Sunday, 1 May 2016

40


40 years since The Ramones released their first LP. BBC 6 Music just had an hour-long appreciation and played this.

This is from the long-gone BBC TV champion of non-mainstream pop, The Old Grey Whistle Test. I never knew what that name referred to until just now. It's... 'a 'tin pan alley' phrase from years ago. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys [doormen in grey suits]. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test.'

Not sure if this Ramones song could pass the test, but I still love it. It's from the 1984 LP Too Tough To Die. I can't believe I didn't list the Ramones in my top ten favourite live bands a week or so ago. G

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Barstow Goggles; OSFA Edition

Regular Sideburn contributor, photographer Dimitri Coste has a long relationship with 100% goggles, shooting ad campaigns for them and others in the motocross industry. Now 100% have created a collaboration goggle that promotes Dimitri's OSFA project.

OSFA stands for One Size Fits All and is based around his 1967 Triumph TR6C. The idea is to race as many different disciplines with one bike, only changing wheels, tyres and handlebars. He's race the Catalina GP, Pikes Peak, short track, mile and motocross (maybe more that I've forgotten).

Find out more about the goggles and how to find them at The Barstow OSFA.

You can read about the first time Sideburn met Dimitri and his Triumph in Sideburn 5 (which we have a very small amount of very slight seconds on sale) and his about Pikes Peak race in Sideburn 10 or a portfolio of his work in Sideburn 20. And click the label with his name below to see lots of posts about this enthusiastic racer, photographer, father, do-er. Vive le Coste. G

Friday, 29 April 2016

WIN: The Dirt Quake Mutt

As part of their sponsorship of Dirt Quake V, Birmingham-based Mutt Motorcycles are giving away a special version of their Mutt Desert Racer 125 to one lucky punter. All you have to do is buy a £15 adult entry ticket in advance to Dirt Quake to be entered into the draw.

Buy Dirt Quake V tickets

This custom Mutt has a one-off two-tone metalflake paintjob; classic spoked 18" wheels shod with 4.00 x 18 Firestone ANS tyres; special US spec handlebars; comfy classic barrel grips; chrome megaphone silencer to top off the standard stainless steel downpipe; Bates TT-style seat.

Check out the new dedicated Dirt Quake website too, why don't you?
Dirt Quake V Win a Mutt Terms and conditions 
  • Draw takes place at Dirt Quake V, Adrian Flux Arena, Norfolk on Saturday 16 July at approx. 5.30pm.
  • Motorcycle to be collected from Mutt Motorcycles HQ in Birmingham at winner’s expense.
  • No cash alternative.
  • Winner does not need to attend the event as long as they buy a ticket. They will be notified later. Motorcycle must be collected within 90 days of 16 July 2016 or prize will be forfeited.
  • By buying a ticket in advance you are agreeing to these terms.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Dirt Quake USA 2016

It’s back! Two days and nights of motorcycle racing, fun, live, music and camping presented by Sideburn, See See Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson.

WHEN: Friday 17 June – Saturday 18 June
WHERE: Castle Rock Raceway, WA
HOW TO ENTER: Send a photo of your bike and which class you want to enter to dirt@sideburnmagazine.com with the subject Dirt Quake USA Entry. Once your bike is approved you’ll be sent a link to pay.
Entry fee is $75 (includes gate entry and camping).
First come, first served.
No entries on the day.

CLASSES
Dirt Quake is for the kind of bikes that don’t usually get a chance to race anywhere else. Dirt Quake race day is Saturday. One rider per bike. One class per rider. We will be having a good, tight program of dirt track racing for real race bikes, and all abilities of rider, on Friday night.

