Friday, 28 February 2014

Slammin' Sammy v The Bullet

Three great videos of the same race 450 Expert Race.
This is Salem, Oregon, a short drive from Portland and where are friends from See See Motorcycles have been racing all winter. This is, clearly, a small, local race. The spectators are other racers, their families and friends. The race entry is about $40, anyone can turn up and race BUT two of the most exciting and combative riders in the flat track, one of whom is the GNC champ, just happened to turn up and compete. Brad Baker and Sammy Halbert go at it after two false starts. It's like going to a Thursday night football five-a-side match and being in the same sports hall as Rooney and Sturridge, but no one outside the four walls knows about it.

The video above shows how hard Halbert (#7) is pushing Baker (#1) with Davis Fisher (#67) just behind (then in front). The helmet-mounted Sammy cam below gives a rider's eye view but distorts how close the two are. The bottom film gives another perspective.

 Daytona is just around the corner. It's going to be wild.

Thanks to Courtney and Roger for sending these links in.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Amsterdam Street Tracker

Hi Ben,
How are you? Maybe this is something for you? I Made another tracker-styled Honda. This time a CB400F, it's going to be on display in The Sting clothing store, so I dumped the front brake for cleaner looking bars. As the with the 550, painting (except powdercoating the frame and rims), upholstery and metalwork, the only one to blame is me.
More pictures on my blog Raw Candy.
Cheers, BC

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Free Vicious Cycles MC song!

This fresh in from Norm, the creator of Motorcycho magazine and the theremin-wrangling Bez of The Vicious Cycles MC.

Check out the brand new video for 'I Roll The Dice' and download the song for FREE via From the new album 'Bad News Travels Fast' coming out April 1 on Teenage Rampage. Tour dates for Canada and the West Coast USA coming real soon...get stoked!

Super X on ice

Americano-Norse insanity, 1930s-style. 
Get the story from American Motorcycles Norway. MP 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dirt Quake II Flashback

Dirt Quake II | Short Film from Paul Leeson on Vimeo.

Paul sent us this film he made of Dirt Quake II from the sidelines last May (yes, May, even though there are people shivering like it's Stalingrad in the winter of '44). Cheers Paul.

We're sorting out details for both DQIII and DQUSA and will post up more info as and when, but save the dates. It is/they are going to be fun.

Dirt Quake USA - 31 May - 1 June. Castle Rock, WA
Dirt Quake III - 18-19 July. King's Lynn. UK.

KTM Logos





 Source: KTM blog

Monday, 24 February 2014

Chop's Place, Queensland

Check out Chop's magazine mecca (and mail order) in Queensland.
Shop 3, 55 Lumley St, Upper Mt Gravatt, Qld, 4122

Up the Wolves

I'm back on the northern fringes of the English Black Country at the moment. The house where I grew up, and where my parents still live, is on the Wolverhampton Road, about seven miles from Wolverhampton itself. Over the past century or more, the English West Midlands has been home to more bike builders than any other British region, though almost every marque is now defunct. Sunbeam, of Wolverhampton, is just one of those.

The DT90 dirt track model was introduced in 1928 and featured the TT-winning 493cc Model 90 OHV engine, though fitted with single-port head instead of the twin-port on the road racers and road models. The Druid-style girder forks came in for a load of criticism from testers and racers, so for the following year (below) they were swapped for the Webb-type popular with dirt trackers. Wheels are a giddying 28in. MP

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Iron and steel

Funny how things can pan out. A few weeks back, my wife found this knife in the street. It had clearly been lying there for a while and with no houses or shops nearby, she brought it home and I cleaned it up. It seems it was a promotional freebie, originally in a leather pouch and probably from the 1950s. I've seen others online stamped with Bayer and also made by Walter Kayser in Solingen, Germany, a town with a long history of blade making, the Sheffield of the Rhineland.

