luni, 20 iunie 2011

Das Pop - The Game

I think I stumbled upon a psychedelic music video. The song played by Das Pop is interesting, has a fresh vibe to it and cool lyrics. Can't say a lot about the video, except that is pretty much mindfuck. Enjoy!

Das Pop: The Game from Big Active on Vimeo.

The sweet sound of the past - Honda CR 750 M3 Factory Racer

720HD is recommended.

Batman on a budget

You are the type of person that grew up with comic books and cartoons about superheroes. You dream of the hole concept of being a hero, stopping crime and evil doers. You want the fame, the glory and the reputation. You decide to be like Batman because he is better than the rest of them because he rides a motorcycle, occasionally. You wake up and realize that you are your average Joe and a dream like that is.. just a dream. You can get discouraged and throw away this noble quest or you can think on a smaller scale those big dreams. Forget about Alfred, the Batcave, the Batmobile, the suit full of gizmos or even that motorcycles with huge tyres. Try to think on a budget and check out this motorcycles that could easily replace the original one, keeping the bad-ass factor and emproving Batmans overall style.

Our first runner up is a Triumph Speed Triple

And the second option comes in the shape of this Ducati NCR M16

duminică, 19 iunie 2011

Deliveryman in hell's traffic

It's a known fact that riding on public roads is more dangerous than riding on a circuit or dirt track. If you crash with your motorcycle in a controlled environment you have the benefit of not encountering a bus, a car or a utility pole as you skid along to a stop. On a circuit you usually ride along people who know what they are doing and pay attention to the road and to others. On public roads people often get distracted by the phone, the radio, the scenery or just daily shit that's on their mind.
Here is a clip with two riders, one of them, Karlo Maxwell, is a deliveryman in Sao Paolo (insane traffic) and the other one is FMX superstar Robbie Maddison. Both of them can brag with a impressive number of injuries.

Care for some coffee?

Honda CB750 Cafe Racers made by WhiteHouse.

sâmbătă, 18 iunie 2011

Motorcycle Movies Review 1

I, like so many others, enjoy a good movie especially when it tells a story that manages to get your attention. When I watch a movie that is related to motorcycles I tend to be more judgemental because I feel like this is my area of expertise in some way. So, without further ado, here are some short and personal reviews regardind the motorcycle movies that I've seen so far.
The World's Fastest Indian is without a doubt one of my all time favorite. I have a previous post here about it. Anthony Hopkins plays Burt Monroe, a man with a dream that takes him to the other side of the world. I could watch it over and over again and never get bored.
The movie Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage had potential because the story involves the eternal fight between good and evil. It has deamons, cute chicks (Eva Mendes) and motorcycles, but lacks something. I've watched it once (because of the trailer) and to be honest I am not very keen on seeing it again. The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is going to be relesead in 2012 and because it has a smaller budget than the first one (jusy 75 million dollars for the second part, rather than 110 million for the first part), I guess there were others who share my "enthusiasm" for this movie.
In the next review I am going to talk about Torque, Biker Boyz and The Motorcycle Diaries.

Interesting perspective

Why are there more organizations that fight against fur coats rather than leather jackets?
Because it's easiers to harass a bunch of rich women than a motorcycle gang.

Happy B-Day 2 millionth BMW

BMW is a motorcycle brand with a lot of history and heritage. The bikes were always brilliant from a technical point of view and that translated in a unique style. With a lot iconic motorcycles in it's portfolio, BMW deserves the fame and raspect of the two wheel comunity.

What motorcycle ?

If you tipe in the Google search engine "What motorcycle" you will get this suggestions.
I don't know about the motorcycle in the movie Fast Five but I have some thoughts of my own for those who search the motorcycle that suit's them the best.

There are a lot of sayings about the moment when you buy a motorcycle, some say that "you don't choose your motorcycle, the motorcycle chooses you" or "you should your motorcycle by heart and not by technical details" or other corny lines.

First of all it's decide, you like/love motorcycles and the next step is to buy one. From my point of view it's very important to know how and where you intend to ride it because there are a lot of different categories of motorcycles and each of them are available in different engine.

You should consider your body size because in some cases you will not be able to touch the ground with your feet when sitting on the bike.

The place where you intend to ride it most frequently has a major role. A big touring bike is difficult to maneuver in the city but feels great on the open road. If you plan to ride on some unpaved rodes, forget about a sportbike because you will break your back and teeath on it. Search for a allrounder bike if you don't know from the start what kind of riding suit's you and after a couple of months or years you can change it with something more apropiate for you.