CHOPPER: For choppers! Not factory customs or baggers, just choppers.
STREET TRACKER/STREET SCRAMBLER: Road legal street trackers and scramblers NOT race bikes or modern enduros.
INAPPROPRIATE ROAD BIKE: Harley Fat Boys, Trail 90s, Ducati Panigales, virtually any road bike. If it shouldn’t be on a dirt track, it’s in.
LADY: Women racers on any of the above bikes (not real race bikes please). Women can enter any other class if they prefer.
TRIPOD: Three-wheelers (and snowmobiles, of course)
MINIBIKE: Pull-start Taco-style and 3-speed autos only.
HOOLIGAN: 750-plus cc multi-cylinder beasts.

Spectators, pay on the gate. $20 for two days including camping.

Poster artwork by Toria Jaymes/ Stay Outside Studio

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Honda RS750D

The Honda RS750D is one incredible machine. It won five AMA championships in 1984-85-86-87 and 1993. And one is still being raced in the AMA GNC by the father and son M3R team.

Sideburn 24 has a nine-page homage to the HRC-developed V-twin, with exclusive drawings of the M3R team bike by Mick Ofield, a feature by Dave Despain and also a profile and action photos on the M3R team and their 30-year-old race bike that is still competing at the highest level.

Buy Sideburn 24. G

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Revival Cycles, Austin, Texas

Revival Cycles 'bricks and mortar' shop in Austin looks incredible. And now they stock Sideburn.
If your shop would like to sell Sideburn magazines and/or merch, get in touch. G

Monday, 25 April 2016

Stay Outside Studio x Sideburn

Sideburn has worked with some great artists during its history and our latest collaborator is Toria Jaymes of Stay Outside Studio. The Yorkshire-born, London-based artist designed Sideburn 24's cover and the related the Clear Your Head T-shirt and Clear Your Head art prints and also a free sticker that is going out with current orders.

Then she had the great idea of creating a stunning, handpainted 12ft x 8ft version of the cover in time for the recent Sideburn 24/DTRA launch at the Bike Shed London. These are the process photos by Ava D'Antimo.

You can read an interview with Toria in Sideburn 24. She's a complete pro. Everyone needs a bit of Stay Outside in their lives. Thanks Toria! G

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Sid Presley Experience


More garage punk/power R&B, this time from London (I think, but that might be a bit general). I saw these at the Birmingham Powerhouse in 1984, the year this track came out as a B-side to Hup Two Three Four, and it's still one of the best gigs I've been to. The band broke up the following year and vocalist Peter Coyne and bassist brother Chris went on to form The Godfathers, who could also bang out a good tune or two. MP

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sideburn 24 and DTRA Launch at The Bike Shed

Apologies for taking so long to post this, a full two weeks after the event, but it's here now.
The day before the Rye House DTRA season opener we were invited to have an afternoon event, the Sideburn 24 and DTRA 2016 season launch, at the Bike Shed's HQ in London.
A bunch of out of towners made a special journey to check out the recently opened bike-centric lifestyle hub for the first time. A steady stream a cool and quirky bikes arrived too. One of the Bike Shed staff said it was the busiest day they'd had.
Thanks to everyone who made it down, especially Team Co-Built for bringing their gorgeous race bikes.
And massive thanks to Toria Jaymes for the super-sized cover painting. More on that soon. G

Photos: Ian Roxburgh. Thanks Rox!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Dwayne Pro Racing Patch

Dwayne has been our dingbat mascot since day one. Drawn by Kar Lee, Dwayne sums up the feckless, have a go attitude that Sideburn has promoted right back to issue 1 in 2008. We're not focused on the champions, next big things or the handsome and beautiful (though all those crop up from time to time). Sideburn is about giving it a go, whether you're any good or not.

Dwayne is a beaten and battered also-ran, grinning until the adrenalin wears off, normally at the point he's driving his used, high-mileage van on the long road home on Sunday night.

Mark Wilson (@71speedster) cleverly combined our lovable loser with the logo of elite flat track racing to create the Dwayne Pro Racing patch. They are 6.5cm (2.5in) in diameter and we'll sell you one for £4 plus post even if you've won a race.

Buy Dwayne and have a look at the other offerings in the Sideburn patches, badges and stickers department. G