Gear Review – Ideas Motors event app

If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for ways to spend more time on or around motorcycles. It doesn’t matter if it’s a group ride, an exhibition or a race event, as long as motorcycles are involved I know it’ll be a good time. The only thing that holds me back from attending more events is knowing where and when they are taking place. This becomes even more of an issue when I’m traveling to a different city or country. Thankfully there’s now a mobile app designed to feed my two-wheeled habit.

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Timing is Everything – Partridge x TW Steel MT-10

I’ve worked on my fair share of custom motorcycle builds to know that things can get a little stressful. When I read the story of Ant Partridge’s Yamaha MT-10 build for TW Steel though, everything I’d experienced felt like a walk in the park! The story begins with his moving to the UK, the start-up of his new business and being cast as a member of a Discovery Channel reality TV series. The middle is a nightmare-inducing rollercoaster ride of unimaginable problems, let downs and struggles, but the finish is an incredible custom motorcycle that can only be described as a crowning achievement.
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Speed Blur – JSK Moto BMW R9T

We’re big fans of the work of Californian motorcycle builder Samuel Kao and his workshop JSK Moto Co. JSK motorcycles are best described as neo-retro creations and his latest R Nine T unashamedly follows suit. It’s nicknamed the ‘Autobahn Streak’ and in building it Samuel has embraced BMW’s ‘born to be customized’ R Nine T ethos. Along with a long list of bolt-on styling and performance upgrades he’s fit the BMW with handcrafted bodywork of his own design.
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Riding Gear – Rev’it! Yates Armored Sweatshirt

There are times when every motorcyclist considers riding in their regular clothes. It may be due to the weather or their destination, but is it worth the risk? The research department at REV’IT has come up with an intelligent solution. It’s a fabric made from double woven Cordura yarn that’s exceptionally cut, tear and abrasion resistant (yet still stretches) and they’ve used it to make their new Yates Armored Sweatshirt.
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The Black Bull – Deep Creek Cycleworks R Nine T

BMW struck a chord in the custom motorcycle scene when they released the R Nine T. Powered by a bulletproof 100bhp 1170cc flat twin the R9T offers a smooth and predictable ride. It certainly isn’t sedate though. Give the throttle a twist and you’ll reach 60mph in just under 3 seconds and you can do so knowing that there’s a big set of Brembos primed to slow your pace. The R9T was never meant to be a performance-focused motorcycle though. When BMW created the neo-classically style motorcycle they did so with customization in mind and it was welcomed with open arms.
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Workshop Series – Fork conversion with Cognito Moto

Swapping your old forks with a set of modern, better-performing upside-down forks sounds like a complex task, and it is.  Thankfully there are some great aftermarket products available to simplify the job. In this edition of our Workshop Series, the crew at Cognito Moto walk us through the process of installing a Suzuki GSXR front end onto a seventies Honda CB750 using a few of their own specialized parts.
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Small Thrills – Whitcraft Honda CB175

Someone wittier than me once said “It’s more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than to ride a fast motorcycle slow” and I couldn’t agree with them more. There’s something truly exhilarating about having the throttle of a small bike pinned all the way around as you scream down the freeway. You may only be traveling at a touch over 60mph but the sound coming from that tiny engine beneath you gets your adrenals pumping. It’s an addictive sensation and the only way to feed that addiction legally and often is on a racetrack.
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Riding Gear – Roland Sands Fresno Shoes

We live in a great era for riding. Back in the day, your options for motorcycle footwear were limited to black boots, with a low heel and perhaps a buckle somewhere. Of course, you could have worn whatever street shoes you wanted – as long as you were comfortable sacrificing protection. Now there are enough riding shoes out there that every style preference is well represented – and every foot is well protected. Take for instance this latest ‘Frenso’ shoe offering by Roland Sands Designs.
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Tune in – Goblin Works Norton Dominator

After the train wreck that was Orange County Choppers, I’ve been a bit reluctant to commit to any motorcycle related reality TV shows. What I like most about the custom scene are the friendships it creates and the sheer fun of having a go at creating something functional and cool. What I’m not interested in watching are big egos and useless trailer trash.  Thankfully there’s finally a series that seems to have the formula right. The Discovery channels ‘Goblin Works Garage’ is a 6 part series that follows a madcap group of UK custom builders as they bring their crazy ideas to fruition.
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Ride Review – Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

A couple of weeks back I flew to Sydney to take part in a ride hosted by Ducati Australia called the ‘Sydney Scramble’. The ride brought a few good people from the online motorcycle community together for 2 days of fun on the current 803cc Scrambler range. We weaved our way a few hours north of Sydney into the NSW hills and even tackled a 60km stretch of dusty unsealed road to see how well the standard Scrambler and the long-legged Desert Sled handled it.

Unfortunately, because of the off-road leg of the Sydney Scramble, the one bike I really wanted to test out didn’t make the cut, the Scrambler Café Racer. Thankfully Ducati picked up on this and when I returned home they arrange one for me to test ride.
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