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Praise the Slide – Sunday Slide April ’19.

Dressed in your Sunday best, SUNDAY SLIDE is a place of worship for the two wheel lovers.

Praise the Slide!

There’s nothing like it. SUNDAY SLIDE brings the living legends and new age novice hipsters together among the dust. Whether you ride a 1974 DT250 running methanol or a 2006 Honda CT110 with knobbys. All are welcome to share in the love and kindness that the slide shows us, except for those moderns.

SUNDAY SLIDE will be back later this year. In the meantime, stay dirty, stay holy.

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Aftershock 2018

“Aftershock is basically a few mates sinking beers, racing bikes and getting loose in the sake of fun”. A quote pulled from the mouth of Rex from Garage Project Motorcycles in Perth back in 2015, who founded the first ever Aftershock in 2013. Since then, Aftershock has been a recurring event for the Sydney-siders who are lucky enough to gain an exclusive invite into this inelegant event. Since its inception, its mantra has remained, with 2018 showing just how much fun a bunch of mates can have with two-wheels (or skis?) and a whole lot of beer.

Once again, over a hundred two-stroke smoke-junkies were expected to fill the space come Saturday morning. Unlike last year, no rain was forecasted – in fact, homeowner Ben reported that they only had 4mm of rain since Christmas – so we knew every day would be a dusty one – and that’s not from the tonne of tinnies and bottles o’ rum supplied the kings at Sailor Jerry’s and Young Henry’s.

Friday saw a few keen beans there nice and early, setting up tents, fixing bikes, crashing bikes, and then fixing said bikes again. Thankfully that process didn’t last too long and folks just got straight to good ole drinkin’, then put themselves to bed to ensure a restful sleep before the following day’s antics.

For those who know the Aftershock agenda, the classes and their participants are announced on Saturday morning, before hitting the flat track for the day to warm up, get cosy, and get competitive within their race group, followed by the highly technical race track on the Sunday. This year, the class listings were as follows:

Novice
Posties and Scooters
200cc-
250cc
500cc+
Aftershock

While the classes were much the same as in previous years, one factor was tested this year to keep competition contained to the track. This was the elimination of point systems, resulting in no class winners. If you’re a competitive character, and actually a decent rider, this is a shit go for you because you’d have a good chance of winning. But for the rest of the riders, this meant that you weren’t necessarily riding for first place, but to beat the rider beside you – even if you were both trailing at the back of the pack. This really brought out the spirit of Aftershock, and successfully helped lower the number of broken bones. This year saw a few close calls, but ultimately only Carina from Shed of Threads broke a toe after running Marcus over. The bloke is fine though; luckily he was wearing a one-piece bikini.

As with each year, a soap-slathered slip-n-slide helped cool and clean riders after racing, and the RFS were on-deck with quality tucker for breakfast and lunch on both days to make sure nobody went hungry – what bloody legends. After a feed and quick rest-stop, some felt the need to wash off the dirt crusting away on their skin, so they made their way into the Colo River. After a dip, the evening’s events kicked off with ice-cold tins and a show – that show being the traditional jousting tournament. It’s pretty simple really, pool noodles with broomsticks inside them are held by riders mounted on pit bikes. Ride – collide – don’t die. Easy. After crowning Champo as the Jousting Champ (see what I did there?), the bikes and jousts were laid to rest, and the party began with a Vivid-style light and sound show in lieu of the traditional Aftershock bonfire, due to a total fire ban being in place. Smoke still spread throughout the valley though, only rather than burning wood, our very responsible (and very sober) guests burnt rubber. The rest of the night gets pretty hazy after that, but I do remember a certain bearded gent giving a few barely-conscious Aftershockers a TED talk on the Mariana Trench – what a wild night.

The next morning was a tough one, battling hangovers, rivals and a difficult track. Lucky the RFS were there to load us up with B&E rolls and fresh coffee – they were the real heroes of the event. The highlight of the day, watching the legend himself, Scruff, and his trusty Goldwing with street tyres hammering and jumping the course; and seeing the wildly wonderful and crazy builds tearing the dirt track in the Aftershock class. Did I mention there was a chariot?!

As usual, Aftershock proved above all that getting together with a bunch of mates and being cock-heads just brings you all closer together. A huge shout-out to Ben Males and Dave Vale for really making this event come together, as well as the RFS, Young Henry’s and Sailor Jerry’s for their incredible contributions. And finally, thank you to all the Aftershockers in attendance; you’re a bunch of crazy fucking legends.

Photos by Faidon Christodoulou and Matthew Coleman

 

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The Shelia’s Shakedown 2018

The Sheila’s Shakedown is an annual female-only moto campout organised by three Melbourne motorcycle enthusiasts – Jaz Andre, Remmi Aloni and Riley Tyler. It is a celebration of motorcycles with the goal of empowering and uniting women across Australia and beyond. The roots of the Sheila’s Shakedown have been growing since 2015 at King Parrot, north of Melbourne. A campout that brought together 30 girls and helped form friendships that kick-started the female motorcycling culture in Victoria, and that ultimately led to the first ever camp out of its kind in Australia.

In its second year, Camp Eureka in Yarra Junction, 70km east of Melbourne, began the transformation from a usually quiet camping space into a petrol-fuelled frenzy, attracting rev-heads with ovaries. This years’ event saw female riders take the pilgrimage from as far as Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane! Needless to say, Jennifer Butt; the dedicated Brisbane rider took out ‘The Iron Butt’ award for most kilometres travelled. That is a total of 1700km!

Despite having organised the event from the ground-up, the ladies behind this mass-exodus of two-wheeled women remain humble about their impact, and give a little insight into the values and vibes of this fun-filled weekend. “Us 3 organisers really just set up the framework for the event, and it’s the women in attendance that make it the most friendly, supportive and fun environment. By no means are we a professional events company. Just 3 Aussie sheilas who love riding, good times and bringing people together. This year we had a lot more sheilas in attendance and we feel the numbers may grow into the future. Every event we will add something new to the space or the activities but the philosophy of community, bike riding and women’s support for one another will always be what Sheilas Shakedown is about”

Come midday, the camp grounds where rumbling with the noises of all types of motorcycles; from choppers, cafe racers, dirt bikes and everything in-between. The silence was now replaced with loud pipes, roaring engines and above all, the laughter and smiles of 170 women. The Sheila’s Shakedown was officially in full swing with the eye-candy of over 80 two-wheeled machines filling out the site. For those not ready to start the process of drinking too much and then trying to remember what happened the day before, there was a heap of festivities on offer. Stalls by Shed of Threads, Motofemmes and Black Arrow Label showcasing the best in female moto-wear, coffee by the Innocent Owl, tattoos by the talented Meighan Mary, and a meet-and-greet with Piston’s and Pearls.

