Indian Altoona was not only the oldest bike in the field but was also the fastest by quite a considerable margin. There were a few other Indians in the field, 1941 750cc Scout based bikes I think. I really liked the character of these bikes, how cool is the tank art!
There were some WLA Harleys also from the early 40′s…
One of the more unusual bikes in the category was this rare 1928 Douglass.
Its great to see bikes from this era being raced hard, too often bikes like this end up collecting dust in a collection and not ridden the way they were intended (or ridden at all for that matter…)