Stupendo! Meraviglioso! Spettacolare! Stunning synchronized motorcycling! Rome Police Hold Anniversary-1953
Royal Enfield motorcycles are built in Chennai, where they are painted by by hand
The Motorbike Girl Gangs of Morocco: 'Kesh Angels by Hassan Hajjaj
"His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun."
More from the gallery's website
Today marks the beginning
of the 2013 Iron Butt Rally, a long distance motorcycle rally in which participants ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. It rained on today's start in Pennsylvania
, but the challenges are only beginning for these riders. [more inside]
The sweetest chopper on the planet is the "Red Baron
", a custom-built motorcycle powered by a 9-cylinder radial aircraft engine
"The Snake" on Mulholland Highway
is a notoriously twisty stretch of road near Los Angeles, especially popular with motorcyclists. So many crashes happen at "Edwards Corner" that photographers camp out to film them. The results can be terrifying
, or oddly mesmerizing
Since about 2006 "Mike Terrorista
" has been posting videos on YouTube from his Honda motorcycle as MIKE9MMM
, keeping up a running commentary and ogling girls while racing though Sao Paulo traffic at high speed
. (Note: some swearing in Portuguese) [more inside]
World's Most Dangerous Ride
(SLYT) One mistake and it's a free fall to your death. Motology's Adam Riemann rides one of the scariest Himalayan trails you'll ever see.
dirt moto3 bruce brown snowflakes
digger zebra candy flake dust speed master rigid
k180 smiley firestone
barn find swap meet junk tempter
ape 2 stroke soup magneto
sumo triple dubble white wall twin garage build amal
beehive bates sissy air head bahnburner bacon slicer baloney bob bone shaker bonnie
continental circus cowhorn dog bone hole shot mouse trap new york steak pancake rice rocket
sharkfin trumpet" [more inside]
to today's MotoGP
contests, with top speeds upwards of 215mph (346kph)
, early days of modern-day American motorcycle racing
still reached speeds of 95mph (152kph) on dangerous wooden 45° banked tracks
that earned the nickname Murderdromes by the end of the 1920's. Riders often raced
with no brakes and leather helmets
. But mostly, just a sweater
and a smile. [more inside]
Bessie Stringfield rode across the US alone, 8 times.
In the 20's, 30's and 40's, women didn't ride motorcycles and black women didn't travel alone, especially in the South. But Bessie rode until she died, for the US Army, based on a penny toss
, wherever she wished
Though the currently circulating version of the story
may be somewhat apocryphal, the truth is that Frenchman Emile Leray did in fact take apart a busted Citroën 2CV
and refashion it into a working motorcycle
Ikuo Yokoyama lost his home and three family members in the Japanese tsunami last year. Among the losses was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle he had bought five years ago and keeping in the back of a cube van... which floated across the Pacific Ocean and was found by Peter Mark, a resident of British Columbia
, on an beach on Graham Island (it's the big one up the B.C. coast, near Alaska). Aside from some rust, the motorcycle seems to be in decent condition, and Harley-Davidson plans to restore it and ship it back to Yokoyama.
21 year old Brandon Wright found himself trapped under a burning BMW
after his motorcycle collided with it on a highway outside Salt Lake City. What happened next
has to be seen to be believed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Maut ka Kuan
, a.k.a. Death Pit
or Well of Death
, a inverted cone of wooden planks assembled for the express purpose of driving motorcycles and cars
in circles at speeds that make them stick
to the walls
. The drivers can collect a little cash
along the way.