Nipples were freed in support of the #freethenipple movement, and bodies were painted by Erin Frances (@garage.hearts). Donations were gifted for the artwork by every person painted, with all money raised going to a shelter for women and children seeking shelter due to domestic violence.

Now, onto the events of the afternoon! The Olympics might be mildly important, however the Sheil-ympics is considered the holy grail of female sporting activities. It was a test consisting of slow speed manoeuvres, the placing of tennis balls by pillions while the rider navigates through witches hats, and (by far the most important motorcycle game of all time) the eating of the wiener. A technical game, which takes extensive practice between both pillion and rider. The goal is for the rider to steer their steed, while the pillion is responsible for clenching their teeth around a weiner, which is being held by an official at the end of a fishing rod type contraption. The winning team gets a free sausage! However that was not the only food on offer. Screaming Jimmy was the resident food truck with a difference. A crowd next-day favourite being the well needed (and well deserved) $5 Hangover kit; consisting of a Powerade, 2 Panadols, 2 Nurofen and a Cigarette – just enough to get your body kick-started and back in the action. As day turned into night, and sailor to turned into Jerry’s, the bands kicked off and the girls started to put the shake in shakedown. The Body Parts and Bitch Diesel had the crowd dancing, and The Throttle Moles DJ Set had the party leading into the early hours of the morning.

 

Photos by: Lucia Braham for In Venus Veritas

Words by: Denise Widjaja

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Billy Sixes

Purveyors of fine eyewear Billy Sixes launched recently, surrounded by some of the best custom motorcycle builds from Gasoline Motor Co for a evening of pure eye candy. Here’s a look at what was on offer!

 

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Sunday Madness

After an evening’s gathering last month at Deus Camperdown, which tantalisingly teased us with artworks & films, the renowned slide awards, bike build, beers, and burgers – the big day was finally here.

Sunday Slide, a sacred event offering to the Motorcycle Gods in celebration of the union between a man and his steel steed. With the blessings of this years’ fathers – Geoff Watson and John Ewing, the day of dust and sideway mayhem was delivered by The Jerkyls. All hail Sunday Slide!

It’s the perfect day for all dirt lovers, speed enthusiasts and backyard bike builders, tearing and watching pre-90’s machines hoon around the oval dirt tracks for some rip-roarin’ sideward-slidin’ festivities.

On Sunday morning, Nepean Raceway came to life. Travellers who had made their pilgrimage to promised land began to emerge from their tents, while those who longed for their own beds started rolling in with their trusted speed-machines – you could smell the excitement in the air… or maybe it was bacon? It was definitely bacon. That sweet and soul-lifting scent drew a long queue of weary travellers and newly awakened bellies to the ever-alluring Bacon & Egg roll goodness, and some brew by Bondi Speed Shop.

The shepherd, Andy Baker, gathered the flock to join the pre-race rituals, which involved the sacred Jerkyls’ Prayer, the oil baptism for the dirt-virgins, and no where near as necessary, a briefing of race rules, concluding the ritual with a echoing “Fuck Yeah!”

Soon enough, a familiar symphony sang off-key, across the sea of dirt and into the grimy ears of spectators and soon-to-be racers. Nothing is better than the smell of 2-stroke engine in the morning, except for that fucking bacon.

It was a huge turn out of 104 riders, along with the local supporters and bike enthusiasts who came to witness the infamous event, including a star-studded selection of red-carpet guests including Ducati Scrambler, Transmoto, Bondi Speed Shop, Deus Ex Machine, Rising Sun Workshop and many more.

This year’s races were categorised into four different classes of Dirt Track Sliders, Road Desert Sleds, Posties, and Novices. As usual, it was a hell of an event, with just the right mixture of mean machines, dirt shreddin’, crashes and broken bones.

Long live The Jerkyls!

“….for thine is the 2 stroke, the power band and the oily dirt track for ever and ever.” – The Jerkyls’ Prayer (Dick ‘Bugsy’ Man)

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Words: Denise Widjaja

Photo Credits:

Danilo Santana David

Jack Clementson

Christopher Corboy

Denise Widjaja

 

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Twenty/20 Helmet Art Exhibition

Twenty artists, twenty helmets, infinite creativity and a ton of people of enjoy it all. Sabotage Motorcycles brazenly pulled off a killer collaboration alongside Art Pharmacy and Vandal Gallery for a night of some truly incredible work from some of Australia’s best talent.

Many months in the making, the duo from Sabotage Motorcycles, Giles and Andy, successfully gathered together 20 of Australia’s most exciting artists for this ambitious project. The goal would to be to give each artist a plain DMD helmet and give them free reign to do with it what they will. The wide variety of artists and styles meant that there would be an exciting variation on what the final products would be.

The artists that would be forging these creations would be Amy Roser, Sindy Sinn, Mike Watt, Chico Insacious, Jason Wing, M-lon,Lauren & The Lost Boys, Kentaro Yoshida, Vincent Machin-Truc Buret,Skulk., Nev Sety, Scott Marsh, Blak Douglas, Karen Farmer, Ingrid Wilson, Nico, Ginger Taylor, Kyle Smith, The art of Simon Lovelace, Apeseven, Oodlies/Joi Murugavell

Vandal Gallery certainly had their work cut out for them as the trickle of punters that began to filter through the doors soon turned into a colourful crowd of many folks from Sydney’s motorcycling family as well as it’s art scene. To sate the thirst of the many, Sailor Jerry and Young Henry’s provided a steady stream of booze. It’s no secret that both these bountiful booze brands are always keen to back community events, and make sure no one goes thirsty. This morning’s hangover is still partly their fault however; fortunately I’m a forgiving man.

The process for each artist no doubt would be unique, especially with such varied mediums on display; from traditional painting techniques, to auto spray work, even wood. Creative muscles were certainly flexed. To top it all off, all the helmets would placed on eBay for sale, with the proceeds going to The Movember Foundation.

Be sure you get your saucy buns on down to the Vandal Gallery to check all this wonderment in the flesh.

