I just received my copy of The Ride 2nd Gear. And then another copy turns up with a different cover? Go figure. Never mind, they are the same book, but with different covers, I wonder what's up with that. Never mind If you haven't received yours yet or ordered yours yet, you are missing out on some fantastic bikes. But what got me about the book was when I opened the box inside was a single page leaflet that had the following words on it, and it got me to thinking about how these words capture some of what we and this blog is all about. So I will copy it here word for word, and those of you who don't quite understand this entire movement perhaps you will after reading this.
The motorcycle is back and here to stay
The custom motorcycle scene keeps on growing and exciting (grammar there)
There are more and more and better builders than ever,and the scene has become an integral part of motorcycle culture. Builders are joining the custom ranks at a younger age and are creating bikes that are mind blowingly innovative and always surprising.
The aesthetic of the new custom bikes has evolved:1960's cafe racers from the UK and the US continue to be relevant but builders are now going in different directions, getting their inspiration from 1990's skateboard and youth culture. Collectors are buying stunning art bikes from important builders, and big brands are using the custom scene as a hotbed for new ideas, borrowing some of their designs and striving to imitate the energy that oozes from the current custom movement.
Now whilst I don't agree with everything that is written here, I do agree that there are some exciting new trends happening, and that some of the bigger manufacturers are copying what is happening.
Take the Scrambler, the Yamaha what ever it's called, and the Triumph. They are all admirable in their own way, and with heavy marketing hitters behind them, some will become cult bikes almost akin to what Harley Davidson have done over the years. So here we are at an important junction in the direction of motorcycling, which way will you go?
Perhaps my blog will lead you in a direction, perhaps not. I don't really care , as long as you take a journey on two wheels.
And good folks, that's that for this week. Now do like the lovely young lady above and go for a ride.
On a slightly sadder note an old motorcycle friend of mine past away last week, and I think he deserves a mention here. Dick Huurdeman. His book The Last Hurrah outlines his mammoth trek by Norton from Beijing to his home town in Holland. Dick was a gentleman, tough, uncompromising, fair, intelligent, a mechanic of great knowledge. He could fix anything anywhere with little or no tools. He will be missed by all who knew him, and the motorcycing world is all the poorer for his passing. RIP Dick.