Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Workshop Night

Illustration by Adam Nickel
























































Illustration by Adam Nickel


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Tokyo Night

 No Future Krew


No Future Krew 


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LiveWire

Typical!

You stop paying attention to your blog and the rest of the motorcycle world for a week and all of a sudden Harley Davidson releases a ground-braking electric motorcycle!!

Ground-braking? Well, yeah... for a couple of reasons.



Firstly, Harley Davidson is not renowned for forward thinking. I don't mean this in a disparaging way, what I mean is that HD has been churning out 2-valve air-cooled vee-twins since biblical times and that's what their innately conservative buyers want. And every time HD do something to modernise their bikes, it's met with resistance from their consumers.

Harley Davidson were content enough with this arrangement during the '90s and noughties because the baby boomers were buying Harleys in their droves. At least, they were happy until about five years ago when they suddenly realised that their core consumer was getting older and older and they weren't getting any new customers to replace them as they died off.

This was a shocker for Harley and they reacted to it quickly and appropriately. They started selling stripped down Sportsters to hipsters and developed the new water-cooled Street 500 and 750 machines for emerging markets. And in doing this, they stopped being complacent and started being future oriented. And now they've released (well, released images of) a new electric motorcycle...

And secondly, they're the first (to my knowledge) major motorcycle manufacturer to take electric bikes seriously. There are already some pretty cool electric bikes on the market from companies such as Brammo and Mission and there are loads more in development from companies such as Ego, Tacita and Voxan, but these are niche products by relatively small manufacturers. And Mugen (closely affiliated with Honda) are winning races with their electric bike but again, that's pretty niche.

It's interesting that normally conservative Harley Davidson are stealing a march on the Japanese companies. And the bike looks pretty good. It's a sort of a streetfighter and shares DNA with the V-Rod and the new Street 500/750.

My understanding is, that it's not actually being offered for sale but is merely a sort of teaser to judge market response and maybe to tweek the technology a bit. It's exciting nonetheless.

The electric bike is coming. Bring it on...

Harley Davidson LiveWire

Harley Davidson LiveWire

Harley Davidson LiveWire




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Friday, 13 June 2014

Ruin

This has been around for a couple of years, but maybe you haven't seen it yet. The bike appears to be based on the Yamaha MT01 Concept Bike (which was a much more minimal affair than the behemoth that made it into production!). It's pretty cool if you're feeling all post-apocalyptic - and these days, who isn't!

Ruin

Ruin

Ruin



RUIN from Wes Ball on Vimeo.


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Speed Merchant

Speed Merchant

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IOM Paton

I saw this bike at BSMC about a fortnight ago. Apparently it's a full-on race bike and it was raced in the Isle of Mann yesterday.

Every day's a school day!

IOM Paton


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Why We Ride

Why We Ride



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Canyon

Canyon


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Three

Three


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No Compromise

No Compromise


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Custom Ruckus

Custom Ruckus


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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Grom

They say you meet the nicest people on a Honda...

Grom


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Akira

Akira Ruairi Robinson













































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Kaneda Bike

I'm obsessing about this lately and I'm not sure why...

Akira Kaneda Bike


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David Beckham

I like David Beckham, I think he's a gentleman. But he always seems a bit cross when he's around motorcycles...

David Beckham
































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CRD#20

CRD#20


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Murdered-Out KLR 650

Murdered-Out KLR 650


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Harley Davidson XR1200TT

Harley Davidson XR1200TT


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CB900/1157 Feddie Spencer Replica

CB900F


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Custom Cubs

Custom Cubs


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