VANDAL Gallery:
 16-30 Vine St, Redfern NSW 2016
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Want to own one of these tasty lids? Well pull your thumb out and get over to Sabotage Motorcycles eBay store post-haste!

A very special thank you to the sponsors DMD Helmets, Smith ConceptsYoung Henrys and Sailor Jerry

 

   

   

                

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Sydney Motorcycle Show 2017

Australia’s largest motorcycle expo is done and dusted for yet another year, and it’ll be another 2 years before it’s back in Sydney. There was a metric buttload of brand new shiny machines from manufacturers, custom wrenchers, and a whole lot more to keep you well and truly busy all weekend.

Sydney decided to put on its best weather for the 3 days of motorcycle magic, which set the perfect scene next to the sparkling Darling Harbour as all the shiny custom bikes that were lined up at the Throttle Roll area sparkled back. We’d taken up prime position next to the bar and beach chairs, and got ample work done on our tans and our hangovers. Over 20 custom machines from members of Sydney Cafe Racers were parked up for display, showing everything from tricked out scooters to raked out choppers.

Inside the venue, all the major (and minor) bike manufacturers vied for the attention of the ongoing masses of bike nuts. There were some impressive displays on, filled with brand new machines. This is a rare, hands on opportunity for the public to get their grubby mitts on the new releases for 2018. Some are updates of existing models, whilst others are completely new machines that have tongues wagging and internet warriors debating.

There wasn’t just shiny brand new bikes on show, but plenty of live motorcycle acts, stunts, some excellent motorcycle art displays from Kris Hartas Fine Art, Mark Brown Custom Painted helmet collection, Jeff Crow & Greg Smith photographic exhibition. Saint Unbreakable motorcycle wears were out in fine display, showing off a ton of their amazing new threads with a very tasty little Honda cafe racer in the mix. Robbie Maddison even was there, pumping out some ridiculousness riding across Darling Harbour on his one-off bike for the first time anywhere in the world the public is invited to watch Maddison ride the motorcycle on water.

Be sure to mark it in your calendar for 2019, don’t miss out on the next event! Otherwise you can get your buns down to Melbourne next year. 

 

   

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Our Picks From The Sydney Motorcycle Show

As the Sydney Motorcycle Show is packed away, along with it goes a ton of exciting new and custom machines from manufacturers from all over the globe. As we settle back into work we decided to pick some of our favourite new, and not-so knew machines that were on display over the weekend. Of course, we’re more inclined towards the classic and retro styled machines, so we’ve only scratched the surface on what was on offered all weekend. There’s some really exciting releases coming from brands in 2018, and so heaven help all of our bank accounts.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT650 

Powered by Royal Enfield’s all new 650cc parallel twin engine, these new bikes are another stride in the momentum that has been growing for Royal Enfield. First shown off at EICMA this year, this new engine is classically stlyled as with the bikes, and is said to be easier to maintain.

These bikes are true to what Royal Enfield have stressed before in which they enjoyed a more relaxed pursuit of happiness, instead of white-knuckled testosterone. These will be a very appealing addition for the classic and café racer fans of the bike world, and I’m sure it won’t be long until some excellent custom creations are made from them.

Ducati Scrambler 1100

The booming success of the Ducati Scrambler series has been growing year by year, with new models being release of the already favourable designs (The Desert Sled and Café Racer most recently) along with a smaller, LAMs model (Sixty-Two) now comes the bigger brother in the Scrambler family, the Scrambler 1100.

The design aesthetics are very similar to previous models, albeit with some somewhat minor changes, including some upside forks, oh and a bigger engine… This is a bike I’m very eager to ride and see just how much more punch you can get out of it compared to the 803cc model.

Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen & Vitpilen 701

A very exciting and very different release from the typically off-road geared Swedish bike manufacturer Husqvarna. Taking a different road in comparison to their usual Enduro, Motocross and Supermoto machines, this is new Street line of bikes is something that is promising to be fresh and exciting. Two models were on display, the 401 Svartpilen and the 701 Vitpilen.

Both feature a very simplistic, futuristic design and some very well done lines. The 401 is actually kitted out with a KTM 390 Duke engine and will be geared towards the learner market. The 701 is a more serious machine which will be armed with the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto 693cc single cylinder, which is reported to pump out 75hp.

Kawasaki Z900RS

A machine that created quite a buzz once information and rumours started to leak out earlier this year, the Kawasaki Z900RS marks the entry of yet another bike manufacturer into the retro and modern classic world. This machine looks bloody good in its stock form, Kawasaki really nailed the retro look without being too heavy handed or pandering.


There’s a Standard edition which is just peachy, and a Café edition which comes with a nice little cowl. The iconic Kawasaki Green looks great on the Café, however the model can also come in a very uninspiring Grey scheme. Fingers crossed these bikes perform as good as they look!

Harley Fat Bob

The terrifically controversial new Harley-Davidson Fat Bob caused die-hard HD keyboard warriors to scream and rattle upon its announcement, though this has all but died down now that people are actually riding these bikes and realising they’re actually a great machine. The looks are very different for Harley, it’s a pretty bold move. The headlight looks like it’s from Futurama, but there’s a ton of custom opportunity for this machine. I’m dying to see a tracker version of this created.

Someone get to it, pronto!

Triumph Salt Racer

Ok this bike isn’t new, and you can’t buy it from a dealership; it is however a fucking great machine. This 2008 Triumph Thruxton is the culimation of a bunch of crazy mates who have a powerful lust for speed, probably fuelled by a few beers in the shed. The engine has been bored and stroked to 1000cc amongst a myriad of other performance work to get this thing really belting across the salt flats. Clock a final speed at 149.626mph this machine set a new Australian record for the Modified Fuel 1000cc class.

Yamaha XSR700 Ténéré

Again, whilst not a new release this Yamaha XSR700 Ténéré is a tasty custom scrambler with its namesake coming from a desert region in the south central Sahara. Truth be told I can’t find much information on this machine, but all I know is that I love the XSR series and this particular build gets my bloody flowing just that little bit quicker.

We’ll be back with a full rundown on the weekend’s awesome event and plenty of pictures to get you pumped for next year’s event!

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Unleashed – The Hedon Heroine

Last night saw the Australian premiere of the much anticipated and drooled over new helmet from Hedon, the tantalisingly named Heroine. The first full-face range from a truly decadent brand was on display in an array of remarkably tempting finishes that would have your bank account sweating.

