You are an average guy like you or I that finds himself in his hometown with two days to spare. You round up a few mates and enjoy some cleansing ales. And then you enjoy a few more. And then you get thrown out of the ale house. Then you find another one. Then you show a stranger how to break dance “new skool” style. Then things get a bit vague. You wake up the next morning not sure where you are and realise you’ve lost your phone and you have strange purple bruises on your legs.
Or maybe you are cinematographer Andrew David Watson and you find yourself in your hometown of Philadelphia with two days to spare. You round up a mate called Adam Cramer who also happens to be a true character and a vintage bike freak. You enjoy a few truly amazing on-camera conversations. And then you enjoy a few more. Then you spend a few hours shooting the guy’s shop. Then things just get better. You wake up a few weeks later with the final edit of what is one of the best short films we’ve seen in a very long time.
We came across this beautifully shot video on Falcon Motorcycle’s blog. Directed and filmed by Iñigo Oleaga, it shows the Kestrel being fabricated and built. Just like the stunning one-of-a-kind bike, this film is also mesmorising, full of artisanship, and rather cool to behold. Hope you like it.
(If you want to read more about the Kestrel build, click here.)
If this doesn’t make you want to go on a road trip, I don’t know what will. It’s a trailer for an independent film called “It’s Better In The Wind” by LA based photographer Scott G. Toepfer. The 15 minute short film is due out later this year and uses a mix of Super 8 and Canon 5D Mark II footage. It features a group guys riding across the Western parts of America on their bikes and just experiencing life the way it should be — no ipads or crackberries. We should all take a lesson from this. Another important lesson learnt from this trailer is to always watch your back while ‘draining the snake’ on the side of the road.
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Another little video from our friends at Deus. This time featuring a freshly painted red 1978 XS650 cut to Al Barry & The Cimarons song ‘Morning Sun’. The bike has been hiding out in the Deus ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ since they opened their doors. Now it’s off to a new home where she’ll be enjoyed by some lucky bugger.
This classic styled Triumph T100 Scrambler, commonly known as Jack Pine is no newcomer to the limelight. It was numero uno in BikeEXIF’s Greatest Hits of 2010 — a combination of most hits and most comments. Now Hammarhead Industries have released this short video of their scrambler in action. So if you thought this Triumph was all show and no go, then you don’t know Jack.
[Found on Return of the Cafe Racers]
Yesterday we were sent this beautifully shot video, directed by Clément Beauvais starring the guys from Blitz Motorcycles riding the roads of France. The video is set to the great folk/rock song by The Felice Brothers called ‘Frankie’s Gun’. The short film was shot for the aestheticly pleasing blog named Riding September – which contains stacks of sweet photographs and videos.
WARNING: The video may contain traces of motorcyclists riding dangerously and fashionable males in stylish collared shirts. You have been warned.
As promised, here’s some footage I captured from my recent stint moonlighting as a director on a motorbike with the GoPro Hero HD. Seventy eight separate clips and over two hours worth of HD rushes edited down into three minutes and twenty one seconds of something that I hope you’ll find mildly amusing. In case you’re wondering, the song is “Black Rice” by Canadian band Women.
One of the many great responses we got from the recent poll on filtering was a link from a SoCal reader by the name of Brian Leahy. Turns out he had previously done some research on the subject and then made a short documentary as a school project. I just got through watching it and was really impressed with what I saw. Not only is it beautifully shot but it goes into some really nice detail about lane splitting while also touching on safety, clubs, cops, and even retro bikes. There’s also some silly sweet footage of garages and workshops thrown in for good measure. See what you think…
OK, this is getting a little silly. Bob Maddox, possible lunatic and the world’s pre-eminent expert on pulsejets, has just finished his latest creation. Not content with his pulsejet boardtracker we featured previously on Pipeburn, he’s gone and mounted a monster pulsejet with a split exhaust onto a bike he’s calling the Harley Davidson Sportjet. Apart from a Harley-ish tank design I’m not quite sure what it has to do with Milwaukee, though it would seem about as safe as your average Harley and probably has the handling to match.
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In just over a week, the much anticipated new series about Café Racers launches. It kick starts on October 13th on Discovery HD Theater and will consist of thirteen episodes from past to present. Here’s a blurb from the makers of the series:
‘Expect to see rare historical film footage and more rockabilly music than a Gene Vincent reunion tour, all in stunning high-def format broadcast on your favorite channel, Discovery HD Theater. In addition you’ll be able to watch, as a handful of builders produce some of the most amazing motorcycles all paying homage to the grand daddy of modern sport and race bikes.’