Old bikes like this BSA Spitfire Scramber always hold great appeal for me, given the choice of a modern, plastic-fairing covered dirt bike or this, I’d go BSA everytime. Sure, they might be heavier, less reliable, harder to start and harder to stop but bikes like this have a tangible personality. Some days they’ll be bastards and some days they’ll be saints, as far as I’m concerned, that’s half the fun.
There isn’t a red blooded male on the face of the Earth who doesn’t, in some small way, want to be like Steve McQueen. British motorcycle manufacturer Métisse Motorcycles has joined forces with Steve McQueen’s estate to produce a 300 unit production run of the bike you see pictured above and below.
This “Hawkized” Triumph was built by the team at Roland Sands Design for a recent charity event organised by Tony Hawk. The Tony Hawk: DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit hosted by the Tony Hawk Foundation was held in Beverly Hills and featured the musical stylings of The Black Keys.
Deus Ex Machina’s Bali garage is rolling some genuinely innovative bikes out onto the road with this new custom, dubbed “The Shocker”, being a worthy addition to the garage’s back catalogue.
Motorcycle hill climbing events are always a white-knuckle endeavour, attempting such an activity on brutally simple suspension must have required an iron will and a pair of titanium balls.
This is the first bike out of the new garage Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles based in Barcelona, Spain. The bike started life as a stock BMW R100 RT, Karl then spent 3 months transforming the bike into what you see here, a beautiful vintage single seat scrambler.
The Stealth was built for Edwin, a clothing manufacturer, and is based on the Yamaha TW 125. The TW is an 11hp “go-anywhere” bike with an oversized rear tire designed for beaches/sand-dunes and an exceptionally light frame.
The 1968 BSA Shooting Star is widely considered to be one of the best bikes the small British company ever produced, the 441cc single cylinder was capable of a spirited 95mph, with 30hp on tap and a weight of 320lbs.
Lightweight, smaller capacity motorcycles are a particular interest of mine, the chuckability and the forgiving nature of bikes like this makes them easy to love. Sure you might not take it out for long highway-centric roadtrips but if you live in a city and need to get around town, you won’t find a better bike that…
Modern off-road bikes are marvels of modern engineering, they have the power to weight ratio of yellow-cake uranium and motors that keep running no matter what you do to them. I am convinced that after the almost inevitable nuclear apocalypse only cockroaches and dirt-bikes will survive. And it’s touch and go on the cockroaches making…
Deus Bali is fast becoming one of my favourite custom garages, they specialise in smaller capacity bikes like this 200cc Honda Tiger. The team strip all the superfluous plastic bodywork off and cut the bike down to the bone, then they add hand fabricated custom parts and a killer paint job and sell the bikes to…
On Any Sunday will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary on the 28th of July this year, it’s an amazing tribute that even all these years later it’s still the quintessential motorcycling film. The 1971 documentary even features the late, great Steve McQueen, making it automatically cooler than anything south of the arctic circle.