Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle is a 1990 low-budget horror spoof about a motorcycle possessed by an evil spirit. Set in a Birmingham, England suburb, the film is about a man named Noddy and his girlfriend Kim who operate a motorcycle courier business. One day Noddy bought a classic motorbike, a 750cc Norton Commando, and restored it. That motorbike, however, is possessed by the evil spirit of a man who was being summoned by an occultist who was killed by a motorbike gang. Whenever the spirit is overcome by a seeming blood lust, the bike would start up, ride on its own and kill people, particularly members of the Hells Angels.

Racing at Atco’s $15,000 1972 Championship. Via: The Motorbike Archives
The Douglas Experimental Department at the Kingswood factory BS15 1920.

"Experimentation and innovation drove development right into the First World War. The new sport of motorcycle racing was a powerful incentive to produce tough, fast, reliable machines. These enhancements soon found their way to the public’s machines. By 1914, motorcycles were no longer bicycles with engines: they had their own technologies, although many still maintained bicycle elements like seats and suspension."

Via: brizzle born and bred's photostream

Erwin Baker.

Erwin George "Cannon Ball" Baker (March 12, 1882 – May 10, 1960) was a motorcycle and automobile racing driver and organizer in the first half of the 20th century. Baker began his public career as a vaudeville performer, but turned to driving and racing after winning a dirt-track motorcycle race in Crawfordsville, Indiana in about 1904.

Baker was also famous for his record-setting point-to-point drives, in which he was paid to promote the products of various motorcycle and automobile manufacturers. In all, he made 143 cross-country motorcycle speed runs totaling about 5,500,000 miles (8,850,000 km).
In 1908, Baker purchased an Indian motorcycle and began entering and winning local races. His most famous victory came in 1909 at the first race ever held at the newly built Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Baker also raced at the 1922 Indianapolis 500, placing 11th in a Frontenac.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rescue Me.

A schoolgirl tries out a cycle tester, a device to encourage road safety amongst cyclists, at the Schoolboys Exhibition in Westminster, under the watchful eye of a police sergeant.

Via: Corbis
Spawn series Nitrorider toy
"Souls on bikes and black chrome: The history of black America's motorcycle culture" Via: The Selvedge Yard

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Thrashing, mad, metal: the art of Double Fine's BrĂ¼tal Legend"
Via: Boingboing!

In 1920, Lewis Newton, the owner of a Hudson Falls bicycle shop, announced that he had “perfected and auto-sleigh which attains nearly fifty miles per hour and can be operated with absolute safety.” Newton mounted two Thompson motors on a specially constructed bobsleigh and rigged a motorcycle wheel with a skid chain; the crank was kick-started. Some of the several he made may still be hiding out in Warren or Washington county barns.

Via: Adirondack Almanack

Who is Kenzo Tada? Get the answer from the Vintangent
By Yirmumah. Via: Squid
Compressed air motorcycles. Via: askforcars

The Art of Rick Booth.

"Raptor Racer-Stella's Sister" Found materials, Fiberglass

"Stella" Fiberglass 6' x 4' x 2'

"Moto Moore Maquette" 30" x 12" x 6"

"Moto Moore Cast Bronze" 10' x 8' x 8'

Rick Booth Sculptor

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The helmet as art: The Bone Head Project by machine56

The 2010 Cosmos 4RW V8 Muscle Bike sports four 17-inch wheels, a 250 cubic inch V8 producing 350 horsepower and an extra helping of deathtrap. Want one? Expect to spend $93K. Via: geekologie

I sing the scooter electric.

Joel Kimmel's illustration in the Winter 2007 issue of House Magazine

Color me gone...

Via: Corbis

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More than the sum of his parts.

The MotorCycleMan AKA RoboMan is made from a thousand recycled motorcycle parts and took over 750 hours to construct. It (or is it he?) was created by Robosteel for the 2009 The Carole Nash International Motorcycle and Scooter show.
A result of the riot following the death of rajkumar in bangalore, karnataka, india. Via: mattlogelin's photostream
Exhibition of futuristic bikes, part of Luigi Colani's "Translating Nature" exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Via: Big Marvin's photostream
The newest issue of The International Journal of motorcycle Studies features and article by James J. Ward about his chasing after a small batch of Matchless G45 racers stamped and branded as AJS 10Rs, which competed in the Venezuelan national championship.
Neal's bad mice tattoo design. Via: Neal's Gallery
Schuco's BMW R60 with sidecar "ADAC"
George Brown's famous 1000cc supercharged Vincent "Super Nero"
Via: The Acceleration Archive

Monday, October 26, 2009

"The interior din can best be described as akin to sitting inside a 55 gallon oil drum while someone beats on the outside with a hammer" Via: Hemmings Blog