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A Himalayan Roadtrip

What a great thing to do!

Two friends going on a bike trip from Manali and drove the Trans Himalayan Highway to Leh, then summited Khardung La (The world’s highest motorable road) and headed east to Srinagar near the Pakistan border before returning to Manali. That is for sure one of the great stories you write when you are young and keep telling throughout your life. A very intense adventure with so many spectacular experiences which will last for a lifetime. India and the Himalayan mountains are already adventurous enough by itself but exploring it on a Royal Enfield suddenly becomes a unique and very personal story. I’ve traveled the Himalayan Mountains from India to Nepal from Gorakhpur to Kathmandu by local transport after taking busses from Varanasi to Gorakhpur. But that feels almost a boring and usual way.

The video itself is well done and feels so authentic and real that it’s great fun to watch. The fun, the pain, the disappointments but also the reading feelings come across so real.

 

Wrench Against The Machine

Esquire Network revealed its new competition series, Wrench Against the Machine, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15

Some of the most prestigious bike builders in the country put their reputations on the line in the ultimate test of creativity and craftsmanship to impress head judge, Roland Sands, founder of motorcycle and apparel company Roland Sands Design. Rounding out the panel is Michael Woolaway, U.S. director of motorcycle design for Deus Ex Machina and Alan Stulberg, co-founder and chief designer of Revival Cycles and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

The 72 hours of round-the-clock wrenching will take viewers deeper into the teamwork, the problem solving, and the creativity of the process that brings these bikes to life. Every episode come with its own unique batch of teams and building challenges, as fabricators are tasked with building café racers, choppers, bobbers and beyond. In the end, the expert judges will test and evaluate the custom rides, crowning the winning team with the coveted “wrench” and the losing team’s bike.

 

 

Wasteland – Another Roadside Attraction

 

Crazy, Mad Max is alive. Seems the Burning Man festival for Mad Max fans. I’m not even sure if this is for custom car builders as the Wasteland people seem a bit over the top. But under a creative standpoint there is great understanding of the event. As crazy it seems, as much fun it would be to experience it once.

 

PostCups

Great idea by Julep x Jenn Perng. Postcards that are only complete after you stain it with coffee. Who wants to avoid getting coffee stain rings on his office desk should consider those postcards. After you completed the drawing with your personal morning coffee string you can send it off and pass your thoughts & wishes to a friend.

 

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Kott Custom Style

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  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
  • Kott Custom Style
The photo series  “A day with Dustin Kott” by www.curtet.com presents the independently-owned company, which is based in the Los Angeles area and specialized in the fabrication and design of vintage motorcycles, namely bikes from the 1970’s Honda CB series. The well-known company has found a very significant style within the cafe racer world. Each bike concept is well thought-through and build with many customized parts to create this significant look&feel of the bike.
So it comes as no surprise, that in the same perfection as the bikes, photography has to be. With both companies based in the Los Angeles area, and the strong automotive portfolio of M&P CURTET, it made sense to team up for a great shoot about “Kott Bikes”.
Credits
Photography: www.curtet.com
Art work: www.dwain.com
Production: www.gravyproductions.net

Helmet Design – DMD Vintage

  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage
  • Helmet Design – DMD Vintage

Love this open face helmet with the golden design, which was inspired by the evocative Maya writing.

With around 817 Euro for the painting job plus another 400-500 Euro for the helmet you need some little cash for this unique artwork. But, it’s unique and very special. Please read what the guys from “unexpected-custom” have to say about this special.

The ideographs and Mayan symbols are expertly mixed to the sinuous lines of the flame: icon of contemporary biker world, reinterpreted with this unusual combination that creates a refined and elegant aesthetic short circuit. Made with airbrushed special colors for glass on a complete metal lamination. The artistic work of this custom helmet is particularly bright and elegant through the use of our special colors for glass that, airbrushed on the in gold leaf surface, offer a rich range of bronze colors and shades. The realization of the middle lettering is obtained with a airbrushed marbled texture that enriches the customization of this design.

Check it out here: Link

Best of ten!

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  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!
  • Best of ten!