And this is Adolf Weil, a son of Solingen and known as the Iron Man thanks to his long career in motocross, most of which was spent as a Maico works rider, in fact the AW400 he's riding here in 1976 bears his initials. He won 14 national championships and three times came third in the 500cc world championships. At the age of 34 he won the Trans-AMA title. Adolf died in 2011, but the bike shop he set up in his home town when he retired from racing in 1977 is still run by his sons Frank and Jürgen. MP

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Flat Tracker & Mud Pluggers Day at the Ace

Tomorrow, Sunday 23 Feb, hosted at Ace Cafe London.
North Circular Road Stonebridge London NW10 7UD on the junction of Beresford Avenue and the old North Circular Road, between the A40 and the A404 (Harrow Road). Red Max Speed Shop and Co Built will be there.

3 Helmets: 273 375 Options

Ateliers Ruby

Friday, 21 February 2014

Woffy's the Man

A slightly belated congratulations to Scunthorpe lad Tai Woffinden who last Sunday was awarded the Motor Cycle News Man of the Year award to clutter his cabinet alongside the World Championship silverware he brought home last season. The annual MCN gong has been given out since 1958 and Woffy, who races for Wolverhampton Wolves in the British Elite League, is the first speedway rider to get his moniker on the trophy that bristles with names such as John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop. MP

If you've not seen the youngster in action, treat yourself:

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Rusty Gold Swap Meet

Lenny Schuurmans - great artist and the man behind Bubble Visor - is one of the co-hosts of the Rusty Gold Swapmeet. This will be the third year of this Amsterdam event. Looks like a good day.

Read all about Lenny and his art in Sideburn 11. G

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Gestalten Space, Berlin

German publishing house Gestalten, the makers of the highly acclaimed modified motorcycle book The Ride, now stock Sideburn in their store - Gestalten Space in Berlin. It looks like a book lover's heaven. G

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cagiva Überutility

This is our mate Steve's Grand Canyon. It used to be his, then it belonged to our other friend, Captain Simo (who raced it at Dirt Quake 1), now it's back with Steve again (this goes on a lot between Steve and Simo). the Ducati-powered Cagiva had more makeovers than David Bowie. This is the story of its life - in pictures - starting now scrolling back to the dawn of time.

Above: Überutilitarian. The latest incarnation - by Steve. MZ front light, BMW GS1100 tank, GI
One-off tank and seat by Simon, complete with Bates headlight and dazzle camouflage.
Prototype GRP tank and XR750 seat. 

Tank in progress, XR750 seat.
Steve's first mod: Endurance style, European touring lights (courtesy of a GSX-R) and big screen.

Steve and the standard Gran Canyon, complete with German authorities-appeasing rear wheel doofer.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Seuraavaan Mutkaan

From Peter in Hungary...

Our mate, the Finnish TT rider Juha Kallio will ride at the TT in this year again. But his friend Antti, who studies in the Helsinki Film School is ready with the documentary about Juha.  

The director Antti Jääskeläinen has studied film editing in Helsinki Film School. This project began almost two years ago with Antti filming Juha's life and racing on Finnish circuits and outside of them, and later developed into a feature length film. The film will be screened first in Imatra Finland around the beginning of the year 2014. Duration 70 min. The film has no major production company behind is, but is partly produced by the Helsinki Film School.

Antti says: 'The Fast of the Forest (Original Finnish title Seuraavaan Mutkaan) is a documentary film that follows a Finnish road racer Juha Kallio, 28, as he battles his way towards his dream race - the Isle of Man TT. Juha is addicted to going fast and he has been racing most of his life. 
Starting his journey from racing motorcycles with his brother in the woods of his hometown in Imatra, towards mastering the world's fastest and most dangerous track with over 260 corners, Juha hasn't got a clue what awaits him.' 

All You Need Is Ride #2

The second issue of high quality French zine All You Need Is Ride is in the webshop.
This issue includes reports from various classic races, dirt track run what you brungs, features on custom builders and shows and a profile of Maxwell Paternoster - Chief Corpse From Hell.

A5 size, 126 pages, perfect bound.