The very exciting brand has been making great strides over the past years in producing incredibly luxurious and unique helmets that are for those with a lust for style and handmade quality. Pairing up with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as a major sponsor in 2016 meant that these lids have been getting even more exposure across the globe, with some limited edition models being created for top prize winners which no doubt have prize of place in homes across dozens of countries.

 

This new release, the Heroine, is the first full-face bucket from this boutique brand. They’re exactly what many punters, particularly in the custom and classic world, are after. It’s retro/classic body is simple, tried and true, and bloody stylish. As soon as you pick up one of these helmets, indeed any from Hedon, you see what sets them apart from many other brands. The blend of exotic materials makes these handmade helmets little pieces of art. The gold flake finish on one particular model was all too tantalising.

In true hedonistic fashion the event was hosted at Deus Ex Machina Camperdown, with free-flowing drinks and the usual amazing food from the Deus kitchen. The relentless pursuit for pleasure was in full swing, with dozens of models including their open face helmets on offer for everyone to get up close and personal with.  Deus will have these luxurious lids for sale in the Camperdown store now, with more stores to follow after this weekends Sydney Motorcycle Show.

 

 

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Kawasaki Z900RS Unleashed At Deus

Another bike manufacturer has joined the ranks of the retro styled modern machine with Kawasaki releasing the new Z900RS. To celebrate this, and to dip its toes into the custom world, Deus set about two of these new bikes to flex their creative muscles and show the world some of the first custom Z900RS.

Announced earlier this year much to the excitement of the motorcycle media and enthusiasts alike, the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS was created as a homage to the Z1 which was first released in 1972. The new Z900RS features that famous retro look with a very clear nod to the previous Z1. Powered by a liquid-cooled 948cc In-Line four, this machine is a marriage of heritage and soul with modern technology. This is something more and more bike manufacturers are having their own take on, as the modern classic and retro inspired machines feed the ever wanting riders.

Quite naturally, and wisely, Kawasaki passed two of these bikes on to Deus Ex Machina in Camperdown and into the remarkably capable and passionate hands of head tech and creator Jeremy Tagand. From here two very unique machines would be created, an aggressive tracker and a very retro Mad Max styled machine.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to have a test ride on these new bikes just yet. Probably a good idea as well since there was free flowing wine and beer. What we can say however is that these new heritage inspired bikes definitely have a very relaxed, neutral riding position. Or maybe we should say sitting position for now.

There will be two models hitting our shores in 2018, with the Z900RS and Z900 RS Café Edition giving buyers a couple of options. The standard model comes in a very retro (heaven forgive our gratuitous use of the word ‘retro’) Candytone Brown paired with a Candytone Orange. The Café Edition comes with a very sporting cowling, and two colour choices. A Vintage Lime Green, and a more subdued Pearl Storm Grey.

These new machines boast a strong, smooth In-Line Four engine, Kawasaki’s first tuned exhaust note, KTRC traction control and a lightweight Trellis frame. Despite being somewhat late to the game in releasing these style bikes, these are certainly a remarkably attractive option and we’re keen to get our bums on a seat to put it through it’s paces. We feel they’ll live up to the excitement.

Standard
Engine Type – 4-Stroke In-line 4 Cylinder
Displacement – 948cm3
POW./TORQ. – 82.0kW / 98.5Nm
Transmission – 6-speed
Curb Mass – 214kg incl fuel
Seat Height – 835mm
L X W X H – 2100 x 865 x 1150
Fuel – 17L
Brakes (F) – Dual Semi-floating 310mm discs
Brakes (R) – Single 250mm disc
Tyre (F) 120/70 ZER17M/C (58W)
Tyre (R) 180/55 ZR17M/C 973W)

Café Edition
Engine Type – 4-Stroke In-line 4 Cylinder
Displacement – 948cm3
POW./TORQ. – 82.0kW / 98.5Nm
Transmission – 6-speed
Seat Height – 820mm
Curb Mass – 215kg incl fuel
L X W X H – 2100 x 845 x 1190
Fuel – 17L
Brakes (F) – Dual Semi-floating 310mm discs
Brakes (R) – Single 250mm disc
Tyre (F) 120/70 ZER17M/C (58W)
Tyre (R) 180/55 ZR17M/C 973W)

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Throttle Roll X MotoDNA

A mongrel mix of machines gathered once again at Eastern Creek for a training day with the legends at MotoDNA. Bikes of all shapes and sizes were to hit the track, improving on abilities while learning new ones.

This is training day for Throttle Roll has been a constant over the years, with the date being marked eagerly in the calendars of all those attending. This is a truly invaluable day whereupon riders of any skill level riding any machine will further hone and progress their skill level.

 

MotoDNA offer incredibly comprehensive and detailed rider training, which includes instructors riding along with you with cameras so that after each time out on the track, the group can sit in the classroom to study the footage on learn from what everyone is doing right any wrong. This is a very unique opportunity to view yourself riding, see your positioning and work towards perfecting your riding stance.

To book in a session with MotoDNA for yourself, check out their site HERE or follow them on facebook HERE

   

 

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Matt Machine X Brad Miller

Take one of Australia’s best bike builders, pair him with one of Australia’s best up-coming bike builders, and then invite them to the most prestigious chopper show on the planet. The result would be an incredibly unique S&S Knucklehead. Rising Sun Workshop opened their doors yet again for a unique evening with these two builders, their bike, and the confessions that come with it.

It was in October of 2016 that Rising Sun Workshop first had Matt Machine share his knowledge and experiences to anyone who would listen. This would be based on the history of custom motorcycles, and the balance between modification and customisation. This night, however, would be something a bit different; it would be a lot more personal, and with the incredible custom machine sitting proudly on the floor of RSW, a lot more tactile.

Matt Machine has flexed his custom bike muscles at Born-Free before, taking out the ‘Best British’ trophy in 2015 as an invited builder – an incredible honour in its own right – and was invited out again this year.  Matt wouldn’t be wrenching solo on this project however, teaming up with young-gun Brad Miller to combine their creative and technical prowess. We first met Brad when he was wrenching out of his home garage in Canberra, and since then he’s gone on to create some truly incredible builds, showing the world his natural talent and passion for these machines.

The build process for this S&S Knucklehead would be experimentation into learning to work extensive hours alongside one another without killing each other. 12hr+ plus days working in close quarters would take it’s toll on just about anyone, but it’s a relief to say that both Matt and Brad are currently alive and breathing.  The plan for this machine would to be create a garage chopper with whatever parts were available to them, while still creating something different. By different, we mean breaking away from the traditional 60’s and 70’s style choppers and bobbers that populate most of the Born-Free show. Matt’s inspiration would flow back a few more decades, with plenty of non-traditional flare.

