Monday, 30 November 2020

RBWZ.

Akira Kaneda Bike by RobbieWorkz

Image RobbieWorkz


#RBWZ #RobbieWorkz #Akira #PowerBike #AkiraPowerBike #KanedaBike #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Paso

Ducati Paso 750 Girl


Image Unknown


#Ducati #DucatiPaso #Paso750 #Dainese #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Crossfire

Crossfire - Artist Unknown 
Image Unknown


#Crossfire #Cyberpunk #SciFiMoto #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 27 November 2020

Parade

Destiny 2 Sparrow 'Parade' by Alex Figini

Destiny 2 Sparrow 'Parade' by Alex Figini


#Bungie #BungieGames #Destiny2 #SparrowParade #AlexFigini #Hoverbike #SpeederBike #SciFiMoto #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage 

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Ice Cream

Panigale Girl - Photographer Unknown

Photographer Unknown


#V4Panigale #Panigale #DucatiPanigale #PanigaleGirl #IceCream #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Blitzspear

Nemesis the Warlock with the Blitzspear - Illustration Chris Weston

Illustration Chris Weston 


#Nemesis #NemesisTheWarlock #Torquemada #Termight #Blitzspear #TimeTunnel #2000AD #ChrisWeston #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Garage 12

Custom Buell XB12S by Garage 12


Image via Garage 12 on Instagram 


#Garage12 #Buell #XB12S #BuellXB #CustomBuell #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 23 November 2020

Cyberpunk City

Cover Artwork by Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano for Cyberpunk City by DL Young


Cover Artwork by Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano for Cyberpunk City by DL Young

Illustrations Ignacio Bazan-Lazcano


#CyberpunkCity #DLYoung #IgnacioBazanLazcano #Cyberpunk #CyberMoto #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 22 November 2020

SP1 Swingarm Conversion

Details to follow once the conversion is complete.

Honda SP1 Swingarm Conversion - Mercenary Garage Motorcycle Workshop - Image Ro Hickey


Image Ro Hickey


#HondaSP1 #HondaSP2 #SwingarmConversion #MotorcycleWorkshop #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil 2 by Morgan Yon


Image Morgan Yon


#BeyondGoodAndEvil #MorganYon #Hoverbike #Sharktooth #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 20 November 2020

Damnation Alley

Damnation Alley (1977)

Damnation Alley (1977)


#DamnationAlley #GiantScorpions #70sSciFi #Apocalypse2020 #KX125 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Desert Korps

Image Danny Huynh Creations

Image Danny Huynh Creations


#DannyHuynhCreations #KTM #Wasteland #Apocalypse2020 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

VHS Wednesday

Cyclone (1987)


Heather Thomas - Cyclone (1987)

Are you tired of all the VUCA shit at this end of the timeline? 

Tired of Covid, the fires, the riots, the murders, the murder-hornets and the lies?

Do you long for a simpler time, a time when nothing surprising or awful ever happens?

You do!?

Well, MERCENARY invites you to travel back to 1987, to a movie in which only one* surprising thing happens. 

Well, two surprising things happen if you count the mildly surprising murder of the protagonist''s geeky boyfriend, but if you read the back of the VHS box you already knew that was coming.

That's not to say that Cyclone doesn't raise any questions. Indupitably no! It raises many questions.

Questions such as, why can't a 400 horsepower motorcycle outrun a XL600 on knobblies? If you have a motorcycle equipped with laser blasters and rear facing rocket launchers, why wait 'til the very end of the movie to use them? And the big question, what the fuck is going on with all these betrayals and double crossings? 

Cyclone, a 400 horsepower Superbike, failing to outrun a Honda XL600

Apart from being unsurprising, Cyclone has a couple of other things to recommend it. It has the same sort of production values as an episode of the A-Team  or Nightrider and it's shot in and around LA so it will be deeply familiar to anyone who grew up watching American TV shows in the '80s.

However, Cyclone's single biggest attraction is Heather Thomas. Heather Thomas is probably best known for playing Jody in the TV show The Fall Guy and she plays a similar character here (Teri).

