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.’
Love em or hate em, Icon know how to have fun – and isn’t that what riding a motorbike is all about? This video is fresh out of the box and features some of the Icon team riders tearing it up in a container yard on some of the Icon bikes. Enough said.
We would like to give a big shout out to Icon, especially their creative genius Kurt Walter who decided to support Pipeburn this year. Check the Icon blog to see what motorcycle goodness Kurt has posted today.
We don’t want to make a habit of featuring insurance company advertising, but you have to admit this is very compelling. The idea is that motorcycles don’t crash alone, so Allstate Insurance will be there to help you recover when and if you’re bike is involved in a crash – isn’t that nice. How many bikes do you think they crashed making this dramatic commercial? I bet it was a lot more than the five that made the ad.
Our friends at Falcon Motorcycles sent us this beautifully shot and edited video of their stunning Kestrel. Photographer Travis Shinn (who has photographed P Diddy, 50 Cent and Marilyn Manson) shot this video on his Canon 5D and Noah Goldsmith of Safe Camp edited the footage. The shoot mainly took place along the LA river in downtown Los Angeles. If you’re wondering who was lucky enough to ride the bike in the video, it’s Ian Barry the builder and part owner of the LA-based workshop.
Say the words “best ever motorbike film” to most riders, and you’ll probably hear them namedrop films like “The Wild One”, “Easy Rider”, or “On Any Sunday”. But there’s one that those in the know will tell you trumps them all when it comes to showing the insane rush of riding road bikes at speed; the original Mad Max movie from 1979.
Short on cash, George Miller (the film’s writer, director and co-producer who went on to make the Witches of Eastwick, Babe, and Happy Feet) enlisted the help of the Melbourne chapter of the Vigilantes outlaw motorcycle gang… as you do. Giving them access to free bikes and paying them mostly in beer, he let them loose on Victoria’s country roads and filmed the chaos. In the now infamous bridge scene, Vigilantes members were asked to drop and slide two Kawasaki KZ1000’s for the cameras. The riders, trying to get the best shot possible, stayed nice and close to the bikes after they hit the deck. The results? A tumbling 250kg bike comes damn close to breaking a gang member’s neck and the world gets one of the best bike stunt sequences ever filmed.
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This beautifully shot and edited short film of Shinya Kimura is truly inspiring. Filmed by Danish born director Henrik Hansen it gives us a glimpse into Shinya’s life and his passion for motorcycles. [Found on Throttle]
Fourstar Clothing video featuring ‘A Day In the Life’ with Max Schaaf from 4Q Conditioning. It’s great to catch a glimpse of Max cruising the streets on his bike and then bombing some hills on his skateboard. Seeing the old Natas board on the wall of his shop brought back some memories. You can check out more ‘Days in the Life’ at the Fourstar website. [Found on Paul Van Denton]
We don’t usually post a lot of weird motorcycle videos but we thought it would be crazy not to post this one – almost as crazy as these indian circus folk. You have probably seen many other Wall of Death videos but the talented young guys from The Diamond Maruti Car Circus in Delhi take it to a new level. At first glance you might think this is dangerous, but if you look closely the white car does use his indicator at the end. The only other picture that tops their impressive performance is this old Wall of Death photo featuring a women driving a car with a lion in a side car. It was called the ‘Liondrome’ and was very popular in the 1930’s and just by looking at this amazing photo you can see why. If you want to know more about the Liondromes and the history of the sport check out this great article on darkroastedblend.
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We have posted quite a lot of motorcycle safety commercials recently, including one from Australia, one from Norway and now here’s a pretty good one from Britain. The Department of Transport has launched this new ad created by London agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as part of its THINK! campaign. This ad was inspired by research stating that drivers who personally know a motorcyclist are much more careful and aware while driving – so by using these huge Vegas style neon signs they make you feel like you know these riders. It made me think what my sign would say, maybe something like “extremely handsome, witty and suffers from a delusional disorder”. But seriously, would love to get your feedback on the commercial and whether you think it will be effective. Also check out the making of video if you are curious about how they did it. [Found on Rippin Kitten]