Once upon a time (about twenty years ago) I worked at Fedex loading planes. It was the most fun, dangerous (nice scar by my eye) and physically exhausting job I ever had: driving tugs and forklifts around multi-million dollar jets. Good gear was essential, in fact your life depended on it. Slipping off an icy platform was potential for great harm. It’s when I first started wearing steel-toed Red Wing boots.
I spend far too much time sifting through endless sites looking for builders and bikes. I was taking in a German motorcycle show when I came across this Kawasaki and I immediately knew I had to track down this builder. Tomotors Race Machines is a one-man company from East Germany owned by a secretive builder aptly named Tom. (He didn’t offer his last name and I didn’t ask). Tom is a Kawasaki dealer, and has been building motocross racing machines for 25 years. Photos by Kyle Reim Photography
Update: Tom really does have a last name: Große.
Inspired by his client’s IWC Ocean timepiece, this BMW R80 was completely restored by Franco “Frank” Augello of SuMisura, Milan Italy. In this post, Frank gives some background on this build, and why he started SuMisura.
– frank augello
Recently we’ve been experimenting with rubber stamps to make our own t-shirts. But like Edison and the lightbulb, we had a few dozen spectacular failures. Now, using laser-cut stamps, and an in-house secret ink recipe, we’ve nailed down the process for making these unique t-shirts.
What can you say about Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles that hasn’t been said before? His bikes are a reflection of his personality: meticulous, detailed, hard-working, reliable, and with a no-bull attitude. So, it’s one of the perks of the job when someone like Richard gives you an inside look at some of his latest builds.
– richard pollock
Last night I received this mysterious email from renowned motorcycle builder/artist Chicara Nagata.
Subject line: “Security camera!?!?” Just that subject line and an attachment. Uh, okay. So I opened it…low and behold I see it’s a Sony/Honda hybrid of a HD security camera and vintage motorcycle…I had to pick up my jaw off the floor.
In my line of work, it’s best to never question the motive of a true artist – I just let the art flow over me.
When I get an email from Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, I always get a bit excited – it’s like getting the ultimate care package. Once again, Richard did not disappoint: a makeover for a Steve McQueen Limited-Edition Triumph. The other bonus about receiving a build story from Richard: being a natural storyteller, he knows how to spin a yarn. So, I give you the story of this build as told by Richard himself.
– richard pollock
Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, the Wrenchmonkees are regarded by many as one the most influential custom motorcycle builders in the world. I caught up with Wrenchmonkees co-founder Nicholas Bech to find out what drives these Danes to create some of the most ruggedly-handsome custom bikes in the world.