Teri's geeky boyfriend has built a 400 horsepower combat motorcycle in his secret lair cleverly hidden behind a retractable panel in his apartment. The bike has radar resistant paint, laser blasters and rocket launchers but none of that is very important because the machine's real killer app is how it is powered. It can run on regular gasoline, or alternatively by tapping hydrogen in the atmosphere using a free energy device called the Transformer.

Why is it called the Transformer when that name has already been taken by y'know, transformers? Why is the geeky boyfriend fucking about with motorcycles at all when clearly this technology has a much wider application? Disappointingly, these questions aren't addressed and the Transformer is just a MacGuffin that the various back-stabbing parties are trying to get their hands on.

Just as the geeky boyfriend is about to finish the motorcycle he is unsurprisingly murdered in a moderately discomfiting, apparently random, punk-rock-club murder. Teri, who was deeply in love with the geek is now understandably upset. But she's a trooper, so she returns to the secret lair where the geek has presciently left instructions on a VHS cassette on how to finish the motorcycle, arm the various weapon systems, install the Transformer and hand off the finished bike to a secret government agent, who is the only person that Teri should trust.

Heather Thomas adorably plays in Teri in Cyclone (1987)

Teri makes arrangements to meet the secret government agent, whereupon he too is murdered by punk rockers. Teri finds herself alone in the industrial wastelands of LA, forced to survive, armed with nothing more than her wits. And a 400 horsepower motorcycle with laser blasters and rocket launchers.

The rest of the movie unfolds in a blur of motorcycle chases, kidnaps, crosses and double crosses before Teri finally deploys the laser blasters and the rocket launchers in a coup de grâce that pretty much wraps everything up. Except the Transformer, which Teri later casually discards into a very shallow puddle causing the thing to self destruct.

This raises the final unanswered question of this movie - Why didn't the geeky boyfriend manufacture this world-changing device to at least IP66 standard? I mean, it was installed on a motorcycle FFS!

Heather Thomas really shines in this movie and without her, it would be entirely forgettable. She rides motorcycles, takes out a trio of LA rednecks (?) with a tyre iron, bravely resists torture and spits in the eye of evil. She is by turns funny, sassy, gutsy and sexy. In short, she's adorable.

Essentially, this movie is Heather Thomas, the familiarity of 1980s TV, and a low stress, made for VHS story-line. It's deliciously nostalgic, unchallenging and fun.  

In these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times, this just might be the movie you need.



Heather Thomas stars in Cyclone (1987) - DVD Cover



#HeatherThomas #Cyclone #TheEighties #VHSWednesday #VUCA #VolatileUncertainComplexAndAmbiguous #XL600 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage


*SPOILER ALERT - The only real surprise in this movie is the first betrayal where Teri finds her gym trainer is not who she purports to be. I'm still reeling from this revelation so I just thought I'd put that out there in the interest of reducing anxiety.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Shobaku

 

Shonan Bakusozoku - Bomber Bikers of Shonan (1987)

Shonan Bakusozoku - Bomber Bikers of Shonan (1987)


#ShonanBakusozoku #BomberBikersOfShonan #EightiesAnime #Anime #Bosozoku #Mercenary #MercenaryGarag

Monday, 16 November 2020

Sword Fish

Cyberpunk Warrior Girl with her dog - TonTonRevolver Illustration TonTonRevolver


#TonTonRevolver #SciFiIllustration #Cyberpunk #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Night City

Night City - Cyberpunk 2077


Image Cyberpunk 2077


#Cyberpunk2077 #NightCity #NeonNoir #VapourWave #Cyberpunk #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage 

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Neo Tokyo

 Check out this masterpiece from Cool Kid Customs...

Neo Tokyo - Akira style bosozoku 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 slabside by Cool Kid Customs

Image Cool Kid Customs


#CoolKidCustoms #SlabSide #GSXR #GSXRSlabside #Bosozoku #Akira #NeoTokyo #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 13 November 2020

Dropship

Here at MERCENARY, we approaching the weekend like Ewoks on Speederbikes unleashed from a Rebel Dropship...

