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As you might know, I’m heading on a 2 week tour of the Himalaya’s on Royal Enfields on the 1st August. See the blog I did about it below.
I’d like to organise a commemorative T-Shirt for the participants. My drawing skills are about as good as my 3 year olds (and I’m starting to wonder if he isn’t a bit slow) so I can’t design anything.
If someone out there in tumblr world would be interested in designing a T-Shirt for us we’ll get it printed and wear it with pride all through India (and when we catch a Yeti, we’ll put your T-Shirt on it before presenting it to the press).
Our budget is limited to a case of beer and I’ll send you a T-Shirt when it’s printed. I’ll of course publish all entrants on a blog post and promote your blog and/or business.
Please send entries to garageproject @ live.com.au
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Kingston Customs might not know how to take a photo but can they can create mini metal masterpieces.
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Do you recognise the bike above? No…but it sort of looks familiar right?
Remember the “Badger”? (as seen on BikeEXIF, (check out the comments section for a good laugh at the numpty commentators))
No? What about the “Badger v2.0” (as seen on Pipeburn)
Now I don’t know what version this bike is and I don’t really care at the moment as I’m holding a screaming newborn in my left hand, kicking my 3 year old in the butt and stabbing at the keyboard with one finger on my right hand . If you want that sort of detail, check out the write up on BikeEXIF, then head to Pipeburn for version 2 and then head over to the Badger Corse Website for the full story.
The idea behind the Badger project is build a cool bike and then ride it to a track and race it before riding it home with a bag full of trophies. The trophy side of things hasn’t worked out quite as planned…"The Enfield can Vintage race by virtue of it being a "like design", tracing its roots to the 50’s. We raced in 500GP, and Modern 70’s GP, against Manxs, Seeley Nortons, and some crazy fast Japanese shit. And, yes to be perfectly honest, the Manx kicked our ass. Well, they all kicked our ass. But our ass was there to be kicked. And, in our defense; no one else even tried riding their bike to the track. :)”
But wait, that’s not all! you get a set of steak knifes. No you don’t, I lie. What happens when you have a dude like Leon "shake it till it’s dead" Stanley in charge of the project is ..well, he’s going to shake a few more interpretations out of the bike. So far it has been…
What is next? There are rumours around that it might be entered into next years X-Games. I started the rumour so I’m not sure its true.
^click on the pic for a wallpaper
"While we take the project very seriously (i.e. the racing) we try not to take it soooooo seriously. It’s always been a bit tongue in check, intended to take the piss out of some of the custom bike biz preciousness, and pretense.
The cafe racer TV episode is due to air after the first of the year, I believe; and we’ll hopefully have “The Badger, Made in Trenton” docu / drama set for release after that."
You’ve gotta love such a modest base bike that looks so good, has been raced HARD in multiple disciplines and has such a great story behind it!
Head over to the BadgerCorse Facebook page and Like it to keep up to date with the shenanigans.
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This is a trailer for a book released today by Perth Cafe Racer member Loukas Mexis called Shoot Me (one final click). Loukas currently resides in Greece but will be moving to Perth in a month or so to study at Murdoch University.
I was having a whinge on the PCR Facebook page that all motorcycle promo vids were the same i.e. a guy rides a motorcycle (usually slowly) while the cameraman pans in and out, in and out, in and out of focus giving you a headache.
None of the vids ever have a story…..until now.
Loukas stars as the rider on his Royal Enfield on his way to a photoshoot with a model. As Loukas enters, she says "hello" and he replies. The tagline says "Dont forget, that you’ll meet the woman of your dreams by saying hello"
I asked Loukas for more info and this is what he said…
"This clip was filmed around the coastline of Athens, featuring my dear Royal Enfield Trials Bastard bike, the pretty girl/model and myself. More about the bike in a few. The clip is to promote my 2nd greek novel as if it would be a movie- and its pretty interesting that it did get the hype i hoped for. It is about a young guy who returns home after some years and tries to set up a new life as a professional photographer, starting from zero upwards. The two things that keep him sane during his insane life is his photography and his love for motorbikes. Although the trailer features my RE, in the book the character actually rebuilds a Husqvarna CR400 from the 70s and a Bonneville T100.
The trailer states at the end that “Keep in mind, even the woman of your dreams will come into your life by just saying hello” -hello being the word both characters say muted, just before the titles. The book’s full name is Shoot me [one final click].
The book will be released in Greece on the 20th of June, it is my second (first one was Shoebox released June 2010) and the first that will eventually get translated once we find the budget to do so (maybe kickstarter.com will come into play).
About my dear Trials Bastard: It is an old 90s Bullet frame, with a 05 kick and e starter 500cc carburated engine, Trials handlebars, Dunlop K70 classic tyres, pancake airfilter, an actual Norton seat i got from Burton Bikes Uk and a Triumph scrambler grill for the front headlamp. Some minor detailing and a trials exhaust was in plan, but my moving down under will pause the project.
More info about the book @ http://www.shootmebook.com/
for the Greek speaking world. There will eventually be an English web version.
All Greeks around AU can definitely communicate with me via contact form there, I can’t wait to promote the book there as well, first one was a best seller in Greece in just 101 days.”
Good onya Loukas
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Vid has been around for around a year but DANG….this guy got skillz!
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Never been a fan of Royal Enfields but I do like where this is heading.
Thanks to Corpses From Hell for the tip