In February we posted a teaser of Scott Toepfer’s short film ‘Better in the Wind’. After a year of filming a stack of road trips, 50 hours of editing, a shit load of memory cards and enough Super-8 film to safely tie up a particularly large and angry bear, the film has finally been finished. To say this has been a labor of love is an understatement. Scott funded the film by selling his ‘Better in the Wind’ book online, which literally made it possible to keep his bike on the road and keep filming. “I’ve been selling my little paperback via Blurb for the past 8 months or so, which has helped me keep my XS650 running enough to make it through the trips” says Scott. “Blown head gasket, broken mufflers, tail lights, headlights, bars, chains… that damn XS is my baby but without the support of those people who have picked up a copy of the book, I wouldn’t have been able to ride/shoot and pay the bills at home”.
You won’t find any special effects in the film. No Hollywood actors. No unbelievable ending. “Just a group of guys planning road trips, me trying to record it the best I could, becoming good friends in the process, and trying to get it out there on a positive note,” says Scott. “There are tons of opinions on what is what, who is who, and where the motorcycle culture should go… but really at the base of the argument is that we all take the sport/recreation of riding personally (hence we all hold it to our chests), and it means something to us in a positive way… so why not try and reflect the simple joy of it. We as motorcyclists can bitch all we want, and while most of us are strangers, we’re still most likely buds when crossing paths on the road”. Here here.
[Scott would like to give a special thanks to Brandon Schrichten, Jason at Dime City Cycles, musician Chuck Ragan and everyone that bought his book. And we’d like to thank Scott for letting us have the honor of being the first site to show the final product. Hats off to you, sir!]
Last month we had one of those light bulb moments. It was simply brilliant. We should put our new Canon camera to good use and shoot a short film starring one of Australia’s leading custom bike builders, Matt Machine. It would be shot on the ‘Machine Farm’ showing Matt in his element doing what he loves – building jaw-dropping bikes. It would be kinda like that stunning Shinya video, but with Aussie scenery and would feature Matt riding some of his creations like the Guzzi Le Mans Mark 1 and the ’48 Panhead. We couldn’t wait to see if Matt was keen to be part of it. Why wouldn’t he be? Then after we mentioned it to Matt he quickly breaks the bad news to us. “You guys are too late, some of my mates just shot a film down here, should be finished in a couple of weeks”. Bugger. Oh well, a few weeks have passed and the film has been released. And what a sensational short film it is. Directed by Mat Harrington, he has truly captured Matt’s spirit and passion for motorcycles. It’s not quite as good as the one we had in our heads, but we can only guess that their budget didn’t stretch to huge clouds of purple smoke, a giant guitar-playing robot and an army of scantily-clad bikini girls with machine guns. Come to think of it, neither did ours. Maybe next time.
This unique HD Sporty has been cruising around the intertubes for a while now but we could never find out much about it. Now Jeremy Jones and Seth Huot have released this sweet little film which gives us pretty much all the details we were craving. It stars the bike’s owner Jake Hobbs and features him riding his “Harley dirt bike hybrid” and then chatting candidly to camera about his vision and the specs of this one-of-a-kind creation. The standout feature on the bike is a 1972 Harley Aermacchi Rapido tank which was kindly donated to him by Photographer Steven Stone. Enough words – take a look and tell us what you think.
Directed by Jeremy Jones and Seth Huot. Video and Edit By Seth Huot. Canon 60D/FCP 7
[Spotted on Moto Mucci]
This sweet video is the first episode in a 10 part web series for Hypebeast entitled Depth of Speed. Shot by Josh Clason who is a passionate film maker and a massive motorhead – he pretty much loves everything with wheels. Josh has owned just about every brand of car there is but has a huge soft spot for vintage BMW’s. “I have a BMW 2002 and am looking for an old airhead to add to the stable” says Josh. He is currently working on cafe-ing a 1974 CB200 that is nearing completion.
This first episode is set in Salt Lake City and stars Andy Carter who is the man behind Pangea Speed. Not only is Andy building some great bikes but he has such a great philosophy about motorcycles. He pays respect to all machines, whether it be a chopper or even a sportsbike. This attitude is so refreshing and we wish more motorcyclist would adopt this frame of mind; with the plethora of challenges we all face daily, why are we so damn intent on drawing more lines in the sand?
Josh is planning to go travelling around America with his wife in search more interesting stories to film for the series. “We will be looking for stories on anything auto/motorcycle related and want to get a more in-depth look at the people that are behind these amazing bikes/cars/etc.” he says. If the first episode is anything like the next nine then we can’t wait to see what they discover. If you can’t wait till then, you can check out some other films Josh has shot on his trusty Canon 7D here and here.
