BADLANDS BAVARIAN: BMW R100R ‘Rogue’ by Side Rock Cycles
Written by Tim Huber Building one-off motorcycles for customers requires a bit of a delicate balancing act: the shop has to adhere to the wants, needs, and personal tastes of the client, while also aligning with the builder’s style, abilities, and overall ethos. Juggling these elements can be a headache, though sometimes, things come together wonderfully, with a design and theme that jives well with both the builder of the bike, the characteristics of the donor, and the customer who commissioned it. And that’s very much the case with Side Rock Cycles’ latest work, entitled “Rogue”.
GOLDEN EYE: Indian FTR 1200 by Indian Metz
Written by Martin Hodgson It was June 2016 when multi-time American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees announced he would join Indian as they returned to the series for a full factory tilt at the title. The signing left no doubt that the company was serious about winning, this was no marketing exercise; but little did we know at the time that in parallel to the development of the race bike, work had commenced on a road-going version. Now three years on and people the world over are getting their hands on the FTR 1200 and France's Thomas Castany of Indian Metz has given this S model the custom treatment dubbing her 'Over Light'.
REVIVAL OF A BRAND: Interview with Josh Sirlin from Black Bear Brand
We spoke with Josh Sirlin, creative director, curator and owner of the Black Bear Brand. The brand has had a long history in America and has now been revived after laying dormant for many years. Josh has a passion for motorcycles and the brand he has resurrected. The more we looked into the products Black Bear Brand are making, the more we were impressed. Grab a drink and have a read... How did you get into motorcycles? Thinking back I always had an affection for them… but in some odd way I can’t make sense of now; they felt out of reach. It’s really weird looking back at this and the fact it took me until I was a so called “adult” before I rode one and then was on a fast track to buy my first bike. First time on a bike: I was in Panama doing a freelance odd-job creative project for a resort Travis Pastrana was starting with his Red Bull team manager Hayes Wheels. The resort wasn’t open yet, it was quite and I was one of the only ones there along with Hayes and a handful resort employees. One of Travis’s bikes was there; the bike he ended up crossing the pool in Nitro Circus Live The Movie. It wasn’t working… but over a few days of me nagging one of the employees I convinced him and one of the local kids to try to get it running so I could ride it. And they did! This is where and how I got my first taste and the motorcycle bug; wearing shorts, flip flops, ripping the beach on Travis Pastrana’s bike in Panama.
LIMITED EDITION: CCM Spitfire Stealth Series
Written by Tim Huber. When CCM introduced the first Spitfire model in 2016, the handmade singles took the world by storm, generating an enormous amount of hype and punching well above the boutique manufacturer’s weight. After the first batch sold out in a matter of days, the Clewes boys were prompted to release another Spitfire-based model... and then another, and another, and another. So after offering the original model, the cafe racer, the scrambler, flat tracker, the bobber, and Foggy, and the Six, the small UK operation has just revealed its latest addition to the Spitfire platform with the new 2020 Stealth Series.
GO LEFT: Honda CB250 ‘Americanos Flat Tracker’ by JasinTom Motorcycles
Written by Martin Hodgson The style of motorcycle we're into at any one time can change like our taste in music; your staple might be the thrash metal of a 2-stroke race bike, but as you age you might begin to enjoy the mellower sounds of prog-rock as you take a trip with friends on a sports tourer. But this all supposes one thing, that choice itself is even available to you. For Tomek of Warsaw’s T.Jasin Motorcycles his country's limited supply of bikes means whatever style he's currently inspired by, he still has to start with a commuter machine. But it proves no obstacle in delivering the goods, this time aboard a Honda CB250 aptly named Americanos Flat Tracker.
ROUGH DIAMOND: BMW R100GS by Diamond Atelier
Written by Tim Huber. When Diamond Atelier first burst onto the scene in 2013 with its inaugural BMW R80 project, it was abundantly clear that the two 20-something-year-old German builders possessed a near-prodigious level of talent and skill when it came to customizing motorcycles. And while the world-renowned shop has stepped out of the limelight for the majority of 2019, that doesn’t mean major moves weren’t happening behind closed doors.
DRAWING INSPIRATION: Interview with Moto-Mucci
Can you introduce yourself to our readers? My name's David Mucci. I run a studio called Moto-Mucci where I build custom motorcycles and do design contracting for the motorcycle industry. Where are you right now? I'm based in Portland, OR What was your first bike? A 1978 CX500 that I bought mostly in bins about 11 years ago. I tore it down to the frame before ever riding it and turned it into a design project.
LICENCE TO THRILL: Honda FT500 by Hombrese Bikes
Written by Martin Hodgson The engineering professor who was the first to build functioning models of artificial neural networks has a quote he likes to use when explaining his work, “the simple things are the hardest”! It was a philosophy that Uwe Kostrewa of Cologne's Hombrese Bikes was to discover when taking on this build. His girlfriend wanted to get her motorcycle licence and have him build an easy to ride yet cool looking custom for when she passed her test. But despite Uwe having a portfolio of incredible machines, he was still working on this slick Honda FT500 street scrambler when she'd achieved her half of the bargain.
OFF THE CHAIN: Yamaha TR1 ‘Django’ by Remastered Cycle
Written by Martin Hodgson In the proud city of Brescia, Italy, they've long valued innovation and tradition in everything they do. It is the home of motorcycling God Giacomo Agostini and firearms producer Beretta, so you can imagine they didn't take it lying down when the Italian GP was moved from their city. Instead, they came up with the grueling Mille Miglia and like everything in the Lombardy region they do it their own way. So when searching for a workshop to breathe life back into his long-deceased Yamaha TR1, Alessandro Gallina stayed local and selected Remastered Cycle to build him a street scrambler that's off the chain, appropriately called Django.
THE BIKES THAT GOT US MOVING: EICMA 2019
Honda CB4X Concept Designed by Honda’s European R&D team lead by Valerio Aiello, the CB4X is Big Red’s latest CBR650F-based concept bike. The 4X boasts a sharp futuristic design with a one-piece tank and front-fairing unit with wing-esque protrusions just above the radiator, and a host of LED lights tucked beneath the nose, resulting in a smooth form somewhat reminiscent of race bodywork. The front of the bike also sports aggressive looking hand guards, an adjustable windscreen, Ohlins forks, and a dual disc Brembo brake setup.