It’s 2011 and the custom bike world is beside itself with the Yamaha-based creations of one Greg Hageman, a.k.a. ‘Doc’s Chops’. From what was previously a laughably bad Yamaha Virago, Greg had built a custom that seemed to have somehow made the bike look very, very cool. At around the same time, a young New Yorker called Maxwell Hazan wheeled his very first custom bike out of a small Brooklyn shop and we all know how that turned out – mainly due to the fact that a certain photographer had the wherewithal to recognise genius when they saw it. And the person responsible for taking the photos of these bikes that changed the custom scene for ever? Meet Florida’s Erick Runyon.
Time for a frank and truthful admission. This here fancy moto blog, along with all of its ilk, would be nothing without the photographers. How many words would you read about a cool bike without all the pretty pictures? After all, writing about motorcycles is like dancing about architecture, no? One of Europe’s main moto lensmen and someone to who we personally owe a great deal of thanks to is Germany’s Marc Holstein. With a clear and infectious passion for photography and the custom bike scene, we’ve lost count of just how many Pipeburn stories he’s shot for us. Here’s an interview with the man himself, along with the very best of his recent shots.
An event like the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is always going to attract lenses. Whether they be of the mobile phone variety, the video sort or good old-fashioned SLRs, you can bet there’ll be a veritable avalanche of photos to capture the event for posterity. But it’s not all tea and cakes. The hard truth is that for the most part, the average Joe or Jane’s shots are anything but distinguished. But then again, Sydney’s Joshua Mikhaiel isn’t just any average lensman.
Motorcycle builders are usually great at building bikes but when it comes to photography, most can’t find the auto focus button. There’s nothing worse than receiving pics of an amazing bike but the photos just don’t do all the hard work justice. There are a few builders who always seem to hit a home run with their bike photography and one of our favourites is Twinline Motorcycles in Seattle. Thanks to their good mate Todd Blubaugh, who not only is a bike fanatic but also a top photographer. We recently featured some of his work in an interview with Jeff from Twinline and he just sent us this sweet little ‘behind the scenes’ video from that shoot, filmed and edited together by the guys at Mammoth. Spend two minutes watching the film and you might learn a couple of tricks…
Check out Todd’s blog for more ‘moto photo’ goodness.
Some things just don’t go together. Like politics and honesty. Aluminum foil and microwaves. And another one I learnt today – lycra and leather. You see, today in sunny Sydney it was one of the bigger motorcycle rides of the year organised on the same day as one of the biggest cycling events of the year. Both groups travelling the same roads. You can see where this is going, right? Unfortunately the organisers didn’t. Luckily the very eclectic mix of bikers were a patient bunch and no cyclist got hurt – except a couple of plump people pulling hamstrings. So as per usual we encountered a few problems shooting ‘complete’ bikes. Loads of people plus loads of bikes in a small area isn’t the best equation. So before you ask to see more of the actual bikes (not just the art house tank shots) be assured we have a few features coming up of these bikes and more. So for now, enjoy these tasty entrees…
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I was lucky enough to get an invite to tag along with the uber fun Mister Mark Hawwa and his band of merry Sydney Cafe Racers rebel rousers (yes, them again) last Sunday for their first ever ride-out. Unfortunately Scott couldn’t make it (he has his macramé classes every Sunday morning) so I was left holding the fort, or handlebars and camera in this case. Though not at the same time. Mostly. There were some silly cool bikes along for the ride, including the super slick Matt Machine Yamaha XS with her new owner Rob – but more on them soon. In the meantime, here’s the best of snaps. We please hope you do like very muchly.
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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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Well, it took one demolished W800, a dead monster snake, 25 steak sandwiches, one flaccid SR rear fender, 342 monkey tanks full of fuel, 18 Gigs of raw video, a roll of gaffer, 12 cameras and five bike-packed ferries, but we got there in the end. It was a killer day of sweet bikes, high drama and new friends. I know we said “annual”, but it would seem like waiting another 12 months could be too long…
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Barry Sheene, in case you were born yesterday or have spent all your life in a Shaker community, is a World Champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Yes yes, I know. Sure, he was a Pommie; but don’t let that put you off. He was sensible enough to move to Australia in the late 80s and we accepted him with open arms – knowing full well that here was a man that was a legend in his own lifetime. Throughout most of the 70s and the first half of the 80s, Sheene reigned supreme as a Grand Prix master par excellence, challenged only by the American Kenny Roberts. Indeed, their battle at the 1979 British Grand Prix is the stuff of legends and is oft-sited as one of the best motorcycle races of modern times.
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Had a day off the other day. Sydney. Blue sky. Still warm, but there’s a slight touch of Autumn in the air. What to do? Maybe jump on the bike and cruise down to one of our many beautiful beaches for a swim? No. Grab the wife and kids and pop down to the local park for a picnic and some quality time with the fruit of my loins? Nope. How about jumping in your mum’s crappy Toyota Camry (don’t ask) and driving from one end of the city to the other to hang out with a bunch of guys in a dark, greasy little workshop with a bunch of heavy equipment, some swarf, an old dog, and a dull blue Leyland P-76. Oh, did I mention the numerous cool bikes they had lying around in various states of customisation? God it was cool. Welcome to Evolution Motorsports.
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