Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Custom Evolution

I been a fan of Triumpher's black rigid Unit Triumph for years. It's just proportionally perfect and timelessly simple. I must admit I was a little bummed to see it's been converted back to a strutted swingarm. He appears to ride it a lot and it must be the bike he wants so more power to him. I'm still allow to morn a little. The bars, the megaphones, the P-pad. Pretty much perfection. Maybe my taste is behind the fashion curve or whatever but I just don't give a shit.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Vintage Airtime

Just in case you thought the "hugeness" of motocross today was purely an evolution of equipment here's a shot of Guy Cooper going pretty huge on a 1974 Bultaco. This bike might have a full 4" of suspension travel. Guy must have big balls and very strong ankles. Incidentally Guy is also 54 years old.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bob Budschat Memorial

Bob Budschat's memorial is this Saturday in Maltby. Sadly I'm unable to make it but National #13 Bob Budschat was a real deal living legend. Race in peace, Bob.

BMX History

SE Racing's Scot Breithaupt vs Bob Hannah. By 1976 Scot was the NBA BMX National Champion. By 1976 Bob Hannah was AMA MX Champion.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Photochop

This one is for George. The exceptionally rare Ferrari 330 GT Superbird. Apparently they were only sold in Canada...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

One Moto Show

Great showing at the One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon yesterday. I always struggle with deciding whether or not to post photos. I suspect a lot of effort goes into lighting the bikes to look good at the event but I always find it very difficult to take snapshots. There are A LOT of people and the bikes are pretty close together in some areas. I take snapshots so I can recall details about favorites but inevitably I skip a lot because stressing about getting clear shots starts to impede my overall enjoyment of the show. Also, there tend to be incredible shots of the show if you hunt around. That said I guess I'll post these should I want to find them again at some point.

Sadly, I guess I'm a little socially retarded. Inevitably I start to wig out over the crowds (and hipster poseurs) and by the end I can't even focus on the bikes. Maybe if I have a bike in the show one day and can spread it out over more time I'll enjoy the show more as a whole.

I tend to gravitate to the bikes I'm just dying to ride. This puppy was way up there. http://www.bikeexif.com/alta-redshift-st-street-tracker-concept
Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath signature helmet. McGrath was one of the first guys to run a super pimpy Troy Lee painted helmet. The "bubbles" became somewhat of a trademark. The pink bubbles on his signature helmet are a nod to his wife's bout with breast cancer.
The new 2017 Triumph "Bobber." Seeing it in person didn't really help me decide what I think about it. I guess if you lead with your heart you shouldn't have to think about it.
This one was high on the "ride it" list. 2 strokes automatically get a +1 in the irresistiblity department.

Tom Rattan's 1949 Triumph GP.  I absolutely LOVE this bike!
I got to chat with Tom for a few minutes again. He strikes me as a super humble guy. Tom is manufacturing a lot of the one-off parts for these super rare (150 made) beasts. Tom previously built a beautiful replica that I believe is sitting in the offices of Triumph America. This is a real one.
This is Chuck Hodson's 1914 Indian Special dirt bike. Chuck raced for Cycle Hub - Sandy Bandit 1958-1970's. My favorite thing about about this bike is it was purely built to be ridden. Chuck follows no rules!
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