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Mike Doohan sells safety

Posted on November 2, 2009 by Scott in Other. 7 comments

Just days after the launch of the Victorian motorcycle campaign the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia has embarked on a new approach to encourage motorcyclists to ride safely. The new campaign, created by Clemenger BBDO Adelaide, utilises Moto GP racing footage and demonstrates the real dangers riders face on the road due to roadside obstacles. As opposed to the previous campaign we featured the other day that has been upsetting many riders from around the world, we believe this one is money well spent. Not only does the footage make you stop and think, but using Mick Doohan is a stroke of genius. He’s an Australian legend and also a major role model to most of the target audience. Will this commercial change the speeding habits of riders and in turn save lives? We hope so, what do you think? Please … Read More »

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Australian Motorcycle Commerical

Posted on October 28, 2009 by Scott in Other. 18 comments

This beautifully shot commerical by director Lance Kelleher at Curious Films is causing a lot of debate on motorcycle forums Down Under. The main problem is riders think that this commercial makes us look like a bunch of idiots. Lots of us ride dangerously at times but should we all be made to look like reckless morons? We would love to know what you think. Do you think this ad would work in Europe or America? Would it change the way you ride? Or are they offending the target audience?  Please leave your comments below.

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India on an Enfield

Posted on October 22, 2009 by Scott in Other. 3 comments

Simon Lister is a sound engineer by trade but has a passion for photography and riding motorcycles to places only a handful of adventurers would dare to venture. He has ridden Royal Enfield‘s through Rajasthan in northern India and has recently returned home from the Himalayas traversing some of the tallest passes in existence. We love how Lister describes riding in India… “When you’re on the motorbike, the adrenaline is running the whole time. You see amazing things on the road, especially in India. You see funerals, people on the roads, thousands of trucks, elephants, camels, dogs, dead dogs, dogs eating dead dogs, cattle, what you smell, what you see, what you taste, everything. It’s an explosion of all your senses.” You can view his beautiful collection of photographs on Simon Lister Photography. [If you want to do a trip on a Royal Enfield around India visit Venture on Wheels and they will organize an adventure of a lifetime].


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Steve McQueen Replica Helmet

Posted on October 20, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Other. 2 comments

Everyone seems to be riding on the Steve McQueen gravy train these days. Why wouldn’t they, his name sells better than sex does. Now Bell have released a replica of the helmet worn by the US Team in the 1964 ISDT (International Six-Day Trial) and the most famous member of this team was ‘The King of Cool’. These classic Jet helmets are individually hand painted to order which explains the price tag of over $A600 (which is still a lot cheaper than a Ruby Atelier). They can be purchased through the english store Grand Prix Legends.


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Motorcycle Dream Garages

Posted on October 16, 2009 by Scott in Other. 2 comments

I have to admit I love a good garage and after reading Chris’s review on Bikeexif I knew we had to get our hands on a copy of Motorcycle Dream Garages. Luckily it didn’t disappoint, with beautiful photographs of garages ranging from bike builders, celebrities and even some anonyomous collectors (who want to protect their collection from people like you and me). The author and photographer Lee Klancher finds some truly inspiring stories amongst what many believe are just four brick walls. Although we know that garages are a place where dreams are created and shared. The 17 chapters are divided into five types of garages; palaces (like Jay Leno’s), real deals, sanctuaries, businesses and racer‘s refuges. Our favourites would have to be Geby Wager’s amazing garage in Canada (pictured below) and also the story behind Rising Wolf Garage in New York. Like all of these garages, the book is well put together with a lot of thought gone into it’s design and content. It is summed up best by the author when he says “The spaces, bikes, and people photographed in this book are a diverse lot, all with interesting stories, and all united in their passion for two wheels”. If you share that same passion for two wheels then you will dig this book. [You can find it at Amazon or if in Australia visit Autobook World].


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Hammer Time

Posted on September 30, 2009 by Scott in Other. No Comments

I know what you are thinking, where the hell is the engine? Well, I found this custom bike and loved the look of it. Not only does it have a beautiful pin up girl standing behind it, but it’s also the bicycle I dreamt of owning as a kid. I can imagine the girls on my block would have done anything for a ride. Built by Hammer Kustom Bicycles in Long Beach California. They build one off custom choppers and cruiser bicycles that are clean, sleek, long and low. They basically recreate bobbers and choppers in bicycle form. Not a bad option if you have lost your license or are just cruising down to the beach. Check out their gallery to see the rest of their killer Kustoms. Imagine this bike with a spooky tooth engine on it?


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Josh Kurpius

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Other. No Comments

If you wanted someone to photograph a Hollywood celebrity you would call Annie Leibovitz. If you want someone to photograph a motorcycle or a bike builder then you’d call Josh Kurpius. Josh has shot nearly every custom bike builder in America. Check out his gallery to see the who’s who of the custom motorcycle industry. He also has a cool blog that shows some of his more recent photographs of road trips and other events. [Update: Check out this video he just shot for Harley]


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Norton Freedom

Posted on September 21, 2009 by Scott in Classic, Other. 1 Comment

Nothing says freedom like a purple one piece. I love the opening line in this vintage Norton Commando print ad. “Freedom is when nothing inhibits your desire to move in the best possible way” (just like this one piece inhibits her ability to access the toilet quickly). But seriously, this Norton Commando was specifically tricked out for the American chopper market (check out those bars). Unfortunately and predictably it wasn’t the greatest hit. Was always going to be a tough sell convincing guys that have Harley Davidson tattoos to change bikes.


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French designed helmet?

Posted on September 1, 2009 by Scott in Other. 1 Comment
Everyone has seen the beautiful Ruby Atelier helmets. Recently Ruby got together with high fashion designer Martin Margiela to create an exclusively limited signature helmet. The white surface is covered with signatures of every member of Margiela’s design team. This so called designer has ripped off my design. I first created this design when I was at school and I broke my arm by falling off my bmx. All my mates signed my white cast and some even drew dirty pictures (and they could draw better than Margiela’s staff). See you in court Mr Margiela!

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Icon Cretin

Posted on August 30, 2009 by Scott in Other, Tracker. No Comments

Icon are renowned for their over the top helmets, jackets and bikes. Their latest creation is no different. This little green 76′ Yamaha TT500 has been done in true Icon style. Although, unlike the rest of their gear this has a really cool retro look. It makes me feel all prepubescent and stoned just looking at it. The incredible thing about this bike is the diverse range of parts. It has the front end from a 1990 Suzuki Katana 600, Handlebars from a 2002 Honda Reflex (the one thing I would change) and even a rear brake from a Hayabusa. For more pics and the full spec list of this impressive build visit the one and only Hell For Leather Magazine.


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