Recent work on the rebuild of my cafe racer, Honda CB750 RC04. The photorealistic layouts above show the bike with a modified upside-down fork, new tank design and new shock absorbers. To bring the fron down and give the entire build a more compact look I’m looking into the race bike front parts like the upside-down fork and brake system. I’m not sure yet what design I will go with at the end. It’s still under construction and an ongoing design process. With the change of the front part, different other modifications, will be needed. Like the entire electronic system, which is original build on top of the handlebar/fork bridge but has to be moved back under the seat or tank.

Peace Sixty2

  • Peace Sixty2
  • Peace Sixty2
  • Peace Sixty2
  • Peace Sixty2
  • Peace Sixty2
  • Peace Sixty2

The Ducati Scrambler team are at it again, releasing another run of custom builds at the Verona Motorbike Expo last weekend. This time they’ve unveiled 3 new builds, 2 of which are based on the new 400cc Scrambler Sixty2. The bike you see here is one of the two and it’s been coined the ‘Peace Sixty2’. To put this bike together Ducati enlisted the help of talented Italian workshop Mr Martini who once again applied Cafe Racer styling to the Desmodromic L twin, along with some rather unique design touches.

DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5

  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5
  • DEBOLEX MK3 & MK5

deBolex is one of the finest custom bike builders out there and well know for his perfect manufactured and well thought through builds. Each bikes leaving his garage with his own interpretation of the bikes & clients character. So it comes with no surprise that the MK5 was build and put in order by Ricardo, a record producer living on Ibiza. deBolex does his job well and one thing most if not all bikes has in common, it’s the upside-down fork. Beside many other details of his builds, for me the most liked part of the bike and something I want to do at my RC04. Both bikes, and most the MK3 (black version), are a great inspiration of how my bike can look with the upside-down fork.

For more details about the MK3 – Click here!

For more details about the MK5 – Click Here!

Craftrad no2

Here it comes, the second edition of the CRAFTRAD magazine, a great and well produced magazine about motorbike culture. After the launch of the magazine and a great  first edition, I’m looking forward to the second. Available from the 6st of November at selected stores.

Great deal!

  • Great deal!
  • Great deal!
  • Great deal!
  • Great deal!

This beauty was all over Instagram and Pinterest the last days and is now for sale on Cafe Racer Onderdelen for a fair and affordable price. The CX 500 unique look is well brought out on this one. It seems like the perfect deal if you look for a well-build cafe racer ready to ride. Great customisation and full of style. Check the list of modification and better be fast. I’m quite sure that this deal will not last very long! For more information visit – Cafe Racer Onderdelen

MOTOGADGET CHRONOCLASSIC TACHO BLACK 10.000 RPM

So if you want to go even more classic and spend a little bit more money, this is another nice and stylish speedometer, which delivers all needed information straight ahead. This digital multi-purpose instrument comes in a black or silver classic round casing. The black one is technically identical to the motoscope classic (white dial with black indicator), but brandishes a black dial and a white indicator. The design resembles old Smiths brand instruments. I must admit that I would love to get one. Maybe next season when the new wiring harness is installed and everything is set up for such advanced technology.

 

DIGITAL SPEEDO 12.000 RPM

  • DIGITAL SPEEDO 12.000 RPM
  • DIGITAL SPEEDO 12.000 RPM
  • DIGITAL SPEEDO 12.000 RPM
  • DIGITAL SPEEDO 12.000 RPM

Digital Speedo 12.000 RPM. Great multifunctional speedo with a nice diameter as well. This little speedometer seems to have all the information you need and still doesn’t hurt with fancy light or design. Here is a list of all the functionalities. Check different sites for costs as it seems to have huge differences.

