mardi 7 juillet 2020


Interview: Bobbee Singh

Looking to restore or get your hands on an awesome old school Enfield then Bobbee Singh is your man. Beautiful is the word for his bikes you can see how much blood, sweat and love goes into each of his builds. We caught up with him and talked about what we know best.

Who are you?
I am Bobbee Singh, a recovering alcoholic who chose the wrong spirit before, now ever grateful for a second chance...feeling exceedingly lucky that i get to do what i was sent for, make motorcycles.
When did you get interested in bikes?
I was too young, its difficult to say... I  had a South Indian neighbor, who worked for the American embassy... he used to build motorcycles in his living room.... I hung out with him at age 10 or 12, there were parts, many parts and I would pretend to help him I would put grease on my face to look involved. When he left he gave me his Triumph painting.
Bobby says making motorcycles is what he was sent to do.

What was your first bike you ever owned/rode?
A family friend parked his Enfield in my back yard, i stole it put it next to a tree and took was a great ride ! when i came back, the whole family were standing outside with their chins touching their knees !! Got the first & the last slap from my father (good days) i was 14/15.

The same friend, let me clean and polish his Enfield and let me have a ride around my colony, I took 2 or 3 rounds before I returned the bike.

Was still in the process of dropping out of school, and doing had 3 or 4 sales jobs at the same time, I saved some mother gave me the rest for my first Enfield. (She was a 1987 model)

What prompted your first build?
There was no such thing as my first build, I was forever building, designing etc etc. there was this Jat Sikh, extremely rude and arrogant (like all Jats are) bullet mechanic called Ravinder Singh. He was a drunk, but a magician with Enfields. We built my so called bike a 1962 Royal Enfield (DLN 1210) A beauty beyond description. Emperial marroon in colour I later added a 500 cc fearing to it (much to Ravinder Singh distaste) he once refused to put the ape-hanger handle bars and almost hit me swearin in punjabi 'aa kee shatarmurg liyayaan he maachoda."(no translation needed)

Late Ravi Bhaajee is the ignition of my motorcycles. God bless his soul.

Who are your influences?
Seriously, I understand why some people say, " i am a old soul' ! everything old school, is very very precious to me books, philosophy, music, movies,furniture, weapons, times, letters, clothes, people, values & motorcycles. The entire range of old motorcycles are my motivation/inspiration Triumphs, BSA, AJS, Indian, Rudge Ulsters, Brough Superior, Nortons etc etc. Their simplicity, primitive power & hard style is what moves me.

What is your favorite bike?
Brough Superiors & Triumphs (twins)

What do you do for fun?
When I bring every single part from the painter, I put on a 200watts yellow light bulb, lay down that old animal skin and start putting the bike together late in the night...strong chai, cigarettes and low late night radio doing the graveyard shift is my definition of happiness :)

Listening to "one more cup of coffee" Dylan on a sunny winter day while riding my 68 "Bumble Bee" on the inroads of Khan Market on a Sunday is FUN. and to make somebody laugh.
Definition of happiness - Chai, Smokes and the Graveyard Shift
What bike would you like to see in India?
Indian Chiefs & Triumphs (so would we so would we)

What is the worst bike ever according to you?
The Rajdoot :)
Not a fan of the Rajdoot

Functionality vs bling?
Functionality is bling ! What the fuck is bling anyways...who came up with this!
an old line by Ayn Rand - Motion & Purpose ( form & function ) does for me.
Alloys on Enfields can go and fuck themselves ;)

What is your favorite road to ride on?
there are many roads...Jana in Himachal, The Great Ocean Road in Australia, Baga to Nine bar in Goa, Munnar, the inroads of the Pushkar area and any cantonment in India.
The Great Ocean Road is one of those must do rides. 

Munar has awesome riding roads and great coffee. Heaven!!

How does one get in touch with you?
Get in touch with me over facebook.

How long does a build usually take?
It takes 45 to 60 days to complete a motorcycle with me.
60 days for a bike like this I can wait.

How does one get their hands on one of your sweet bikes?
Meet me for a chai & dont ask me to put lights in your wheels (Amen Brother)

What is the latest bike you are working on?
I am working on a 64 Enfield now, it s goin to a 78 years old gentleman in Australia... she s called A A (always astride)

any sneak peaks to what is looks like?
cant do pics now its 3 in the morning and my wife thinks i have another woman.

vendredi 5 juin 2020

Machine Revival : We are Machines !