The night was dubbed ‘Builder’s Confession’ and that’s exactly what we got. It wasn’t about telling everyone only the positives, or making the build out to be a crucially thought out, finessed machine. But instead, it was a truly honest and open discussion on the process of this machine, and on working together in close confines for extended hours with a deadline to get this project completed before it was to be shipped off on a plane to the United States. This would be a proper garage build, with simple tools and whatever was lying around to be used. Matt’s skills would be seen in the aluminium work that makes this bike stand out, shaping it with an Oxy, annealing it before bending it by hand – while Brad completed most of the rest.

The key goal in completing this non-traditional machine would be to have something that not only ticked an aesthetic box, but could also perform well and brake well. The organic nature of the build saw a natural process of parts changing throughout the project, however some parts were already planned before the build had begun – such as the oil tank. Much of this work was completed with tools that might not have been the best suited for the job, but Matt and Brad stressed to the punters of this evening that the job could still be completed – it would just take a few more hours.

 

For a first time as well in this build, Matt had enlisted the help of a friend with a 3D printer, who had helped create the manifold. Despite the old school feel and techniques used in his builds, Matt stresses that we should all embrace technology, and surround ourselves with those that do. If there’s any issue with a part or build, you can make it fit, and you can find the solution. Matt and Brad are very much cut from the same cloth in that they’re ‘At-Home’ people. If there’s a problem, then there’s a solution that they can find in themselves instead of paying someone else to do it.

For more on Matt and Brad’s incredible work, follow the below or be forever missing amazing machines in your life.

www.themachinefiles.com.au

@themachinefiles

@Milwerx

 

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Throttle Roll Swap Meat

For the second time this year, Throttle Roll took over the car park of the Public House Petersham for a full day of bike parts, beers, bargains, and a whole lotta great food. It was time for the famous Throttle Roll Swap Meat.

We were blessed by decent weather – something that the Swap Meat has not always been lucky enough to have in the past. This meant that we had a killer day ahead of us for this grassroots event. The day is completely about getting like-minded motorcycle addicts together from all over; clean out their sheds and parts to bring them down to the magnificent Public House Petersham to peddle their wares.

Utes, trucks, and vans filled with bits and pieces poured in early on the Sunday morning to begin setting up for the day of haggling and sticky-beaking. Everything from custom brand new parts, to rare and unusual old collectables lined the pub car park. The cracker of a day would be kicked off with the first opening of a frosty tinny from Young Henrys, who jumped on board to support the event with $5 tinnies – something that brought a smile to many.

It wouldn’t be a Swap Meat without a famous serving of delicious meats on offer (duh) which came in the form of an incredible lamp on the spit, some pork belly in the smoker and some BBQ chorizo. Having shoved a pork belly roll down my gullet, I can personally say it was an incredible feed. Thoughts of these delicious meats still haunt my dreams.

Punters displayed the height of fashion by donning their brightest Hawaiian shirt for the day as well, with a raffle being drawn with a pair of Saint Stretch Denim jeans being awarded to one lucky bloke, and a $100 voucher to a very excited Sheila. The entire day is family and pet friendly, which meant there was the usual mix of incredibly good boys who received plenty of pats. In true Throttle Roll tradition, the streets soon became filled with bikes of all styles and there was now as much too look at out the front of the venue as there was inside.

As the day went on and the parts soon either left in the hands of new owners or were packed away, it was time for the first ever Throttle Roll Motorcycle Trivia. A rabble group of teams duked it out to show off how much/little they knew about motorcycles and motorcycle history. The teams were reasonably behaved, with only a moderate amount of penises being drawn on answer sheets. Prizes included a bunch of beer from Young Henrys, delicious rum and some items for the shed from Sailor Jerry, and a bunch of Throttle Roll merch.

A very big thank you to the sponsors on the day Young Henrys, Sailor Jerry, Shed of Threads and Saint for their support in ensuring everyone had a killer time.

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Slide Night At Deus

If you slid into Deus last night don’t be surprised if you woke up a bit dusty today. The infamous sideways bandits The Jerkyls took over the Camperdown store for a night of pure flat track passion. This is Slide Night.

Wherever chief Jerkyl Andy is, there’s going to also be bikes, beers, and a chorus of reprobates screaming, “fuck yeah!” back at him. This would be the first Slide Night held at the famous Camperdown Deus store, a hub of custom bikes and stellar food.

Bikes lined up outside the venue as a ride earlier in the night from the Sydney Café Racers turned up. Once inside it was all on as punters poured over a bunch of flat track, speedway and other hooligan inspired machines that now filled the dining room of Deus. This evening would be about bringing together The Jerkyls to share their passion with some new faces, and those that have never hit the track at all.

After a quintessential speech made out by Andy Baker, some classic racing films were played, showing off an era of racing heritage that would have been the catalyst for many of the riders there this evening. There were prizes on offer for some lucky racers and punters from previous events. A key event for this crew is the Sunday Slide, out at Nepean Raceway where things truly get sideways. This is also an opportunity for those who have never hit the track to take a bike out and learn the ropes, in a very safe and approachable atmosphere.

One of the key parts of a successful Slide Night is showing off just how easy – more or less – it can be to turn a stock bike into a track friendly hoon machine. With a sacrificial Triumph on the bench, Andy pulled together a team from the crowd (some willing) to begin pulling apart the machine to create something Jerkyl worthy.

Be sure to follow The Jerkyls HERE to keep up to date with all their upcoming events.

 

 

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DGR Sydney 2017

If you saw hundreds of remarkably well-dressed ladies and gents pottering through the streets of your city recently, then you witnessed the largest charity motorcycling event on the planet. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride performed a dapper takeover of the world’s streets in the good fight to find a cure for prostate cancer, and to aid in men’s mental health.