 

Sizes: 9.5 x 9.5 x 7 cm

  • Past op alle velg diameters
  • Past op zowel 2takt als 4 takt
  • 4, Speed Display(kmh/mph), max display 199
  • 5, 12000 r/min RPM Display
  • 6, ODO distance, max display 99999.9
  • 7, Trip distance, max display 999.9, trip distance clears
  • 8, Fuel Level Table
  • 10, over speed warning light
  • 11, Left turing, right turing, headlight indicator
  • 15, Gear indicator: N, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • 13, Show time (hours & minutes)
  • 14, waterproof, shockproof, anti-lightning
  • 15, Operating temperature: -20 ° C ~ 70 ° C
  • 16, Storage temperature: -30 ° C ~ 80 ° C
  • 17, Power voltage: 12V

Home Built

“Son, once you get those training wheels off,” Mark said, “I’ll buy you your first motorcycle.”

A day later, Haven could ride his first bicycle without training wheels. Soon, he was on a motorcycle…at three years old. “I just thought it was so cool that I could go so fast, and everything was a blur, and I got to do it myself,” Haven says. “I was really free, I think I always held on to that.”

All of the signs present in a typical workshop are here: work benches, welding supplies, spare parts, but the warehouse Mark and Haven live in has been the focal point of their relationship and projects. Now a teenager, Haven has been turning heads with his first few custom motorcycles—that he’s made all by himself.

Soap Box Derby 2015

  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015
  • Soap Box Derby 2015

Staying over the weekend in Happy Mountain (Freudenberg), we had great fun attending the 2015 Soap Box Derby. Organised by my friends Outdoor-Event Company “360°“and some local companies 17 teams challenged the parkour and presented their creative self build custom box cars. I was very impressed by the creativity and quality those little cars were build. The entire show, from the team presentation on stage until the final race, was perfectly set up and organised. A great fun for everybody. And everybody really means everybody. One of the 17 teams was a “refuge team” by 7 young refugee from different countries. The team was sponsor by the company “Bäumer“ from Freudenberg and was very welcome by each spectator. They welcomed the team big time, not only for the touching speech they gave. Hopefully there will be another soap box derby 2016.

THE RIDE IS BACK

… but it ended up hitting the mainstream and topping the bestseller listings.

The worlds bestselling custom motorcycle book is back. After the first edition, launched 2 years ago, here comes the second edition “The Ride – 2nd gear”.  Once again, it’s 320 high quality pages jam-packed with the world’s best custom motorcycles, plus profiles of the most exciting builders.

The Ride 2nd Gear is a showcase of power and beauty, highlighting the machines that offer extraordinary design and riding experiences. Featured builders run from Ad Hoc Café Racers to the Young Guns Speed Shop, with illuminati such as Hazan Motorworks, JVB-Moto and Walt Siegl in between.

The Ride 2nd Gear will ship in Europe on 15 September, and in the USA and the rest of the world one month later. Order your copy now via the Gestalten Right Now site. I’m looking forward to receive mine soon. Orderd!

The Bonesheart

  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart
  • The Bonesheart

The Bonesheart by deBolex. One of the best and very outstanding custom CB750 builds out there.

The Bonesheart Specials are a pair of identical customs produced for the Swedish App developer behind aGreatday.tv and the upcoming Bonesheart app. With influences from our MK3 and MK5 these CB750F2N based customs are our most ambitious to date.

Those bikes are just perfect in every detail. Everything is so well selected and balanced. deBolex is well known for their great custom builds and have some amazing bikes within their portfolio. But those both – for me – by far the best.

 

To read more in detail about the bikes, please visit the deBolex website.

Glemseck 101

Known as one of the largest and most highly regarded motorcycle meet-ups in Europe, Glemseck 101 celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this month. Its reputation is well-deserved: since 2005, tens of thousands of custom bike builders and enthusiasts have made the pilgrimage to Leonberg, Germany for the three-day-long open air festival in the late summer. United by their passion for the ride, they come from Switzerland, Tokyo, and everywhere in between.

Meet the international custom bike community in our recap video from Glemseck 101 and browse our recent release THE RIDE 2ND GEAR for a further showcase of builders and bikes from around the world.

THE RIDE 2ND GEAR is now available at Gestalten Pavilion, Gestalten Space, and in our online shop. A limited number of Collector’s Editions—which come with a linen slipcase and an original embroidered patch at no added cost—will be available exclusively at shop.gestalten.com starting October 9.

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