Friday, 18 April 2014

The Bike Shed Show III

Rock Family Trees

You read the sleeve notes on albums, and take the booklets that come with decent CDs into the bog while you meditate. You have heated discussions with mates - with yourself - about who played marimba on the 1972 Afro-Silesian classic A BSA Killed My Marmoset. You need to read Rock Family Trees.

They're nothing new, so apologies to those who know them already, but I never fail to be awestruck by the work involved in their creation. Pete Frame drew and wrote them by hand and they start life as huge great things covering a large table before being shot and reduced down for print. They're obsessively detailed and you can lose yourself in them for hours.
The breadth of bands and artists covered is immense, though they're almost all on the pop/rock/folk spectrum with dips into jazz and other stuff here and there. He even does trees of genres, such as American Pop 1950-'64. You have to see these things to believe them. All three volumes are still available and are well worth tracking down. MP

Thursday, 17 April 2014

DTRA Round 1: Reminder and DTRA needs you...

The first round takes place at Leicester on Sunday 27 April. Spectators get in for free. Racing from midday.

The DTRA need a couple of volunteers for this round, and beyond. Get in touch if you can help, even for just one round.
Contact Dirt Track Riders Association>

1. Flag marshall for Leicester. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.
2. Scoring box helper. Be there from 11. Training given, no experience necessary.

3. Flag man or woman. No experience necessary, but needs to be a show off. The DTRA needs someone who can count and can wave a flag in an entertaining way. See below.
You'll flag to announce the last lap and the winner. Simple, but make it look good. There is budget for spectacular uniform if required.
4. The DTRA are still looking for a press officer, if there's someone out there who wants to do some PR, get a foot in the door, gain some experience...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Penton: The Movie

From regular correspondent, Roger F...

Narrated by Country singing star and motorcyclist Lyle Lovett and a host of off-road racing stars, the full length movie about John Penton hits theaters this June and I can without reservation, proclaim it a must see for anyone who has ridden on knobby tires. He flat out revolutionized woods riding in the U.S., developed Penton motorcycles, and helped put American riders on the map in the ISDT. Penton was eventually absorbed by a little backwater manufacturer named KTM and set KTM on the road to becoming arguably the most successful off-road motorcycle producer in the world today. Check it out... Roger

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

New Motorcycho In Stock

The latest issue of Motorcycho, number 28, has just landed from Canada. We have a bunch of different previous issues of this trailblazing fanzine back in stock and their very popular Death Rider patch too.
Go to the special Motorcycho section on the Sideburn webshop. G

SPECIAL OFFER: The first person to order the new Motorcycho from us gets a free Motorcycho key ring.

Death Spray Does Flat Track

'Souvenir facial from the wonderful Kenny Noyes dirt track training camp'.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Triumph Dirt Quake III Bikenstein

Some of the guys over at Triumph's Hinckley HQ are getting excited about this year's Dirt Quake III. Reno, from the design office, knocked this Bikenstein up in his spare time.

Read more about Bikensteins in Sideburn 9. G

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Ok, it's Sunday night, I've been out riding flat track - feeling a bit zonked, while I'm wading through dozens of Dirt Quake pre-entires from both sides of the Altantic. I have no cable to watch tonight's MotoGP, but I remembered a track I heard on Radio 6 last week. I knew for a Bollywood song to be played on a BBC radio station it is likely to have a killer dance routine from a movie attached to it (like a firm favourite of mine Jaan Pehechaan Ho)  and I was right. Well worth a watch. This is the blurb that came with the YouTube post... G

This is a scene from the classic Bollywood movie "Talash", released in 1969! The lovely Helen is dancing like no-one else, while she's lip synching to Asha Bhosle's divine voice!

Sit tight, there will be a motorcycle-related post along soon...

La Urbana, Vigo

La Urbana is a new shop in Vigo, Spain and they're stocking Sideburn.

If your shop would like to start stocking Sideburn, please get in touch.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mule got Wood

When I tell people I have a Wood frame on my dirt track bike, I sometimes see their face cloud as they think, just for a second, 'He's got a wooden motorcycle?' but they usually don't say it. The owner of this bike could stir it up further.

Sideburn's mailbox is bursting with Dirt Quake III and Dirt Quake USA pre-entries so I'm having to delete a lot of older emails. One I found, that I remembered coming in, but somehow didn't deal with - was from Mule in San Diego, California.

For me, Mule is consistently the best street tracker builder in the world. He's been doing it longer than anyone. He has a niche, but also pushes the boundaries and comes up with some beautiful solutions when he makes a road bike look like a racer, or makes what is essentially a very squirelly race bike into a competent, legal road bike.

This bike is the follow up to Web Surfer he built for Cycle World show, years ago.
It's an oil-in-frame chassis Sportster. The lacquered multiply wooden seat mixed with a silver and beige tank should not work - it doesn't on paper, but I just think it looks neat with its 1962 Huntingdon Beach vibe. And that exhaust and the Morris mag style wheels...

Read about Mule in Sideburn 3 and his incredible Streetmaster in Sideburn 8.

Visit Mule Motorcycles website for top quality parts for Hinckley Bonneville and Sportster street tracker parts.

EUROPEAN customers - Mule now has a distributor in France - Mule Motorcycles France. G