Never-seen Hells Angels Photos, 1965
- LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride recall the weeks they spent with Sonny, Buzzard, Hambone, Big D, other Angels and their "old ladies." Of the 36 photos in the gallery, only one had been previously published. (via Daily Jive
) [more inside]
"...Connie set a land speed record
on her 1350cc Suzuki going more than 209 mph and Nick, though not a record for the type of bike he was on, managed to top 220. She said setting the mark provided the biggest high of her life. He said he'd like to get up to 300 mph one day. She's 70 years old. He's 80." [more inside]
Last year long-time motorcycle journalist Dexter Ford wrote this article
for the NYT about helmet safety standards, a followup to his 2005 article "Blowing the Lid Off"
. Leaked emails
(pdf) reveal that helmet manufacturers/advertisers were none too pleased, ultimately resulting in Ford being fired. (via hellforleather
) [more inside]
. You can deliver
cold drinks, cargo
, one person
or even more
with a special sidecar
. You can cook hot food
and sell it
. Or critically
, you can quickly transport
someone in need
when roads are bad and facilities
remote. They're supported
by roadside repair
shacks, petrol pumps
"For many riders, a Ninja 250
is the bottom rung of a sport bike ladder, a necessary first step in pursuit of high horsepower race replicas. I can’t begin to recount the myriad times I’ve been asked about getting a bigger bike, generally with the suggestion, express or implied, that I’m ready for a 600cc super sport. With over 17,000 miles behind the bars of my mighty 250, I’ve no apprehensions about moving up." - A blog documenting
and occasionally rhapsodizing
about day to day living with a bike that is usually looked down on as a underpowered, beginner's bike.
You might dismiss Little Honda by the Hondells
as an infectious by-product of Grey Advertising's legendary 1962 "You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda" ad campaign
. It's actually a Brian Wilson
original, later recorded by The Beach Boys
, and shares an eerie connection
with the Jan & Dean classic Dead Man's Curve
. Perhaps its the essence of youth and innocence captured by this corny little composition that inspires Yo La Tengo's contemporary covers
Morocco by Motorbike.
The perfect escape for a lazy weekend day. Just watch out for ancient tombs
. [more inside]
The classic Rush song "Red Barchetta"
was inspired by a short story.
Neil Peart, the band's lyricist, couldn't get in touch with the author until 2006...
Self assembling GSX-R
(SLYT) Five minute stop motion video of a bike being assembled. [more inside]
After 10000 hours of hard work, more than 10 years from time to time in the garage and about 15000 Euros spent, the Snaefell was ready to ride!
Ever wonder what the teleportation booth mishap result of a sportbike crossed with a sportscar would look like? François Knorreck spent an insane amount of time finding out and the results are, well, you decide whether you like it or not but you can't say the workmanship is anything but top notch.
On Any Sunday
is a 1971 film about motorcycling
. Narrated by Bruce Brown
(director of The Endless Summer
, it features Mert Lawwill
(who later developed a prosthetic
for amputee riders), Malcolm Smith
, and Steve McQueen
, among others. It can be viewed in its entirety on Hulu
. It was nominated
for Best Documentary Feature in 1971, and reviewed
by Roger Ebert in the same year.
Max Corkill and his cat Rastus
were a site to behold as they motorcycled through New Zealand with Rastus perched on the fuel tank, sporting his custom helmet. They were tragically killed in a collision nearly 11 years ago. A series of books about, and inspired by, Rastus can still be purchased (worth the click for the cute photo)
although it isn't clear if the proceeds go to the charities for which Max & Rastus raised funds. More photos on their memorial MySpace
Another motorcycling kittah and further details
(w/ pix) of a motorcycle journey through Angola. Stumbled onto this from the Black Flag forums and have not been able to stop reading it.
The Isle of Man TT
race is arguably the most dangerous
race one can do on a superbike, as it has claimed the lives
of over 220 racers over the last 100 years. still, that doesn't seem to prevent people from competing, year
0 to 60 mph
in less than a second. Drag strip record of 155 mph
. And almost totally silent
the battery-powered drag racer KillaCycle
One day, a vintage motorcycle restorer gets an idea in his head to tackle a new project, restoring an old-timey "board-tracker"
bike. In and of itself, that's not such a big deal; over the past century, vehicle restoration has become equal parts hobby
, and spectator sport
. The catch with this particular project, however, is that there are no existing examples of the bike he wants to rebuild, the last known extant part remaining is a corroded engine case, and there are only 5 known photographs - all of which happen to show just the right side of the bike. This is the story (so far) of Paul Brodie's Excelsior OHC. [via]
The Wall of Death. Celebrated in song
, the act of riding a motorcycle on the vertical wall of the inside of a cylinder
, was a popular carnival attraction, mid-century
. Although on the wane since the 70's
, there are still a few practitioners
have better websites than others