Well we just got home from another memorable visit to Japan. This was our sixth year at the Mooneyes show and I can honestly say it still stands out as one of the best events the world has to offer. From the fantastic displays of cars and bikes inside the building to the very slick organisation by Shige and the Mooneyes staff. The amazing people who attend and the steady stream of bikes ridden to the event from all parts of the country. 2 large wonderfully over crowded parking lots jammed with bikes that make my heart ache. It's really hard to sum it all up and if you haven't been before then it's a little tough to grasp what a huge influence current Japanese motorcycle culture is having. I have often heard people bemoaning the fact that all the good stuff is going over there. Well I'm not so sure that is the complete truth. There are only a handful of wealthy men who can afford that all original 1936 knucklehead and the accessories that go with it (which actually do get ridden) Most everyone else has to buy a basket case, a project, or just a motor with a title (if you're lucky) or just some cases and a frame etc etc. They massage them back into life, meticulously maintain and love them and then best of all they get ridden, in all weathers at all times of the year and all over the country. Men and women too. Not that different from other parts of the world really. There is a certain aesthetic which is hard to put your finger on, it's just a Japanese way of looking at things, using influences from all over the globe before adding there own unique twist. It's really just another facet, another part of today's amazing motorcycle culture. We are truly living in a time when it has never been better nor more soulful or more fun to own and ride a bike. Where you are destined to meet the greatest friends you will ever have. Experience moments of breathtaking beauty, peace and an overwhelming feeling of well being. Its all out there on the road no matter what you ride and where you live. Forever Two Wheels my friends.
Yes mate...more updates on the Octopussy Knuckle build! Narrowed handlebar clamp, check. NOISE Pre Unit handlebars, double check. Mental ass sissy bar and 69 taillight, check check check. Built by NOISE, Painted by GEN! Yowza!
A few weeks back was the Chopped show located 150 miles outside of Melbourne. I was lucky enough to get out there and experience it first hand. The weather was great and a whole ton of people came out for the 3 day event. I met some great folks and had a very good time. What I liked best however was the fact that there were so few rules and restrictions. You could run what ever you wanted on the make shift drag strip and dirt track oval.....and everybody did. The beer flowed and the bands played all weekend. I ended up sleeping on the ground in a mates tent with a borrowed sleeping bag 'cos the organisers failed in their promise of providing me a bed. It was fucking freezing but the numbing effect of the alcohol and the mental jet lag really helped. I was up at 6am and managed to grab some pics of the morning after the night before. Good times and huge thanks to Rhys who took me under his wing for my enter trip.
Dan Corrins! Lock a birry , I rove it! Here is a piece of art work Dan did for us, we like it so much we made it into a large 24" x 34" poster. A glossy piece of heaven. We hope you like it too. Available right HERE, right now.