Friday, 18 April 2014
They're nothing new, so apologies to those who know them already, but I never fail to be awestruck by the work involved in their creation. Pete Frame drew and wrote them by hand and they start life as huge great things covering a large table before being shot and reduced down for print. They're obsessively detailed and you can lose yourself in them for hours.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The DTRA need a couple of volunteers for this round, and beyond. Get in touch if you can help, even for just one round.
1. Flag marshall for Leicester. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.
2. Scoring box helper. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.
You'll flag to announce the last lap and the winner. Simple, but make it look good. There is budget for spectacular uniform if required.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
From regular correspondent, Roger F...
Narrated by Country singing star and motorcyclist Lyle Lovett and a host of off-road racing stars, the full length movie about John Penton hits theaters this June and I can without reservation, proclaim it a must see for anyone who has ridden on knobby tires. He flat out revolutionized woods riding in the U.S., developed Penton motorcycles, and helped put American riders on the map in the ISDT. Penton was eventually absorbed by a little backwater manufacturer named KTM and set KTM on the road to becoming arguably the most successful off-road motorcycle producer in the world today. Check it out... Roger
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Go to the special Motorcycho section on the Sideburn webshop. G
SPECIAL OFFER: The first person to order the new Motorcycho from us gets a free Motorcycho key ring.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Read more about Bikensteins in Sideburn 9. G
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Ok, it's Sunday night, I've been out riding flat track - feeling a bit zonked, while I'm wading through dozens of Dirt Quake pre-entires from both sides of the Altantic. I have no cable to watch tonight's MotoGP, but I remembered a track I heard on Radio 6 last week. I knew for a Bollywood song to be played on a BBC radio station it is likely to have a killer dance routine from a movie attached to it (like a firm favourite of mine Jaan Pehechaan Ho) and I was right. Well worth a watch. This is the blurb that came with the YouTube post... G
This is a scene from the classic Bollywood movie "Talash", released in 1969! The lovely Helen is dancing like no-one else, while she's lip synching to Asha Bhosle's divine voice!
Sit tight, there will be a motorcycle-related post along soon...
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Sideburn's mailbox is bursting with Dirt Quake III and Dirt Quake USA pre-entries so I'm having to delete a lot of older emails. One I found, that I remembered coming in, but somehow didn't deal with - was from Mule in San Diego, California.
For me, Mule is consistently the best street tracker builder in the world. He's been doing it longer than anyone. He has a niche, but also pushes the boundaries and comes up with some beautiful solutions when he makes a road bike look like a racer, or makes what is essentially a very squirelly race bike into a competent, legal road bike.
This bike is the follow up to Web Surfer he built for Cycle World show, years ago.
It's an oil-in-frame chassis Sportster. The lacquered multiply wooden seat mixed with a silver and beige tank should not work - it doesn't on paper, but I just think it looks neat with its 1962 Huntingdon Beach vibe. And that exhaust and the Morris mag style wheels...
Read about Mule in Sideburn 3 and his incredible Streetmaster in Sideburn 8.
Visit Mule Motorcycles website for top quality parts for Hinckley Bonneville and Sportster street tracker parts.
EUROPEAN customers - Mule now has a distributor in France - Mule Motorcycles France. G