CH47 Chinhook offloads Motorcycle Troops in Ghilie Suits

Image Unknown


#GhillieSuit #Chinhook #CH47 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Drift

Harley Drift Bike - Photographer Unknown

Photographer Unknown


#DriftBike #HarleyDavidson #Motul #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Jupiter

Racing Jupiter - Retro-Soviet Sci-Fi Illustration by Andrey Tkachenko


Illustration Андрея Ткаченко


#AndreyTkachenko #Izh #IzhJupiter #SovietSciFi #CCCP #Mecha #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Hot Rod Technical

Hot Rod Technical - Freeway Fighter Comic - Art by Simon Coleby

Illustration Simon Coleby


#FreewayFighter #SimonColeby #HotRod #Wasteland #Apocalypse2020 #Technical #TechnicalVehicle #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 9 November 2020

Sharktooth Technical

The Devastator - Sharktooth Technical Vehicle from NotMyCar RPG

Image Unknown


#NotMyCar #Devastator #MiniGun #Sharktooth #Technical #TechnicalVehicle #Wasteland #Apocalypse2020 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 8 November 2020

The Future is Yours to Create

Indian FTR 1200 - The Future is Yours to Create

Image Unknown


#IndianFTR1200 #TheFutureIsYoursToCreate #IndianMotorcycles #FTR1200 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 7 November 2020

H2

Supercharged Kawasaki H2 Ninja Toon Shader GIF by Martin Onassis

Image Martin Onassis


#H2 #KawasakiH2 #MartinOnassis #ToonShader #Supercharged #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 6 November 2020

Speeder

Speeder Girl by WojtekFus on DeviantArt

Illustration Wojtek Fus


#Speeder #WojtekFus #DeviantArt #Cyberpunk #SciFi #SciFiIllustration #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Tired Now

Tired Now - Golden Boy (1995) and a Bimota Tesi D1

Image Golden Boy (1995)


#GoldenBoy #Bimota #BimotaTesi #BimotaTesi1D #Tesi #Tesi1D #Ducati #Ducati851 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Supercharged Sharktooth

Sharktooth Triumph Bobber with Supercharger - Image via Rooster Garage

Image via Rooster Garage


#RoosterGarage #Supercharger #Sharktooth #Triumph #TriumphMotorcyles #TriumphBobber #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Rouge

Rouge's Moto by Nicolas Bienfait-Cassaro

Illustration Nicolas Bienfait-Cassaro


#NicolasBienfaitCassaro #BigPeopleCry #Cyberpunk #SciFiIllustration #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

We The People

 For the day that's in it...

We The People - A Tribe Called Quest



#WeThePeople #ATribeCalledQuest #TribeCalledQuest #Election2020 #Apocalypse2020 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 2 November 2020

Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury

This is a really unlikely mix of American Country and Western, Concept Album and Dystopian Apocalyptic Japanese Anime. The end result is astonishing. Do yourself a solid and watch the whole thing on Netflix right now.

Right now!

Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury





#SturgillSimpson #SturgillSimpsonSoundAndFury #SoundAndFury #SingAlong #SciFi #Anime #Apocalypse2020 #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Spook

Triumph - For the Ride - Image via SeanPatrick68 on Tumblr


Image via SeanPatrick68 on Tumblr


#Triumph #TriumphMotorcycles #TriumphForTheRide #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Halloween

 It's that most wonderful time of the year...

Vincent Black Shadow vs Harley XR750 - Diablo Race - Ryan Roadkill


Illustration Ryan Roadkill


#RyanRoadkill #RyanQuickfall #Vincent #VincentBlackShadow #HarleyDavidson #XR750 #HarleyXR750 #DiabloRace #Halloween #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 30 October 2020

Social Distant

Social Distant on a 2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200XE




#IconMotosports #Icon1000 #Triumph #TriumphScrambler #Scrambler1200XE #EDub #ErnieVigil #AdventureBike #SocialDistance #CoronaVirus #Covid #Covid19 #Apocalypse2020 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Paso Chaser

Ducati really missed a trick by not exploring a brand crossover with Sigue Sigue Sputnik for the 1986 Ducati Paso.

