Thursday, 8 March 2018

Sideburn 32 - OUT NOW

Sideburn 32 is the greatest issue of Sideburn ever created. A thudding wodge of motorcycle stimulation and illumination that crackles with fun and good ideas.

It's perhaps our most diverse issue ever. Obviously the 116 pages of thick, gloss paper is crammed with motorcycles, but they range from pro flat tracker, through backwoods backflip 450s and ice racing Yamaha XSR900s to heavyweight street trackers, plus a dose of long distance adventure touring on dinky 125s in a FREE 16-page supplement created in conjunction with Tom Bing. There's also art, architecture, poetry and racing advice. We couldn't pack another atom of goodness into it.

COVER: Yamaha XS650 Framer with Lucia Aucott
BIKES: Yamaha XS650 Framer; See See Harley-Davidson XL1200 Roadster Street Tracker; OMT Garage Yamaha XSR900 SnowQuake racer; BSA Hornet; Honda CRF450 hillclimber; Honda 650 sand racer 
PEOPLE: Jeffrey Carver; Oliver Brindley; Lucia Aucott; Skip Aksland; Lynn Griffis HOW TO: Win a Hooligan Championship
PORTFOLIO: The art of Sami Graystone
MOVIE: Akira SHOP: Deus Ex Machina, Milan
EVENTS: Nine Years of Portland One Moto Show; Travis at the Land’s End Hillclimb ADVENTURE: LA-Barstow-Vegas on classic Brits; Chile to San Francisco surf safari on Honda XR150s
PAGES: 116 + 16-page supplement

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Blog 4 Life

We know, we know, you don’t like change. Yes, all the posts used to be on a black background, then Sideburn changed it and now they put them all on a white background. Well, get over it and head to the NEW SIDEBURN BLOG, because it’s got everything you loved about this one, plus it’s viewable on ‘mobile devices’ and it’s in one place with all our other Sideburn goodness – like our magazine archive, video repository, stockists details, events page, Stories directory...

So head over to and start leaving comments. What are you, some kind of cyber Luddite? That doesn’t even make sense and you know it. You can't be hooked up to a wi-fi drip and backward at the same time, can you? See you over at the new blog!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Sideburn 31

116 pages of sweet-smelling, hold in your hands and forget about the world goodness. Plus our first ever supplement, a 16-page report from the MotoBeach Classic created in conjunction with Enginethusiast. BUY NOW

COVER STAR: Riccardo Chiosi and Mestiza II

BIKES: Yamaha framer TZ750 street tracker; Bultaco Sherpa/Pursang short tracker; Indian FTR750; Indian FTR1200 concept; Wood Africa Twin; Vibrazioni 'Raticosa' Ducati 749 street tracker; Tredici Customs Suzuki DR600; 'Article 58' Jawa 500/Ariel hillclimber/sprinter; Honda 650 beach racer 

EVENTS: AFT finale at Perris Auto Speedway; MotoBeach Classic HOW TO: Make the best of a back row start by Cory Texter

PEOPLE: Shayna Texter; Johnny Lewis; Chad Cose; Ron Wood; Bryan Villella; Vivian Chadbourne

PORTFOLIO: The art of Menze Kwint


ADVENTURE: Slab City and off-grid America by Dave Bevan

PAGES: 116 + 16-page supplement


Monday, 23 October 2017


The Sideburn blog is still ripping up trees with a few mega posts at its new home.
Go to for regular updates, stories and reports.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Sideburn 30

Another milestone reached. Issue 30! And our regular readers tell us it keeps getting better. That's the idea. This another fat 116-page issue squeezed, like blood from a stone, out of Sideburn's Lincolnshire HQ.


