Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Steam Yard, Sheffield

This South Yorkshire caffeine haven now stocks Sideburn.

Steam Yard Coffee Co 
Unit 1 - 2 Aberdeen Court
95-97 Division St
S1 4GE

If your shop, dealership, coffee cabin, cafe, clubhouse or support group wants to stock Sideburn get in touch at dirt @

Keep print media alive and support the independents. Please. Thanks! G

Dust Hustle: This Weekend

Inspired by Dirt Quake, organised by Ellaspede and taking place this Saturday at the Mick Doohan Raceway in Brisbane. G

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Skip Aksland Screenprint

Following on from Mert Lawwill and Jim Rice in the series of hand-pulled, very limited edition, super quality screen prints is Skip Aklsand. All three have been drawn by Ryan Quickfall.

A young sensation in the late-70s, a protege of Kenny Roberts, Skip's career burnt short and bright.
We interviewed him for Sideburn 18 and also ran pages of his personal scrapbook of fantastically evocative photos.

Sideburn 18 and the Aksland screen print are both in the Sideburn shop now.

Travis at Pikes Peak by Sam Christmas

This wolverine portrait pic was taken shortly after I watched the fellow run off the Finish line. And then receive CPR in the back of a flatbed plow truck. That was not the first time I have seen chest compressions at the races. It was the first of this summer but not the last. Racing is real. Deep and real.
Travis Newbold

via FTW Racing

Monday, 15 September 2014

The World's Most Hated Motorcycle

Impostor from El Solitario on Vimeo.

Saw El Solitario's Imposter in the flesh for the first time at Glemseck and, among the cookie-cutter airhead BMWs that half-filled the event, it stood out like a turd on a wedding cake. In a good way. Which was the whole point of it (I think).

BMW's head of motorrad design, Ola Stenegard was riding around on it with a shit-eating grin on his face, so he must like it.

Intrigued by El Solitario? Want to read more? We've featured three of their bikes:

SB16 (Cover bike) Petardo the Ducati
SB14 Gonzo the BMW boxer twin
SB12 Chupito the Ducati single (sold out - we're trying to find a box of them, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style.) G

Zaeta x Ornamental Conifer at Pitch drop

Italian street tracker manufacturer, Zaeta had Ornamental Conifer paint one of their gorgeous 530 DTs. They showed the stunning bike for the first time at men's clothing shop, Pitch drop in the small town of Piove di Sacco.
Looks like they had a good turn-out.
Raffaele Paolucci was there and took these photos.
Dirt Quake hero, Simone, turned up on the Gilera he raced at DQII and DQIII. After this year's DQ he and his girlfriend went on a month-long tour of Europe on this single.
Zaeta's founder, Paolo C. 
Read why he started his own, fully EU homologated, motorcycle company in Sideburn 11
See the Maxwell Paternoster Zaeta in Sideburn 17.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DTRA Decider - Next Sunday

Don't forget the final round of the 2014 DTRA series is NEXT SUNDAY, Rye House in Hertfordshire.
RACERS - Entries close TODAY.

SPECTATORS - Why go along?
  • The National Championship will be decided in a breathless 12-lap final. The favourite (in my opinion) Tom Neave, is going to be champion for the first time if he can pull it off, but it's going to be a nail-biter.
  • The pits are open so you can get close to the bikes and riders.
  • The Vintage class is going from strength to strength with everything from firebreathing framers to road legal Triumph twins with the lights taken off.
  • There will be about 24 Thunderbike framers to salivate over.
  • Sideburn will be there selling the new issue, T-shirts and stuff.
  • Racing starts about 12 and it's all over by 5pm.
  • It's free to spectate.
Rye House Stadium, Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0EH

UPDATE: Marshals and helpers required please. You need to be there for 10.30-ish if you can help.


The Here Gallery is now stocked with SB#18 - apologies to a couple of people who had already been by ahead of me to pick up the latest issue.
I always revert to kid in a sweets shop syndrome when there. This time I picked up Biografikation, published by Nobrow Press. A German collective of the illustrators Ana Albero, Till Hafenbrak and Paul Paetzel.
Abba receive a visitation from a genie wizard, Eddie Murphy makes a female alter-ego in his science laboratory, man-eating pizza and other such skewed scenarios. I thought my kids would like it but it does contain adult themes and language. BP

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Motorcycle Film Festival

A press release...

After a successful first year, the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival will be held on September 24–27, 2014 at The Gutter (200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg) in Brooklyn, New York. The festival will feature official screenings of short- and feature-length documentaries and narratives alongside more experimental films. Other events include screenings of classic films, filmmaker talks, an art exhibition, bands, bowling, and more! On the final day, a distinguished panel of judges comprising filmmakers, writers, custom builders, and esteemed motorcycle enthusiasts will select winners from each film category. A full list of films, filmmakers, and schedules can be found at Motorcycle Film Festival tickets

 Returning judges include Paul D’Orleans a.k.a. The Vintagent, JP of The Selvedge Yard, Stacie London of Triple Nickel 555 and East Side Moto Babes. We’re just as thrilled to welcome our new judges for this year: Paul Cox (Paul Cox Industries), Ultan Guilfoyle (Guggenheim Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle), Shinya Kimura (Chabott Engineering), Chris Logsdon (Godspeed Co.), Amos Poe (filmmaker/artist), Hayden Roberts (Hell On Wheels MC), Roland Sands (Roland Sands Design), Peter Starr (film accolades…Take it to the Limit) and last year’s ‘Best of Festival’ winner Eric Ristau (Best Bar In America). 

And this from our mate, ace sketcher, Martin Squires    

Also as I'm sure you've seen I've got a short film at this years Motorcycle Film Festival. I'm going to be going out to NYC for a week sketching at a couple of workshops including Hugh Mackie's and Paul Cox's places, before the festival. I'm hoping it will be a productive trip. Attached is a copy of my poster for my film (in case you feel the need to post it up on the blog) which is going to be shown at 5 on the Friday. I will keep you up to date with it all.
Below is Martin's panoramic sketch of the Dirt Quake III pit sheds.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Le Sélecteur

We have a new stockist - Le Sélecteur in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The shop opened yesterday and they sell Poler, Carhartt, Iron&Resin, Fuel, Naked&Famous, Redwing, Bell helmets, 100% Barstow, Stance socks, Sideburn magazine...
Bon chance, mes amis!

If you want to stock Sideburn in your shop or cafe or martial arts centre, please email us at dirt @ - we'll do you a super-duper rate. G