Another important part is the maintenance and initial price of the motorcycle. Don't forget the riding gear that will save your ass when you tend to be over coky and xoxo the road. Find out the fuel consumption, the price of usual parts like filters, oil, chain and sprocket kit, tyres, brakes, etc.

After you decide what motorcycle will make you feel like a God, start searching for reviews of that particular model. Ask specialized forums about the "normal" problems for that bike and what you should be carefull at when buiyng one. Check if you can find the parts that tend to break at a certain mileage and how much they cost to replace (price of the part and the mechanic that will change it).

When you go to see a motorcycle, be calm and don't go over excited, if you hurry now you can regret later. Check the bike for suspicios bumps and bruises, ask about the way it was ridden, how many owners did it have in the past, why it is for sale, and ask the owner if he will alow you to take the motorcycle to a mechanic for a brief check.

And yes, in the end, good old fashion luck is always a plus.

Back in my days..

Grandpa - We use to ride our motorcycles not dance with them and film it.
Nephew - What are you talking about? We don't dance with them.
Grandpa - Sure you do, you call it stunting.
Nephew - So what's wrong with that?
Grandpa - It's just not appropriate.
Nephew - Ohh really?

vineri, 10 iunie 2011

Homer Simpson's riding adventure

I am without a doubt a huge fan of The Simpsons and I remember a special episode where Homer discovers the thrill of motorcycles. After he wins a '55 Harley and learns how to ride it, Homer starts his own motorcycle club, Hell's Satans. What happens after? well, you better check it out for yourself.

Full screen recommended

Two twins

miercuri, 8 iunie 2011

Easter Bunny's ride

From the series "if [insert fictional or real character here] would have been a motorcycle enthusiast, this is what he would ride", I think I've discovered the Easter Bunny's motorcycle (more like scooter but you know what I mean).

Where demons go wild

There is a place under the sun where speed demons belong, a flat and salty area on the map that has a special place in the history books, the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's a corner in the world where people have the opportunity to go faster than anywhere else, fueled by their dreams, goals and passion. "The Worlds Fastest Indian" is much more than a movie about motorcycles (as if that wasn't enough) and breaking the land-speed record. The movie tells the story of a man who spent much of his life pursuing his dream, managing in the end to achieve his goal. I know the movie has a couple of years under it's wheels but this is without a doubt one of my favorite movies and it deserves a post. Hat off to Anthony Hopkins.

marți, 7 iunie 2011

luni, 6 iunie 2011

Exhaust porn

Filth (as in vulgarity or obscenity) that I like.

Honda Cyclone

To build yourself a name in the Cafe Racer industry you need to have more than a solid experience in fabricating custom parts, a original vision and some knowledge regarding the kustom kulture is required. Steve Carpenter is a perfect example because he is known as one of the best cafe racer builders and his way of including a lot of details in his projects, make the motorcycles more special and desired. One of my favorite motorcycles built by "Carpy".

Honda CB750 1970 K0 a.k.a. Cyclone

Motorcycling in life

I don't want to be all sentimental here but for me motorcycles are much more than intricate metal puzzles that make noise and burn gas. I see in motorcycles a way to taste the world by exploring the wind, earth and all the elements while being accompanied by the four stroke (or two stroke) music from your bike. Life is all about the roads you take and how you manage the junctions of destiny and motorcycles for those who understand what theire all about, turn out to be the great companions. Watch the next clip and you will understand what it's all about. Motorcycling, just ain't notking like it.


vineri, 3 iunie 2011

Damn, that's slow

Comedy and Ducati 1098

Alonzo Bodden is a comedian that has a pretty good taste in motorcycles. Why? Because he rides this:

John Travolta and Johnny Knoxville in motorcycle commercials

We know that a lot of Hollywood stars have a soft spot for motorcycles but a few have stared in a commercial so far.

Respect to the Patriot Guard Riders

I said in a couple of articles that I admire the whole concept of brotherhood that is specific to motorcycle clubs and has it's roots in the army. We all know how most of the motorcycle clubs started back in the days, men that arrived home from war in one piece were not too fond of the civil life style and wanted some adrenaline rush. Motorcycles were the solution because they involved the ideea of freedom, brotherhood, living on the edge in some ways and not having to live in the same place.
I saw this clip a couple of months ago and I loved it because you can see the kind and helpful side of bikers. You can see how true patriots look like and how one sad event can trigger emotions, both negative and positive, from one nation.