COVER STAR: Manon Hache; Co-Built Rotax and Chris Piascick art
BIKES: Bottpower XR1R Pikes Peak special; budget Yamaha FZ-07 framer; monoshock H-D Sportster; Wedge BMW 310; Honda 650 Mablethorpe Sand Racer
EVENTS: Travis at Pikes Peak; The Springfield Mile; Pendine Speed Trials; DirtQuake VI
HOW TO: Use your brake to go faster by Johnny Lewis
PEOPLE: Marco Belli; Sean Flynn and Dana Stone
PORTFOLIO: The photography of Kristina Fender
MOVIE: Godspeed! You Black Emperor
ADVENTURE: Across frozen Mongolia on Enfield 500 combinations
PAGES: 116


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Is Anyone Still Out There?

If you are, we're blogging nearly everyday over at

Photo: Pierre Robichaud

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sideburn 29

We have created a 116-page monster with a solid core of flat track, but much more besides. B-movies, anxiety-inducing adventure (leaving a man to die and eating monkey brains will do that to a traveller); electric race bike tech explained and track tested; Honda’s TR1000, a four-cylinder concept bike with more potential for violence than a May Day march in Paris; Odgie, a bike racing philosopher and UK cult hero…

Words? We’ve got all the best ones.


COVER STAR: Roger Goldammer, Yamaha DT400
BIKES: Alta Electric flat tracker race tested; 1975 DT400 short tracker; 1973 Yamaha DT3 short tracker; Champion Suzuki RM250; Noise Cycles H-D XG750 Hooligan; Honda TR1000 concept bike; 1991 Sportster hooligan
EVENTS: American Flat Track Twins at Daytona TT
HOW TO: Promote You Own Flat Track Race by Randy Kremlacek
PEOPLE: Jake Johnson; Odgie; Roger Goldammer; Guy Martin; Ricky Graham
PORTFOLIO: The Art of Nick Simich and FartCo
MOVIE: CC & Company
ADVENTURE: UK to Cape Town on a Royal Enfield 500
PAGES: 116


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sideburn 28: Out Now

The 28th issue, and the first of 2017, our tenth year of existence, is a solid chocolate bunny of moto goodness. This is a Harley heavy issue, but it's not one-dimensional. There are stories of riding across the USA on a 1915 board track racer; a blueprint and history of the '52 KR750; the highest of high-tech XG750s built by Suicide Machine Co in Long Beach, Ca; we have a bunch of racing V-twins from 1930s VLs to the hottest hooligans; a great survivor WR and an exclusive interview with the head of Harley-Davidson's design studio about the XG750R factory racer.


Sure, that's a lot of Harleys, but on top of that SIDEBURN 28 has poetry; desert survival gear; Icon 1000's mean Dethgrip Kawasaki Vulcan (yes, really); the wonderful photography of Götz Göppert; a shop profile of See See's new Reno outpost; Dave 'B-Movie' Bevan's reappraisal of The Northville Cemetery Massacre; our regular Ask Guy Martin page, and last, but never least, Wayne Rainey's Trophy Queen.


Remember, the Sideburn blog is now at

Friday, 6 January 2017


This blog is retired. 
The Sideburn blog continues at

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Garrett's Bikes

The very first post on this blog was a photo of Garrett B's Aermacchi 250 in front of his garage door. I've forgotten how he found out about us, before the blog. Obviously, he'd bought the magazine or seen it somewhere, but he was, and still is, in Colorado, USA and Sideburn was, and still is, in Lincolnshire, England. It was an early example of the power of Sideburn.

We've kept in touch with Garrett over the years and he will always have a special place in our heart, so it seems right that the final proper post on this blog, for the foreseeable future, is of a couple of Garrett's current bikes in front of the same garage door. Above is his new Honda framer, a C&J big-bore XR600, dating from 1984-85, Garrett thinks.

Below is his tasty Sportster hooligan that he won the state series on. I don't think Garrett raced flat track when he first got in touch, but I know he used to race MX when he was a yoof. Now he and his kids race all the time, coming either first or second in their classes throughout the 2016 season.

So, that's it for this blog. It will stay here until Google turn off the lights, all 5673 posts, dating back to Garrett's Aermacchi in March 2008. But don't be sad, we still love blogs and will continue to regularly post on our new website,, and we will post bigger online only features in the STORIES section too. Fancy blogs, if you like.

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Gary Inman