In its sixth year, DGR took place on September 24 in over 92 cities across the globe. This is a well-dressed juggernaut that celebrates all things dapper, paired with classic and vintage motorcycles. The event was simply that you see a bunch of folks jumping on their classically styled machines, donning some suits and going for a great ride together. The success that culminated from this would see Mark Hawwa, the founder of DGR, realise that much more could be done than simply riding around and looking dapper. And that’s where the charitable element would come in, and where DGR would really take off.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. By 2030, there’ll be 1.7 million men living with it. It’s this plight on men across the globe that DGR would take aim in battling. This would be in the form of raising both funds and awareness, to go towards programs to fight prostate cancer directly; to aid in rehabilitation, and also work in preventative measures by encouraging men to get checked and be diligent about their health. But it’s not just physical health that is being tackled, but mental health as well.

Pairing up with The Movember Foundation in 2016, DGR is taking on another goal in helping men of all ages. Over 510,000 men die from suicide each year – a staggering one per minute. This is something that is not often spoken about, particularly by the men who are suffering from depression. DGR is encouraging men to speak out, share their stories and fight for men’s mental health.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017 has seem the biggest turn out, and funs raised to date. With a goal of raising $5 Million USD, that mammoth target is close to being reached with the current tally of funds raised being $4.5 Million. With over 92,000 registered riders taking up the cause, it’s no surprise that such an incredible amount has so far been raised. The fundraising isn’t over though, with donations and prizes still marching on!

DGR Sydney saw an amazing turn out of over 750 motorcycles for a glorious warm day of fun and frivolity. Meeting at the amazing Sydney University Quadrangle was the perfect backdrop, as the ride speech echoed out and excitement filled the air. Riding through the streets was an absolute joy for all taking part, and those witnessing it on footpaths. This isn’t about riding hours or getting your knee down, it’s about parading through the streets of your city to raise awareness about the cause, and this worked fantastically. All passersby were asking riders what the event was about, with a smile on their face as they heard about what they were truly riding for.

The success that DGR has cultivated lies in its niche nature. The dapper outfits worn by the men and women that take part are just half of what the day is about, as it’s the classic and vintage styled machines that are the cherry on top. While DGR loves all bikes (as most of us riders do) this isn’t a day for stock cruisers, sportsbikes or tourers. There’s a style guide for appropriate machines, so that the event may keep true to its roots, and keep the essence of the event alive and well. Without this strong theme, the event would not be the dapper success that it is today.

Be sure to get involved by heading to www.gentlemansride.com to donate, buy some dapper gear, or find out more on the event and the great causes that they support. Here’s counting down to DGR 2018!

 

   

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The SCR Harley Bash

There was a distinct nip in the air this morning as a small herd of assorted scumbags from Sydney Café Racers stretched in bed and geared up. Arguments arose between significant others over how we would stop-off at polling booths to make sure we all voted in the recent local council elections, but this being a Harley group ride, all the would-be 1% milk in their coffee drinkers stormed out ignoring their civic duties in favour of open roads and wider open throttle.

Despite Sydney Café Racers being about café racers (who would’ve thought?) some select pariahs also enjoy the glory of American V-twins. A small group gathered at Harry’s Tempe for a quick pie-n-perve at each others bikes. A lot of people brought out fresh projects that hadn’t been seen by most in daylight hours, yet. After the customary meet-and-greet, the glorious chorus of machines set about causing a ruckus on Parramatta Rd as we made our way out to meet the second group along the M4 Motorway. The day would be filled with a heart amount of riding, food, drinks, bullshit stories and plans for the next ride.

Here’s the story as captured by Joshua Mikhaiel

 

  

        

 

  

   

  

  

 

 

 

 

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Origins Of Original – Sailor Jerry X Gasoline Motor Co.

There’s a magical tour hitting the road, fuelled by custom bikes, tattoo art, bands and of course delicious booze. Sailor Jerry are making their way down the east coast of Australia and you’d be a fool to miss out. Here’s their Origins of Original tour!

To help celebrate the legacy of tattoo great Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins, Sailor Jerry Australia have embarked on a whirlwind tour that kicked off in Brisbane 10th August at Ellaspede. Some of Norman Collins original artwork that has forged an iconic place in tattoo history will be showcased at each event. This is a rare opportunity for tattoo aficionados to get a look at some remarkable pieces that won’t often be shared.

You can’t have an event celebrating tattoos without tattoo artists being present. Each event will have a tattooist on hand to help punters get inky. We checked out the Sydney event, which was housed at the famous Gasoline Motor Co. location in Alexandria. The space alone is worth a check out, being filled with a ton of amazing custom and unique machines. Sailor Jerry was present now however and the place was about to be kicked up a notch.

With a never-ending supply of delicious drinks being supplied, everyone was in terrific spirits (there’s a pun in there somewhere) with plenty to enjoy. Newcastle band The Owls were atop a flatbed truck belting out some killer rock for the crowd. This 5-piece group was the perfect compliment for the setting, and if you see their name on the bill in your town you better bloody go see them. You won’t be disappointed, and your ears will love for you it. Sydney local legend Tommy J was on hand belting out some trims for those in need of looking a little sharper.

The tour isn’t over, so if you’re in one of the following cities pull your thumb our and enjoy the magic!

Brisbane
10 August 6-10pm Ellaspede
Bands: The Owls & WAAX
Live Stream 8pm
Tattoo Artist: Victoria Rose Tattoo

Newcastle
12 August 3-7pm The Edwards
Bands: The Owls & Nicholas Connors
Live Stream 5pm
Tattoo Artist: Luke Muller tattoos.

Sydney
13 August 2-6pm Gasoline Motor Co.
Bands: The Owls & The Van Demons
Live Stream 8pm
Tattoo Artist: Rhys Gordon

Wollongong
15 August 6-10pm North Wollongong Hotel
Bands: The Owls & Pin Head
Live Stream 8pm
Tattoo Artist: Tattoo WAYNE

Bendigo
17 August 6-10pm Golden Vine Hotel Bendigo
Bands: The Owls & The Second Sex
Live Stream 8pm
Tattoo Artist: Jarred Boland Tattooer

Melbourne
19 August 4-8pm Kustom Kommune
Bands: The OwlsThe Stiffys and Amyl and The Sniffers
Live Stream 5pm
Tattoo Artist: Benny Bones Tattoo

  

 

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Dirt Masters 2017

Little bikes and big noise.  The pristine lands of New Zealand were about to be torn asunder as The Quake City Rumbler’s hosted Dirt Masters 2017.

Mother Nature was lubed up and ready to receive a mega load of riders and their little bikes. This ride lived up to the adage: it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it. Dirt Masters is about bringing together all bikes and mopeds 150cc and under for a full day of races and stacks. There might be rules, it’s hard to say. Even if there were, they were often disregarded.