The whole thing could have been presented by Max Headroom with incidental music by Jan Hammer to make it the most Eighties/Cyberpunk thing ever.

The 1986 Ducati Paso - The most cyberpunk bike ever (apart from the Suzuki Nuda)







This post is a response to an earlier post here- https://www.mercenary.ie/2020/10/kda-v4-panigale.html


#TheEighties #NineteenEightySix #SigueSigueSputnik #LoveMissileF111 #Ducati #DucatiPaso #MaxHeadroom #JanHammer #Cyberpunk #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

K/DA V4 Panigale

Um... Yeah, no...

I don't know where to begin with this... 

This is Akali. Akali is a singer in a girl band called K/DA. 

And that's Akali's custom V4 Panigale designed especially for her by Ducati Design Centre. 

So far so good, okay? 

Except that K/DA is made up of a group of girls from the computer game League of Legends published by Riot Games. So Akali's not real. Neither is K/DA and neither is the custom designed V4 Panigale. They're all virtual. 

So this is a virtual collaboration between Akali, K/DA, League of Legends, Riot Games and Ducati Design Centre. Presumably because Ducati wants to exploit that elusive Girl Band Fan/Gamer/Hyper Motorcycle Owner crossover dollar or something...

If this had happened in 1986 with Sigue Sigue Sputnik and the Ducati Paso I would have been all over it, but now it just makes me feel old. And tired. And confused...


Akali from K/DA with her virtual custom Ducati V4 Panigale or somethin'...



#KDA #KDAMore #LeagueX #LeagueOfLegends #RiotGames #Ducati #DucatiPanigale #Panigale #V4Panigale #DucatiDesignCentre #WTF #EnoughAlready #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Drivers High

Drivers High by Park Jin Kwang

Illustration Park Jin Kwang


#ParkJinKwang #DriversHigh #SuzukiBandit #Bosozoku #Cyberpunk #SciFi #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Blonde Bandit

 Blonde Bandit by Ozneo

Image Ozneo


#BlondeBandit #VintageComics #Ozneo #OzneoGIFs #PopArt #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 26 October 2020

Airborne

Airborne Indian Scout Flat Track Racer - Image by Kevin Pak 
Image Kevin Pak


#KevinPak #Indian #IndianMotorcycles #IndianScout #FlatTrack #FlatTracker #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Lunar

Image via Windburned Eyes on Tumblr

Image via Windburned Eyes on Tumblr


#WindburnedEyes #LunarBike #MoonBike #BigWheelChopper #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage



Saturday, 24 October 2020

Lost

Victorian/Edwardian Steampunk Monowheel Time Traveling Gentleman 

Image Unknown


#TimeTraveler #Monowheel #Steampunk #Edwardian #Eccentric #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 23 October 2020

Definition of a Streetfighter

Back in the early '90s, before Streetfighter came to mean a Predator themed GSXR with its seat unit at an improbable angle, it was a catchall term for performance custom bikes.

Those were interesting times...


Early '90s Definition of a Streetfighter by Rich King


Illustration Rich King (I think)


#RichKing #BSH #BackStreetHeroes #90sStreetfighter #TheNineties #1990s #Streetfighter #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Race Bagger

Michael Woolaway, Woolies Workshop, Saddlemen, Harley Davidson Bagger Race Bike

Michael Woolaway, Woolies Workshop, Saddlemen, Harley Davidson Bagger Race Bike

Michael Woolaway, Woolies Workshop, Saddlemen, Harley Davidson Bagger Race Bike

Images via WooliesWorkshop on Instagram


#MichaelWoolaway #WooliesWorkshop #Saddlemen #HarleyDavidson #RaceBagger #RaceBagger #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Black Pink

Black Pink, Cyberpunk Illustration by HG Chen


Illustration HG Chen


#BlackPink #HGChen #Cyberpunk #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Slingshot

Custom 1989 Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR 1100 Slingshot - Image by Luciano Consolini Photography

Image Luciano Consolini Photography


#LucianoConsoliniPhotography #SuzukiGSXR #GSXR #GSXR1100 #Yoshimura #SuzukiSlingshot #Sharktooth #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage