Monday, April 17, 2017

OSCAR STORIES: AARON COLTON







It was Christmas morning. I was two. My old man sprang for a Yamaha PW50, training wheels and all. I guess you could say that’s what originally planted the seed. It wasn’t too long after that when dad took the training wheels off  and I’ve pretty much been surrounded by motorcycles ever since.

Looking back, I remember getting tested in the 7th or 8th grade. Going through different proficiency tests on the computer, trying
to determine what career I’d succeed in. Everything you could imagine came up. And yet, and not a single thing piqued my interest. While perhaps consciously I didn’t know it the time, looking back in the rearview mirror, it’s clear it’s always been motorcycles.

Growing up, the goal was never to be the best street freestyle rider in the world. That seemed like a small goal. I had my heart set on building a brand that allowed me the freedom to explore all the different projects that I was passionate about.

Fast forward to life in SoCal. I landed in LA five years ago. That’s when I really realized the potential of building a brand and building a life out of my love for bikes. It became clear that if you play your cards right, you can absolutely gure out a way to succeed. Not only through passion projects, like custom builds, but straddling the line between having fun and maintaining your competitive drive. That’s what flipped the switch for me.

I’ve made mistakes, just like everyone else. I’ve had my setbacks. Over expenditures. I’ve projected things wrong and projected things right. But I’m at a point now where I’ve built enough of a cushion with my brand that I can keep moving forward and continue to explore all the passion projects that I want to.

I’m beyond stoked where I’m at in life. I honestly couldn’t have chosen another career, even if it was higher paying job. There’s no way that I’d be as stoked on going out and getting it done every day. No way. Motorcycles have led me to this place and this is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Friday, April 14, 2017

CAFE RACER: THE HISTORY

This is not intended as a complete history, rather a look at the highpoints in the café scene which is timely because in recent years, it seems that the term “Café Racer” can be applied to any old motorcycle that has been spray-painted black and fitted with pipe wrap. However, motorcycle enthusiasts who raced each other from café to café were the true Café Racers in the UK during the 1960s. The most famous of which is the Ace Café, in London, which is still in existence today.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HELLO COUSTEAU CUSTOM HELMETS


Hello Cousteau says he's a bored interior designer, that designs custom helmets and other stuff. 

We're glad that his boredom has lead to some of the most beautiful custom helmet designs we've ever seen. From classic styles to ultra modern he has a style that is all his own, see more on his Instagram account









Tuesday, February 28, 2017

YARD BUILT VMAX CS-07 GASOLINE

In classic Yamaha black and yellow, the Portuguese outfit roCkS!bikes, headed up by Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos, certainly have a way with Yamaha machinery and like their previous XJR beast, this VMAX is one for the wallpaper collectors out there. Named the CS_07 Gasoline (C and S being the initials of the duos surnames – hence the capitalized part of their company name too) this VMAX is completely different to anything that we could ever have imagined.







See more from the it roCkS!bikes team

Thursday, December 1, 2016

MARIA MOTORCYCLES PROJECT LIEUTENANT


Based in Portugal, Maria Riding Company creates vehicles for riding concrete and ocean waves.
Making custom motorcycles, surfboards and skateboards -- stating that their company is the essence of fun. Indeed.

This Triumph Bonneville is inspired by WWII the bike color was based on some tanks and the stripes from the wings of D day US planes.  The result of their customization is a light and agile bike that has a more aggressive but vintage look.







See more of their custom works at: Maria Riding Company

Thursday, November 17, 2016

OSCAR BY ALPINESTARS WITH MAX HAZAN

Max Hazan may be known for his bespoke motorcycles, but that isn't that only brand of two wheels he enjoys. With regular sessions on supermoto tracks, weekends in the canyons throwing around his 998 and hammering the streets of LA on his cushy daily commuter Super Hawk, we knew Max loved to ride as much as we do.  We are happy to introduce our newest Oscar ambassdor, Max Hazan.




Thursday, November 3, 2016

TOMAS PAJDLHAUSER ANIMATION ARTIST AND SCRIBBLER

Equipped with a fountain pen, a mixed media 8×10″ sketchbook, a tiny watercolour spitbox, and a single 10mm flat brush, Tomas likes to capture moments quickly and spontaneously, anything that catches his eye, but landscapes and motorcycles always seem to make the cut. 








See more at this Instagram account: @captain_tom

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OSCAR BY ALPINESTARS AT ARCH MOTORCYCLE

Amazing event at Arch Motorcycle​, that launched our #OscarbyAlpinestars Instagram account that will feature our Oscar heritage, motorcycle culture, custom motorcycles and the people who ride them. Thank you to our friends that came out to help us celebrate and a very special thanks to Arch Motorcycles for letting us use their beautiful space. #NiceBikeAlpinestars

See our new Instagram account here: OscarbyAlpinestars Instagram





















Thursday, October 13, 2016

DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN RIDE LONDON 2016

Founded in 2012 by Mark Hawwa in Sydney, Australia the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride has become a global phenomenon, and is motorcycle fun-raising event to raise awareness for men's health. Here's a peek at what happened in London's version of this ride. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GET A HANDLE(BAR) ON YOUR CUSTOM BIKE

Few things can change the feel and style of your bike as quickly and cheaply as a handlebar swap. We know there are many of different styles out there, but can't easily think of them all.

The guys over at Inked Iron, put together this handy reference guide with most of the common types out there to help you when building or customizing your ride.


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.