You’ve got to hand it to the Spanish. They are nothing if not risk takers. While America, Australia and England get their jollies from innocuous bat and ball sports, the Spanish get theirs taunting angry bulls. Now, I think it’s fair to say that the number of combined casualties for soccer, cricket and baseball players over the past few hundred years or so would be pretty much zero. Sure, there’s the cricket players that died of boredom and the soccer players that were just pretending to be dead, but overall they’re negligible. But compare that to bullfighting’s 533 deaths in the last 300 years. Serious stuff, but probably what you should expect if you jump into a ring with a beast like that. Or like this. Wave your red capes in honour of the nastiest, most powerful bull that’s ever lived, ‘La Bestia’ from Madrid’s Valtoron.
Words by Ian Lee.
Passion. The Spanish are known for their passion; in life, in love and most importantly for us, in their custom motorcycle builds. The lines of a vintage MX bike, massaged into existence with a Mediterranean flavour make for one hell of a beautiful ride. This unique custom rolled out of the Spanish workshop Valtoron, named ‘La Loma 750’ it’s a reworked Kawasaki KZ750 stripped of the majority of it’s factory componentry. In its place you’ll find a stripped back dirt chewing machine, with go to match the show. And what a show it is.
After just arriving back from today’s Deus Bike Build-off and chatting with Darren, the overall winner, it’s more than a little ironic that our latest bike is in many ways a European equivalent to the builds we drunk beer between today. She too is a creation that is more concerned with the raw spirit of custom bikes than the superficial glitz and glamour that some parts of the scene seem to dwell on. She was built on a tight budget and without any professional help. And lastly, but most importantly, she took out the first prize at the 2013 Wheels and Waves show in Biarritz this year. Meet Russell Mechanica’s down and dirty ‘La Pantera’.
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It’s that time of year. A time when our Northern Hemisphere friends are enduring the slow, steady descent into winter. And while they sadly put away their bikes and hunker down for many months of snowy oblivion, we here on the bottom the of planet are doing just the opposite. That’s right – summer is coming. You can smell it in the air, and unless you haven’t cleaned your leathers from last year, it’s probably the sweet perfume of spring flowers. That’s why this bike instantly caught our attention. There’s something about it that screams summer like a Tourette’s surfer with a loud hailer. The only thing missing from the shots is a case of cerveza, a beach, and a few surfboards. Like a warm breeze, here’s the latest from Spain’s La Raíz Motorcycles.
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It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a decent concept bike on this here ol’ Hot Tubes blog and what better way to celebrate a triumphant return than with this insanely cool concept out of the offices of the Art-Tic design studios, located smack bang in middle of downtown Barcelona, Spain. Designed for the the Spanish Marque Ossa, it represents the company’s first non-trials foray since the early 1970s. The brief from Ossa to Art-Tic was the stuff that any bike designer only dares dream about; take a classic race bike from the 1960s and update it for the 21st century. The result? A bike any rider would only dare dream about, and it has a Wacky Races sticker on it. Any cooler, and it’d turn nipples into diamonds at fifty paces. Mujers and hombres, feast your eyes on this.
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Discovered the Motorcycle Factory Ajito (their website needs some work) on a Spanish blog called Retro Custom Racer. Ajito is a custom shop in Japan that have made loads of cool sr400’s bobbers but it was this BSA C-11 named Racy King that really stood out. Everything on this bike looks hand made. The seat, brake light and Japanese dragon tank won’t be to everyone’s taste but you have to give credit where credit is due. Ajito has created something truly unique and we look forward to seeing more bikes from these guys in the future.
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