Monday, 31 August 2015

Trackmaster Modern Bonneville

Roger from Ohio sent us a link reminding us that Trackmaster are still in business and developing new frames.

Like many of the old, famous chassis makers, Trackmaster has had a number of different owners and is now based in Valencia, California.

I'm not totallysold on the styling of this new Bonneville, but I don't think it's helped by being strapped down as tight as a banjo string, compressing the forks. It could easily be sorted and is another option for someone looking to build a trick modern Bonneville.

Photos: Randy Ressell

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Smiles Per Hour

I love this photo from Dirt Quake. I don't know who took it, but it's Marco Belli talking to Shun, the boss of the Yamaha Yard-Built project with Alessandro from Deus Milan in the middle, and David El Solitario in background. People from three different countries all having fun at our event. G

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Seat of the Pants

On-board with Co-Built's Geoff Cain at Amman Valley by Death Spray Custom.
Rub-on stickers from

Friday, 28 August 2015

Dirt Quake IV Video

Here is the short film of this July's Dirt Quake IV at  King's Lynn.
It was shot, edited and animated by Tom of Drifter Visual, with illustrations by Ryan Quickfall. 

Thanks again to all this year's sponsors...

In other Dirt Quake news, since the event we've been asked for Dirt Quake shirts, that all sold out on the day, so we have reprinted one, in a different colourway. This one was designed for us by Kevin from ODFU and is light grey on a navy shirt. 
Just £15 plus post from

Thursday, 27 August 2015

This weekend in So Cal...

Hell on Wheels have been running events for a long time and they always look a lot of fun. This is the advice from this weekend's hosts at the Perris track...

All the usual, no glass bottles, helmets and mufflers required on all running motorcycles. Helmets for kids on bikes and scooters; that's State law... 

This is more of an adult oriented affair, and it gets crowded. Keep an eye on and out for children. 

This will be the usual mix of backyard specials and converted heaps. It would be nice to have more than just a handful or real racers out there, whether framers or flat-o-crossers! No pro class that I am aware of... 

My own personal observation: This is a bit faster event than most Hell On Wheels events. Long sleeves, boots, good gloves, full face helmets and all the safety equipment you have. Shorts and tank tops ARE NOT race track attire. Remember the old Honda ad, Dress For The Fall, Not The Summer!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Dirt Quake IV Video Snippet

Dirt Quake IV Trailer 1 from SIDEBURN on Vimeo.
Here's the first morsel of the new Dirt Quake IV video.
Filmed, directed and animated by Drifter Visual.
Illustration, animation by Ryan Quickfall.

We're premiering the whole thing on Thursday night in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, because that's where Tom of Drifter Visual and Ryan live.

We'll have DJs, free Dirt Cakes from Pet Lamb Patisserie, merch stand with good deals, the pub are running a burger and beer promo... G

One-Off Wednesday (on a Tuesday)


One only.

Colour version of the two-tone artwork produced by British artist Raid71 for Sideburn 17.
It depicts Mad Max and the last of the Interceptors meting out some justice to the Toecutter's gang.
It is printed on  Somerset Enhanced Textured art paper.
This limited edition print is signed by the artist.

It is approximately A3 size (300 x 420mm, 12 x 16.5in)

Get your for £22 (plus post and packaging) from Mad Max art print.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Briar Flips The Bird

No sooner had a local paper, then the AMA commentators, crowned Henry Wiles 'King Henry' than his 'subjects' were acting in a revolutionary manner.

Earlier this month Henry Wiles won his 11th straight Peoria TT and thanked current champion Jared Mees for at least making a race of it this year. Here the young Briar Bauman is showing what he thinks of Wiles' achievement.

Bauman came fifth in Peoria and third at the Black Hills Half-Mile, Sturgis, in the previous round. He's sixth in the championship standings, Wiles eighth.

As you can see from the screengrab above, the young Californian wasn't ashamed of getting caught giving the racewinner the bird. He even put it on his instagram. He was given a fine for being detrimental to the sport of motorcycle racing.
Peoria was feisty. It sounds like two other riders were fined $625 and $500 and banned for a race each, for having an 'altercation'.

While I was trying to find a better shot of the Bauman incident, and failing, I found this video below. The needle between the two is pretty funny.

Final thing, what's with sticking the tops of your ears into your cap? Never a good look. G

Sunday, 23 August 2015

New Uniform

Alright, there have been 14 heavyweight motorsickle blog posts since our last detour 'off-topic' so I don't feel I'm pushing my luck with this gem.

I'm not one for uniforms, club colours or overtly trying to fit in with the crowd (though I guess I am magnetised towards those of a similar mindset, so I'm going to look a bit like my mates, I suppose), HOWEVER, as soon as I saw this 1969 recording I wanted to demand that Ben and I wear identical watermelon red shirts with Concorde collars and banana-coloured ball-huggers whenever we're together on official Sideburn business.

Additionally, if I had it my way, our attachés, (deputy editor Mick P; Entertainments officer Dave Skooter Farm; poet Travis and subscriptions mistress Deb) would also be made to wear Irish green tuxedos and white turtlenecks AT. ALL. TIMES.

Who's with me? G