Owen has been toiling away on his basket case BSA “bitsa” for a little while. I’ve watched the progress on the Perth Cafe Racer facebook page and on his Instagram account. Damn stoked he allowed me to show off his ride.
"The bike started as pretty much a basket case. The frame is a ’42 BSA M20 girder rigid and I built it up from there. Forks are ’52 BSA M21, front wheel is a Greeves (I think) 21” and Avon 21-3.00 Speedmaster. The motor is ’52 M21 600cc with goldy cams, Alton alternator and SRM ignition conversion with an Amal 626 concentric. Clutch and belt drive is a Lytedrive unit and that spins the ’52 M21 box. Rear wheel is a triumph conical 18” with a Firestone 18-4.00.
Not a lot is stock on it I guess, custom brackets for everything, stainless engine plates, aftermarket guards front and back, handmade side stand… I made and stitched the seat up at home. Handlebars are chopped down drag bars with an internal throttle, posh grips and switch block and cut down ally levers. Tank was painted by Dave Nutton over east. Headlight is a pioneer fog lamp housing that I modified and tail light is a titmouse inside of a custom bucket that I made up. Has an Antigravity 4 cell hidden under the gearbox in an ally box that also houses the ignition unit.
Hope you’re well mate, keep up the good work.”
It’s so rare these days to be blown away by a custom bike. Usually my reaction to the latest release is “Yeh, not bad”.
Certainly wasn’t the case when I saw Keron Grant’s CB750. As soon as I saw it I emailed him and asked permission to feature it to which he said “sure”.
I didn’t ask for a run down on the bike as I just want to look at it. I’ve featured some of Keron’s art before and it always gets a great response. Looking at these pics it is evident that his creative juices are a little bit special.
A lot of thought has gone into this Japanese styled bike. Probably my favorite bike of the year so far. What about you?
Raising Awareness with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Article submitted by Eve Pearce
Statistics show that in 2008, over 899,000 men worldwide were diagnosed with prostate cancer, with Australia and New Zealand having the highest percentage. The most common cancer amongst men has tripled in the last forty years. However, when caught early, the survival rates for prostate cancer are incredibly high, showing a need for awareness and encouragement to attend screenings more than ever before. This year, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) is riding for prostate cancer research, with all the proceeds going to charity.
Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), sponsored by Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, takes place on 29th September and spans across 110 cities, including Perth, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and Austin Texas. Taking part are 15,000 riders of Retro, Bobber, Classic, Café Racer and custom bikes. This year it’s clear the DGR is not only about having a good time and riding stunning motorbikes, but raising awareness for men’s health issues and donating the funds raised to charities such as The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, Prostate Cancer UK and USA who research new ways to treat cancer by funding the doctors, as well as providing support for those already suffering and promoting changes to public policy so that cancer remains a prevalent health issue.
How does this affect you?
In 2008, prostate cancer claimed over 258,000 lives worldwide, proving the need for further awareness and encouragement for screening. It’s usually detected when the prostate, situated below the bladder, becomes so enlarged that it effects the sufferer’s ability to urinate. However, the cancer is slow to develop and by the time the small prostate gland becomes this enlarged, it is often at a late stage in the cancer and difficult to treat. This shows the importance of regular tests and keeping vigilant for any initial symptoms, which include any difference in your urine, such as needing to urinate in the night or blood in the urine itself; erectile problems; pain in hips, lower back or upper thighs; or chronic constipation. All of these may be not be serious and could be related to other health problems such as stress or a simple water infection but it’s wise to see a doctor to be on the safe side and to put your own mind at ease. With only nine in ten men visiting a doctor unless they absolutely have to, the need for awareness to encourage men to seek help is paramount. Men’s health is one of the least talked about issues in society. Therefore, funding research that aids support and medication for these issues is immensely beneficial to men’s health in general, not just prostate cancer.
If you’re over the age of 50, it’s sensible to have regular check-ups regardless of the above symptoms, as this is the age group typically affected. These screenings usually involve a blood test, quick rectal examination and a biopsy if any abnormalities are found.
If the cancer is detected early, removing the gland or radiotherapy can eradicate it reasonably easily. However, if left too late, the cancer can spread to other areas of the body and become incurable. Fortunately, when caught early, this illness has a high survival rate with 93.5% surviving the first year, 81.4% the next five years and 68.5% the next ten years. Actors such as Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro and Roger Moore have all suffered from prostate cancer and survived.
Why do we do it?
There are more ways than ever to get involved in fundraising with marathons, races and other various activities happening on a global scale. Other cancers have benefited immensely from such events, as not only do they promote awareness but earn the money that’s donated to the charities, which aids cancer research. For example, testicular cancer survival rates have rocketed to 96% from 68% in the 1970s. Lung cancer, the second most common cancer amongst men, has increased from 15% to 29.4%, almost doubling your chance of surviving the disease. Additionally, colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer amongst men, now have over half of cases living for over ten years after their initial diagnoses.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a fantastic and fun way for men (and women) to get involved with raising awareness for such a worthy cause as men’s health. With rides taking place in over a hundred cities, there’s nothing to stop fellow bikers donning their helmets and taking part in these events. Why stop there? All over the world there are regular fundraisers and events, all designed for people to get involved and raise money to help not only preventing future cancer sufferers from developing the disease, but to support the existing ones to get better or cope with their illness.