Last week I returned from Japan after fulfilling a 5 year dream of attending the 2013 Mooneyes Yokohama Hotrod & Custom Show. The show, which is now in its 22nd year, is without a doubt one of the best in world. It may only run for one day and be packed so full of car and bike enthusiasts that it's difficult to move, but the sheer magnitude and quality of customs builds on display is mind blowing. I was lucky enough to get a media pass and access the exhibition hall on the day before the show to shoot all the bikes unobscured and up close.
It's been a bit quiet around here of late, but never fear I am back into the swing of regular updates as of today.
Why the blog silence you ask? Well for starters I've just spent the last 4 months building the Kustom Kommune workshop with my business partner Jimmy Goode and I've been too knackered to sit in front of the computer after 12 hours on the tools, then we hosted Oil Stained Brain #2 at the start of November which was awesome but very time consuming, I also wrapped up the second issue of Tank Moto with the team at Fuel Press and I've just returned home from the Yokohama Mooneyes Hot Rod & Customs show in Japan (AMAZING!!!). While it's been disappointing to have not updated the site as much as I'd like I now have plenty of awesome things to share with you from all these adventures, so get ready for some great features in the coming weeks.
Thanks for your ongoing support and devoted readership.
If you're into motorcycles and you haven't heard of Max Hazan you've probably been on a solo trip in the desert for the past year. Max builds what can only be described as rolling works of art and has been getting some great and well deserved press. Two of his latest custom motorcycle creations include his speedboat inspired Royal Enfield and the stunning 8 foot long Harley Ironhead Boardtracker pictured above. As you would expect the positive reviews he's getting have attracted a fair bit of attention and have resulted in this great video by Cinema Mercantile for Whisky Grade.
Although they call each other allies the US and the UK never quite see eye to eye. One area where this has always rung true is in the world of motorcycling, thankfully though there are those who recognise the potential of mixing British iron with American steel like our friend Faizal Yusop in Malaysia. With a Norton featherbed frame and a Harley ironhead motor he pieced together this Norley Cafe Racer that he's named the 'Sporton'.
It's been a while since I've paid Japan a visit on the site, but this beauty of a Bobber from Arrogant Lunge in Yokohama is certainly worth a look. As would be expected the Arrogant Triumph Bobber is as unique as any bike we've seen roll out of a Japanese custom workshop and it certainly isn't a ride suited for the self-conscious or shy.
Deus Ex Machina Italy have only been up and running a few short months but they aren't wasting any time making their presence known in the custom motorcycle world. The Deus Eau Rouge is their latest achievement using the 2014 Yamaha XJR1300 as a platform and has been developed as part of the Yamaha 'Yard Built' series of bike. The Eau Rouge is raw, aggressive and anything but tame and I have to say I'm a huge fan of this one.