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El Rancho Deluxe: tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.
 
Some of today’s finds: an SUV that drives on water, shredding on sand, unconventional hero cars, a bicycle with horns, and a few more surprises and finds thrown in at no extra-charge. We’ll keep adding more stuff here through out the week.

 

El Rancho Deluxe :: 21 April 2014

“Why call this ‘El Rancho Deluxe?’ Our family used to have a house in the Mojave Desert. There was a farm-house nearby with the most eclectic collection of rusted farm equipment. The farm had no official name, but we lovingly called it El Rancho Deluxe.”
– w.

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It’s that time again when our crack team of moto-stylists takes inventory of the best custom builds and finds from around the globe via the finest motorcycle curators money can buy. As always, no wagering allowed, and all picks are final…unless a generous donation finds its way into our PayPal account.

 

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While traveling home from Sri Lanka, filmmaker Andrew David Watson decided to check out Ladakh, an isolated mountain region in the most northern tip of India. Even though it was the end of winter there, he was able to rent a 350cc Royal Enfield to do some exploring, and ride in the shadow of giants.

Riding a Royal Enfield in the Shadow of Giants

“I wasn’t planning to make a short film. I only had my 5d, a few lenses, a still photo tripod and myself. Yet the beauty, isolation and impression of the mountains of Ladakh didn’t let that happen.”
– andrew david watson

 

Andrew David Watson: Filming this was a lot of fun, minus some freezing cold mornings. It was just my camera, a Royal Enfield and myself. I was totally solo. I would set up a shot, ride away then ride through the frame. Since it’s a really remote area I didn’t have to worry about anyone taking my camera! Whether its bicycles or motorcycles, I often prefer to ride alone, as I find it extremely relaxing and freeing. This adventure was the perfect example of realizing how insignificant you are compared to the great wilderness and mountains of the world.

+ Source: The Low Season :: By Andrew David Watson

 
 

El Rancho Deluxe: tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.
 
Some of today’s finds: A couple of Broughs, Staghead Moto video, stylish rain scarf, super-hotrod, lush motorcycle luggage, personal drone, one bike dock like no other, a lovely ax, the oldest existing Porsche, deluxe collection of Red Wing shoes, and a few more surprises and finds thrown in at no extra-charge.

 

Los Deluxe :: 27 March 2014

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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.
 

1999 Kawasaki W650 :: Kawa East / Tomotors

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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.

1986 BMW R80 - "GULP IWC" :: By SuMisura

“A BMW will leave from my workshop where it has been transformed and personalized with much love and dedication, as if it were mine – pampered and revitalized.”
– frank augello

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El Rancho Deluxe: tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.
 
Some of today’s finds:
Deadly days of board-track racing, why Ayrton Senna was so fast, deserted Mercedes, Volugrafo “Bimbo 46”, Han Solo DL-44 Blaster, Morgan Factory tour, and a new BMW build from SuMisura.

 

Los Deluxe :: 15 March 2014

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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.

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“Seems the Triumphs have become very popular. And for all the good reasons. Inexpensive to purchase stock, easy to make lighter faster, better handling and more powerful. Add to that you can make them look lots better than stock and you have a customizer’s dream bike.”
– richard pollock

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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.

1966 Little Honda P25 :: CA6 By Chicara Nagata

“Every project, I encounter many, many problems. I can’t count how many times I give up to make motorcycle. But I noticed that, ‘If we don’t give up, we can make it.’ In another words, we can make the impossible…possible. This is what I learn from making motorcycles, but still on the way.”
– chicara

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We’re bringing Los Deluxe and giving it a new name: El Rancho Deluxe. Tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.

Los Deluxe :: 09 March 2014



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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.

 
Steve McQueen Limited-Edition Triumph

“Steve McQueen liked bikes and cars, not because it enhanced his celebrity, but because he was a gearhead first. He bankrolled ‘On Any Sunday’ not for himself, but rather to promote the fun and camaraderie of motorcycle racing and riding, and also to showcase the guys that were his true heroes.”
– richard pollock

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Matt Musial and Bill Twitchel own and operate Austin Paintworks in Austin, Texas. When they first sent me photos of this Czech made scooter called a Cezeta I was completely dumbfounded. About ten seconds later – I wanted one.

1958 CZ Cezeta 501

“It was a common joke amongst Cezeta riders that the exposed front tank with built-in headlight formed an explosive warhead and detonator for the torpedo, though in practice the Cezetas proved no more likely to catch fire than any other motor scooter, even in serious collisions.”
– wikipedia

Clarks Classics – Collection by Megadeluxe

 

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