In it’s fourth year, a private property on the outskirts of Christchurch began the transformation from a tranquil slice of the country into a haven of motorcycling misfittery. Local small-capacity rev-heads, The Quake City Rumblers, would be inviting riders from all over New Zealand to come and compete in this illustrious event.

With it being the middle of winter, the weather was cold. Like, really bloody cold. Fortunately over 100 wooden pallets had been collected to keep the fires burning all day, and well into the night. The previous day’s rain had finally fucked off, with blue skies abound. The ground would be a soft mush, which with every lap of bikes saw it slowly turn more and more into a muddy mess – which is a good thing.

5 prestigious race classes were to battle throughout the day. 50cc, 50-90cc, 100-140cc, Girls Only, Twist n Go, and an All in Battle Royale. With riders making the pilgrimage down from the likes of Auckland and Wellington, the flames of competition were truly being fanned. One of the punters from Wellington had already won the less-than-prestigious title of “World’s Loudest & Most Obnoxious Snoring” but could they take home the gold?* (*Read: Welded piece of steel)

The once green grass didn’t last long as the knobbies sank their rubber teeth into the ground, ripping it apart to expose the brown muddy flesh of the earth. Plenty of tight corners provided the crowd with enough stacks and slides to keep them entertained, along with a mini-jump which failed to bring about any broken bones, thankfully… kind of.

The last race to be completed is the incredibly dubious All-In. This consisted of all riders lining up away from their bikes, slamming a can of whatever drink they had, and all 50+ bikes and riders trying to complete the track with a triumphant flash of the flag girl’s boobs (Not pictured, sadly). Amongst the chaos a winner was announced. Somehow. It was essentially a clusterfuck of machines and dirt, with the winner (probably) being picked out at random.

A handy slab of concrete was thoroughly abused in afternoon sunset, as it was burnout hour. Attempts were made to get the “Meat Spinner” working. It’s truly suspicious name aside, this was a steel pole in the ground which had another long beam attached to a motorcycle. The theory was that the rider would go around at speed, and thanks to centrifugal force, flung them out into the air for everyones delight. In practice, this was a large piece of metal that caused the bike to perform like shit and for not much to really happen. Back to the drawing board for 2018 it seems.

With the temperature dropping quicker than an Aussie’s morale at an All-Blacks game, it was time to light some fires. A genius idea was had, in which litres of gasoline were poured into a large ditch and set alight. The resulting shockwave (explosion) was felt kilometres away, and had all the squares and oldies whinging in their beds. A Kiwi tradition named “Danger Can” was performed throughout the day and evening. An eager gentleman takes his unopened beverage, and will proceed to slam it into his forehead until the contents of said beverage are free. A truly noble practice from such a refined people, this is majestic New Zealand.

The Dirt Masters 2017 Poem by Feeks

With my hands on my steed, I pined in my shed
While visions of Dirt Masters swirled ‘round in my head
The ultimate battle of rider and steed, with finely honed weapons built for sheer speed
But shit can go pear shaped, when you’re in top gear
One hand’s on your cock and one’s on a beer.
Red line speed wanking’s not for young boys, the weak can’t handle the fumes and the noise
The tortured screams from a 125 whore, still gets me reeling with my pants on the floor.
Frothing and fizzing like a wasp in a bottle, a vice grip on my cock and a wide open throttle.
Then my meat piston seizes in my white knuckle bore, and I land on the shifter as I fall to the floor.
Now there’s on the bike and all over the walls, and jizz on the ceiling and all of my tools.
She’s a hard road to Dirt Masters, best ridden wet, a day of pining you cunts won’t forget.

 

 

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4 Mates, 10,000 Kilometres – Ride For Rights

Four mates combined their passion of riding, and passion for equality, into a motorcycle adventure of a lifetime. Travelling over 10,000kms in 4 months throughout India, advocating for children’s rights, the boys have now landed back home and production of their forthcoming documentary has already begun.

Cam, Scottie, Tay, and Ben are the champions of this story. A bunch of mates who all grew up surrounded by bikes since a young age. From racing dirt bikes to bashing about on properties in the rural outskirts of Sydney, this would be a passion that would lead them onto more charitable things.

As these mates grew older, their appreciation of the life they were granted grew into a new meaning as they looked at what equality meant. Cam had visited India previously, and it was there that a chord would be struck. “I was instantly drawn to the children that I was fortunate enough to meet, and could really empathise with their individual stories. Despite the card they had been dealt in life, many were determined in their goals in life.”

It’s this appreciation of what we have, and not what we lack, that would be the drive for this journey of awareness and discovery. “We are so often unhappy with what we have because it doesn’t represent our dream situation, and in doing so, we fail to truly succeed and find our inner happiness. To help inspire and bring opportunity to more children was our dream, and our love for motorcycles allowed us the most exciting way to travel across the country and visit these children that inspired us.”

The ride would be dubbed Ride For Rights, with it’s aim to give underprivileged kids a voice and a chance to achieve their goals. They partnered with an Indian NGO, who start at a grass root foundation that provide the building blocks to bridge the gap for better health, rights, and education – for children and parents alike. “Partnering with CRY (Child’s Rights & You) allowed us to experience these issues first-hand throughout the country, and witness the successful integration of their programs. CRY works to provide education for children as young as 3. They would learn to understand the basics of hygiene and nutrition and see children learning in classrooms all the way through to graduating higher education.”

So what bikes do you smash out 10,000kms on across India? Some proudly Indian owned and made Royal Enfields, of course. Royal Enfield helped support the boys journey by supplying them with some of the new Himalayan adventure bikes. These machines would receive a massive workload as they tackled all kinds of terrain, putting their purpose to the test. “We saw it all on these bikes. Beaches, deserts, rivers, highways, jungles, cities and everything in between. They were more powerful than most bikes on the road in India, so having a little more squirt and ability to take these off road mean more fun and exploration for us.”

“Having motorcycles and a map that spanned the entire country, we were fortunate to be able to reach many rural areas and experience a raw side of India. This allowed us to meet a lot of inspiring people, and do our part to try and tackle some of the issues being faced. The children and their positivity were our drive when the going got tough, and they really left a lasting impression on us all. Knocking over close to 600-700kms most days in 40+ degree head was challenging (throw in a few 50+ days as well), paired with rough roads and road rules merely being a suggestion. 50% of the time you’re playing Russian roulette while the other you’re dodging animals or playing chicken with an oncoming truck. But hey, that’s all part of the adventure.”

