Handbuilt Shot in Austin, TX

After being at the Handbuilt Show last year, I wasn’t sure the folks at Revival Cycles could out do themselves. Well I’ll be damned if they didn’t. As with last year, there was something for everyone who loves motorcycles. The Land Speeder bike from Revival and the Musket from Maxwell Hazan were both on display and are now going into a private collection. So who knows if they’ll be on public display anytime soon. So having seen those was one of my big drives to make the show again. The rest of the show only had the best of cafes, trackers, resto-mods, complete restorations, chopper and several that just don’t fit in any category.

Across the street truckloads of dirt arrived and a flat track was in place, albeit the smallest flat track you could imagine. On the side the Wall of Death was going full bore every hour with these daredevils continuing to thrill audiences young and old. There were a couple of delicious food trucks vending and inside a couple of bars slinging cocktails and beer.

What can’t be put into words is the vibe. There was something about the weather, the steady stream of alcohol, bikes, art and Sarah Lahalih that was magical. Getting to meet some of these master builders who were more than happy to share their creations and not seem to tire was great. If you didn’t make it this year and only saw it on social media, do yourself a favor, start saving to get down there next year. I’m going to be there because I’m confident the Revival crew are going to once again out do themselves and I don’t want to miss it.

Shooting for 1903 Magazine in Ft Walton, Florida

I spent the weekend on the gulf shore of Ft Walton, Florida for 1903 Magazine. They asked if I could go down and get some pictures of the Emerald Coast Earthquake being put on by Emerald Coast Harley. Not one to pass up on a trip that involves the ocean and motorcycles, I was southbound. 

While there were certainly a lot of bikes, not really any custom Harleys like I'd hoped for. Hell, I don't think there was a Harley there without a belt drive. Still, I got some good pictures of some really beautiful bikes.

Ace Corner at Barber Vintage Days 2015

Holy shit was Ace Corner a great place to be this year. Again, put on by Dime City Cycles and Ace Cafe– and this year Royal Enfield was added the line up. Being the only place selling alcohol, with prime seating on the hill under the trees at turn 17, that alone makes it a great place to be. It’s also where to enter your custom cafe or vintage bike for a chance to win a trophy in several categories.

At the bottom you could see builds by Walt Seigl Motorcycles, and the good folks from Xcrambler. Cool goods could be gotten from the likes of Ace Cafe Orlando, Grifter Gloves, and Red Torpedo to name a few. Then there were the bikes. Man oh man, all the bikes. People from all over the country come riding one-of-a-kind machines, and this year they were out in spades.

Barber Vintage Days is one of the top annual motorcycling events to attend. After 11 years, it continues to grow and expand. If you haven’t been before, it should definitely be on your list– and Ace Cafe continued to evolve into the VIP spot at Barber.

A Visit To Walt Seigl's Shop

In Harrisville, NH is a shop full of magic and mystery where motorcycles too beautiful to imagine come from the heavens. If you believe that’s how it happens, you’re an idiot. Oh, there is a shop in Harrisville where some of the world’s most beautiful bikes come to life, but they’re not done with magic and sorcery, they’re built one at a time by Walt Siegl of Walt Siegl Motorcycles. Magic doesn’t make it happen, it’s a man with a single focus, building motorcycles that will cause people to pause and stare.

Brooklyn Invitational 2015

In it’s 8th year, the Brooklyn Invitational is far from growing long in the tooth. The last couple of years has seen the invitations going to a broad range of builds and builders. This year was another broad range from the Quail winner of Revival Cycles to the wicked creation from Ehinger Kraftrad. The show wasn’t just inside Root Studios either, hundreds of bikes filled the streets for blocks in every direction. Also this year the annual Indian Larry block party was just around the block in their new location. There you could see every kind of bike you know with more than plenty that wouldn’t have been out of place inside the Invitational. If you didn’t make it this year or before, chances are good it’ll continue to be better and a relevant event to see what’s going on in the custom moto scene.

Classified Moto Visit

On a recent road trip, I dropped by Classified Moto in Richmond, VA. He's got a pretty good business going supporting himself and family but it wasn't always wine and roses. After working 11 years in one of the top ad agencies in Richmond he was laid off. He'd already been building bikes as a hobby with a bike done that already had the foundation of the CM style. So with a lot of grit and fortitude, caution was thrown into the wind and a brand was born.

Brooklyn for the weekend

I came up to Brooklyn to hangout, enjoy the scene at the Brooklyn Invitational and got so much more than that. I found out that Indian Larry Motorcycles on Union Ave was having their annual party so I went over there and saw some fantastic bikes. Choppers aren't for everyone but I do have an appreciation for them when they're well done and I love bikes that have been daily riders for years. So I got plenty of both there. I've also never seen so many motorcycle clubs in one place including the Hells Angels.

The Brooklyn Invitational was fantastic with a bigger variety of bikes that just choppers. This year Dime City Cycles, Roland Sands, Keino Sasaki and Walt Seigle really broadened the reach. I was also able to meet up with Gareth Rogers, one of my favorite bloggers from The Bike Shed based out of London. We ended up hanging out at the show talking bikes for a couple of hours before walking down the road to grab a late dinner while continuing to talk on about life, work and everything else under the sun.