Après avoir écumé les ateliers des grands parents depuis leur plus tendre enfance, cela fait maintenant 10 ans que qu'ils mettent tout leur cœur à faire revivre des modèles en tentant de sublimer le travail fait par les constructeurs. Leur quête vise un seul objectif : « dérouter nos cinq sens ! ». Cela veut juste dire qu'ils explorent toutes les voies sans aucun préjugé. Ils cherchent à en tirer le meilleur en terme de performances et de fiabilité mais toujours dans le respect de la marque et du modèle initial.
l,objectif: offrir chaque jour le même plaisir visuel, sonore, et « physique ». "Nous créons et restaurons des pièces uniques (véhicules complets, objets, textiles, art…)". Tour à tour sellier, mécanicien, ébéniste, designer, pilote. Chaque prétexte est bon pour se faire plaisir, restaurer, personnaliser, et vivre leur passion.

plus d'infos : ICI

jeudi 30 avril 2020

OREGONIAN WOOD. Red Clouds’ ‘Rubber Soul’ Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled

Written by Marlon Slack
Red Clouds Collective may sound like an Eastern European anarchist group, but they actually make waxed canvas and leather goods out of their workshop in South East Portland, Oregon. And while their days are filled with stitching and designing gorgeous products for their store by night they flip the sign to ‘closed’ at the front door and build motorcycles. Most of them are old British and Japanese enduros, but this time they’ve tackled a more modern offering – a 2006 Triumph Bonneville T100 they’ve dubbed ‘Rubber Soul’.
Thankfully for the collective the ultra-clean donor bike for Rubber Soul was found just outside of town. ‘An old guy owned it and had a handful of other bikes that he loved,’ head of the Red Clouds Collective, Seth Neefus recalls. ‘He made sure they were all well maintained but had become more interested in adventure bikes instead’. When they went to check out the Bonneville he took them for a blat around some local country roads. ‘We had a blast and his enthusiasm for motorcycles and riding made me feel proud to take the bike off his hands.’
Back at the shop Seth and the team spent some time deciding on what to do with their new stablemate. Eventually they decided on a timeless formula – to streamline the bike as much as possible and make it into a truly classic looking machine. ‘The look of the 1960’s and 70’s Triumphs are so perfect,’ Seth says. ‘The high pipes, the wide bars, short seats and only the essentials left give the bikes a classy and aggressive stance. A motorcycle that’s ready for whatever is in its path.’
So with that goal in mind the team stripped everything apart, taking the bike down it’s bare frame. They cut the passenger footpegs away and lopped off the rear frame just behind the shock mounts and attached a loop. With some words of advice from Triumph gurus British Customs they relocated the rectifier, headlight mount and attached a skid plate, also using one of their battery boxes to hide away the battery, CDI and all the rest of the mess of wires that make up the loom.
At the back a modified rear fender was mounted to the shortened rear end. Bars come via their own design, made by One Down Four Up. For the technical kids at home they’re made from 0.120” wall DOM stainless steel and are 35” wide with a pullback of 5.5” and a rise of 4.25”. So now you can replicate them from home. You can thank me later. See See Motorcycles handlebar controls were attached as well as chrome levers, new master cylinder and a mini speedo. ‘Less is more,’ Seth confirms.
One of the best parts of the bike is the original 1970’s era Triumph tank that’s been modified to fit the Rubber Soul. ‘We had to repair it from a lifetime of use,’ Seth says, ‘It had a lot of dents and some outside rust. We made some small modifications to mount the old tank onto the frame and it ended up being a seamless and secure fit’. But that classic tank goes a hell of a long way in dragging the Bonneville out of the 2000’s and into the period Red Clouds are trying to emulate.
But what of the colour scheme? ‘We wanted it to feel light and have a race vibe with an elegant and classic sense,’ Seth explains. ‘We chose a light green-gold colour to work with the chrome that was already on the bike and made a creamy-white leather seat to keep the vibe consistent.’ Interestingly that isn’t paint that you’re looking at on Rubber Soul, it’s powder coat. That’s right, the whole thing is powder coated in a hue called ‘Enchanted Summer’. Every other part that wasn’t painted was polished and remounted.
[superquote]“We wanted it to feel light and have a race vibe with an elegant and classic sense”[/superquote]
The hills are alive with the sound of motos
The Rubber Soul took the team at Red Clouds Collective a hell of a lot of time to complete. ‘It was all very intensive and detail oriented,’ Seth recalls, ‘Lots of late nights and a countless hours’. And that was partly because the bike had to be ready in less than two months to make the famed One Moto Show. But part of the reason the build went so seamlessly is because of the Bonneville’s inherent reliability. ‘The bike ran great and we didn’t have any mechanical work to do,’ Seth says, ‘so that allowed us to spend all of our time on making the bike look and feel the way we wanted it’.
People about to embark on a project take note: there’s wisdom in those words. Having such a solid starting point for a motorcycle allowed the team at Red Clouds Collective to focus on making the Bonneville look like an exceptional lightweight desert sled – miles away from the porky original lines of the standard bike. And the guys love it – every day they’ve been riding the bike around town and occasionally, up into the mountains that surround Portland. Next time we’re in town we’ll be harassing them for a ride!

