Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Braaap and Sparky back in stock

Don't hang around. These sell out quickly.
Sideburn webshop.

OEM Lightning Video

We shared the photos of Old Empire's latest custom build, the OEM Lightning, named after the Cold War jet of the same name, now there's this fun little film.

In the video Alec and Rafe, the two chaps behind Old Empire Motorcycles remind me the band Public Service Broadcasting, another Great British duo. G


Photography exhibition of ace Sideburn contributor Grant Robinson. Saturday, January 31st, 7pm @ Motovida, 1254 Ellis St, Kelowna, B.C.

Monday, 26 January 2015


So I'm Goggle'ing, trying to find out if a rectangle with rounded off corners (like photos from the 1970s) have a specific geometric name? I thought Lozenge, but that sounds like something you suck. The only thing that can be ascertained with 100% certainty, is that the steering wheel of an Austin Allegro is Quartic shaped. BP

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Meccano treasure trove

Meccano Magazine was started in 1916 by Frank Hornby, inventor of the Meccano hobby engineering sets (and later Hornby model railways and Dinky toys, some hat-trick) that did a brilliant job of keeping the minds of millions of teenage boys off their own nuts, for a while at least.

A bunch of insanely dedicate people have scanned and made available pretty much every copy of the magazine, which ran until 1981. There's even a searchable index. If you go in there, don't expect to emerge in less than an hour. The bikes, by the way, are from August and October 1929. Many thanks to Brownhills Bob for the tip-off. MP

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Shebam! Pow! Blop! Whizz!

Brigitte Bardot in a catsuit? How does that Gainsbourg bloke do it? This is from 1968, and BB will have been 33 or 34. Blop indeed. Rumours that the video will be re-enacted in its entirety on the Sideburn stand at the Verona Motor Bike Expo are still unconfirmed (and dependent on Gary getting hold of a flesh-tone catsuit). MP

Friday, 23 January 2015

Tenerè Tracker

Enzo's cracking '84 Yamaha XT600. Champion seat, '74 Yamaha DT250 tank and Pirelli MT43 trial tyres. Photos Raffaele Paolucci. BP

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Motor Bike Expo - thirsty work

The packing for Verona took less time than I'd anticipated. See you at the Motor Bike Expo at the weekend. We'll be on Mr Martini's stand. MP

SIDEBURN Blueprint T

Blink and you'll miss our latest T, the blueprint XR750. Taken from our ongoing series of technical drawings by Mick Ofield. All of our Ts are printed in limited numbers. Here today, gone tomorrow. SIDEBURN T-shirts photo SIDEBURN-All-T_GIF_animation_370px_zpsdfadulnk.gif
This animation shows 30 of some 40 we've rustled up over the past seven years. Thanks to all our contributing artists including Kar Lee, Chris Watson, James Ball, Stevie Gee, Maxwell Paternoster, Cooper, Ryan Quickfall, Carby Tuckwell, Adi Gilbert, Antonio Merinero, Lenny Schuurmans, Death Spray Custom, ODFU, and me! BP

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

CR500 Tracker for Sale - Be Quick

Just found out about this, thanks Greg.

The CR500 tracker that won the 2013 DTRA Championship with Tim Neave on board is up for sale on eBay Honda CR500 flat tracker.

This bike was featured in Sideburn 14. G

Photo: Tom Whiting