‘英’ is the Japanese Kanji character for ‘great.’ It also happens to be the character that the Japanese use for ‘England’. See, when Japan first properly met the British, the poms were in the midst of creating the modern world with their fancy Industrial Revolution. And for a country that had closed itself off to the outside world for over two centuries, Japan-san was clearly impressed. To Japanese eyes, British steam trains were technology from 200 years in the future; similar to you or I seeing a motorcycle from 2214. So what better name than ‘Great’ for a country that could do that? Kind of how we feel when we see the latest creation from dear ol’ Blighty. Introducing Old Empire Motorcycles’s latest revolution, ‘Typhoon’.
Here’s something we hope we see more of. A sweet bike, a bunch of sweet, sweet photos and a very sweet video. Max Daines is a cinematographer in Utah that has recently turned his hand to a bit of automotive film making. With the help of a damn nice BMW R100 bobber, Photographer Jun Song, and a whole bunch of empty city, Max has managed to produce something that raises the bar while avoiding some of the more typical clichés of the genre. So sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a star R100 BMW and her first big box office success, “Night Cruise’.
Claiming the title of ‘Best Bike Show in the World’ is no mean feat. With competition from the likes of The One show in Oregon and the AMD World Championships, to land a title like that would take some doing. And even though it’s just little old us giving out the gold, we’d probably forego the subzero conditions in Portland and give the billetesque AMD a miss. Where would we cast our vote you may or may not ask? Wheels & Waves, that’s where. With a sweet French summer on offer and more good food than your average Michelin-starred restaurant, we’d be in beautiful Biarritz. This year a barrage of biking celebs made an appearance, including the Boys from Blitz, the very dapper Paul d’Orleans and even America’s Roland Sands. Wish you were there? So do we. But fear not, because the boys from Southsiders Motorcycle Club attended for us – and they took a whole bunch of video cameras to record the bountiful biking shenanigans for posterity.
Written by Mark Hawwa, Throttle Roll creator.
Throttle Roll wrapped up around 2 months ago and if any of you have ever been to an awesome party or an amazing holiday, the return to normal life goes two ways. You either curl up on the lounge depressed wanting to go back or you buzz. You typically buzz for a couple days and enthusiastically wait for the next time you can enjoy yourself that much again. Its been 8 weeks. I’m still buzzing.
What makes me buzz? It’s the fact that I can bring 6000 people together for an event that focuses on niche motorcycles. The fact that those people can come down to an event from close and afar that contains all walks of life, all ages, all colours of hipster and they get along like a house on fire with added avgas.
In the world of meteorology, a perfect storm is defined as a series of once-in-a-lifetime circumstances that combine to form a weather event of an almost unbelievable magnitude. Put simply, it’s a whole bunch of freakishly bad things getting together and raising hell. So what do you imagine would happen when a whole bunch of freakishly good things got together and raised hell? Well, wonder no more because here we have one of our all-time favourite Harleys. Which itself was made by the boys at Evolution, one of Australia’s best builders. And then the whole thing has been captured on pixels by one of Australia’s best motorcycle videographers – Cam Elkins from Stories of Bike. So batten the hatches, stock up on the non-perishables and press play on this rather epic piece of custom bike awesomeness. Here’s ‘Forge’.
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Hugo and Fred from Blitz Motorcycles have been sending us their bikes for years now. The funny thing is, we didn’t really know much about them. We obviously knew they were French. We knew they were building some unconventional looking bikes out of a small garage in Paris. We also knew they loved leaving the rust, dents and original paint on the vintage tanks they use. But we didn’t know much else. It’s great to hear their story and the sacrifices they have been through to fulfil their dream of building motorcycles for a living. It’s also great to see Hugo rocking a Sydney Café Racers trucker cap – the French being know for their impeccable taste in fashion.
This short film is about the intriguing Frenchman named Bixente. He is the man behind Bixente Moto in Biarritz, France. Bixente Moto isn’t your typical custom bike shop. You see, Bixente collects and sells all sorts of moto memorabilia, vintage furniture, skateboards, BMX bikes and anything else that takes his fancy. Of course, they also build bikes, preferring to work with old english metal – Bixente has a particular passion for BSA’s.
The film was directed and edited by the talented Douglas Guillot who also shot the Southsiders 2013 Wheels & Waves official videos. Just like those, this one will make you want to go for a ride along the French coast.
Consider, if you will, the pitiful life of the average pogonophobic. ‘What’s a pogonophobic,’ I hear you ask? A pogonophobic, dear reader, is a person with a morbid fear of beards or facial hair. How quickly their daily goings-on must transform into nightmarish, hair-filled scenarios brimming with unimaginable terrors. The accidental glimpse of Tom Selleck while changing TV channels. Waking in a cold sweat with a head full of Ned Flanders. And what could be worse than a monstrous craving for fried chicken only to flee in fright at the Colonel’s wondrous white whisker wings? This is what; a veritable ‘perfect storm’ for pogonophobics the world over. They call it hell on earth. We call it ‘The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’.
One of our favourite bikes we have featured this year was the elegant Royal Enfield Bullet 500 built by the very talented Max Hazan from Hazan Motorworks. The bike was pure class and had a level of craftsmanship we rarely see. This film gives us a look into Max’s world and his passion for building these bespoke motorcycles from his Brooklyn based workshop. You can tell he loves what he does and is the first to admit he is one hell of a lucky guy to be making a career from it. A lot of people dream of chucking in that desk job, Max is actually living that dream.
A few months back we featured Old Empire Motorcycles stunning Royal Enfield Bullet which received much praise from you guys. This time they have sent us a little film they made about delivering a Honda CB250 Superdream they call ‘The Hunter’ to one of their friends and customers. The journey starts in Suffolk, England – where their workshop is based – and then follows them as they travel over 1000 miles, eventually arriving in the south of France and surprising their friend.
Apart from the fact it has been shot well and has an engaging story, the thing I love is the honesty of the video. The fact that they left in the ‘uncool’ bits, like not being able to do up the helmet properly (which I’m guessing was given to them by Ruby for the film). Plus also showing the bike breaking down on its first ride – which is completely normal but they could have easily left it out. I’m glad they didn’t. Everyone loves a road trip, and this little film has made me want to go on one, real bad.