Friday, 29 May 2015

It's back. If you don't know real road racing, as in, racing on closed public roads, you need to take a look. If you do know it, the TT needs no introduction.

Practice starts on Saturday evening with first qualifying sessions on Monday and the opening race, the six-lap Superbike, gets things started in earnest on Saturday 6 June.

Friend of Sideburn, Guy Martin, will be racing in the two Superbike races (ie, Superbike and Senior TT), Superstock and both Supersport 600 races. There's a stack of TV coverage on ITV4, plus live coverage of qualifying and races on Manx TT Radio, which is a brilliant way to soak up the atmosphere (complete with ads for local chip shops and builders' merchants) while you're spannering in the shed/shirking in the hammock/wrestling naked on the hearth rug. MP

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Dirt Quake USA: On the horizon

Dirt Quake USA is coming up fast!
June 20-21
Castle Rock, WA.
For more info, go to our Dirt Quake USA page.

It could not happen without these great supporters.

See See Motorcycles  http://www.seeseemotorcycles.com
and
Harley-Davidson www.harley-davidson.com

Plus
Icon One Thousand  www.icon1000.com
Moto Factory PDX http://motofactorypdx.com
Red Clouds Collective http://redcloudscollective.com
W&W Cycles  http://www.wwag.com/
Motothenw.com  http://www.motothenw.com
Stump Town Coffee http://stumptowncoffee.com
Hop Valley Brewing http://hopvalleybrewing.com
Kamp Grizzly  http://kampgrizzly.com

If you like the look of this poster you can buy a high quality version directly from http://www.seeseemotorcycles.com

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

UK C&J Rotax Racer for Sale

One of our friends built this as a spare bike, but has decided to sell it.
Absolutely pukka C and J monoshock chassis with an electric start, late-model 604 Rotax engine for sale.
Alloy tank (not fibreglass)
Nickel plated chassis
Penske shock
Barracuda pipe
Great spec
Ready to race.
Suitable for DTRA rookie, restricted or pro and Thunderbike (you can race two classes on this bike in the DTRA series. Entries are just £65 in total for two classes. For that you get a minimum of six heats, plus two finals if you qualify).

More pictures here

Located in Oxfordshire, UK.
£4950
Call or text Guy 07710 288138

I'd say, don't think about converting it to a road bike, it's too lairy and demands and deserves to be raced. G

Monday, 25 May 2015

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Guy x Sideburn collab shirt

Guy Martin has been a supporter of Sideburn since day one and we're very happy to announce a collaboration T-shirt with him.

The Marting camp specified the T-shirt, a heavyweight, snug-fitting, 100% Combed Cotton Interlock 240g / 7.2oz. Fair Wear Foundation product.

The front has the Chris Watson illustration of Guy on his Pikes Peak class-winning Martek Turbo. On the back is a small Sideburn logo and Guy Martin skull and spanners on the nape of the neck.

Every order for the T-shirt from us also get the front design as a colour vinyl sticker.

£20 plus post. Go to Sideburn webshop.


Stomach-churning (in a good way)

Cameron Airshow 2014 from Aero Media Group on Vimeo.
This is the most nuts video I've seen in ages. It being the Cameron Air Show in Missouri, it is mainly planes, but a bit of motorcycle too.
Stomach-churning in a good way.

Thanks to Roger F for forwarding... G

Friday, 22 May 2015

Redmax Sportster Street Tracker

One of the many neat street tracker built by the Redmaxspeedshop in the UK over the last few years.
Check out the big range of tracker bodywork and parts they have. G

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Springfield Mile: This Weekend

After what seems like six months since the season opener at the Daytona double-header in March, the AMA Grand National Championship gets back under way at Springfield, Illinois this weekend. Here are some of the keys changes for 2015:

  • Former #1 Jake Johnson has moved from Ramspur Lloyd Brothers to Hart Racing Kawasaki.
  • Troy Bayliss and Johnny Lewis are on the Lloyd Brothers Ducati Scrambler 1000.
  • Mikey Martin has moved from Triumph to Weirbach Kawasaki.
  • Brandon Robinson is on the Bonneville Performance Castrol Triumph.
  • 2013 Rookie of the Year Jake Shoemaker on the Bonneville Performance Triumph.
  • Cory Texter is racing the new Yamaha USA 'factory' FZ-07-powered parallel twin.
  • Two-time Daytona 200 winner (and winner of the 2015 race) Danny Eslick is racing an XR750 at Springfield.
  • Nichole Mees (nee Cheza) has announced this will be her last full twins season.
  • Sammy Halbert has teamed up with legendary tuner Johnny Goad. 
  • Henry Wiles is with Zanotti (Coolbeth's teammate).
  • Top contenders Mees, Coolbeth, Brad Baker and Smith all stay with the same teams.
Plus the AMA will still work with Fanschoice.tv to deliver live feeds of all the races and now they have Chris Carr giving expert analysis. The presenting team have back-up from Dani Medin, a former snowmobile racer with FHM-cover-friendly looks. At first I thought, come on, really? Then she started asking questions from a complete novice's perspective that made Chris Carr explain just why things happen the way they happen. Even if I knew some (not all) of the answers, Carr puts so much meat on the bones of what could be simple answers, it made it a great section in what could easily have been a boring wait for the racing to start. 

The Fan's Choice coverage is still not what you'd call high budget, but this year is a massive leap forward. It's stripped down and informative and the best blanket coverage the sport has ever had.
And because it's America you can hardly notice the subliminal advertising they have Chris Carr doing in some of the links (see above). But this is a buyer's market and flat track needs the coverage, so if Chris comes on dressed as Colonel Sanders and talks about a finger-lickin' move Stevie Bonsey put on Chad Cose, I'll still lap it up. G

UPDATE: Chris Carr will be selling Sideburn current and back issues in the pits at Peoria's All Star race and the All-Star race at Springfield on Sunday. Go buy a few.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Stevie Gee at Deus Harajuku in Japan!

The original Tequila Mockingbird and Sideburn collaborator, Stevie Gee is over in Japan right now, doing his thing. The show opens tomorrow. Details below...
Stevie Gee art exhibition SUPERDREAM launch party at #DeusExMachinaHarajuku from Thursday May 21 at 8:00PM. A first time visit to Japan by the UK artist known for his memorable Deus artwork. 
イギリスで活躍するDeusアーティスト、スティービー・ジーがDeus原宿店でのエキシビジョンのために初来日。 初日の5/21(木)にはローンチパーティも開催。
To commemorate the London-born artist's first Japanese show we spent a couple of days digging through the Sideburn vaults to find any remnants of the Sideburn 15 Stevie Gee cover that had crawled into a crevice in a vain attempt to save itself. We found a handful.
The cover by shot by Sam Christmas and features the Kawasaki Z200 built by Sideburn and CFM, and painted by Stevie Gee. The story is a beauty and the back cover of this memorable issue features fellow UK artist Essy May, who is now, officially, ripping up trees on the London art scene.
Move quickly to get yours at sideburn.bigcartel.com. G