Every issues comes with a Maxwell Paternoster/Corpses From Hell beermat.

Sideburn exclusive - this is a French language magazine, but we've been sent a print outs of Sarah Bradley's Good Revival feature in English to send out with our orders.

Get yours at the Sideburn webshop. G

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Clearly A Forgery

Mick, this results in your final warning. G

Show Us Your Sideburns

These are Oily Rag Rob's which extend all the way down his fork legs.
"Bloody great" (according to Rob) Sideburn Rollerburn sticker - each letter is individually laser cut-out on a backing paper, so sticking them on curved surfaces is easy. BP

Saturday, 15 February 2014

C&J Rotax Race/Road Bike for Sale

Our friend Dael bought this hardcore racer to put on the road, had it converted, got it road registered then realised it was too much for his London commute. Too noisy, too lairy... It's for sale £7500, email him if you're serious - daelp @

In addition to the list below the bike is road registered, MOT'd until July. Also, it currently has a front brake (R6 front calliper and Beringer BR10 lever/master cylinder/ custom machined hub) fitted. 

Rotax Race Bike Spec Overview
2004 Rotax 640cc Engine (donor bike had 1400 miles on it)
Billet Crankcases (last set produced)
Titanium springs, head flowed, dyne set-up, new con rod
 41mm Keihin FCR pumper carb
C&J Frame Nickel Plated
One off titanium exhaust by Racefit
Performance Machine Dirt Track Wheels
R6 forks re-valved for dirt by K-Tech
Hand made aluminium tank from Storz California
A&A yokes with custom titanium fasteners
Brembo 4 Pot rear brake & disc
Paint is currently a flake orange with platinum leaf detailing (Paint by Paintbox)
Penske rear shock
 Beringer clutch lever
MV Agusta Throttle with choke adjustment
Flanders Flat Track Bars
Military spec connectors and silver wire, wiring loom
Custom Titanium Bates foot-pegs
New Dunlop CD5 tyres
The bike currently has a lithium Shorai battery and key start.

Martin Squires' Sketchbook

Martin Squires is a total one-off. I first met him at a crappy bike show in Newark a couple of years ago and I've repeatedly bumped into him at events since. He turns up with his art box and sketchbook, chooses a subject then starts work. He's often one of the first there and one of the last to leave. Indoors, outdoors, rain or shine. Bikes, tractors, cars, machinery...
He's also started designing concepts for Old Empire and ODFU.
He is undoubtedly one of the good guys. G

Friday, 14 February 2014

Be My Valentine

Heinz Tinned Spaghetti

You need a seriously detached brain to compete in Olympic Skeleton.
I guess there's a clue in the name. BP

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Blueprint Work In Progress

Work has begun on the next Sideburn schematic blueprint. Using photos of Alastair's immaculate Trackmaster BSA for reference and a folder full of period snaps Mick Ofield will almost literally build the drawing nut by bolt.
My fancy carbonfibre Gitzo tripod that could splay its legs as wide and low as you like went AWOL, and my Manfrotto can't go as low unless I hang it up-side-down, so I improvised with a length of 4b'2 balanced on an old Dymag formula 1 wheel (the magnesium Spitfire undercarriage wheels Alastair also had kicking about were too small for the job). BP

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

XR750 Blueprint

We've been running (and commissioning) Mick Ofield's amazing technical drawings since issue 13. The Wood Norton, Bultaco Astro (SB14), Champion Yamaha TZ700 (SB15) and the XR750 (SB16).

Now we've made the XR750 into a limited edition Giclee art print. Here's the technical bumpf from print nerd Ben 'High quality Giclée printed with an Epson Pro 11880 on Somerset Enhanced Velvet 330gsm paper with archival quality Ultra Chrome K3 pigment inks.'

The folds, replicating the original blueprint style, are printed on.

The size is 40x30cm, designed to fit in a cheap (Ikea) frame and still look great.

£20 plus post. Go to the Sideburn webshop if you'd like one, or to buy a magazine to see and read the stories behind the bikes. G