Red Clouds Collective – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Seth and Casey Neefus ]

mercredi 29 avril 2020

FAST FEMMES: Royal Enfield launches BUILD. TRAIN. RACE.

Royal Enfield might be the globe’s oldest motorcycle brand but their success doesn’t come from simply standing still. Keen to expand their presence in North America and encourage more women into the motorcycling fraternity, they’ve come up with one very clever concept. BUILD TRAIN RACE brings together four women from across the continent with unique two wheeled stories to tell. Each given a Royal Enfield INT 650 Twin to customise, their challenge is to prepare it for the track, train for the occasion, and get ready to throw down on the dirt for some fast and furious flat track racing.
#23 Andrea Lothrop
The first participant, Andrea Lothrop, on the #23 machine knows more than a thing or two about motorcycles, as the owner of Moto Revere in Toronto. The DIY Motorcycle club has created a tight knit two-wheeled community with Andrea spending her days wrenching, riding and helping others do the same. As a tribute to the ’68 Interceptor, Andrea had Black Widow Custom Paint give the tank a psychedelic vibe. While the glitter upholstered seat by Haversack Leather helped seal the bikes name, ‘Dopesmoker’.
These additions all give the RE a sweet look for the street, but first it’s headed to the flat track and Andrea has ensured it’s well prepared. New Sun Rims and race rubber from Dunlop provide the perfect rolling combo. While the engine benefits from a set of 3D printed velocity stacks that work with the EFI system and allow the airbox to be deleted. With the exhaust pouring out of the parallel-twin thanks to S&S and the all new controls making the cockpit a custom fit for Andrea when she hits the dirt.
#31 Jillian Deschenes
From Minnesota comes Jillian Deschenes #31, who couldn’t believe her luck when Royal Enfield came knocking. The hospice nurse and Mum is a successful amateur flat track racer on the weekends and it shows in the design path she’s taken. The only builder not to use the stock fuel tank, she’s thrown a mock unit on top with the fuel itself stored in a custom cell below the rider. The Saddlemen seat unit completes the classic flat track look, with traditional Enfield colours the perfect visual touch.
#31 Jillian Deschenes
The race-style focus of the build continues into the suspension with Racetech providing a set of rear shocks and the front forks being re-valved for the task. A full 2 into 1 system from S&S looks the part and slashes weight, all tuned up with a Powertronic with the map select switch up on the bars. A Vortex sprocket and tiny battery all help strip pounds and this should give Jillian an advantage when it’s time to hit the track. Which she’s more than prepared for having spent time honing her skills at the Speed Ranch.
#13 Professional racer Melissa Paris
The strongest competition on the dirt for all competitors will come from #13, professional racer Melissa Paris. Team owner, MotoAmerica competitor and one of the fastest women on the planet, Paris shows her intent with the suspension package she’s put together. With only the best in mind the front Ohlins forks are matched up with a set of the company’s black units for the rear. They combine with the stunning custom triples from Evol Technology to give unlimited adjustability.
Having blown almost all of the budget on the handling the looks are all about business with a dirt track tailpiece with number boards from Airtech Streamlining. Dubya wheels laced up a set of Excel rims to suit the Royal Enfield and a stunning Beringer brake combo gives the rear end plenty of stopping power. Another S&S full system gives the torque filled twin even more power and some trick carbon pieces keep the weight down and add to the racer finish!
#88 Lanakila MacNaughton
From Portland comes #88 Lanakila MacNaughton, the photographer behind The Women’s Moto Exhibit, she epitomizes everything that’s good about being a biker in 2020! Heavily involved in the motorcycle community, Lana’s daily ride is an RE Himalayan. But while racing is new to her, don’t let the more subtle looks of her INT 650 Twin fool you. With the help of Bridge City Cycles the engine is spiced up with a Power Commander and slip-ons from S&S.
Suspension conversion kings Cognito Moto joined the party and a set of their custom clamps enables the fitment of R6 front forks. With the scrambler style seat, the bike maintains its classic British good looks, but the Pro Taper bars, number boards, and Maxxis rubber have the bike ready to race. Helping to dial in their bikes and train for the dirt, expert instruction is all part of the program. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic means the women are yet to race, but before they bang bars on the track they’re all staying in touch via group chat for friendly banter.
In facilitating BUILD TRAIN RACE, Royal Enfield is helping to ensure women in our community are supported and their numbers grow. That’s a win for everybody and the results clearly speak for themselves.
You can find out more about this great initiative and also watch some short films about each of the riders here.
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