Friday, September 23, 2016

IL MOSTRO SILURO BY XTR


Originally developed in 1993 the Ducati Monster is one of the most iconic naked sports bikes of all time. The simple tubular trellis frame and exposed v-twin engine made it an aesthetically pleasing and fun package. 

This bike has evolved in many ways throughout the years, but the trellis frame and exposed engine remain. This 2015 1200cc, customized water cooled monster has lost some of the visual simplicity, especially around the engine, but it retains all of the elements of a Monster. Commissioned by Ducati Spain, and customized by XTR it's sure to inspire and help maintain the bikes status as an iconic naked bike. 














Thursday, September 15, 2016

HOW KENNY ROBERTS BECAME KING



In 1978 Kenny Roberts became the first American to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship.  He was young, brash and extremely fast -- new tracks, new tires, new weather conditions, had no effect on the GP rookie. 

Watch this documentary detailing much of King Kenny's path to racing royalty. 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

OSCAR BY ALPINESTARS: NO BREAK-IN REQUIRED


From 1974, here's our Motociclismo ad with the tag line " Boots that immediately fly (No break-in required)"

From the same year but from the 250 cc class race in Spain. Watch this great footage that had 40k people in attendance.


Monday, August 22, 2016

TIM GEORGE MOTORCYCLE ART AT PRINT PROCESS

Tim George is a graphic designer based in London. He is interested in bikes and space ships.


Life's better on two wheels – This series of prints examines the motorbike in its many forms.






More of his art at Print-Process

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

THE RONIN 47

A design exercise done right, the men at Ronin Motorworks saw an opportunity and took it. This film beautifully captures this project of the 47 Ronin motorcycles.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THE BOSOZOKU MOTORCYCLE TRIBES OF JAPAN

The Bosozoku are known to modify their bikes in a peculiar way. Combining elements of American motorcycle choppers and British cafe racers along with their uniquely own style of over the top graphics and colors.

This distinct moto culture reached it's height of popularity in the 1980's (over 40k members) - but due the frantic and violent lifestyle combined with reckless riding, police cracked down on the Bosozoku subculture and now have become nearly extinct.





Thursday, July 14, 2016

OSCAR AT WHEELS AND WAVES 2016 VIDEO

Take a glimpse into the world of Wheels and Waves 2016. Art, surfing, music and of course motorcycles all on the beautiful French coast.




Friday, July 1, 2016

WHEELS AND WAVES 2016 - IT JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER!

"Wheels and Waves - c'est formidable!" 

The 2016 edition of Wheels and Waves once again blew away the French Atlantic seaside town of Biarritz! Now in its fifth edition, Wheels and Waves has become the No.1 destination for lovers of custom and heritage bikes and the lifestyle that goes with it. 

From car and motorbikes to surf and attitude, Wheels and Waves 2016 had it all!

Roland Sands, Faster Sons, Royal Enfield and a very special Dakar-inspired BMW: the unveiling of awesome new bikes is what set Wheels and Waves apart this year. 

OSCAR by Alpinestars was, naturally, right at home at Wheels and Waves! Like last year, our tent was a huge pull, with a coffee lounge and tons of activities, such as leather tattooing and a travelling Polaroid photo booth. 

Festival goers were amazed with the OSCAR by Alpinestars coffee lounge and the impressive machine 
We also had tattoo artists on hand to customize special Wheels and Waves leather patches!
During the festival people brought their bike to the tent for a photo opp!
Some, like Pure Motorcycle's David Chapuis, brought flair ...
... while some just came with kick-ass attitude! 
OSCAR by Alpinestars was again rocking it at the ArtRide exhibition.
The ArtRide exhibition, this year held in San Sebastian, housed some awesome machines. 
One of the headlines at Wheels and Waves this year was the 'El Rollo' flat track event.
Alpinestars Super Victory boot was a star attraction at El Rollo ...
... and, so it seems, was our very own Jamie Robinson!
It might have been cancelled but that didn't stop Jamie showing off at Punk's Peak a few days later.
Fog and rain did it for Punk's Peak this year but at least the bikes were all in working order .... 

... well some of them!

For this year's edition, OSCAR by Alpinestars reached out to The Impossible Project (for those who do not know, Impossible bought over Polaroid in 2008 and have kept the instant photo dream alive ever since). We took our Polaroid cameras all over Biarritz and San Sebastian, capturing the real essence of Wheels and Waves. 

See for yourself!

Some of the many people and bikes that made this year's Wheels and Waves special. Perhaps your photo is here?
Next time you see a flash it might just be us capturing your bike! See you next year! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

SILENCE TELEVISION SERIES 003: THIEVES

Peruvian artist Gianmarco Magnani creates beautifully simple yet detailed artwork of inspired by motorcycle manual illustrations.

Titled "Thieves" this series clearly shows its influence from art style of Katsuhiro Otomo of the animated Japanese film, Akira.

See more of his lovely art work at his blog SilenceTV.com





Friday, June 10, 2016

BLOOD AND OIL BY CALE GLENDENING

It's not logical and many times not profitable, but there's a shared burning desire to build and ride, that only motorcycle builders understand. Cale Glendening, does a great job in capturing some that passion that runs deep in motorcycle building culture.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

WHEN BRITISH MOTORCYCLES RULED THE WORLD


Today's modern high-performance motorcycles owe a great deal to Classic British Motorcycles. The first true Sport Bikes were 1950s British Motorcycles like the Triumph Tiger T110 and the BSA Gold Star. They also dominated off-road competition for two decades. The first true Super Bikes were the Norton Commando and the Triumph Trident, the Trident Triple being the first modern multi-cylinder motorcycle, beating the Honda 750 Four to market by several months. Cafe Racers were invented in England on the frame rails of TriumphsBSAsNortonsEnfields and the rest, and Cafe Racers formed the basic pattern for every sport bike to follow, right up into modern times: big power, low weight, good brakes, excellent handling, and that wonderful 'laid-down' look. In the 1960's, the 'British Invasion' wasn't just about Rock & Roll, it was about great British Motorcycles.




Thursday, May 5, 2016

PRAEM X BMW S1000RR THE MODERN VINTAGE BIKE

Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. The team at PRAËM took a hyper modern and insanely fast motorcycle in the BMW 1000 S 1000 RR and stripped it down to build it back up to this beautiful an homage to 1980 endurance racers, with a striking paint job that also pays respect to the BWM Art Cars that raced in Le Mans.







Tuesday, April 26, 2016

THE GYRONAUT X-1

Relive the history of the Gyronaut X-1 land speed record setting motorcycle, With Bob Leppan as driver, and legendary automobile designer Alex Tremulis (Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, Tucker, Subaru, among others) as its stylist, the super-streamlined Gyronaut X-1 held the unlimited land speed record for motorcycles from 1966-1970 of more than 245 MPH. Now in the hands of Steve Tremulis, Alex' nephew, this influential icon of Bonneville Salt Flats speed history is set to be fully restored to its former beauty and capability.



Friday, April 22, 2016

MOTOCORSA CLASSICA AT WILLOW SPRINGS


Over 5000 miles away from Willow Spring Raceway, there will be over 100,000 fans attending the pinnacle of prototype motorcycle racing in Jerez, Spain. There will be a much smaller number at Willow Springs, but an equally as passionate group of fans and racers competing this Sunday, looking to get the same buzz that Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi feel, albeit at lower speeds. Here's to that passion that competes to take home trophies and no additional money back home.