Friday, May 26, 2017
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
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.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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
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
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.
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’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
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
It's time to ride. Come to James Coffee Co., 2355 India St., to see custom bikes, a mural by Death Spray Custom and a special digital short from the Motorcycle Film Festival. SEE YOU THERE! Jan 13, 5-10 pm #NiceBikeAlpinestars #imatjames @britironsandiego @jeffpalhegyidesign @MuleMotorcycles #AlchemyMotorcycles #sandiegocustoms #rocketmotorcycles #trophymotorcycles #triumphsandiego #britishcustoms
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
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.