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.
… 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 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.
Here are some more rough screen shots from our latest Mallorca camper tour. As I was shooting film the outcome of pics is quite low. So stay tuned for the edit.
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.
Right in time to the launch of “Everest” the movie, Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season when an avalanche struck down, killing 16 Sherpas. Seeing the teaser of “Everest“ is enough to tell what that movie is all about. Sherpa tells the story of how the Sherpas united after the tragedy in the face of fierce opposition, to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
There are no dates set when this movie will come to Europe. So far only dates for the States, Australia and New Zealand. Hopefully it will make it to Vimeo on Demand, like other similar productions.
Wavegarden, pioneers in man-made wave technology, recently conducted a series of tests at their headquarters in Northern Spain in order to check how its technology can improve different aspects of the surfing experience. The first of such tests focused on surfing at nighttime, using a state-of-the-art lighting system and featuring the talents of former European surf champion Vincent Duvignac, big wave surfers Natxo Gonzalez and Axi Muniain and Zarautz local surfer Asier Maqueda.READ MORE
Belstaff Films presents OUTLAWS. A surreal film within a film starring David Beckham as the Stranger – a mysterious drifter and motorcycle stuntman who is hunted by a maniacal Director seeking revenge.
The film features Katherine Waterston, Cathy Moriarty and Harvey Keitel. Shot on location in Mexico, the film is written and directed by Geremy Jasper, produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company) and Executive Producer Liv Tyler.
That’s it or – what it was. The official wedding ceremony at Mallorca. It was great seeing so many old friends and making new ones the same time.
Congratulations to the lovely couple and all the best for their future.
The moment when you wake up after a long drive into the night.
Congratulation to the lovely couple! With a one week holiday we attended the wedding of my oldest friend at the beautiful island of Mallorca. Soon more to follow …
The Via Bocchette is one of the best via ferrata-routes in Europe and is regarded as an absolute classic of the Alps by experienced mountaineers. With it spectacular views and impressive drop downs it get’s often breathtaking on the climb to the summit. The four-day hut-to-hut traverse across the main Brenta range leads mostly above 3000 meters altitude along yawning chasms, jagged rock faces and long-long ladder systems at falling edges. Even that this area of the Dolomites is well known for it’s unpredictable weather we were quite happy with mostly sun and no rain. The typical and well-known fog of the Brenta was often part of the stunning scenery. The Via Brochette is called the most fascinating and impressive “high route“ in the Dolomites and possibly of the Alps. It is much more about the spectacular views and breathtaking scenery than technical difficult climbing. Still, it often takes some challenge and overcoming to access the remote parts but it’s fully rewarded! Enjoy the movie, which gives a short impression of the Brochette experience. Please note that pictures are not in chronological order of the four-day tour.
11 Mio clicks on Youtube and Facebook, 3500 comments, 3800 Likes in just a couple of days only on Youtube is what every company out there would love to reach. Is it the fact that it’s so surprisingly unexpected to see a homeless playing such difficult track so nicely on a piano? It could also be the fact that it shows us that to become homeless can hit everybody and is often based on situations in life. Homeless people often have great education or such amazing talent like “Boon“, the homeless piano player. He studied music but never finished, run out of money. His wife died. Through the lost of his wife he not only lost ground through alcohol and drugs but also the contact to his kids. He became homeless. Dylan Henry, a Youtube Blogger who filmed the clip and put it on Youtube interviewed “Boon“. Check it out on Youtube. She also put it up on “Humanizing Homelessness“, a Crowdfunding platform which is looking for homeless people with great talents. So if you are up to donate for “Boon“, that he will have a chance to get back into proper housing, get a car and go back to study music, here you go. Donate. It’s one of the stories on the internet which makes me smile. It shows the power to change a persons life. This time for good. 35000 Dollar in 5 days. It must be unbelievable to “Boon“ to crap so much attention. But I’m happy. Hope he takes his second chance and turns it into something good for him. If you consider donate – http://www.gofundme.com/yc3p2e6
Though widely known for his ridiculous stunts and juvenile pranks, Johnny Knoxville has made the majority of his millions as a producer of some pretty acclaimed films over the last half decade or so, and Being Evel looks like it could be his best yet. An inside look at America’s foremost stuntman, Evel Knievel—who modern spectacle masters like Red Bull and Nitro Circus borrow from with reverent abandon—this one, following a Sundance appearance earlier this year, is set for a theatrical release next month, so make sure to check it out.
Watch Nick McClintock and the Xpogo crew redefine the pogo jump.
Finalising the layout of the bike I attached a new handlebar which lowers the front and gives the bike a more dynamic and streamlined look.
Addendum: Handlebars are changed back to the “Scrambler" look as the lower handlebars didn't fit the character.
It’s been quite a while that I’ve posted something. It’s not that life became boring or nothing is happen but somehow all the news did not made it to my blog. Anyway, here is a quick update about a new project. The cafe racer project or better named the “Honda CB750 RC04“ project. Bought this “bratstyle“ cafe racer last months in Cologne and brought it straight down to Frankfurt. It’s a 80’s build and pretty cleaned around the engine and back. The brat style build, the open air filters and the bigger tank gives it a nice custom look already. After a detailed clean up and fixing some smaller things around the engine the bike get back on track. As I said before, the bratstyle build it’s a project and will need some more work over the future. But hopefully the base of the bike will not disappoint.
Deus Ex Machina proudly announces the release of its new Surf/Moto Adventure film entitled North To Noosa. The film, directed by award winning film-maker and photographer, Dustin Humphrey (Sipping Jetstreams, I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night), documents the journey of three young surfers as they make their way north from Sydney to Noosa.
Laden with surfboards and camping equipment, the surfers battle the elements as they ride custom motorcycles through floods and rain squalls, finding uncrowded waves along the way.
Written and narrated by Harrison Roach, the film showcases the East Coast of Australia’s most iconic surf destinations. Watch as Harrison, Matt Cuddihy, and Husni Ridwan experience the highs and lows of a great Australian road trip.
Featuring: Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, Husni Ridwan, Dave Rastovich, Zye Norris, Jared Mell, Thomas Bexon, and more.
Directed by Dustin Humphrey.
Produced by Deus Ex Machina.
To be released in March.
Song: Charles William – Blur via Native Tongue (nativetongue.com.au)
An Apology Letter to Future Generations.
That is one of the best things I’ve seen for a long time online. It’s so strong and translate the message into a format which reaches not only our generation but maybe also a younger generation. I felt “Sorry”.
Some pics from our first outdoor climbing tour 2015 last Monday. Chris and I went the day before for some indoor climbing training to practice our team work. Even it was still a bit cold in shadow areas we really enjoyed spending the day outside and scaling some rocks. Well, the Eschbacher Klippen are not the most advanced terrain but still a good and nice place to practice and get back in shape.