This one’s a bit of a mystery, and when I say “mystery” I actually mean “floozy”. As far as we can make out, it’s a video shot by a talented character going by the name of Brandon Schrichten who made the film during the, erm, filming of the final chapter of Scott Toepfer’s “It’s Better in the Wind”. Check below for some still shots of the whole she-bang taken by Mr. Toepfer himself. Somehow, it’s also got a few of the guys from Dime City Cycles tied up in it as well. Maybe. And we also heard that your momma kept some of the guys “comfortable” between takes. Whatever the case, it’s a rich, sweet dollop of great motorbicycling action hand-made by virgins and then baked in a moderate oven for two minutes and thirty seconds until it’s all golden-brown and super delicious, and then served on our best Pipeburn china plates. Sit down, tuck your napkin into your greasy white t-shirt and tuck the hell in!
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This cool little movie was sent to us by Oscar who is a Pipeburn reader from Barcelona, Spain. Oscar is not quite a professional film maker but he shot this piece as a tribute to the classic motorcycle group he is a member of called Squadra Sutge and has done a damn good job in our humble opinions. At 35 years old he is the youngest member of the group that spends most of their time racing, restoring and riding classic motorcycles. The video was shot at the recent Classic Moto event on the Circuito del Jarama, which is a 3.404 km (2.115 mile) race course in Madrid, Spain. The circuit has hosted nine Formula One Spanish Grand Prix with the last being back in 1981 when it was unfortunately deemed too narrow for modern racing.
The bike on the video ‘cover’ is Oscar’s Ducati Darmah which he has converted to a beautiful 900SS replica. You can check out more pics of the Classic Moto event here.
There are so many great videos floating around the interweb these days. It seems like every second day we receive one in our inbox or we stumble upon one on another motorcycle blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, especially when they are all so unique and of such a high standard. This latest film was shot by photographer Michael Schmidt and features the legendary Yoshi and Kiyo from Garage Company. Schmidt shot this vid to promote the upcoming Born-Free 3 Show which is happening on June 25, 2011 in California. If you want to see what happened at Born-Free 2, hit this jump.
My long-suffering wife (who I love VERY VERY much – in case she happens to read this) will always quiz me on the odd occasion I take her out to an expensive restaurant or surprise her with flowers and chocolates with a question along the line of “why can’t you do this more often?” My response is as predictable as it is invariable; I always tell her “hey, if we ate lobster every night it wouldn’t be a luxury anymore would it?” Well, keeping that thought in mind, I’d like to invite you to watch yet another killer short film on the art of making custom motorbicycles. In this vid, we get a sneak peak into the world of Dustin Kott from Kott Motorcycles. This little masterpiece was shot by a photographer and illustrator who goes by the very noble name of Benedict Campbell. He’s been shooting photos for the Ad Industry for over 20 years and if his stills are anything like his motion work, i’ll be hiring him to shoot my next wedding after my current wife divorces me for using the deeply personal moments in our relationship as fodder for writing Pipeburn articles. Ahem.
Harold Park Paceway is a harness horse racing track in Sydney. Or it used to be. It was sold a few years back to a developer who is trying to turn it into a billion dollar housing development. As the project is on hold until it gets the final approvals, Deus had a brilliant idea. To hire the track for a day, find some ‘jockeys’ to do a few laps, shoot some film and create some serious dust clouds for the locals to whine about. Here’s a nice little back story about the film by Carby Tuckwell, the creative force behind Deus:
“We have been sneaking in for a quick lap for ages, you get two at best before the caretaker wanders out and gives us a gentle wave on. No aggro, they know we are just having fun. What we really wanted was a good session on the banked gravel without interruption, so we asked to rent it for the day for a photo shoot and called around for willing jockeys. It was bumpy and ungroomed after years of neglect and the developer had drilled core samples at 50m intervals for extra danger. We got some good laps in, some of the dirt virgins pop squirting around with smiles like 10 year olds and a real 10 year old (Tom) who races speedway who trickled out from the pits and proceeded to ride wide open for 7 laps sideways the whole way. This kid will be a star.”
While they were at the horse track, the Deus boys also managed to shoot… um, rustle up a selection of stunning photos which can be viewed here. Enjoy.
As you may remember, we recently featured a very beautiful Honda cafe racer called “Bonita” that got quite a respectable response from you, the good readers of this here blog. Actually, it was more like Beatles riot come to think of it. Basking in the post-victory afterglow, Pepe and I were shooting the poop on all things Bonita, and he mentioned that he was really impressed with the two Deus videos we had recently posted. Luckily for us (or more correctly, me) it didn’t take a genius to figure out what to do next; we’d celebrate the the hottest girl we knew using the magic of modern video. And after many hiccups (including delaying the shoot due to a heatwave) we have managed to finish the thing. What an epic odyssey. Hope you like it.
Many thanks to Pepe (of course) for letting us dance with his babe on the roof of a supermarket at midnight, and his trusty sidekick Pablo. Thanks to Toby for his eccentric yet genius DOP skills and Banana Joe’s for letting us shoot on their roof. Also thanks to Lee from BJs Custom Choppers for letting us stay after the lights went out (long story). The song is “Some Kinda Love” by The Velvet Underground.