Friday, May 26, 2017

TRAMPAS PARKER: THE FIRST YANKEE WORLD CHAMPION



American-born, Trampas Parker created motocross history as the very first Yankee to win two World Motocross Championships. What made Parker’s rise to world-class racer so astonishing was that he was virtually unknown back in the United States (Remember, there was no Instagram or Facebook back then!). Based in Italy when his career took off, Parker lit up the global motocross scene by clinching the 1989 125cc championship for KTM. Two years later, the Texas-raised rider proved his skill and speed was no fluke as he won the 250cc championship on a Honda

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OSCAR STORIES: MAX HAZAN




I think genetics played a major role in my talent, drive and the ability to work with my hands. My dad was always an inspiration even though I grew up dirt biking with my friends. He rode motorcycles but stopped long before I came into the picture. He had them all; old Ducati’s, BSA’s… he was a total gear head. I remember, every now and then I would come across some sort of problem and he would always say, “Oh yeah, that happened to me back in 19 so and so…”

I was an artist before I became a builder and it has helped in the process of custom motorcycle building. I started working with a foam model never really seeing that type of work done anywhere else. It allows me to see what I am working with without introducing any permanent mediums. It is such an easy step. I literally find this material at Michael’s Craft Store. As I said before, everything is fair game in my world. The first few bikes that I built I would rely on found material. I used anything from a kitchen sink screen to a bar mitzvah chalice.

This Ducati 998 will always be my favorite though. This was the cleanest most refined bike and it had a different engine than the rest. When it came out I literally had no money and would always tell myself, “someday.”

What attracted me to this bike was it’s elegant shape; it didn’t have any crazy graphics and it didn’t have air ducts that the 916 had, the exhaust and the features were all kind of cutting edge back then. It always just rubbed me the right way.

This bike is such an effortless ride. A lot of the artists, including artistic people that ride, space out, you know? I’ve left my keys in the fridge while thinking about how I could create a design and it is something that is definitely hard to switch off. But if you go out on a Sunday morning on an empty road and you just let it rip, that is pretty much the only way for me to switch it off. You completely forget everything and that is my favorite thing about this bike.

If someone were to ask me “if you could have anything else in life, what would it be,” I would say…keep it continuing as it is, there is no monetary amount or any material objects that I feel I need or that I want right now. This bike is definitely a testament to that. I have dreamt of it for years and now it’s mine.
I walked out on my back porch the other day and I thought there would be a bit more of a longing for more financial success or something like that…but I am more than comfortable with where I am in my life.

THE HALCYON ERA OF RUSSIAN MOTOCROSS



In 1974, 1977 and 1978, Gennady Moiseev won three 250cc World Championships with his teammate Vladimir Kavinov also placing in the top three, on three occasions. In 1978, over 200,000 Russian fans came out to watch Moiseev clinch the World Championship at a track called Jukki, near Leningrad. Capping an amazing year off, on Sunday, September, 3, 1978 at Gaildorf, West Germany, the Russian team of Moiseev, Kavinov, Valery Korneev and Vladimir Khudiakov stunned the world by winning the Motocross des Nations.

Monday, May 15, 2017

AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA



The Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Some say ghosts haunt this ancient race track based in the parklands outside of Milan, Italy. In its 94-year existence, 52 racers and 35 spectators have been killed here. Created during the summer of 1922, Monza was Italy’s answer to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And even at the very beginning, Monza, with its brilliantly fast straights and turns, was equal parts exhilarating and perilous. In fact, so treacherous was the place that it’s been revised and reconfigured eight different times in an effort to make it both slower and safer. And the men who raced and risked it all here became legends. Industrialists Enzo Ferrari, Nicola Romeo and the Maserati brothers tested and developed their cars in the crucible of battle that is Monza. Iconic motorcycle and car racers such as Tazio Nuvolari, Mario Andretti, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Michael Schumacher all won here. Today, Monza still thrives as a cathedral to all things speed, but the darkness of the place still remains.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OSCAR STORIES: JARMYN COWEN



This right here is a 1974 Kawasaki Z1900. I remember it was nicknamed the “New York Steak.” It was a pretty dominant motorcycle on the streets for almost a decade.

I can tell you that this motorcycle has probably upset more women that anything because I treat this motorcycle better than I treat my relationships. I have been married, and have had…Oh, I don’t know how many girls since I was 18 and she, the bike, has always been with me. She has always been protected and that has always created a little tension with the ladies.

I definitely don’t want to alter the motorcycle. I don’t want to weld or put something in a place just so I can ride it. I’m working on getting my leg back into shape after the accident, so I can ride the way I am supposed. The hardest thing for now is to keep it protected and finding storage or garages. It’s even been in my living room before.
My life isn’t as bad as it seems. I just wish I could ride. I miss it. I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 6 years old. It is a huge part of my life. I will never sell this bike. I’ve been offered many times to sell it but there is just no way. It will probably be cremated with me and will be placed in my jar of ashes when I go.

But for now, she’s waiting for me.

Friday, April 28, 2017

BOB HANNAH: OUT OF NOWHERE



There will never be another Bob Hannah. It couldn’t happen in this day and age.

A totally unknown rider couldn’t just creep out of the Mojave Desert one day, show up at his first local race, be running in the top five in the Nationals within a year and a 125cc National Champion a year after that.

Things like that just don’t happen anymore. In a period from 1974 through 1976, a working class teenager, named Bob Hannah, came out of nowhere to stun the American motocross community.

He would continue to do so, for well over a decade. So unique and demonically determined to succeed was Hannah, that he literally redefined motocross. By the time all was said and done, Bob Hannah had over 70 career wins, 3 Supercross Championships, 3 AMA National Championships, a Trans-AMA Championship (Hannah was the first rider to take on the Europeans and beat them), 2 250cc USGPs and a Motocross Des Nations title. Although Bob Hannah has been out of racing for nearly 20 years, he is still cited by many as the greatest American motocrosser to ever live.

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