Beneath the very serious cause of this journey lay plenty of adventure for excitement. Riding the highest road in the world in a blizzard at 18,380ft above sea level will definitely get the blood pumping. “Being the first through to Leh this year from the Manali side saw us facing snow, ice, blizzards, rivers and glaciers. We even had to take matters into our own hands as we lowered our bikes into a canyon 50m down to get to the other side due to bridge maintenance.”

“We’re all incredibly proud of each other for completing this journey. This idea formed around the kitchen table and with months of dedication, it became something much bigger than we ever anticipated. It wasn’t easy, the initial stages of organising were tough, as well as having issues with foreign correspondence. The project pushed us on a personal level, and it’s a true example of being able to carry out your dreams. It sounds cliché, but we didn’t take no for an answer. We persisted, and got what we needed to make this ride a success. We hope that we can inspire other like-minded individuals to do the same. Get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve always dreamed of. It’s important to remember that we can’t change the lives of all underprivileged children immediately, but if you can make a difference on a smaller scale then the effects can be much larger.”

To find out more about their journey check out their facebook HERE

Help support their cause here – www.ketto.org/fundraiser/rideforrights

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Soldiering On To Lithgow – Ride Sunday

With the inaugural Ride Sunday event on July 2nd, we decided to make good use of the weekend by getting some free passes from the girlfriends and blasting out of the city for some much needed tomfoolery. To help keep our consciences clean, we also raised a bunch of money for the charity, Soldier On.

This is our Ride Sunday.

Coming from the same lads that gave us The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Ride Sunday is a new global charity event that brings together riders of every make and style, and encourages them to ride on the same day for a good cause. These rides can be created yourself, or you can join one that someone else has made. What’s great is you can choose exactly which charity you would like to raise funds for, meaning riders can help out for the cause that they most believe in.

Having gotten the all clear from our better-halves to escape for the weekend, me and a bunch of mates got planning. We elected to raise money for Soldier On; a charity which helps defence and police force personnel who suffer with physical or psychological affects from their service. With it being winter here in Australia, we figured it be brilliant to ride over to the lovely warm (definitely not freezing) town of Lithgow. This is a town that has a long connection with the Australian Defence Force, so it seemed to fit the bill just fine.

Despite Ride Sunday officially being a 1 day event, we set out early on the Saturday morning so we could make the most of it and pull an overnighter in the local pub. Meeting at Deus Camperdown, nice and early, we fuelled up on bacon and egg rolls and coffee; and soon were ready to roll out. Quietly, the pack of about a dozen Harley’s rolled out, with a token Yamaha SR400 bobber, and my Yamaha XSR900 sticking out like dogs bollocks. But hey, at least my brakes worked.

This ride wasn’t going to be 12 hours of twisting fury, but a pretty laid back ride with stopovers at various pubs. It was glorious having no set time to be anywhere, and being able to relax when we wanted. After a delicious pie and schooner in Blackheath, our next stop would be the famous Lithgow Munitions Factory. The silent Harley’s were back on the road.

Lithgow is a town that has a very long history with the Australian Defence Force, with its munitions factory having created arms for every conflict Australian’s have been in for more than a century. Upon our arrival, we spied an excellent backdrop for some photos where the old factory used to be. The lovely Debbie, who works at the Small Arms Factory Museum, soon greeted us. She asked for a photo and we obliged, getting a photo with her in return before we headed in to check out the boomsticks.

After shedding some layers in the delightfully warm museum, we got a bit of history on the factory. Having been established after Australia’s federation, the factory went on to create ammunition and firearms that saw action in all of Australia’s conflicts. Even today, modern arms are created that still service our Defence Force personnel. We told the staff about our ride, and how we were actually raising money for Soldier On, which garnered us a lovely little discount upon entry. The museum has an incredible collection of arms, from every country and every conflict. For any history buffs or gun nuts, this is place is a must to visit. 

After we took plenty of tough guy photos with the guns, disregarding any forms of decorum or safety, it was time to head into town and check out our palace for the evening. The local pub would be our bastion of debauchery, with rooms that resembled Jackson Pollock’s work on the floors, a token porn magazine in the communal lounge room, and more than enough colourful locals.

After enjoying a couple of beverages in the afternoon sun by the ANZAC Memorial in Lithgow Park, we headed back to the pub whereupon the rest of the evening seems to be missing from our memories. A certain SR400 was put on a table by people unknown, which was definitely hilarious for all involved.

The ride home on Sunday was a very gentle one, but the weekend had been killer. We’d raised $6,133 for our charity, which smashed our goal of $5000. You can still donate to us at www.ridesunday.com/fundraisers/The-Lithgow-Lay-Z-Boys

  

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Dust Hustle 4

No good story ever started with “I was riding the perfect bike in excellent conditions…” at least that’s what the mob at Dust Hustle believes, and we’re inclined to side with them. All hail dirt and inappropriate machines!

Hundreds of riders and over a thousand spectators descended on the Queendsland locality of Biddaddaba for the 4th annual Dust Hustle event, thrown by the good misfits over at Ellaspede. The event boasted three tracks for riders of all skills levels, from amateur to Dakkar Champion (seriously) to compete and smash about on. All things serious were to be left at home.

A hearty mix of machines was thrown to the dirt gods, from ridiculous machines that should never touch dirt (yet did) to monster machines made for this kind of abuse. No two riders or machine would be the same. And much to the delight of the hundreds of onlookers, there were plenty of stacks.

 

There’s no surprise that riders travel from far and wide to attend these overnight camping events. There’s no greater way to cleanse the soul, be it at Dust Hustle, Aftershock, or Dirt Masters. The four classes of racing that would dominate the dirt for the weekend would be ‘Risky Road Bikes’, ‘Clutchless Scooters & Posties’, ‘Old Mates’, and ‘Enduro & MX’. Races would roar from morning till afternoon, with a tucker break in between to keep the rider’s engines running.

Despite this event being a celebration of all things fun and embracing amateurs, a few legends hit the track as well to show folks how it’s done…. In a panda onesie. Dakar legend Toby Price rocked up on his famous KTM and appropriate attire, despite coming back from a broken leg. Those that know about Toby know that it’d take more than broken bones to keep him from hitting the dirt.

For more of the insanity head over to www.dusthustle.com and www.ellaspede.com

Photography by Brendan Schouten @brendanschoutenphoto