Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Created to compliment the Japanese theme of the Southsiders 2015 Wheels and Waves event in Biarritz, the latest helmet colourway to be launched by Davida (UK) Ltd is the 8 Rays over Cream, a stylised 'Rising Sun' used in modern Japan as a symbol of tradition and good fortune. Davida offer an unparalleled choice of more than 100 colourways available as standard as well as a custom bespoke service.
All Davida helmets are hand painted in the UK using a fibreglass shell, lined with fully quilted leather and finished with a satin crown. Davida helmets have a unique ergonomical design to prevent lift and speed and give an exceptionally quiet ride. Using 3 shell sizes to create 6 helmet sizes the Davida is never larger or heavier than it has to be.
Davida Design 406 - 8 Rays Over Cream
Ninety Two Helmet £298 (Certification BSI 6658 Road Legal in UK)
Speedster Helmet £342 (No Certification & Inc 20% VAT)
Jet Helmet £298 (Certification ECE R22-05 & ACU Gold for racing) http://www.davida.co.uk
It looks like we might have the last Sideburn 18 on the shelf.
The cover features Guy Martin at Pikes Peak by Sam Christmas.
There is a slim chance we'll find a handful more in our cavernous warehouse, when we have a tidy up, but it's not guaranteed, so to avoid disappointment, order this one now from sideburn.bigcartel.com. G
Monday, 6 July 2015
Of the 18 starters, there are 9 Kawasaki, 5 Harley, 2 Triumph, 1 Ducati, 1 KTM.
There's a red flag just under midway. The two sections either side of the stoppage are very different, but both hugely entertaining.
Watch the 2015 DuQuoin Mile. G
These photos were all taken by him at round 3, Eastbourne. Round 4 is on the Friday night of Dirt Quake, 17 July.
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(above) Stu preparing (or recovering. Or both)
Top UK woman racer Leah Tokelove. Hopefully more women will race next season.
Tim Neave (#1), Alan Birtwistle (obscured), Adam Allott (#29), Glyn Pockington (#71), Pete Boast (#54)
Sunday, 5 July 2015
I first met Travis at the Las Vegas indoor short track races in January, 2010. He stood out, because he has the roughest bike, biggest smile and a dog named Baja. I didn't realise this was Travis's first ever dirt track race. He did well, I took some photos, made a short interview and he went in the magazine. Then, through the wonder of blogs, he became friends with Anthony Co-Built, kept in touch with Sideburn and planned to visit Europe to race and tour about. He's done that twice now, plus I stayed with Travis and his wife, Rachel, when I visited Denver in October 2014 (Travis even said my off-the-cuff advice gave him the confidence to ask his now wife to start dating!). Travis started posting some poems on his blog (747 Rider). We liked them and Sideburn started running them in the magazine from issue 13, always with a shot of Travis in action or hanging out at a race.
When I visited Denver it was to ride the Ronin. The feature went into Sideburn 19, and while I was there I suggested they should race the bike at Pikes Peak. It's one of the few races specials can compete in. My thinking was Colorado race, Colorado bike (nominally), Colorado rider. I suggested they contact Travis, a Pikes Peak regular, class winner and local bike shop owner. A couple of people at Ronin already knew of him. The two parties got in touch and the result was a well-supported effort, two trips to the mountain to practice prior to the race itself and a very excited Travis.
Travis kindly plastered Sideburn's logo on the team shirt's, backdrop and one of the bike's cast alloy, front girder fork legs.
Travis and Ronin came second overall to a Honda America-supported, HRC CBR1000RR. An incredible result for a bike with radical front suspension in its first ever race.
This is what he wrote when he got back home... G
(Pike Peak photos: Warren)
Then just below Devils Playground it over-heated and went into limp mode until cooling down coming into Bottomless Pit. I hammered on. Near the top I approached Carl's corner and fought so hard to keep the throttle twisted. I crossed the line and went to slide a broadie on the last dirt corner. Bar lock. No steering. I high sided the high dollar machine but at least I was in the background of HRC rider Tigert [and racewinner] giving his TV interview. I stole the camera's attention.
The Ronin crew were all so supportive and never once put any kind of pressure on me. Everybody was impressed with each other and so many people came together. It was amazing. Leaving the start with Rachel and Lacey [Carl's widow] standing together was something I will not forget. It has me thinking that 8 years and 6 trophies on the hill is enough. Time to go do something else. Life is short and adventures should be many. Friends and family are so dear. I have so much respect for life. It is hard to put into words. It is a matter of keeping the balance. I know Johnny and Dusty [at Ronin] really want to build me another race bike of some sort for me and Mike Mayberry [Ronin co-founder] was very impressed by me, even after crashing in victory celebration, so hopefully I can continue my foray into tarmac racing. But in the meantime I am heading to the dirt ovals and that is something I know I will always be fond of. Thanks again for igniting the whole amazing adventure.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
I've used Kriega rucksacks and other products for over ten years now, adding up to tens of thousands of miles, in Europe, Africa and the USA.
And they have supported Sideburn since day one.
The British-based company recently commissioned a special cover of Sideburn 21, that will be given away from to buyers of their new £125 Urban and £95 Sling shoulder bags (while stocks last). These products have a ten-year, no-nonsense guarantee.
Go to Kriega to find out more about their products. G
Kriega SLING from Kriega on Vimeo.
Friday, 3 July 2015
£15 plus post. We ship around the world.
Sizes: Small to Triple XL
Printed in England on a Gildan Ultra, so this is an American style roomy T-shirt.
It features Dwayne the Dirt Track Dingbat (as created by Kar Lee) and the Latin translation of go fast, turn left. £5 plus post.
Buy from sideburn.bigcartel.com
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Oh yeah, the engine would fit in, but the gearbox wouldn’t. That didn’t stop Steve though. ‘I thought I could use a speedway bike’s cross-shaft,’ he explains. Speedway bikes have one gear, permanently engaged. Steve ended up linking the NEB cross-shaft to the output sprocket with a super-short primary chain. ‘The clutch is old-fashioned with new tech. It has five or six weird looking 3mm thick clutch plates in an alloy clutch basket.’ Next, he rebuilt and tuned the parallel twin. ‘I changed the bearings; bored it out to 920cc; fitted a 4S cam, the genuine Norton Norvil racing cam; new valves and springs… It revved like a two-stroke even when it had the standard cam. I also fitted a Norvil two-into-one intake manifold because two carbs wouldn’t fit. A Mikuni flatslide is mounted on it."
Monday, 29 June 2015
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